198 Lotus blogs updated hourly. Who will post next? Home | Blogs | Search | About 
 
Latest 7 Posts
Red Pill Now Partners With Team Technology
Mon, Oct 16th 2017 146
Red Pill Now Partners With Darwino
Fri, Oct 13th 2017 87
Red Pill Now Expands Web Design Services
Wed, Oct 11th 2017 28
Lessons Learned Replacing Lotus: Part 3
Mon, Aug 28th 2017 5
Lessons Learned Replacing Lotus: Part 2
Mon, Aug 28th 2017 13
Lessons Learned Replacing Lotus: Part 1
Fri, Aug 25th 2017 5
Red Pill Now @ MWLUG 2017
Fri, Aug 18th 2017 1
Top 10
Red Pill Now Partners With Team Technology
Mon, Oct 16th 2017 146
Red Pill Now Partners With Darwino
Fri, Oct 13th 2017 87
Red Pill Now Expands Web Design Services
Wed, Oct 11th 2017 28
Lessons Learned Replacing Lotus: Part 2
Mon, Aug 28th 2017 13
SmartChat
Tue, Sep 20th 2016 10
Engage: A New Direction?
Mon, Apr 4th 2016 8
Taking The Red Pill @Engage2017
Mon, May 8th 2017 8
MWLUG – The Perfect event at the Perfect time
Fri, Jul 28th 2017 7
In Memory of Tim “XMage” Tripcony
Mon, May 12th 2014 6
Pete Janzen: Lotus Legend
Sun, Aug 14th 2016 6


Lessons Learned Replacing Lotus: Part 1
Twitter Google+ Facebook LinkedIn Addthis Email Gmail Flipboard Reddit Tumblr WhatsApp StumbleUpon Yammer Evernote Delicious
Peter Presnell    

Back around 1989 I became a Lotus enthusiast. Yellow even became my favorite color. While I never got to the point where I would dress up in a yellow suit, I would describe myself as somebody who would bleed yellow. With my Lotus I could do almost anything. I could proudly proclaim Lotus Knows how to get me safely to and from work. Lotus Knows how to get me to class on time. Lotus Knows how to get me home safely from the pub of an evening. Lotus Knows how to find a parking space within walking distance of every Melbourne suburban AFL ground. Gosh at that time, Lotus even Knows where to find the best looking eligible females. But now its 2017 and I’m starting to question why I still have that old Lotus. My mechanic is now working for SalesForce. The annual Lotus rally held in Orlando was attracting much smaller crowds as Lotus enthusiasts moved on to other things. There was even talk of next year’s event being held in Las Vegas. The 8-track drive can’t compete with the music capabilities of an iPhone connected via a USB drive. The leather seats are badly torn and in need of replacement. My Lotus is starting to cost more and more to maintain and spare parts are getting harder and harder to find after they moved from releases to feature packs. When I play golf, the other CEOs are laughing that I still have a Lotus.

I decided enough was enough and it was time to replace my Lotus. It took me a while as the lotus.com web site seemed to be owned by some obscure software product I vaguely recall using around the same time I purchased my Lotus. But eventually I tracked down my old Lotus salesman, a guy by the name of Jason Gary. He was now working for the new management team and he said he could help me out with the latest and greatest Lotus. Apparently he had been involved in designing this himself. I couldn’t believe what he was showing me… Lotus Pink!


This simply wasn’t for me. I decided it was time for me to move on from Lotus. So I took a drive around town to find a replacement. Each place I went to I was asked what I wanted. I said “I didn’t care, as long as it wasn’t Lotus”. To my surprise what I was offered differed significantly depending on who I asked and what I asked for. When I approached Microsoft it came as no surprise they offered me a shinny new Microsoft car. It was great for a professional driver but didn’t seem appropriate for a CEO. A similar thing at the Google suite where they had a high-tech offering but seemed to be lacking the type of support I needed. When I decided to think a little more about what I thought was important in replacing my Lotus the results were even more different. When I described my current yellow Lotus and how much passion I once had for it one salesman told me how little it would cost and how easy it would be for me to migrate to a Yellow 1989 Volkswagen Beetle. They would even transfer the contents of my trunk and gas tank for free! I later found out from a friend that the 8-track deck wasn’t supported in the beetle and it would cost me extra to convert. If I pushed to get the lowest price, I got a car or sorts but hardly one that was going to meet my current needs, let alone my future needs. When I sought the best performing replacement I found a Lamborghini that looked totally cool but unfortunately well outside my budget and not very practical for a family. If I asked for something totally modern I was offered a car that was not only electric but ready for the new era of self-driving cars. And those Falcon wings would turn heads at the gild club. It was going to cost a little more but it was much cheaper to operate and would position me well for the next 25 years. There was a lot to chose from and everyone was offering a way for me to trade in my old Lotus on a replacement. Some were offering a migration while others were offering to modernize my driving experience. Some still ran on gas, others had hybrid or electric offerings. There was so many to chose from the decision seemed beyond me. Perhaps I should keep my Lotus a little longer and see which one eventually dominated the market. Or should I?

In part 2, I will explore a similar dilemma. Not with Lotus the car, but Lotus the software.

 

 



---------------------
http://redpillnow.com/lessons-learned-replacing-lotus-part-1/
Aug 25, 2017
6 hits



Recent Blog Posts
146
Red Pill Now Partners With Team Technology
Mon, Oct 16th 2017 11:06a   Peter Presnell
Red Pill Now is pleased to announce it is partnering with Team Technology, adding TeamWorkr to Red Pill Now’s growing portfolio of best in class solutions, consulting, and development services focused on enhancing your investment in Notes data. Of all the modernization solutions for Notes data available TeamWorkr is without doubt one of the simplest and easiest to comprehend, install and work with. TeamWorkr was built for Notes applications by Notes developers using Notes. For many Notes profe
87
Red Pill Now Partners With Darwino
Fri, Oct 13th 2017 4:37p   Peter Presnell
Red Pill Now is pleased to announce it is partnering with Darwino, adding Darwino to Red Pill Now’s growing portfolio of best in class solutions, consulting, and development services focused on enhancing your investment in Notes data. What excites me the most about Darwino is its unique approach of replicating data between Notes databases and SQL data stores, providing the best of both worlds. Replication has long been a key differentiator for Notes and it is interesting to see the opportu
28
Red Pill Now Expands Web Design Services
Wed, Oct 11th 2017 10:11p   Peter Presnell
Red Pill Now has completed the acquisition of a boutique, enterprise class, cloud-based website hosting business from partner and creative director, Bob Kadrie and will immediately assume responsibility for its operations. This a small but important step forward for Red Pill Now to expand its existing WordPress-based Web design service with an extensive set of custom libraries that will allow the instant spin-up of instances of WordPress, BuddyPress, WooCommerce, and other services regularly req
5
Lessons Learned Replacing Lotus: Part 3
Mon, Aug 28th 2017 8:04a   Peter Presnell
Notes Is Dead (Or So They Say) Let’s start by dealing with the 800 lb (363 kg) gorilla in the room. Is “Lotus Notes” dead? Well technically yes, because the official name has now been changed to IBM Notes. Many people, including most of us at Red Pill Now, have been heard to claim this is true even if it perhaps it is not an entirely true statement. But its not entirely fake news being spread by the dishonest mainstream media. Red Pill Now estimates that Notes as an applicatio
13
Lessons Learned Replacing Lotus: Part 2
Mon, Aug 28th 2017 12:37a   Peter Presnell
For those of you who have read Lessons Learned Replacing Lotus: Part 1, I have a small confession to make. I do not really own a yellow 1989 Lotus! I wish I did, as it would have been really cool to turn up to Lotusphere each year in one of those. What I do own is a 2011 Lexus RX 350. Its a really great car, but being six years old now it does have a similar story to tell as a 1989 Lotus.I have tried to keep up with maintenance but even the latest GPS upgrade doesn’t have the street on whi
6
Lessons Learned Replacing Lotus: Part 1
Fri, Aug 25th 2017 4:17a   Peter Presnell
Back around 1989 I became a Lotus enthusiast. Yellow even became my favorite color. While I never got to the point where I would dress up in a yellow suit, I would describe myself as somebody who would bleed yellow. With my Lotus I could do almost anything. I could proudly proclaim Lotus Knows how to get me safely to and from work. Lotus Knows how to get me to class on time. Lotus Knows how to get me home safely from the pub of an evening. Lotus Knows how to find a parking space within walking d
1
Red Pill Now @ MWLUG 2017
Fri, Aug 18th 2017 6:11a   Peter Presnell
As a CEO of an IBM Business Partner there is always a positive feeling that comes when being able to support a User Group event such as MWLUG. Its a chance to give back to a community that has helped us all in our earlier careers. It’s a chance to not only finance these events so that the cost to attend is modest, but also a chance to be part of an ongoing conversation about our community and to share some of expertise with others following in our footsteps. This year we had our largest co
5
What We Learned at MWLUG 2017
Wed, Aug 16th 2017 8:02p   Peter Presnell
Richard Moy and team put together another great User Group event in Alexandria, VA last week. Its an event that falls half-way between the annual event once known as LotusSphere. This year’s event set a new attendance record, including a large contingent of IBMers allowing all to get the latest information and news for all things Collaboration (ICS). The following are the key take aways that I noticed as a former Notes developer still passionate about finding future paths for Notes data.
1
“M” is for Modernization Rehearsal for MWLUG 2017 Sponsor Session
Wed, Aug 9th 2017 11:27p   Red Pill Now
A cold reading of “M” is for Modernization – our sponsor session for MWLUG 2017 presented live in Alexandria, VA on August 9, 2017. Download Podcast
7
MWLUG – The Perfect event at the Perfect time
Fri, Jul 28th 2017 8:07p   Peter Presnell
For CIOs who oversee an active portfolio of Notes/Domino applications it is now clear they have a need to develop a strategy to transform their investment. IBM is moving on from the platform that has served many of us well for 28 years. The path forward has been less than clear. There has long been a hope that a magic button would appear capable of taking an aging collection of Notes applications and make them relevant in 2017. A quick simple solution does not exist and CIOs must chose between t




Created and Maintained by Yancy Lent - About - Planet Lotus Blog - Advertising - Mobile Edition