Thursday, August 30, 2012

Lotus Protector Review

If anyone is thinking of using Lotus Protector as your anti-spam solution, save yourself a lot of trouble and don't.  After 8 months of dealing with tech support and our business partner, we stopped using it and went back to our old solution.  We had a lot of problems with it, mostly not detecting spam effectively and several SSL issues.

In case you are wondering we went back to a Microsoft product called "Forefront Online Protection for Exchange."  It works perfectly fine with Domino, filters all the spam in the cloud and even stores email if both clustered mail servers go down. You can also now add it as part of a select agreement, which made it very cost effective.

I really wanted Protector to work and loved the integration with the Lotus Notes client however it just didn't do the job.

I think it was a sign at LS12 that Protector only had 1 session and the Protector team had no booth on the show floor like it did the year before.

Friday, August 24, 2012

My thoughts on the event formally known as Lotusphere

Wow, it's been a long time since I blogged.  Lots of changes going on and not enough time.  I need to make some time, I have a lot storage (Compellent / Dell) and XenServer issues to discuss.

Anyways, Ed Brill recently posted on Facebook and Twitter this "Lotusphere is back as part of IBM Connect 2013, registration open now!"

This is an obvious evolution of what has been happening at IBM with Lotus products, I am not shocked to see this.  In fact after attending Lotusphere last year, I said to myself "I bet Lotusphere comes back as part of another conference."

I'm partially sad to see this happen, Lotusphere had always been this mega awesome "You have to go to this" event that I was never allowed to attend until recently. I've been the last two years and the first year I attended I drank all the kool-aid and loved it. Last year I took it all with a grain of salt and realized IBM products might not be the right fit for our organization. Too costly and too complicated for a tiny operation of 200 users.  Sure you can have connections profiles and files for free, just setup and maintain 4 more servers for it.  Oh and you can't access any of those features over mobile, the most important platform for users.

Will I attend Connect 2013?  At this point probably not, I guess I can say I went to the last Lotusphere. Now I just wish I had a T-Shirt to remember it by.

It's late, i'm not sure any of this makes any sense.  But hey, I blogged again!