PSC is a Notes 8 Design Partner

January 17 2007

As Mary Beth Raven revealed, PSC has been participating in the Notes 8 Design Partner program. What this means is that we have been working closing with IBM on all things Notes & Domino 8, including focused testing of the product and suggestions, discussion, and sometimes harsh words on ideas and direction for the product. Yes, even for the "IBM Yes-man" as a couple call me, my particapation in this process has not been about rubber stamping the ideas the team has come up with. I can tell you there have been many a discussion about why I thought IBM was making a mistake. But that is for chatter after the product comes out.

You see, this blog/site is for my personal use. Yes, I reference work stuff here. And a lot of info about my job relating to IBM. I am not always 100% behind everything IBM does, and a couple of posts will show that. This site is not the only place to deliver that message to IBM. I have many ways of communicating with IBM ... email, IM, Partner conference calls, discussion rooms in Notes and on the web, and the Design Partner forum. I personally choose to not put many of the complaints here. Why? Because I believe that is not professional. Some of my visitors are paying customers. They do not need to read me venting on the technology I am selling them.

There are some out there that think being a blogger means they are the same thing as a journalist. Reports and Journalists have editors. They have to do background checks. Much of their writing is vetted. Most bloggers do not have these levels of content control (but I do realize many reports blog as well as write). Just because I do not post something negative does not mean I am not critical of things I disagree with. Ask the Notes 8 team and they will confirm that I can be hard on things that I think are wrong. That being said, please read my site with the caveat is that it is not my only means of communication with you, the reader, and the people I interact with. It is not the complete conversation. Just the pieces that I have decided to write about. If that hurts my credibility with you, than I am sorry. I'm not willing to resort to soft-core porn to attract readers, and I don't make the practice of censoring dissent in my comments. The only comments I block and/or delete are spam and anonymous. Personally, I can not stand some of the holier-then-though attitude of the blogging community. Like they are the savior of information and communication. Sad to see it has entered our community as well.

Anyway, Notes 8 is going to be a huge release. A complete refresh of the client, built on top of Eclipse, with the Domino 8 server, Sametime 7.5 integration, and the new Composite Application and Activity Server is really going to give us a lot of tools. I look forward to working with IBM to help make this release the best ever ... and to remind them that having Nathan and I tag team them is good for everyone in the end :)