Social Business transformation
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."
This is quite an interesting list -- top 10 security/quality issues Microsoft should address asap -- per eWeek
"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..."
"Microsoft's 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. "
"A quick glance around many of the markets where Microsoft operates reveals a staggering issue: the competition is innovating far more rapidly than Microsoft. "
"Microsoft's 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"
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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...
Check this out...
380,000 Panasonic users will start using IBM Lotus web mail, cloud software.. Their US users are switching from Microsoft to IBM Lotus.
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 integration
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This Wall Street Journal article says it all, almost all:
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...
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!
"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..
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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...
'Death of the Desktop'
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."
Check out this USA Today print article:
Meanwhile, most U.S. businesses skipped upgrading to Windows Vista after it was introduced in 2007, and stuck with Windows XP. To use Windows 7, most will need to buy new computers. IBM this week launched a marketing blitz touting big savings to be had by switching to Linux.
"Organizations are facing change either way they go," says Sheri McLeish, business software analyst at Forrester Research. "Linux and Symphony are more mature technologies today and can be a viable alternative."
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I am sure that our US Federal Government CIO and CTO are exploring this...
How much can US Army and Department of Defense save if they move from proprietary to open solutions for email and collaboration needs. Try doing some simple math! the implications are quite profound..
Even if you take a very conservative estimate, you are looking at atleast around US$1B savings!!
You would wonder than why RFIs like this are floating around?
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"As a result of a bug in a Google Apps e-mail migration tool, some students at Brown University found other students' e-mail in their in-box over the weekend as Google was moving their e-mail from Exchange to Gmail, Google confirmed on Friday." reports CNet: http://news.cnet.com/8301-27080_3-10356803-245.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1009_3-0-20
Is GAPE enterprise ready? Looks like many are moving out of Microsoft Exchange...
"Coca-Cola and IBM retained their spots as the world's two most valuable brands."
"Coca-Cola's brand value rose 3 percent in 2009 to $68.73 billion, while IBM's gained 2 percent to $60.21 billion."
"Microsoft's brand value fell 4 percent to $56.64 billion to take third"
Dejavu? Vista days? Now its Windows 7.
So this time:
"Microsoft assembled a package of patents “relating to open source” and put them up for sale to patent trolls"...
"Open Invention Network, working with its members and the Linux Foundation, pulled off a coup, managing to acquire some of the very patents that seem to have been at the heart of recent Microsoft FUD campaigns against Linux." - See Jim Zemlin's article:
AND this training of Linux vs Windows 7 for Best Buy employees (see my previous blog entry on this)..
"Inaccurate statements include the assertion that Linux vendors offer no authorized support, and that iPod or video chat support is not available on Linux. One particularly laughable statement is that Linux is not as secure as Windows 7."
All of this, after acknowledging their worries of Linux - Canonical, Red Hat as well as Netbooks in their SEC filing...
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US Bank, is getting their 58,000 users upgrade to the latest Lotus Notes Domino 8.5. Moreover, this bank, who had more than 5000 siloed Sharepoint sites, is adopting Lotus Quickr and Lotus Connections software in addition to Lotus Sametime that is already in use. Working smarter together...
See details here: http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/28400.wss
"Our industry has undergone unprecedented changes over the last year, and that serves as great example of why it's so important for U.S. Bank's employees to be able to use technology to communicate and collaborate efficiently," said Mark Dickelman, senior vice president, innovation, research and development for U.S. Bank. "Keeping up with economic developments and policy changes and the need to quickly communicate while innovating for growth would be nearly impossible with traditional methods, and that's why Lotus collaboration software will continue to be incredibly useful to us, especially as we continue to solidify our company's position as a leader in the financial services industry."
Makes lots of sense, given the recent TCO math (see my previous blog entries) that shows a reduction in TCO by more than 37% if you adopt IBM Lotus collaboration software rather than Microsoft sharepoint, and office communications server.
Upgrade from Windows XP to 7 64bit? No. Think twice.
Migrate from Windows XP to 7 64bit? Well that is the right thinking, but lots of issues...
- Sure, you have to reinstall all applications, save data externally and then copy back after installing the OS
- Watch out for missing device drivers
- Watch out for application incompatibility
- Not just that it is not available/wont work in Windows 7 but it doesnt support 64bit hardware
Recent articles include http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Windows/Windows-7s-64bit-Troubles-568358/
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Many of you may remember this tool from Binarytree: http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/lotus/documentation/d-ls-dominoexchange/index.html
Sure they do the other way too. But looks like this way is getting hot: from Exchange to Domino...
Why not.. See how the math works here: http://www-01.ibm.com/software/lotus/offer/roi-calculator.html
a Project Liberate proof point: Directions on Microsoft analyst says customers are not renewing Microsoft Enterprise Agreements
Check this out:
A new report by Directions on Microsoft analysts Paul DeGroot and Rob Horwitz called "5 Reasons Why Microsoft Licensing Is Hard" claims that Microsoft licensing isn't likely to get any easier any time soon..."
Microsoft doesn't think there's a problem," report co-writer DeGroot said in an interview Wednesday. "The money keeps rolling in ... Microsoft looks at the numbers and the reality is that most customers don't have a choice."
And despite Microsoft's rosy view of things, he said that some enterprise customers have chosen not to renew their contracts this year because "the customer doesn't understand the value of what they bought or how they bought it," DeGroot said."
Check out http://www.ibm.com/software/info/liberate for ways to free up money.
Try this TCO Calculator to see how much money you can save: http://www-01.ibm.com/software/lotus/offer/roi-calculator.html
"Microsoft has traditionally not embraced the concept of VDI. For the longest time it was actually a technical violation of the Windows desktop license agreement to use Windows for VDI. Then when Microsoft finally changed that policy, they did so by creating a license called "VECD" (for Vista Enterprise Centralized Desktop) which is a new license that's required in addition to your Vista Enterprise license. .. Oh yeah, VECD is only available if you have Software Assurance. ..
Microsoft created a new license bundle called the "Microsoft Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Suite," which, like most Microsoft products, is available in multiple editions. This suite is not a new product, but rather a hodge-podge bundle of most of the different things you'll need to start using Microsoft's VDI platform. ... The problem is that the "suite" is just a sort of random collection of various products that aren't really related. ..."
The Microsoft VDI Suite starts at $21 per user, per year.,
and more here: http://vbridges.com/wp/?page_id=61
You can drive a bus through some of Windows 7 holes, says Andrew Gracia - the eWeek Signalling IT blogger
"Honestly, it's hard to take Microsoft seriously about the security of its products when you can drive a bus through some of their holes"
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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."
"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.
Go liberate (http://www.ibm.com/software/info/liberate), and then figure out alternative migration and virtualization strategies (http://www.ibm.com/lotus/openclient)...
Interesting study by CRN -- kind of a bakeoff between the latest and greatest, almost :-)
Evaluation criteria included installation and deployment, interoperability and customization, feature set, performance and pricing.
The winner is IBM Lotus Notes and Domino...
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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Check out this announcement:
Driven by guidance from Microsoft to abandon evaluation of currently-shipping products, Microsoft customers are choosing IBM Lotus software, driven by the higher return on investment and easier deployment of Lotus software, and lower TCO. Customers include: The Coca-Cola Company, HSBC, ABB, BASF, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Fidelity Investments, Hyundai, Liberty Mutual, Linde Group, Mass Mutual, Nationwide, State Bank of India, and The Hartford,
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New Zealand government has decided NOT to renew their Microsoft Enterprise Agreement.
See the government notification: http://www.ssc.govt.nz/display/document.asp?DocID=7212 and the
news from TheRegister: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/05/26/microsoft_new_zealand/
"Microsoft has failed to renew a key government-wide purchasing deal for Windows, opening the door to greater use of open-source software. .. A government spokeswoman said the government looks for value for money, fitness for purpose, and strategic benefit in its negotiations. "We didn't feel we got the appropriate levels of benefit from the negotiations," she told Computerworld." (http://computerworld.co.nz/news.nsf/news/5FA015D542415324CC2575C100804A31)
Check out Project Liberate: http://www.ibm.com/software/info/liberate for more details on how you can save money by NOT renewing/signing Microsoft Enterprise Agreements.
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More proof points on working smarter using Microsoft alternatives...
Freeform Dynamics reported based on input from 1275 survey responders worldwide that (a) cost reduction and security are major drivers, (b) ubuntu scored high, (c) after IT the low hanging fruit were General professional users (relatively light and predictable use of e-mail, office tools, etc) andTransaction workers (mostly using enterprise applications in a routine prescriptive manner) http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/27562.wss
Key statistics in the report (ftp://ftp.software.ibm.com/linux/pdfs/Freeform_Dynamics-Desktop_Linux.pdf) here:
Meanwhile IBM also announced Gruppo Amodori moving from Microsoft Exchange/Offce/Windows to the IBM Open Collaboration Client Solution on RedHat (http://www.lotusonredhat.com; http://www.ibm.com/lotus/openclient) -- http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/27561.wss
"Our strategy is to focus on Linux first and foremost, taking a practical and pragmatic approach," said Gianluca Giovannetti, CIO and Director of Organization, Gruppo Amadori. "For us, the Linux environment is the right choice for very focused applications and is more cost effective than Microsoft."
Network World reports from Microsoft TechEd: http://www.networkworld.com/news/2009/051409-microsoft-teched.html?page=2
"At TechEd, keynote presenter Bill Veghte, senior vice president for the Windows business, said companies testing Vista should stop and move to testing Windows 7. The same advice was repeated for users who have not yet moved to Exchange 2007; they were told to skip it and wait for 2010."
I like the guidance. So dear customer. Don't upgrade now. Keep paying every year on the Microsoft Enterprise Agreement. And when 2010 comes, hopefully in 2010, then spend lot more money again, and hopefully upgrade...
Yet another reason for Customers to NOT renew Microsoft Enterprise Agreement and consider Microsoft alternatives.
Why did MLB switch out of Microsoft Silverlight - to stream games to its 500,000 subscribers?
"First, baseball wanted Microsoft to make it possible for users todownload Silverlight without having to possess administrative rights.When people are at work, it's often the company that possesses thoserights and employees would need authorization to download the player.That frustrated plenty of MLB.com subscribers, according to the sources."
"The other major issue was that baseball considered Silverlight toounstable. There were some high-profile glitches, including last year'sopening day, which saw many MLB.com subscribers struggling to log inand others who were unable to watch games. The malfunctions lastedseveral days."
Germany fined Microsoft $11.9M for pressing a retailer to sell Microsoft Office for a certain price: http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=printArticleBasic&taxonomyName=Windows&articleId=9131265&taxonomyId=125
"Microsoft said in a statement that it doesn't agree with theBundeskartellamt's decision, but it chose to pay the fine rather thanenter a long legal dispute."[Read More]
"Today a jury found that Microsoft infringed on Uniloc patents for product activation"
"The jury applied the $388 million back to Oct. 1, 2003, around the timeof the case's filing. Microsoft can ask the court to dismiss theverdict, and there is option to appeal. But none of that escapes theirony of Microsoft being found guilty of stealing, so to speak,technology meant to prevent people from stealing its software"
Did you receive this email highlighting how some additional software can address some of the SharePoint gaps?
"However, when these teams aren’t functioning because they can’taccess data or critical applications like SharePoint, your businessrisks losing money at an alarming rate"
"Unfortunately, that information sharing has caused anunprecedented number of attacks from both inside and outside thecorporate network. With the growing emphasis on regulatory compliancerequirements, the need to place strict security measures on thepermissions within SharePoint has grown.
The fact that even non-technical users can manage their ownpermissions in SharePoint leads to further complexity. And unorganizedpermission assignments and a lack of centralized control over theenforcement of company policy require the need for extensive managementand analysis of SharePoint permissions to ensure a secure andconsistent implementation.
ScriptLogic's Security Explorer for SharePoint centralizes the management of SharePoint security" ...
I get it. partners upselling their products. but what does this do to the TCO of a SharePoint deployment?
Good catch by Joe Wilcox, yet again....
countering a Microsoft blog post by Brandon Leblanc claiming 96% windows penetration in netbook market:
As Joe points out:
"About 80 percent of netbook volumes are going into Western Europe,according to IDC. The tiny portables are huge there, with for all ofEMEA (Europe Middle East and Africa) netbooks accounting for 30 percentof all consumer portable sales.
The point: The Americas and Asia account for the other 20percent of mini-notebook sales. That 96-percent Windows represents asmall portion of the global netbook market"I thought Linux had around 30% of the Netbooks market. Maybe its more?
Check this out.
Continental AG moved 40,000 Microsoft Outlook/Exchange users (recent acquisition of Siemens VDO) in 4 months to IBM Lotus Notes/Domino and also acquired Lotus Quickr and Lotus Sametime software for team collaboration and Unified Communications. This brings their total users on IBM Lotus software to more than 77,000.
Thereasons for choosing IBM over Microsoft included lower licensingandoperating costs as well as greater platform independence.
Interesting read -- looks tad old -- on Microsoft point of view - guidance to partners - on IBM competitive positioning...
The debate continues on this topic of Cloud Manifesto and Open Standards, with this article from Joe Wilcox - Microsoft Watch: http://www.microsoft-watch.com/content/web_services_browser/cloud_manifesto_is_microsoft_afraid_of_rain.html
"Microsoft doesn't get enough credit for advancing Web standards. But the standards usually come on terms favorable to Microsoft."
"GigaOM's Stacey Higginbotham: It's ironic that Microsoft is whining about openstandards, especially given its own history with proprietary fileformats."
Well, regardless of rain or snow, lets make sure these clouds remain open, and not closed...
Dont want proprietary rain or snow
This is an interesting read from Darryl: Microsoft concerned about the Cloud Manifesto, calling foul and requesting for open standards...
Martin, Ramji, etc have their points, maybe there is a change in the air
but if so we want to see it way beyond the cloud, i guess
beyond the bits and pieces around php, eclipse, ....
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Interesting interview with Craig Mundie, Microsoft's Chief Research and Strategy Officer in the CIO magazine
"The next thing that will emerge is an architecture that allows theapplication developer to think of the cloud plus the clientarchitecturally as a single thing. In a sense, it is like client/severcomputing in the enterprise. It was the homogeneity that existedbetween some of the facilities at the server and the client end thatallowed people to build those applications. We've never had that kindof architectural homogeneity in this cloud-plus-client orInternet-plus-smart-devices world, and I'm predicting that will be thenext big thing."
Indeed... Check out http://www.ibm.com/lotus/openclient and http://vbridges.com/wp/ and even http://desktone.com/ and http://www-935.ibm.com/services/us/index.wss/offering/eus/a1026737
"The idea of electronic medical records is uninteresting? Yes, in theway that people have historically talked about them. In fact, thisAmalga product that we've been building and deploying really movesbeyond the idea that you need a prior, specified medical record. Itjust ingests all of the historical medical information, synthesizesmetadata, flattens it out and creates a new abstraction for dealingwith all for the medical information."
Well, check out the IBM 3d patient record software in Denmark: http://www.reuters.com/article/technologyNews/idUSTRE5294X720090310 and a first of a kind electronic health record exchange with MedVirginia and Social Security Administration in USA here: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/IBM-MedVirginia-and-Social-iw-14697133.html
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Recently eweek's Joe Wilcox blogged about Microsoft's 10 unlucky and lucky breaks. Here are some interesting facts from these articles:
1. "Enterprise Vista
2. "Microsoft records Software Assurance sales as unearned revenue, whichis realized on an ongoing basis. During the average quarter, about 25percent to 35 percent of Microsoft revenue comes from unearned revenue.Microsoft recognized $6.3 billion in unearned revenue during fiscal2009 second quarter; total revenue was more than $16 billion."
And of course recently Microsoft announced price discounts for MS EA... like around 25%. Go figure? Also find out what happens to software ownership if you dont renew?
Are you sharepoint challenged?
There is a surge in sharepoint challenged projects and people...
See this posting from Mike Gotta: http://mikeg.typepad.com/perceptions/2009/03/circling-around-to-enterprise-20-again.html
"Are there issues with SharePoint? Yes, absolutely. The user experienceis not great. The functionality I expect in discussion forum islacking, or requires customization. The blogging capability is perhapsthe poorest of any enterprise product out there. The wiki is really nota wiki. The implementation of RSS rather than Atom was a stunningmistake. There's no tag/bookmark capability and the social networkingcapability is mediocre. SharePoint requires customization - feworganizations succeed at an enterprise-level with SharePoint withoutsignificant investments to customize the platform."
What about you?
Microsoft CEO put Linux ahead of Apple as the top competitor to Microsoft Windows (desktop) operating system and acknowledged share gains by both at their annual Wall Street briefing today. "Linux, you could see on the slide, and Apple has certainly increased its share somewhat."
"I assume we're going to see Android-based, Linux-based laptops, inaddition to phones. We'll see Google more as a competitor in thedesktop operating system business than we ever have before."
Here is an interesting pattern:
According to Microsoft watchIDC reported that there is a surge in Netbook purchases in Europe.Around 3.6 million in Europe, 5 million or so, worldwide in 4Q,2008.CIO.com reportsthat "according to ABI research, 16M were sold in 2008; 39M will besold this year; and 139M by 2013".
Netbooks on Linux end up around $50-75 less expensive. Around 30% of the Netbooks sold are on Linux.
and Doug did predict this for 2009 - see eweek report:
In Europe, looks like Telcos have the lead on this, in getting netbooks out in the market...
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Check out this report from eweek on Palmisano's top 15 moves.
Move # 8 is all around the IBM Open Collaboration Client Solution (OCCS -- http://www.ibm.com/lotus/openclient) including virtual linux desktops using Virtual Bridges and Canonical - the Microsoft desktop alternative, and Symphony (http://symphony.lotus.com)
Why should CIOs and CFOs care?
1. Opportunity to free up your IT budget
2. Opportunity to get ROI in less than a year
3. Opportunity to lower TCO
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Reduce costs, lower TCO, <1year ROI?
Here is the Liberate - Migrate - Virtualize recipe
Liberate:- 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
Migrate:- 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
Virtualize: (http://www.ibm.com/lotus/openclient)- Reduce operational costs
- Virtual windows/Linux desktops for the right user segments
- Managed end user services including self enablement portal, asset recovery, platform integration and deployment, software platform management, and workplace optimization
Check these out:
And then the alternatives...
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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, ...
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According to CNET News.com, property asset management company Capital & Regional, with 700 PC users, "is evaluating Linux desktops and Apple Macs as a way to reduce its dependency on Microsoft."Read More]
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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[Read More]
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Check this out: http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/business/323025_msftcontracts10.html , http://www.forrester.com/Research/Document/Excerpt/0,7211,42562,00.html and this one too: http://www.microsoft-watch.com/content/operating_systems/software_assurance_storm_warning.html
Per a recent Forrester report, only 11% of the 61 will definitely renew Microsoft Enterprise Agreement. 26% have decided NOT to renew. 86% (more than 3000 user organizations) have the agreement up for renewal in 2007.
"Julie Giera, the Forrester Research vice president who wrote the report, said she speaks with hundreds of Microsoft Software Assurance customers each year, and the findings from the formal study are consistent with what she has been hearing from many of them."
Apparently the Microsoft response did not address the point that was being made in the report: http://www.microsoft-watch.com/content/business_applications/microsofts_licensing_response.html
So folks, if you have a Microsoft enterprise agreement up for renewal or considering to sign a new one, think twice or thrice... Get to the facts. Figure out how you can free up quite a lot of money in your IT budget. See http://www-142.ibm.com/software/sw-lotus/lotus/general.nsf/wdocs/license .
Let me know if you need more guidance on this.[Read More]
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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"[Read More]
AntonySatyadas 1100009CNT Tags:  biometrics enterprise web microsoft desktop agreement vista isv smartcard linux 2.0 office future tco 4,156 Views
If your organization can relate to any of these top reasons, read further
The "desktop of the future" concept is driven by the following needs
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Want to get a whitepaper on this? Contact me email@example.com[Read More]
US Federal Government: last week it was DoT and FAA. This week its NIST - Windows Vista ban expanding
AntonySatyadas 1100009CNT Tags:  office 2007 government faa vista usa nist microsoft federal dot 3,167 Views
Last week I blogged about US Federal government organizations Department of Transportation and FAA banning Windows Vista, Explorer 7, and Office 2007 upgrades.Its the turn of NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology), part of US Department of Commerce, this week. According to InformationWeek (http://www.informationweek.com/news/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=198000229 ), "NIST has banned Microsoft's Windows Vista operating system from its internal computing networks".
US Department of Transportation bans Windows Vista, Explorer 7, and Office 2007 upgrades as more countries adopt open standards and ODF
AntonySatyadas 1100009CNT Tags:  2007 government office federal south dot california germany africa odf microsoft faa vista 1 Comment 5,170 Views
See this article in Informationweek: http://www.informationweek.com/news/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=197700789
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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
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.[Read More]
AntonySatyadas 1100009CNT Tags:  market fud idc morningstar communication collaboration press unified microsoft 3,546 Views
Think paying bloggers to editWikipedia entries or handing out free laptops to bloggers is on the cutting edge of marketing communications? How about inventing IT industry analyst market share figures for a market segment that hasn't even been measured? Case in point: A reader of Microsoft's Sunday, Jan. 21 press release paragraphs could conclude that Microsoft already dominates the Unified Communications integrated collaborative market segment with 52% share, according to IDC, a reputable IT research firm. Trouble is, IDC has not yet determined vendor market share for this segment, nor has estimated the size of the "integrated collaborative" market. To top it off, IDC hasn't even established a taxonomy for the "integrated collaborative" market segment! (Microsoft even mixed in Social Software capabilities into the same paragraph, just to sound trendy, I guess.)
See Microsoft's original press release, that issued on Sunday Jan 21st 2007 at midnight, at http://news.morningstar.com/news/ViewNews.asp?article=/PR/20070122SFM051_univ.xml&pgid=qtqnPress5
So did Microsoft fix their "error?" Rather than distributing a new version of its press release over PR Newswire (which distributed the original press release) to correct these innaccuracies. Microsoft simply updated a copy of the press release posted on its press room web site, with the words, "Editors’ update, Jan. 24, 2007 – This press release has been edited since original publication." -- without any explanation about what was wrong. See: http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2007/jan07/01-21LotusDominoTransitionPR.mspx
Of course, journalist don't check press releases on vendor press sites to see if they've changed. Then again, Microsoft could again be blazing a new trail in marketing communications ; )[Read More]
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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/)[Read More]
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]
AntonySatyadas 1100009CNT Tags:  argentina linux becta office odf idc vista microsoft tamil nadu india 2007 uk 14 Comments 7,378 Views
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 RegionalGovernments:
- 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. Seehttp://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.[Read More]
AntonySatyadas 1100009CNT Tags:  aol fud redhat vienna sun infoworld apple microsoft novell 1 Comment 4,252 Views
Three articles of interest:
1. Redhats: City of Vienna, Austria has selected Red Hat Enterprise Linux as its server platform of choice. (http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,2062154,00.asp)
2. Redmondians: Apparently some see a pattern exemplified bythe Microsoft - Novell alliance:
The question to ask is: What interoperability capability came out of such a level of collaboration with Microsoft? See what InfoWorld has to say: http://www.infoworld.com/article/06/11/21/48OPreality_1.html
3. So what is the meaning of the Microsoft-Novell deal? Looks like Novell and Microsoft disagree... seems like more Microsoft FUD for sure: http://news.com.com/Microsoft%2C+Novell+spar+over+Linux+agreement/2100-7344_3-6137444.html
AntonySatyadas 1100009CNT Tags:  interoperability hat microsoft novell fud red office alliance 3,447 Views
What is this all about:
Microsoft made 2 key announcements recently around interoperability and an inclination to "embrace" Linux:
1. With Novell: Virtualization, Web services management and document format, and patent protection - IBM already addresses this between IBM Systems director family (http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/virtualization/systemsdirector/ ), and http://www.openinventionnetwork.org
2. Interop Alliance with Sun, BEA, Software AG, and Novell (http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/061114/sftu120.html?.v=65 )
1. Customers have been demanding interoperability to Microsoft for effective use of their existing investments for a while. Obviously IBM's open standards based approach and leadership in various standards bodies has brought together a large number of ISVs to ensure interoperability for more than a decade. IBM continues to provide an evolutionary path for upgrades and migrations mitigating the risk of dependencies on a long term basis as well as unparalleled flexibility and choice even for a predominantly Microsoft customer.
2. Here are some examples of IBM proof points of Open Standards based interoperability in WebSphere Portal:
- JSR168, WSRP, JSR170, SOAP, JSR286 and the like.
- We also provide WebSphere Portal Factory, and Eclipse based development capabilities.
- Business partner software such as Visual Mainwin for J2EE from Mainsoft (http://www.mainsoft.com/products/vmw_wps.aspx ) provide interoperability accelerators for easy integration with .Net ASP applications.
- WebSphere Portlet Catalog (http://catalog.lotus.com/wps/portal/portal? )
And related ones:
- IBM's Harmony provides interoperability with SAP applications without any SAP upgrades (http://www-142.ibm.com/software/sw-lotus/lotus/general.nsf/wdocs/lotusforsap)
3. Questions you want to ask Microsoft concerning Interoperability
1. Why is Vista is not backward compatible?
2. Why does Microsoft counter any open standards initiative with its own specification? - ODF vs OpenXML
3. Lack of Domino integration from Microsoft Exchange (while IBM Lotus continues to integrate Domino with Outlook using DAMO) (http://www-142.ibm.com/software/sw-lotus/products/product1.nsf/wdocs/accessmsoutlookhome )
4. Why does Microsoft products require Active Directory, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP/Vista, Microsoft Office (spell checking), Internet Explorer, SQL Server, Systems Management Server (SMS) for client deployment, and Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) for Management?
5. Why did RedHat say (1) NO to Microsoft - in joining the Interop alliance and (2) NO to Microsoft's offer for Patent deal? Red Hat shot down the possibility of an alliance because the company "does not believe there is a need for or basis for the type of relationship defined in the Microsoft-Novell announcement," deputy general counsel Mark Webbink said in an e-mailed. He said Red Hat would work with Microsoft on "true interoperability and open standards." (1) http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/business/292702_msftredhat17.html (2) http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,2059675,00.asp
6. Steve Ballmer said the following, at the SQL Server conference in Seattle: "How many people have Windows Server in their data center?" Ballmer asked. Windows is required to run SQL, so the entire audience raised their hands. "How many have Linux?" he asked. Almost all raised their hands again. "Oops, not what I would have hoped, but OK." http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/business/292702_msftredhat17.html
7. Why is it so difficult for Microsoft to provide protocol and operating systems publications - ex. Protocols for Exchange-Outlook interaction? Open-source world works with open standards, such as IMAP, iCalendar and LDAP, and makes that work public. (http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,1977468,00.asp, http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/20061115/microsoft-eu.htm) ?
8. Why is Microsoft not participating in the process of creating network interoperability in HTTP and SMB/CIFS (Common Internet File System), DNS (Domain Name System) and LDAP (http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,1977468,00.asp
9. According to Microsoft, this Interop Alliance was formed to "identify opportunities for enhancing interoperability with Microsoft systems" http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2006/nov06/11-14IVA07PR.mspx . So why is Ballmer stating that "Linux users owe Microsoft"? http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9005204&intsrc=hm_list http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9005171
10. Clarify product adoption strategy for customers moving from Vista and Office to Live and similar SaaS (Software as a Service) environments - http://www.cio.com/archive/111506/fea_vista.html?
I blogged about the State of Kerala, in India moving 12,500 schools from Microsoft Windows to Linux.
Take a look at the State of Indiana in USA: http://www.doe.state.in.us/inaccess/
A very exciting program that has already got tens of thousands of students using Linux based desktop computers (http://www.crn.com/sections/breakingnews/breakingnews.jhtml?articleId=192201386)...
They have a very good training and support infrastructure in place, along the lines of the other state...
Who is next in the line?[Read More]
AntonySatyadas 1100009CNT Tags:  agreement cal domino enterprise microsoft exchange vista fud 2 Comments 4,753 Views
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?[Read More]
AntonySatyadas 1100009CNT Tags:  enterprise agreement linux aero microsoft watch reduce java eweek cost vista 3,717 Views
Check this out!
eWeeks labs tested the post RC1 Build 5728 Vista with Java based client application. "Aero Glass has reverted to the sans-translucence, sans-3D effects, plain old Aero interface" according to Jason Brooks in Microsoft-watch.
This might be pointing to some best practices for desktop transformation...
AntonySatyadas 1100009CNT Tags:  mysap lotus netweaver exchange duet amr office domino notes microsoft sap harmony datamonitor 4,692 Views
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:
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.
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)[Read More]
AntonySatyadas 1100009CNT Tags:  gartner coupons varbusiness vista desktop linux mac microsoft 2,795 Views
Gartner analyst Michael Silver expresses doubts about reports that Microsoft/PC vendors will start to offer upgrade coupons for Vista users in Q4, 2006. See the article by Gregg Keizer in Varbusiness: http://newsletter.varbusiness.com/cgi-bin4/DM/y/eyou0FZukk0Elw0Ei5t0EA
I wonder what value these coupons can bring to enterprise customers if the product is delayed.
AntonySatyadas 1100009CNT Tags:  microsoftmonitor zdnet enterprise tan asia gartner office bott agreement vista aaron software assurance wilcox windows microsoft 4,320 Views
Check this out!
According to Aaron Tan, ZDNet Asia, "Gartner estimates that only half of Microsoft's customers with more than 1,000 desktops worldwide have purchased SA for Microsoft Office or the Windows platform, and only 65 percent of this clientele are renewing the maintenance program."
While Ed Bott argues that a price increase doesnt make sense, especially given the impact on customers with Microsoft Enterprise Agreement and Software Assurance as explained below - they may end up paying double!,
"If the goal is to increase adoption, a [Vista Enterprise] price increase doesn’t seem like the smart way to do it, especially given the bad feelings that a lot of enterprise customers are going to feel having purchased three-year SA licenses for Windows and Office in September 2003 with the assumption that they were buying upgrade rights to Longhorn and Office 12. Oops." inhttp://blogs.zdnet.com/Bott/?p=104
a recent interview with Microsoft executives - see Joe Wilcox analysis: http://www.microsoftmonitor.com/archives/016739.html - does point to potential price increase!
"By the way, Kevin confirmed that Microsoft would charge more for Windows Vista Ultimate, and presumably Windows Vista Enterprise, than current Windows XP pricing. He described the increase "modest." Maybe, but it's also the first Windows price increase in more than a decade."
So, this also means that customers whose Microsoft Enterprise Agreement is expiring after Vista/MS Office shipping date, have yet another reason NOT to renew their Microsoft Enterprise Agreement![Read More]
AntonySatyadas 1100009CNT Tags:  agreement delay cnn businessweek office enterprise microsoft vista 2007 gartner 2 Comments 4,340 Views
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 )[Read More]
AntonySatyadas 1100009CNT Tags:  infoworld enterprise odf schwartz ephraim gartner google linux vista microsoft agreement innovation desktop 3,809 Views
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."[Read More]
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?[Read More]
FUD from Avanade (a joint venture between Microsoft and Accenture) targeting IBM Australia customers on Lotus Domino to move to Microsoft Exchange and other products!!!
AntonySatyadas 1100009CNT Tags:  australia avanade fud exchange support microsoft domino 1 Comment 5,678 Views
'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.
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.
AntonySatyadas 1100009CNT Tags:  forrester portal portlets insurance asp j2ee .net vinci finance microsoft jsr168 da 4,030 Views
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[Read More]
AntonySatyadas 1100009CNT Tags:  everyplace j2ee microsoft soa mobile .net deployment websphere 3,245 Views
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:
Migrate to the Penguins - Opportunity for business partners to make money and Customers to reduce cost and get more value
AntonySatyadas 1100009CNT Tags:  groupwise microsoft exchange lotus money domino notes partner up trade penguin migrate rebate 4,344 Views
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[Read More]
AntonySatyadas 1100009CNT Tags:  microsoft sharepoint gates services middleware lotus global exchange websphere domino ibm bto 4,769 Views
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...[Read More]
Microsoft sales practice Alert: Pushing Software Asset Management Service under the pretext of compliance with customer CIOs!!!
AntonySatyadas 1100009CNT Tags:  compliance computerworld fud microsoft enterprise agreement 3,709 Views
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!
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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]
AntonySatyadas 1100009CNT Tags:  mendocino soa harmony notes sap lotus workplace duet microsoft 3,441 Views
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]