September 2009

I mentioned these events in the context of the "Lotus Knows Bus" last week but thought I should call attention to them on their own. We have a live Lotus event coming to Chicago/New York/San Francisco in the US, along with the four Nordic countries and Germany in Europe. Registration and details a...

Thanks to my man Bilal Jaffery, I'm pleased to present the 30-second "Lotus Knows" spot that will start airing in-flight on US airlines jetBlue and Virgin America soon, if it hasn't already... When I saw this last week at the Lotus Leadership Alliance event, I was so excited and proud of my market...

LMAO:Technology companies must pursue constant market expansion and diversity to stay alive and relevant, according to Mr. Ballmer. ... "I.B.M.'s footprint is more narrow today than it was when I started. I am not sure that has been to the long-term benefit of their shareholders." ... I.B.M.'s str...

The Four Hundred's Alex Woodie picked up Network World's article and IBM's "momentum" press release last week. His analysis is oddly unbalanced -- questioning every detail of the IBM claims, while reporting the Microsoft claims with a shrug. To wit:IBM isn't going to win the public relations war w...

The sound of another Microsoft rip-and-replace™...Microsoft's wonky Exchange Server roadmap has claimed a high-class victim in Redmond's 22 October OS launch assault, as its recently released Exchange Server 2007 SP2 won’t support Windows Server 2008 R2. ... He added that because upgradi...

John Roling has been in the Notes/Domino 8.5.1 managed beta program, and has this to say in his Intranet Journal story:While Notes and Domino 8.5 was a great release feature wise, 8.5.1 really improves on it in every imaginable way. This is likely to be what many organizations will consider to be th...

The Lotus Knows bus

September 24 2009

As those attending the Lotus Leadership Alliance noticed, there was a big coach bus parked outside the Charles Hotel. (Picture credit: Chris Reckling) Apparently it was quite a party bus: Anyway, this bus is about to take its show on the road, across the US. It is scheduled to visit 16 cities...

Lotusphere 2010 is now accepting session abstract proposals. The proposal form is live now. Proposals will be accepted through October 9 2, 2009. See my previous post for suggestions on how to submit great proposals; looking forward to seeing some awesome ideas! (Updated October 1: Deadline is...

I discussed this earlier today at the Lotus Leadership Alliance...the press release should be out on Wednesday US time or later in the week:International Business Machines Corp. will try to sell a new package of low-priced computer desktop applications to companies and governments in Africa, challen...

I don't think it gets any clearer than this:Lotus Software GM Bob Picciano has grown tired of the "hot wind" blowing out of Redmond carrying claims that Exchange is displacing Notes and is singling out CEO Steve Ballmer and COO Kevin Turner as the main culprits spreading "ridiculous and fabricated"...

You've probably seen a number of references on Twitter or other blogs to LoLA, the Lotus Leadership Alliance. The conference started today in Cambridge, MA at the Charles Hotel, and runs through Wednesday. A number of key IBM customers and business partners were invited, based on membership in par...

I am almost more interested in the process issues than the technical glitch...A recent bug in Google Apps allowed students at several colleges to read each other's email messages and some were even able to see another student's entire inbox. The issue occurred at a small handful of colleges, admitte...

The NELotus user group met in the Boston area last night, with a presentation on Domino 8.5 DAOS from Collin Murray and Pat Mancuso. Their presentation, 30 slides of details on the Domino Attachment and Object Services, is available for download. DAOS has really been the "killer feature" for Domin...

Some Lotusphere 2010 thoughts

September 17 2009

In the next few days, the "call for abstracts" will go live for Lotusphere 2010. Registration will open in the next two weeks. [Yes, I know that there is a live registration form available if you know the URL -- what I can tell you is that it is not wired on the back end yet. I am not sure ho...

Lotus knows how to win 'em....Minneapolis-based U.S. Bank has chosen to standardize on IBM Corp.'s Lotus collaboration software, IBM said Tuesday, displacing Microsoft Corp.'s rival SharePoint-based platform. U.S. Bank plans to roll out the Lotus Quickr and Lotus Connections social Web platform for...

Lotus marketing has put together a letter that is being sent to Notes/Domino customers to highlight the benefits of deploying Notes/Domino 8.5...an excerpt:If your company has not yet upgraded to IBM Lotus Notes and Domino 8.5 software, here are compelling reasons why it is the right time to upgrade...

LotusUserGroup.org has announced their next virtual user group meeting for Tuesday, October 6 at noon US EDT:Delivering business value and innovation are table stakes for Lotus, and the 8.5.1 release is poised to turbocharge the Domino developer community! IBM is delivering much more than fixes in t...

Earlier today, IBM issued a press release highlighting new plug-ins and widgets for Lotus Symphony. The point of the release is to emphasize customer choice and flexibility at a time when office productivity suites are getting yet another look. Further, this announcement highlights that Symphony i...

Yesterday, UK-based IBM and Microsoft business partner Applicable published three studies on messaging total cost of ownership. The first examines costs for high availability in Domino vs. Exchange environments using clustering; the second examines the costs to add instant messaging and/or collabor...

The Midwest Lotus User Group was a successful event here in Chicago a couple of weeks ago. Video and slides from my keynote presentation are now available online on YouTube and SlideShare respectively...embeds/links below. The keynote was not so much my "normal" Notes/Domino update, but a specific...

New blog design

September 8 2009

This morning, Steve Castledine kindly updated my blog to the latest version of the Domino blogging template, and the design to something more modern than the out of the box Typepad UI we have been using since 2003 on this blog. Thank you to Steve and much appreciation. There are still a few cosmet...

As I have mentioned a few times, with code drop 8 we lifted the non-disclosure veil from the Notes/Domino 8.5.1 beta. Many of the design partners and managed beta participants have taken the time to blog about the overall improvements, the updated Domino Designer in Eclipse, and Lotus Notes Travele...

For my 40th birthday, my wife gave me an inspired gift -- an "immersion" first flight lesson, and the tacit permission to try out flying as a hobby. Earlier today, I successfully completed that first flight. The lesson took place at Chicago Executive Airport -- still known as Palwaukee to those of...

Sign up on Computerworld.com for this executive-level 8-page whitepaper on why Blackberry and Lotus go together...and use such advanced vocabulary!Research In Motion's (RIM) BlackBerry smartphone, the undisputed market leader in the smartphone device arena, and IBM Lotus, the top developer of enterp...

Exactly... On September 2, Wired had an article that finished with this quote:Gmail's last major outage was in May, and it had a number of outages in 2008. But Google says its service is still far more reliable than corporate networks, many of which run Microsoft Exchange servers.There are those tha...

IBM TV: My Cloud

September 4 2009

and one more video today... a new IBM cloud advertisement. Specific mentions of email and collaboration -- woot! This one is running during the US Open......

This is a cool video on the value of Lotus Connections told in a very story-like manner....

Over the last couple of weeks, OpenNTF.org seems to be, as promised, moving past the necessary bureaucracy of getting a formal foundation set up and back to the business at hand -- code, code, and more code. If the intervening organizational work turned you away from OpenNTF, may I strongly suggest...

In the coming weeks, IBM's marketing team is going to be driving messages about collaboration in a couple of different ways. The Lotus Knows campaign kickoff continues, with some great video submissions that will end up on lotusknows.com. Meanwhile, IBM's Smarter Planet initiative has picked up fo...

Over the last several days, a number of new training and education opportunities have crossed my desk that I think are worthwhile... 1) A Quickr 8.2 for Domino "master class".This class is designed for individuals with Lotus Domino and Lotus Quickr for Domino implementation experience who wish to...