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On Lotusphere 2006 business development day, we committed to respond to Microsoft FUD within 24 hours .
I will use this blog to flag the FUD and respond on time.
We responded to Microsoft FUD around their migration tools in Surjit Chana's blog (http://www-128.ibm.com/developerworks/blogs/dw_blog.jspa?blog=808#105465)
The FACTS around the Microsoft migration tools... don't believe the hype
Sorry, but I just can't let this misinformation go unaddressed.. I'm talking about the Microsoft Application Analyzer and Data migration tool "announcement."
So lets look at some FACTS:
1. Microsoft has currently pulled this tool out of their website (http://www.microsoft.com/technet/interopmigration/collaboration/default.mspx#Tools)
2. Reviews by Microsoft/IBM business partner (http://www.pmooney.net/blogsphe.nsf/d6plinks/PMOY-6L2TN4)
"reveal that this is a prelude to a FUD generator, nothing more. MS cannot do what Lotus can do"!
- wrong assumption that only standard Lotus templates are in use!
- analyzer engine cannot handle database volumes
- it requires .net framework 2 and MSDE SQL engine installed and running in that machine.
- This latest version of the analyser and report tool attempts to group each database into one of four categories, and then tries to suggest a replacement MS solution. Note that Microsoft equivalent of Domino collaboration (chat, presence awareness) requires Windows Exchange, Live communication, and Sharepoint Portal servers and CAL, Sharepoint services, and SQL server!
3. Gartner analyst Matt Cain said (CNET). "They've had a bunch of migration tools out there for a long time and they haven't been revised in ages."
"What's still missing is a tool or service that can migrate the Domino application logic," Cain said. "Domino still is an awesome rapid application development tool. There frankly is nothing (like it) on the market."
4. Oh by the way, more than 3000 customers and millions of users, have already decided to trade up from offerings such as Microsoft Exchange by switching to IBM Lotus Domino in Y2004-2005. These include Southern California Edison, Greif, Holland company, Morphy Richards, Suncast, and American society for the prevention of cruelty to animals. Many leverage the IBM business partner hosted POC (http://www-142.ibm.com/software/sw-lotus/products/product4.nsf/wdocs/notesdominopoc) for customers to try and move.[Read More]
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Hopefully we have closure on this particular FUD. Check these out:
Microsoft official response http://blogs.technet.com/collabtools/archive/2006/02/02/418599.aspx
Press: In CNET: http://news.com.com/2061-10805_3-6034893.html?part=rss&tag=6034893&subj=news.
Analysts: Butler Group: http://businessreview.typepad.com/butler_group
You have already seen responses from Business Partners.[Read More]
Microsoft is still referring to a year and a half-old vendor-funded report from the consulting arm of an analyst group that is no longer in business!
Check out this "TCO study": http://www.microsoft.com/exchange/evaluation/compare/METAEx2k3vNotes.mspx
So we still have our analysis posted at http://www-142.ibm.com/software/sw-lotus/lotus/offering1.nsf/wdocs/tcostudy until the FUD is put to rest!
Oh by the way did you know:
This report was done by not the analysts but by META consultants as part of a Microsoft paid engagement.. There is no mention of how they computed the TCO!
META was since been acquired.
Comparing apples to oranges is flawed: Exchange 2003 vs Notes/Domino R5, 6, and 6.5 customers (R5 shipped in 1999). Since the study we have shipped N/D 7. Meanwhile, we await Exchange "12"!
So folks: Be aware of facts. Bust this FUD.[Read More]
The recent Microsoft case study and the report published by Gartner is a good example of how one should not design a solution. Why? For one, the customer in the study spents ~US$1.5M to just do mail migration. They are estimating another US$1.5M atleast for migrating the applications! Alternatively, they could have freed up significant IT budget by not renewing their MS Enterprise Agreement and then spent a portion of the cost of the migration to get the required functionality. Do the ROI math here!!
Let us look at this latest Microsoft study that Gartner published as: Migration From Domino to Exchange Is Easy for E-Mail, but Applications Prove More Challenging 22 February 2006 by Matthew W. Cain. (G00137480)
Microsoft's case study: "Services Firm Switches to Microsoft Collaboration, Cuts Costs and Improves Productivity" is available here:
I like the Gartner one - to the point. The Microsoft title brings up several flags:
- Well, all they switched was email
- The document says they hope to improve productivity
1. Aging infrastructure not keeping up with a growing (85%) mobile workforce
- 50/50 chance of connecting to office: One of the key Notes/Domino value proposition is disconnected usage and replication!
2. Employee communication and collaboration suffered
- No unified up-to-date corporate phonebook online anywhere. Do it in Domino...
- Need to create a sense of community among employees Do it in Domino!
- Eurochem: http://www-306.ibm.com/software/success/cssdb.nsf/CS/DNSD-6LTE5V?OpenDocument&Site=software
3. Internal IBM Lotus Notes applications - complex engagement management - were difficult to use
- Usability - Number of mouse clicks! Design?
- Flexibility and scalability for 7000 users?
1. Broader Options
Broad mobile-communication options!
Really? See : http://www-142.ibm.com/software/sw-lotus/lotus/offering1.nsf/wdocs/matrix2
Concern over long-term viability of Domino and confusion over IBM's road map for Domino.
Improve employee satisfaction with corporate IT services: survey results? study?
2. Increased alignment with Microsoft strategy
Facts about the Business Case:
They spent $214 per user to migrate mail only. They have no established ROI for this expenditure, and don't necessarily believe it will save them any money.
They spent $214 per user -- without implementing coexistence tools which would have eased the migration pain. Expect that the cost per user would have been higher had they put the coexistence gateway in place.
They continue to operate their Domino infrastructure for applications. They think they will have apps moved in two years, at an additional estimated cost of $200 per user) -- but nobody knows if that will work yet.
There are no hard facts in here -- just perspectives.
"the firm hopes the migration appeases these IT services concerns"
"the firm has not done thorough estimates, it believes the ultimate cost of migrating applications will be in the range of another $200 per user,"
" the company believes that managing the Exchange environment is easier than managing the Domino e-mail infrastructure"
"ensured a smooth transition for users" conflicts with "This created challenges in communication".
They imposed 150 MB mailbox quotas on the new system. Is that worth migrating to?
Binary Tree offers migration tool to move from Microsoft Exchange to Lotus Notes Domino: http://www.binarytree.com/website/msg/home.nsf/vContentW/CMT+For+Notes--CMT+For+Notes!Opendocument&migrateFrom=Exchange&migrateTo=Notes
and the case studies posted in their website points to superior collaboration as one of the reasons customers moved from Exchange to Lotus Notes Domino. http://www.binarytree.com/website/msg/home.nsf/vContentW/9D1C66B21191E43586256E850068077A
More than 3000 customers leveraged the Binary Tree tool!! According to Binary Tree, they have helped migrate more than 5Million users from MS Exchange to Lotus Notes/Domino since 1995.
So, maybe its not too late still, to use the same tool to get back using IBM Lotus Notes/Domino, and explore Websphere Portal and related technologies.[Read More]
From Office Sharepoint Portal Server 2003 to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007: is a portal? is not a portal?
Check this out! http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2006/feb06/02-15OfficeMoreOptionsPR.mspx
New: Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007.
Yes, this used to be called Sharepoint Portal Server
So what is going on?
Microsoft is changing Portal frameworks (http://msdn.microsoft.com/msdnmag/issues/05/09/WebParts/). So it's possible that customers may have to rebuild all of their Sharepoint Web Parts to take advantage of the new features.
Did you know that Sharepoint Portal Server 2003 cannot run on .Net 2.0 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/907763)
So it's not possible for it to work with the new portal framework included in Net 2.0.
Guess what then? Sharepoint Portal Server 2003 users cannot move to Visual Studio 2005 and .Net 2.0
Here are some reasons why at least one customer has shied away from Sharepoint Portal Server 2003:
- Supports only one language per server or cluster
- Limited development tools for remote deployment
- Active Directory/ADAM (Active Directory Application Mode, LDAP service) does not work together
- Limited out of the box web parts, Poor integration with Domino applications, Limiting Peoplesoft integration
-beyond use as an Office 2003 document sharing server, most everything else for customer portal services would have to be coded, designed and installed or integrated in SharePoint Server... building a server farm for scalability, using Windows load balancing (NLB) for basic data caching, designing roles in Active Directory, doubling performance with SQL Server, adding process management with BizTalk, presence with LCS, and coding or adding capabilities for data abstraction, membership management, localization, mobile transcoding, fuzzy or parametric search, discovery, automated portlet services, portal application integration assembly tools, virtualization, analytics, hot failover, business logic caching...
So, many customers end up federating Sharepoint Server 2003 under WebSphere Portal.[Read More]
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Microsoft announced this $500M People Ready marketing campaign yesterday (http://www.microsoft.com/business/peopleready/default.mspx)
Microsoft needs to extract significant revenue from their existing customers. Typically this is done through offering more value, but to some customers lately their promise of value seems either far too expensive or not nearly enough - in either case customers are pursuing alternatives or simply not migrating. You will remember the famous "Customer is a Dinosaur" advertisement in Businessweek: - this is both insulting and evident how important it is to Microsoft that their customers pay, and pay and pay.
How much? Well $500M to let customers know that Microsoft software can be used by People! Blame it on Microsoft Enterprise Agreements?
Could it be that Microsoft is trying to become a consulting company? The People Ready website looks very much a consultants page! Could this be a leading indicator of Vista and Office 2007? Franchise protection? Or is this a good example of being product driven vs market driven? Maybe all of the above!
IBM surveyed 765 CEOs, worldwide from 21 industries, in 2006 and shared their insights on Innovation and other business priorities with our customers. See http://www-1.ibm.com/services/us/bcs/html/bcs_ceostudy2006.html?re=wmys for more details
IBM published the Global Innovation Outlook (GIO) - what our customers and thought leaders forsee (http://domino.research.ibm.com/comm/www_innovate.nsf/images/gio/$FILE/GIO_2005_at-a-glance.pdf) - See Irving's blog: http://irvingwb.typepad.com/blog/2006/03/the_global_inno.html
IBM has been delivering solutions to business problems that allows role based execution of business processes for several years!
More recently we have been sharing how IBM has helped companies do special things: http://www-306.ibm.com/e-business/ondemand/us/innovation/index.shtml?sa_campaign=message/1_1/all/makesyouspecial
On Services vs Software - Full of contradictions!
Look at these statements in CNN: http://www.crn.com/sections/breakingnews/breakingnews.jhtml;jsessionid=NQY3ZCVFPUV3AQSNDBESKHA?articleId=183700192
Services firm Resolute displayed SharePoint solutions customized for financial services and aimed at Wall Street firms. Regional general manager Christopher Paradise said the event gave him a chance to connect with top executives from Resolute's target customer base. "Steve [Ballmer] is the draw," he said. "He always brings out the crowd."
Ballmer said Big Blue's vision is to drive business improvement by sending in armies of its consultants, whereas Microsoft's answer is software. "I think there's still a fairly prevalent view that IBM is a technology company as opposed to a services and consulting company," Ballmer said. "That may not be the case."
Where are we heading?
Our customers have been telling us: "we need flexibility and choice, innovations for innovators".
Continuing the "one size fits all computing model" is a vestige of the past! You can't put that genie back in the bottle.
Linux isn't going away. Neither is Java, PHP, AJAX, XForms, ODF, Websphere, Workplace and other technologies based on open standards.
Advantage IBM Workplace (http://www-142.ibm.com/software/workplace/products/product5.nsf/wdocs/workplaceoverview)[Read More]
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IBM announced IBM Workplace for SAP Software and IBM Lotus Notes access for SAP solutions. Drawing on IBM's Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) technologies, these products (part of an IBM initiative called Project Harmony) would be music in customer's ears. Want to know why?
Rich client: IBM Lotus Notes access for SAP Solutions - Feature1. Investment protection; No additional cost to Lotus Notes 7.0.1 customers - No need to even upgrade your SAP system - Supports SAP R/3 4.6C. It does NOT require Netweaver 2004. - New feature of Lotus Notes 7.0.1 software. - Certain current licensees of Lotus Notes for Collaboration can download this feature from IBM Passport Advantage website
2. This new feature includes pre-packaged templates that makes SAP data more accessible and useful. - New and modified Lotus Notes Template Files (NTFs) - Uses LotusScript to define the integration - Files needed to access and make remote function calls against the SAP system from the Lotus Notes Client are included - Lotus Connector LotusScript Extension (Lotus Connector LSX) - Lotus Connector for SAP Solutions (license only for Lotus Notes client and NOT the Lotus Domino server)
3. Continue to leverage the security, disconnected usage, and replication feature of Notes when using it to access SAP data.
4. Integrate business processes that exist in both SAP appplications and Lotus Notes into a single, familiar user experience within Lotus Notes. True workflow integration: - Vacation/Leave request: - Employee requests vacation or leave time from manager using Lotus Notes calendar and Lotus Notes email - Approved time is automatically recorded in the SAP application - Follow on action items such as scheduling - Time reporting: Use Lotus Notes calendar to report billable/other time to SAP applications - based on project codes stored in SAP. - Query and selectively submit billable time to SAP in real time. This works both online and offline. - Report Generation: Schedule or run a SAP report using the Lotus Notes client. - Contact Management: Look up contact information from mySAP HR and CRM applications and add it to personal contacts in Lotus Notes. - SAP workflow integration: Review and process SAP workflow items using the Lotus Notes client. More including Employee Self-service/Manager Self-service, and meeting scheduling is expected to be made available in Lotus Notes 7.0.2 maintenance release targeted for Q3,2006.
visit http://www.ibm.com/lotus/notesforsap for more information
Thin Client (web browser): IBM Workplace for SAP Software1. Integrates views from various applications based on Role and business process.2. Integrates SAP applications with IBM collaboration technology.3. Provides pre-built adapters for SAP and other widely used applications.4. Augment the user experience of IBM Workplace for SAP Software with scorecards, dashboards, alerts, e-forms, instant messaging, teamrooms, presence awareness, and document /content management.5. Provides transparency to the end user in terms of technology migration and upgrades
And in general:1. An ecosystem of services organizations ranging from IBM business partners to IBM Software Services for Lotus and IBM Global Business Services and associated SAP practice resources are available for customization.2. IBM Workplace family of products including Lotus Notes Domino, WebSphere Portal, Workplace Managed Client, support integration of non SAP applications also.3. Continue to leverage current Lotus Notes integration with MS Office.[Read More]
Microsoft sales practice Alert: Pushing Software Asset Management Service under the pretext of compliance with customer CIOs!!!
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The following article from the Editor in Chief of Computer world Don Tennant says it all. In this particular case, the customer was a meticulous book keeper. The sales rep. continued to push the customer! Is this a tactic to get customers to renew their Enterprise Agreement?I strongly encourage anyone reading this blog, who might have come across similar practice from Microsoft, to share it in this blog or email me!
Rotten Effort firstname.lastname@example.org://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=111186&source=NLT_MGT&nlid=23
May 08, 2006 (Computerworld): It's bad enough when Microsoft strong-arms other software vendors into submission as a means of thwarting competition. But when it engages in underhanded tactics to intimidate users in order to land a software deal, we have a very disturbing situation on our hands. And someone needs to have the guts to speak out about it. Fortunately, someone has. Last week, Dale Frantz, CIO at Auto Warehousing Co., brought to my attention an alarming business practice that shows Microsoft at its shoddy and arrogant worst.AWC was contacted several weeks ago by Janet Lawless, a software asset management engagement manager at Microsoft, who claimed that "a preliminary review of [AWC's software licensing] information indicates that your company may not be licensed properly." Lawless urged AWC to "understand that the potential inconsistency in licensing is an urgent matter and needs immediate attention." She wanted to send a consultant to AWC to conduct an inventory of its installed software........"Thank you for your offer to send your purchase records to me," she wrote, "however our Software Asset Management (SAM) program is the only unbiased way to create an accurate baseline and resolve this matter."That did it. Frantz informed Lawless that he wasn't going to waste anymore time with her, and he left the matter with his attorney. The attorney, suspecting that Lawless' actions were part of an elaborate sales effort, basically told her to back off.[Read More]
Organizations and individuals that store their data in ODF XML avoid being locked in to a single software vendor, leaving them free to switch software if their current vendor goes out- of- business, raises its prices, changes its software, or changes alters its licensing terms.
The OASIS OpenDocument Format for Office Applications V1.0 (known simply as ODF), was submitted for fast track approval by the ISO/IEC international standards organizations in 4Q/2005. The submission was balloted this week (May 1, 2006) as an International Standard in ISO/IEC's Joint Technical Committee on Information Technology. See http://www.odfalliance.org/press/AllianceRelease3May06.pdf . The new international standard has been given the designation, ISO/IEC 26300 (ODF V1.0). ISO/IEC 26300 was approved by ISO/IEC JTC 1, Information technology, subcommittee SC 34, Document description and processing languages.
The standard will continue to be maintained and advanced by the OASIS OpenDocument Technical Committee and the recently formed OASIS ODF Adoption Committee, both of which remain open to participation from users, suppliers, government agencies, and individuals.
So who all supports ODF (http://www-142.ibm.com/software/workplace/products/product5.nsf/wdocs/wmcodf ) ? Check out these presentations from thought leaders in several countries: http://open.giti.nectec.or.th/index.pl?id=2415&isa=Category&op=show .
I like this Editor's Note: Linux Pipeline Newsletter www.LinuxPipeline.com Wednesday, May 10, 2006
"Editor's Note: So What?
Is the state of Massachusetts biased against proprietary software makers? I don't know -- although under the circumstances, it sounds like a good idea to me.
To understand why, you'll first have to parse this bit of sophistry, which comes courtesy of Melanie Wyne, the executive director of the Institute for Software Choice:
"The RFP reveals that the choice presented by the previous ITD [Massachusetts Division of Technology] bureaucrats. i.e., ODF-compliant desktops for state agencies are the only viable options for citizens to have access to their data in the future, was purposely exclusionary, being primarily designed to distort the competitive landscape.
"In other words, it had little to do with access to documents, and everything to do with excluding proprietary software providers.
" Wyne clearly (or, perhaps, not so clearly- that first sentence is a doozie) does not like the fact that Massachusetts went shopping for a plug-in capable of converting Office documents to the open-source ODF format. Nor is she pleased that the state issued its RFP for such a plugin just two days after ISO approved ODF as a bona fide open standard. ..."
Here are 10 questions to think about ODF from Bob Sutor: http://www-03.ibm.com/developerworks/blogs/page/BobSutor?entry=ten_questions_to_think_about
A discussion on possibilities in Europe: http://comment.zdnet.co.uk/0,39020505,39267678,00.htm
And in this article: http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1759,1957104,00.asp there are signs of Microsoft's desire to be more active in standardization efforts! But:
Just because Microsoft is beating the standards drum doesn't mean that it is planning to ramp up its standards involvement, however, Robertson cautioned.
"You can achieve interoperability in a number of ways," said Robertson. Among them: joint collaboration agreements, technology licensing and interoperability pacts. "Standards are not always appropriate," Robertson said. And in the cases in which they are, "you should standardize only what is necessary."
Some questions to ask Microsoft:
Well, lets watch and see...[Read More]
AntonySatyadas 1100009CNT Tags:  notes wmc lotus smart client odf hannover eclipse 42 Comments 5,642 Visits
IBM has been shipping WebSphere Everyplace Deployment (WED http://www-306.ibm.com/software/pervasive/ws_everyplace_deployment/), and Workplace Managed Client (http://www-142.ibm.com/software/workplace/products/product5.nsf/wdocs/workplaceclienttech ) with ODF (http://www-142.ibm.com/software/workplace/products/product5.nsf/wdocs/wmcodf ) supported productivity editors (for WMC) and ability to compose applications in an open standards based environment. This is based on open standards technology (Workplace Client Technology: Eclipse based http://www.eclipse.org, OSGi components http://www.osgi.org) that empowers application composition using open programming model. OSGi specification allows software components to be installed, updated, and removed on the fly without having to disrupt the operation of the device. The Eclipse SDK comprises of platform, java development tools, and plug-in development environment. It is one of the leading java IDE as well as application development tool (http://www.eclipse.org/articles/Whitepaper-Platform-3.1/eclipse-platform-whitepaper.html).
IBM will be offering similar capabilities with the future version of Lotus Notes (codenamed "Hannover" ). IBM announced the following on 5/15:
Meanwhile, Microsoft has been talking about "Smart Client" technologies for few years: http://msdn.microsoft.com/smartclient/ . As per Microsoft definition: "Smart client isn't a technology, and it isn't any specific architecture. It is a style of application that combines the best of both Windows applications and web applications." - http://msdn.microsoft.com/smartclient/community/scfaq/default.aspx#88iuzuc8 .
1. Open standards support - including development platform, programming model
2. Flexibility and Choice of devices/platforms, operating systems, thin/thick clients for collaboration
3. Server managed Client: intelligent installation, updates, Provisioning based on rules: IBM leverage OSGi and Eclipse
4. Disconnected usage and Replication:
5. Productivity Editors
6. Contextual, Improve collaboration IBM: Activity computing paradigm provides context as well as a paradigm shift towards improved collaboration. Role based execution of business processes.
Merrill Lynch Survey: Around half of CIOs may not renew MS Enterprise Agreement in 2006! SOA in, Vista out?
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Check this out article in eWeek: http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,1961455,00.asp
Survey: SOA In, Vista Out Larry Dignan, 05/12/06
Merrill Lynch surveyed 76 CIOs in April and released the survey on May 12th 2006.
So what is the big deal?
Well, two points to note:
How does one add Lotus Domino in a SOA environment without changing the Domino Applications?
Here are some ways:
How about SOA and WebSphere Portal? Mobile devices?
Register for IBM SOA Development Survival Guide: http://www-306.ibm.com/software/info/sdp/soaguide/index.jsp?S_CMP=swhpfeature
Attend. Effective Team Collaboration in an On Demand Workplace: Bedfont, England, May 23rd. half day technical customer briefing. Or in Amsterdam on May 24th.
AntonySatyadas 1100009CNT Tags:  sharepoint technology exchange lotus portal domino seminar 26 Comments 5,741 Visits
Meet IBM technical experts at Bedfont, England on May 23rd. They will deliver a half-day technical customer briefing entitled "Effective Team Collaboration in an On Demand Workplace." Or if you are in Amsterdam on the 24th afternoon, that will work too...
This event will highlight how organizations can benefit from the capabilities of our Lotus technologies to become, and remain, a flexible, highly responsive on demand business. This road show is unique in that the content is delivered via live demonstrations and technical discussion.
The agenda is as follows:
AntonySatyadas 1100009CNT Tags:  microsoft sharepoint gates services middleware lotus global exchange websphere domino ibm bto 2,255 Visits
Quote from Bill Gates at the Microsoft Sharepoint Conference recently (http://www.microsoft.com/billgates/speeches/2006/05-15sharepoint.asp): "And so we've been very lucky that as IBM has had a discontinuity, that they're saying, well, your Notes applications aren't going to continue to run, we want you to move to a new environment, which is some WebSphere type thing, people have had to step back and say, okay, it's not the best messaging system, Exchange has been totally focused on those scenarios, and it's not the best collaboration platform because it's sort of stuck as a pretty good messaging platform and a pretty good collaboration platform."
Gates went on to say when people think about comparisons of Microsoft and IBM/Lotus they should not think just about Exchange. "For messaging, Exchange is the best system, but we never turned Exchange into a collaboration platform. SharePoint is clearly our collaboration platform."
Gates was quoted last year saying:
Fortune: How much has Microsoft wanted to beat Notes?
Gates: There are two ways to think of Notes. One is as an e-mail product, and the other is as a deep collaboration product. Microsoft competed with Notes as e-mail. We never matched Notes in some of the collaborative features.
So, according to Gates: Notes Domino is a pretty good messaging and collaboration platform. Exchange is the best system for messaging and not the best system for collaboration. Sharepoint Server 2007 is/will be the best collaboration platform?
So, here are the Top 10 reasons why IBM does pose a competitive threat to Microsoft!!!
10. IBM offers choice of server platform, operating system and devices. Microsoft doesnt. Vista is delayed, and IBM supports Windows, Linux, Mac OS, and p/z/i/x series platforms!
9. IBM is now offering a choice of desktop - with Linux and software that meets customer needs - The mantra is flexibility and choice, Investment Protection.
8. IBM offers choice for Productivity tools: targeting under and over provisioned users, which based on popular user segmentation model, is more than 90% of the desktop users!!
7. IBM productivity editors, like many others in the marketplace, but for Microsoft Office, supports ODF. ODF has been voted to be an ISO International Standard. While Microsoft is active with OpenXML, analysts such as Gartner doubt if this will make it to an ISO standard!
6. IBM has products (WED, Workplace Managed Client) that provide desktop the ability to leverage Server and network resources, while supporting disconnected use -- best of both worlds: thin and rich client capabilities. The next release of Lotus Notes (codenamed "Hannover") is real code. Code talks! See http://www-03.ibm.com/developerworks/blogs/page/AntonySatyadas?entry=ibm_new_notes_client_is
5. Several IBM customers are coming back to IBM after trying out Microsoft Exchange and Sharepoint. The Migrate to the Penguin initiative is gaining momentum.
4. Solutions offered by IBM Global Technology and Business services address customer transformation needs end-end. The emerging BTO models are forcing Microsoft to speed up their "Live" capabilities! The Strategic Outsourcing team currently host millions of users of messaging and collaboration capabilities.
3. IBM software solutions offer an attractive TCO. Large, early adopters of .Net are moving to J2EE.
2. Product delays, product inter-dependencies, high costs, and customer education may drive more customers not to renew Microsoft Enterprise Agreements! See reference to Merrill Lynch survey details in eWeek: See http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,1961455,00.asp and http://www-03.ibm.com/developerworks/blogs/page/AntonySatyadas?entry=merrill_lynch_survey_around_half.
1. IBM and open source are challenging Microsoft's monopoly of the desktop! Meanwhile IBM continues to innovate to improve organizational productivity, self-service, automation.. Server managed Client, Activity computing, Role based execution of business processes, Component Business Model, Service Oriented Architecture, ... the list continues...[Read More]
Migrate to the Penguins - Opportunity for business partners to make money and Customers to reduce cost and get more value
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Migrate to the Penguin is a limited time only rebate program for eligible IBM Software Resellers who move customers from Microsoft Exchange and other competitive messaging platforms to Lotus Notes and Domino on Linux collaboration offerings. Eligible IBM Software Resellers can receive a rebate for each seat of qualifying "trade up" licenses, up to a maximum of 1,000 seats per Passport Advantage site number or Passport Advantage Express site number.
So here is the 1 2 3 Punch!
1. IBM Lotus is winning Customers from Microsoft
In the last two years, IBM has migrated nearly 3,000 customers from Microsoft Exchange and other email and messaging platforms to Lotus Notes and Domino.
IBM's Linux-based email and other collaboration software sales revenue grew more than 200% year-to-year. Customers are benefitting from the Domino 7 performance improvements on Linux compared to Domino 6.5 (400% Notes Bench - http://www.notesbench.org/bench.nsf?OpenDatabase - performance improvement and 50% more users supported).
Many customers are adopting open standards and J2EE based middleware to help ensure interoperability and leverage flexibility and choice.
Some customers are funding mission critical initiatives using money saved by not renewing/signing Microsoft enterprise agreements.
Since the last release of Microsoft Exchange, we have shipped 4 versions of Lotus Notes and Domino - What is out there for Exchange is old and what is coming has been delayed and, we believe, very expensive.
Platforms like Linux offer our customers security and scalability, while some users of competitive, proprietary products are tired of installing security patches and managing rooms full of servers.
2. Here is the Partner value proposition
From the Washington Post: IBM Makes A Play at Microsoft Customers (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/03/29/AR2006032902155.html)
"International Business Machines Corp. said it will roll out an aggressive strategy today to lure business customers away from rival Microsoft Corp.,offering bounties [rebates] of up to $20,000 to sales partners who can persuade companies to make the switch....Peter O'Kelly, an industry analyst with the Burton Group in Boston, said the move shows a much more aggressive side of IBM..."
3. Get in the Ring!
Migrate to the Penguin Program is in execution
A very aggressive migration offering, this is a limited time only rebate program for eligible IBM Software Resellers who move customers from Microsoft Exchange and other competitive messaging platforms to Lotus Notes and Domino on Linux collaboration offerings. Eligible IBM Software Resellers can receive a rebate for each seat of qualifying "trade up" licenses, up to a maximum of 1,000 seats per Passport Advantage site number or Passport Advantage Express site number. The rebate offers $20 per qualified seat with a maximum rebate of $20,000 per IBM Business Partner. Visit the Migrate to the Penguin program web page for more information: http://www.ibm.com/software/sw-lotus/movetolinux.
Migration tools for Notes and Domino 7
IBM Business Partner Binary Tree (http://www.binarytree.com/website/msg/home.nsf/vContentW/CMT+For+Notes--CMT+For+Notes!Opendocument&migrateFrom=Exchange&migrateTo=Notes ) and other IBM Business Partners offer Migration Tools to help with the move from Microsoft Exchange to Lotus Notes Domino, and their case studies posted on their website point to superior collaboration as one of the many reasons customers make the switch. More than 3000 customers have leveraged the Binary Tree tool! According to Binary Tree, they have helped migrate more than 5 million users from Microsoft Exchange to Lotus Notes and Domino since 1995 (http://www.binarytree.com/website/msg/home.nsf/vcontentw/CMT+For+Notes--CMT+Exchange+To+Notes+Customers+Only!Opendocument ).
1 2 3 and Punch!Migrate Microsoft Exchange customers to Lotus Notes and Domino on Linux -- Make money through this promotion.
IBM Lotus Business Partners News page: http://www-142.ibm.com/software/sw-lotus/partners/cwebp.nsf/wdocs/bpnews
Partnerworld Linux web site: http://www-1.ibm.com/partnerworld/pwhome.nsf/weblook/pub_ben_pat_linux_learn.html[Read More]
AntonySatyadas 1100009CNT Tags:  j2ee everyplace soa microsoft mobile .net deployment websphere 1,498 Visits
IBM's WebSphere® Everyplace® offerings combine and integrate the entire IBM middleware infrastructure needed to help connect, adapt, manage, transform, and scale today's Web applications and legacy data into tomorrow's pervasive applications. http://www-306.ibm.com/software/pervasive/ws_everyplace_deployment/about/overview.html.
In this limited-time program, IBM or IBM Business Partners will provide up to 20 hours of services in support of WebSphere Everyplace Deployment at no charge for customers who are planning related software purchase of $20,000 or more. These services can be used in a variety of ways, including these:
AntonySatyadas 1100009CNT Tags:  forrester portal portlets insurance asp j2ee .net vinci finance microsoft jsr168 da 1,591 Visits
We are coming across many customers wanting to move their ASP.Net/VB applications to J2EE. The trend is distinct in Financial sector in general and Insurance industry in particular. Many of them are embracing WebSphere Portal, as the aggregation point of information and applications, for role based execution of business processes. The recently announced Mainsoft solution suits this purpose.
According to Forrester (http://www.mainsoft.com/solutions/pdfs/Forrester_Tech%20Choices.pdf). Choices span:
1. Web Services (loose coupling, application/component level integration)
2. Bridging Middleware
3. Extended J2EE PlatformsMainsoft, IBM business partner, has launched Visual Mainwin for J2EE Portal edition, enabling .Net applications to run natively on WebSphere Portal! (http:://www.mainsoft.com/news/press_releases/2006_05_31_01.aspx ). See the following Book: Manageability of Mixed Mode Systems excerpted from the Java EE .NET Interop book - http://www.ddj.com/185300352.
4. Language Integration (tight coupling, class/method level integration)
See the following article for more information on Mainsoft solution (http://www.mainsoft.com/solutions/pdfs/VMW_for_WebSphere.pdf[Read More]
FUD from Avanade (a joint venture between Microsoft and Accenture) targeting IBM Australia customers on Lotus Domino to move to Microsoft Exchange and other products!!!
AntonySatyadas 1100009CNT Tags:  australia fud avanade support exchange microsoft domino 1 Comment 2,094 Visits
'If you are a organisation who has invested heavily on the IBM Lotus Notes/Domino platform, you may currently have a few concerns. What is the future of your Communications and Collaboration platform now that IBM have announced the withdrawal of support for Release 5 and the impending withdrawal of Release 6 support?"
IBM customer support data shows that 90% of our customers are currently using 6.5.x and/or 7.0.x. Extended support contracts are available past the support date.
So the IBM vision and strategy, and product roadmap is clear. There are no forced upgrades. Each release is planned to further improve the TCO, and augment capabilities based on customer requirements.
Microsoft has launched a "Get Ready" web site (http://www.microsoft.com/windowsvista/getready/capable.mspx) with information about Vista, system requirements, and an Upgrade Advisor tool intended to help people determine if their existing PCs are Vista-ready. Unfortunately, the information is not very clear. In fact, Michael Cherry, an analyst with the market research firm Directions on Microsoft, was quoted as saying: "I don't understand why it has to be this complex..." (Tech News on ZDNet, 5/18/2006). Maybe there is a reason?
One recent analysis, for example: http://weblog.infoworld.com/smbit/archives/2006/06/vista_hardware.html indicate that you will need 2GB of RAM and a 128-256MB video card! and maybe 64bit CPU, to get Vista to "rock"!!! This is over and beyond the Vista premium recommendations by Microsoft!
So for those who are eagerly waiting from Vista upgrade! This can run up your bill quite a bit! Will a year wait bring the price down? It could be more like y2008-2009 timeframe when customers really start upgrading (http://www.gartner.com/DisplayDocument?doc_cd=136411&ref=g_SiteLink)!
Can adopting Linux bring the operating system costs down? Yes, in many cases!
Can Linux desktop deployment start today? Yes![Read More]
Check this out!
Microsoft creates interoperability council - writes Jeremy Kirk on 6/14/2006 in Infoworld: http://www.infoworld.com/article/06/06/14/79269_HNmicrosoftinteroperability_1.html
I see Microsoft has kicked off its own influencer campaign. So far they've signed up the chief information and chief technology officers from 7 companies!
Microsoft's approach has often been to technically isolate its products to give it an advantage over competitors. This can include Microsoft business partners, as well! What is Microsoft doing to change this? According to this article, Microsoft is inviting eight people from around the world to come to Redmond twice a year to discuss interoperability issues. Wonder what effect this will really have on interoperability?[Read More]
AntonySatyadas 1100009CNT Tags:  workplace forrester 2.0 xforms forms client web 2.6 rich ecliplse 1,669 Visits
Check out the latest release of IBM Workplace 2.6 Forms!
Forrester has acknowledged this product to be a market leader in http://www.forrester.com/Research/Document/Excerpt/0,7211,39619,00.html. "IBM is leading the XForms movement by working to create an open standard for separating form content and presentation. The product's support for digital signatures leads the market, making it a good fit when such requirements are critical to automating workflows and approvals."
Its all about customer value
and open standards
AntonySatyadas 1100009CNT Tags:  standards agreement format enterprise infoworld open soa web 2.0 fud 1,777 Visits
Ephraim Schwartz has this interesting discussion going on in Infoworld:http://www.infoworld.com/article/06/05/23/78519_22OPreality_1.html and the blog: http://weblog.infoworld.com/daily/archives/2006/05/talkback_your_w.html on May 23rd.
Josh Greenbaum, principal at Enterprise Applications Consulting, says, "Downloads for [StarOffice] would bring the Internet to a screeching halt."
"Good technology is transparent and invisible," Cooper says, "and we haven’t gotten there yet."
Finally I asked our own tech guru, Jon Udell, what he thought. On the whole, he thought Microsoft’s disappearance would be a good thing, saying, "I hope it would jump start the kind of competitive innovation we haven’t seen forever."
Well here are top 8 things that come to my mind!
08. No more FUD! I can close shop now :-)
07. End of the era of proprietary formats
06. Imagine the amount of money that gets freed up since customers need not pay Enterprise Agreements!
05. Open standards rock - "opening office and windows to fresh light, air"!
04. Acceleration of SOA and Web 2.0 open standards adoption.
03. Exchange partners join IBM...
02. Accelerate innovation!
01. More java developers[Read More]
AntonySatyadas 1100009CNT Tags:  bit linux exchange migrate networkworld penguin domino 64 1,388 Visits
According to John Fontana, Networkworld.com (http://www.networkworld.com/news/2006/061606-exchange-2007.html )
"Corporate users who migrate to Exchange 2007 (yes, no upgrades!) will face mandatory infrastructure changes that, while advancing security and management could add complexity and costs to their networks"!
According to the article, you will need to deal with the following:
I expect Microsoft will soon release the following:
So, why wait?
Move to Domino or DAMO (for Outlook fans), run it on Linux, to help save some money so you can invest it in other mission critical initiatives![Read More]
AntonySatyadas 1100009CNT Tags:  security tivoly spam cso quadrant gartner safety phishing virus privacy magic cybercrime solutions 2,127 Visits
Check this out: Dr Charles Palmer, head of security and privacy for IBM Research and Bob Bragdon, publisher of CSO Magazine discuss the evolution of cybercrime and how best to fight it!
Check out IBM's safety and security solutions here:
and IBM is Leader in Gartner magic quadrant for Security Event and Information Management:Read More]
AntonySatyadas 1100009CNT Tags:  upgrade agreement gartner office enterprise migrate 1,393 Visits
According to Gartner analyst Annette Jump, reported by Andrew Donoghue, CNET http://news.com.com/Office+upgrade+hard+to+justify%2C+warns+analyst/2100-1012_3-6086693.html?tag=nl
Only companies who have spent the money for upgrade are likely to adopt office 2007!
AntonySatyadas 1100009CNT Tags:  broward solution workplace vijay ibm 2.0 sonty cio county office web 1,573 Visits
According to Steve Hamm, BusinessWeek, July 3rd edition (http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/06_27/b3991412.htm ):
"It's being updated furiously, but Microsoft's once-irreplaceable program now has some viable rivals. ...
Don't expect Vijay Sonty to get any Customer of the Year awards from Microsoft Corp. The chief information officer for Florida's Broward County school system negotiated to pay only $14 per copy this year to outfit 40,000 employees with the Microsoft Office productivity suite. At retail, the bundle of the Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint lists at $399. But for Sonty, even a $14 annual subscription is still too expensive. That's why over the next three years he plans on cutting his Office purchases to 5,000. In its place, he's buying IBM Workplace, which not only includes Office-like applications for employees but also delivers online learning to the district's 274,000 students. His price: $4 per person per year."
"Over time, the software world is expected to move more to online applications. Gartner considers them a serious threat to Office just because they're so easy to use. "For consumers, I don't think you need to pay the premium to buy Microsoft Office anymore," says Credit Suisse's Maynard.
Further down the road, some techies believe productivity applications as we know them will become much less important. Instead of opening separate word processors and spreadsheets, people may tap into those functions within other applications—much as they now use a word processor within their e-mail programs. If that happens, Microsoft Office, rather than the company's customers, will look like the dinosaur."[Read More]
AntonySatyadas 1100009CNT Tags:  forrester eclipse interoperability sametime source open isv canadian navy infoworld avastar 1,425 Visits
"Microsoft has never had a strong message in that area" continued Forrester IT analyst Brown.
This was in response to IBM announcement that Sametime will integrate into Microsoft Office, Outlook, and Sharepoint! (http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/19882.wss )
Ephraim Schwartz, Infoworld, June 26, 2006, http://www.infoworld.com/article/06/06/26/79612_HNibmsametime_1.html?source=rss&url=http://www.infoworld.com/article/06/06/26/79612_HNibmsametime_1.html
"Not merely a pop-up IM window in Outlook, Office applications or in SharePoint, Sametime creates an availability icon, a small green box, next to any name in the document. A user need only click on the name of the sender of an e-mail, for example, and an IM communication begins. Other features that will be available using Sametime in Microsoft applications include sharing an application or launching a Web conference.
The Eclipse based Deployment Platform allows companies to run on multiple operating systems and to create plug-ins. It will be very easy for third-party ISVs to build plug-ins to Sametime. Some of the plug-ins already being deployed by IBM include a video conferencing plug-in built by Avastar and a call center technology from Instant Technologies. The call center plug-in is being used by the Canadian Navy to create what it calls Officer of the Day, a service that looks for availability not by person but by role within the organization."
See http://www-142.ibm.com/software/sw-lotus/products/product3.nsf/wdocs/homepage for more details.[Read More]
Belgian Government adopts ODF (Open Document Format), France and Denmark are considering similar moves
According to ZDNet news,"In a blow to Microsoft, Belgium's government departments will be instructed to use an open file format for internal communications . ODF is to be the standard format for exchanging documents within the Belgian government. This proposal, which was approved by Belgium's Council of Ministers on Friday, increases the pressure from governments worldwide on Microsoft to embrace open standards."
Dominique Deckmyn, ZDNet: Belgian government chooses OpenDocument , June 23, 2006, 11:40 BST,Read More]
AntonySatyadas 1100009CNT Tags:  infoworld enterprise odf schwartz ephraim gartner google linux vista microsoft agreement innovation desktop 1,675 Visits
Check this out, from Ephraim Schwartz, InfoWorld, June 27th: Time is right to bargain with Microsoft - as desktop software becomes less important, companies have leverage over the software giant for a better enterprise agreement!http://www.infoworld.com/article/06/06/27/79602_27OPreality_1.html
"There is a shift taking place, away from mammoth applications and the support they require. Our very own Oliver Rist says you’ll need 2GB of RAM to run Windows Vista (http://www.infoworld.com/4210 ). But on the horizon are downloadable applications from the likes of Google, not to mention mashups, reusable Web services, and the OpenDocument format.
Plus, the fact that the desktop is no longer the center of the universe means you can now safely consider, where appropriate, Linux desktops. It may not be right for all 50,000 of your desktop users, but maybe there are 25 percent who would do nicely without all the bells and whistles of a Windows desktop.
Finally, other leverage points you can use, according to Gartner, include convincing Microsoft that you can walk away from the deal and use your currently established licensing rights, or that you can upgrade Windows via the hardware refresh, rather than through an EA agreement.
It’s hard to say when exactly the world changed, but certainly everyone can agree that innovation has moved off the desktop. Perhaps it is time to stop paying it tribute."[Read More]
AntonySatyadas 1100009CNT Tags:  odf government e-governance india policy 1 Comment 1,452 Visits
The department of management sciences, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, in association with NIC, conducted the first National Seminar on Open Document Format, on June 23rd. The event focused on the impact of ODF on India and the Indian governments. IBM, TCS, Red Hat, Novell and other members of India-ODF Alliance as well as institutions like IIT Bombay, CDAC, OSSRC, ICEG, ODFAlliance, and IIM Ahmedabad participated.
Inaugurating the seminar as its Chief Guest, Mr. R. Chandrashekhar – Additional Secretary, MCIT, Govt. of India, welcomed the initiative and emphasized the need to adopt open standards as well as ODF – specifically in national e-governance projects.
Some of the key presentations made at the National ODF Seminar included:
EFY News Network (India) National Seminar On Open Document Format, http://www.efytimes.com/fullnews.asp?edid=12519 Read More]
AntonySatyadas 1100009CNT Tags:  agreement cnn delay businessweek enterprise office microsoft vista 2007 gartner 2 Comments 2,073 Visits
Well, more product delays, MS Office once again! So what? This is not the first time, Do you think this will be the last time?
CNN: "Microsoft faces a tough challenge in convincing users to upgrade from previous versions of Office, which may seem just fine to many users"! http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/ptech/06/29/microsoft.office.ap/index.html
Gartner has also commented on this - see my previous blog entry: http://www-03.ibm.com/developerworks/blogs/page/AntonySatyadas?entry=office_upgrade_hard_to_justify
According to news.com (http://news.com.com/Microsoft+delays+Office+2007+again/2100-1012_3-6089694.html?tag=nefd.top )
"Gartner analyst Michael Silver noted that the delay in Office could hit some businesses hard, particularly those that signed volume license contracts in late 2003. Such Enterprise Agreement or Software Assurance contracts offer, among other things, the right to any new versions of the product that come out over a period of time, typically three years."
If you read that and then the recent article by Ephraim Schwartz on Microsoft Enterprise Agreement from InfoWorld (http://www-03.ibm.com/developerworks/blogs/page/AntonySatyadas?entry=innovation_has_moved_off_the ) which is also available in the InfoWorld newsletter (http://newsletter.infoworld.com/t?ctl=12D356D:1F4EFDF ),
And read additional facts such as Vista delay, cost of upgrade! (http://www-03.ibm.com/developerworks/blogs/page/AntonySatyadas?entry=supercomputer_pc_to_run_vista ),
And read what BusinessWeek wrote recently about other innovations in the marketplace: Watch your back Microsoft Office (http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/jun2006/tc20060628_286363.htm?sub=techmaven ),
it can lead you to
imagining a day without Microsoft: (http://www-03.ibm.com/developerworks/blogs/page/AntonySatyadas?entry=imagining_a_day_without_microsoft )[Read More]
AntonySatyadas 1100009CNT Tags:  consortiuminfo eweek xml standards open 2007 odf word sourceforge 1,495 Visits
Check out this article in eWeek: Playing the Standards Game the Microsoft Way (http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,1985410,00.asp) by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols July 6, 2006!
"The Redmond crew has an entirely different agenda for "supporting" the OpenDocument Format with its own Open XML Translator.
It's not even news, actually, according to Andrew Updegrove, a partner with Boston law firm Gesmer Updegrove, and the editor of http://www.ConsortiumInfo.org . "Microsoft's announcement on plug-ins is being treated in the press as 'new news,'" Updegrove said. "Ray Ozzie actually let slip mention of the project last October, and an open-source converter project was started by the same French company last September 26." ....
There are two key phrases here. The first is "third-party." Jason Matusow, Microsoft's director of standards affairs, came right out and said Microsoft was not contributing code or providing architectural guidance for Open XML Translator. The OpenDocument Foundation says it will provide a plug-in that will allow Office users to open, render and save to ODF files. ....
Why, oh why, do I think that Translator's technical support line will often be telling users that the fault for a botched document transfer lies at ODF's door? And somehow I think Microsoft's technical support's usual suggested "fix" will be to just use Microsoft's own Open XML instead. "It's so much better," they'll say to annoyed users.
What could Microsoft do if it were really interested in supporting open standards? Easy: Bake ODF import and export support into Office 2007. This? This Translator support is just another trap to keep users locked into Microsoft Office. "
More FACTS (http://sourceforge.net/projects/odf-converter ):
AntonySatyadas 1100009CNT Tags:  2007 xml office sourceforge odf open standards sutor 1,316 Visits
Those following my blog would have read about several governments adopting ODF associated policies ( http://www-03.ibm.com/developerworks/blogs/page/AntonySatyadas?entry=belgian_government_adopts_odf_open ), ISO voting ODF as an international standard, as well as Microsoft pursuing Open XML as the standard with ECMA standards group.
Here is an interesting Microsoft press release: http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/060706/sfth055.html?.v=65 that announces Microsoft sponsored open source project for Open XML - ODF File Translation (http://sourceforge.net/projects/odf-converter ).
Check out this piece in Bob suitor's blog calling out some of the FUD! http://www.sutor.com/newsite/blog-open/?p=783
Key FUD items
What does this do to Office 2007 release dates? No Impact?[Read More]
Very interesting article by Michael Vizard - Microsoft's SMB Dominance is under threat! http://www.extremerfid.com/article/Microsofts+SMB+Dominance+Is+Under+Threat/182141_1.aspx
"But a curious thing is starting to take shape in the SMB market as the loyalty to Microsoft among ISVs in this space becomes increasingly strained. The process that drove a wedge in that loyalty was Microsoft's decision to acquire a number of companies and begin aggressively marketing applications targeting the midmarket space. This naturally set ISVs on edge, with many of them shifting their stance from being pro to neutral about Microsoft to being neutral or against.
The reason solution providers need to pay attention to what's happening in the ISV community is that about one-third of all infrastructure is sold at the time of application deployment. Given that, the influence that ISV exerts on what infrastructure is chosen by the customer is immense. And what solution providers are going to see a lot more of is ISVs trying to push their customers toward Linux and open source.
.... ISVs will exercise enough clout with their customers to require more solution providers to have a deeper knowledge of all things open source. That may come with some additional cost for solution providers, but the days when a solution provider can focus on exclusively one platform in the SMB space appear to be coming to a close."
So, if you are a Microsoft ISV or solution provider or systems integrator or any other type of business partner, you got to check this out: http://www.ibm.com/lotus/abetterway ![Read More]
AntonySatyadas 1100009CNT Tags:  editors anthonys linux portal office business productivity pier 4 velocity websphere 2007 boston sametime partner 1,806 Visits
Are you an IBM Lotus business partner who will be in town (Boston) on July 11th? Maybe you are a Microsoft business partner attending the Velocity 2006 conference in Boston? Want to figure out a better way to partner? with IBM Lotus?
Come join IBM Lotus executives at Anthony's Pier 4 on July 11th 6-9PM est.
Get a sneak peak of Lotus Sametime 7.5, WebSphere Portal 6.0. Play with Linux laptops running Lotus Notes, Sametime, and Productivity editors!
Grab the invitation from here: ftp://ftp.software.ibm.com/software/lotus/lotusweb/Invite.pdf
Check out http://www.ibm.com/lotus/abetterway[Read More]
AntonySatyadas 1100009CNT Tags:  openxml odfalliance bristol odf government malaysia 1,528 Visits
Malaysia is the latest in a growing list of countries that have expressed support for the OpenDocument Format (ODF). This past week, Malaysia's standards body voted to propose ODF as a country standard. After a public comment period that ends in October, Malaysia's Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation is expected to formally endorse ODF by year's end, recommending the format for use by the public sector.
ODF was recently voted by ISO to be an international standard. The ODF Alliance that comprises of corporations such as IBM, Google, etc. was launched on March 3rd 2006 with more than 35 initial members (www.odfalliance.org ). They currently have around 280 members from 40 countries.
Belgium, France, Denmark, Norway, India and Thailand, as well as the Bristol City Council in the UK and the American states of Massachusetts and Minnesota, have moved, or are moving, toward requiring software based on open standards. ODF is specifically identified in a growing number of these places as the universally compatible format to use to ensure access to their own electronic public records years from now!
Where is Microsoft heading with OpenXML and ODF?
Recently, Microsoft announced that Office users will be able to save documents as ODF files. Some critics, however, saw the move as half-hearted, and the product as half-baked -- little more than an attempt to avoid being shut out from government procurement efforts. For example, see this article in eWeek: http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,1994141,00.asp
" the .1 release of the plug-in translates from ODF word processor documents to Word 2007's OpenXML format and not vice versa."
... "What's more, rather than add ODF as a standard format option in Word—like RTF (Rich Text Format) or WordPerfect—there's a separate menu line in the file menu for ODF. Users can't configure Word to save to ODF by default, which relegates the format to a sort of second-class citizenship."
... "Another limitation is that the plug-in requires Word 2007. And since it converts between ODF and OpenXML, the translator does nothing to help with the countless documents already stored in Microsoft Office binary formats."
Check out this article in Computerweekly:
Microsoft officially informed the world about dropping WinFS right here: http://blogs.msdn.com/winfs/archive/2006/06/23/644706.aspx
So what is WinFS?
"WinFS is the code name of a Windows storage subsystem, being developed by Microsoft for use on its future Windows (c) Operating System. WinFS is a relational database located on NTFS and representing itself to the operating system as a file storage subsystem. The codename WinFS stands for Windows Future Storage.
WinFS intends to link the worlds of traditional relational databases, objects, XML, and file systems of unstructured documents with the concept of metadata over files. Instead of representing a file solely by directory path and filename, WinFS represents individual domain objects - e.g. images, e-mails, address book entries, and any kind of regular file - with indexed and searchable context and keyword information.
The underlying system is based on Microsoft SQL Server (c) database engine. WinFS provides access to data through both traditional file-based APIs, and new object-based approaches that take advantage of the new features. Applications that are not written to take advantage of WinFS can access the contents of a WinFS Store through a regular UNC path."
There will no longer be a WinFS Beta2, WinFS!
Microsoft still maintains that many of WinFS functionality will show up in other Microsoft products - like Katmai SQL Server!
I am not going to hold my breath on this one![Read More]
AntonySatyadas 1100009CNT Tags:  microsoftmonitor zdnet tan enterprise gartner asia office bott agreement vista aaron software assurance wilcox windows microsoft 1,976 Visits
Check this out!
According to Aaron Tan, ZDNet Asia, "Gartner estimates that only half of Microsoft's customers with more than 1,000 desktops worldwide have purchased SA for Microsoft Office or the Windows platform, and only 65 percent of this clientele are renewing the maintenance program."
While Ed Bott argues that a price increase doesnt make sense, especially given the impact on customers with Microsoft Enterprise Agreement and Software Assurance as explained below - they may end up paying double!,
"If the goal is to increase adoption, a [Vista Enterprise] price increase doesn’t seem like the smart way to do it, especially given the bad feelings that a lot of enterprise customers are going to feel having purchased three-year SA licenses for Windows and Office in September 2003 with the assumption that they were buying upgrade rights to Longhorn and Office 12. Oops." inhttp://blogs.zdnet.com/Bott/?p=104
a recent interview with Microsoft executives - see Joe Wilcox analysis: http://www.microsoftmonitor.com/archives/016739.html - does point to potential price increase!
"By the way, Kevin confirmed that Microsoft would charge more for Windows Vista Ultimate, and presumably Windows Vista Enterprise, than current Windows XP pricing. He described the increase "modest." Maybe, but it's also the first Windows price increase in more than a decade."
So, this also means that customers whose Microsoft Enterprise Agreement is expiring after Vista/MS Office shipping date, have yet another reason NOT to renew their Microsoft Enterprise Agreement![Read More]
AntonySatyadas 1100009CNT Tags:  crn sorrybill business 2003 server linux sbs domino accpak small nitix 20 Comments 3,930 Visits
Check this out-- According to Nitix, Nitix on Linux outperforms almost 17x Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003 in a test case comparing the Installation of the Operating System and Core IT services!
And, here are more details of a product performance bakeoff done by CRN:
"Net Integration's Nitix Linux small-business server offering packs every bit of the feature punch of Microsoft's just-launched Small Business Server 2003 R2 ..."
Try Nitix with IBM Lotus Domino at no cost here: http://www.nitix.com/products/domino/requestDownload.php.
They already have Sage Accpak running on Nitix: http://www.nitix.com/products/accpac/index.php
Shifting gears on Desktop Transformation - Linux, Sametime, Mainsoft, Notes, ODF based productivity editors
AntonySatyadas 1100009CNT Tags:  vista desktop mainsoft enterprise office ms agreement odf transform 1,476 Visits
Are you ready to transform your desktop?
Gartner predicts delay for Vista, MS Office is delayed! (http://www.tgdaily.com/2006/05/02/gartner_predicts_another_vista_delay/ )
Gartner has advised customers that they can forego Microsoft Enterprise Agreement in favor of an alternative licensing strategy (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/08/10/microsoft_sa_windows_vista/
You can use the new Eclipse based Sametime 7.5 on Linux that will be available this September (http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,20002921,00.asp , http://www.computerworld.co.nz/news.nsf/0/D73CFB773FD2C1DECC2571CA00140882?OpenDocument )
IBM had announced availability of Notes on Linux before (http://biz.yahoo.com/iw/060710/0142515.html )
And ODF based productivity editors are available from IBM (as a component of IBM Workplace Managed Client, and next version of Lotus Notes codenamed Hannover) and other vendors! Several countries are standardizing on ODF. (http://www-03.ibm.com/developerworks/blogs/page/AntonySatyadas?entry=malaysian_government_and_odf )
Mainsoft, IBM advanced business partner has announced the ability to deploy your .NET applications on Linux using their Visual MainWin for J2EE and IBM WebSphere Everyplace Deployment software (http://www.mainsoft.com/news/press_releases/2006_08_14_01.aspx ) or as JSR 168 portlets in WebSphere Portal (http://www.mainsoft.com/products/vmw_wps.aspx ).
If you are an SMB customer, here is a Nitix based solution! (http://www-03.ibm.com/developerworks/blogs/page/AntonySatyadas?entry=nitix_on_linux_outperforms_17x )
Meanwhile, Steven Vaughan-Nichols writes about top 5 things Microsoft can learn from Linux (http://www.linux-watch.com/news/NS7886275455.html ).
Its about choice, flexibility, open standards, reducing costs, driving innovation.
Are you ready for a pilot?[Read More]
AntonySatyadas 1100009CNT Tags:  db2 client processor systems cell grid india commx apache brazil tools realplus management china nationwide russia hoplon linux eclipse 1,844 Visits
From guest blogger Scott Handy, Vice President of Linux and Open Source at IBM:
We announced at Linuxworld, eight key open source initiatives beyond Linux, aimed at accelerating the adoption of open standards and extending existing product lines to reach new customers. We also announced new work with the open source community to improve the development of general Linux kernel functionality, expanding its Linux focus around virtualization, Cell processor technologies, and security.
The eight new disciplines focusing on open source business opportunities include:
Brazilian-based online gaming pioneer Hoplon Infotainment, Nationwide Insurance, CommX, and RealPlus, are among those pushing the company's estimated number of Linux-related customer engagements to more than 15,000 worldwide.
Customers using supercomputers, to gaming technologies and desktops and mobile phones are benefiting from the low cost of ownership, security, and reliability of Linux and open source software running on standards-based IBM hardware and server platforms. The company is particularly committed to expanding growth in IBM's Linux-related customer engagements in emerging marketsincluding Brazil, Russia, India and China.
Hoplon Infotainment, for instance, is beta testing its new massive multi-player TaikoDom game hosted on an IBM mainframe computer at the IBM Service Delivery Center in Hortolandia, Brazil managing purchasing transactions with WebSphere and DB2 database software running on Linux. Millions of players worldwide can challenge each other in online games like TaikoDom and interact with other users in real time requiring a highly scalable IT infrastructure. The IBM DB2 Universal Database solution running on Linux delivered a significant percent performance increase over an Oracle solution that previously served as the technology middleware.[Read More]
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Gartner analyst Michael Silver expresses doubts about reports that Microsoft/PC vendors will start to offer upgrade coupons for Vista users in Q4, 2006. See the article by Gregg Keizer in Varbusiness: http://newsletter.varbusiness.com/cgi-bin4/DM/y/eyou0FZukk0Elw0Ei5t0EA
I wonder what value these coupons can bring to enterprise customers if the product is delayed.
AntonySatyadas 1100009CNT Tags:  mysap lotus netweaver exchange duet amr office domino notes microsoft sap harmony datamonitor 2,013 Visits
I came across this interesting article in Datamonitor, based on AMR research findings, on challenges in leveraging Duet. (http://www.computerwire.com/industries/research/?pid=5F04C21A-8AC3-42B9-865E-86458CACFE93)
The article points out the following challenges:
So what? Well, lets look at customers in Retail and Manufacturing industries. According to the Datamonitor aticle above, AMR, estimates only 29% of the SAP customers they surveyed have the prerequisite technology in place.
So why is it a no brainer for Lotus Notes customers?
Available since May 2006, there is no additional charge to Lotus Notes customers current on their maintenancce for access to the SAP solutions feature.
Check out this case study: ftp://ftp.software.ibm.com/software/lotus/lotusweb/lotusforsap/WPLC_for_SAP_Case_Studies.pdf
Note that we also have IBM Workplace for SAP software (http://www-142.ibm.com/software/workplace/products/product5.nsf/wdocs/workplaceforsap)[Read More]
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NASA (Jet Propulsion Lab) is building and running software using Eclipse for mission critical projects such as controling Mars rovers, Scout Lander, and various robotic systems (http://www.gcn.com/print/25_26/41756-1.html ).
Eclipse is an open source community whose projects are focused on providing an extensible development platform and application frameworks for building software. Eclipse provides extensible tools and frameworks that span the software development lifecycle, including support for modeling, language development environments for Java, C/C++ and others, testing and performance, business intelligence, rich client applications and embedded development. See http://www.eclipse.org for more details.
Millions of developers are using Eclipse. And several software vendors and consumers. Here are some more examples:
And many others...
So what? It aligns with IBM strategy and customer value in leveraging Eclipse and SOA role based application composition that provides an end-end programming model and the ability to leverage a server managed client environment. The value proposition includes flexibility and choice, web 2.0 capabilities, accelerate innovation, and lower TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) that in turn drives organizational productivity and effectiveness.
See http://www-128.ibm.com/developerworks/offers/techbriefings/details/eclipse.html for a deepdive on Eclipse.
AntonySatyadas 1100009CNT Tags:  akshaya it school education linux cochin nytimes kerala 1 Comment 1,512 Visits
Linux brewing in India? All over the place...
The following article provide examples of Linux adoption in Indian companies including UTI bank, Everady, Central bank of india, New India Assurance, LIC, BSNL, IRCTC, Airtel, IDBI, Indiabull, State of Maharashtra, State of West Bengal, etc.
And for the hot news, from Kerala, 32 million population, 12500 schools, more than 99% literacy rate, 1 million students aged 5-15 (see link below)
The Ministry of Education is banking on Linux to drive "making all school children computer literate"
Kerala is awell known tourism destination in Asia. It is also known for its success in striving for universal literacy and advanced PQLI and social development, including service delivery points in healthcare, education, and public distribution up to the village level. Called "Akshaya" (http://www.akshaya.net ), a recent (2004) initiative led by the Kerala government is focused on improving the state by using IT effectively. Examples of Akshaya's projects include creation of Information Communication Technology (ICT) access points at a village level, increased public participation by improving skills and encouraging daily use of ICT, making more content available in local languages, and using ICT centers for the delivery of a number of services and applications (e.g. e-governance, e-transaction and e-commerce).
I am excited as a native of Kerala to be able to witness this innovation.[Read More]
AntonySatyadas 1100009CNT Tags:  cisco 2.0 eclipse communication web radvision sametime real-time dassault 2007 isv unified 1,827 Visits
Good news for 16 million Lotus Sametime users and potential new customers. IBM announced the availability of Lotus Sametime 7.5 unified business communications platform earlier this week (Sept 13th 2006).
Based on the open and flexible Eclipse framework, with web 2.0 capabilities, this is indeed a game changing application!
We are approaching 100 IBM Business Partners building solutions based on Lotus Sametime 7.5, with nearly 30 of them already featured in the Lotus Sametime Virtual Partner Showcase http://www.ibm.com/software/lotus/partnershowcase/sametime.
At the Sametime Real-Time. Right-Now launch event we demonstrated examples, ranging from plugins with Cisco to see your contact's phone availability, to Radvision's multi-party audio/video conferencing session.
Look at some of the press around this announcement:
IBM Beats Microsoft to Meeting SpaceBy: Michael Hickins, September 13, 2006: http://www.internetnews.com/ent-news/article.php/3631911
IBM Lotus Sametime Challenges Microsoft for New Market, By: Stan Gibson, September 13, 2006: http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,2015716,00.asp
View the webcast and see Lotus Sametime 7.5 in action for yourself:http://www-142.ibm.com/software/sw-lotus/products/product3.nsf/wdocs/rtrneventbasic So, how is this different from Microsoft's unified communication announcements over the last three months, including the strategic relationship with Nortel?
AntonySatyadas 1100009CNT Tags:  lotus soa websphere nic kpi portal india e-governance 1 Comment 1,654 Visits
The enhanced portal, based on Open Standards and Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) will provide a "single point of entry" to government information and services across 5000 websites for e-governance and citizen/employee/tourist services, anytime, anywhere (http://www.ciol.com/content/developer/web_services/2006/106091802.asp). KPI (Key Performance Indicators) include increased quality of services, transparency, trust, and customer satisfaction.
Powered by IBM WebSphere Portal, the market leading portal software, the IBM solution includes IBM WebSphere Application Server; IBM Workplace Content Manager for web publishing and personalization; DB2 Universal Database for providing robust data storage; WebSphere Information Integrator OmniFind for intelligent search and navigation; and Rational Application Developer for application development. This will drive single sign on and security, personalization, electronic forms, and help get ready for transactional services. (http://www.techtree.com/techtree/jsp/article.jsp?article_id=75944&cat_id=580)
So I get it, this will be probably one of the largest Portal implementations in the world? One of the largest SOA projects in the world. Quite a tribute to WebSphere Portal and associated software products. Any Architect's dream coming true.[Read More]
AntonySatyadas 1100009CNT Tags:  open us tennis feeds issl rss 170 documentum interwoven computerworld people jsr wcm vignette soa aton 1 Comment 1,880 Visits
Do you have Vignette or Interwoven or Documentum as your content managment solution? Want to protect your investment but want to move towards an open standards based and worlds market leading WebSphere Portal? Want to leverage JSR 170, RSS and Atom feeds? Address the people centric needs in your SOA roll out?
Here is yet another Ace. Check out IBM Workplace Web Content Management 6.0 and ISSL (IBM Software Services for Lotus) RSS Consumer offering that can pull content out of your Interwoven or Documentum repository, and use WCM's delivery engine to dynamically publish the content to websites or IBM WebSphere Portal. See recent press on WCM:
Back to the game though, this year the United States Tennis Association utilized IBM Workplace Web Content Management to empower non-technical staff to publish complex, frequently updated multimedia editorial content to http://USOpen.org, the official Web site of the US Open, and to offer sponsors more effective online marketing opportunities.
AntonySatyadas 1100009CNT Tags:  enterprise agreement linux aero microsoft watch reduce java eweek cost vista 1,766 Visits
Check this out!
eWeeks labs tested the post RC1 Build 5728 Vista with Java based client application. "Aero Glass has reverted to the sans-translucence, sans-3D effects, plain old Aero interface" according to Jason Brooks in Microsoft-watch.
This might be pointing to some best practices for desktop transformation...
AntonySatyadas 1100009CNT Tags:  document bernard zdnet open carayon france format odf 1,348 Visits
According to ZDNet (http://news.zdnet.co.uk/software/linuxunix/0,39020390,39283880,00.htm), a senior French government official, National Assembly deputy Bernard Carayon, has called for the pan-European adoption of the OpenDocument format (ODF) in a report to the French prime minister Dominique de Villepin.
"To counter the risk of the impoverishment of IT because of the practices of some large world actors, it is important that we propose that our European partners adopt the principle of interoperability as regards data processing, to guarantee the development — even, in certain sectors, the survival — of the European IT industry," said Carayon. "The Open Document Format would encourage "freedom of choice and a better quality of product", in "an environment favourable to free, undistorted competition", Carayon said.[Read More]