June 2004

A thorough and balanced review of major collaboration technologies and their document sharing/management capabilities. Lotus Workplace 2.0 (including Workplace client technology), MS SharePoint, Oracle Collaboration Suite, and others are discussed. A case study on Lotus Workplace with Manulife...

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A colleague asked me if I could provide links to any recent industry analyst reports commenting on Microsoft's recent non-announcements on the future of Exchange. A quick survey through the major analysts finds -- nothing! A part of me is surprised and a part of me is not. While we know t...

Yo, whattup g!(mail)

June 29 2004

Well, it seems like one of the things to do last week while I was away was write reviews or comments (Joe, Ben, John, John, Andrew, etc.) of Google's new gmail service. I had planned to write one before leaving, but just didn't get there. So, here we are now -- just throwing my 0.074 Ringg...

San Francisco: October 4 - 8, 2004 Munich: November 29 - December 3, 2004 Not sure if I'll make either one -- the first two days of the SF event are the same as Lotus-focused Admin&Developer UK 2004, in London, which I've already agreed to speak at.......

For years, Microsoft, IBM, and others have painted visions of a future in which people could easily tap into their programs and information from whichever computer they happen to be using. But SimDesk is the first company to provide that promise in an ultra-affordable way. Individuals can log on...

Silicon.com has a collaboration "special report". Quite funnily, this particular page says it is published "in association with SharePoint Portal Server 2003", yet then goes on to comment negatively on MS's product. Funny. Here's a both-sides-of-the-story analyst quote:"Collaboration applicati...

Several weeks ago, when I started planning this Asia trip, I faced only one real logistical decision -- how to get home from Guangzhou. Sure, I had to choose several other flights and hotels, but in most cases they were a given based on the launch event dates and locations. For the return, tho...

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I've been asked three times during this trip a question along the lines of "who do you like in November?" Now as an IBMer travelling internationally on business, we're coached and encouraged to avoid political discussions while on the road. And I typically avoid blogging about politics as w...

The new features are aimed squarely at programmers, but the implications of the rich-client capabilities in the Eclipse software have broader implications, according to analysts. Eclipse is designed to let businesses build or acquire graphics-rich applications that run on different operating sys...

Chinese (chow) fun

June 24 2004

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Many years ago, I can remember reading a fascinating article in Wired magazine about Cyberjaya, a project Malaysia was developing to build a high-tech city out of old farmland and forest. I hadn't given it a thought since that mid-1997 article was published, at least not until the taxi ride to...

Analysis on the recent Yahoo and AOL decisions around businss instant messaging....However, the recent moves were due to more than the slow expansion of the business IM market, according to Genelle Hung, communications director for The Radicati Group Inc., a messaging and collaboration research...

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Not a blog I regularly follow, but my colleague Adam sent along this link, discussing the upcoming renewal cycle for Microsoft's software maintenance program....His trade group recently put in Windows Server 2003. He had thought about moving users over to Office 2003, but the most compelling fea...

The headline doesn't necessarily tell the whole story -- which is a partnership with IMLogic (I thought they had one of those already?)."IT buyers won't make IM decisions in a vacuum: If they're already getting software from a company like Microsoft or IBM, they'll go with them for an instant-me...

Thanks for the link, Duffbert....(ONBOARD USS MOUNT WHITNEY -- June 16, 2004) - How does a combined joint task force (CJTF) commander engaged in a war exercise ensure that more than 28,000 personnel from the U.S. and other allies quickly and efficiently manage information in a dynamic environmen...

Hey, it's something about Lotus again! Over at lndcentral.com, jmichael has commented on an India Computer Express story covering the latest on Microsoft Exchange. The article itself calls Notes/Domino "emerging competition", which surprises me since I'm pretty sure my passport has stamp...

Déja vu, part 2

June 21 2004

After Sunday morning's non-cultural dining start, it was otherwise a pretty good day. I bought a new camera lens for the Minolta (analog) at Sim Lim Square, and then headed out to the National Orchid Garden to put it to use. There was just no way to capture the diversity and beauty of the gard...

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Déja vu

June 20 2004

I'm having breakfast in a Starbucks--drinking a mocha frapuccino and eating a bagel with cream cheese. Most of the patrons are white. Where am I? (Note: This was not the intended food start to this trip -- best laid plans...) ...

In my retrospective on ten years at Lotus, I made reference to the interesting memories it rekindled from my first visit to Deutschland. Vowe asked me about it before I left for Singapore; thus, here, after a long journey down memory lane, are my activities, impressions, and emotions related t...

The upcoming lost day

June 18 2004

Scientists have performed successful teleportation on atoms for the first time, the journal Nature reports. Would they hurry up already and figure out humans? I'm sitting at O'Hare in advance of 24 hours of travel -- the only option at the moment to get from here to Singapore. I'll be in Asia...

In an informal interview earlier this week, Yahoo's Chief Information Officer Lars Rabbe said the enterprise instant messenger was shelved, because Yahoo is largely a consumer company and not structured to take on the kind of support tasks and other responsibilities that come with selling corpor...

vowe points to a lengthy essay from Joel Spolsky about the relevance, or lack thereof, of the Windows API in today's market. The article makes some rather interesting assertions about the choice between developing rich client applications and web applications that is faced by every software d...

A few days ago, SearchDomino published their "Top 10 ND web sites" list. It's been interesting to watch some of the buzz that has spun out of this -- certainly, everybody has an opinion. As an employee of the software vendor, I'm not likely to publish my own "Top 10" list. I get skittish eno...

The AT&T SonyEricsson T226 debacle: A few months ago, I spent days ranting about the fact that AT&T was downgrading me and all their other subscribers to new, less-functional phones in the name of better service. Of late, I'm having some real challenges with this T226 that are heading in t...

One of my local contacts in Singapore just sent me a note that I should bring all my little plastic cards with me for next week's trip....The Great Singapore Sale is in progress. It will be interesting to report on my dinner with this colleague -- he's recently joined IBM from the Microsoft sa...

Like other programs designed to assist with Sarbox compliance, Lotus Workplace Business Controls and Reporting for Sarbanes-Oxley enhances transparency and strengthens corporate controls. The key to this type of software is to help companies manage their controls and improve their financial anal...

See the Domino Messaging Express announcement on lotus.com:Art Fontaine, IBM Lotus Senior Marketing Manager, says, "Microsoft Exchange 5.5 users, in particular, will find Domino Messaging Express an attractive alternative. Faced with a forced 'upgrade' to Exchange 2003, which imposes major OS,...

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I got a note last night from "Your friend, Dave", thatI am sorry to say that edbrill.com has fallen off our radar for June. Last month edbrill.com placed 54th in the [site name withheld] Lead Exchange promotion. We believe that with very little effort on your part, you can easily qualify for t...

Rocky caught this first...Momentum Shifts to Notes .. as Exchange cools. That's the view of Steven Birchfield, president of Automation Space LLC in Tucson, Ariz. ....He says that in the past nine months, he hasn't seen one company move from Notes to Exchange, a common phenomenon in recent years...

More discussion out of last week's e-mail vs. RSS thread...How does a for-profit company (raises hand here) whose main product is information create a return on its investment in RSS?...How would ads in RSS feeds be different from the ads we now put in our e-mail newsletters? What if we offered...

Today is my 10th anniversary at Lotus/IBM. I started in the Chicago sales office as an Associate Systems Engineer on June 13, 1994, thanks to a fortuitous lunch conversation with now-colleague Jon Raslawski at Lulu's, still one of my favorite restaurants. It would only make sense to be ref...

Googles of the week

June 12 2004

Well, after a week in which the blog traffic was anywhere from 3x to 4x normal, I wasn't sure what to do for an encore today. Honestly, I expected more discussion to come of yesterday's post...maybe it will yet over the weekend and into Monday. I've got a pretty interesting post queued up for...

It's been an interesting few days watching the referrers on this site. My "e-mail vs. RSS" thread has been linked to at a number of other blogs, and it's leading to comments and other interesting reading and debate. One particular link lead me to Stowe Boyd's Corante site, where Ross Mayfie...

When I visited Steve Castledine a little over a year ago, I blogged about one of his neighbours who has decorated an apartment to resemble the interior of the USS Enterprise. Well, wouldn't ya know, said flat is now up for auction on eBay! What an exciting opportunity -- Steve, can you get...

A mention of the Lotus Developer Domain's sandbox....IBM has offered its Sandbox site for many years, allowing customers using its Lotus office software to swap add-ons and customizations. Craig Lordan, a lead developer for IBM's Lotus Workplace division, said the site started as a promotional...

From the MS Exchange team blog:NOTE: Clustering does not immunize Exchange against failures on a shared disk. Shared disks are virtual server resources, and will fail over with the rest of the Resource Group. Although Exchange services will continue to run, clients will not be able to access ex...

Celina Insurance is using IBM's Lotus Instant Messaging (previously called Sametime) both internally and externally. Employees use it to replace many e-mail exchanges among themselves, and agents use it when they visit Celina's extranet. "When agents log on to our Web site and get authenticate...

"People often think that because you can develop Web applications in WebSphere and in Domino that these products overlap and conflict, but that's not really true." Link: SearchDomino: Domino developers ask: Why WebSphere? ...

E-mail vs. RSS

June 9 2004

Since my brief appearance at Inbox 2004 last week, I've been thinking a lot about one of the hot debate topics from the conference -- e-mail vs. RSS. It seems that there is a school of thought that e-mail is dead or approaching death, because the sheer volume overwhelms, or the signal to noise...

Simple formula: Write something that the Scobelizer links to. Right before he leaves for a couple of days. Leaving your blog linked to as the very top entry on one of the most widely-read weblogs. For a long time (especially with the frequency he updates!). Cool....

Eric Mack alerted me to the Scobleizer's take on Barb Darrow's "old fart" article from yesterday. In his blog, Scoble wonders aloudhow many bloggers does IBM have? They have six times more employeesWell, first off, I would assert it is quality over quantity :) There are tons of IBMers who b...

Group blogs a-plenty

June 7 2004

Well, 21 comments here and a bunch elsewhere later, the clear consensus is that there is value to the lotus.com/weblog. The strong suggestion is to turn that into a "group blog" format with contributions from throughout Lotus. That makes a lot of sense, I just need to figure out what my sales...

Something interesting happened on the road to and from software dominance. Microsoft, which always delighted in displacing the old farts of technology, has become an old fart itself. Yes, ladies and gents, meet Microsoft: the new IBM. What once seemed a hungry, always-working-the-angles produc...

OK, maybe my gauntlet reactor is on overdrive last few days... this post is in part a reaction to a comment on the thread on vowe.net about my previous blog entry which in part discusses future options for the lotus.com/weblog. In that discussion, Ed Fisher makes the assertion that my blog is...

OK, a few polite gripes that I was too far off-topic yesterday; I get it... busy day around here. Today, let's combine some related topics into one. First, I posted a "quick take" story about the lack of roadmap for Microsoft Exchange on the lotus.com news and homepage. Not surprisingly, the...

Pop vs. Soda

June 4 2004

Some of the recent topics haven't garnered much in the way of commentary...this one should do it, though. Here are survey results for the US -- where is it called "pop" and where is it called "soda". Oh, and the south, where it's just "Coke" regardless of flavour. Apparently, "tonic" wasn't...

Find me this phone!

June 3 2004

Reading the June issue of Wired Magazine on my flight home yesterday, I learned of this kewl new cordless phone. Right there on page 72, it says "Earbud phone: $99. www.getxact.com" "The entire phone is built into a compact 1-ounce unit that attaches comfortably to either ear". I want one!J ...

One of the nice bits I picked up this morning was awareness of this new messaging-focused content site from TechWeb. Messaging Pipeline promises to be a useful bookmark, er, newsletter, er, are you guys going to add an RSS feed? Anyway, one of the stories present there now is David DeJean's...

Are you "on"?

June 2 2004

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Busy morning here at Inbox 2004. Looks like a few hundred attendees, from across the spectrum of messaging vendors and IT organizations interested in messaging. Bright and early at 8 AM, I participated in a panel discussion on "Client features and futures" with the General Manager for Micr...

Down in the valley

June 2 2004

You know, it's been a long time since I was in Silicon Valley. When cc:Mail was up and running, I was out here quite a bit, but since then... I don't think I've been down here in three years or so. The airport finally has an international arrivals area -- it was in a trailer out on the tarmac...

Two good / related stories about whether Microsoft has really built a Windows Server System ready for the enterprise...is Windows Server truly ready to supplant Unix as a mission-critical operating system and is SQL Server ready to replace Oracle or DB2? Well, not really, according to even some...

Q&A with Nate Root, senior analyst at Forrester Research, about his recent "TechRankings" report covering collaboration products. Using my self-imposed guidelines, I'm not commenting on the analysis itself. But one Q&A does deserve examination:[Root:] The long-term direction is, of cou...