Joe Pluta takes a look at the state of the collaboration software market:

This category has long been the stronghold of the Notes/Domino products, having been virtually invented by Lotus in the 1980s. The term "groupware" has until very recently been practically synonymous with Notes.

Microsoft really has no competitive answer. Ironically, Notes' worst threat is IBM itself and the new Workplace product line. Although it seems that IBM is putting into place a reasonable strategy to guide Notes/Domino users to the new Workplace technology, there is still a lot of uncertainty among IT professionals--so much uncertainty that if Microsoft had a real process management product, it would be able to move in on Notes in much the same way it displaced Lotus 1-2-3 with Excel.
I could understand this assertion if the article was published 12 to 18 months ago.  But during 2005, with Notes/Domino 7 shipped and "Hannover" announced, most of you tell me that the strategy and direction for Notes is clear and logical.  I understand that it can take very long time to recover from mixed or erroneous messages, though.  I'll be reaching out to this author to see where his market understanding comes from, and if there is more to do.  Well, really, there's always more to do.

(Note to Mr. Pluta: re your comments about Microsoft and CDO, " I haven't been able to determine what the future of CDO is in the .NET paradigm") -- that's because there is no future.  Microsoft is stabilizing or dropping all existing APIs like CDO in the Exchange 12 release.)

Link: MC Press Online: Collaboration: Building the Application Team > (thanks, Domenic)

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