January 2007

Joe Litton is considering an alternate career as a stenographer....Episode 47 (22 January 2007, Monday of Lotusphere) featured an interview with Mary Beth Raven (Lead Product Designer for Notes 8), and Jeff Eisen (Lotus Notes Chief Architect). There is so much great content in this podcast that I wa...

Alan alerted me to several interesting job postings from the Notes and Domino development teams.... Software Engineer - Eclipse/SWT Software Engineer - Calendaring/Scheduling Senior Software Engineer - Domino performance Senior Software Engineer - Domino availability Advisory QE Engineer - Domino...

Thousands of blog postings have covered the news from Lotusphere 2007. The "Lotusphere2007" tag we established registers over 700 postings -- pretty impressive. It's been part of my routine for days to scan these posts and see what you all thought, especially with a few days to reflect. As I p...

Somewhere in the midst of Lotusphere, the Domino server development team asked me if I could help get the word out on their survey. The team is very interested in gathering "real-world" data about how you run your Domino environment. Conveniently, Kathleen McGivney posted the Domino administrati...

It appears that the success of Lotusphere 2007 is resonating with Gartner, which is good news considering that they seem to have been relatively pessimistic for the last few months...IBM has addressed many of the lingering questions about Lotus's future direction and managed to inject a level of exc...

Roberto has recovered from jet lag enough to contribute some additional insight into Lotus Connections on the "yellow is the new black" group blog...The announcement was well received by the Lotusphere attendees and by the analysts, but I have the feeling that it has not been fully understood by eve...

A really good interview with Mike Rhodin. Two quotes worth highlighting:Five years ago, Notes did not seem to have a direction; what has changed? If you go back five years, by then most people had made their email decision, Notes or Exchange, so a lot of the focus in Lotus was experimenting in new...

...that one might even call it a Lotusphere hangover. Today's FAQ is "where are the presentations?" I don't yet know of a plan to post all presentations, externally or internally. Some can't be posted without permission -- non-IBM speakers, for example. For those who attended the conference,...

Burton Group's Peter O'Kelly shares some initial thoughts about Lotusphere. It was great to see how active the Burton team (O'Kelly Gotta, and Hobert) were throughout the conference -- they seemed to be everywhere, though I never had more than a few minutes to chat with them. Now I get to find out...

The Quickr Picker Upper

January 25 2007

What must have been one of the best lines of the day.... at "ask the developers", the last question was about how Lotus could get into a different kind of social networking, promoting something like an online dating site. After the laughs subsided, Art Thomas stood up and said "we're planning that,...

Kathleen McGivney and I had a realization yesterday. Here we are at the last day of the conference, and there are still SO MANY people I have wanted to meet but I have not. Part of it has been my schedule -- hidden away in meeting rooms a fair bit -- but part of it is just that the conference is s...

which, I think, means I should go to bed.... (BOF508 - Swan Hotel, Parrot room, 7 AM)...

As noted elsewhere, the Lotusphere 2007 keynote is now available for viewing on ibm.com/lotus. You can also watch it in Second Life until the end of this week....

It was great to see 300 of you in the Notes/Domino 8 customer panel today, which got mostly "excellent" ratings (thank you for that!). On Wednesday, I'll be presenting ID212, "How to 'sell' Notes/Domino inside your organization", with Julian Robichaux. Julian did a great job with this presentation...

It got but a scant few minutes in yesterday's keynote, but it's become a fair bit of buzz. The WebSphere Portal Express 6.0 announcement has captured a bunch of attention, including a sold out breakout session earlier today. Perhaps part of the reason is because it shows that IBM continues to focu...

...be writing on edbrill.com next week (or the week after)! I said the other day that I would come up with some kind of thank you for those of you who can manage to get to the 7 AM blogging community birds-of-a-feather on Thursday. Since Lotusphere rules prevent me from doing a giveaway or a drawi...

Man, Stephen O'Grady is unbelievable. Talked with him a fair bit at the press/analyst dinner last night, and afterwards, he still had the energy to go write extensive blog articles on what he's seen here at Lotusphere. Part 1 is here, and part 2 covers Connections, Quickr, and Notes 8:There are lo...

Zoli Erdos encapsulates the discussion all over the blogosphere about IBM's entry into social networking software:Group-thinking, collaboration is as important as ever, not only to enable individuals co-create better, but also, as a secondary effect to preserve knowledge - should the individual leav...

It is definitely cool to see the breadth and depth of online content around Lotusphere 2007. Some interesting numbers: Over 9000 pageviews on edbrill.com yesterday (and that's with the bulk of my early content being on LotusphereLive) Lotusphere Live had 2-300 concurrent participants during the op...

See you at CS101

January 23 2007

Hope to see you in the audience at Tuesday morning's customer panel, CS101: The Notes/Domino 8 beta customers and partners, at 10 AM in the Dolphin Ballroom South Hemisphere III. I met the panelists today and can tell you that we're going to have a lively discussion. I don't think we need a replay...

Looks like the advance coverage has started...Many companies have already discovered the benefits of bringing social networking into their businesses, but so far most of the tools available to them have focused on a specific element of social networking, like blogging. "I talk to corporate clients...

I've spent most of the day directing or echoing comments from others. I listened intently during the press conference and blogger Q&A, I scanned the "lotusphere2007" postings, I read the media coverage. Now during a short breather, I would like to share my thoughts on what was announced and di...

Business Week focuses on the Lotus Connections announcement, but touches all of the news...IBM is in fierce competition with Microsoft (MSFT) in the markets for communications and collaboration software, and the Lotus Connections offering could give it a leg up--at least temporarily. Last November,...

Looking for the next level of detail on Lotus's announcements today ? Here are the new product "buzz" pages: Lotus Connections Lotus Quickr Lotus Sametime 7.5.1 Lotus Notes/Domino 8 Lotus Component Designer...

Mike Rhodin now blogging

January 22 2007

Welcome Mike Rhodin to the blogosphere, blogging on a Domino 7.0.2 blogging template hosted by PSC. I know I'm struggling with time to blog during the conference......

Five press releases on the wire... IBM Redefines Collaboration With New Lotus Notes and Domino Platform -- Announces Notes/Domino 8 public beta and indicates a mid-2007 ship date IBM Extends Industry's Leading Unified Communications Platform -- Announces Sametime 7.5.1 including Microsoft Office i...

Like I said...This year, Microsoft is releasing a trio of tools and templates designed to ease a switch to its unified communications platform, which Microsoft has upgraded with the recently released Exchange 2007 and forthcoming upgrades to SharePoint Server 2007 and Office Communications Server 20...

Feel free to join us in the "Opening Session" room (NOT "Join Ed Brill") -- Come on over to LotusphereLive.com . Feel free to leave comments here! I will write a summary of the opening session at its conclusion and post that here, too....

In-depth coverage in the Globe...For years, Lotus Notes has seen Microsoft's competing Exchange messaging software seize an increasing share of the corporate messaging market. But during an interview at IBM Software's Cambridge office last week, Bisconti scoffed at a recent report from the market re...

If you'd like a little head start on taking a look at the announcements around Lotus Quickr, Lotus Connections, Lotus Sametime, and Lotusphere in Second Life, check out my Flickr Lotusphere2007 image set....

The press release is on the wire...I have pictures of all that I will add in the morning, as the general session proceeds.ORLANDO, FL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 22, 2007 -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) today kicked off Lotusphere 2007 (www.ibm.com/lotus/lotusphere), a five-day conference with nearly 7,000 atten...

Yawn.... Microsoft launched its habitual pre-emptive strike at Lotusphere Sunday with updated tools to ease migration from Domino/Notes to Exchange Server/SharePoint. The tools, partially an upgraded version of last year's model will be available as free downloads over the next 30 days. ... One...

Well now we know -- advertise it as a five day conference, and people will plan to attend all five days. WOW. We had full jumpstarts, lines for hands-on labs that stetched out the door, and 250% of projected stomachs eating lunch in the Dolphin. So there's lots of people here -- in fact, we had a...

Got there just in time...During this morning's keynote at business development day, Lotus marketing vice president Marjorie Tenzer shared some interesting marketing stats from 2006: Lotus ran 500 product-specific print advertisements in 15 countries around the world. The ads featured WebSphere Po...

The Penumbra Group is an association of IBM business partners. Each Lotusphere, they've hosted a fantastic dinner attended by both their members and many IBMers and other guests. Since 2003, they've used the dinner to honor IBMers who have made a difference to their businesses, and I was honored t...

It looks like it will all start at O'Hare this year -- at least three customers are on the same Ted flight as I am going down today... but beyond seat 2C, here's where you can find me during this year's conference: Sunday the 21st I will be at Business Development Day much of the day, speaking at...

Disappointing to see an article on Lotusphere eve that has no balance to it, finding two partners to quote about how the lack of advertising for Domino is the problem for Lotus. Analyst quotes too:With Lotus about to launch Notes 8.0 later this year and set to announce new products at the conferenc...

You'll still get to see a lot of it. On Monday, there will be information on how to view the Opening General Session online, in addition to the live blogging already announced. Beyond that, I've been given the green light to announce that 40-plus Lotusphere presentations from the AD, ID, INV, an...

Now is this cool or what? Carl Tyler has built a way-cool live-blogging platform 100% on Lotus technology. A few of us will be using it for real-time updates on the Lotusphere opening general session on Monday, January 22. Carl says:The site has been built using 100% IBM Lotus Technologies,...

...but I am really, really proud of what the Lotus team accomplished in 2006, especially the last quarter....

Either Rocky or Rob have too much time on their hands, or maybe we should just applaud their enthusiasm....seriously ROTFL funny on both sites.so I am announcing the First Annual Lotusphere Haiku Contest. Beginning today until THURSDAY night (Lotusphere ends on Thursday), let's see how creative you...

Chris Miller has been doing a series of podcast interviews with the Lotusphere content team. This morning he has posted a ten-minute interview with me about the show and the infrastructure track. Check it out... Link: IdoNotes Episode 19 - I interview Ed Brill about the Infrastructure track at Lo...

I think that about says it all...The new UI is sweet and the implementation around Eclipse rich client platform is better looking than anything I have seen in Eclipse land so far. The boundaries between browser and rich client really are breaking down in Lotus land, just in time for competition with...

A new 14-page brochure highlighting the success many companies have had from adopting Lotus Notes and Domino is now available. Some great customers in there like DaimlerChrysler, HSBC, and Fujifilm. Check it out!...

Glad to see we're (collectively) providing rich entertainment value to Roger Whitehead...Microsoft normally announces something about now to try to attract wavering punters to its products. The Lotus faithful treat these 'spoilers' with contempt, their blog sites typically showing the infeasibility...

Browser usage stats for edbrill.com for 10 to 16 January, 2007: Internet Explorer -- 48% Firefox -- 47% Safari -- 2.4%If it were an election, we'd call Safari the "Ralph Nader" swing.... More interesting to me are the versions in use. Despite IE7 being a supposedly "forced" upgrade, only 28.5%...

Lotusphere preview...Peter O'Kelly of analyst firm Burton Group said the user interface would be given its "most significant update since Notes 4" and added that the inclusion of the productivity applications would be a boon for companies with desktop estates spanning Windows, Macintosh and Linux....

Chris Byrne wonders what's going on with all of IBM's interest in the Lotus blogging community:Is your blog for sale? This is a completely philosophical question that has come to mind the past few days.IBM, recognizing the visibility and importance of blogs in the IBM Lotus Notes and Domino Communit...

With just a few days left for additional registrants, I checked this week's update on Lotusphere attendance with a bit of anticipation. Now, the actual numbers are IBM confidential, but I can report some interesting data points: First, yes, it's bigger than last year. More than 25% of the attend...

More pre-Lotusphere coverage....Attendees will get a sneak peek at some of the new features of Notes and Domino 8 with hands-on labs for customizing Notes, Web content publishing and dozens of other topics. These new versions will be of great interest to corporate users, said Peter O'Kelly, an anal...

DominoPower editor David Gerwitz looks forward to Lotusphere...And, as has been the case with virtually every Lotusphere I've attended (and I've attended all but the one that occured while I was getting married), someone will say "Notes is dead" or some such other drivel. For years, one of our own S...

There are many examples of "killer apps" for the Internet -- sites that have changed the way we live. eBay, Amazon, Google, you know the drill. I want to add one more to the category of killer apps on the list -- opentable.com. If you enjoy eating out, OpenTable will shorten the distance between...

At least, vindication for all those strange looks I've endured over the years...But these days, more people are enjoying that chilled morning jolt as they increasingly turn to soft drinks instead of coffee, flaunting mom's no-pop-for-breakfast rule many had in their youth. Consumption of soft drink...

I'm well aware that people who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. But anything I write about this is a mere pebble compared to the comments on today's most "dugg" story (2762 diggs at this moment):As I type this post I still can't believe it. I'm literally stunned. If you haven't already...

David Russell pinged me that it might be worthwhile to cover a pretty big issue -- the pending changes in US daylight savings time. It turns out that Susan Bulloch was about 12 hours (non-adjusted) ahead of David's e-mail, and she writes:So what's the deal? Normally, on the first week in April, yo...

Nice review of Domino 7.0.2...There was a time when there were doubts about IBM's commitment to Notes and the ability of Lotus to keep up with the Web-inspired changes in technology. That's history. IBM's roadmap for Domino/Notes includes further expansion into non-email capability and pursuit of We...

Tony Patton takes a look at various integration methods between Lotus Domino and MS SharePoint...Recently, we received a call from a client about migrating existing Domino data to a new SharePoint installation. It was a questionable proposal, given the client's large Domino installation. We asked qu...

Lotusphere 2007 tags, wiki

January 12 2007

I was asked earlier today if there was a tag being used by bloggers for postings covering this year's Lotusphere. Technorati doesn't have a mass of blog postings on any particular tag, but we need to change that. The flickr crowd has already established "Lotusphere2007" (no space) as a tag, so I...

The other day, someone said to me that they didn't want to post their e-mail address on a blog comment, and I wondered, why the heck not? It wasn't a privacy reason -- it was that they didn't want it out there for spammers. When the e-mail spam problem first started getting out of hand, we all use...

A very detailed interview with Lotus general manager Mike Rhodin. Mike covers a lot of ground, including the Notes 7.0.2 release, plans for 2007, objectives for the Notes/Domino 8 release, how developers and IT professionals can get excited about Lotus, and new technologies such as social networkin...

Registered Lotusphere attendees can now access the online system at www.ls2007online.net. Check your e-mail for your user ID and password. Inside you'll find a fountain of information, including: The location of the Wednesday night party -- Animal Kingdom (cool!) An update on parking for Dol...

Mary Beth Raven updates on expectations for Lotusphere:I do want to let you all know that, to my knowledge, there are no plans to distribute CDs for a public beta at Lotusphere. I do not want folks being disappointed. IBM hasn't said we'd have one available at Lotusphere. You will, however, be able...

The Lotusphere content team is trying out a number of new tricks at Lotusphere 2007:We believe that one of the greatest assest of Lotusphere is the results of the networking and water cooler discussions -- sometimes evolving into session topics for future Lotus events, strategies, sometimes even evo...

A new dimension to thinking about a "home office"....Nearly one in five small business managers read work-related e-mails and other documents while in the bathroom, and 49 percent say they work while driving, according to a new survey commissioned by Staples Inc., the office-supply retailer with hea...

Business Week writes on the opening day of Macworld....Apple's share of the U.S. PC market jumped to 5.8% in the quarter that ended in September, when it sold 935,000 Macs, according to research firm Interactive Data (IDC). That's 30% higher than the same period in 2005, when Apple sold 737,000 Macs...

Alan Lepofsky discusses some of IBM's involvement in Second Life...Hopefully by now you've heard about Second Life. IBM is extremely active in this space. Even before the hype began, lead by the efforts of Irving Wladawsky-Berger, IBM was helping shape the foundations for this virtual world. Sim...

The crew at developerWorks Lotus has their annual Lotusphere content home up and running. Really cool, right on the front page -- links to blogs that will cover Lotusphere, along with the blogger's conference session(s) and company information.Welcome to the developerWorks Lotus page for Lotusphere...

Writing on his ZDNet blog, Paul Murphy tees up the hypothetical scenario of how a university addresses its needs for e-mail. Three options: 1) MS Exchange, 2) Domino, Sun, or some open source apps (later referred to just as "Sun"), or 3) Google for domains:All three choices impose costs on somebody...

OK, there's a meme going around on the blogs, and I've been "tagged" thrice on it -- Michael, Richi, and Catherine. I sat on it a while -- wasn't sure if there were really five things about me I hadn't already blogged. But here are some. Thus, without further ado, here are five things you don't k...

Dreaming in code

January 3 2007

Yesterday, Joel Spolsky mentioned that he's looking forward to reading a new book, Dreaming in Code. I'm way behind in my industry-related book reading, having been distracted by life, primarily, and a goal to read all the Harry Potter books in order (ok, so I wasn't an early adopter on that). But...

Last week, I started to write about blogging goals for 2007. The first goal is to find ways to improve my information consumption. Some useful comments there, though I probably wasn't clear enough in how I stated this goal. I wanted both tools (which are well-covered in that discussion) as well...