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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 kenyee on 1/24/2008 8:56:06 PM , Rating: 2
It's hard to say what percentage is which. MS bases their numbers on copies of Outlook/Office sold or bundled whereas IBM has to base their numbers on actual sales of licenses.

It's like comparing apples to oranges :-P

A lot of big companies that care about security or have a lot of custom Rapid Application Development use Notes (where you can easily do a secure P.O. approval app within a week). Even the ones who have "migrated" to Exchange from Notes continue to use the Notes apps because despite what MS says, they're not worth the ROI to move them to the MS technology of the year (I had to try to migrate a Notes app to MS' "Lotus killer of the year" Outlook while back before MS killed that and started pushing ASP instead, then Sharepoint, now it's Office).

RE: Analysts...
By retrospooty on 1/24/2008 9:38:12 PM , Rating: 2
Good point on the meail servers... But the rest remains true...

in mobile business email, there are only 2 camps.

1. Blackberry server (compatible with MS-Exchange and Lotus notes)
2. MS-Exchange active sync.

Apple will need to get one, or the other or both to succeed in the business sector of the smartphone market. Lotus notes is 100% irrelevant.

RE: Analysts...
By MatthiasF on 1/24/2008 10:18:11 PM , Rating: 2
MS bases their numbers off client access licenses sold.

IBM bases their numbers off client access licenses sold.

No apples or oranges.

Meanwhile, IBM has two products that compete with Exchange, Notes and Workplace. Combined they equal close to or more than 45% market share worldwide. So, in reality IBM and Microsoft have been running neck and neck for more than 10 years.

Here's a Pro-Microsoft study that's not kind to IBM's 2008 and 2009 projections.

I've never actually used any of IBM's products, but recently they have been gaining some ground because the server software can be virtualized while Exchange cannot and perhaps will not until a major overhaul of it's storage system. I saw two big RFPs lose out because of this fact alone. Again, Microsoft is behind the times although I'm sure in 3-4 years Exchange will run virtualized as well and not lose much ground overall.

RE: Analysts...
By retrospooty on 1/24/2008 10:20:32 PM , Rating: 2
Again, in mobile business email sector, there are only 2 camps.

1. Blackberry server (compatible with MS-Exchange and Lotus notes)
2. MS-Exchange active sync. (this includes all Palm Treo's and Winmobile based devices, and others that support active sync as well).

IBM, and Lotus are irrelevent. If your company uses Lotus, then your wireless emaill has to be Blackberry.

RE: Analysts...
By MatthiasF on 1/24/2008 10:28:52 PM , Rating: 1
Actually, IBM's software is supported by more than three applications for mobile phones that allow people to connect to their mail, contacts and calendar. The three most popular are made by Commontime, IBM itself and Motorola.

They all run on more platforms or phones than just a Blackberry or Microsoft OS phone, including Symbian, Linux, MS Mobile, Blackberry OS and the old Palm OS.

So, no your wireless email doesn't have to be Blackberry if your company runs IBM's solution.

RE: Analysts...
By retrospooty on 1/24/2008 11:09:58 PM , Rating: 1
OK, read my lips. 2 MAJOR camps. Those other solutions are hardly used at all in the real business world. Blackberry has the vast majortiy of the market, Active sync is the vast majority of the rest. Anything not using the 2 above are tiny insignificant non-factors in the enterprise mobile email market.

Lets review... This is an iPhone thread. The point here is that if Apple wants in the enterprise market they will need to support Blackberry server or MS-active sync. Either one will require working with the big boys of the industry (RIMM and MS). If they dont, they wont be a factor.

RE: Analysts...
By MatthiasF on 1/25/2008 11:52:07 AM , Rating: 1
Actually, the title of the article is "IBM Rains On iPhone, Lotus Notes Parade", the first comment of this thread details Note's marketshare and the only thing you've pushed was that in YOUR WORLD people only use Blackberries or Microsoft ActiveSync.

As others have mentioned the marketshare for Notes is higher than most of us Microsoft Exchange users tend to believe and companies putting IBM solutions to mobiles is possible.

The fact remains that if IBM can get a Notes or Workplace connector onto the iPhone before Microsoft, it could propel their marketshare further.

After writing my last article, I spoke with a neighbor that has a Treo running a Notes connector (Motorola's) and he works for a company that has over 20,000 on Notes.

They are out there, even though we don't see them.

RE: Analysts...
By retrospooty on 1/25/2008 12:27:06 PM , Rating: 1
"you've pushed was that in YOUR WORLD people only use Blackberries or Microsoft ActiveSync."

Yes, my world being that of international smartphone businesses, which I have been in for 6 years, since the dawn of the smartphone age.

I know there are some large companies out there that use Lotus Notes, but they use Blackberry to do their mobile enterprise email, since it is compatible, secure and widely used.

I also know IBM has mobile solutions, but it is A) not widely used and B) not ever going to be.

If Apple wants to make it in the extremely lucrative enterprise email sector, they have to work with the big boys of the industry, either RIMM's blackberry, or MS's ActiveSync. Thats all there is to it, and that is all I am saying. End of story

RE: Analysts...
By Mitch101 on 1/25/2008 10:17:09 AM , Rating: 2
Countless times have we done Virtual Exchange servers in the lab. Microsoft provides a white paper with step by step instructions on this. In fact the Virtual configs we create in the lab are clusters no less.

As for someone talking security I will say this Security is only as good as the people who maintain it. If you have Virus, exploits, etc with Microsoft exchange products you need to determine if the problem is your security staff which it probably is or the software products your company uses.

I will also say way too many companies look to spend money on 3rd party programs that just aren't necessary for their environment. I would guess most do this to place blame on their own incompetence. Way too many places have clusters that just wont increase uptime but they do it because it sounds good to management. Way too many use third party backup programs to backup exchange. Way too many don't use multiple anti-virus software companies because someone in accounting is too lazy to cut multiple checks. Way too many companies techs never explore whats in the resource kits.

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