[UPDATED 11/28/06 by Jeff Calow to remove references to the internal division name that was causing confusion and added links to product home pages]
Welcome to our new group blog. It brings together all the key technical architects and user experience design professionals for the major products from the Lotus software division that provide support for user facing composite applications. These products include IBM Websphere Portal 6.0, IBM Lotus Notes 8.0, IBM Lotus Domino 8.0, IBM Lotus Expeditor 6.1 and future products to be named when they are announced. The folks that will be helping with this blog on a regular basis are:
Art Thomas -> Lead architect for Domino administration
Bob Balfe -> Lead architect for Portal projection in Expeditor
Brian O'Donnovan -> Overall development manager for user facing composite applications
Craig Wolpert -> Lead architect for Notes/Domino ISV enablement
Eric Masselle -> User experience designer for composite application editing and portal document workflow
Jeff Calow (me) -> Chief architect for user facing composite applications
Kristina Beckley -> Lead user experience designer for composite applications in Notes/Domino
Niklas Heidloff -> Lead architect for composite applications in Notes
Peter Fischer -> Lead architect for Application Infrastructure in Portal
Stanley Dunne -> Lead architect for composite application composition tools
Thomas Stober -> Release architect for the next version of Portal
The impact of composite applications is so broad that we will also be having many guest speakers from across our product lines. Our goal with this blog is provide a personal, direct line of communication between experts working in this exciting and often confusing technology area and our customers and partners. Each poster brings their own diverse perspective and ideas to the conversation, so don't expect a marketing pitch or a single voice or style :-) We'll also be "trying out" various ways of explaining what we are doing and why, so we value your feedback in helping refine our technical story to be crisp and understandable. We'll also be posting direct questions to gather your feedback in time to affect ongoing product plans.
It's important to note that none of us speak officially for IBM, nor can we make product commitments or discuss products that have not been announced.
As a way of starting the conversation, each of the regulars will be posting a short bio of themselves and then a short description of how the product they are associated with fits into the Lotus software composite application strategy. We'll then be posting about topics that we find personally interesting as well as looking out into the industry. If you have a topic that you're burning to get information about, let us know.
The Lotus software Composite Application Team