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IBM clarifies that it is not releasing LotusNotes for the iPhone at its upcoming LotusSphere conference

Earlier this week, DailyTech provided coverage of Apple's record setting fiscal first quarter, which was thanks, in part, to growing acceptance of its iPhone among business circles.  There was growing rumors that there would be even more good news for business-oriented iPhone users, as several sources close to IBM claimed that the electronics giant was about to release a version of its Lotus Notes business email suite on the iPhone and iPod Touch.

Now IBM is making it expressly clear that while such a product is in the works, it will not be releasing it at IBM's LotusSphere conference next week, as previously anticipated.  An IBM spokesperson spoke with ZDNet Australia, stating, "It's not something that (is) ready to go out and market or launch."

The spokesperson, when questioned about why the rumors started up, attributed them to an earlier demonstration of the upcoming software. 

This official statement from IBM contradicts the Associated Press report that started the buzz this week.  The Associated Press report claimed that the software would be released at LotusSphere and would be available free of charge via download to users with an active Lotus Web-access license or for a yearly fee for new customers.

The software was supposed to drive further business sales of the iPhone, but whether users even care about this revelation remains to be seen.  Some analysts remain skeptical that the hip iPhone and the somewhat droll world of Lotus Notes even overlap in terms of user base.  Says Kevin McIsaac, an analyst at research firm IBRS, "I can't really imagine someone who's really hip and cool--like an iPhone user--wanting to use Lotus Notes."

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RE: Analysts...
By WileCoyote on 1/24/2008 8:34:52 PM , Rating: 2
Misinformation on DailyTech? You don't say...

"Gartner analyst Matt Cain says that among enterprises with more than 100 users, Microsoft holds about 62 percent share, compared with about 26 percent for IBM." That was from a few days ago.

And considering that IBM doesn't cater to small businesses with under 100 employees, their share of all workplace computers is less than 25%.

RE: Analysts...
By Mitch101 on 1/25/2008 9:55:52 AM , Rating: 3
As an Exchange Engineer I get constant calls on if am I willing to head up a project to migrate from Lotus Notes to Exchange. I never in the past 7 years received a call asking to migrate from Exchange to Notes. For the record I have worked for 2 Dow 10 corporations and several Dow 100 corps.

Lotus Notes is either dead or close to dying. The user gui to it hasn't evolved and is very counter intuitive. Go ahead and kick and scream how programmable the back end is that no end user or manager cares about. What's with still requiring a personal database file why cant it create one on the fly already this is a huge hands on technical expense that is not needed?

Lotus Notes is a great product for collaboration however the majority of people just use it for e-mail. As for collaboration Sharepoint is the new collaboration tool of choice ending any advantage Lotus Notes had.

For the small 100 employee shops I have some Microsoft engineer friends who do this on the side and they are all putting in Exchange generally Small Business Server in these shops. I don't believe they ever hear of Lotus being in a small shop.

If someone were to try and learn Lotus Notes today they can barely find any training or documentation on the product. How many companies make video training for Lotus Notes today? Maybe 2 and they looks like homebrew stuff. This limits anyone who wanted to learn the product.

Someone wanting to learn Exchange can find tons and tons of documentation, free books, free online training, free online seminars, Whitepapers, free downloadable trial versions which can be reloaded many times to learn exchange. Also every video training site out there sells an Exchange product from $99.00 to whatever your willing to pay. Plus they have free seminars you can go to and learn about the product and ask questions. They also finally have $99.00 one day hands on training sessions. This means you can find and Exchange admin as apposed to not being able to find people who do Lotus Notes.

Lotus is for places with incompetent management. Cough Wachovia. cough.

RE: Analysts...
By MatthiasF on 1/25/2008 12:02:30 PM , Rating: 1
Kind of one-sided don't you think? No one migrating TO Notes would call you, so how is this an objective opinion?

I get calls regularly from people migrating from Novell to Microsoft, but not the opposite. That's most likely because I don't have experience running a Novell environment. So it leads to reason I wouldn't get calls on how to migrate from Microsoft to Novell.

I've never seen Notes in a small shop either. Microsoft's SMB is so easy to install and maintain (as well as a good deal), I doubt IBM could compete without making their own install of Linux.

I have fooled around with IBM's solutions though, and they aren't much difference from Exchange in practice. Different nomenclature of course, but email is email.

The battle doesn't rage between corporate no-nothings. It's between staff's familarity. Some industries use Notes heavily, others are Microsoft. I know a lot of financial companies uses Notes (anyone using Sun workstations like Goldman Sachs and Legg Mason), so that explains why Wachovia has it.

RE: Analysts...
By Mitch101 on 1/25/2008 2:12:48 PM , Rating: 2
Wachovia is slowly moving toward Exchange but there is a lot of pushing back mainly from the people who aren't educated in Exchange today but there is a bigger push to get rid of Notes and go to exchange. I would imagine they will go full exchange within the next 3 years once they get rid of some of the dead wood there.

Bank of America is now an exchange shop. No more Lotus Notes.

A lot of Lotus Notes to exchange Migrations are happening in the Charlotte area or planned in the near future. No one seems to be running the other direction.

Within the next 3-5 years I would say Notes will be less than 5% of the market.

Are you related to Rob Matthias in NJ?

It does remind me of the Novell days when NT 3.51 and 4.0 came out. Novell talked a good game on how Microsoft is a desktop program and could never compete with Novell in the server area. Where is Novell today?

I know several Goldman Sachs Microsoft Exchange admins. Goldman Sachs will be Notes free sooner than later.

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