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Der Countdown läuft an IBM vorbei

Post von einem ehemaligen Mitarbeiter, der mittlerweile bei T-Systems schafft:

Hi Alexander,

[…] Wie Du sicherlich weißt, vetreiben wir gerade massenhaft das iphone. Einige unserer Firmenkunden haben natürlich immer noch Lotus Notes im Einsatz und wünschen sich eine sync möglichkeit zwischen Notes und iPhone.

Habt ihr da etwas im Köcher?

Grüße

Nein, wir haben immer noch nichts im Köcher, was wir wirklich empfehlen können.

Übermorgen geht es offiziell los, das große Unboxing hat schon begonnen, und ich verfolge nur noch kopfschüttelnd, wie ein Unternehmen nach dem anderen eine -> solche Lösung bauen wird, weil sie leider „noch“ Lotus Notes im Einsatz haben. Was dann folgt, kann man sich lebhaft ausmalen.

Wieso IBM immer noch keine Lösung parat hat? Unklar. Wieso IBM meint, Apple müßte etwas tun? Arrogant. Warum man nicht den großen IBM Mobility-Partner RIM ein wenig zwingt, einen Blackberry-Client für das iPhone zu bauen? Ignorant. Selber hat IBM die Mobility-Entwicklung komplett verschlafen. Es herrscht Silo-Denken und alle haben die Scheuklappen auf. Das dürfte ein interessantes Lehrstück werden, wie solche als lächerlich wahrgenommenen Entscheidungen über Business Kasper Spielzeuge massiv Marktanteile im Messaging Markt verschieben können.

Notes or Exchange?

Please help us finding a better answer than the official statistics, go to Volkers site and add your input.

Statistics that seem to contradict each other make me curious. So let’s put an end to the discussion how many of the worlds largest corporations use Notes or Exchange.

Go to this wiki: http://dominoorexchange.pbwiki.com/, state your name and mail address and use the invite key „that is the question“.

Now you can look at the current list and add your own knowledge. We should be able to complete this list in less than a day.

Thanks.

Bremer Social Software Musikanten



Heute gehts nach Bremen. Dort wird das hohe Lied auf Social Software for the Enterprise gesungen. Bin gespannt, wer von den Anwender-Unternehmen da schon mitsingen kann. Und wer der Esel und wer der Hahn ist. Ich persönlich kenne nicht allzu viele, die mitsingen können.

Freue mich jedenfalls auf die alten und die neuen Gesichter – sofern diese nicht eh alle in Irland sind.

Partnern mit Partnern

Das Geschäft mit IBMs Lotus Software ist ein Partnergeschäft. Die Business Partner treiben das Geschäft im Mittelstand voran, wo man sonst auf IBM niemals hören würde. Für beide Seiten ist das viele Jahre lang ein einträgliches Geschäft gewesen.

In den schlechten Zeiten hat sich diese Business Partner Gemeinde etwas gelichtet. Heute gibt es nach meinem Gefühl eher weniger, dafür aber sehr mächtige Partner, die auch gezielt gefördert werden von der IBM. Das macht den Kleinen das Leben nicht leichter, aber so ist eben das Spiel.

Viel schlimmer ist aber, dass offenbar die Business Partner, die selber ein Partner-Programm meist in Anlehnung an das große Vorbild aufgebaut haben, nun offenbar neue Einnahme-Quellen suchen.

Heute schreibt mir ein sehr bekannter Hersteller Lotus Notes basierter Lösungen für Mail Management, dass sie meinen Business Partner Vertrag einseitig kündigen. Grund: Wir waren nach über 10 Jahren der aktiven Vertriebspartnerschaft nicht bereit, den neuen Vertrag zu unterschreiben, der eine jährliche Gebühr dafür enthält, dass wir die Software-Produkte dieses Herstellers verkaufen dürfen.

Wir verkauften bisher jährlich einen oberen fünfstelligen Betrag dieser Lizenzen. Aber gibt eine Reihe guter Alternativen, auch wenn dieser Hersteller noch in seinem Segment deutlich führt. Auf die Alternativen werden wir wohl jetzt unsere Kunden aktiv hinweisen.

Vom großen blauen Vorbild lernen heißt Siegen lernen? Ich fürchte der Schuß geht nach hinten los. Partnergebühren funktionieren in kleinen zersplitterten Märkten mit geringen Volumina und der Möglichkeit, schnell anderes Know-how aufzubauen, nicht.

iPhone entering Lotus shops

From a recent conversation with another IBM business partner:

If all those people who told me the last days they will purchase a next generation iPhone really do it – we will have a serious problem integrating that stuff into our customers Lotus Domino environment…

Fully agree. That will raise many unwanted questions for us too. I already had those questions because many executives already have an iPhone and want to use it for business.

Nobody can say we have not been warned.

A Big Disapointment


Yesterday evening Apple announced iPhone 2.0 software. A beta is available now. Apple will deliver the SDK and new enterprise features. Enterprise features? Do I hear Lotus Domino support? No, Apple supports Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync. No news about the second half of the world, no word about IBM. So where was IBM yesterday? IBM even was not named as a partner.

At Lotusphere everybody expected an iPhone announcent. There was an announcment, but it was dissapointing as well. Nobody really just wants an Domino Web Access on iPhone, everybody wants an integrated push solution for PIM data. Finally as Notes / Domino 8.0.1 arrived two weeks ago, even the DWA access for iPhone was missing. Any third party vendors out there, who will deliver? No. Onebridge will come out with a kind of managed IMAP support. Not what users looking for. So half of the world will not get an enterprise feature for iPhone. So where is IBM?

So what is really disappointing here is the ignorance of IBM at this point. Yes, iPhone has „only“ a one percent marketshare in the US, and marketshare in Europe might be even lower. But as in the „Mac support“ discussion the last years IBM ignores that its the opinion leaders that early adopt these kind of technologies. And these are very often the decision makers.

I will not loose a customer at this point as some colleagues pointed out. Nobody will now move from Notes to Exchange because of missing iPhone support. There are tons of good arguments to choose Lotus Notes / Domino over Exchange. But people who are today evaluating which technology to choose might have now a slightly different perception of IBM claiming „innovation“ as IBMs business. Some decision makers will not hear when IT talks to them about scalability, robustness, platform independence. They want to have an vendor that is setting the trend – or at least working with the companies that set the trends.

Update: Read Ed Brills blog entry. Thats the other side of IBM. People who communicate openly on issues like this. Respect.

New notes in an old symphony

There was a lot of discussions about IBM introducing Lotus Symphony (again). It does make if you look at it from the Eclipse point of view and the integration strategy with Lotus Notes 8. And it is definitly a good initiative by IBM supporting the ODF file format and presenting an alternative solution for MS Office. But still I wonder who else should choose Lotus Symphony over OpenOffice but the Lotus Notes 8 shops – and there are not much yet that rooled out the Eclipse based new Notes version.

Hopefully this experiment will not end like the one 22 years ago:

(via Tim Anderson)

Notes travels

So finally there will be a built-in mobile solution in Lotus Domino. IBM will release a product called Lotus Traveller in 2008 within the code stream of Lotus Notes 8.0.1.
At DNUG in Dresden this June I read on one of the roadmap charts a feature called „push mail“ in the 8.0.1 release, but nobody could give me more information about this.

So while Ed Brill talks about „push mail“ the official announcement today calls it „real-time replication“. From what I can see the solution is not a separate PIM client on the device – hopefully it uses the apps on the Windows Mobile device.

While we are working with iAnywhere/Onebridge, Nokia and RIM to mobilize data I am very curious if someone has more information about the technical solution – and about the licensing model. It will be probably free of charge to compete with Microsofts free of charge mobile service for Exchange.

Update: It IS free of charge. No additional cost. I did not read that point in the announcment.

Collaborate Now without Sametime 7.5.1 support?



Collaborate Now
is extremly usefull while working with IBM colleagues. I stopped using the Sametime access to IBM a few weeks ago while switching back and forth between Notes 8 beta, Sametime 7.5 stand alone install and my old Notes 7 installation. Now I realized: Collaborate Now does not work any more with my Notes 8 Beta 2 install which includes the Sametime 7.5.1 plugin. Accessing Collaborate Now through the web using the java client still works fine.

So is the Sametime 7.5.1 client blocked by the gateway?

Sametime + Plazes = Sameplaze!

Marco just sent me one small file called ebf.sameplaze. Put it into Lotus Sametime plugin directory, restarted Lotus Sametime, and voilá: Plazes integrated into the Lotus Sametime client:

ebf.plazer.client

It even gives you the ability to overwrite the location information from Lotus Sametime:

ebf.plazer.configuration

I had some trouble with the Plazer switching between locations with and without proxy settings. Plazer crashed every time. On the other hand location information provided by Lotus Sametime functionality was poor. So both together fits perfect for me.

Thanks, Marco.

I am a Sales Master

Sales Master

Volker started it yesterday. Yes, we all are Sales Master. But what would happen when someone chooses „HP“ for this question? Probably a deadly fault. Maybe IBM will disclose your company from the IBM partner program 😉

Gelber

Neulich war es schon sehr gelb. Jetzt werden auch die Lotus Powerpoints gelber.

T -10 days

Yesterday I received my Lotusphere Online registration information. And I realized that Lotusphere is only a few days ahead. Until now there I felt no real excitement about going to Orlando this year, but now I am looking forward to meet the community at Lotusphere. I am not sure, but I think it is my seventh or eighth Lotusphere I will attend. Have to count my t-shirts these days…

Over there at Gonzo´s Unoffical Lotusphere Site nothing has changed. Same old 2001 design, first rumours about the wednesday night party, usefull tips and lots more what you should read if you are a first time visitor. Pictures will go to flickr as in the last year, and someone proposed to use youtube.com for Lotusphere Videos.

So I am tuned in now. See you in Orlando.

A real enablement

I am not allowed to talk in depth about it. But I spent two days with IBM here in Berlin talking about Sametime 7.5 and the upcoming Hannover-Release aka Lotus Notes 8. And I am feeling much better about all this. As an American I would probably say: I am excited, but I am German 🙂

First it was a great success starting the dialogue in our XCOM development teams – the Eclipse guys AND the Lotus Notes guys. Both started talking with each other. And they begin to understand both worlds and see value in it.

Second I learned a lot about Eclipse, Lotus Expeditor and the J2EE environment. While we as the Notes guys preferrable look at Lotus Notes 8 in terms of the new UI or the new features within the Notes environment, the Ecplise guys look at the technical foundation and new ways of building composite apps. I learned a lot about „perspectives“, „view parts“ and „contributions“ – and I see a huge potential to integrate our Eclipse based application into the collaborative environment of Lotus Notes with the upcoming release.

Finally I can say that this session was the best „IBM technology enablement“ we ever had. Its always about people. You can have great software engineers talking to you – but you will not understand if they don´t speak your language. Volker speaks both languages – the Notes and the J2EE language. And additionally he could translate everything into my non-technical business guy language. So here is a big thank you. And look forward to have our first „Hannover“ application ready to present in December.

Viel geredet, viel gelernt, viel gelacht

Kassel ist im November nicht unbedingt eine Reise wert, aber der DNUG Besuch war es wider Erwarten doch.

Geredet habe ich viel. Denn zweimal durften wir sprechen über Signatur und Verschlüsselung mit Lotus Notes / Domino und über Sametime Web Conferencing mit Audiointegration – nur bleibt es ein Rätsel, warum genau bei der Demo mein Notebook den Dienst versagen mußte. Murphy´s Law.

Gelernt habe ich viel. Aber die wesentlichen Erkenntnisse kann eigentlich kein besserer als Volker zusammenfassen: Lotus Expeditor ist nichts weiter als die Eclipse RCP „premium edition“. Und Notes 8 setzt man entweder ganz oder gar nicht ein – wenn die Hardware das verträgt.

Gelacht haben wir viel. Und das ist eigentlich das schöne an diesen Treffen einer immer kleiner werdenden, aber emsigen Gemeinde.

Ach, und falls ich es noch nicht erwähnt habe, liebe Lieferanten und unserer favorisierten Mobilfunk-Partner: Ich will nen Pearl.

Gelb

noteslinux

Da beschwere ich mich gerade noch über das IBM Branding, und schon werde ich angenehm von einer neuen Kampagne überrascht: Gelber gehts nicht. Lotus ist wieder da. Wir werden davon wohl noch mehr sehen.

Expeditor gesucht

Vor einigen Tagen kündigt IBM den Lotus Expeditor an. Seitdem jagt ein Expeditor Witz den nächsten. Bei uns im Büro wird man schon begrüßt mit den Worten „Na, heute schon Deinen Expeditor gestartet?“. Und eine vernünftige Übersetzung für das Wort „Expeditor“ scheint es im Deutschen auch nicht zu geben. Leo kennt das Wort erst gar nichts und Google übersetzt es gleich mit „Expeditor“. Vielleicht liegt es ja daran, dass der Expeditor eine Art Disponent ist – und in Fachkreisen bei uns auch Expeditor heißt.

Immerhin wäre damit die Frage gelöst, wer so einen Expeditor braucht: Thyssen-Krupp sucht immerhin schon einen. Werde nachher mal ein Akquise-Gespräch führen.

My favourite Lotus Sametime plugin

Lotus Sametime 7.5 with IS.PHONE

Since I reviewed several Beta versions of Sametime 7.5 I stopped using it because of some annoying error messages in the final release – and waited for the first fixpack. Today I installed IBM Lotus Sametime 7.5 Cumulative Fix Pack 1 and played around with it for a few minutes. I added multiple communities, configured location settings – and installed is-phone from iscoord. is-phone is a plug-in for the IBM Lotus Sametime 7.5 client. So I downloaded the beta code, installed it, restarted the Sametime client – and voilá: Sametime is now my favourite softphone. It connects now to our Asterisk pbx as well as to my sipgate account. I can place my calls from my Lotus Sametime client, record the call if I want to, make notes, see call history, and so on.

This is really adding value to the Sametime client.

IBM Lotus Sametime 7.5 Cumulative Fix Pack 1 available

This is a real IBM tongue twister: IBM Lotus Sametime 7.5 Cumulative Fix Pack 1. Here is the Fixlist.

Seems they fixed the 40 MB download when attending a voice enabled web conference. So now we are ready for production.

IBM announces iTunes Client for Lotus Domino

This is breaking news from the IBM Lotus Technical Forum in Karlsruhe: an iTunes client for Lotus Domino. Well, ok, IBM only announced an RSS feed template for Lotus Domino. But adding MP3 files to Notes documents and exposing the view as an RSS feed gives you – yes! – a podcast right from your Notes database. Lots of applause for this new feature from the crowd in the congress center.

Everybody seems to be in a good mood over here. Excellent presentations from Craig Hayman, Ron Sebastian, Kevin Cavanaugh and Ed Brill – lots of applause. Compared to the typical german audience I would call this „a fever of excitement“ – even there was not really an unexpected announcment.

So what did IBM announce today besides the iTunes client:
– Lotus Notes 7.0.2 will run on Mac OS – this was allready announced at Lotusphere. And it will be shipped with integrated Sametime presence awareness.
– Full Linux Support for Lotus Notes was announced at Lotusphere as well. It will run as a plugin in the Workplace Managed Client and will be shipped in June. According to IBM over 8.000 people at IBM use Lotus Notes now on Linux.
– As announced last week, IBM showed the SAP Templates for Lotus Notes. Five of seven templates will be ready to ship immediatly. Interesting demo scenario: Take the functionality of the new templates, run the database on a Domino 7 server, expose the code as a web service, let the code consume by the Blackberry Enterprise Server, and push your app out to the Blackberry Handhelds – and there you have mobile SAP client build in a few minutes.
– Sametime 7.5 is on the track and will be shipped in this summer. First thin I learned: they use the same codec for telephony integration that Skype uses. So theoretical integration should be easy – theoretical. Second: The Sametime 7.5 client understands now a kind of formular language! Yes, it looks like the good old formular language that lately raised from the dead in Workplace Designer. For example users can define own functions to automate an import from a specific range of cells from a spreadsheet into a chat. This was new to me and is not availabe in the Sametime 7.5 beta I use today.
– Lots of new features in WebSphere Portal 6 we will announce in our own Portal 6 Launch

And what about Hannover? One year ago Ambuj Goyal announced Hannover at the first IBM Technical Forum. Six months ago Kevin Cavanaugh showed live code as well as the good old tile wall – and Open Document Format (ODF) support was announced. At this years Lotusphere in January we could test some of the functionality. And now in Karlsruhe Hannover became an Office Suite: Hannover aka Lotus Notes 8 will have build in editors for spreadsheets, word processing and presentations which by default work with ODF format. If people still want to buy MS Office, they can. The editors will support the proprietary format too.

So Hannover is Lotus Notes – and a lot more. It will grow from a plattform for collaborative applications to an open plattform for composite applications. For the first time in 16 years Lotus Notes will do more than just talk to Domino. IBM has the vision to make the Eclipse based Hannover aka Lotus Notes the preferred SOA client.

Of course Lotus Notes will be backwards compatibel. „If Notes applications don´t run in Hannover, it´s a bug“, Mike Rhodin said. Unfortunatly we will have to wait a long time until we can try to prove this. Hannover will be shipped in Q1 2007 first half of 2007, as well as my personal favorite piece of software: the Activity Explorer. Some parts of that great technology are available in the Workplace Managed Client, but the best is yet to come. Browser access, Firefox plugin, Office support, Lotus Notes plugin. I expect Activity Explorer to save my life. I gave up cleaning up my inbox. „Gone are the days when people got excited when they heared that familiar sound ‚You Got Mail!'“, Ed Brill said. He was so right.

I enjoyed this first day very much. I visited very good sessions with excellent speakers – and had a good time with the usual suspects 😉