May 2008

I was in Greensboro, North Carolina, barely long enough to sleep and have a customer meeting. But thanks to a way-outdated Hertz NeverLost (which didn't know the airport exit roadway or Interstate Highway 40), a few detours took me down streets of many chain restaurants. Who says the US is homo...

As mentioned yesterday, the Notes/Domino 8.5 public beta is now available. The forum with all the details (download, release notes, etc.) is at http://www-10.lotus.com/ldd/nd85forum.nsf . There is a lot to this release for both administrators and developers. The Domino server team has been workin...

Another May 30 release from Lotus. I wasn't expecting to post this until the morning, but I guess it is morning somewhere already... Lotus Symphony 1 is now available in 24 languages. The API toolkit is there, too. If you haven't looked at Symphony since IBM first announced beta, or since an...

Just got the news from the product team...the Notes/Domino 8.5 public beta build has been signed off and is being staged for download tomorrow, May 30. Browsers ready, pointed here...

Rob Novak has announced: Collaboration University 2008 registration has opened today. With a brand new website sprucing up the joint, we're all excited to begin the summer-long journey towards another successful and excellent conference on Lotus Quickr and Sametime. We're even adding some Lotus Conn...

I received two pretty weird e-mails from a friend of mine in the last twelve hours. The first had the subject line "hello" and the latter was "the rest". Both e-mails indicated that my friend was trapped in Nigeria (of course) and needed me to wire money urgently so that she could get out of the c...

The "Bluehouse" project team announced earlier today that Bluehouse.lotus.com is now open to North American customers who would like to participate in the managed beta program. The current functionality of "Bluehouse" is listed on their home page. The managed beta seeks to ensure that "Bluehouse...

Business Week runs a cover story on blogging, updating their observations and predictions from a similar piece in 2005. Some interesting components to this article... The magazine article, archived on our Web site, kept attracting readers and blog links. A few professors worked it into their curr...

Check that calendar

May 26 2008

Public memo to the salesman with a US phone number who called my IBM office phone this morning and had the system try to locate me: It's Memorial Day. It is one thing to call and leave me a voicemail (which you did as well) on the assumption that I'm not going to be around, and gee, maybe you'll...

Berlind goes for the easy punditry of a one- or ten-person e-mail use case and applying it to every customer...Five years ago, comparing Lotus Notes and Exchange Server was a favorite pastime of labs, reviewers, analysts, and especially of Microsoft and IBM Lotus. Imagine. All that engineering. All...

Last week, LotusUserGroup.org published an interview with Bob Picciano, the new General Manager of IBM Lotus software. Debbie Lynd takes Picciano through a number of interesting topic areas, including marketing (of course), what collaboration means today, how Symphony is impacting the market, and g...

Bob Sutor is referecing an SD Times article which indicates that Microsoft is planning to support the ISO-approved Open Document Format 1.1 and join the OASIS technical committee. Wow. As I run out the door to the airport, I wanted to at least capture the news. This is a validation and big win...

Carl got to it first, but I get to be more specific...a PUBLIC BETA for Notes/Domino 8.5 will begin shortly (within a couple of weeks, late May or early June), where we will unveil the latest beta versions of the Notes 8.5 client for Windows, Linux, Mac OS X and Citrix, as well as, Domino 8.5 server...

It's an interesting sort of reaction when a list of "annoying software" comes out and your product is not on it, to the surprise of many...and even more surprising, the product that for years, we were told that all those end users prefer is.Then there's Microsoft's Outlook. Things have been getting...

There were over 200 attendees at today's Lotusphere Comes to You in Toronto. While it was great to see so many familiar faces, I was also a bit sad about those who were not there. And as per an anonymous comment on my previous posting, there may well have been more who wanted to attend, but didn't...

IntranetBlog reports on a presentation by Shawn Shell, who wrote the CMSWatch "SharePoint Report 2008". Shawn Shell, CEO of Consejo, and author of CMS Watch's The SharePoint Report 2008 from CMS Watch, accurately summarizes SharePoint in one telling quote during his SharePoint presentation at Enterp...

This is a pretty aggressive statement out of Redmond..."In five years, 50 percent of our Exchange mailboxes will be Exchange Online," said Capossela, who expects a portion of Exchange Online customers to come from customers switching from International Business Machines' Lotus Domino system.Fifty pe...

Back in September, the Support team blog wrote about a new diagnostic tool available, useful for analyzing NSDs and other files related to Domino crashes and hangs etc. Support just recently published an updated technote about the diagnostic tool, with the latest version now available through that...

Couple of travel destinations this week including Tuesday's Lotusphere Comes to You in Toronto, the last one on my spring tour. The venue is the Delta Chelsea Hotel, 33 Gerrard Street West. Something big must be going on in Toronto this week, though, as the only hotel option I could find for Monda...

No jet lag

May 17 2008

An unusual thing has happened this week since my return from Europe on Tuesday night. I've had basically no jet lag, four nights running. Bedtime has been slightly on the early side (9-10 PM), as has wakeup (5-6 AM), but otherwise, it's been smooth sailing. Customers and blog readers often ask ab...

Great news today: Notes and Domino 8.0.1 are now available in their remaining languages. From the earlier channel announcement:May 16, 2008: Arabic, Czech, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Slovenian, Slovakian,Turkish, ThaiGo get 'em! Congratulations to the internationalizat...

Feels like that movie Groundhog Day...The business e-mail market has not seen a successful new entrant for 15 years, and most companies are well on their way to standardizing on a suite of collaboration services. Oracle has yet to define an unserved market niche for Oracle Beehive and clarify its po...

The Lotusphere Comes to You Online series, hosted by lotususergroup.org, continues tomorrow with the reschedule of my Notes/Domino - The Road Ahead session. Be sure to register in advance in order to get the web meeting URL and audio information. Hoping it will work this time!...

DominoBlog.com has a new contributor, namely Lotus Consulting IT Specialist Andrea Waugh-Metzger. Andrea has been in the Notes/Domino world for many years, both with IBM and in partner organizations. Andrea's specific interest in joining the DominoBlog team is to write about upcoming new capabilit...

Since the release of Notes 8, one of the most common topics of discussion for the Lotus team is the Notes 8 client performance. We've discussed it before here on the blog, a few times, and in other blogs and forums. There are a number of tips and anecdotes out in the market, including the discover...

Over a wonderful dessert + sightseeing + dinner (in that order) Monday night in Athens, my colleague Pantelis asked about my favorite places in the world. Having just added countries 52 and 53 the visited list -- of which, amazingly, 33 are represented in my current six-year-old passport -- it was...

My IBM Lotus colleagues have probably all blogged this today while I was in-flight... really fun, simple video to show the benefits of using Sametime within Lotus Notes:...

A detailed new article covering the use of Domino Web Access lite mode.Lotus Domino Web Access Lite is primarily intended for users accessing Lotus Domino Web Access over slower network connections, such as when traveling. Users accessing Lotus Domino Web Access at kiosks, where typically no design...

Today was a great day out on the Asian side of Istanbul at the Turkish Grand Prix. Arjan and I sat in the 2nd Tribune, which was a great vantage point to see almost everything except the grandstand area (and even that was visible if you walked a bit). I had never been to any kind of auto race...

I had a mostly wonderful Saturday in Istanbul today, with highlights and new memories everlasting. Amongst the bests today included shopping and lunch with some friends from back home who just happened to be in Istanbul this weekend (and not for the Formula 1), visiting the Hagia Sofia, and a three...

Whirling Dervish

May 10 2008

Arjan did not enjoy the Sufi / Whirling Dervish show, but he was a good sport about going along with me. As he pointed out to me, I watched the majority of the show through the lens. I really struggled with low light, fast motion, and poor vantage points in order to make what appear to be 5-10 r...

Nice mention of Lotus Symphony in the mainstream press... Rob Tidrow, a computer programmer who has written several guides to using Microsoft Office, says that Symphony does not lack many features that even power users of Office need. Tidrow, who just finished writing "IBM Lotus Symphony for Dummie...

Over 300 attended today's Lotusphere Comes to You event in Istanbul. This was the first ever LCTY here -- in previous years, Lotus has participated in a SWG Forum event, but not a stand-alone Lotus event. Both of the reporters I interviewed with wanted to know, why now for an LCTY? The answer --...

Depending on when I get a chance to replicate after this flight, Mainsoft has either already announced or is about to announce their new SharePoint Integrator for Lotus Notes. First previewed at Lotusphere, this is a Notes 8 add-on that surfaces SharePoint content in the Notes 8 sidebar through the...

Just before I got aboard this flight to Munich, I received e-mails from IBM's Philipe Loher and RIM's Valerie Wang. Both of them wrote to let me know that RIM is now supporting the Domino 8.0.1 release specifically with BES 4.1.5. RIM has put a new webpage up on their website to highlight this sup...

Back in February, I blogged that my role this year at IBM Lotus would be expanding, with additional worldwide sales leaders being added for Lotus Notes and Domino. It took a few months, but yesterday we announced internally that David Via and Gary Kearney have joined my team and are quickly getting...

There are a number of Admin2008 / Developer2008 wrap-up blog postings showing up -- Kevin Kanarski, Kevin Pettit, Jess Stratton, and many others. It was great to be a part of the event, if just for one day. Still, the real measure of success for a conference is what the attendees felt about it. T...

In the last few months I've noticed an increase in an interesting communication style. I'm on the receiving end of what has become a near-daily volley of "could you consider blogging this" kinds of requests. That in and of itself isn't new....it's been happening for a year or two. The requests ar...

Some press coverage yesterday on Lotus Quickr Content Integrator...IBM Lotus Quickr Content Integrator provides wizards and templates for moving content in mass to Quickr from SharePoint sites, Microsoft Exchange folders, IBM Lotus Domino Document Manager libraries and IBM Lotus Domino team room app...

During Admin2008 here in Boston, I lead a birds-of-a-feather session yesterday called, "Sending a Message to Management: How to keep Lotus Notes and Domino in your Company". There were about 80 people in attendance... as I said at the start of the session, I considered the attendance a "win" becau...

James Dellow follows up on a Sam Lawrence thought regarding social productivity...It reminded me that many years ago I heard Dale Chatwin talk about the Australian Bureau of Statistics, a government organisations, as a Lotus Notes case study. A quick search actually turned up a case study (PDF) abou...