Take a look at the list of residencies. None around Lotus technologies. And this is at a time where Lotus comes out with Notes 7, with Workplace 2.5, and customers need more guidance than ever. If you attend DNUG next week, you may want to
beat up talk to Ambuj Goyal or Mike Rhodin about this.
When I stopped by the Redbooks booth at Lotusphere, they asked me to fill out a survey asking how much I like Redbooks (in general) and how useful I thought they were.
The impression I got when I asked about the survey was that the entire Redbook program needed to be justified, and they were hoping that lots of positive surveys would help out. I guess every budget needs to be justified, so in some ways it's not surprising.
But it does go to show that if the rest of us don't talk about how useful a program like that is, then IBM has no way of knowing. Like you said, talk it up when you see people. I love the Redbooks myself.
I was on a residency at Lotus Cambridge in the summer of 2001, and even back then there seemed to be a large amount of skepticism on the part of Lotus people about the value of Redbooks. My opinion is that they always have been more of an IBM thing, and even though there have been some excellent Domino redbooks (the App Dev and Security ones were particularly strong, IMHO), the Lotus folks never were really on-board.
Two things here. One, there are a lot of Lotus customers who don't make it to LotusSphere. And two, Redbooks are a great read, BUT you need them when you need them. I'm not going to casually read Workplace books until that project boils to the top.
I don't know a bunch about the process, but I thought there was a lot of volunteering by engineers, and "donating" time by corporations.
Put my vote in to keep the process going.
I think this is unfair conjecture, and I know who started it. Outside of zOS and WBI, there is only one WebSphere 6.0 Redbook on the list...should we draw the same conclusion about the "end" for WebSphere redbooks? no. Same for DB2 -- only one that isn't hardware-driven.
It's a budget/planning cycle thing. There is a new Redbook on Domino+Workplace integration in draft form and almost done. So it's fairly unfair to say that the end is near and that they aren't being invested in.
Trust me, you don't know who started this.
Oliver Steenbuck on Number26 :: Das war einfach at 13:36
Mariano Kamp on Ultimate Blödsinn at 07:03
Armin Grewe on Ultimate Blödsinn at 00:53
Thomas Kahmann on Medienarbeit at 21:51
Felix Binsack on Ultimate Blödsinn at 21:38
Volker Weber on Ultimate Blödsinn at 17:55
Ole Saalmann on Ultimate Blödsinn at 17:50
Richard Kaufmann on Number26 :: Das war einfach at 17:43
Richard Kaufmann on Stuff that works :: Der Fluffy at 17:35
Ingo Seifert on Ultimate Blödsinn at 17:32
Richard Kaufmann on Dyson DC62 und V6 at 17:28
Ragnar Schierholz on Ultimate Blödsinn at 16:27
Dirk Mueller on Ultimate Blödsinn at 15:54
Roland Dressler on Surface 3 is being phased out at 14:34
Ralph Hammann on Dyson DC62 und V6 at 14:21
Volker Weber on Ultimate Blödsinn at 14:12
Julian Buß on Ultimate Blödsinn at 14:06
Kai Schmalenbach on Ultimate Blödsinn at 14:06
Markus Dierker on Ultimate Blödsinn at 14:04
Volker Weber on Ultimate Blödsinn at 14:00
Kai Schmalenbach on Ultimate Blödsinn at 13:42
Volker Weber on Ultimate Blödsinn at 13:18
Patric Stiffel on Ultimate Blödsinn at 13:16
Volker Weber on Ultimate Blödsinn at 13:14
Samuel Orsenne on Ultimate Blödsinn at 13:11