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.

4 Responses to “The IBM Document Management Story & the Domino.Doc Redbook”

  1. 1) Denis Wittebrood says:

    Nice to see you in the Document Management arena, John! I moved to Malta's leading IT company, a prominent IBM partner, who made the Smart Grid deal which is now so prominently featured on IBM's homepage - and I'm focussing on the document (content) management side of things.

    We deal with other DM vendors as well, and I do feel that IBM projects a very unclear message on where they stand. With Domino.DOC still out there, FileNet, Content Manager, Quickr.. it's a jungle!

    I'm guessing the gorilla lives in the Redmond forrest?

    In any case, the content management market, they definitely managed to make a hugh impact in a very short time. Loads of debate how to position them, how to value them, but one thing is without a doubt: they are there!

    Anyway, look forward to any clarifications to the IBM message that might come out of your exercise.

    Kind regards,

    Denis

  2. 2) Stuart McIntyre says:

    Excellent post, John. Great to see all the thought that is going into the planning and structure of the upcoming Redbook. It sounds as if it will be a great resource not just for those migrating from Dom.doc but also for everyone considering Quickr as an addition to their existing infrastructure.

    I'm also keen to hear how you feel the collaboration amongst the co-authors is improved by being onsite together, rather than working remotely, or if you feel that you would be able to produce the same quality of materials were you to be back in Chicago and working over Sametime etc.

    Keep up the updates...

  3. 3) Lars Berntrop-Bos says:

    I heard yesterday at a LCTY event that a Dutch partner is there too!

  4. 4) John Head says:

    Lars - my apologies to Femke Goedhart - I said Denmark instead of the Netherlands - I have corrected the blog entry!

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