As a result of the public launch of eProductivity and David Allen's subsequent endorsement of eProductivity as the ultimate productivity tool for IBM Lotus Notes, I now receive many requests from people that are hearing about Lotus Notes for the first time. The emails usually follow a familiar pattern: a) Eric, I heard about Lotus Notes and/or eProductivity from your [web site | blog | David Allen's speech at ....] b) I would like to [evaluate | purchase] Lotus Notes for myself or my company, c) I went to the IBM site and I am lost at where to begin or how to get started using Lotus Notes for myself or my company. d) Would you please sell me a Lotus Notes License so that I can get started using eProductivity? I really want to set up my systems like [you | David Allen].
My company, ICA, stopped selling IBM Lotus Notes over a decade years ago when we decided to focus our efforts on consulting. That said, we routinely recommend products and solutions, including IBM Lotus Notes, and we encourage our clients to purchase directly from the vendor or reseller of their choosing. I am more than happy to make qualified referrals and I ask nothing in return other than the assurance that people we refer will be treated with the utmost respect and concern for their needs.
Over the years, I have referred many people to IBM and CDW.COM to purchase Lotus Notes. Recently, however, the last few people I referred came back to me frustrated, either because someone at CDW said that they do not sell Lotus Notes (they do) or because they were offered them hundreds of options for Notes and the sales rep could not help them determine which Notes product to buy. I find that hard to believe but given the inquiries I'll consider it fact.
To me, this is a wonderful opportunity for an enterprising BM Business partner or blogger.
In the past, most of our large sales of Notes originated as inquiries from individuals who in turn influenced their organizations to switch to Lotus Notes. I think this is a great opportunity to help folks that have expressed an interest in using Lotus Notes. I think it would also be a great opportunity to help show the marketplace that Notes is a valuable product not just for big business but for small businesses and individuals as well. I know that there are qualified business partners out there that would be happy to serve them. Most of the Notes blogs I'm aware of focus on people within the Yellow Bubble. I'm not aware of any blogs intended for people unfamiliar with Lotus Notes or new to Notes and a Mac, but I think it is a great opportunity.
I'm posting here, with the author's permission, a recent example of the kinds of requests I routinely receive:
From a U.S. Navy user that has a Mac and wants to use Notes:
Eric, I appreciate the work you are doing with your blogs, GTD and eProductivity. I have gleaned a lot from your postings. Thank you.
I'm a little frustrated right now because I am a Mac user, have been for about 6 years. It is only in the last 1.5 years that I have moved into a quasi-power user status, having been just a casual user at home in the past. I ran into David Allen's GTD book about a year ago and have implemented it. I ran into your websites/blogs about the same time.
I have never used Lotus Notes. I have been hearing more and more about it (through your blog and some of the other people you link to). I have investigated your eProductivity. I made a wrong assumption early on that it was only available for Windows. Well, today, looking closer at the system requirements, I see it can work on a Mac (if I'm reading things right).
I don't know anyone who is using Lotus Notes and I want to learn more about it, but I confess, when I go to the IBM website, I get confused. And all of your postings and some of the other blogs (like Ed Brill's) almost always seem solely Windows-centric and advanced-user oriented.
If I want to seriously look at implementing your programs on my MacBook, can you suggest a path I could take to learn about all of this and how I could get a sense of whether this is a realistic endeavor I could undertake?
I currently use OmniFocus and feel very comfortable and proficient. But as I looked through the screen shots on eProductivity and was drawn to the Weekly Review Coach (per Chris Blatnick's recent blog posts 1, 2, 3), I'm wondering if I can do more.
Also, are there other "Mac heads" that you are aware of who are blogging about their experiences with Lotus Notes, GTD, and eProductivity that I could begin to follow to lift the "clouds" on my understanding?
I know you're busy, and I didn't want to take up your time, but if you could get me pointed in the right direction on this, I could keep the ball rolling.
Thank you very much for your consideration.
Are you in the business of selling Notes to small businesses or even individuals? Do you have a relevant web site that I can send folks to? Are you aware of a blog or posts that would help someone new to Notes get started?