September 2007

All politics are local

September 30 2007

My head hurts. No, not because I've spent some time this weekend working on Lotusphere 2008 content selection. Nor because reconstruction has begun on the interstate highway that routes from here to Chicago (watch for more whining about the Chicago commuter rail system in the coming weeks). No, i...

200 submissions

September 28 2007

I am positively stunned. For just the "Planning and managing your collaboration infrastructure" track that I manage for Lotusphere, 200 session proposals were submitted for Lotusphere 2008. I can only choose 50. Don't ask me about your submission :-) but this should give you an idea of the mag...

I know that sometimes when Lotus asks about feature changes, the response is, "you have to ask?" We are considering changing the default to "Reply without Attachment" for the Notes 8.0.1 maintenance release. In today's blog posting, Mary Beth Raven explains why we have to ask...My colleage Jeff Eise...

As I speculated...IBM said Wednesday that the beta version of its free Lotus Symphony productivity software has been downloaded more than 100,000 times since the company made it available on the Internet a week ago. IBM said the number represents a record for software downloaded from its Web site....

Following last week's Lotus Collaboration Summit in New York, there have been many updates to the Lotus Collaboration Summit online website. One of the useful new sections is the "Demo Diner": The Diner is a convenient place to access all the current Lotus product demonstrations. At present, th...

See - car-go?

September 25 2007

We interrupt this blog for a special request. Do any of my American readers have any experience with inbound overseas cargo shipping? I have a purchase coming on the slow boat from China, as it were, and I can't seem to find anyone on the receiving US-side of the equation to help explain to me exa...

As already highlighted this morning by Alan Lepofsky, the trial editions of Notes 8 and Domino 8 are now available for download. The trial download link is about 2/3rds down the page. Link: Notes 8 trial Link: Domino 8 trial...

OK let's make it clear this time... I am not slamming Microsoft. But someone else is, and I happen to think it's provocative. Perhaps this would even explain my attitude at times. Nathan asks some questions:Microsoft has $29 billion dollars in cash. They reported record profits this past quart...

Jennifer Kelley announces a new tool on the Support blog:A tool recently posted by a member of Lotus Support is Lotus Notes Diagnostic. This tool allows you to analyze NSD and other files resulting from a Lotus Domino server crash, hang, or performance issues. Give Lotus Notes Diagnostic a try, an...

Computerworld has a story summarizing various bloggers' reactions to and reviews of Lotus Symphony. While testers praised Symphony's slick interface, they also said the software, which is still in beta, has performance and feature-set problems. Users reported that Symphony starts up and runs slowly,...

Tomas examines a recent blog posting looking at the requirements for "mastering SharePoint" and decides he doesn't like what he sees...Interesting reading for every one who wants to know a little more about the product and what it is like to work with it. Read it?... Ok! Now you now why I'm happy...

Last week, IBM held a Notes/Domino software design review in our labs in Westford, Massachusetts. A number of customers and business partners were invited to discuss the plans for the next major feature release (and beyond) of Notes and Domino. The information shared was covered by non-disclosure...

Lotus Redbooks

September 23 2007

I've been debating over breakfast whether to say anything about the burgeoning "Lotus Redbooks are dead" buzz in the Lotus blogging community. I've read the postings by Carl Tyler, Christopher Byrne, Stuart McIntyre, vowe, Tom Duff, and Ben Poole. When something is that prominent in the community,...

It's been a pretty impressive week for the launch of Lotus Symphony. While that may have overshadowed some of the other big Lotus news this week, it's great to see the headlines and awareness. When friends and neighbors start asking about your products, you know awareness is making its way into th...

Several events over the next few weeks. On Wednesday next week, September 26th, I'll in Grand Rapids for the Western Michigan Lotus Users Group meeting. Should be arriving at about 10 AM for an update on all things Notes/Domino. The subsequent Wednesday, October 3, I'll be in Minneapolis for a me...

Nominations are now open for the 2008 Lotus Awards. These prestigious awards are given every year to the best-of-the-best in the IBM Lotus partner community. For 2008, the award categories are: ^ Best Industry Solution ^ Best Unified Communications and Collaboration Solution NEW...

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It's been a bad two weeks, really, for Redmond...One day, we may look back on Sept. 17 as the official beginning of the end for Microsoft's dominance. Two separate events signaled the shift; one was the European Union court's harsh ruling against Microsoft itself, charging that the world's No. 1 sof...

One of yesterday's announcements related to Notes/Domino 8.0.1 was Lotus Notes Traveler, a new set of Domino capabilities to support mobile devices out-of-the-box. Initial support is for Windows Mobile devices, providing mail, calendar, address book, journal, and to-do list support. The marketin...

The first press release from Tuesday's Lotus Collaboration Summit has hit the wire. IBM is announcing today the release of Lotus Symphony, "a suite of free software tools for creating and sharing documents, spreadsheets and presentations." Symphony is available starting today at ibm.com/lotus/symp...

Irwin Lazar of Nemertes Research comments on today's Lotus Symphony announcement:I've yet to see a feature comparison between Symphony and Microsoft Office, but assuming there is a roughly equal set of features, it will be very difficult to get enterprises to pay of Office when they can use Symphony...

I have a new-found respect for the Lotusphere keynote/opening general session team. Today, our "casting call" was at 6:30 AM (I might, perhaps, possibly have arrived more like 6:45). I was told, oh, that's nothing, for Lotusphere it is more like 5 AM! Wow! In a 2+ hour keynote, there was a lot...

I've just discovered that I won't have live Internet access during the keynote of today's Lotus Collaboration Summit. So, I'm drafting wifi now, before our guests arrive, to give some updates. There are a half-dozen new announcements this morning, with Symphony already out and in the press. I'll...

I'm really looking forward to the next two days -- I'll be in New York for the Lotus Collaboration Summit on Tuesday. Featuring key speakers such as IBM's Steve Mills and Mike Rhodin, along with Forrester's Erica Driver and a panel of customers, this should be a fantastic set of speeches, demonstra...

In just a few weeks, I will be in Europe for two Italian editions of the Lotus Collaboration Summit -- Milano on October 8 and Roma on October 10. Since this may be my last trip to Europe during 2007, I want to make the best of it. Thus, I'm working with my regional colleagues to identify possible...

Pearl diving

September 14 2007

I am impressed. Earlier this week, my Blackberry Pearl made the famous electronics dive manuver -- out of my shirt pocket and into the dog's water dish. Knowing all the horror stories, I immdiately freaked out. I was Pearl diving two seconds later, but it was all washed up. Under time pressure...

Kevin Kanarski recently started a blog, and one of his first entries posits a challenge his users are seeing:For the past couple of months our Lotus Notes users (myself included) have experienced dropped connections in Lotus Notes when sending e-mail with attachments from a Comcast Internet connecti...

Since I've been demonstrating the concept of composite applications (aka mashups) on the Notes 8 client for well over a year, it's nice to finally be using one in production. This is the Lotusphere 2008 session management application. It's all based on a couple of NSFs, but those NSFs have been...

From the "we just don't do that" department...Microsoft has been noticeably quiet whenever we bloggers/press folk ask them for comments on Google various announcements. Today's CapGemini-Google partnership to sell Google Apps Premier Edition (GAPE) must have struck a nerve, as Microsoft sent out a l...

A view of how one US agency is using collaborative tools like Lotus Connections to get work done...As the Internet blossoms into Web 2.0, some workers and managers are discovering new tools to cope with task and data overload: Flexible tools designed for the myriad challenges knowledge workers face,...

The subject line pretty much says it all -- even if the website doesn't. Lotus has extended the deadline for submitting proposals for Lotusphere 2008 to Friday, September 14. Hundreds (thousands?) of proposals have already been received, but track managers are just now starting the process of sort...

John Head has posted already covering my opening keynote, and is sitting in the back of the room typing away while Mary Beth Raven speaks on Notes 8....

Earlier this morning, OpenOffice.org, Sun, and IBM announced IBM's participation in OpenOffice.org:The OpenOffice.org community today announced that IBM will be joining the community to collaborate on the development of OpenOffice.org software. IBM will be making initial code contributions that it h...

Burnt ends

September 9 2007

Just back from dinner with some of the other speakers for this week's Collaboration University event in Kansas City. Thank you to Rob Novak/SNAPPS and Liz Novak for being gracious hosts and indulging the need for barbecue...Jack Stack was excellent. This is a busy week in the lead-up to the Septem...

With much thanks to Johannes Madsen, I'm pleased to report that the Danish newspaper ErhvervsBladet (The Business Paper) has given Lotus Notes 8 it's top ranking -- 6 out of 6 stars -- in a review of e-mail clients (only the print version carries the star ratings). The Lotus Notes review (Lotus Not...

Michael Vizard, editorial director of Ziff Davis Enterprise, tells it like it is:Within the land of IT, nothing is a bigger pain to own, manage and run than Microsoft Exchange. Everywhere you go customers have horror stories about the installation, maintenance and, above all, uptime of their Microso...

The marketing team has posted a quick flash highlighting new features of Lotus Notes 8. Good stuff, coming to lotus.com/notes8 shortly (if it is not there already). Check it out...

My colleague Adam Ginsburg alerts me to a now-in-beta update to WebSphere Portal....New features introduced in this WebSphere Portal V6.1 Beta 1 release include: - Simpler download/install - New Web 2.0 support to dramatically improve performance of the browser based user experience - New Site...

Desktop alternatives getting more visibility...The integration of the Lotus desktop technologies with the rich environment already afforded by SLED 10 not only brings together the basic building blocks of an enterprise desktop but permits extending this desktop into existing communication systems, s...

Via both Adam and Carl...congratulations to the Lotus Sametime team...We unreservedly and heartily recommend IBM Lotus Sametime for IM in a corporate setting. It is feature-rich, intuitive to use, highly scalable and platform neutralYou need to register on NetworkWorld.com to access the full story....

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The honeymoon is over

September 4 2007

So in announcing my recent nuptials, a number of the wonderful comments wished us well on our honeymoon. I very much appreciate the sentiment and am pleased to report that we had a great time. See, that vacation last month was the honeymoon. I believe we are on the cusp of a new trend, take the v...

This morning, it appears that the ISO vote on Microsoft's Open XML has failed to pass as-is. It's hard to separate spin from reality, though, so I may have to update this blog posting later. Here's what I can find: New York Times Microsoft favored to win open document vote ConsortiumInfo.org St...

Hitched

September 3 2007

We were married on the beach here in our community in the Town of Fort Sheridan in the presence of family and friends. I am sure the 15-20 other people down at the beach at the time were a bit surprised by the sudden appearance of a wedding party -- but I was surprised that there were 15-20 people...

The OOXML debate has been covered in the press frequently, but when it gets outside of the industry weeklies, you know that something smells pretty rotten. Even the Wall Street Journal and Financial Times had articles last week. With today being the deadline for countries to submit their votes, Wi...

Yesterday's Times explored IBM's attitude towards vacations....It's every worker's dream: take as much vacation time as you want, on short notice, and don't worry about your boss calling you on it. Cut out early, make it a long weekend, string two weeks together -- as you like. No need to call in si...