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January 30, 2012 by

A roadmap to building a sustainable enterprise

On one hand, enterprises today face a great challenge to be energy efficient with particular regard to the network infrastructure. Yet on the other hand, there is an established trend coming in of the need to support multi-media collaboration for an increasingly mobile workforce.

May 3, 2009 by

Jive Introduce 'Software as a Service' Social Business Express

Jive Software are launching a free for 90 days cloud version of their 'Social Business Software' (SBS) today - a lighter weight hosted solution for those who are grappling with internal infrastructure and resources challenges but need to get up and running with a collaboration environment.

February 3, 2009 by

Another vote for 'shovel-ready' SOA

Jason English picked up on my "Shovel-Ready SOA" proposal, noting that SOA has moved beyond theory and can be considered to be in the thick of the roll-up-our-sleeves-and-get-it-done stage. He agrees that this may be a great "stimulus package" for revitalizing the infrastructure of beleaguered businesses:"In tough times, nothing boosts your chances to survive, and be positioned to thrive, like enhanced confidence, collaboration, and agility through SOA efforts.

January 23, 2009 by

An Obama Administration and Sony Comparison

There are fascinating parallels with the vision and pragmatic realities of rolling out effective corporate collaboration initiatives and the new US leadership's arrival at the White House this week.The White House has a substantial culture and bureaucracy peculiar to it regardless of its current inhabitants, much as leadership in the corporate C suite changes but the underlying infrastructure and culture has greater longevity and legacy quirkiness.

September 22, 2008 by

Oracle unveils Beehive

At Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco, Oracle President Charles Phillips and Chuck Rozwat, the company's executive vice president of product development, announced the release of Beehive. Beehive is an open, integrated communications system that includes instant messaging, video conferencing, and e-mail. They explained that collaboration is a snap when users have all their communications in one system and are still able to use any client or infrastructure.

September 22, 2008 by

Oracle's Beehive: integrated large scale, secure collaboration

Although Oracle's Beehive (the successor to 'Oracle Collaboration Suite' launched on May the 8th of this year it officially launched at Oracle OpenWorld today. At a price of $120 per user seat this is not a system for most small or medium sized businesses but rather a secure solution that can be integrated with existing enterprise infrastructure.

March 25, 2008 by

Patriot Act preventing Google Apps adoption in schools

Canada's Globe and Mail is reporting on one university that is experiencing a serious backlash for rolling out Google Apps. LakeHead University used Google's free online email and collaboration tools to replace an aging infrastructure, and has successfully saved the school hundreds of thousands of dollars.

July 20, 2006 by

PKF dumps Lotus for Exchange

Accountancy group PKF Australia has started migrating its 800 or so users from IBM's Lotus Notes collaboration platform to rival Microsoft's Exchange infrastructure. The move was proving pricey but would result in a more standardised and integrated environment, the group's chief information officer Mark Carmichael told ZDNet Australia in a telephone interview this morning.

March 22, 2006 by

Norwegian customers back Notes/Domino at LCTY

At last week's Lotusphere Comes to Youin Norway, my colleagues started the day with a compelling set of customerquotes.  Some very satisfied Notes customers--and they're not afraidto say so. The local team translated the quotes into English for they are:Orkla17,000 Notes users "The choice of technologywas done some years back.  We have renewed our current license agreementfor a period of 3 years.  No other products on the market  givemore value add than Lotus.  Therefore we see no reason for changingto a different platform than this one provided by IBM.  Flexible IBMsoftware agreements give us an additional advantage when selling and buyingcompanies" -- Jorn Larsen, IT Manager Hydro26,000 Notes users "Hydro has chosen to extend theircurrent corporate agreement with IBM Norway for Lotus Notes and Sametimefor a period of 3 years from 2006.  This means that Hydro will  continueusing Lotus Notes as their primary mail and collaboration platform."-- Trygve K Nilssen, CIO BertelO. Steen 1,500 Notes users "Bertel O. Steen AS has used LotusNotes for many years and is very satisfied with this product. Using Lotusmakes us less prone to virus attacks compared to using other products.However, the most important aspect is the  possibility to create smallbut for us important applications which is seamlessly integrated with LotusNotes. Our information portal and our solution for publishing documents are bothbased on IBM Software, and the integration with our mailing system givesus a complete and consistent solution." -- Ole-Christian Braathen, managing director KongsbergMaritime 2,300 Notes users "Kongsberg Maritime (KM) has usedLotus Notes since 1994 and during this time, we have seen large advantageswhen it comes to sharing information among our offices  - from Korea/Chinain the far East to US/Canada in the West. KM uses Domino servers worldwide as  platform for their infrastructure with background replicationfor effective access to common information. KM has integrated Sametime and Quickplacewhich increases and facilitates the possibility for cooperation among theusers within our organization. The content on KM's web can be updatedfrom all our locations due to the replication technology in Lotus. A common calendar function for the entireorganization is a significant support tool when planning various activities.The security technology in Notes preventsand makes virus attacks more difficult, which KM has experienced on severaloccasions. Ref. 'Melissa'."-- Hilde Nilsen-Aas Rieber& Søn 1,400 Notes users "Rieber & Søn ASA has usedLotus Notes / Domino as mailing system and framework for electronic exchangein our international businesses for many years, including standard add-onmodules and 'home grown' support systems. We are conducting evaluationsregularly of all our systems solutions to ensure that we use availabletechnology in the most efficient way. Our assessment is that Notes / Domino as a whole significantly exceedsits competitiors when it comes to functionality and flexibility in ourelectronic workflow, and this is a dependancy for our daily routines whenoperating  in a very competitive international market place."-- Trond Kathenes, Global IT Operation Manager NorgesGruppen1,900 users (half migrated from Microsoft Exchange)"With large focus on performingtasks in a coherent way, centralized operations and stable 24*365 solutions,  Notes was the only right choice in 1997. The system proved to liveup to our expectations and the area of application is continuisly increasing."-- Torsten Hellner, Director IKT Operations Cerealia/Lantmännen6,000 Notes users -- 3,000 converting from Microsoft Exchange"We had a shared environment with3000 Microsoft users and  3000 Notes users. When facing the choicebetween Lotus and  Microsoft, our decision was simple. Notes is somuch more than just an e-mail client and gives us the possibility to offer our applications to all of our employees."-- Thomas Pedersen NorskSykepleierforbundet Domino website serving 20,000 simultaneous users "Lotus Notes/Domino lets us dowhat we need to do, in such an ingenious, simple and effictive way whichno other competitive products can offer." -- Morten Authen, responsible for Operations BergesenASA "Lotus Domino provides a platformthat has enabled efficient information sharing through applications, mailand collaboration software. For a global shipping company as BW Gas ASAthis has become the 'nervous system' integrating all offices and vessels,and is as such an important contributor to our operational efficiency."-- Vidar BakkenclePages/200603/16/20060316164106_CS157/20060316164106_CS157.dbp.asp">FramtidensNotes ska kunna allt "(Future Notes will know all).  I don't have a full translation yet,but this should help with the Lotus Notes visibility in the Swedish market,as was discussedon the blog following the LCTY event.

September 15, 2005 by

Will VoIP play a role in rebuilding the Gulf Coast?

Last night, President Bush announced a post-Katrina rebuilding plan for the Gulf region that will surely cost tens of billions of dollars- perhaps more.When you are talking about rebuilding infrastructure, you are talking about collaboration.


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