Market for Lotus Notes expertise drying up ?

Interesting question up on Carl Tyler’s Blog :

… Is this because there is a reduction in Domino consulting? Maybe a side effect of the confusion IBM created by bringing a product to market way before it was ready and before their whole strategy was worked out? Not focusing on or doing Domino work I don’t know, but I’m interested to know what others think? …

Volker Weber seems to agree with him :

…I know I will be getting a lot of heat for this, but I would simply say “yes”. At least for our domestic market.
IBM has scared customers by making too much noise about unproven technology. And though they are now trying to paint Notes as a part of Workplace, it may be too late. I know that IBM can come up with numbers of how successful they are doing but I am unphased. BPs I talk to are not seeing interest in Workplace in the SMB space. The enterprise sources I have do not paint a different picture. Smaller ISVs are asking whether it makes sense to release a WP product as there is no customer demand….

Because of my work I try to keep close to ‘the competition’; this includes reading a lot of blogs related to competitive technologies. Although a few bloggers don’t make a trend, it does articulate things I would expect to happen. Despite (or because of ?) all the effort and communication around Workplace there seems to surface some kind of identity crisis.

The blogs of Henning Heinz and Brian Benz also report on this.

I Holland we have a saying : Where there’s smoke there’s fire (freely translated) …