February 2009

Coming out of Lotusphere, I've been involved in some very good conversation with the Lotus services and education team about our market opportunities in 2009. We did take a quick moment to celebrate some wins from 2008 -- and I received permission to share these publicly: - Lotus Education progra...

Really happy to see these two press releases from IBM Lotus partners this week... Elguji Software's IdeaJam Wins Coveted Lotusphere 2009 Awards:Elguji Software announced today that its IdeaJam software application won the prestigious IBM Lotus Chief Technology Officer Innovation and Breakout techno...

ZDNet Australia conducts a comprehensive look at messaging approaches, considering Apple Mail, MS Entourage, Eudora 8 beta, Novell (Ximian) Evolution, gMail, Groupwise 8, Kmail (Linux), Notes 8.5, Microsoft Windows Mail, and Yahoo Zimbra. The great news is, they really, really like Notes, when c...

VNUNet examines yesterday morning's prolonged Google gmail outage, and what it means for customers who are considering Google's "beta" corporate offering:For consumers, losing access to email for a few hours is at most an annoyance. But for a business that moves critical applications to the cloud, s...

A colleague was asking me about this yesterday, and I thought it made a useful link for the blog. Lotus support publishes a list of all Lotus products along with their general availability date and, if announced, planned end of support date. The data shows our commitment to customer control/manage...

This is cool -- part of the expansion of responsibilities I have as an IBM executive is to help carry our message to broader audiences. Later this week, the IBM Chicago Innovation Center is hosting a networking event where I'll speak on the topic of "What can collaboration and social networking do...

A tweet from Tom Duff alerted me to this new report:Microsoft SharePoint has captured the ECM market's attention. While some may argue that SharePoint is not a panacea and is perhaps being over-used, many organizations around the world are reportedly using it for one or more ECM-related projects. C...

John Roling has music for the ears of any cost-conscious customer today...As we're all painfully aware, the current economic climate is far from wonderful. Businesses are looking for ways to cut corners and reduce costs whenever possible, and many times that leads to belt-tightening in your IT depar...

As one trip concludes, it's time to start looking ahead to the next. My upcoming visit to Europe will be the week of March 16. On the 17th, I am at a Lotusphere Comes to You in Århus, Denmark in the morning, sponsored by INOPI. In the evening, I'll be in Copenhagen meeting with the NotesNet.DK co...

Nice award from ZDNet China: Which says...Vendor:IBM China Product:Lotus ND 8 Award:Collaboration- The Most Effective Enterprise Collaboration Platform Award Reasons:The most attractive features of Lotus ND8 is that it brings Web2.0 to enterprise users. Lotus Connections, Lotus Quickr 8.0 compo...

Liking the DAOS results

February 19 2009

In case you needed any more evidence of the "killer feature" of Domino 8.5, here are just a few of the DAOS (Domino Attachment and Object Service) real-world or estimator results that have been published in the last few weeks: Ulrich Krause -- Impressive DAOS Results: 62% savings Chris Whisonant...

With all the travel that I do, sometimes there are "moments" that happen when I'm at 37,000 feet, rather than on the ground. And by the time I disembark from a nine-hour journey, they've boiled over or played out. At the same time, those long flights give me some time to think. I was all set to c...

I received two recommendations to check out the Miniatur-Wunderland museum in Hamburg today, and it was definitely a worthwhile stop. Imagine two floors of train sets and miniatures...with many of the items motorized, trains running constantly, even the daylight/night time cycle played out. Now im...

YCTL

February 17 2009

Yesterday, Gabriella Davis asked me: Don't worry, Gab, I'm not. Out of what will likely be 100+ Lotusphere Comes to You events, I will speak at less than ten of them. Almost all will feature an IBM speaker delivering the keynote or other sessions, of course, but there are plenty of us to cover...

Notes product marketing just finished this useful presentation set, which helps showcase the improvements in and benefits of upgrading to the Notes 8.5 client. It was perfectly timed for a customer request I received over the weekend....and thus I figured it would be useful to a broader audience....

It's Friday night and I'm in Salzburg, Austria for the first time. The first of three Lotusphere Comes to You events on this trip -- edcom's Munich event -- is complete and declared a success by all. As with my 2005 visit to this event, I am humbled by the generosity and hospitality of Otto, Annel...

Well this is a very odd Notes-is-dead response to Mike Altendorf's previous column condemning Notes in the pages of CIO.co.uk:In the early days of Notes I thought it was amazing technology, way ahead of its time. When people were talking about knowledge management and collaboration it was the platfo...

Coming next month, Alloy from IBM and SAP is garnering analyst praise as well as strong endorsement from SAP...SAP recently revealed Alloy, a partnership with IBM on a new product that marries the SAP back end with the familiar Lotus Notes interface. Some analysts think Alloy will prove stronger tha...

CIO has run two articles in a pro versus con formula about using Microsoft Outlook for e-mail. While it's nice to see point/counter-point, both articles start from the premise that Outlook is the only corporate e-mail client. Um, I -- and 40% of the market -- beg to differ. Considering that CIO h...

Last week, I previewed a new offering from IBM designed to help with end-user training for Lotus Notes. You all were as excited as I am about this new offering, but you had some questions. I've now had the opportunity to check out the training materials and learn more about how they are built a...

It seems like the messaging industry is rapidly consolidating around approaches and protocols for e-mail/calendar/contact sync on mobile devices:For iPhone and Windows Mobile devices, Google Sync allows you to get your Gmail contacts and Google Calendar events onto your phone. Sync uses push technol...

Just finished reviewing Forrester Research's report on the current trends in e-mail and messaging, based on more than 130 inquiries from their clients during 2008. As with most analyst reports, it's copyrighted so I can't quote it here. What I can say is that the topic of "vendor choice" is a low...

University of Nebraska seniors Nate Lowry and Matt Rosno were interviewed post-Lotusphere by LotusUserGroup.org, as part of the site's "2 minutes with..." series. Really cool to hear these guys still pumped about their participation at Lotusphere, including their co-win at Lotusphere Idol! 2009:Nat...

On Tuesday, I'll be heading over to Germany for three Lotusphere Comes to You events over the next ten days -- edcom nachlese in Munich, where I will be speaking on Thursday; Rheinland Nachlese in Düsseldorf, where I will be speaking on Monday the 16th, and Lotusphere Comes to You in Hamburg, where...

Nice to see some of our Lotus Notes and Lotus Symphony moves recognized as contributing to IBM overall.... Link: eWeek: Palmisano's Top 15 Moves to Keep IBM Growing...

An 18 minute video podcast from a French Mac-focused blog about the IBM story at Macworld Expo 2009. John Beck from my team discusses our objectives at Macworld, our position on the Mac platform overall, and how to fit a 6' 6" guy in frame next to his interviewer... Link: Mac4Ever.com: Macworld '...

Suntel is one of the main telcos in Sri Lanka, with 550,000 customers, and are adopting IBM Lotus Notes/Domino, Sametime, Symphony:IBM announced today that Suntel, a Sri Lankan based telecommunications provider, has selected IBM Lotus software to create a collaborative environment to improve the way...

OK, I'm not sure why we don't have Brent Peters (VP Notes/Domino development) in PlanetLotus yet, but if you aren't reading him, you should be. Brent has started posting direct and detailed answers on the questions asked at "ask the developers" at Lotusphere 2009. This is commitment, this is publi...

Now, don't start threatening my "man card", but I have to admit that, at the emotional point of near-exhaustion that we get to by the Lotusphere closing session, this video made me almost weep with excitement: (Embed updated February 20, 2009) I hear that Rob Novak is back in the US from the j...

Allow me to veer off topic to brag on my hometown. Last night, on the Travel Channel in the US, Anthony Bourdain's "No Reservations" highlighted all that is great and wonderful about the Chicago culinary scene. It was an amazingly well-produced episode, both in terms of the subject matter as well...

This new offering from Lotus Education seems to address many of the requests I've been receiving around helping end-users be more productive with Lotus Notes -- 1000 short video clips, in eleven languages, running straight from within the Notes client...Containing more than 1000 short video clips, t...

Not sure I would have thought this news-worthy....Lotus Notes customers have been making interesting customizations to their e-mail environment for many years. Culture, as much as technology, plays a role here:Nielsen management, after years of research, has finally come up with an adequate solutio...