September 2008

The New York Times discusses the release of iNotes for the iPhone, and interviews Kevin Cavanaugh on the topic:I.B.M. explained away its late arrival to the iPhone game, saying it wanted to focus on these types of security concerns before going after business customers. "The other products aren't a...

CMSWatch has been a solid dose of SharePoint reality all year, and now comes in with a strong reality check:Almost everyone licenses SharePoint at some level within their organization, almost everyone already uses legacy ECM systems. Almost no-one is planning replace these legacy systems with ShareP...

IBM has, in the last couple of years, hosted several successful "Jams", engaging the global community in interactive brainstorming and discussion on great ideas for the future. The 2008 InnovationJam is coming up next week, with four key theme areas: Built for Change--Adapting to Thrive (Coll...

Interop.com has a 30 minute video available that shows Bob Picciano's keynote from that conference two weeks ago. He's joined by Ron Sebastian for demonstrations of some of the current and future technology coming from Lotus software.... tomorrow at work."Web 2.0, Mashups and Other Collaboration Tr...

OK, they've been up for a few weeks, but I just found out about them on Friday: You Can Do This A Download Away, and Don't Look Back. That one is my favorite of the three:...

Many of you have heard about Project "Liberate", IBM's consulting team that can help you save costs on Microsoft licensing. If you haven't, you should, because they have helped companies to save billions of dollars in IT budget expenditures, as well as make strategic decisions about user segmentati...

If you haven't had a chance to check out Bilal Jaffery's blog on Lotus Foundations, you should. Bilal is a marketing manager for Foundations, and as I learned myself during this week's Lotus Leadership Alliance, there's a lot more to the Lotus Foundations story than "fast easy-to-manage server". H...

There are a number of upcoming Lotus Collaboration Summit events in North America and Europe. Admittedly a smaller number than in the last few years, there still have been thousands more attendees at Lotus brand events in 2008 (e.g. Lotusphere Comes to You) than previous years. At any rate, one su...

No, this time, we're really serious, we even hired Michael Phelps to tell you how serious we are...The database titan has just stormed into the Notes-Exchange war with what seems at first glance (although we haven't actually seen it) like a nifty new suite of collaboration software. That's right --...

Many of you will remember Domino on the Xbox, now we have iNotes on the Wii...There have been a few people talking about the new Lotus iNotes Ultralite and specifically how well it works on the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch. Less comment has been made about the fact that iNotes Ultralite works very we...

Seems like a bout of insomnia tonight, which makes this as good a time as any to comment on the second day of this conference. As I've noted in the previous entries, the contents of the conference itself have been under NDA, so there's not much I can say about session specifics. But I have a story...

Last Friday, on my way out of London, I stopped off at The Guardian newspapers HQ in London. I was there at the invitation of technology editor Charles Arthur who, when the Fake Steve Jobs blog attacked me and Lotus Notes last January, ultimately concluded an offline e-mail discussion about it with...

A historical review of Lotus Notes and Domino, with an eye to the future. The article is billed as a tutorial, perhaps for people who haven't looked at Notes lately:Let's not beat around the bush -- mention "Lotus Notes" to people, and many will have a reaction ranging from "Is that still around?"...

Summary: I still haven't met Bob Picciano, but I'm not supposed to. Picciano made it clear to the IBMers here that our priority is spending time with the customers and partners in attendance at this event. So, while I'm sure I'll meet Bob at some point today -- perhaps in my session/workshop this...

Effective press training...I asked Rashid how he expects Microsoft Research New England to contribute to the company. "I have no idea," he answered. "If I knew, then we wouldn't really need it."Then there's the imitation-as-sincerest-form, from Microsoft's press release:"As part of the core mission...

Anytime an e-mail issue makes the mainstream news, it's likely to raise interesting discussion points for those of us who work on products like Lotus Notes...If you needed any more reminders about why it isn't a good idea to use external mail services to conduct critical business, the recent break-i...

For those who are interested and/or couldn't join us in London last week, I've posted my current Notes/Domino family update presentation on Slideshare: Lotus Notes/Domino Update - UK Lotus Users Group, September 2008View SlideShare presentation or Upload your own. (tags: ibm lotus) For those who w...

A few links that you may find interesting... Grant Norman of Teamstudio describes UKLUG from his view:UKLUG as an event is certainly a huge step up in scale from last year. Being in central London has been important for the event to be a success. The venue is excellent. The speakers are first rate...

With the amount of travel I do, it's fortunate that I can usually sleep to some degree in-flight. Admittedly, though, the sleep is never really *good* quality, it can be quite fitful as people walk by in the aisles, the temperature in the plane changes, or the flight passes through turbulent air....

Check out postings on pmooney.net and dominobaloney.com...

Today has been quite a blur, starting at 8 AM in Genève, going through three customer calls and a partner lunch there, then the SNoUG meeting in Lausanne, then a wonderful drive through central Switzerland to end up in Zürich. It would be hard to highlight everything, though Twitter followers saw a...

Can't elaborate on this yet...but soon:IBM will soon offer Lotus Notes as a hosted service, according to Bob Picciano, who is the IBM general manager of Lotus Software and the WebSphere Portal. Picciano spoke at the Interop conference, being held in New York this week. The hosted offering will be t...

The Lotus blogging community has had much discussion in the last few weeks about the perceived down side of writing "negative" blog postings directed towards IBM Lotus. I have contributed to the discussions as they have arisen, but haven't yet said anything right here at home. There are many mean...

Two Lotus-related announcements coming out of Interop today... the Globe covers the first:IBM Corporation is setting up a research center in Cambridge to develop better ways for businesses to use social networking software. "It's something that can have worldwide impact," said Irene Greif, director...

A few times this year, I've done a lot of traveling for a little actual work time. Nothing quite as crazy as that one time I was in Munich for three hours (and then back to the US), but most of my travel in the last several months has been of the 2-3 day variety. This week, my fifth trip to Europe...

Twitter ramp-up

September 13 2008

I'm honored to now have over 700 people following me over on Twitter. There is a weightiness to that number that, like this blog, reminds me that a lot of you are reading what I write, and your interest and attention is appreciated. One aspect of such a large population of Twitterati that I hav...

Always a pleasure to do one of the community podcasts...Talking points included: * Do we have any numbers yet on how many companies have upgraded to Notes 8 so far? How about customer references? * Is Lotus comfortable with the 8.0.2 startup speed and smaller memory footprint, or will it co...

I pasted this graphic into an e-mail earlier today. After sending the mail, by rote, I went into my sent view and prepared to edit the sent document, removing the graphic in order to cut down on the size of my mailbox. What a surprise when I looked in the sent view and found that the size of t...

Great find, Declan:A new application has appeared on the iPhone App Store that claims to download your Lotus Notes calendar to your iPhone without having to use DWA UltraLight. ... The application is called NotesCal and costs $2.99 to purchase. Now, in the comments, the application's author, Jimmy M...

This has happened too many times to be coincidental. In the last few weeks, I have heard more than once from a customer that they are "tactically" planning to upgrade from Notes 6.5 to Notes 7 on the desktop, because they aren't ready to move to Notes 8 or don't have the desktop hardware for Notes...

We told my daughter today

September 11 2008

For the last couple of years, I've struggled with what to write on September 11. Last year, I said nothing at all, because, well, it feels at times like it's all been said already. But as an American who was profoundly saddened by loss of people I had met and worked with, along with people I had...

One of the big news stories in the tech world this week is how United Airlines stock plunged in value after an old (2002) Florida News-Sentinel story resurfaced and was mistakenly believed to be fresh news. The Times, among many others, covers it:Both human error and far-from-foolproof technology s...

My colleague Darren Adams has just posted about how we're using the Activities capability of Lotus Connections (as integrated into Lotus Notes 8) to plan my customer meetings etc. for Thursday and Friday next week in London: Basically we have a master document (Ed's schedule), some to-dos, a comme...

I'm in the midst of preparing presentation materials for tomorrow in Philadelphia, next week at UKLUG and customer meetings, and the subsequent week at the Lotus Leadership Alliance (LoLA). One of the points being covered in my presentation is how solid the roadmap for Notes/Domino is today, and ho...

Dwight Morse, Notes product manager, recently did a podcast with ZDNet's "Innovations" website. From their website:Many of us live in our e-mail boxes, but we don't always enjoy the experience. Our inboxes are brimming with spam and unwanted messages, and the e-mail just keeps on coming. IBM's Lotu...

Mac Guidera is the new track manager for the Lotusphere Best Practices track, and he's come out of the gate running hard:This year, I am suggesting we get social about this. If you plan on submitting or attending a session in the Best Practices track, then please head over to IdeaJam and write up wh...

An IBM sales rep just pinged me and let me know that her customer is going to stop a pending decision to migrate to Microsoft and instead convert over 1000 of their users to Lotus Notes. Yay! While we regularly win decisions at customers, based on providing the best solution for their needs, it's...

These were interesting tweets to see today: I've known for some time that David is a fan of Lotus Notes, but this is the first time I've heard of him endorsing Notes in a forum like the Office 2.0 conference. Watch the video...especially about 16 minutes in... "In terms of what we do... we probab...

The UK's Computer Weekly examines the current career opportunity space around Lotus Notes and Domino:IBM's Domino server and Notes client are frequently treated as direct competitors to Microsoft's Exchange Server and Outlook. But while Exchange began as a messaging server, Notes and Domino originat...

What a great coincidence of timing! As the local team is putting together my schedule for a few days in Switzerland, we've determined that I'll be able to participate in the next meeting of SNoUG, the Swiss Notes Users Group, on September 16 in Lausanne. I'll be coming in late in the day -- at t...

In an earlier posting on Lotusphere, someone asked about what makes a good abstract submission for the conference. Over the years, fellow track manager/track consultant Rocky Oliver has posted and updated advice on "what makes a good abstract" (a few times). Even though I won't be managing the inf...

It appears to me that ibm.com/lotus/lotusphere is still going to the 2008 website, as is lotusphere.com, but if you know the URL, life is beautiful: You can register, find out about sponsorships, submit abstract proposals, and view last year's opening session. Nice site. Link: Lotusphere 2009...

Now available! Lotus Protector for Mail Security 2.1 was released earlier today on a worldwide basis. From the channel announcement:IBM Lotus Protector for Mail Security 2.1, a new Lotus offering based on proven technology from IBM Internet Security Systems (ISS), protects organizations from Inte...

Meanwhile, Ted is checking out the new integration between the Lotus Notes client and Lotus Connections, which is in the new Notes 8.5 beta 2 that posted on Friday:Beta 1 provided the ability to take Activities off-line, add Activity's to your Notes Calendar, and view the Profiles person card. Beta...

Darren, who has recently started blogging, has some hard data on his real-world experience for startup time and RAM consumption for Notes 8.0.2:Since Lotus Notes 8.0.2 (and Lotus Domino) went gold last week, I have been busily testing and retesting the performance increases in start time and a reduc...

UseBasicNotes=1

September 2 2008

I was part of an interesting discussion with a customer last week, where essentially they needed some way to "prove" that the basic configuration of Notes 8 and the standard configuration of Notes 8 were really one and the same product. I won't go into the details of the customer-specific situation...

Want to find out more about this new Lotus product, launching very very soon? Senior Offerings Manager Arthur Fontaine is ready to show you, from his space-age studio on YouTube: I'll have more to say on Lotus Protector on launch day....