August 2009

A few weeks ago, Marie Scott and Duffbert started a blog series on the Tivoli Directory Integrator; Mitch Cohen had a recent blog entry, too. All have written about the current entitlement that Domino customers have to use Tivoli Directory Integrator v6.1.1 along with Domino 8. One question kept c...

After what seems like forever-in-motion, I'm finally home. Looks like it will be for a while -- I've turned down almost all travel in September/October/November (other than the IBM Lotus Leadership Alliance, LoLA) with the baby due next month. Flying MEL-SYD-HNL-ORD over a 24 hour period, followed...

www.doyouknowlotus.com is now online -- and just about ready for your "Lotus Knows..." video submissions.We invite you to create short videos on how you know Lotus. See examples on the Entries Tab. These videos should showcase specific capabilities that demonstrate how end users know Lotus. Be cre...

While Notes/Domino 8.5.1 is still in beta, IBM unleashed the design partners and managed beta customers to start blogging and presenting on 8.5.1 beginning with code drop 8 (CD8). There are several blog entries that have appeared this week as a result. Those interested in 8.5.1 should check Chris...

Erik's posting merits some attention for the challenges and concerns he raises:I'm sure some people are jumping right in here with a raised eyebrow so let me say this up front: I'm not tired of hearing about new features coming in 8.5.1. What I'm tired of is finding and hearing about all of the...

Having now been in front of some large Lotus community audiences in Australia over the last few days, I'm starting to understand how impactful the Lotus Knows IdeaJam was. People are talking. Customers and partners have expressed interesting, excitement, and hope over the input that went into the...

This came across one of my Google alerts today...I can't find anything about the site's ownership or background, so I am somewhat hesitant to post, but it is a dramatic story as told and seems relevant to this blog's readers:In the name of the Office Modernization Investment Project, UNICEF is spend...

Lotus Notes is now a few months of officially turning 20. As these two recent blog entries highlights, a lot of people remember the younger Lotus Notes and don't know what it looks like today... Aaron Paxson, "A second look at Lotus Notes":For those that refuse to check it out, simply because of p...

Finally. I've done it. The Great Ocean Road between Torquay and Warrnambool. Despite not making National Geographic's "Drives of a Lifetime", it has been on my list a very long time. And having done many of those drives, this one definitely belongs on that list. In some ways, yesterday's drive...

Well, we're not quite at the halfway point, but close enough. The Lotus Knows IdeaJam has been hugely popular, with 12K votes, 1500 comments, and 700 ideas. We're getting good global participation, though still more than half the visits are coming from the US. One of my personal goals for the Jam...

I bet someone is going to regret this phrasing...Microsoft late Tuesday warned of "massive disruptions" to sales of Office, as well as to partners such as Best Buy, Dell and Hewlett-Packard, if the injunction that prevents it from selling Word 2003 and Word 2007 in the U.S. after Oct. 10 is not set...

Blistering

August 19 2009

By title, you might have thought this blog entry was about the pace of initial input from the IBMers laying the foundation for the Lotus Knows IdeaJam, which kicks off in just a couple of hours. Sorry. It's just about my feet. See, in all that "glamourous world of business travel", I had eight s...

Lotus Knows IdeaJam

August 19 2009

This week marks the second public milestone for the new "Lotus Knows" marketing campaign: The Lotus Knows IdeaJam. The Jam kicks off tomorrow morning US-time and will feature contributions from YOU! Hundreds of IBMers plan to participate, and many of our executives and thought leaders will be hos...

Ten years of awes in Oz

August 16 2009

In 24 hours, I'll be starting out on what has become my annual pilgrimage to one of my favorite places on Earth -- Australia. I'm arriving (and recovering) on Wednesday, starting with meetings on Thursday and Friday, and have two user group events (Sydney on Monday the 24th, Melbourne on Tuesday th...

I do have some cool blogs about Lotus stuff coming up, but I have to put the coda on some of the competitive discussions this week. A few weeks, ago, Microsoft's COO Kevin Turner said:We're going to have countries this year -- I'm going to give an award next week to some countries that have complet...

#LeavingLotus #Fail

August 13 2009

I admit it -- it was getting to me a bit. When a Facebook ad popped up beside my nightly game of Bejeweled Blitz suggesting I "ditch Lotus Notes", the competitive difference of opinion crossed a line. See, earlier today, Cloud Sherpas hosted a seminar at Google's offices in Atlanta called "Leaving...

A few of the blogs picked this up from yesterday's IBM announcement, but nary a peep in terms of commentary...Effective on the dates listed below, IBM will withdraw support from the following product release(s) licensed under the IBM International Program License Agreement: 5724-E62 7.0.1 04/30...

This speaks for itself on so many levels.As for IBM, [Microsoft managing director Mteto Nyati] said: "We need to make sure the customers of IBM are liberated from Lotus Notes. Just by moving across they will feel so liberated, and start enjoying things like unified communications. I would li...

Everybody's got a little something up their sleeve for Yellow Day....me included... As announced on ibm.com:Spread the payments and save: Eligible customers purchasing new licenses of selected IBM Lotus or IBM WebSphere Portal offerings may choose to buy an additional two years of Software Subscr...

As Bilal Jaffrey announced earlier today, registration is now open for the "Lotus Knows IdeaJam" taking place next week. You can register now at http://lotusknows.ideajam.net/register. The JAM is not yet active. Registration is open now so that you can find out how the site works and receive pr...

Most of you know last Thursday as the day that Twitter, Facebook and other social networking sites were brought down by DDoS attacks. It was too easy to jump to the conclusion that both services had gone mad with commentary on my 40th birthday. In the end it was a "good thing" -- I had vowed to ha...

IamLUG (Americas Lotus User Group) last week in St. Louis was a big hit. Thank you to all of those who attended, participated, and organized. For the event, I updated my Lotus Notes/Domino strategy presentation... the latest version is now available from SlideShare. Notes Domino Symphony Strate...

While I was out for a few days last week, a couple of key mainstream industry analyst reports were published. Both are worth checking out if you are subscribers to these firms: Gartner published an interesting report on Friday called "Domino 8 Moves Development to the Mainstream". Gartner hasn't...

A web alert caught this blog entry...IAMLUG was hosted in my hometown, St Louis MO. I was excited to go to this event because I have never been to a Lotusphere and there were some big Lotus names coming. For instance; Chris Miller, Paul Mooney, Gabriella Davis, Mary Beth Raven, Ed Brill, etc... I ha...

Last week, I wrote an open letter to Ferris Research and Microsoft, in which I showed that the particular Ferris Research report being referenced by Microsoft didn't support their conclusion that "Notes systems can cost twice as much as Exchange 2007". Well, after a number of escalations on differe...

Want to hear the Lotus strategy straight from the Lotus team's senior executives? For the next month or so, you'll have just that opportunity.... Webinars and dates (all at 10 AM ET / 15:00 BST): August 12: Sean Poulley, The Cloud Advantage August 19: Bruce Morse, Unified Communications and Col...

I thought there was something far more important coming up on the calendar, but then Nathan reminded us all that next week is "Yellow Day"...It's a time to be proud to be yellow. So show your support even bigger than last year, and on Aug 11. Wear yellow. Blog yellow. Tweet yellow. Bleed yellow. R...

The first IamLUG is over. The event was a huge success, thanks to the organizers and sponsors. Special thanks to Chris Miller for his vision and leadership in putting together a well-attended event that reached a number of new faces and organizations, and strengthened the Lotus community at the va...

Lotus Knows

August 4 2009

This morning at the IamLotus User Group in St. Louis, IBM Vice President Kevin Cavanaugh announced a new marketing campaign called "Lotus Knows". The theme of the campaign, which will feature end-user-focused advertising and awareness on a worldwide basis, is to help users answer the question "Do y...

A week ago, the Microsoft Exchange team's unified communications blog published a chest-beating missive on their perceptions of competition in the messaging market. I addressed some of their points a week ago. One claim, however, took some additional examination.Cost savings is the number one driv...