James Governor on Lotus

Industry analyst James Governor has published an article in the run-up to Lotusphere, talking about the Lotus brand “re-building” its developer story. It’s a good piece and doesn’t re-hash the same tired themes from certain other quarters of the IT press: take a look, see what you think.

James Governor, Lotus Gears Up To Embrace The Web, Rebuild its Developer Story, pwn Social Business.

The developer’s lot, when it comes to Lotus, is something a lot of us take an interest in, given the relative diminution of the Notes and Domino platform. Rather than just reading about it, it’s my hope that a lot of us will get to participate, now that the public announcement of Project Vulcan is getting pretty long in the tooth (in internet years :-)).

Governor lists a number of burgeoning technologies that make up this new approach for IBM Lotus, and it’s all good stuff. He is most definitely on the same page when he says this (my emphasis):

In the meantime, Rational has sucked all of the air supply of the room when it comes to talking about developer tooling and methods, which is a problem for SWG as a whole. Got a question for an IBM group about software development and they’re pointing you Rational’s way before they even hear what you have to say. Rational is really a business application rather than a developer tool. Developers don’t choose Rational—bosses do. Rational talks to heavyweight styles of development, such as embedded computing, where failure is not an option, and large scale global distributed software development (the kind of thing IBM is pretty much the only company in the world to do effectively. fwiw).

So you can imagine I was pleased to see a classic consultant slide from Lotus GM Alistair Rennie with a quadrant labeled Developer. Not a moment to soon. IBM needs to dramatically accelerate its attraction to Web developers—and Rational is the wrong tool for the job.

There is just one thing missing for me: APIs. Yep, pesky ole’ interfaces, the Achilles heel of the more traditional Lotus development world.

So, if you’re attending Lotusphere, find out what the future holds for us developers, and report back!

(Hat-tip to Stuart McIntyre at Collaboration Matters for the link).

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