In today's ComputerWeekly column, Ian White, asks, "Does the world really hate Notes?"

No. I think the world loves to complain.

As far as Lotus Notes is concerned, I run into folks that say they hate Notes as often as I run into users that say that they hate (insert product name here).  (I even know Mac users that complain about their software. Shocking, I know.)

In my experience it often comes down to
       a) no understanding of "What's in it for me?", or
       b) lack of training - management simply said here's your new tool
How do we, the Notes community help fix this problem? I think we need to start by understanding the problem.

Many years ago, Zig Ziglar taught me that most people never ever change their mind. They simply make new decisions when presented with new information.

I've been able to show many a self-proclaimed Notes-hater new information -- a simple few things that they can do that will be personally beneficial to them -- and almost immediately they change their song about Lotus Notes.  

It's that easy.

I've posted more thoughts about this on Notes On Productivity.

Discussion/Comments (4):

Does the world really hate Notes? I don’t think so

I don't know if the world hates it, but I certainly do. Thank goodness I don't have to use it any more. I also hate Groupwise; but at least it doesn't try to pretend to be an application development environment.

Posted at 9/1/2008 9:54:49 PM by Steve Ward

Does the world really hate Notes? I don’t think so

I hate the Lotus Notes. It feels about 20 years past its prime. Then again, email clients in general feel outdated, especially for GTD lovers.

Posted at 9/2/2008 9:01:25 PM by Andy

re: Does the world really hate Notes? I don’t think so

Andy, I understand your comment. Earlier versions of Notes probably do feel outdated in 2008. That's true of any product that's been around that long. Some companies don't update their products or applications very often, which can lead folks to think "that's the way Notes looks." No. That's a tribute to the fact that I can run a 20 year-old application without changes on my computer.

Have you looked at Lotus Notes lately?

Some of the smartest and most productive people in the world use Lotus Notes. (They are my clients.)

You mention GTD... have you seen what Lotus Notes looks like with David Allen's GTD methodology fully embedded within it? Forget add-ons. It's called eProductivity. If this sounds interesting, watch the video ( You may see Notes differently.

I hope you do.


Posted at 9/2/2008 11:58:16 PM by Eric Mack

Does the world really hate Notes? I don’t think so

I hate Lotus Notes as an email and calender client, which is all my company uses it for.

The interface is a joke. And it is not even funny.

Posted at 10/11/2008 10:49:27 AM by Joseph Smith

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