Happy Birthday Lotus Notes! You're twenty years old today. Well,
20 years from announcement and 15 from the launch of Release 1.
In any case, Lotus Notes has left a permanent mark on the history
of collaboration software. On this special occasion, The Gang is
joined by Notes creator Ray Ozzie (who went on to found Groove
Networks in October 1997) and a member of the early Notes team,
Peter O'Kelly, now an analyst with Burton Group.
Lotus Notes was arguably the first groupware product, and Ray explains
why the company had such a difficult time explaining what it was.
That tide turned when Notes was adopted by VARs who created the
vertical applications that have made the product so successful.
To this day Notes is respected for its rapid-application development
(RAD) architecture and its ability to just deploy the prototype.
The discussion goes well beyond Lotus Notes, as Ray and Peter give
their big-picture perspectives on collaboration, client/server architectures,
and the bifurcation of technology adoption: the difference between
deployment within and outside the enterprise.
[You can also hear other editions of The Gillmor Gang.]