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My take on the new Lotus direction whitepaper

By Andrew Pollack on 11/09/2003 at 10:59 PM EST

Alright. If you haven't yet read the latest whitepaper from Lotus that talks about strategy, you need to. Right now. Go ahead, I'll wait.

Back? Ok. Notice anything? Here's some key points:

Notes is not described as "80's technology" to be backburnered in favor of new better stronger faster technologies. This document (which I have it on good authority is a fully supported and totally quality controlled version of The Message) states really clearly that there is no replacement for the Domino server on the horizon. It will continue to be a centerpiece for stand-alone solutions and messaging in shops that want to take advantage of its inexpensive all-in-one nature. Its the Swiss Army Knife.

The Notes client continues to be advanced. They're clearly going to use the notes CLIENT as the way to showcase the new stuff. They'll stick portal on it as one of the welcome page options, and go from there. My guess is you'll eventually see some kind of native portlet support -- whatever that ends up meaning.

The best news, IMO, is that DESIGNER is getting major enhancements. Driven first by the need to put DB2 on the back-end (optionally), they've done the work to display SQL queries in views -- that's pictured right in the document. What impresses me here, is that they didn't just make a db property checkbox, or a server setting that says "use DB2 instead of the file system". They may do that too for all I know, but they ALSO have clearly added direct functionality to the designer client. It looks like at the very least they finished (or are finishing) the work on making "virtual views" that didn't make it into version 6. A little bird told me the thing to watch here will be how security gets handled.

Yeah, yeah. I know -- there's a hard sell in this document on Portal and Workplace. I pretty much know what portal is, so its easy to decide if its right for you or not when we talk. But what about Workplace? From what I can tell, this is a strategy still to be watched more for what it becomes, than for what it now is. I'll be watching with you.

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I'm excited by the messageBy Ben Langhinrichs on 06/23/2004 at 11:21 AM EDT
I finally actually finished the whate paper (you said you would wait) and I am excited. I know that it is marketing driven, but in this case, that is a good thing. I am glad to see IBM marketing realizing that Notes/Domino is a GOOD THING, to be sold extensively.
Its starting to sound like a revival meeting here....By Andrew Pollack on 06/23/2004 at 11:21 AM EDT
Can you hear me brothers and sisters?!? I said "That Domino Server gonna keep runnin!" Can I have an AMEN?!!?
Amen indeed.. By QuickCLIX on 06/23/2004 at 11:21 AM EDT
Thanks for let us know this!By Bob Hillesum on 06/23/2004 at 11:21 AM EDT
Andrew, This is a great White Paper. Thank you for pointing to this. Everyone who work with Notes / Domino or think in working with it, must read the 19 pages...
a rumourBy jonvon on 06/23/2004 at 11:21 AM EDT
i heard this week at the view conference a rumour that the version 8 client (as in the beloved notes client) will be based on eclipse. completely unofficial and unsubstantiated. *shrug*
jonvon's rumor...By Andrew Pollack on 06/23/2004 at 11:21 AM EDT
I'll see if I can get a more formal comment on it for you, or permission to talk about any related that may help dispell that myth -- but I very much doubt it from what I've seen. I suppose it could happen, but it goes contrary to everything I'm seeing and reading.
jonvon's rumorBy Ben Langhinrichs on 06/23/2004 at 11:21 AM EDT
I think this is just confusion between the new rich client, which is based on Eclipse, and the Notes client, which is not. I have not heard of any plans to merge the two.
doesn't make sense to me eitherBy jonvon on 06/23/2004 at 11:21 AM EDT
yeah, i think you guys must be right. it just doesn't make sense to me. when you really think about it, how the heck *could* they replace the notes client with an eclipse based version? and why would they? one eclipse version really ought to be enough... if anyone wants to chase it down, talk to paul calhoun. i wouldn't have mentioned his name, but i heard he repeated this "information" several times (in other sessions). someone who knows him may as well try and get the skinny. i meant to ask him about it offline (so to speak) but never had a chance. we left a bit early from the conference on wednesday.
DB2 & Enhanced J2EE probably the most importantBy Tim Knutsen on 06/23/2004 at 11:21 AM EDT
To our business needs the DB2 BE db and J2EE front-end tools will be the most useful. While .nsf has been a usable format once you learn how to deal with it, the backend DB2 offers potentially unlimited capability with our enterprise RDBS apps. The J2EE environment is of importance on the customer interface side of things. Thanks for highlighting this WP. Tim

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