No More MS Office – only Lotus Symphony – Did I look back? Not Once!

A few months ago I was one of the lucky ITS @ IBM to get a laptop refresh.  I was so very excited, even though it always takes sometime to upgrade, transfer all your files, install all your plugins, and to customize the machine to fit my person demo preferences and make sure I have all the bells and whistles to show my customers what IBM Lotus has to offer.  It was great to get hardware refresh.

I was so very surprised to see one piece that I was not expecting.  The laptop was shipped to me without MS Office on the desktop.  I had Lotus Notes 8.5 of course, Sametime, Connections plugins and SYMPHONY.

So here is my thoughts after the first 90 days without MS Office.

The first thing that I thought was… ok… now I can really cut the cord and use Symphony only.  I had been using it for over a year… but not exclusively.  IBM has been offering all of our templates, forms and presentations in the Symphony formats, but I was still using the Office Suite.  Well really it was the default on my old laptop.  But I do have to say that I have been using MS Office since it’s inception, so it is hard to make a complete cut over without taking some action.

To be honest… I am enjoying this much more.  The fact that when I do a file save, my machine does not freeze, most of the capabilities are not that different, in presentations I can add animation, manage groups, combine objects, add text effects, so many things that you can do in Powerpoint.  My favorite thing is the ease of use (more logical in my opinion) for the Masters – Slides, Notes and Handouts and controlling the Page Layouts.  I tend to use presentations the most, but really there are great things about the Document and the Spreadsheet tools as well.  Really tables are so much easier, formating is easier too… no pesky hidden code to make you mad and hard to control.

It is also so very easy to save documents into Office formats to share with my customers, and to easily export in one click to PDF / HTML format.

Here is the point:  I am just one person and with little to no effort this upgrade saved IBM $350.  You can do the math for your own organization and see how much money you can save.

I am really happy… and I have not looked back once!  Give it a try yourself for free… BE FREE AND WORK SMART!!

Why IBM Lotus Loves Microsoft.

Did I get your attention??  Hmmmm… you are wondering how this is possible?

IBM Lotus is very focused on integration in your environment.  We do not believe that you should be locked down with a technology, that you should be able to blend the technologies to create the best work space for your end users.  Lotus specifically leaves the door open for you to integrate the technologies that you need.  Each of our technologies offer complimentary touch points into and with the Microsoft environments to provide the best capabilities.  See for yourself.   Interested in learning more?  Please feel free to contact me @ holli_konig@us.ibm.com

Here are some great links to show you how! :))

Liberate yourself and your budget from Microsoft’s grip!

IBM’s Project Liberate

Negotiate a better enterprise agreement

Ever wanted to be the big hero and save the company millions of dollars?  Well… I have a secret… we have seen drastic calculations regarding saving across the board for evaluating the Microsoft Enterprise Agreements, leveraging what you have in your organization, vs what Microsoft is bundling in their agreenments.   IBM offers a site that can help you understand how doing an evaluation of your environment could save you money.

Customers with Microsoft Enterprise Agreements might be able to save up to 40% or more on the cost of their renewal through this “no-charge” evaluation of their current Enterprise Agreement.

Click here for more information on IBM’s Project Liberate

If you are interested in setting up a conversation with one of our consultants, please feel free to contact me directly @ holli.konig@us.ibm.com and I will assist in getting you to the right people for your organization.

IBM Lotus Notes/Domino makes the news with BIG NUMBERS

With a fresh face, integrated collaboration and enterprise applications, multi platform including Apple client, federated calendaring, open security, RAD capabilities stronger than ever, open standards, social awareness, open documents, heavy focus on Green initative with virtualization and tight integration with the web and the desktop, who can blame people for choosing Lotus Notes and Domino for their Collaborative Desktop… see the article below from CNN Money…

 

CNN Money “Global Businesses Choosing Lotus Software”

 

Visual Studio Tools for Office integration with Lotus Domino Web Services

Don’t miss our next Virtual User Group meeting with a presentation by PSC:
The Real World of Integration:
How Lotus Notes & Domino can work with Microsoft Office, Lotus Symphony and the power of Integra for Notes

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Date: Wednesday, January 14, 2009
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Welcome to the real world, where Lotus Notes and Lotus Domino are just part of your corporate toolset. This live, online presentation will introduce you to some unique and time saving techniques for the integration of Lotus Notes and Domino with Microsoft Office, .NET technologies, and Lotus Symphony. No matter what version of Notes you’re running (even 8.5) all the way back to 6.5, you’ll come away with a solid plan for Mail Merge, exporting to a spreadsheet, charting, presentation building, and integration on the Web.

You’ll learn some advanced topics such as Visual Studio Tools for Office integration with Lotus Domino Web Services. Plus, we’ll show you live demos on how to use Notes & Domino 8.5 to improve your integration options. Finally. we will touch on how the Integra for Notes reporting and integration framework can reduce your cost to provide your users with the reports they need to get their jobs done.

Don’t miss this informative and instructional presentation by leading Lotus guru John Head and long time expert Alex Kassabov.

The presentation is free for LotusUserGroup.org members, but requires pre-registration.
 
This Virtual User Group Meeting is brought to you by PSC, and is hosted by LotusUserGroup.org.