Social Business transformation
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We announced IBM Cient for Smart Work in India today at Lotusphere...
This is all around ECOSYSTEM build out...
1. Simmtronics, top 5 memory manufacturer in the world announced global agreement that ships ICSW on their Simmbooks in India, USA, and many other countries worldwide..
2. In partnership with Canonical (primarily) and with Red Hat on a selective basis
3. Academic Initiative center of excellences with 3 engineering colleges in the state of kerala
4. ZSL announced Powercube DaaS in India, Africa, USA
5. Zyxware, IBM and Canonical business partner piloting ICSW in Technopark in Kerala
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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Windows 7 sparklers?
Oh well... Check it out. No surprises but good facts on why you want to consider alternatives to Windows 7...
And security holes?
"UAC was neutered too much by Microsoft," argued Chester Wisniewski, a senior security advisory with Sophos, talking about Windows' Users Account Control (UAC), the security feature Microsoft debuted with Vista.
How about Office 2010?
Infoworld says: Clunky, Slow!! and obviously expensive...
So why not IBM Client for Smart Work? http://www.ibm.com/lotus/openclient
Interesting survey results in Italy (translated):
Open Office: over 50% of companies use it
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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IBM announced IBM Client for Smart Work in USA.
1. low cost Microsoft desktop alternative
- opportunity for business/governments to free up significant money in IT budget that can self fund mission critical initiatives
2. options include
- Lotus Symphony and LotusLive iNotes/Connections on Ubuntu on Netbooks
- Lotus Symphony, Lotus Notes/iNotes, Lotus Connections, Lotus Sametime, on Ubuntu / Red Hat on desktops/laptops
- options to add Virtual linux desktops using VERDE from Virtual Bridges
- use IBM BPM modeling tool and SOA services offered by IBM/Business Partners
- IBM Global Technology Services End User Services, IBM/Canonical Business Partner services
3. Community in Lotus Greenhouse for IBM Academic Initiative faculty members
"The IBM Client for Smart Work offers university faculty, administration and students a Linux-based unified communication, collaboration and information exchange platform that potentially will facilitate sought after campus synergies," said Jeffrey A. Lasky, Professor and Chair, Department of Information Sciences and Technologies, GCCIS, Rochester Institute of Technology.
"Canonical is proud to partner with IBM to help open up the American corporate desktop through Ubuntu," said Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Ubuntu and CEO of Canonical. "IBM's smart client package running on Ubuntu will allow U.S. organizations the financial freedom to redistribute the costs of expensive software licenses into IT projects that will innovate and drive critical growth."
"If a company is a 'Windows shop,' at some point it will need to evaluate the significant costs of migrating its base to Microsoft's next desktop," said Bob Picciano, General Manager, IBM Lotus Software. "American businesses have asked for a compelling alternative that can help them free up PC expenses to use for more strategic collaboration and business transformation projects."
For example, the IBM Client for Smart Work can equip the members of a company's marketing, sales and research departments with the means to quickly and efficiently collaborate. Business process modeling (BPM) can show workflows between sales and marketing, but very little between sales and research or marketing and research. Based on expertise residing in those functions and informal networks discovered through modeling, a company could find powerful insights from research playing an important role in sales and marketing efforts. It may turn out that an expert in R&D might be a company's greatest resource for marketing content, but this expertise has to be identified and shared in order to provide the highest value to the organization. Through online communities on LotusLive.com, this kind of insight can be tapped as needed for the benefit of an entire organization.
Companies can use the IBM BPM suite components such as WebSphere Dynamic Process Edition as required. Business leaders and business analysts can discover and explore business-relevant content to help them understand, experience, and accelerate business process management using IBM BPM BlueWorks.
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Join us on Sept 16th to listen to Mr George Abraham, CTO of United Nations Pension Fund, New York on freeing up IT budget and investing for growth: http://www.zslinc.com/Marketing/FreeupITbudgets/Free-up-IT-budgets.html
Here you go.. info on programming macros in lotus symphony:
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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
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Symphony 1.3 is ready
"Reducing fixed costs in challenging times is important to Cluttons, a partnership of chartered surveyors, founded in 1765. Through a network of offices in the U.K., Europe, Middle East, South Africa and the Caribbean, Cluttons offer a very wide range of professional property management, agency and consultancy services across the commercial and residential sectors, for both investors and occupiers. In recent years, Cluttons delivered Microsoft Windows desktop, including Microsoft Office, IBM Lotus Notes and business applications to its users via a virtualized environment based on Citrix. Now it plans to switch from Office to Symphony, used with Lotus Notes 8.5.
Mark Clemence, Cluttons IT Director, stated, "The opportunity to use fully supported office productivity tools as part of the deployment of Lotus Notes 8.5 was too good an opportunity to be missed. We plan to use the cost saving to further invest in Lotus productivity tool sets."
John Lewis Partnership
Another Symphony customer, The John Lewis Partnership (JLP), owns the leading U.K. retail businesses Waitrose, John Lewis and Greenbee. All 69,000 of its permanent staff are partners who own 27 John Lewis department stores, 210 Waitrose supermarkets (www.waitrose.com), an online and catalogue business, johnlewis.com (www.johnlewis.com), a direct services company, Greenbee (www.greenbee.com), a production unit and a farm with nearly £6.9 billion in revenue in 2008.
JLP was determined to control costs within a competitive retail environment to deliver first-class service and products to John Lewis customers. It plans to deploy Symphony to approximately 8,000 employees. Providing Microsoft Office to all staff in John Lewis Department Stores was evaluated, but determined to be cost-prohibitive."
If you have a microsoft enterprise agreement up for renewal, consider the following before you commit:
"an Enterprise Agreement (EA) renewal for an enterprise with the main desktop suite on, say, 10,000 PCs could cost around $1,500,000 per year": says Forrester (see blog link below)...
1. Listen to this podcast on Cost reduction strategy for smarter collaboration: http://download.rbn.com/ibmpdc/pdc/open/podcasts/collaboration/smarter_collaboration.mp3
2. Read this Project Liberate white paper on how hundreds of customers have freed up Billions of Dollars by not renewing Microsoft Enterprise Agreements: ftp://ftp.software.ibm.com/software/lotus/lotusweb/Project_LiberateforCIOsFinal.pdf
3. Check this out from Forrester: http://blogs.forrester.com/cio/2009/02/should-i-renew.html
"So should you renew your EA? As you can see, there are a lot of factors to consider, so the answer is genuinely “it depends.” But consider this: Somewhere between 25% and 35% of customers don’t renew"
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Well, we have been saying this for a while. And we have seen customer interest and adoption starting to trend in this direction for sure...
Check out this article by Galen Gruman in Infoworld: http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&taxonomyName=Linux+and+Unix&articleId=9128813&taxonomyId=122&pageNumber=1
"Essentially, desktop Linux makes sense as the desktop OS only for thoseemployees who do common work in Office and Web apps. But that's a lotof people."
"OpenOffice is a sound alternative to Microsoft Office, but I spent most of my time with the free IBM Lotus Symphony, which is a slightly better productivity suite than OpenOffice, in the InfoWorld Test Center's evaluation."
"many companies, government agencies, and educational institutions canchuck at least some of them. Those based on XP -- or Windows 2000,which still has a huge installed base in government agencies -- canlook to big savings on licensing, hardware, and training costs."
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"Under the Open Source, Open Standards and Re–Use: Government Action Plan the UK government will specify requirements by reference to open standards and require compliance with open standards in solutions where feasible.1 The government indicated it will support the use of ODF. It will also work to ensure that government information is available in open formats, and it will make this a required standard for government websites."
Seventeen national and eight provincial governments around the world have now officially endorsed ODF for document exchange.
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Obviously figuring out TCO when you look for desktop alternatives is important. I did a quick search on what is out there. Check these out:
1. RedHat TCO calculator: considers savings from not renewing/signing Microsoft Enterprise Agreements, Moving from Windows to Linux desktops, servers, etc.
2. Omni has a Novell desktop TCO calculator: http://www.omni-ts.com/linux-desktop/tco-calculator.html
3. Virtualization (including desktop, but looks like windows based) TCO calculator: http://www.alinean.com/P_TCOcalculator.asp
4. Small Business solutions: http://www.bilal.ca/how-to-save-money-with-lotus-foundations/
5. ROI around Messaging and collaboration: http://www.permessa.com/roi_calculator
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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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Lotusphere 2009 was quite exciting. I am back again here due to requests from customers and partners who wanted to keep a pulse on competitive insights. So what is new? what is hot?
Cost reduction strategies is hot. Remember? Liberate, Migrate, Virtualize...
Desktop Virtualization is hot. Particularly if you virtualize your Linux desktops. Yes Linux. Check out this solution IBM announced with Virtual Bridges and Canonical in Dec 2008.
Then of course, how can you collaborate smarter? What does it mean to People, their workspace, and the business processes and relevant information sources?