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Beyond Hypothetical Carrots

Mon 10 Nov 2003, 02:28 PM

by Ben Langhinrichs
Beyond hypothetical carrots
For those regular readers of this blog (and I am sure there must be a support group out there for you), you may remember my post titled Hypothetical Carrots in which I write about my teenage daughter and the hypothetical carrots she packs in her lunch.

It is possible that some of you might think me an idealistic, but rather less than ideal, dad for letting my daughter go to school without a healthy lunch.  I must confess that I am not so idealistic.  Instead of sacrificing her health upon the alter of my principles, I pack the carrots myself.  She doesn't talk about it, and I don't talk about it, but the carrots are taken.  (Whether they are eaten is something I'll probably never know.)  I know that someday she will be ready to pack and eat her own carrots, but until then, I'll do what I must.

Beyond hypothetical standards
After a great deal of noise and grandstanding about standards based systems and how Websphere was the way things should be done, IBM is showing signs of a similarly reluctant but pragmatic stance with regards to Lotus Workplace and the role Notes/Domino will play in that initiative.   In time, contextual collaboration with J2EE will be mature and RAD development with Websphere will be where they want it to be, but in the meantime, customers need something that works.  Therefore, without a lot of explicit changes in direction, IBM has recently come out with several strategy papers (listed below) and soothing phrases such as "Domino 8" and "high value client" and "Domino application server will be around for the next decade", which really mean they are packing the Notes/Domino carrots again, but don't quite want to make too big a deal about it.  In particular, the white paper called Protect and enrich your Lotus Notes and Lotus Domino investments is like a snack bag full of carrots with a loving parental note tucked inside.  Way to go, DadIBM!

Strategy papers from IBM (courtesy of Alan Lepofsky)
Domino Applications and the Lotus Workplace technical strategy
This paper will provide developers, CTOs and other IT decision-makers with information on the tools and technologies used to support Lotus Workplace. This includes information about the application server platforms available for use with Lotus Workplace; a section on application platform considerations to assist with selecting the appropriate platform for your application; information on how to leverage your investment in Domino; and a brief overview of the future of rapid application development.

Protect and enrich your Lotus Notes and Lotus Domino investments within a collaborative platform to drive productivity. 
IBM is committed to supporting and advancing the Lotus Notes and Lotus Domino messaging server and application-development and deployment platform for years to come. So you can feel confident that your Lotus Notes and Lotus Domino investments are protected.   When you’re ready, IBM can help you expand the collaborative capabilities of your Lotus investments by integrating them into Lotus Workplace. There you can continue to leverage Lotus Notes and Lotus Domino solutions—along with the value of integrated collaboration. You can customize your collaborative work environment with only the Lotus solutions necessary to meet your organization’s unique requirements. Increase user productivity. And cut unnecessary spending. All these benefits help to reduce your total cost of ownership.

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