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New US Federal CTO is a fan of Mashups January 7, 2009

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I’m being a bit cheeky with an early prediction (but it is the month for predictions), and all the pundits are predicting that the new United States CTO, due to be announced later today, will be the current CTO of the District of Columbia, Vivek Kundra.

A quick glance at his Blog, will show why he is the leading favourite with a penchant for the Democratisation of Public Sector Information, and transparency of government information. Major planks of President-Elect Obama’s IT Strategy.

Interestingly, he also has a strong interest for Mashups. Something that will no doubt be of interest to those that follow the Collaborative (Service Oriented) technologies.

In a few hours as Obama’s Cabinet is finalised, we will see if Kundra makes the cut.

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@thelotusposition.net

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Recession IT Spending Prioritisation – Collaboration! November 26, 2008

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I liked this article in CIO Magazine that listed some of the best methods for prioritising IT Spending during a recession.

For many of us, it goes without saying that implementing sound Collaboration strategies and tools that support our workforce, leads to significant cost savings, and something that is not always considered during recessionary times, employee satisfaction.

The following excerpt from the article paints the picture…

“Collaborate Without Collocation

New and improved tools for collaboration make it easier to reduce travel. From videoconferencing to sophisticated ubiquitous computing scenarios, users have more options for gathering virtually without loss of productivity.”

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@thelotusposition.net

 

Free Lotus Notes 8.x Signature Utility September 30, 2008

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Eos Solutions has released a free Signature applet for Lotus Notes 8.x

This utility allows administrators to provide a customised HTML Corporate Signature which can be modified to suit the organisation’s requirements.

You can download the Signature here!

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@thelotusposition.net

eReader Reviews – Plastic Logic Product demonstrated at DEMOFall08 September 9, 2008

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It is frightening how much like a magazine, electronic readers are getting.

Have a look at this reader being demonstrated at DEMOFall08.

I’ve been keeping an eye on eReaders ever since the release of Amazon’s Kindle, and feel they are getting very close to a device I could see myself using a lot.

The following video gives you a better look at the device.

It is not long now before this reader technology reaches a critical point in the development cycle and becomes a significant disruptive technology.

Watch this space…

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@thelotusposition.net

What will Microsoft “Midori” mean to Lotus August 5, 2008

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Recent discussion around the still somewhat “Under Wraps” project code-named Midori at Microsoft is suggesting a Microsoft Future “Post-Windows”. This, and the rise of industry interest in Virtiualisation, SaaS, and Cloud Computing, all point to a near-term future where consumption of software services will go through a significant disrupting period that will affect us all.

The Midori research is Microsoft’s effort at potentially making significant inroads into market-share for the operating system of a Cloud Future. Many Vendors are already on track to produce offerings for this future. IBM have their Blue House Initiative in the Lotus Space.

If Microsoft can use their Brand power to capture the market with an early Type-1 Hypervisor like Midori, it will have quite a bit of influence on this space going forward. (And the tacit support of Microsoft as a delivery model)

For resellers of products of Microsoft or IBM’s Lotus Brand, it is now time to consider an impending sales model for this “Desktopless” future. It will have a significant impact on their business.

While we have seen the problems inherant in the SaaS models with early adopters like Saleforce.com, it is only a matter of time before Quality of Service via the Internet improves to acceptable levels for greater uptake.

That’s when we will see the build-up of the “Wave”

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@thelotusposition.net

Lotus Events Section launch on “The Lotus Position” July 22, 2008

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I’ve added a page to this blog for any Lotus events in the Region.

Have a look under “lotus events” and they will be listed in the right-hand column as they are published.

I’ve kicked it off with the Lotus Collaboration & Portal Technical University coming to Sydney, Australia in September.

http://www.thelotusposition.net/apac-events/

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@thelotusposition.net

Social Computing Industry Happenings, SocialText & the Gartner View July 15, 2008

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I was contemplating Mr Lepofsky’s move to SocialText, and started investigating the organisation, which led to a few discoveries.  First – There is an interesting initiative underway between IBM and SocialText to integrate the SocialText Workspace with the Lotus Connections Product.

I will be trying the 14 day trial of SocialText Workspace to better understand the synergies here.

On the page of SocialText’s website that described the collaboration with IBM, there is a reference to Gartner’s 2007 Magic Quadrant Report on Social Computing and Collaboration, which is a good read. Here’s the actual Magic Quadrant Diagram.

Gartner Magic Quadrant - 2007 Social Computing & Collaboration

Gartner Magic Quadrant - 2007 Social Computing & Collaboration

I also noticed an article in today’s ComputerWorld (online) about Social Networking titled “Enterprises the battleground for social networking” also an interesting read, with an interesting comment about how IBM employees have more registered users of LinkedIn than Connections. There is an obvious dynamic in that fact, but noteworthy anyway.

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@thelotusposition.net

Centrelink staying with Lotus… Good News for the Australian Lotus Community July 9, 2008

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The current news that Centrelink (Australia’s Social Security Organisation) has decided to stay with the Lotus Notes Platform [Article in Australian IT] is a significant one for the Australian Lotus Community.

Centrelink is one of the largest Notes Houses in the country, and a shift away would have sent a signal through the market.

The decision does however, highlight that Notes Domino is far more than just email. The installed Domino Application base in Centrelink is a very serious factor in the decision process for making any changes.

Notes 8.0’s new user interface doesn’t hurt many of these decisions these days. It’s far harder to use the old chestnut that Outlook looks nicer any more.

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@thelotusposition.net