March 2010

IBM Global Entrepreneur is a pretty cool program for potential IBM ISVs and is nicely tied into our cloud computing strategy:I.B.M. wants to enlist fledgling software companies in its Smarter Planet strategy, which seeks to apply cutting-edge technology to big challenges like improving the efficienc...

eWeek covered an IBM announcement made by Kevin Cavanaugh yesterday at Lotusphere Comes to You in South Africa:IBM, Canonical and Simmtronics Semiconductors have teamed up to deliver a netbook for emerging markets that features IBM cloud services and software for $190. The Simmbook will be availab...

Really happy to see that LotusUserGroup.org will be bringing back the Lotusphere Comes to You Online format for 2010. Several key Lotusphere presentations will be delivered as emeetings, from early April to early June:Lotusphere Comes to You ONLINE (LCTYO) is a premier on-line event series featurin...

Last week, I realized I hadn't been blogging too much about my day job recently...sort of that post-Lotusphere quiet that presumes we used up all the good news in Orlando and won't have anything more for a while. Of course, it's not at all quiet -- mostly, we come back from Lotusphere with a better...

Nokia continues to aggressively promote Lotus Notes Traveler as part of the "Nokia for Business" messages. The Notes Traveler message is popping up in places like Ovi Store ads in the Zurich airport, print and online media, etc. Now Nokia has further amplified this message with their Nokia for Bus...

I almost missed this among the video treasures left behind by Lotusphere 2010. During the opening general session, the action started off with a great musical act called "Nuttin' but stringz". Behind them, on the 100 foot screen, was a video montage -- of a whole bunch of Lotus and Lotusphere vide...

After four international trips, it will be nice to finally be going a short hop within the same time zone for Tuesday, at Lotusphere Comes to You in St. Louis. I will be delivering the keynote as well as the Notes/Domino strategy presentation, and yes, I'll remember to do it in English this time....

There has to be at least one joke in here....

A story that will surprise from down under...The University of NSW Faculty of Medicine has developed an in-house student management system, dubbed eMed, which has remained cost competitive with commercial software for seven years and is now being extended into the Web 2.0 paradigm. As the core int...

Lotus Education is trying something new -- in-depth, detailed training classes delivered as live online webinars. The cost to attend is fairly inexpensive, yet the benefit is direct access to the experts and practitioners from across IBM Lotus to capture their real-world experiences. Four such web...

It's all over but the frequent flyer mile posting -- I'm back from a very quick tour of Lotusphere Comes to You in Madrid and Barcelona. Family commitments drove me to rush right back from Barcelona, one of my favorite cities in the world, but it was still a great week and only makes me want to ret...

Some useful tips on configuring Lotus Notes Traveler in your 8.5.1 environment, and how well it works...This article reports IBM® Lotus® Notes® Traveler 8.5.1 performance results for Microsoft® Windows® 64-bit operating systems. In addition, it compares the performances of Lotus Notes Traveler 8.5 (...

OK, one last update on the issue that Erik Brooks brought up a couple of weeks ago. Chad Scott, who has worked this issue diligently in Lotus Support, reports:A new Technote has been released to document the history and fix for the issue Erik Brooks blogged about last week. In short, there was a re...

OK, mark another one off the bucket list. Today at Lotusphere Comes to You here in Madrid, I delivered an entire 45 minute presentation en español. The presentation, "Smart Collaboration", was essentially a slightly higher-level version of the keynote Kevin Cavanaugh and I delivered at Lotusphere....

Alistair Rennie has been the general manager of Lotus software for about sixty days. In this podcast, recorded last week, Alistair debriefs on Lotusphere, talks about Project Vulcan, and looks ahead in the collaboration and productivity market. Well worth a 20 minute listen.LotusUserGroup.org caug...

Off to Spain

March 7 2010

Near as I can tell, it has been more than seven years since I was last in Spain. Madrid, more like ten years. I barely had discovered blogging at the time of my last visit. As such, I can't wait to get there tomorrow morning and start the day with some churros y chocolate. The Lotusphere Comes to...

A few days ago, Erik Brooks wrote a blog entry entitled, "8.5.1 FAIL. Your code may just break." Unsurprisingly, that blog post got a fair bit of attention, from many of you as customers/partners as well as within IBM. I received a number of emails and pings from people who were worried about the...

This is so cool. At Lotusphere, Tungle announced that their connector for Lotus Notes was in beta. The Mac version wasn't ready until a few days ago, though, so I hadn't yet really started to tell people to "tungle me". Last week, I installed the beta plug-in and didn't really think anything fu...

Note: Wrote this on Saturday's flight home....sounds a bit ASW-ish but I am definitely interested in discussing perceptions. I had a great week in Germany, once again. My 26th visit (I think) was just as good as the previous 25, and I start to feel more and more "at home" in Germany every visit....

This is a great video showing several of the hottest OpenNTF.org projects for Lotus Notes and what their end-user benefits will be: File navigator, status updater, and XTalk discussion forums are shown. Niklas Heidloff demonstrates the actual end-user experience for each, in this short video tha...

147% vs. 29%

March 1 2010

A few people have pinged me today about Microsoft's new competitive website, which can be reached via the classy-looking "Why Microsoft" blog written by andrewk (doesn't that anonymity make you feel better about doing business with Microsoft already?). On the new site, Microsoft has done a clever j...