December 2008

As has been tradition here for the last several years, the end of year marks the anniversary of starting this blog -- now over six years ago -- and a time to reflect. This has been an incredible and busy year, with many opportunities and changes. It has been hard to summarize or highlight, given a...

A very strong endorsement (and counter to some recent chatter) about the benefit the XPages approach brings to Domino 8.5:IdeaJam "Classic" is a good Domino web application (if I do say so myself), but to work on the design of it requires any developers that help us to have a serious amount of exper...

A few weeks ago, a driving trip to a customer in central Illinois was interrupted by a representative of the Illinois law enforcement community. This was more than a bit surprising to me, as it has been many years since I was pulled over for much of anything. I was further confused since I was dri...

As the countdown continues, John Roling profiles the Notes/Domino 8.5 release in Intranet Journal:The Domino server is really what gets the bulk of the improvements in the 8.5 release. One that may have some of the biggest impact is DAOS or Domino Attachment Object Storage. Simply put, DAOS is a wa...

Kevin Cavanaugh and I were interviewed by TechCrunch's Jeff Widman earlier this week, talking about Lotus Notes and its position in the marketplace today. The interview just posted on TechCrunch.com and TechCrunchIT.com. As you can see, we're looking for some provocative conversation -- and I a...

Just got a chance to listen to LotusUserGroup.org's interview with Bob Picciano, the first in their "Live from Lotusphere 2009" series. The 20-minute listen covers topics which many of you inquire about regularly, and gives you a chance to hear some of our key messages straight from the top. Bob d...

Ferris's Nick Shelness cuts through the hype on Microsoft's Exchange Online announcement and its reality as applied to Notes customers:The November 17 announcement of Microsoft Exchange Online included a case study in which a company migrated away from Notes using Microsoft Exchange Online. This is...

Gartner just published a Q&A document covering some of the questions they received around Lotus Notes and Domino at their recent Symposia events. The questions are provocative, but reflective of the inquiries that Gartner is receiving around the future of Notes/Domino in the market. The answer...

Last week, I inadvertently slighted my hosting provider in the process of deflecting an attempt to change the subject on a blog posting. I wrote:edbrill.com [is] not [a] "mission-critical" mail server, and in my case I certainly wouldn't ask PSC to run it on a UPS, cluster the serve...

Nice to see friend and colleague Mr. Darren Adams quoted in the Times...more mainstream media attention for Lotus in the UK:Employers are experimenting with the new ideas of social networking, instant messaging and wikis to assemble and manage teams of the best people for any particular project, eve...

A big congratulations and thank you to Yancy Lent... PlanetLotus.org turned one yesterday! For a long time, the community had talked about a need to aggregate all the various blogs and websites covering Lotus software. Early efforts included dominoblogs.com and various OPML lists. Nothing quite s...

It's been a while since I've had a guest blogger...this topic is so important that I thought the voice should be first-hand. Jennifer Heins is Lotus Technical Content Architect and Strategist. Our Lotusphere 2009 Birds of a Feather session on the Future of Redbooks has been scheduled and I wanted...

Congratulations to all the finalists and winners for this year's Lotus Awards! • Best Industry Solution Winner: e-On Integration S.A. , www.e-on.gr Finalist: iEnterprises, www.ienterprises.com Finalist: Ascendant Technology, www.atech.com • Best Lotus Energy and Environment (Green)...

On my way out of the Westford MA labs yesterday, I was pinged by Jan Kenney and alerted to a little hiccup in our release staging process. See, the Notes/Domino 8.5 release was completed and signed off by the development organization earlier this week. The final builds were done last week. The co...

After a sort of "soft launch" last week, today the LotusphereBlog joins the community with full disclosure of its intention and direction:The aim for this blog was, and continues be, to create a central site to cover all the news, views, ideas and efforts of the Lotusphere community. That is a pret...

Very in line with some of the work we have been doing with Apple lately...Apple now has Intel Inside. A larger number of business-oriented apps like Microsoft Office and Lotus Notes now run on Mac OS X, and the increasing number of web applications make the operating system an afterthought for many...

This one is about mobility and collaboration....ok, I won't call this one a "viral video" but it's a nice production piece about our story in this space. More details on the comprehensive Lotus mobility page... Link: ibm.com/lotus/mobile...

My in-flight entertainment today is Taking Notes Podcast episode 92, where Bruce Elgort and Tom "Duffbert" Duff discuss Getting Things Done (GTD), Lotus Notes, and Lotusphere with Eric Mack and GTD author David Allen. Eric and David will be speaking at Lotusphere 2009, talking about GTD and eProduc...

The Lotusphere website now lists dates and times for most Lotusphere sessions, though scheduled repeats are not in the listings yet. As with the last several years, Ben Langhinrichs has made available a Notes database with all Lotusphere sessions. Worthwhile download to have all the deets on y...

Pingdom is an organization focused on system reliability and uptime, so it's not surprising that they dug into the Google Apps service level agreement and found a shocker:Gmail could be unavailable for more than 21 hours in a day, and Google could still tell you that according to their SLA, the serv...

Occasionally in a competitive situation, we will hear an assertion from a customer that "Our users want Outlook because they use it at home". It's almost stated as a truism amongst Microsoft supporters, and I've even seen it asserted by a major industry analyst. The thing is, it might have been tr...

As I mentioned last week, submissions are open for Lotusphere Idol 2009 contestant proposals! We'd love ideally to get some people lined up by the 1st of the year or so, such that there is more time for those selected to prepare their audition materials. We're locked and loaded on the time and pla...

Passing along more Lotusphere good news: The Lotus channels team has announced that business partners attending Lotusphere may take up to two IBM Lotus certification tests at no charge during the conference. All tests will be available, and there are testing times each day Monday to Thursday. Vou...

A project I have started to get involved with since moving back into product management...As I explained back in May, the Smart Cube appliance is not just a box with an operating system, but a box that has a consistent way of installing and maintaining software on the box and accessing remote servic...

More Symphony good news in the IT press...Also derived from the OpenOffice.org codebase, but to very different ends, IBM Lotus Symphony was recently introduced as a rejuvenation of the Lotus Symphony brand name. It's much less broad than OpenOffice.org itself -- there's only three major applications...

OK, Charles, this *is* a viral video -- 14K views in 24 hours......

Almost missed this while I was out of the office the last few days. Irish RTE News had a feature segment on IBM's development and use of social networking tools, with specific mention of our internal Beehive project. Several researchers in our Dublin labs are featured, discussing how these tools a...

The community's own Duffbert has penned a very strong high-level perspective on the current state of Lotus Notes, addressing seven perceptions or mis-perceptions about the product: When the phrase "Lotus Notes" is mentioned in the halls of your IT department, you probably hear a range of responses,...

Great news for Lotus Symphony! ChannelWeb says that Lotus Symphony is the winner for 2008 Product of the Year in the "Desktop Application" category. They write:Lotus Symphony acts much like Microsoft Office, which is good if you are looking for something to replace Office at a fraction of the c...

Adam Brown has discovered the real reason why I'm using TripIt.com to track my travel these days...Notes 8.5 integration!An example of how I am using this new feature is leveraging TripIT. TripIT is a new Web 2.0 type service that enables me to forward all my airline and accommodation bookings to it...

A new announcement from IBM, Canonical, and Virtual Bridges today, covered by eWeek:Appealing to cost-constrained shops worldwide, IBM claims the virtual desktop will yield a 90 percent savings of desk-side PC support and 75 percent savings on security and user administration, not to mention 50 perc...

As we say, "Such a deal!":Act before December 22, 2008, and you can take advantage of the Lotus Foundations Lotusphere 2009 event special and enjoy significant savings on Lotusphere registration and a Lotus Foundations' starter pack . FOR ONLY $3000.00, you receive: * 1 Lotusphere 2009 Confe...

Aussie business partner Eos Solutions has put together a pretty incredible interactive video discussing the value, benefits, and features of Lotus Notes 8: The send-to-friend e-mail that links you to their website is visually appealing and easily compelling for the reader to click-through. Very...

From the PlanetLotus click-through stats, it seems like a lot of you saw Darren's blog entry on this, but it's a discussion worth repeating.So over the past few days Vince and I have migrated a customer back to Domino. They used to be Domino but sometime before STS got involved with them they had mi...

Paul Mooney officially announces the process for Lotusphere Idol! 2009:Every year, the Lotusphere content managers are on the hunt for new, "young blood", with good technical and presentation skills. Sometimes, the problem is being noticed by track managers. This is not as easy as you would think,...

Update on Notes/Domino 8.5

December 1 2008

It's December 1, so there is obviously a lot of ongoing interest in the status of Notes/Domino 8.5. As I said in my last post, I've recently started using Notes 8.5 as my daily client, and am really happy with some of the incremental improvements (iCalendar stuff is a wow, and I'll write more about...