I'm in the midst of preparing presentation materials for tomorrow in Philadelphia, next week at UKLUG and customer meetings, and the subsequent week at the Lotus Leadership Alliance (LoLA).  One of the points being covered in my presentation is how solid the roadmap for Notes/Domino is today, and how the future can be used to validate IBM's plans.  In other words, if you look at the last six years, there has been a consistent pattern of frequent Notes/Domino releases.  Since September, 2002, there have been four major feature releases -- Notes/Domino 6, Notes/Domino 6.5, Notes/Domino 7, and Notes/Domino 8 -- with no interval being longer than 24 months.  There have also been incremental feature releases in 7.0.2 (the "innovation pack") and in 8.0.1.  Then, Notes/Domino 8.5 is planned for release later this year -- fewer than 18 months since Notes/Domino 8.0.

Image:Consistent pattern of frequent Notes/Domino releases

Given that pattern, what would the logical prediction be about when Notes/Domino "9" (or whatever we call it) would appear?   Rather than just throw out a number with no basis, the educated reader can use this historical timeline to assess history's ability to be used as a predictor of the future.

In the next couple of weeks, I'll share the updated Notes/Domino roadmap for 2009 and 2010.  We'll see who is right :-)

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