March 2005

Winning ways in Dallas

March 31 2005

Just back from the Move2Lotus luncheon that Workflow Studios put together in Dallas earlier today. We had a very good session -- an impressive meeting venue, good food, great turnout, and most importantly, useful conversation and opportunities. Congratulations to Lance and Sandra for putting...

Corporate blogs don't have to be public. IBM has several outward-facing blogs for communicating with customers, but the company also has BlogCentral, an internal IBM pilot program that enables employees to keep personal blogs. As of March 2005, BlogCentral has nearly 8,000 registered users and a...

Chris Reckling:I don't usually like to do this type of competitive blog, but considering all the FUD that Microsoft has been dishing out lately with their "Notes integration" seminars and the previous "LotusScript is going away" blather, I've been pushed to the edge. Microsoft will soon stop...

Starting with this week's (still pending, should be by Friday) release of Domino 6.5.4, the Domino Utility Server adds two new entitlements. IBM customers who purchase Lotus Domino Utility Server (and only Utility Server) will be entitled to use IBM Lotus Workflow and IBM Lotus Domino Document...

A decent assessment of the current state of the collaboration market. Interestingly, Oracle and IBM customer references are included, while Microsoft merely pats themselves on the back.Stephen Goh, managing director of Thermal, a Singapore-based industrial and commercial air-conditioning instal...

As I mentioned last week, Paul Robichaux from Microsoft partner 3Sharp attended IBM's "Exchange Alternatives" seminar in New York. You can read Paul's review here. I was happy to have Paul there, as we have nothing to hide, and after all, he has invited me to Microsoft's "Optimizing Communi...

Whatever magic Steve Castledine has done to prevent comment spam in the DominoBlog template is working wonders. edbrill.com is receiving 10-20 attempted comment spams a day, yet only two have successfully posted all month. I note that he is adding a similar referrer spam blocking capability...

IBM plans to launch in the second half of this year an API (application programming interface) for linking the Lotus Sametime enterprise instant messaging product to VOIP (voice over Internet Protocol) platforms, mobile phones and traditional office telephony systems. The API is being used cu...

SNAPPS-y newsletters

March 24 2005

Rob Novak writes:Based on some very positive feedback from customers, business partners, and other forums, I have decided to start some very focused newsletters on the technologies we work with at my company. To start, I'll have four: * Team Workplace (QuickPlace) Tech Tips * Sam...

As Messaging Pipeline reported, Ferris Research has now published their Notes/Domino 6 TCO study, which was sponsored by IBM. Key findings: Notes/Domino 6 has resulted in an across-the-board 15% reduction in the total cost of ownership. The direct costs for Notes/Domino messaging are typ...

So much for that trip to LGA -- all flights to Boston tonight have been cancelled. Looks like it's going to be an e-meeting from an NYC hotel in the morning, or possibly an early rise for the Amtrak Acela Express train. At least my colleague Kevin Rodriguez and I will have a nice dinner at the...

We had about 20 people at 590 Madison today for the "Alternatives to MS Exchange" seminar. The feedback was very positive from the customers who attended, on all fronts. My co-presenters included my colleague Brendan Crotty, who covered the latest on Domino Access for MS-Outlook, Henry Bestrit...

A Chicagoan can eat New York pizza and live to tell about it. Not a bad slice for The Intercontinental Barclay is a beautiful hotel, but I was in the worst possible room. Lowest guest room floor. Right above the main entrance -- thus subject to bellman's "taxi call" whistle at all hours. Wi...

A company that has moved completely away from Microsoft technologies for some PCs, and away from everything but Windows for others:When Bill Robertson decided last year to switch 450 workers and 100 desktops at De Bortoli Wines to the open source Firefox web browser, he had the company's future...

I'm sometimes accused of only writing "happy talk" on the blog about how things are great and wonderful in Lotus-land. Yes, a lot of what I write here highlights the good, because there truly is so much positive activity around IBM Lotus and Workplace these days. Today, though, I'm thinking ab...

Wow, wouldn't it have been cool to see this game...IBM failed to end Microsoft's winning streak in their charity hockey game over the weekend in Seattle, falling 9-5 to the hometown team.Link: seattlepi.com Microsoft Blog: Microsoft 9, IBM 5 ...

ok, I know it's off topic, but I still find marketing scams approaches fascinating...New reduced-sugar versions of popular children's breakfast cereals -- everything from Froot Loops to Frosted Flakes -- certainly sound promising, but consumers might want to hold off chiming in when Tony the Tig...

Google´s top 40

March 19 2005

..."and the hits don't stop, 'til we get to the top!" This amazes me -- edbrill.com is now the 40th hit on a Google search for "Ed". "Ed" is also short for editor, editorial, edition, education, and erect1le dysfunct1on.... and there's me in the top 40. Wow. ...

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How could I resist this gauntlet:After seeing Ed Brill mention IBM's "Microsoft Alternatives" session in Manhattan next week, I decided to sign up for it.. or at least to attempt to. There's no online registration, so I sent mail to the listed address asking to register. No response. So, I trie...

Over the last several weeks, there have been several articles in Messaging Pipeline discussed in the Lotus-related blog-o-sphere. Some were fairly negative about IBM and Lotus Notes, predicting the end of the world as we know it. A number of you reacted negatively to those articles, and beg...

Despite the fact that paid support for Exchange 5.5 is slated to end on Dec. 31, version 5.5 of Microsoft's messaging platform is still in use by about 40% of those who answered that question in a recent survey, according to Ferris Research. ... The end of support for Exchange 5.5 is a motiv...

Well this is a first... a press article discussing my presentation at last week's New England Notes/Domino User Group meeting....At one point Brill stopped his presentation graphics to point out an arrow on a box labeled "Notes/Domino 8" on the right edge of the screen. "I didn't have that arrow...

Of course, I could just link to the promotion pages from here, but I wanted to take the opportunity to reacquaint you with the InsideLotus weblog. Several new bloggers have joined the team writing for the official Lotus group blog, including Vice President of Software Services for Lotus Steve...

I received an e-mail today from the marketing department at Hammacher Schlemmer:I came across your site several weeks ago and I read the thread regarding the Weightless Headset Phone. In response to posts on this topic, we have lowered the price on this item to $99.95 to be in line with comp...

Ferris Research has published a report analyzing the success of the Lotus Notes/Domino 6 release. This report, a free download sponsored by IBM, is the output of research and interviews with customers who have deployed Notes/Domino 6. It is an attempt to validate whether the promises of the re...

Scott Rosenberg, Salon's managing editor, takes me to task for this week's "not-for-quote-by-press" comment:When you post something on a public weblog, you're posting it to the open Web, which is to say, you are making it public to anyone who follows a link to it. ... But, um, Ed, you've poste...

Justin Freeman has a first-hand report on the mini-Lotusphere tour that went through Australia over the last couple of weeks:Lotus Insight 2005 was great. It had a good turn-out and good overall feeling & excitement. And in my view, showed that these type of events should be more frequent. S...

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This event isn't announced on the IBM website yet, but I found a listing on another site... IBM is hosting a free seminar entitled 'Microsoft Exchange Alternatives' on March 23rd 2005. Free breakfast and lunch will be served and several lucky individuals will walk away with one of several iPods...

When I got home last night, I read a lot of blog entries about the Microsoft/Groove deal. Probably fifty or more. A fair number of them talked extensively about what the acquisition might mean for Microsoft's competitive footing, whether it's about the technology or about Ray, what the status...

Nothing like a little slashdot action to drive the blog traffic today... Nice to see for a change that there's some voice-of-reason to balance out the "Notes sucks" rants. In the meantime, there are some excellent new comments on my posting from earlier this week about having to defend Notes...

Just got off the Microsoft press conference around the acquisition of Groove. First, let me congratuate all involved. Having gotten to know Ozzie a bit more in the last few months, I have tremendous respect for his vision and intellect. Ray brings immediate credibility to the job, and I ...

Yes, I heard!!!

March 10 2005

30 IMs and e-mails later, I haven't even been able to READ any of the links y'all have been mailing and IM'ing to me this morning....but yes, I know! More later....

On my way to the New England Notes Users Group meeting tonight in Waltham, hope to see some of you there... In the meantime, this article came across my desk today. Fascinating:Rugullies said the product has been proven to offer enterprise-class scalability and performance. But she said IT...

Both Seattle newspapers covered Microsoft's announcement yesterday. From the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, "Microsoft: Hold the phone -- and stay connected":Competitors are watching. "I would never want to underestimate Microsoft's ability to generate customer interest in their offerings, b...

Microsoft's hype machine kicked into high gear today, trotting out Gates, Raikes, etc. for a point release of Live Meeting, a service pack of Live Communications Server,and an upgrade and rebrand of Messenger into Communicator. Let's take a look at what Microsoft Monitor had to say: all that ca...

Well I guess this is one reason for so much defense...IBM Lotus' recent Lotusphere event for Notes/Domino customers, partners and the press did much to allay the confusion and concern in those communities over IBM's plans for Notes/Domino and the new Workplace platform, according to The Messagi...

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There must be something in the air today, as I've been playing defense all day. I've had five phone calls, e-mails, forum requests or IMs asking for help defending a Notes environment, and it's only 3 PM CST. (For the record, I've also had two offense requests, so it's not all bad). Still,...

Dennis Clarke, who is the caretaker of a Sun Solaris-related site called blastwave.org, offers some pretty strong endorsements of Lotus Domino: "I have installed hundreds of Lotus Notes and Domino servers and I have production units with uptimes that are over 500 days" "Back in '97 I setup...

Paul Mooney writes that his firm, Bluewave, will be hosting a Lotusphere Comes to You in Dublin on May 12 (not yet reflected on the ibm.com site). I highlight this because it's an excellent example of IBM being responsive to market demand and partner interests. Paul contacted me to express i...

Brian Benz alerted me to CRN's coverage of IBM Partnerworld, which took place earlier this week. Specifically, (emphasis mine): IBM has quietly begun an overhaul of its online partner relationship management systems.... To make it easier for IBM Business Partners to find each other, IBM is co...

Ferris Research's report on SharePoint was published a few months ago, but available at the time to Ferris's subscribers only. I blogged some of the report's highlights and indicated that I hoped we'd all hear more about the report. IBM has acquired rights to redistribute the full report...

I have two Boston/NY trips coming up this month, and booked 'em both in the last couple of days. Delta's move to simplify domestic fares is clearly having an impact. Trips like these used to cost $700+, while both are now The other interesting observation is that I actually took a moment to...

Now just the other day, wasn't I making the point that IBM is investing heavily in a channel for Workplace outside of IBM Global Services?IBM and AT&T said they will team up on a packaged collaboration solution based on IBM's upcoming Workplace Services Express 2.5 and AT&T's Managed In...

Photos from Landschaftspark Duisburg Nord, Villa Hügel Essen, Lotusphere Nachlese, Porsche Zentrum München, Schloß Linderhof, Bayerisches Nationalmuseum, BMW Museum, and Circus Krone, now in my pbase photo album...

Tom Duff captures the essence of the Lotusphere session Libby Ingrassia and I delivered on "Selling Notes/Domino inside your organization":There seem to be very few companies using Notes that don't also have a resident population of Notes-bashers. This may be a minor undercurrent of "I wish I...

A month has passed since Lotusphere, and Network World has a feature-length assessment of the overall IBM Workplace story. It includes fair assessment from analysts at META and Burton Group, and this nice bit about a Workplace customer success:The platform was enough to attract San Francisco St...