September 2005

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Remember how IBM issued blogging guidelines back in May? It seems to be having the intended effect, with tons of new IBM bloggers in the last few weeks. I've added several to my blogroll - IBMers: Bob Sutor: Vice President of standards and open source. Bob is writing a lot lately about...

Back at the end of June, I highlighted a report from Forrester covering Lotus's announcement of "Hannover", the next version of Lotus Notes. It seems that word gets around...and IBM partner Percussion Software has licensed this report for distribution on their website. If you'd like to rea...

Gregg Eldred: Good job, IBM

September 29 2005

Gregg Eldred recommends you take your boss to a Notes/Domino 7 Live event...and/or Lotusphere... Make plans NOW to attend one of these events. And don't just you go, Mr. Domino Administrator or Ms. Domino Developer. TAKE YOUR MANAGER. It is an eye opening experience. Trust me on this. Second, it...

Wow! That was incredible. Over 1600 people registered, and over 1000 participated, in the "virtual" Notes/Domino 7 launch on lotususergroup.org. We've just finished up, and I'm pleased with the outcome for sure. There were over 120 questions asked, and we could only answer about a dozen...

A free three-day trial of IBM Workplace Collaboration Services is now available on IBM developerWorks. All WCS features are supported, including mail, team spaces, document libraries and more. Windows and Linux browsers are supported....

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VARBusiness's Ed Scannell has expanded on his initial ND7 launch coverage with some analyst and partner perspectives...During the past three years, according to O'Kelly, IBM's Lotus division has redoubled its focus on Notes/Domino; some of the improvements included in Version 7, such as server c...

Several people have asked me what the activity around the State of Masschusetts's decision to mandate OpenDoc Format means for Lotus Notes...in this SearchDomino story, Kevin Cavanaugh (Lotus VP of development for Notes/Domino) gives the answer:IBM is confident that Massachusetts and other stat...

This is way cool -- almost 1000 people are already registered for Wednesday's Lotus Notes/Domino 7 launch sneak peek online event at lotususergroup.org. Here Rob Ingram, Mark Jourdain, Jon Raslawski, myself and other IBMers talk about ND7 -- great content for those who can't get to one of the...

SearchDomino conducted a survey earlier this quarter that covered a broad array of topics in the Notes/Domino market. I'm surprised that they only received 208 responses -- but it was a rather lengthy survey, so I can sort of understand. (Note: I started to fill it out, but then realized that...

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Buzz buzz buzz........

September 24 2005

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Ferris's David Via has a quick entry about policy-based administration in Notes/Domino 7:Notes/Domino's very granular security model will help organizations address specific regulatory compliance challenges. More powerful policy-based management should also decrease operations costs and reduce...

More Bloor Research on Lotus...Although the two rivals' product ranges are gradually converging in user capabilities, they remain markedly different in their server architectures and their embrace of open standards. (Exchange runs only on Windows Server, for example.) This is likely to be to IBM...

...I've arrived at the IBM Forum in Umag, Croatia. There appear to be about 300 people attending -- no joke. The welcome reception for this event was held at the "Polynesian Playground" that is part of the Sol Meliá hotel complex in Umag, along the Adriatic Sea. The food and music coul...

I read this article just before dinner last night, but hadn't had a chance to respond. Steve Gillmor, writing on ZDNet:"The big problem for Bill and Ray is that the other team can call audibles at the line of scrimmage and run a 2-minute offense from kickoff. Ironically, that's why Ozzie's the...

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Robin Bloor takes a look at the state of the e-mail market, the GUI, and desktop integration....Currently there are two major vendors in the enterprise email market; Microsoft and IBM/Lotus. Only one of the two, IBM/Lotus, has a comprehensive strategic vision. Nevertheless, even IBM/Lotus may no...

Bucharest in a word: Wet

September 21 2005

Finding dry pavement upon awakening this morning was a pleasant (but momentary) surprise. It had been raining non-stop since I arrived on Tuesday night. By Wednesday evening, we needed a boat -- not a car -- to get around the flooded streets of the capital. In some places, the standing water...

Information Week is reporting on Gartner's assessment of Microsoft's "Office 12" preview, including a recommendation to look at IBM instead:Despite many potentially powerful enhancements, most enterprises will find it hard to justify upgrading [to Office 12] during 2007 and 2008," wrote a half d...

Now available on lotus.com, a ten page paper highlighting the performance improvements in Domino 7. NotesBench numbers as well as data from IBM's internal deployment of Domino 7 are included. In general, performance/scalability is one of the key reasons to upgrade to Domino 7. As you'll se...

Who wants to be a millionaire?

September 20 2005

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Thanks to a sharp-eyed reader (thanks, Lars!), the Notes/Domino 7 Live! event listing pages have been updated, and 90%+ of the worldwide launches are now listed. Find your city at ibm.com/lotus/nd7live....

Some updates on Lotusphere 2006 -- only 125 days away.... Abstract submissions are still being taken. The deadline was supposed to be last week, but has been extended another week because it was a bit lost in the noise of the ND7 launch. I've seen some very good abstracts, and only rejecte...

I notice a few bloggers have grabbed the Notes/Domino 7 launch banner that I've added to this weblog. Thanks to Bill, Ben, and Subhan for carrying the torch. I've posted banners -- horizontal and vertical -- in JPG formats for download, if that helps anyone else ;) ...

I was struck with a sense of déjà vu in reading this CRN interview with Bill Gates. Here's what Gates said about Katmai, the next version of SQL Server (post "Yukon"):WinFS is the idea of taking the file system and the database and the directory and the mail store and bringing t...

I've finished organizing my online photo albums from last month's trip to Ireland, just in time to get back on a transatlantic plane. This coming week, I'll visit six cities -- Sofia (Bulgaria), Bucharest (Romania), Vienna (Austria), Ljubljana (Slovenia), Umag (Croatia), and Paris (France), wit...

Steve Ballmer on blogging

September 16 2005

I'm sure many a blogger will be linking to the new BusinessWeek story, "Troubling Exits at Microsoft". It's a fascinating look inside the bureaucracy and employee morale at Microsoft. What you might miss is the BusinessWeek Online extra, "Steve Ballmer Shrugs Off the Critics". This is int...

A success story about a Microsoft Exchange to Notes/Domino migration, including consolidation to an iSeries.For email, Chick's consolidated multiple Compaq servers running Microsoft Exchange onto one IBM iSeries system running IBM Lotus Notes and Domino. Chick's estimates that this move resulted...

Wow, the RSS reader is a treasure trove tonight. Declan Lynch has had a chance to install the IBM Workplace Managed Client...all I can say is wow. It worked first time and it looks great. I could easily access my document libraries, team workspaces and it even picked up my Lotus Notes V7 inst...

The Microsoft Exchange team blog today reports that the following APIs will be "de-emphasized" in Exchange 12, the next release, with some disappearing altogether: CDOEx (CDO 3.0) WebDAV ExOLEDB Transport event sinks ("will not function correctly") Web Forms ("will not function cor...

Yeah, they put me up to using that line...(for the international audience -- Ohio State and Michigan are huge college football rivals) The CONDUG meeting today was fantastic! About 50 people, standing room only. Here we had 2½ people (don't ask about the ½) using Notes 7 in...

As part of the Notes/Domino 7 launch, Ferris Research has taken a look at the new release and providied an initial pass at the TCO (total cost of ownership) benefits of upgrading to the new release. Their findings indicate substantial potential savings, especially in server consolidation and us...

Thank you, Grand Rapids

September 14 2005

We had better than 100% turnout in Grand Rapids this morning for the combined user group and Notes/Domino 7 "Think outside the inbox" event. Really good meeting and discussion. It was my first chance to use the official Notes/Domino 7 launch keynote presentation, giving me a chance to fine-tun...

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I was interviewed a few weeks ago for this article about blogging, published in the American Marketing Association's newsletter. The author is also the writer who wrote this article in the Chicago Sun-Times. The article covers some of the benefits of business blogging, and some advice for nov...

Forbes examines the state of Microsoft's business:Microsoft is slowing down. It is bigger, more lumbering and less profitable than it was five years ago. Its sales are up 73% in five years, but profits are up only 30%. Payroll has doubled in the last six years. In the fiscal year just ended, sal...

Dana Gardner writes:So, in project Elixir, all the customer data feeds from the CRM application on the server to Outlook on all the client PCs so that the salespeople can input their CRM updates and notes where ever they are -- connected or not. The offline capability plus the fact they are usin...

Planning "Hannover"

September 12 2005

(Note: I originally titled this entry differently, but someone pointed out that my original title's use of "triage" can have negative connotations. So I changed a blog entry title, which I only do rarely.) Just days after the ND7 launch, I attended the first cross-functional review of progr...

Today's big news about Oracle/Siebel is likely to obliterate this story, but it's too important to pass up. Here is an example of a big-time ISV choosing to integrate with Lotus Notes, based on market feedback. I hear sometimes that a reason for choosing Outlook is that has more ISV support --...

I am speaking at two user group meetings this week. On Wednesday, September 14, I'll be in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The meeting starts at 9 AM (breakfast and registration at 8:30). The meeting will be at IBM Grand Rapids, 2900 Charlevoix Drive, S.E. Several of my regional IBM Lotus colle...

Carpe diem

September 11 2005

In remembering 9/11 this year, I'll depart from the memorial-oriented postings I've done on this date for the last two years. Instead, I'd like to summarize in two words what 9/11 means for me -- carpe diem, Latin for "Seize the day". There is nothing like catastrophe to offer reminder of t...

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John Fontana captures key points from the IBM press conference and analysts:"One of the reasons that this is a remarkable release is that many people thought they would never see it," says Peter O'Kelly, an analyst with the Burton Group. "Many thought that Notes would be taken out in favor of Wo...

A hardware optimization project leads to more Domino applications and cost savings...St. Helens Council assistant treasurer, Cath Robinson, added in a statement: "The mainframe migration project has enabled the council to completely revolutionise the way we operate. "All of St. Helens' legac...

Good case study on an IBM Workplace Collaboration Services implementation...Being a Windows shop, Skaugen first looked at Microsoft's SharePoint Portal Server before opting for Workplace SE, the single-server version of Workplace Collaboration Services. "I didn't see SharePoint as being mature e...

Burton Group's take on ND7 comes through in Peter O'Kelly's observation:Some analysts believe IBM's timing to market with Notes/Domino 7 is fortuitous given what they see as a growing demand for a stronger marriage between collaboration and communications among developers and users both large an...

Tons of really good coverage from yesterday's Notes/Domino 7 launch. Note also that the new release is highlighted on the ibm.com homepage. Silicon.com: Big Blue bulks up email and server software:Big Blue said that it's added more than 100 new features to the Notes client software, many...

Driven by double-digit growth and more than 500 competitive customer wins in the first half of 2005, IBM® today unveiled a major upgrade to its flagship platform with the launch of Lotus Notes® and Domino® 7. Lotus Domino 7 includes new collaboration features and tools that can help...

Please be aware that this problem does not involve the executable code. ... If you downloaded Lotus Notes and Domino 7 GA products on or prior to Friday, 2 September 2005, you do not need to re-install the product. Read the full technote, and the license agreement, at ibm.com/support....

The lead designer for Lotus Notes "Hannover" (I'm not mentioning their name on the blog, to keep the recruiters away ;), writes: As part of the Hannover release of the Notes client, we are looking for HUNDREDS of BUSINESS END USERS to participate in usability tests. Can you please "blog a re...

On a US holiday, Jan Kenney is incredibly responsive and posted this:Some of the IBM Lotus Notes/Domino 7 and Extended Products GA files have been temporarily removed from the download site in order to correct a problem with the distribution site. They will be back online soon (within a couple ...

Information on more and more of the 150+ Notes/Domino 7 launch events is becoming available on the web. While the launch page still covers only the "tier 1" Americas cities, other pages cover other cities. Behold: Darren Adams lists all the UK launch events Sim' and Matt list all the Aus...

More and more information coming my way about how the Lotus community and Lotus Notes/Domino users and applications are helping out with the aftermath of Katrina. Rocky Oliver has set up KatrinasHalf.com, based on the premise that a lucky lottery winner could choose to pledge half their winni...

CNN is reporting this morning that 53 countries around the world have pledged aid for Katrina recovery. While it's unclear to me why a lot of the offers haven't been accepted yet, the outpouring from the rest of the world is truly appreciated. (Comments disabled on this post -- and the blo...

As I've mentioned a few times, the next nine weeks are going to be a fairly intense travel period. I'm still working out details for some of the Notes/Domino 7 launches and other events that I'll be speaking at, so watch this space for updates. In the meantime, I'm finalizing my next European...

More birthdays...

September 3 2005

There sure are a lot of birthdays clustered around this time of year. Last week in Dublin, we learned that Mr. Mooney and Mr. Lynch (someone hire this fine chap) have both celebrated the big 3-0...while just a few weeks ago it was the summer crop of Ms. McGivney, Ms. Ingrassia, Mr. Jonvon, ...

Connectria´s helping out

September 2 2005

This is a great story:Connectria Corporation today announced the availability of a Domino disaster recovery hosting service. Any organization whose Lotus Notes e-mail systems were disrupted by the natural disaster may receive immediate assistance to bring them online again. Connectria will offe...

Can Microsoft sound any more defensive and head-in-the-sand about the State of Massachusetts' decision to move to OpenDocument format?"I think it would be pretty risky for the state of Massachusetts to go in a direction like this without a clear look at the costs first," Alan Yates, general man...

Another Notes/Domino 7 residency opportunity....The purpose of this Redpaper is to show application developers how to use the new features in Lotus Notes & Domino Release 7 when building applications.The residency is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts USA. Link: IBM Redbook residency: Lo...

A look forward at the 2006 version of Microsoft Exchange...I always appreciate when they document the current state of affairs in order to explain why the future will be so much better:Exchange is infamous for its database problems. Anyone who has ever had to migrate all the information using Ex...

PSC Group, who won the Lotus Award in 2005 for best competitive solution, have another successful Move2Lotus story up on their website...Working with the Plymouth IT staff, an architecture, implementation, and migration plan were developed by PSC to achieve the maximum business benefit with a m...

Several updates to lotus.com/lotusphere: As previously mentioned, the Call for Abstracts is now open. Rocky Oliver has covered some tips on submitting session ideas on his blog. Sponsor and exhibitor package information is now available. New for 2006, exhibitors can choose their pedes...

Coincidentally published just hours after Notes 7 was released, John Vaughan's SearchDomino article takes a look at where Notes is going.Either way, it seems that for Lotus customers IBM's end goal is the same -- to add the power of Workplace portlets based on open standard J2EE technology to th...

The Home Depot, the World's largest home improvement retailer, operating more than 1900 stores across North America, [will] discuss how they are utilizing leading edge Intranet Technology to gain efficiencies throughout their enterprise with their adoption and incorporation of IBM's Websphere Po...