February 2008

Two really interesting experiences yesterday at DePaul University in Chicago. My first meeting was with James Moore, who studies and teaches Internet marketing. We did an on-camera interview on blogging, social networking, and marketing that was plain-and-simple fun. The best part of a teacher br...

Let's do the mea culpa first -- Yes, I know it has been eight days since 8.0.1 eGA. Yes, I agree, this should have been addressed sooner. Yes, I agree that having any registration at all is onerous. We all agree. I wish we didn't have to, but we have to. I have not made friends internally for be...

A nice endorsement...Microsoft Office is not just overpriced--for most users, it's overkill. That's why I've been increasingly recommending IBM Lotus Symphony, a well-rounded office suite that just so happens to be free. It's built on open-source favorite OpenOffice, but sports a sleeker, friendlier...

Even the US Congress thinks so...California Rep. Henry Waxman, the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, briefly outlined the ongoing saga of the White House e-mails in his opening statement, noting that the Bush administration in 2002 effectively dismantled the Automatic...

For the love of Munich

February 27 2008

I'm not entirely sure why I'm writing this. In theory, my 48 hours in Munich was the same as many business trips -- a faceless chain hotel, meeting rooms, transport. But there is something magical here -- even the Starbucks barista at the München Hauptbahnhof yesterday morning seemed sparkly. The...

Yet another chapter in the tale of Microsoft products tied too tightly together...here comes the next fork lift...Users planning to run Microsoft Exchange on Windows Server 2008 and those contemplating in-place upgrades of the new server operating system coming out next week may face installation pr...

The highest score received by any product reviewed by Network World this year... 2008 marks the 10th anniversary of Lotus Sametime, and the product's maturity showed in its score -- the highest awarded for the year. Sametime has superior messaging capabilities, a high level of integration wi...

I've been meaning to come back around to one of Chris's posts from last week...The audience was the ten employees chosen to be the champions of the pilot deployment of the Lotus Notes 8 Client. It was a lively and fun session, and today we started to roll out the Notes 8 client. The following quote...

In case anyone thought this was just an IBM vs. MS thing...After further technical analysis of the specification along with all the additional data available on OOXML, Google believes OOXML would be an insufficient and unnecessary standard, designed purely around the needs of Microsoft Office. We j...

Having just flown over the emerald island, I could see how anxious the Irish are about this... Registration is open for the June meeting of the Irish Lotus User Group. The last couple of years have sold out quickly.... almost feels like Lotusphere of years ago. The organisers' blogs are all anno...

From Mexico to Munich

February 24 2008

After a few days at home, I'm heading to Germany this afternoon for some customer meetings and internal training. Unfortunately, this week's schedule is packed, without time for even an informal bier. But as long as I'll be in Munich for part of the trip, I probably should pay the 40 euro fine I g...

Canadian readers of this blog will certainly remember Jamie Houston, who was most recently the Lotus messaging sales specialist in Canada. Jamie had a long-running battle with cancer. She died earlier this week. In an organization filled with passionate people, Jamie's energy, enthusiasm, and co...

I'm sure that if Chris Reckling weren't off skiing, he'd have written this blog entry... but good news like this just can't wait. The Lotus Notes 8 Design Team just won a huge IBM internal award -- the IBM Software Group Consumability Excellence Award. The definition on this award, which is given...

I spent some time since returning home last night looking at some of the early feedback on Notes/Domino 8.0.1. In addition to 70+ comments here, bloggers have been covering some of their initial reactions. They include: Denny Russell is happy to find the "open in designer" right click on tab opt...

Over the last few months, subscribers and those on SearchDomino's lists have received a few e-mails regarding a company selling Notes migrations to "modern platforms" such as Microsoft. I first discussed this in December, and Greyhawk had a more recent posting about it a few weeks ago. Before va...

Today's channel announcement of Notes/Domino 8.0.1 includes electronic general availability dates...Planned availability dates Electronic software delivery * February 20, 2008: English * March 7, 2008: Catalan, Chinese-Traditional and Simplified, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Italian,...

Buenos días de México...

February 19 2008

Nice job by Nelson Morris to correctly determine...we're in Playa del Carmen, México, and having a great time! The Starbucks picture was mainly because I was surprised to see two Starbucks on "La Quinta", admittedly a tourist street but this is still a relatively small town. The Buddha head was a...

OK, OK, I'll admit it...the second clue was a red herring (though it was, in fact, a picture I took yesterday while on vacation). I'll explain once the game is up....in the meantime, here is the third clue:...

An interesting and balanced viewpoint on Lotus Symphony, six months after its introduction. Mike Rhodin is interviewed, and explains several of the reasons why Symphony is attractive to the marketplace now. The article seems to convey that "time will tell", which is a fair view to take of Symphony...

John Smart of Greyduck pinged me last week that he had decided to start a Wikipedia page on Lotusphere. Obviously, many like The Turtle have a ton of history on the event, but it's never really been gathered all in one spot. Wikipedia would be a great way to do that for some of the fun stuff, like...

Glad to see the plentiful detective skills available in the Lotus community. Here's your second clue: And just like when they play these guessing games on the radio, I'll make the third clue a lot easier :-)...

Guess the vacation location

February 17 2008

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Wow, this is pretty sweet!After a flurry of heavy voting, our readers have selected their picks for this year's Datamation Product of the Year Awards. ... When it comes to total numbers of users, there's no question that Microsoft Office is the 800-pound gorilla of this category. The deeply entren...

Ian's blog is called "Marketing at Eclipse"...Lots of people know about IBM's commitment to Eclipse but the awareness is typically of IBM Rational developer tools. What I find intriguing is the rising prominence of Eclipse in the Lotus division. It is pretty clear to me that IBM Lotus is executing...

One of the concerns I have heard from the Lotus community is that IBM isn't doing enough to introduce students to IBM technologies. While this article from the Washington Post is not about IBM efforts specific to Lotus, it does highlight some of the work IBM is doing to introduce university student...

No Jitter is a CMP publication examining the unified communications market... every time I hear that title, I am instantly yanked back 20 years to the days when I was an active ham radio operator and understood all the physics...anyway. Brent Kelly did a lengthy side-by-side of Lotus Sametime and M...

When Domino 8.0.1 ships next week, one of the anticipated new features is Lotus Notes Traveler, the new server add-in task to provide out-of-the-box mobile support for Windows Mobile devices. We've made a decision that, for a variety of reasons, Lotus Notes Traveler will be a separate download, ava...

Mmmm, pancakes

February 12 2008

I almost missed it - today was National Pancake Day here in the US. At some point around lunch-time here in Chicago, Nathan Freeman tried to convince me that I needed to head to IHOP for a free "short stack". Nathan used a sales pitch that sounded very familiar to me. I was saved by my competitive...

8.0.1 update

February 12 2008

As I posted an evasive hint yesterday about when Notes/Domino 8.0.1 will be available, it struck me that it is a little odd to have to play the "ship date game" in public. Whether customer or partner, for sure if you were sitting in a meeting with me, or having a one-on-one conversation, I would...

Notes 8 performance update

February 11 2008

There are quite a number of new postings in the blogs, forums, and elsewhere about Lotus Notes 8 client performance. We've talked about it previously here, but as time get close to the release of Notes 8.0.1, it's a topic worth revisiting. John Head has written two blog entries on the topic. His...

Lots of news about OOXML last week, in the lead up to the ISO ballot resolution meeting later this month. Ars Technica and others cover news reported in Friday's Wall Street Journal, that the EU is apparently investigating the OOXML standardization process:European regulators have now decided to ex...

Since many of you believe actions speak louder than words... The ITSO in conjunction with Lotus is conducting this remote residency to create a new deliverable that uses wiki technology. Wikis are a relatively new Web browser-based technology that allows remote collaboration to create a new form of...

The team running the Irish Lotus Users Group has been making steady progress towards this year's event, 4 to 6 June 2008. As the site hints in the sponsorship information, a large number of speakers have indicated we'll be there -- and the list is growing. The call for abstracts went out last week...

Then and now, episode 2

February 6 2008

One of the most high-profile, public discussions of customers migrating away from Lotus Notes has been the saga of Accenture. In April, 2001, CRN ran a story entitled, "Zollar Challenges Microsoft In Bid To Keep Accenture Business". By mid-2002, Accenture had announced their migration. The case s...

Julian notes the rhetoric in the latest chapter of the Microsoft OOXML saga...It seems that Microsoft is attempting to turn the whole debate around ODF vs OOXML into a schoolyard you-can't-be-my-friend-if-you-want-to-be-his-friend argument, by characterising the entire debate as a side-with-Microsof...

Great montage from the Lotusphere team....some other videos on the same stream... Lotusphere 2008 opening general session ... in 60 secondsUploaded by lotuspherevideo...

I love this idea -- nice one, Carl! Here's the idea, I want to see if we can get up to 100 top things you liked about Lotusphere 2008, they can be fun, serious whatever you want, just make a comment and see how long it takes us to get to 100, only rule, you cannot post two in a row, someone must pos...

It was good to see Nick Shelness back at Lotusphere, and he is another analyst I wish I had had more time to chat with...My overwhelming impression is that the trends that began with Lotusphere 2007 announcements are continuing apace. The era of: "WebSphere is the answer, now what was the question",...

If my computer were a slot machine, the number of pings I just received about this blog entry would have meant hitting the jackpot. Some very interesting criticisms of Outlook, including some from Outlook 2007:Outlook frustrated the hell out of me when I began using it a year ago, so I started keep...

Still catching a lot of good Lotusphere-related debriefs and summaries in the blogosphere. Burton Group's Craig Roth had a good summary of his visit to the Innovations Lab, where he saw "Bluegrass", the contextual portal, and the Real-Time Translation Service...I thought the coolest thing I saw in...

A Silicon Valley startup called Teneros closed a $40 million series D financing today, led by Advanced Equities. That brings the total raised since the company was founded to $84.5 million ... What I find ironic about this funding, and indeed this company, is that it is built entirely on the flaws...

The IBM Lotus website now features listings of upcoming Lotusphere Comes to You 2008 events around the world. From what I can tell, a number of events are already scheduled, both those hosted by IBM and from business partners. I expect it will be worth keeping an eye on that site to see when add...

IsManager=Y

February 3 2008

On Friday, I posted some job requisitions in the IBM internal hiring system, which seems like as good a moment as any to describe a change to my responsibilities within IBM Lotus going forward. This year, I am adding a team of people and direct management responsibilities to my continuing role as t...

A snow day

February 1 2008

The buddha is thinking..."gee, it wasn't like this back in Bali..."...