Thread regarding IBM layoffs

No email at IBM

With the sale of Notes to HCL IBM suddenly realized we have to get off their notes servers. They moved everyone this weekend to a new God Damn (GD) Mail server. IBMers around the world turned up for work today without email and are screaming in slack and no one knows how to help them. I was faced with a database access errors and no mail on my iPhone any more.

So here we are working for an IT company and we can't even send or receive email any more. The good news is we won't be getting an email from HR saying I have been let go any time soon.

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.. Java ... some of the worst crâp built with that

including Bloatus Notes

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Post ID: @3jny+1bzhMsvU

Bruh… who wants to learn Java? Old bloated and slow compared to what you can do with modern languages.
Rational was some of the worst crâp built with that.

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Post ID: @3qxh+1bzhMsvU

"...old-timers... just use what they know and not learn anything. "

Actually, the reason we have new computer messes is that the young-timers didn't want to learn the existing stuff and wrote their own computer messes.

In their infinite wisdom they leave out the mainframes, despite them still being a large part of the mission critical base.

For example, I don't see any mainframe tie-ins in the Turbonomic stuff at all. Completely ignoring the MF space.

Or more correctly the mainframe z/OS and z/VM space. Linux, of course, can run on MF.

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Post ID: @3bfb+1bzhMsvU

That email outage works for me… I do even less than usual… what dream job?

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Post ID: @2coz+1bzhMsvU

" If you don't have email right now, it means you have been RA'd. Please return your equipment in person to Rochester, MN within 24 hours. The computer glitch that is continuing to issue your paychecks will be fixed."

I hope it's the same team fixing my email

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Post ID: @2rpn+1bzhMsvU

https://www.theregister.com/2021/06/30/ibm_email_outage/

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Post ID: @2omm+1bzhMsvU

"The only people I hear this are the old-timers who are just riding out their paychecks, getting ready to retire and hate new technology and want to just use what they know and not learn anything. "

You'd be incorrect.

The oldsters have enough experience to realize when change is pointless and a waste of effort.

The youngsters don't have enough experience to have been through a few iterations of such wastes of time and energy.

The whole point of computing is to automate things... and let it do it's job... not constant churn that caters to the ADHD of the youngsters.

People who have used both at telling you, "Sametime worked better for my purposes" and you refuse to hear it.

No worries... every young generation does this, as does every old generation.

Someday you'll be old enough to recognize it. You've been warned, LOL!

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Post ID: @2gmh+1bzhMsvU

"Slack isn't as good as Notes/Sametime? "
The only people I hear this are the old-timers who are just riding out their paychecks, getting ready to retire and hate new technology and want to just use what they know and not learn anything.

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Post ID: @2vow+1bzhMsvU

FedEx budget for the remainder of 2021 is earmarked for laptop returns and new hire offer letters only LOL

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Post ID: @2oxg+1bzhMsvU
Don't worry the pink slips will get to you via good ol USPS...certified of course! You think they'd waste money on FedEx hahahaa

All of the layoff notices got lost by USPS. If you don't have email right now, it means you have been RA'd. Please return your equipment in person to Rochester, MN within 24 hours. The computer glitch that is continuing to issue your paychecks will be fixed.

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Post ID: @2hbk+1bzhMsvU

Don't worry the pink slips will get to you via good ol USPS...certified of course! You think they'd waste money on FedEx hahahaa

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Post ID: @2jme+1bzhMsvU

"Slack isn't as good as Notes/Sametime? "

If folks have used both, and prefer Sametime... seems you're the one that's not paying attention.

The users and their use cases determine whether an app does what is needed or not.

The job of developers is to meet requirements... not dictate them.

If the users hate it... the devs have failed.

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Post ID: @2xnp+1bzhMsvU

Slack is better than Notes because it lets Salesforce spy on internal operations at IBM and other companies.

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Post ID: @2axg+1bzhMsvU

Ha - you IBMers are hilarious. Slack isn't as good as Notes/Sametime? Are you kidding me? Although, maybe you aren't on "real" Slack... maybe IBM skimped on features but paid more to license Slack, self-host it, and then tie it into email, fax and telex (Wulph!). Gosh, y'all need to grow up if you ever want to be taken seriously again.

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Post ID: @2fde+1bzhMsvU

If clients do not complain because of broken mail correspondence with IBM, then maybe we have larger problems than lack of mail system?

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Post ID: @2lce+1bzhMsvU

Easy there drama queenie. F&O is on exchange. Not everyone is without email. All the important people still have email.
Also.. slack is the shiznit. y u old timers still using email? … to send your spreadsheets and ppts around?

Also, my man… “can’t have a technical conversation on slack”… is your keyboard broken? Bruh, not sure how technical you are if u can’t figure out hot to type technical words on slack.

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Post ID: @2riy+1bzhMsvU

I have a pretty large network of IBM clients. Every single one has called or texted me asking about this email outage. I even had 2 recruiters on LinkedIn aggressively reach out to me asking if the situation with email has made me reconsider other opportunities outside IBM. LOL. IBM should be extremely concerned about the fallout from this. From just my limited perspective, it’s irrecoverable.

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Post ID: @1uhc+1bzhMsvU

Slack is a total waste of time… people spend hours when not days reading what people say and adding their comments… it is slowly starting to be another Facebook but for business…

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Post ID: @1hlt+1bzhMsvU

Wow they bought lotus Notes back in 89 .

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Post ID: @1cgp+1bzhMsvU

"Slack is better than email, Bruh."

I really like the word "Bruh". It instantly tells me that nothing this person says needs to be taken seriously.

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Post ID: @1ola+1bzhMsvU

According to the blog post that was posted at the weekend, they have been planning this migration for 18 months, and provided everybody followed the instructions in their email the cutover should go just fine...

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Post ID: @1fsy+1bzhMsvU

"Slack is better than email, Bruh. "

No it's not. Slack isn't even better than Sametime... there's no way to file conversations like we could with Sametime, let alone the way communications can be organized in Notes.

Slack ends up being a huge pile of conversations that can't be effectively found even a few days hence.

Slack is for chatting, not serious technical communication.

It was designed for small, tight nit development teams (as was Agile). A huge swath of IBM/kyndryl business has nothing to do with that model.

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Post ID: @1lck+1bzhMsvU

I'm sure there was no news ahead of time letting people know this was going down. The IBM way!

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Post ID: @1ipj+1bzhMsvU

I am archive everything and saving to ext HD or flash drive.
You think I would trust that pos Box at this point? He-l naw

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Post ID: @1lzj+1bzhMsvU

What is the underlying lesson here? IBM has enough executive managers involved in this project, that they dilute the consequences of a major goof up to business as usual (nothing to see just move on). Until executive managers are held publicly responsible for major goof ups don’t expect much change. The second lesson is the folks involved in this project didn’t see, or understand the business consequences of a commodity application (something everyone uses but expects to function properly) and it’s impact on IBM. Or as executive management would say BAU. AK would you contract for this kind of result? GTS and GBS (non-strategic) This is your future

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Post ID: @1ipc+1bzhMsvU

Mail in all forms is still not working for thousands of us world wide, that means notes, verse and mobile. On W3 they finally put a banner in that there are email delays. Delays!! Its been a week for me where I have had issues. If I can get in I see notes but can't open then it locks up then when I get back in days are now missing. Not sure they will ever come back. Its quarter end!! If they can't even migrate mail how the heck are they going to spin off a whole company. I am so fearful as to how the kyndryl migration will go. Need to use my now free time to work on my resume.

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Post ID: @1flx+1bzhMsvU

Works for me… now I can do even less than I usually do!! What’s not to love about this IBM company?

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Post ID: @1bun+1bzhMsvU

Former IBMer here. Is this affecting world wide? I see little notices of this in the general media? Has mail actually been lost, or is it just a short temporary outage? What is the current status? Has services been restored? Who will buy services from such a provider?

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Post ID: @1aag+1bzhMsvU

Just in time for the end of the quarter!!

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Post ID: @1mgj+1bzhMsvU

They should fire whoever is 1) responsible for the decision to not move everyone to outlook (or literally anything else but verse/notes), and 2) responsible for the migration.

The amount of money we must be losing to lower productivity at the end of a quarter. So d-mb.

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Post ID: @1qlg+1bzhMsvU

Look at the bright side - maybe all our old emails will have been lost forever.

As for IBM and planning .. maybe they RAd the people responsible for implementing all this.

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Post ID: @1xpf+1bzhMsvU

its not like they didn't know it was going to happen - wasn't notes moved 2 yrs ago to HCL .... forward planning lol

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Post ID: @1kca+1bzhMsvU

I never imagined IBM email could get worse. Like so many other things, IBM manage to make it worse.

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Post ID: @1cuc+1bzhMsvU

Was zapNotes sold as well? That solution was a timesaver.

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Post ID: @crs+1bzhMsvU

Migration team is busy in agile meetings playing with marshmallows.
We ask that you please bear with us during these difficult times...

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Post ID: @ipn+1bzhMsvU

Time to try paper, pen and an old fax machine !!!

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