RE: The 'Future' Of Dom.Doc from Lotusphere Jelan Heidelberg 30.Jan.08 03:57 PM a Web browser General All ReleasesAll Platforms
I've talked to quite a few Domino Document Manager customers both before and after the session at Lotusphere. The reactions are mixed, which I believe is natural at this stage for a mature product. In general, people were appreciative of getting a view of our thinking and strategy in this area, instead of silence. I actually did provide a bit more future direction than what you described in your post.
First of all, you are correct that we've committed to 5 years of support for Dom Doc. In talking to customers, this surfaced as their most important requirement. Many customers have significantly customized Dom Doc and want to know that they can depend on those applications for several years out.
Committing to 5 years of support does not mean that we will end-of-life Dom Doc after those 5 years. That is simply the longest support period that IBM commits (which is reasonable given the longevity of many software products).
We are pretty careful not to commit to a roadmap that isn't yet funded. Therefore, I couldn't put features on the charts that aren't yet officially in plan. I agree that it would have been nice to have a more fully fleshed out plan by Lotusphere, but it simply didn't happen. My intent was to let people know that we are working on more than just a "few fixes," but apparently that intent didn't come through (at least not for you).
I believe that the discussion of Lotus Quickr, and in particular the Quickr connectors, is an important and very relevant part of the future plan for Domino Document Manager. By creating a services layer for Dom Doc that is similar to what we are creating for ECM systems (like FileNet and Content Manager), we open up the ability to access the content in Dom Doc from a rich set of desktop applications -- Windows Explorer, Office, Notes, Sametime, Lotus Symphony, and Outlook. This "Quickr services layer"
can really extend your ability to leverage the information assets that you have stored in Dom Doc while continuing to use the applications you have customized.
Finally, the roadmap chart showed three paths going forward (not two):
1) Some customers will want to convert to Lotus Quickr because they have fairly basic document management needs. We have a tool coming (Lotus Quickr Content Integrator) that will provide migration of content.
2) Some customers with high-end needs will choose to move to an Enterprise Content Management system (like FileNet or Content Manager). We'll work to provide tools in the future for organizations that want to do this.
3) Many customers will choose to continue with Dom Doc, perhaps in combination with Lotus Quickr to leverage more collaborative capabilities in addition to document management. That's why we let people know that we will support this alternative for at least the next five years.