Customers, Vendors, Analysts form the Market. I have been noticing more facts based trends on Microsoft Desktop and its alternatives including Linux. Lets take a look at some:
1. Various companies/governments worldwide are moving to desktop alternatives
February 2007 - Brazil
Linux arrives on 50,000 government desktops in Brazil: http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,2094861,00.asp
February 2007 - USA
"By all appearances, the migration from Microsoft Windows to Novell SUSE Linux on the server and the desktop at the Windsor Unified School District in Northern California has been almost as pain-free as any IT professional could hope for. By this summer, all 5,000 students and 250 teachers will be working off of a Linux-based thin client running OpenOffice.org, and the majority of the district's servers will be running Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server." http://searchenterpriselinux.techtarget.com/originalContent/0,289142,sid39_gci1245710,00.html
March 2007 - France
"When French MPs and their assistants return from their summer break this June, they will conduct parliamentary business on PCs running Ubuntu. From the next session of parliament, 1,154 desks will feature the Linux-based PCs. At the time of the latest IT refresh for parliamentary assistants, France's parliament, the National Assembly decided to switch from Windows to Linux, allowing the 577 MPs to switch to non-proprietary software for the first time."
June 2007 - India
"Shiva Ramani, Co-Founder and CEO Cybernet-SlashSupport(CSS) said, "As a fast-growing provider of technology infrastructure support to multinational clients around the world, we have a tremendous focus on collaboration and on open standards. IBM's new open client solution offers the best combination of functionality and flexibility at a fraction of the cost of proprietary solutions. In line with our philosophy of practice what you preach, we are implementing the new IBM open client offering across our organisation."
2. Top Microsoft Desktop Vendors/Partners are signing up for alternatives
March 2007 - USA
"Hewlett-Packard is closing custom deals for thousands of desktop PCs running Linux, which has the company assessing the possibility of offering factory-loaded Linux systems, an HP executive said. "We are involved in a number of massive deals for Linux desktops, and those are the kinds of things that are indicators of critical mass. So we are really looking at it very hard," said Doug Small, worldwide director of open source and Linux marketing at HP."
July 2007 - UK
"Upgrading from Windows XP to Vista poses significant challenges for IT departments warns Dell, as it softens its sales stance on the OS"
July 2007 - USA
"VARs and system builders said the Vista issues are so significant that they are simply ripping Vista off most systems.
"We are ripping it off systems 99 percent of the time," said Jay Tipton, vice president of Technology Specialists, a Fort Wayne, Ind., Microsoft Gold partner."
3. Analysts report that many organizations are NOT taking up Vista/Office 2007 and more on FUD
June 2007 - Australia
"Analyst firm Gartner has expressed surprise at the number of Australian organizations reluctant to upgrade to Vista and Office 2007 without exploring alternatives. According to the results of an online Computerworld poll, a mere four percent plan to upgrade this year, while 77 percent plan to explore alternative solutions before making their move. Gartner research director, Martin Gilliland, said the results are unexpected. "I'm surprised that so many think there is an alternative," he said adding that the only options are Mac, Linux or skipping Vista altogether."
July 2007 - USA
According to Joe Wilcox of eWeek: "Microsoft has a long history of saying stuff (expecting people will believe) that wasn't true then or didn't turn out to be true in the future. I've grabbed some random examples:
* Software Assurance: In its May 10, 2001, press release announcing the program, Microsoft claimed: "The improvements to Microsoft's volume licensing offerings are designed to match the current acquisition behavior of the majority of Microsoft's enterprise customers, and should result in a reduction or no change in licensing costs for approximately 80 percent of Microsoft volume licensing customers." In reality, based on research from Gartner and other analyst firms, only a minority of customers—those upgrading every two years or less—would realize cost savings. The program raised most customers' software acquisition costs, as much as 107 percent, according to Gartner."
I will end with some fun reading from eWeek - check it out: http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,2148775,00.asp
"Bad, Bad Reasons Not to Buy Open-Source Software"
If your organization can relate to any of these top reasons, read further
- Want flexibility and choice in your environment/purchasing decisions
- Exploring "Desktop of the future"
- You are an ISV/VAD/SI/Solution provider exploring new ways to drive customer value
- You need alternatives for migrating your applications based on user needs/segmentation For example:
- Have Microsoft Visual Basic applications; still running Windows 2000; have .Net applications
- Interested in server managed clients and "hands free installation and support" model
- Need "Rich Client" support (i.e., "fat client" functions at browser client price)
- Cost, TCO
- Want to lower your TCO by exploring Linux and other low cost applications
- Challenged with Vista upgrade costs – software, hardware, training, deployment
- Concerned about Microsoft Office 2007 costs (software, training, deployment, value) - 80% of your users leverage only 20% of the functionality offered in Microsoft Office 2007
- Want to explore the possibility of saving a large amount off the cost of Microsoft Enterprise Agreement by taking alternate procurement strategies
- Looking into the increasing number of government policies and supporting laws on adopting open standards, ODF, and Linux
- Want to innovate, leverage new innovations like Web 2.0 on the desktop
The "desktop of the future" concept is driven by the following needs
- ease of use (leverage Web 2.0, SOA) drive innovation on the desktop
- reduce cost - hardware, software, maintenance/support, management (http://www.ibm.com/lotus/reducecost)
- support mass collaboration and organizational productivity
- mobility, smartcard, biometrics, appliances - anyplace, anywhere, connected/disconnected
- unified collaboration, communication, and socialization (http://www.ibm.com/lotus/collaborate)
- client middleware with one open programming model
- flexibility and choice - open client capabilities (http://www.ibm.com/lotus/openclient)
- mashup and application composition capabilities
- the smarts - speech, vision, touch, awareness, context, insights
Want to get a briefing, IBM point of view? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Want to play around with Notes 8 beta client? download from here: www.ibm.com/lotus/getnd8now
Want to get a whitepaper on this? Contact me email@example.com
Last week I blogged about US Federal government organizations Department of Transportation and FAA banning Windows Vista, Explorer 7, and Office 2007 upgrades. Its the turn of NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology), part of US Department of Commerce, this week. According to InformationWeek (http://www.informationweek.com/news/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=198000229 ), "NIST has banned Microsoft's Windows Vista operating system from its internal computing networks".
See this article in Informationweek: http://www.informationweek.com/news/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=197700789
"Citing concerns over cost and compatibility, the top technology official at the federal Department of Transportation has placed a moratorium on all in-house computer upgrades to Microsoft's new Windows Vista operating system, as well as Internet Explorer 7 and Office 2007".
"The DOT's ban on Vista, Internet Explorer 7, and Office 2007 applies to 15,000 computer users at DOT proper who are currently running the Windows XP Professional operating system. The memo indicates that a similar ban is in effect at the Federal Aviation Administration, which has 45,000 desktop users."
Meanwhile, the State of California legislature is considering has drafted legislation that would mandate adoption of ODF (http://news.com.com/California+may+adopt+OpenDocument/2100-7344_3-6163186.html)
And the IT Director for Germany's Foreign Ministry reports in Heise magazine that per-user licensing costs for its employees, who all use Open Office, is only 1,190 Euro. Other German ministries, which use Microsoft Office, tend to spend more than double that amount, or even as much as 5000 Euro. http://www.heise.de/newsticker/meldung/85977/from/rss09
And South Africa government is moving to open source: http://www.tectonic.co.za/view.php?id=1377
Interested in IBM open client solution? Check this out: http://www.ibm.com/lotus/openclient
I am doing a bit of catchup here, but take a look at this.
According to IDG Newswire in InfoWorld (http://www.infoworld.com/article/07/02/06/HNtexasminnodf_1.html ), Texas (by Sept 2008) and Minnesota (by July 2008) are moving towards adopting ODF (Open Document Format). "Minnesota State Senator Don Betzold, confirmed that his state's bill was written with ODF in mind. 'ODF is the standard intended,' he said. 'It is my goal to make sure that the public has access to electronic documents in the years to come and that we do not have to rely on licensing agreements or code access.' "
Also, based on appeal from standards bodies such as British Standards Institution (http://www.computing.co.uk/itweek/news/2174488/open-xml-hits-further-problems ), ISO Joint Technical Committee 1 (JTC1) has added 3 more months and has given Ecma time till end of February to respond to the contradictions filed by 20 nations (http://www.consortiuminfo.org/standardsblog/article.php?story=20070206145620473 ) about Microsoft's 6000 page OO-XML (http://www.odfalliance.org/resources/OfficeOpenXMLFactSheet.pdf ). Check out Robert Sutor's blog for more info (http://www-03.ibm.com/developerworks/blogs/page/BobSutor ).
You might have seen the IBM announcement of its open client solution (http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/21060.wss ) - Lotus collaboration software (Lotus Notes 8 and IBM productivity tools with ODF support, Domino, Sametime, WebSphere Portal, Expeditor) and associated software services to support flexibility and choice for the customer around operating systems (Windows from Microsoft, Linux from Red Hat and Novell, Mac OS 10 from Apple - planned for Lotus Notes 8), platform devices, productivity editors (Microsoft Office on Windows, IBM Productivity Editors or open source products on Linux and Windows), alternatives for application development on thin/rich client (leverage Eclipse RCP). See IDC News Service: http://www.infoworld.com/article/07/02/12/HNibmlinuxopenclient_1.html However, some are reporting that Microsoft is not very happy with this http://www.microsoft-watch.com/content/operating_systems/microsoft_is_not_very_hapy_about_ibms_new.html Well....
1. IBM financials for Y2006 show 30% revenue growth for Lotus software in Q4 and also 9 consecutive quarters of growth.
2. Open standards based software does provide flexibility and choice to the customer, ISVs, and Systems Integrators. Flexibility and choice is about operating systems, platforms, productivity editors, applications, collaboration software, application development, and rich/thin client. Microsoft products runs on Windows only, and often have complicated product inter-dependencies. According to Avinash Singh, COO of Birlasoft (http://www.birlasoft.com ), a Systems Integrator based out of New Jersey, "IBM's open client solution is very timely. It allows us to offer more value to our customers who either want to move to Linux desktops or drive a heterogeneous client strategy. This solution can help them reduce costs while increasing organizational productivity. It is all about offering flexibility and choice for our customers."
3. Customers are being Vista "challenged" in terms of cost of software, hardware, deployment, falling short of security features (http://www.businessweek.com/the_thread/techbeat/archives/2007/01/vista_firewall.html?chan=search ), printer and device drivers (http://www.enterprisenetworksandservers.com/newsflash/art.php?698 ). "MIT flunked Vista" recently (http://www.varbusiness.com/sections/news/breakingnews.jhtml;jsessionid=RLEG1GEALNJJIQSNDLOSKHSCJUNN2JVN?articleId=197004760 ). Office 2007 requires end user training. Customers are also concerned about "after Vista what" -- I spend all this money and cant get locked out of innovation -- do i move to "Live"? when? Why not continue to stay on Windows XP or the like. Others say: I have to "migrate" anyways, so why not leverage Linux? As you may know, many experts are "OOXML challenged" also (http://www.consortiuminfo.org/standardsblog/article.php?story=20070117145745854 )
4. Customers are also figuring out a way to free up lots of money in their IT budget by deciding to take alternative procurement strategies instead of renewing/signing Microsoft Enterprise Agreement - "a la carte vs buffet". So says several analysts and press (http://www-142.ibm.com/software/sw-lotus/lotus/general.nsf/wdocs/license )
So despite any criticism out there, my take is that the open client solution is real and deep and its all about bringing value, flexibility, ease and choice to customers.
Think paying bloggers to edit Wikipedia entries or handing out free laptops to bloggers is on the cutting edge of marketing communications? How about inventing IT industry analyst market share figures for a market segment that hasn't even been measured? Case in point: A reader of Microsoft's Sunday, Jan. 21 press release paragraphs could conclude that Microsoft already dominates the Unified Communications integrated collaborative market segment with 52% share, according to IDC, a reputable IT research firm. Trouble is, IDC has not yet determined vendor market share for this segment, nor has estimated the size of the "integrated collaborative" market. To top it off, IDC hasn't even established a taxonomy for the "integrated collaborative" market segment! (Microsoft even mixed in Social Software capabilities into the same paragraph, just to sound trendy, I guess.)
See Microsoft's original press release, that issued on Sunday Jan 21st 2007 at midnight, at http://news.morningstar.com/news/ViewNews.asp?article=/PR/20070122SFM051_univ.xml&pgid=qtqnPress5
So did Microsoft fix their "error?" Rather than distributing a new version of its press release over PR Newswire (which distributed the original press release) to correct these innaccuracies. Microsoft simply updated a copy of the press release posted on its press room web site, with the words, "Editors’ update, Jan. 24, 2007 – This press release has been edited since original publication." -- without any explanation about what was wrong. See: http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2007/jan07/01-21LotusDominoTransitionPR.mspx
Of course, journalist don't check press releases on vendor press sites to see if they've changed. Then again, Microsoft could again be blazing a new trail in marketing communications ; )
You just can't make this stuff up: Just last month Microsoft's effort to encourage bloggers to write favorable reviews of Vista by giving away free Acer laptops was exposed. See http://macdailynews.com/index.php/weblog/comments/12071/
Now Microsoft is offering to pay bloggers money to "correct" Wikipedia articles about the Open Document Format (ODF) and Microsoft Office Open XML (OOXML)!
As you know Microsoft has been hotly pursuing ISO to see if OOXML can be standarized. However, some argue that OOXML is not really "open" (http://www.grokdoc.net/index.php/EOOXML_objections ) and with ODF, the world already has an ISO standard that works and is open, independent of Microsoft's proprietary technology.
So what does Microsoft do to combat the growing global momentum behind ODF? They offer to pay bloggers to "correct" Wikipedia entries about ODF!
http://news.yahoo.com/s/infoworld/20070123/tc_infoworld/85339 ; http://www.informationweek.com/showArticle.jhtml? articleID=196903015&cid=RSSfeed_TechWeb ; http://www.cnn.com/2007/TECH/internet/01/24/microsoft.wikipedia.ap/index.html
Microsoft's efforts to put their own twist on open standards continues. What could possibly be next?
Forbes reviews Vista and says (http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/fortune_archive/2007/02/05/8399126/index.htm?source=yahoo_quote )
"One big hurdle is that you'll need serious hardware to take advantage of the best features." ...
"Even if you have a Vista-ready computer, upgrading to Vista is vexing. For starters, new PCs labeled "Vista ready" may not be capable of running the premium versions, which are, of course, the versions you'll want. " ...
"And then there's the issue of drivers, the software that Windows PCs need to work smoothly with printers, scanners and other peripherals. I wasted a full day tracking down and troubleshooting updates just so I could print a letter." ...
"For most organizations it's going to take 12 to 18 months of testing," says Michael Silver, senior software analyst for technology consultants Gartner Group. "Testing applications, waiting for software vendors to come up with new [Vista-specific] versions - by that time the machines in the office are going to be another 18 months older. Why spend the money to upgrade if you're only going to have it for another six months to a year?" ...
"some users will see Vista simply as Windows XP with lipstick and Botox. The Home Basic version, in particular, even does without the lipstick." ...
"It could lose customers to a new generation of browser-based applications that don't rely on any particular operating system."
According to this Economist article: http://www.economist.com/business/displaystory.cfm?story_id=8550569 ,
- "Microsoft's dominance is slowly being eroded: More PCs now talk to one another using open standards rather than proprietary ones. Many services and some programs are accessed online. People watch videos on YouTube, share photos on Flickr, check their e-mail and even work on files and spreadsheets, all using software that is based on the internet."
- "Vista took five years and $6 billion to develop. Some 8,000 people worked on it. Yet it is two years late. ...Most users are expected not to bother upgrading, but to acquire Vista only when they buy a new computer. With hindsight, the release of Vista may mark the moment when Microsoft's Windows and Office are seen as having reached the zenith of their supremacy."
- Three trends eroding Microsoft's Windows and Office (60% sales, 85% profits): (a) open source, (b) rise of online apps and Software as a Service (SaaS), and (c) security concerns.
- "The operating system matters less when programs can be provided online. Moreover, online software can be delivered to customers more cheaply, there is immediate feedback from users and applications can continually be improved."
- "Windows and Office go together like salt and pepper. ... The next step might be for computer-makers to start pushing PCs with Linux rather than Windows installed on them."
Check this out:
"IBM's Lotus unit will introduce a set of social networking services Monday that functions like a MySpace for office workers and which analysts say marks a renewed challenge to Microsoft Corp.
Peter O'Kelly, a collaboration software expert with Burton Group, said: "This is going to rekindle the competition between Microsoft and IBM, I think IBM is playing offense here... O'Kelly said IBM's Web software could cause many corporate buyers who stopped considering Lotus Notes a decade ago to reconsider their reliance on Microsoft's rival software suite."
Connections combines five components: member profiles, activities, blogs, communities and "dogear" - IBM's word for how users identify and share Web bookmarks with colleagues. Connections uses the popular Web navigation technique of "tagging" to help users track popular discussion topics and figure out who may have expertise on any subject. The software provides a way for individuals to quickly set-up ad hoc groups to collaborate on projects, storing relevant documents, e-mails and Web sites together. Each user can publish blogs to share ideas with colleagues.
"What Web 2.0 has demonstrated is that self-defining communities often do a better job of locating relevant information," IBM software chief Steve Mills said. "This helps with the rapid identification of expertise and experts."
See more coverage:
Other announcements include Lotus Quicker - a new web 2.0 collaborative content platform, Lotus Sametime 7.5.1 featuring expanded unified communications, and Lotus Notes and Domino 8 beta program.
Visit Lotusphere Complex in Second Life, first time IBM has run a customer conference simultaneously in both the real and virtual worlds (http://slurl.com/secondlife/ibm 9/34/58/23/)
6. Potential to save up to 60% of the cost of Microsoft Enterprise Agreements by purchasing required of licenses one time over a 3 year period using Select agreements (estimate based on companies with more than 250 users) (http://www.ibm.com/lotus/reducecost)
5. Opportunity to upgrade from client server environment to the web leveraging Web 2.0 and associated innovations.
4. You may not be under pressure to deal with Vista and MS Office 2007 upgrades and associated costs (software, hardware, training) this year.
3. Opportunity to explore alternate desktop OS (http://www-142.ibm.com/software/sw-lotus/lotus/general.nsf/wdocs/desktop ).
2. Adopt open standards and associated interoperability framework policies. http://www.odfalliance.org/resources/GlobalViewODFPolicy.pdf
1. Make use of this savings to fund mission critical projects.
Check this out about ODF adoption in the State of Kerala, India, draft IT Policy (www.itforum.kerala.gov.in)
"6.6 Technology: Standards are very important in the integration of e-governance services of various government organisations. Open standards like Unicode and Open Document Format and Open Architectures will be followed in e-governance projects to avoid total dependence on select vendors."
See press comments on this: Kerala's draft IT policy released http://www.hindu.com/2007/01/18/stories/2007011801800700.htm; `Aim is to make entire State an IT destination': http://www.hindu.com/2007/01/18/stories/2007011808910400.htm; Awareness programmes on copyright planned: http://www.hindu.com/2007/01/18/stories/2007011820060400.htm
I have been reading several articles in Businessweek questioning the readiness of Vista and Office 2007 (http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/nov2006/tc20061129_739121.htm ) and some of the design quirks - how many geeks does it take to shut off a computer (http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/dec2006/tc20061201_625122.htm?chan=technology_technology+index+page_software ).
Then I came across this article (http://www.cbronline.com/article_news.asp?guid=61A19824-89F8-4649-82F7-3062481BA64B ) about BECTA (the UK government agency responsible for technology used in education) warning against deploying Vista and Office 2007, "noting that for Vista especially 'the risks are high, and the benefits are far from clear."
And while we have blogged about the "cost" of upgrading to Vista, today I came across this IDC study: "for every dollar spent on Vista a partner will earn $18 from hardware upgrades, other software additions and services." (http://www.itbusiness.ca/it/client/en/home/News.asp?id=41800&cid=10 )
But then many governments appear to have figured this out already through interoperability frameworks and adoption of ODF (Open Document Format) and Linux - the most recent being State of Tamil Nadu in India (http://www.skyscrapercity.com/archive/index.php?t-368794.html ) and Province of Misiones in Argentina (http://www.misiones.gov.ar/egov/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=132&Itemid=9 ).
Here is a summary of the government adoption of ODF:
a. Seven National governments:
- Brazil, France, Germany have released Interoperability Frameworks calling out ODF
- Belgium, Croatia, and Norway recognize ODF/open standards in Fedral Government ICT guidance or policy papers
- Denmark made a parlimentary decision on the need for open standards in digital exchanges
b. Two country national standard bodies
- Italy approved ODF as a National Standard
- Malaysia is in the process to do likewise
c. Four Regional Governments:
- Extremadura, Spain has agreed to use ODF for document exchange
- Hong Kong, China recognizes ODF in its interoperability framework
- Tamil Nadu, India
- Province of Misiones, Argentina
d. Four governments have sponsored ODF focused events:
- India, Malaysia, Poland, Thailand
e. EU's DG Enterprise/IDABC published its recommendations on ODF ( http://ec.europa.eu/idabc/servlets/Doc?id=26844 )
In addition to policy decisions, nearly 50 federal agencies and state/local bodies across the globe are using office applications that support ODF. See http://opendocumentfellowship.org/government/precedent
Many governments have proceeded further, with adoption of Linux as the operating system of choice.
Let us take India for example: The state of Kerala moved 12500 schools to Linux few months back. The State of Tamil Nadu home to a population the size of the UK, is in the process of deploying 32,600 Linux desktop systems and training 30,000 government officials (http://mandriva.blogspot.com/2007/01/tamil-nadu-india-may-shut-door-on.html ). The governments of seven states, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh and Uttaranchal were running their treasury applications on Linux. The Provident Fund application of Bihar, the Secretariat in Mizoram, the Stamp Duty application in Andhra Pradesh, the Land Record application of Maharashtra, the RTOs of all the North Eastern states; Linux found several takers in many states across the country. The Central Government was not lagging behind-the innovative ePost project of the Post & Telegraph department, the IndiaGov portal and various other applications of the Election Commission, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Labor and Ministry of External Affairs were also running open source software. (http://www.dqindia.com/content/DQTop20_2006/employers06/2006/106090601.asp ).
Meanwhile, in Europe, the city of Amsterdam (in collaboration with 7 other cities) will conduct tests of open source software on desktops in two departments in the first half of 2007 (http://news.zdnet.co.uk/software/0,1000000121,39285307,00.htm ). Austria's capital city Vienna is in the midst of linux desktop rollout.
I already blogged on State of Indiana in the US (http://www.eschoolnews.com/news/showstory.cfm?ArticleID=5819 ).
And IBM is offering flexibility and choice to customers: Run Notes, Sametime, Expeditor, ODF compliant productivity editors on Windows, Linux, Mac, from a memory stick, DVD, etc.
Check this article from Business 2.0 magazine (http://money.cnn.com/2006/12/14/magazines/business2/microsoft_vista.biz2/index.htm?source=yahoo_quote ):
Microsoft established product inter dependencies - Need SQL Server 2005 database management software to run many Microsoft products. But guess what: the new operating system Vista (went on sale to corporate customers on Nov 30th) - can't run the current version of SQL server. Microsoft is working on an upgrade but hasn't set a release date yet. Customers does have a choice: for example move to DB2
So the big question is: Is "eventually" good enough?
The ODF alliance (http://www.odfalliance.org ) recently applauded Brazil's decision to recommend ODF as the government's preferred format (e-Ping Interoperability Framework version 2.0); India's decision to use ODF at a major state government agency; Italy's decision to recognize ODF as a national standard (www.uninfo.polito.it/SC34/SC34_Norme.htm#26300 ), and Poland for demonstrating serious interest in adopting ODF in the wake of a national meeting held for its government with broad participants from industry and non-profit agencies (http://www.odfalliance.org/press/Release20061128.pdf ). So here is the global 2006 tally of public policy supporting ODF and other important information:
1. Seven National governments:
- Brazil, France, Germany have released Interoperability Frameworks calling out ODF
- Belgium, Croatia, and Norway recognize ODF/open standards in Fedral Government ICT guidance or policy papers
- Denmark made a parlimentary decision on the need for open standards in digital exchanges
2. Two country national standard bodies
- Italy approved ODF as a National Standard
- Malaysia is in the process to do likewise
3. Four State Governments:
- Massachusetts, USA has reiterated its commitment to implement ODF
- Extremadura, Spain has agreed to use ODF for document exchange
- Hong Kong, China recognizes ODF in its interoperability framework
- Minnesota, USA submitted a bill (although not approved) supporting open standards and ODF
4. Four governments have sponsored ODF focused events:
- India, Malaysia, Poland, Thailand
More information on these policy actions can be found http://www.odfalliance.org/resources/GlobalViewODFPolicy.pdf .
5. In addition to policy decisions, nearly 50 federal agencies and state/local bodies across the globe are using office applications that support ODF. See http://opendocumentfellowship.org/government/precedent .
6. Cost saving case studies on significant savings achieved by governments moving to ODF supported applications have been summarized and shared by the Alliance at http://www.odfalliance.org/resources/PrelimCostAssess20061109.pdf .
7. While Ecma confirmed Microsoft's open xml as a standard and plans to submit it to ISO, read this factsheet http://www.odfalliance.org/resources/OfficeOpenXMLFactSheet.pdf ..
Check this out. The French parliament is following France's Gendarmes and Ministry of Culture and Communications to switch from Windows to Linux client workstations running open source software.
Three articles of interest:
1. Redhats: City of Vienna, Austria has selected Red Hat Enterprise Linux as its server platform of choice. (http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,2062154,00.asp)
2. Redmondians: Apparently some see a pattern exemplified by the Microsoft - Novell alliance:
- Microsoft agreed to pay Novell $536M in Nov 2006
- Microsoft agreed to invest $150M in Apple in Aug 1997
- Microsoft paid AOL $750M in May 2003 - including other things: royalty free 7yr license of Microsoft browsing technology
- Microsoft paid Sun $1.95B in April 2004...
The question to ask is: What interoperability capability came out of such a level of collaboration with Microsoft? See what InfoWorld has to say: http://www.infoworld.com/article/06/11/21/48OPreality_1.html
3. So what is the meaning of the Microsoft-Novell deal? Looks like Novell and Microsoft disagree... seems like more Microsoft FUD for sure: http://news.com.com/Microsoft%2C+Novell+spar+over+Linux+agreement/2100-7344_3-6137444.html
What is this all about:
Microsoft made 2 key announcements recently around interoperability and an inclination to "embrace" Linux:
1. With Novell: Virtualization, Web services management and document format, and patent protection - IBM already addresses this between IBM Systems director family (http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/virtualization/systemsdirector/ ), and http://www.openinventionnetwork.org
2. Interop Alliance with Sun, BEA, Software AG, and Novell (http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/061114/sftu120.html?.v=65 )
1. Customers have been demanding interoperability to Microsoft for effective use of their existing investments for a while. Obviously IBM's open standards based approach and leadership in various standards bodies has brought together a large number of ISVs to ensure interoperability for more than a decade. IBM continues to provide an evolutionary path for upgrades and migrations mitigating the risk of dependencies on a long term basis as well as unparalleled flexibility and choice even for a predominantly Microsoft customer.
2. Here are some examples of IBM proof points of Open Standards based interoperability in WebSphere Portal:
- JSR168, WSRP, JSR170, SOAP, JSR286 and the like.
- We also provide WebSphere Portal Factory, and Eclipse based development capabilities.
- Business partner software such as Visual Mainwin for J2EE from Mainsoft (http://www.mainsoft.com/products/vmw_wps.aspx ) provide interoperability accelerators for easy integration with .Net ASP applications.
- WebSphere Portlet Catalog (http://catalog.lotus.com/wps/portal/portal? )
And related ones:
- IBM's Harmony provides interoperability with SAP applications without any SAP upgrades (http://www-142.ibm.com/software/sw-lotus/lotus/general.nsf/wdocs/lotusforsap)
3. Questions you want to ask Microsoft concerning Interoperability
1. Why is Vista is not backward compatible?
2. Why does Microsoft counter any open standards initiative with its own specification? - ODF vs OpenXML
3. Lack of Domino integration from Microsoft Exchange (while IBM Lotus continues to integrate Domino with Outlook using DAMO) (http://www-142.ibm.com/software/sw-lotus/products/product1.nsf/wdocs/accessmsoutlookhome )
4. Why does Microsoft products require Active Directory, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP/Vista, Microsoft Office (spell checking), Internet Explorer, SQL Server, Systems Management Server (SMS) for client deployment, and Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) for Management?
5. Why did RedHat say (1) NO to Microsoft - in joining the Interop alliance and (2) NO to Microsoft's offer for Patent deal? Red Hat shot down the possibility of an alliance because the company "does not believe there is a need for or basis for the type of relationship defined in the Microsoft-Novell announcement," deputy general counsel Mark Webbink said in an e-mailed. He said Red Hat would work with Microsoft on "true interoperability and open standards." (1) http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/business/292702_msftredhat17.html (2) http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,2059675,00.asp
6. Steve Ballmer said the following, at the SQL Server conference in Seattle: "How many people have Windows Server in their data center?" Ballmer asked. Windows is required to run SQL, so the entire audience raised their hands. "How many have Linux?" he asked. Almost all raised their hands again. "Oops, not what I would have hoped, but OK." http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/business/292702_msftredhat17.html
7. Why is it so difficult for Microsoft to provide protocol and operating systems publications - ex. Protocols for Exchange-Outlook interaction? Open-source world works with open standards, such as IMAP, iCalendar and LDAP, and makes that work public. (http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,1977468,00.asp, http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/20061115/microsoft-eu.htm) ?
8. Why is Microsoft not participating in the process of creating network interoperability in HTTP and SMB/CIFS (Common Internet File System), DNS (Domain Name System) and LDAP (http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,1977468,00.asp
9. According to Microsoft, this Interop Alliance was formed to "identify opportunities for enhancing interoperability with Microsoft systems" http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2006/nov06/11-14IVA07PR.mspx . So why is Ballmer stating that "Linux users owe Microsoft"? http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9005204&intsrc=hm_list http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9005171
10. Clarify product adoption strategy for customers moving from Vista and Office to Live and similar SaaS (Software as a Service) environments - http://www.cio.com/archive/111506/fea_vista.html?
I blogged about the State of Kerala, in India moving 12,500 schools from Microsoft Windows to Linux.
Take a look at the State of Indiana in USA: http://www.doe.state.in.us/inaccess/
A very exciting program that has already got tens of thousands of students using Linux based desktop computers (http://www.crn.com/sections/breakingnews/breakingnews.jhtml?articleId=192201386)...
They have a very good training and support infrastructure in place, along the lines of the other state...
Who is next in the line?
Recently several of our customers received this invite from Microsoft/Avanade to an event in NY where they were going to talk about re-platforming of Lotus products! So here are the top 10 questions you could ask Microsoft:
10. Please list the Microsoft products that require SQL Server? Why?
9. What is an Enterprise CAL and what is its cost? How does that differ from Core CAL?
8. How much will it cost me, per user, to move to Vista? (a) Select agreement, (b) Enterprise agreement, (c) new hardware purchase?
7. How much money can I save by signing Select Agreement and NOT renewing/signing Enterprise Agreement?
6. Why should basic administrator tasks in Exchange 2007/fail over and replicia storage require to use command line/manual operations?
5. How much more expensive is it to install Exchange 2007 compared to Exchange 2003 including hardware costs?
4. Can I virtualize Exchange 2007? If not now, when?
3. Why should I buy MS Office when I can get open standards based alternatives?
2. Please list all clients and servers required to be deployed to deliver a complete Microsoft Collaboration environment?
1. Given the fact that next version of Domino will run on the same hardware and operating system as the current version, what is meant by re-platforming? The same is not correct for Microsoft Exchange 2007, correct?
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.
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...
Vista upgrades should be carefully thought out and not rushed Examine cost of upgrade and weigh alternate options Revisit Microsoft Enterprise Agreement value (see http://www.ibm.com/lotus/reducecost )
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.
IBM is partnering with NIC (National Informatics Centre) to power the national portal of India: http://india.gov.in. http://www.cio.com/blog_view.html?CID=24872
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.
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 Space By: 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?
- Lotus Sametime 7.5 is based on open standards that offer flexibility and choice.
- Leveraging open source Eclipse framework helps ISVs rapidly deliver plug-play components that complements Sametime services
- This is available TODAY. So customers need not wait for 2007.
- Solutions with Lotus Sametime 7.5 include Avaya (IP Telephony), Avistar Communications (Video Conferencing), Nortel (Voice, video, audio conferencing and mobility options), Phonesoft (voice messaging), RIM (audio and video conferencing)...
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 a well 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.
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:
- The General Services Administration’s CIO office uses Eclipse as a base for an integrated modeling environment, one that bridges an agency’s enterprise architecture with more technical models
- IBM uses Eclipse as the basis for its Rational line of modeling and architecture applications, as well as Lotus collaboration products such as Sametime 7.5, Workplace Managed Client, and WebSphere Everyplace Deployment.
- Business Objects uses Eclipse as a platform for its report generation software
- Software AG (Germany) uses Eclipse for its Cossvision suite of service oriented architecture applications
- Adobe Version Cue Server (http://www.eclipse.org/community/casestudies/adobeversioncue.pdf )
- SAS App Dev Studio (http://www.eclipse.org/community/casestudies/SASfinal.pdf )
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.
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:
Some Duet scenarios demand additional SAP software such as Employee Self Service, mySAP CRM 4.0, mySAP SRM 5.0, SAP NetWeaver BW 3.5
- Need SAP ERP 2004, Netweaver, Microsoft Exchange Server 2003, Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Microsoft Office 2003 Professional
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.
- No additional software is needed on the Lotus Domino server,
- SAP NetWeaver is not needed, and typically no changes to the SAP system will be required
- Mature and proven technology - Built on existing Lotus Connector for SAP software
- True business value - Provides independence through workflow and collaboration integration
- Immediate time to value -Includes both out-of-box capabilities and samples that show how to leverage and extend these functions using Lotus application development tools
- Facilitates improved decision making -Integrates collaborative capabilities with business processes and workflows
- Minimum training cost -Leverages a familiar user interface to introduce new capabilities, leading to a higher degree of business process automation across the organization
- Rapid deployment -Installs easily on existing SAP systems and Lotus Notes and Domino applications
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)
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.Given the potential delays before we see any enterprise wide rollouts, many might opt for Linux or Mac as these platforms continue to become more viable as enterprise desktop platforms.
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: Client-side Middleware - Supporting the Eclipse Rich Client Platform project for hosting cross-platform applications.Development Tools - Built on Eclipse, a universal open integration platform of frameworks and exemplary tools.Web Application Servers - Based on Apache open source projects like Geronimo.Data Servers - Building on the open source Apache Derby and no-license fee IBM DB2 Express-C.Systems Management - Including open source Aperi storage project.Open Hardware Architectures - Community-driven collaborative innovation with Power.org and Blade.org.Grid Computing - Expanded support for Open Grid Services Architecture and the Globus Alliance.IBM Research/Business Consulting and Technology Services - Enabling customers to innovate with open source-based solutions and development models.
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 markets including 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.
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/
, http://www-03.ibm.com/developerworks/blogs/page/AntonySatyadas?entry=what_next_increase_price_as )
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?
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!
http://www.sorrybill.com : "Lower cost, more reliable, easier to use, better security, quicker to setup!!"
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
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." in http://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!
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!
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."
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 !
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
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 ):
Only available for Word so far. Nothing for Excel or Powerpoint.Only supports import of ODF files for now. Support for writing ODF word processor documents will not be seen until October.Plan is to issue final 1.0 version of the Word convertor (import/export) by December 30th. No plan stated for Excel or PowerPointThe tool pre-req's Word 2007. Behind the scenes, it is converting from ODF to Office Open XML. So this will only work and be relevant to those using the beta version of Word 2007. Microsoft should be able to retrofit this to work with Office 2003 as well (using something called the "compatibility kit" which they were already planning to support Ecma Office Open XML in Office 2003) they have no plans to bring ODF compatibility to earlier versions of Office (Office 97-XP).The UI integration is clumsy. For example, it brings ODF documents into Word as read-only documents and does not allow you to save back to the ODF document. It isn't integrated into the standard File Open dialog, but appears in its own "ODF" menu. The code is implemented in Microsoft's C# programming language. It is interesting to note that C# (pronounced "C sharp") was submitted by Microsoft for standardization to Ecma in 2000 where it went through Ecma and then ISO. Six years have based since C# was born. Where are the interoperable implementations? What makes us think that Office Open XML will fare any better? (http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=169337&package_id=196249)It also pre-req's the .NET 2.0 runtime, an additional 22MB download. It is odd that even on an up-to-date XP desktop with the Office 2007 beta on it, I did not have a sufficiently recent .NET runtime. I needed to download and install it.
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
- FUD: "Open XML and ODF are designed to meet very different customer requirements"
FUD: "Open XML formats are unique in their compatibility and fidelity to billions of Office documents, helping protect customers intellectual investments"
- Fact: The primary difference is that Open XML are designed for those who use Microsoft spreadsheet, word processor, presentation!
FUD: "In contrast, ODF focuses on more limited requirements, is architected very differently and is now under review in OASIS subcommittees to fill key gaps such as spreadsheet formulas, macro support and support for accessibility options."
- Fact: There are virtually no documents in existence that use the Open XML formats; any existing binary Office documents will have to be translated to it, warts and all, including every odd subformat that has been tried through the years, successful or not.
- Fact: ODF is under active development by a worldwide community of experts not under the control of a single vendor who are making it state of the art in such areas as accessibility!
What does this do to Office 2007 release dates? No Impact?
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 )
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:
- Role of ODF in E-Governance – Mr. R. Chandrashekhar (Additional Secretary, MCIT, Govt of India)
- Relevance of ODF for Indian industry – Rajdeep Sahrawat, VP, NASSCOM
- Economic Impact of ODF – Prof Dass, IIM Ahmedabad
- Role of ODF in Common Service Centre (CSC) project – Ms. Aruna Sundarajan, IL&FS/NeGP
- The ‘Tamil Nadu’ experience – Mr. Umashankar, MD, ELCOT
- Impact of ODF on India – Mr. B Singh, Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS)
- ODF & E-Governance – Dr. M. Moni, National Informatics Centre (NIC)
EFY News Network (India) National Seminar On Open Document Format, http://www.efytimes.com/fullnews.asp?edid=12519
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."
"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.
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,
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."
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!
- IT managers find it extremely hard to justify this upgrade!
- Only 2% of companies who didnt have Microsoft Software Assurance (a key component of their enterprise agreement) had adopted for Office 2003!
- This will be more like forklift migration!
- Office 2007 will only catch 10% of Microsoft's installed base by the middle of 2008, as only a small percentage will have moved to Vista by that point.
The costs of supporting the suite through a help desk will actually increase in the short term as users become acquainted with new features.
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!
- Spam in email traffic from new and unknown bad sources is decreasing, to an average of 57.9%.
- Average of 1 in every 50.6 emails contains a virus.
- Vertical industry with greatest % of virus traffic is wholesale, followed by Education
- Monthly rate of phishing attacks is increasing.
Check out IBM's safety and security solutions here:
and IBM is Leader in Gartner magic quadrant for Security Event and Information Management:
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:
- Requires 64bit processors - so you have to buy new hardware.
- The new role based architecture may require upto 5 exchange servers to support remote client access, transport/routing, unified messaging, and mailboxes.
- New clustering limitations - move from server consolidation thought to server expansion, given the increase in # of servers required.
- Eliminate all Exchange 5.5 servers from the environment!
- No in place upgrades from Exchange 2000/2003 to 2007.
- Exchange no longer will have its own site topology.
- Integrate Exchange with a PBX - specs not available yet.
- Need compatibility kits for third party 32bit plugins that may not run on Exchange 2007
I expect Microsoft will soon release the following:
- detailed migration and best practice guidelines for users
- public beta of Exchange in July 2006
- licensing options requirements for Exchange 2007
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!
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
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?
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
- Helps to increases developer productivity through team development and reusable form components that include sophisticated presentation, business rules and data model
- The browser and rich client based options to build a single eForm is pretty cool, especially with local save and pixel precision printing. We are talking of Web 2.0 type user experience here. No expensive and time consuming programming!
and open standards
- It supports the W3C XForms open standard - makes form data immediately available to any system, device or person.
- New Eclipse-based form designer.
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!
'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.
- Lotus Notes/Domino 5.0 was launched in 1999. Support ended 2005.
- Lotus Notes/Domino 6.0 was launched in 2002. Support for 6.0.x has been announced to end, April 30, 2007.
- Lotus Notes/Domino 6.5 was launched in 2003. This release is in market and no withdrawal announcements have been made.
- Lotus Notes/Domino 7.0 was launched in 2005. This release is in market and no withdrawal announcements have been made.
- In addition, IBM announced the next version of Lotus Notes/Domino (code named Hannover), that will include productivity editors with ODF support, activity computing and other Web 2.0 innovations.
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.
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
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:
- Scoping the requirements for managed client applications
- Designing or architecting an implementation
- Installing the product and running a sample application
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
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...
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...
Register Here: http://www-128.ibm.com/developerworks/offers/techbriefings/details/dve.html?S_TACT=105AGX01&S_CMP=HP
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:
- 08:30 - 09:30 Registration
- 09:30 - 10:00 Collaboration in an On Demand World
- 10:00 - 11:00 E-Mail: The Collaboration Cornerstone (Lotus Notes/Domino)
- 11:00 - 11:30 Enhancing the Collaborative Experience (Lotus Domino Designer)
- 11:30 - 11:45 Break
- 11:45 - 12:45 Improving User Productivity (IBM WebSphere Portal)
- 12:45 - 13:15 Simplifying the User Experience -Next Generation "Hannover" Client)
- 13:15 - 13:30 How to Get Started/Wrap-Up
Register Here: http://www-128.ibm.com/developerworks/offers/techbriefings/details/dve.html?S_TACT=105AGX01&S_CMP=HP
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.
- Around half of the CIOs will NOT renew Microsoft Enterprise Agreement in 2006 (trending down compared to January survey)
- Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) is hot, the next big thing for the CIOs
- Linux gaining ground
- Only 8% intend to upgrade in 2007 to Vista! 75% plan to wait for more clarity from Microsoft.
So what is the big deal?
Well, two points to note:
- Many Financial Analysts are expecting Microsoft Enterprise Agreement signings for 2006 to increase! Will it really increase or decrease, especially based on new surveys such as Merrill Lynch's.
- IBM customer experience is similar to Merrill Lynch survey findings: on SOA adoption and customers NOT renewing their Microsoft Enterprise Agreements
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
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:
- "Hannover" is planned for public beta testing fall 2006 and is now being tested internally at IBM.
- "Hannover" will include the IBM productivity editors, which will be ODF compatible
- "Hannover," with the included productivity editors, will be available to Notes customers on software maintenance
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
- IBM: OSGi, Eclipse, ODF, XML, Web Services, WAP, WSRP, J2EE, JSR168, JSR170, etc.
- Microsoft: Proposed Open XML (see quote from this article: http://comment.zdnet.co.uk/0,39020505,39267678,00.htm on May 8th) "ODF was created by a consultative process, which is some guarantee against hidden agendas. It is an ISO standard: it has passed expert scrutiny and can be considered fit for use. It is properly open: it can be made part of any product without the need for authorisation or licensing. It is available now. None of this is true of OpenXML, which, even as it goes forward for consideration as an international standard, remains under the control of one company, with many of the format's technical details yet to be revealed."
- Web Services
- Application Block: varying levels of maturity. some are pretty old components. For example: .NET 1.1 had No-Touch deployment. .NET 2.0 has ClickOnce. Vista is promising to deliver significant change to ClickOnce. Which is the right choice for Developers? Another example: Composite UI Application Block vs Windows Presentation Foundation, Avalon? How will caching and off-line applicaiton blocks fit with Windows Communication Foundation (WCF - Indigo)?
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:
- IBM provides local and encrypted data store using Cloudscape with associated client middleware such as local application server and EJB container that allows execution of rich client applications on the desktop/device. Uses SynchML4J for replication.
5. Productivity Editors
- IBM: IBM Productivty Editors with ODF support, open/edit/save to supported Microsoft Office formats, as well as PDF format
- Microsoft: MS Office, open/edit save to suppored Microsoft office formats, as well as PDF format
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.
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:
- Will there still be proprietary extensions within the Microsoft XML implementation that are known only to Microsoft and keep the implementation from being fully open and will the format include macros that call on proprietary application?
- Are there intellectual property constraints which would preclude or make difficult the adoption of this technology as a truly open standard?
- Are there licensing terms which would preclude implementation by the open source community?
- Why will it be 18 months before developers will be able to get the full specification from ECMA and if that is due to ECMA's process why doesn't Microsoft release it to the public before hand?
- Finally, what will happen "post" standard process? Who will be in charge of the evolution of the standard? One proprietary vendor or the industry?
Well, lets watch and see...
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
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 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 $500M to let customers know that Microsoft software can be used by People! Blame it on Microsoft Enterprise Agreements?
Could it be that Microsoft is trying to become a consulting company? The People Ready website looks very much a consultants page! Could this be a leading indicator of Vista and Office 2007? Franchise protection? Or is this a good example of being product driven vs market driven? Maybe all of the above! On Innovation:
IBM surveyed 765 CEOs, worldwide from 21 industries, in 2006 and shared their insights on Innovation and other business priorities with our customers. See http://www-1.ibm.com/services/us/bcs/html/bcs_ceostudy2006.html?re=wmys
for more details
IBM published the Global Innovation Outlook (GIO) - what our customers and thought leaders forsee (http://domino.research.ibm.com/comm/www_innovate.nsf/images/gio/$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! http://www.ibm.com/solutions/us/?trac=L2http://www-1.ibm.com/services/us/bcs/html/bcs_componentmodeling.html
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
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
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: https://members.microsoft.com/customerevidence/search/EvidenceDetails.aspx?EvidenceID=14068&LanguageID=1&PFT=Microsoft%20Office%20SharePoint%20Portal%20Server%202003&TaxID=19904Title
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 productivityBusiness Drivers:
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 strategyFacts 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?Technology
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.http://www.binarytree.com/website/msg/home.nsf/vcontentw/CMT+For+Notes--CMT+Exchange+To+Notes+Customers+Only!Opendocument
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
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
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