IBM SmartCloud for Notes/Domino - You can Purchase a Single License with a Credit Card!

February 4 2013

Last night while chatting about the IBM Connect 2013 conference and some after thoughts, a discussion came up with a person (they can reveal themselves if they want too) about how they probably had to move their email from a on-premises Notes/Domino solution to something else. They didn't want to maintain a Domino server any more. That led into a question on why IBM hasn't made SmartCloud easy for a single person or small company to order with a credit card. I know I spent 18 months talking about this with IBM executives, so I went and looked.

First, the Lotuslive.com URL still works, but the new direct URL is IBMCloud.com/social. That takes you to this page:

Image:IBM SmartCloud for Notes/Domino - You can Purchase a Single License with a Credit Card!

Notice the red box. Click that and you get taken to a page to pick your country and language. I haven't tried this for any country but the US and UK, but I believe this works in most countries. Next, you get this page:
Image:IBM SmartCloud for Notes/Domino - You can Purchase a Single License with a Credit Card!


Look at all those options. 5 bucks a month for email and you can add Traveler and Archive Essentials. The next screens ask you to create a SmartCloud account and then give your credit card info.

I realize that the IBM website is painful. I also get that many think IBM does not play well in the SMB space. For the most part, that is true. But SmartCloud does have options for the single person and small company space. And it's pretty easy to sign up and pay for.