Some various news stories that came out during the week of Lotusphere...
From InfoWorld: IBM's Lotus Jumps Ahead With Domino 7
Both IBM and Microsoft are trumpeting their respective messaging platforms this month and the two roads are diverging.
Both vendors a couple years ago drew up big plans for a unified data store across messaging, database, applications, which they promised would simplify data management.
Well, IBM has jumped ahead in a piece of that vision. Big Blue confirmed this week that the forthcoming Lotus Notes Domino Version 7 will offer the ability to store Domino data in IBM DB2. Microsoft, meanwhile, earlier this year deferred the WinFS unified storage technology in Longhorn and last week said that the next version of Exchange, due in the 2006 or 2007 timeframe, will stick to the JET database technology. Earlier Microsoft officials had suggested Exchange might adopt WinFS or SQL Server 2005, formerly called Yukon.
As users look ahead to messaging upgrades, how important is this distinction?
Significant productivity benefits can be gleaned through a unified data store across e-mail, content creation, database, and storage, according to The Yankee Group senior analyst Dana Gardner.
"There is a lot of lost productivity when you don't have a common format for all of your different data. Attachments and spreadsheets are difficult to manage and finding things is [going to get] increasingly difficult," Gardner said.
IBM and Oracle have a lead over Microsoft in moving to a more unified data platform for messaging, but IBM has a huge global installed base with Notes, Gardner said.
Although Microsoft laid out strong TCO gains in Exchange 12, IBM and Oracle customers can get a jump on some of the productivity benefits of having a common data layer.
"There are some risks for IBM as users consider their options for Domino, but the advanced enterprise that exploits the DB2-Domino tag team and builds out a common data architecture using DB2 Integrator products to gain broad control over content and data will gain significant long term productivity," Gardner said.
"Microsoft will still have its users mucking around in spreadsheet marts and Exchange public folders for their intelligence assets for years to come," he said.
From Ferris Research: The Notes Roadmap - Additional Perspective
This take from Ferris just freaking rocks! Go read it.
From Gartner: IBM's Workplace Strategy Gains Credibility At Lotusphere
During 2004, most Gartner client inquiries about Workplace were about IBM’s Workplace strategy — in particular, what it meant for established Lotus Notes and Domino investments. IBM’s lack of a clear strategic message created this concern.
Based on feedback Gartner analysts collected at the event from more than 100 users and business partners, we believe IBM’s refinements in both Lotus Notes and Domino and Workplace strategy and messages have eased most Lotus Notes and Domino customers’ concerns — perhaps a bit too much. Lotus Notes and Domino customers still need to understand Workplace technology, and IBM still needs to communicate its Workplace message to its Lotus Notes and Domino customers, most of whom were not at the event.
Technology buyers: Evaluate IBM’s role-based, vertical-market-focused and starter-kit versions of Workplace.
Lotus Notes and Domino customers: Stay the course. An immediate migration anywhere makes little sense if your Lotus Notes and Domino investment was justified in the first place.
And I think what's more telling.... There were no "look at me!" preemptive announcements from Microsoft during the week...