January 27 2010
More UK press analysis coming out of Lotusphere...
[T]wo questions must be addressed in the days ahead. First, is the matter of whether IBM can actually live up to its promises to create a open and more developer-friendly platform than Microsoft. Microsoft might have the partner and developer ecosystem, but the Exchange and SharePoint code is not open. Big Blue is a major advocate and contributor to open source, so there's definitely hope for it there.Link: The Register UK: IBM attempts Vulcan death grip >
The next is IBM's direction itself. Google scored itself a lot of buzz with the introduction of its permissions-light Google Wave last year, but now many are scratching their heads wondering exactly what to do with it. To be fair, Wave is still at an unstable, preview stage, but Google has seemed satisfied thus far just hoping the platform will evolve naturally as a tool for enterprises once companies like Novell and Salesforce.com have a chance to game around with it.
IBM needs to shore in the free-love attitude of Google's to show some actual value and maturity in the idea. Big Blue may be following Google's lead in the collaboration space, but it must show the world that in the end, it's not too Googly.
There has been a bunch of other good Lotusphere press coverage/analysis coming out of the UK publications:
V3.co.uk: Lotus Symphony gets Excel-like capabilities >
V3.co.uk: IBM launches LotusLive Labs >
V3.co.uk: Lotus Notes extended to smartphones >
V3.co.uk: IBM adds meeting functionality to Sametime >
V3.co.uk: IBM offers Lotus collaboration consulting services (about Collaboration Agenda) >
ZDNet.co.uk: IBM to release Lotus Notes app for Android >
ZDNet.co.uk: Blackberry gets apps for Lotus Quickr, Connections >
ChannelRegister.co.uk: IBM bakes Lotus Notes for Android >
ComputerWeekly.com: Lotus Notes importance of Android >
Computing.co.uk: IBM hopes Notes will live long and prosper with Project Vulcan >
ComputerWorld UK: IBM Lotus upgrades set for Notes, Domino, other products >