Lotus Notes is now a few months of officially turning 20.  As these two recent blog entries highlights, a lot of people remember the younger Lotus Notes and don't know what it looks like today...

Aaron Paxson, "A second look at Lotus Notes":

For those that refuse to check it out, simply because of past experience, you are allowing your pride and stubborness to prevent you from really seeing the greatness of Lotus.
Do I think it is for everyone?  No, certainly not.  But I do want those that hate Lotus to give it a chance.  If you still hate it, no problem.  But, stop saying Lotus is the worse thing in the world, without giving the new version a chance.
Aaron, who has gone from Notes admin to Exchange admin, then goes on to list things he likes about Notes/Domino vs. Exchange/Outlook, including scalability, reliablility, client and server managability, security, migration, licensing, platform, and chat.  Not bad.

Scott Good, "Myths about Notes (and Domino)":
I'm surprised how often I hear people spouting off information about Notes and/or Domino that is more than innaccurate, it's just plain wrong. And always, it seems, from people supremely-confident in the rightness of their wrongness. ...

These are the Myths of Domino and just like the years-gone-by myths of dragons or sea creatures or Minataurs, what irritates me most about them is how often they come from people who (a) should know better, and (b) are in positions of authority to make poor decisions on the basis of them.

We have come to the point that some of our proposals now contain an entire section devoted to addressing some of the most pervasive (and damaging) of these myths. I thought I might share some of the more damning with you and hopefully you'll share the ones you've heard, too.
Now, I have been criticized for saying essentially the same thing as Scott -- "don't blame the customer" I am told.  And yes we are taking steps to help ensure more and more of our clients have a current understanding of what Lotus is all about.  Scott's blog does a nice, visual job of disproving some of the current myths, about user interface characteristics, web services, data access, database size, and workflow/rules engines.

Take a look at both postings and recognize the capabilities and technological power you have today with Notes/Domino 8.x.  It might serve as a good reminder that part of "selling" Notes/Domino within your organization is addressing those who seem to remember when Notes was a pimply-faced pre-teen or still in diapers, and don't realize that it's moving into its third decade as a confident, mature 20-year-old.

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