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
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.
What is the difference between IBM Cloud and Microsoft/HP Cloud?
- innovations around proven market leading IBM software and hardware capabilities
- Microsoft customers are moving to IBM Cloud - example Panasonic adopting LotusLive
- They recently agreed to agree with a claim of $250M in the next 3 years
- Microsoft customers are moving to IBM Cloud
Stay tuned for more news on this...
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 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
This the second part of the news http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/29205.wss
1. Canonical announced offering support for Lotus Symphony, one of the core components of IBM Client for Smart Work, through Channel Partners
2. ZSL announced ICSW based PowerCube DaaS in India, USA, Africa
3. Virtual Bridges announced market momentum, and venture funding from Austin Ventures
4. IBM opened IBM Open Company Center in Waltham Innovation Center in MA...
We announced IBM Cient for Smart Work in India today at Lotusphere...
This is all around ECOSYSTEM build out...
1. Simmtronics, top 5 memory manufacturer in the world announced global agreement that ships ICSW on their Simmbooks in India, USA, and many other countries worldwide..
2. In partnership with Canonical (primarily) and with Red Hat on a selective basis
3. Academic Initiative center of excellences with 3 engineering colleges in the state of kerala
4. ZSL announced Powercube DaaS in India, Africa, USA
5. Zyxware, IBM and Canonical business partner piloting ICSW in Technopark in Kerala http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/29205.wss
Talk about influencer marketing...
Can the Linux community follow Linus Torvald's endorsement of Google Nexus One smartphone and move masses out of iPhone?
Check out this eWeek article: http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Mobile-and-Wireless/10-Reasons-Why-the-Linux-Community-Could-Influence-iPhone-Sales-124461/
This could get interesting if the Linux community increases adoption of Apple's user interface design principles...
Good discussion in Technewsworld on adoption of Linux based Netbooks (32%), the predicted surge in 2010 with ARM based Netbooks which will run ONLY Linux...http://www.technewsworld.com/story/68922.htmlhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnzvtfGnGtI
'Death of the Desktop'
On desktops, "people still feel they need lots of local power and storage, even though their CPUs idle and they never back up their stuff," blogger
Robert Pogson told LinuxInsider.
However, "experience with netbooks will kill off the desktop within
a few years," Pogson predicted. "It makes little sense unless you need
all those drives, noise, heat, space and burning money. Those who
really need power will use a thin client connected to a server cluster."
Looking ahead, "expect GNU/Linux
to do just as well on notebooks as it did on netbooks," he added. "2009
was the year of GNU/Linux on the desktop as far as I am concerned. 2010
could well mark the death of the desktop and overweight notebooks."
Interesting analysis on why America needs to innovate, quickly : http://www.minyanville.com/articles/economy-innovatation-jobs-unemployment-graduates-PhDs-students-xerox-microsoft-bell+labs-ibm/index/a/26717/from/yahoo
"The future of America is presently in peril, not just because of the
shadowy ways of the "banksters," but because of a sputtering innovation
engine that's had the fuel choked off"...
And this article in New York Times by Dick Brass who was a Microsoft VP around 2004: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/04/opinion/04brass.html
on Microsoft's creative distruction:
"But the much more important question is why Microsoft, America’s most
famous and prosperous technology company, no longer brings us the future"...
"No one in his right mind should wish Microsoft failure. And yet it is failing, even as it reports record earnings."
"Microsoft has become a clumsy, uncompetitive innovator. Its products
are lampooned, often unfairly but sometimes with good reason."
"Microsoft is no longer considered the cool or cutting-edge place to
work. There has been a steady exit of its best and brightest."
IBM announced IBM Client for Smart Work in USA.http://finance.yahoo.com/news/IBM-and-Canonical-Launch-prnews-3147748713.html?x=0&.v=1Key messages:
1. low cost Microsoft desktop alternative
- opportunity for business/governments to free up significant money in IT budget that can self fund mission critical initiatives
2. options include
- Lotus Symphony and LotusLive iNotes/Connections on Ubuntu on Netbooks
- Lotus Symphony, Lotus Notes/iNotes, Lotus Connections, Lotus Sametime, on Ubuntu / Red Hat on desktops/laptops
- options to add Virtual linux desktops using VERDE from Virtual Bridges
- use IBM BPM modeling tool and SOA services offered by IBM/Business Partners
- IBM Global Technology Services End User Services, IBM/Canonical Business Partner services
3. Community in Lotus Greenhouse for IBM Academic Initiative faculty members
"The IBM Client for Smart Work offers university faculty,
administration and students a Linux-based unified communication,
collaboration and information exchange platform that potentially will
facilitate sought after campus synergies," said Jeffrey A. Lasky,
Professor and Chair, Department of Information Sciences and
Technologies, GCCIS, Rochester Institute of Technology.
"Canonical is proud to partner with IBM to help open up the American
corporate desktop through Ubuntu," said Mark Shuttleworth, founder of
Ubuntu and CEO of Canonical. "IBM's smart client package running on
Ubuntu will allow U.S. organizations the financial freedom to
redistribute the costs of expensive software licenses into IT projects
that will innovate and drive critical growth."
"If a company is a 'Windows shop,' at some point it will need to
evaluate the significant costs of migrating its base to Microsoft's
next desktop," said Bob Picciano, General Manager, IBM Lotus Software.
"American businesses have asked for a compelling alternative that can
help them free up PC expenses to use for more strategic collaboration
and business transformation projects."
For example, the IBM Client for Smart Work can equip the members of
a company's marketing, sales and research departments with the means to
quickly and efficiently collaborate. Business process modeling (BPM)
can show workflows between sales and marketing, but very little between
sales and research or marketing and research. Based on expertise
residing in those functions and informal networks discovered through
modeling, a company could find powerful insights from research playing
an important role in sales and marketing efforts. It may turn out that
an expert in R&D might be a company's greatest resource for
marketing content, but this expertise has to be identified and shared
in order to provide the highest value to the organization. Through
online communities on LotusLive.com, this kind of insight can be tapped
as needed for the benefit of an entire organization.
can use the IBM BPM suite components such as WebSphere Dynamic Process
Edition as required. Business leaders and business analysts can
discover and explore business-relevant content to help them understand,
experience, and accelerate business process management using IBM BPM
What has the IBM Power 7 launch got to do with Smarter Collaboration?
Primarily on TCO, Total Cost of Ownership...
For example, Lotus Domino on POWER7 consumes 4.9 times less processing resource per task than Microsoft Exchange on Nehalem. So what? Well Lotus Domino can support more users at 40% less cost!
WebSphere Application Server on POWER7 can give around 4x the transaction throughput of .Net on same number of Nehalem cores.
Imagine the productivity and cost benefits to 100s of millions of Lotus collaboration software users...
Imagine the boost to 10s of millions of Domino applications in use...
This is quite an interesting list -- top 10 security/quality issues Microsoft should address asap -- per eWeekhttp://www.eweek.com/c/a/Security/10-Security-Quality-Issues-Microsoft-Must-Address-Quickly-714807/1/"The
corporate world is unsure just how well it can trust Microsoft's
Windows 7. Windows Vista was a nightmare that most companies didn't
adopt. Internet Explorer is in the news, thanks to a security breach.
And Windows Mobile
is still the also-ran in the market..."
security woes are troublesome. Not only is Windows not nearly as secure
as users would like, but Internet Explorer is causing trouble for users
as well. "
quick glance around many of the markets where Microsoft operates
reveals a staggering issue: the competition is innovating far more
rapidly than Microsoft. "
strategies have focused mainly on the short term. The future of
software is, at least by most accounts, centered on the Web. And yet,
as the most important software company in the industry, Microsoft is
lagging behind the Web software innovators. That's a major blunder"
This Wall Street Journal article says it all, almost all: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704234304574626541267909328.html?mod=WSJ_newsreel_technology
Big week for Smartbook vendors... running Android, Ubuntu, etc.. at the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show
Lower price, higher profit margin for vendors...
NO Windows, NO Office,
YES Linux, YES Lotus Symphony, ...
Why almost all?
What they missed is that about 32% of Netbooks are also shipping with Linux...
Windows 7 sparklers?
Oh well... Check it out. No surprises but good facts on why you want to consider alternatives to Windows 7...http://reviews.zdnet.co.uk/software/os/0,1000001098,39828572-1,00.htm
And security holes?
"UAC was neutered too much by Microsoft," argued Chester Wisniewski, a
senior security advisory with Sophos, talking about Windows' Users
Account Control (UAC), the security feature Microsoft debuted with
Vista.http://www.infoworld.com/d/windows/windows-7-more-vulnerable-malware-vista-says-researcher-891?source=IFWNLE_nlt_daily_2009-11-04How about Office 2010?
Infoworld says: Clunky, Slow!! and obviously expensive...http://www.infoworld.com/d/windows/why-i-hate-microsoft-office-2010-586?source=IFWNLE_nlt_daily_2009-11-17
So why not IBM Client for Smart Work
Symphony 1.3 is readyhttp://finance.yahoo.com/news/IBM-Unleashes-New-Symphony-prnews-1726643700.html?x=0&.v=1
- This could translate
into millions of dollars in savings at many large companies that are
looking for financial relief in the current economy.
- Can import Microsoft Office 2007 files into Symphony
- Offers DataPilot Table improvements that make it
easy to drill down and analyze data
- Enhances mail merge and
envelope printing for organizations that need simple, efficient ways to
communicate with their customers
- Provides animation
to add sizzle to presentations and interoperate with Microsoft
users to drag-and-drop plug-ins, extending its use to other business
applications. For example, a new learning plug-in can be installed on
the right sidebar to help people learn new Symphony capabilities in
fixed costs in challenging times is important to Cluttons, a
partnership of chartered surveyors, founded in 1765. Through a network
of offices in the U.K., Europe, Middle East, South Africa and the
Caribbean, Cluttons offer a very wide range of professional property
management, agency and consultancy services across the commercial and
residential sectors, for both investors and occupiers. In recent years,
Cluttons delivered Microsoft Windows desktop, including Microsoft
Office, IBM Lotus Notes and business applications to its users via a
virtualized environment based on Citrix. Now it plans to switch from
Office to Symphony, used with Lotus Notes 8.5.
Cluttons IT Director, stated, "The opportunity to use fully supported
office productivity tools as part of the deployment of Lotus Notes 8.5
was too good an opportunity to be missed. We plan to use the cost
saving to further invest in Lotus productivity tool sets."
John Lewis Partnership
Symphony customer, The John Lewis Partnership (JLP), owns the leading
U.K. retail businesses Waitrose, John Lewis and Greenbee. All 69,000 of
its permanent staff are partners who own 27 John Lewis department
stores, 210 Waitrose supermarkets (www.waitrose.com), an online and catalogue business, johnlewis.com (www.johnlewis.com), a direct services company, Greenbee (www.greenbee.com), a production unit and a farm with nearly £6.9 billion in revenue in 2008.
was determined to control costs within a competitive retail environment
to deliver first-class service and products to John Lewis customers. It
plans to deploy Symphony to approximately 8,000 employees. Providing
Microsoft Office to all staff in John Lewis Department Stores was
evaluated, but determined to be cost-prohibitive."
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/)
Interesting survey results in Italy (translated):
Open Office: over 50% of companies use it
|Written by Redazione MG News |
"The more that the pain could fasting" said the Count Ugolino in his Divine Comedy.
"More than the doubts, could cut the budget" - they say the computer
more and more decisively the Veneto are adopting open source Open Office suite.
In fact, according to a survey conducted on the premises of the Club Bit of Unindustria Treviso, now more than 50% of companies adopted a package of office productivity that goes into direct competition with Microsoft Office.
The main reason is obviously that you save the cost of licenses, which mean for companies with 100 or more employees tens of thousands per year.
It 'also true that by now have mostly been allayed the
concerns relating to Open Office and that the problems were mainly
technical assistance. Many companies are now able to care about the package. Anyway, companies can also easily make do with the strength of supporting documentation, and specific groups online.
Among other significant results of the survey: 63% in the company adopts open source operating systems, the most notable of which is definitely Linux.
Oh oh.. Must Read
"Under Microsoft's planned enterprise licensing rules, businesses that
buy PCs before April 23, 2010, with Windows 7 preinstalled can
downgrade them to Windows XP, then later upgrade them to Windows 7 when
they're ready to migrate their users. But PCs bought on or after April
23 can only be downgraded to Vista -- which is of no help for XP-based
organizations, Silver notes -- and could cause major headaches and add
more costs to the Windows 7 migration effort."http://www.infoworld.com/d/windows/microsofts-looming-windows-7-licensing-disaster-xp-users-639
"Both Forrester Research and Gartner advise clients to wait 12 to 18
months after Windows 7 ships before adopting the new OS, so they can
test compatibility of their hardware and software, as well as ensure
their vendors' Windows 7 support meets their needs. But Microsoft's
six-month downgrade restriction for XP means that the businesses that
chose not to install Vista have to rush the migration process. Or they
can spend extra money and enroll in Microsoft's Software Assurance
program, which then lets them install any OS version at the price of
the extra yearly fee (about $90) per PC."
IT needs to work through several other issues when figuring out its Windows 7 migration strategy, Silver points out.
- Microsoft has yet to make public the details of its
Technology Guarantee program or even say if there will be one that
covers business purchases. The Technology Guarantee program gives free
upgrades to Windows 7 on PCs purchased after a certain date. That's
crucial for businesses that plan to adopt Windows 7 soon, so they can
time their hardware purchases to avoid paying for a Windows 7 upgrade
shortly after buying a PC shipping with Vista.
- Even if
applications designed for XP or Vista run on Windows 7, that's no
guarantee that the software vendor will support them on Windows 7.
This Zdnet blog points out several alternatives. But the best one for many would be to just move out to Linux and Mac...http://blogs.zdnet.com/hardware/?p=4665&tag=nl.e550
Go liberate (http://www.ibm.com/software/info/liberate
), and then figure out alternative migration and virtualization strategies (http://www.ibm.com/lotus/openclient
'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.
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
According to Michael Sampson's blog (http://www.michaelsampson.net/2007/07/mark-bennett-on.html ) a Lotus Notes 5 customer in New Zealand is planning a roll-out of Notes 8. "All of the Domino Servers run on Linux, and they are considering the roll-out of some Linux desktops. In terms of Notes 8, Mark says, "What exactly do our people need beyond Notes 8, the inbuilt productivity editors, and a browser?" In other words, Notes 8 paves the way for a move away from both a Windows desktop and Microsoft Office."
See also the IBM web page discussing the IBM open client solution on Linux: http://www.ibm.com/lotus/openclient
Are you attending Lotusphere 2008 in Orlando?
Visit Desktop of the future Club
Check out the sessions in Swan Peacock 2 room starting Monday afternoon (Jan 21st) thru Wed evening (Jan 23rd). The schedule is in a one pager in your attendee bag.
Learn all about the IBM Open Collaboration Client Solution, activities with Linux distros. such as Novell, Red Hat, and other business partners such as Mainsoft, Csscorp, Ericom, Win4lin, Diamondedge, Cashal, etc. Learn about migration strategies.
Value for Customers, Business Partners, ...
Check it out:
IBM WebSphere Portal is ahead of Microsoft SharePoint and Oracle in the Gartner magic quadrant for 2009 portalshttp://imagesrv.gartner.com/media-products/pdf/reprints/ibm/external/volume4/article18.pdf
Web 2.0 ROI.
What are some of the KPIs?
1. Reduce cost of sale? faster sales cycle; increase yield
2. Reduce cost of lead generation? Less expensive marketing mix...
3. Reduce marketing collateral development costs and time?
4. Get answers faster
5. Reduce reinventions ... use the combo of bookmarks and search
6. Reduce errors
7. Speed up discovery process
8. improved quality of role-role interaction
9. Make faster decisions
10. transparent policy making lead to improved efficiencies
11. cost savings from shutting down low yielding projects
Aaron has an interesting session in April: http://www.web2expo.com/webexsf2009/public/schedule/detail/5771
And you got to read the IBM Enterprise Tagging Services ROI math: http://jisi.dreamblog.jp/blog/1739.html"IBM’s ETS cost $700k to develop and deploy across theworldwide intranet as a sidebar to a number of key web properties:traditional search engine results, top content pages, and webapplications""The ETS team instituted a survey to ask users how thistool helped them. What they found was amazing when you look at it incontext: the average person saved 12 seconds, across the 286000+searches performed through ETS each week. This sums up to 955 hourssaved each week across the company. In terms of cost savings, itamounts to a rough estimate of $4.6 million a year, in terms ofproductivity gain. The reusability of this page widget also resulted in$2.4 million in cost avoidance (reimplementing this for each site)."
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
Does becoming a social business mean transformed business processes? better business outcomes? well
- According to the recent Mckinsey study an average knowledge worker spends around 28 hours weekly using collaboration tools. Extending these with social tools can increase productivity upto 25%.
- Erasing white spaces (see Gartner Social BPM) is a major enabler --- transforming culture and leadership in organizational silos where no one is responsible, have management blind spots, and accountability gaps
- Transformation impact spans
- Nurturing a smarter workforce with
- Workforce optimization (ex. Sales, Marketing, Operations, Distribution, Business support)
- Products and Services Innovation
- Delighting customers with customer care and insights capabilities
So why should you go to IBM to help your organization transform to become a Social Business?
- IBM Global Business Services with deep industry expertise is ranked # 1 by IDC for providing consulting services. Key Social Business consulting services span Envision, Enable, Adopt, and Optimize services that allows organization to reach, engage, discover and act
- IBM is the Software market leader in Social Network, Enterprise Content Management, Analytics, Portals, Business Intelligence, Security, and Cloud based collaboration --- says Gartner, Forrester, IDC, etc.
- IBM's expert integrated systems with with web experience and smarter workforce patterns on PureSystems is a game changer
- IBM Research center for Social Business is driving new waves of innovation http://research.ibm.com/social
- IBM is a Social Business #IBMSocialBiz #IBMsocbiz
Bill from Wall Street Journal writes about the IBM Client for Smart Work for African countries:http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125367155287932855.html
International Business Machines
Corp. will try to sell a new package of low-priced computer desktop
applications to companies and governments in Africa, challenging Microsoft
Corp. and other rivals in the region.
The African market for information technology is relatively small, but
unlike Europe and the U.S., it is growing even in the recession. Market
researcher IDC predicts it will rise 2.3% this year to $22.1 billion.
Join this community to stay uptodate: https://greenhouse.lotus.com/communities/service/html/communityview?communityUuid=91cef5e2-2d6a-45fd-a63e-55907b4e7aaa
Great writeup on the latest Dell mini 10 netbook on Ubuntu:http://blogs.computerworld.com/15289/dell_introduces_best_ubuntu_netbook_ever
"Microsoft has restricted Windows 7 Starter to make sure it's no competition for the more full-featured versions of Windows 7. "
Here is an ASUS Eee PC on LInux: http://www.amazon.com/8-9-Inch-Netbook-Mobile-Processor-Battery/dp/B001AJNA02
Simmbook on Ubuntu: http://simmtronics.com/simmbook.php
And interesting predictions on Netbooks on Linux here: http://www.netbooknews.com/1586/netbook-market-trend-predictions-2010/
Check out this great application of technology to address real issues in developing countries - this one in Tanzania, Africa:http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Saving-Lives-with-SMS-for-prnews-1152825160.html?x=0&.v=1
The concept of using text messaging to improve stock management of
life-saving medicines was developed by pharmaceutical company Novartis
and a team of international students taking part in IBM's internship
program, Extreme Blue.
After visits to clinics, hospitals and dispensaries across Tanzania
IBM, Novartis and Vodafone initiated a five-month pilot of the SMS for
Life solution, covering 135 villages and over a million people in
different geographic locations across Tanzania
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...
Michael Neubarth wrote on Linux vs Windows here: http://www.ciozone.com/index.php?option=com_myblog&show=Is-Linux-Better-Than-Windows-.html&Itemid=713
Open source development process:
Quoting Eric Raymond: "The pattern is simple and compelling. Where we have open-source
software, we have peer review and high reliability. Where we don't,
reliability suffers terribly."
"Microsoft Windows machines are subject to frequent lockups,
generally require rebooting more than once a week, and need periodic
re-installation from scratch to eliminate problems such as registry
creep and DLL conflicts."
Linux systems, on the other hand, "are so stable that many only go offline when brought down for hardware fixes and upgrades."
" Windows and Microsoft Update only do a handful of Microsoft
applications. With Linux, the OS updater application handles software
from other companies too. Huge plus for Linux. Huge."
Reliability: "The biggest and most unwelcome surprise in the survey was that Windows
Server 2003 downtime increased by 25% to nearly 9 hours of per server,
per year downtime compared to the results it achieved in Yankee Group's
2006 Global Server Reliability Survey." - Yankee group 2007-8 survey results.
Linux is superior to Windows in the areas of licensing, flexibility,
command-line control, peer support and community, centralized
application installation, security, cost of ownership, and
interoperability - Jack Wallen 2008 TechRepublic
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?
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
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.
Short and sweet top 10 list of issues with Windows 7:
To net it out...
1. Too much of a learning curve
2. Upgrade challenged from XP (forget it), from Vista (recent study had 30% of responders having issues)
5. Not value for Enterprise
6. Starter edition a non starter
7. search needs to get better
8. little online integrationhttp://www.eweek.com/c/a/Windows/10-Issues-Microsoft-Still-Hasnt-Addressed-In-Windows-7-251003/
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 )
Today’s customers expect more. They expect you to know them as
individuals, to anticipate their needs and to surprise them with
interesting new products and services. Yet the traditional approaches
to innovation and customer intimacy are hopelessly archaic in today’s
Learn how social business and an end-to-end approach
to commerce can change the way you interact with your customers,
building their loyalty and your brand.
- Understand how to leverage both a Social
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clients and enable the employees who engage them.
- Hear how leading organizations are building loyalty in their brand is ways never seen before.
- Discover that the ways in which people
interact, relationships form, decisions are made, work is accomplished
and goods are purchased.
- Listen to clients detailing how a new breed of
customer is dictating a new set of terms in the dynamic between buyers
- Interact with a panel of peers, thought leaders and IBM subject matter experts.
If you have a microsoft enterprise agreement up for renewal, consider the following before you commit:
"an Enterprise Agreement (EA) renewal for an enterprise with the main
desktop suite on, say, 10,000 PCs could cost around $1,500,000 per year": says Forrester (see blog link below)...
1. Listen to this podcast on Cost reduction strategy for smarter collaboration: http://download.rbn.com/ibmpdc/pdc/open/podcasts/collaboration/smarter_collaboration.mp3
2. Read this Project Liberate white paper on how hundreds of customers have freed up Billions of Dollars by not renewing Microsoft Enterprise Agreements: ftp://ftp.software.ibm.com/software/lotus/lotusweb/Project_LiberateforCIOsFinal.pdf
3. Check this out from Forrester: http://blogs.forrester.com/cio/2009/02/should-i-renew.html
"So should you renew your EA? As you can see, there are a lot of factors
to consider, so the answer is genuinely “it depends.” But consider
this: Somewhere between 25% and 35% of customers don’t renew"
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:
Check out this IBM youtube video on Smarter Collaboration your wayhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vi17n3rEgTw
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"
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.
Stop selling Microsoft Word by Jan 11th 2010.
Pay $290M to i4i
Says U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit to Microsoft today, Dec 22nd 2009! http://www.microsoft-watch.com/content/corporate/microsoft_loses_i4i_appeal_faces_unappealing_options.html
"The company will be allowed to provide technical support
to Word customers, but it will be barred from instructing users on how
to use the custom XML editor or from marketing copies of Word that
allegedly violate the patent."
Customers do have a choice. Switch to Lotus Symphony, adopt IBM Client for Smart Work.. http://www.ibm.com/lotus/openclient
"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...
Good writeup on customers trending towards desktop alternatives..http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/jan2010/tc2010014_392808.htm?campaign_id=yhoo
Excerpts from this article:
As of October 2009, about 9% of 1,414 business technology professionals
surveyed by InformationWeek Analytics said that their organizations
made extensive use of netbooks and 19% predicted they would make
extensive use of them by 2011. About 33 million netbooks were shipped
worldwide in 2009.
The worldwide thin client market may grow to 7 million units in 2012, from 2.9 million in 2007, according to IDC. Gartner (IT
) expects that by 2014, 15% of traditional professional desktop PCs will be replaced by so-called virtual desktops
which also leave most computing and storage tasks to a centrally
located computer, rather than maintain them at the employee's
"For every dollar I spent buying a PC, I spent 50¢ to the dollar every
year maintaining it," Kapoor says. "There's a lot of technical
expertise that's required to do that maintenance." iQor has eliminated
its help desk and, before long, expects to cut its IT staff to about a
quarter its previous size.
There are several interesting ways by which you can integrate social tools into your business process, and yes transform them.
The social tools itself introduce "social processes" such as
- jam using ideation tools,
- prioritize and learn using serious games and knowledge exchanges,
- share through blogs, activities, and traditional communication/collaboration tools
- discover using personalized analytics driven context
- co-create using semantic wiki, online editors, ...
- amplify with voting/recommendations/scoring
and the like..
Then you have business processes that gets transformed:
- functional areas such as sales, marketing, support/customer care, finance, accounting, HR, supply chain, etc
- industry specific Line of Business areas such as healthcare coordination, or citizen campaigns, or mobile banking
What is it gonna take to provide your client/employees/partners to bring your brand to every experience, unlock creativity everywhere, eliminate guesswork and deploy however you want?
1. use social tools from where you spend most of your time online --- @ work or @ personal
- email clients like Notes, Exchange, etc.
- intranet/extranet/internet portals / web sites
- functional (CRM, ERP, SCM, HR, etc) or Line of Business Applications -- ie your systems of record
- mobile device
you integrate the social tools/capabilities into these environments
2. make the social platform your primary system of engagement/interaction:
- surface relevant activities/tasks within that social platform based on context/next action
- integrate the systems of record into this social platform
3. bring together the systems of engagement and record:
- data in motion: make activity stream the common backplane
- data at rest: apply traditional database joins
This is about making organizations as smart as our people....http://www.ibm.com/ibm/ideasfromibm/us/smartplanet/topics/businessproductivity/20090504/index1.shtml
"Unfortunately, the best work in many companies often happens despite
our processes and structures, rather than because of them. Individuals
and teams today are ready to collaborate, multitask and cocreate—and
yet, every week, businesses waste 5.3 hours per employee because of
inefficient processes. A full two-thirds of employees believe there are
colleagues who can help them do their jobs better, but they don't know
how to find them—and 42% of people say they are forced to make
decisions with the wrong information at least once a week. It's no
wonder that 91% of CEOs surveyed say they need to restructure the way
their organizations work.
To work smarter, we'll need smarter organizations—enhancing and
benefiting from their people's expertise, enterprise and creativity,
rather than inhibiting them. Transforming the collaborative
infrastructure and processes of our places of work will enable people
to take advantage of the full scope of an instrumented, interconnected
and intelligent planet. And the good news is that many organizations
around the world are showing the way"
On productivity confidence index as of March 2009: http://www.i4cp.com/pci
: "53% of surveyors believe that productivity will increase. Hospital, healthcare and insurance industries
came in with a high PCI score of 43.5, while government lagged all
sectors with a score of -25.
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!
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
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)
Reduce costs, lower TCO, <1year ROI?
Here is the Liberate - Migrate - Virtualize
- free up money in IT budget by taking alternate procurement strategy: http://www.ibm.com/software/info/liberate
- more than 600 companies have freed up $3.5B over the last 3 years by executing this strategy
- Reduce software licencing costs and increase productivity through best-of-breed smarter collaboration technologies
- There are several starting points and scenarios based on user segmentation (http://www.ibm.com/lotus/openclient)
- Microsoft office to Lotus Symphony (http://symphony.lotus.com)
- Microsoft windows to Linux
- Microsoft Outlook/Exchange, SharePoint, etc. to IBM Lotus Collaboration
- Add Lotus Sametime, Lotus Connections, Lotus Quickr etc to the current environment
- Leverage a variety of Integrated Communication Services including converged communications, mobility and wireless, network optimization, RFID, and telecom expense management
- Simplify your server infrastructure by moving to Linux, System Z, etc
- Pick the best delivery model
- Reduce operational costs
- Virtual windows/Linux desktops for the right user segments
- Managed end user services
including self enablement portal, asset recovery, platform integration and deployment, software platform management, and workplace optimization
Check this out: http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/23370.wss
On a roll. Great momentum with Open Collaboration Client Solution (OCCS -- Lotus Notes, Lotus Symphony, etc.)
1. OCCS powered by SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop from Novell: More Customers, Value Added Resellers like Arrow in USA, Avnet in Italy generating leads for their partners. Live DVD from Novell: https://www14.software.ibm.com/webapp/iwm/web/preLogin.do?lang=en_US&source=sw-pprod05&S_PKG=SW-LN8betaSUSElinux
2. Red Hat offering OCCS powered by RHEL from Red Hat: Marketing initiative for Business Partners
and Live DVD: http://rhx.redhat.com/rhx/support/article/DOC-2050
3. Lotus Notes support for Ubuntu (limited 8.0.1, full 8.5)
Lotus Symphony beta 4, Lotus Notes features, etc.: http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/23366.wss
Lotus Foundations: http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/23326.wss that leverages the Net Integration Technologies acquistion: http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/23325.wss runs on SLES from Novell.
Bluehouse SaaS suite of collaboration features: http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/23326.wss
Eclipse.org 2009 Community Survey results are available here: http://www.eclipse.org/org/press-release/Eclipse_Survey_2009_final.pdf
. A good summary is available in Computerworld: http://www.computerworlduk.com/community/blogs/index.cfm?entryid=2222&blogid=14
- Developers appear to be shifting away from Microsoft Windows to Linux and Mac OSX for their development operating system. 26.9% of respondents cite Linux was as primary desktop operating system, representing a 7 percentage point increase from 2007. Though Windows is still the dominant development OS at 64%, it has decreased 10 percentage points from 2007. The most popular Linux variant of choice among developers is Ubuntu, which accounts for over half of Linux respondents. Mac OSX has increase to 6.9% from 3.5% in 2007.
- Linux is taking an increase share of the deployment operating system environment. 42.7% of the respondents selected Linux as their deployment environment; an increase from 37% in 2007. Ubuntu (12%) and Red Hat Enterprise Linux (10.2%) are the leading Linux distros.
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!
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
Well, we have been saying this for a while. And we have seen customer interest and adoption starting to trend in this direction for sure...
Check out this article by Galen Gruman in Infoworld: http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&taxonomyName=Linux+and+Unix&articleId=9128813&taxonomyId=122&pageNumber=1
"Essentially, desktop Linux makes sense as the desktop OS only for thoseemployees who do common work in Office and Web apps. But that's a lotof people."
"OpenOffice is a sound alternative to Microsoft Office, but I spent most of my time with the free IBM Lotus Symphony
, which is a slightly better productivity suite than OpenOffice
, in the InfoWorld Test Center's evaluation."
"many companies, government agencies, and educational institutions canchuck at least some of them. Those based on XP -- or Windows 2000,which still has a huge installed base in government agencies -- canlook to big savings on licensing, hardware, and training costs."
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.
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
Watched Avatar in Imax. What a treat. The whole family enjoyed every bit of it...
Interesting to see this article on "is this concept really possible": http://www.cnn.com/2010/TECH/02/03/avatar.technology.science/index.html?hpt=C2
. Personally I dont think its gonna take centuries to realize this vision. Probably a decade. I bet :-)
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
Obviously figuring out TCO when you look for desktop alternatives is important. I did a quick search on what is out there. Check these out:
1. RedHat TCO calculator: considers savings from not renewing/signing Microsoft Enterprise Agreements, Moving from Windows to Linux desktops, servers, etc.http://www.compariv.com/redhat/tcoCalculator.jsp
2. Omni has a Novell desktop TCO calculator: http://www.omni-ts.com/linux-desktop/tco-calculator.html
3. Virtualization (including desktop, but looks like windows based) TCO calculator: http://www.alinean.com/P_TCOcalculator.asp
4. Small Business solutions: http://www.bilal.ca/how-to-save-money-with-lotus-foundations/
5. ROI around Messaging and collaboration: http://www.permessa.com/roi_calculator
Check this out: http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/business/323025_msftcontracts10.html , http://www.forrester.com/Research/Document/Excerpt/0,7211,42562,00.html and this one too: http://www.microsoft-watch.com/content/operating_systems/software_assurance_storm_warning.html
Per a recent Forrester report, only 11% of the 61 will definitely renew Microsoft Enterprise Agreement. 26% have decided NOT to renew. 86% (more than 3000 user organizations) have the agreement up for renewal in 2007.
"Julie Giera, the Forrester Research vice president who wrote the report, said she speaks with hundreds of Microsoft Software Assurance customers each year, and the findings from the formal study are consistent with what she has been hearing from many of them."
Apparently the Microsoft response did not address the point that was being made in the report: http://www.microsoft-watch.com/content/business_applications/microsofts_licensing_response.html
So folks, if you have a Microsoft enterprise agreement up for renewal or considering to sign a new one, think twice or thrice... Get to the facts. Figure out how you can free up quite a lot of money in your IT budget. See http://www-142.ibm.com/software/sw-lotus/lotus/general.nsf/wdocs/license .
Let me know if you need more guidance on this.
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.
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
Must read. Preston calls out on Ballmer's recent comments:Ballmer told The New York Times
that IBM made a mistake when it quit the PC, hard disk, and networking
equipment businesses, because companies need to diversify if they want
to profit over the long term. Here's what he told the Times
"I.B.M. is the company that is notable for going the
other direction. I.B.M.'s footprint is more narrow today than it was
when I started. I am not sure that has been to the long-term benefit of
I.B.M.'s strategy has worked out O.K. for its
investors over the last decade. Shares of I.B.M. are up about 30
percent since 1999, while shares of Microsoft have dropped about 30
percent over the same time span. http://blogs.computerworld.com/14838/ballmer_ibm_should_ignore_profits_get_back_into_the_hardware_business
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?
Not sure why Microsoft took time to acknowledge this?http://blogs.zdnet.com/security/?p=4938&tag=nl.e550
"Microsoft has issued a security advisory to acknowledge a crippling
denial-of-service flaw affecting its newest operating systems — Windows
7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.
In the absence of a patch, Microsoft recommends that affected users
block TCP ports 139 and 445 at the firewall. Windows users should also
block all SMB communications to and from the Internet to help prevent
A point of view from Novell CMO:
- Google Chrome OS would be available in 2010
- Microsoft Windows 7
- iPhone: 5.2 million units sold in the third quarter alone.
finally, in the face of economic pressures and shrinking IT budgets,
reports show that Linux adoption is on the rise, especially on netbooks
and mobile devices.
Check out key points from Sam Palmisano's remarks at the Atlantic Council event where he received the Distinguished Business leader award for 2009: http://www.acus.org/event_blog/2009-leadership-awards-bush-kohl-petraeus-and-palmisano/palmisano-transcript
"If we don’t make our economic, technological and social systems truly
systems – and by that I mean they are reliable, transparent,
trustworthy and secure – then they will not be sustainable"
"In June, in Berlin, the same city that brought down the wall and
rebuilt itself into a key European hub, IBM will convene a “smart
cities” summit. We’ve invited hundreds of leaders from the world’s most
innovative cities to share ideas and learn how we can make our cities
"By 2050, 70 percent of people on Earth will live in cities. Which means
that cities… more than states, provinces or perhaps even nations… are
increasingly the central arena for success or failure"
"We have the potential – both technological and political – to make our
cities more productive, more efficient, safer, more vibrant and more
"The key, as I said, is leadership. If we are really going to drive
meaningful change, we need to get smarter about how we work together.
We will have to be far more collaborative. This is not just the
familiar “public and private sector” formula. It’s multi-directional,
multi-stakeholder, truly global. Think about it – none of the systems
I’ve mentioned is the responsibility of any one entity or decision
maker. They all involve business, government, communities, all of civil
Check this out...
380,000 Panasonic users will start using IBM Lotus web mail, cloud software.. Their US users are switching from Microsoft to IBM Lotus.http://www.reuters.com/article/idCNN1220082920100114?rpc=44
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
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)...
Check these out:
- Project Liberate consulting: http://www.ibm.com/software/info/liberate
- A video in Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4ZhPI1eic4
- What IT analysts and press got to say: http://www.ibm.com/lotus/reducecost (select License analysis)
Customers with Microsoft Enterprise Agreements might be able to save up to 40% or more on the cost of their renewal
through this "no-charge"
evaluation of their current Enterprise Agreement.
And then the alternatives...
- the solution with Novell: http://www.ibm.com/lotus/opencollabclientwithnovell
- and the one with RedHat: http://www.redhat.com/partners/partnerspotlight/ibm/lotus/
- stay tuned for more details on the Ubuntu based solution and Lotus Foundation announced this week...
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
InformationWeek: Our research
shows that only 16% of IT pros have plans to deploy Windows 7 in the
first 12 months, and about 50% had no plans or don't know of their
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
More proof points on working smarter using Microsoft alternatives...
reported based on input from 1275 survey responders worldwide that (a) cost reduction and security are major drivers, (b) ubuntu scored high, (c) after IT the low hanging fruit were General professional users (relatively light and predictable use of e-mail, office tools, etc) andTransaction workers (mostly using enterprise applications in a routine prescriptive manner) http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/27562.wss
Key statistics in the report (ftp://ftp.software.ibm.com/linux/pdfs/Freeform_Dynamics-Desktop_Linux.pdf
- 71% of respondents indicated cost reduction as their primary driver for adoption.
- 35% stated the ease of securing the desktop was another primary driver
cited the lowering of overheads associated with maintenance and support
in general were factors contributing to the benefit of desktop Linux
- Those with experience of
Linux desktop rollouts are 50% more likely to regard non-technical
users such as general professional users and transaction workers as
primary targets for Linux
- 58% of those with prior experience of a Linux desktop rollout see general professional users as primary targets
- 52% of those with prior experience of a Linux desktop rollout see transaction workers as primary targets.
- 32% of those with prior experience of a Linux desktop rollout see power users as primary targets.
of respondents said usability was the main consideration when
evaluating or selecting a desktop Linux distribution for use in a
announced VERDE 2.0 available with desktop management infrastructure with disconnected use that can harness the local processing power. They already support virtual windows and linux desktops using the VDI connection broker and associated destop management/clustering. They also expanded their partner network by adding 16 additional resellers/systems integrators worldwide (http://vbridges.com/wp/?page_id=181
). They span Germany, France, England, Italy, South Africa, Japan, Indonesia, Mexico and the United States. One of them, Midas network is offering Desktop as a Service offering from Austin, Texas, USA.
Meanwhile IBM also announced Gruppo Amodori
moving from Microsoft Exchange/Offce/Windows to the IBM Open Collaboration Client Solution on RedHat (http://www.lotusonredhat.com
) -- http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/27561.wss
"Our strategy is to focus on Linux first and foremost, taking a
practical and pragmatic approach," said Gianluca Giovannetti, CIO and
Director of Organization, Gruppo Amadori. "For us, the Linux
environment is the right choice for very focused applications and is
more cost effective than Microsoft."
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...
"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
With more than 70% of people predicted to live in cities by 2050, the debate is on around how cities can get smarter
: http://www.ibm.com/ibm/ideasfromibm/us/smartplanet/index.shtml#ibm-video?&re=sp5 http://www.ibm.com/ibm/ideasfromibm/us/smartplanet/topics/cities/20090309/index.shtml?&re=spf
Equally important becomes the question: how can we make Villages smarter
so that maybe more people can be living in the villages. Here is a discussion I have started on this targeting a little state Kerala in India and how we can lead change...http://teamkita.ning.com/profiles/blogs/is-kerala-ready-for-embracing
So, more governments are recognizing the value of open standards and open source.
Looks like the Canadian government has come out with an RFI with priority for low cost/no cost open source software: http://arstechnica.com/open-source/news/2009/02/canadian-government-eyes-open-sources-asks-for-feedback.ars
"According to the RFI, Canada is exploring no-cost software options onthe desktop as well as the server, in categories that include operatingsystems, office suites, and automation systems."
"Respondents are asked to comment on the potential for hidden costs, howto evaluate and manage compliance with open source licenses, and howopen standards and interoperability should factor into thedecision-making process."According to this article: http://www.osor.eu/news/hr-cautious-start-for-open-standards-in-new-e-government-policy
Croatia's governmenthas taken a cautious next step to ensure its electronic governmentservices will use open IT standards. Five of the ten principles ineffect describe open standards.
There are references to more governments in the same website: osor.eu
Meanwhile the Dutch government minister for Foreign Trade Frank Heemskerk said
: "Open standards offer long term benefits, including interoperabilityand lower costs. At times a migration to such software can be tricky,but public administrations will be supported in these cases", theminister wrote in reply to questions regarding software procurement bythe city of Utrecht.The Finnish governmentwants the country's public administrations to increase their use ofopen source and open standards. On Monday the government published apolicy document to help public bodies with procurement and deployment.
The French police
, in the year 2008 alone deployed 5000 new workstations, allrunning on Ubuntu. Every new workstation will ship with the same setup.During 2009 the Gendarmerie is planning to migrate close to 15.000workstations in total.
Interesting interview with Craig Mundie, Microsoft's Chief Research and Strategy Officer in the CIO magazinehttp://www.cio.com/article/485436/Microsoft_s_Next_Big_Thing?page=3
"The next thing that will emerge is an architecture that allows theapplication developer to think of the cloud plus the clientarchitecturally as a single thing. In a sense, it is like client/severcomputing in the enterprise. It was the homogeneity that existedbetween some of the facilities at the server and the client end thatallowed people to build those applications. We've never had that kindof architectural homogeneity in this cloud-plus-client orInternet-plus-smart-devices world, and I'm predicting that will be thenext big thing."
Indeed... Check out http://www.ibm.com/lotus/openclient
and even http://desktone.com/
"The idea of electronic medical records is uninteresting? Yes, in theway that people have historically talked about them. In fact, thisAmalga product that we've been building and deploying really movesbeyond the idea that you need a prior, specified medical record. Itjust ingests all of the historical medical information, synthesizesmetadata, flattens it out and creates a new abstraction for dealingwith all for the medical information."
Well, check out the IBM 3d patient record software in Denmark: http://www.reuters.com/article/technologyNews/idUSTRE5294X720090310
and a first of a kind electronic health record exchange with MedVirginia and Social Security Administration in USA here: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/IBM-MedVirginia-and-Social-iw-14697133.html
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
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 )
Check this out...http://tech.yahoo.com/news/pcworld/20090220/tc_pcworld/studyfederalgovtcansavebillionsinitspending
"The U.S. government could save billions of dollars by moving to more open-source software, cloud computing and virtualization, a recent study suggests. Over three years, the potential savings would be US$3.7 billion for using open-source
software; $13.3 billion for using virtualization
technologies; and $6.6 billion from cloud computing
or software-as-a-service, the study said. It was published by MeriTalk http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/pcworld/tc_pcworld/storytext/studyfederalgovtcansavebillionsinitspending/31043699/SIG=10q7earg9/*http://www.meritalk.com/
, an online community about IT and public policy; Red Hat, an open-source software vendor; and DLT Solutions, a value-added reseller of Red Hat
and other IT products."
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
Great video on social selling in action with SugarCRM and IBM Connections -- rfp response scenario... check it out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3CnYJImchc
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."
Ready for some statistics?
- A typical organization loses 5.3 hours per employee per week due to inefficient processes impacting how they work.
- Nearly two hours each day are spent looking for the right expertise and information to do our jobs.
- Two-thirds of people believe there are colleagues who can help them do their jobs better...but they don't know how to find them.
Join us for the IBM Smart Work Videocast and Global Jam: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fMSApzRTjMs&eurl=http%3A%2F%2Fw3.ibm.com%2Fnews%2Fw3news%2Ftop_stories%2F2009%2F08%2Fstgswg_smart_work_launch.html&feature=player_embedded
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
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.
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
As a computational intelligence / soft computing geek, I always get excited when these technologies are applied to real life problems.
Having spent decades in solving control, prediction, evaluation, and decision support problems in aerospace
, geology, educational psychology, construction, economics and the like, it was good to see this work in using genetic algorithms to partner collaboration cost structures: http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~content=a782759954~db=all~jumptype=rssoptimize collaboration
"The paper elaborately analyses various collaboration patterns betweendistributed partners with the corresponding evaluation metrics forcollaboration time and cost."
There are others like Affinova
who have been using GAs to optimize solutions to marketing challenges...
Check out this report from eweek on Palmisano's top 15 moves.
Move # 8 is all around the IBM Open Collaboration Client Solution (OCCS -- http://www.ibm.com/lotus/openclient) including virtual linux desktops using Virtual Bridges and Canonical - the Microsoft desktop alternative, and Symphony (http://symphony.lotus.com)
Why should CIOs and CFOs care?
1. Opportunity to free up your IT budget
2. Opportunity to get ROI in less than a year
3. Opportunity to lower TCO
Congrats MIT team for winning the DARPA challenge...http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2009/dec/07/darpa-challenge
"The Darpa Network Challenge, which took place on Saturday,
offered a cash prize for the first group to successfully locate 10
large red weather balloons hidden at a string of secret locations
across the US.
Competitors were asked to use the internet
and social networking
sites to discover the whereabouts of the balloons" ...
Way to go..
I read this interesting article on how Science can and should create millions of new jobs:http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/09_36/b4145036678131_page_3.htm
"We need 6.7 million just to replace losses from the current recession,
then an additional 10 million to keep up with population growth and to
spark demand over the next decade. In the 1990s the U.S. economy
created a net 22 million jobs, or 2.2 million a year. But from 2000 to
the end of 2007, the rate plunged to 900,000 a year. The pipeline is
dry because the U.S. business model is broken."
We really need them Now. So what is the best way to spend stimulus funds to transform R&D? Ask NIH - with $8.2B extramural funding, apparently they received more than 20,000 applications for the latest recovery act call for proposals.
Could researchers work smarter by collaborating more effectively across geographies and research organizations? Can clinicians connect with researchers as well as patient candidates more effectively to cut through the inefficiencies? We have the technology, We know how to address the cultural differences. Yes we can. Attend one of these events: http://www-01.ibm.com/software/lotus/events/smarter-collaboration/live/
Governments and research institutions are thinking out of the box to establish joint ventures --- public-private partnerships.
Would outsourced R&D be the right investment? Could get more researchers for sure.. Maybe pair commercial ventures here with outsourced R&D? How about funding retraining schools, like finishing schools?
Maybe organizations such as IEEE and ACM should champion such efforts in IT? Similar organizations in other domains...