It’s hard to believe, Microsoft actually
could learn something from IBM. And it seems, they rather don’t.
In 1995 IBM purchased Lotus Development.
At the time Lotus Notes was the dominating product in what then was
called ‘Groupware’ (today we would call it Social Collaboration). Bill Gates
always was known to be a big fan of Lotus Notes and beating up his engineers to
come up with a “Notes-killer”. For the first few years after the
take-over, the market and business partners were happy, because IBM left
Lotus alone. Lotus was flourishing and brought in a lot of money. The product
got better and better and we (partners) could build better and better
Then the unavoidable happened and IBM
“integrated” Lotus. Still, things were ok. But then IBM overvalued their
influence and impact, when a new strategy (famous words) was introduced to
promote IBMs DB2 and JAVA-based products: Websphere was
the new kid in town and IBM Workplace was
supposed to replace Notes. I went to several trainings and could not help
wondering what I missed – I just never was impressed… (must have been too
stupid) … anyway … Workplace is history and some poor customers still are
struggling with Websphere…
The real problem however was that Lotus
Notes had become the ugly duck. Whoever promoted Lotus Notes was looked down at
“… poor you, haven’t you seen the signs of the times?” The results were big
question marks on clients faces. The uncertainty creeped in and undermined many
This was the atmosphere when Microsoft
introduced SharePoint … and yes it has taken them many years to
develop a serious product. SharePoint 2010 was by many considered the first
really good version. 2013 was another big improvement. The Microsoft partner
community is solid and has invested in training their engineers and consultants,
created products, etc… all the good things, we’ve seen before with Lotus Notes
(and other products). And since November 2012 it is clear that this is going to
be history soon. By introducing the 1 TB
limit (over the previous 200 GB limit) for SharePoint online (only!) a few days ago, Microsoft has
made clear that they are serious about their Cloud strategy.
And similar to the uncertainties among
Lotus/IBM partners and clients many years ago, these days it’s the Microsoft
partners and clients who are getting nervous. IT Pros will have to learn a new
skill set because Office 365 is a different beast, consultants will need a
brain wash, because their skills for an on-premise infrastructure are more or
less useless, Programmers need to dump their C# code and redo it all in
telling the world: “We are going there, like it or not”.
Like IBM back then
Microsoft believes their position is strong enough and there really isn’t any
competition (which was not true then and is not true today). And like IBM at
the time Microsoft believes that everyone is going along with them … I doubt
it, and we will see.
Regarding the blog of René Winkelmeyer there are security holes in the Outlook for iOS and Android clients which was released on Thursday, January 29th. René checked the client and found out following security breaks ( thanks to René for posting ):
File sharing capabilities
The app has built-in connectors to OneDrive, Dropbox and Google Drive. That means a user can setup his personal account within the app and share all mail attachments using those services. Or use files from those services within his company mail account. That’s a data security nightmare.
It doesn’t matter if you’re using a containerized solution like the Apple built-in separation of managed and unmanaged apps. The same applies to every other container. The communication is app-internal and you cannot control that.
Shared Exchange ActiveSync ID and device type
It gets even more worse. Each ActiveSync client normally has a unique ID for data synchronization. That allows administrators to distinguish a users devices. Micros…
Create a Program document in the server's Domino directory:
1. Open the Domino directory 2. Select the Server view 3. Select Programs view 4. Click Add Program 5. Under the Basics tab and in the field Program name enter: nserver (for iSeries, enter server) 6. In the Command line enter: -c "quit" ( for ending the Lotus Domino Server ) -c "restart server" ( for restarting the Lotus Domino Server ) 7. Fill in the Server to run on field and also set a schedule under the Schedule tab. The server does not need to be rebooted for this Program document to take effect
Caution: If your server requires a password at start up, the server will shut down and restart, but will sit and wait for the password to be manually entered.