So how does your market perceive Notes?

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Just wondering how your local markets perceive Notes these days.

So before everyone starts ranting I just want to clarify a few things:

  • I’ve worked with Notes since 1993.
  • I’ve been to every Lotusphere except the 1st one.
  • metaLogic was an IBM Premier Business Partner.
  • Rivit Continues to be an IBM Business Partner.
  • Rivit Continues to work with their client base on Domino related projects.
  • Notes/Domino is still a better environment for development applications then the alternative.

However, we’ve been seeing a significant drop in the Domino Market ...

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Microsoft didn’t kill Wordperfect – Novell Did…. Sounds Like history is ready to repeat itself.

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wordperfect LogoAn outstanding anti-trust suit existed against Microsoft on whether they had acted inappropriately in aiding in the demise of Wordperfect.  Microsoft took action and asked for the case to be closed.  The judge in the case found that it was not the actions of Microsoft that killed Wordperfect.  It was the actions, or rather, the inaction of Novell that killed the product.

At the time that Windows98 had been released, ...

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So maybe Domino isn’t dead yet…

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Since becoming Rivit we’ve been focused more and more on the transition of our clients away from Domino or the notes client.  We’ve been working with Binary Tree (BTW. great people and great software – www.binarytree.com) on migrating email and working with our friends at DLI to move Domino Applications to a browser based domino framework using DOCOVA (www.docova.com).

However since November we’ve been pleasantly surprised by the Domino World.  Especially on our product side.   We saw a huge uptake ...

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Social Experiment – a bust…

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So I was forced to go with out my Iphone.  I was resolved to go Old School.  It was tough.  I heard phantom rings and vibrations.  I kept checking my pockets so that I could get my Iphone and check for email.  But by the third day I started feeling good.  The sense of urgency to life was gone.  I spent more time getting things done, meeting with people face to face, actually being engaged in a conversation with out ...

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Setting up Sharepoint Foundations on your own workstation

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We’ve been doing more and more work on SharePoint these days.  It’s not as nice as Domino.  It requires more effort to develop applications.  The simple things that we take for granted in Domino require some work.  But, once you get started working with it you can see why companies like it.   A lot of our client base has started to develop applications in Sharepoint or they are moving their Mission Critical Domino Applications over.

The nice thing about the Domino development environment ...

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The move towards a Tablet world

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Back in 1997 Lotus introduced Kona. Kona was a set of javabean based applets intended to help reduce the cost of developing and deploying business application on the internet. This would later evolve into Lotus E-suite. E-suite was billed as a way of providing users with the software that they needed when they needed it. IBM would later try to sell Network Workstations with E-suite. ...

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Huge Domino Loss – Sales force lands $28M GSA-wide cloud contract

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Sales force has just landed a huge deal.  The US General Services Administration will be moving its 17000 employees to the Force.com development Platform and chatter collaboration suite.  The agency will move applications built in IBM Lotus Domino and then retire Domino.

http://washingtontechnology.com/articles/2011/10/20/salesforce-gsa-acumen-cloud-project.aspx

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Chrome Inspector – Great web development tool.

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I’ve done a lot of web development over the years.  I’ve used IE and had to install products like Fiddler Web Debugger.  I’ve used Firefox and had to install Firebug.  Chrome has rapidly become by browser of choice.  It does have its quirks.  However, I’ve come to like it’s lightening fast speeds and the apps and extensions that are available to it through the Chrome web store.

Being a developer at heart, I started looking ...

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The Domino Reality Check

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Rivit recently launched a new product and service. We called it the Domino Reality check. We really struggled with the message.

I’ve been in the Lotus world since 1993. That’s a long time. We based a company around the strength and our personal beliefs in Lotus Notes. But in current times we see it struggling in the market.

So we developed a service around giving people the reality of their situation. Are they using the right ...

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What the heck is a Rivit?

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After 14 years of running metaLogic, we decided that it would be better to split off the product division and the associated talent into a separate company.   However we didn’t just stop there we looked at all that was good and bad in metalogic.  The good we made better and the bad we eliminated.   Our key philosphy is to move quickly with market momentum.  That means that we will move more quickly with customer and market needs.

It hasn’t ...

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