April 2008

While I was off teaching at the Lotus Top Gun training class (for new IBM Lotus hires and business partners) today, several readers sent me links to various news reports on the latest in the US White House e-mail story. From Ars Technica, "An elephant never forgets? George W. Bush's lost e-mails":W...

Matt Asay comments on the recent Red Hat + IBM Open Collaboration Client lotusonredhat.com initiative:In what must have been gross oversight, Red Hat is pitching proprietary software on its website under the banner of "No vendor lock-in." The way Red Hat and IBM make it appear, simply running one's...

A couple of new Notes 8 demonstrations to check out... 1) IBM's official Notes and Domino 8 online demonstration has been updated. New highlights include 8.0.1 features and Lotus Notes Traveler. 2) My colleague Lewis Turek over in the UK produced a fantastic visual demonstration of Notes 8.0.1, w...

A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to be a guest speaker for the third time in an IT class at DePaul University. On this occasion, I spoke to the IS356/IS456 class on Knowledge Management Systems, taught by Professor Alan Burns. This was a return appearance to the IS456 class, with the l...

The Irish Lotus User Group has posted the agenda for the conference in Dublin on 4-6 June. It's great to see the breadth, depth, and expertise on the agenda. I know a lot of people seem to think that Alan and I are the same person, but I've never been in four places at once... Looks like we've...

I've been working with LotusUserGroup.org to reschedule the Lotusphere Comes to You Online session entitled, "Lotus Notes and Domino -- The Road Ahead". The new date is Thursday, May 15, at Noon EDT. Details to be posted at lotususergroup.org...

I'll be at Admin2008 in Boston on Thursday, May 1. My presence there is two-fold -- leading a Birds-of-a-Feather and participating in the always-popular Meet the Experts. The Birds-of-a-Feather Session is entitled, "Sending a Message to Management: How to keep Lotus Notes and Domino in your Compan...

The Lotus Quickr team has been working to create a separate download package for Quickr Entry 8.1. That package is now available on Passport Advantage, under the e-assembly part number of CR72XEN. Happy downloading!...

Today, April 24, has been designated the "Enterprise RSS Day of Action". This effort was championed by James Dellow, a frequent commentator on the use of Web 2.0 and collaboration technologies in the context of improving buisness. The goal of this day of action is to raise awareness of RSS's poten...

Steve and I (with a shadow role by Mr. Lepofsky) played a fun game today with Tweetscan -- reading various gripes from Lotus Notes users posted to Twitter. There were a lot of them! Just looking at the last few days, there are some people who are very unhappy with their use of Notes. and...

This is an unfortunate new vector for spammers...Calendar spam arrives like any other spam -- as an unwanted e-mail. But here's the problem: it also shows up as a meeting. That means the time specified on the spam will be blocked off on your online calendar, triggering an annoying reminder at the ap...

Rocky caught a Notes cameo on the US TV show CSI last night...right at the beginning, just after the show's intro credits, CSI Willow sends Grissom some photos from her iPhone. Grissom is at home sick, and he opens his laptop, and then his email, and there it is - Lotus Notes! I think it is Notes 7....

One question I got a few times last week after the IBM earnings announcement was the "seats" question...that is, how many Notes users are there? In the follow-up article in eWeek, Bob Picciano indicates that IBM has cumulatively sold 140 million Lotus Notes licenses. The precise question though is...

Anyone surprised?In a blog posting this week, Alex Brown, leader of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) group in charge of maintaining the Office Open XML (OOXML) standard, revealed that Microsoft Office 2007 documents do not meet the latest specifications of the ISO OOXML draft...

IBM and Earth Day

April 22 2008

IBM has launched a single section of ibm.com to focus on IBM's green initiatives. Case studies, green solutions, and IBM's own efforts are featured, along with "PowerUp", the "Official Game of Earth Day 2008". See details at: Link: ibm.com/green...

Apologies in advance to the premium support customers in Chicago and attendees at Lotusphere Comes to You in Ottawa. I had a medical procedure today that developed some complications, and I won't be able to travel Tuesday or Wednesday. I'm working on someone to cover me in Ottawa...Chicago it's ju...

Used to be daily routine

April 20 2008

I have much to catch up on from last week. One blast from the past happened at the Lotusphere Comes to You in Milwaukee. One of the attendees approached me after my first session, and I thought that I had probably met him before. It turns out that it was Chris, who was one of my first customers w...

eWeek comments on the Lotus performance during Q1....IBM quietly promoted Lotus Software Group General Manager Mike Rhodin two weeks before his division reported a 17 percent year-over-year increase in first-quarter earnings April 16. ... Ovum Research analyst Steve Hodgkinson wrote April 3 that...

RIM releases BES 4.1.5

April 17 2008

A few people have pinged me that RIM has released BES 4.1.5 for download. This version is expected to have added support for Domino 8, but I can't seem to view the upgrade guide.......

LotusOnRedHat.com

April 16 2008

Looks like Red Hat has launched a cool site highlighting Lotus solutions atop Red Hat Enterprise Linux: Link: LotusOnRedHat.com...

Free is good

April 16 2008

I've been meaning to write about the concept of "free" for a few weeks, after Wired ran a story called, "Free! Why $0.00 is the future of business" a few weeks back. I notice that they did not drop their own subscription price to free, but OK. The article is a good one and makes a point as to why...

Having expressed some negatives of the last few days, it's time to look at some positives. First, it is great to see the community response to Yancy Lent's charity.planetlotus.org challenge:On August 3rd of this year I will do my part to ensure that no other Father has to go through what I did. I...

Catching up on blog reading after being out of the office for a few days. Looks like a bit of a frustration meme going around.. Nathan Freeman writes, "The Masters of Derision", in which he assesses IBM's latest television advertising:Because they're targeting management by advertising on The Mas...

LotusUserGroup.org will be hosting a series of online webcasts of Lotusphere 2008 content. The series starts Monday morning (US time) with me presenting Notes/Domino - The Road Ahead. The series continues through June, and is free to view. Details at lotususergroup.org...

Breaking my own rule of not linking to another blog more than once in a given period of time, but for a good cause. Sam Lawrence at Jive was named on a list of "Seven leading corporate social media evangelists today" over on ReadWriteWeb earlier in the week. Others on the list included a Forreste...

DNUG, ILUG, Admin, LCTY

April 10 2008

Part of the reason for playing with Dopplr the other day was to get a better picture of my upcoming travel. I think the event schedule for the next seven weeks or so is pretty well set...after that, it's anybody's guess right now. Here's the list of upcoming events, including some new updates: L...

A month into Twitter, it has been a fascinating model of online networking for me. The simplicity of thinking in 140 character bites is a good minimalist challenge, while the pervasive availability of the Twitter stream (web, IM, e-mail, txt message, Notes plug-in, and Blackberry) makes it really a...

Ben documents the process of becoming an IBM Lotus commercial customer, which he is doing in tandem with an implementation of Elguji's IdeaJam:I've always been a partner or ISV or beta tester or what have you, or my licenses have been arranged by others. It is even possible that there is some way I...

Now things are getting serious...A report from a researcher at the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research in New Zealand suggests that rising temperatures may threaten beer. ...The grim results? Climate change may affect the production of malting barley, an ingredient crucial to the ta...

The Dopplr box

April 9 2008

Yesterday, two weird things happened. I added a "badge" from Dopplr.com to edbrill.com, and 1) a few people noticed that it is rendering too wide on IE -- while I had a complete blind spot in thinking about IE, and 2) the discussion about me adding Dopplr occurred almost entirely on Twitter. I sta...

Ian has been blogging the Lotusphere Comes to You events in England, and now steps back to reflect on those as well as the change of Lotus general manager:It is clear from even the most casual observation to see that the funds now being invested in product development are at a rate not seen for a de...

Over at the Lotus Connections blog, Suzanne Minassian has been busy posting a new series of videos demonstrating Lotus Connections features. There are two available so far, including this one on Activities:...

It seems like a few of the Lotus bloggers are examining their roots in Lotus Notes. I think this is a good meme type of topic...think we will all learn a lot about each other if we share. My start was pretty simple. In 1993, I was working at US Robotics, and our application development team was c...

In the aftermath of the OOXML approval, an indictment of the process:Microsoft got what it wanted - though only after pulling every lever it could to swing early opposition in its favour. The outcome, though messy, was probably the right one. Under ISO control, future development of the formats wil...

Thank you to Warren Elsmore, Stuart Downes, Sam Sheppard, and Paul Mooney for meeting up for an informal evening here in Manchester. What a wonderful thing to conclude an intense three days in Europe. I am also glad we all managed to keep those Blackberries and mobile devices away for a few hours...

They managed to make it happen. IS29500 has passed, and Microsoft now has an ISO standard in Open XML. Clearly, I'm disappointed in this outcome. Microsoft's publicly-stated attitude of "standards are great, let's have more of them!" did not and does not make sense in the space where there are a...

Presumably one of the last public presentations for Mr. Rhodin as Lotus GM...During his VoiceCon Orlando 2008 keynote, Mike Rhodin, General Manager of IBM Lotus software, predicted five future trends that IBM believes "reshape the way businesses and workers communicate and collaborate." Considering...

No April Fool's -- Earlier today, it was announced internally at IBM that Mike Rhodin is being promoted to General Manager, IBM North East Europe. Though IBM doesn't typically "announce" personnel moves externally, I'm sure word of this is making its way around the Lotus community. Executive moves...