February 2005

Coming out of Lotusphere, there's a lot of activity and momentum around Lotus user groups worldwide. There's some good stuff happening and coming, and while not all of it is baked, here's a couple of places to watch: Lotususergroup.org is up and running. If you saw their pedestal at Lotusph...

A few people sent me links to this during the week.... just now got a chance to read it. Evslin, who was the guy driving the initial development of Exchange Server at Microsoft, says:There were several competing efforts under way in Redmond to build the Notes-killer. One of them was mine: M...

Online at 32,000 feet

February 27 2005

It works! Here we are aboard a Lufthansa Airbus 340 in their newly configured Business Class. As promised, firing up the wifi located six access points with the name "Connexion". Ultimately required a reboot for whatever reason, but once I did, it's been smooth surfing. I've been online for...

Dad and I had another very good day in Munich today. Sites visited included the Bavarian National Museum (way cool, and quite empty to boot), the BMW Museum, and the surprisingly enjoyable Circus Krone. The Circus, a 3 PM showing with 30+ kids who were celebrating their birthday, had a nu...

911 at 211

February 25 2005

How I spent my vacation day in Bavaria... Task one -- besting my previous Autobahn top speed. As one might guess, the choice of vehicle had something to do with how easy this was. Task two -- a fantastic visit to Schloß Linderhof, where we had treats indoors and out -- a visit to a fantastic pa...

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Bill Buchan was hired to consult with an organization about a Domino vs. Exchange decision, but unfortunately the decision was made before he arrived:before I got there, they had decided (at a senior level) to go for Exchange for whatever reason. My input in this meeting was therefore somewhat d...

Zwei Ohrhörer

February 24 2005

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"Weather" delay

February 24 2005

Yeah right my flight was delayed by "weather" this morning -- I forgot that the President of the United States was visiting Germany today, too. That would explain why the flight was delayed at the last minute, just before boarding began, and why the delay lasted so long. There was a low ceilin...

The in-flight breakfast features two kinds of yogurt (for whatever reason). One, the Danone (Dannon in the US) Actimel, has six different languages on its label. What's strange is that the storage instructions are different depending on the lanuage. English (UK/IRL): Keep refrigerated at +...

I'm sitting in the Lufthansa lounge at Dortmund's airport. My flight, which was supposed to depart at 6:05 AM, is delayed to 8:30 AM due to weather in Munich. Big time problem, since dad's flight will arrive at MUC at 8:20 AM. Ah well, he has "just in case" instructions... didn't think I'd ha...

Entwicklercamp debrief

February 22 2005

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Villa Hügel in Essen

February 22 2005

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Have you discovered my colleague Alan Lepofsky's weblog yet? Alan's blog features Notes/Domino hints and tips. Today's tip is one of my favorites. Ever hear your users complain that Notes doesn't work with Microsoft Office? Have we got a feature for you. Today, Alan highlights how easy i...

IBM has announced that iEnterprises is the winner of the "Best Lotus Software Solution" IBM PartnerWorld Beacon Award. Congratulations to them, as well as finalists Collaborative Learning Network and ThroughboxIT....

Arrived at Entwicklercamp

February 21 2005

As expected, LH437 landed in Düsseldorf straight up at 6 AM, on schedule. I was able to sleep about five hours on the flight, enough to feel reasonably alert upon arrival. The rental car and drive this morning were nothing to write home about -- a Ford Fusion and congested roadways. Stil...

I'm off to Germany again today, and as with my last trip, I'm flying the Lufthansa / PrivatAir all-business-class nonstop from Chicago O'Hare to Düsseldorf. There's some snow/rain in today's weather picture here in Chicago, so I'm keeping a careful eye on the flight status as I get packe...

Four cities, one month from now. I won't make any of these, but I will be in New York City for a different event on March 23, and in Cambridge at a customer briefing on March 24....

News out of this week's LinuxWorld...IBM announced Thursday a $100 million commitment to strengthen the development of its Lotus Workplace messaging and collaboration platform on Linux. The money will be spent over the next three years to build Linux extensions to Workplace, with the most sign...

For North America customers, IBM Lotus has launched a hosted e-meetings business. It's a great offering because there's no requirement to deploy premises-based software -- perfect for extranet kinds of online meetings. For the remaining days of February, a free trial of this service is availab...

Ben Rose attended a Gartner teleconference earlier today, and received permission to blog about it:They very much seemed to agree with the message that "Notes is not dead" and saw a good future ahead for Notes based applications. They do see big changes ahead though and they see the Notes client...

A new video case study on an Exchange to Domino migration has been posted, featuring Anand Automotive Systems of New Delhi, India. Good stuff about using Notes/Domino as more than mail -- also leveraging workflow and instant messaging. It's four minutes long. (A link to this will be added...

Novell announced yesterday that they are taking what was NIMS or NetMail and making it open source, calling the project "Hula". They seem to be focused on Linux with this specifically. At a high level, it seems like an interesting project, much like what IBM did with the Cloudscape database. ...

Even if you believe the numbers, it's hard to imagine 33% of a market being "dominance". Internetnews reports on a press release from Radicati Group claiming that Exchange will grow its market share, due to Lotus's "confusing strategy" and Exchange 2003's, uh, increased scalability. Rocky ...

IBM's Dirk Nicol was interviewed for this article...This is the new locus of interaction that IBM Workplace is designed to address: It is designed to function not only as a collaboration platform, but as a collaborative application development platform in which new solutions from the entire rang...

Ed B-R-to-tha-izzill

February 14 2005

I know that I'm not the first to discover Gizoogle.com, but oh my heavens I just can't stop laughing at the way that site "translates" edbrill.com. It isn't real family-style language, so you'll just have to click through to check it out, g dawg!...

OK, OK, this might finally be the last entry I post about this year's Lotusphere. Ambuj asked me to gather some of the key comments from the weblogs following Lotusphere 2005. The table below is by no means meant to be exhaustive or complete... I just gathered a few of the comments that real...

Because the Notes V1 download seemed to be missing a few files, my colleagues pushed a revised, correct Notes V1 build sometime last week. Apparently it's still there, at least at the moment. This link for Lotus Notes V1 is currently working...no promises as to how long it will last. (With...

It's been almost a month since Alan Lepofsky and I had the opportunity to check out the latest Cirque du Soleil show in Vegas. It's a bit off-topic, so I've made the review a separate webpage. Click here to read my review of Ka - Cirque du Soleil ...

I'm at lunch with a customer and a couple of kind people from Workflow Studios. It's kind of funny that I had to come here to learn who won Groove's drawing at Lotusphere for the framed Notes V1 memorabilia -- Sandy Lewis of Workflow Studios was the winner! Perhaps Sandy can add to this thre...

Mailbox quotas

February 10 2005

A friend of mine just went through a Notes/Domino to Outlook/Exchange migration, as a result of an acquisition. In the old Notes environment -- no mailbox quotas, and a 1.2 GB mailbox. In the new Exchange environment -- a 40 megabyte mailbox quota. This isn't the record, though -- I met with...

Review of TivoToGo

February 10 2005

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European Lotusphere Comes to You dates now available for Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, and the United Kingdom....

Hah, Rob beat Bruce by 3.3%!!!I didn't believe it, based on my experience for a little over 2 years with WebSphere Portal Express. In 2003, it took me almost 100 hours to get that going. It was a monster. Then it was 30 hours, and finally with the latest shipping version I got it down to about ...

Bags and belts save Ben

February 9 2005

Ben Rose has walked away from a big three-car pileup with only a few minor injuries.All the safety devices functioned perfectly on my car. Before I even knew I'd hit her, the airbags were fully inflated on both sides of the car and my seat-belt pre-tensioner had pulled me right back into the s...

My weblog was referenced in part two of this report about analysts and weblogging. It's not because of what you think...rather about a different analyst report and its reaction. Would have been interesting to go back a few months to that series of competitive reports from the summer, though......

Bruce Elgort reports:Tonight I spent 30 minutes, yes only 30 minutes installing the IBM Workplace Services Express software that we received at Lotusphere. I setup the software on a PC with 2GB of RAM, a 2.8GHZ AMD 64 bit processor and a fast 80gb IDE hard drive. ... Oh and did I mention th...

Well, after all the effort that went into confirming my registration, the least I could do was show up downtown today. Before morning, I'll have three different versions of this trip report. There's the blog version, the version I'm sending to the instructor and Microsoft with feedback, and...

Bill Gates spoke at last week's Office Developer conference on a range of topics. One interesting bit comes in the Q&A at about the 1:07:00 mark, in response to a question about licensing: We've driven Exchange penetration up substantially over these last couple of years, talking about fr...

Jon Udell attended last week's MS Office developer's conference. He grabbed an interesting snippet out of the Q&A with Bill Gates: [emphasis mine]:Attendee: Those of us who saw the webstore in Sharepoint 2001 thought, wow, that's sort of what Cairo was going to be. And now looking at WinFS...

Thank you, Olaf

February 5 2005

Still so much catch-up blogging to do from the last few weeks. For those who weren't at the Lotusphere 2005 "Domino blogging community" birds-of-a-feather session, news might not have reached your eyes about the touching gift I received there from "Olaf Björklund". Bill Buchan hand-ca...

A big public thank you to Gary Devendorf. Through his efforts, I'm (again) scheduled to attend the Lotus Notes Migration Workshop here in Chicago (at IBM Plaza, no less) on Monday next week. I just spoke with Asentus to confirm that the mix-up has been cleared up. Gary and his colleagues...

An IBM Workplace Services Express story...Designed in August last year and going live in December, Wattyl has become one of the first companies in the world to implement IBM's Workplace Services Express collaboration platform, according to IBM. "We love Workplace's flexibility," Hough said. "...

A worldwide series of Lotus seminars is queued up for later this quarter. As the dates are confirmed and announced, I'll try to highlight them. The first two sets are confirmed: Lotus INsight Forum 2005, Australia. Six cities in early March. Details at ibm.com Lotus Notes/Domino Day 2...

As the Lotusphere dust finally starts to settle, it's time to focus on the remaining eleven months of the year. A project that came to me just before the conference bubbled back up to the top of the stack yesterday, and it's one that is intriguing enough to share with the blogging community. I...

A 29,000 user deployment of IBM Workplace...As part of a three-year rollout, SFSU will bring unified e-mail, calendaring, group collaboration, and Web conferencing to students, faculty, and staff. Students, faculty, and staff will get customized portals when they log in. For instance, faculty wi...

There are several comments on yesterday's thread, as well as in e-mail, defending Microsoft and their partner Asentus for bouncing me from next week's Notes migration seminar. After all, I didn't pay to attend a paid-for course, so why do I think I'm entitled to be there? Let's be really cle...

Gee, how convenient...Thank you for registering for the Competitive Platforms and Solutions - Lotus Notes Migration Workshop on February 7. Your seat in this event has been opened to the waiting list because we have not received your payment for the event. If you would like to register for th...

Christopher Byrne and Tom Duff have picked up on a story that ran yesterday on ADTMag.com, "IBM Crosses Signals: Domino or Workplace?" The article seems to be a blast from the past, picking up on the ambiguity and uncertainty that used to exist in the Lotus community around the future of Not...

38 of the sessions at Lotusphere were videotaped, and are available for purchase in video format. Visit the Lotusphere e-shop for details and ordering...

I have to admit I had no idea that making the original versions of Notes available for download would be so popular! I've been advised that the Notes V1 kit has been fixed...the revised version will be posted for download tomorrow. All three versions will go away at the end of this week, s...

Have you seen all these smiling faces? Great photos from Sean, Jess, Bruce, and many others in the Lotusphere 2005 photo pool. ...