April 2010

Well, today's the day. Notes/Domino 6.5, and thus the 6.x release of the product, have reached their end of service date. IBM promises to provide standard support for our commercial software for a minimum of five years; in the case of Notes/Domino 6.x, that support ran for seven and a half. Our s...

Wow, could it be a mis-match between hype and reality?The cash-strapped City of Los Angeles government may have shunned Microsoft for Google's cloud-based apps, but an April 13 inter-departmental letter indicates that performance issues with Google Apps have consistently frustrated pilot users.And w...

The CIOZone website has recently posted a number of video interviews with IBM Lotus executives from Lotusphere 2010. The messages are thus a few months old, but are good reinforcements for what we talked about at this year's conference. For example, my boss Kevin Cavanaugh spent twelve minutes tal...

Today's guest blogger is Arthur Fontaine, Program Director for Lotus Domino application development and Lotus Protector. He's excited about Lotus Protector for Mail Encryption, which is now available. He even trusts Lotus Protector enough to offer his email address up in this blog posting... Lot...

A few weeks ago, the Twitterati noticed that a netcast called "This Week in Technology" was taunting Howard Stern over his use of Lotus Notes. Stern has been a long-time Lotus technology customer, but TWiT-casters Leo Laporte, Jeff Jarvis, and Gina Trapani had a nice laugh over it. Well, Howard re...

The headline on this story is a good one. The interest in cloud for e-mail is driven by CIOs and CFOs, and this article lays out the reasons why. As we discussed in the Notes/Domino strategy session at Lotusphere, the ground is shifting a bit, and we expect hybrid environments -- mix of on-premise...

While there were a lot of interesting conversations yesterday at the Lotusphere Comes to You in Toronto/Markham, I heard one phrase over and over: "Thank you for coming up". Canadians, you are so polite, but look -- you are all very welcome, there's no need to thank me. As customers and partners i...

This morning at Lotusphere Comes to You here in Toronto, Tungle CEO Marc Gingras is joining me during the keynote to announce availability of the Tungle.me plug-in for Lotus Notes. As I've mentioned earlier, I've been using the beta plug-in for a few months and it totally rocks. This is really cha...

I didn't know about this but it came up in a customer interaction today and I thought it was worth sharing. ICSA Labs does testing and certification of anti-spam solutions, including Lotus Protector for Mail Security.CSA Labs certified anti-spam solutions are tested 365-days a year for effectivenes...

Provocative headline and some assertions you and I might not agree with, but Longhaus's Peter Carr takes a look at the Australian market and trends/transitions in cloud computing:Within this context, point victories within a holistic collaboration suite are no longer a basis for claiming market vict...

If you have been reading the blogs or PlanetLotus, you've probably noticed by now that with the most recent beta ("code drop 4") of Notes/Domino 8.5.2, we've lifted the confidentiality veil and given testers the opportunity to blog about what they're seeing. So far, Erik Brooks has the only detaile...

At the Lotusphere Comes to You in Palisades, New York, Gist CEO T.A. McCann is joining IBM's Bart Lautenbach in the keynote to announce availability of the Gist plug-in for Lotus Notes. The plug-in is Windows only for now, but they are working on the Mac support aggressively as well. TechCrunchIT...

This is nice to see: Taken from Apple's April, 2010 "iPhone Apps for Business" newsletter. As for Notes Traveler and iPad, David Leedy has a pretty comprehensive blog entry about it. It works, we know it works, we are driving towards formal support ASAP. Oh and ibm.com will have a new page a...

Cool guest speaker at the April 29 Lotusphere Comes to You in Washington DC: Dion is a well-known Web 2.0 expert specializing in business strategy and enterprise architecture. A worthwhile date on the LCTY tour for sure....

Strong endorsement of the TCO savings in the Notes/Domino 8.5 architecture, validated by the Forest City Police department and their business partner Simplified Technology Solutions:Benefits: Reduced existing storage capacity by 77 percent by eliminating duplicate documents; Avoided the costs of im...

Many of you have met Mike Masterson, Product Manager for Notes/Domino application development, over the last 18 months or so. Today, Mike would like to talk about the formal unveiling of Lotus Domino on the Amazon EC2 cloud. --Ed Domino, we have ignition. It should come as no surprise that bringi...

We're only three weeks away from Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco, running May 3 to 6 at the Moscone Center. I will be at the conference as a result of my participation on the conference advisory board, and plan to be in sessions and at the IBM booth in the expo itself. Working on the conference sess...

I've installed Lotus Symphony 3 beta 2 (a March 31st build), and I see new options on my file | import menu in my Notes 8.5.1 client... Just imported a Symphony presentation and it rendered pretty well in the body/rich text field in Notes....

It's interesting to see this article, since when Cisco first acquired PostPath, their whole stated angle was that it was a drop-in replacement for Outlook. Perhaps they've found, as we did, that the reality of doing that isn't quite as simple as it sounds, and that also, Outlook's power is waning a...

The IBM Lotus team in the US has added several more dates for Lotusphere Comes to You, while others have changed dates. Cities that have been added include Minneapolis, where I'll be on May 13. Other events now extend all the way to early June. Check out the full calendar: Link: ibm.com: IBM L...

We held a design review for Alloy, the IBM/SAP integration solution for Notes, a couple of weeks ago at our Massachusetts Labs. Darren Duke was one of the partners in attendance, and he summarized the meeting -- and the solution benefits of Alloy -- quite well:So what is Alloy? Well basically Alloy...

Thank you to the hundreds of you who joined us yesterday for the LotusUserGroup.org Lotusphere Comes to You Online session on the Notes and Domino family strategy. I'm always amazed when I deliver this presentation at how much is going on in the Notes/Domino product family. If you'd like the slide...

I was reading Luis Benitez's tweets tonight where he said: and I thought, gee, what's so surprising about a lying airline gate agent? It's happened to all of us. For me, it was that time I was at New York Laguardia trying to get to Boston; American blamed our six-hour delay on "weather", while...

I like these kinds of case studies -- easy upgrade to Notes/Domino 8.5.1, plus implementation of Sametime, Quickr, and Lotus Symphony:Working with IBM Business Partner Pixelixir, TVH updated its Lotus infrastructure, which is hosted on two servers--one located in Belgium and one located in the Unite...

OpenSpan is a great example of the benefits of Notes 8 being built atop the Eclipse.org framework...OpenSpan offers OpenSpan Windows Container for IBM Lotus, which extends IBM Lotus Notes (versions 8.5+) ... to integrate and automate applications...including native Windows desktop applications. Op...

Anyone who is surprised by any of this should check their history books...Although Microsoft's Office Open XML (OOXML) document format became an ISO standard two years ago, the company still hasn't built any software that truly complies with the standard. Microsoft Office 2010, which is expected to...

eWeek is "reporting" a "story" today based on Microsoft's rebuttals to the "Top 10 Exchange storage myths" (forgive my air quotes on all of this, but it's hard to believe eWeek considers this news). Their source is the Exchange team blog, and I think it's a clever blog entry. I just don't like t...

We released Lotus Notes Traveler Companion, an iPhone app that allows Domino mail users to read their encrypted mail on the iPhone, during Lotusphere 2010. It has had tens of thousands of installs in just under three months' time -- not bad for IBM's very first app store app. Now that we've had s...

Eric blogged last night about his disappointment that his online emeetings provider, GoToWebinar, sends an "Add to your Outlook calendar" link in confirmation emails. Unfortunately, the Outlook calendar event link is created and included in the event confirmation automatically. We have no control ov...