The final paragraph of a post from always-insightful Volker Weber follows below. What I read this week, in the “long goodbye” posts and related extensive discussion threads, was as much about commiseration as community; I didn’t see anything in the exchanges this week that suggests the current market dynamics (e.g., the Notes/Domino ecosystem in decline) are going to change. I agree with John Head; constructively sharing real-world data about migration and coexistence among multiple collaboration-focused vendors will be a productive next step, as will helping people in the Notes/Domino community understand how the collaborative application development skills they’ve mastered over the years are exceptionally valuable outside the Notes/Domino community.
I think the Lotus community, person by person, has gained more this week than any other week before. The german saying goes like this: Einsicht ist der erste Schritt zur Besserung. The value of this community lays in how they help each other, not how they try to help IBM.