LotusLive iNotes – Too Little Too Late?
3 October 2009
A blog post and an email (from Des Walsh) alerted me to the imminent arrival of IBM LotusLive iNotes as a possible competitor to Google Apps Premier. After a quick look at the iNotes web site it looks like very pale imitation. I have yet to meet a satisfied Lotus Notes user but I know many in the opposite camp. Even the scope of iNotes services, online email, calendaring and security with the usual administrator options, trails Google Apps which also includes document creation and management and simple content management via wikis (Sites). iNotes offers 1 GB per user where Google Apps Premier sits at 25 GB per user (it is even 7 GB per user for the free version of Google Apps).
So I say there is no competition here. Mary Jo Foley agrees with this view in her post which compares iNotes to the more closely aligned Microsoft offerings such as Deskless Worker Suite. For the same price per user Microsoft includes Exchange Online (same as iNotes) and SharePoint Online which brings sophisticated high-end content management, blogs and wikis. Each of these services can be bought separately at much lower cost.
At a recent Microsoft conference, TechEd2009, we were each issued with an HP Mini netbook with Windows 7 and preloaded with Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS) clients which offer considerably more functionality and put iNotes out of sight.
Even with the recent Gmail downtime scare I think IBM has a great deal of catching up to do.