July 2009

Mark Hughes is a customer I hear from frequently, but didn't really connect that he's been blogging for several months. Of late, he's been writing about XPages. Today he's previewing an iPhone web application he's built for Notes to-do and journal/notebook access on the iPhone:The iPhone is great,...

I've said this before and I'll say it again -- if you are a business partner, you should really have some customer testimonials on your website or in the IBM references database. Why? Some of the Notes/Domino product managers are working on a presentation around Notes/Domino 8.5.1 to use with ind...

Today's guest blog entry is from IBM Lotus senior product manager Pete Janzen. Pete is responsible for Domino Designer, XPages, LEI and Lotus Workflow. Two recent announcements show how both customers and partners benefit from XPages Lotus Notes and Domino's long standing reputation as a platform...

As other bloggers have announced, we posted FixPack 1 for Notes/Domino 8.5 over the weekend. I don't see it on FixCentral yet, but you can get there through IBM Lotus support downloads. A preliminary and partial fixlist is here. As that website says,IBM strongly recommends upgrading to the latest...

I can remember quite specifically when we added mood stamps to Lotus Notes -- and it was before anything in Outlook 97. Yet the patent filing that was initially approved in 2006 seems to have gone final this week:This week just past Microsoft was successfully granted a patent for "emotiflags" despi...

As I've said a few times this week, and will say much more on Monday, references are a huge part of demonstrating the value of the Notes/Domino platform, specifically the collaborative application aspect of the toolset. Most Notes customers run Notes mail and applications together, but it is the ap...

Been an interesting week for competition in the messaging and collaboration market. A few items worth looking at. On the Google front -- you know, I'm glad that they and their partners are getting a little more aggressive in going after the Notes space, because all that does is bring out the real...

It's only ten days away -- the Iam Lotus User Group in St. Louis, with the Chicago MWLUG following about five weeks from now. I've been prepping for IamLUG for a few days, and am confident this is going to be a great event. Some reasons to come to IamLUG -- where there are still a few seats availa...

A podcast I recorded a few weeks ago for a business or IT decision-maker kind of audience is now available in the IBM.com BizTech Reports section:Ed Brill, Director for IBM's End User Messaging and Collaboration practice, talks with BizTech Reports about the evolution of collaboration, and the issue...

XPages everywhere

July 20 2009

It seems like not a day goes by on PlanetLotus without some mentions of the Domino 8.5 XPages application development tools. Workshops, blogs, tutorials, analysis, and production XPages applications are all there for your perusal. It is good to see the traction for XPages in the market. Two specif...

It seems that part of what has changed for me since my job change last fall is that I blog less, and what I blog about is nearly 100% work-related. Sure, the travel stuff comes up occasionally, but it has been a while since I wrote something about daily life -- most of that goes to Twitter now, wit...

The last three weeks have probably been among the most intense of my career. In the last two days, five months of work culminated in approvals to move a project forward. Unfortunately, as with many things since I moved back into product management, I can't say what we decided, yet. But I can prom...

SAP's Alan Rickayzen take an in-depth look at business decision-making, and highlights specifically why Lotus Notes, SAP, and Alloy are effective tools to help make better decisions. Some examples from his nine areas of examination:Alloy delivers the decision item to the manager's Lotus Notes clien...

The press release won't hit for a few hours yet, but both LinkedIn and TripIt have gone live with their new widgets for Lotus Notes. LinkedIn:With the new LinkedIn micromashup software capability for Lotus Notes, users can access the world's most popular professional network directly from their de...

In the last few days, both Google and Microsoft have made interesting announcements pertaining to their efforts to convince IBM Lotus customers that migrating away from Notes in difficult economic times makes some kind of business sense. On Sunday at their partner conference, Microsoft told partner...

As things are shaping up, about a month from now will be my last International travel for some time (with the baby due mid-October), so why not do it over the top? Or around the bottom, as the case were. I'll be headed to the Southern Hemisphere...first for a week in South Africa (August 16-21)...

Timely coverage that will be in CRN's hardcopy edition on Monday -- a good counterweight to Microsoft's partner conference this week. It won't be the only one...."We're seeing a big increase in the number of customers moving to the Foundations server," said James Sulfare, owner of Solinkit, a Chamb...

Now accepting nominations...This project will utilize Lotus tools to create a wiki-based Deployment Guide for Notes and Domino Version 8.5. The structure of the guide will be based on the current IBM Redbooks publication "IBM Lotus Notes and Domino Version 8 Deployment Guide". The contents will be u...

Surprised -- in a good way -- to see Australian business partner Satsuma issue this press release:Lotus Notes 8.5 offers significant cost-savings to organisations primarily through data compression, attachment storage and configuration optimisation. These cost-savings have been well-documented in th...

Lotus software has a new front door on ibm.com, and some other interesting updates.... The changes are subtle but important. First, the content is designed to be much more dynamic, with frequent updates. Second, the "what we offer" box has been reorganized into two groupings -- by business ne...

This new matrix, and the associated linked pages, outline the Lotus solutions available through LotusLive services: The purchase process for these is still through the Lotus brand sales organization and/or channel partners. I know this is viewed by some as needlessly cumbersome, but for many of...

At May's SAPphire 2009 conference in Orlando, the Lotus team highlighted the release of Alloy, integrating Lotus Notes with SAP. Program Director Krista Hiltz Kahn presented on Alloy to several audiences at SAPphire, and this video captures her presentation as well: Our team is now working on a...

Off for a few days

July 2 2009

It's been pretty quiet on the blog side of things for a couple of weeks, mainly due to some short vacation stretches, but also the intensity of the end-of-quarter period and other goings-on in my personal life. There's some irony to the silence, because the last two weeks have seen an incredible am...