June 2007

As I've mentioned previously, Lotus and partners will be running a series of Lotus Collaboration Summit events during the second half of 2007. The media and product launch event will be September 18. Customer/partner events will be both before and after that date, so someone will win product roule...

This is good news...Through Visto, iPhone users will be able to experience secure mobile access to current and legacy versions of both Microsoft Exchange and IBM Lotus Domino corporate messaging platforms. Visto will enable access that is easy to implement and administer and will alleviate IT concer...

Margo Ezekiel writes on Mary Beth's blog about the mail recall decision::Based on the responses to this blog and Ed Brill's blog, we decided that Mail recall will be ON in version 8.0. We will revisit this decision again in 8.0.1, so if you have good or bad experiences with the default setting for...

The developerWorks Lotus team has launched a new Podcast page. Several of the podcats posted are application development sessions from Lotusphere 2007, as well as interviews with Carol Jones and the Notes 8 development team. Don't forget the other podcasts in the Notes community, such as Taking No...

As of this morning, 80 days in advance, they have 171 people registered! Great agenda for the day set out as well. Congratulations to the DominoPoint community. The Italian contingent might want to mark their calendars for the week of 8 October as well..regional launch events in both Roma and Mi...

ND8 progress

June 27 2007

It seems like an hour can't go by without someone asking me, when are Lotus Notes and Domino 8 going to ship? Perhaps because of the release of Lotus Quickr and Lotus Connections, perhaps because we're coming up on the mid-point of 2007, perhaps because people are simply excited...the question pops...

As first reported on the Quickr Blog and the Connections Blog, both products are now available for download. There's also a great writeup about Quickr out today on CMSWire: IBM Drops an 'e', Goes Web 2.0 with Lotus Quickr (Thanks, Ed). An extensive view of the new release:In a timely move, the lar...

Watching from the distant sidelines, the ongoing effort by Microsoft to make Office Open XML an ISO standard has all the stuff of a great mystery novel... another in a series, with recurring characters, like the best of Ludlum or Chandler. Having lived through an all-out attack on my own product, I...

A question came in from a customer about the Notes 8 "mail recall" feature. This feature is the one I often refer to in presentations as the "over my dead body" feature, because I maintained for a long time that we wouldn't implement it, that it was the wrong thing for an era where people "live in...

The Boston Globe follows up on last week's Enterprise 2.0 conference with thoughts about Lotus Connections and other social software in the enterprise:"It is the high-school- and college-age children of executives who are spreading the word," said Andrew MacAfee , a Harvard Business School associate...

Press coverage of Lotus Connections release continues..."Dogear for me as an IBM employee has completely replaced my habit of Googling for answers," said Lotus strategist Alan Lepofsky. "Now I go to Dogear and get maybe 40, 50 or 100 links that have already been vetted by the subject experts in my c...

John Roling takes a look at the Notes 8 beta's user interface improvements...As a long-time Notes user, I'm really pleased with the direction Lotus is taking with the new client. It's no longer ugly, it works a lot more the way you think it should, and the move to the Eclipse-based framework really...

One week to Japan

June 24 2007

In a week's time, I'll be heading over to Japan, for the first time in three and a half years. The Japanese team has put together a great schedule for my week there, including open customer events -- like geekdinners or user groups -- in both Nagoya (Wednesday, 4 July) and in Tokyo (Friday, 6 July)...

With this week's press release announcing Lotus Quickr availaibility, and next week's release date, the Quickr machine is in motion. A great resource to keep track of it all is Stu McIntyre's Quickr Blog. He's covered just about everything this week. If you're into Quickr news, I also suggest you...

This completes the bingo card -- every analyst, big or small, in the messaging business (bar one) is projecting growth and positive direction for Lotus Notes and Domino... even former doubters...- Despite an upsurge in open-source and hosted competitors, IBM Corp.'s Lotus Notes corporate e-mail clie...

InfoWorld's Ephraim Schwartz on the market impact of Lotus Quickr and Connections announcements, including quotes from Gartner's Dave Cearley:All of this could potentially have an impact on network traffic, bandwidth, and storage, but that is not the largest issue IT faces, according to David Cearle...

Computerworld covers the announcement of Lotus Quickr and Lotus Connections, both shipping next week:As part of a new "Web 2.0 Goes to Work" initiative, the IBM tools will bring popular consumer Web 2.0 technologies like blogs, wikis and social networks to the enterprise, said Rod Smith, IBM's vice...

The Wall Street Journal today featured several articles about social computing, including an overview of IBM's use of Web 2.0 technologies:Not at IBM. Despite its century-old roots and button-down East Coast tradition, IBM has leapt to Web 2.0 -- the latest incarnation of the Internet, in which user...

I've been tracking a few upcoming European opportunities over the last few days. One follows out of last week's successful Deutsche Notes Users Group meeting. The Lotus Offensive 2007 highlights the effort the IBM Lotus team in Germany is putting into the upcoming Notes/Domino, Quickr, and Connect...

On Mary Beth Raven's weblog, the design team has an entry from last week that's worth another look. One of the comments I've heard about the improved UI in Notes 8 is that people miss the ability to click-and-drag to select multiple Notes mail messages. It's funny how much pressure we had to con...

Some milestones in life are wonderful things, and others, well... My 20th high school reunion is this year. While high school wasn't always the highlight of my life's story, I have been having some fun reading up on the class of '87 and where they are now. I am far from the only one in my clas...

Some stunning reports out of TechEd from Ferris (Thanks, Rob and Bill). I'm also digesting the IBM team's reports from TechEd, some real surprises -- like, what happened to that customer success panel anyway? More on that later. In the meantime, Ferris says -- "Upgrade BlackBerry Enterprise Ser...

Link: IBM.com: IBM Lotus Notes and Domino software: building on the evolution of people-centric applications (PDF, links being added throughout ibm.com/lotus)...

Timely dinnertime reading -- I am headed to Tokyo for customer meetings and more during the week of July 2. The local team is planning on putting together an informal gathering on Friday night, July 6, like a user group event. Somehow I don't think Mr. Mooney had chu-toro at his geekdinner:The fiv...

Some very revealing data points from Osterman Research, via the InfoWorld Open Sources blog:The survey reveals some key findings: * 70 percent are concerned or extremely concerned about the complexity of the Microsoft Exchange migration effort. * 69 percent are concerned about the amount of...

The development team has just (quite proudly) sent around a screen shot showing that the Notes 8 calendar will include calendar week numbers. Why is this news? Well, a few weeks ago, they had indicated in the beta forum that this feature wouldn't make the 8.0 release. Some wondered if we had a "d...

Several articles in various publications last week about the ISO-approved Open Document Format and Microsoft's efforts to make their own XML-based document format another standard. ComputerWeekly sees something hypocritical in IBM's stance towards ODF. It is true that IBMers have been quite vocal...

Might be some downtime tomorrow as I update the blog software....

If you missed the Lotus mid-year update with Mike Rhodin, Ken Bisconti, and Jeff Schick, an audio replay of the event is now online on ibm.com. We are still working on some of the unanswered or follow-up questions, and I'll update as when/how/where those get posted....

For the last two weeks, most of my working hours have been in customer engagements or related activities. It almost feels like the rush to the end of the year business close, perhaps even having something to do with June being Microsoft's fiscal calendar close. Major travel challenges mix in addit...

Last 30 days view. Firefox in blue, IE in green....

Lotus Education has announced their initial lineup of coursework for Notes and Domino 8 education. It's great to see them out front of the ND8 release. I'm also excited to see their renewed emphasis on the end-user, both with a course and a reference card (definitely a frequent request). Check ib...

On yesterday's Lotus executive mid-year update, Mike Rhodin and Jeff Schick both mentioned the Lotus Greenhouse. Greenhouse is self-described as:Lotus Greenhouse is your platform to experience and influence the direction of the latest software tools and technologies that are being developed by IBM....

Unrelated to Rocky's health challenges, but his posting reminded me that I needed to update on this. Due to some personal commitments, I won't be able to make it to Dresden next week for the Deutsche Notes User Group conference. The Notes/Domino 8 product content will be ably represented by Kevin...

Thank you to the hundreds of Lotus customers and partners (and a few competitors!) who tuned in to today's Lotus mid-year update web event. This was a first try at something new for us, and it went very well from all perspectives. Anyone concern that the event would just be "talking heads" ended p...

Several bloggers in the last few weeks have written on the notion of Domino versus SharePoint. It may have started from a posting I did last month, examining the propaganda in Redmond Channel Partner Online that severely lacked for business issues. In almost every case where I have been involved i...

I am very excited to be a part of the September Business Blogging Summit in Chicago. High tech in the windy city, woot woot! We do not get enough of these kind of conferences around here, but the Blog Business Summit team is bringing their annual event to town September 17 to 19. My topic is the...

Craig Lordan has a new favorite Sametime feature:I've become a fan of Lotus Sametime's ability to automatically change my status based on meetings in my Notes calendar. Previously, I never bothered to manually change my Sametime status when I went into a meeting, but now that Lotus Sametime can hand...