IBM Lotus DoesNotWorkplace

by Volker Weber


IBM invites you to try a live showcase of IBM Lotus Workplace. When you chose to sign up, you have to fill out some data, including an "Access code" which is a required field. What is it? The instructions explain:

IBM employees can retrieve the access code here.

This "here" points to an internal website.

Cool. Maybe I should trademark DoesNotWorkplace™. :-) At least I can claim that I invented it. Google does not find any prior art.



John Doe, 2004-02-05

Oh no! John Doe gave out the secret demo code! Be aware that when I tried to create a Team Space - ERROR and when I tried to create a web meeting - ERROR. So I don't if this site is quite ready for prime time. However, the UI is very nice :-)

Bruce Elgort, 2004-02-05

Hm, kind of reminds me of Lotusphere 2004...
The "Lotusphere online 2004" was said to be Lotus Workplace as well, didn't work for an embarrasing amount of time either.
Plus, last but not least, I heard from inofficial (IBM sales) sources, that it wasn't the "real Lotus Workplace" that was running, but simply (well, more or less simple ;-)) a Websphere Portal solution with a Lotus Workplace like UI...

So what...

Ragnar Schierholz, 2004-02-05

Ah, back to the olden days... reminds me of when I started with Notes (v3), using an OS/2 Notes server and clients based on Win3.11. Every single mail file and application was on one server, which had to be re-booted 2 - 5 times a day.

For me, Workplace's performance (both the LS site and with the various on-line demonstration sites over the past few months) is the web equivalent ;-)

Ben Poole, 2004-02-05

I allways thought capi stands for c-api and not for Customer Advocacy and Product Information.
Well I registeres as well and what do I get: erros that I dont have local email.....

Thorsten Ebers, 2004-02-05

Actually, the access code is just available within the javacript source on the page:

function doSubmit(action)
document.UserProfileForm.currentAction.value = action;
return false;
else {
alert("The access code is not correct.");
return false;

Christopher, 2004-02-05


Ben Poole, 2004-02-05


marco foellmer, 2004-02-05

You think Workplace may be running on OS/2? :-)

Bruce Elgort, 2004-02-05

I'm wondering if it's a good idea to assign "" adresses to the testers. You can do a lot of bad things with an "offical" Lotus adress. Particularly, because the page doesn't give more information about the usage of this domain.

Markus Thielmann, 2004-02-05

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