July 2004

This has been one of the most incredible weeks for me professionally. It is like being on the Aerosmith roller coaster at Disney-MGM -- really really fast out of the gate, in the dark so you have no idea what's coming next, sensory overload, and yet great for the adrenaline rush and racing hear...

Beta 2 of Notes/Domino 7 is now available on IBM Developerworks....

Busy, busy

July 29 2004

Sorry no blogs today -- still trying to get my laptop fixed (very long story). Should be back tomorrow, in time for my journey to LinuxWorld in San Francisco next week. See anyone there? It seems like the blog has been busy, anyway. Almost 4000 web hits (in addition to RSS) yesterday. 10% ...

Not to be overlooked in the previous article....Gartner recently reported that IBM led the worldwide e-mail and collaboration market in 2003 with 46% market share, over Microsoft's 44.2%. While North America remains Microsoft's stronghold, it trails IBM in the other regions, including the Asia-P...

IBM Lotus is not about to let Microsoft off in its pursuit for more market share in the e-mail and collaboration applications market space. It has gone on the offensive with the new Notes Domino Express, touted by company officials in the Asia-Pacific as its "Exchange killer".....Ambuj Goyal, ge...

New IBM General Manager of Global Business Partners Donn Atkins Tuesday said that VARs should not expect any significant changes in the wake of IBM's sudden management shakeup. "Our partners should not expect to see any radical changes here," said Atkins in a conference call after being named...

I just have to wonder this aloud -- why would the comments from "Joe Silverstone" and "Keiot" have the same IP address, and also be the same ip address as in the headers of the e-mail message that prompted the blog entry?...

I was contacted at my ibm.com e-mail address by the Radicati Group as a follow-up to Friday's weblog entry. The e-mail was apparently an attempt to clarify some of the points of discussion. I noted in my reply that I personally had actually not made any comments about the content of the repo...

Blog template upgrade

July 26 2004

Well, as several of you noticed, John and Steve upgraded this weblog's design to the latest DominoBlog template. It's been a long time in coming, and I know Steve has been working long hours to test/debug/perfect the upgrade. Some of the new features include (in my non-technical terms): S...

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Hard drive crash

July 26 2004

I arrived home from dinner on Friday to find that the hard drive on my laptop had crashed. Thankfully, I have critical files on my USB key, and some relatively recent CD-RWs of presentations etc., but it is still a major ordeal to lose a hard drive. My home computer was woefully unprepared to...

Last month, The Radicati Group published a paper entitled, "IBM Lotus & Microsoft -- Corporate Messaging Market Analysis". It follows the April publication of a similar "IBM Lotus Messaging Software, Market Analysis". About a week ago, I started receiving queries as to whether IBM had any...

Gee, whiz. The first, but not the last-- an invitation to a meeting for Lotusphere 2005 planning....

Nice reference story from a company that builds really nice hotels, like the property where we had the IBM Workplace launch last month. Wow."We evaluated both Microsoft Exchange and Lotus Notes. In the end, we chose Lotus Notes as it had a proactive and intelligent workflow engine," says Ngian,...

A press release Jabber issued early this morning...Interoperability between enterprise instant messaging applications received a big boost today as Jabber, Inc. announced a planned server-to-server gateway between its own XMPP-based platform, Jabber XCP, and IBM's version of SIMPLE in its Lotus...

SearchDomino interviewed Lotus's Nathaniel Borenstein on the topic of spam. Borenstein works in the Lotus CTO's office, and he's widely recognized as the IBM anti-spam "guru". He gave a plenary speech at the Inbox2004 event last month in San Jose, and spoke recently at the Open Group conferenc...

OK, I guess i've spent a bit of time on the ZDNet site today ... On the ZDNet blog, Dan Farber has posted a quote and link to a paper from Nemeretes Research regarding last week's Microsoft IM interoperability announcement. Two thoughts I want to chase from this: 1) So far, the Nemeretes ana...

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Speaking of eWeek....

July 20 2004

I could be wrong about this, but having been a competitive guy for five years now, my detective instincts are pretty good. Two weeks ago, a few people noticed (and I blogged) that eWeek had started adding advertising in its RSS feeds. Steve Gillmor has written several columns for eWeek evange...

"We're hitting all of our targeted users whether you're a line of business user who's not a programmer or a Java programmer, and everything in between," said Chris Reckling, senior product manager for Workplace application development at IBM. Link: eWeek: IBM Introduces New Lotus Workplace Tool...

Lee Lovig, who was chief IT architect at a 5,000-user financial services firm in the Midwest until last month, says his former company's upgrade to Lotus Notes 6.5--required because of a merger-- was difficult because over half of the end users were still on Notes 4.5. "We waited too long," says...

Part of a number of related articles in this week's Computerworld:Do you foresee any dramatic innovations in e-mail, or is it totally mature? Absolutely, huge innovation is about to come. E-mail is becoming a place where people are starting to manage their activities.I could have quoted more, bu...

Infoworld has some coverage from the Rational Software Development Conference...excerpts here:IBM on Monday is unveiling development tools intended to boost the IBM Workplace collaboration platform. The introductions will be made at the IBM Rational Software Development User Conference in Grapev...

So far google and I have snagged these blog entries commenting on the upcoming Notes/Domino 7 beta 2 release... Bruce Elgort Peter O'Kelly Paul Mooney Dominux.Net (Francais) konfabulieren (Deutsch) Henning Heinz Glad to see the (mostly) enthusiastic response.... ...

Today's Chicago Tribune has a discussion about how hotel customers perceive the various unattached in-room amenities -- towels, toiletries, paper and pen/pencil, robes, hangers, etc. I'm not sure the article really makes its point -- that the majority of items provided in a hotel room are for t...

My colleague Michael O'Connell, the Editorial Director for IBM Developerworks, has also been watching the various quote-fests coming out of the Microsoft partner conference in Toronto earlier this week. (Hmmm, I was in Toronto earlier this week....). He comments on Ballmer's latest stance re...

This is a really old webpage, I think, and it's for a product that is not even on the market share charts--except in Japan, where the product is known by the parent company's name, Cybozu. But since my colleagues were just in Japan, we were talking about Cybozu a bit. I decided to check out th...

John saw this first, but I'm blogging it first ;) On the beta discussion for Notes/Domino 7, Jan Kenney has posted the preliminary feature list for ND7 beta 2. Some cool new stuff, including more multi-threading, improvements to rooms/resources, the Notes plug-in for the IBM Workplace client ...

Looks like Colin P. has found a new home for The Corner Office. I'm not sure why I hadn't noticed, esp. since it looks like he's been back for a couple of weeks. Some interesting events covered in his recent blogs -- including a sighting of Mr. Nathan T. Freeman in .za land....

Thanks to Duffbert for pointing me in the direction of this one early this morning; Tom has some observations and analysis on the interview as well. There is so much I could highlight and discuss from this article, but allow me just to focus on two bits.RAIKES: At the Q&A session for the...

I never, ever, ever have left this airport via an on-time departure. So with a 50 minute delay, might as well update the blog. :) The e-Pro Lotus Informer is highlighting results of their recent poll covering plans for Notes/Domino 7. 42% said they're not even ready to think about ND7 (and a...

This helps me answer a comment from earlier today about how Domino Messaging Express fits in terms of an SMB play...strong quotes from Peter O'Kelly:"Conventional wisdom says that messaging is a dead market," [Burton Group senior analyst Peter] O'Kelly said. "I think this is a good example of t...

I guess this is getting even for yesterday's "Microsoft killer" line...Outlining target areas for growth over the next 12 months, Ballmer said the installed Novell and IBM Lotus Notes bases are "ripe for picking". "There are more customers I've met in the last six months interested in Notes to...

IBM on Monday shipped the newest member in its Express family, a messaging and scheduling version of Notes that the Armonk, N.Y.-based computer maker says is its answer to Exchange for small- and mid-sized businesses..."It's our Microsoft killer," Fontaine boasted. One of the ways IBM expects to...

Great point, David -- In the comments on today's earlier entry about messaging investments:How many organizations do you know of that include a legal disclaimer on the signature line of every email, but neglect to add any customer-focused information?Most IBMers include customer-focused informat...

There seem to be a bunch of new Lotus-related bloggers coming on-line, which I think is great news! Here's some that I've come across in the last few weeks -- this is no slight of the "old school" bloggers, you're all great too.... Christopher Byrne -- The Business Controls Caddy; Christop...

Both Chris Miller and Eric Mack have written interesting blog entries in the last few days, talking about the overall investment required for a successful, reliable messaging and collaboration environment. Each has an important point. From Chris Miller, "Does your own company e-mail compete an...

jhead711=30

July 11 2004

In case you didn't notice -- John Head is 30 today. Congrats, John!...

Back in April, I wrote about the plight of the Oklahoma State University use of Lotus Notes. The saga of a questionable Notes to Exchange migration had been unfolding at OKState for several months. Many of us met Andrew Kelley at Lotusphere, an amazing guy who spent his own money to come to Lo...

I've mentioned a few times in the last few weeks that I've been working with Esther Dyson and various IBMers on a report that discusses the future of e-mail and user interfaces. The final report has been published, and it's 35+ pages of fascinating reading. Covering a dozen different vendors a...

Attendees at last year's event, in New Orleans, cheered when Microsoft Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Steve Ballmer addressed head-on some of the security challenges the software maker faces and outlined steps it said it would take to address them. However, Microsoft has yet to deliver on most of...

It hasn't been a good few months for the Exchange product team at Microsoft. First the Outlook team ships an updated connector for Lotus Domino; then they dismantle their own roadmap; and now they are facing internal competition:"Our first product here is going to be using Outlook that uses the...

Updated -- Found out enough information about some bogus e-mails that were supposedly coming from "Ed Brill" that this entry isn't really needed anymore. Remember, dear reader -- e-mail is hackable, and just because a message says that it's from someone, doesn't mean it really is....

Today was one of those days that you just feel good about your job, well, ok, at least I do. Eric Mack has been generously namechecking me over the last few days. The first was an article about his troubles in procuring IBM PC hardware. I wish I could have helped out in that situation m...

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Direct over-marketing

July 6 2004

A few weeks ago, register.com sent me a letter offering a discount if I renewed my registration of edbrill.com early...six months early. The discount was decent, the letter was in front of me, so I figured that it was worth doing. I completed the transaction last week, taking that off my radar...

My colleagues Colleen Hayes and Sara Nagelvoort are off on a business trip to Tokyo and Beijing, and for Sara it's her first visit to that part of the world. In their honor, I decided to write up one experience of my first business trip to Japan. Don't worry, it's not as sobering as my other...

An outgrowth of an e-mail conversation over the last 24 hours.... Jonathan Schwartz, President and COO of Sun, has started a weblog. In Schwartz's first entry, he bemoansWhat should you expect in my blog? Relatively frequent updates. Less frequently when I'm on airplanes (which is sadly quit...

Blog reader Tim Latta is quoted..."We all know that e-mail continues to grow, the inbox is more and more full every day, so we are thinking about the questions and answers that you can resolve through IM," said Tim Latta, a technology architect at Hewitt Associates in Lincolnshire. Hewitt has i...

Until recently, the thought of employees blabbing freely to the masses about their work on company time -- without the suits from PR hovering over them to stay "on message" -- would have created panic in the executive suite. But in the past year, employee blogs have begun to multiply across Corp...

Anti-spam vendor Commtouch issued a press release yesterday, describing spam trends for the first half of 2004. While the release has some interesting information about the content of spam, I was much more intrigued by their citation that they are now tracking a half-million spam mailings per...