R.I.P Lotus Foundations. Another story of a lost opportunity

The writing was on the wall and now its official. Lotus Foundations is dead. I don’t think that there will be any migration path to anything else.
What annoys me most, is the fact, that IBM again bought a perfectly good product and killed it. Two years. Twice they changed directions in marketing and distribution. Every time we had to change our strategy, too. We did it, because we believed in the product and IBM.

Dear IBM, you made us loose money. It wasn’t the product, that was perfectly good. It was your incompetence in bringing it to the market. We even gave you money for co- marketing, which was completely useless, because you don’t know how to approach SMBs.

You didn’t even had the guts to schedule a partner call, to give us the bad news.

You want us as Business PARTNERS. A partnership builds on mutual respect.

You know, that I was one of the most active supporters of Lotus Foundations. I always defended you. You just have to read my contributions in LinkedIn.

I am sad. I feel betrayed.

I am not mad at the Lotus Foundations Team. I had the honor to meet and talk to quite a few of you. It was always a pleasure to work with all of you.

PS: If anybody comes up with „that is only about Passport Advantage“, forget it. Outside North America there is no other distribution channel. For us, that is the end, except IBM comes up with something else.

Not even a headline: EOL for Lotus Foundations Appliances

I am really sad about it. I liked these boxes.

October 26, 2010

Effective October 31, 2010, IBM will withdraw from marketing the following IBM System x products. After this date you can no longer obtain these products directly from IBM.

You can obtain these products on an as-available basis through IBM Business Partners, resellers, or distributors.

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Replacement: none

There may be a lot of good reasons, why IBM will not bring a replacement. But I get the impression, that IBM looses another opportunity to gain market share in the SMB market (I mean SMB by internationally accepted standards, not IBM standards).

That‘s what I like about Lotus Foundations

Last week we (finally!) found a CMS system, that seem to fit our needs. Concrete5 is almost perfect for people like us, who hate to fiddle around with websites. Together with Lotus Foundations it is a perfect match.

  1. Create a team
  2. Copy the files for concrete5 in the WWW folder of the team
  3. Add a virtual web server

That‘s it. 3 Minutes of work. Most of it sipping tea while copying.

Unfortunately IBM just does not get the grips, how to bring Lotus Foundations to the market.

Other Mail Servers on Lotus Foundations … not that easy

Yesterday I tried to install other mail servers on Lotus Foundations

Kerio:
error: Failed dependencies:
libuuid.so.1 is needed by kerio-connect-7.1.1-1951.linux.i386

I can‘t find that lib for 32bit.

Zimbra:
Checking for prerequisites…
FOUND: NPTL
MISSING: sudo
FOUND: libidn-0.6.0-14.2
MISSING: gmp
FOUND: /usr/lib/libstdc++.so.6
Checking for suggested prerequisites…
FOUND: perl-5.8.8
MISSING: sysstat does not appear to be installed.

###WARNING###

The suggested version of one or more packages is not installed.
This could cause problems with the operation of Zimbra.

Do you wish to continue? [N] y

###ERROR###

One or more prerequisite packages are missing.
Please install them before running this installer.

Installation cancelled.

Bugger. I know that Julius in France does it.

Next one.
Zarafa:

Zarafa Outlook Sharing, version 6.40.2-22452
(C) Copyright 2004-2007 Zarafa, The Netherlands
Please visit http://www.zarafa.com/ for more information.

Zarafa requires MySQL 4.1 or higher. Please upgrade your MySQL
database and restart the installer.

Bugger again…
I think the best bet is on Zimbra. Let‘s see if I can get the missing parts.

Better late than never…

Here we are. The Informica Blog.

Who is behind this?

My Name is Christian Tillmanns and I am one of the founders of Informica of Switzerland. The other can present himself.

Another Blog, my god, was that necessary?

Duno. Is there already a blog about IBM Smart Business stuff? Nope. Don’t think so. We are the first.

Why the heck IBM Smart Business?

You will find out.

Only smart Business? How boring.

I can and will probably annoy you with other stuff. I am sure you always wanted to discuss the ball and string problem, settling with power or RSV and the 72 degrees offset on the R22/44.

… oh, BTW, IBM Smart Business and Lotus Foundations. Have I told you allready, that this blog is running on a Lotus Foundations Appliance?

Pretty easy to setup, once you know how to. Since I hate adminstration with a passion you only can dream of, it normaly takes me a very long time to figure out everything. For administrative stuff I have a very short attention span. That’s why you will see this blog changing constantly, while I find out, what I can do with it.

Now, how to setup a WordPress blog on Lotus Foundations.

1. Create a team for the blog. I choose … who would believe it … blog.

2. Create a Virtual Webserver: Webserver => Virtual Webserver Tab => Add virtual Webserver and fil in the URL, you can leave the IP address and choose the team.

3. Copy the downloaded WordPress Files in the www folder of your blog team.

4. RTFM from here

There is a slight problem with the autoinstallation of themes, but there is probably a solution for this.