March 2008

Sorry haven’t written

March 31 2008

OK, rule number one of blogging is, don't apologize for not blogging. Still, a pretty busy schedule the last 48 hours means I haven't had much of a chance to write. I'm also waiting for a few things to post -- for example, several ISVs are announcing Domino 8.0.1 or Notes 8.0.1 support for their p...

In just a few short months, PlanetLotus.org has become the second-most popular referrer to edbrill.com...second only to Google. More than 12% of all web visits to this site originate from planetlotus.org. Interestingly, of those, only 6% over the last month were brand-new visits to edbrill.com --...

I think this may be the first time I've linked to the Notes Migration Blog. This blog, started six months ago, is written anonymously by an IT person going through a Notes to SharePoint migration. While I don't know who the author is, at some point, jonvon vouched for him/her, so I consider it wor...

The guy next to me on this flight is reading his Wall Street Journal. In the upper left of the front page was a courtesy sticker, indicating that he probably received the paper for free at a hotel. It reads "To subscribe, call 1-800-JOURNAL". Does anybody still do that anymore? I can't imagine a...

My third appearance at the Detroit Notes Professionals meeting was earlier today... and it felt just like the last two. Same (full) room at same IBM location, a number of long-time community members and IBMers. There's not much point in blogging about my presentation -- you need only look at Ray B...

IBM is making a pretty cool announcement in the morning, around a new initiative for IBMers to get involved in interesting projects in development markets. Called the Corporate Services Corps, the initial group of 100 -- selected from over 5000 IBMers who applied -- will be headed to countries like...

Firsts and lasts

March 25 2008

My travels this week and next seem to have a lot of firsts and lasts... When I arrived in New York yesterday, a Toyota Prius was waiting for me in the Hertz parking lot. Now, this car isn't exactly new, but I have never been inside one before, much less driven it. I quite like the idea, but it d...

Yes, earlier today, TechTarget managed to send a fourth e-mail to SearchDomino subscribers advertising how a particular vendor can help you migrate off Lotus Notes to "modern platforms", claimingmigration off Lotus Notes applications improves ROI, speeds application deployment, and minimizes disrupt...

TwitNotes

March 25 2008

Great job by Mikkel Heisterberg to build TwitNotes, a Twitter plug-in for Notes 8. I added this into my Notes 8.0.1 client this morning and instantly brought Twitter into my "peripheral vision" of the Notes 8 sidebar. This is exactly the kind of functionality that fits well in the Notes 8 model fo...

Notes and Domino buzz...

March 24 2008

My colleague Thomas Coustenoble has been busy building an online "buzz kit" for Notes and Domino... A large collection of links to videos, demos, community websites, and much more around the Notes/Domino marketplace. A good all-in-one-location resource for the latest tools for education (for you...

A few weeks ago, I blogged about the US Congressional hearings related to e-mail retention at the White House. The House oversight committee hearing was the latest chapter in a saga of technical ineptitude, political intrigue, and hidden agendas. It wasn't entirely surprising to see politicians (a...

Long-time blog readers know that I love to examine conspiracy and deception, especially when it comes to a certain competitor. This week, I've already commented once on the OOXML thing...was hoping that would be enough for one week, especially as my comments were picked up by eWeek, CNET, and other...

Additional dates and locations for Lotusphere Comes to You 2008 have been announced, mainly in the US and Canada. See www.lotus.com/lcty for details. Some of these are regional IBM events, and others are organized and led by business partners. Toronto will still be added, in May, just not finali...

La Tortuga

March 20 2008

It's hard to believe it has been a month since my vacation in Playa del Carmen, Mexico...but as far as posting the pictures, más vale tarde que nunca. Enjoy!...

The product team informs me that the process for Lotus business partners to obtain the download of Lotus Notes Traveler for demonstration and testing purposes is now ready. I can't post the details here, but they have been posted in the Lotus Partner Forum -- and the instructions there will guara...

A very long but successful day at the Intercontinental Chicago yesterday. Enjoyed meeting so many of you (think there was one or two that I didn't get to) throughout the day. John Head has an excellent summary, I wanted to add a few observations: My "aha!" moment of the day was asking the audienc...

Over the weekend, Microsoft published another public effort to show "hey, we're the good guys" on their efforts to take a heavily modified version of the Office 2007 document formats and get it rubber-stamped as an international standard. Oddly, the open letter from Chris Capossela asserts that IBM...

The news is out about Quickr 8.1 -- planned availability (eGA) on 28 March in English...IBM Lotus Quickr 8.1 is team software that helps you access and share information and project materials that you need to get the job done, and to make better, more informed decisions. Lotus Quickr Standard provid...

Two weeks with Twitter

March 17 2008

Two weeks ago, I started using Twitter as a microblogging tool. This wasn't a new discovery -- I originally signed up last year, but didn't immediately see the utility. The more I saw others using Twitter, though, the more I understood how small "what am I doing" updates weren't so much an additio...

Jason Corsello blogs about a public FUD skirmish between two vendors in the workforce management space. Observing the legal filings, CEO statements, and other skirmishes, Jason writes:One thing I do know for sure....our enterprise customers despise when one vendor bashes another. Frankly, its bad...

A case study highlighting use of Notes/Domino 8, Sametime, and Quickr...Although the company's Nutra-Flo Protein and Biotech Products division has a reputation for quality and innovation that extends around the world, its IT systems were ill-prepared for the demands of global business. "As a medium-...

Then there's this...Take a look at this Flash demo of an Apple iPhone running corporate email mainstay Lotus Domino and Microsoft Exchange using Sybase technology. And this is without the benefits of the recently delivered SDK. Not sure when this will be available (I expect quite soon). But it show...

Hmmm....IBM spokesman Mike Azzi, in a phone interview yesterday, said IBM Lotus Notes developers will be working on a Notes e-mail application for iPhone 2.0, but he did not elaborate and could not be reached for further comment. ... There are 140 million Lotus Notes and Domino users worldwide, acc...

Announced last week, big recognition across-the-board in IBM, with specific awards in the Lotus brand:IBM took home an armful of trophies, including awards for Program and Support in Collaboration Software; Technical and Overall winner in Data and Information Management; Technical, Program and Suppo...

A couple of useful postings about getting Lotus Notes Traveler up and running...We started from scratch this morning, and managed to install the first Notes Traveler server at one of our customers. We started with a Windows 2003 (R2 SP2) server image, then a Domino 8.0.1 and finally the Notes Travel...

A lot of press coverage of yesterday's IBM Lotus Sametime event. Adam Gartenberg has blogged several entries about it, including some discussion of some of the messages. Here's ChannelWeb:IBM said on Monday it will invest $1 billion dollars into its unified communications initiatives in a bid to c...

Last week's Lotusphere Comes to You event in San Francisco was really fantastic. We had great attendance -- they had to bring three additional rows of chairs in during the keynote -- and great content. I was pleased to see the number of west coast partners that showed up, not just as exhibitors bu...

Cool news coming out of the Rochester Institute of Technology today...IBM today announced the launch of the first software Innovation and Collaboration Lab on the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) campus in Rochester, N.Y., where future software developers will work on 21st century enterprise...

Useful context for why Lotus Symphony is in market...For its part, IBM sees Symphony as much more than a tool for creating documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. According to Doug Heintzman, director of strategy for IBM collaboration products and Lotus, "Symphony is not just an editing suite; i...

Via Steve in marketing (nice job!) and Adam Gartenberg....

The US General Services Administration is highlighted in Federal Computer Week:The General Services Administration saved more than $1 million when it installed an agencywide instant-messaging system. Casey Coleman, GSA's chief information officer, said those saving are an example of the benefits o...

The Notes/Domino 8.0.1 language packs for what IBM calls group 1 and group 2a languages -- about 15 in total -- have been posted today for download. Congratulations to the internationalization team!...

I am going to try to blog on this topic and don't really know what I'll get as a result. But hey. Apple had a great event yesterday announcing their new version of the iPhone software, the SDK, and what is clearly more of an enterprise focus. Only one problem from the perspective of readers of th...

Alan writes about all the tangible examples of IBM's commitment to Lotus Notes and Domino that exist today:The CIO at one of his customers was looking for proof that IBM is committed to Lotus Notes. At first I had the typical "Here we go again" reaction. But instead of getting emotional, I decided...

888

March 6 2008

In Chinese culture, the number 8 is perceived to be lucky. The 2008 Beijing Olympics are beginning on 8/8/08, for example. So it was an equally auspicious sequence today that many lucky and amazing things have happened: At the very last minute, American Airlines kindly upgraded me to first class...

Announced in Europe yesterday...IBM has teamed up with partners in Austria and Poland to offer Microsoft-free personal computers for the eastern European market, IBM said in a statement on Tuesday. International Business Machines Corp said it was offering the PCs based on the open-source Linux ope...

Thank you to Chris for giving an in-progress update on the first virtual Redbook residency...In a word, great! We, the first remote residency team, have already established an effective way to collaborate with each other as well as "as a whole" - by utilizing Lotus Greenhouse and Sametime Unyte. We'...

The headline is a little deceptive... this was actually a great move to Apple, and a CIO who understood how to make the business case and "sell" it:Frantz set up "town meetings" with about 450 workers on all three shifts and laid out the licensing math. "I talked about the fact that Microsoft requir...

An interview with our own Chris Blatnick on what it means to be an employee evangelist...We think you will be astonished at the passion, energy and commitment that Chris has put into promoting Lotus Notes. not those of us who know him.... While I loved helping people internally, I always felt there...

I opined the other day that the drama around the OOXML process had reached dizzying heights of spin coming out of last week's Geneva meeting. The Microsoft partisans celebrated the meeting as a huge success, which struck me as odd, until I remembered that Microsoft also issued a press release claim...

Glad to see someone willing to cry foul on Mr. Gates, who has had a habit of public data interpretation that is just a bit outside reality....Given that a SharePoint license for an end-user is included with ("bundled with") the Enterprise CAL, Microsoft would like everyone to think that licenses sol...

One of the interesting changes that results from the ever-improving tools to find blog content is that many of you find the same postings I do, and often comment or otherwise take action on what you are finding. No longer are we "unleashing the sickos" (as the community was once unflatteringly desc...

Over dinner, I said to my wife, I really feel like there is a lot of intrigue in my life right now. Reading about the ISO ballot resolution meeting for Microsoft ecma's OOXML proposal, though, takes intrigue to a whole different level:The process was complete, utter, unadulterated bull____. I'm not...

A VAT refund forgery

March 2 2008

I feel violated at the moment, and it's over a mere 19 euros. Last October, I was in Milano for the Notes/Domino 8 launch. While there, I bought my wife a scarf at Gucci. As is the custom, non-EU residents are entitled to a VAT refund on certain transactions in Europe. The amount in question wa...