While I'm still transitioning to my new job, some things happen faster than others.  I have a total of four customer meetings on the calendar this week, two face-to-face and two phone/e-meetings.
At the moment, I'm headed home from a meeting with a customer who is on the short end of a merger/acquisition scenario.  They have a number of successful Notes applications in their division, and are looking for ways to expand the use of those apps throughout the entire organization that acquired them.  We talked about general strategies for doing so, including consideration of how the organization's portal plans might intersect with these particular collaborative applications.  That would lead to the ability to use the various Domino application portlets in WebSphere Portal as a way to deploy the apps more broadly -- what sounds like it could be a win-win.
After a 75-minute commuting near-disaster last week, I decided that today it would be best to return to my preferred way to get into the Chicago city center -- the train.  I haven't taken this particular line into the city in a couple of years -- there are two commuter rail lines within a couple of miles of my residence -- but it's a line I've been taking off and on for 30 years.  It's fascinating to see the rate and pace of change in the last few -- it seems like every available square inch in the city is being turned into high-rise condominiums.  They are just everywhere.  I'm not sure I'd want to live right alongside a diesel-based railroad track, but apparently I'm in the minority -- these places all look occupied.  Anyway, it's certainly a nice diversion from watching exhaust fumes on the drive in last week.  The trains in Chicago are mostly double-deck jobs, and I almost always prefer to sit on the upper level.  It's pretty quiet at the moment -- only a few cell phone yakkers blathering on.  There's not much else in the way of entertainment -- the station announcements have been automated on this line, and I think it's highly unlikely that any 'toothing is taking place on the genteel suburban trains in Chicago.
Sorry, momentary diversion.
Anyway, tomorrow's customer meeting in Southern California is with an organization where a few people are expressing personal preference for Outlook.  Despite years of investment in Lotus Notes, numerous Notes applications, and even a Notes 6.5 upgrade that is in-process or mostly done, these users have a handful of feature requests that they think are reasons enough to migrate.  I'm optimistic (as always) that we'll have a good conversation.  It's possible that we'll recommend Domino Access for MS-Outlook (either our code or MS's) for these few users, and keep the momentum going around the excellent business value Notes continues to deliver to this organization.

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