SearchDomino: Webcast dissects IBM´s enterprise collaboration strategy, Workplace

Recently Ed Brill refered to a Webcast Peter O’Kelly did for Search Domino

Burton Group’s Peter O’Kelly did a recent webcast for SearchDomino…this article follows-up on his content:

IBM Workplace is in good shape, both on its own merits and as an alternative to Microsoft, according to O’Kelly. “There is going to be a sizable part of the market that will be unwilling to rely primarily and exclusively
on Microsoft,” he said. “IBM stands to be the biggest company to benefit.”

As he did earlier this year in an interview with, O’Kelly challenged the myth that IBM is swapping out Notes/Domino for Workplace….  “You’re going to see more of those over time because IBM has got a very clear reordering of the product set within Workplace.”

Read the full interview.

Link: SearchDomino: Webcast dissects IBM’s enterprise collaboration strategy, Workplace

[Via Ed Brill]

My question is will organsiations exchnage their “exclusive” dependency on Microsoft for a dependency on IBM ? In my opinion there needs to be more than just a 2 vendor policy and the question is can IBM out-innovate Microsoft and get thier act together ?

In the same article O’Kelly also made some interesting comments (in bold) on Hannover and the position of LotusScrypt, the ever so poplar development tool for Domino :

Many have surmised that Hannover is primarily, if not only, a client strategy. But O’Kelly views Hannover as the client side of a more concerted strategy that includes the WebSphere J2EE application server and Rational development tools – just as Microsoft Office is aligned with Windows Server and Visual Studio. Hannover, he said, “will have positive impact on Domino in the sense that it will give Domino apps another place to run.”

But don’t expect Notes/Hannover to have complete compatibility with Workplace. “It would be a strategic error for IBM to go back there and try to get 100% LotusScript compatibility inside Workplace going forward,” O’Kelly said. “That isn’t to say that LotusScript isn’t important, but rather there are other options for developers who want to continue with that.”

That moving away from LotusScrypt may hurt for a lot of Lotus fans. After all they are clearly articulating their favour for it :

The most recent userpoll at SearchDomino asks readers what they think of LotusScrypt :Only 10% actually indicates moving away from LotusScrypt and adopt Java. The rest in more or less stringer terms wants to keep LotusScrypt and requests IBM to continue innovating it.

As I blogged back in July : Some 32% of SearchDomino readers don’t understand IBM websphere strategy

It looks like Hannover just adds to the confusion moving forward.