July 2010

The Register reports on Microsoft's approach to winning customers to BPOS versus Google and, presumably, Notes/Domino or LotusLive. The tactics described explain a lot. In my personal opinion, this approach to business is way beyond "SPIFs" and even beyond "bounties". And while the article discus...

This is a useful improvement: a single page that is part of the Notes/Domino section of ibm.com (www.ibm.com/software/lotus/notes or www.lotus.com/notes for old-school) that highlights key recent customer stories around the use of Lotus Notes and Domino. Sorted by industry, each features a pull quo...

My colleagues in engineering who focus on Domino statistics have asked for the opportunity to ask the admins out there some questions about how you use statistics on Domino. Feel free to comment here, or send me mail at work with your thoughts. The goal of the exercise is to improve documentation,...

This popped up on a Google alert for me over the weekend... I am honestly not sure why it is buried in a channel announcement deep in the IBM website, and why the PDF seems to crash my browser. Will see if I can find the right person to discuss both. Assuming you get to it and open it in Acrobat,...

Don't miss this podcast that Chris Miller and I did earlier today talking about the IamLUG, the user group event in St Louis coming up in ten days! was lucky to catch Ed Brill as he packed his bags and begin his walk to St Louis for IamLUG taking place Aug 2-3 2010. IBM is a Platinum sponsor of the...

Looks like it's another week, another Google competitive document strewn with inaccuracies.... This one starts with the premise that Google is the next generation, and gives readers ten steps to evaluate Google Apps. Too bad so many of them are based on false dichotomies. For example, someone at...

I'm on a flight right now, and the passenger across the aisle has caught my eye. No, it's not her sparkly jewelry, but rather the software running on her Dell laptop. She's using the attractive Lotus Notes 8.5 -- but with the less-attractive Notes 7 mail template. This is far from the first time...

Yes, it has been six months, but we tend to leave Lotusphere and move on to the next thing. However, as we start to ramp up on Lotusphere 2011, the results were tabulated from the Lotusphere 2010 session evaluations. At Lotusphere 2010, over 90% of the sessions received an average rating of "Excel...

Surprised to see this document on Google's website. While Google is getting a lot of attention with their Google Apps offering, I'm still not seeing a lot of current impact in customers actually migrating. Sure there are some corporate customers moving, but where they are, they tend to be small or...

The summer is when things are supposed to slow down, right? Well, not when we are just weeks away from launching Notes/Domino 8.5.2, LotusLive Notes, and all sorts of fun planning next releases. I've also been trying to stay home, for a bit, or at least keep my passport in the lockbox for a while....

This one speaks for itself...On January 12, the Haiti earthquake struck, with its epicenter just west of the populous capital of Port-au-Prince, and estimates quickly rose to 230,000 dead, 1.5 million homeless and 3 million in need of emergency aid for the most basic necessities. The epic, urgent ne...

This IBM case study has been published for a couple of months, but admittedly, I hadn't seen it until yesterday. The solution highlights how an IBM business partner took the OpenNTF project DominoWiki and deployed it for a small Finnish logistics company. Great quote from the customer: "Some small...

A month with an iPad

July 5 2010

Yes, I have heard that some find this meme of professing love and adoration for the iPad displeasing, but given my role and my work it seems to me worth stepping back for a few minutes to reflect on my first month as an iPad user. Perhaps my angle is a little different, because I am not also an iPh...

Then, April 23, 2009:Blockbuster embraced software plus services by deploying Microsoft Online Services to update the undependable and outdated Lotus Notes environment while minimizing costs and impact to end users.Now, CNET, July 3, 2010: Exactly what Blockbuster's future will look like is anyone'...

No, it's not your fruit-inspired app store, at least not yet. But the Lotus Solutions Catalog at catalog.lotus.com has been updated with a number of Web 2.0-y features, including a carousel UI, more feedback on popularity and interest in particular entries or the overall catalog, and versioning for...

Duffbert and others have picked up this story which appears on CIO.com.au as well as the author's own site, Delimiter:So Bergh sent a few members from his team over to a conference in Brisbane on how to move to Exchange 2010 to scope out the Microsoft platform -- check out the lay of the land and se...