Ben documents the process of becoming an IBM Lotus commercial customer, which he is doing in tandem with an implementation of Elguji's IdeaJam:

I've always been a partner or ISV or beta tester or what have you, or my licenses have been arranged by others.  It is even possible that there is some way I could avoid taking this step now using some arcane Run Your Business license as an advanced IBM Business Partner.  If there is, I wouldn't know how to do it.

Anyway, just yesterday, I realized that putting Genii Jam up on my website meant that I had to authenticate people, and that this might be an opportunity to try the front door.  I'm going to buy an IBM Lotus Domino Utility Express server license for use with Genii Jam, and I'll try to record some of the thoughts about what this is like.

But where to start?  Not with this diary, that started two paragraphs back.  Rather, where does one go to get a license, and what kind of license did I really need, and what would it cost?  Since I didn't even know what to search for, I contacted an IBM friend (in this case, Alan Lepofsky, but don't you bug him or he'll get all grumpy I mentioned it) and asked what license I might need.  He said that it sounded as if I needed an IBM Lotus Domino Utility Express server license.  I searched for that, and sure enough, that seemed to fit the need.
To take the pressure off Alan, he actually asked me once he received Ben's question.... which makes sense, since Alan's a strategy guy and I'm the sales guy (yes, I know I'm treading on the "same person" meme again).

The Domino Utility Express approach is a cost-effective way for an SMB to get started with Domino authenticated extranet applications.  I'm very aware that once we move to the enterprise version, the pricing for Domino Utility Server is pretty steep.

Link: Ben Langhinrichs: Diary of a VSB customer (IBM and Elguji) >

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