It’s not something I want to exaggerate on right now.
The truth of the matter is Mark Zuckberber is not claiming that Facebook Messaging will replace email as we know it. So I kind of agree with Mark in that I have seen the future of Lotus and the Web2.0 ideas they have, but companies are not going to move to Facebook as the messaging system. I do think this is where Facebook missed a huge boat to sell it’s platform and move into companies, and where Lotus needs to drive every developer full speed ahead.
I say this knowing full well this is what Lotus is pitching with Vulcan, but is still 2 – 3 year out according to the road map. To that I say Lotus will be late to the party again. Facebook and Google are both in a position to kill Microsoft (good) and could in fact kill Lotus with an Enterprise level Facebook or Orkut (of the two I would rather see Google Win that one, they seem less evil.), but I digress.
Lotus if you are reading this. Now is the time to merge Lotus Web Mail, Connections, Sametime IM, Sametime Web Sharing, Quickr, and Symphony into one platform and get it out the door along with a Facebook type look an feel (as Connections is a bit clunky) to beat the Facebook.com to the punch. The one this Mark does not understand is accountability in email and authenticity of mail. Security has not been Facebook’s strong point. Too many ways to hack and account and start sending messages.]]>
LINK :: OSnews Article
“That is without a single shred of doubt the most awesome headline I ever got to put on OSNews. This headline is so awesome I don’t even need to write anything else, because it would just detract from the awesomeness. Cue Johnny Guitar, with a lone wanderer riding his horse towards a Mojave sunset, after just having… Wait, where were we? Right. Yes, Google has sued the US Department of the Interior because its Request for Quotation regarding a messaging solution demanded the use of Microsoft software.”
Maybe IBM/Lotus should open a case as well and get in the mix. If nothing else the government needs to bid it out and Lotus would have fit the bill better than anything Microsoft would have offered. We all know that but to the Microsoft bigots at the Dept. of the Interior know that?]]>
I also think Facebook missed a huge opportunity by not selling Facebook as a service along with mail and applications. I am happy they didn’t but I thought that would be the next logical step for them. Bundle it all up and sell Facebook Corporate Edition so that companies could buy an internal Facebook that most people know how to use, put Web2.0 social media, video, files, photos, apps and communications and sell the crap out of it? Did I just give Facebook an idea they don’t seem to have?
When my check shows up I will let you all know….
So what is a company to do. The upside is Microsoft has nothing of substance to offer in this area. Again all you Microsoft people out there who think they are the greatest thing since sliced bread, and you could not be more wrong, they have nothing to offer the brave new world of Web 2.0, unless you count ASP or .NET (which are both pretty much dead now.(Oh and C# is not doing so well either is it?))
So with Microsoft out of the way lets move onto who can provide you those Web 2.0 social media services.
If you guessed Google you would be right, and right next to them is Lotus. What? Lotus? Did you say Lotus?
You came to a Lotus based blog and expected me not to have Lotus in the post at least once?
Google has GOOGLE APPS, and it’s OK. It’s a suite of apps you pay to host by Google and then use them like you would the free ones only they are behind your own domain name. Kind of neat. My take on Google is they are a company that has nothing to sell but the tools they invented to run a company that does not sell anything but the tools they created. It’s an odd company, but I still love the idea of working for Google. They seem like a neat company that thinks and working out the kinks in ideas that have been troubling them for years.
Lotus on the other hand actually offers up a Social Media application called Lotus Connections that integrates, not perfectly, with Lotus Notes, Sametime and other Lotus products. I still think that in the next few years Lotus will move everything into Connections and call it Lotus Collab or something fancy but right now it seems very half baked.
So what to do with all this stuff? Do you embrace it and welcome it in opening up your firewall and allow those crappy good for nothing employees Facebook all day long? Or do you clamp it all down and tell your crappy employees to use Facebook at home? It’s a good question and to that I say embrace it like you did the phone on the desk, the computer, the fax machine(why are these not dead) and the Internet….embrace it because in the next 3 – 7 years every person coming into you company is going to know, understand and love these ways to communicate. Get your company employees smart phones and get them all talking about everything. Social Media is just like the phone or the computer, it is the evolution of communications.
While it is easy to see this now, what is next? What will be the next big communication thingie?]]>
I think I might have to get one and give it a little test for $99 each….that is a good deal!]]>
Frankly I am tired of Microsoft and it’s hatred for Open Source and other competitors. I may need to rephrase that. I don’t mind competition, but I do have disdain for Microsoft in that they are the biggest loser right now in every market they used to own. IT and people are catching wind that they stink as a company, and then they go around the world threating companies who don’t use their products.
LINK :: http://www.slashgear.com/microsoft-pressuring-acer-asus-with-royalty-fees-to-stem-android-netbooks-tablets-26110259/
Hey Microsoft, if you made a tablet OS that ASUS and Acer wanted to use you would not have to threaten them with a fee….how sad is that?
I am pretty sure at this point Microsoft is never going to ever consider me for any position ever there. I am starting to get the feeling Microsoft is about to consume itself and before it happens I want to get it on the record as predicting it now. The Windows 7 OS is good but not super. The Office Suite is different and new but not super, the Server offerings are confusing and expensive for most companies, and the other products like Phone 7 and XBOX are floundering and shrinking.
I use an XBOX and it’s a good system but it lacks the quality of SONY…not to say they can’t fix that but the XBOX seems to be the only product that keeps selling and they don’t have to give away….]]>