February 2007

A little bit lost...

February 28 2007

OK, I have to admit, for some reason, I'm just a little bit scatter-brained during this trip. Maybe it's the anticipation of public beta, maybe it's the excitement of a really interesting travel itinerary, maybe I'm just geting old. But in the last few days: I've managed to leave two things b...

PC Pro UK: Fair Exchange?

February 28 2007

PC Pro's Simon Jones takes a detailed look at how the rip-and-replaced or deprecated features in Exchange 2007 play out in the real world...Are you considering upgrading your Exchange Server to the newly released 2007 version? Are you worried about how your existing Outlook/Exchange-based solutions...

Not today...

February 27 2007

OK, it's the 28th where I am, so let's get this over with. The Notes/Domino 8 beta 2 build will not be posted today. Internal process-wise, today is a big day as we will be making a go-no go call on the code itself, along with several other important readiness factors. After that meeting, we shou...

The Domino team blog has a great new entry about some of the significant performance improvements in Domino 8:Domino 7 delivered improvements in performance with most of the focus around reducing CPU requirements by between 25-50%, In Domino 8, there are a number of further performance and other imp...

Sub-capacity

February 26 2007

A topic I was asked about during Lotusphere was sub-capacity licensing for Domino. The license terms for Lotus Domino require that you license based on the number of processor value units associated with the server hardware you run Domino on. Increasingly, because of virtualization techniques or...

One confused airshow

February 26 2007

For the entire eight hours we've been flying, the "airshow" -- that real-time map that shows your flight's progress -- has shown Varig Brasil's logo, and a destination of Copenhagen. Only problem is that this is LOT Airlines and our destination is Warsaw. Oddly, the "time to destination" is accu...

The Lotus Partner Forum

February 23 2007

For over a dozen years, Lotus has connected with a community of business partners through a Notes discussion database called the Partner Forum. As described on the "communities" section of IBM developerWorks:The Partner Forum is a peer-to-peer discussion forum for IBM Business Partners who are focu...

Canadian publication IT Business takes a look at the Connections and Quickr announcements coming out of Lotusphere... They also got favourable marks from Mark Durst, president of Interchange Solutions of Markham, Ont., a Lotus solutions provider that makes Salesplace, a CRM plug-in for Lotus Notes....

My colleague Bob noticed this announcement on the Blackberry web site... This challenge is designed for BlackBerry customers that have created their own custom BlackBerry applications utilizing the BlackBerry® Enterprise Solution and accessing a Domino application. Show how your organization has...

The Lotusphere Comes to You website has a number of updates, with new cities and dates posted. The specific question from a prior posting about Paris has been answered, and there are now a huge number of additional European and North American events. As for my own schedule... Next week, I'm in Wa...

Over in Sametime-land, Adam Gartenberg had a briefing with industry analyst Aberdeen Group last week. Aberdeen is in process of conducting a survey, with the goal of quantifying the end user productivity benefits companies get from Unified Communications. They specifically noted that they would li...

I feel like I'm stealing blog topics from the vacationing Mary Beth Raven... Here's how the Workspace looks in the February 15th build of Notes 8. Update: Since all the comments have been negative so far, I should add the caveat here that I have no idea if this is final, interim, whatever. P...

A press release on the wire today...1150 users...To meet the needs of Kofola's rapidly growing employee base, the company needed to purchase a customized IT solution for its internal networks to facilitate highly secure sharing of sensitive documents and operational information and fast communicatio...

At Lotusphere, IBM announced that the public beta of Notes/Domino 8 would be available this quarter. We are getting very close. I've just finished installing the February 15th build -- admittedly, the first update I've done since beta 1 in November. I'm very impressed with the work that has gone...

A very impressive third Irish Lotus Notes User Group has been announced for 24-25 May 2007 in Dublin. I wish I could attend again, as Paul Mooney, Eileen Fitzgerald, and everyone else have put together a fantastic agenda. It's so big, they've expanded it to two days. Look at all these great speak...

Check out the latest video from Lotus marketing......

Good case study covering WebSphere Portal, Quickplace, and an Exchange to Domino migration for 2000 users... "By relying on a complete platform from IBM, we've been able to eliminate our reliance on Microsoft Exchange," Vázquez explains. "As a result, ARPEL has reduced its software licensing costs b...

I got bit by a DST patch myself last night (not in Notes)...so I think Kathleen has the right idea:I, along with a number of my colleagues (including the eternally patient and awesomely knowledgeable Susan Bulloch) have been working on educating customers about the upcoming DST changes for a while n...

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Some new blogs have popped up on referrers and blog searches in the last couple of weeks. My normal practice is to keep an eye on new blogs to see where they go, participate in discussions, and then see about how I can help successful blogs become more successful. But there's a different trend goi...

I didn't get a chance to cover this announcement from yesterday due to a bit of a 24-hour-bug....IBM has a new open client offering that runs on Linux, Microsoft Windows and, later this year, the Apple Macintosh, and which is supported by services from IBM, Red Hat and Novell. ... "This is a cross...

Three is the magic number

February 13 2007

Completely off-topic question to my American readers... How many of you passed a test, completed homework, or otherwise got ahead in school because you watched Saturday morning cartoons? I took my daughter to a production of "Schoolhouse Rock Live!" on Sunday. I think the parents enjoyed it mor...

vowe reports (auf Deutsch) that edcom has sold out their third edcom Nachlese, coming up this week in Munich. I spoke at the 2005 edition of this conference, and it's only gotten bigger and better since. The speakers are among the top technical experts in the German-speaking countries, and the att...

Pearl-y gates

February 9 2007

. The Pearl has arrived. The kind people at RIM have provided me with a Blackberry Pearl loaner, which I connected up last night. First blush -- I gotta figure out how to keep my work and my personal life separate. That has been my concern with a Blackberry all along, and the initial setup c...

Looks like that fast track had some slick spots...Microsoft's goal of getting governments across the globe to embrace its Office Open XML format has hit roadblocks in both the United States and abroad. In the United States, legislation was introduced in Texas and Minnesota the week of Feb. 5 to man...

Subject says it all...Stuart has created a great source for early information about Quickr....We will aim to cover: * news, gossip and announcements relating to Quickr (and its predecessor Lotus Quickplace) * technical information (as details become available) that will aid adoption and implementati...

By now, many of the hundred+ Lotusphere Comes to You 2007 events have been scheduled around the world. Many cities and dates are listed, and for most, you can register online. The product and marketing teams are busy refining content for these events, with the first one kicking off next week! I h...

Battle of the bags

February 6 2007

A few months ago, my laptop bag died an untimely death. Through this blog, a Tumi "angel" discovered my plight and convinced me to give them another try. Then, on the very day that I bought my new Tumi bag, Briggs & Riley's PR manager read that blog entry, and offered me a test drive of their...

Julie Kadashevich has written a detailed article about the coming changes in the Notes/DWA out of the office notification process in Domino 8:The Out of Office functionality is one of the most widely used features of the IBM Lotus Notes mail template. This functionality has been completely re-writte...

Susan Bulloch has posted a ton of additional information about the upcoming daylight savings time issues and how they can affect Notes over on www.notesgoddess.net. She's got links to downloadable agents, Blackberry-related information, and more. Over on Dominoblog.com, Rob Ingram has posted links...

A provocative headline -- but a great article, with another analyst confirming Lotus's position back on offense...The key message that I drew from Lotusphere is that Lotus really does seem to be getting some significant traction in the market. There is a mindset among many in the messaging and colla...

Civility in blog discourse

February 2 2007

Last week at Lotusphere, I did an interview with Dorte Toft of Business.dk. It's in Danish, so I'll summarize here, with big thanks to Henrik Pedersen for translation. Toft wanted to talk about the business impact of blogging. We covered a lot of different aspects in our interview -- she was v...

A few more good Lotusphere conference summaries have shown up in the last few days... Don McNally Julian Robichaux Carl Tyler part 1 and part 2 John Roling in Intranet Journal Bill Buchan Lance Spellman's Lotusphere mashup Sean Burgess Marc's Musings Chris BlatnickAlso, I noticed that my colleague...

More from Burton Group's Peter O'Kelly on Lotusphere...Lotusphere 2007 was probably the most upbeat and exciting event for Notes/Domino loyalists since the first two Lotusphere sessions (during December, 1993 and January, 1995). While the pressure is still on IBM Lotus to deliver a timely and robus...