June 2009

Lotus Mobile Connect

June 29 2009

This week will mark nine months since my return to product management. What I love about product management, as I think I've said before, is that every day brings an unlimited amount of opportunity to get involved in "stuff" -- the tactical and strategic decisions around what products we build and...

Having some interesting discussions these days about the Notes client as an end-user tool all by itself. In most organizations, the value of Notes is tied directly to the Domino server deployment -- in other words, everyone is running apps that are served by Domino or integrated with Domino. The p...

This is pretty cool stuff... IBM today announced that a new service, Virtual Collaboration for Lotus Sametime, is now available. The service allows Lotus Sametime users to set up and use virtual meeting spaces securely behind-the-firewall with avatars. ... Using Sametime 3D, people can select co...

Those wacky Microsoft salespeople are at it again, taking a regular play out of their playbook for recycling as they try to close those last "Notes Compete wins" in order to stay employed. Desperate times call for desperate measures, so twice today, I've been asked to "prove" that 8.x is not the la...

I suppose my mere linking to this violates Guy's request, but since my team and I are speaking to him tomorrow, I certainly want to help him out:As I hinted in yesterday's post, I'm writing a quadrant report on office productivity suites. The list includes: * Corel WordPerfect Office * Go...

Caught a couple of blog entries highlighting real-world success with the Domino 8.5 DAOS (Domino Attachment and Object Service) feature, with 25-50% savings in their real-world environments. Dutch partner Eniac Essentials posted a story of a customer with 7000 Domino users and what was 4 TB of mail...

My summertime travel schedule is shaping up and I'm excited to confirm that I will be part of the first Iam Lotus User Group, 3/4 August in St. Louis. Some of the speakers and sponsors have been announced for the event and include "names you must know" from the Lotus community and other events. Ea...

Lotus Symphony 1.3 has been announced! The press release and some early coverage are available:IBM's alternative to Microsoft Office 2007 makes cost-free document software a legitimate option for many companies around the business world which want to realize cost-efficiencies in the current economi...

In January, IBM announced the first pre-load agreement for Lotus Symphony with our partner Archos. The Archos 10 netbook includes Symphony as part of the out-of-the-box functionality. Last week, Archos announced a new 10s netbook. Interestingly, the 10s includes Office 2007 -- unusual for any lap...

This game is a lot less fun when the very first guess on the very first picture gets it right. At least with Starbucks as the food chain last year, I kept y'all guessing a little while. Another good option would have been a picture of a Toyota Prius -- the unofficial local mascot. Here was part 2...

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Earlier today, Nokia announced the new E72:Swift, slim and resourceful are three words that accurately describe the new Nokia E72, which was unveiled at the Nokia Connection event in Singapore today. Nokia's latest full QWERTY smartphone brings a rich mobile email and instant messaging experience ri...

I started working at Lotus Development Corporation on June 14, 1994. My story today is hardly the longest tenure or most unique among colleagues who have been here for 20 or more years. Still, it seems like a fairly opportune moment, especially in the solitude of a vacation trip, to reflect on the...

Burton Group's Craig Roth is thinking about e-mail overload:The most popular "overload" topic in offices today is e-mail. But after all these years of incremental improvement to IBM Lotus Notes and Microsoft Exchange, surely there can't be any low-hanging fruit left to pick to help people manage in...

Burton Group's Bill Pray has an interesting, first-hand observation on Google's Tuesday announcement of "Google Apps Sync for Microsoft Outlook":[H]aving been part of a team that built a connector for Outlook, it is not as simple as it sounds. Google's approach may doom the effort. ... As M...

A just-published technote outlines IBM's plans for maintenance releases around Notes and Domino 8.x.8.0.2 is the last planned/scheduled maintenance release (MR) for the 8.0x codestream. Notes/Domino 8.0.x will continue to be supported for a minimum of 5+3 years (following IBM SWG policy). In lieu o...

Tomorrow, IBM is hosting a virtual event on LotusLive.com. I will be presenting on the benefits of Notes/Domino 8.x under the theme of "messaging economics", while Lotus rock star Chris Crummey will lead a discussion and demonstration of the linked value of the Lotus brand products and solutions:Ta...

Judging by the number of times I've been e-mailed, pinged, and Tweeted about this, Nathan and Jimmy have gotten a fair bit of attention to their Bones. Bones, you say? Check this out: As Nathan explains, this is a Notes 8 composite application, and what a wow! application it is:It's inside a...

Been a while since we saw a head-to-head of Notes/Domino vs. Microsoft Exchange/Outlook. Even when given credit for the beta Exchange 2010, Microsoft still loses!For Installation, points go to Lotus. The install process is a smooth one because the installer contains all of the necessary files to ge...

Collin Murray, the Domino product manager, and I just finished up a conference call with a customer talking about the Notes/Domino 8 "mail recall" feature. The customer had questions and concerns about how this feature would work in their (regulated) environment, what the limitations are, and what...

Really pleased to read this posting from Darren Duke:Pre DAOS Mail folder : 594G Archive folder : 41.1G TOTAL 635.1GB ... we were able to reduce SAN storage by an incredible 379GB. When we do this for both servers, well, the numbers speak for themselves. For this specific client moving to 8.5 has...

IBM is issuing two press releases today, one demonstrating overall momentum for the Lotus brand, and the other specifically focused on Lotus Foundations. Here are some of the quotes:Driven by guidance from Microsoft to abandon evaluation of currently-shipping products, Microsoft customers are choos...

There is probably some slight irony in it taking me three days to get around to writing this. In the last several weeks, I've noticed a trend on weekends. My blog hits and comments go WAY down. PlanetLotus shows very few new Lotus-related postings. And most indicatively, my Blackberry is quiet,...

I just posted an updated version of my Notes/Domino+Symphony presentation from all the various Lotusphere Comes to You and user group events on Slideshare.net. This is essentially an update of my Lotusphere presentation (also on Slideshare). It's been slimmed down in some places and expanded in ot...