Surprised or not, that result would not likely deter IBM's aggressive development and marketing of its Workplace product suite. I have asked Notes guru David DeJean to report back from this week's Lotusphere on the state of things, but I have to point out that yesterday's announcements from IBM seem to reinforce the idea that the company is going for Workplace uber alles.

Sure, the announcements included a planned release of Version 7 of Notes, but the bigger news is a toolkit that will make it easier for Domino developers to create Workplace applications. Rough translation: start re-developing your applications for Workplace because one day you'll go to work and Domino just ain't gonna be there.
Apparently one journalist still sees this week's announcements as "Notes is dead".  I just can't possibly understand how that conclusion can be reached from what was announced.  When Mike Rhodin says "integration not migration", when Ken Bisconti says "Notes is part of Workplace", and when Ambuj Goyal says there is only one lane, it's not clear to me how "Notes is part of Workplace" becomes a subtlety.  Hopefully DeJean, who was in the blogger BOF and had an interview with Ken Bisconti, will set the record straight with Wilkinson.

The other interesting bit from this article:
No story has generated as much e-mail to this editor as Sara Radicati's review of 2004 and her forecast for 2005.... [T]he fervor of Notes advocates is something to behold. IBM/Lotus would be proud to know that so many of its users are big enough fans to generate a lot of heat in favor of the product.

Something else happened, however, that surprised the hell out of me, and will undoubtedly surprise Sara whose forecast is based on analysis of current market conditions. A Messaging Pipeline poll asked you if you used Notes/Domino, Outlook/Exchange, or something else. My expectation was that the Microsoft crowd would dominate, but in fact the results were evenly split. While 16% of you use neither, exactly 42% of you use either Notes/Domino or Outlook/Exchange.
So when the last of the reporters who had chosen to take Radicati Group analysis at face value starts to question the Radicati data, what does that say about the report's credibility now?
Link: Messaging Pipeline: Notes: Alive and Well or Neglected and Dying? >

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