January 2008

In my Lotusphere summary last week, I discussed a challenge around my identity as a sales manager versus being a blogger. Charles Robinson and others suggested a path forward, saying that if I blog more about the day-to-day kind of activities I work on, it might help create a more complete picture...

Very cool -- the NFL Media Portal, a site for over 3,500 journalists to access for stats, information, and resources, is an IBM project: Behind this dynamic NFL Web presence is IBM's industry top-ranked collaboration portal technology for corporate Web sites providing a personalized experience that...

So far, most have heard the IBM side of this story, but SAP is equally excited about Project "Atlantic":Some good things take a long time coming but they're worth the wait. Today's announcement is a welcome move for SAP customers around the world committed to Lotus Notes as their groupware platform...

Theo Heselmans has an interesting idea. It addresses part of my "where are you?" posting from last week... that I just needed a place (other than the blogger BoF, which I couldn't attend) to meet some of you. For example, I spent 30 minutes one morning in the Priority Support customer lounge, and...

At least the headline calls the effort for what it is:After its first attempt to have Office Open XML (OOXML) approved as an International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standard failed in September, the software giant has spared no expense to ensure that it succeeds at the ballot resolution...

Another good analysis coming out of Lotusphere....If Lotus can tap into the web 2.0 zeitgeist and harness the present wave of collaboration tools visible on the internet in a way that can be rolled out to corporate customers then it will be the undisputed leader of the next wave of corporate technol...

Mike Osterman was at Lotusphere and I didn't so much as get to shake his hand. Then again, there were a lot of analysts at Lotusphere, including some surprising ones that I would have enjoyed speaking with if they had asked for time on my interview schedule................ anyway, Mike sums up his...

Andrew has published a paper overviewing the new Domino Designer 8.5 XPages development construct. Originally written to be published on IBM's site, he's released it now as a PDF with IBM's permission. This PDF is worth a read if you want to understand new capabilities coming later this year, as w...

Two disconnected sentences

January 29 2008

Last week, early Monday morning, Microsoft issued their annual Lotusphere spoiler press release. This was quickly overshadowed by a great Lotusphere conference, and the few comments I received about the MS "news" were highly critical. People told me it made Microsoft look "desperate", "pathetic",...

I'll be posting links to some of the Lotusphere analysis over the next few days... this one resonates with me because many in the market are just looking for a single answer to "what is IBM's alternative to SharePoint". IBM doesn't believe in one-size-fits-all solutions, but rather finding the righ...

Here are Alan and me in the Lotusphere 2008 barmy bloggers boat races.... as you can see, our pre-flight preparations were very focused. (Photo credit: Declan Lynch...some great pics, Dec!) Congratulations to Thomas and Marcus, the winning boat racing team! Good job to all who participated, an...

The presentation from ID601, "Understanding the marketplace advantages for IBM Lotus software", are now posted on slideshare.net, including the ability to download the PDF. | View | Upload your own I had a chance to read the evaluations over the weekend, and appreciate the positive feedback. The...

I’m Ed Brill, part two

January 28 2008

Found via some ego-surfing in flickr over the weekend. No clue about the context......

Someone asked me offline if I was "surprised" by the Ubuntu announcement last week. Far from it, I wanted to say something weeks ago (but obviously couldn't), when a meme was going around about how important it is to be supporting a "free" Linux distribution. I'm excited by adding another to the l...

Birds of a feather flock together...This is taking things far too seriously for IBM's own good. How many FSJ readers are actually potential Notes buyers? How many of those would take it literally? It's hard to tell how well Brill is doing given that comments have been deleted or removed from his bl...

Quotes from Lotusphere 2008

January 25 2008

Someone asked if I could post the quotes that I had submitted to be used during the closing session. This is just a sampling; please do not be offended if I skipped your blog. Of these, three made it to the big screen: Gregg Eldred, Andy Donaldson, and Warren Elsmore. After lunch was John Pagan...

It will probably take a few more days to obtain some perspective on the Lotusphere that just was. There was a lot of news, a huge amount of content, so many meetings, and a large dose of fun. It was part pep rally, part sales meeting. It was notably drama-free, at least on the ground. Highlight...

2015

January 24 2008

During the Lotusphere 2008 closing session, Lotus VP Marjorie Tenzer announced that Lotusphere will be right back here next January....and the January after that, and the January after that, and so on, and so on, with a contract through 2015. That is one HUGE COMMITMENT by IBM to the future of Lotu...

Oops, I did it again

January 24 2008

Well, I might yet have been able to get some blogger quotes into the "walk-in" video going into the closing session. Either way, we're going to have a great afternoon!...

Visit lotus.com/lotusphere to access the webcast (or directly here)....

My colleague Thomas Bryner found me this morning...and showed me this: He reports that he had this made by Colorware Custom. Very cool! Also see this link for their view of this iPod on their own website....

Rich Schwartz and the HP crew had a great week in the product showcase...We exceeded our expectations for qualified leads at our booth, and not just by a little. We had achieved our objective even before the reception on Monday evening. Not our objective for Monday, mind you. By that time we had alr...

Where are you?

January 24 2008

OK, so I'm going to be operating Thursday on about four hours of sleep. That's how it seems to go at Lotusphere, no matter that I'm getting older. But it's Thursday, and there are still people I've been looking for but haven't had a real substantial conversation with. I might have seen you in...

I’m Ed Brill

January 24 2008

OK guys, it's weird enough having some kind of psuedo-celebrity status walking around Lotusphere, but this is too much... I haven't been able to determine who the ringleader on this was, but I am sure it had something to do with Paul Mooney and Warren Elsmore. Thanks, mates, for a good laugh. C...

Man was that a lot of fun! It took about four hours of production planning, a bunch of phone calls, e-mails, and presentation proofing, but that was all worth it to put together what turned out to be a really interesting Lotusphere Idol! audition session today. We had five contestants -- Bob Bae...

Worth checking out Chris Reckling's blog entries from the past few days, which have covered a behind-the-scenes look at building the opening general session, the UX lab, and the new hardware platform for Lotus Foundations....

A new site for me...It's time for The VAR Guy to eat a little more crow. Last week, he suggested nobody really cared about Lotusphere anymore. Boy was he wrong. Turns out IBM and the Lotus team unveiled some major partnerships at the event. Here are the top six highlights from Lotusphere, and the po...

ZDNet's David Greenfield is in Orlando and visited the Lotusphere innovations lab...At Lotusphere I had the opportunity to chat with a number of the researchers about the work they have going on in the area. ...I think what all of these projects have in common beside the raw technology is that the w...

eWeek has a detailed story on the Notes/Domino roadmap, based on an interview with Penny Scharfman:Due for a February 2008 launch, 8.0.1 will bring widgets to the Notes client sidebar. Popularized by Google's Gadgets library, widgets are lightweight applications that deliver information such as new...

Congratulations to Jake Howlett for deservedly winning the LotusUserGroup.org "Best blogger 2008" award. Everyone had a great time at the award reception. Thank you to Motorola Good for sponsoring and to the WISPubs/LotusUserGroup.org team for hosting. Great time, great food, great people....

My goodness, Fake Steve Jobs, aka Dan Lyons, can't relate to people having fun at a conference:Meanwhile, in the "Definition of Sad" category, check this out -- some marketing f*ckwit from Lotus is live blogging the Lotus conference. Big news like this: 7:52 AM A shoutout to Colleen Campbell,...

I'm just about to head out the door for INV106, the Notes/Domino roadmap session. I am really pleased with where we are at with the Notes/Domino product strategy, and believe you will be as well. At 1:30 PM, I'll be hosting our Lotusphere Idol! auditions in the Dolphin North Hemisphere. We select...

The announcement I've been waiting months to talk about!!!!!! Today, IBM and SAP announced a joint product development, codenamed "Atlantic". From the press release:Currently planned for inclusion in the first release of project "Atlantic" is support for SAP workflows, reporting and analytics,...

So a few people have asked me about Project "Atlantic" today, trying to figure out how it is different from the Notes Access for SAP Solutions that was announced a couple of years ago. John Head has the answer:As a partner in the small and medium business space, we have seen some interesting tactic...

When Sandra Marcus asked me a few moments ago for two things that my "roving reporter" conversations had revealed about the opening general session, my answer was... 1) "That was a LOT of content...my head is spinning" 2) "That violin player was smokin' hot!"...

Another super-cool announcement! Previewed a few times in late 2007, but for the first time, shown on stage. Notes 8.0.1 will have the ability to wire widgets into the Notes sidebar, with LiveText and Widget support. One example being shown is Google gadget support, as seen in these images:...

Hit refresh often, I'll be updating this posting throughout the morning. See my other posts today for specific announcements and news.... Note that the live-blog process will reset the comment counter occasionally. I apologize in advance. 7:40 AM and the walls.....came tumblin' down....the walls...

Announcing Lotus Protector

January 21 2008

Lotus Protector for Mail Security is a "black box" (hardware/software combo or software-only VMWare image) pre-processor for anti-spam and anti-virus. Protector was developed in conjunction with IBM Internet Security Systems (ISS). Additional Protector security capabilities will be announced later...

Lotus "Bluehouse"

January 21 2008

Many of you have had the opportunity to check out the Lotus Greenhouse over the last year. In Greenhouse, the latest Lotus technologies are available to evaluate and tinker with, all in an environment hosted by IBM. The notion of software-as-a-service has become more dominant in the industry, an...

Today, IBM is introducing Lotus Foundations. Foundations is a line of small-business servers, installed on-premise, and providing a broad set of IT and business functions. The first set of capabilities of Foundations include the Domino mail and collaboration platform, file management, directory se...

OK, let's get this one out of the way first... This morning, Microsoft issued their annual Lotusphere spoiler release. And I honestly laughed out loud when I saw that headline, because it is the same headline for the Lotusphere spoiler release in 2006 and 2007. Does anyone not see the irony in...

As with previous years, I will be live-blogging the Lotusphere 2008 keynote / general session on Monday. I am intending to keep a scrolling entry at the top of the page on edbrill.com, while static "announcement" pages appear below it. I do know most of the news in advance, but nothing about the d...

I've been going for twelve hours straight today, with my longest break being the time I've been seated at the computer now. Sunday for me is about shaking hands and remembering names, along with continued preparations for the week ahead. Two meetings with the production team for "Lotusphere Idol!"...

Thank you again to the Penumbra Group for inviting me along to their delicious annual dinner at Lotusphere. It is good to see some of the stalwarts of the industry continuing to give it their best, year in and year out. During last night's dinner, I had the pleasure of being seated next to Valerie...

Twice in the last 12 hours, I have heard about people learning of news related to their own product through weblogs. At dinner last night, Jeff Eisen admitted to me that he had learned about a new feature in Notes 8.0.1 through edbrill.com. Jeff, for those who don't know, is the Chief Architect fo...

BleedYellow.com

January 18 2008

Looks like the cat is out of the bag... Lotus911 has launched a Loutus community implementation of Connections at www.bleedyellow.com. Very cool and from a brief look at other blogs, already very popular! I think it's interesting that the site is called bleedyellow and not dyeyellow....

Too funny, Rob...I've created your very own Lotusphere Keynote Bingo card! For those of you unfamilar with the concept, Keynote Bingo is a game whereby common phrases, buzzwords, rumors, onscreen clues and new features are placed on a Bingo card. As the Keynote (Opening General Session or OGS in L...

Looks like the first Lotusphere preview is on the streets. John Fontana previews next week's conference and highlights themes. Quotes from Bruce Elgort and Burton Group's Karen Hobert. So while IBM focused on the user interface in 2007 built around its common Lotus Expeditor and Eclipse framework...

Gee, do you think this might be related to stuff going on at Lotusphere? (that's a clever way of saying, "lots more about this on Monday!"):IBM today announced it has reached an agreement to acquire Net Integration Technologies Inc., a Toronto, Canada-based, privately held company that offers a com...

A great Q&A with Darren Adams, messaging leader for Lotus in the UK, just popped up on VNUnet video. Darren is getting to be quite the movie star, with both ZDNet and now VNUnet under his belt. He'll be signing autographs at Lotusphere. Link: VNUNet Vendor Video Q&A: Lotus Notes 8...

Engadget has picked up the story from earlier this week around Lotus support for the iPhone. What's more interesting is the comments, where Andrew Pollack is winning fans and influencing people through a single-handed effort to fight the trolls. Nice job, Andrew, and great to see the Engadget crow...

Whiplash

January 17 2008

Alan expressed this sentiment the other day, but as we get closer to Sunday/Monday, now I get it, too. In getting ready for Lotusphere, I'm starting to get information on what Lotus will be announcing during the conference. In my little Notes/Domino-related world, I count eight "news" items...and...

Extra! Extra! This just in. Over last weekend, Warren Elsmore and others announced the 2008 Lotusphere Barmy Bloggers Boat Race! If you were at Lotusphere last year, you might have seen crazy competitors spending lunch hour "sailing" the hotel's swan boats in a test of wills. Entrants for the 2...

In the week before Lotusphere, there's so much being written right now about Lotus that planetlotus.org is pretty busy. What intrigues me about looking at it today is how the more vague, or more sensational, headlines are generating the click-throughs: I feel like I should post a topic that...

For the last three years, the blogging community has come together at Lotusphere in what has been an enjoyable and informative session. We've talked about the benefits of blogging, how to increase participation in the community, commenters vs. lurkers, and all sorts of other topics. For Lotusphe...

Looks like the first of many pre-Lotusphere stories to hit the streets... E-mail software from IBM Corp. will be available on Apple Inc. iPhones and iPod Touch devices under a new partnership that brings together two big rivals of Microsoft Corp. IBM plans a formal announcement of the Lotus Notes e...

Matt Asay catches one of the more interesting parts of yesterday's IBM pre-earnings announcement:For all the doom and gloom in technology spending in the United States and Western Europe, IBM's results suggest that there's a world of opportunity in emerging markets. ... For net new growth, however,...

Ninke Westra reports hearing a Lotus Notes commercial on the radio in the Netherlands:On my way to work this morning I heard something on a dutch radio station geared towards business people I had not expected to hear: an actual commercial promoting Lotus Notes 8, inviting people to give Lotus Notes...

In the face of a new round of FUD in the open standards documents arena, Sun's Erwin Tenhumberg takes a look at some of the common myths in the market. He looks at ODF's relationship to Sun, open source, OpenOffice.org, Microsoft Office, and other common discussion topics. Worth reading to get a d...

On a day when Microsoft would probably like to be celebrating the next step in their uphill battle to make the Office 2007 formats an international standard, instead they get this:After nearly a decade of anti-trust battles between the European Commission and Microsoft, it is finally time for the re...

A new feature has appeared in the Notes 8.0.1 calendar meeting entry form, quite a useful one in any organization that uses conference calling regularly... I never seem to remember my "permanent concall number". Now, I will, and there won't be any typos or misunderstandings when setting up virtu...

As noted by many other bloggers today, Lotusphere 2008 Online is now available at www.ls08.net. There's a lot of technology in there, including Domino, Sametime, Quickr, and Connections. Domino Web Access is used for mail, and even has DWA 8.0.1's new "lite mode" (announced in September). Check i...

For the last few years, each Lotusphere has added new concepts in sessions and ideas. Jamfest, Gurupalooza, Speedgeeking, Boomerang sessions, boat races.... all good stuff that is back for this year. Lotusphere 2008 is bringing yet another new session idea to this list of uniquely-Lotusphere sess...

New this year -- all session evaluations will be done online. Much much easier for all of us.We're going green! No more paper evaluation forms in the conference notebook! New this year, you can access all the evaluation forms by selecting the evaluation icon on any Lotusphere Online laptop, or fro...

A reader e-mailed me this morning to find out what is going on around Lotusphere on Saturday the 19th. Many people arrive in Orlando that day, and over the last few years, have started to mingle and gather on Saturday afternoon. Bruce Elgort and Mikkel Heisterberg have both blogged about what is n...

The queens of Lotusphere have just given me permission to announce... The Wednesday night party for Lotusphere 2008 will be at Universal Studios -- Islands of Adventure. See you at the Incredible Hulk!...

Are you ready to experience the freedom of choice and learn about all the possibilities that come with it? IBM® Lotus® Symphony Developer Day is for you. ... During this workshop, you will learn how this powerful product can be customized and extended for special requirements to make your users mor...

NotesBerry.org

January 9 2008

Great to see another community resource get underway over the last few days. Run by Bill Buchan, Jason Hook, Paul Mooney, and Mike Smith, NotesBerry.org is designed to be a resource for Domino and Blackberry users -- and there are more than a few of us out here :). One key is that the focus isn'...

Since it went live a few weeks ago, PlanetLotus.org has become my top-visited site every day (yes, even more than perezhilton.com). Many of you have expressed similar excitement about the site,. Our fearless Taking Notes podcasters decided it was time to discuss it with creator Yancy Lent, and jus...

With relatively little fanfare, the IBM Alphaworks team announced IBM OmniFind Personal E-mail Search a couple of weeks ago. This free download is a desktop search tool that works with Notes or Outlook. I haven't installed it yet, but Andy Dorman at Network Computing took it for a spin:Rather than...

Been expecting this one...MOSS enters the valley of disappointment SharePoint will continue to grow at viral rates as a low cost, low touch, document collaboration system. But in 2008 we will see the start of a noticeable backlash, particularly among larger enterprises. The backlash will be two-fo...

In the last few days, I've been contacted by a couple of different European business partners about new Domino products they've created in the webmail space. It's very interesting to learn about market demand for different approaches to web-based mail/calendar for Domino users. The first is IT R...

The Deployments, Performance, and Interoperability lab will be up and running once again at Lotusphere 2008. The lab team is looking for customers to work with in terms of performance analysis. You'll get a huge amount of information back out of the process, based on what you put in:[W]e a...

Wired reaches back in their history to examine the first online social networks, including a Q&A with Stuart Brand, co-founder of the WELL. I was never a WELL user, but certainly knew of it in my own sysop/BBS days. One interesting point Brand raises in the interview:[O]ne thing that...

Congratulations and best wishes to Rocky Oliver in his new role:I have accepted a new position with TeamStudio - I am the new Vice President of Products for TeamStudio.I am proud of Rocky for knowing what he wanted in his career, realizing he wasn't quite getting it, and finding a role that provides...

Program manager Jan Kenney announces an opportunity for your company's "name in lights" at Lotusphere...If you are piloting or deploying Notes/Domino 8.x OR building Composite Applications for ND8 then we are VERY interested in having your company name show up in *lights* in Lotusphere 2008 presenta...

That's the kind of headline we like, though we'd like it better if there was an acknowledgement that MS doesn't actually "dominate" a market where there are thousands of active Notes/Domino customers...Technology giant IBM has started pushing back against rival Microsoft's dominance in the Australia...

It is an honor to have been chosen as one of the seven finalists for the LotusUserGroup.org Best Blogger award for 2008. Thank you to everyone who submitted nominations. There are many bloggers/contributors deserving of this and other types of recognition. It is great to be part of a commu...

Paul Mooney addresses a topic that has been buzzing for a few days....The [Irish Lotus Users Group, ILUG] event is from the 4th-6th June in Dublin Ireland. The event will be held here. This, of course conflicts with DNUG [German Notes Users Group] in the summer. So, did we do it o...

Last April, the office of the US President reported that up to five million e-mails had been lost from their records and archives, at around the time of a conversion from Notes to Microsoft Outlook. It seems there was a lot more to this story than initially thought. David Gewirtz, editor of Domi...

This story is getting a lot of play over the last 24 hours, as Microsoft uses a service pack (!) to turn off support for various non-current MS file formats in Office:You might not have noticed it yet, but the recent service pack 3 release for Microsoft Office 2003 contains a hidden "feature" -- it...

Apparently, we Americans still have a long way to go in the common sense department: I've linked this picture from a blog entry that was posted in February, 2003. The sad part is, almost five years later, the frozen pizza we had for dinner last night still had the same "warning" on the box. Som...

Life in photos

January 2 2008

Happy New Year to one and all. It's great to be back at it after several days of race-to-the-finish for 2007 business as well as some restful time at home and with family. I spent a fair bit of time over the last ten days on photography projects. Over the last three years, I've collected a good n...