May 2007

Kevin Cavanaugh (VP Notes/Domino development) has asked me a few times to gauge the reaction to last week's Notes and Domino 8 beta 3 posting. There hasn't been quite as much buzz as there was around the first public beta, just three months ago. We've had about 15,000 downloads in the first week -...

CRN interviews a number of Lotus partners on the opportunities ahead with Lotus Connections, Lotus Quickr, and Lotus Sametime:When it comes to moving "social networking" wares into the more restricted corporate environment, IBM may have the edge over other vendors, some pundits and solution provider...

Only a few days remain before Tuesday's Lotus Executive Panel. Mike Rhodin, Ken Bisconti, and Jeff Schick will provide brief progress reports on new Lotus products and solutions, followed by a live question/answer session. I will be moderating the event, and will get my first look at questions sub...

As evidence of the ongoing renewal of focus on Notes/Domino, I've occasionally pointed to the work being spearheaded by Bob Balaban. Like Mary Beth Raven before him, it's been impressive to see the ramp-up of interactivity on his blog. Clearly, the passion in the community that has resulted in all...

Missed it the first time around? Working with IBM business partner Optimus Solutions, we're taking another run at Lotusphere Comes to You here in the Chicago area. The event will be held on Tuesday, June 19, at the Optimus offices in Schaumburg. I'm covering the keynote, while Optimus staff takes...

At last week's Irish Lotus Users Group meeting, Bruce Elgort announced his retirement from OpenNTF.org. Bruce and Nathan Freeman created an open-source movement around Lotus Notes and Domino applications several years ago. Many others have been involved since, and OpenNTF has come to represent bot...

Looks like the Irish Lotus User Group meeting last Thursday/Friday was a huge success. Over 250 attendees, great speakers, and some fun surprises. Wish I could have been there. Thank you and congratulations to the conference organisers Paul Mooney, Eileen Fitzgerald, Warren and Kitty Elsmore, Bil...

It's hard to find just the right words...something like a horse race announcer's "Down the stretch they come!" Beta 3, posted yesterday, downloaded more than 2000 times just in the first twelve hours, has arrived. This is the third, and last, public beta planned for the Notes/Domino 8 cycle. It...

Eric Mack, a guru in the GTD (Getting Things Done) and eProductivity space, has launched a new blog called "notes on productivity: my journey getting things done with Lotus Notes". The site contains dozens of entries about using the GTD methodology and Lotus Notes to be more productive. I've had...

Coming very, very soon...just in time for a wee user group meeting... Update at 4 PM CDT: Notes and Domino 8 beta 3 is now posted for download. I will post some comments about the new - final - beta tomorrow....

Consider the source, but even then...an interesting look at the "justification" for migrating away from Lotus. A lengthy article, never once does it discuss business benefits, strategic objectives, ROI, or anything that remotely resembles a solid set of business reasons for migration. There's no e...

Computerworld's top story... This review confirms the cautious decision-making we used in determining when to go to public beta. While many customers will wait for the official release to consider Notes 8, public beta is the unveiling -- and unlike the product itself, there's no "recall" button...

Just happened across this preference by accident: Good addition on top of the "ghosted" feature for seeing invitations on your calendar before processing....

A few more new case studies have been posted to ibm.com... Borregaard -- Norwegian company implements Notes/Domino after also evaluating Exchange/Outlook. Using Sametime as well as SAP integration with Notes. Fabbrica Tessuti Elastici Besana -- Italian small business saves Eur 30,000 by implementi...

That’s viral

May 21 2007

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On the cusp of launching Lotus Connections, Lotus Quickr, and Lotus Notes and Domino 8, IBM will host an on-line executive panel session to discuss these pending releases. Attend this panel to hear IBM executives Mike Rhodin, Ken Bisconti, and Jeff Schick discuss these exciting new products. Jus...

Chris Byrne tells the incredible story of an organization under court order not to delete any e-mails:The question is if there is a magic technical bullet to make their pain go away. The short answer is no. The no-delete policy has put them into a serious bind. Because they did not have an email arc...

A reader sent me a link to Ephraim Schwartz's blog entry about ODF vs. OpenXML. The author sets out to provide an explanation of what the big deal is in this space. The first few paragraphs tell the clash-of-the-titans story fairly accurately. But when the quotes start, then it gets kind of funny...

Pearlized driving

May 16 2007

During my 36 hours in Zürich, I spent a fair bit of time talking with coworkers about our various smartphone devices. And now I'm convinced I'm missing out on another benefit of the Blackberry Pearl -- GPS navigation. It's not built-in, like on the 8800, but an external GPS adapter can be had for...

IBM released pricing and packaging information today about IBM Lotus Connections. The announcement indicates the planned electronic general availability date is June 29, 2007. IBM Lotus Connections V1.0 empowers users to share and refine innovative ideas and helps you execute tasks more quickly by...

The Journal takes a look at Lotus Connections, and other similar tools, as an evolution of the corporate Intranet:For Jennifer Ahn, director of the Los Angeles-based nonprofit Film Foundation, the need for a collaborative work space was becoming critical. Her organization has spent the past few year...

Interesting observation about the sense of community, or lack thereof, around different products/vendors in the IT marketplace from Michael Singer:Does the largest software vendor in the world have people who are actually excited by its products and drive themselves into a frenzy when the latest ver...

Alan Lepofsky directed me to the IBM software evaluation downloads, specifically to the top ten list: Interesting that the server is more popular than the client. Can't figure that one out....

This is certainly going to be interesting to watch...In an interview with Fortune, Microsoft top lawyer Brad Smith alleges that the Linux kernel violates 42 Microsoft patents, while its user interface and other design elements infringe on a further 65. OpenOffice.org is accused of infringing 45, alo...

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May 14 2007

Good morning from the outskirts of Amsterdam... I'm here for a few hours to speak with some new Lotus employees and business partners. Felt very good about United's ability to get the ORD-AMS flight in a good half hour early. But. Three widebody planes arrive at Schilphol from the US within ten...

I know a lot of you have been waiting for this...Download a free 90-day trial version of IBM® Lotus® Sametime® 7.5.1. This version extends IBM's award-winning and market-leading instant messaging and Web conferencing solution by introducing new capabilities that include point-to-point video, integra...

A retrospective in honor of this weekend's 25th anniversary party for Lotus...For the Loti, the old days were a time when Lotus was one of the hottest software companies around -- and an exceptionally pleasant place to earn a living. Benefits and perks that were unusually generous for the 1980s and...

Looks like CRN has given their "channel champions" award to the competition. I'd sure like the result to be different, but I can also see why CRN -- which focuses on resellers, ISVs, and the channel generally -- would give an award to a product that requires a lot of architecture and integration se...

I'm glad that someone finally realized there is a meme here...In the pantheon of controversial Microsoft comments, CEO Ballmer's quote this week about the Apple iPhone...ranks right up there. But between Ballmer and Chairman Bill Gates, that comment would be hard-pressed to crack the Top 15 all-time...

A few weeks ago, I was interviewed by an MBA student for a term paper about leadership. I was a bit surprised by the initial request. As a "matrix manager" at IBM, with no direct reports nor budget control, I don't really think of myself as "leading" anything...more like requesting and influencing...

A detailed review of the Sametime 7.5 release...very positive comments about the administration and management of the environment:Surprisingly, it was all easy. Installing Domino and Sametime on a Solaris 10 server didn't take much time at all, once the kinks were worked out. Due to a modified opera...

A few weeks ago, an IBMer sent me a note with an interesting suggestion. He reminded me that two years ago, I had a blog topic which received over 200 comments -- "If I could add ONE feature to Lotus Notes 7.x, it would be..." The suggestion -- let's see how we did! (Remembering that we hadn't eve...

Have I said that the attitudes in this space in IBM are changing?In a wide ranging keynote speech at the company's PartnerWorld conference, IBM Chairman and CEO Sam Palmisano predicted that the small to medium business market will become IBM's largest customer segment within five years. IBM defines...

Click through there to be able to see, and download, different sizes, up to 1400 x 1050. Thanks Denise, Mary Beth, and the rest of the design team!...

Several weeks ago, Lotus Support announced a series of new "Best Practices" guides for Notes/Domino. The new Lotus Support blog indicates that six additional guides have been published in the last few weeks...and I'm going to shamelessly steal their table: Domino Best Practices Date published...

Has anyone noticed the relative blogging explosion going on within IBM Lotus in the last few months? I almost can't keep up with my colleagues who are blogging these days. There are ten blogs now on developerWorks Lotus (using Dominoblog) -- nine of which didn't exist 100 days ago. Only a subset...

Designed by Chris Dimino. Link: Slashfood: Breakfast in bed for computer geeks? (Thanks to my other half -- who thinks I am sometimes a geek!)...

Just catching up on my case study reading... Catholic Life Insurance -- Domino Utility Server Express for content management Hospitales Nisa -- Notes/Domino for mail and quality management Meggle Group -- Notes/Domino migration from Groupwise for messaging and CRM from GEDYS Intraware Oxford Chemi...

A 60 day trial download of WebSphere Portal Express is now available from IBM developerWorks...Download a free trial version of IBM® WebSphere® Portal Express V6.0, which offers collaboration, document management, Web content management, presence awareness, and instant messaging in a single, easy-to...

IT-Director.com has an entry from Dale Vile, Research Director at Freeform Dynamics. His article covers the new Lotus products such as Connections, and IBM's efforts to bring these to market.[E]arly indications are that the significant R&D investment IBM has made in the areas we have be...

The Lotus Museum

May 1 2007

Now this is really cool... There's a ton of "old Lotus" stuff on there, and it takes the paradigm of a museum into the online world really effectively (named "collections", visiting hours)....just needs a "gift shop" now. In the process of some house spring cleaning, I just came across the vid...