December 2007

As Andrew describes happiness with a new Samsung SCH-u740 from Verizon, he finds a "nice surprise"...A nice surprise was Verizon's "Wireless Sync" service. They fully support Lotus Notes clients and Domino servers -- even asking during installation if I'm an iNotes user, the location of my ID file a...

About a month ago, some of my various google or technorati alerts linked me to a new website called the "email standards project". Their objective:The Email Standards Project works with email client developers and the design community to improve web standards support and accessibility in email.Thei...

The ODF Alliance has published an updated list of governments around the world that have mandated, stipulated, or suggested the use of ODF (OpenDocument format)....Approved as an international standard (ISO 26300:2006) in May 2006, OpenDocument Format (ODF) has achieved growing acceptance as the doc...

Bruce found this first...Salon 2.08 at Lotusphere 2008 is now accepting questions for the Salon speakers:You're invited to submit a question and help steer the conversation. Follow these instructions to post your AVI or WMV file: FTP the video file to the Files folder using the information below. F...

Friends and readers, here we are again in the concluding days of the year -- always a good time for reflection. As such, here is my fifth annual blogging year-in-review. One of the points I've been making in presentations of late (and in a blog entry a few months ago) is how aware I've been this...

Planet Lotus

December 20 2007

Speaking of Lotus community bloggers, Yancy Lent has been quietly building a site that many of us have been trying to come up with for some time...an aggregator of Lotus community blogs. planetlotus.org, which I found through referrers to this site, is a very impressive approach to watching the com...

OK, I promised not to repeat the 8 AM Thursday time slot from Lotusphere 2007 for this. We're running the LS08 "Lotus Blogging Community" birds-of-a-feather on Wednesday night at 5:45 PM in the Swan (Osprey 1&2, basically same place as LS07's). You'll be able to attend the BoF then run off to...

As just announced by IBM, here are the 2008 Lotus Awards winners and finalists. Congratulations to all! These will be published shortly on lotus.com at http://www.ibm.com/software/lotus/awards2008/ Category Winner Finalists Best Unified Communications and Collaboration solution CodaChat...

Later this morning US-time, Tim Kounadis will be hosting a call to announce the winners of the 2008 Lotus Awards. This is always an exciting event in the community, recognizing great contributions from partners all over the world. I'll post the winners at the conclusion of the call, right around n...

Mary Beth Raven and team put together an awesome document on Notes 8 from an Outlook user's perspective Check out my article on developerWorks. It has some tips for setting up Notes 8 so that Outlook users feel right at home and can make an easy transition.Great stuff, chock full of screen shots and...

In an annual ritual, I once again thank Ben Langhinrichs for doing something really helpful to making Lotusphere a great conference -- publication of his Lotusphere sessions database for LS08.This is our eighth annual sessions db made available in Journal format that is suitable for synching with yo...

An intriguing invitation in my inbox this morning.Our community - the Business and Financial Blog Network, will launch in January 2008. Your blog will be promoted to our roster of blue-chip advertisers and we will only run campaigns that are appropriate for your audience. Wow, sign me up! I can't...

As announced yesterday on the Symphony website... beta 3 is now available. The beta 3 focus was to get language support enabled -- over the next several weeks, Symphony beta 3 will be available in 23 additional languages. There are additional features in beta 3, performance improvements, and suppo...

Not shrugging at Atlas

December 18 2007

News from the Lotus Connections team...IBM announced the availability today of a new corporate social networking visualization and analysis tool aimed at helping users better navigate their personal and corporate social networks. IBM's Atlas for Lotus Connections will allow users to identify key e...

Perception is reality

December 17 2007

Earlier today, I had some time to review some interesting regional market research. I'm not sure if or how much of this can be shared publicly, but I'm going to try anyway. This research talked to a decent number of Microsoft customers, and was conducted last quarter. Among the many questions...

One big change for Lotusphere 2008 was a much-earlier deadline for submitting session content than in previous years. In the past, the content deadline has been on or about New Year's Eve, and the content team ran fast and furious upon return from the winter holidays to pull the sessions together....

Earlier today, Kathleen McGivney passed along some very sad news. Our colleague, Jonathan Sir Hendrey, died suddenly this morning. I did not know Jonathan well, but he spoke at Lotusphere 2007 and I had selected him to give the ID605 talk on directories at Lotusphere 2008. I remember him as being...

David recognizes what some of the challenges have been over the years with Notes as a collaboration environment:I saw IT departments effectively emaciate Lotus Notes by insisting that Notes applications be developed by a centralized team and driven by a rigorous functional specification. This was no...

Chris Miller has posted IDoNotes podcast 42, which is one in a series of pre-Lotusphere podcasts with the Lotusphere track managers. In this 13-minute podcast, I discuss the "deploying and managing your collaborative infrastructure" track of sessions at Lotusphere 2008. For LS08, this track has mo...

With friends like these...Modernizing Lotus Notes applications is fraught with difficulties, complex decisions, and considerable expense. However, with the right approach, migration off Lotus Notes applications improves ROI, speeds application deployment, and minimizes disruption to users - while pr...

60 day trial downloads of the Sametime 8 server (Linux, Windows, AIX, Solaris, i5/OS) and client (Windows, Mac, Linux) are now available. See the Lotus Sametime Standard V8 trial page for details. (Thanks, Sera)...

Fifth anniversary

December 11 2007

Yep, it's been five years of edbrill.com today. A little over 3,000 posts, a little over 30,000 comments. Not bad for something started on a whim as a hobby. I'll save all the statistical analysis for the year-in-review posting in a few weeks. For now, I want to thank all of you for reading and...

Lotus Notes on Facebook

December 10 2007

While a lot of what I've seen in the four months I've been on Facebook has been mostly about who is going to the grocery store and what the weather is like around the world, there have been some very cool "knowledge accidents" as a result of the social networking site. A few weeks ago, I was able t...

Then and now...

December 9 2007

Then, September, 2005:CompUSA has become one of the best-known retailers of computers and electronics in the United States through rapid expansion of its "superstores" across the country. For years the company relied on Lotus Notes for communicating with store managers. However, the large volumes of...

Breaking IT News

December 7 2007

I was having a conversation with a colleague the other day about corporate blogging best practices. Since so many marketing types these days think "oh, we're going to do a blog!", it's always a good idea to think about how not to do it. Here's exhibit "A", from my own organization, on how not to d...

Lotusphere 2008: Salon 2.08

December 7 2007

Lots more information about Lotusphere 2008 being posted on the Lotusphere 2008 website. Declan Lynch picked up a few of the new tidbits, including the badge coding for the opening general session, the various daily keynotes, and the new LotuSalon 2.08. From the Lotusphere website:The first in wha...

Just saw this link in my IBM developerworks newsletter...Visit the IBM Education Assistant for a series of brief, but informative, demos that walk you through the process of creating composite applications for Lotus Notes V8.0.60 minutes of useful information on building apps in this new paradigm....

A note made the rounds in IBM over the last couple of weeks, mentioning a new feature from Feedburner.com. It seems that, just for registering your feed through their site, they'll give you some HTML code to create banners and e-mail signatures featuring the latest from your weblog. I added thei...

[Dons flame-retardant suit] I bought an iMac two years ago (almost to the day) for home use....mainly so that my daughter would have a computer in the house, but also to take advantage of all the multi-media things that make a Mac great. For the most part, I've been satisfied with the iMac...

And phase two of the Notes 8 end-user advertising begins...Stuart McIntyre quotes an e-mail from Lotus marketing in the UK:There are 3 x 15 second viral videos that will be hosted on You Tube, iTunes and also on the IBM landing page. 3 video banners are using the same clips (screenshot below) and...

All the more reason to add a second battery for my Blackberry to the holiday shopping list...While AT&T's decision doesn't mean the end of the pay phone -- independent firms still will offer the service -- public phones will become even more difficult to find. The days when pay phones were stat...

Craig is riffing on the earlier discussion this week around IBM and the Domino development community...All these threads have 2 basic themes in running throughout the comments: Has IBM ignored the Domino development community? and, Is it time for the Domino developers out there to grow up? Both of...

Mary Beth Raven is posting on behalf of IBM's Information Development content team:We are looking to work with customers LIKE YOU on a regular basis to learn more about how you use (um, OR NOT...) our technical information (product help, information centers, training materials, release notes, and...

From time to time, I'm asked whether/when other Lotus product groups will join the IBM blogging community. The Lotus Connections team has had online presence since before the product shipped -- through efforts like the Lotus Greenhouse and the Paxos project for Lotus business partners. Tonight, an...

Adam has great news about Lotus Sametime market momentum.Forrester has named IBM as a leader in The Forrester Wave for Enterprise Instant Messaging. Lotus Sametime received perfect "5"s in a number of categories, and was called out by Forrester for the ability to integrate line-of-business functio...

Following up on last week's posting about the new ibm.com/lotusnotes website, the three individual Notes 8 videos are now available on YouTube as high-resolution postings: All three can be found through youtube.com/user/ibmlotusvideos I know many of you have been asking for some way to downl...

bluewave + BE Systems

December 3 2007

Man, quite a conga line out there for the big news from the isles that Bluewave and BE Systems are joining up. See the details on Paul Mooney and Warren Elsmore's sites. Congrats to all for demonstrating strength of the business and of the community!...

A Malaysian newspaper covers a consolidation effort, bringing together Exchange, Qmail, Domino, and other e-mail systems into a single, consolidated Lotus Domino environment. The customer now looks forward to Notes 8:"Lotus Notes is an excellent productivity tool and it allows us to build various v...

OK, I'm actually going to link to three different blog entries from this one, but I picked a deliberately provocative quote from Mr. Tripcony to get everyone's attention. First, go read these: * Tim Tripcony: AfterthoughtI suspect that, to IBM, Domino developers are an afterthought.* Tommy Valand:...

Tastes of Chicago

December 2 2007

Among the daily deluge of catalogs this time of year, yesterday's mail included "Lou Malnati's Presents Tastes of Chicago". This is a great catalog for a homesick Chicagoan -- many great local foods and restaurants are represented amongst its pages. Still, I couldn't help noticing the statement be...