April 2005

Upcoming events update

April 29 2005

I've blogged a few separate entries over the last few weeks about May and June events and my travel schedule. Someone suggested that I summarize.... Houston, May 4: Notes/Domino 7 and beyond, with a little bit of a competitive update Boston, May 17-20: The View's Admin2005. I will be sp...

A customer who wishes to be anonymous writes (paraphrased)...We have sales reps spread throughout the continent. They have Thinkpads with Notes and they replicate several notes databases via phone or high speed VPN. The bulk of these databases are a sales force automation program from back in...

Michael Osterman, of Osterman Research, authored an introductory "what is" article about Microsoft SharePoint for SearchExchange. I'd quarrel with the assertion that "WSS [Windows SharePoint Services] is available at no cost for users of Windows Server 2003", since SQL Server is required for a...

Welcome (back) Rocky!

April 27 2005

Man, I've been waiting to write this blog entry for what, six months? More? Rocky Oliver writes:I have accepted a position at IBM/Lotus Software. I will be working as a Senior IT Architect on the Business Transformation Team. You can read more about this team in an interview with the dir...

Some very insightful comments from the big boss... I really like this one, where he's commenting on the success rate of the Lotus competitive winback team:"Microsoft may out-market us, but we outsell them. When we battle head-to-head, our code wins. I would rather outsell them than out-market th...

Next week's travels take me to Houston, where Workflow Studios is hosting a luncheon on "The Future of Collaboration" along with a specific look at Notes/Domino 7 and beyond. The event is on May 4 at the Houston City Club, site of the user group meeting I spoke at in December. Further details...

My colleague Jason Dumont and I have been working with a particular customer who is seeking Domino Web Access support on the Macintosh. IBM Lotus has been on a trajectory to work with Apple around Safari browser support for DWA. This particular customer has asked us to consider not just Safari...

I didn't notice Shane Schick in the audience at LinuxWorld Canada the other morning...too bad, as he was one of the first journalists I met when I moved into Notes product management years and years ago. He offers this coveage of the "Alternatives to Microsoft Exchange" panel:In a session that...

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I was on a panel discussion at LinuxWorld Canada this morning entitled "Alternatives to MS Exchange...on Linux!" This article in ITBusiness.ca covers one such success story...Pioneer Petroleums LP is one company exploring that frontier. The independent petroleum retailer with 150 locations a...

Research In Motion is gearing up to plug IBM's Lotus Instant Messaging and Web conferencing software into its BlackBerry wireless devices. Support for the software will arrive in RIM's lineup later this year, the companies said Tuesday. Under the deal between RIM and IBM, BlackBerry owners w...

IBM / Lotus, in partnership with the Deutsche (German) Notes Users Group, announced IBM Lotus Technical Forum 2005 earlier today. IBM and DNUG are working together to expand the scope of the June, 2005, DNUG meeting to a Europe-wide audience. IBM will bring three dozen or more of the best (...

Well, we had a few problems here over the weekend and into today. Site seems to be back up and running, but the comment counts are a bit b0rked and some comments appear to be missing. I'm still doing some rebuilding and reindexing kinda stuff, we'll see what happens....

Nathan pointed me to this thread on developerWorks:Lotus earlier today:What is the average and maximum size of the mailboxes on your server? I'll go first. Avg = 1GB Max = 4GB With lots in the 1.5 - 2GB range. Thanks. Oh, and by the way, I've never had problems with the 4GB mail...

The press release is posted on www.ibm.com/investor. Here's the key excerpt (emphasis mine):Revenues for WebSphere family of software products, which facilitates customers' ability to manage a wide variety of business processes using open standards to interconnect applications, data and operat...

Every month, I receive a summary of all the new references IBM has published, both internally and externally. The application is a Notes database, of course, so it's easy to search for references in key industries, product areas, or competitive situations. The March summary arrived recently, ...

Ben Rose:I just opened the files tab on a 6.5.4 Domino server using the 6.5.4 Domino Administrator client. It opened, not tomorrow, not after lunch, not in an hour...but now. Like right away. You know that pause where it churns through a million FTI folders....gone. Without a doubt the most...

Mark your calendars... IBM has announced a worldwide series of customer events called IBM Workplace: Live! The agenda and speakers are still being finalized, but the dates/locations for Americas and Europe are set. Check it out at http://www.ibm.com/software/workplace/live...

Off topic from IBM/Lotus... I received a postcard last week that said:Welcome to our Magazine Program. It's our pleasure to bring you valuable subscription opportunities and promotions. You recently accepted an offer through OrangeBrick.com to receive magazines which includes three months...

My colleague and fellow theatre-goer David Marshak talks to SearchDomino about life inside of IBM, instead of analyzing it:SearchDomino: When it comes to real-time collaboration, how much do Microsoft's and IBM's philosophies differ? Marshak: They're totally different. Microsoft uses the ter...

A press release issued earlier today by Gartner on the Application Integration and Middleware software industry segment:IBM again had a commanding lead in the worldwide AIM industry with 37.2 percent market share in 2004 (see Table 1). IBM was the market leader in application servers, portals,...

IBM has updated the whitepaper, "Protect and enrich your Lotus Notes and Domino investments", which was first published in October, 2003. This 20+ page pager outlines the value Notes/Domino continues to deliver to more than 60,000 organizations worldwide. It also covers ways in which Domino in...

As promised on Friday, here are links to the Q&A interviews with Steve Mills and Bill Gates. Now please, can we keep this discussion on-topic? Gates: "IBM isn't doing that much":Q: Microsoft has made some acquisitions in the collaboration software business and built some of its own tec...

An overview of the Workplace Services Express offering. I'm not sure I'd position Workplace Services Express as a "junior" offering to Notes/Domino -- they are part of a product line, serving different market segments. Other than that, a useful market analysis:As the junior counterpart to the...

Redmonk analyst Stephen O'Grady attended IBM's Linux briefing for analysts last week...For all its aggressiveness in the server space, however, IBM is still somewhat cautious about the outlook for Linux on the client; more cautious, I think, than it needs to be. No one's saying that Linux is go...

Justin writes of some good successes his firm has had with Notes solutions of late...I've just posted a new success story on our www.agileware.net website and I am pretty proud of this project, Hazard Log for Royal Australian Navy using Lotus Notes/Domino. There is simply no other product on th...

Effective April 7, 2005, Penton Media has ceased publication of the e-Pro Web site, including the Lotus Informer Blog and related e-mail newsletters. Clippings, our joint project with IBM/Lotus, is currently not affected by this decision. From Domino Pro to Group Computing to e-Pro Magazine, we...

Microsoft is going head-to-head with another software giant: IBM (IBM ). Big Blue's Lotus Notes software pioneered the collaboration market and now has 118 million users. Last year, IBM began rolling out a new package of applications, called Workplace, that combines collaboration capabilities w...

As promised, here's a look at some of the top-ranked sessions from Lotusphere 2005. Thank you and congratulations to these top speakers. For quality and relevance of information, these were the top sessions of those receiving twenty or more evaluations. 3.0 would be a perfect score. 1....

Be aware that there are a few security-related issues addressed in the latest Notes/Domino release. Here are the technotes: Technote# 1202437: CERT VU#699798 - Lotus Domino allows HTTP header injection http://www-1.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?rs=463&uid=swg21202437 Technote# 120...

You know those surveys y'all fill out on your way out of Lotusphere? Every year since the conference's inception, attendees have been asked how they rate the overall conference, in addition to the individual session evaluations. The results from the Lotusphere 2005 conference evaluations arr...

As several bloggers noted today, the downloads for Notes/Domino 6.5.4 and 6.0.5 are now available from the IBM Passport Advantage and PartnerWorld download sites. This is a major maintenance release, with more issues addressed than typically has been the case. A couple of areas are notable: ...

In my customer meeting this morning, the question was asked -- how are companies depreciating messaging systems? Over what time period? Different for hardware than software? The senior manager who asked the question said that this is an important factor in looking at his organization's tota...

I know for the east coast, it's not that big a deal. For me, though, there is something disorienting about having been in six states today -- Illinois at 5 AM, Maryland at 9 AM, Delaware-Pennsylvania-New Jersey-New York on the (late) Acela Express. The train was nice, but without reserved seat...

PC Pro recently published a post-Lotusphere view of the Lotus world.[I]f I were taking long bets on the comparative future of Notes and Exchange, I would be gently backing away from Mr Gates' offering.The article is a first-hand report on Lotusphere, including the reporter's (somewhat ironic, no...

On Tuesday this week, I am visiting a customer in Baltimore, and then headed onward to New York City for an evening with Binary Tree. Looking at flight and train schedules, it became obvious that ~2 hours on Amtrak was a better use of time than going out to BWI before a flight, flying to LGA, a...

Well, I guess we now all know how much Microsoft paid for Groove... IDC's last estimate (2003) of Groove's revenue was US$12 million, so you do the math....Former Groove employee Michael Matthews claimed Microsoft and Ozzie, who together hold 59 percent of Groove's stock, "seek to eliminate the...

Perhaps inspired by last night's cigar-smoking buzz (was that really me?), here are ten memories from days gone by. Have your own to add? Do you remember when.... ...IP addresses had to be assigned manually? ...gopher was supposed to revolutionize the Internet? ...simtel20.army.mil...