Not to be outdone by Ed Brill, I too have a new job!

thumb_white.gif“It’s a new dawn, 

It’s a new day, 
It’s a new life,

For me, 

And I’m feeling good” 

So sings Michael Bublé and he could be singing about me. 

Today I have changed my career and will be supporting the adoption of Groove into organizations across most of Western Europe (except UK, France and Germany). 

Since 1988 I have been very privileged to have developed my passion for collaborative technology starting with cc:Mail and latterly with Notes and Domino and other Lotus products. But the apple has not fallen far from the tree for those of you who know the history of Microsoft’s Ray Ozzie will recognize that Groove is essentially a genetic relative of the Notes family. 

Collaboration is in my blood therefore I am really looking forward to promoting the benefits of this type of capability to organisations that today see the transferring of files by email as the height of collaboration. As for this blog, it will continue to reflect my personal views on the world of Collaborative technology (plus my usual off the wall comments) however with a greater insight as to what Microsoft has to offer. 
My contribution will endeavour to have a slightly different agenda by moving to a greater focus on the benefits of collaboration technology. As part of this I want to cover how adoption benefits organisations, what are the pitfalls of deployment and the approaches to the persuasion of cynics. 
Hopefully a voice coming from a different angle will add a little bit to the combined knowledge (and maybe even wisdom) of the Collaboration community. 

So for now…
Goodbye and Hello

By the way good luck to Lotus Maven, Ed Brill, on his new job

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Congratulations Ian. As you so rightly articulate; Groove has genetic heritage with Lotus Notes so not a complete transfer to "the dark side". Good luck.
Say it isn't so! What will lotusphere be without you? Well, that's certainly amusing, please say hi to Mark Ryan. You Should have titled this "How Ian got his Groove Back"
@Tim, but it is still "the dark side"...
@Gilbert and @Tim many thanks @Keith - I still may be seeing you in January and I will pass on best to Mark @Stuart watch out for the next post :-)
TRAITOR!!!! (just teasing) While your thoughts specifically related to all things Lotus will be missed, I'm sure you will do well with the Groove thing. I will continue to follow your writings. Your insights are.....well, insightful (and very interesting). My guess is they will continue to be so, regardless of the specific platform you are working with. I think perhaps I am not alone in this belief. Good luck with Groove. And I truly do hope you make it to Lotusphere anyway. It would be interesting to "compare Notes". -Devin.
@Devin Very kind words and very much appreciated - I hope to stay aggregated on PL, its up to Yancy Ian