Selling Notes in my organization... Notes-Worthy News blog
I'm a firm believer that everyone has to be an "evangelist" for their platform, especially if you're using Notes/Domino and you're fending off Microsoft FUD. But for whatever reason, much of the positive news about Notes/Domino doesn't always make it to the eyes of the greater IT population and/or the CxO decision makers. To help reverse that trend, I started a new blog within my organization today called "Notes-Worthy News". It's based on the new IBM blogging template shipped in ND7 (and it does run on ND6.5...), and it will be focused on product news, analyst reports, and position statements from IBM. In addition, I will be highlighting some of the high-profile applications used by our company that "just happen" to be running on Notes/Domino. Maybe even a few customer testimonials thrown in for good measure... :)
This will serve a couple of purposes. First, it will be a good point to consolidate all that positive information you hear but never seem to have at hand when you're trying to sell your solutions. If I can build up the readership within our IT area and catch the attention of a few decision makers, I may not have to engage in defense of Notes as often. Some things we do work very well, and they don't draw attention because they don't cause problems...
The second purpose is to show how the Notes/Domino platform can offer a blogging solution within minutes, using a fully-supported platform in our enterprise at no additional cost. Of course, that means I'll have to learn more about the myriad number of options in the configuration panels, but so far I've been up and running with very little effort.
I'll let you all know how it goes... Even if it does nothing but serve our Notes developer and administration area, it'll still be worth it. But I truly hope that we'll be able to pick up a readership and educate them more on what and where we're going with Domino.
Let's see... OpenLog last month, the IBM blogging template this month... Next up is DominoWiki... :)