Really IBM?

“Bluemix is for the quick creation of applications by line of business developers. The reason: we used to hear the line of business ask for applications, and we’d talk about development in months, then we’d talk about weeks, now we start to hear them request application development in days. And the traditional IT development cycle just can’t handle that. That’s where Bluemix comes in. It’s a place for these line of business developers to go, quickly create applications and they don’t need to deal with underlying infrastructure.”

Are you kidding me? Look, Bluemix might be totally awesome and the best thing since sliced bread (which, come to think of it, isn’t nearly as good as whole loaf bread.) but this isn’t an unsolved problem. The fact that line of business developers could quickly create applications in days without needing to deal with underlying infrastructure is why Notes is one of the most successful application platforms in history and even companies that have “gotten off Notes” still have version 6 and 7 clients installed as part of their standard desktop image.

I haven’t even gotten to the demo yet because I’m just so incredulous about this introduction. It’s been almost two decades since IBM acquired Notes and they STILL don’t understand what it does for customers.

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3 comments on “Really IBM?
  1. I get that it feels familiar. It does to me too. So did Worklight when I first started working with it a year ago. There are tens of thousands of developers out there now working with Heroku and Azure and Stackmob and and and. Why didn’t they choose to work with Domino already? Should we say, oh, cloud PaaS isn’t a new market?

    Bluemix takes a different approach and doesn’t require anyone to stand up a server to start to build apps. It’s targeted at the developer of one who won’t ever have to lobby anyone to put a server on a network or come up with a deployment topology. Much as I have personally tried over many years to bring Notes/Domino into that market, traction remains more limited than I would like.

    I would encourage you to sign up for the beta and take a look. The use case may start with a common premise. The types of apps and the approach is very different.

    Domino apps are going to be built brand new tomorrow as they were yesterday. They’re going to be modernized in awesome ways by your organization and others. But Bluemix is going to move into some new spaces where IBM hasn’t and can’t play. That’s what gets me excited about it.

    • thentf says:

      I’m not making a criticism of Bluemix’s content. It looks quite exciting and I certainly intend to try it out. It’s just incredibly frustrating to hear IBM pitching the value of this new billion dollar investment as being the same values that they squandered in the Notes platform over the last two decades.

      It’s great how Bluemix will attract lots of new developers to IBM who otherwise would have gone to Play or Google Apps. Perhaps if IBM had listened to those of us who were claiming this was a core value of Notes & Domino over, say, Websphere since the late 90s, perhaps IBM would have carved out some leadership in this area already.

      We knew Rapid Application Development had real line of business value back in 1994.

  2. EricE says:

    “It’s just incredibly frustrating to hear IBM pitching the value of this new billion dollar investment as being the same values that they squandered in the Notes platform over the last two decades.”

    Wow – this brings back memories. Glad to see you are still at it, Nathan!

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