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Content Control, Compliance, Archiving, E-Discovery, & Data Leak Prevention

Miami-Dade Aviation Chooses Mimosa Next-Generation Archive to Expedite Email Discovery and Optimize Storage Management
Operator of One of the Busiest Airports in the World Standardizes on Mimosa NearPoint to Enable End-User Search, Retrieval and Retention of Vital Email and Business Records
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Survey of Spam Control Products, and Survey of Archiving Products -- See what others think of these products/services. If you add your own data, we will send you a summary of the findings.

Kazeon Introduces 'Pay As You Go' eDiscovery Pricing Model  
Comment on Kazeon here

Kroll Ontrack Enhances Award-Winning Review Tool to Better Empower E-Discovery Review Teams
Ontrack Inview now has Analytical Visualization, Categorization Logic and Management and Production Capabilities

Sunbelt Software Introduces New File Archiving Solution for the Enterprise  

Sherpa Software Shines Light on Compliance With New Journaling and Filtering Solution for Lotus Notes Users
Compliance Attender Analyzes Messages as they Occur, Preventing the Transfer of Sensitive Data before it Happens
Comment on Sherpa Software here

Messaging & Collaboration

Kaspersky Lab releases technical prototype of Kaspersky Anti-Virus for Windows 7  

Abaca's Email Security Solution selected by Yahoo! to help protect hundreds of millions of Users
Abaca's patented solution is the only one guaranteed to provide 99% accuracy in filtering Email

Mainsoft to Preview SharePoint Integrator for Lotus Notes 8.5
Live Demo Features Business Mashups that Integrate Data, Business Logic from SharePoint, Lotus Notes, Domino, and Java

Return Path Extends Anti-Spam Feedback Loop to Yahoo! Mail
Return Path Powers Email Feedback Loops For More Than 60% of Leading Email Providers; Yahoo! Mail Will Also Employ Return Path's Sender Score Certified

Striata Adds CertifiedEmail to Enhance Email Trust
CertifiedEmail allows consumers to easily verify sender legitimacy

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Lack of Vision at Lotusphere

There were many attractive aspects of Lotusphere 2009. However, one disappointment is that Lotus doesn't seem to have a clear vision of where it's going. The general session consisted of a series of presentations falling into three categories:

  • Enhancements to existing products
  • Reminders about existing products
  • Announcements of new products or services

The information was delivered in a hectic rush of juxtaposed, detail-crammed presentations by product staff.

It appears there is limited long-term vision:

  • Often products are poorly integrated and replicate functionality with a different look-and-feel. For example, the file-sharing elements of Quickr, Connections, Bluehouse/LotusLive Engage, and Sametime have a different code base.
  • Integration is limited. Because the code bases are different, the products often don't integrate well.
  • Announcements sometimes seem to be a quickly-put-together response to a Microsoft announcement; for example, the recent announcement of Lotus Hosted Messaging (in response to Microsoft Exchange Online). We will write about this more at length in another posting.
  • The commitment to major product announcements is equivocal. For example, the cornerstone of several years' Lotuspheres, Lotus Workplace, has now been quietly abandoned, as has Notes/Domino support for the use of DB2 as an alternative repository.

... David Ferris


Lotus Symphony--Hard to See Why It Will Succeed

At Lotusphere 2009, Lotus spent quite a lot of the Day 1 Keynote talking about Symphony, its free, open source, "Eclipse," and OpenOffice.org-based, alternative to Microsoft Office. The current release of Symphony (1.2) is based on a back-level OpenOffice.org code base. At Lotusphere, Lotus announced plans for three new releases of Symphony:

  • Symphony 1.3 in Q2 2009
  • Symphony 2.0 in Q1 2010
  • Symphony 2.x in H2 2010

Symphony 1.3 will continue to be based on the back-level OpenOffice.org code base employed by other Symphony 1.x releases. It will add support for LotusScript, some level of Microsoft Office 2007 interoperability, Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) publication, and enhanced internal functionality (mail/merge, envelope printing, pivot tables - renamed pilot data tables, etc.).

Symphony 2.x will finally move to the current OpenOffice.org 3.x code base, and in so doing pick up support for version 1.2 of ODF and other enhancements.

Lotus says there have been 3+ million Symphony downloads so far.

There are reasonable arguments that Symphony will do well:

  • The recession will stimulate interest in cost savings
  • Microsoft competitors such as Google increasingly validate the notion of using free or almost-free technology

However, we doubt Symphony will suck oxygen out of Microsoft's Office market.

On the Windows platform, we do not expect Microsoft to lose much (if any) market share. On the Macintosh OSX platform, Apple has just announced a new, and critically much acclaimed, version of iWorks. This may well cut into Microsoft Office's market share on this platform. On the Linux platform, it is not clear why end users would select Symphony in preference to OpenOffice.

In another posting, Lack of Vision at Lotusphere, we note that Lotus' vision seems to consist of limp tactical alternatives to Microsoft's laser-sharp strategic vision. We cannot help but feel that this is the case with Symphony. ... David Ferris and Nick Shelness



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