Today's question -- how does a magazine, in
the same week, publish two really positive articles about the future of
Lotus, and yet have a columnist go completely the opposite direction?
There's an article by Dennis Callaghan about Lotus's direction and report card.
The interview with Ambuj Goyal covers a wide range of topics, with the reporter acknowledging how much the perception of Lotus's strategy and direction has changed, positively, over the last two years. Reporter comments:
- "Some Domino developers have been talking to me about a sea change they've noticed at IBM in the last few months where Notes was once considered legacy and now is the centerpiece of the Workplace and Portal rollout strategy. "
- "I don't see quite the anger from the Domino community that we saw at Lotusphere two years ago but at the same time there still seems to be a little bit of angst out there that people think their Domino skills aren't going to be worth anything in a few more years and they're going to have to go to Java or .Net. They're a little bit resentful of that because everybody tells me that nothing is better than the Domino RAD environment... "
Second, I'm sure the whole community appreciates that those who did provide background didn't take the bait of stirring up controversy where none may exist. On a personal level, I'm disappointed in the ultimate source for some of that controversial (and erroneous) information... but glad that the skeptical eye was applied to the data points.
Well, except for one. In the same week, eWeek columnist Steve Gillmor writes about the "Long goodbye for Lotus Notes". Now remember, this is a columnist who 15 months ago wrote "Notes is dead". Before that? Well, when Steve was a consultant, he spent a heck of a lot of time on Notes. Gillmor then wrote for a variety of publications, and even managed part of Lotus's website (the old Lotus Developer Network). I worked with Gillmor closely while I was in Notes product management/marketing, including for example this review of Notes R5.
Hey Steve, haven't seen you in Orlando the last two years. I'd be happy to show you around the place. It looks a bit different than when you last visited.