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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.

What would you do, if you were in charge of Lotus?

Today I had the time to read all the comments to last weeks posts about Lotus Notes‘ core strengths and weaknesses. Finally Volker asked: What would you do, if you were in charge of Lotus?. And Alan Lepofsky, now Director of Marketing at Socialtext, hits the mark:

[…] DRAMATICALLY simplify the product portfolio down to only 3 offerings: Notes/Domino, Sametime, and Connections.

Gone as standalone products would be Quickr, Doc, Workflow, Portal, Forms, Portal, Mash-ups, Traveler, Symphony, and anything else I’ve left off. Not gone as features, just gone as stand alone purchasable units which require marketing, confuse customers and press, etc. Take their code, and weave it appropriately into the 3 products above.

For example, Quickr does two things, file/attachment sharing and team sharing sites. The main confusion over Quickr is Domino or J2EE? Fine, remove any talk about that, by taking the Domino Quickr code and moving it into… Domino. Take the J2EE Quickr code, and make it part of Connections. Don’t talk about parity across the platforms, talk about how Domino now has file sharing and team spaces, and how Connections now has file sharing and team spaces. That is not overlapping product functionality, as both products need those features. […]

-> read on

I know IBM is listening. I hope they will understand.

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?


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.