Microsoft hires Lotus Professionals for Cloud Computing at Office 365

That’s right.  You read the headline correctly.  I’m not the only Lotus professional working on the Office 365 project.  My friend, a fellow Lotus professional just joined the team.  Surprisingly, I didn’t know anything about it until a week before he started.  Now you might be asking yourself:  “What would Microsoft need Lotus professionals for?”  No, it has nothing to do with things like mail migrations.  It’s all about BlackBerry Enterprise Servers and messaging.  I think this illustrates more than ever that if you have universal skills, like understanding the concepts of messaging or troubleshooting, you are highly marketable, regardless of the details of what product those skills are used on.  It’s not about being a professional of a particular brand.  It’s about being an expert of a process.  Conceptual understanding transcends the syntactic details.  Demonstrate that and you will display higher value (DHV).

Now for some quotes you might hear among us Lotus experts  at the Microsoft:

“What do you mean, I can’t paste a screen shot in a Lync IM chat?”
“Where is the ‘Send and File’ feature?”
“You mean if I want to file a message into multiple folders, I have to make copies of it?”
“Why does everybody CC everyone on the team for every email?  Don’t they have discussion Dbs for that?”
“What do you mean, we don’t have a knowledge base?  How do we collaborate?  Oh, CC everybody.”
“I’ll just Google that, uh, I mean Bing it.”
“I could do this so easy in a Notes app!”
“How do I create a reminder on my calendar?”
“Notepad++ ?  Don’t let anyone see you using that.”
“Where is the workflow in this app?”

Yes, my friend, welcome to the team.


Posted on April 5, 2012, in BlackBerry, Software and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. You are everything right!

    i manage lotus and sharepoint project in my company.. recently there were many problems with lotus deployment ..our weekly metrics report was negative..but sharepoint was fine..

    then one external consultant told us to use version control for lotus like we do for sharepoint, then everything went fine.. then he told us that concept and process is important not technical skills which keeps changing in the industry..

    you are right, we all have to learn to be universall!!

    • That’s right. And sometimes you have to BE outside the box or come from a different background in order to THINK outside the box, as was the case with your external consultant.

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