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March 26, 2013 By Red Earth Software

Policy Patrol Disclaimers 64-bit

Policy Patrol centrally adds user-based email signatures and email disclaimers at Exchange Server level and ensures that your emails...

July 6, 2009 by

Unnecessary distraction from country's e-polls

If not for the weird story that President Arroyo underwent a breast implant operation in a local hospital, I'm pretty sure the heat and public ridicule would not have abated against tech firm TIM, after it threatened to pull out from its partnership with Dutch-Venezuelan company Smartmatic for the automation of 2010 national elections.For the benefit of readers based outside of the Philippines, TIM (Total Information Management) told the Commission on Elections (Comelec) last Monday, Jun.

May 10, 2009 by

Lotus Foundations Start

Lotus Foundations is a great solution for a wide range of businesses because it takes away the need for an on-site IT guru, and minimises management overheads so staff can get on with core business activities.

March 31, 2009 by

LotusLive Engage: Can you afford it?

Lotus just introduced LotusLIve Engage, the online meeting component to LotusLive, its suite of collaboration services.According to the release, Engage is "an integrated portfolio of social networking and collaboration services that allows people to work smarter by providing easy to use, security-rich online meetings, profile and contact management, file sharing, instant messaging, and lightweight project management tools.

June 25, 2007 by

Google improves 'Apps', offers organizations clear path off Exchange, Notes, etc. to GMail

Although the company doesn't like to position itself as competition to the likes of Microsoft, the announcements made by Google today -- particularly the one about a way for organizations to siphon the e-mail out of any IMAP-compatible server (including Microsoft Exchange and Lotus Notes) into GMail -- clearly reach into the lion's den in Redmond.To get a run-down of today's announcements, I recorded a podcast interview with Google director of product management Matthew Glotzbach.

May 24, 2009 By Message Compass


Backup e-mails from Outlook without duplicates. ClickOne backup; Command line support. Backup email by command line. Usage: EmailSafe.exe...

September 27, 2006 by

NT govt finds identity without Lotus

The Northern Territory government has begun replacing its existing home-grown, Lotus Notes/Domino-based whole of government identity management system with a solution from Sun Microsystems.The territory was undertaking the replacement due to the need for a real "enterprise-strength solution", according to Chris Hosking, the government's director of data centre services in the Department of Corporate and Information Services (DCIS).

March 20, 2006 by

APN brings IT back into the fold

update Publisher and broadcaster APN News and Media (APN) is centralising parts of its IT function to the company's technical headquarters on Queensland's Sunshine Coastin an effort to rationalise the way it supports 50 remote sites. The company operates more than 70 primarily regional newspapers in Australia, in addition to 12 radio stations and outdoor advertising work.

February 7, 2006 by

Yellow is the new black

One of the things I'm most excited aboutcoming out of Lotusphere 2006 is that Lotus marketing has kicked it upa notch in so many ways.  The internal enthusiasm has infused thewhole marketplace -- in a way I haven't seen in years.  Lotuspherealways reinvigorates -- but 2006 did so at a breakthrough level.Yellow is the new black -- we even have websitesand signaturefiles to attest to this.ChrisByrne attributes at least some of this to new Lotus marketing VP SurjitChana (note that Surjithas been busily updating hisblog).  Actually, at least some of this goes to several members ofthe executive team -- Surjit, but also CraigHayman, Alistair Rennie inhis new role running the services team, Ken Bisconti at the helm of theproducts team, KevinCavanaugh with a huge set of Lotusphere newsfrom his team, and of course Mike Rhodin himself.  Not that the attitudeall has to come from the top -- It was hard for anyone to be at Lotusphere(or read about it) and not notice the upbeat, positive, and enthusiasticattitude of everyone -- from the stages to the labs to the hallways.  Butit's not just attitude -- it's actions, too, like the FUD-responderblog and the multi-year commitmentto future Lotuspheres and quoting bloggers in main stage presentationsand starting the planning for the IBM Lotus Technical Forum/DNUG and LotusphereComes to You events before we had even left Orlando.When I moved over from marketing to becomethe sales lead for Notes/Domino19 months ago, I said, "I believe in the future of Notes and Domino". Since then, IBM has grown the Notes business by double-digits eachquarter.  My management has recognized my indidvidual contributionto this, but I, in turn, am grateful and indebted to thousands of people-- inside and outside of IBM.  Now the real challenge is -- how dowe keep this energy going for the next 51 weeks, so that Lotusphere 2007exceeds the high water mark established last week?  If we can figureit out, this is going to be another great year.

December 13, 2005 by

Lotusphere 2006 and partner attendance

Lotusphere 2006 attendance is shaping up....I can't disclose registration numbers, but there has been a 50% uptickin the last few weeks and more coming in by the day.  A whole lotof you have not yet joined the Lotusphere2006 frappr -- please be sureto add yourself to the map.My rant today, though, is about peoplewho are not yet registered to attend Lotusphere.  Specifically, Imean partners who make part or all of their living building/deploying Lotussoftware-related solutions.  A few days ago, I had an e-mail discussionwith a consultant who is not registered for Lotusphere.  They saidthat they might yet do so, they are waiting to see how some of their projectcommitments for 2006 shape up.  I expressed disappointment, becauseI believe that partners who make a living with Lotus software shouldbe at Lotusphere, period.  Now, I understand for those of youin Europe/Asia/Africa/Australia, the travel costs to Orlando might be prohibitive. But for US/Canada and environs, the travel costs this year are solow, they can't really be your barrier.  So what is?Why do I think partners who work withLotus software should be at Lotusphere2006?  Because there is nobetter place to find out how to grow and enhance your business for 2006and beyond.  There's no better place to meet prospective customers,and keep up relations with existing customers.  There's no betterplace to talk with IBM executives, management, and product development,to get your voice heard about current and future products.  There'sno better place to network with other partners who you can work with onjoint projects and proposals.  There's no better place to learn aboutnew products and solutions that can help with your projects.From my perspective, after 11+ yearsin the Lotus marketplace, the partners I meet at Lotusphere and other similarevents are the ones I turn to for a sense of what's going on in the market,bounce ideas off of for what IBM could be doing differently or better,and consider when asked for referrals or contacts.  If you're notat Lotusphere (or a similar event such as DNUG), you're not on my (or otherLoti) radar.  Sure, I get that face-to-face is hardly the only wayto build business relationships in 2006.  But the investment of timeand money to be at Lotusphere speaks of commitment in a fairly uniqueand (to me) important way.It's 40 days away.  Be there orbe square.

December 2, 2005 by

Updated whitepaper: "Preserve and enrich your IBM Lotus Notes and Lotus Domino investments"

A 30 page management-level white paperdiscusses the roadmap for Lotus Notes and Domino, building on the strongfoundation for these products in market.  Discussion includes theDomino platform products (Sametime, Quickplace, etc.) as well as how Notes/Dominofit in the overall IBM Workplace family and in a Services-oriented Architecture(SOA).  Updated to include "Hannover" information and more.Link: ibm.com:"Preserve and enrich your IBM Lotus Notes and Lotus Domino investments">

November 23, 2005 by

40,000 applications can´t be wrong

A recent case study on ibm.com just crossedmy desk...The environment is so valuable that today DaimlerChryslerdeploys 40,000 Lotus Notes and Domino applications spread over nearly everyaspect of its operations. These range from standardized applications suchas group discussion databases and document libraries to custom-developedapplications covering complex business processes such as change management,quality control and technical specifications. For competitive reasons, DaimlerChrysler generally refrains from discussingspecific processes and return on investment figures, but executives reportthat many of the applications are "intensively used and a huge success."40,000users -- 40,000 applications.  The ROI of being able to deploy oneproduct to tackle messaging, sharing, and workflow is clearly how DaimlerChryslerbenefits from Notes/Domino today. Link: ibm.com:A standardized, global system for communication and collaboration helpsDaimlerChrysler compete >

October 28, 2005 by

Inbox management

Well, I was supposed to be in Kingston,Jamaica, right about now, but there was this hurricane that passed throughFlorida earlier in the week, and the airlines/airport have understandablynot yet caught up.  So, Miami for now.  22nd floor of the Hyatt,looking out at the ocean.  Not bad.In the thread a fewdays ago about Notes client performance,the comments went off in the direction of e-mail inbox management.  We'vegot the usual "pilers" vs. "filers" arguement, withmany noting that Notes full-text search makes it so dead easy to find stuff,why bother filing.  I'm in that camp.  Others say that they can'tstand to have anything in the inbox (my friend Karen is in that camp).A recent article on IBM developerWorks:Lotus focuses on this topic as well.  Entitled, "Bestpractices for large Lotus Notes mail files",two software engineers examine the effect of large mailbox files, largeinboxes, and the number of mailboxes per server on Domino performance. The tests were done on iSeries servers, but the results certainlyhave applicability across the board.  Now if you'll excuse me, I've got togo clean up my inbox.

October 28, 2005 by

Forbes: Attack of the Blogs

Look, Mom, I'm in Forbes magazine!EdBrill, an IBMer who works on Notes marketing and publishes his own blog(edbrill.com), responded on July 23 last year to Radicati's bearish Notesreport. He questioned whether she had ties to Microsoft and referred readersto two other blogs with far blunter assertions.  ...Radicati fought back by responding on her own Web site, but the smear jobhovers online, appearing when you Google her name or start with Brill'smostly diplomatic site and then work your way through its links. One stepaway is IBM itself, which has a Notes site that once linked into Brill's.That link has since been taken down. Radicati says IBM ignored her pleasto stop Brill from linking to the hate sites. IBM says it has nothing todo with Brill's blog. One important point to re-emphasize,from Radicati'sresponse at the time:[W]ebelieve that the comments on Ed Brill's blog represent his own personalopinion and that of his friends, and do not reflect the opinion of IBMLotus' management. Well, either they do or they don't-- I'll take the published comments on their website as their formal positionon the discussion. There's not much point in otherwise commenting on the specifics of thatfifteen-month-old incident, or even many of the specifics of the article. Others have done that already this morning: DanGillmor, SteveRubel, NevilleHobson, ChrisPirillo, BoingBoing, AmericaBlog,BLOchman, JupiterResearch, many others.Instead, I want to talk about the value of blogging.  I had no ideawhat my blog would become three years ago when voweencouraged me to start one.  My early entries tended to be more randomand varied.  In the last eighteen months, though, this blog has becomea voice within the collaboration software marketplace.  I tend notto hold back -- one of the incredible values and core tenets of the blogosphere. My competitors dislike this.  My customers and partners mostlylike this.  I've been willing to admit mistakes, to make corrections,to change decisions.  I've shared wonderful news and events, and challengesand disappointments.  Is it "fair and balanced"?  Notalways, but I make no such representation.  I say things that soundlike a shill, but I also say things that have brought criticism from colleaguesand partners.  Such feedback has helped make me a better writer, tothe point where we're now at 15,000 hits a day and growing...with readershipfrom customers, partners, competitors, analysts, reporters, friends andfamily.  It's made me a better professional overall, too -- Blogginghas helped me do my job better, and while I emphatically do NOT claim solecredit for a product that hundreds of talented professionals work on everyday, Notes/Domino revenue has been growing double digits for a year+ now. Certainly, the voices in the blogosphere have helped me, and theentire Lotus team, improve our market position. I think the simple lesson that is completely missed in this article is,"the truth is out there".  Are there bloggers that writelibelous, slanderous, hate-filled vitriolic and useless sites?  Sure. But they can publish newsletters and buy radio time and stand inthe town center and give a speech with all the same content.  Bloggingis no different than any other media -- readers need to assess the credibilityof what they read, not just what they are reading.  I'll stand bymy credibility -- and yours as commenters on this site, or bloggersyourselves-- head and shoulders above anyone who writes one-sided stories,condones anonymous attacks, and tries to silence the truth.Link: Forbes:Attack of the Blogs >

October 28, 2005 by

Real IT: Lotus Domino Vs. Exchange and Microsoft´s Tricks

A company on Exchange 5.5 considers Exchange2003, Domino 7, and Oracle Collab Suite as alternatives for replacement:Atthis point, for me it's partly a gut feel that has sold me and the realizationthat Notes will be more secure, more reliable, and will give better optionsfor management of the system. These though are not great selling pointsfor our non-technical management since we have Oracle Financials and wehave Exchange - names they know! I think it will be hard for the following reasons: we have Exchange alreadywhy change, since Microsoft has a hold on the minds of management in alot of companies it makes change to another platform tough, and to be honestif the ability to create applications with Domino is the only selling pointit's not a point that will have much affect on management since it willbe tough to show them where additional applications on top of what we havewill be cost effective or beneficial for the company. I agree that we willfind it to be a great aspect in the future but right now in the minds ofmanagement it would be "vapor-ware".Funnyhow that relates to my earlierposting today about a firmthat was using Notes just for e-mail, discovered the apps side, and nowruns their whole knowledge business on Notes. Anyway, this blog entry asks for comments -- my comment is, use thisGartner article as a goodstarting point, read lotus.com/compare,and talk to some existing Notes shops.  We'll win this one hands-down.Link: RealIT: Lotus Domino Vs. Exchange and Microsoft's Tricks>


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