Network World looks at long-running products/brands in the IT industry that, apparently, should have been dead by now.  Maybe Paul McNamara wasn't in the room at Lotusphere when I said "the idea that Notes is dead is dead"?

When IBM bought Lotus Development Corp. back in 1995, the howling heard out of Cambridge couldn't have been any louder had the Red Sox sold Fenway Park to George Steinbrenner. Certainly this spelled the end of Lotus and Ray Ozzie's baby, Lotus Notes. Well, half right. Lotus the company no longer exists in any meaningful sense, but Lotus Notes remains Lotus Notes.
McNamara then quotes Ozzie from LS2005:
"IBM has a history of never forcing its customers through tremendous changes; there are S/360s out there that are still cranking along, and I'm sure you'd find a few PROFS systems that are still out there. So I don't see that they would do something so reckless as to stop something (like Notes). I just don't think that's in the cards."
Yeah, but the comparision is weak -- those are platforms that were stabilized, not innovating.  When you look at the next Notes ("Hannover"), as it for the first time becomes more than a client for Domino, the comparision falls short.

Others on the list: Prodigy (I was FX4F39K or something like that), WordPerfect (alt-F7 P), and AT&T (which has almost finished reassembling itself).

Link: Network World:  10 IT brand names that just won't die > (Via Duffbert)

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