October 2005

You're right; there is a chapter in [my book] that shows how you can get involved: either being part of a blog, starting a blog, participating in talk shows, writing letters to the editor of your local daily or weekly newspapers, calling your representatives. Simple stuff. We show you how to d...

Ah, the joy and pain of being a Lotusphere track manager. For Lotusphere 2006, over 200 proposals for sessions were received in the infrastructure track (the IDXXX sessions). Over the last few weeks, that was whittled down to the 50 sessions we'll have as that track at the conference. This...

Heard a cool competitive story in one of my customer meetings here yesterday. A customer evaluated Lotus Domino on Linux side-by-side with a Microsoft Exchange server. The Exchange/Windows server needed to be rebooted on about a monthly basis. The Domino/Linux server ran for a year without do...

Forbes: Attack of the Blogs

October 28 2005

Look, Mom, I'm in Forbes magazine!Ed Brill, an IBMer who works on Notes marketing and publishes his own blog (edbrill.com), responded on July 23 last year to Radicati's bearish Notes report. He questioned whether she had ties to Microsoft and referred readers to two other blogs with far blunter...

Dan Gillmor (via Peter O'Kelly) captures a thought similar to my own:I predict sales of the company's computers, especially laptops, are going to plummet in coming months. I know I'm going to wait for an Intel-based machine. Apple's made it clear that the current line is going absolutely nowhe...

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Inbox management

October 26 2005

Well, I was supposed to be in Kingston, Jamaica, right about now, but there was this hurricane that passed through Florida earlier in the week, and the airlines/airport have understandably not yet caught up. So, Miami for now. 22nd floor of the Hyatt, looking out at the ocean. Not bad. In...

...for no "fair weather fan" am I. Still, a few simple observations: Playing baseball the last week in October is just a bit insane. The 40 degree (F) pouring rain in Chicago the other night was just a silly set of conditions for such an important game. Playing a game that runs past midnigh...

A number of Notes/Domino 7 launch events have been added in the next few weeks: Las Vegas, Denver, San Juan, Sacramento, Portland OR, and Seattle. That's in addition to the ones coming up in the next few weeks in New York (sold out!), DC area (sold out!), Boston, San Francisco, Orange County (...

David Jones discusses how he addressed Notes client performance perception issues...It's been about a year since we got them on a Domino server and we probably have about 25-30 users on the Notes client now - mostly within the last month. It's a newspaper so they deal with a lot of attachments a...

Surjit Chana, Lotus VP of Marketing, was in Asia recently for ND7 launches and had this to say...As a result, IBM's clear product roadmap and consistent delivery of new Lotus Notes and Domino technology has resulted in more than 90 percent of customers working on the most recent version of the p...

Ben Rose writes:Lotus Notes User Group UK is now officially launched and we have a domain name http://www.lnug.org.uk If you'd like to join up, help out or just get further details, take a look at the site and/or give me a shout.I will be well-pleased to see a re-born effort around a Notes...

As I travel around to user groups and Notes/Domino 7 launch events, I often ask the attendees at these events different profile questions about Notes deployments. I ask about versions in use, I ask about use of instant mesaging, and I ask about server platforms. One interesting thing I've not...

A company on Exchange 5.5 considers Exchange 2003, Domino 7, and Oracle Collab Suite as alternatives for replacement:At this point, for me it's partly a gut feel that has sold me and the realization that Notes will be more secure, more reliable, and will give better options for management of the...

Rock´s clues

October 20 2005

We are going to play Rock's clues / we are going to play Rock's clues / we are going to play Rock's clues / wonder where they are? I've written earlier that we have several new contributors to the Lotusphere 2006 content team. Rocky Oliver and Kathleen McGivney both joined up to help buil...

Wow, great story about how a Canadian law firm with nine offices and 450 lawyers is using Lotus Notes as their knowledge backbone:For the first 16 years of his career in high tech, Richard Van Dyk thought of himself as a Microsoft devotee. But when he joined Miller Thomson LLP in Toronto two yea...

Check out Bruce Elgort's presentation on OpenNTF.Org from yesterday's user group meeting in Vegas. It's worth the 22MB download -- Bruce proved that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and used only 496 slides in his presentation....

Chris Miller uses vivid imagery to describe the marketplace competition around Domino...Lotus pushes ahead at each new release with new features and new functions. And each time, Microsoft comes out with the dinosaur mantra that Lotus is soon to be extinct. MS says that Lotus is a dying breed w...

Just happened to catch these two in the RSS ether this morning: Jullian Robichaux read the draft RedPaper on Domino Domain Monitoring and discovered code to enable applications to report log events. Steve Castledine says "the new Agent Profiling class in Notes/Domino 7 is just great". Ste...

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A Microsoft blogger describes changes coming in Microsoft Access 12. vowe picks up the salient point:Access shares something with Notes: an MDB, much like a Notes NSF, contains a full application with data and UI and code. So this is how Microsoft wants to make SharePoint available offline. I...

This week marks a major milestone in the planning for "Hannover", the next version of Lotus Notes... an external design review. Several IBM customers and business partners are gathered in Westford to examine the current state of the product plan, architecture, feature specs, and timetables. It...

The IBM developerWorks team has expanded its online content to include the IBM Workplace family of products. As there are already sections of developerWorks covering Lotus products and WebSphere Portal, the IBM developerWorks: Workplace section focuses more on the rest of the Workplace portfol...

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DNUG -- The Deutsche (German) Notes User Group -- has been running top-notch regional Notes/Domino conferences for years. I've been fortunate enough to work with this extremely professional group since their 2001 conference in Potsdam, usually speaking at one of their two annual meetings. DNU...

I had a case of premature e-blog-ulation a few weeks ago when I heard that the draft of this Redpaper was available. Only problem was it was only internal to IBM at that time. Now the draft Redpaper on Lotus Domino Domain Monitoring is available publicly, with over 100 pages on this important...

I can see the marketing campaign now...In user testing, Microsoft found that nine out of every 10 features that customers wanted to see added to Office were already in the program. "They simply don't know it's there," Chris Capossela, a Microsoft vice president, told a developer crowd last we...

Ferris's David Via has a few observations on why Microsoft SharePoint isn't suited for enterprise content management, including scalability, search, navigation, and cost. Cost? Wait, I thought SharePoint was free? Link: Ferris Research blog: SharePoint Is Not Good for Enterprise Content Man...

My evil twin Alan is being introspective...I've noticed that lately I've been having conversations with many of my friends, family, and coworkers about how our industry is really starting to "wear on me". There are so many battles going on: IBM vs. Microsoft, Domino vs. Exchange, .Net vs J2EE,...

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The Reg on last week's nonannouncement, but the interesting bit isCapossela added that Microsoft is making an effort to cut down the volume of email people are getting. "People often collaborate through email. They send each other attachments, which is a very inefficient way to work together on...

Yes, I'm blogging from the stage, and yes, I made it here in two hours, fifty minutes this morning.... So on my drive this morning, I was thinking about an e-mail I received yesterday. A colleague forwarded some notes from a messaging evaluation team at one of our prospective customers. The...

Last minute, I'm going to be speaking at the Notes/Domino 7 Live! event tomorrow in Indianapolis. I'll just be in town for the keynote and coffee afterwards, but if you are going to be there, please say "hi"!...

Mobile workforce, data-driven organization, decisive CEO:Applegate Farms lives and dies by its information systems. Fifty-four employees are connected to 120 Lotus Notes databases that can give them just about every piece of company data they might need. Among other things, they keep track of 30...

Last week, IBM held a "Lotus Day" in Japan, with several key executives on-hand to launch Notes/Domino 7 in the Japanese market. There's been a ton of press coverage, lots of it favorable. I don't plan to blog in Japanese, but this particular article has a quote which was translated for me:「成熟...

In the category of "wishful thinking"...Regarding the corporate messaging and groupware space, Loiacono said there are two parts to it - one for the client side and one for the backend. "On the backend we are very much a player [and] our business is doing quite well in that space," he said....

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Thanks for the upgrade, John. It took about 10 minutes -- no glitches, no mess, no fuss. Cool....

Well, at least the telemarketer that just called thought that I might want to do this. If anyone wonders why I so rarely answer unanticipated phone calls, here's the answer in two parts: 1) Most people who call me have indicated through e-mail, calendar invites, or IM that they are planning...

Alan noticed this first: Notes and Domino 7 trial code is now available on developerWorks. Lotus Domino 7 Server Lotus Notes, Domino Designer, and Domino Administrator 7 ...

The Information Technology Services Marketing Association's newsletter describes IBM's blogging efforts...Practicing what they preach, IBMers are launching all manner of public blogs, building on the reported thousands of internal blogs already in use. ...[Other] IBM bloggers represent (official...

Carl Tyler was on the R5 launch team, so it's only fitting that he's finally telling some of his favourite stories from that era. And has the pictures to go with it....

An interview with Mike Rhodin, covering the launch of Notes/Domino 7 as well as how it fits within the broader Workplace strategy...According to Michael Rhodin, general manager (Workplace Portal & Collaboration Software) at IBM, Lotus Notes and Domino form a key component of the IBM Workplac...

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Ticket to Pittsburgh

October 3 2005

A busy day ahead on Friday, October 21, in Pittsburgh PA. I'll be presenting/attending at two events... In the morning, starting at 8:30 AM, 4C Technologies is hosting a Notes/Domino 7 seminar, targeted primarily at new customer opportunities for Notes/Domino. In the afternoon starting at 1 P...

The archived webcast of last week's hugely successful Notes/Domino 7 virtual launch is now available at lotususergroup.org. There are still several dozen submitted questions which I and my colleagues need to answer...we'll get there....watch the lotususergroup.org forums for more of those....

Gartner's Matt Cain has published "IBM at the Pivot Point with Domino 7", recommending that current customers plan to upgrade and non-Domino customers should consider it. I'll respect copyright and point you to Gartner's site -- good news, though, is that IBM has limited distribution rights an...

From my travels a week ago to Sofia, Bucharest, Vienna, Paris, and points in-between, photos are now on-line. It may be notable just as much for what I didn't photograph as what I did. This was a business trip, after all, so most of my sightseeing was of the hour here-hour there variety. O...

D-Orkut D-ecomposing

October 2 2005

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