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What if Peter Drucker Taught Enterprise 2.0 Strategy?

Very good presentation by Mark Fidelman. Worth to spent the time and think about enabling people to collaborate.

Lotus Notes again

Surprisingly it looks like I will work in a Lotus Notes 8.5.x rollout project the next days. After several non-Lotus related projects last year this feels a little bit old fashioned – and it feels like coming home, too 😉

Ozzie has seen the future

Some excerpts from Ray Ozzies post „Dawn of a new day:

Complexity kills. Complexity sucks the life out of users, developers and IT. Complexity makes products difficult to plan, build, test and use. Complexity introduces security challenges. Complexity causes administrator frustration.

And as time goes on and as software products mature – even with the best of intent – complexity is inescapable.

Indeed, many have pointed out that there’s a flip side to complexity: in our industry, complexity of a successful product also tends to provide some assurance of its longevity. Complex interdependencies and any product’s inherent ‘quirks’ will virtually guarantee that broadly adopted systems won’t simply vanish overnight. And so long as a system is well-supported and continues to provide unique and material value to a customer, even many of the most complex and broadly maligned assets will hold their ground. And why not? They’re valuable. They work.

But so long as customer or competitive requirements drive teams to build layers of new function on top of a complex core, ultimately a limit will be reached. Fragility can grow to constrain agility. Some deep architectural strengths can become irrelevant – or worse, can become hindrances.

Remembers me not only of Microsoft products but of an collaborative solution he invented.

Furtheron about the shift toward the continuous services and connected devices model:

As we’ve begun to embrace today’s incredibly powerful app-capable phones and pads into our daily lives, and as we’ve embraced myriad innovative services & websites, the early adopters among us have decidedly begun to move away from mentally associating our computing activities with the hardware/software artifacts of our past such as PC’s, CD-installed programs, desktops, folders & files.

Instead, to cope with the inherent complexity of a world of devices, a world of websites, and a world of apps & personal data that is spread across myriad devices & websites, a simple conceptual model is taking shape that brings it all together. We’re moving toward a world of 1) cloud-based continuous services that connect us all and do our bidding, and 2) appliance-like connected devices enabling us to interact with those cloud-based services.

H sees a future of amazing, pervasive cloud-centric experiences delivered through a world of innovative devices that surround us:

Today’s PC’s, phones & pads are just the very beginning; we’ll see decades to come of incredible innovation from which will emerge all sorts of ‘connected companions’ that we’ll wear, we’ll carry, we’ll use on our desks & walls and the environment all around us. Service-connected devices going far beyond just the ‘screen, keyboard and mouse’: humanly-natural ‘conscious’ devices that’ll see, recognize, hear & listen to you and what’s around you, that’ll feel your touch and gestures and movement, that’ll detect your proximity to others; that’ll sense your location, direction, altitude, temperature, heartbeat & health.

I agree to his predictions for the future. Maybe its not the future of Microsoft he has seen. And even not Googles future. But it will happen.

A world without e-mail, Part 2

After yesterdays posting about visions for a social workplace I stumbeld upon Kevin Rose´s tips to get rid of the email problem:

#5: Add a http://three.sentenc.es/ email signature and keep them short.

„Treat all email responses like SMS text messages, using a set number of letters per response. Since it’s too hard to count letters, we count sentences instead.

three.sentenc.es is a personal policy that all email responses regardless of recipient or subject will be three sentences or less. It’s that simple.“

Example signature:
——————————————–
Q: Why is this email three sentences or less?
A: http://three.sentenc.es
——————————————–

#4: Type „Sent from iPhone“ under your short responses. People don’t expect long responses when you’re on your phone. Don’t forget to mispell a few words.

This all looks graet +1!!
Sent from iPhone.

#3: Create a ‚VIP‘ filter. Add your boss, investors, and close friends. Flag them red and throw them in a separate folder. This is the first place I check every morning.

#2: (Gmail only) Keep the spam out. If you’re giving your address to a potentially shady website, tack on +spam to the end, example: yourname+spam@gmail.com. You can then filter those emails into a spam folder you check periodically. (ProTip: the +spam is a variable that can be anything you want, eg. yourname+football@gmail.com etc., make as many as you like)

#1: (Apple Mail or similar program) Setup an email bankruptcy filter. This is a little bit of a dick move, but if you’re getting hundreds of new emails a day, it just might work.

Step 1: Create a filter that auto-responds to all unopened emails > 14 days old w/the following message:

Your email (below) is now 14 days old and has not been opened. To minimize email buildup your email has now been placed in the archive. Should you still require a response simply respond back and you’ll automatically be added to the priority queue. Thank you.

Step 2: Setup another filter that looks for the text „Your email (below)“, this will catch the email responses back to you from those still requiring your response. Filter these into a special folder you check and respond to daily.

Reminds me of an article I wrote back in 2004. After returning from vacation the CEO deleted all the unread mails in his inbox and stated: „who really needs a response to his mail calls me or will write a letter“.

Wave @ Work

It is not easy to explain what Google Wave is about. It is clear what it is not: Another social software tool. It is an collaborative environment. Just watch this Demo of SAP Gravity.

The LotusLive Support Bot

An answer from LotusLive support regarding my request:

Danke für Ihre LotusLive Supportanfrage. Support ist zur Zeit nur in Englisch verfügbar. Wir prüfen, Technischen Support in weiteren Sprachen in Zukunft anzubieten. Wir haben Ihre Anfrage maschinell auf Englisch übersetzt, konnten jedoch keine passenden Antworten finden. Wir bitten Sie, Ihre Support Anfrage in Englisch an support@lotuslive.com zu senden und wir werden Sie weiter unterstützen.

Englische Übersetztung Ihrer Anfrage:

Hello Lotus Support

two concerns torment me:

1. I would like to edit my account information and my password does not work, alternatively, I’ve forgotten. If I reset the password, although I have noticed that an email was sent to me, but it depends on none. Also in the SPAM filter does not matter.

2. My client has established a space on Lotus Live, and I can not add, since I’m already registered. Why, exactly, he can not add an existing account?

My e-mail address is the address of registration:

Thanks for fast support

Greeting

Alexander Kluge

I love translation bots. And I do understand why there is no standard solution for that problem – nobody would ever understand this.

Cloud Cuckoo Land

Everybody talks about cloud services. Everyday we receive new cloud offerings from all big vendors. And the marketing machineries work very well – at least customers are testing the offerings more and more.

So does mine. Big company, very blue and yellow deciders. And yellow consultants. Conclusion: We will look at LotusLive first.

IBM opened a virtual space for my customer. We started configuring the service and added our team members. All team members? No. There is just one team member that will stay outside the cloud. It´s me.

The reason is simple. All members were new members to LotusLive. Except me. Unfortunatly I did not want to pay for the LotusLive service, so my test account expired and now we were not able to add my email adress:

LotusLiveUservorhanden

Remember: We are in Germany and this messages tells the admin to call a US number. Of course he can not call US number from his business phone.

Meanwhile I tried to log in with my old data. Fail. I was told username and password are wrong. So I tried to recover my password, entered my email adress – and was told that my account will be reset immediatly and I will receive a new password. This was about 6 hours ago. Still no email from LotusLive.

So I decided to write to support@lotuslive.com, of course in german, because the User Interface is in german so I was sure there is german speaking support staff on the other site. Then I received an automated response from an account named „ASC“, email adress „ASC@virtela.com“. Who the hell is „Virtela“ I thought:

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Oha, it´s the LotusLive support, answering in english. This was 11:27 local time. Still there is no answer from what they call the „Sebior support“.

IBM, if you want to play with the others in the cloud, you should care about this. If you offer the service world wide in local language, then you need to support this language. Without toll numbers in the US but with toll free local numbers. If you want to sell that stuff, you should be fast answering problems from test companies. They might change to another provider in the clouds. Its just one mouse click away.

Surfing the Wave

Google Wave

The last two weeks I had the chance to play around with Google Wave. Since Google Wave was announced I was very curious. Wave seemed to be the next big step for an integrated communication application.

When I first looked at IBMs Activity Explorer more than 3 years ago I was very enthusiastic about the new approach of communication and collaboration. Very good idea to have synchronous and asynchronous communication in one place, add documents and notes and work with others on presentations and project plans. But when I started to work with Activity Explorer I realized it is not easy to cope with this new kind of integrated desktop. It was a lot of information in one place at the same time. And as IBM released it, it was slow and more a kind of prototype for building the Eclipse based Notes 8 client. Unfortunatly the degree of integration of chat, email, documents, etc. in Notes 8 is still not what I expected after working with the prototype years ago. Still you live in your inbox, Activity Explorer and Sametime live somewhere in the sidebar. Yes, I know, there are lots of context right mouse click menus, there is persistent chats and much more – but still things feel not as integrated as I expected it to be.

Now, with Google Wave, you have everything in one place. And you have it real-time. No matter if you are in a chat, work on a document or hold a meeting – everything what you do is real-time. Your co-workers see what you are doing right now in that specific document (you can turn it off if you want). You can take synchronous chats offline, switch to e-mail in asynchronous mode, re-open the chat again, add other co-workers and so on.

Another new way of working with documents is the possibility to reply anywhere in that document. You can start conversation like it would be a comment right at a specific point in the text. Makes it much easier do start conversations about a document or email without the endless „reply-to-all-with-history“ threads.

With those features Google Wave for me is the first tool I worked with which really integrates synchronous and asynchronous communication. And there is a lot more in Google Wave. It is very simple to ad Gadgets or Robots to your Wave desktop and share stuff with your co-workers. I am not a programmer, so I am not the one who tests the API and writes code. But from what I can see there is a huge potential that Google Wave becomes a platform for collaborative applications on top of that new concept.

Finally I have to admit that I needed my time to get the message. First look at Google Wave caused confusion, and because it is Beta, it caused some crashes too. Safari did not really want to work with Wave, but Firefox did well. Sometimes using Google Wave slowed down my MacBook too much I had to close the browser app. And I really would like to test that stuff not in the closed sandbox environment. Lets see when they put it out in the wild.

I am very impressed, and looking at the collaborative solutions outside that I have seen and worked with the last 15 years, my guess is Google Wave will set new standards.

Yellow for Less Green

Unfortunatly I will not make it to attend DNUG this time. I guess this will be an interesting conference, and I wonder what Lotus executives will have to say about what is happening in Lotus land.

I guess IBM will announce to do things different. Regarding marketing we see some serious efforts made with the Smart Work campaign.

Still I think most of the non IBM / Lotus customers do not get the story. Maybe we will hear more about this tomorrow in Düsseldorf.

What we definetly will here about tomorrow is a special promotion for Lotus products with a significant 25% discount on new licences and reinstatements. Reduced prices will be available for a few months. IBM hopes to win back lost Lotus customers back into maintenance mode – and to win new customers from the dark site who are facing yet another large renewal bill for evil products like Exchange in Micrsofts fiscal Q4.

From my perspective there are two kinds of customers in the first category: The customers who discontinued maintenance will not reinstate, because they are happy with the pre-Notes 8 releases and they want to avoid upgrade of clients. Marketing will have to do a good job to convince these customers.

The second kind of customers are very happy about Notes 8, but they have maintenance and will not buy new licenses – because they simply don´t need to because business does not grow in these times.

In the second category it will be a hard sell too. License costs are only a small part of the budget for choosing a new messaging and collaboration infrastructure. But in some cases it might help.

In Germany we call this „Abwrackprämie“ – a scrappage program for MS licences. Maybe 25% discount is real good argument 😉

What’s the story, Lotus?

I read a lot these days about Lotus Marketing – and most of the things are not really new for someone who has been in that business for years. Looking at the marketing campaigns IBM came up with the last years most of them were worse than the campaign before. Just remember the Codenauts! None of my customers got the message.

Today I stumbled upon Stuart McIntyre´s posting, and I think I should link to it because he put it the right way:

As the head of a 50-person ‚up and coming‘ organisation from London that is faced with alternatives from Google, Socialtext, Jive, Huddle, Alfresco etc and little understanding of the Lotus portfolio beyond some buzz on the web about Lotus Connections or Quickr, I’d have walked away utterly confused at what IBM/Lotus was actually offering me or my business.

Nobody outside our little, very closed Lotus community understands what IBM is talking about today. Thats a big problem when a business partner tries to sell the message to it´s customers. I was one of these partners the last 10 years. And I wish IBM would have continued marketing like Lotus did in the past.

Today I work with people in IT organizations who are responsible for running large infrastructurs. They don´t even talk about Lotus. Lotus is something they know back from the old day – but it´s irrelevant today.

In my last position sometimes I felt like the last Jedi. But the force was not with me. Today I see some new efforts being made, including some of the videos of the Working Smarter campaign on Youtube. I would like to see Lotus back on the agenda of my current customers. And still I think: When IBM would like to do good marketing, they could do it. Maybe they simply don´t want to.



Sittin´on the dock of the bay

Pelican

Two years ago our „After-Lotusphere-Trip“ ended up in Anna Maria island, where we found a beautifull place at the Cedar Cove and watched the Pelicans for a few days.

This year we stranded in Boca Grande. And this is an unbelievable place. A small village with about 2500 citizens, no MacDonalds, no shopping malls. One hotel, one bakery, a few small shops. Nothing more.

Today we rented bicycles and drove down to the south end where the old lighthouse stands since more than 100 years. We were sitting on the dock of the bay watching the pelicans and the dolphins. And tonight we had the first really delicious dinner since we stayed in the US. What a wonderfull and extraordinary experience.

We could stay a few days more before we return to cold and dark Germany.

Froy-Der, Sher-Ner Getter-Foon-Ken

Benjamin Zander @ Lotusphere

Lotusphere ended with a remarkable Closing Session. I have seen just one other guest speaker on my 11 Lotuspheres that fascinated the crowd like Benjamin Zander this afternoon. Like Patrick Stewart a few years ago people were really touched when Benjamin Zander spoke and sang with us – and made 3.000 Lotusphere attendees sing „Freude, schöner Götterfunken“, most of them not speaking one word of german. He is a fantastic speaker and motivator. Lots of things he said will be on my mind traveling now to the gulf coast.

Ode to Joy for Non-Germany

Lotusphere was great. Still have to think about what the things coming up will mean to me. But now to something completly different…


DRM

Just watched this brilliant Lotusphere video again. Then I stopped it at this point:
lotusphere_bottle

Hey, this is a picture I took years ago at Lotusphere 2004! And they used it to build this video. Without asking! Hey guys, I want my royalties…

Lotusphere 04

Day 3 @ Lotusphere

Wow, thats cold. Can´t remember temperatures below 0 Celsius at Lotusphere. But thats not the only thing that is different this year.

No customer meetings, no partner meetings. I am out of business. Not that bad at all. Can see all whats happening here from a different and much more relaxed perspective. No need to turn the stuff I learned into money immediatly.

Twitter. The use of Twitter has become essentially for me. Can´t believe it, because I was so sceptical about microblogging. But Twitter is THE source of whats going on at Lotusphere. I am not sure if really someone outside the Lotus community here reads Live Blogging streams from one of the sessions, but to stay up to date its perfect. When I look around on Laptops nearly everybody checks Twitter streams all the time.

Content: No big bang at the Opening Session. But a continuous information flow all over the week. I think much better than the years before. I liked the smaller keynotes. The Unified Communication & Collaboration keynote was the best I have attended. The only disappointment was the Social Software keynote. I don´t like that style. But some people find it funny. For me it was naiv.

Products. Lotus portfolio has grown too much. To many separate products. They should consolidate the product set. Just remember Allan´s great thoughts on that topic. But: I am happy to see many products becoming more and more mature. Most of the things that were promised at Lotusphere 2008 are now there and usable. Huge improvements for the social software product portfolio Lotus Connections and Lotus Quickr. Hiuge improvements in the UCC product portfolio: All the things coming up in Sametime 8.5 will help IBM gaining new market share and deliver what they promised. Zero footprint web clients, no plugins, streamlined UI, many usefull new functions – Sametime Meeting Center is now a real competitor to WebEx & Co. Foundations: Hmm, still no idea when people in Germany will hop on that train. My thoughts on LotusLive remain unchanged. Necessary step, looks great, lets see how it evolves. Will test it in a real world situation this year.

Finally living in my Mac world without Lotus Notes as an one man company is still possible, even at Lotusphere. But learning from David Allen using Lotus Notes as his GTD tool makes me feel I will use Lotus Notes in the future again. Until then it would be great if Marco will release ebf.caldav server plugin to get what IBM should deliver: a calendar feed from Domino sources to use iCal even with an Domino backend.

See you at Universal Studios tonight.



iPhone support for Lotus Notes

So now it is official after the news leaked yesterday even before „Blogger´s Nachos & News Event„: IBM will implement ActiveSync protocol into Lotus Traveler. Timeframe is „this year“, which means end of 2009. So this is late, very late, but I do not want to complain too much. Finally IBM listened after last years IBM bashing.

With the implementation of ActiveSync they did it the right way. Now they could probably support Windows Mobile devices through active sync. And the question comes up why there are now two seperate ways of supporting Windows Mobile devices – SyncML and ActiveSync? Well, this all seems to be early stage, and we will see what we get end of the year. The new Traveler with ActiveSync will be integrated into the Domino 8.5 code stream. If customers want to enable iPhone sync they have to upgrade or at least setup one Domino 8.5 sync server as far as I understood.

For the Lotus Notes end user setting up his iPhone will be a strange experience:
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He probably will have to choose Microsoft Exchange to enable sync with his Domino server. Can not imagine Apple adding other vendors to that list.

All in all a late but very good decision by IBM. I know many customers and especially executives who will love that announcment – if they be patient till end of the year.



On the Cloud with IBM

There seem to be two main things people talk about in the hallways about this years news: XPages and „Click to Cloud“. While last years effort to meet the new requirements of a new IT world have been halfhearted this years announcments showed that IBM is serious about the cloud and the challenge to meet Google in the messaging and collaboration business.
With the announcement of the first partnerships (LinkedIn, Skype, Salesforce.com) and the acquisition of Outblaze there suddenly is momentum in the business. I think, this is an important and necessary move looking at the market where lots of companies currently testing and implementing services in the cloud. IBM thinks of these services as an extension of the existing corporate infrastructure to the cloud – so Business Partners and IT staff should not be scared.

But I think they should. The business model is changing fast. And extending an existing infrastructure seemless to cloud services does means its easy to move these services to the cloud too. The next step is only a small step if the first step works. So customers will move completly services like Mail, Instant Messaging, etc. to the cloud – and to the IBM datacenter.

What does that mean for Business Partners? Google has build a whole ecosystem around its cloud services. IBM has not. The Lotus partner ecosystem is mainly a Notes developer / admin ecosystem. They have to change and ask themselves how they can add value to LotusLive. With open standards, customers will not need anymore a „classic“ Notes app to add an CRM service or a DMS service. Suddenly, the closed Lotus shop is an open shop. For many companies that provide today tools for managing Domino servers to its customers there will be no market if the servers are in IBMs cloud.

Again: From an IBM perspective this is a necessary step. IBM is focusing on solutions for its customers and not discussing the underlying technology. It does not matter for IBM if the Meeting Center technology behind LotusLive is Lotus Sametime or the scalable architecture the acquired to build the Unyte server. It even does not matter if Mail services are Notes based or Outblaze based – as long as it has one look and feel and is robust, open, scaleable.

I am very curious where this community will stand in two or three years and which will be the services business partners will provide.

LotusLive just partly live

Yesterday I registered for LotusLive and played around with it. I liked the interface, I registered my company and myself as a user. Worked well.

Today I wanted to try the other stuff that was shown in this mornings keynote. And it failed. Tried to open the file library. It took more than 20 minutes to open it. Then I tried to upload a file. Failed. So I tried to test the Instant Messaging capabilities:

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Hmmm. OK, I have no Lotus Sametime client on my Macbook, so the only other way to use LotusLive Instant Messaging is the download option. This is what you get:

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Imagine 160 MB download in this conferences WLAN. Looking at the URL, I know I will receive a Win32 only installer in the zip-file.

There seems to be some work to do.

iPhone support for Lotus Notes to be announced

So this is what we waited for at the Opening General Session yesterday. So probably IBM did not announce it in respect to strategic partner RIM.

Orlando, Fla. – IBM/Lotus for the first time ever will provide users of the iPhone and other mobile devices that support ActiveSync with real-time access to their email, calendars and contacts.

The company plans to announce on Wednesday that it will add support for Microsoft’s ActiveSync protocol, which will enable instant over-the-air email delivery to Apple’s iPhone 2.0 mail client and other handsets that support the protocol.

The ActiveSync technology will be added later this year to Lotus Notes Traveler, which provides real-time replication between mobile devices and Notes.

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Meanwhile Sybase anounced full iPhone support too. So welcome iPhone to the other half of the corporate messaging world.



Blue Man Group @ Lotusphere

OGS Blueman Group


Opening Session Lotusphere 2009

Time to wrap up the announcements from this mornings Lotusphere opening session. First we had a great start. Seated in beanbags right in front of the stage with access to a fixed LAN and power for our laptops was really great. IBM and especially Erica did a great job to make us feel comfortable. Beeing treated as a important person feels not that bad. And it was so much fun watching Twitter stream while having all the bloggers around me and commenting things that happened on stage.

This years OGS was different. This year IBM did not split the OGS like last year in two separat sessions. There was only one OGS, even if IBM claims to have 2% more visitors this year. Looking at the economic situation these are very good figures.
Although there was no big announcement this year nobody seemed to be bored. It was a well timed show, Blueman Group was really great – and Dan Aykroyd was, ok, at least a little bit funny. I enjoyed the OGS very much on my beanbag.

So what was in it this year:

  • It was Bob Picciano´s first Lotusphere as a Lotus General Manager – but probably not the first time he hears about the communities pains. His wife Deidra works – yes – as a Lotus Notes developer! I think he did a good job this morning introducing himself to the crowd.
  • I find it quiet unusual to put customers on stage to sing the Lotus song, but they did it short. One song for Notes (Coca Cola), one song for WebSphere Portal (Warren Buffet´s NetJets). That´s democracy.
  • Mobility. Yes. Last year I complained about IBM focusing to much on RIM when IBM announced the strategic partnership for the mobility market. This year it was a RIM only Show. Co-CEO Jim Balsillie on stage at the OGS and on stage at the Press & Analyst meeting. Blackberry client for Connections, ODF rendering on Blackberry aka Lotus Symphony support, new Sametime client for Blackberry, xPages support on Blackberry. Well, Symbian anyone? Did I hear iPhone sync support? Unfortunatly not. Nobody asked about Traveler, nobody talked about iPhone support in Domino. Talking about 10 billion mobil web users in 2010 I would doubt if they all will use RIM devices.
  • Kevin Cavanaugh did a great job announcing this years 20st birthday of Lotus Notes. 20 years is not an easy age. 20 year old boys hang around with their disruptive friends. They don´t know where they belong to. They are in search for orientation on life. A little bit like Lotus Notes. But unlike those 20 year old students Lotus Notes will save your companies money. Nice put.
    Lotus Notes 8.5 shipped this month. Many new very cool features that I missed since a long time: iCal support in calendar, calendar federation, vCard handling in address book, (adress book federation coming in future releases!), and much more. XPages really revolutionizes the way of web development with Domino Designer. Mobile Device support in Domino Designer by helping developers easily manage different device resolutions and fit content for each device type. Lots of good news.
  • Lotus now has an App Store, too. Apple has an app store. RIM has an app store. Now Lotus opens an app store for partners and announces a partnership with OpenNTF.org. A good idea to push applications to existing and new customers to show them the power of the platform. Very good idea.
  • Unified Communication with lots of good news. Sametime 8.5 with a really good telephony integration, call forwarding with rules, instant audio conference rooms, permanent meeting rooms, record meetings and save the recorded meeting in Quicktime format, instant client side conversion of documents which you drag and drop into the meeting room and much more. Very good demo. Just select contacts from your Sametime buddy list, instantly open a conference room, and if you need your boss to make the final decision: simply drag and drop him into the conference room. Well done.
    Breaking news for me: No Plugin download anymore when using the Meeting Center! This was in some customer situations the show stopper. Now it´s gone. Good move! And they did some improvements to cope with the firewall issues. I don´t know what exactly, but firewall issues have always been the second show stopper when offering Sametime as a webconferencing platform. Good news for those who compete with WebEx & Co.
  • Social Software for the enterprise: Yes, it looks like Lotus Connections grew up. Microblogging features with Twitter integration, a good looking Wiki feature, a much better UI. Many updates on Quickr. Lotus Mashups targeting the LOB users. Build your own Mashup, even build mashups with your private data without talking to IT. Remembers me of the good old Lotus Notes times when exactly this user group drove the success of Lotus Notes.
  • The Cloud. Lotus Bluehouse is not blue anymore and bleeds yellow now. And with the acquisition of Outblaze it was rebranded to – no, not Outhouse – it was renamed to LotusLive. LotusLive comes in different flavours, and LotusLive Engage contains all the service Lotus delivers as a product now as a service in the cloud. „Click to cloud“ is the buzzword, and the offering is targeting enterprises who want to extend the reach of their Lotus products from the intranet to the extranet. And new customers, who talk today with Google and other SaaS companies. The killer argument is here: Lotus partners with LinkedIn for integrated contact management, SalesForce.com for CRM and Sykpe for telephony integration. Managing mail will be Outblazes part of the game.
    LotusLive is available, I logged in and was really impressed. Have to check out later. But still I have my doubts how the channel should earn money with this. Will write a separate post about my thoughts.
  • Alloy. Branding is the hardest part. Atlantic is now Alloy. Only god knows why. I would like to invite the marketing guys to Germany explaining customers this new name. Alloy is the result of two years hard work. SAP and IBM worked together on the tight integration of Notes and SAP. They will offer a joined support for customers so it does not matter if they talk to SAP or IBM. IBM has the chance to push the Notes 8 client with its composite app features to SAP customers, and SAP will probably benefit from the Web 2.0 feature set of the Lotus portfolio. Sounds good, makes sense. Except the brand name.
  • So thats it for today. Will now join the Media Party and afterwards the JAMFest. Unfortunatly missed the Executive Q&A, but will read everything on Twitter, read it on blogs or hear the podcast lateron 🙂