May 2006

Forrester recently published a "Forrester Wave" analysis, examining the various vendors in the collaboration software marketplace. Both IBM and Microsoft have been ranked leaders...pretty much with even scores. While I'll quarrel with some of the rankings (how could IBM have the lowest score of an...

Irish Encore

May 30 2006

For weeks, Paul Mooney has been asking me to consider speaking at the next Irish Notes User Group meeting. No, I did the first one, I said. No, I have to be in Washington DC that week, I said. No, you have some amazing speakers lined up already, and don't need me, I said. Throw that all...

Exchange "12" is reviewed in PC Pro UK. If this is not one of the most spun and apologetic-on-behalf-of-Microsoft reviews I've ever read, emphasis mine:A year ago, I was furious that the Exchange team hadn't fulfilled what it had practically promised by moving its database store over to SQL Ser...

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My good friends at Dutch business partner e-office have a Dutch native-language group blog at www.domino-weblog.nl. Since my Dutch is, uh, non-existent ("Heineken" probably doesn't count), I don't normally track it. But Gerco Wolfswinkel pinged me about his blog entry a few weeks ago about a c...

My inbox lit up like a firecracker tonight, with tons of people linking me to the ZDNet Australia review of Notes/Domino 7 vs. SharePoint Portal Server 2003. I don't have the background on the ZDNet review yet -- as in, why did they choose to evaluate these two products head-to-head, and not co...

My colleague Thomas Coustenoble alerted me to a French-language web TV site, all about IBM software (with a significant focus on Lotus). Je ne parle pas français, but if you do, get yourself over to www.softwaretv.com ...

ArsTechnica ran a story last week about the IBM productivity editors announcement. (Story link: IBM wants to take a bite out of Office). That's all fine, but if you want to see something fascinating, take a look at the Forum discussion. This makes slashdot look tame. Sample quotes: "Note...

Rocky finally blogs about his baby (not just him, of course), Lotus Notes access for SAP Solutions (which I mentioned here and here)...the audience seemed very receptive to the featureset. They especially liked that we are shipping this product with the source code exposed - and that it doesn'...

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Missed this in all of last week's news...IBM plans to add Baidu.com's hard-disk search technology in Lotus Notes as part of a technology partnership, the two companies announced Wednesday. Baidu's hard-disk search technology can be used to search for information in Chinese and English. Add...

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Lotus product manager Chris Reckling has a comprehensive writeup on Maureen Leland's session at DNUG/ILTF earlier this week. Chris says:We'll already have Workplace Designer, Forms Designer, Portlet Factory, and Rational App Developer in Eclipse...so, the obvious thing to do would be to also e...

IBM has just published a pretty-cool executive four-page brochure on the value of upgrading to Lotus Notes and Domino 7. Features quotes from Lotus customers and partners, along with key callouts on the benefits of the release. Thanks to all who offered quotes for this one...and if you'd like...

A draft of this Redpaper is now available...Smart Upgrade, introduced in IBM Lotus Notes and Domino version 6, allows organizations to upgrade Lotus Notes clients easily, without having to visit each workstation or configure each installation process. The new features of Smart Upgrade in Notes a...

Network World's John Fontana asked for Mike Rhodin's response to this week's Bill Gates comments:Lotus has no intent to back off its stated commitment to provide backward compatibility for all Notes applications regardless of reports to the contrary this week from longtime rival Microsoft. ...

SearchDomino's "Ask Chuck Connell" yesterday featured a frequently asked question, but the answer seems to have surprised a lot of people. Here's the question: "When Domino runs on a Microsoft server operating system, do we need a Windows Server Client Access License (CAL) for each Lotus Notes...

1. One of the things I enjoy about visiting Germany are the ubiquitous bäckereien such as Kamps. This morning, on my six minute train connection at the Mannheim Hauptbanhof, I was able to detour into the bakery and buy drei bretzeln (three soft pretzels) for Eur 1.40 (US$1.68). In the US, A...

Now I know why Maurren Leland was so focused on heading in from dinner early on Monday night.... Unfortunately, I missed Maureen's session here at DNUG/ILTF yesterday. Here's a bit about something she covered:Seeing what the Eclipse editors could do for the same experience in Workplace Des...

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More good news for the future of Lotus Notes applications...With today's announcement, IBM and RIM are exploring opportunities for customers to more easily extend these Web services directly to BlackBerry, redefining the boundaries of their SOA to include mobile access. Extending Web services to...

The Globe reports on yesterday's IBM announcement...oftware industry watchers said that introducing ODF to millions of Lotus Notes users might quickly establish it as a major alternative to the Microsoft document standard. ''When you're trying to get a standard started, the biggest problem is...

So while we're here in Karlsruhe, Microsoft has their own conference in progress, covering SharePoint. Bill Gates spoke yesterday, covering a number of interesting topics. The speech transcript has been posted, including the Q&A (where he was joined by Kurt DelBene). Some very interestin...

I knew Alexander was up to something when I saw him sitting quietly in the foyer after my session...So Hannover is Lotus Notes - and a lot more. It will grow from a plattform for collaborative applications to an open plattform for composite applications. For the first time in 16 years Lotus Note...

I've written this entry during the keynote from this week's DNUG/IBM Lotus Technical Forum event. Tons of information covered in ninety minutes, with breakout sessions to follow with even more detail. Sidebar note-to-self from the keynote: Don't flash vowe, his is bigger than mine. Mike Rhodin g...

A couple of my colleagues have some new stuff worth reading: John Simonds interviewed IBM Chief Scientist/Distinguished Engineer Jeff Jonas. Jeff is something of a legend within IBM Software Group, having joined us as part of the acquisition of SRD last year. The interview sheds some lig...

An "excellent" review of Notes/Domino 7. Infoworld gives ND7 a score of 8.7 out of 10, scoring 8 or 9 in all categories. The review specifically calls out Linux support for both end user (in Domino Web Access) and administrator (Domino Web Administrator). Last two paragraphs sum things up nic...

Several articles in the last few days about a permission-less security hole in Exchange. The first articles had headlines like "Worm could wreck Exchange" and "Hackers expected to target Exchange". Within 24 hours, that moved to "Exploit out for Exchange bug". From "Worm could wreck Exch...

During Admin2006, LotusUserGroup.org program director Libby Ingrassia recorded several podcast interviews with Loti, business partners, attendees. Several were posted yesterday, including one with me. Check them out on the LotusUserGroup.org site...

Looks like Ferris Research wins the "first with the news" coverage of today's IBM announcement (not yet on ibm.com) of IBM Lotus Notes access for SAP solutions. From the press release (emphasis mine):IBM Lotus Notes access for SAP solutions include new features to Lotus Notes rich client such...

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Last week's news of the ISO approving the Open Document Format was good news for future document interoperability. But the paraphrased opening assertion from Microsoft in this Computerworld article is hilarious -- in what other industry in the world are standards viewed as a hinderance to in...

Bruce Elgort has a really great idea for word-of-mouth marketing of Notes/Domino.... have the resources to put together a video series similar to the new Apple commercials being aired on TV and the web. For this series of videos I need to develop some themes and some scripts for the actors that...

Interested in helping write this one?This Redbook will outline the best practices for migrating from an MS Exchange 2000 / 2003 to Domino 7. It is intended for IT Architects, Messaging Administrators and business leaders in an organization looking to move from Exchange to Domino 7. Details on t...

Due to other commitments, I wasn't able to attend the Admin2006 keynote this morning here in Boston. If you weren't, either, and want to know what Mike Rhodin and Ron Sebastian talked about and showed, surf over to Chris Miller's live blog of the keynote. If you're at Admin2006, hopefully I...

John Roling, aka Greyhawk68, contributes this article to Intranet Journal. Great to see some exposure outside the core Notes/Domino community for OpenNTF projects such as DominoWiki, domBulletin, Blogsphere, etc. One clarification:IBM has really gotten the value of a business blog, and r...

Cost of storage?

May 9 2006

Speaking of Ferris and Nick Shelness, Ferris's weblog has this from Nick Shelness:It's sometimes argued that the high cost of hard disk storage is a good reason to invest in new auxiliary messaging technology, such as tape-based email archiving. However, some forms of disk storage are so cheap t...

My colleague Adam Gartenberg will be among the speakers next Wednesday, May 17, on a Ferris Research webinar. Hosted by Ferris's Nick Shelness, the webinar is called, "Instant Messaging: New Developments in Presence and Real-Time Information Exchange". The webinar starts at 11:30 AM EDT/4:30 P...

A colleague had this observation today -- Why is it that the people who complain to IT that they are too busy or, well, too lazy to learn Lotus Notes (preferring to use Outlook) seem to be the ones who are addicted to their Blackberries?...

Lotus wants you to smell as delicious as the automaker's cars. A brainchild of Michael Albert's, the fragrance is described by its maker as follows: "Lotus is such an exclusive niche brand, and this is how I see the fragrance as well. It gives you a feeling of driving through the Mediterranean i...

We work in a world where end-users increasingly are involved in influencing their IT organizations. What fascinates me is how often-times, these end-users are just smart enough to be dangerous. Today's example is the e-mail I just received from my father. The subject was "This is important...

I've been anxiously awaiting this posting to show up on the IBM jobs site...U.S. Microsoft SWAT Team works closely with CSSRs, Specialist SSRs, Competitive Messaging Specialists & other account team members to win in accounts where Microsoft Exchange or Sharepoint software is a threat (both...

A heck of a testimonial to investment protection. Eric's Domino server has been on the same piece of hardware so long, the product used to be called "Notes server" :What is remarkable is that this server has been running almost 24x7 for 11 years! I built this Windows NT server as our primary Do...

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Central Desktop is a software vendor with a wiki-based collaboration product for sale. On their corporate blog, they've recently written two pieces -- one about what e-mail is good for, another about "the bad in email". Both have been sent to me by IBMers and others (thanks, Bill), but I've...

Quick trip to Detroit today, where I had 75 minutes on the agenda of the Detroit Notes Professionals meeting. I last met with this user group in August, 2003, but today's turnout was bigger than that last visit. My presentation, which I'll post somewhere in the next few days, covered near-te...

In my onetime hobby of amateur radio, hams developed a list of "Q-signals" as shorthand for typical phrases in their morse code communication. QTH = location, and my new home's location reminds me a little bit of days gone by. (See my old ham radio club's website for a list of all the morse code "...

CIO Insight discusses the concept of presence awareness, and its applicability in different IT organizations. The article challenges IT staff to consider the philosophy of being "always on".In an age where employees are more able to work remotely, improved communication among coworkers is a goo...

GCN: Take Notes

May 1 2006

Government Computer News's review of Notes and Domino 7 gives the product a "Reviewer's Choice", with A or A- ratings in all categories. Some great comments, including "Both end users and administrators will appreciate a better Notes/Domino 7. " And a bottom line that resonates:Lotus Notes and...