August 2010

Bye bye blogroll

August 31 2010

It's been a long time since I thought about my blogroll or, for that matter, really paid attention to anyone else's. I find blogs today through PlanetLotus (and there are a number of new ones found there), Google alerts, Twitter and Facebook links, and our internal implementation of Lotus Connectio...

We added a small rotating widget to the ibm.com/lotus/notes and ibm.com/lotus/domino product pages to highlight our key Notes plug-in partners: Gist, Tungle, FewClix, TripIt, and OpenSpan. See here in red: The goal is to increase awareness of these value-add tools that are available to showcase...

It's been about a year since the last time we did this, and this time, we want to know about both client- and server-side virtualization technologies. This area is moving fast and not a week goes by without a request for us to support some new virtualization technology. VMWare and Citrix remain th...

Yesterday, we posted Lotus Symphony 3 beta 4, what should be the last beta of the Symphony 3 cycle. You can download it from here. Lotus Symphony 3 Beta 4 adds some exciting new enhancements. We've focused on performance. In addition we've enabled the support for adding additional spell check dicti...

Now that Notes/Domino 8.5.2 is out, a few questions have trickled in about the status of the Notes Traveler client for Android. To refresh, we announced at Lotusphere that we would build our own Notes Traveler client for the Android 2.x OS -- supporting mail, calendar, contacts. We knew that the...

Earlier this week, I was fortunate enough to be invited to a roundtable luncheon at the Chicago Tribune. The topic was small business in Chicago, and while IBM itself is anything but small, we do routinely work with small businesses. I know, the market perception is otherwise, but across IBM, the...

Yesterday, Tungle debuted a site called "The Calendar of the Future | A Manifesto". The site features interviews with Tungle's team and industry experts, including Robert Scoble, Google's Don Dodge, LinkedIn's Ellen Levy, Facebook's Michael Brown, me, and others. I am honored to be in the company...

As announced on August 10, the new Notes and Domino 8.5.2 release arrived earlier today, along with service availability of LotusLive Notes. Notes/Domino 8.5.2 is a release primarily about reliability -- lots of fixes -- but with incremental improvements in the Notes client and significant forward...

Back before my vacation, a few bloggers were talking about the abrasive, mixed message that IBM was sending to the market by having a web page from ibm.com Global Technology Services describing their Notes to Exchange migration offering. My stance at the time was that IBM, as a portfolio business t...

I don't see chick flicks and I don't read chick lit...as much as I try to be a renaissance man, this genre simply doesn't appeal to me (nor is it designed to, obviously). So normally, a book/movie like Eat, Pray, Love would never hit my radar. Except that I love to eat in Italy. I found my visit...

With the launch of Notes/Domino 8.5.2 and LotusLive Notes this week, it was a good opportunity to make the podcast rounds. Be sure to check out both the Taking Notes podcast and This Week In Lotus for in-depth Q&A on these product launches and other current topics in the Notes/Domino universe....

I invited a few "Yellow bloggers" to a call yesterday to talk with the LotusLive team about the new LotusLive Notes offering. We had a great discussion about the new service, and for something that had been relatively in stealth mode before launch, the questions and ideas were very, very useful. S...

This morning, we channel announced LotusLive Notes, with service availability on August 24. We also announced Notes/Domino 8.5.2, with eGA on August 24. Like I have been saying, it's a busy August. LotusLive Notes has been gliding down a very smooth track towards taking the mantle of best SaaS m...

Eric Mack is conducting an interesting survey...I had not thought about the extent to which mobile devices were being "controlled" or not controlled. In the era of consumerization, I know many IT shops are grappling with how much or how little to secure data, encrypt connections, manage what's depl...

Almost 8.5.2

August 8 2010

I dropped some strong hints about the release of Notes/Domino 8.5.2 at the IamLUG user group last week. The hints can get stronger now, and you'll get an official announcement soon. We're set to ship this month in English, with language rollouts starting just a few weeks after the initial release....

Well, that's not the title of the report...the title is "Migrating Off Notes/Domino E-Mail May Make Sense in Some Circumstances" [Link updated, report ID:G00200566, price US$495]. It might just as well be written as "Migrating Off Notes/Domino Doesn't Make Sense in Most Circumstances", b...

General Manager of Lotus software Alistair Rennie will participate in this cool forum...Email has become such a core part of our daily lives over the past decade that it’s not something we really spend too much time thinking about here at Gizmodo. Fortunately though, the team at Lifehacker do...

This press release came out earlier today...WebSphere Portal, Lotus Domino, Lotus Quickr in a pan-government implementation...EUROCITIES, an organization connecting the local government employees in more than 140 large cities in over 30 European countries, has chosen IBM software to help its members...

Burton Group's Guy Creese tells it like it is...Microsoft's 2010 software suites present "the most complicated lock-in decision in years," and many customers will be justified in sticking with the 2007 versions of Office, Exchange and SharePoint, Burton Group analysts said this week at the Catalyst...

IamLUG debrief

August 4 2010

I am back from two days in St. Louis at the IamLUG User Group meeting. Many others have blogged about individual sessions, including Mitch Cohen's virtual recap of my Notes/Domino strategy session. So here are some general thoughts. First, Chris Miller and the team running the event did a grea...

Last week, my colleague Arthur Fontaine and I participated in the useful and engaging Lotus Technical Information and Education community open call. Our topic was "Future opportunities for Notes/Domino professionals", and we lead a good discussion on the topic. We know that with significant change...

On Thursday last week, I took a short trip to New York City to meet an important customer. Because of my older daughter's summer schedule, I try to stay home at least every other week during these months, but sometimes, duty calls. I took the 6 AM flight out from Chicago to LaGuardia, booked a car...