April 2006

Time stood still

April 28 2006

I'm moving house this weekend...once it's all done, I'm looking forward to sharing some details about my new home. In the meantime, the memory lane has been fun. I've found videos like "Lotus Communications Server 4.0", books like "Lotus Messaging Strategy 1993", and the t-shirt for cc:Mail Vi...

"Keep it Real", Ray

April 27 2006

Put these two press articles together and what have you got? Fortune, May 1, 2006, "Microsoft's new brain":As [Ray] Ozzie pushes to remake Microsoft, he does it knowing that everything the company does is examined under a microscope. He frequently recalls something a friend at another tech c...

Yes, it's time for me to highlight another Mary Beth Raven blog entry... I've noted several times how much focus on the end-user is going into Notes "Hannover". In yesterday's entry, Mary Beth describes three fictional users that development has drummed up as their "design personae" (ok, t...

On the road in May

April 27 2006

No sooner back from one trip and on to planning the next... I would like to thank all of you who commented on the blog or wrote about my experience in K-L. I appreciate the concern and wishes .... and the connection to all of you. It was great to get online and discover all those feelings. Much...

IBM has announced a series of more than 75 WebSphere Portal live events coming up in the next couple of months. The website makes the agenda slightly hard to find -- you have to click your city first, then click the agenda listing. At any rate, for deep dive detail on the upcoming WebSphere Po...

Well, duh....I'm going to Disneyland!!! (For those who don't get the reference, see here) With a four-and-a-half hour layover here in Hong Kong, sitting in the airport didn't sound like much of a treat. Having done some homework in advance, I knew that the new Hong Kong Disneyland wa...

I've had the privilege and adventure of visiting 50 different countries in my lifetime. The vast majority of these have come in the last eight years, as a result either of business travel or adjuncts to it. I've been to some rough places, very "foreign" places, and never really had any travel...

Today's event drew 360 attendees to the KLCC for Lotusphere Comes to You. As has been the case in the previous two stops, the mood was festive and the setup was fun. I was surprised to see that the local edition had some "lifestyle sponsors" -- TaylorMade and California Fitness. But that wa...

The headline is actually somewhat inflammatory versus the article, but the point is there--Exchange 12 will be more difficult to architect and administer than current Exchange releases. It's explained away as "pain for gain", but why? All the great new administration features in Notes/Domino 7...

Leave it to Nathan to stir things up. :-) After "Hannover" UI guru Mary Beth Raven's first blog posting, Nathan Freeman opined:Lotus, please don't lose the plot on this. You need RADICAL simplification. And because you can't start stripping features, you need to do the next best thing -...

Not too much to write about this week. Dining experiences have been among the non-work highlights... For the weekend, I've quietly slipped away to the Batam View Beach Resort in Nongsapura, Pulau Batam, Indonesia. A cheap, fast ferry heads over here in under 40 minutes from Singapore. I'm...

The day's not over yet, but I've got a few minutes to blog. About 300 here in Singapore today, an enthusiastic group for sure. The main stage was decorated as a boxing ring, and the metaphor carried throughout the day. Customers and partners I've spoken with throughout the day have been posit...

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Via Ted Stanton/InsideLotus, an article on ibm.com/lotus about activity-centric computing. The article features several quotes from Lotus CTO Doug Wilson:"Right now, the 'glue' that associates tasks and objects within an activity remains in the users' heads. But if we're able to create and sav...

Brien Posey reviews Exchange 12/Outlook 12. The first thing that struck me:I did some performance monitoring and found that memory was the bottleneck. After I added an extra 512 MB of RAM to each machine, Office 12 began to perform at an acceptable level. It still wasn't blazingly fast, but it...

Ed's note: I offered Bob Balaban some guest blogging space here after the recent discussion on Notes "Hannover" and the place Java plays in that story. I often turn to Bob for insight from a developer/partner/consultant's point of view, especially since he's had a few years of outsider-looking...

Off to Asia

April 18 2006

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Fantastic news: Mary Beth Raven has joined the ranks of IBM developerWorks bloggers. I've been encouraging the "Hannover" team to blog, as a way to reach customers in addition to their existing design review program, usability testing, and other outreach efforts. This is going to be good! ...

Patriot´s Day?

April 17 2006

Here's how much the world is changing... When I joined Lotus twelve years ago, Patriot's Day was a big deal. Everyone in the Lotus US operations had the day off, even if we didn't know what the holiday was all about! Fast forward to 2006, and I didn't even see it coming. I did wonder why so...

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savetimeblackberry.com

April 17 2006

RIM has kicked off a marketing campaign around Blackberry Enterprise Server 4.1, now offering support for Lotus Sametime. A 60-day trial download of BES 4.1 is available at savetimeblackberry.com. Print ads in IT publications and direct mail pieces are also out about this new release. NB:...

Alan´s back

April 17 2006

My good friend (and sometimes evil twin) Alan Lepofsky has returned to the Lotus brand within IBM Software. Many outside IBM (and some inside!) probably had no idea that Alan has spent the last couple of years working in business partner marketing, He's been a constant presence on IBM develo...

The IBM System i5 team has put together some background information on why the combination of Lotus Domino and IBM System i5 is a better alternative than Exchange "12" for current Microsoft customers...With the increasing need for round-the-clock access, many companies are looking for improvemen...

Notes FUD-making or not?

April 14 2006

In comments to Wednesday's blog entry on Computerworld New Zealand's interview with Ken Bisconti, Paul Robichaux -- an Exchange consultant who has done some competitive roadshows for Microsoft -- challenges Bisconti's assertion that "Frankly, those ['Notes is going to disappear' statements] a...

More on social software from this week's Financial Times...this article mentions IBM's work in paradigm shifting through concepts like Activities.Michael Muller, a scientist with IBM's Watson Research Center, has been involved in numerous projects to design and test ways of collaborating. Mr Mul...

If you've been waiting for session information to decide on whether to attend next month's DNUG/IBM Lotus Technical Forum conference in Karlsruhe, Germany, wait no longer. The jumpstarts and keynotes, breakout sessions (day 1 and day 2) are now available. Sessions shaded in grey are present...

During the recent Lotusphere Comes to You tour, IBM's Ken Bisconti spoke with ComputerWorld New Zealand about the Notes/Domino marketplace..."Lotus Notes has 40,000 active customers across the world, and any idea that Notes is dead is a dead idea," says Ken Bisconti, vice president of IBM Workpl...

IT Jungle covers the recent announcement of WebSphere Portal 6.0, scheduled to ship in Q3 2006.At the top of the list of enhancements is the integration of additional productivity tools, primarily content management and workflow. Other notable areas of improvement are to be found in ease of depl...

A good discussion of the business value of instant messaging, which focuses on Lotus Sametime as a knowledge tool. Note the prominence of Sametime in this story, further establishing IBM's market and mindshare leadership in this space.Mike Rhodin, IBM's general manager for Workplace, Portal and...

Interesting -- like Google Desktop and X1, Microsoft has now extended their desktop search tool to support indexing Lotus Notes e-mail. Somehow I missed the press release on this :-) (Thanks, Mathias)...

My colleague Alan Lepofsky pointed me to this blog entry on CIO.com last week, where Ben Worthen waxes unapologetically about his use of gmail to process corporate e-mail:Last week I configured my CIO email account to forward a copy of every new email to my Gmail account. I then configured my G...

Tomorrow, Microsoft will issue a software update to Internet Explorer, changing the behavior of ActiveX controls within certain web pages. Most software vendors are affected (not just IBM!). Several Domino community bloggers have picked up this issue. Rob Novak has been a rock star, champio...

A couple of weeks ago, a nice guy (thanks, Paul) pointed out to me that the Wikipedia entry on Lotus Notes isn't all that wonderful.a representation of Notes. It has a bit of a technical go around programming, but nary a word on the types of applications built with all that stuff. The screens...

50 l33t

April 8 2006

vowe found a l33t generator... not as kewl as the izzle but the n00bs should like it....

Short but good case study...Hotel building and refurbishment company Vascroft has rolled out Lotus Notes to support flexible working arrangements. Mitesh Vekaria, Vascroft's chief executive, said the system was already improving employee productivity by allowing mobile working, better calendari...

Rocky takes a break from geeking out on new Notes features...I am sure we all remember the "bad old days" - the time a few years ago when we, as a community, were completely unclear about the future of Notes/Domino, much less our own careers since many of us have worked soley on Notes/Domino and...

During a techtalk for Lotus business partners and IBMers yesterday, Domino product manager Rob Ingram was asked about the plan to support Domino on 64-bit Linux operating systems. Rob pointed the audience to technote 1231920, published a couple of weeks ago, which saysEffective with Domino 7....

The View's Admin2006 is a little over a month away, and I'm way behind in getting my presentation done. The session is called, "Lotus Notes 'Hannover' -- What It Means To You". Given the weight of the topic, there's a need for the right focus make sure the presentation hits the mark. The...

Eighty-five percent

April 5 2006

Despite globalization, there are always locally produced specialties to check out during my travels. Unsurprisingly, one of my purchases last week while in Z├╝rich was an assortment of Swiss chocolate, purchased in the basement market of the Globus department store. One of the things that intrig...

As I've been saying, voicemail is dead. Sun's Tim Bray even says internal e-mail is dead (I don't agree at all -- not in a global company where people are asychronously available...does Tim not sleep?). Still, instant messaging is taking over.Now a generation of office workers who grew up with...

Dan Briody comments on an article in the Wall Street Journal discussing companies which ban public communication services:I'm not going to argue that these technologies are often used for personal reasons. They are. But so are phones, and e-mail, and water coolers, and bathrooms. And they do come in...

Once again, my colleague Paul Culpepper assists on demonstrating a cool Sametime 7.5 feature. Here, without the need to launch a full e-meeting, Paul does some screen sharing with me.. ---------------------------------------------------- and if I want to continue by sharing something with P...

Congratulations and welcome to Steve Castledine, the newest member of the Lotus development organisation! I've known Steve for the last three years, ever since he launched his Dominoblog template, which I've used for edbrill.com since Steve first shipped. He's a passionate and skilled develop...

A flash demo showing the new features and capabilities of Lotus Sametime 7.5 is now available on ibm.com. All the details regarding this about-to-go-to-first-beta major release are here. (Via Bruce) ...

Disclaimer -- I haven't read the report I'm linking to here, yet...but from the contents and quotes posted on Ferris's website, it sounds like a good one: "Exchange administrators feel burdened by the daily and weekly tasks required to build and maintain a highly reliable Exchange solution. Better...