Still, Manzi's decision to go with and stick with Notes is his claim to fame. Notes was a collaborative application well before anyone other than the Notes team, led by Ray Ozzie, really knew what that was. It was a huge risk at the time. But Microsoft didn't get it, and it gave Lotus somewhere to go.
I have been around Lotus since 1992 (a customer until joining the company in 1994).  I only met Manzi twice.  The first time was in my sales new hire training.  I asked him, "What's next after Notes?" and he said "more Notes."  The internet era made his vision a little cloudy, but ultimately, the product has stood the test of time and is entering its fifteenth year in just a few weeks.  Cool.
Links: Cover story, Jim Manzi profile >

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