Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Just how much is new?

I've been charged with putting together some end user training this week, taking an organisation's users forward from Notes 5.0.11 to 7.0.1, and it has been a fascinating reintroduction to the Notes world.

To be honest I had forgotten just how much has changed between those releases, and so much of it giving true business value back to the users. Of course, there have been some "nice to haves" including such interface changes as colour-coded messages and so on, but additions such as integrated instant messaging, Domino Web Access, support for Linux/Mac have made a real difference to both organisations and their users.

Sometimes looking back is as important as looking forward, and often we forget how far we've come...

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Fascinating Outlook vs. Notes survey

Very unscientific I know, but this survey has yielded interesting and slightly surprising results:

"Lotus Notes Email Vs. Microsoft Outlook

Microsoft and IBM both own massive cash cows. Mooo. Microsoft sells Outlook/Exchange. IBM sells Lotus Notes/Domino.

Microsoft and IBM are both developing new non related Enterprise 2.0 stuff.

The point of this survey is not to consider blogs and wiki stuff, but instead, just to simply ask users today which tool they prefer as an email tool."

Having just finished at a business where the corporate standard is Outlook and Exchange, I can heartily say that as a humble user I initially hated Outlook with a vengance, and even after 12 months of coming to terms with its differences (both positive and negative) I still found it woefully short of the user experience that Notes offers. Therefore I wasn't surprised at this result, but given that the wider view is still that portrayed by the Notessucks and UI Hall of Shame websites of a few years ago, I am really pleased by these results. It's great to see.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Sametime 7.5 now available, early too!

Heard from Ed...

The new version of Sametime has been released early, and is now downloadable from Passport Advantage. This is great news, and is another demonstration of the new-found energy and investment in the Lotus development team. Great to see...

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Lotusphere 2007 Registration Open

Lotusphere 2007 Registration Is Now Open

Here we go... the start of the march towards the best software related conference on the planet, Lotusphere.

I'll be there, hope you will be too!

Friday, August 04, 2006

New Sametime/Quickplace conference, London, Sept 27-29

Collaboration University -- Advanced Training for IBM Lotus Sametime and QuickPlace

Looks well worth attending...