ComputerWorld – IBM claims momentum for Lotus Notes

A good start to the pre-Lotusphere press coverage – ComputerWorld covers IBM’s bullish position regarding Notes/Domino’s resurgence:

IBM claims momentum for Lotus Notes
Says Notes licensees up 4% from last year
By Eric Lai

January 15, 2009 (Computerworld) IBM claims momentum for Lotus Notes Ahead of its annual Lotusphere conference next week, IBM Corp. claimed that its Lotus Notes collaboration software is starting to turn the tide against its bigger rival, Microsoft Corp.’s Exchange.

In a statement released today, IBM said it has 145 million Notes licensees worldwide, up almost 4% from the 140 million licensees IBM reported last year.

In the 15 months lading up to Sept. 30 last year, IBM won more than 12,000 organizations and companies as first-time customers, many of them former users of Microsoft Outlook and Exchange, it said.

That’s no coincidence, says IBM, as it launched Lotus Notes 8 in August 2007.

IBM also claimed in its statement that “a number of customers that Microsoft had previously announced would migrate to Exchange are now stalling or abandoning those plans.”

Stuart McIntyre is a Senior Strategist at Fostering Community Limited. He curates a number of product-focused news sites, is a lapsed podcaster, founded the Social Connections user group and regularly speaks at conferences and events. This blog represents his own slightly-eccentric and usually-controversial opinions!