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Over on Volker’s site, the discussion of Notes 8 installed as a standalone client versus the full installation with the Eclipse package and its features is leading to the same old trap of suspicion and critique before the product has even launched.
Is it any wonder that these decisions are kept so quiet for so long? I like Volker and generally respect his opinion so please don’t assume I’m slamming him here. In this case though, I think pointing criticism at something that doesn’t exist yet and isn’t delivered based on decisions that have yet to show their impact is a bit harsh.
Notes 8 (Hannover) will be installed in a few different ways. Chief among them are the choice to install the client as a standalone software package like an upgraded version 7, or to install the full kit with the Eclipse based tools as well. Obviously that’s going to require a lot more memory and drive space.
So, should IBM only ship it with the features they really want you to buy into – the full Eclipse based framework and tools – and simply assume you’ll make sure your hardware is ready? That is what you’d expect from them and most other software vendors. After all, they are confident (at least they say they are) that it will be worthwhile. Their whole strategy right now is built on the growth of this technology over time.
The fact that you have a choice of installs (at least according to current reports) is not a bad thing, it is a GOOD thing. If it turns out the full kit offers the value to justify the space and memory needed, then bravo we’ll all adopt it. If it turns out to be a bust – and I do not expect it to, personally – then we still have the Notes client with its improvements and we can move on with our lives.
It takes some guts to allow your customers to NOT go where you want them to, but instead show them the road and why it’s better. You don’t see other vendors doing that.
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