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While the news items and further weblog posts keep coming up all over the place on the official launch of Lotus Notes and Domino 8, I thought I would go ahead and share with you one particular weblog post that I thought was rather interesting as well as it touches base on something I have been talking about over here for quite some time now. The weblog post comes from Dennis Howlett, over at ZDNet blogs, with the title: Old meets new: Lotus Domino and Atlassian, and it has also been referenced by Ed Brill, Ben Poole (Part of the story) and Alek Lotoczko (Main protagonist from the story itself)
In that particular weblog post, Dennis gets to detail a previous conversation he had with Alek Lotoczko, where Alek is explaining how he actually made use of the fine OpenNTF DominoWiki application, that Ben Poole put together some time ago, just because of its simplicity to get the job done. From there onwards, things have developed with the deployment of the fully funded Confluence wiki engine (That IBM, by the way, is also making use of both internally and externally) that will be fed by that same DominoWiki engine in such a way that the Confluence wiki would be the main tool used, but still in conjunction with the already existing one, which by the looks of it, it is not even going to disappear any time soon.
This is certainly a great story to catch up with and read some more about it and, from my point of view, it comes to validate something that I have been saying all along about social software tools reaching out to enter the enterprise: The key towards a successful implementation and deployment of social computing tools behind the corporate firewall is not going to be on the substitution of already existing collaborative tools, but in the integration, consolidation and augmentation of what is already available, as I have mentioned over here not so long ago.
That, to me, is where the key on the success of adoption some of these tools is going to be. Forget about finding the way to remove or replace what you already have for something that still has got to prove its value, to some degree, according to what some other folks out there keep saying over and over again. Instead, show that business value by providing different ways on how those same tools would merge and integrate with the collaboration and knowledge sharing flow of what is already available out there. That is what will help on the successful adoption of these tools and not in the continuous struggle that some folks seem to be going through all this time.
And Alek’s story detailed by Dennis is just a living proof of that. Thus thanks much, Dennis, Alek and Ben, for sharing this great story with us and for helping spread the message of how that integration could work out successfully. We really appreciate it and are very grateful for it! It is going to be such a huge time saver!
(Amongst some of the pearls of wisdom that Dennis has shared towards the end of the blog post:
"— Current project success was driven by tools that deliver immediate user value
— Open source can open the door to commercial solutions
— There is no requirement to ditch incumbent applications that continue to deliver value" […])