Michael Sampson looks to me like he can see the future.  Though he was never briefed on what was coming at Lotusphere 2010, in January, he published a white paper on the Lotus roadmap:

Lotus Notes has been around for a long time. Since its release in 1989 it has always been viewed as a "different" piece of technology, loved by some people and reviled by others. It takes a different approach to information management and collaboration tasks, it looks different from the standard Microsoft offering which many people view as being "authoritatively correct", and it offers capability for being used so broadly across an organization that it can be put to use on many tasks, including tasks that it is not well-suited for.
So what do we do with Lotus Notes, and by implication, the other products from Lotus Software? Is there still life left in Lotus? Is it time to move to "greener pastures"? Are the new offerings from other vendors better suited to the information management and collaboration tasks that organizations are using Lotus Notes for? These are the questions addressed in this report.
This is an excellent report and should offer much confidence for anyone considering their future direction with Lotus software, and Notes and Domino specifically.  An update with some of the IBM Project Vulcan news from Lotusphere is all that one would need to add to this paper for a high degree of understanding of the future.

Speaking of Michael, he also is looking for some help.  
I'm doing some work around user adoption strategies for collaboration tools ... extending the work in SharePoint Roadmap for Collaboration, learning more for Collaboration Roadmap, and various other things ;-)
So ... I'm looking for people to interview about their work with User Adoption Strategies. Are you doing cool stuff with how to encourage people to adopt new collaboration tools -- SharePoint, Lotus Connections and Quickr, Socialtext, Jive SBS, Yammer, and other such tools? "If yes ... please take my user adoption strategies survey as a first step. Thanks."
Michael's name as an analyst should be familiar to many in the Lotus community for years of understanding our marketplace.  He's branched out to other technology providers and solutions, and that makes it all the more impressive that he continues to be able to conduct such a deep, fact-based analysis of what's going on at IBM Lotus.  Highly recommended to engage with Michael on either of these opportunities.

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