September 2006

It’s out there...

September 29 2006

The Notes/Domino 7.0.2 downloads are being posted throughout the day today. I'll have a lot more to say about this great new version soon...in the meantime, go get it :-)...

A little bit of a departure for a Redbook...some focus on business and architecture, not just the how-to. Apparently quite a popular download already...The goal of this IBM Redbook is to provide a technical planning reference for IT organizations large or small that are now considering a migration...

What is trocadeiro.com?

September 29 2006

My referrers lately have been showing a lot of blog hits originating from trocadiero.com. In the last week, it's become 3% of all pageviews. www.trocadeiro.com (not making that a live link for reasons which should become obvious) just looks like one of those spammer search homepages. There's a...

Out in draft form, 160 pages of detailed information on how to optimize your Domino server...This IBM Redpaper discusses a best practices approach to Performance Tuning in Domino 7. It addresses both how to approach the science of performance tuning in a structured, logical manner, while also provid...

IBM blogroll on ibm.com

September 27 2006

In what should help with all those articles about how trendy it is for corporates to be blogging, IBM now has an IBM Blogroll on ibm.com. IBMers that want to be included can register via w3. (Via Andy Piper)...

Good news -- the Notes 7.0.2 Macintosh beta will begin later today. Participants in the Notes/Domino maintenance release beta program will be contacted with details on where/when to download it. Several Macintosh "power users" within IBM have been running this in production for weeks. They repo...

Burton Group's Mike Gotta read my posting about recent meetings with Australian CIOs/CTOs, giving some context for the kinds of customer discussions he is hearing about in the context of moving e-mail systems. Mike suggests that buzz-wise, we're behind in getting people to look at our new release (...

Adam discovered that the Sametime 7.5 launch video has found its way to YouTube. Check it out!...

I know there was some speculation last week that when the deadline for Lotusphere 2007 submissions was extended, it was a signal that there weren't that many submissions. Actually, it was really designed to let people who had indicated an intent to submit have some extra time to do so. Now that th...

IBM has published a sponsored research paper which analyzes interviews conducted with 100 Notes/Domino customers on why they have chosen to use or continue to use Notes over Microsoft Exchange. The paper, "E-mail and Collaboration Deliver Business Value", is freely downloadable from ibm.com. It's...

The National Portal of India, already getting 10 million hits a month, moves to WebSphere Portal, DB2 Omnifind, and Workplace Web Content Manager...Dr. Vijayaditya, Director General of NIC said, "The national portal is driven by the objective of bringing transparency and trust to aspects of good gov...

Unfortunately, Colin wasn't able to join the Notes user group meeting in Wellington last week, but he did attend the Notes & Domino 7 upgrade seminar a couple of days later.Wednesdays seminar...featured a passionate Lotus Notes and Domino guru in the form of Wayne Boxall from IBM Australia. His...

Bullfight, six months later

September 22 2006

Is it any surprise to anyone that, six months later, the "red bull" seems to have gone back to its pen? Quite a testimonial to the power of getting the truth out there -- the limited value of the analysis tools and the impracticality of migrating applications has been noted by customers, partners,...

Maureen updates on progress with the Domino Designer in Eclipse effort...What you're seeing is a real Eclipse navigator, showing the design elements in a Notes nsf, and the Eclipse navigator is active and opening up the Notes editors for the listed design elements. Looks cool, Maureen......

There sure was a lot going on over the last 10 days, and I didn't get a chance to link or blog it all. Take a look at... Sametime 7.5 launch materials. Offerings manager Adam Gartenberg has a whole bunch on the launch, including the first-person perspective on the launch event and panel discussi...

The weirdest thing about travelling from eastern Asia/Pacific back to the US is that you get to live a single day twice. I left Auckland at 7:45 PM on Tuesday the 19th, and after 17 hours on airplanes, arrived at Chicago O'Hare at 10:30 PM on Tuesday the 19th. What an interesting day it was... I...

Lotus has expanded its customer reference submissions process, and now your organization can self-nominate to be considered for a reference or success story. Simply click on over to the IBM Software Client Reference Program website, sign in, and follow the instructions. For me, the most important...

A comprehensive article looking at last week's launch of Sametime 7.5 and what it means for the market. The author has covered all aspects of the launch -- technical, marketing, competition. As I've discussed Sametime 7.5 during my travels the last ten days, I've emphasized the same points this au...

SearchExchange tells it like it is....Because of major Exchange Server architecture changes, moving from Exchange 200e to Exchange 2007 is going to be as dramatic and complex as upgrading from Exchange 5.5 to Exchange 2000. ... The bottom line is that, unless Microsoft has something in the works t...

Wellington Notes user group

September 19 2006

What a nonstop day. Some really cool meetings with a variety of organizations all over Wellington. Somewhere in there, managed a great salmon lunch at Pravda (Russian theme, no Russian food). After the last meeting, things went straight to Hell -- Hell Pizza, that is ("we have gas"!). This fanta...

This is my seventh visit to Australia. There's so much to enjoy about this great country, little wonder that I've said more than once that I'd love to retire here. As far as Melbourne, they say "third time pays for all". On two previous visits, I've had no opportunity to see the city (though I di...

Meeting Aussie CIOs

September 15 2006

Congratulations and thanks, mates, to my colleagues/mates here in Oz for doing a great job with my schedule this week. The pace was almost unbearable at times, but I'd say every meeting I had this week was worthwhile -- and then some. Looking at the stack of business cards collected from the week,...

I don't think the fire marshall would have been happy with the turnout for last night's Lotus user group meeting in Melbourne.... The room was buzzing from the outset, as a really good article about Lotus had run in the Financial Review (Aussie equivalent of the Wall Street Journal) yesterday,...

Sametime 7.5 launch event

September 14 2006

With the timezone difference and a nonstop schedule, I am behind in my blogging :-) Tons of coverage coming out of Wednesday's Sametime 7.5 launch event. First, check out the new Sametime 7.5 business partner showcase. It lists all the partner offerings available and coming soon for Sametime. Se...

eWeek reviews the Lotus Notes on Linux client, as well as the Nitix small business server offering that includes Lotus Domino.IBM Lotus Notes on Linux delivers the key functionality, security, replication and rich message content found on the Windows and Mac OS Notes clients. Users will likely appr...

Success in Brisbane and Sydney

September 13 2006

3 AM jetlag, time to make the weblog... A great first two days of this Aussie trip. I'll get some photos uploaded in the next day or two, but here are the highlights: Brisbane's "Ed Brill live" events drew a combined 80+ customer and partner attendees (we originally expected 30). We covered a...

Just a reminder...if you are thinking about submitting abstracts for Lotusphere 2007, you have until the end of the week to get 'em in. See here on the Lotusphere website for both session and birds-of-a-feather submissions. The track managers are already hard at work looking at your submissions......

Today, I flew on two aeroplanes where I was allowed to bring on a bottle of water. Nobody checked my identification before boarding the plane. I didn't have to take my shoes off at security, which took less than one minute to pass through. Onboard the aircraft, a meal was served in economy clas...

My colleagues in Denmark are taking their message to the streets, in more ways than one. An eight-page full colour insert appeared in the Danish newspaper Borsen last week. The insert includes product news, case studies, and the smiling faces of the Danish sales and marketing crew (along with full...

Just finished listening to Bruce Elgort and Julian Robichaux's latest Taking Notes podcast. Episode 31 features guests Eric Mack and Alan Lepofsky, with the discussion mostly focused on why some people "get Notes" and others don't. They talk about ways to help evangelize Notes -- notably, focus on...

100 Plazes

September 9 2006

Earlier this week, I discovered my 100th new place for plazes. An interesting time to look at my usage stats.... I hadn't even realized this -- I've visited 25 countries in a little over a year's time (and I'll be adding two more this week). While trips like this week's aren't exactly the glamo...

My colleague Susan Bulloch and I recently discussed an interesting customer situation. The users in that environment were familiar with Outlook, and in working with Notes, had different expectations about booking conference rooms. Their usage pattern was such that they booked repeating meetings --...

In my posting yesterday about Paul Thurrott's review of the "dark side" of Windows RC1, I emphasized Paul's comments about the inconsistent UI in Windows Vista, and extended that out to what I've seen of Office 2007 so far. My key point was that I often hear the supposed consistency and familiarity...

Two different bloggers, two different thoughts, but a similar notion...that selling the benefits of Notes & Domino is actually pretty easy when you get off defense and show what the product can do. First, Eric Mack: How to save a Lotus Notes customer:I told them that I thought they should swi...

Live from East Side Marriott's (badda boom, bada bing. .... er, that was East Side Mario's).... it's the Sametime 7.5 launch! Interested in attending? Register at ibm.com/lotus/realtime_rightnow. See agenda below: Agenda for Live New York Event September 13, 2006 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Registr...

When we have the so-called "Boss Loves Microsoft" conversation, one of the reasons often given for user preference for Outlook is that "it works like other Microsoft software" and thus "it's easier for our users" and "we won't have to do training". In my experience, none of these supposed-truisms a...

At least I'm not the only messaging vendor who wonders "where's the value" with Exchange 2007...it seems like an incremental move from the existing versions. Microsoft seems somewhat aware of some the major issues with Exchange, but the product changes are nods towards those issues rather than solut...

The motherboard on my Thinkpad is suffering a wee bit of indigestion this morning...which gives me the excuse I needed to start loading up Notes 7.0.2 (early beta) on my (daughter's) iMac. I'll have more to report on this over the next few days, I think......

Technorati traffic

September 4 2006

So much of the blogging meme is focused around Technorati. Tags, friends, rankings...bloggers seem to put a heck of a lot of focus on the site. Myself included. Thus it is with some surprise that I was reviewing my referrers tonight, and noticed that only 0.4% (yes, less than 1%) of my last 50,00...

Happy birthday to Chris Miller, Paul Mooney, and Alan Lepofsky ......

I regularly monitor Blogdigger and Technorati for mentions of Lotus Notes, and today's feeds snared this from desparoz On The Go:The email system I use at work is the wonderful Lotus Notes. I say wonderful, because IMHO Lotus Notes is one of the most powerfully GTD-friendly email systems for the pr...

It's been a long time since I wrote anything under this subject, but today it seems clear that a reprise is necessary. Eight days early, Federated Department Stores has pulled down the remaining Field's signs at most of the remaining Marshall Field's locations, going from distinctive green to rep...

Mick Moignard thinks Lotupsphere #14 is worth checking out:What's really pretty amazing is that there's expectation that people will sign up even though there is practically no detail at all about the conference. All that's available is a summary of the tracks that will be offered, and that summary...

Wow WOW WOW have I been waiting for these! Two new papers -- PHB length... First up, "IBM Lotus Notes and Lotus Domino roadmap." Very clear, conscise messages. Not just about "Hannover", but commitment beyond that, now in print. Second, we have a ten-page preview of Notes "Hannover", covering...