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On Lotusphere 2006 business development day, we committed to respond to Microsoft FUD within 24 hours .
I will use this blog to flag the FUD and respond on time.
We responded to Microsoft FUD around their migration tools in Surjit Chana's blog (http://www-128.ibm.com/developerworks/blogs/dw_blog.jspa?blog=808#105465)
The FACTS around the Microsoft migration tools... don't believe the hype
Sorry, but I just can't let this misinformation go unaddressed.. I'm talking about the Microsoft Application Analyzer and Data migration tool "announcement."
So lets look at some FACTS:
1. Microsoft has currently pulled this tool out of their website (http://www.microsoft.com/technet/interopmigration/collaboration/default.mspx#Tools)
2. Reviews by Microsoft/IBM business partner (http://www.pmooney.net/blogsphe.nsf/d6plinks/PMOY-6L2TN4)
"reveal that this is a prelude to a FUD generator, nothing more. MS cannot do what Lotus can do"!
- wrong assumption that only standard Lotus templates are in use!
- analyzer engine cannot handle database volumes
- it requires .net framework 2 and MSDE SQL engine installed and running in that machine.
- This latest version of the analyser and report tool attempts to group each database into one of four categories, and then tries to suggest a replacement MS solution. Note that Microsoft equivalent of Domino collaboration (chat, presence awareness) requires Windows Exchange, Live communication, and Sharepoint Portal servers and CAL, Sharepoint services, and SQL server!
3. Gartner analyst Matt Cain said (CNET). "They've had a bunch of migration tools out there for a long time and they haven't been revised in ages."
"What's still missing is a tool or service that can migrate the Domino application logic," Cain said. "Domino still is an awesome rapid application development tool. There frankly is nothing (like it) on the market."
4. Oh by the way, more than 3000 customers and millions of users, have already decided to trade up from offerings such as Microsoft Exchange by switching to IBM Lotus Domino in Y2004-2005. These include Southern California Edison, Greif, Holland company, Morphy Richards, Suncast, and American society for the prevention of cruelty to animals. Many leverage the IBM business partner hosted POC (http://www-142.ibm.com/software/sw-lotus/products/product4.nsf/wdocs/notesdominopoc) for customers to try and move.[Read More]
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The Bathwick Group has declared IBM the leader for building innovation into large-scale outsourcing contracts in Europe.
"Innovation in outsourcing is particularly crucial in this very tough economic climate as it can help the IT function to run more cost-effectively and more efficiently,"
IBM can build innovation projects into existing outsourcing contracts by allowing clients to work with leading IBM researchers and become part of the think tank, dispatch innovation experts to meet with clients a few times a year or dedicate scientists on a full-time basis.
It is the Business Partners turn now:
Facing waning demand for Microsoft products and growing interest in Linux, in the first five months of 2009 more than 1,000 Microsoft Business Partners have signed up to sell IBM's Lotus Foundations: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/200-Microsoft-Partners-Per-prnews-15441784.html?.v=1
In addition, some Microsoft partners have expressed disenchantment with Microsoft's new strategy of battling Linux encroachment in the SMB market by offering a skeletal version of Windows Server.
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Microsoft is still referring to a year and a half-old vendor-funded report from the consulting arm of an analyst group that is no longer in business!
Check out this "TCO study": http://www.microsoft.com/exchange/evaluation/compare/METAEx2k3vNotes.mspx
So we still have our analysis posted at http://www-142.ibm.com/software/sw-lotus/lotus/offering1.nsf/wdocs/tcostudy until the FUD is put to rest!
Oh by the way did you know:
This report was done by not the analysts but by META consultants as part of a Microsoft paid engagement.. There is no mention of how they computed the TCO!
META was since been acquired.
Comparing apples to oranges is flawed: Exchange 2003 vs Notes/Domino R5, 6, and 6.5 customers (R5 shipped in 1999). Since the study we have shipped N/D 7. Meanwhile, we await Exchange "12"!
So folks: Be aware of facts. Bust this FUD.[Read More]
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After Dell and HP, here is yet another concerned Microsoft partner and PC manufacturer: http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,134962-pg,1/article.html
"Acer president Gianfranco Lanci today became the first major PC manufacturer to openly attack Microsoft over the Windows Vista operating system. He was quoted in the Financial Times Deutschland . Lanci said the operating system was riddled with problems and gave users and businesses no reason to buy a new PC, according to the report."
Business 2.0 blog provides more links on this topic: http://blogs.business2.com/smallchange/2007/07/windows-vista-c.html[Read More]
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Microsoft announced this $500M People Ready marketing campaign yesterday (http://www.microsoft.com/business/peopleready/default.mspx)
Microsoft needs to extract significant revenue from their existing customers. Typically this is done through offering more value, but to some customers lately their promise of value seems either far too expensive or not nearly enough - in either case customers are pursuing alternatives or simply not migrating. You will remember the famous "Customer is a Dinosaur" advertisement in Businessweek: - this is both insulting and evident how important it is to Microsoft that their customers pay, and pay and pay.
How much? Well $500M to let customers know that Microsoft software can be used by People! Blame it on Microsoft Enterprise Agreements?
Could it be that Microsoft is trying to become a consulting company? The People Ready website looks very much a consultants page! Could this be a leading indicator of Vista and Office 2007? Franchise protection? Or is this a good example of being product driven vs market driven? Maybe all of the above!
IBM surveyed 765 CEOs, worldwide from 21 industries, in 2006 and shared their insights on Innovation and other business priorities with our customers. See http://www-1.ibm.com/services/us/bcs/html/bcs_ceostudy2006.html?re=wmys for more details
IBM published the Global Innovation Outlook (GIO) - what our customers and thought leaders forsee (http://domino.research.ibm.com/comm/www_innovate.nsf/images/gio/$FILE/GIO_2005_at-a-glance.pdf) - See Irving's blog: http://irvingwb.typepad.com/blog/2006/03/the_global_inno.html
IBM has been delivering solutions to business problems that allows role based execution of business processes for several years!
More recently we have been sharing how IBM has helped companies do special things: http://www-306.ibm.com/e-business/ondemand/us/innovation/index.shtml?sa_campaign=message/1_1/all/makesyouspecial
On Services vs Software - Full of contradictions!
Look at these statements in CNN: http://www.crn.com/sections/breakingnews/breakingnews.jhtml;jsessionid=NQY3ZCVFPUV3AQSNDBESKHA?articleId=183700192
Services firm Resolute displayed SharePoint solutions customized for financial services and aimed at Wall Street firms. Regional general manager Christopher Paradise said the event gave him a chance to connect with top executives from Resolute's target customer base. "Steve [Ballmer] is the draw," he said. "He always brings out the crowd."
Ballmer said Big Blue's vision is to drive business improvement by sending in armies of its consultants, whereas Microsoft's answer is software. "I think there's still a fairly prevalent view that IBM is a technology company as opposed to a services and consulting company," Ballmer said. "That may not be the case."
Where are we heading?
Our customers have been telling us: "we need flexibility and choice, innovations for innovators".
Continuing the "one size fits all computing model" is a vestige of the past! You can't put that genie back in the bottle.
Linux isn't going away. Neither is Java, PHP, AJAX, XForms, ODF, Websphere, Workplace and other technologies based on open standards.
Advantage IBM Workplace (http://www-142.ibm.com/software/workplace/products/product5.nsf/wdocs/workplaceoverview)[Read More]
IMPACT event diamond sponsor Miracle Software says:
"The top value that we see for our clients “in this market” is protecting existing IT investments, reducing costs through reuse, accelerating time to market ..."
more here: http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/blogs/page/smb?entry=ibm_vp_sandy_carter_talks1
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Web 2.0 is next week. Visit and experience IBM there. Check out the web 2.0 blog:
Healthcare costs in USA are expected to skyrocket to 20.3% of GDP by 2018.
Partnering with American Academy of Family Physicians, IBM announced the results of a study: http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/27607.wss that points Patient Centered Medical Home as the answer.
"The medical home -- an enhanced care model -- provides comprehensive and timely care and payment reform, emphasizing the central role of primary care. At the core of the medical home is preservation of the patient’s personal, long-term relationship with a primary care physician. Patients who have a personal physician will incur less healthcare expenditures and lower mortality rates.
Another key component of the medical home is the team approach (physician, nurse, nurse practitioner, patient educator, pharmacist and other care givers) to care."
As you can see in this table below, a lot is about Smarter Collaboration, between patient and care providers as well as between care providers...
6. Potential to save upto 60% of the cost of Microsoft Enterprise Agreements by purchasing required of licenses one time over a 3 year period using Select agreements (estimate based on companies with more than 250 users) (http://www.ibm.com/lotus/reducecost)
5. Opportunity to upgrade from client server environment to the web leveraging Web 2.0 and associated innovations.
4. You may not be under pressure to deal with Vista and MS Office 2007 upgrades and associated costs (software, hardware, training) this year.
3. Opportunity to explore alternate desktop OS (http://www-142.ibm.com/software/sw-lotus/lotus/general.nsf/wdocs/desktop ).
2. Adopt open standards and associated interoperability framework policies.http://www.odfalliance.org/resources/GlobalViewODFPolicy.pdf
1. Make use of this savings to fund mission critical projects.[Read More]
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Hopefully we have closure on this particular FUD. Check these out:
Microsoft official response http://blogs.technet.com/collabtools/archive/2006/02/02/418599.aspx
Press: In CNET: http://news.com.com/2061-10805_3-6034893.html?part=rss&tag=6034893&subj=news.
Analysts: Butler Group: http://businessreview.typepad.com/butler_group
You have already seen responses from Business Partners.[Read More]