November 2009

Having been a marketing dude for twenty years, I find that I am often fairly immune to being marketed to. I know all the messages designed to "save time and money", so traditional marketing rarely gets through to me. There are times, though, when I will eventually give in and pay attention, especi...

Coverage of Gartner analysts at their ITxpo in Australia last week. This report specifically focuses on Apple in the enterprise -- both from an iPhone and a Mac perspective.Moving beyond iPhones to notebooks and desktops, Apple could start generating big bucks by exploiting the 'halo effect', which...

At Lotusphere 2010, a change from Lotusphere 2009 and previous is that my boss, Kevin Cavanaugh, has a mini-keynote focused on the products/solutions in his messaging and collaboration organization. This will replace the strategy session that Brent Peters and I delivered at LS09 on the Notes/Domino...

This has really been an incredible year for Lotus events worldwide, but especially in Europe. We have had some incredible user group events that have invigorated or re-energized the community in the UK, Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Poland, and other countries. We saw Lotusphere Comes to You sell o...

A customer I had the privilege to visit during my August tour through Australia. Interesting challenges of being in an academic environment and needing to support some who choose their own clients, some who just want browser apps, and some who want full, rich clients that offer more:When Monash Uni...

As I mentioned last week, those whose Lotusphere session proposals were not accepted -- along with those who have been thinking about participating -- are invited to submit proposals to audition for Lotusphere Idol! at Lotusphere 2010. Lotusphere Idol! is one of several ways that the Lotusphere con...

The "Lotus Knows" campaign makes headlines in today's Wall Street Journal:For decades, advertisers have relied heavily on sometimes-dated consumer surveys and focus groups to provide grist for their ads. Now, some are using new technologies to scan the Web for key words to find out what consumers a...

Lotusphere 2010 includes an event-within-an-event this year, designed for an executive-level audience with specific industry focus areas. The four industries that are part of the Global Business Excellence Forum are banking, insurance, government, and healthcare.The Global Business Excellence Forum...

Lotusphere as a conference celebrates a community, and from time to time, we have offered special sessions recognizing the Lotusphere "magic". For Lotusphere 2010, we've created a session -- well, we've created the shell of the session at any rate -- called "An oral history of Lotus Notes: The firs...

Doodle is an on-line scheduling tool which makes it easier for individuals and organizations to schedule meetings and events. Earlier this week, they announced the beta of a Doodle widget for Lotus Notes 8:The Doodle Widget for Lotus Notes brings the best of both worlds together to one powerful sol...

Yesterday, speaker notifications -- and session rejections -- for Lotusphere 2010 were sent out. Congratulations to those selected to speak -- we are honored to have you on our stages. Apologies to those who were not -- thank you for taking the time to submit a proposal. I was surprised for the s...

There are a number of important new resources around deploying Notes/Domino 8.5 available through the Notes/Domino wikis. Two in specific are welcome additions to the documentation available to help your upgrades and deployments Upgrade Cookbook: Upgrading to Lotus Notes and Domino 8.5.1 -- this...

The December '09 issue of Esquire magazine arrived the other day, with the cover trumpeting an exciting new innovation -- "Augmented Reality". There, embedded right between Robert Downey Jr.'s legs, was the future of interactive publishing -- a webcam-readable barcode, which, when activated through...

This is what I like to see...I explained to them the recently announced changes with Lotus Notes licensing, in particular that come Feb next year their Lotus Notes Collaboration licenses will convert to Domino Enterprise CALs and that as part of this they get an entitlement for Domino Designer with...

There have been many questions since the release of Notes 8.5.1 about plans to support Notes on Apple's Snow Leopard operating system as well as Windows 7. We've had a technote published on the topic but it was non-specific until yesterday. Technote 1385293 now says:Windows 7, Snow Leopard (on Mac...

As of this morning, Notes/Domino 8.5.1 international editions are available in French, Italian, Spanish, German, Catalan, Chinese-Traditional and Simplified, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese-Brazilian, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Dutch, and Finnish. The remaining languages should come in about 45-50 da...

The Lotusphere 2010 blog

November 10 2009

It's great to see that the Lotusphere Blog is back up and running for Lotusphere 2010. Authored for and by the Lotusphere community, this blog is an essential resource for all the details -- especially the unofficial ones -- about Lotusphere 2010. An impressive-looking Domino/DominoBlog applica...

Paranoid Android

November 9 2009

I was just reading Jens Bruntt's blog entry from last week, "Android synci'ing PIM with Lotus Traveler: TouchDown". This is just days after I held an internal review to discuss our plans for Lotus Notes Traveler in 8.5.2 and beyond. I can't blog those plans yet, but a portion of the discussion co...

Summary: It wasn't a big crowd, but we had fun anyway. Logistics up against us -- IBM's Innovation Center had a big 10th anniversary event on Thursday, with nearly 500 participants at the Chicago office just down the street. That event also had an evening reception and cocktail hour; even though I...

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to speak to a room full of educators, instructors, and academic IT professionals at IBM's Chicago Innovation Center about the use of collaboration and social networking in a learning context. Here is a great example related to distance learning:Athabasca University,...

From my inbox:Edward, I have recently sent you a couple emails regarding [XYZ Company] assisting IBM in international sales. I was wondering if your competitors are gaining ground in lucrative international markets while IBM sits on the sidelines. Or have you put off growing your busines...

As I scan through my inbox, readying for a return to on-the-job in the morning, two items are standing out as good reminders: 1) This Thursday, November 5, IBM has a number of interesting events in Chicago, both professional and social. During the day, you can visit the IBM Innovation Center and l...

I am returning to work tomorrow (Tuesday) after a couple of weeks off for parenting leave. During that time, I've read some interesting content without time to blog it. This particular link, from Forrester's ZDNet blog last month, seems like a good way to ease back into things. What strikes me ab...

Burton Group's Bill Pray calls Notes/Domino 8.5.1 a "compelling release":Reaching the service pack 1 milestone for 8.5 removes what is often the last barrier to upgrading for many enterprises who wait for the first service pack. It comes at an opportune time for IBM to stave off potential switching...