Lotus fans: Show me the money or shut the hell up
From ITWire: Lotus fans: Show me the money or shut the hell up
I really had to laugh at this article... not because it was so edgy, but because the characterization isn't so far off:
If there is one thing I am absolutely sick to death of, it is the pathetic rantings of die-hard Lotus Notes fanboys about how technically superior their product is, and how everyone else who isn’t drinking the IBM kool-aid is somehow incredibly “biased” and don’t understand Notes’ obvious superiority.
That should be enough to get you all riled up. If you haven't read what follows, go ahead and do so now. I'll wait... both for you to read and for your blood pressure to go back down, as it'll skyrocket when you read it..
Yes, the picture painted of the Lotus community is not a pretty one, but I must say I found that the underlying truth struck home. I used to be one of the rabid ones, and I saw myself in there. The amusing part is that it's also noted that the Microsoft fan-boys do the same thing when articles about Exchange shops going to Google get written. Just goes to show that most technology wars get fought with the fervor of religious battles.
But before you write off this article as the rantings of a biased journalist, read to the bottom for the challenge:
So today I am issuing an OPEN INVITATION and AMNESTY to Lotus Notes fanboys.
If you come up with an Australian organisation who is deploying a new installation of Lotus Notes/Domino of 100 seats or more, I will guarante to interview them. I will guarantee to write a story of at least 500 words and probably longer about their deployment. If they will let me and it is in Sydney, I will even physically travel to their office and do a video interview with them.
This guarantee also extends in part to those upgrading old installations of Lotus Notes. I guarantee that if you can come up with an organisation of 500 seats or larger who is upgrading their copy of Notes/Domino, I will guarantee to interview them as well and publish a story.
I issue this amnesty so that it is on the public record that I am not a “BIAS” journalist and that I am interested in email platforms of all stripes. If I break my word on this, please feel free to slander me in public as much as you want to.
But, Lotus Notes fanboys, here’s the kicker.
If I do not receive any invitations to interview Australian Lotus Notes customers over the next 12 months, you must acknowledge this. You must acknowledge that IBM’s precious email and collaboration platform is suffering a slow and prolonged death by a thousand cuts, and that it will shortly be consigned to the graveyard of history as Microsoft and Google divide up its once strong empire between them.
If, Lotus Notes fanboys, you do not come up with the goods in the next 12 months and let me know about some new Notes/Domino customers, you must quit your incessant bitching that journalists are “BIASED” and walk away. It would make me extremely happy if you then undertook Microsoft or Google re-education and admitted the error of your ways, because then I could laugh at you and point out that you had sold out to one or both evil empires, and that if you were real men, the truth is that you should never have stopped using EMACS in the first place and that graphical user interfaces are for wimps.
That's more of an offer than I've seen any other journalist make when it comes to covering stories about email and collaboration platforms. You think the press is biased? Here's your challenge. You say the platform is healthy and there are migrations going the other way? Here's your opportunity to get it highlighted. As we would say here in the States... put up or shut up.
I'd love to see some Aussie partner take advantage of this and tell a great story...