Hennings analysis of IBM Lotus Notes and Domino 7

Henning sums his view on the advantages of Lotus Notes and Domino 7. I’m sure it’ll all be fixed in the next release


– up to 25 % price increase

– no significant core improvements

– if you use Linux no DB/2, no Sametime, just Novell Suse (with Red Hat coming later)

– no new platforms

– no 64 Bit support on Intel/AMD architectures

The advantage of being a zombie is that you cannot die. Long live IBM Lotus Notes.


Peter de Haas
Peter de Haas

Peter is gedreven door de eindeloze mogelijkheden die technologische vooruitgang biedt. Met een scherp oog voor het herkennen van oplossingen waar anderen slechts problemen zien, is hij een expert in digitale transformaties. Peter zet zich met volle overgave in om individuen, teams en organisaties te begeleiden bij het ontwikkelen van nieuwe vaardigheden en het implementeren van innovatieve oplossingen.

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  1. No, it probably will not be fixed in the next release.
    I have to emphasize that release 7 is not featureless. It has a lot of Websphere (or Workplace) related features like the DB/2 stuff the Notes plugin for Workplace and more.
    For a J2EE shop or at large installations (more than 5.000 seats), release 7 has its value. But even if I am not happy with the new release it still works. You can still do exiting stuff with it.

  2. Oh – Peter – what fun. Shouting about Notes 7 not having any features – when Exchange 12’s roadmap is as empty as a Microsoft Promise. When is outlook being upgraded in line with Office 12 ? Oh – never. Even Gartner is saying “dont bother” with Office 12.
    Workflow ? New ? Honestly.
    Whereas Notes 7 has Web services, executable performance profiling, DB2, 300% speed improvement on Linux, 30% speed improvement on Windows, far better client standardisation and lockdown, integration with workplace – thats just the ones I’m interested in.
    Exchange ? Oh – we allow you to try and compete with Blackberry (unlikely!) and we give you bigger databases so you can experience corruption more often.
    And when is this new Exchange coming ? Oh – who knows. Not every 12 or 18 months as Lotus have been releasing – perhaps another few years.
    And the Kodiak “robust file store” for Exchange ? Who knows. It was promised, but never delivered.
    When Microsoft have a collaboration story, when Microsoft have a roadmap for eMail that contains actual content that gets delivered – well, we shall see some proper competition.
    Till then I just come here to see how much negative spin you can put on stuff, and just how many ridiculous Radicati surveys you can fluff. They cant even get the Microsoft numbers right in their reports – let alone the Notes ones…
    Its funny, really. You see, by doing this, you lose credibility with even the most ardent Redmond supporter.
    Seen the mini-microsoft web site ? Now thats “real”…
    —* Bill

  3. Bill,
    I you read the post correctly you would see that this are not my points, but someone elses’. I am merely stating that every new software release has it’s challenges, yes, even IBM’s.
    I think your conslusions of Gartner’s view on Office 12 is not completly correct. Ofcourse they have a middle of the road advise in this stage; it’s typicaly Gartner. Not sure if you have access to Forrester information, you can read their view on Ofiice 12 as well http://www.peterdehaas.com/2005/09/microsoft_offic_1.html
    Your views on Exchnage are well known by me and although on some of the technical details , your view on the roadmap, etc you may have some points, the growth in marketshare reflects that other things may be apealing to customers : http://www.peterdehaas.com/2005/08/more_independen.html
    On Microsoft’s Collaboration story, I look forward to your comments on actual research :
    As you see I often quote other analysts than Radicati. As I have stated in earlier posts and comments it is not that I like Radicati because they are more poositive about Microosft compared to IBM; ity is because they actualy produce reports on the market I work in. They are one of the many sources we all can turn to
    As for my credibility Bill, it is not my objective to be liked per se. You know I work for Microsoft and my opinion therefor is (more) colored. ANd if you would know me perhaps a little bit better you’d also know that posts like theis one your are commenting to you shouldn’t take it that seriously. See this as an inviation for a beer whenever you’re in The Netherlands
    I am glad you take this post and many other posts to make your point and look forward to many other discussions 🙂

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