Ray Ozzie on Lotus Notes and Slow Hunch Innovation

Steven Berlin Johnson

SJ: How did the idea for Lotus Notes come about? RO: The Lotus Notes is story is one of those situations where I and several other people––the people who ended up being my cofounders—were exposed to a system that we couldn’t shake. And there was this thing called Notes that did e-mail, personal notes, and discussions, group notes. [More in the series of excerpts from the conversations in my new collection, The Innovator's Cookbook.

Lotus Notes isn’t as hot a product as it used to be

David Weinberger

Dylan Tweney notes that Lotus Notes , which invented a bunch of the enterprise collaboration stuff we now take for granted, has become a drag on IBM’s revenues. Like most end-users of Lotus Notes, I used it primarily as an email program. But there was another dimension to Notes, a powerful, programmable backend that let you create databases and workspaces for collaborative work, contact management, information sharing, and communication.

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Who were you friending in 1973

David Weinberger

In its honor, the PlatoHistory site has posted a list of what some of the current Big Names in computers were doing when PLATO Notes, its message board, went live. There’s also a free conference , with Donald Bitzer and Ray Ozzie keynoting; Bitzer created PLATO and Ozzie founded Lotus Notes which was originally modeled on Plato notes. It’s the 50th anniversary of what became, arguably, the first digital social networking tool, PLATO.

The ineffable, the inexpiable & the inexpicable

Dave Snowden

In the early days it was all about taxonomies, making tacit knowledge explicit and implementing a Lotus Notes system to create Communities of Practice. For taxonomy reach semantic search and for Lotus Notes reach Sharepoint (a step backwards from a poor starting position) but otherwise nothing much has changed bar one major shift.

Of sandbanks and granite cliffs

Dave Snowden

Popular approaches to taxonomy and most Communities tend to assume too much stability; something enforced by excessive use of Sharepoint just as a decade or so ago we had over rigorous use of Lotus Notes. Note we don't start with technology we start with finely grained needs. It was good to see the strategy workshop picked up by Ian Thorpe in his blog and he beat me to publishing the final overview of the process (see below).

Blog Post: E2.0 folks learning what KM folks learnt long ago

David Gurteen

I learnt this myself with Lotus Notes 1989 - 1999 (in fact it was one of the prime motivators for my moving away from technology and starting to focus more on the people side of things); KM folks then learnt it 1999 -2009 and now the E2.0 By David Gurteen Here is an interesting post from Gautam Ghosh entitled Driving Enterprise 2.0 behavior change where he points to an article Not every blog has its day in the Sydney Morning Herald.

Blog Post: Excel makes a poor shared database!

David Gurteen

By David Gurteen Fifteen years ago or more when I was developing Lotus Notes applications I was often asked to take an Excel spreadsheet and turn it into a Notes app. Turning a spreadsheet into a Notes app was usually trivial and only took an hour or two but hugely improved the quality and accessibility of the information.

Context, is well contextual

Dave Snowden

The popularising distilled an academic research paper into a series of simplistic recipes that combined with Lotus Notes to create a whole movement which is still around to this day albeit in a much diminished form. Note: Painting Salome by Pierre Bonnaud and that look so reminds me of John).

KMaus09:Day two practitioner Dale Chatwin

Dave Snowden

They had one of the early, and sophisticated Lotus Notes systems. Side bar here , Notes was a great KM system, a poor email system, but the idiots trying to compete with Microsoft on email rather than playing to the products strengths. Notes loyalists continue to challenge it. Finishes with a note from a participant indicated the confused aspects of what was happening, and the issues about authority.

Culture 3 of 7: Identify the big shapes

Dave Snowden

Prior to that a process of automation had, in theory, made it a minor task for the consultant through a fully designed Lotus Notes system. While having specific goals is not possible in a complex system, and any cultural change is complex, it doesn’t mean that we can’t have a sense of direction and/or purpose. When a painter starts on their canvass they have a sense of what they are going to create. There are obvious questions such as is this a portrait or a landscape?

Collaboration Tools

Tony Karrer

As I mentioned in Real-Time Collaborative Editing , I had a fantastic experience participating in group editing of a Mind Map of collaborative tools during a session at Learn Trends. You can see the result below. But it was interesting to see the results exported which I've embedded below.

Is Social Business Ready to Face Internet Traffic Jams?

Luis Suarez

It’s an old concept, I know, coming from groupware, ( Lotus Notes anyone?) If you have been following this blog for a long while now, you would know how, over the course of time, there has been one of those so-called pet peeves of yours truly that keeps re-surfacing every so often, time and time again, specially, when I am on the road, away from my home office. Indeed, I am talking about Internet connectivity , or, rather, the lack of.

Irving Wladawsky-Berger: Re-inventing the Corporate Research Lab

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Irving Wladawsky-Berger A collection of observations, news and resources on the changing nature of innovation, technology, leadership, and other subjects.

Edge Perspectives with John Hagel: Complacency and Web 2.0

John Hagel

Posted by: kid mercury | April 11, 2007 at 03:39 PM The tension between companies that are both platform and application providers (think Microsoft and Oracle) and the ISV's that build applications on their platforms (think Lotus and Salesforce.com) isn't unique to Web 2.0.

Irving Wladawsky-Berger: A Matter of World Views

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Lotus SmartSuite has fallen to OpenOffice.org (and ISO26300). Lotus Notes is growing like Topsy and bringing in billions of dollars per year.

Irving Wladawsky-Berger: Welcome to Adam Smiths World

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Posted on October 01, 2007 at 06:00 AM in Economic Issues , Innovation , Society and Culture | Permalink TrackBack TrackBack URL for this entry: [link] Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Welcome to Adam Smiths World : Comments OK, here's IBM Lotus Symphony.

The social Web before social networks: a report from 2003

David Weinberger

It’s different from: Let’s take the Lotus juggernaut and add a web front-end. Lotus Notes) was stifling as much sociality and creativity as it was enabling. The Web was social before it had social networking software. It just hadn’t yet evolved a pervasive layer of software specifically designed to help us be social. In 2003 it was becoming clear that we needed?—?and and were getting?—?a a new class of application, unsurprisingly called “social software.”

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