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Lotus Quickr selger som “hakka møkk”…


Det er mye hype rundt SharePoint for tiden. Men Microsoft holder kortene tett til brystet og oppgir ingen tall. Da er det interessant å se utviklingen som Vaughan Rivett opplever i sitt hjemland New Zealand for tiden.

It has been interesting to see New Zealand businesses take an interest in Lotus Quickr in favor of Microsoft SharePoint over the past few weeks. I have never sold so many services and licenses around quickr before.

It would appear to me that companies are looking for solutions which will allow for the collaborative sharing of documents. The reason that Quickr is winning over SharePoint is that it is ready to go straight out of the box without too many customizations. Watch this space as I am going to have plenty more to say about Lotus Quickr in the future.

Customers are complaining about the hidden costs in deploying SharePoint, along with the ongoing costs to get it to a state in which it will work for their business. I understand that in a lot of cases, Microsoft is giving away licenses for SharePoint, but unfortunately, this is just a marketing strategy for additional Microsoft License purchases.

(Mine uthevelser)

 


Les Vaughan Rivett’s blogg her!

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Statsleder bruker Lotus Quickr på iPad for å holde taler


Det er ikke uvanlig at bedriftsledere benytter Lotus Quickr. Men at et lands president benytter Lotus Quickr på iPad når han skal holde taler er noe helt nytt!

Det er bloggeren Rob Novak som skriver om dette på sin blogg. Han har nemlig fått vite at en statsleder, som han av taushetsplikt ikke kan si hvem er, benytter kombinasjonen iPad, SnappFiles og Lotus Quickr for å hente opp talene sine. Dette i stedet for å ha talene på papirark. SnappFiles er en gratis applikasjon for iPhone og iPad for å lese innhold i Lotus Quickr.

Statsledere skriver ikke talene sine selv. De har profesjonelle taleskrivere i staben sin. Og disse sitter ofte milevis unna statslederen og arbeider med sine manuskripter. Ofte endrer den aktuelle situasjonen seg så raskt at de også må gjøre omfattende endringer i talene til sine ledere inntil minutter før de entrer talestolene.

Ved å legge statslederens taler i Lotus Quickr kan de endre talen faktisk mens denne er på vei opp til talerstolen. Så er det bare for statslederen – i dette tilfelle en president – og klikker på SnappFiles på iPad´en sin og vips er den helt rykende og oppdaterte talen fremme på skjermen. Så er det bare å prate i vei og skrolle frem side etter side!

Les Rob Novaks egen historie her!

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Singapore Airlines valgte IBM Lotus


Flyselskapet Singapore Airlines, som er kjent for sine luksuriøse fly, har en tid vurdert sin samarbeidsplattform. De valgte IBM Lotus.

Det kjente flyselskapet har ønsket å effektivisere samhandlingen og kommunikasjonen mellom medarbeiderne som er spredt over 62 større byer i 34 land. Nå vil man blant annet adoptere IBM’s sosiale samhandlingsverktøy på mobile enheter.

Etter en grundig sammenligning mellom løsninger fra flere tilbydere i markedet, der man ikke minst så på de totale kostnadene utover selve lisenskostnadene, fant man ut at IBM’s løsning ikke bare var den beste teknologisk, men også den rimeligste.

Singapore Airlines har tidligere benyttet en eldre versjon av Lotus Notes for epost, men nå vil man oppgradere til versjon 8.5.2 rundt årsskiftet og ytterligere øke med flere nye samhandlingsprodukter fra IBM Lotus. Ikke minst gjelder dette kunnskapsdeling, mobile løsninger og sosial programvare.

Den nye løsningen vil foruten Lotus Notes 8.5.2 også omfatte Lotus Connections, Lotus Quickr og Lotus Notes Traveler.

I følge IBM’s produktsjef for Lotus Notes tar markedet svært godt i mot de nye With the 8.5.x-versjonene av Lotus Notes. I følge statistuikken for nedlastinger, support-henvendelser og andre undersøkelser har hele 65 % av kundemassen allerede oppgradert eller er i ferd med å oppgradere.

Les mer her!

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Lotus Quickr 8.5 for Domino snart klar!


Lotus Quickr 8.5 for Domino skjal være klar for nedlasting allerede 13. september, i følge bloggen til Lotus Danmark.

Brukerne kan forvente en rekke forbedringer. Her er noen av dem:

  • Økt ytelse
  • Administrative forbedringer
  • Bedre brukeropplevelse
  • Integrasjon med content management systemer
  • Utvidet og ny funksjonalitet som f.eks. “søppelbøtte” og mulighet for å lage lister
  • Utvidede muligheter for å lage tilpasninger
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Europa velger Lotus


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.

About EUROCITIES
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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Opplev Lotus i en ny videoserie


Avanserte samhandlingsprodukter på rekke og rad. Sjekk disse videofilmene så får du det helt klart for deg at Lotus er så mye, mye mer enn bare elektrisk post!

Nå kan du oppleve en rekke moderne Lotus-produkter i videodemonstrasjoner laget av Lotus´ eget tekniske team. Her får du oppleve Lotus Sametime, Lotus Connections, Lotus Quickr, Lotus Symphony, Lotus Notes og Lotus Domino i skjønn forening.

Basert på disse produktene i forskjellige kombinasjoner kan du oppleve flere scenarier som de fleste treffer på i en hektisk arbeidshverdag:

  • Making connections with the right people
  • Tracking Project Milsteones
  • Setting up the Projcet Team Space
  • Tapping into the Community
  • Collaborating on Project Deliverables

Du finner de forskjellige videoene her!

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Nye versjoner av Lotus Quickr og Lotus Quickr Connector den 15. juni…!


Lotus Quickr 8.5 for Websphere Portal og ny Lotus Quickr Connector 8.5 vil bli tilgjengelig for nedlasting den 15. juni.

Den nye versjonen av Lotus Quickr har et nytt og oppdatert brukergrensesnitt. Samtidig inneholder den en “native” bro til Enterprise Content Management (ECM) repositories. En bedre administrativ kontroll er også en del av forbedringene, i tillegg til et nytt portlet-bibliotek for å integrere innholdet i Lotus Quickr i Websphere Portal applikasjoner. Infrastrukturen er oppdatert og utvidet og har støtte for IBM WebSphere Portal V6.1.5.

Den nye versjonen av IBM Lotus Quickr Connectors 8.5 har også mye nytt å by på. Brukerne kan nå enkelt aksessere og bidra med delt innhold i Lotus Quickr og ECM-systemer direkte fra de mest populære desktop-applikasjonene. Det er også integrasjon med Lotus Quickr og ECM-systemer fra Lotus Notes®, Lotus Sametime®, Lotus Symphony™, Microsoft® Office, Microsoft Outlook, og Microsoft Windows® Explorer.

Her er flere detaljer fra pressemeldingen:

IBM Lotus Quickr 8.5 for WebSphere Portal provides user interface enhancements, increased integration, streamlined administration, and infrastructure updates. It includes:

  • Updated browser theme to give users a consistent experience across IBM products, including Lotus Connections and WebSphere Portal.
  • Simplification of frequent user actions such as navigation within a place and common library, and document management actions.
  • New rich text editor for browser-based creation of content. The same text editor is used across IBM products, such as Lotus Connections, giving end users a common experience.
  • Increased integration between Lotus Quickr and Lotus Connections, including top-line navigation, use of the person card, and integrated search menu.
  • Simplification of member management inside Quickr places to facilitate end-user self-service.
  • New place catalog with tag-based navigation that simplifies locating places, particularly in large Lotus Quickr deployments.
  • Enhanced integration with Enterprise Content Management (ECM) repositories, including new “direct connect” Web-based component that allows users to natively display and interact with ECM content from within a Lotus Quickr place.
  • Parametric search of ECM content.
  • Enhancements to Lotus Quickr Connectors to better support ECM content (refer to Software Announcement 208-424, dated December 09, 2008.
  • Easier, more flexible management tools with new administrator console that provides more complete user and place statistics, enhanced backup and recovery tools, and simplified place customization.
  • New library portlet to integrate Lotus Quickr content into WebSphere Portal applications.
  • Support for WebSphere Portal V6.1.5.
  • Other infrastructure platform updates including AIX® V6.1 64 bit, Windows 2008 64 bit, SLES 10, SLES 64 bit on System z®, Oracle 10.2, Internet Explorer 8 on Windows, Firefox 3.5 on Windows, Linux®, and Mac.
  • Using Lotus Quickr Connectors 8.5 so users can easily and naturally work together on content and access content contributed by colleagues directly from their favorite desktop applications.
  • The connectors support check-in and check-out to help manage the process of multiple authors, and version control to ensure that everyone always has the latest copy of a document.
  • Lotus Quickr Connectors 8.5 is included with other Lotus Quickr offerings and is also available separately for access to other content repositories such as ECM systems.
  • Mandatory metadata enforcement – new, simple and intuitive interface to enter and enforce entry of metadata for documents.
  • Notes® integration – simple drag-and-drop of Lotus Notes e-mails into Lotus Quickr places.
  • Sametime integration – drag-and-drop documents into a Lotus Sametime chat windows and Web conferences.
  • Microsoft Office integration – native integration into the Office 2007 “ribbon.”
  • User-initiated publication to a content server that helps manage performance — particularly useful in low bandwidth situations.
  • Launch a search dialog from the context of a desktop connector.
  • Support for third-party authentication tools, such as SiteMinder and Tivoli® Access Manager.
  • Support for single sign-on tools, such as SPNEGO.
  • Support for multiuser installation of the connectors on a shared workstation.