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.
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
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...
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"
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
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...
'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.
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
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.
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
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."
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
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
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
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, ...
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/
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
Business and Smarter Commerce to create exceptional experiences for your
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.
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
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
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...
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?
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)."
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
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.
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
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)
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/
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!
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.
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.
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.
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:
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
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
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 )
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 :-)
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"