Check out this article in eWeek: Playing the Standards Game the Microsoft Way (http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,1985410,00.asp) by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols July 6, 2006!
"The Redmond crew has an entirely different agenda for "supporting" the OpenDocument Format with its own Open XML Translator.
It's not even news, actually, according to Andrew Updegrove, a partner with Boston law firm Gesmer Updegrove, and the editor of http://www.ConsortiumInfo.org . "Microsoft's announcement on plug-ins is being treated in the press as 'new news,'" Updegrove said. "Ray Ozzie actually let slip mention of the project last October, and an open-source converter project was started by the same French company last September 26." ....
There are two key phrases here. The first is "third-party." Jason Matusow, Microsoft's director of standards affairs, came right out and said Microsoft was not contributing code or providing architectural guidance for Open XML Translator. The OpenDocument Foundation says it will provide a plug-in that will allow Office users to open, render and save to ODF files. ....
Why, oh why, do I think that Translator's technical support line will often be telling users that the fault for a botched document transfer lies at ODF's door? And somehow I think Microsoft's technical support's usual suggested "fix" will be to just use Microsoft's own Open XML instead. "It's so much better," they'll say to annoyed users.
What could Microsoft do if it were really interested in supporting open standards? Easy: Bake ODF import and export support into Office 2007. This? This Translator support is just another trap to keep users locked into Microsoft Office. "
More FACTS (http://sourceforge.net/projects/odf-converter ):
Only available for Word so far. Nothing for Excel or Powerpoint.Only supports import of ODF files for now. Support for writing ODF word processor documents will not be seen until October.Plan is to issue final 1.0 version of the Word convertor (import/export) by December 30th. No plan stated for Excel or PowerPointThe tool pre-req's Word 2007. Behind the scenes, it is converting from ODF to Office Open XML. So this will only work and be relevant to those using the beta version of Word 2007. Microsoft should be able to retrofit this to work with Office 2003 as well (using something called the "compatibility kit" which they were already planning to support Ecma Office Open XML in Office 2003) they have no plans to bring ODF compatibility to earlier versions of Office (Office 97-XP).The UI integration is clumsy. For example, it brings ODF documents into Word as read-only documents and does not allow you to save back to the ODF document. It isn't integrated into the standard File Open dialog, but appears in its own "ODF" menu. The code is implemented in Microsoft's C# programming language. It is interesting to note that C# (pronounced "C sharp") was submitted by Microsoft for standardization to Ecma in 2000 where it went through Ecma and then ISO. Six years have based since C# was born. Where are the interoperable implementations? What makes us think that Office Open XML will fare any better? (http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=169337&package_id=196249)It also pre-req's the .NET 2.0 runtime, an additional 22MB download. It is odd that even on an up-to-date XP desktop with the Office 2007 beta on it, I did not have a sufficiently recent .NET runtime. I needed to download and install it.
Those following my blog would have read about several governments adopting ODF associated policies ( http://www-03.ibm.com/developerworks/blogs/page/AntonySatyadas?entry=belgian_government_adopts_odf_open ), ISO voting ODF as an international standard, as well as Microsoft pursuing Open XML as the standard with ECMA standards group.
Here is an interesting Microsoft press release: http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/060706/sfth055.html?.v=65 that announces Microsoft sponsored open source project for Open XML - ODF File Translation (http://sourceforge.net/projects/odf-converter ).
Check out this piece in Bob suitor's blog calling out some of the FUD! http://www.sutor.com/newsite/blog-open/?p=783
Key FUD items
- FUD: "Open XML and ODF are designed to meet very different customer requirements"
FUD: "Open XML formats are unique in their compatibility and fidelity to billions of Office documents, helping protect customers intellectual investments"
- Fact: The primary difference is that Open XML are designed for those who use Microsoft spreadsheet, word processor, presentation!
FUD: "In contrast, ODF focuses on more limited requirements, is architected very differently and is now under review in OASIS subcommittees to fill key gaps such as spreadsheet formulas, macro support and support for accessibility options."
- Fact: There are virtually no documents in existence that use the Open XML formats; any existing binary Office documents will have to be translated to it, warts and all, including every odd subformat that has been tried through the years, successful or not.
- Fact: ODF is under active development by a worldwide community of experts not under the control of a single vendor who are making it state of the art in such areas as accessibility!
What does this do to Office 2007 release dates? No Impact?
Check this out, from Ephraim Schwartz, InfoWorld, June 27th: Time is right to bargain with Microsoft - as desktop software becomes less important, companies have leverage over the software giant for a better enterprise agreement! http://www.infoworld.com/article/06/06/27/79602_27OPreality_1.html
"There is a shift taking place, away from mammoth applications and the support they require. Our very own Oliver Rist says you’ll need 2GB of RAM to run Windows Vista (http://www.infoworld.com/4210 ). But on the horizon are downloadable applications from the likes of Google, not to mention mashups, reusable Web services, and the OpenDocument format.
Plus, the fact that the desktop is no longer the center of the universe means you can now safely consider, where appropriate, Linux desktops. It may not be right for all 50,000 of your desktop users, but maybe there are 25 percent who would do nicely without all the bells and whistles of a Windows desktop.
Finally, other leverage points you can use, according to Gartner, include convincing Microsoft that you can walk away from the deal and use your currently established licensing rights, or that you can upgrade Windows via the hardware refresh, rather than through an EA agreement.
It’s hard to say when exactly the world changed, but certainly everyone can agree that innovation has moved off the desktop. Perhaps it is time to stop paying it tribute."
"Microsoft has never had a strong message in that area" continued Forrester IT analyst Brown.
This was in response to IBM announcement that Sametime will integrate into Microsoft Office, Outlook, and Sharepoint! (http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/19882.wss )
Ephraim Schwartz, Infoworld, June 26, 2006, http://www.infoworld.com/article/06/06/26/79612_HNibmsametime_1.html?source=rss&url=http://www.infoworld.com/article/06/06/26/79612_HNibmsametime_1.html
"Not merely a pop-up IM window in Outlook, Office applications or in SharePoint, Sametime creates an availability icon, a small green box, next to any name in the document. A user need only click on the name of the sender of an e-mail, for example, and an IM communication begins. Other features that will be available using Sametime in Microsoft applications include sharing an application or launching a Web conference.
The Eclipse based Deployment Platform allows companies to run on multiple operating systems and to create plug-ins. It will be very easy for third-party ISVs to build plug-ins to Sametime. Some of the plug-ins already being deployed by IBM include a video conferencing plug-in built by Avastar and a call center technology from Instant Technologies. The call center plug-in is being used by the Canadian Navy to create what it calls Officer of the Day, a service that looks for availability not by person but by role within the organization."
See http://www-142.ibm.com/software/sw-lotus/products/product3.nsf/wdocs/homepage for more details.
According to ZDNet news, "In a blow to Microsoft, Belgium's government departments will be instructed to use an open file format for internal communications . ODF is to be the standard format for exchanging documents within the Belgian government. This proposal, which was approved by Belgium's Council of Ministers on Friday, increases the pressure from governments worldwide on Microsoft to embrace open standards."
Dominique Deckmyn, ZDNet: Belgian government chooses OpenDocument , June 23, 2006, 11:40 BST,
According to Steve Hamm, BusinessWeek, July 3rd edition (http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/06_27/b3991412.htm ):
"It's being updated furiously, but Microsoft's once-irreplaceable program now has some viable rivals. ...
Don't expect Vijay Sonty to get any Customer of the Year awards from Microsoft Corp. The chief information officer for Florida's Broward County school system negotiated to pay only $14 per copy this year to outfit 40,000 employees with the Microsoft Office productivity suite. At retail, the bundle of the Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint lists at $399. But for Sonty, even a $14 annual subscription is still too expensive. That's why over the next three years he plans on cutting his Office purchases to 5,000. In its place, he's buying IBM Workplace, which not only includes Office-like applications for employees but also delivers online learning to the district's 274,000 students. His price: $4 per person per year."
"Over time, the software world is expected to move more to online applications. Gartner considers them a serious threat to Office just because they're so easy to use. "For consumers, I don't think you need to pay the premium to buy Microsoft Office anymore," says Credit Suisse's Maynard.
Further down the road, some techies believe productivity applications as we know them will become much less important. Instead of opening separate word processors and spreadsheets, people may tap into those functions within other applications—much as they now use a word processor within their e-mail programs. If that happens, Microsoft Office, rather than the company's customers, will look like the dinosaur."
According to Gartner analyst Annette Jump, reported by Andrew Donoghue, CNET http://news.com.com/Office+upgrade+hard+to+justify%2C+warns+analyst/2100-1012_3-6086693.html?tag=nl
Only companies who have spent the money for upgrade are likely to adopt office 2007!
- IT managers find it extremely hard to justify this upgrade!
- Only 2% of companies who didnt have Microsoft Software Assurance (a key component of their enterprise agreement) had adopted for Office 2003!
- This will be more like forklift migration!
- Office 2007 will only catch 10% of Microsoft's installed base by the middle of 2008, as only a small percentage will have moved to Vista by that point.
The costs of supporting the suite through a help desk will actually increase in the short term as users become acquainted with new features.
Check this out: Dr Charles Palmer, head of security and privacy for IBM Research and Bob Bragdon, publisher of CSO Magazine discuss the evolution of cybercrime and how best to fight it!
- Spam in email traffic from new and unknown bad sources is decreasing, to an average of 57.9%.
- Average of 1 in every 50.6 emails contains a virus.
- Vertical industry with greatest % of virus traffic is wholesale, followed by Education
- Monthly rate of phishing attacks is increasing.
Check out IBM's safety and security solutions here:
and IBM is Leader in Gartner magic quadrant for Security Event and Information Management:
According to John Fontana, Networkworld.com (http://www.networkworld.com/news/2006/061606-exchange-2007.html )
"Corporate users who migrate to Exchange 2007 (yes, no upgrades!) will face mandatory infrastructure changes that, while advancing security and management could add complexity and costs to their networks"!
According to the article, you will need to deal with the following:
- Requires 64bit processors - so you have to buy new hardware.
- The new role based architecture may require upto 5 exchange servers to support remote client access, transport/routing, unified messaging, and mailboxes.
- New clustering limitations - move from server consolidation thought to server expansion, given the increase in # of servers required.
- Eliminate all Exchange 5.5 servers from the environment!
- No in place upgrades from Exchange 2000/2003 to 2007.
- Exchange no longer will have its own site topology.
- Integrate Exchange with a PBX - specs not available yet.
- Need compatibility kits for third party 32bit plugins that may not run on Exchange 2007
I expect Microsoft will soon release the following:
- detailed migration and best practice guidelines for users
- public beta of Exchange in July 2006
- licensing options requirements for Exchange 2007
So, why wait?
Move to Domino or DAMO (for Outlook fans), run it on Linux, to help save some money so you can invest it in other mission critical initiatives!
Ephraim Schwartz has this interesting discussion going on in Infoworld: http://www.infoworld.com/article/06/05/23/78519_22OPreality_1.html and the blog: http://weblog.infoworld.com/daily/archives/2006/05/talkback_your_w.html on May 23rd.
Josh Greenbaum, principal at Enterprise Applications Consulting, says, "Downloads for [StarOffice] would bring the Internet to a screeching halt."
"Good technology is transparent and invisible," Cooper says, "and we haven’t gotten there yet."
Finally I asked our own tech guru, Jon Udell, what he thought. On the whole, he thought Microsoft’s disappearance would be a good thing, saying, "I hope it would jump start the kind of competitive innovation we haven’t seen forever."
Well here are top 8 things that come to my mind!
08. No more FUD! I can close shop now :-)
07. End of the era of proprietary formats
06. Imagine the amount of money that gets freed up since customers need not pay Enterprise Agreements!
05. Open standards rock - "opening office and windows to fresh light, air"!
04. Acceleration of SOA and Web 2.0 open standards adoption.
03. Exchange partners join IBM ...
02. Accelerate innovation!
01. More java developers
Check this out!
Microsoft creates interoperability council - writes Jeremy Kirk on 6/14/2006 in Infoworld: http://www.infoworld.com/article/06/06/14/79269_HNmicrosoftinteroperability_1.html
I see Microsoft has kicked off its own influencer campaign. So far they've signed up the chief information and chief technology officers from 7 companies!
Microsoft's approach has often been to technically isolate its products to give it an advantage over competitors. This can include Microsoft business partners, as well! What is Microsoft doing to change this? According to this article, Microsoft is inviting eight people from around the world to come to Redmond twice a year to discuss interoperability issues. Wonder what effect this will really have on interoperability?
Check out the latest release of IBM Workplace 2.6 Forms!
Forrester has acknowledged this product to be a market leader in http://www.forrester.com/Research/Document/Excerpt/0,7211,39619,00.html. "IBM is leading the XForms movement by working to create an open standard for separating form content and presentation. The product's support for digital signatures leads the market, making it a good fit when such requirements are critical to automating workflows and approvals."
Its all about customer value
- Helps to increases developer productivity through team development and reusable form components that include sophisticated presentation, business rules and data model
- The browser and rich client based options to build a single eForm is pretty cool, especially with local save and pixel precision printing. We are talking of Web 2.0 type user experience here. No expensive and time consuming programming!
and open standards
- It supports the W3C XForms open standard - makes form data immediately available to any system, device or person.
- New Eclipse-based form designer.
We are coming across many customers wanting to move their ASP.Net/VB applications to J2EE. The trend is distinct in Financial sector in general and Insurance industry in particular. Many of them are embracing WebSphere Portal, as the aggregation point of information and applications, for role based execution of business processes. The recently announced Mainsoft solution suits this purpose.
According to Forrester (http://www.mainsoft.com/solutions/pdfs/Forrester_Tech%20Choices.pdf). Choices span:
1. Web Services (loose coupling, application/component level integration)
2. Bridging Middleware
3. Extended J2EE PlatformsMainsoft, IBM business partner, has launched Visual Mainwin for J2EE Portal edition, enabling .Net applications to run natively on WebSphere Portal! (http:://www.mainsoft.com/news/press_releases/2006_05_31_01.aspx ). See the following Book: Manageability of Mixed Mode Systems excerpted from the Java EE .NET Interop book - http://www.ddj.com/185300352.
4. Language Integration (tight coupling, class/method level integration)
See the following article for more information on Mainsoft solution (http://www.mainsoft.com/solutions/pdfs/VMW_for_WebSphere.pdf
IBM's WebSphere® Everyplace® offerings combine and integrate the entire IBM middleware infrastructure needed to help connect, adapt, manage, transform, and scale today's Web applications and legacy data into tomorrow's pervasive applications. http://www-306.ibm.com/software/pervasive/ws_everyplace_deployment/about/overview.html.
In this limited-time program, IBM or IBM Business Partners will provide up to 20 hours of services in support of WebSphere Everyplace Deployment at no charge for customers who are planning related software purchase of $20,000 or more. These services can be used in a variety of ways, including these:
- Scoping the requirements for managed client applications
- Designing or architecting an implementation
- Installing the product and running a sample application
Migrate to the Penguin is a limited time only rebate program for eligible IBM Software Resellers who move customers from Microsoft Exchange and other competitive messaging platforms to Lotus Notes and Domino on Linux collaboration offerings. Eligible IBM Software Resellers can receive a rebate for each seat of qualifying "trade up" licenses, up to a maximum of 1,000 seats per Passport Advantage site number or Passport Advantage Express site number.
So here is the 1 2 3 Punch!
1. IBM Lotus is winning Customers from Microsoft
In the last two years, IBM has migrated nearly 3,000 customers from Microsoft Exchange and other email and messaging platforms to Lotus Notes and Domino.
IBM's Linux-based email and other collaboration software sales revenue grew more than 200% year-to-year. Customers are benefitting from the Domino 7 performance improvements on Linux compared to Domino 6.5 (400% Notes Bench - http://www.notesbench.org/bench.nsf?OpenDatabase - performance improvement and 50% more users supported).
Many customers are adopting open standards and J2EE based middleware to help ensure interoperability and leverage flexibility and choice.
Some customers are funding mission critical initiatives using money saved by not renewing/signing Microsoft enterprise agreements.
Since the last release of Microsoft Exchange, we have shipped 4 versions of Lotus Notes and Domino - What is out there for Exchange is old and what is coming has been delayed and, we believe, very expensive.
Platforms like Linux offer our customers security and scalability, while some users of competitive, proprietary products are tired of installing security patches and managing rooms full of servers.
2. Here is the Partner value proposition
From the Washington Post: IBM Makes A Play at Microsoft Customers (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/03/29/AR2006032902155.html)
"International Business Machines Corp. said it will roll out an aggressive strategy today to lure business customers away from rival Microsoft Corp., offering bounties [rebates] of up to $20,000 to sales partners who can persuade companies to make the switch....Peter O'Kelly, an industry analyst with the Burton Group in Boston, said the move shows a much more aggressive side of IBM..."
3. Get in the Ring!
Migrate to the Penguin Program is in execution
A very aggressive migration offering, this is a limited time only rebate program for eligible IBM Software Resellers who move customers from Microsoft Exchange and other competitive messaging platforms to Lotus Notes and Domino on Linux collaboration offerings. Eligible IBM Software Resellers can receive a rebate for each seat of qualifying "trade up" licenses, up to a maximum of 1,000 seats per Passport Advantage site number or Passport Advantage Express site number. The rebate offers $20 per qualified seat with a maximum rebate of $20,000 per IBM Business Partner. Visit the Migrate to the Penguin program web page for more information: http://www.ibm.com/software/sw-lotus/movetolinux.
Migration tools for Notes and Domino 7
IBM Business Partner Binary Tree (http://www.binarytree.com/website/msg/home.nsf/vContentW/CMT+For+Notes--CMT+For+Notes!Opendocument&migrateFrom=Exchange&migrateTo=Notes ) and other IBM Business Partners offer Migration Tools to help with the move from Microsoft Exchange to Lotus Notes Domino, and their case studies posted on their website point to superior collaboration as one of the many reasons customers make the switch. More than 3000 customers have leveraged the Binary Tree tool! According to Binary Tree, they have helped migrate more than 5 million users from Microsoft Exchange to Lotus Notes and Domino since 1995 (http://www.binarytree.com/website/msg/home.nsf/vcontentw/CMT+For+Notes--CMT+Exchange+To+Notes+Customers+Only!Opendocument ).
1 2 3 and Punch!Migrate Microsoft Exchange customers to Lotus Notes and Domino on Linux -- Make money through this promotion.
IBM Lotus Business Partners News page: http://www-142.ibm.com/software/sw-lotus/partners/cwebp.nsf/wdocs/bpnews
Partnerworld Linux web site: http://www-1.ibm.com/partnerworld/pwhome.nsf/weblook/pub_ben_pat_linux_learn.html
Quote from Bill Gates at the Microsoft Sharepoint Conference recently (http://www.microsoft.com/billgates/speeches/2006/05-15sharepoint.asp ): "And so we've been very lucky that as IBM has had a discontinuity, that they're saying, well, your Notes applications aren't going to continue to run, we want you to move to a new environment, which is some WebSphere type thing, people have had to step back and say, okay, it's not the best messaging system, Exchange has been totally focused on those scenarios, and it's not the best collaboration platform because it's sort of stuck as a pretty good messaging platform and a pretty good collaboration platform."
Gates went on to say when people think about comparisons of Microsoft and IBM/Lotus they should not think just about Exchange. "For messaging, Exchange is the best system, but we never turned Exchange into a collaboration platform. SharePoint is clearly our collaboration platform."
Gates was quoted last year saying:
Fortune: How much has Microsoft wanted to beat Notes?
Gates: There are two ways to think of Notes. One is as an e-mail product, and the other is as a deep collaboration product. Microsoft competed with Notes as e-mail. We never matched Notes in some of the collaborative features.
So, according to Gates: Notes Domino is a pretty good messaging and collaboration platform. Exchange is the best system for messaging and not the best system for collaboration. Sharepoint Server 2007 is/will be the best collaboration platform?
So, here are the Top 10 reasons why IBM does pose a competitive threat to Microsoft!!!
10. IBM offers choice of server platform, operating system and devices. Microsoft doesnt. Vista is delayed, and IBM supports Windows, Linux, Mac OS, and p/z/i/x series platforms!
9. IBM is now offering a choice of desktop - with Linux and software that meets customer needs - The mantra is flexibility and choice, Investment Protection.
8. IBM offers choice for Productivity tools: targeting under and over provisioned users, which based on popular user segmentation model, is more than 90% of the desktop users!!
7. IBM productivity editors, like many others in the marketplace, but for Microsoft Office, supports ODF. ODF has been voted to be an ISO International Standard. While Microsoft is active with OpenXML, analysts such as Gartner doubt if this will make it to an ISO standard!
6. IBM has products (WED, Workplace Managed Client) that provide desktop the ability to leverage Server and network resources, while supporting disconnected use -- best of both worlds: thin and rich client capabilities. The next release of Lotus Notes (codenamed "Hannover") is real code. Code talks! See http://www-03.ibm.com/developerworks/blogs/page/AntonySatyadas?entry=ibm_new_notes_client_is
5. Several IBM customers are coming back to IBM after trying out Microsoft Exchange and Sharepoint. The Migrate to the Penguin initiative is gaining momentum.
4. Solutions offered by IBM Global Technology and Business services address customer transformation needs end-end. The emerging BTO models are forcing Microsoft to speed up their "Live" capabilities! The Strategic Outsourcing team currently host millions of users of messaging and collaboration capabilities.
3. IBM software solutions offer an attractive TCO. Large, early adopters of .Net are moving to J2EE.
2. Product delays, product inter-dependencies, high costs, and customer education may drive more customers not to renew Microsoft Enterprise Agreements! See reference to Merrill Lynch survey details in eWeek: See http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,1961455,00.asp and http://www-03.ibm.com/developerworks/blogs/page/AntonySatyadas?entry=merrill_lynch_survey_around_half.
1. IBM and open source are challenging Microsoft's monopoly of the desktop! Meanwhile IBM continues to innovate to improve organizational productivity, self-service, automation.. Server managed Client, Activity computing, Role based execution of business processes, Component Business Model, Service Oriented Architecture, ... the list continues...
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
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 email@example.com://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=111186&source=NLT_MGT&nlid=23
May 08, 2006 (Computerworld): It's bad enough when Microsoft strong-arms other software vendors into submission as a means of thwarting competition. But when it engages in underhanded tactics to intimidate users in order to land a software deal, we have a very disturbing situation on our hands. And someone needs to have the guts to speak out about it. Fortunately, someone has. Last week, Dale Frantz, CIO at Auto Warehousing Co., brought to my attention an alarming business practice that shows Microsoft at its shoddy and arrogant worst.AWC was contacted several weeks ago by Janet Lawless, a software asset management engagement manager at Microsoft, who claimed that "a preliminary review of [AWC's software licensing] information indicates that your company may not be licensed properly." Lawless urged AWC to "understand that the potential inconsistency in licensing is an urgent matter and needs immediate attention." She wanted to send a consultant to AWC to conduct an inventory of its installed software........"Thank you for your offer to send your purchase records to me," she wrote, "however our Software Asset Management (SAM) program is the only unbiased way to create an accurate baseline and resolve this matter."That did it. Frantz informed Lawless that he wasn't going to waste anymore time with her, and he left the matter with his attorney. The attorney, suspecting that Lawless' actions were part of an elaborate sales effort, basically told her to back off.[Read More
IBM announced IBM Workplace for SAP Software and IBM Lotus Notes access for SAP solutions. Drawing on IBM's Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) technologies, these products (part of an IBM initiative called Project Harmony) would be music in customer's ears. Want to know why?
Rich client: IBM Lotus Notes access for SAP Solutions - Feature1. Investment protection; No additional cost to Lotus Notes 7.0.1 customers - No need to even upgrade your SAP system - Supports SAP R/3 4.6C. It does NOT require Netweaver 2004. - New feature of Lotus Notes 7.0.1 software. - Certain current licensees of Lotus Notes for Collaboration can download this feature from IBM Passport Advantage website
2. This new feature includes pre-packaged templates that makes SAP data more accessible and useful. - New and modified Lotus Notes Template Files (NTFs) - Uses LotusScript to define the integration - Files needed to access and make remote function calls against the SAP system from the Lotus Notes Client are included - Lotus Connector LotusScript Extension (Lotus Connector LSX) - Lotus Connector for SAP Solutions (license only for Lotus Notes client and NOT the Lotus Domino server)
3. Continue to leverage the security, disconnected usage, and replication feature of Notes when using it to access SAP data.
4. Integrate business processes that exist in both SAP appplications and Lotus Notes into a single, familiar user experience within Lotus Notes. True workflow integration: - Vacation/Leave request: - Employee requests vacation or leave time from manager using Lotus Notes calendar and Lotus Notes email - Approved time is automatically recorded in the SAP application - Follow on action items such as scheduling - Time reporting: Use Lotus Notes calendar to report billable/other time to SAP applications - based on project codes stored in SAP. - Query and selectively submit billable time to SAP in real time. This works both online and offline. - Report Generation: Schedule or run a SAP report using the Lotus Notes client. - Contact Management: Look up contact information from mySAP HR and CRM applications and add it to personal contacts in Lotus Notes. - SAP workflow integration: Review and process SAP workflow items using the Lotus Notes client. More including Employee Self-service/Manager Self-service, and meeting scheduling is expected to be made available in Lotus Notes 7.0.2 maintenance release targeted for Q3,2006.
visit http://www.ibm.com/lotus/notesforsap for more information
Thin Client (web browser): IBM Workplace for SAP Software1. Integrates views from various applications based on Role and business process.2. Integrates SAP applications with IBM collaboration technology.3. Provides pre-built adapters for SAP and other widely used applications.4. Augment the user experience of IBM Workplace for SAP Software with scorecards, dashboards, alerts, e-forms, instant messaging, teamrooms, presence awareness, and document /content management.5. Provides transparency to the end user in terms of technology migration and upgrades
And in general:1. An ecosystem of services organizations ranging from IBM business partners to IBM Software Services for Lotus and IBM Global Business Services and associated SAP practice resources are available for customization.2. IBM Workplace family of products including Lotus Notes Domino, WebSphere Portal, Workplace Managed Client, support integration of non SAP applications also.3. Continue to leverage current Lotus Notes integration with MS Office.[Read More
Microsoft announced this $500M People Ready marketing campaign yesterday (http://www.microsoft.com/business/peopleready/default.mspx
Microsoft needs to extract significant revenue from their existing customers. Typically this is done through offering more value, but to some customers lately their promise of value seems either far too expensive or not nearly enough - in either case customers are pursuing alternatives or simply not migrating. You will remember the famous "Customer is a Dinosaur" advertisement in Businessweek: - this is both insulting and evident how important it is to Microsoft that their customers pay, and pay and pay.
How much? Well $500M to let customers know that Microsoft software can be used by People! Blame it on Microsoft Enterprise Agreements?
Could it be that Microsoft is trying to become a consulting company? The People Ready website looks very much a consultants page! Could this be a leading indicator of Vista and Office 2007? Franchise protection? Or is this a good example of being product driven vs market driven? Maybe all of the above! On Innovation:
IBM surveyed 765 CEOs, worldwide from 21 industries, in 2006 and shared their insights on Innovation and other business priorities with our customers. See http://www-1.ibm.com/services/us/bcs/html/bcs_ceostudy2006.html?re=wmys
for more details
IBM published the Global Innovation Outlook (GIO) - what our customers and thought leaders forsee (http://domino.research.ibm.com/comm/www_innovate.nsf/images/gio/$FILE/GIO_2005_at-a-glance.pdf
) - See Irving's blog: http://irvingwb.typepad.com/blog/2006/03/the_global_inno.html
IBM has been delivering solutions to business problems that allows role based execution of business processes for several years! http://www.ibm.com/solutions/us/?trac=L2http://www-1.ibm.com/services/us/bcs/html/bcs_componentmodeling.html
More recently we have been sharing how IBM has helped companies do special things: http://www-306.ibm.com/e-business/ondemand/us/innovation/index.shtml?sa_campaign=message/1_1/all/makesyouspecial On Services vs Software - Full of contradictions!
Look at these statements in CNN: http://www.crn.com/sections/breakingnews/breakingnews.jhtml;jsessionid=NQY3ZCVFPUV3AQSNDBESKHA?articleId=183700192
Services firm Resolute displayed SharePoint solutions customized for financial services and aimed at Wall Street firms. Regional general manager Christopher Paradise said the event gave him a chance to connect with top executives from Resolute's target customer base. "Steve [Ballmer] is the draw," he said. "He always brings out the crowd."
Ballmer said Big Blue's vision is to drive business improvement by sending in armies of its consultants, whereas Microsoft's answer is software. "I think there's still a fairly prevalent view that IBM is a technology company as opposed to a services and consulting company," Ballmer said. "That may not be the case." Where are we heading?
Our customers have been telling us: "we need flexibility and choice, innovations for innovators".
Continuing the "one size fits all computing model" is a vestige of the past! You can't put that genie back in the bottle.
Linux isn't going away. Neither is Java, PHP, AJAX, XForms, ODF, Websphere, Workplace and other technologies based on open standards.
Advantage IBM Workplace (http://www-142.ibm.com/software/workplace/products/product5.nsf/wdocs/workplaceoverview