Lotus Connections 2.5 highlights:
community appearance and move widgets around on the
community home page.
- Add activities, blogs, wikis,
and file sharing services in addition to
bookmarks, feeds, and forum capabilities.
- Discussion forum now displays threads in a more conversational format
with user photos.
- A statistics feature indicates the most popular
discussion topics in a community and provides insight into which users
are the most active participants. Important discussion topics can be
highlighted with the capability to pin them at the top of the forum.
new Wiki service allows designated users to create, view, edit and
contribute to content that is uploaded to the intranet-style
collaborative Web site. Offers automatic versioning and a "show changes" view.
- Micro-blogging: allows users to
post status updates on tasks they are working on.
- A new message board feature offers a place on a user's
profile page where colleagues can post messages and comment on status
- New, Web-based file sharing library for
users to easily upload and securely share content such as presentations
- New integrated mobile support for iPhone and
Nokia S60 devices allows access to the Lotus Connections Profiles,
Activities and Blog services
Lotus Software GM Bob Picciano
has grown tired of the "hot wind" blowing out of Redmond carrying claims
that Exchange is displacing Notes and is singling out CEO Steve Ballmer and COO Kevin Turner as the main culprits spreading
"ridiculous and fabricated" information
Picciano says customers are expanding their investment in Lotus
software and he cited as examples Accenture, BASF, Chrysler, Coca-Cola,
Colgate-Palmolive, Continental AG, Finishline, General Motors,
GlaxoSmithKline, Gruppo Amadori, KBC Bank, Nationwide, Novartis,
Phillips Electronics and PNC Bank.
I am sure that our US Federal Government CIO and CTO are exploring this...
How much can US Army and Department of Defense save if they move from proprietary to open solutions for email and collaboration needs. Try doing some simple math! the implications are quite profound..
Even if you take a very conservative estimate, you are looking at atleast around US$1B savings!!
You would wonder than why RFIs like this are floating around?
"As a result of a bug in a Google Apps e-mail migration tool, some
students at Brown University found other students' e-mail in their
in-box over the weekend as Google was moving their e-mail from Exchange
to Gmail, Google confirmed on Friday." reports CNet: http://news.cnet.com/8301-27080_3-10356803-245.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1009_3-0-20
Is GAPE enterprise ready? Looks like many are moving out of Microsoft Exchange...
"Coca-Cola and IBM retained their spots as the world's two most valuable brands."
"Coca-Cola's brand value rose 3 percent in 2009 to $68.73 billion, while IBM's gained 2 percent to $60.21 billion."
"Microsoft's brand value fell 4 percent to $56.64 billion to take third"http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Worlds-2-most-valuable-brands-apf-2466285000.html?x=0&.v=2
Dejavu? Vista days? Now its Windows 7.
So this time:
"Microsoft assembled a package of patents “relating to open source” and put them up for sale to patent trolls"...
"Open Invention Network, working with its members and the Linux Foundation, pulled off a coup
managing to acquire some of the very patents that seem to have been at
the heart of recent Microsoft FUD campaigns against Linux." - See Jim Zemlin's article: http://www.linuxfoundation.org/news-media/blogs/browse/2009/09/protecting-linux-microsoft-yes-microsoft-got-caught
AND this training of Linux vs Windows 7 for Best Buy employees (see my previous blog entry on this).."Inaccurate statements include the assertion that Linux vendors offer no authorized support, and that iPod
or video chat support is not available on Linux. One particularly
laughable statement is that Linux is not as secure as Windows 7." http://www.desktoplinux.com/news/NS3377584759.html
All of this, after acknowledging their worries of Linux - Canonical, Red Hat as well as Netbooks in their SEC filing...
Seeking to have your virtual linux or windows desktop available anytime, anywhere, up in the Cloud?
Want to use Lotus Symphony on the web?
How about emails, social software, real-time communications? Your entire desktop on the Cloud.
Access it using your linux, MAC, windows netbook/laptop/desktop/thin client from home, kiosk, work...
Check out: http://midasnetworks.com/desktop.shtml
US Bank, is getting their 58,000 users upgrade to the latest Lotus Notes Domino 8.5. Moreover, this bank, who had more than 5000 siloed Sharepoint sites, is adopting Lotus Quickr and Lotus Connections software in addition to Lotus Sametime that is already in use. Working smarter together...
See details here: http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/28400.wss
"Our industry has undergone unprecedented changes over the last year,
and that serves as great example of why it's so important for U.S.
Bank's employees to be able to use technology to communicate and
collaborate efficiently," said Mark Dickelman, senior vice president,
innovation, research and development for U.S. Bank. "Keeping up with
economic developments and policy changes and the need to quickly
communicate while innovating for growth would be nearly impossible with
traditional methods, and that's why Lotus collaboration software will
continue to be incredibly useful to us, especially as we continue to
solidify our company's position as a leader in the financial services
Makes lots of sense, given the recent TCO math (see my previous blog entries) that shows a reduction in TCO by more than 37% if you adopt IBM Lotus collaboration software rather than Microsoft sharepoint, and office communications server.
"I’d like to personally invite you to join me tomorrow for a global discussion on how to create a smarter, more productive work environment. Forward-thinking IBM customers, expert thought leaders from around the world, and top IBM executives will be sharing ideas and setting direction for future investment. I would appreciate your adding your voice to the conversation.
Please take a moment right now to register here https://www.collaborationjam.com/minijam2/jam/registration/index.do?jamId=1746
Join us on Sept 16th to listen to Mr George Abraham, CTO of United Nations Pension Fund, New York on freeing up IT budget and investing for growth: http://www.zslinc.com/Marketing/FreeupITbudgets/Free-up-IT-budgets.html
Interesting analysis by Applicable in UK, modelled for 500-4000 users:
Cost of adding advanced collaboration capabilities: compare between IBM and Microsoft:
- IBM Solutions are up to 37% cheaper based on Infrastructure costs and subsequent user support costs.
- When licensing costs are introduced, particularly those of Microsoft Office – this saving is more pronounced.http://www.applicable.com/news/Pages/TCOWhitePapersComparingIBMandMicrosoftDeploymentCosts.aspx
Upgrade from Windows XP to 7 64bit? No. Think twice.
Migrate from Windows XP to 7 64bit? Well that is the right thinking, but lots of issues...
- Sure, you have to reinstall all applications, save data externally and then copy back after installing the OS
- Watch out for missing device drivers
- Watch out for application incompatibility
- Not just that it is not available/wont work in Windows 7 but it doesnt support 64bit hardware
Recent articles include http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Windows/Windows-7s-64bit-Troubles-568358/
Many of you may remember this tool from Binarytree: http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/lotus/documentation/d-ls-dominoexchange/index.html
Sure they do the other way too. But looks like this way is getting hot: from Exchange to Domino...
Why not.. See how the math works here: http://www-01.ibm.com/software/lotus/offer/roi-calculator.html
Check this out:
A new report by Directions on Microsoft analysts Paul DeGroot and Rob
Horwitz called "5 Reasons Why Microsoft Licensing Is Hard" claims that
Microsoft licensing isn't likely to get any easier any time soon..."http://news.idg.no/cw/art.cfm?id=A0BB3CB2-1A64-6A71-CE27999600CAF8EC
Microsoft doesn't think there's a problem," report co-writer DeGroot
said in an interview Wednesday. "The money keeps rolling in ...
Microsoft looks at the numbers and the reality is that most customers
don't have a choice."
And despite Microsoft's rosy view of things, he said that some
enterprise customers have chosen not to renew their contracts this year
because "the customer doesn't understand the value of what they bought
or how they bought it," DeGroot said."
Check out http://www.ibm.com/software/info/liberate
for ways to free up money.
Try this TCO Calculator to see how much money you can save: http://www-01.ibm.com/software/lotus/offer/roi-calculator.html
Sign up and read this CIO study results - based on surveying 2500 CIOs worldwide:https://www14.software.ibm.com/webapp/iwm/web/signup.do?lang=en_US&source=swg-iop&S_PKG=ciostudy2009_ibm&S_TACT=109BP02A&S_CMP=sfalp_hplink
Videos, etc here: http://www-935.ibm.com/services/us/cio/ciostudy/
- Driving technology innovation to make it a reality
- Increasing the return on investment (ROI) in information technology (IT)
- Expanding the business impact of IT
"Microsoft has traditionally not embraced the concept of VDI. For the
longest time it was actually a technical violation of the Windows
desktop license agreement to use Windows for VDI. Then when Microsoft finally changed that policy, they did so by
creating a license called "VECD" (for Vista Enterprise Centralized
Desktop) which is a new license that's required in addition to your Vista Enterprise license. .. Oh yeah, VECD is only available if you have Software Assurance. ..
Microsoft created a new license bundle called the "Microsoft Virtual
Desktop Infrastructure Suite," which, like most Microsoft products, is
available in multiple editions. This suite is not a new product, but
rather a hodge-podge bundle of most of the different things you'll need
to start using Microsoft's VDI platform. ... The problem is that the "suite" is just a sort of random collection of various products that aren't really related. ..."
The Microsoft VDI Suite starts at $21 per user, per year.,
and more here: http://vbridges.com/wp/?page_id=61
You got to sign up for this jam folks: http://www-01.ibm.com/software/solutions/smartwork/virtual/?S_CMP=social
- Government - How can technology help government encourage broader participation and facilitate business growth?
- Healthcare - What new possibilities to make health services more affordable, accessible, and personalized are taking shape as people, data, and processes become more connected?
- How can collaboration help business process management evolve to drive optimization for all parties involved?
- How do we maximize the talents of the @generation while transferring knowledge and optimizing our ways of working across generations?
- What does the future of teamwork look like as teams become more global, virtual, dynamic, and comfortable with technology than ever before?
- What will work look like in 2020? What ideas can we apply in surprising ways?
- What opportunities will emerge as we harness newly possible input and output from mobile people beyond the traditional boundaries of our organizations?
More about Smart Work here: http://www-01.ibm.com/software/solutions/smartwork/