LDC Via just released a new white paper entitled “LDC Via: a new way to migrate“. I highly recommend that you go and read the whitepaper and schedule some time with the folks at LDC Via. Tell them I sent you. If you are at IBM Connect in Orlando, it would be great to find Ben, Matt, Mark or Julian and see first hand how easy you can move your data off of IBM Lotus Notes and Domino.
Just in case you missed the LDC Via webinar earlier this week on how to liberate your IBM Lotus Notes and Domino data, you can watch it right here, right now.
Without completing a migration successfully, you can be left with an expensive-to-own infrastructure that delivers limited value, where the necessary skills to maintain and enhance it are increasingly hard to come by.
LDC Via completes the migration picture by providing an ideal new home for data and applications previously on Domino.
The time is now to really consider the future of your Notes and Domino data and applicaitons.
A few months ago I quietly relaunched my consulting services and have have had several productive engagements. Having stepped away from the day-to-day world of all things IBM Collaboration Solutions, I can now say that I have a very clear and objective viewpoint on what companies should be doing with their Notes/Domino/XPages/Connections apps and deployments.
I am also offering the following services:
- Provide an honest assessment of your information technology operation
- Offer executives a “plain English” explanation of technology
- Personalized executive technology coaching and training
- Help you answer the question “IT tells me everything is perfect, but is it really?”
- Offer you the cold hard facts about social media
- Provide opinions and constructive feedback for new software and hardware initiatives
- Help you learn more about the “cloud”, its benefits and how it can be implemented
- Assist you in determining if your company’s data is secure
- Provide you a motivated and expert speaker for company events and conferences
Please consider using my services. You will not be disappointed.
On Friday I created a poll to gauge the IBM ICS communities interest in the forthcoming IBM Mail.Next product/service that was announced at IBM Connect 2014. Here are the results:
I will be conducting a second poll after the April 23rd webinar IBM detailing the progress of the Mail.Next offering. So, what are your thoughts about the poll results?
|Date:||Apr 23, 2014|
|Time:||12:00 PM – 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)|
|Hosted by:||SocialBiz UG.org|
|Presented by:||SocialBiz UG.org, Kramer Reeves (Director – Messaging & Collaboration Solutions, IBM Software Group), Scott Souder (Program Director and Sr. Product Manager responsible for IBM Mail Next)|
One of the hottest topics at IBM Connect 2014 was the introduction of IBM Mail Next, announced during the opening general session. IBM Mail Next will help you Focus on, Find and Take Control of your mail-based actions and priorities. Register today to join Kramer Reeves, Director – Messaging & Collaboration Solutions, IBM Software Group, Scott Souder, Program Director and Sr. Product Manager responsible for IBM Mail Next, along with members of the Mail Next team to learn about the design advancements since January and see the plan for releasing IBM Mail Next to market.
Attend this webcast to learn:
- How IBM Mail Next is designed to provide productivity boosts for your organization
- About the latest design concepts and user experience
- What the future holds for packaging and delivery of IBM Mail Next
- How you can begin your journey to IBM Mail Next today with iNotes + Notes Browser Plug-in
Join this webcast to learn how you and your organization will be able to reap the benefits of IBM Mail Next!
This article has been in draft mode for several months and I thought the timing was right to publish it. First let me state that my love affair and relationship with IBM Notes and Domino is now in it’s twenty-first year. So much of my identity as an adult has been tied to the people and technology involved with Notes/Domino. Whether it was my work at Underwriters Laboratories, OpenNTF, SHARP, Taking Notes, Elguji or my consulting customers; everything I did was intertwined together with Notes/Domino being the common thread. I am writing at this time to share the current “state of the union” as it pertains to IBM’s Notes and Domino.
Here is the first part of my address which, focusses on the Independent Software Vendor (ISV) and Business Partner ecosystems. Frankly, it’s the shortest section of my address. The next part will focus on IBM Notes and Domino customers and my thoughts on what they should be planning for.
The State of the ISV and Business Partners
First let me speak from an ISV and Business Partner perspective. Elguji and our IdeaJam software created an amazing opportunity to sell a packaged software application for IBM Domino. We set out in 2007 to prove a few points. The first point was to prove that Domino was an extremely capable environment for creating Web 2.0 apps. Secondly, we were fortunate to have sold a lot of licenses. To this day we continue to sell and improve both our IdeaJam and IQJam products.
It’s no secret that the overall ISV market has drastically shrunk. Sure there are some great ISV offerings out there to help manage Notes and Domino infrastructures, mobile app and other development tools, but its not like what we had say 10 years ago with hundreds of ISVs. One of the things that I hoped would happen and didn’t, was that a web app ecosystem would have developed. Especially with the introduction of XPages and the IBM XWork server. I am aware of a few ISV’s who have created vertical apps with XPages and the XWork server who are doing quite well. This is awesome.
A new PaaS offering was announced at IBM Connect 2014 based on SoftLayer however, I’m not really seeing this as a play for ISV’s to create cloud apps. Much like hosting market leader Prominic do today (and do it very well – Elguji is a happy customer).
The number of exhibitors at the annual IBM Connect (Lotusphere) Product Showcase has also gone down significantly. Frankly, I didn’t recognize many of the exhibitor names at this years conference. Sure, the big ones like Panagenda, Teamstudio, Ytria, BCC and others were there, but not the dozens that used to exhibit.
It was a rich app ecosystem that helped propel the adoption and allure of Notes and Domino in the enterprise. So the question becomes: How can this be turned around or changed? At this point, I’m not quite sure if it can or even needs to be changed. Is there even a need for 3rd party products and apps?
What are your thoughts?
Part 2 coming soon.
Earlier today I was talking with one of my web developments students who came across the “Innovators of Vancouver” video series produced by Chris Martin owner of Vancouver, Washington’s “Chris Martin Studios“. She noted how lucky she was to have a person like me as one of her instructors. It has been awhile since I watched this video and I am truly blessed by what Gayle, Matt and I were able to accomplish.
Per Henrik Lausten shared this picture on Twitter today which shows the roadmap for IBM Messaging which was shown during one of the keynote addresses:
The other day Voker Weber shared his thoughts about BlackBerry and he stated the following:
The sentiment. BlackBerry smells of old. People want new. iPhone. Maybe Android. Once people have made up their mind to divorce you, it’s a tough thing to turn around. It’s no longer good enough to be good enough. You have to be way better.
Now let me change the above to this:
The sentiment. ______________ smells of old. People want new. iPhone. Maybe Android. Once people have made up their mind to divorce you, it’s a tough thing to turn around. It’s no longer good enough to be good enough. You have to be way better.
Unfortunately, I can think of dozens of products and services that can be filled in the blank. The world has certainly changed over the last decade and sometimes no matter what a company and/or organization does, they can’t turn it around.
Shiny and new are the “new black”.