You certainly want to know how the 8.5.4 Client looks, well …

Nice! I mean really nice (you know I can’t tell more … slap on the fingers and so on). And it’s better. Some Mac problems I had, seem to be gone.

Funny enough, years ago I build a CRM application and the design I choose, fits perfectly with the new client design. Ha, nobody can say now, that I am not a visionary.

I think, IBM is on the right path. Enough, have to get back playing around with it.

After the DB2 10 Bootcamp I am a Version 3 now – bugger

I am a „IBM Information Management DB2 10 Technical Professional v3“ now. That sounds a bit like the Austrian title race. What the heck is v3?

To make my life a bit more interesting I attended the DB2 10 bootcamp last week.
I have not used relational databases a lot before and I thought, that this camp could just be the thing and since I am (and a lot of you are too, I suppose) moving towards Connections, this would be a good start. Frankly, for somebody who has never seen a DB2 up close, it wasn’t easy at all. I was pretty much worn out in the end, because I had to learn a lot after and before every class. I had to go through the whole db2 certification pdf, Up and Running with DB2 on Linux, Unleashing DB2 10 for Linux, Unix and Windows, tried to inhale the DB2 SQL Reference and gave up when I saw the 2569 pages on the iPad and I tried to read every chapter of the course book in advance. Having five hours of train ride every day helped, but when 2 guys in your compartment have a heated discussion about the next popular votes, it isn’t easy to concentrate (they offered me head phones, but that does not help if you don’t have any music on the iPad). In the end I got only one of the two certifications and that one I passed with only 80%. By far the worst passing result I had in a long time.
Was in worth it? You bet. It gave me a lot of insight and from now on, I have at least a basic understanding what is going on … enough for sales 😉

The bootcamp itself was meant to be for anybody who wants to know more about DB2 10 and the only requirement was a basic understanding of relational database management systems and some Linux knowledge would be nice, too. It turned out, that a lot of knowledge about DB2 would have helped and the Linux stuff wasn’t needed. The Labs are great for beginners, but the course slides where – typical IBM – overloaded and did not give me the information I needed. No way I can read and understand them while the teacher is talking.

I am wondering what the purpose of that boot camp is. If IBM wants more DB2 certificates in the wild, the DB2 bootcamp could be improved by cutting the number of slides in half, focusing them on the information’s that help you pass the fundamentals test and distributing some 20 to 30 pages about basic technical aspects and structure of DB2 before the course, to get everybody on the same level (DB2 for Dummies?).

I am feeling quite DB2 geeky right now and hopefully I will pass the DB2 fundamentals exam next time.

Did I mention that the boot camp and the tests are free of charge? Pretty good value if you ask me.

GBS believes what?

This morning I read the article of Peter Presnell. I do agree with his findings but one thing made me think:

Research conducted by GBS suggests that there are somewhere between 10 and 20 million Notes applications in the world.

They did this „Research“ for Transformer. I wrote about it before when I saw, that some „analyst“ claimed a possible market of 18 billion $. At that moment I thought, that even GBS must have realized that this isn’t the real world. Let’s chew a few numbers.
There are some 100 Million Notes user licenses sold. That is since Notes 1. Those are not the users that use Notes right now. Let’s assume that IBM has 50’000 Notes customers (that’s too high, but when in doubt …). If they have an average of 1000 Users, we would have 50 million users today. That would mean there would be between 2.5 and 5 users per Notes application. Does somebody really think, that a company with 1000 users would be able to maintain 200 to 400 different(!) (Transformer is licensed per template) applications? Mind you, that is without any mail, contacts and any other application that ships with Notes/Domino or was downloaded from OpenNTF, which nobody would touch with the Transformer or are already „xpaged“. Even if we forget the „different“, it would be too high. With all the personal apps included (mail, contacts…) it is too low.
I don’t know who did the „research“ but it looks like that guy hasn’t seen a lot of Notes/Domino installations. I am pretty sure, it must have raised a few eyebrows at GBS. What I do not understand is, if this research is obviously completely and utterly wrong, why didn’t they just kicked it in the bin and started all over again?

That something is wrong with GBS is reflected in the stock price: 0.24$. That’s 94.48% less than when it started trading at the NASDAQ (the one year target est. is still 9 bucks). All those who have sold their company to GBS for funny money (i.e. GBS stocks) have my sympathy. Some of them have seen their retirement funds go up in smoke. That sucks. You nurtured your baby for decades, build a reputation, a customer base, a team that works well and then you give it in new hands, with all the hope that, what was until then a very big part of your life, will continue to grow and prosper … and 18 month later you scan the newspaper for job offers.

But my father always said, that you must always see the positive side of it, too. It could be a chance for anybody looking for new customers and one hell of good human capital (what a terrible word for individual persons). The market capitalisation is around 7 million now. What if we collected a bit of money and offer them 0.1$ per share? At the rate the stock price is descending right now, it will be there by the end of the year anyway. Anybody up for it?


(BTW (Disclaimer): That’s my personal opinion. Nothing to do with Informica at all)

What have Lotus Notes 8.5.4 and Super Cars in common?

Nothing. But you clicked on the link, I got plus one read.

But since are already here, you might just want to read on.
This week two things that I thought would never happen, did happen.
A few weeks ago, after watching Top Gear (BBC, not the US Version, which is not even half as funny), I mentioned to my wife, that it is fun to see expensive sports cars „tested“ by middle aged tv presenters with a British sense of humour and that will be the closest I will get to these cars. Well, I am seldom wrong (don’t ask anyone). Beginning of this week I got an email of a friend who works for (sorry, no cheap adverts here) and asked, if I would be interested in an invitation for a drivers training. Since I am always ready to improve my driving for free, I said yes. It turned out, two days before the event, they were still trying to find people to attend and here I was, ready to help others in a desperate situation. What I did not know, what kind of cars we would get for the training, and – second surprise – while I was at the event, I got an email for the new code drop of Notes 8.5.4. What makes this different to last the last code drops? This time I did get the code … with a bit of help from Peter Janzen. The last three times my cries for help were largely ignored.
Now back to that „drivers training“. When I arrived at the aerodrome of Buochs, I was rather impressed. In the neat row of cars, waiting to be abused by me, were things like Jaguar XKRS, Porsche Carrera S, Maserati Gran Tourismo and Gran Cabrio, Ferrari California, Lamborghini Spyder, Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera and the McLaren MP4. Calling this a drivers training is a cover up for giving some boys and girls the opportunity to fool around with those toys on a runway, racing around pylons with a whooping 130 km per hour and hoping that somebody might write a check on the spot (for our younger readers, checks are a form of payment used in the dark ages – except in the US, where the banks somehow missed the rise of the information technology).
After a refreshing short introduction by the head of the department that hosted the event, we got down to business. We were late to start because he got lost, due to his navigation system. If he had read the invitation, which came from his department, mind you, he would have realised, that finding the Buochs aerodrome is about as easy, as the exit in a Port-A-Loo. No need for a stinky sat-nav.
In short, the day consisted of driving fast cars. What amazed me, was how easy it is. These cars a full of electronics for self preservation. They will not let you do things they don’t like. The wheels never spin, you can’t drift, nothing … as long as you don’t turn those gadgets off, which we were not allowed anyway. That brings me to a difference between those cars and Notes 8.5.4. But IBM might slap me on the fingers, if I write about it, therefore I must let you in the dark.

Now you certainly would like to know, what was the best toy of the day? The PC 9’s and PC 12’s taking of and landing on the other runway, because Buochs is also the home of Pilatus Aircraft. If you want my opinion on the cars, I would not buy anyone. In the afternoon the whole thing started to become boring or I probably just ran out of adrenalin. Most of it I used sitting in the passengers seat until I got the chance to scare my co-driver. But if I must; the McLaren comes first and the Ferrari California comes last. The Superlegera is too hard but still great, the Lambo Spyder a lot of fun, the Porsche is fun, the Maseratis have bad seats and the Jag is … well, alright. But still, I’d rather be flying.