The IBM Document Management Story & the Domino.Doc Redbook

March 4 2009

For the first week of the Domino Document Manager (Domino.Doc) Redbook, the focus is on getting our hands around a few things. First, we have defined a goal for the Redbook and an outline. Because the move off of Domino.Doc has so many variables, this will not be just a technical redbook. The first section will have an Executive Overview and focus on the business issues. We are building scenarios and customer profiles on the current customer types that use Domino.Doc. From those, we will make recommendations on what to do - both in recommending a new software solution, but also in how to manage the cultural and business process issues. I am really happy that the entire team agrees with this approach. I believe this redbook is going to have real value to a CIO as well as for the developer and administrator.

This week also finds us reviewing the IBM story on document and content management. There are so many options. The good news is that about the time this redbook comes out (May/June), that story is going to get some major clarifications. Please, do not read into that statement. But the overlap of all the various products is going to become more clear with a bunch of great refinements to the strategy and focus. I am really excited about the vision here - and trust me, I beat IBM up hard core this week. We have been doing a lot of discussion around the Lotus Quickr product direction - and I have not held back in any manner.

We are also thinking and talking about other options that Domino.Doc customers might move too. Business Partner solutions on Domino, Quickr, and the Websphere platforms. Products from other vendors, including the 800 lb. gorilla in the room (can you guess what that is? :-) ). We won't write about those scenarios for competing products, but we want to make sure we consider them when making our recommendations. We are even looking at the option that some will take - doing nothing for the time being. In this economy, we realize this is a very attractive option for some. Since Domino.Doc will be supported until 2012, we need to take that into account. The Redbook will still help those users plan on what to do even if that does not happen in 2009 or 2010.

The Redbook team is vary diverse. Partners from Boston, Chicago, Minneapolis, and the Netherlands. IBMers from Boston, Poland, the UK, and Singapore. A great mixture of technical background on Domino.Doc, Lotus Quickr (both Domino and J2EE versions), and even FileNet and Content Manager. A great cross skills in both technical and business consulting.

What is more interesting are the tools that will come with the Redbook (caveat - we are talking about distribution issues here so no clue how they will be physically downloaded at this point). Stephan Wissel is here as well and there is a lot of talk about DXL and analysis tools and what we can do to provide reports for the user. There is also a migration tool that is being worked on along side with the Redbook. I am even pushing for a presentation that is more of an executive / business sales tool that sells the story. So many great ideas - not sure what will get done in the time frame.

I think the Domino.Doc community is going to get an amazing resource for helping them to decide what to do with their existing Domino.Doc install.