Monthly Archives: September 2010

How about Lotus Notes Traveler for the Blackberry?

I was recently asked this question.  And I had to stop a minute and think about it. Why not?  Lotus Notes Traveler at least in my environment has been one of the easiest mobile deployments – ever!  Easiest to install and easiest to manage.  And best of all – the users love it.   We’re up to over 300 Apple and Windows devices and more than 35 using the Android beta version.  They simply can’t get enough.  And the price is right – it’s included in our Domino license. 

So, why couldn’t Lotus Notes Traveler be ported to the Blackberry?  I’m sure some really smart engineering type people are going to respond to this question and tell me why.  But can we think outside the box for a moment?  Do we need to always limit ourselves to the current architecture when faced with something that might require a bit of work?  The Blackberry Enterprise Server is a lot of work to manage and upgrade.  Providing failover is also painful.  And it’s an additional expense on top of your Domino licensing.  I know that historically RIM and IBM/Lotus have a long and successful relationship and BES was a successful solution when there was no other.  But perhaps it’s time to revisit that solution and add another mobile device to the Traveler success suite.

A new blog and a finished book!

Today, Tom Duff and I received word from our publishers that our book IBM Lotus Sametime 8 Essentials: A User’s Guide has been finalized and should be available for download in the next few days.  The publishing and editorial staff at Packt have been wonderful to work with.  They are always looking for ideas for topics, so don’t hesitate to contact them if you see a need for a new title.

Additionally, I’ve moved my blog to WordPress.   With the book roll out and some other projects I hope to work on during the next year I felt it was time to move my content to a more flexible space.  Thanks go out to the folks at especially Chris Whisonant, for their assistance.

A Sametime book is born!

After many months of work, the IBM Lotus Sametime 8  Essentials: A User’s Guide  is “born.”