November 2008

Interesting stuff has passed through my inbox over the last several days, including... News of one of the largest deals the Lotus brand has ever done in Australia, a multi-year effort with an organization I've enjoyed meeting each of my last several visits "down under". News of a European custome...

Great to see some mainstream media coverage resulting from my stop in New Zealand last week...Businesses have a lot to gain by embracing the concepts behind the hugely popular social networking internet sites people flock to in their private lives, says Ed Brill, a US-based IBM director who speciali...

My first month with the Bold is approaching, and I thought it a good time to reflect on whether I still feel the same about this new device. In short, it just keeps getting better. The Bold continues to inspire device-lust, which surprised me -- a whole cluster of people checking it out on a fli...

Bloggers at Lotusphere 2009

November 26 2008

Vlad Tatarincevs asked an interesting question the other day:Would it be nice if people who BLOG can participate in Lotusphere for free? IBM could do this step . It is sad, that I am as a DUAL PCLP certified 5.x, 6. 7.x, no longer have discount on registration to Lotusphere. If some people From IBM...

Hat tip to Mr. Roling for an excellent review of Symphony in the pages of Intranet Journal...With the release of IBM Lotus Notes 8, IBM took a shot at Microsoft with integrated Word Processor, Spreadsheet and Presentation software. Now, that package of software, known as IBM Lotus Symphony, is avail...

One of my co-workers sent me a link to this article earlier today, asking if I had a comment on the following quote:The cost of running Lotus Notes is killing a lot of companies. Companies like Virgin Atlantic are still going ahead with Notes-to-Exchange migrations because it's seen as worthwhilePre...

One of the best parts of Lotusphere each year is a little bit of "Lotusphere magic". There's always a new type of session, format, event, or speaker as part of the event. While, as Sandra Marcus says, we love all of our speakers equally, for 2009, I am excited to be a part of putting together a ve...

Following on from last week's announcement around Lotus Notes Traveler and Nokia support... When we introduced Lotus Notes Traveler back in Q1 2008, there were, well, some startup problems with being able to obtain the code. Unlike typical Notes/Domino product components, you couldn't simply downl...

As a follow-up from Thursday's announcement, some great press coverage...Nokia S60 3rd Edition devices can connect to corporate e-mail accounts via Lotus Domino Server add-on feature Notes Traveler, without any additional costs, the companies said. ... The integration is something Notes users have...

A year ago, part of the presentation I delivered to audiences in Australia emphasized the importance for IT to recognize that the younger generation entering the workforce would bring different requirements. It said, specifically, a "technology savvy generation is entering the workforce". At that...

It's 1:41 AM in Wellington, New Zealand and I should be sleeping. Since I will be sleeping in a couple of hours when this news goes out.... IBM and one of the device manufacturers will be announcing the expansion of Lotus Notes Traveler support to the manufacturer's line of Sybmian-based devices, i...

Since I transitioned into my new job, I've been spending a lot of time and energy around our partnership with Apple. One of the concrete results of our work is that IBM and Apple are teaming together on our focus on enterprise customers. As such, Apple has indicated that they would love to see som...

The Lotusphere team has published the list of 99% final session abstracts for Lotusphere 2009. Go here to check out the conference session topics! If you are already registered for the conference, you should also have received an e-mail with a link to the session preferences and birds-of-a-feather...

Lots of people have sent me links to news coverage of Microsoft's official announcement yesterday of Microsoft Online, including their hosted Exchange offering. I was especially interested in Tom Foremski's view on ZDNet, because he sees it for what it isRon Markezich, corporate VP of Microsoft Onl...

John Fontana profiles Lotus general manager Bob Picciano. They talk Notes/Domino 8.5, Sharepoint competition, hosting/cloud/SaaS, and Lotusphere:Microsoft went on record in July as saying it wants to get Lotus customers to convert five million seats of Notes to Microsoft's collaboration tools betwe...

My colleague Matthew Trendinick just forwarded along an e-mail from a job applicant...I suspect he will get a lot of people checking him out:Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Lotus® ND8 (Notes Domino® 8) and I believe I possess the attributes necessary to improve collaboration within your bus...

It was a very long journey from home to heaven, with about 24 hours total in transit between Chicago and Sydney. I'm here in one of my favorite cities in the world today, even though tomorrow I'll be up in Brisbane for a public user group event and some other meetings. I couldn't miss spending an...

Over the last few days, 99% of Lotusphere session acceptance/rejections have gone out to those who submitted proposals. Congratulations to those whose proposals were accepted -- as Rocky wrote the other day, this was another tough year for the track managers! Many, many great abstracts were propos...

Microsoft announced Small Business Server 2008 and Essential Business Server 2008 earlier today. The emphasis of their press release seems to be about saving time and money, displaying a good grasp of their marketing 101 lessons:They are designed and priced to help customers save money and compete...

Two blog entries that several of you have seen, but more input would be welcome... Niklas Heidloff, "Feedback needed: Open catalogs for Lotus Notes/Domino applications ":I'm convinced that public and open catalogs help our community and all of us to succeed. Very often people implement useful and c...

PC World covers the new report from Forrester analyst Rob Koplowitz, "Notes Versus SharePoint: Which Collaboration Platform Is Right For You?":IBM still has an edge in providing third-party applications that run on Notes and Domino if companies want to use software from more than one vendor, accordi...

Three weeks ago, IBM Lotus announced Lotus Notes Hosted Messaging, a Passport Advantage fixed price offering where IBM hosts e-mail boxes for customers on a pay-as-you-go basis. I've spent a ton of time in calls and conversations about this announcement ever since, and with more on this week's cale...

During Lotusphere 2009, my team is putting together a special recognition for customers who have completed their deployment of Notes 8, or at least a significant-sized deployment of Notes 8. Now, I don't want to give away the plot as to what the recognition will be, but it will be more than just a...

One of the great things about moving from Notes/Domino sales to Notes/Symphony product management is that there was no real "break in" period. In my new job, I work with most of the same people I worked with in my old job, albeit from the different perspective of product management and being a peop...

IBM's Michael Karasick is delivering a keynote at the OpenOffice conference in Beijing right about now, and here are some of the things he's announcing: Over 3 million downloads of Lotus Symphony -- 2 million of which have come since 1.0 release in May, 2008 Symphony 1.2, with key new features su...

I was just looking in the Lotusphere 2009 sessions database, and was amazed when I chose the view by speaker -- 1,019 speaker names are among the proposed sessions. When over 1000 people want to speak at a conference....wow. Obviously not all can be accepted... I've been told that preliminary spea...

Yay, blogging from my team! Jeanette Barlow from the Symphony team talks about the year we've just had and looks forward...Well, nearly a year, four releases and three million downloads later, I am pleased and proud, to work daily in Lotus Symphony. The product is now stable and so very capable for...

A number of tidbits, news, rumors, hints, and interesting stuff cropping up on the blogs this morning. Paul Mooney has written several blog entries from DNUG, where my boss and my soon-to-be Lotusphere co-presenter (Kevin Cavanaugh and Brent Peters) presented one of the opening conference keynotes....

Last week, I was in Silicon Valley and had the opportunity to have a beer with Ross Mayfield from Socialtext. We had a great chat, and it reminded me that I hadn't yet written a blog posting about my recent career transition and how I got here. Yes, I really did open a fortune cookie earlier this...

As with any technology life-cycle, it's almost a given that my upgrade from Blackberry Pearl to BlackBerry Bold would be a significant improvement. The Bold is now the 11th "cell phone" I've owned in the last 16 years (if I am counting right), so it's a long long way from the bag phone or that firs...