Why haven't I been to see your CIO if that's the case? My batting average is almost perfect this year in showing decision makers why Notes/Domino is the right solution for their business and why MS's strategy might be fine for home use but makes no sense in business.
Here are the top 10 viruses reported by Sophos in November:
- 1. W32/Bugbear-A (Bugbear worm) 29.4 per cent
2. W32/Braid-A (Braid worm) 8.5 per cent
3. W32/Klez-H (Klez variant) 7.7 per cent
4. W32/Opaserv-A (Opaserv worm) 5.4 per cent
5. W32/Opaserv-C (Opaserv variant) 5.1 per cent
6. W32/Flcss (FunLove worm) 4.6 per cent
7. W95/Spaces (Spaces virus) 3.3 per cent
8. W32/Opaserv-F (Opaserv variant) 2.5 per cent
9. W32/Opaserv-B (Opaserv variant) 2.1 per cent
10.W32/Opaserv-D (Opaserv variant) 2.0 per cent
Or how about the fact that Outlook's "Online mode is chatty and fragile" and that it "assumes perfect networks" -- that is a direct quote from an MS product manager's presentation. I suppose that doesn't matter to the home user but to the CIO that costs time, money, and productivity. Hmm... now the fitness of a tool for a particular purpose starts to enter into the equation.
There are dozens of places where you have to use differnt tools in business. Do you use swipe cards and ID badges to enter your home? Do you use Rolm/Northern Telecom phones in your home? There are a whole host of reasons why Lotus Notes or iNotes are the right tools in business even if they aren't designed to be the primary tool at home.
At any rate, there are dozens of other things we would have to do to make Notes viable in the home market. And to compete with Outlook Express, a free mail client that Microsoft bundles into the operating system? I don't think my shareholders would like to see us make that investment..
Happy to take this up with you offline -- I guarantee I can change your CIO's mind.
ed_brill at us.ibm.com