August 2008

John Head has caught this already...Lotus Symphony 1.1 is now available. Symphony 1.1 has a number of new features and bug fixes throughout the product. Symphony 1.2, still to come this year, will add support for Macintosh. More details here: Lotus Symphony 1.1 release notes...

A detailed view of what has happened with Google's gmail / apps service over the last month, what Google's done to assuage customers, and how analysts view the actions:One outage, on Aug. 11, lasted about two hours but affected almost all Apps Premier users. The other two, on Aug. 6 and Aug. 15, hit...

Forrester principal analyst Rob Koplowitz held a teleconference yesterday, entitled "Notes Versus SharePoint: Shootout At The IT Corral". Koplowitz has plenty of experience to draw upon for his subject matter -- he worked at IBM/Lotus, Oracle, and Microsoft all in the collaboration space, and is fr...

My friend and colleague Tim Clark is starting to plan for the Lotus solutions development lab at Lotusphere 2009:The Lotus Business Partner Technical Enablement Team each year creates a set of hands on labs for Lotusphere. These "labs" are your chance to come and kick the tyres of Lotus Software's p...

Not quite sure when these will hit the download sites, but Notes/Domino 8.5 beta 2 should be available to download later tonight or tomorrow morning. The download staging for this update is going on right now........

Looks like I'll be back down under in what has become a wonderful annual tour. Planning now for the week of 17 November. The local team is setting up partner/customer lunches, user group meetings, and more. Looks like I'll miss the Melbourne Cup this year, but I'm sure there will be other interes...

Prompted by a Twitter tweet from Sean Burgess, Mary Beth Raven checked in with the Lotusphere team to find out the latest on Lotusphere 2009. She writes:To all of you Lotusphere junkies... (and all of the rest of you who do not anticipate a geek conference as the social highlight of the year)... I...

As we move forward towards delivery of Lotus Notes 8.5 -- and the first release of a Notes 8 client for the Macintosh -- Notes product management, marketing and I have been working more closely on our messages for the Apple desktop market. For example, we'd like to put together specific messages ta...

While I've been documenting the progress on Notes 8.0.2 memory and performance all throughout beta, now that the release is out, you can all see the results. The tweets and blog posts today have been mostly positive. Be sure to post issues in the Notes/Domino 8 forum or open support incidents... i...

The channel announcement is out and the software is available for download from Passport Advantage (as well as from XL software downloads internally for IBMers...):At a glance IBM® Lotus Notes® and Domino® 8.0.2: * Provides greater flexibility for accessing mail and calendar information throug...

In addition to the Notes/Domino 8.0.2 eGA and a beta refresh of Notes/Domino 8.5 beta, another milestone coming in the next couple of weeks is the release of Lotus Protector for Mail Security 2.1. The web pages aren't active yet but should be over the next week...I'll post again when that content i...

Like my friend Kathleen McGivney, my better half and I have been trying to cook at home more often this summer. One of our great resources has been the US magazine Cooking Light. The new September issue wanders outside the boundaries of cooking into lifestyle a bit, including a mutli-page article...

If you (or someone from your firm) will be at the International Legal Technology Association conference in Grapevine, Texas, next week, could you let me know offline? A possible meeting of interest I'd like to invite you to....

Wow, the last 24 hours produced some awesome content online in the Lotus blogs! Here are a few posts you should visit... My colleague Andrea Waugh-Metzger helps you answer the question "Which version of ND8 should I deploy?": 8.0.1, 8.0.2, 8.5, or a mix/combination therein. Nice job, Andrea (and...

DominoPower Editor-in-Chief David Gewirtz examines, at length, what happened with the editorial they published last week ... along with the aftermath...It's always been my belief, reflected in our editorial policy, that a community that can talk out it's tough issues is a stronger community. And t...

Eight oh Tuesday

August 21 2008

Since several have noticed that the Lotus Notes/Domino 8.0.2 build is complete, it's probably time to tell you when you can get it. Official eGA (electronic general availability) is scheduled for Tuesday, August 26, 2008 in English. The first language pack release ("Group 1 and 2a + Catalan") wi...

Here's a fantastic five minute flash highlighting Lotus Symphony. Wait -- no, it can't be .... we actually show the product! And address key concerns and objections decision-makers would have about using Lotus Symphony! And have fun in the process, in a way that actually connects! "Crescendo"...

Good coverage of recent Lotus brand news...For almost any category of business software -- from word processing to spreadsheets, presentations to communication and collaboration -- Microsoft is the de facto vendor of choice. Alternatives do exist, but who wants to be the first one to rock the boat?...

After a refreshingly normal-paced summer, September looks to be quite a busy month. Here's what's on my calendar at the moment: September 9 -- an executive breakfast in Philadelphia; invitation only. I had hoped to meet with the South Jersey Lotus user group during that trip, but their meeting s...

(Finishing up a long weekend...back Tuesday)...

I really shouldn't be giving Ron another 15 minutes of annual fame for asserting contrarian positions, but since this has already had a rather lengthy discussion over at Mr. Ben Poole's site today, I want to sum up a few key points. From Ron's editorial:In 1995, I declared LAN-based email to be a d...

Earlier this week, thousands of Google's gmail users experienced a prolonged outage. My personal gmail account (which I use in part to keep up with the industry/technology trends) was down for over an hour. As I watched Twitter tweets, I could see literally thousands in the public stream experienc...

In yesterday's post, "IBM doesn't suck at Twitter", I turned the discussion from an observation about IBM on Twitter into something bigger, about IBM in the overall market. The question posited is, especially to the vast majority of edbrill.com readers, who affiliate with the Lotus software brand,...

I was surprised to see IBM make this list:I write this post to simply call attention to brands and companies that are totally missing the boat and not listening on twitter where millions of conversations are happening everyday. Do companies think about or even care what people are saying about them,...

Can we get to 300?

August 12 2008

The community-organized Yellow Day earlier this week drew my attention to the volume of participation we have online in the Lotus community. As Nathan reported, YellowDay was a success, with 109 blog posts during the day and 50% more PlanetLotus clickthroughs than the prior Monday. For somethin...

This is a straightforward new flash video that talks about the main benefits of Lotus Foundations. Nice thing is that, while it is more "marketing" than technical, it's the kind of quick-hit that you can distribute to anyone in your organization and have them learn more about Foundations. T...

As part of a planning effort, the Domino team is having an interesting discussion about the role of Domino Utility Server in the overall Domino market mix. What do you see as the value of Domino Utility Server today? What changes, if any, would you want to see made to Domino Utility Server in...

Based on the "miss Juliet" spam from over the weekend, I've banished your e-mail addresses from the publicly-visible comments on edbrill.com. Even though they were obfuscated by the Dominoblog template (by using a bit of javascript code), somehow some spammer decided to view source and manually har...

Alan has also posted a batch of photos from his farewell gathering last Wednesday...click through for the full set! (My set is here)...

I saw your profile today

August 9 2008

New spammer approach:How are you today .my name is miss Juliet from Africa i saw your profile today(www.edbrill.com) and become very interested .so please it is urgent that you have to contact me immediately through above email id so that i will tell you my mind and give you my picture.Congratulati...

...which, as part of Domino 8.0.2, is on track to ship later this month. Computerworld Australia, "Lotus iNotes coming to the iPhone 3G":IBM's Lotus Domino Web Access software, also known as IBM Lotus iNotes, will bring your Lotus e-mail, calendar and contact details to the Apple iPhone 3G. ......

IBM announced expansion of the Lotus Notes Traveler carrier network yesterday...AT&T and Sprint have certified for use by their customers, IBM's Lotus Notes Traveler software which enables wireless replication of Lotus Notes e-mail, calendaring, and personal information management (PIM) data on...

A few weeks ago, Alan suggested that Monday, 11 August should be "Yellow day", in honor of all the excitement going on around Lotus right now. Never one to shy away from a good idea, Nathan Freeman and the rest of the Lotus911 crew jumped right on that. Thus, Monday has been designated "Yellow day...

Lepofsky-palooza

August 7 2008

Since we had many "wish I could be there" tweets and pings last night, I bring you...Lepofsky-palooza! A great time had by 25 current and former Loti at FlatTop Johnny's in Cambridge. The pictures tell (most of) the story. Erica Topolski, Liza Beth Hayman, and Mary Beth Raven put together a "po...

Carl provides a heads-up on a Facebook virus...I received this as well...I just got an email from a trusted friend on Facebook. It said: Neil sent you a message. Subject: Hey yo. "You've been catched on hidden cam, yo: It then includes the URL to the video and also the regular reply...

For whatever reason, United made it from O'Hare to Boston in about 80 minutes.... very quick flight this morning. Maybe their version of a birthday present. I'm on the ground now at the IBM office in Cambridge, and off to lunch with a whole bunch of great customers shortly. Of course, I'm lookin...

Since I know by the time I get up in the morning, a hundred people or more will have clicked through on Bob's entry on PlanetLotus... I've just tried to leave a comment on Bob's site, but when I hit "send" I was prompted for a username/password. Thus, since I can't wave the "hi, over here, this...

These two press releases just hit the wire...you'll want to read them both, they're much longer than I can quote here. "The Linux World Builds SMB Market Opportunity With Software Appliances From Lotus Foundations and ISVs":The new developments include a preconfigured version of SUSE Linux Enterpri...

Tony Austin sent along a diversion for the day...a crossword puzzle featuring terms related to IBM Lotus software... My linking it has nothing to do with the clue for 11 down.......

A new "buzz page" on Notes/Domino 8.5 is up on ibm.com, highlighting areas of new value: Deliver IT performance Drive business value Improve user efficiency and experience Link: ibm.com: What's Coming in Lotus Notes and Domino 8.5...

Amongst the many website reports provided by Google Analytics, one viewed frequently is the traffic sources report. I'd like know if there is a sudden spike in edbrill.com readers coming over from networkworld.com or msexchange.org or cosmopolitan.com/hot-guys (ok, that last one isn't likely to hap...

Remember that whole Comcast blocks Notes thing? Well, Lotus Notes was a collateral victim of technology and policy that Comcast was using to "manage" their network traffic. Yesterday, the US FCC ruled, in a 3-2 vote, that Comcast did a bad thing.FCC Chairman Kevin Martin said Friday that Comcast w...

From the Factotum weblog, "Migrating to Comm Suite: Gives Us Your Poor Notes, Your Tired Domino Users...":MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., July 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Global System Services Corporation (GSS) today announced the GSS Migration Toolkit for Sun Java Communications Suite to move customers from IBM Lot...

More media coverage of this week's Lotus momentum announcement....Now the Lotus brand is springing back to life. Buried in IBM's recent earnings report were signs of a resurgence in Lotus Notes and its Domino 8 Server, which together make up the company's fully integrated email, messaging and colla...

That's what I'm talkin' about...BM/Lotus Thursday hit back at Microsoft's boast that it plans to steal 5 million Notes customers this year by detailing a new 300,000-seat licensing deal with an Asian company and strong interest in Notes from emerging markets. ... IBM/Lotus seems to be doing a bett...

Four years

August 1 2008

In my head last night, after what was really an amazing day with the big press release and all the buzz around it, I was writing a blog entry for today, marking my 4th anniversary as the product sales lead for Lotus Notes and Domino. I wanted to time travel back to August, 2004...I accepted this ne...