DominoPower: A comparison of apples and oranges?

In the January 2006 issue of DominoPower, they have an article called ‘What’s really new with Domino Domain Monitoring?’. (In fact, it’s the first article listed from the issue’s home page.) In it, the author says this, "…I’ll subject the new R7 DDM features to as objective analysis as I can." Oh, by the way, the author works for GSX Groupware Solutions, which he also mentions is "…arguably a competitor to Lotus’ new Release 7 Domino Domain Monitor, so admittedly we do have something of a bias when it comes to Lotus’ marketing claims for DDM."

Now I should have known from the beginning that this was a glorified ad for a product that GSX Groupware Solutions was selling, but I wanted to give the author the benefit of the doubt. I shouldn’t have.

He used this ‘marketing hype’ versus ‘reality’ thing, but it seemed like he was comparing what was ‘marketing hype’ to sell the product to new customers versus his ‘reality’, which was just a look at the changes between previous versions and ND7. This is hardly a fair comparison.

The article had a subtitle of ‘BUSINESS PARTNERS SPEAK OUT’, so I guess that’s how DominoPower can say that it was going to be a bit one-sided, but it should not have made that the first article of the issue. It wasn’t a top news story, it was a marketing paper, plain and simple. Couldn’t the Lotusphere article have been the top article?

I guess it’s my fault for reading articles before I have my first coffee of the day.