Any interest in forming a community of Notes professionals who also work with SharePoint?
I can't believe I typed that as a title... :)
So I'm now in the "I do both" camp in terms of Lotus and Microsoft stuff. We're slowly getting up-to-speed on SharePoint, and my time will continue to shift towards an emphasis on that type of development. I'm definitely not leaving the Notes world, as we still have a large inventory of Notes apps that we have to maintain in the short term. What I *hope* to be able to offer the Notes community is an insight into SharePoint from a Notes developer view, devoid of any sales pitch or ulterior motive to adopt one side or the other. Let's be realistic... both sides have good points and bad points. If I can drop my blinders and predisposition towards "but Notes does that too", I can learn and improve in both areas.
One thing I've noticed over the last six months or so is that I'm not the only Notes person going through this. I heard from a number at Lotusphere who have some level of SharePoint involvement at their place of employment, as well as getting a few emails and direct messages on Twitter. To some degree, it feels as if there's a reluctance to "admit" to using (and perhaps even liking) SharePoint in our community. It could be that those who are in that situation are not vocal on blogs/Twitter, and we never hear from them. Or, there's always the possibility that they could feel uncomfortable in the Yellow Bubble talking about "the other side".
Well, I'm vocal... And I'm also getting old and crotchety in that I'm caring less about what others think and more about what's best from a professional standpoint (both for me and others).
So given all that, I've been toying with the idea today of trying to start some sort of community of Notes professionals who also work with SharePoint. The group could share experiences, ask questions, and help each other make the transition to the many moving parts that is the Microsoft stack. It's rather daunting when you've specialized in Notes development for the last decade, and all of a sudden there's 10 different things you have to be good at in order to survive.
And notice the phrasing of the community... *Notes* professionals who also work with SharePoint. Not Notes enthusiasts who want to argue the merits of SharePoint vs. Notes, nor SharePoint experts seeking clients to convert from Lotus to Microsoft. Just those of us who live in the trenches and, either by choice or by necessity, have to make both of these worlds work in a single environment.
I'm open to ideas, suggestions, comments, critiques, or whatever. This may be a stupid idea that just hit me at the end of a long day where not much went right. But I can also fantasize about it being a useful resource filling a niche that doesn't seem to be covered too well from what I can tell.
It's not about bleeding yellow for me any more. It's about keeping whatever blood remains inside my body, and becoming a technology professional who can talk about collaboration in multiple technologies, delivering value to businesses regardless of where their vendor commitments may lie. That probably should have been my goal all along, but sometimes it takes a relatively large stick upside the head to clarify one's vision...