Thursday, October 23, 2003

Ed Brill: Deja vu positioning vis-a-vis the Notes client

Ed Brill: Deja vu positioning vis-a-vis the Notes client "I was looking at some of the recent googles that hit my blog, and one was a funny look in the rear-view mirror...
'IBM's Taligent, Inc. subsidiary next week will begin shipping client software that makes it easier for Lotus Notes and Domino users to collaborate on projects. Taligent's Places for Project Teams is a stand-alone client designed to provide Lotus Development Corp. Notes and Domino users with a virtual workspace for sharing discussion databases, documents and progress-tracking Charts. While providing a variety of ways to view Notes and Domino databases, the software allows team members to see who is working on a project at any time and communicate with them via E-mail or an instant message.'"

I remember visits from the Taligent team, when I was working at IBM/Lotus. They came in with a very compelling demo -- that ran only on AIX boxes and required 5250 terminals for configuration etc... In any case, the "people, places, and things" model in Taligent (which received at least one patent) was definitely a bit ahead of its time.
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