Was it a dream?

  • IBM announces acquisition of PureEdge Solutions.  Good stuff.   Coverage in CRN:
    Plans call for IBM to integrate PureEdge's e-forms functionality into IBM Workplace and Lotus products, IBM executives said. Interoperability between the higher-level PureEdge forms and the native Domino/Notes forms will continue, they added.
    This is the first Lotus/Workplace-related acquisition in a while.  It is exciting to be bringing a new functional area into the portfolio.
  • Normally, I wouldn't comment on IBM organizational changes on the weblog... generally business as usual to see movement in and around the company.  Still, Ambuj moving on merits a mention... in SearchDomino, on vowe.net, etc.  
It has been a very positive experience to work with Ambuj Goyal during his time with the Lotus brand.  He was responsible for creating solid vision, many positive and significant product and solution innovations, positive results (three in a row of double-digit growth).  I found Ambuj's leadership style constantly challenged me, and his "big picture" thinking inspired.  The IM (information management) team has a great new leader coming on board.

Mike Rhodin is taking Ambuj's spot as General Manager.  Mike has depth of understanding Lotus customer's deployments, roadmaps, and challenges.  His development team has created entire new product portfolios, and has solved (or is working on the solutions) for taking Lotus Notes ahead for the next fifteen years.  At a time when (again) some saw the product waning, they are developing an architecture that will move Notes forward through the next technical inflection point in its lifecycle, while preserving existing and future customer investments.  Powerful stuff.

This is all good news.  As Peter O'Kelly from Burton Group says in the SearchDomino article:
Peter O'Kelly, a senior analyst with the Application Platform Strategies service of IT infrastructure research and advisory firm Burton Group, called Rhodin "top-tier," and predicted there would be no significant disruption at the IBM Lotus unit. Of Goyal's move, he noted, "Having an exceptionally strong IBM Lotus advocate within the DB2 (and broader information management) group will also be helpful for Workplace."

I guess we'll have a lot to talk about at tonight's Geekdinner in Sydney!  See you all there!!!  I plan on arriving at the Slip Inn around 6:30... some of you have my cell phone number if you want to check in during the day.  BTW -- I'm likely to be in jeans, sorry for all of you coming straight from work!!!

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