December 2005

Chris Whisonant has put together a wiki to plan the Jamfest at Lotusphere 2006. This takes the embarassment of doing karaoke at Kimono's up another notch. Hopefully I'll have my voice this year... if so, I'm interested in doing vocals for some stuff from Dave Matthews Band, Billy Joel, Coldpl...

I see several bloggers are writing about their upcoming Lotusphere 2006 sessions. Must be that approaching content deadline ;) Rob Novak is highlighting sessions that he and his staff are delivering on web services and Quickplace Lance Spellman talks about the AJAX-related session that he...

Working holidays?

December 29 2005

Michael Osterman of Osterman Research, writing in Network World, describes survey results from a study about e-mail management. The survey specifically covered Exchange managers. While I'm deliberately not setting this blog up as a Domino vs. Exchange posting, I am curious about this quote:Ma...

Who has the biggest

December 27 2005

[First entry got corrupted...let's try this again...] I knew that subject would get your attention. A couple of weeks ago, when I blogged about scalability, a few people poked me that Notesbench numbers are all well and good, but real-world results are what really counts. The iSeries t...

The Chicago Tribune is investigating the US CIA 2003 Italian job:A few of the operatives actually put their cell phone numbers on their hotel registration cards. When one operative purchased a cell phone from a store in Milan, she registered it in what police believe is her real name. At least...

2005 in review

December 25 2005

This is the review that was never meant to be. At the beginning of the year, a prediction was made that "Blogging will fade away from the corporate world and be considered a consumer tool, no longer a credible source of news. " Here at the end of the year, when I think about things like IBM's corp...

A very long interview with Lotus GM Mike Rhodin. If you've been wondering what Mike has been up to in his first few months leading Lotus, this interview reveals a lot. He talks about everything from ND7 adoption, competition, Workplace adoption, branding, developer opportunities, Linux, and mo...

the developerWorks team recently undertook to update the official history of Lotus Notes and Domino. The document now covers the 6.x releases, Notes/Domino 7, and mentions "Hannover" as the next major release. Few software products alive today have the rich history and passion around them t...

Carol Jones is an IBM colleague in the CTO's office for Workplace, Portal, Collaboration, and she blogs:We've been experimenting in the lab with ways to generate feeds (meaning Atom or RSS) from Domino, and speculating about how such feeds might be used. ...If we did this, what use cases would b...

Alan Bell has analysed the session abstracts for Lotusphere 2006 for frequency of use. The results, displayed graphically in the style of Flickr tags, show such words as "Domino", "Lotus", and "IBM" to be popular. [Sigh of relief ;) ] Check it out on his Dominux Consulting blog: Popular wo...

Starbucks maple macchiato

December 21 2005

I'm not a huge Starbucks guy, but when I'm traveling, I do often find myself in queue for a caramel macchiato. Here in Cambridge, though, the menu board also features a maple macchiato (and latte). I tried it yesterday, and it was OK but not a repeater IMHO. So why the blog? Well, I learned...

With 2006 right around the corner, four IBM Lotus Software executives have teamed up to provide CMP's Messaging Pipeline with insight into next year's wish list for enterprise collaboration. According to IBM, the top five enterprise collaboration wishes on the list include audio and instant mess...

IBM developerWorks:Lotus has added RSS feeds for the public discussion forums: Notes/Domino 6 & 7 Notes/Domino 4 & 5 Lotus Domino Document Manager Lotus Enterprise Integration Lotus e-learning Lotus QuickPlace Lotus Sametime Lotus SmartSuite Lotus Workflow Gre...

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IBM acquires Bowstreet

December 20 2005

Cool news -- I know Bowstreet has been one of the strongest partners for WebSphere Portal for quite some time. Bowstreet's Portlet Factory is a pretty impressive tool to help build portlets. I watched a demo recently for a customer on how to use it to bring some Domino apps into a WebSphere Po...

Scalability

December 19 2005

I've been thinking about scalability a lot today. The thought process actually kicked off with the Typepad outage from last week...even though in the end scalability wasn't exactly the problem there. Yet it seems that "growing pains" is a common compliant about many Internet social software...

Notes/Domino 7.0.1 update

December 19 2005

For those curious about the timing for Notes/Domino 7.0.1, the current schedule is for this to be a February, 2006, update. As always with maintenance releases, the date could change based on many different factors. But if your organization has a "no .0" policy, you can start to think about de...

TiVo gets the best of me

December 18 2005

I haven't blogged about TiVo in a long time, though I continue to be very happy with the service. Recently, though, the power supply died in my six-month-old TiVo Series 2 unit. While covered under warranty, this required Humax to send me out a new unit, as the power supply can't be replaced s...

I've received several comments this week, directly or indirectly, that I've let the Lotus vs. Microsoft theme get too out of control, too petty, too whatever. That edbrill.com readers would like to see me spend more time on my own turf, discuss other general themes in the industry, get more int...

If you are a vendor considering whether or not to exhibit at Lotusphere 2006, you don't have much time left... there are a single-digit number of peds still available. I'm looking forward to checking out a slew of new vendors and new products from long-time partners during LS06. A lot of new n...

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Typepad has lost a week

December 16 2005

Three different typepad-hosted blogs (like the Dilbert Blog) that I read have gone through a time warp this morning...their most recent entries are over a week ago. What happened?...

Reaction among some competitors to Exchange 12 beta 1 announcement...Tim Bray, a Sun Web technologist and the co-inventor of XML, told eWEEK that while some of Microsoft's software was excellent, "I cannot say that Exchange falls into that category," whether from a technical engineering or feat...

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A VERY interesting press release from Lucid8:A recent survey provides clear evidence that a large number of organizations are experiencing disastrous Exchange Server failures. The survey was conducted by Lucid8, a provider of automated disaster prevention, optimization and recovery software for...

Tom Duff´s not buying it

December 14 2005

Tom Duff wonders why Microsoft seems surprised to not be exhibiting at Lotusphere...I saw that Microsoft was not granted a booth for Lotusphere this year, and to that I say... way to go, IBM! I have a hard time with the fact that Microsoft wants to have a booth with the stated purpose to help ...

Gartner has published its fourth report this year addressing their perspective on the Notes/Domino market. The first, in January, was "IBM's Workplace Strategy Gains Credibility at Lotusphere".The second, in March, was "Is IBM's Lotus Notes/Domino a Safe Investment Platform?" The third, in S...

Lotusphere 2006 attendance is shaping up.... I can't disclose registration numbers, but there has been a 50% uptick in the last few weeks and more coming in by the day. A whole lot of you have not yet joined the Lotusphere 2006 frappr -- please be sure to add yourself to the map. My rant to...

No, it's not about the analyst you think.... Recently, there have been several analyst reports that I've found interesting and think would be worth discussing on the blog. Only thing is, I've read them as part of IBM's subscription, and due to copyright and licensing, I don't think I have the...

Funny that I found this first via Ben Langhinrichs (good job Ben!) vs. some internal source...Domino 7.0 and Extended Products (QuickPlace 7.0, Sametime 7.0, Domino Document Manager 7.0 and Workflow 7.0) are now supported on Solaris 10. Hotfixes are required to install Domino Document Manager a...

A couple of weeks ago, when my Macintosh arrived, I had trouble installing Lotus Notes. After blogging about it, and a number of internal discussions, I've learned that a) several other customers have had the same install challenges, and b) the Notes development team is aware of some of the...

Good interview with Chris Lamb covering what exactly SOA is, how WebSphere Portal does it, and why Domino customers should care.David: How does all of this relate to Domino and Notes. What's the tie in? Chris: Well, many of our customers have deployed hundreds or thousands of critical applic...

Head in the clouds

December 8 2005

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About three days behind

December 7 2005

Scanning my mail (both @work and @edbrill.com), it appears I've got a lot of catching up to do on the eight hour flight back to the US this afternoon. If you're waiting on an e-mail from me, my apologies and I should be back to you by end of the week. Thanks again to the WIS/View staff for h...

IBM officially announced support for Open Document Format in Workplace Managed Client 2.6....In an announcement Sunday in India, IBM said it will add ODF support to the client software to give customers more flexibility, since the standard allows files to be compatible with any office productivi...

Now available on ibm.com/redbooks...The purpose of this IBM Redpaper is to show system administrators and IT architects how to use and leverage the capabilities of the new Lotus Domino domain monitoring feature of IBM Lotus Domino Version 7. The Lotus Domino domain monitoring feature provides cu...

As a tribute to being in Peter's country, I'm offering a link to his blog for the first time in a while...you're welcome for the traffic, Peter. :) The occasion? Another example of Microsoft's insistent belief that Exchange's single instance store is a competitive advantage for Exchange. I'm no...

Chris Miller was real-time blogging during the Admin2005 Europe keynote:Domino 7 was a large launch that is being watched because most everyone goes with the old mantra "Don't install a .0 release". Well, that is a load of crap for Domino 7. Move those servers up for performance reasons alon...

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Off to London and Amsterdam

December 1 2005

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Walt Mossberg and Katherine Boehret on the iMac G5:When Apple Computer launched its video iPod last month, the hype was so great that another important Apple product announcement was lost in the shuffle. The company also released that day a new, improved, and yet cheaper, version of the already...

A wake for Exchange 5.5

December 1 2005

In the category of "I'm not making this up", The Inquirer reports on a wake which Microsoft held for Exchange 5.5:Nothing wrong with wakes, but this time Microsoft is celebrating the death of Exchange Server 5.5, an eight year old product which the executives described as a "she".Gee, where was...