January 17 2010
Lotus Knows I'm probably stealing somebody's thunder, but there is so much news to cover this week, I thought I'd write about this one early.
A long time ago, Lotus customers and prospects ooh-ed and aah-ed over the world of Notes/Domino solutions available in the printed "Notes and Domino Guide". You could see all kinds of ISV solutions, tools, enhanced templates, etc. We tried to replicate that online, but the results of the Lotus Solutions Catalog were, well, less than successful.
We've long since wanted to do something better. The new Lotus Solutions Catalog is online now, at its new home of catalog.lotus.com. Here you will find hundreds of solutions for Notes/Domino, as well as all the other Lotus software products. The new catalog, which is running on Lotus technology (including XPages), has a whole bunch of interactive features -- the ability to download trials, rate software, leave comments, share the link, bookmark, etc. In short, a much more e-commerce-like (note, I said "like") experience, and directionally indicative of where we'd like to go with it in the future.
We converted a whole bunch of partner entries that had been in the old Solutions Catalog, but my take is that that was a fraction of the overall portfolio in-market. Partners, if you are at Lotusphere 2010, please be sure to stop by the Business Partner Solutions Cafe and learn how you can get your solutions included in the Lotus Solutions Catalog.