March 2004

Good article with quotes from Lotus, business partner Binary Tree, and a customer who did an Exchange to Notes migration (Seybold Group). The business technology research and consulting firm Patricia Seybold Group has recently migrated from an Outlook/Exchange messaging infrastructure to Notes....

One of the interesting parts about blogging has been how it influences real-time interactions. I've been in conversations that have started with "don't blog about this..." as well as "here's something interesting for your blog". Got a bunch of those "interesting for your blog" notes yesterd...

OK Microsoft, no more Mr. Nice Guy. Outlook really really sucks. All that nice interface is just used to disguise how bad your technology is in the back-end. As a long time Notes users I always had to agree to people telling me how superior Outlook was as a mail client, and since I had never u...

Yesterday's posting was indeed from a Microsoft document, positioning OpenOffice.org vs. MS Office for partners. Good discussion ensued. Thanks to Duffbert for chiming in about a recent meeting his company had with Microsoft and how many times and ways they tried to position their alternative...

Had to take the 325xl back to the dealer last night...but not before finally finding that open road and getting a chance to take it up to 100 MPH. One thing that constantly amazes me about German performance cars is just how easily one can find themselves doing 80 MPH+ without even noticing. t...

Can you guess the vendor?"License cost makes up only a small portion of the total cost of ownership. More significant costs include: - Installation and deployment - Data migration and testing ... - User support such as training"Hint: You can look in the dictionary under the term "hypocrite". ...

In the driveway...

March 27 2004

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OK, so the title is a little inflammatory, but Cartwright has some very good, somewhat obvious, and not-too-painful ways to avoid feeding the Redmond machine. So for those who wish to take steps to reduce their dependency on one vendor, here are some practical steps. The steps outlined apply, f...

my good friends Tim and Marissa Clark -- who live in England. Heck, I've seen Tim thrice since then -- at the sales meeting Vegas, when I went to London last month to see a customer, and a few weeks ago at Heathrow. Yes, you can run into people you know in the strangest places -- Tim and Maris...

Marketing to marketing people is an interesting challenge -- same as selling to sales people. However, we all pick up tips on how to do our jobs better by seeing great examples, so here are two good examples of marketing tactics I've seen in the last couple of weeks -- Pilot Guides, the peo...

My colleague Monsieur Joel Demay has announced the creation of WebSphere Portal Notepad, a blog focused on, obviously, WebSphere Portal. Joel set it up, but has designed the blog to be a group effort, with "postings from many key contributors in the portal space." Check it out!...

Just in case a couple of you don't have my lotus.com/weblog on your RSS feeds ;) I blogged there earlier today about an open letter in ComputerWorld Australia from Hala Bataninah, Lotus brand manager for A/NZ. The title is Evolution or Revolution? It is clear to the market that Notes and Do...

Steve Gillmor: My candidate for most irritating spam is the several pieces a day I get postmarked "Tomorrow." ....[B]ecause their time stamp is set for tomorrow at 4:56PM and 2:12AM respectively, they float at the top of the queue, never scrolling down as new mail comes in. I wonder (and wo...

eWeek has announced their Excellence Awards finalists. The winners will be published in the April 5, 2004 issue of the magazine. In the "Portals & Knowledge Management" category, IBM WebSphere Portal 5.0 is a finalist, up against Microsoft's "Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003 with Wind...

"We believe it's unprecedented and inappropriate for the Commission to impose a fine on a company's U.S. operations when those operations are already regulated by the U.S. government," Gutierrez said. "The conduct at issue has been permitted by both the U.S. Department of Justice and a U.S. cour...

Since Wednesday last week, my laptop has been crashing on a fairly frequent basis. It's been really difficult to track down the root cause. I lost a lot of weekend and Monday time doing data backups, migrations, and ritual cleansing. While waiting for a hot spare to be shipped out to me, I co...

Last week, I discovered that Microsoft has reinstituted a "Competitive comparisons" section of the Exchange website. It's lighter than it was in the past, and notable because instead of featuring Microsoft's own competitive papers, they are now letting industry analyst papers do the talking....

Over the last few weeks, I've noticed a dramatic increase in the use of RBDS (Radio Broadcast Data System) on the FM airwaves in Chicago. About three-quarters of all the stations the Audi's in-car radio picks up seem to have text identification of some kind accompanying their broadcast signal....

RSS is better than an alarm clock! When my reader updated this morning, it was hard to ignore Henning Heinz's "The trolls meet at searchdomino.com" subject line. He's referring to an opinion editorial which appeared there yesterday, and the "sound off" discussion ensuing. Initially, I had pl...

IBM is a global company

March 18 2004

As part of my training class this week, we attended a presentation last night from Ted Childs, who is IBM Vice President, Global Workforce Diversity. He spoke to our class for three and a half hours without a break -- and nobody moved. It was a fascinating look at how IBM has changed, but bee...

Several people have alerted me today to the new weblog of David Allen. Mr. Allen has a consulting firm focused on productivity and is quite well known, with FastCompany calling him "one of the world's most influential thinkers on productivity." David Allen's blog has already attracted att...

Incidentally, have you every tried explaining to an Exchange consultant how you can just move a Domino server from one Windows server to another? So far, none of them can believe that the server hasn't been renamed, reinstalled, re-anything'd!! I think they got really confused when I talked abou...

With a tip o' the hat to Ben Langhinrichs, here's a real customer-focused quote on the whole Microsoft "Yukon" slipping issue:"We never guaranteed that buying Software Assurance would get you a product upgrade," said Tom Rizzo, director of product management for SQL Server at Microsoft. "If (cu...

Sources say the EU's draft ruling similarly finds Microsoft abused its monopoly in computer operating software to gain share in markets for digital media players and low-end servers. But the remedies sought go beyond the U.S. deal. The EU wants Microsoft to offer computer makers a version of Wi...

Privacy is also likely to be a limiting factor, said Turek of Nemertes Research. "There's a certain concern about accountability," she said. "It's harder to hide when everybody can see what you're doing. I think there's going to be a big resistance to that. Maybe I don't want everyone to see tha...

New blogger...

March 16 2004

Jon Johnston, of Creative Business Solutions in Minneapolis, has started a weblog. Jon is a long-time contributor to the Lotus Partner Forum, and he's never short of an educated opinion. If I recall correctly, he's one of the guys who made fun of the word "blog" itself when I first announced...

Any HBDI fans out there?

March 15 2004

Much as I would like to continue my blogging streak on Microsoft bad news, I'll take a day off from it (though there's plenty of stuff to choose from...I'll save it for the coming days). In my management training class today, we received results of a thinking styles assessment tool called HBDI (...

I'm in an IBM management training class, so I'll be blogging a bit less frequently (and certainly less real time). Besides, how to top last week anyway -- so much good grist for the competitive mill in just one week!...

In a comment to an earlier posting on this topic, Tony Cocks (who works for Microsoft in the UK) wondered: "Does software release dates slipping still count as news these days? " Oh Tony, indeed it does. I think I could link a dozen stories like this one from CRN... For developers, the tandem ...

I'm trying to plan a vacation to Miami. The flights are freebies, so it's just a matter of choosing a hotel. Here's what I'm looking for: a beach/resort setting where the primary activity will be of a vegetative nature. The rest of the criteria -- I'd like to minimize the number of days I nee...

More on the SQL Server "Yukon" delay. Gartner and Jupiter analysts decry how the delay will impact Software Assurance customers, "Longhorn", and other MS plans. It also looks like the overlap period between SQL Server 2000 support and "Yukon" support will be quite small...certainly less time ...

It's been a good couple of weeks for MS's competition.......the software titan will likely face complaints from customers, particularly those who purchased licenses that included upgrades to new products over a set period of time, said Rob Helm, an analyst at research firm Directions on Microsof...

Terrorism in any form is just wrong. Watching the body count from Madrid increase on my BBC News RSS feed has been a very sad start to the day....

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An article about MS's appointment of a marketing executive for their server line. Emphasis mine:One long-time Microsoft analyst who requested anonymity, is not sure Microsoft should follow the Office System model, however. "The whole Office and Windows Server System [message] I think is confusi...

A number of ex-cc:Mailers are at Scalix, a new Linux messaging company founded by Julie Farris. Farris is now an "expert adviser" for SearchEnterpriseLinux, and today participates in the first of a two-part Q&A about Linux and messaging.How have CIOs' concerns about Exchange played out? ...

As predicted, the mainstream press has picked up the story -- but, unfortunately, in a lukewarm way:Following the partial completion of an upgrade to its wireless phone network, AT&T has been telling customers for the past several weeks that they can now trade in old phones for new handsets...

Article discussing Microsoft's drastically cut pricing initiative for Windows in Thailand...One IT manager at a financial services company who asked not to be named said he doesn't like the idea that his company "is subsidizing a foreign country's initiative." The IT manager said his company w...

My posting from yesterday which referenced the MS Exchange team's weblog seems to have caused a bit of a stir. In one case, I've been flamed a bit (perhaps justifiably) for turning what was likely an attempt at proactive customer communication into a competitive flareup (the other is simply a...

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Meet me in St. Louis

March 9 2004

Today, I'm speaking at the monthly meeting of the St. Louis Domino Notes Users Group. Chris Miller of Connectria arranged for my visit, and is kindly playing chauffeur for the day's other activities as well. He pinged me last night that I may not be the person travelling furthest for this me...

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UPS was just here with my exciting new "upgrade" phone. All the details are as expected. "Your mobile phone is a dual band phone which has two frequencies for use in North America (850 and 1900)". I decided, just for giggles, to call the customer service number included. The phone is answere...

In June 2002 he spent $30,000 on a software maintenance contract for SQL Server under Microsoft's new annuity licensing program called Software Assurance. The program was introduced two years ago to reduce Microsoft's tangle of software maintenance offerings to a single plan. When Matthews si...

Wild Bill sent me this Slashdot link this morning: AT&T Wireless Phone "Upgrades" Aren't . A typical long and rambling /. discussion, with some valid points and a lot of noise. Combine that with Peter O'Kelly's blog entry on the topic, and this article at Engadget, and a few things be...

I'm sitting in the conference room of the IBM Technical Innovation Center in Chicago... what, many years ago, when I was still in sales for Lotus, was our main conference room. The view out the window is a bit different than when I left in 1998 -- Hotel 71 and Hotel Monaco are new, and Wacker D...

This review was published in Infoworld in October, 2003, and I linked to it (mainly without comment) at that time. Interestingly, it took a competitor's e-mail to draw my attention back to it. In early February, Infoworld reviewed Plumtree's portal. Plumtree then issued a press release to co...

My airplane seating preference changed a couple of years ago from windows to aisles. I found that the aisle meant getting out faster, more legroom/room to stretch, easier access to get up during the flight, etc. So it's been a long while since I sat at the window on a transcon an intercontinen...

I am -so- busted!

March 3 2004

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Day two of the conference here in Munich was just as nice as the first. I gave a Lotus Workplace strategy/update as the morning keynote, which was reasonably well-attended for an 8:30 start following a decent dinner event last night. Many, many breakout sessions during the day, all of which we...

Like many developers in the Lotus community, I have been a bit confused about the direction IBM is taking the Notes platform. For a while it looked like we would all have to become WebSphere developers. But after attending Lotusphere 2004, it is clear to me that Notes as we know it today still h...

Blogging in part to further procsrastinate on getting my keynote pitch for tomorrow morning wrapped up :) Great conference so far here in Munich. Most of the speakers arrived yesterday, and we all compared notes on how uncomfortable our transcon economy class flights were -- seemingly regardl...

Just before leaving home on Saturday, I had a postcard in the snail mail from AT&T Wireless. The post card indicates that AT&T is sending you a FREE upgrade to a Sony Ericcson T226 mobile phone. Your T226 allows you to take full advantage of our improved AT&T Wireless network. ... ...

Last week, ComputerWorld Australia ran a story based on this same Avanade pitch. ZDNet Australia has done a lot more reporting on the subject, though, and thus, the other shoe drops..."In fact, the world's five largest Notes portfolios are in talks with Avanade [to migrate]," she claimed. Ho...