July 2005

The front page article in today's Chicago Tribune documents a reporter's five day journey around the United Airlines domestic system, and what he learned while doing so. Because United has become a lot more competitive while in bankruptcy, I've flown them a lot more in the last couple of years...

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One of the challenges of working with a product as big as Lotus Notes/Domino is that I can't keep track of everything going on with it. As a follow-up to a customer meeting from last week, I've just been learning about some of the performance improvements that were done for Domino Web Access p...

BusinessWeek just recently published a ranking of the 100 best global brands. IBM clocks in at #3, just behind Coca-Cola and Microsoft. The IBM brand is valued at $53.4 billion dollars. More interesting, IBM's brand value represents 44% of IBM's market capitalization...double the brand val...

This is on the newswire this morning but not yet on either vendor's website...IBM is teaming with Avaya to help make businesses more agile, responsive, and productive through the seamless integration of audio and collaboration tools. This integration will introduce "click-to-call" capabilities,...

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IBM announced the System z9 109 this morning -- up to 54-way processors, up to half a terrabyte of RAM. It seems that small countries could run their computing needs on this one box...sweet! What's even cooler is how IBM is embracing social software paradigms for this announcement. Bloggi...

Jonvon pointed to Joel Spolsky's latest: Hitting the High Notes. Some really cool truisms about software development in there, but first:In some other industries, cheap is more important than good. Wal*Mart grew to be the biggest corporation on Earth by selling cheap products, not good produc...

OK, OK, I know this will shock most of you -- I'm praising something Microsoft has done. Stop the presses. I've been watching the MSN Virtual Earth vs. Google Maps smackdown in the blogosphere the last few days with amusement. Vowe reported that Microsoft had made Apple disappear. Scoble ...

WHERE IS SIMONBARRATT?

July 25 2005

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Groupwise customer migrates to Notes/Domino....After a lengthy 10-month selection process, Plymouth Tube's committee unanimously selected IBM's Lotus Domino platform in spite of the company's Microsoft roots. "We selected the Lotus Domino solution primarily because we needed more than just e-mai...

There's a new album on my photo site featuring snaps from my two free days in Sydney and the Blue Mountains this week. Enjoy... A story to go along with it. On Wednesday, as mentioned, I took the train to Katoomba to visit the Blue Mountains. Katoomba is a cute little town, not completely...

Two years in, only 15% have upgraded to Office 2003...Microsoft is facing an uphill battle to push copies of Office 2003 on customers and its ISV partner ecosystem, ahead of next year's predicted launch of Office 12. Office 2003 appears to be falling behind in targeted sales for this point in...

In my e-mail today is a note from a colleague, forwarded from a customer. The customer indicates that Microsoft has called her/him several times in the last few weeks wondering what their plans are now that IBM has (customer's words): "announced they are terminating the product". Anyone else...

Geeks slip into Sydney

July 21 2005

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By no means a complete list... eWeek: IBM snaps up e-forms player PureEdge:"What's happening now, [forms such as those having to do with warranty management and insurance] are being captured in the currency of exchange across business processes," Goyal said. "They get captured in one technol...

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Was it a dream? IBM announces acquisition of PureEdge Solutions. Good stuff. Coverage in CRN:Plans call for IBM to integrate PureEdge's e-forms functionality into IBM Workplace and Lotus products, IBM executives said. Interoperability between the higher-level PureEdge forms and the nati...

"The big cherry taste"

July 19 2005

Long-time readers of this blog will know two things about me: 1) I love to try regional junk food and 2) cherries are my favourite fruit. Thus, I was pleased to see a local candy bar called "Cherry Ripe", advertised as "the big cherry taste". Hmmm, one bite resulted in disappointment. Wha...

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Ben Poole announces DominoWiki 1.0. Again demonstrating the power of Notes/Domino, here we have a full-featured wiki application, deployable atop any existing Domino server. Again demonstrating the power of the Notes community, Ben worked with Julian Robichaux and OpenNTF.org to make this ap...

A day in Sydney

July 17 2005

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Standard international travel disclaimer: I am in business class on this flight through approved, fiscally responsible policies of IBM Corporation. It is an eerie thing to board a plane on a route that I haven't travelled in 18 months, and find that I've been assigned exactly the same seat a...

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Early this morning, I learned that e-mail to @edbrill.com was bouncing. DNS services for edbrill.com are managed by zoneedit.com. When I learned of the mail problem, I contacted their customer support. A response to my query came back in less than 20 minutes, and the problem was resolved...

eWeek in the US: IBM previews enterprise blogging tools:"Weblog Preview is meant to be an out of box, full-featured blog component to add to other Workplace applications," said Chris Reckling, senior product manager for Workplace application development tools at IBM. "The Designer blogging comp...

My colleague Michael O'Connell writes:It's nice to see some validation that IBM's emphasis on open standards is yielding compelling competitive advantages. A just-published developer productivity study, which the Branham Group independently verified and certified, concludes that IBM has a sig...

New IBM Redbook...Deploying IBM Workplace Collaboration Services on the IBM eserver iSeries Server Based on first read, looks pretty comprehensive. The content would certainly be helpful to anyone exploring Workplace Collaboration Services... Table of Contents: Chapter1. IBM Workplace def...

OK, I'm making an executive decision.... Sydney-siders (and visiting IBMers and partners) are hereby invited to a "Geekdinner", Wednesday night, 20 July, in Sydney at the Slip Inn, 111 Sussex Street (as if you need the address!). I am not sure what a good time to call this for is -- 7 PM? I i...

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CRN: IBM jumps aboard blog bandwagon: (Kudos to Blogsphere/OpenNTF for mention/link):Analyst Dana Gardner, who had been critical of IBM's blogging status till now, is encouraged. "This is a big step for IBM as well as for blogging and RSS delivery of collaborative content in general," said Gard...

A week ago, bugtraq posted information about a potential Lotus Notes (actually, Domino) vulnerability related to attachments. IBM has published a technote today, outlining the very limited scenarios where this issue can occur, and the continued recommendation that web-based Domino mail users sh...

Michael Sampson of Shared Spaces has published his perspective on the IBM Activity Explorer technology....The fundamental idea of Activity Explorer is to give business users shared viewing and/or editing rights over an ad hoc collection of discrete events that take place through a variety of com...

September 19-21, 2005, in Las Vegas....Whether you are just getting started with your Portal implementation, or are looking for the latest technical updates, directions and recommended practices, you will find it at this conference. Select from approximately 100 unique sessions designed to provi...

IBM Alphaworks is now featuring a Weblog preview for IBM Workplace 2.6....as covered in InfoWorld:IBM on Tuesday revealed plans for two new corporate blogging tools it plans to add to the forthcoming Version 2.5 of its Workplace collaboration platform and Workplace Designer development tools. ...

Ken Bisconti interviewed in this article about UNICCO's adoption of WebSphere Portal:"When some people first see a portal, they think, oh, I get it, a portal is just sort of a dashboard where you pull some stuff together, and manage the integration of some different Web sites or disparate Web co...

More on how Microsoft is viewing Lotus customers as pieces of meat ready to be "plucked" (see comment#4/5)...While details were scarce, Witts said the company is especially eyeing accounts where Exchange Server can displace IBM/Lotus offerings and where market-leading Oracle databases could be...

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More in-depth coverage of last month's Notes "Hannover" announcement:The activity-centric computing is perhaps the biggest change. It allows users to organize data from multiple sources into a single project or activity. For example, a user could collect e-mail threads, chat logs, documents and...

Robert Scoble pointed to this article over the weekend...Informit.com: Five things wrong with SharePoint: Some pretty bold assertions about what's wrong with SharePoint.I have been accused many times of having a Microsoft bar code tattooed on my neck over the years, as a long time consultant...

John Head is 31 today

July 11 2005

Congratulations to John on his 31st....I can honestly say he's older and wiser. Well, at least his sage advice has been a huge help to me. Have a good day, well, as best you can on a Monday....

Isn't this the same tired pitch that Microsoft has been using since their last partner conference?Microsoft executive said the vendor sees an opportunity to lure partners away from IBM to Microsoft's collaboration software because of the technology migration from the Lotus/Domino platform to Wo...

As announced in the Notes/Domino 7 beta forum:The Beta 4 release of Notes/Domino and the Extended Products for 7 will be available for download soon (within a few days). It will be our final beta release for 7, in which we hope you will see notable improvements over Beta 3. Beta 4 will be a pro...

Last week, Novell announced the beta of Groupwise 7. In the press release and a few articles on the topic, Novell indicated their commitment to support GroupWise through 2015. I'm not sure what that really means, since it's pretty hard to predict the technology that will be relevant and appro...

So I get an e-mail a few minutes ago with that subject line. Intrigued, I check it out... and sense quite quickly that this e-mail could just as easily been sent to any blogger. The author is asking me to blog about a topic that isn't of interest to me, isn't something I've ever written about,...

So I ran into a [former?] customer at O'Hare this evening. My flight was about to board, so we only had a few minutes to chat. His company made a decision about 18 months ago to migrate from Notes to Exchange. It was a merger/acquisition scenario, and though team IBM and our partners tried ha...

Even since Microsoft Exchange added clustering support, Exchange practitioners have always added a little asterisk when discussing its clustering capabilities. Exchange 2000 clustering had significant resource consumption issues, with Active/Active clustering especially, and there was a time wh...

Michael Sampson of Shared Spaces was interviewed in the current issue of IT Business Edge:Question: Are you seeing signs that vendors are better responding to their customers' needs? Sampson: Vendors are definitively focused on better responding to the needs of their customers. IBM Lotus has m...

Wanted to alert Australian readers that I've been scheduled to participate in the IBM Australia/New Zealand "Software Learning Expo 05", an enablement event for IBMers and business partners. This means I'll be venturing down under for most of the week of 18 July. The schedule's not quite soli...

My inbox today included a note about the release of a book called Business Blogs: A Practical Guide, by Bill Ives and Amanda G. Watlington. Ives and Watlington interviewed seventy bloggers, across a wide spectrum of blog types, formats, and content. They've analyzed and synthesized this into...