January 2004

Visited countries map

January 31 2004

Diverging from Lotusphere for just a wee bit ;) I have been looking for this website for a long time...Volker seems to have found it for me. A way to graphically map all the countries that one has visited. Create your own at www.world66.com/myworld66 ...

We made it!

January 30 2004

So much to blog and catch up on.... Another Lotusphere is in the books. Thanks to all of you who were here and made it special; and to those of you following along at home, I hope that I and the other bloggers have been able to give you a picture of the event (10,000 hits per day on this sit...

Backlogged

January 29 2004

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This is a little bit of a weird feeling. Over the last few days, I have met a number of people for the first time at Lotusphere. Many of them kindly say "I read your blog" and thank me for writing...this is much appreciated. I've learned a lot about what kinds of content y'all read here, and...

There is a clear message that makes current investors in Notes and Domino comfortable," said David Marshak, senior vice president at analyst firm Patricia Seybold Group, Boston. "[IBM Lotus] is talking about convergence in a clear way." Marshak said current Domino users should begin understandin...

This is actually a pretty important article -- it covers in a fair bit of detail the major changes that have recently taken place in the IBM Software Group's market execution. Especially good for business partners to get background on how to shape their businesses going forward. Q&A, this...

Some of your reactions captured by Computerworld...Sylvia Kessel, manager of desktop productivity and applications at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, said she's intrigued by another upcoming feature -- the deeper integration of e-mail, Web conferencing, calendaring and e-learning appl...

Goyal emphasized innovation and Big Blue's plan to build upon Lotus technology rather than force customers to "rip and replace" their current infrastructures. "Our strategy is to increase our leadership," Goyal said, "not walk away from it." Link: e-Pro: Lotusphere opening session emphasizes i...

Lots more coverage rolling in....Q: This morning, Larry Bowden, the vice president of portal technology, said Notes and Domino support "would continue into the future with Version 7, 8 and there will be more. What's more? A: Even though I am a propeller head, I can't imagine what 9.0 would loo...

To illustrate Lotus' proclaimed commitment to exploring new frontiers in collaboration technology, the company brought onstage "Star Trek: The Next Generation" star Patrick Stewart, who won an ovation far noisier than those accorded to Lotus's executives.Maybe we'll fix that at the closing sess...

First of what will likely be many links over the next few days to interesting press coverage coming from here at Lotusphere. John Fontana in Network World:"Competitors will tell you that we will walk away from Notes and Domino," said Ambuj Goyal, general manager of Lotus Software. "Let me tell...

The best moment, IMHO, of all of Dr. Ambuj Goyal's comments during yesterday's opening general session (that's an OGS if you want to sound cool), was his send-off, which felt like the revival meeting that many of us tend to equate Lotusphere with. Turtle captured it: Ambuj is back onstage a...

Three different evening events -- press reception, midwest customer dinner, business partner reception -- very different feels, very different food -- very similar attitudes. Really great to see how positive and optimistic the attitudes are today. I left the business partner reception at 10:3...

Day 1 so far

January 26 2004

Not enough time to write a comprehensive blog entry, but some thoughts from the day so far.... As most of you know, I'm part of the core content team for Lotusphere. So it's always more than a thrill to see the planning come to life. For those of you blogging reviews of particular sessions,...

Buga DiFino busted

January 26 2004

One of the stories I heard last night at the Welcome Reception is the troll named Buga DiFino has been caught. When I say "caught" I don't mean he/she is now spending lonely nights in a small prison cell, simply that they know that their little hijinx on notestips and other blogs have been t...

Welcome reception

January 26 2004

My first Lotusphere '04 presentation was a treat... I'll write about the content in my still-as-yet-unwritten lotus.com weblog entry, but as for the delivery, well, that was fun. The room was the same one used for the business development day keynote, so about half the room was arranged with ro...

Long day already and I haven't given my pitch yet... Went over to business development day this morning. I'll put something on the lotus.com/weblog about my impressions of the content and the reactions. Here, I'll say that I was pleased with the number of familiar faces and warm handshakes......

Let me be the second person to congratulate colleague Barbara Bowen on winning the Penumbra Group's 2nd annual Prism award. Barbara is a true cheerleader for the value of professional certifications, and has been instrumental in keeping the Lotus certification program relevant as it transitio...

First sightings

January 24 2004

I came out of hibernation following lunch and made the rounds for a couple of hours. Viel danke to vowe & Ute for doing some adventurous grocery shopping for me...the week will be much easier for this. I also spotted bloggers Bruce Elgort, Julian R of NSFTools, blog reader Rob McDonough, h...

No Blaster this year

January 24 2004

Well it's already an improvement over Saturday a year ago -- the high-speed Internet connection seems somewhat useful. I wonder when the bandwidth vampires will arrive. Anyway, I'm hungry -- Tubbi's, here I come ;)...

Deep breath....

January 23 2004

OK, it's 11 PM, my flight is at 9:15 AM.... Right start to the evening...Oysy sushi for dinner....No Godzilla roll this time ... liked the "California dreamin'" roll and the steamed fish dumplings. Packed, despite 3" of snowfall. Packed...well, just about Grocery shopping list e-mailed t...

If I can distract your attention from the flame wars taking place in the comments to the CNET story...At the show, Lotus plans to detail Version 2.0 of the Workplace platform, featuring integration with Eclipse open source tools and tools tailored to nonprogrammers. Eclipse tools offer a rich cl...

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If at first you don't succeed, try try again...Ken Bisconti, vice president of Workplace products for Lotus, said the majority of the 500,000 active Lotus developers are finding comfortable ways to adopt to Java. LotusScript developers can find similar script-oriented capabilities in Javascript...

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Another publication chimes in with its Lotusphere preview. While it starts off negative, with a partner stirring up nits of the past, it segues into a pretty good preview. Good quotes, too...."Collaboration has gone from nice-to-have to need-to-have technology," says Stephen O'Grady, senior an...

Arthur Fontaine reports in from LinuxWorld in New York that " The 2004 LinuxWorld Expo awards are in, and IBM Lotus won two of three categories in which we were finalists: IBM Lotus Domino Web Access -- BEST OF SHOW IBM Lotus Workplace Products 1.1 -- Best Productivity Application IBM...

Well, it took me a while to realize it, but with a couple of days' distance, I've finalized realized that Monday's eWeek story was Microsoft's annual Lotusphere spoiler. It's funny how my link to that article spawned more than two dozen comments, yet the all-good-news story in Network World se...

Even though the buzz leading up to Lotusphere hasn't quite reached the level of years past, and attendees perusing the Web for clues as to the location of the Wednesday night party only found out a couple of weeks ago (Universal Studios Florida), Lotus Software is assuring its faithful that they...

Ben has boldly written a blog on a topic I've been considering for days...the recent trend of several bloggers adding Google AdSense advertising to their blogs. If I am a potential client, might I assume that somebody who needs to put advertising on their site to pay for it must be pretty smal...

Double-checking my logistics for Lotusphere, I went through a short panic. Somehow, I ended up on United for this trip (actually, I know how, it's a long story). Anyway, ual.com is, in my opinion, not as user-friendly as other airline websites. There's no real way to just see schedule informat...

I know some of you will see this article today, and wonder what my take on it is. To be honest, almost anything I can say about it will sound like a personal attack, so I think I need to take the high road. One place I'll comment:"It's hard to understand Java without a computer science backg...

A very detailed Lotusphere preview article....Lotus Domino is experiencing a revival within IBM, according to end users who say they couldn't be happier about the development as the annual Lotusphere conference approaches later this month in Orlando.Good analyst quotes, too:"We forecast that Dom...

Three+ intense days in the sensory overload capital of America. A taxi ride that covers four blocks costs $10. The noise level is loud and constant. And everyone is looking for a tip. The last 72 hours have been a blur. I gave four different presentations to the sales or technical sales te...

Today's question -- how does a magazine, in the same week, publish two really positive articles about the future of Lotus, and yet have a columnist go completely the opposite direction? There's an article by Dennis Callaghan about Lotus's direction and report card. The interview with Ambuj Go...

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There was an article picked up by one of the Lotus-related news wires the other day that seemed to indicate a security issue with "Notes for Linux" (astute readers knowing, of course, that there is no such thing). It was about a problem with file access permissions when installing Domino on Lin...

Vegas, baby!

January 14 2004

Well it's been a long first day in Vegas, and I haven't even put a quarter in a slot machine yet.... I guess it's not much of a secret... I'm here in Las Vegas for the IBM software sales meeting. The meeting started Sunday night (some people were here as early as Monday last week), but since...

Infoworld has published a very good review of the portal market, and how it has evolved away from the late '90s view of portal as super-aggregator to something more useful for managing business interactions and processes....And how does the world's largest software company fit into the portal pi...

The Exchange e-mail group is getting a new top dog with the departure of Mohsen Al-Ghosein as vice president of Exchange Server. Dave Thompson will step into that role. Not the first time I've noticed an interesting sort of double-standard between how the market reacts to Microsoft and to IBM Lo...

Ah yes, the annual "try to find a scoop about Lotusphere" season is open. Several readers and a few blogs yesterday alerted me to a comment in one of the trade press's rumor mill columns related to Lotusphere '04. Not commenting in any kind of official capacity here, but is it really believabl...

Yowsa, the blog has been busy today! I suppose being just 14 days away, the interest level and excitement around Lotusphere 2004 is on the rise. I'm just curious -- for all those googlers who are ending up here, or those just stopping by, what Lotusphere information are you seeking? What inf...

In two words: "So what?"...the Lotus Geeks that have stumbled upon this have began freaking out because they believe that a Linux desktop means the end of the Notes client. And since the Lotus Geek community tends to always be on the defensive about their beloved product, they have reacted with...

Ok, who are the wise asses?

January 11 2004

I posted a link to the Turtle's LS2004 polls yesterday...and now on the one about me, another 10 people have voted for the "Who?" choice. Very funny....

Volker provides us with another reminder that the Internet is not anonymous:Yesterday Buga made a very stupid mistake by sticking out his tongue and now I know his real name, his occupation, employer and so forth. I do not intend to publish this information, but to everyone else: Consider yours...

One can tell that the crescendo to Lotusphere is upon us, as the googles related to Lotusphere here and on other sites show, as well as the amount of traffic on the Turtle's Gonzo Unoffficial Lotusphere 2004 site. Out of respect to The Turtle, I'm trying to participate there as much as I have...

Shark Tank is a Computerworld opinion column discusses real-world experiences in IT. Usually, they have a humorous bent -- gallows humor, reflecting on projects that didn't go as planned, or missed commitments, or whatever. This particular column discusses an Exchange 5.5 to 2000 upgrade that...

e-Pro reports that WebSphere Application Server v6 early release (i.e. beta) code is now available on IBM Developerworks. Link: e-Pro Magazine: Developers, get your copy of WebSphere Application Server V6 now Link: IBM Developerworks: WebSphere Application Server Technology for Developers V6 ...

Batting 1000

January 9 2004

Yesterday was the first time ever that this blog had 1000 pageviews in a single day (and another 2K RSS hits). The 1000 number is low, actually. The Dominoblog template doesn't seem to track hits for people who click through to blog entry comments popup unless they actually post a comment. Ma...

and the venue is....

January 8 2004

OK, it's out there now -- a whole bunch of people got the Lotusphere 2004 Pocket Agenda today. The party is at Universal Studios Florida. ...

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I've had over 50 googles in the last 24 hours looking for "IBM drops Lotus Notes inside" or "Deborah Magid" or something of the like. Apparently, that old Inquirer.net article that claims that IBM is dropping Notes got resurrected on slashdot yesterday. For quick reference, here's the blog entr...

Not pointing to my lotus.com blog for a change, but a couple of other new articles: I've written a new guest editorial, "What it takes to be #1". There's also this really cool story, "Seeing the past year through the Lotusphere 2003 lens". Basically, here's what we said we were going to do,...

Recent googles

January 7 2004

Jonvon did his semi-regular blog entry about googles hitting his site. Here at home, the volume of google hits has been on the rise... I think some of it is based on the calendar. Some of these are from search.yahoo.com, too. With 50-100 googles landing here a day, this is but a very small s...

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A solid discussion of the collaboration strategies of major vendors, with insights into IBM Lotus, Microsoft, and Oracle. In the modern business world, no one is an island. Everybody needs to be able to communicate, and as efficiently as possible. That is the message coming from the major colla...

Infoworld has run a special report with the Infoworld 2004 Technology of the Year awards. The winner for best enterprise collaboration platform is IBM Lotus Notes/Domino 6.5. Yes! In a trends story accompanying the award, Infoworld's P.J. Connolly writes:J2EE-based embeddable products, su...

Ben Langhinrichs has once again generously created a Lotusphere 2004 sessions Notes database. I don't know if there will be an official one or not -- but Ben has the session dates/times data that was sent to all presenters, so I expect his database is accurate. Thanks a lot, Ben!...

Via Bob Congdon, the Are you a blogohoic? quiz! My score? 68%: "You are a dedicated weblogger. You post frequently because you enjoy weblogging a lot, yet you still manage to have a social life. You're the best kind of weblogger. Way to go!" ...

Deliberately, I've been kind of quiet about Lotus and Lotusphere over the last couple of weeks. To some degree, this was a result of a vacation state of mind; also, I've been focused on preparing for the upcoming IBM software sales meeting, where I have a bunch of sessions to deliver as well....

From my local newspaper this week....Highland Park residents can sign up with their police department for instant e-mail messages about public safety issues in their neighborhood or the city. The new service is part of the community policing policies of the department to improve communication...

As a marketing guy, I can't let this new M&Ms promotion pass without comment. This has got to be one of the best advertising campaigns I've seen for a mature consumer product in a long, long time. It involves so many elements of the marketing mix, you really have to congratulate the M&...

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