August 2007

VNUNet covers this week's release of a Gartner report on Notes and Domino 8:The report said that IBM has fulfilled its promises made over the past two years by shipping the release, originally code-named Hannover, on time and with the expected functionality. Gartner praised improvements in usabilit...

In case you haven't seen the comments on my prior entry on the topic of OOXML, here's CIO.com's summary:Microsoft admitted Wednesday that an employee at its Swedish subsidiary offered monetary compensation to partners for voting in favor of the Office Open XML document format's approval as an ISO st...

Interest in the online social networks seems to be increasing. Every single day, I get new invitations to join LinkedIn networks. I created a Facebook profile a couple of weeks ago, and am getting frequently friended there as well. It's starting to get tough to network. I know I'm hardly the fir...

I picked this up from Chris Whisonant, too much fun...(note, I recreated the graphic and added the red arrow): This is from the scrolling banner on microsoft.com/exchange. Most of the terms seem to be defining what Exchange does (e-mail, anywhere, automation)...but "built-in viruses"? Must be...

OK, so who is a fan of these Microsoft tactics? As has been reported on Slashdot and elsewhere, Microsoft basically bought the vote for OOXML in Sweden.To be able to vote all you need is to pay the membership fee to SIS and the total cost for this was 17.000 SEK (2444 USD). Of the 23 new companies...

Already...

August 28 2007

Mikkel Heisterberg and Chris Byrne report that "Notes 8 lust" is entering the market.... Lekkimworld: Already......after about one week of it being Gold we are already having customers ask us about upgrading to Notes/Domino 8. For now it is mainly the client upgrade which is the driving force behin...

Don't miss two opportunities tomorrow to talk to Notes 8 developers and support engineers on another in Lotus Support's series of "Open Mic" calls. Tomorrow's call is focused on "New features in the Notes 8 client". The calls are at 10 AM EDT and 9 PM EDT, Wednesday, August 29. Details in this te...

I guess this shouldn't surprise me, given some of the other tactics I've seen used for other efforts over the years. Rob Weir is reporting on some of the "shenanigans" being used at the last minute in the countries voting on ecma's Office Open XML proposed standard, and it's been picked up by Grokl...

I've been asked a number of times in the last week about upcoming Notes/Domino 8 events, and my schedule related to them. There is so much going on in September, I can't possibly cover everything.... but here's some to start: The Lotus Collaboration Summit events around the world are in full swin...

Published a couple of weeks ago, right before the general release, Steve Cassidy has some thoughts on Notes 8:the world's other favourite messaging and collaboration system continues to flourish while remaining outside the hype circuit, at least for us here in the UK. Lotus Notes 8 beta is available...

Some of the other blogs have been having a lively discussion about the composite applications capabilities in Notes 8. Some new buzz came out of Santosh Kumar's posting on the developerWorks composite applications blog, featuring a BIRT (business intelligence and reporting tools) component connecte...

As announced by Bruce Elgort, OpenNTF.org -- the open-source community for Notes and Domino -- will be creating an Advisory Council to provide future direction for the site and OpenNTF efforts. Nominations will be taken for the next 30 days by filling out this form. I am looking forward to additio...

A review of Notes 8 to go along with the feature article mentioned in the prior blog entry...Fundamentally, Lotus Notes and Domino 8 aren't about new mail and calendar features. Rather, this release is about a paradigm shift in the desktop client. Your inbox is now home base for integrating all type...

The release of Notes 8 prompts InfoWorld's editor-at-large to ponder the future of e-mail clients:With IBMs launch earlier this month of Lotus Notes 8 and this week's unveiling of Lotus SameTime Version 8, industry analysts say we are beginning to see the evolution of the e-mail client from a commun...

A bunch of news coverage has hit in the last couple of days around Notes/Domino 8 ship... IT Jungle: Notes/Domino 8 Hits the Streets: At IBM Lotus, the introduction of Notes/Domino 8 last Friday was a huge step into the future. More than at any time in recent memory, Notes has taken off its old co...

Just a few minutes ago, IBM announced the acquisition of WebDialogs, the introduction of a family of UC2 (unified communications) products, and an OEM agreement with Siemens around the OpenScape technology. As the press release (link coming) says,With the acquisition of WebDialogs, IBM is adding a...

One of the Lotus IT Specialists sent me a note last week, describing a Notes 8 presentation she gave. She was at one of our top customers, and was presenting about Notes 8 for the first time to a group of line-of-business end-users. Her initial slide was and she asked the audience to vote....

David Ferris and Nick Shelness have shared their initial observation on Notes/Domino 8: * Notes/Domino has a rich set of non-email methods of collaboration. The tools are gradually being integrated. Lotus users have a substantial technology edge over Exchange users in this regard. * There's p...

Yay! The Lotusphere 2008 web page is live, with information about registration, submitting abstracts, and sponsor/exhibitor information. Check it all out at lotus.com/lotusphere...

There are travel days and then there are travel days. Today went like this: Wake up at 2 AM due to thunderstorm and dog attempting to sleep on one's head Wake up again at 4:25 AM to catch a 6 AM flight Get stuck in airport traffic, immediately followed by get stuck in TSA newbie screener line Hear...

InternetNews.com's coverage of the Notes/Domino 8 release last week had some interesting stuff in it on Lotus's relevant position in the market. The reporter seems to have talked to several analysts about market share, each coming up with different answers. First, there's Gartner:Gartner estimate...

Dennis Howlett talked with Alek Lotoczkko of NYK Logistics & Megacarrier, and learned that they have been been using Ben Poole's DominoWiki application...With no budget to improve things, Alek cast around for an open source solution. He discovered Ben Poole's OpenNTF DominoWiki. I was skeptical...

I spoke with ZDNet yesterday about Notes/Domino 8....It's no secret that the Lotus Notes UI has been, shall we say ... cumbersome over the years (since Notes 5?). IBM hopes to have cleared that hurdle with a new interface, featuring a sidebar that summarizes all the user's tools in one place, includ...

We recorded a great podcast yesterday covering the Notes/Domino 8 launch. Julian Robichaux interviews Mary Beth Raven, Alan Lepofsky, Rob Novak and me. We answer questions about favorite features, expected market results, and what happens next. Worth a 40-ish minute listen. Link: Taking Notes p...

Please note that this entry is "post-dated" in order to stay at the top of the blog on Friday...watch below for news coverage and whatever else comes along today. It has been more than two years since Notes "Hannover" was announced at the Deutsche Notes Users Group in Hannover, Germany. Fina...

eWeek coverage of the launch..."The groundwork for Notes for the next 10 to 15 years is to move beyond the client server to this completely open applications client," said Ed Brill, Lotus Notes strategy executive for IBM's Software Group. "If we didn't move in the direction of openness, you could se...

The official press release is out... "Our customers are calling Lotus Notes 8 the 'desktop of the future' because it consolidates all their collaboration tools into one screen," said Michael Rhodin, GM, IBM Lotus Software. "Collaboration is eclipsing email as the killer appwe use daily, whether...

First of the coverage rolls in...The new features may help IBM hold on to customers in the corporate e-mail market, which generated sales of $2.47 billion last year, according to Matt Cain, an analyst at Gartner Inc. in Stamford, Connecticut. ``Lotus Notes 8 offers a new level of sophistication fro...

And finally...

August 16 2007

the last time I'll be running this install.......

The Notes/Domino 8 salestalk we had on Tuesday was one of the most popular internal enablement calls ever for Lotus software. We also had dozens of business partners on the line, and I know I'll be talking to more partners on Thursday's "Think Thursdays" call in just a few hours. At any rate, many...

While I was on vacation last week, Alan gave some visibility to a "what is the future of Notes" discussion on LinkedIn. A few days later, it's worth taking another look at the end-result of that question and subsequent discussion. There's a typical two-camp dichotomy to the responses posted on Li...

Alan’s blog is back

August 15 2007

Alan writes:I finally got my web site back! I must have had a dozen or more people contact me to make sure that Alan knew something had happened with his blog. I guess y'all really do think we're one and the same person......

I'm not sure anyone is going to believe me that this is a coincidence of timing, but today,Tuesday the 14th, IBM is publishing the announcement letter for Lotus Notes and Domino 8 (Thanks, Stu, for the TinyURL). Now that the announcement is out there, what might be of interest within? Shippi...

The Lotusphere team has opened the Lotusphere 2008 call for abstracts. This is a few weeks earlier than previous years, and represents a step towards an even higher quality level for the presentations selected and delivered. As anxious as the team is to get moving on this, the call for abstracts...

08 for emergency

August 13 2007

So in getting back into things, I was forced to change the password on my Blackberry Pearl today. As if trying to clean the little trackball just before leaving for vacation wasn't hard enough (I don't think I really got the ball back in there right, and I cracked the silver ring around it), now I...

A big Lepofsky thank you

August 13 2007

Back from vacation and a lot on the plate already. Many topics to blog upon... Please join me in thanking Alan Lepofsky for his thought-provoking, responsive, and fun blogging here while I was on vacation. I think he brought some visibility to some really interesting vision and market awareness wo...

Remember when in 2005 Ed wrote about IBM creating a blogging policy for employees? Some people found it odd, while some people found it industry leading. Many companies model their blogging guideliness after ours. Well love them or hate them, IBM has now created a similar set of guidelines for...

There is a new question on LinkedIn about the future of Lotus Notes. Great timing considering the upcoming release of Notes/Domino 8. How better to answer the question than by delivering code! Now of course our competition has taken it upon themselves to turn this into a debate about Lotus vers...

IBM and Novell Help PC Users Collaborate, Save Money and Avoid Vendor Lock-In "SAN FRANCISCO, CA - 07 Aug 2007: To help businesses avoid the high costs of over reliance on a single vendor, IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced an integrated open collaboration client for SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop from...

Nice story about Notes 8 from New Zealand: Crossware shows it's not all about .Net and Java. (thanks Mike) "Have you seen Notes 8? Wow! Seriously, wow" "This is shaping up to be the biggest year for Lotus since Notes 1 was released." "The best way to describe Notes 8 is take Outlook, give it a bea...

In the not so distant past people stared all day at computer screens which only showed green or amber text. Then some really creative people came up with ASCII art. Remember the first time you saw :-) and someone had to tell you to tilt your head and look at it sideways! Next as graphical user...

IBM Lotus Notes and Domino 8 Deployment Guide This IBM Redbooks Publication provides valuable information about Lotus Notes and Domino 8 for all kinds of organizations. The intended audience spans from a CIO to an Administrator to a Developer. It provides the audience a structured and planned app...

Hi everyone. There is still time for you to register for the two Collaboration University events taking place in September. The web site lists the sessions, speakers, and more. These are going to be fantastic events. Unfortunately I (Alan, Ed will be there) can't attend, but you should!...

Interesting timing on IBM.com, I did not know abou tthis when I posted yesturday's blog entry. Virtual worlds, real leaders Online games put the future of business leadership on display. Also notice the server name: http://domino.research.ibm.com/comm/www_innovate.nsf, woo hoo! :-)...

Birthday greetings

August 6 2007

And here I was thinking, well, if I'm on vacation, nobody's going to make a big deal of my birthday. But I was wrong. If I put the pieces together, it appears that there was a bit of a photoshop contest going on. I am not sure if I have found all the various entrants -- technorati and google blog...

Game On!

August 5 2007

One of the areas I am very interested in is how "gaming culture" can (and will) effect the future of business oriented collaboration. There are many attributes of the on-line gaming community that are more advanced than those found in the various IT systems we use in the business world today. ...

So here it goes, my first blog entry on the famous edbrill.com. For those of you that don't know me, my name is Alan Lepofsky and I work on the Lotus Strategy team. For my first post, I wanted something that would be very interactive. So, I am going to ask you, the community, to provide feedback on a slide that is used in the Lotus Strategy presentation....

Brian writes:I'm trying to see what other companies out there allow for inbound message size limits. The situation is that we are obviously a notes shop on iseries and have no limits on storage size.... We were recently "affiliated" with another [organization] that is an exchange shop. Both...

I wasn't able to meet up with a number of customers during my pass through Cleveland on Monday. So, working with the local NEOLUG (Northeast Ohio Lotus User Group) leaders, we're arranging a meet and greet kind of thing for the evening of August 20, probably in Independence. If you are in NEOLUG,...

So last week, Mike Rhodin made a commitment to announce the ship date for Notes 8 during his visit to Lotus Day in Japan on 31 July. I checked with my colleagues in Japan, and Mike did indeed make such an announcement. He announced that the Japanese version of Notes/Domino 8 will ship on 11 Septem...