For a time, I was the designated dumb person who managed a Lotus Bloody Notes deployment. This includes the server and desktop application plus a range of internal developed apps. But mostly it was an really poor attempt at an email solution.
The ‘bloody’ is my way of being polite
It was horrible. Everything about it was horrible. Everything. IBM would make huge promises about improvements and features, about optimisations and improved performance on Windows.
Looking back I am fairly sure that Lotus Notes contributed substantially to financial problems of the company. Sending email was so unpredictable that people would use the internal voice mail system to record memo’s and then forward them. Literally. I AM NOT EXAGGERATING. I wasted so much time on this rubbish.
I was happy to find a way out of the job and let some other schmuck do it.
IBM wasn’t the first company to deliver unstable products and make outrageous claims. Novell and Microsoft were my first experience of that. So by the time I got to working on network gears, I had really low expectations on product quality.
Turns out. That was good preparation for working as network engineer.
Link: HCL Technologies to Acquire Select IBM Software Products for $1.8B – Dec 6, 2018 – https://newsroom.ibm.com/2018-12-06-HCL-Technologies-to-Acquire-Select-IBM-Software-Products-for-1-8B
Oct 2017: IBM Announces Investment in Notes Domino Version 10 and Beyond – Collaboration Solutions Blog – https://www.ibm.com/blogs/collaboration-solutions/2017/10/25/ibm-announces-investment-notes-domino-version-10-beyond/
Link: IBM offloads Notes and Domino to India’s HCL Technologies • The Register – https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/10/30/ibm_hcl_notes_domino_partnership/
Link: IBM selling Lotus Notes/Domino business to HCL for $1.8B | TechCrunch – https://techcrunch.com/2018/12/07/ibm-selling-lotus-notes-domino-business-to-hcl-for-1-8b/