Lotus Symphony as an alternative to Office 2007 – but why hasn’t everyone heard about it yet?

Yesterday I had lunch with several IT folks from one of my clients. At one point in the conversation they started talking about what software they will be next pushing out to all desktops. Someone asked when they would be deploying Office 2007. Turns out that at this organization users need a special permission, manager’s authorization, to receive a copy of Office 2007. The main reason — it is too expensive. The conversation naturally turned to low-cost alternatives, such as OpenOffice. And then I asked about Lotus Symphony. To my surprise, nobody at this good sized IBM/Lotus customer has heard of Lotus Symphony. While I was explaining what Lotus Symphony was all about, the heads were nodding, the eyes were shining — the story around Lotus Symphony clearly made sense here and they got it. A enterprise-class productivity software suite that is free and is provided at no charge — what’s not to get?

It is clearly disappointing that Lotus Symphony does not get more exposure. A few full page ads in eWeek or similar industry rags could go along way towards raising general awareness of this excellent alternative to an expensive product with a steep learning curve.

And in the mean time, I’ll be going back to my client next week with a Notes 8 CD in hand and showing them what Lotus Symphony can do for them. Coincidentally, PSC now offers a Lotus Symphony Executive Jumpstart, now listed in the IBM Lotus Business Solutions Catalog.

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One Response

  1. With the new Office (the 2007) design, look & feel, Microsoft have made a giant leap. True that it takes time to get use to the new ribbon and to get around quickly.. But once you are familiar with it, you rock!

    We do a lot of researches on the web, and using Excel macros,
    we have improved our research speed in 30%. That huge!!

    Using OneNote have improved our research information control (nothing get lost now) and with the sharing files abilities, now everyone can contribute to the project.

    So to summary it all, we are more then happy with the tools that comes in the Office 2007.
    We looking forward to the new one… 😉

    With the SP2 support for open source files,
    our CRM improved since we don’t have to “fight”
    with our clients anymore 🙂

    The 2007 was a great investment with benefits to us.

    Thanks for the post, I have learned something new today..

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