As pointed out, Domino is not the leader of the pack and no amount of marketing will change that now, although an abrupt closing of Microsoft would help.
I get slammed by Exchange and Sharepoint ads daily, in every magazine, newspaper and online and in emails. I also see a lot of Smarter Planet ads.
But will IBM keep with this campaign?
If history is correct, it takes at least 3-5 years before people realize what IBM and Lotus try to do. Look at KM and where we ended up, but it took almost 10 years!
IBM got to where it is because they took and take a VERY long view of the road ahead and it has paid off for them.
While many of us are IBM BPs because they folded Lotus in there, not sure how many have branched beyond ICS or Websphere in any serious shape or form.
The real choice is what else do you start peddling? Jive? SocialText? Sharepoint? Because it is all about collaboration or do you go down a different rabbit hole?
When I was a customer, and not a BP, I enjoyed the future as IBM and others told it.
As a BP, it is not as important to my day to day business and one might argue we as BPs are rather cynical about some of it. But again we care about our day to day business as well as the future.
Lotus was so far ahead of its time and that is one of the things I loved about the company. It provided a future direction. But right now we do not have the future, Connections is today, the pinnacle of KM, but what is the horizon? Where is the reach goal? Cyncis will say there isn't one, I believe there is a goal, but it may very well be someplace none of us have even thought about.
Where is the equivalent of the IBM iPod?
Something that could take them in a whole new direction and make believers out of people again in IBM. I don't buy that the Lotus name is that tarnished, but I accept a rebranding of it is in its best interest.
IBM has never catered to the people, but to the business world, and one could argue both sides of that argument. We can not change the reality of their view. Only IBM can, if they choose to do so. Lotus was the only consumer facing brand. When you are the only anything of a business, it gets very lonely eventually if no other plans bring forth a foil or twin partner. Would anyone care about the iPhones if the iPod had not impressed them so much?
Since we are not IBM, and do not work for IBM, then we have a choice to pursue what we like and enjoy. And if that comes from some place else, at least we will always have Lotus for putting an idea into our younger selves that will see us through no matter where we end up on the business roads.
Job Found, Blogging Helps
Tue, Jul 22nd 2014 10:50a Keith Brooks Happy to say I will be working with The RockTeam as their Professional Services Manager. Continuing on with the YellowBubble and the collaboration space that I enjoy. Best thing about it, I get to work with a few friends and meet some new ones. And be social again. Blogging Helped The few days in between posting about looking for work and finding it was made easier when one friend, Arif, connected me with Doug who had just posted the position. Timing is indeed everything. It is very hard to [read] Keywords: collaboration
Job Hunting Time
Fri, Jul 18th 2014 6:50a Keith Brooks As of a few days ago I am newly available. A free agent on the scene looking for a company to call home. Sure I'd love to restore an old corvette or another pinball machine, but not enough money in those hobbies for the average person with a family. What I can do is restore customer service departments or service delivery organizations to award level status. Over the last year and a half, I was managing the delivery of services for over 500,000 people, prior to taking on the role of Directo [read] Keywords: agent
Bruce Springsteen Gets Collaboration How About You?
Fri, Jun 27th 2014 10:10a Keith Brooks Bruce Springsteen inducted his long time sidemen and woman into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame a few weeks back and HBO showed the ceremony. I caught Bruce's introduction speech and thought it was just what I want to say to management everywhere. Namely, you know what you know, but the people that work for you are what will make you look better and greater than anything you can dream up. At the 13:00 minute mark, Bruce explains in simple English what collaboration is all about. Full text at R [read] Keywords: collaboration
Fix my printer or why remote management..
Mon, May 26th 2014 6:30a Keith Brooks Doesn't work for every situation. There is nothing worse than a client agreeing to let you work for them remotely and then demanding someone be onsite every week. So how do you do it? Will this break the deal? Cost you too much? There are always possibilities but planning is key. Few issues really require onsite visits as remote connections to clients, servers and routers is common. So why do you need to be onsite? Executives and their assistants usually are primary reasons. But unless a fai [read] Keywords: connections
Did That A-ha Moment Passed You By?
Fri, May 23rd 2014 6:30a Keith Brooks No matter your age, location, job status or religion you always have an opportunity. Sometimes we do not see a light at the end of tunnel. But it is really no different than trying to install a piece of software that is giving you a hard time and you just need that one little extra push or tweak to make it work. Your life is the same. While it's true, you regret the choices not selected, you always have time to make them. Maybe not today or tomorrow, but this week, next weekend. Your frie [read] Keywords: application
Got all your DUCS in a Row?
Wed, May 21st 2014 7:40a Keith Brooks This was a draft of a post which for whatever reason I never published. Might be useful to someone out there. DUCS was discontinued but if anyone needs some legacy help.... Don't know what DUCS is? Domino Unified Communication Services (DUCS) This has dragged on for 3 days now while I wait on the Cisco BP to figure out what Lotus Domino and Sametime are all about. Poor guy never seen one before, Domino server that is. Wish clients would ask us before doing these silly things, we could have [read] Keywords: domino
Thu, May 15th 2014 8:00a Keith Brooks HubSpot Reveals The Mind Tricks It Uses To See If You're Right For A Job http://zite.to/QMsXP0 Sent from IBM Notes Traveler [read] Keywords: ibm
Do Something Utterly Meaningless
Mon, May 5th 2014 7:10a Keith Brooks When was the last time you did something utterly meaningless and it made you so happy you have no idea why you don't continue to do it more often? Some of you may know about my recent excursion before leaving IBM's Impact conference last Thursday. I have been trying to do this for a few years and finally got to do it. I took a cab out to the Pinball Hall of Fame/Museum as it is billed in Las Vegas. Do you remember what it was like as a kid going to an arcade or miniature golf or whatever ki [read] Keywords: ibm