April 2004

Welcome back Colin -- The Gutted Geek has returned to my blogroll. As has Rob Novak, who was running silent for a while, too. In other site news, Steve Castledine has released a new version of DominoBlog -- Chris, Libby, and others have already updated. The new version finally addresses ...

Well, admittedly, it's no Lotusphere, but next week is the IBM Content Management and WebSphere Portal conference here in Chicago. I'll be at the conference for most of the day on Monday and Tuesday. On Tuesday morning, I'll be presenting a version of my Boss Loves Microsoft: Where does that...

Finalists for e-Pro's Apex Awards for Lotus were posted yesterday. I'm really pleased to see a number of the new partner efforts recognized in both the editor's choice and reader's choice voting. Some of the strongest mainstays are there as well. Disclaimer: I was a judge for the editor's ch...

How many years?

April 29 2004

Just shared this anecdote with a Lotus business partner, borrowed from one of my colleagues. We were talking about Notes/Domino application migration, which my competitors often suggest is a no-big-deal process. And for something basic like a discussion database with an unmodified template, pe...

Follow-up from Saturday's public service message -- So, not sure what happened (sounds like human error), but whomever I spoke to at Discover Card last week not only didn't close my account, they apparently flagged the acccount as valid! So I received another phone call just like it today. Fo...

and they have said, "old TWA planes, you are going to be empowered, too!" Starting later this summer we will begin installing powerports and expanding storage bins on the former TWA Boeing MD80 (S80) aircraft. Powerports will be installed in every First Class seat, and there will be forty-five...

I mentioned the Inbox 2004 conference a few weeks ago. Now the update -- IBM Lotus will have three speakers there.... including me. It seems like an impressive list of speakers -- now it will be interesting to see if it draws an equally impressive list of attendees. The early registration...

Charlotte’s web

April 28 2004

I was in Charlotte today on a client call to discuss Lotus Workplace 2.0. It was an excellent meeting -- great to have an opportunity to do some customer calls on Workplace rather than my more-typical Domino vs. Exchange kind of customer discussion. It's been a while since I was in "the south"...

Ok, so marketing boy doesn't usually succumb to marketing ploys, but this one worked -- and to my advantage, I think. Received a direct mail piece from Sprint advertising unlimited local + unlimited domestic long distance service, inclusive of typical telephony features like caller ID, call wa...

Penton Media's new Eclipse news site and newsletter are now out. The first newsletter covers changes to the Eclipse board of directors as well as information about Eclipse 3.0 beta. ...

I've always found the energy placed into the Domino vs. Exchange debate wasted, given the fact that most of my customers tend to use either platform for mostly e-mail and not the more advanced collaborative features that are available. Yet, it seems that the debate tends to focus on those unuse...

A very thoughtful article about the reasons that people hate (or love to hate) Microsoft.What really annoys me is when people are so blinded by their hatred of Microsoft that they lose all objectivity and go about spouting drivel to others, when they haven't even thought about what it is they're...

Westpac has implemented a major upgrade to their IT infrastructure, including an e-mail standardization decision.WESTPAC has simplified its IT infrastructure and moved towards a single view of customers by rolling out broadband to its 850 Australian branches. ...The project is part of Westpac's...

Benincasa is looking to upgrade because Microsoft has discontinued distribution of new licenses for Office 2000 and Office 97. Benincasa is exploring his office application suite options because he is concerned about the high cost of an upgrade to Office 2003. He also wants to prevent Microsoft'...

Received an interesting phone call last week, from the risk management department at Discover Card. It was surprising to hear from them, as I haven't used Discover card in years. This also made returning the call a bit difficult, as I had to find my account number in order for them to figure o...

The legal stuff was excpeted....I'm actually more interested in these two sentences from the report:sales in the information worker unit, which oversees Office, grew to $2.7bn from $2.3bn in the year-ago quarter. ...The information worker unit, which was not hit by legal charges, saw operating i...

CRN: How do you manage the challenge of going into vertical-market segments? It makes sense at first, but if you peel it back, you have maybe five major product groups, and each of the five has 20 products, and now each will get vertical spins. It's very complex. Mills: The divisions are not s...

There's been a lot written and said about Lotus-related user groups in the last few weeks. In my day job, I'm working on some stuff related to how Lotus interacts with the Lotus-focused user group community. So, on a short time window, I need to put together a list of all Lotus-related user g...

I mentioned this report in passing the other day, Declan has blogged about it as well....now here's SearchDomino's take:Despite Radicati's report, IBM said it's picking up new e-mail customers. Big Blue reported 15% growth in Domino deployments in the first quarter of this year versus the same ...

Eric Mack in action

April 20 2004

Through a happy timing coincidence, I was able to sit in on an eProductivity seminar this afternoon given by Eric Mack. Eric was hired to speak to a company's regional salesforce on how to use Lotus Notes to increase their productivity. It looks to me like there are about 100 people here....

Several months ago, I lamented that there are many people with great ideas in the Lotus customer community, but that the voices are being lost. With the introduction of two excellent Domino blogging templates, we've seen a proliferation of bloggers. Some have ended up silent already -- qualit...

Subtitle: Demand for software development is hot within the enterpriseIn the past two years, IBM alone has seen a 60 percent increase in the number of customers creating solutions on top of its WebSphere Portal infrastructure product. Of those projects, which comprise a range of applications bot...

The print edition of the May '04 Technology Review arrived today. A brief skim arrives at a really cool Global Invention Map (must be subscriber to access link). It ranks countries by an index called the "national innovative capacity", based on things like # of patents per million people; pr...

Dec seems to have found a news article covering an analyst report on Lotus's future. He doesn't seem to agree with it, though.......

Carl Tyler just reminded me that today is Patriot's Day. This Massachusetts state holiday commemorates the Revolutionary War battles at Lexington and Concord, now commemorated by strange plaques with the words "Route 2" along the way between them. Back when Lotus was an independent organizati...

"Olaf" isn’t "dead"

April 18 2004

Rumours of Olaf Bjorklund's death have been greatly exaggerated. More likely, my blog entry about Olaf's death sent the hit counter on that weblog through the roof, and the person behind the nom de plume decided that they might as well keep it going. At least I can sleep at night knowing that ...

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Anyone heard of this? Interested? Attending?[T]he most comprehensive, in-depth conference and show floor ever focused on email.Link: Inbox 2004 conference...

for all the details, including the usual beta forums etc., visit www-10.lotus.com/beta/nd7pubbeta.nsf...

From ibm.com/investor: IBM Software business grew 11% overall Lotus revenue was up 15% for the quarter Notes/Domino grew 12% for the quarter, "reflecting continued demand for our Notes-based collaborative software" Lotus Workplace added approximately 150 new customers, for a total of 320 We...

My evil twin Mr. Lepofsky pinged me with this URL earlier today....This paper is provides information on Lotus Domino and .NET coexistence. It provides development scenarios where Lotus Domino is the service consumer and the .NET application is the service provider, and the other way around wher...

Microsoft might even go so far as to design future versions of Exchange to be able to fully emulate Lotus Notes servers. Again, this is purely speculation, but it is speculation based on what Microsoft indicates is a firm commitment.Place your bets.... Link: SearchExchange: Microsoft MVPs hear...

Rob Novak:While standing there, I saw a title from Microsoft Press: "Secure Messaging for Exchange Server 2003". ...Why in the WORLD would you need a 506-page book to tell you how to do secure messaging??? Update: Well, now, I should have thought to look up the particular book before blog...

contactmusic.com expects a return on investment in less than six months after becoming one of the first UK users to roll out the latest version of IBM's Lotus Domino software.Link: ComputerWeekly: Domino 6.5 to deliver rapid ROI (thanks Scott)...

There's a mention in my comments from yesterday, as well as several IM pings, that it appears the Blogsphere blogger from Mariehamn, Aland, is no more. His friend Heikki says that Olaf died in a fishing accident. May he rest in peace. At the risk of offending readers, can I just say that som...

though for some reason, they are calling it the "Notes connector." This is the first release from either vendor that supports Outlook 2003....the Lotus connector has been updated in 6.5.1 with tons of new functionality, but doesn't yet work with Outlook 2003. Link: Outlook 2003/2003 Add-in:...

The raw and the cooked

April 12 2004

Readers of the Notes/Domino 6 discussion on IBM Developerworks (nee LDD or notes.net) saw a couple of postings on Friday about Oklahoma State University's in-process migration from Notes/Domino to Exchange. I haven't been involved in the conversation at OSU in months -- I actually blogged abo...

Washington-based law firm Shaw Pittman LLP, meanwhile, has avoided some of the control problems faced by other organizations because it deployed Lotus Instant Messenger before employees started downloading IM clients on an ad hoc basis. "We've been using [Lotus IM] for more than three years, s...

Forgot to mention this observence from my last visit to O'Hare Airport. Around ORD T-1, about a half a dozen planes were sporting the new United Airlines livery. While airline paint design is one of those subjects that appeals mainly only to us hardcore travel geeks, it naturally appeals to th...

I haven't bought a new bicycle in 17 years, but I'm thinking this might be the right spring to do so. A few scans of local advertisements and websites conveys one thing -- a dazzling array of choices. Not even really sure where to start -- there are so many manufacturers, styles, outlets. Her...

Interesting headline, short story that doesn't seem to tell the whole story. The actual story talks about the Lotus share of an ever-growing "messaging" market, as forecast by the Radicati Group. Looking at messaging as a flat horizontal market has always been dangerous -- to take an analogy,...

An interview with IBM's John Woods and Ken Brunsen about the world of Notes/Domino as far as Linux. Here are the interview questions: Are IBM customers interested in Linux messaging? If so, how is IBM responding? Why has enterprise Linux become an appealing platform for corporate messaging?...

OK, now this is a strange comment left on an old blog entry of mine about the Concorde: I thought you might be interested in or know someone that might be interested in a Product Manager career Opportunity with Oracle Corporation. We are looking for several Product Managers as well as Product...

Over the last two years, Lotus has been working with channel partners and its direct sales force on its Move to Lotus program. The success is definitely showing: according to IBM, 1,500 unique customers have migrated to Domino over the last 24 months. IBM Lotus is touting these figures now, as i...

Haven't even talked to the guy in two days, and thus I discovered the Alan Lepofsky column on Lotus.com through my blog referrers.... I see a Lotus community that is being reinvigorated more and more everyday . . . by blogging . . . open source solutions for Domino . . . Lotus user groups . . ....

When it comes to Windows server software, it's tough to justify an added expense for an operating system that pretty much does the same thing as before. Try explaining that one to senior management. This opinion column discusses the challenges Microsoft customers are facing when considering whet...

Spun out of a discussion in the Lotus Partner Forum.... Here's the question again: What function key is typically used to refresh the mail inbox? Answer: F9! Why is it a trick question? Well, because for many years, I've been hammered by Notes haters that Notes "doesn't even use F5 to refr...

The concept of day trading isn't high on my list, but today might make me a believer. I track stocks on a number of competitors. This morning, Critical Path announced that they had sold their identity management (not messaging) solution to General Electric. The stock opened today at US$2.12....

(Adopts Casey Kasem voice): And the awards just keep on comin'.... Sometimes, the hardest task that a software company can face is to improve an already strong and market-leading product. With WebSphere Portal 5.0, IBM has met this challenge, vastly improving its enterprise portal application wh...

Our Editor's Choice award went to IBM's Lotus Domino 6.5. Domino has the easiest user administration interface, and it includes more built-in functionality than its competitors. Domino's application development is standards-based and multiplatform, and the client software is infinitely configura...

New Aussie blogger Adam Osborne has posted a topic we've discussed on this blog previously -- The old Lotus Fusion event in Australia and whether it needs to return (and in what form). As I told Adam offline in e-mail, I believe I have the ear of a very senior exec at Lotus as far as the respo...

Please ignore above google bomb link ;) I've noticed a strange trend on this blog and others in the last few weeks. It seems more and more that the majority of comments left on the blogs are only from other bloggers. Now I know that the readership of this blog extends well beyond the blogg...

Well, I guess it ain't all wine and roses for today's Sun/MS news:In 2001, when IBM introduced a high-end Unix server called Regatta, McNealy got a lot of laughs by calling it "Regretta." Who's laughing now? IBM has shipped 4,400 Regatta servers since 2001, while Sun has shipped only 1,900 units...

Now the real questions begin: Will this agreement really change the competitive landscape? Or is it simply a way for Sun -- which, incidentally announced the same day that it expects a hefty loss in its fiscal third quarter and is cutting 3,300 jobs to help offset it -- to get some quick cash?....

Talk about an auspicious day to premiere her blog... Kathleen McGivney, frequent speaker at Lotus-related conferences and writer for Lotus-related publications, launched her own Lotus-related weblog this morning at www.kmnow.com. No April Fool's joke -- the very day she began blogging, IBM...

Earlier today, I had blogged about a URL redirect request I had received from SearchDomino. I was concerned about the motivation for the request, and had written to SearchD to say so. But then I expressed my concern in public before hearing back from them. Now all is well. My evil assumptions...

Most people also agree that it's important to have an agenda that is balanced between current Domino-related issues and information about new technologies. As Campbell observes, user groups offer a way for members to get professional development that's virtually free. "It's one of the few ways...