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IBM Mail Next – the productivity tool that is also an email client – will make a work revolution!

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.



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Video: Get instant access to Notes databases over the air

Would you like to get access to your Notes databases from you iPhone, easily? Then have a look at this video published by Inexika!

The video demo demonstrates a prototype of Inexia’s new personal tool for iPhone and Android mobile devices for over-the-air instant access to IBM Notes databases. With this tool setting up a connection from mobile phone to Notes databases becomes as easy as scanning a QR code.

You can see more details in this video!


Lotus Notes one of the 10 Most Influential Software Programs Ever

Lotus Notes (IBM, 1989). Social media before its time, this client-server package included chat, blogging, micro-blogging, and forums as well as email, calendars, to-do lists, and lots more that we’d nowadays recognize as lifehacking. Not the sexiest pick for this list perhaps, but we couldn’t imagine computers without all the things Lotus Notes did.

The US Library of Congress annually compile a list of the most influential films and music and publish them in National Film Registry and National Recording Registry. Lately the idea of compiling a similar list for software was raised at a meeting sponsored by the library.

Matthew Kirsenbaum has published his proposal for such a list on the “Slate” website. Read his full list here!

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Where is the business case in changing email system?

Skjermbilde 2013-07-08 kl. 14.32.52– I hate Lotus Notes! Heard it before? I have. But mostly these discussions are based on feelings and not updated facts and good research and consequence analysis.

When evaluating your email system the most important question to ask is “What do we want/need” and not “What do we not want/need”. Why? Because what you already got may simply be the best solution.

And, maybe you should not see email as a separate solution, but as part of your total communications and collaboration platform. The right answers to ask are “What tasks do we need to get done?”, “What functionalities do we need to get those tasks done?”, “What will happen with all our information collected through many years if we throw away the solution we already have?”.

These questions you should ask no matter what email system you have. Wether it is the old Lotus Notes, Microsoft Outlook or Apple Mail.

Below you find a slide deck from Peter Presnell that he shared on LinkedIn. He has a discussion running on the Lotus Professionals group on LinkedIn.

His arguments are quite sharp, some of them may be over the target, but I must admit that I have seen some examples in real life that underscores some of the points he has. Personally I have seen customers moving from old Lotus Notes to Microsoft Outlook, but they still, after 10 years, have and renew their IBM Notes licenses! Why? Because migrating all their databases and applications that runs on Notes clients and Domino servers would be lethal for their business. It costs too much, takes too much time and people use lot’s and lot’s of time to learn a new system. So when productivity gets lower and costs are increasing – where is the business case?

Here is the slide deck. Enjoy and feel welcome to comment!

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See the video: This is social collaboration at its best!

Skjermbilde 2013-07-07 kl. 22.59.07Ever thought of what social business really is? Just a buzzword? Or is there really some real stuff behind it? Here is a video you should see to understand what IBM mean social business really is. It is work, work and work. But in a new and more efficient way!

In this video you will see a little of IBM Connections 4.5. Additionally, also a demo of the new real-time collaboration capabilities provided by Sametime as well as some of the new features provided by IBM Notes 9.0. Enjoy the video – I know you will be amazed!

I have not been able to embed the video on this site, so please go to Socialize Me and see Luis Benitez demo the solution there!


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See how easily you make your email social!

Skjermbilde 2013-07-07 kl. 08.27.48This video demonstration of Widgets and Live Text in IBM Notes 9.0 and IBM iNotes 9.0 (the web client) is a must see for all of you who does not understand what social email is! It shows how easily you integrate social functions in you email inbox to make you more productive and get an easier work day! 

Widget and LiveText technology allows users to automatically recognize patterns of data in emails and any unstructured text. Widgets then provides a set of custom defined actions, linking to existing web applications, pulling down an RSS feed, opening a gadget to get a map or a stock quote. The number of options are unlimited. The ability to build Widgets and Live Text is unlimited, and only requires using a simple wizard and at the most writing a regular expression for data recognition.

See the video here!