April 2007

IBM PartnerWorld starts up live today in St. Louis, and there's a lot of Lotus lovin' on tap for this event. Here are some things to watch for out of the gate...I'll add links and updates later today. First, aside from a keynote from Sam Palmisano, ZZ Top will be there. What more could you ask fo...

A whole web page of content covering today's newly announced Lotus Messaging and Collaboration Express starter packs. There's lots more, too, including a flyer and the channel announcement, which will be posted on Tuesday (the 1st). Visit ibm.com/lotus/smb for more details, or directly on the ge...

25,000 comments

April 29 2007

With comment #22 on Friday's Notes 8 beta refresh posting, Bruce Elgort posted the 25,000th legit comment on edbrill.com. Why does this seem apropos :-)...

About five months ago, I posted a presentation called "Business aspects of social software and collaboration" on slideshare.net. This presentation was delivered at the Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS) ICE conference in Edmonton. It was about ten weeks before the announcement of Lotus...

Nice job, Denise Shaw, on the new Notes 8 splash ... I spent some time last night updating to this week's Notes 8 build. Things I notice immediate versus beta 2 -- Much much faster and tighter. The team has done a great job moving the client along in the last seven weeks The preferences have...

Man are there a lot of upcoming big Notes/Domino events. Wish I could do them all, but I'm running out of pages in my passport... The Scottish Notes Users Group meeting is coming up next week. Great stuff on the agenda. The Kelros customer case study sounds very interesting... The Irish Lotus U...

Alan asks:What business processes do you want software to help you with? Think about the things you need to get done during the course of your day, week, month, year, or maybe during a specific project. Now how does software help you, and more importantly what are today's tools not helping you wi...

Interesting challenge for those who are now pushing the public e-mail services as a way to run commodity mail.... It's not clear what gets discussed during McKinsey & Co.'s weekly internal communication meeting, but the dial-in number and passcode for the event can be easily found by searching w...

As you might have heard over at Adam Gartenberg's blog, Sametime 7.5.1 is now shipping, with a host of new goodies. I know a lot of you are looking for the trial version -- that's planned to be posted in about three weeks. You can also find tons of detail on the updated website on ibm.com/lotus/st...

At Lotusphere Comes to You in Toronto today, Joe Canadian (a.k.a. Ken Porter) asked, "there are two downloads of the Notes 8 client available in beta, a 'standard' and a 'basic'. Why two and what's the difference?" I've been intending to write about this for a few days, on the back of the SMB dis...

Lotus has launched a new ISV initiative, including a new section of the website (partnerwithlotus) and the IBM Collaborative Application Development Forum.Whether you are currently an IBM Business Partner, or looking at joining our community, the IBM Collaboration Continuum (detailed below) is for y...

Australia's Griffith University deploys Sametime...In an effort to facilitate collaboration with third parties, Griffith University in Queensland has started a messaging and groupware upgrade for its 6000 staff and postgraduate research students. The university's manager of identity and messaging...

A few days ago, I received an e-mail that has been top of mind since landing at Pearson Airport last night. The word is cheese, in this case, The Cheese Boutique in Etobicoke, Toronto. Kurt Binnie e-mailed me about this delectable deli, and the drive back into the city after a series of customer m...

It's been a while since I've felt the need to comment on competitive practices I'm encountering in the field, but as it is getting personal, it's time to take a look. For the last eight weeks or so, I've been receiving occasional reports from Microsoft "migrate from Notes" events all over the worl...

OK, I published this very briefly a few weeks ago, then learned that I was jumping the gun a bit. But I checked with the right manager in the food chain, who says it's ok now...and timely, especially given my prior posting. I would like you to join me in congratulating Dr. Mary Beth Raven on her p...

A couple of inaccuracies in this report, but overall a positive that ZDNet undertook its own evaluation of the Notes 8 public beta:IBM has used Eclipse's extensibility to add productivity applications -- an office suite -- directly into the Notes client. The aim is that you can do most of your work...

After Wednesday's posting about Lotus in SMB, I had a number of pings from customers and partners asking why I set myself up for a beat-down. Similar questions were asked in the comments, where some wondered if anything had changed or will changed from prior conversations on the subject. So why d...

This surprises me...If you're like the majority of people in a new survey, e-mail is "essential" to your life. So essential, actually, that many people say they would give up deodorant, coffee, or their significant other for a day rather than go without sending and receiving messages. ... The surv...

Sorry, Minneapolis

April 18 2007

Well, I tried. But Northworst -- err, Northwest -- DC-9 strikes again. I am not sure why I bother with these airplanes that are older (sometimes) than I am. My last three attempts on NWA have had mechanical problems, including tonight's intended MSN-MSP flight. I arrived at the airport at 1:30 f...

There are some recurring themes that I hear when I talk to customers about Lotus, Notes/Domino, and the marketplace. One that comes up frequently is a view that Lotus is "nowhere" in the SMB market, and need to do things differently to gain more share in that space. I often point out in response t...

It appears my Domino mail server has been upgraded to Domino 8 beta, as I've seen my first ghost -- that is, the first "ghosted" entry on my Notes 8 calendar. Invitations that have not yet been acted upon show up in black on white background prior to processing, making it easy to visualize all new...

Selling point?Whether it's the congressional inquiry into deleted e-mails among White House officials or similar probes of companies entangled legal troubles, there are a host of tools and techniques that can be used to recover and analyze the data left behind. ... If an organization's e-mail syste...

A Notes administrator writes:Ed, we are a fairly small Notes shop of roughly 500 users. I hate sending out nasty emails to users to tell them to delete some of their old emails. Usually at least one of them will delete all from their All Docs and then I have to restore which takes me around 2 hours....

During my years of international travel, I've occasionally experienced a frustrating slight. People ask where I am from, and when I respond with "Chicago", there are a few typical responses: "Oh, Michael Jordan" (Yes, he's my neighbor here in Highland Park) "Chicago -- gangsters, bang bang" (No...

I'm not writing about politics....Perino said a White House review showed up to 5 million e-mails to and from as many as 1,700 executive branch employees might have been lost when the administration converted from Lotus Notes to Microsoft Outlook in 2002 and 2003.Oops. Link: Reuters: Rove in new co...

My colleagues and I on the Lotusphere content team received a nice vote of confidence today -- the summary conference ratings from Lotusphere 2007 were incredibly positive. One particular highlight says that we picked the right sessions for the conference:"In addition, in 89% of the sessions (up fr...

Help from the audience

April 12 2007

I spoke this morning at the Lotusphere Comes to You in Houston. After spending nearly all day yesterday (due to the Chicago snow) to get down to Houston, I have to be honest that I was disappointed in the relatively small turnout for the event. Local business partners reported that they get good t...

RIP, Kurt Vonnegut

April 12 2007

Today we mourn the passing of a great creative writer, Kurt Vonnegut, at age 84. Vonnegut was one of the first authors that I read as a collection -- in other words, his writing was so good, I eagerly consumed all his stuff back in my teenage bookstore groupie years. Galapagos Islands was one of t...

A balanced view of the opportunity to take social networking into the business environment. IBM's Steve Mills and Alistair Rennie are quoted, along with Gartner and IDC. Here's Mills:IBM is stopping short of entering the consumer market, however. Steven A. Mills , the IBM senior vice president and...

As previously mentioned, Domino 8 will include a limited entitlement to Tivoli Directory Integrator, for use with Lotus Domino. In this YouTube video, the TDI team demonstrates synchronizing Domino directory with Active Directory. A second video shows the "how-to" to go along with the demo. A...

Eleven cities upcoming for Lotus open labs events in May/June...Lotus Open Labs is an education experience for customers, business partners and IBMers. It is a chance to sit down at a PC and "test-drive" software that you don't have or play with features of a product in a controlled environment. We...

Earlier today, Rob Novak announced the 2007 editions of Collaboration University. Did I say editions? Why yes, I did! This year, there are two flavours of CU, each held in two locations. Looking for CU for Quickr and Sametime? CU2007 will cover Quickr/Sametime in Kansas City and London events...

Recent blogosphere activity is driving a logical maturing process for the blogosphere Did we really need the Kathy Sierra situation to raise awareness of why anonymous comments, trolls, cyberbullying, and harassment are wrong?Last week, Tim O'Reilly, a conference promoter and book publisher who is...

As Lotusphere Comes to You events continue, Lotus has also started to take the event virtual. Several presentations are available for download, and live presentations will be delivered in a series of webinars, starting with Sametime next week. Cool stuff. Link: Lotusphere Comes to You Online...

April travel brings May...travel. Over the next few weeks, I'll be speaking at the following Lotusphere Comes to You events: April 12 -- Houston, TX USA April 19 -- Minneapolis, MN USA April 24 -- Toronto, Ontario Canada I'm also speaking on Monday, April 9, at the Chicago Lotus users group (G...

In the category of "a good problem to have"... There are now so many IBMers blogging that I am finding I can't read all of the great blogs on a regular basis. I suspect many of you are being more selective about who you are reading generally. Thus, in the interest of streamlining, I've moved a n...

This article is cool both as a trip down memory lane, but also as validation of one's geek cred. I count having used more than half of these products, including an absolute mandatory load of PC Tools DOS every time I booted my Zenith 8088, being physically ill after playing Doom for the first tim...

As my daughter would say, "that does not sound good":Western Australia's Department of Planning and Infrastructure (DPI) has revealed its Microsoft Exchange-based e-mail system is suffering frequent outages that are creating a risk of embarrassing public data loss. "The existing messaging environm...

Looks like they've been posted for three weeks, but I only found out this morning (thanks, Doug)... Find them here... Link: IBM developerWorks Lotus: Lotus Sandbox / Conferences...

At last week's meeting of the Minneapolis/St. Paul Lotus user group, RSM McGladrey presented the case study of their migration from Lotus Notes to Microsoft Exchange for 7000 users. I had hoped to make this meeting in person, but just couldn't get there in time (though I will be in Minneapolis for...

Bob Balaban, Notes/Domino programming dude, joins the IBM blogroll with a single objective:I want to make Notes and Domino a kick-ass appdev platform againLink: Bob Balaban at bobzblog.com: In Theory.......

The IBM PartnerWorld team has announced the winners of the 2007 Beacon Awards... Congratulations to PSC Group on winning the award for "Best Lotus Software Solution", and to finalists Instant Technologies and VDoc. Update: John Head has more information about PSC's win on his blog....

No April Fool's...Rob Novak announces an exciting component of Lotus Quickr 8 on his blog:IBM has contracted with Design Partner SNAPPS to accelerate the development of eleven new templates ("placetypes" in Lotus Quickr terms) that will be available free to licensed Lotus Quickr users. Each of them...