Social Business transformation
AntonySatyadas 1100009CNT Tags:  mendocino soa harmony notes sap lotus workplace duet microsoft 1,516 Visits
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 sales practice Alert: Pushing Software Asset Management Service under the pretext of compliance with customer CIOs!!!
AntonySatyadas 1100009CNT Tags:  computerworld compliance fud microsoft agreement enterprise 1,982 Visits
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]
AntonySatyadas 1100009CNT Tags:  microsoft sharepoint gates services middleware lotus global exchange websphere domino ibm bto 2,362 Visits
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]
Migrate to the Penguins - Opportunity for business partners to make money and Customers to reduce cost and get more value
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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:  j2ee everyplace soa microsoft mobile .net deployment websphere 1,539 Visits
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:
AntonySatyadas 1100009CNT Tags:  portal forrester portlets insurance asp j2ee vinci .net finance jsr168 microsoft da 1,650 Visits
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]
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!!!
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'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.
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]
AntonySatyadas 1100009CNT Tags:  infoworld enterprise schwartz odf ephraim gartner google linux vista microsoft agreement innovation desktop 1,744 Visits
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]
AntonySatyadas 1100009CNT Tags:  agreement delay cnn businessweek office enterprise microsoft vista 2007 gartner 2 Comments 2,174 Visits
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]
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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]
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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:  mysap lotus netweaver exchange amr duet office notes domino sap microsoft harmony datamonitor 2,083 Visits
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:  enterprise agreement linux aero microsoft watch reduce java eweek cost vista 1,811 Visits
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:  cal agreement microsoft enterprise domino exchange vista fud 2 Comments 2,123 Visits
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]