A few weeks ago, Phil Simon wrote a blog entry called "When it's time to abandon ship", where he discussed the new FewClix plug-in for Notes.  His general point -- why would anyone use a plug-in to address "basic features, such as search and performance?"

I am not sure that is how FewClix is positioned -- I met with Synaptris at Lotusphere and thought FewClix was pretty cool.  It's not for everyone, but it does have an executive dashboard-like feel about it, and some real clean navigation and categorization tools for Notes mail.  It's worth checking out for certain types of "power users".

Anyway, back to Phil.  His experience with Notes, and that of those around him, was still Notes 5/6 or earlier, and he had a lot of criticisms of the Notes UI -- to the point of suggesting that IBM "blow up" Notes.  

I'm a sucker for a provocative blog, I guess, but in this case, I'm glad that I (and several of you) jumped in.  Phil took the comments quite seriously, and the result was a podcast we did yesterday.

Ed sent me some information on the enhancements that Lotus Notes has incorporated into its newest version and, I must admit, I was pretty impressed. I started thinking broadly about some of the challenges that many--if not most--large organizations face in integrating new technologies (such as social media and other collaborative tools) into existing products. I would argue that introducing a new application is fundamentally easier than modifying existing ones.
Well, yes, that's called the Innovator's Dilemma, and we think about it often in the context of a 20-year product history.

Anyway, the target audience for Phil's podcast is outside the Notes community, so our discussion took place under a more general IT banner.  Worth a 20-minute-ish listen.  Thanks to Phil for the opportunity to talk, and for accommodating a crazy schedule this week.

Link: Phil Simon: Technology Today podcast with Ed Brill >

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