Rod is in a dogfight with some folks at IBM. Honestly, I don’t know much about Notes other than implementing it and writing some apps for it back in 1995′ish. I really doubt that the Lotus Notes of 2006 is much like the 1995 version, so I won’t comment on Notes itself. I can’t tell you whether or not Rod is right or wrong on the facts here, but I think he is more right than wrong just because he has been living with Notes as a user rather than someone selling it; I also know that IBM has a real franchise in Notes which means they are going to fight tooth and nail to protect it. Having said all that, it really seems that the Notes supporters are making an error in attacking Rod rather than arguing the facts, finding common ground, and agreeing to disagree on other points… can’t we all just get along? BTW, did I mention that Rod is a Lotus Notes customer?
If I am right that Lotus Notes faces a real threat from a new generation of Enterprise 2.0 collaboration tools, then it is easy to understand why both IBM and people with an extensive personal investment in Lotus Notes / Domino are going to do everything they can to forestall that change; including shooting the messenger.