May 2009

Sorry for the radio silence on the blog, the last few days have been intense, but intensely productive. Lotusphere Comes to You in Edinburgh was incredibly successful. A record 150 attendees, mostly customers, and an approximately 80% turn-up rate for a free event. Very enjoyable to meet several...

Yes, I am already leaving the Lotus Software Brukergruppe meeting in Tønsberg, Norway. About 130 people, one of their largest attendee counts ever, turned out for this event. What I liked about this stop in my world travels, in addition the gracious acquisition of a wonderful Norwegian sweater, wa...

Today's blog post comes courtesy of Angus McIntyre, the Group Product Manager for Notes/Domino application development. Angus was recently at the Lotusphere Comes to You in Cincinnati, and with that audience, played this fill-in-the-blank: Lotus developers are more productive than other developers...

It's time for another whirlwind European tour.... Tomorrow Tuesday, I will be in Oslo for customer/partner/press meetings. In the evening, I will arrive in Tønsberg, Norway, for the Lotus Software BrukerGruppe (user group) meeting on Wednesday. They have a great lineup for this meeting, and I un...

Life continuity

May 21 2009

My first job out of college was at FTD, the flower people. No, I wasn't doing arrangements, delivery, or working with Merlin Olsen. I was hired in 1990 to project manage the development of an online B2B e-commerce system for florists...in an era of green screen terminals and 1200 baud modems. It...

Thursday morning, IBM is issuing a press release highlighting a customer win in Italy, Gruppo Amadori. About 1,000 of the company's 6,000 employees access PCs to help manage the production, processing, and delivery logistics of its poultry products for customers within Italy and internationally. In...

Stuart McIntyre always manages to find the exciting new nuggets. Symphony 1.3 is now in IBM internal beta, and I'm running it here on my Mac. As we get closer to release, the Symphony team has published a video highlighting the new features of the release, which include: * Support for reading...

They never announced an attendance number for this webcast, but from the pings, e-mails, and tweets, it seems like many of the attendees were Lotus customers, partners, or colleagues. In short, I would have to say that a poor implementation of Lotus Notes got blamed for everything. It was hard to...

Somehow I missed this last week...Groove (the offline/online synchronization tool Microsoft bought when it acquired Groove Networks) is being renamed and repositioned with the upcoming release as "SharePoint Workspace Manager." Update on May 13: Microsoft has confirmed officially the renaming and is...

As my travel plans for next week are finally complete, it seems that there is an opportunity to put together a tweetup in London for Friday evening, the 29th of May. I will be in the city during the day for customer meetings, so seems like it would be nice to see some of my friends and readers in L...

A couple of weeks ago, I highlighted Marie Scott's postings about Virginia Commonwealth University's rollout of Notes 8.5. In the comments on that post, Carolyn Plant has let us all know about another great internal marketing effort for Notes 8, this time from down under at Griffith Univesrity in Q...

Breaking news! IBM has announced the beta release of Lotus Notes and Domino 8.5.1 collaboration software, including plans to support Apple iPhone in version 8.5.1 of Lotus Notes Traveler. You can preview this capability exclusively in the Lotus Greenhouse!The Lotus Notes Traveler 8.5.1 beta is now l...

I haven't blogged before about the Java applets expiration issue for Domino servers. Basically, as has been reported on many other Lotus community blogs, the security certificate for some Java applets expires on May 18, 2009. Anyway, as per this technote, you can download the fixes from IBM Fix Ce...

Interesting times...Other evidence is coming directly, and loudly, from Microsoft, which is offering planning advice that has never been clearer. At TechEd, keynote presenter Bill Veghte, senior vice president for the Windows business, said companies testing Vista should stop and move to testing W...

I'm sorry to hear that David Killingsworth has been laid off. It was so refreshing to read someone cut through the hype and document the challenges of a Notes to Exchange migration:-When migrating to Microsoft, keep an eye on the cost of additional hardware, the cost of SQL server licenses, and the...

Google is certainly trying hard to get some mileage out of two enterprise customers are adopting GAPE. One of them, Hamilton Beach, is doing a webcast next week and guest blogged on the Google Enterprise blog today. When this case study first appeared a few months ago, it was pretty easy to dissec...

A resounding endorsement of Lotus Foundations in the Aussie version of ZDNet:Foundations should not be considered just for the IT challenged. Foundations is a great solution for a wide range of businesses because it takes away the need for an on-site IT guru; not every business is an IT firm. This s...

It almost feels like overkill to link this article 24 hours after it went live. Yesterday's news of the OpenNTF organizational overhaul has been a hot topic in the Lotus online community, with good contributions to the discussion from Declan Lynch, Steve Castledine, Rob McDonagh, and others (I'm sa...

A nice case study of how a very small business benefits from Lotus Foundations, at a very low acquisition cost:``I did look at other options, but I never really let go of wanting to stay with Notes because we were using it and it has some inherent benefits such as the ability to replicate the databa...

IBM's press release on Notes/Domino 8.5.1 beta has been published on the newswire, including news that Lotus Notes Traveler 8.5.1 beta supports the iPhone via Exchange ActiveSync:Although iPhone users can already access Notes e-mail via IBM Lotus iNotes Ultra-Light, today's ActiveSync support will m...

Today is a busy day in Notes/Domino land, with the DNUG (Deutsche Notes User Group) conference keynotes happening in Düsseldorf in just a few hours. There are a number of news announcements in the keynotes and breakouts -- some are brand-new news, while others are updates and progress reports on an...

This morning at the Deutsche Notes User Group DNUG, OpenNTF's steering committee announced the next iteration of OpenNTF.org. A group of nine industry leaders, including IBM Vice President Brent Peters, have formed the initial steering committee for the renewed organization. They have also publish...

One of many, many bits of news this week...The IBM Lotus and WebSphere Portal Business Solutions Catalog on Lotus Greenhouse provides a variety of IBM created and validated widgets to simplify many tasks developed with the latest Lotus technology. Take advantage of the tools listed in the Catalog an...

Last Friday morning, Bob Picciano -- general manager of the IBM Lotus division -- hosted a Q&A with community bloggers to discuss the new "Smarter Work" initiative that has started in line with IBM's overall Smarter Planet messages. The call was very timely, coming after Bob's keynote at RIM's...

In case you missed this on Eric Mack's Notes on Productivity blog earlier this week. IBM Lotus business partner CastleBreck asked David Allen, author of Getting Things Done and Making It All Work, to deliver a welcome message to attendees at the Windsor, Ontario Canada, edition of Lotusphere Comes...

I've been meaning all week to circle back to IBM Lotus's participation at the RIM Wireless Enterprise Symposium this week. Several people from my team and the extended organization were there, all the way up to Bob Picciano delivering a keynote presentation where Lotus Symphony got a standing ovati...

Off-topic from my day job, but still relevant to the realm of collaboration and social networking...I'm looking for advice and guidance. It's slightly political, so if that kind of stuff on edbrill.com seems weird, please return tomorrow when we'll be back to talking about good new stuff around Not...

A new article on developerWorks Lotus discusses the capabilities and benefits of running Lotus Domino on zLinux and using virtualization.This article documents the benchmarks that have been done and the results of early adopters of this solution, showing you how your infrastructure can fit and grow...

eWeek has a 3.5 minute video feature that sings the praises of Lotus Foundations...Host Ashley Daly says:What would you say if I told you there was an IT solution out there that rarely ever has a problem, and when it does, can fix itself? Sounds too good to be true, right? Well, such a solution do...

At WES2009 and IMPACT this week, one of the new technologies IBM Lotus is demonstrating is an extension of Alloy by IBM and SAP to run on a mobile device such as a Blackberry. Since we initially shipped Alloy back in March, one of the most frequently-asked questions has been, when can I get to Al...

CIO.com has published an article by Lotus general manager Bob Picciano, highlighting nine trends in collaboration:We are in a very challenging period of history -- a time that is testing us all. Yet the challenges we face also provide an opportunity we shouldn't waste -- a chance to transform the wa...

Today, IBM announced the Smarter Work initiative, as part of the overall Smarter Planet theme. The press release and website tell the story -- and yes, the point is, that it's a story, a theme, a marketing message:You probably work a lot smarter today than you did twenty years ago, or ten years ago...