Time for another review ... IBM Lotus Sametime 8 Essentials : A User’s Guide

October 3 2010

Image:Time for another review ... IBM Lotus Sametime 8 Essentials : A User’s Guide



I was asked by Packt Publishing to take a look at one of their newest releases IBM Lotus Sametime 8 Essentials: A User's Guide. While written by community friends Tom Duff and Marie Scott, I can safely tell you that if you use Sametime 8.X in any form, you can not go wrong with this book.

I could have never believed that you could have written a 300 page book, for users, about Sametime. Is there really that much to know about sending an instant message or setting up a web conference? After reading this book, I can tell you there is plenty to know - and far more you never did. For me, this is a great reference. As a user of Sametime since the first version came out, I learned a new tip or feature every chapter. For a user who is not as technical as many of us, this will be a great source for learning.

Well organized and very well written. One of the things I dislike most about books with more than one author is disjuncture writing styles across chapters or within, this book has zero of that. Tom and Marie got a tone set for this book early on and it never goes away. It might be the best use of consistent tone in a technical book I have ever read.

My only concern or negative comment on the book would be that if someone was brand new to Sametime, this might be a bit overwhelming. Just the sure amount of info the user can take in might scare away some of the newest of users away. But overall, this book is an accomplishment that both Tom and Marie should be very proud of.

On a side note, very cool to see PSC's Luis Guirigay as one of the official reviewers of the book. Nice work Luis!

You can read a sample chapter of the book here and follow this link to purchase the book - both electronically and in paper form. Let's just hope we see this on the Amazon Kindle bookstore sometime soon!

Disclosure: I was provided a free copy of the book for review purposes.