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Socialtext Launches 3.0 – Serious Social Computing Technology October 6, 2008

Posted by Glenn Irvine in Commentary, Competitive, Media, Review.
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Socialtext released 3.0 late last week, with 2 new product offerings (Dashboard & People).

Quite an impressive product lineup now.

In particular, I like the licensing models and appliance approach presented by Socialtext, and expect this will extend to the new offering.

I’m keen to see what will be offered with the additional products here. IBM could learn a thing or two from the licensing models offered by Socialtext. Appliances make the configuration issues easier to digest by the clients.

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@thelotusposition.net

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Who better to advertise Microsoft Vista, than the Guy with the Show about Nothing! August 24, 2008

Posted by Glenn Irvine in Blog, Commentary, Competitive.
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A news article doing the rounds today, is that Microsoft is about to embark on a $300M advertising campaign to boost the image of Windows Vista, and they have chosen Jerry Seinfeld to anchor the effort!

How ironic… that they choose the guy who came to fame with a show about nothing!

I couldn’t think of a more fitting personality. Add to that the sarcastic, cynical view of the World that Jerry brings to humour, and that he is a stand up comedian. I just have to say “What a joke!”

If Microsoft was shooting for credibility for Vista, then for once, their ‘Marketing Machine’ has erred, and I can’t say I am complaining. It all has a rather Kharmic feel to it.

Can’t wait to see the ads. I really hope they roped Kramer into it as well.

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@thelotusposition.net

Social Computing in Universities – Academic Initiative August 15, 2008

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I sat on an ICT Industry Advisory Board meeting for a local university yesterday, and when the subject came up about vendor support for academic initiatives wasn’t too surprised to hear the strong Microsoft sentiment around the table (I threw in the IBM name valiantly…)

The potential for using Lotus Connections in Universities is significant for seeding the market. IBM needs to seriously consider offering this through the Academic Initiative program to the Universities to gain mindshare.

Our local Universities are also eagerly looking to have their Graduates Certified in Vendor products as they come out of their final year for greater employability. Another area where IBM and the Partner community could leverage a certification program.

So this is a call to the Lotus Partner Community… talk to your local ICT Head of Faculty about the IBM Academic Initiative. You might be surprised at the response.

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@thelotusposition.net

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

Posted by Glenn Irvine in Blog, Commentary, Competitive, Uncategorized.
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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

The Subtext from the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference July 28, 2008

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A very interesting article out by AMR Research, titled “Not Swag: Six Takeaways from Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference” outlines 6 key issues that the analyst feels either needs to be addressed or Microsoft Partners need to take on board.

They are:

  1. A need to return to innovation rather than following innovation
  2. Deliberate dependency on the channel
  3. Partners need to adapt to the new models of Microsoft business (esp. SaaS)
  4. Sharepoint, Sharepoint, and more Sharepoint
  5. Deskless Worker and Mobility initiatives
  6. Increasing Apple Competitive focus

The focus on Sharepoint, Mobility, Saas delivery, and Apple competition are all areas that have an impact on the Lotus market, and are well worth understanding by Lotus Partners.

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@thelotusposition.net

Microsoft promises 4 patches next week… or you could move to Domino. July 4, 2008

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Why do organisations continually put up with the amount of patching that Exchange and the Microsoft stack requires.

Try a robust, secure, solid alternative! … Domino

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@thelotusposition.net

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Microsoft to patch Windows 2000, XP, SQL and Exchange servers

All four security updates listed as “important”, the company’s second-highest ranking

Gregg Keizer (Computerworld) 04 July, 2008 07:48:32

Microsoft on Thursday chalked in four security updates for next week that would fix vulnerabilities in Windows, SQL Server and Exchange Server.

All four were labeled “important,” the company’s second-highest ranking, even though one of the Windows updates will quash a bug that attackers could use to execute malicious code remotely. That kind of vulnerability has been regularly rated as “critical” by Microsoft in the past.

As is its practice for pre-patch notifications, Microsoft disclosed few details Thursday of next week’s updates other than their severity ranking and the affected software.

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