14 09, 2016

Was That It?

As expected, IBM came out with a series of announcements today. I already had a low set of expectations for what would be announced. But even then I still found myself profoundly disappointed with how little was actually released. Today IBM announced they were extending support for Notes & Domino to 2021. By my calculations IBM has generated

12 09, 2016

The Future Of Your Notes Data

Since I published my article Reading The IBM Tea Leaves just over a month ago we have been involved in a lot of discussions with customers and business partners about what happens next with Notes applications. There have also been significant discussion within the community following MWLUG, an event at which IBM allowed itself to get behind

2 08, 2016

Reading The IBM Tea Leaves

Last week I read an interesting statement from an IBMer outlining a pending announcement in September of an updated policy on the Support Lifecycle for Notes/Domino. The standard IBM Support Lifecycle Policy commits IBM to supporting any version of its software for 3 years from its release date. With Notes 9.0.1 having been released in October 2013 we are

6 06, 2016

Beyond XPages

Early last year I did a presentation at several User Groups entitled "Beyond XPages". The presentation outlined an approach for building modern Web applications for Notes data that was not based upon XPages. We believe XPages has a shelf life of (at best) 5 years before companies will become very active in seeking to migrate to other development

29 01, 2016

Automating REST Services For Notes Data

At Red Pill Now, we have a strong belief that the future for Notes data lies in the ability to access the data via REST services. In their wisdom IBM have decided to make REST services available for all Notes databases using Domino Data Services. Unfortunately to get DDS to run it is necessary to

28 01, 2016

Lotus Notes Market Share

"An approximate answer to the right problem is worth a good deal more than an exact answer to an approximate problem." -- John Tukey The issue of market share has been long debated within the Notes community. It reached a peak just over ten years ago when Exchange first gained a lead over Notes/Domino in

4 10, 2015

Is This Also A Dream of Notes’ Future?

At Dreamforce 2015 Salesforce.com and Microsoft came together to announce a number of initiatives to integrate their products and services.  This included a demonstration of SalesForce data being integrated into the Office Graph and then surfaced via Delve. Salesforce Integration with Office Graph and Office Delve: Enabled by the Office Graph, an open ecosystem for

19 04, 2014

Modern Notes: Future Proofing Notes Client Applications

  Of the estimated 10 million IBM Notes applications presently it is likely that the Notes client still acts as the primary interface for over 90% of these applications. That's 9 million applications which are based almost exclusively on Notes client development techniques. At ATLUG's Day of Champions i conducted a 4-minute speed-roaring session ten

17 04, 2014

Lotus Notes WILL Live Long And Prosper

At last week's ATLUG Day of Champions event my presentation was Lotus Notes: Live Long and Prosper. I chose the topic because I was seeing a growing number of companies questioning their investment in Notes as a strategic platform. I was curious about why some technology products and brands seemed to last forever while others

27 02, 2014

Notes RNext

As we all know, it has become standard practice for IBM to refer to the next release of Notes as RNext. As engineers we usually know that the next major release coming after 7.0 is likely to be 8.0. Perhaps one of the reasons IBM is guarded about locking itself into a specific release number