– We simply don’t get SharePoint to do what we want – solve our problems. So we throw it out and move to the good old IBM Domino Server technology.
That is the message from a Norwegian company within the oil/gas/energy/offshore industry. Unfortunately I am not allowed to tell you the name of the company, but my source is very good.
This is not the only company that after some time understand that there is no thruth in the saying: – SharePoint is the answer. What was the question?
Off course SharePoint has it’s pro’s, but also it’s con’s like most digital solutions. But in my 16 years within the collaboration business I have often experienced customers suddenly and bitterly understand that everything they thought SharePoint could do for them was’nt excactly as the believed. But when they understand it, it is too late. They have burned a lot of money to consultants trying to make SharePoint do what a good old Domino Server would as default.
Time burnt, money gone. Too late to turn around, they think and throw more good money after the bad money.
But now and then there is a bold company that dears to admit their wrong decision and turns 180 degrees – back to what they had, and that worked day after day, year after year.
Plus, I know a lot of companies that have moved to Microsoft solutions like Exchange and Sharepoint, who still pays license fees to IBM because they are dependent on their business applications that runs on the good old Domino Server.
Double platforms – double license fees…
If you believe that email is making you productive you’re wrong! Old fashioned email as you know it from Microsoft Outlook, Apple Mail and other traditional email clients is not a productivity tool – it is a messaging tool, and very often a hassle.
A productivity tool, on the other hand, is something totally different and makes your daily work easier, faster, more structured, focused and effective. It is not the email that makes your work or your company more effective and competitive – it’s the activities. Effectiveness and productivity is all about focusing on the important things, it is about getting the value of your colleagues and employees knowledge, it is about faster and more effective collaboration. It is all about structure and the value of people networks.
So, what you need is a productivity tool, not an email client. Focus on your work, not your emails.
Where can I get a solution that really live up to this? Well, have a look at what IBM is working on and planning to deliver to their customers in the near future. For the time being they gave it the working name “Mail Next”. What name the solution will get when it is released to the market is still guesswork.
“Mail Next” is a tool that helps you focus on your (and others) activities and bringing all the information, emails, files and to-do’s in context to what task or activity you are doing. Take a look at the video below and you get an idea!
Please be aware that this is not a new version of IBM Notes (earlier known as Lotus Notes) which still is developed and is used by millions of users world wide and will still be developed in the future. The latest version of the good old Lotus Notes (Lotus was the earlier brand name, not the product name, which was Notes) is IBM Notes Social Edition 9.0 which is built on Open Social Standard and lets customer implement a lot of social functionalities in the client.
“IBM Mail Next” a total new product/tool also based on analytics technologies and have “ton’s” of new functionalities that no other competitor to IBM can offer.
Nå kan du jobbe med dine dokumenter på mobilen, selv om de befinner seg i Lotus Notes.
Det skjer med hjelp av en snedig X-Pages applikasjon utviklet av Niklas Heidloff og Karsten Lehmann i OpenNTF-miljøet.
Sjekker du ut OpenNTF.org vil du finne en rekke prosjekter der utviklere i den verdensomfattende Lotus-miljøet utveksler kildekode og prosjekter til gjensidig nytte og glede – gratis!
IBM annonserte i dag at en rekke russiske sykehus har gått bort fra papirbaserte dokumentasjons-systemer til en ny løsning basert på Lotus Domino.
Den nye løsningen er laget av IBM og Complex Medical Information Systems (C-MIS). Løsningen gir leger og medisinsk personale rask tilgang til medisinske data som pasientjournaler, laboratorietester og annen nødvendig informasjon som vil forbedre produktiviteten og den medisinske standarden i sykehusene.
– Løsningen løser en rekke problemer, sier Roman Novitsky som er administrerende direktør i Complex Medical Information Systems. – Først og fremst får man ett eneste elektronisk verktøy for kontroll, planlegging, regnskap, noe som gir bedre arbeidsflyt og administrativ drift. Dette leder igjen til bedre og mer effektiv drift og høyere servicegrad. Dessuten konsoliderer løsningen alle medisinske, administrative og finansielle prosesser og utgjør derved en samlet og integrert informasjonsløsning for sykehusene.
I tillegg til digitaliseringen av den tidligere papirbaserte informasjonen som nå gir elektronisk tilgang til pasientjournalene, bidrar løsingen også til å automatisere en rekke administrative prosesser ved sykehusene. Dette kan f.eks. dreie seg om arbeidsplaner for legene, sykepleiere og administrativt personell. Man planlegger også medisinske undersøkelser og hjembesøk hos pasientene.
Les mer om hva IBM gjør for helsevesenet – her!
10 minutter! Det er tiden en herværende konsulent brukte for å oppgradere en Domino-server fra 8.5.1 til 8.5.2 i dag.
– Jeg lyver ikke, for jeg tok tiden! Og jobben inkluderte backup før oppgraderingen også. Riktignok skal det innrømmes at dette ikke var en produksjonsserver, men en utviklingsserver.
– Men prøv det samme med en Exchange-server!
Eurocities, en organisasjon som binder sammen ansatte i mer enn 140 større byer i over 30 europeiske land, har valgt programvare fra IBM for å hjelpe medlemmene til å samarbeide innenfor sosial- og miljøsektoren.
Programvare som f.eks. WebSphere Portal, Lotus Domino og Lotus Quickr skal medvirke til felles interaktive websider og gjøre det mulig for brukerne å samarbeide i sanntid. Den nye infrastrukturen og teknologiene fra IBM Lotus skal levere en lettere tilgjengelig og stabil samarbeidsplattform enn man har hatt hittil. Blant annet ønsker man å bidra til høyere effektivitet og mindre epost-bruk.
Her er hele pressemeldingen:
New on-line forum to help Europe’s big cities improve conditions for citizens
Brussels, 5 August 2010 – EUROCITIES, an organization connecting the local government employees in more than 140 large cities in over 30 European countries, has chosen IBM (NYSE: IBM) software to help its members collaborate on improving social, environmental and economic conditions for citizens.
Focused on lobbying and facilitating networking around key issues affecting citizens, EUROCITIES provides an intranet for its members to share knowledge and ideas, exchange experiences, analyze common problems and develop solutions through forums, working groups, projects, activities and events.
Prior to selecting IBM, EUROCITIES members did not have all the necessary tools to be able to efficiently collaborate across borders. After reviewing several proposals, EUROCITIES chose IBM software to help launch a new collaborative online experience for its members and constituents.
EUROCITIES is using IBM software to create a new interactive website that will facilitate real-time knowledge sharing among its members. IBM is providing EUROCITIES with a technology infrastructure which is more reliable and accessible than its previous system. For example, the EUROCITIES system will also help local government members work more efficiently by reducing overheads and e-mail traffic.
“The new web environment based on IBM software will bring a much-needed technological added-value to our network and create the conditions for smarter local government in Europe,” said EUROCITIES Communications Director, Nicola Vatthauer. “EUROCITIES member cities in turn will be better able to help each other solve problems and come up with new ideas to improve the lives of citizens.”
Key features on the new website will include:
* 1. A Who’s Who section: Every member will have a user profile with information that can be more easily changed or updated. Attributes will be used on member profiles to link a member with, for example, specific topics and functions. These attributes will be used by the mailing system to automate distribution lists and by the access rights to build groups.
* 2. Mailing system contact source: The contacts application will be used as a source to compose distribution lists in the mailing system. Attributes stored for each contact, such as function or country, will be used to query the contact database and build distribution groups.
* 3. Forums and working groups: This is an area where member cities can work together across topics like culture, economy, environment and social affairs. Each group has a dedicated landing page, a collection of related documents, as well as news and events. Functions like check-in and -out, version control and workflow allow workgroups to collaborate more efficiently around the latest versions of information.
* 4. Personalized secure Portal framework: Members are provided with a personalized workspace where they can work with information which is relevant to their group membership, role and access rights.
IBM software behind the scenes
IBM WebSphere Portal and Lotus Web Content Management software is being used to manage the public site in combination with the member’s only site. The site will feature one entry point for both the public and members and a log-in page that will automatically customize for each visitor.
The member list and new mailing system and events database will be simpler and quicker to update with IBM Lotus Domino.
IBM Lotus Quickr software will help members share and jointly edit documents, as well as customize and personalize member profiles.
IBM Partner Pixelixir will work with EUROCITIES to implement the new web presence in the coming months.
EUROCITIES is the network of major European cities, which brings together the local governments of over 140 cities in more than 30 countries. Its strategic vision is to influence and work with the EU institutions to respond to common issues that impact the day-to-day lives of Europeans. The network’s activities address a wide range of policies concerning economic development and cohesion policy, the provision of public services, climate change, energy and environment, transport and mobility, employment and social affairs, culture, education, information and knowledge society, as well as governance and international cooperation. Cities need to apply for membership to gain access to the network’s information services, funding information and working groups.
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