December 2009

Every Notes/Domino customer should check out this webcast, and the accompanying white paper, which quantify the benefits of upgrading to Lotus Notes/Domino 8.5. We recorded this a few weeks ago, and Jon and Ted provide great insight into how customers benefit from upgrading -- or converting from co...

Once again, the time has come to look back on the year that was. I find that I really enjoy writing these annual snapshots -- it is timed well with my professional review cycle, but also as a way to reflect on everything that has transpired and its relative impact. 2009 was a year professionall...

I don't know the author, but I like his confident posture in this article:I have been a Domino developer for the past 13 years, and for as long as I have been working with the platform, I am continually surprised and dismayed to have to explain to technical recruiters or interviewers what Lotus Domi...

Through the fog of Q4 and pre-Lotusphere preparation, I was aware that Peter Presnell has been building a "Lotus Legends" list of community luminaries. I hadn't really checked it out until yesterday, and I was really impressed with Peter's work. Clearly, with a 20-year product history so far, the...

Remember the whole Comcast blocking Lotus Notes thing? A couple of years ago, Kevin Kanarski and other Lotus customers reported that there was something going on where they couldn't use Lotus Notes via Comcast broadband connections in the US. It took a while, but once I got involved and to the rig...

Good article featuring an interview with IBM VP Sean Poulley, positioning the Lotus spectrum of collaboration offerings:Looking forward, Poulley said IBM will ramp up its investments in cloud computing in 2010 and beyond, including acquisitions, new research and development and product delivery. Mor...

Two new videos on YouTube highlight Lotus Protector for Mail Security new features from both an admin and end-user perspective. Take a look for the latest.... Admin: End-User/client benefits: Don't know what Lotus Protector for Mail Security is? Then watch Arthur's four-minute webcast....

I'm not sure what language this job posting is written in:If you’re looking for a new role where you’ll focus on one of the biggest issues that is top of mind for KT and Steve B in “Compete”, build a complete left to right understanding of the subsidiary, have a large amount...

We are just a week away from the closing date for submissions for Lotusphere Idol! at Lotusphere 2010. If you have missed the fun at Lotusphere 2008 and 2009, this session is an "audition" for a Lotusphere speaking slot -- the winner gets their own Lotusphere session at Lotusphere 2010 and the titl...

A welcome packaging change from my friends in the Sametime product business....For years, Lotus Notes has included a basic version of Sametime. It provides simple presence and text chat within the Notes / Domino environment. For online meetings, voice, video, file transfers, screen captures, mobile...

13% of all visitors to edbrill.com arrive here via PlanetLotus.org. This aggregation site, bringing together nearly 350 bloggers who write about Lotus software, has clearly become a key focal point for the Lotus community. At Lotusphere 2009, Yancy Lent bestowed the first annual PlanetLotus.org Bl...

The Microsoft competitive trick of the month is to ask Lotus Notes/Domino customers to ask IBM for our "five-year roadmap" for Lotus Notes/Domino. One account was even told to go to Google and type in "Lotus Notes roadmap". I'm not sure what's so sinister about that, since one of the top ten hits...

I frequently see criticism of the Lotus community that we are a closed system, too much of a self-serving "echo chamber" of like-mindedness. I don't believe this -- while it is true that there is a social aspect and camaraderie around working with Lotus software, anywhere in the world, there are ma...

It's really been great to see a number of blog entries since we shipped Notes/Domino 8.5.1 that talk about how Lotus Notes Traveler is easy to deploy, use, and "just works". Thank you Paul, Declan, Andy and many others. Now that Notes Traveler 8.5.1 has been out for a couple of months, my team is...

Much as Microsoft loves to poke at IBM for having different businesses that sometimes are in conflict with each other, they are apparently suffering similar problems. While on the one hand desiring ISVs such as IBM to quickly support Windows 7, Microsoft is simultaneously allowing their technical l...

I am excited -- I just finished a call where I was asked to join the advisory board for the Web 2.0 Expo 2010 in San Francisco. This is a pretty cool conference, and my team recently participated in the New York version and found it to be really useful. Here's the conference storyline:Web 2.0...

On December 7, 1989, at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in Cambridge, Massachusetts USA, Lotus Notes 1.0 was officially unveiled. I wasn't there, and the date wasn't significant to me other than as I was approaching final exams in my penultimate semester of college. Clearly, though, that...

Last travel and last speaking engagement of the year... tomorrow, Tuesday, I will be in St. Louis for the Notes/Domino user group meeting at IBM in Maryville. People usually arrive about 11:30, and details are on the user group web site...

Engineering problem or excuse?Finally I do want to update all on one other piece of feedback we have received - allowing the in place upgrade of the operating system under Exchange. Technically the work required to provide this capability is consistent with the work we would need to do to support a...

Looks like we're going for nostalgia on a few fronts during Lotusphere 2010. Sandra Marcus (the queen of Lotusphere) sent out a note asking to raise awareness of this fun little trip down memory lane. For the product showcase reception on Monday, January 18, Lotusphere attendees are invited to wea...

The final list of Lotusphere 2010 breakout sessions has been posted. The mini-keynotes haven't been listed and there are a few additional details (such as date/time) to also be added, but overall this gives you the full picture of the conference sessions. I'm really happy with how the tracks have...

It's been just shy of 60 days since we announced the free distribution of Lotus Domino Designer. I asked my team earlier today about the download stats and was pleasantly surprised. We've had thousands of downloads of Designer 8.5.1 -- more than any other 8.5.1 downloadable module (client or serve...

It's been three months since my last flight, and I'm easing back into the glamorous world of business travel. Before boarding this American Airlines flight to Boston, a perky marketing type was passing out promotional codes in the departure lounge in order to use the new GoGo in-flight Internet ser...

This is such a cool story about practical use of Lotus Notes and Domino, and how the best technology can help a company win in the marketplace:While only a small company with less than 200 employees, it has to find a way to manage 10 million e-mail messages. That's an average of 50,000 messages per...

I'm not paranoid, there has always been a basis for the way I view the competitive market...and every so often, written, supporting documentation comes along:Its time for a decision on iShellBrowser. This is a tough decision. ...It is hard to know how much actual market benefit iShellBrowser integr...