Overall the feedback I have been hearing
from people around Lotusphere 2012 has been very positive, they liked the
OGS and felt very positive afterwards. What I personally took from
the OGS was this, having no panels will score you big points with the attendees,
saying Notes or Domino will get you the largest cheers in the OGS. Mike
Rhodin's speech basically bored me to tears, it's the same sentences as
his section at every other Lotusphere, just in a slightly different order,
if you're playing buzzword bingo, you only need to pay attention during
his and Sandy Carter's bit. Michael J Fox was inspirational and made
me feel sad at the same time. I don't feel sad for Michael J Fox,
but I do feel sad that someone so young is slowly being taken over by a
disease he has no control over, that makes me sad. The way he is
handling it though, and the efforts he is making to raise money are inspirational.
It also brings guilt, here I am with a body that does react to my
commands (well apart from the jump high one) and I'm taking it for granted.
So a great opening speaker, but lots of different emotions. I
think along with panels, OGS is seen as positive if you don't say anything
bad towards Notes/Domino, so as long as you don't say Notes/Domino is dead
you're in good shape, but honestly, all the new stuff IBM is heavily pushing
is WAS based, the web experience WAS, Connections WAS, Social Mail WAS.
OK so now onto some of the things shown
and what I think the future holds. So this is my gut feel of what
we can expect to see in the future based upon things seen and heard around
Lotusphere 2012. None of this is based upon any factual information,
or from back room chats, or information from old friends, this is
just my gut feel for how things are going to go after watching what was
shown at Lotusphere. So let me begin with IBM Docs.
I think I blogged at the time when IBM
Symphony was the wrong move, IBM Docs is where IBM should have been all
along. Symphony is not a game changer, IBM Docs is. IBM Symphony
is now part of Apache, IBM will tell you that IBM is committed to Symphony,
but I personally think the move to Apache is the first step of many where
IBM will be able to start reducing the effort that is placed in Symphony.
IBM has a dirty secret, Lotus SmartSuite makes more revenue for IBM
that Symphony, yep IBM still sells SmartSuite, did you know that? They
still have some customers on maintenance, amazing isn't it. Symphony
doesn't have revenue, and I can't think of any product at IBM that makes
zero revenue that stays around, after a few reorgs and someone new comes
in that wasn't involved, they will always ask why do we have product x
that makes 0$ ? So I expect in the coming years, you will see less
and less in the way of Symphony updates unless they are from developers
working at home for free (kind of like Lotus focused redbooks). Don't
get me wrong, I think Symphony was an interesting idea, it was just more
than 10 years late of when it was needed. As I said, none of this
is based in fact, just my gut feel on what we'll see.
Biggest cheer of the OGS, the Notes
plug-in for browsers. Details are sketchy right now, but basically
you'll have the equivalent of 90% of the Notes Basic client able to run
inside a windows browser. So how do I think this will be used? My
gut is this will be used as a migration tool for folks moving away from
Notes. Sure there will be some that use it on their path migrating
to Xpage apps, but my gut is that most will use this as a tool to help
their migration away from Notes. Now here's the thing, if that is
the case it won't be reflected in Notes CAL sales very quickly, I imagine
this is going to require a Notes CAL to be used, which means that customers
before which were moving just stopped paying maintenance will now stay
on maintenance to get the plugin. I think what IBM hopes will happen,
is this will speed up the adoption of XPage apps, personally I think the
opposite will happen, I think maybe companies that were considering moving
some Notes apps to Xpages, will now just say, you know what, we can save
a tonne of money by just giving people the notes app in the browser instead
of rewriting it, and any net new apps will be done on some other platform.
I can imagine there being companies that even expose some of their
"Legacy" (not my choice of phrase but IBM now use it) Notes apps
inside Sharepoint via the plugin.
Sametime - with IBM shipping Sametime
8.5.2 IFR1 late last year, there wasn't really any Sametime news this year,
well no announcement anyway. Most interesting thing I saw though
was a session given by Bill Quin and Rob Fox, AD206 The upcoming IBM Sametime
Meetings Server Remote Client SDK. This SDK looks like it has some
really exciting potential, so keep an eye on it. Not Sametime related
directly, but I did attend a demonstration in the Dolby suite at the Dolphin.
Dolby were showing how they can improve the effectiveness of online
audio calls through some of their magical jiggery pokery. If you
imagine a regular audio call with lets say 6 people, if everyone is speaking
at the same time, you just kind of hear blugh and it's hard to differentiate
between people. What Dolby have done, is taken those different audio
input streams, and make it sound like the people in the call are sitting
around you in different places. So just as if you were in a real
room with people chatting around you and you can tune in to hear the different
people quite easily, you can do the same with the Dolby system. This
isn't a solution that Dolby is selling for customers, it's a technology
that vendors could include in their solutions, kind of the way, SONY could
include Dolby support back in the Walkman days. It wouldn't surprise
me if sometime in the not too distant feature you see a audio conferencing
company as promoting their conferencing software with Dolby inside. For
best results it does require a stereo headset in order to simulate the
spacial awareness. Definitely something to keep an eye on.
Social Mail - For me my eyes kind of
glazed over at this point. Basically for email I need only a couple
of things, my All Documents view and full text index, that's where I spend
99% of my time when in mail. The idea of my mail and everything else
being in a stream just doesn't work for me, and for a company the size
of Epilio (think the same size as those 6 million other small businesses
in the US), the number of servers required to get Social Mail just isn't
going to fly for us. From what I could see it basically looked like
a web page running inside a Notes client, I may be wrong, but that's how
it looked. For large companies this may be the best thing since the
fax machine, I'm taking a wait and see attitude on this one. I think
it could struggle though, with the same thing Notes has struggled with
against Outlook. "We like Outlook as it's just mail" but
wait "Social mail is more than mail, it's streaming connections, files,
you can act of things, it's cool, you want more than mail surely?"
as I said, I'll wait and see.
The Closing General Session - Lessons
learned here for IBM I think are if you're going to have someone that isn't
known around the world they better be inspirational, Zander was known by
less people that Bob Costas, but he went down really well as he was inspirational.
Lotusphere attendees don't like me me me type personalities. We're
really separated from the food we eat, someone chopping up a clam on stage
really upset some people, the same people that a few minutes before had
quite happily eaten a meat sandwich, apologies to those of you that are
Vegetarian, you have reason to be upset. Personally, I do watch the
guys show so I didn't find it that bad. I would have loved to have
seen a situation with 5 Lotusphere attendees up there where a kind of mini
fear factor with food was done. Other takeaway IBM VPs will eat something
fishy that looks like a penis in front of hundreds if it means looking
good in front of their boss. As for me, you could have been chopping
brocoli up on stage, I still wouldn't eat it. So I didn't mind the
CGS at all, but others hated it with a passion.
I did get told by a few folks that they
didn't feel there was enough technical content and the pendulum had
swung too far towards MBA type sessions, where basically you could say
anything you wanted as long as it fitted within IBMs message.
There you go, a poorly laid out ramble.
As I said not based on facts, purely my gut feel.
Cable cutting and access to foreign TV stations.
Mon, May 12th 2014 3:10p Carl Tyler Those of you with really good memories,
may remember way back in April 2009 I cancelled
my cable TV subscription. My savings have been used to buy various
media players and subscriptions to online service. Honestly never
had any regrets. A few months ago I purchased a Google Chromecast
as it had such favourable reviews in the press. All I can say is
these folks haven't tried the Roku or iPlayer for them to consider it such
a great device. Personally I think it's terrible. I also d [read] Keywords: google
Does Notes call home?
Mon, Apr 28th 2014 11:10a Carl Tyler Has anyone seen this? I recently
updated my installation of Malwarebytes, and it is now throwing up this
warning every few hours:
Anyone else ever seen this? I'm
still using notes 8.5.3 for my day to day work. [read] Keywords: notes
The Domino Designer documentation team screwed us all
Fri, Apr 25th 2014 6:30p Carl Tyler They did us all a disservice by not preparing
us for the future. They gave us too much useful information in the
documentation. Pretty much every function in the old Domino Designer
Documentation gave an example for every function or method, so if you weren't
sure exactly how to use it, you'd look at the example and try it
out and learn from it, you know, monkey see, monkey do, monkey learn. Those
days appear to be gone in the new IBM products. I've been messing
a great deal latel [read] Keywords: connections
IBM SmartCloud Meetings aren't really that Smart.
Thu, Apr 10th 2014 11:50a Carl Tyler Went to an IBM SmartCloud Sametime meeting
today, via a URL that goes direct to the meeting, decided check my plugins
etc. before going into the meeting. I got presented with this dialog:
The thing about this dialog is it is
totally uneeded, the meeting ID was passed as part of the URL, read the
End users shouldn't be expected to figure this out, there's nothing
"Smart" about this.
Also don [read] Keywords: ibm
Since when has the OGS been about Press?
Tue, Feb 4th 2014 3:23p Carl Tyler I've seen this comment in a few blog posts
recently, and I have to ask, since when has the OGS been about Press? People
do realise that the press get 1 on 1 briefings at Connect, and they can
be briefed throughout the year if they want to by making a simple phone
call to IBM. How about the customers that paid money to be at the
event, shouldn't the whole show be about them? Without customers,
believe me, the press won't give you 2 minutes. Personally I think
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What you should really do and see at lotusph...oops IBM Connect
Wed, Jan 22nd 2014 9:29a Carl Tyler So you've all looked at the calendar, you've
picked out some sessions, but lets face it, you want to do some fun stuff.
So here's the things I suggest:
Great Geek Challenge,
this is one of the most fun events, think pub quiz, organized by the wonderful
nerd girls and emceed by myself and Paul Mooney. It
fills up quickly and there is often a line as it's so much fun, so get
there early, either with a team or without one if there's a seat you can
take it. This year I also have [read] Keywords: ibm
F*@king Bruce and his attention seeking ways...
Wed, Oct 2nd 2013 8:19a Carl Tyler I'm kidding, but someone needs to bring
him back down to earth. I've known Bruce for a number of years now
as a friend, a customer, partner, advisor, and general good guy. Honestly,
what can I say that hasn't already been said in all the other blogs? I'll
just say this, without Bruce and the commitment he had to keeping NTF going,
the Domino/Notes market could be very different today, it could have been
much worse, NTF filled a hole that IBM chose not to fill, and it took IBM
year [read] Keywords: domino
He walked on his bloody stumps...
Tue, Sep 17th 2013 11:07a Carl Tyler Back in FebruaryI blogged
about The Domino Danderers
and a planned walk across Scotland in aid of the Children's Hospice Association
Scotland. Originally I was to be performing that walk in May with
the others, but due to some health issues I was unable to take part, except
in a supporting role. I had raised quite a bit of money back them,
so I couldn't even bale, so I scheduled my attempt for weekend, as I would
already be in the UK for ICON UK and a friends wedding.
Members of [read] Keywords: domino