So Long, and Thanks For All the Fish

During the last three months I searched for a new project. I hoped to obtain a larger XPages development project. But in short, there are no projects. Even „normal“ Lotus Notes development projects does not exist anymore, or are extremly rare (and you don’t want to know their daily rates…).

It is the same procedure as every year. But it’s getting harder. Year by year.

In the last years, I always hoped that Lotus Notes is not dead. But the tribal wisdom of the Dakota Indians, passed on from generation to generation, says that, „When you discover that you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount.“. I have ignored this simple wisdom for a long time, but now it’s time to move on. To leave the game on top (as an IBM Champion) is the the best I can do now.

So Long, and Thanks For All the Fish

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18 Kommentare zu So Long, and Thanks For All the Fish

  1. Christian Tillmanns sagt:

    Man fragt sich unweigerlich, warum hier keiner kommentiert.
    Liegen jetzt alle fassunglos am Boden, wälzen sich in Agonie, weil wieder mal jemand den Sinn und Zweck seines Tuns hinterfragt und dabei zum Schluss kommt, dass irgendwie die Luft aus Notes raus ist? Und zu alledem das auch noch laut sagt?
    Ich für meinen Teil wünsche Dir alles Gute für die Zukunft.

  2. Finn L. Knudsen sagt:

    Hi Sven
    It is sad to hear.
    But it is a trend I hear about from several places.I also had to dismount.
    I have worked with Notes/domino for more than 20 years. Until this year, 80% of my company’s income came from Notes/domino development but now it is less than 20% (and 2013 is already above average, so a fresh horse can be a good choice).
    My best wishes for the future.
    Regards
    Finn Ladegaard Knudsen

  3. Nick Wall sagt:

    For similar reasons I have been slowly cross training myself out of Domino.
    What technologies are you moving towards?

  4. David Leedy sagt:

    Very sorry to hear this..

    Thank you for all the information and help you’ve provided to the community. I know I’ve greatly benefited from it and I’m positive others have as well. I really appreciate all the efforts you put in to share your knowledge!

    What ever you end up working with. Please keep blogging about it.

    Dave

  5. Mark Roden sagt:

    Sven – thank you for your help, guidance and wisdom over the last 18 months. I have personally learned a lot from you and I will be forever grateful.

    Whatever community you find next will be very lucky to have you !

    Cheers,

    Marky

  6. Sad to hear this. My Notes job is going to disappear also. Towards India 😕 So if someone has a job offering…

  7. just crossed my mind: read today that IBM invested 100 million dollar in Notes 9 (http://www.idg.se/2.1085/1.529545/efter-avhoppen–notes-ar-fortfarande-viktigt-for-ibm). If IBM is smart they place a couple of creative Notes developers together to develop the next generation of IBM Notes templates. With a new portfolio of out of the box as application platform Notes would stand much stronger…

    • Finn L. Knudsen sagt:

      I agree with you that IBM should spend resources on better templates, but I do not think it will happen.
      My thoughts about $ 100million.
      If you have at least 30 million users who pay at least $ 20 in annual maintenance. Then is the $ 100 million maybe not so much.
      And V. 9.0 was V. 8.5.4 until shortly before release.

  8. Dan Soares sagt:

    Sven,

    Very sorry to hear this. Thank you for all the help you provided to me with XPages. I hope you are able to keep this website up as a resource to the community.

    I echo Mark in saying that whichever technology you decide to pursue, that community will be fortunate to have a bright mind like yours.

    Regards,

    Dan

  9. Same here, been working on JEE projects for over a year and it doesn’t look like I’ll be doing Domino projects any time soon.
    Working on JEE projects isn’t bad, but I do miss the Lotus community!

    Vince

  10. Bruce Elgort sagt:

    Sven,

    I’m extremely sorry to hear this. Best of luck in whatever you do and please feel free to contact me for anything you may need. My email box and Skype are always open 🙂

    Stay healthy.

    Bruce

  11. Naveen sagt:

    Its sad to hear that you are leaving. My best wishes for your future projects. I have always enjoyed reading your blog articles and learned a great deal from it.

    Thanks for contributing to XPages/Notes/Domino community. 🙂

  12. Don Mottolo sagt:

    Thanks for all your valuable contributions to the community. Sorry to hear you’re leaving. Best wishes for your future projects.

  13. Oliver Busse sagt:

    Viel Glück und Erfolg bei Deinen neuen Vorhaben. Ich denke aber, Du wirst Notes/XPages & Co noch die Treue halten – wenn es möglich ist.
    Ich war mal so frei und habe Deinen Post hier zum Anlass genommen und auch etwas dazu geschrieben, gerade weil es bei mir auch Umbrüche geben wird: http://mardou.dyndns.org/hp.nsf/blogpost.xsp?documentId=A6E

  14. Hi Sven,

    It is truly sad to hear this that you, not only an expert in Lotus Notes/Domino but a great advocate of the technology, is leaving IBM Notes/Domino. Thank you kindly for your ongoing support on stackoverflow and your great blog.

    Samir Pipalia

  15. Andrew sagt:

    It’s sad to read this post… (
    But I’m sure that everything will turn well for all of us – XPagers!! 😉

    Sven, thank you for helping me few month ago! I hope to see your new posts, which are really beyond the basics!! Sometimes – much beyond! )

    Cheers from Kiev, Ukraine!

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