March 2006

Availablogging

March 31 2006

Last week, when once of my customer meetings for this trip fell through, I blogged about having a free day in Europe in an effort to maximize this trip. Now as I rush back home, I think this "availablogging" was a good idea and something I need to do more often. As a result of the blog ent...

Interesting to see this is in the mainstream media even before the press release is posted on ibm.com...International Business Machines Corp. said it will roll out an aggressive strategy today to lure business customers away from rival Microsoft Corp., offering bounties of up to $20,000 to sales...

Document locking

March 30 2006

In one of my customer meetings this week, the subject of document locking came up. The customer had some questions about how this feature might benefit them in a particular application. To be honest, I had to pause a second. Document locking was a new feature in Notes/Domino 6... which seemed...

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For ten weeks now, we've covered the saga of the new Microsoft Application Analyzer for Lotus Notes Domino 2006. People like Paul Mooney and David DeWell have dissected the tool's logic and found that it does very little in terms of analyzing Notes apps...and is subject to manipulation. Las...

Can anyone help Laurette?This is a shout-out to anyone who knows Notes 6.5 and Outlook 2003 well, or has worked on a conversion either way. I am looking for a user quick reference guide (or even some rough points) on the differences from a user perspective between the two mail clients.IBM doesn...

New Plazes beta

March 27 2006

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Mikkel Heisterberg totally gets it in terms of where Notes is going and some of the opportunities, and challenges, of Notes in the "Hannover" release (emphasis mine):Though supported it will be very difficult, if not impossible, to build the kinds of composite, networked applications that will b...

Staying within policy

March 23 2006

I met with a group of Lotus customers yesterday in Kansas City. One surprise to me was the answer to one of my usual questions -- how many of you are using policies to manage your Domino environment? The answer -- none. Polices in Notes/Domino 6.x were a good first step. The problem, tho...

I did an interview with the lotus.com team recently, which is now posted. Some of the content admittedly sounds a little "fluffy", but there's some good stuff in there, too...But Brill finds the developer community is closing ranks behind the IBM/Lotus vision, which is the reason Microsoft is h...

Forbes' Daniel Lyons was at the Microsoft "People Ready" event in New York last week. He has a very interesting take.... No one mentioned the fact that in 1997, Microsoft held a similar event in New York City to declare that IBM's "big iron" was dead, because Windows NT--remember Windows NT?--w...

Next week, I'm in Zürich on Thursday for a customer briefing. It's a quick trip, and my plan all along has been to leave Chicago on Tuesday night and return on Friday. Originally, though, I had another customer meeting scheduled on Wednesday....which has just fallen through. So I am n...

(Updated: Correct list of IBM Workplace software now identified. Thanks, Shawn...) How the US's Major League Baseball is using IBM Workplace software (including Workplace Web Content Management, Workplace Forms and Workplace Services Express) to deploy time-sensitive projects quickly...Using...

Full marks to IBM Lotus

March 20 2006

A nice posting on the developerWorks:Lotus Notes/Domino 6/7 forum...We were due to start work on a release for R7 early next quarter, so I decided to have a "first look" at what the work would entail. After downloading and installing R7 - a process which went absolutely seamlessly - I dropped o...

The Notes "Hannover" development team is looking for input, and somehow I suspect a few of you can help with this one. Quote: In Hannover, we would like to fix the most egregious Notes error messages. To qualify as "most egregious," they should probably: - Be seen by business end users (like Sa...

More good news....IBM announced last week the awarding of a state-wide contract for e-mail and collaboration in the State of Texas...Initially 13 state agencies, representing 65,000 seats, signed a letter of intent to participate in this agreement and have been actively involved throughout the...

Why the computer industry is sometimes just plain weird,It's pretty ironic. Steve Ballmer is going after a company that develops billions of dollars worth of applications and middleware for Windows platforms. What's more, IBM Global Services probably deploys and maintains more Windows systems th...

David DeWell, who looked at the beta of Microsoft's Application Analyzer and gave it his "official FUD seal", has now checked out the released version. And as also noticed by Paul Mooney, the output is quite customizable...I was able to change this XML file to make all of my applications resi...

At last week's Lotusphere Comes to You in Norway, my colleagues started the day with a compelling set of customer quotes. Some very satisfied Notes customers--and they're not afraid to say so. The local team translated the quotes into English for me...here they are: Orkla 17,000 No...

US$500 million for a marketing campaign. It had to come from somewhere....IBM, with a $90 billion-a-year business of selling technology to businesses, doesn't intimidate easily. Ken [B]isconti, vice-president for IBM Lotus Workplace products, calls Ballmer's speech a "thinly-veiled promotio...

Over at Paul Mooney's blog, he's shared the contents of an e-mail from a Notes customer. The customer describes their experience with Microsoft and the Application Analzyer for Lotus Notes: had to setup a workstation to run the analyser and before Microsoft came in I ran the analyser on all ou...

We're only eight weeks away from the 2nd joint IBM and Deutsche Notes Users Group event in Germany, coming up in Karlsruhe on 15-17 May. Registration is now open. Again this year, the first day of IBM sessions -- "IBM Lotus Future In Sight Day" -- is available to all at no charge. The full...

Now running Sametime 7.5

March 14 2006

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IBM's 2005 annual report is out, and with it is a 40-page booklet called, "It's a great time to be an innovator". There's a cool flash version of this booklet available online. Really nice stuff, very forward-thinking and forward-looking. One of the case studies profiled in the booklet i...

Wanderlust

March 11 2006

One of the FAQs I get is, "Don't you ever get tired of the travel?" To which the answer is, mostly, no. In fact, I worry sometimes that I have the opposite emotion -- that travelling is just a core part of my DNA. To wit -- 1) I got depressed yesterday when my body gave out after five cities...

Event reporting

March 9 2006

Wow, there are a lot of Lotusphere Comes to You event reports being blogged this week! I haven't even written about this morning's event in Oslo (waiting for some translated materials first), but here are some other reports: Chris Miller blogged from LCTY in Saint Louis. 66 people... some...

Technical knock out

March 9 2006

One week later, and there is no response from anyone at Microsoft to Paul Mooney's evaluation of the Application Analyzer 2006 for Lotus Notes. This despite the fact that guys like Peter, Paul, and Eric specifically asked for Paul to wait for the shipping version and then re-test. I think we can...

I was asked recently whether there are a lot of Domino customers taking advantage of the WebSphere Application Server limited entitlement that has been part of the Domino 6 and 7 license. I had to say that honestly, I don't know the answer -- I certainly remember the decision-making that lead...

If you're not reading Alan's Notes hints and tips blog, you should be....yesterday's hint is one of my favorites. It's easier to enter extended characters in Notes than any other Windows software...When entering text, Lotus Notes allows you to enter what is called "extended characters". There...

In preparation for my day here at Lotusphere Comes to You - Stockholm, I was given a translation of a post-Lotusphere article in Computer Sweden.IBM säger sig vara trött på Microsofts utspel riktade mot Lotus Software-gruppen. Det här märktes tydligt under användar...

More detail around Sametime 7.5 integration...The two giants showed off at this week's VoiceCon conference in Orlando, Fla., a customized plug-in for Sametime 7.5 that will integrate the platform with Cisco's Unified CallManager and Unified Presence Server. The integration is based around the Se...

-Now- we’re talking

March 7 2006

I'm sitting at the front of the auditorium at the Copenhagen edition of Lotusphere Comes to You. The event itself was relatively quiet yesterday in Ârhus, but today, the questions are coming. And many of them are on a common theme -- the need for more Lotus marketing, fighting the "Note...

Stephan Wissel wrote a most excellent Show n Tell Thursday entry last week, discussing a half-dozen of the best atrributes of Lotus Domino, including: Self-containment Robustness Scalability and platform choice Security Extensibility Low cost of ownership and IBM's commitmentDefini...

Bruce and Julian have posted the Taking Notes episode 16, a podcast interview with me, is now out. I wasn't able to answer all the questions submitted, of course, but Julian and Bruce did a great job of covering a bunch of topics -- business and technical, current and futures, and there's a bit...

The unidentified author of today's Silicon Valley Sleuth blog, perhaps with a bit of jealousy, says:In an age that everybody gets to be a vice president or Chief Makebelieve Officer, some folks seem to build their ego based on the number or frequent flier miles they collect. Let it be noted...

Gartner recently published a case study which examines the Notes to Exchange migration done by RSM McGladrey. Microsoft also has a version of the case study posted. It's very enlightening to read them both, and see what a difference the independent view from Gartner is. While I never like...

On the IBM website, you can register for a 180-day trial download of the IBM Workplace Managed Client. Trial users can participate in a discussion forum on IBM developerWorks around the program. I guess this is one way we'll get some feedback on the t-shirt. (Not available outside EU)...

Now that Microsoft has released the Application Analyzer 2006 for Notes, Paul Mooney has reprised his examination of the beta code, code-named "Red Bull". No longer can Microsoft claim that this is beta...so here are the results of Paul's sought-after test drive. In part 1, Paul examines...

One of the coolest things about Show-n-Tell Thursdays is that I keep learning about Notes features that I didn't know were there! Mikkel Heisterberg shows today how Notes 6.5.x and Notes 7 have the ability to convert Outlook Express mail and contacts into Lotus Notes, using the nupgrade.exe uti...

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