PermaLink Wikis/Blogs do not equal lightweight collaboration02/11/2005 02:47 AM
You really do have to wonder what makes an analyst worthy of being quoted sometimes.  The unnamed "one analyst" quoted by a recent CRN article has some amusing things to say about how Lotus/IBM should support these for "lightweight collaboration" (a.k.a. cheap?) From the Jan 24, 2005 CRN: "IBM Promotes Collaboration with New Wares":
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Lotus and IBM led in collaboration technologies not long ago, "so how is it that they don't even have on their road map any mention of [blogs] or RSS, or a quick and lightweight way to do collaboration, sharing and publishing threaded discussions," one analyst asked. IBM's threaded discussions require Notes and Domino, and "that costs a fortune vs. RSS," he said.

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I had to complain to CRN about this mysterious "one analyst" (some folks asked that I post my letter since CRN doesn't put them up on their web site):


Could you let us know the identity of the analyst you quote in your news story so we know who not to take advice from?

The Really Simple Syndication (RSS) format and blogging do not equal a lightweight collaboration framework.  Imagine everyone being a pundit on some topic, requiring people to subscribe to the blathering and then replying - but you can only see the reply if you continually look at the blogs (manually or via RSS).

What RSS and blogging do is let everyone publish articles for the world to see; there are much more effective techniques for internal use at companies.  The same can be said for wikis, a way to let everyone publicaly help collaborate on a document.  If you want to work on a document together inside a company, there are more effective tools that also inclue little things that are important to companies: security, rich text editing, etc.

If the analyst you quote or anyone else really wants to do this in Notes, visit
www.openntf.org and download free Domino templates for blogs and wikis.
If your analyst really understood Notes, he or she would have known Notes has features that are more effective than blogs, wikis and RSS.


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And said analyst doesn't explain what is wrong w/ all the other Wiki/Blog applications that are available as open source for lots of platforms like PHP, J2EE, etc.  And I suppose he's never heard of NNTP newsgroups?  Or PHPNukes (and the JBoss rewrite of it)?

Well, that's my blathering for today.  

I've got some interesting stuff coming up w/ my experience porting AppFuse to Websphere in the next few blogs...

Comments :v

1. Bob Balaban02/14/2005 04:43:48
Homepage: http://www.looseleaf.net


What the heck is "lightweight collaboration", anyway?? Could mean "cheap", as you suggest, could mean almost anything ("lightweight" being the stupid, mandatory word of choice to make things sound "good", like "thin client" used to be).

IM is kind of lightweight. So is most email, if you're talking about collaborative functionality. Do people really want "lightweight"? This could be why nobody quotes me...




2. Jack Dausman02/11/2005 18:15:18
Homepage: http://LeadershipByNumbers.com


Yep, it was a weak statement, but especially for someone being anonymous. I wrote Barbara as well, and pointed to the huge number of Domino blogs (almost all with RSS), the open source friendly structure of Domino and, like you, the recognition that IBM gives OpenNTF.org.

Gotta' keep these journalists honest.

Jack




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