The Lotus Solutions Catalog is NOT an ’app store’ nor is it ’app store’ like

June 22 2010

With all the chatter about an 'App Store' for Lotus Notes, I am really starting to get a bit testy when I hear IBMer's call the Lotus Solutions Catalog anything along the lines of 'app store like' - and here is why.

  1. It's on Greenhouse. Until it has a url of www.lotus.com/apps or www.ibm.com/notesapps or even www.ibm.com/lotusapps its just part of a R&D website. Get it off Greenhouse - RIGHT FREAKING NOW!
  2. Until I can purchase a product with a credit card and have it install directly into my notes client (or download the .ntf directly) it is not an app store. It is a website that lists first and third party applications.
  3. Since this would be an App Store from IBM, no reason the IBM cert couldn't be used to bypass the client policy lock down of plug-ins. We all trusted the "Lotus Notes Template Development/Lotus Notes" for our Notes/Domino templates for years. Do the same for the store so end users can actually install stuff.
  4. Until it is available from within the Notes client itself, people will not find it. Google isn't enough. Having an IBM rep tell the Director of IT about the catalog does not get those apps into the hands of the end user.
  5. When I start Notes, I see an IBM logo. When I start the App Store, I need to see the IBM logo - just like I do when I click the App Store link on my iPod Touch. Nothing personal to all the other efforts that have and are taking place, but they will never be the same as an IBM run app store.

I am not against multiple app stores. I am not against IBM trying different things. But please, IBMers, don't call a horse a car. If you agree we need an app store, then please work within IBM to get us a real one.

7 Responses to “The Lotus Solutions Catalog is NOT an ’app store’ nor is it ’app store’ like”

  1. 1) Nathan T. Freeman says:

    I think I'm going to have to start a blogging green movement. "Please recycle!" { Link }

  2. 2) Gregg Eldred says:

    Admittedly, the interview was 3 years ago, however Steve Mills makes it clear then that IBM is not oriented to the consumer. This is, IMHO, where talk of an "App Store" is focusing: the "consumer."

    The interview:

    { Link }

    The Steve Mills quote:

    ". . . We have made it clear in the market that our orientation is not toward [the consumer]. It is not that we won’t help others serve the consumer, we are happy to do that, but we don’t want to be consumer facing. That is not our forte."

  3. 3) Antoine Leboyer says:

    John,

    2 quick points on complement.

    - The majority of Notes based solutions are not going to be bought with a credit card or an Itunes account, so as long as you enable interested parties to reach us, I can live with the name of Appstore (I have discused with Frank from Maysoft who has started the store and thinks that his idea is worth serious consideration, which has strong name recognition.

    - Greenhouse has lots of internal information on Lotus products but ISVs info is not easily reachable. We are present there but the current AppStore has been far more succesful so far for us in a small amount of time.

    Best, AL

  4. 4) John D Head says:

    This wasn't about the NotesAppStore @3 - this is about IBMs approach and attitude. Frank will do his own thing - and PSC will be part of it. But IBM sees the Global Solutions Catalog as their 'good enough, app store like' solution. That is crap. They need to do it right. As for using credit cards, there are a whole bunch of apps like eProducitivity and others that fit the click, buy, install model in Notes. Others that do not. No reason we can't support both.

  5. 5) Patrick Picard says:

    AMEN!

  6. 6) Lars Berntrop-Bos says:

    Hear hear!

  7. 7) Charles Robinson says:

    For maybe the third time in history I'm in complete agreement with you. :-)

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