April 2009

IBM's developerWorks website launched a new service today called my DeveloperWorks. The site provides aggregation of ibm.com social media tools for you as customers or business partners to use (or those IBMers who are reading as well!). It's nice to see that the announcement got some street cred i...

"I remember when..."

April 30 2009

In comments on yesterday's "Doing things different" post, Clayton Price wrote:Personally I feel for Lotus. I remember attending Lotus Fusion (Gold Coast, Australia) a good few years ago where there seemed to be approx 1000 attendees. Now each Lotus event I go to is lucky to have a 100 people. The gr...

For many, many years, I have done presentations at Lotusphere and other events on "How to sell Notes/Domino inside your organization". It seems rather timely that Marie Scott has shared a real-world example of taking on this responsibility, and far exceeding expectations:As many of the recent discu...

Doing things different

April 29 2009

It's been a while since I wrote a blog entry that felt particularly defensive. Today, I need to respond to a criticism that I, and/or the rest of the IBM Lotus executive team, are stuck in a "do it the same way we've always done it" mode. Declaratively: it's absolutely not the case. Right now...

We have a guest blogger today -- my boss, Kevin Cavanaugh, IBM Vice President, Messaging and Collaboration Products. Read on: I was browsing Notes and Domino community posts last Friday when I came across an interesting post from Duffbert on composite applications. It was inspired by a post by Ni...

Even as IBM and business partners continue to run some great Lotusphere Comes to You events, the calendar is starting to fill out for the second half of the year. In August, there are two user group-related events that have been announced: Iam Lotus User Group in St. Louis on August 3 and 4, and th...

Today was one of those days that I really love my job. I was at the University of Nebraska today, for three different reasons: a presentation to students on social networking in business; a customer meeting with the CIO, Walter Weir; and completion of a project we've been sponsoring in the Raikes...

This new podcast is a robust, 30-minute discussion on the value of Lotus Symphony as well as what we are seeing with customers adopting or considering Symphony. The speakers are product manager Eric Otchet, part of my team; David Pearson, the services team's Symphony expert; and Gary Kearney, the w...

Burton Group's Craig Roth reflects on a meeting we had a couple of weeks ago during the Chicago edition of Lotusphere Comes to You:It seems to me that one of the ironies of the success of Lotusphere is that Lotusphere is not the best place to make game-changing announcements about Lotus. The people...

The next two weeks are shaping up to be quite busy on the travel front. On Tuesday, April 21, I'll be at the kick-off the renamed Tri-State Lotus User Group meeting, which starts at 6 PM at IBM, 590 Madison Avenue, New York City. Then Wednesday, I move from New York to New England, at the kick-off...

Well, it's not just like home yet, but I'm getting there. In my head, I am debating what I know would end up being a painful question -- in the next 24 hours, can I finish transferring everything I need to the Mac, such that I leave the Thinkpad at home for my travels to New York, Boston, and Linco...

Looks like I'll be having some fun this weekend with my new MacBook Pro. Yes, this is going to be my primary work laptop. I'm very excited about going all Mac....

Mary Beth Raven and the design team have posted two interesting downloads over the last week: Mary Beth Raven and Paul Mooney's presentation from The View Admin2009, "Justifying your upgrade to Notes 8.0.2 or 8.5". I really really like the way that they present the evidence and data that supports...

Carl pointed to Microsoft's announcement of Exchange 2010 beta:Exchange 2010 will help organizations reduce costs, protect communications and delight e-mail users with capabilities to do the following: * Lower costs with more flexible deployment and management options. * Protect information and mee...

Some of the day-to-day activities in product management are less-glamorous than shipping new products, developing the market, and planning the future. In today's Lotus channel announcements, you can see the results of one small action item from my to-do list earlier this year. As of tomorrow, IBM...

Doug Spencer is on my team and is one of the demo gurus in the Lotus team. He's just posted a great video that explains what Lotus Foundations is about, then demonstrates the installation, setup, and deployment of a Foundations box.. The ten-minute video speeds up the boring parts of the install.....

Lotus marketing has been regularly posting videos to YouTube highlighting Lotus products, solutions, and now customers. These 22 new vignettes, recorded at Lotusphere and just posted, come from customers and business partners talking about the real-world use of Lotus software. You'll recognize som...

Google the word "symphony". Feeling lucky? If you are looking for Lotus Symphony, you should be. Because of 46,300,000 results for the word Symphony, IBM Lotus Symphony is #1: Not an orchestra. Not a musical composition. Not airplanes, fireplaces, stereo equipment. Lotus Symphony. Someone...

This is a pretty interesting project...IBM has built a virtual reality version of the Chinese Forbidden City, complete with hundreds of rooms, tour guides, and interactive activities. On April 28 and 29, IBM's John Tolva will host a backstage tour of the project and how it was built using SOA an...

We had about 200 people at the Lotusphere Comes to You in Chicago today. The venue was awesome -- the Metropolitan Club, located on the 66th floor of the Sears Tower in the Chicago loop. Today was a beautiful day in the Windy City, and as the event started, you could see for about 20 miles in any...

I realize that Slideshare embeds are CPU hogs, but here's another worthwhile presentation. In this one, customers can find out all about their client options when using Lotus Domino -- Lotus Notes, Lotus iNotes, and Lotus Notes Traveler. Lotus Domino 8.5 Client ComparisonView more presentations fr...

Really happy to see this announcement...Phase 2 International now offers online IBM Lotus applications to small-to-medium businesses (SMBs), adding to its various hosted service offerings which already include a Microsoft solution stack. ... The new hosted IBM solutions include Lotus Notes 8.5 for e...

IBM has two interesting channel announcements out today. The first is the availability of the Notes/Domino 7.0.4 maintenance release. This is what will likely be the final full maintenance release for the Notes/Domino 7.x code stream. It adds support for a few additional platforms (RHEL 5.1/5.2...

Found a reference to this technote and thought it was worth highlighting. Many of us who have been around Notes/Domino for a long time think back to the days of QMRs = Quarterly Maintenance Releases. In recent releases, the strategy around delivering fixes has changed, in order to get fixes to mar...

I've written a few times before about David Allen and the book Getting Things Done. More recently, if you've been reading my colleague Chris Blatnick's blog, you know that Chris was recently at the GTD Summit, learning more about how the world works and can work more effectively. A big part of my...

Yay, stars aligning... Darren Adams announced earlier today:the announcement of Lotusphere Comes To You in Edinburgh. The event will be held on Thursday 28th May at the Caledonian Hotel in Edinburgh. The plan is to have the same agenda as the London and Manchester events.I will be there! I've not...

Remember Unify? They're the company that moved into the market for migrating away from Notes and has had little to show for it. Heck, their latest quarterly financial report doesn't even mention their Lotus Notes migration efforts. But apparently, they haven't quite given up yet. Shout-out to ma...

Very nice...When automotive manufacturer Continental AG acquired Siemens VDO, the new combined organization selected IBM Lotus Notes and Domino software as their common messaging platform. Over a four-month period, 40,000 Microsoft Outlook and Exchange software users were moved to the...

My assumption is that most of you will see that headline and assume this is an April Fool's joke. The good news is it is not. Thanks to a connection in IBM Partnerworld, I've been shown the way to fix some of the biggest challenges expressed by Lotus brand customers with the IBM download site....

I am pleased to be speaking at a relaunch of the New York area Lotus User Group on Tuesday, April 21. The Tri-State Lotus User Group website went live this morning, and Mitch Cohen and Jim Casale have blogged about it. The meeting will be in the evening and will be in Manhattan to make things conv...

Well, my carbon-neutral presentation of "My career as a corporate blogger" to re:publica 09 in Berlin, Germany today turned out to be even more neutral...the conference network is performing so poorly that we had to resort to a call to a mobile phone piped over a microphone in the room and someone l...