February 2006

Julian and Bruce will be recording a podcast with me later this week. You can submit potential questions on the TakingNotes website. There are a few there already, though I note that some are way too detailed for me in my role as a sales leader. Gregg Eldred's posted questions have the righ...

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At Lotusphere 2006, one of the big discussions at the birds-of-a-feather on blogging was, how do we best keep track of Notes/Domino-related bloggers? Well, a simple short-term solution has been set up at dominoblogs.com. Laurette Rynne explains the site's inspiration:Since Lotusphere there h...

In two and a half years, has anyone of any size other than Tupperware actually successfully installed Oracle Collaboration Suite?The state [of Wisconsin] is canceling a two-point-six (m) million-dollar contract with a Virginia firm to install a new e-mail system for most government agencies ......

Longtime blogger Chris Toohey has written a series of articles for Intranet Journal. Today's article examines the three main out-of-the-box templates in Domino -- discussion, document library, teamroom. I know that tons of Notes applications have been created with or based on these templates,...

Several requests have come in over the last few weeks to get the slides posted from Lotusphere's INV101, IBM Lotus Notes and Domino: "Hannover" and Beyond session. So, now they are posted in the developerWorks:Lotus Sandbox. This presentation is also being delivered at all the Lotusphere Comes...

In several of the post-Lotusphere discussions, I've made reference to the next DNUG (Deutsche Notes Users Group) conference, which will be done in conjunction with IBM/Lotus. The conference will be held in Karlsruhe, Germany, on 15-17 May, 2006. DNUG has posted several pages of information abo...

I've received a few e-mails, directly and through IBMers, asking me what "IBM's recommendation" is on the Blackberry/RIM vs. NTP thing. With the requisite caveat/reminder that I am not necessarily representing the views, positions, strategies or opinions of IBM Corporation or IBM management, I...

Though it is not clear what size this organization is, Gregg Eldred describes a customer's decision to move away from Notes:On Thursday, in a fit of passion, they moved to . . . neither Notes nor Exchange. They opted to use their free webmail accounts with their web hosting company and now they...

So I was incredibly impressed with the number of people writing about Notes on last Thursday's first "show-n-tell" day. It's been especially cool to read some of the blogs and web pages, because they are from new voices. Peter von Stöckel wrote about browsing the web with LotusScript. ...

Yesterday, for the third time in about a month, I set off the anti-theft alarm upon entering and leaving a Target or Walgreens store. No, I haven't turned to a life of petty crime, so I was puzzled and frustrated by my newfound skill. Last night, through deductive reasoning, I realized that I...

With a few weeks to reflect on Lotusphere, VARs and analysts are giving the Workplace / Notes strategy a thumbs-up..."Extending server-managed clients to Hannover next year simplifies deployment issues, but in 2007 it also gives [IBM] a chance to extend Notes more deeply into a Linux as well as...

Upcoming event schedule

February 20 2006

I haven't been very good about keeping my upcoming event schedule page up to date, but I posted several new events this morning. They include this week's TeamStudio event at New York City's Dylan Hotel; a smattering of Lotusphere Comes to You events in Scandinavia, Southeast Asia, and, uh, C...

MIS Asia: The right dosage

February 18 2006

MIS Asia profiles how Singapore's National Healthcare Group benefitted from server consolidation projects, such as bringing a mixed Domino+Exchange environment together on Lotus Domino....Next, e-mail platforms were standardised between November 2003 and May 2005 to Lotus Domino/Notes. Six thous...

Two MILLION miles

February 18 2006

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Last night, I had the pleasure of being a guest speaker/lecturer at DePaul University. My colleague Heather McClain, who works in IBM's academic initiative area, introduced me to Professor Alan Burns last month. He teaches a class in Knowledge Management Systems, and asked me if I could vis...

Show n tell Thursdays

February 16 2006

It's great to see the enthusiasm in the Notes/Domino community for the inaugural "Show n Tell Thursdays" A dozen postings already talking about successful Notes/Domino applications, or tips from the real world. Looks like most of what's been posted so far are technical tips, but there's this...

As a follow-up to last week's article about Notes end-user perceptions, and the subsequent discussion in the blogosphere, The Guardian's Charles Arthur has published a compendium of comments...some from mails to him directly, others from blogs. I thought for a minute about dissecting th...

Random journey observations

February 15 2006

Just a few notes from the road: My colleague Andras was a gracious host for my 24 hours in Budapest, taking me to see a few of the key sites. It looks like a city that I could spend days in, with dozens of museums and historical buildings, and a quaint old city/castle. Then there's the Da...

Great case study of use of Sametime and Quickplace to replace paper-based processes:"We used to send out big packs of information," Bayard says. "We save about five reams of paper a month." James Scott, an information systems manager at Toyota, says directors can access the system from anywh...

Workplace Forms beta

February 15 2006

Interested in checking out IBM Workplace Forms? The 2.6 beta is publicly available.IBM® Workplace Forms 2.6 provides a secure, dynamic, and intelligent front-end to on demand business processes. Workplace Forms consists of a server, designer, and client viewer that enable creation, deployme...

Ah, much better

February 15 2006

This morning's security queue -- zero people....

James Governor alerted me to this case study of a customer migrating from using ICQ for business instant messaging over to Lotus Sametime running on iSeries:First thing most users are saying the interface is very MSN Messenger Like so they are adopting it without training or question. I am shoc...

Lengthy Heathrow logistics

February 14 2006

This morning I experienced what London travellers have been grappling with for two weeks -- changes in security processes at Heathrow have resulted in lengthy queues for security. I waited over 50 minutes to pass through security at T-2, along with many other grumpy fliers. Two things struck...

100 percent uptime

February 13 2006

Just finished a very good Notes/Domino briefing with a customer here in the UK. Their messaging profile: 25,000 Notes users 2 iSeries servers -- 12 partitions 100% uptime -- since deploying iSeries servers two years agoA lot of the discussion revolved around where productivity is goin...

With all the kick up last week about the Notes user interface, it's important to understand how focused Notes architects, engineers, and developers are on building a leading edge, world-class user interface for the Notes "Hannover" release. One of the lead designers, Mary Beth Raven, appears to...

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"Pile on!" Oz's The Age newspaper cites one example of where a FileMaker Pro application beat out a Notes application--back in 1998. What is this fondness in the press this week for citing software efforts from more than six years ago? They then ask:So how come so many companies have subjected...

Tom Duff called it

February 11 2006

Several weeks ago, I linked to Tom Duff's comments regarding Microsoft's non-presence in the Lotusphere 2006 product showcase. At the time, we had lots of voices from Redmond tell me that Lotus wasn't doing the right thing for mutual customers, that the mission was around coexistence and intero...

CNET and others have reported on new security patches that were already included in Notes 6.5.5 and now this week are available in Notes 7.0.1.IBM has issued a patch for a half dozen "highly critical" security flaws in versions of its Lotus Notes, which could allow a malicious attacker to execut...

Finally had a chance to review my Lotusphere evaluation verbatims yesterday. I didn't do the actual math, but for both sessions, it looks like about 80% excellent and 15% good ratings on both content and speakers. Considering that these sessions are necessarily provocative, I don't ever expect...

Butler Group's weblog takes a look at MIcrosoft's "redbull" efforts on Notes migrations:Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt (FUD) is, all too frequently in the IT world, part of a marketer's armoury, and well ahead pre-announcements of software are not uncommon from Microsoft. However, to announce and...

With a kickoff paragraph like this, you can only guess where the article is going...Imagine a program used by 120 million people, of whom about 119m hate it. Sound unlikely? Yet that's the perception one garners in trying to discover whether Lotus Notes, IBM's "groupware" application, is - as re...

Via Alan, news of a new book on upgrading to Lotus Notes/Domino 7. Alan's blog entry covers a full list of resources for upgrading to ND7. The upgrading book looks like a great resource -- written by a combo of IBMers and early adopter customers. Rocky just blogged about how our marketing ...

Joe Pluta takes a look at the state of the collaboration software market:This category has long been the stronghold of the Notes/Domino products, having been virtually invented by Lotus in the 1980s. The term "groupware" has until very recently been practically synonymous with Notes. Micros...

An interesting subject that has been discussed here in the past. Information Week talks to the "big guns" of the analyst world: IDC, Gartner, Forrester. There is a smattering of discussion about boutique analyst firms, but there are so many that it would be tough ground to cover. It's an i...

In several of the post-Lotusphere discussions, I've seen a lot of comments from those unable to join us in Orlando last month. The logic applied tends to say Lotusphere is a great conference We can't travel to Orlando There should be a Lotusphere in [Europe, Asia, Australia, etc.]I woul...

Damien Katz writes from a sort of former-insider-now-sorta-outsider-looking-in view of Lotusphere and the Notes market/world:One thing I was really struck by was how passionate so many people are about Lotus Notes. The Notes community is a community that I was once a very active member of and I...

Notes/Domino 7.0.1 coming

February 4 2006

Unless something changes in the staging process over the weekend, the Notes/Domino 7.0.1 release will be available on Monday, 6 February 2006 or Tuesday, 7 February. The full release will come first, with incremental kits coming later in the month. Speaking of upgrades, we'll probably upgra...

Yellow is the new black

February 3 2006

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Libby Ingrassia has posted the PDF of our Lotusphere presentation, "How to 'sell' Notes & Domino inside your organization", at LotusUserGroup.org. Learned after the fact that not only did we have 300 in the room for this session, but also filled an overflow room. Hopefully those who were...

The first-ever reporter from India to cover Lotusphere live, Anand Parthasarathy reports on his journey to Orlando:Yet, all these seemingly trivial tools of electronic 'social networking', are being increasingly moulded into 'hardened' versions by corporate collaboration-and-communication tools that...

Microsoft program manager Erik Ashby attempts to spin out of a hole:One of those tools we announced was the Microsoft Application Analyzer 2006 for Lotus Domino. We said this tool would be available in the first quarter of 2006. The tool is currently in a private beta with a number of custome...

As part of the LotusUserGroup.org's Lotusphere 2006 podcast series, I did a five minute review of Lotusphere 2006. This podcast was recorded on Thursday, so apologies for the completely hoarse voice. The good news is it gave me a chance to reflect on the entire conference, rather than try to...

Story of why one customer migrated from Exchange to Domino....The first step was upgrading Chick's e-mail system and consolidating its Compaq servers running Microsoft software. "We were on Microsoft Exchange and having multiple problems with that," Diebold said. "They [CCS] came to us and...

Burton Group's Peter O'Kelly is writing a five-part series on Collaboration Loop about Lotusphere 2006...With Lotusphere 2006, IBM made it resoundingly clear that the future of Notes is indeed Notes. The Hannover version of Notes, expected during 2007 (after wide beta testing in 2006) will have...

As many of you know, my work environment is such that when I'm not travelling to customers or conferences, I work from my residence. This home office setup has been in place for over five years, through four different jobs within IBM Lotus. While I realize it doesn't work as a work style for...

Mary Jo Foley picks up the story...While Microsoft officials claim the tool was pulled because its beta test period has ended, others aren't buying it. (Make sure to read the comments under the linked post.) Sounds like this isn't the first time Microsoft has removed Notes-related content from...