John Fontana profiles Lotus general manager Bob Picciano.  They talk Notes/Domino 8.5, Sharepoint competition, hosting/cloud/SaaS, and Lotusphere:

Microsoft went on record in July as saying it wants to get Lotus customers to convert five million seats of Notes to Microsoft's collaboration tools between July 1, 2008 and June 30, 2009.

Picciano doesn't see that happening.

"We are leaving others like Microsoft in the rear-view mirror because they are more caught up in protecting franchises and not focused on liberating workforces and getting people to democratically share information and link together in a business context," he said. "The golden egg Microsoft is laying [with SharePoint] is coming from the chicken they have, which is a monopoly desktop environment."
The story also includes quotes and references from analysts Peter O'Kelly and Rob Koplowitz of Forrester.  A worthwhile read.

Link: Network World: Lotus chief defines imminent battle plan >

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