May 2004

Despite the vague road map, Microsoft's Thompson took a shot at rival IBM Lotus, saying it doesn't have a clear road map. Ed Brill, who examines rivals' technologies as manager of Lotus' competitive project office, fired back: "I don't know how he can say we don't have a clear road map; we're s...

One of many reasons I'm looking forward to next week. From e-Promag.com:Penton Technology Media announces the relaunch of the e-Pro family of products. [Libby Ingrassia Schwarz] will be continuing as e-Pro's editor, and spearheading this relaunch and the introduction of a family of Lotus elect...

I am so happy to blog this bit of news.... my dear friends Karen and Paul's daughter came into the world yesterday at 11:12 AM EDT. Marianna Elizabeth Lilla weighed 7 pounds 12 ounces at 19.5 inches tall. Congratulations to the Lillas! Paul reports that mom and baby are doing well, and as a...

I captured some of this on Wednesday, and just now am getting around to posting it. I left the conference yesterday...there's only so much I can take ;) Anyway, there was a session on Wednesday afternoon about MS Live Communications Server. I found this session interesting for two reasons: ...

I have more MS TechEd stuff (RTC server mainly) to blog, but I'm still fired up about yesterday. From MEC, October, 2001, Paul Flessner:A year ago we had a very large team in Exchange working on storage. We were never going to get that storage to the rate of innovation that we were investing i...

Check this out:There will be a new release of Exchange. We're not ready to announce when that is or what it is.Mr. Thompson, I have just one thing to say -- how dare you criticize the Lotus roadmap.Q: So there might be a version of Exchange before Longhorn? It is possible. What we will do is e...

The Exchange Server team acknowledged at TechEd that the company has scrapped the Exchange "Kodiak" code name. Kodiak, which Microsoft first discussed in 2001, referred to the next major version of Exchange Server that was due to follow Exchange Server 2003. The most recent ship date Microsoft h...

"So far, Domino applications on Linux servers have been trouble-free. They just simply run." -- Fergus O'Rorke, partner and director, EBA Group Link: CNET Asia: In Love with Linux (Thanks for the link, Scott) ...

Users and analysts who have examined the first beta version of Notes/Domino 7 report that they're impressed with the platform's stability and increased support for DB2. They also say that this first test version of the upcoming ND7 signifies the beginning of a new day in the Domino world -- an...

It was ironic that reporters and analysts there to cover the event were hard-pressed to do so. A limited number of hard-wired connections in the hallway were open to VPN access, and reporters and attendees jockeyed for position in those prime spots.Hi Barb! I ran into Darrow twice in the "wildw...

Bold-faced, brazen, and audacious -- words in my head walking out of the Exchange keynote here at TechEd. MS VP Dave Thompson's coming-out party among the Exchange customer base was certainly interesting. Using a Q&A format, the session addressed questions on the minds of many Exchange adm...

The deal of the day has to be the parking lot in the harbor area behind the convention center. First, it's easier access than the multi-level convention center garage. Second, it's only $5, $3 cheaper than the convention center. Third, the pay machine takes credit cards. Life is good. Yo...

Overall score: "A"The program knows that all the meetings are related because that is how you set it up. It presents several options when you start to change the time of one meeting. You can apply the change to Monday only and leave the rest alone, push all the meetings back an hour even if they...

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The new IBM Workplace is touted as a remedy for a wide range of ills, all the way from viruses to Microsoft Office licensing fees. How are members of the channel responding to IBM's recently launched "application management model?" Quotes from Binary Tree, Colligo, and others. Link: Channel Zo...

With IBM Workplace's new rich-client strategy, Big Blue appears ready to challenge Microsoft for control of its core platform. No, not Windows. And no, not Office, either. Instead, the battle has been joined at Redmond's most vulnerable spot: software as a hosted service .... IBM deploys its E...

Another Ken Bisconti interview....InfoWorld: What does the Client Technology introduction mean for customers' existing Lotus Notes investments? Bisconti: One of the common comments we receive is this technology is very interesting, what does it mean to me as a Notes/Domino customer? Hopefully,...

Well, I'd love to tell you what Matt had to say, but even though I'm sitting less than 15 feet away and we've made eye contact.... it's impossible to hear him. Microsoft set up a number of "cabanas" for smaller sessions during TechEd. There's no audio system -- simply one plasma monitor, some...

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msteched.com = yoyo

May 24 2004

It's 9 PM on Sunday night (PDT)....could there really be that much load on the Microsoft TechEd conference network/system to cause it to crash thrice while I've been trying to download presentations and plan session attendance? I've have five downloads all fail, anywhere from 11% to 84% complet...

Vacation meant missing John Fontana's take on the IBM Workplace announcement...IBM last week made a brash move onto the desktop with the introduction of middleware designed to give corporations alternatives to Microsoft. It also provides the flexibility to run component-based software without sa...

Over at Notestips.com, Mike Golding has often posted rather provocative discussion topics about ways in which Lotus has screwed up -- product problems, marketing deficiencies or perceived errors, etc. Like I said yesterday, I'll take the good with the bad, and so I'm always willing to read and...

I always like to write about real-world examples of great marketing, so here's today's story. A few weeks ago, in my eternal quest for decent low-fat snack chips ("crisps" to my British readers), I bought a bag of a new (to me at least) brand of rice chips called Mr. Krispers. Well, the expe...

Last week I received an Email message from someone who had a rather interesting problem. He suspected that another employee in the IT department was reading his Email.Wow does this take me back. I don't really ever hear reports of this kind of snooping or unauthorized access to Notes mailboxes...

A room with a view

May 21 2004

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"Analysts recognize that companies have had these proprietary application stacks that become unwieldy and unmanageable. So they started to get tiered architectures and integrate their business applications so they talk to each other, and that's empowering. But they've done that at the sacrifice...

Much as I love asparagus, I've never understood the German fetish for white asparagus. Last year, during DeveloperWorks live in Munich, the Marriott hotel was having an asparagus-fest that featured a dozen different spear-based main dishes. Anyway, after reading today's New York Times, I think...

The latest release of Lotus Notes is all about the user. To begin with, IBM Corp. officials have made it easier for users to access information and have emphasized collaboration, especially in the form of instant messaging. Compared to products from Microsoft Corp. and Novell Inc., Notes offers...

Five pages worth of Q&A...Gillmor: It appears that you're finally rejoining the collaborative universe. Bisconti: [Laughing] Rejoining! Hopefully, we're helping to define whole new opportunities for the collaborative universe. Link: eWeek/Gillmor: IBM's Bisconti: Under the hood with IBM Wo...

I must have had this article forwarded to me ten times in the last two days. There's several others (like here), but I'll higlight the CRN one:The root cause may be a lack of value customers may perceive in SA. By Wilcox's count, 53 percent of enterprises and 40 percent of SMBs said that they s...

One of the first moves Epstein made when he joined the Sox was to bring in a software package called ScoutAdvisor from E Solutions, a little-known Tampa, Fla., company. Epstein had used the software, which keeps track of player talent from the minors to the pros, while with the San Diego Padres,...

You never hesitate to tackle the most difficult problems....

Sorry Paul, I had to do this.... I'm talking about geoclustering: building clusters of servers that are in physically separate locations. For example, a company in a metropolitan area such as Detroit could run Exchange Server on a cluster, placing one cluster server at headquarters in Dearborn...

Microsoft is treading water while the world is going by, according to [Dwight] Davis [of Summit Strategies]. He cited the recent announcement by IBM around their managed client to push middleware down to the desktop. IBM, in tandem with the broader Linux environment, should be Microsoft's main c...

WinFS won't be fully useable on a large-scale basis to search content across corporate networks when Longhorn server ships. "So it could be that for example, you could use WinFS as a server for collaboration in workgroups. But if you want to support hundreds of users, that may wait for the updat...

While I was in Boston last week, I attempted to prove my technical manliness by helping my friends Paul and Karen Lilla get their US Robotics 8054 wi-fi router up and running. They are DSL subscribers, so we had to configure the PPPoE setup, which was fine. A couple more tweaks, and the wifi...

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Lest anyone accuse me of only blogging the stories that have taken a pro-Workplace stance...But whether IBM's plans will end Microsoft's dominance of the desktop anytime soon is unlikely, industry observers say. Considering that there are already desktop suite alternatives, such as OpenOffice, a...

New on the IBM Workplace "landing page", my take on the competitive landscape for IBM Workplace."We've created an entire platform that has all of our collaboration capabilities available as components," says Brill. "For organizations that adopt the platform, deployment becomes a simple matter of...

Sushi2Go isn’t

May 13 2004

So I'm headed back to the airport from the IBM Workplace launch in Toronto, and I'm getting kinda hungry. I pass a storefront with a sign that says "Sushi2Go", which is exactly what I could use for the drive. Except that once I parked the car and went that way, I discovered that "Sushi2Go" is...

Chris Castellani used this word to describe Rob Novak at dinner tonight -- "pescatarians". The reference: someone who is a vegetarian, but also eats fish. I kinda like it. It feels like a sniglet....

Several "day two" stories are appearing, with more analysis and perspective. Technology News, IBM Debuts New Workplace Middleware:There was some industry speculation that the new strategy and software from IBM -- which includes new Lotus Workplace software for collaboration, messaging and docu...

A quick breather in a busy day.... just walked out of the opening session at Admin2004. Mike Rhodin, IBM VP who runs Lotus engineering and support, gave a presentation based on the Workplace launch keynote that's being used in several places this week. Having lived with the technology, product...

IBM's move could actually prove to be the biggest threat to Microsoft's hammerlock on PC software since IBM was pushing its own competing operating system, OS/2, from 1987 through 1996. A confluence of factors could conspire to make Workplace the first legitimate mass-market competitor to Micr...

It was tough to make heads or tails out of IBM's big software strategy announcement on MondayA three sentence blog-style entry which then tries to explain the IBM announcement and MS's position relative to it. I'll leave it up to you to decide if it was "tough" or not. Link: Microsoft Watch:...

I don't write the quotes, I just point 'em out....Michael D. Osterman, president and founder of Osterman Research in Black Diamond, Wash., said that for him, the two most striking aspects of Workplace 2.0 are its increased flexibility and its potential to lower the total cost of ownership (TCO)....

I only have about five minutes before boarding my flight to Boston, so this is really quick. Had a great launch event in Chicago this morning. Weather tried to ruin us -- keynote speaker Ken Bisconti couldn't make it in from New York last night, so he and demo manager George Brichacek caught a...

Network World gave out their Well-Connected Awards yesterday. Lotus won two -- enterprise instant messaging and groupware server....

Worth identifying this one specifically, as it's the first one I've seen resulting from the press conference in NY:IBM's Workplace Client Technology, first discussed in January at IBM's Lotusphere show and due out this quarter, is an Eclipse-based platform that places on client devices a WebSphe...

eWeek, IBM Unveils Server-Based Software Model:IBM on Monday unveiled a new server-based software model designed to lessen enterprises' reliance on desktop applications such as Microsoft Office, while easing application management and making platform choice irrelevant. The new model supports...

On the front page of ibm.com, by the way. Link: IBM Workplace...

This website makes no guarantees as to the accuracy of pre-announcement coverage ;). I'll be happy to provide not-for-publication answers/comments later in the day.... Reuters: IBM said on Monday it will launch software for running applications over far-flung networks and devices, its latest...

International Business Machines has raised the stakes in its battle with Microsoft by developing a software technology that would allow large corporations to bypass Microsoft operating systems and applications on PCs or handheld computers. ... Companies adopting the IBM software would be able t...

An update to WebSphere Portal Application Intergrator shipped last week....The update adds more than a dozen new portlets, most of them for SAP AG's Manager Self-Service product, an IBM spokeswoman said. It is also easier to use than the previous version, and lets users add instant messaging and...

airlinemeals.net

May 9 2004

From Justin, a link to a site that I am not surprised exists....airlinemeals.net features pictures, reviews, and history of in-flight food. Of course, here in the States, you're lucky to get anything more than a bag of pretzels these days, even in first class! My three flights on AA this week...

CRN weighs in on anticipated IBM software news ...The underlying infrastructure that IBM is expected to outline remains Java-centric, with WebSphere Application and Portal Server as well as SyncML-based, bidirectional synchronization and replication designed to move data efficiently between serv...

The thin grey line

May 7 2004

Earlier today, I was contacted by an industry figure about some comments I made a few weeks ago regarding their published work. The e-mail interchange served as a fair reminder that I have a diverse readership, and that when I express opinions here, they can still be interpreted as "Ed on behal...

I like this story a lot. It covers a WebSphere Portal (Express, presumably) deployment to a very small business -- a medical office. And by using it, they've documented increased "patient load" (I assume this would be "customers" in other industries) and revenue. The cost: $14,000. Not too sh...

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vowe.net:I don't understand why everybody is crying about the requirements for running Windows Longhorn: "The average PC is expected to have a dual-core 4 to 6GHz processor, a minimum of 2GB of RAM, a 1 terabyte hard drive, 1 gigabit Ethernet, and a graphics card that's three times as fast as...

A wide-ranging and comprehensive interview with Dr. Goyal....e-Pro: What do you think is the biggest difference between today's Lotus and the Lotus that you took charge of over one year ago? Goyal: I would say while Al Zollar did the work on the integration of Lotus, I'm trying to take Lotus to...

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Can anyone stopping by perhaps enlighten me as to why there are so many hits coming to this blog today via a thread on sybermoms.com? I've tried to go back and read the thread -- but even after registering on the site, it is telling me I don't have permission to access that URL. The referrer...

Ambuj Goyal, during a preparation session for his keynote at next week's DNUG Konferenz: "Lotus Notes will live forever"...

I guess it was worth the 50 minute drive in to the Portal/Content management/Workplace conference this morning. Some kind soul scheduled my "Boss Loves Microsoft: Where does that leave Lotus" session for 8:30 AM. I wasn't real sure what to expect in terms of audience size and composition. Typ...

Chris Reckling, sitting ten feet away, just dissed me for not blogging yet today. And this after I took him to Oysy Sushi for an excellent lunch. Anyway, Chris, I was right in the middle of writing this one... which is, it looks like I won't have to crash the View's Admin2004 conference in...

"Weekend" e-mail volume in my work mailbox, received between 12:01 AM EDT Saturday 1 May and 11:31 PM EDT Sunday 2 May: 30 33 new messages received (excluding spam/personal) 21 new messages sent (mind you, I hardly spent any time at the computer this weekend - couple of hours perhaps)At l...

Once installed, the add-in allows users to schedule Live Meeting conferences and launch into the meetings directly through the Notes client, officials said. If Microsoft is so confident that IBM is killing Notes & Domino, they sure have a funny way of showing it. Between the recent update o...