Taking Notes - Why don’t people get Notes?

Thursday, September 7th, 2006
Two weeks ago, I blogged about GeekTD and David Allen's opening question: "Why don't people get Lotus Notes?"

Ed Brill of IBM quickly picked up on the discussion and Julian Robichaux joined in with Lotus Notes - Yeah, It Can Do That Too . Over one hundred comments were posted and many email were exchanged behind the scenes.  This week, I shared a recent experience and Ed continued to the discussion by blogging that Eric Mack and Julian Robichaux get the power of word-of-mouth.

Yesterday, I received a call from Bruce Elgort, inviting me to join him, Julian Robichaux and Alan Lepofsky in a discussion about using Lotus Notes productively and why some folks don't get it.

The Taking Notes podcast #31 is 27.6mb and runs 48:08 at 64kps (variable bit rate).

Discussion/Comments (5):

mattbg (http://mattbg.blogspot.com): 9/8/2006 5:29:24 AM
Taking Notes - Why don’t people get Notes?

I agree that Lotus Notes can do some great things. But, a lot of people experience it first and foremost as a corporate e-mail and calendaring client. For those tasks, it's awful compared to something like Microsoft Outlook.

I hate Lotus Notes because of what it does to me every day in those functions :)

Doug Melville (): 9/10/2006 10:02:51 PM
Taking Notes - Why don’t people get Notes?

My experience has consistently been that people don't get what the difference is between Notes and Outlook/Exchange. Then they gripe because they use Outlook Express at home and that's what they want to use at work, and for 75% they never see the behind the scenes workflow database or administration that comes built into Domino Notes.

I am currently consulting with a company that is looking at Microsoft Communication Server (vapourware). I left the demo pleading another meeting as MS were promising what Domino + Sametime + Everyplace has been delivering reliably for years.

It has become the old adage - no-one ever got fired for buying Microsoft.


Pete Oberlin, PCLP (): 9/13/2006 7:40:30 AM
Taking Notes - Why don’t people get Notes?

3 little words, folks:


bradbarnes (http://www.biztechsolutions.info): 11/9/2006 7:46:37 AM
Taking Notes - Why don’t people get Notes?

I think one of the main reasons people don't get Notes is because it does not fit into what I call "consumerism in the workplace". So many decisions and attitudes in the workplace today are shaped an influenced by what we experience as consumers in our every day lives. People take their consumer based decision making skills to the office and this allows a company that markets more effectively than the competition win. That is bad for anyone looking to buy anything. Well other than someone looking to buy a marketing solution. Think about it.

People don't get Notes because they have been pickled in Microsoft juices so much. Every time they touch a PC. It is part of the fabric of modern life.

Alec Dolan (): 9/12/2007 6:40:09 AM
Taking Notes - Why don’t people get Notes?

One reason may be that its not sold. Usually this is seen as a marketing problem. For some reason shareholders and the financial people around IBM don't see it as a problem that they don't get as much return on this assert as they should.

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