August 2005

The man most qualified to be the Notes historian at IBM speaks about the Notes/Domino 7 release:"Having such a long history is a great strength, of course," he says, "but it can also be a potential weakness because people think, okay, you've been around so long, you must no longer be relevant. I...

The wake-up picture

August 31 2005

It's fair to say I was in my own world for much of the day yesterday. First day back from an overseas work/holiday trip, coinciding with the release of the next major version of the product I'm responsible for selling...well, the IMs and e-mails yesterday were mostly of a "congratulations!' and...

So with the Domino 7 code out there today, I'm sure some are wondering what's up with the NSFDB2 feature. It's not in the shipping code, though it is available. As I explained at the Irish Lotus User Group last week, this feature did not get exercised sufficiently during Domino 7 beta. It s...

Notes/Domino 7 released!

August 30 2005

Now available for download on both IBM PartnerWorld Software and IBM PassportAdvantage download websites. Whoo-hoo!...

DominoPower readers submitted 20 questions about Notes/Domino 7 a few weeks ago. My colleagues Rob Ingram, Jason Dumont, Peter Janzen, and myself spent some time answering them, and the result is this DominoPower Q&A. Check it out Link: DominoPower: IBM answers your tough R7 questions ...

What does it all mean?

August 28 2005

While I was taking a few days off last week, there was a lot of talk in the Lotus-related blogosphere and community about market share. Both Gartner and IDC published their 2004 share reports for the messaging/ICE (integrated collaborative environment) markets almost two months ago. For whatev...

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August 28 2005

It seems that some edbrill.com readers took my Friday night photo ode to Bill Buchan as negative in some way. Not at all, gentle reader. Bill is an asset to the Lotus community, and just happens to be hilariously entertaining. The photo, snapped almost completely at random, seemed to capture...

The Notes/Domino 7 launch webpage has been updated. Among other things, you can find a list there of some of the launch cities/event dates. Check them out on ibm.com/software/lotus/nd7live.... I'm currently working with the launch team and my calendar to figure out which events I'll be at....

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Take a few days of holidays, and see what happens... IBM Workplace Designer 2.5 is now available. CRN, IBM Queues up Workplace Designer, Notes/Domino 7 Shipments:IBM executives said Workplace Designer suits both highly proficient developers and relative novices. "You can drag something onto a...

Arrived in Dublin...

August 24 2005

I am not sure which I have more of to look at from the last 60 offline hours ... comments on the blog or new e-mails. For now, sleep is on the agenda. Looking forward to the increasingly large User Group meeting on Friday!...

Only a few weeks left... the IBM promotion for a free 20-user license of IBM Workplace Services Express ends September 15, 2005.The offer: For a limited time only, get a 20-user license for IBM Workplace Services Express, including one year of subscription and support at no charge (approximate...

For many months, I've been debating giving this weblog a real name. It just sounds so boring to say "Ed Brill's weblog", when there are so many out there with catchy names. In fact, I noticed in looking at Feedster's new Top 500 blogs feature that the vast majority of the top blogs have brand...

On my vacation day after the Las Vegas Notes User Group, Brian Benz played tour guide and took me to Hoover Dam, Lake Las Vegas, Lake Mead, and the Valley of Fire. We wrapped up the day with Brian's wife Yvette joining forThai food at Lotus of Siam (seriously), followed by dessert and a wa...

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Por el otro lado...

August 20 2005

...on the other hand, the language deities must be looking favorably upon me today. My daughter and I regularly eat at Taqueria Los Mogotes De Michoacan here in Highland Park, for at least a year or so. Today, for the first time, the waitstaff all spoke to us en español. All those ye...

I've made a few references in the last few weeks to my upcoming "Introduction to conversational German" classes. Having visited Germany fourteen times, almost all for business, it seemed like it was time to move beyond "zwei brezel, bitte". Unfortunately, the phone call came yesterday. "Y...

I hope this doesn't become an obsession... DISCOVERIES OF edbrill discovery date name 2005/08/17 at 21:08 IBM, Marysville, MO 2005/08/17 at 19:01 Lucas Park Grille 2005/08/12 at 06:30 Las Vegas Hilton 2005/08/11 at 23:39 UNLV, Las Vegas, NV USA ...

ND7 Getting close...

August 19 2005

I was in a customer meeting with Ken Bisconti this morning... on the way to the meeting, Ken told me that Notes/Domino 7 coding is done, and now it's just going through the sign-off and mastering process. I was intrigued and pleased to see the SearchDomino poll results from last month that ...

It seems like it is never too early to start thinking about the next Lotusphere. Several months ago, the content team convened to start thinking about what we'd like to do differently in 2006. While 2005 was a great show, and had the best ever ratings, 2006 is going to be better still. Lotus...

Burton Group's Peter O'Kelly did a recent webcast for SearchDomino...this article follows-up on his content:IBM Workplace is in good shape, both on its own merits and as an alternative to Microsoft, according to O'Kelly. "There is going to be a sizable part of the market that will be unwilling t...

More coverage from last week's LinuxWorld...Under the deal, SMBs can download Red Hat Enterprise Linux and IBM Workplace Services Express preinstalled in a VMware environment and packaged as a virtual machine for a free 90-day trial. The download will be available next month through Red Hat Netw...

I was reminded early this morning of a pretty cool section of ibm.com. I commonly receive questions from customers and partners regarding the license terms for Lotus Notes/Domino. As it happens, there is an online IBM Software license agreements web application, of course built in Domino. Ev...

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Another Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Redbook residency...The purpose of this Redpaper is to show system administrators and IT architects how to use & leverage the capabilities of the new Lotus Domino domain monitoring feature of IBM Lotus Domino Version 7. The Lotus Domino domain monitorin...

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IBM's Steve Mills keynoted LinuxWorld today, and he used the opportunity to talk about the IBM Workplace Managed Client...Steve Mills, IBM's top software executive, sent a clear message during his keynote this afternoon at LinuxWorld that IBM's is ready to take on Microsoft with its Workplace m...

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Hmmm, I seem to have stirred things up today...Some accounts made it sound like these hires--most recently Julio Estrada and Bob Congdon, along with earlier recruits ( Gary Devendorf, Barry Briggs, and others) were poached directly from the IBM/Lotus payroll. Such is not the case (well excep...

Today's the day...the first Las Vegas Notes User Group meeting is this afternoon at 3 PM. Details are here on Brian Benz's weblog. There will be a Geekdinner following the meeting... I'm sure we can find someplace nice to hang out in Vegas, right?...

OK, there have been three articles like this in the US trade press in the last few days. I was trying to hold my tongue, but it's hard to do in this case:Anther[sic] Lotus notable who has recently been approached by Microsoft is Ed Brill, business unit executive, Worldwide Lotus Messaging Sale...

Antone Gonsalves on yesterday's IBM announcement:While I'm not going to pretend that the enterprise heavens have opened up to Firefox, the open-source browser has gotten a boost from Big Blue. IBM says it will add support for the Mozilla Foundation's creation to its light Domino Web Access clien...

The objective of this residency is to produce a new IBM Redbook that explains how to install and configure IBM Workplace Services Express on the iSeries server. In addition, the redbook will explain how to integrate Workplace Services Express with Lotus Domino to provide additional functions suc...

SearchDomino has additional texture to today's LinuxWorld announcements...Included is a plug-in that will allow Linux desktop customers to access their Notes and Domino systems with a simple double-click and run their existing Notes and Domino applications in a Workplace Managed Client environme...

IBM said Tuesday at LinuxWorld that it plans to add support for the open-source Firefox Web browser to its light Domino Web Access client. Formerly known as iNotes, the light Domino Web Access client already supported the fuller-featured Mozilla browser as well as Microsoft Internet Explorer ...

Last week, I mentioned this awesome IDC report about Lotus's market momentum. The report is now available on ibm.com, as seen on ibm.com/lotus. Link: ibm.com: IDC Insights: Lotus drives IBM's software performance in Q2 05 ...

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and here I thought that having my birthday fall on a Saturday would make it a bit lower profile than last year. Nevermind.... from Exchange ranger to "Power Ranger", it seems. Thanks Bruce , Declan, Tom, Eric, Paul... the rest of you, enough already! :) (Updated: As I knew I'd hav...

Nominations open soon for contributors to the Notes/Domino 7 Reviewer's Guide. This is one of the more important pieces of the launch materials for a new Notes/Domino release. Looking for some real quality writers to work on this fast-paced and key project. This residency is located in Cambrid...

IBM announced Wednesday that it has launched the latest version of its WebSphere portal software for customers using its mainframe and midrange server hardware. The launch marks the progression of IBM's newest portal tools, first introduced at the end of 2004, into its widely used zSeries an...

This is just too much fun to write. I got back from lunch this afternoon to an e-mail from Tom Duff, forwarding a note he had received about a job opportunity at Microsoft. I'm certainly aware that Microsoft has field staff focused on Notes to Exchange migrations, though this is the first...

My colleague Bob Bry passed this along.... By plugging the hotel TV cable into a USB TV tuner connected to a laptop computer, Laurie can hack his way into the back-end systems controlling the entertainment and other convenience features found in modern hotels, he said in his presentation. He...

Pearson International Airport fire trucks reached the scene of Tuesday's fiery crash landing just 52 seconds after the Air France plane touched down, the airport's fire chief said Wednesday. ... "By that time, approximately three-quarters of the passengers had come down the chute and into th...

Another analysis of the three-consecutive-quarters of double digit growth for Lotus:"For the first time, Lotus is becoming a jewel in IBM's software crown," said Goyal, who will become general manager of IBM's information management division later this month.Link: news.com: IBM targets Microsof...

Prompted by Richard Schwartz, John Udell takes a look at the Rodney Dangerfield of software, Lotus Notes.For what it's worth, I do respect Lotus Notes, and here are some of the reasons why: Security User empowerment Hybrid data modelLink: Jon Udell: Respecting Lotus Notes ...

Blog hardware upgrade

August 1 2005

John and PSC have just completed a hardware upgrade for the server running this blog. The main thing you'll notice is that things are a heck of a lot faster, especially site searches. Thanks, y'all! I appreciate it, and I'm sure readers do, too......

IDC takes a look at the IBM software business in a new report published on Friday. The abstract:IBM's second-quarter earnings announcement on July 18, 2005, underscored renewed strength in its software business, particularly from products in its Lotus division. This IDC Insight examines the ear...

I just updated my "upcoming events" page. Four user groups in the next six weeks. And that's only what I know so far. Notes/Domino 7 launch will occur in there, along with regional and worldwide launch events. I hope to meet many of you face-to-face in the next 90 days, as we enter full swi...