Althought some people don't liked that Ray Ozzie moved to the "dark side", I think Ray had a really grat vision about groupware and millions of people still take advantage from that big idea.
Last saturday, spending some time in the Bologna library, I had the chance to read the December issue of Wired Magazine showing Ray Ozzie on the cover (right, a real library with real books, real chairs, real people... ).
"In 1983, Ozzie and Kapor cut a handshake deal: Ozzie would put together a team to build a suite of applications called Symphony if Lotus would fund his dream project upon completion" (ie Lotus Notes)
"Notes shipped in 1989, but it wasn't an easy sell—it was tricky to install, took some brainpower to grasp, and cost $62,500 for 200 user licenses. "We never had problems believing this was going to be the next big thing, because we used it every day"
"The breakthrough came when Sheldon Laube, then IT director of Price Waterhouse, saw the product. "This is going to change the world," he told his bosses. Price Waterhouse ordered 10,000 licenses."
"Lotus wound up buying Iris for $94 million in 1994. (When) IBM bought Lotus a year later for $3.5 billion..."
"I was cynical of IBM, but they took over Notes when we had 2 million users, and now there are 150 million. With Lotus that never would have happened."
Take a look to it by yourself, interesting stuff, especially about Lotus Notes.
read full Wired article