After yesterday's "hopes for ND7", I was reminded of an e-mail discussion I had with a blog reader recently.  They asked, "other than DB2 [optional use of DB2 as a data store], what's really big in Notes/Domino 7?"

Here was my off-the-top-of-my-head response:

  • Target of 50% increase in scalability on the same hardware is a biggie.  I think this one can't be over-emphasized ... IBM is helping customers leverage existing investments, not have to buy new servers just to keep up with new releases (distinctly unlike one of my competitors....).  The target is a 30-40% increase for Domino Web Access.  More scalability = lower cost.
  • There's a lot more autonomic stuff in Domino 7, too.  Starting from the Tivoli Analyzer stuff that is available for Domino 6, a lot of it is going into Domino Domain Monitor and the Domino 7 Administrator tool in general.  Less administration = lower cost.
  • Policy-based admin gets an upgrade, too.  Admins will truly be able to lock down the Notes client in 7.0... no inadvertently deleting bookmarks/chicklets, no wrong server connections, etc.  More control = fewer helpdesk calls = lower cost.
    [ Getting a theme yet? ;) ]
  • I really think one of the biggest features in 7 is Designer's support for Web Services.  I don't think we really know yet what kinds of solutions
    customers will build with this capability -- but it is impressive that the architecture supports it... 20 years on from first conception.  Really
    good stuff for interoperability, standards-based architecture, and leveraging existing apps in new ways.
  • In the client, there's some cool stuff, such as smart tags, embedded discussion thread view in mail, and more.  Remember, Notes 7 is an incremental client release -- "7" is meant to be more of a back-end/architectural release.  7.x is meant to be more of a client-focused release.

What have you seen in the beta of Notes/Domino 7 so far that gets you excited?
Oh, and as for "where is beta 3?" -- still in progress, hoping to have a new public beta build before the end of 2004.

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