PermaLink Musings on Lotusphere 200501/28/2005 06:23 PM

I'm glad IBM finally "gets" Lotus Notes and has a cohesive message that keeps everyone (including big Notes shops, Websphere shops and new users) excited and happy about the direction IBM/Lotus technology is heading.

p.s., thanks to Ben Rose for noticing that you can't add comments to my blog.  I locked it down a bit too hard (I hate leaving databases open w/ Author access), but it should be fixed now :-P

The Powers That Be finally realize that Notes cannot be replaced by a fancy Websphere Portal (a.k.a., Lotus WorkPlace, LWP, or Large Wallowing Pig

The new Workplace Client Technology (a.k.a. Eclipse w/ super plugins) will be able to provide a unified experience between Workplace applications and Domino applications.  This new Workplace Client Technology looks to be the replacement for the Notes 8 client, so I hope it'll still be decently fast and not a memory hog...it'll give Mac users a full experience finally (though there are rumors that the Notes Mac 7.02 client will get Sametime awareness and possibly a working designer) and there's even hope of a Linux Notes client since Eclipse runs on Linux.


The Workplace Designer for LWP 2.5 is an attempt at bringing Notes RAD capabilities to Lotus WorkPlace and it sounds like it's more capable than the crude "Designer" in LWP 2.0 which was, in-reality, a fancy skin/theme editor where you ironically couldn't package skins to deploy on other servers.  I'm looking forward to checking out the Workplace Designer in the coming year and I'm sure you'll hear my blunt analysis of it


Activity Explorer looks to be a pretty cool plugin for the Workplace Client.  Think a combination of Groove, QuickPlace, wikis, discussion forums, and presence awareness.  I think companies will be a lot more accepting of this than Groove because everything stays on the server so they can keep everything archived and secured.  Richard Schwartz blogged about how it was missing Notes document sharing; I heartily agree that this needs to be done to make LWP more compelling.  After all, Notes has a lot more security features than LWP or just about any J2EE app

What's a bit disappointing is Workplace Services Express, a.k.a. LWP "light", even though anyone on Passport Maintenance gets a free license for one server.  It uses Derby for the underlying database, but Derby runs as an embedded database which makes the server bog down after maybe 100 users according to some folks (and it still wants a machine w/ 2-3GB of memory!).  You can't plug in a new database engine nor can you run Derby in standalone mode.  You have to go all out and buy Lotus Workplace which uses DB2 as the backend engine if you want to support more users.  Yet you still aren't allowed to use DB2 for your own apps on the fullblown LWP server; DB2 can only be used by Workplace applications.  Makes me wish Lotus just packaged up the LWP apps and sold them to run on any J2EE server so you could run it on any database you want; aren't J2EE apps supposed to be sold that way?  It's a blog rant for another day

We can look forward to Lotus Notes/Domino 7.0 by midyear.  This gives us a 30% speed improvement over 6.5 and lets us put 80% more users on the same server (on Linux, it lets you put 300% more users on the same Linux server because it finally uses the 2.6 Linux kernel's multithreading capabilities).  For that 2% of Notes customers who have massive databases with lots of documents and views, they can use a DB2 database to store Notes data and it will be a lot faster updating huge views.  Lotus Domino 8.0 has been committed to as well, so the rumors of Notes being killed by Websphere is, welll dead.  I can only hope someone gave
Steve Mills a swift kick in the *ss, but I'm disappointed it wasn't me

FYI, Justine Freeman was nice enough to put up the
PDFs of all the Lotusphere sessions.  Lotus has also made them available.
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