August 2006

Let me start this with an important comment about tone -- In no way is this blog entry meant to be disrespectful. I was in Louisville, Kentucky, for a few hours today, in a couple of different meetings. The second was a "round table" format with half a dozen Lotus customers (15 people) from the re...

While I still don't speak a word of Brazilian Portuguese (OK, maybe ten words), I can't help but be impressed by this effort: Check it out at www.mudeparalotus.com.br...

This is a really interesting article which discusses ways to optimize the life of your laptop battery. I just had to buy a new battery because my previously-four-hour battery had dropped to about 90 minutes. Now I know why. One thing I still haven't been able to do, after two years with an extend...

For starters, the announcement is on a really cool URL: www.lotusenergizers.com/sydney . The inaugural meeting of the new Sydney users group will be Tuesday, 12 September, at 5:30 PM at IBM St. Leonard's. Come see how I'm handling jet lag on day two of my ten day ANZ tour. For those in Brisbane,...

When Paul Mooney and Bill Buchan submitted an abstract for a session called "Worst Practices" to Lotusphere 2006, I was a little nervous. Who wants to put a message in front of decision-makers, competitors, analysts that bad things can happen to good software? So, while I don't track manage that p...

This link was sent to me by someone helping frame a discussion about the relative security of IBM vs. Microsoft products. Very interesting considering that none of MS's major products (other than SQL Server) has had a new release in the last year.this year Microsoft has already addressed more criti...

Eric Mack has an excellent question, and it's the basis for so many of the Lotus community discussions in the last few weeks:David asked me what percentage of Lotus Notes I thought people who use Notes really "get." I proposed 20%. David said that in his experience it was less than 10%. I hope we ar...

For news on new content all over the web, as well as the details of the planned Sametime 7.5 launch events, follow that link or see Adam Gartenberg's blog here....

OK, so Rock, Alan, and I have been talking with the queens of Lotusphere today after reading Andrew and Greyhawk's postings. To be totally honest, I didn't realize the CLP discount had been dropped for Lotusphere 2007 until I read the blogs, so score another one for the Lotus community's passion an...

Based on feedback from the Lotus blogging community, the registration process that had been required in order to view the demo of the Lotus Notes access for SAP Solutions feature has been removed. I realize that workaround instructions had been published, but now for anyone hitting IBM's website di...

So a colleague sent me some Gartner reports to read about the concept of continuous data protection. I didn't know it, but my colleagues in the Tivoli brand already have a product in this space, IBM Tivoli Continuous Data Protection for Files. My question is, is anyone exploring using something...

E-mail keeps growing in volume, and so does the urgency for devising new and better ways of dealing with it. A typical office worker receives more than 100 messages a day--some get 200, 300, or more--and may send dozens more. At large companies, it adds up to millions of messages per week and many h...

And and and

August 23 2006

This has been discussed a bit in the Lotus Partner Forum over the last few days, and it seems like a good thing to surface here. In Notes "Hannover", the default search behavior will assume AND searches, as in a search entered as Thomas Gumz Lotus will search for Thomas AND Gumz AND Lotus. In Not...

1) Man, it's hard to get used to the current travel security restrictions. I went to buy lunch and just bought the usual sandwich and a Diet Coke... and didn't even think about it until the "reminder no liquids may be brought on board". Duh. Again no enforcement, but I tossed it anyway. On arriv...

My colleague Luis Suarez picked up a blog entry from Rod Boothby about corporate blogging and guidelines. The discussion ensues from Rod's fair question of why aren't there more corporate blogs? I wanted to respond to Rod's postings, but haven't had the time to put my thoughts together yet. In th...

An update on upcoming events and travel.... Tomorrow, I'll be in Denver for the CoLUG (Colorado Notes User Group) meeting. Actually, there's a very cool IBM Lotus Open Labs thing going on all day, and I'm just tagging in at the end. Details on LotusUserGroup.org or CoLUG's site. Next week, the b...

Some time ago, I passed the inflection point where I was no longer watching blog hit stats for edbrill.com on a regular basis. You're out there, you're reading, and I'm glad to have you. Tell your friends and all that, but whether it's 3000 or 4000 browser hits a day, not really critical. Still,...

If you're not subscribing to this blog's comments RSS feed, you might have missed two recent postings with interesting ensuing discussion: - The case study of a 160 user organization that migrated from Exchange to Domino has some interesting stories about other small Domino deployments, and the so...

Adam Gartenberg is excited:IBM LOTUS SAMETIME 7.5 IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD FROM PASSPORT ADVANTAGE. Congratulations to the Sametime team! Watch for the formal release on Tuesday next week. In the meantime, start your downloads......

Ideas before their time...Boeing published a survey of 3,200 airline passengers in April that seemed to indicate that the airborne Net would soar in popularity. The survey found that 83 percent said Internet availability would have an impact on their future travel plans and choice of airline. Of tho...

See www.ibm.com/lotus/lotusphere (and shhhh, they left the www.lotusphere.com redirect in the proper place, too). The call for abstracts is also open...can't wait to see what y'all come up with this year......

There was tons of coverage of this week's announcement of a Linux version of the Lotus Sametime server, and Adam has it all in two posts on his blog. One article in particular got my attention....In June, IBM announced it is building links between Sametime and Microsoft's Outlook, Office and Share...

Rich Schwartz notes that in the six months that many of you in the Domino blogging community have been doing "Show n' Tell Thursdays", there have been over 340 blog entries posted under this tag. What a great community! Thank you all for sharing your expertise!...

Ben Rose writes of the weekend project to upgrade a Domino 6.x server to Domino 7...I performed the code upgrade which took the usual 5minutes; followed by some reconfiguration and testing. The Resource Reservations system was upgraded to the new version along with the mail-in Diagnostics DB. A coup...

The only favorable argument I've ever heard for Exchange's single instance store is disk space savings... MS proponents often claim (without data) that this is some kind of huge competitive advantage. While I've tackled the subject generally in places like my Boss Loves Microsoft presentation, noth...

Hey look! After years of being asked "where is it", it's coming! Later today at Linuxworld, IBM is announcing a Linux version of the Lotus Sametime server. Scheduled release: first half, 2007. Plans are to run on Red Hat and SUSE. Combine this with the already-announced plan for Lotus Sametime...

So today's my first day flying since last week's revised security procedures. Clearly, tons of stuff has been written about the new restrictions, and I haven't felt like I had anything to add to the discussion....until today. First, in the news today is the long-overdue adjustment to US TSA proce...

Here's a small association getting huge benefits out of Domino, especially as compared to their old Exchange system:"Microsoft Exchange was unstable and inflexible," says Craig Haarmeyer, information services specialist at CCPOA. "And because it is proprietary and platform-dependent, we were limited...

Speaking of podcasts, check out Alan's IBM Shortcuts podcast this week -- on the value of archiving e-mail and how to automate it....

The latest Taking Notes podcast is out, featuring IBM's Satwik Seshasai and SNAPPS' Rob Novak discussing plans for Lotus Quickplace 8. Lots of details on great new innovation. Listener Stu Downes says that Quickplace 8 intersects with Web 2.0 in his review of the podcast. Go check it out on takin...

IBM has agreed to acquire content-management software maker FileNet for about $1.6 billion in cash, the companies said Thursday. IBM said that it will integrate FileNet's products with its own content-management software developed in its Information Management division, which is led by general man...

New Plazes badge

August 9 2006

The Plazes team contacted me this morning about their new-and-improved embedded site badge. The Plazes website provides the wizard for building your own customized badge, and it only took me a few minutes to set it up. I simply cut and paste the code from their site into a "block" in the DominoBlo...

SearchSAP reports on an AMR Research study examining the market dynamics around Microsoft & SAP's "Duet". According to the article, Duet is no slam dunk -- 35% of those surveyed have reservations about it, and only 29% have the ability to deploy it in their current environment. I smell upgrade...

The Salvation Army is expanding deployment of their Notes-based help desk to its international operations...Mark Calleran, The Salvation Army's chief information officer for the international headquarters says international compatibility was an important factor in the decision. 'We have 107,000 em...

Domino as a POP3 server?

August 8 2006

An interesting discussion underway with my product management team. Domino added POP3 in R4.5 of the Notes server and and IMAP4 support in 4.6. In my experience, these protocols have limited use in the Domino environment.... the vast majority of mail client access is either via Notes, Domino Web A...

Alan and Rocky have already reported this, but it's way cool and you should check it out: an animated demo of Notes Access for SAP Solutions. I've been talking about this a lot with customers in the last few weeks. Even if you are not an SAP shop, you should check it out -- it is a great way to e...

Wild Bill is still a leader in the "funniest birthday greeting" contest, but Mac Guidera is in contention, too. Mac sent me an e-card, via the IBM intranet. The service even has a time-delay sending feature. Who knew?...

37 and 12 and 2

August 6 2006

If the rumors are true, it's no secret among you readers that today (the 6th) is my birthday. I'm sure by the end of the next 24 hours, I'll have trackbacks/links here, though at this moment I have no idea what this year's theme is (anything would be better than the year y'all made me a power range...

South African IBMer Grant Bingham has penned interesting prose telling the biography of Lotus Sametime, using the analogue of family and childrearing. We all remember this chapter:The parents, in the mean time were building successful careers for themselves. They also had another little kid called...

Earlier today, I had the opportunity to participate in a panel at the American Marketing Association's marketing educators' conference. The panel was entitled, "The Impact of Emerging Technologies on Relationship Marketing: An Analysis of Consumer vs. Business Markets". The other panelists were al...

Network World looks at long-running products/brands in the IT industry that, apparently, should have been dead by now. Maybe Paul McNamara wasn't in the room at Lotusphere when I said "the idea that Notes is dead is dead"?When IBM bought Lotus Development Corp. back in 1995, the howling heard out o...

Shortcuts #2 is up

August 4 2006

IBM has posted Shortcuts #2 on ibm.com. This week's tip is from Notes/Domino Program Director Penny Scharfman, with tips on using instant messaging and a discussion of IM confidentiality. As an aside, I don't know what technology we're using on the Shortcuts site, but what a refreshing change of...

Stan Rogers has his plan

August 3 2006

A month after tremendous community outreach, Stan Rogers blogs that he'll be moving to Cape Town, South Africa for a new job. Good luck, Stan! Update: Stan's new employer, Autumn Leaf IT, has blogged about the Stan who came in from the cold. What a great story!...

Yesterday, IBM announced a new hardware/software solution for e-mail archiving, compatible with both Domino and Exchange...IBM says its new email archiving appliance is so easy to install that small and medium-size businesses can have it up and running in less than a day. IBM's DB2 CommonStore Emai...

There's been a lot of talk about Exchange 2007 from the perspective of the shipping version being available only as a 64-bit release. Most of the Exchange world seems to think that the move to 64-bit is a good thing for server headroom, for example, from Jim McBee's weblog:The 64-bit move for Excha...