By David Gewirtz
We continue our series of interviews with Lotus Business Partners. This week, I had the opportunity to interview Marek Szymanski and Scott Tomlinson of DLI.tools. Marek's the Product Development Director and Scott's their Marketing and Alliances Director. In this in-depth interview, these gentlemen help us understand document management, AJAX, RSS, and more. In fact, we started off with our usual 10 question interview and the discussion got so in-depth we wound up with more than 20 questions -- and an interview that will span both this week and next week's issues.David:
Tell us about yourselves and what you do for DLI Tools?Marek:
I'm the Product Development Director. Very bluntly, I ensure our product visions get developed and implemented. I've been with DLI.tools for the past 3 years, having worked with IBM Lotus Domino technologies since 1994.
"RSS is like the instant messaging of content."
I'm Marketing and Alliances Director. I'm responsible for our overall marketing strategy and execution, plus manage our alliances and partners. I've been with DLI.tools for over a year. Prior to that, I've worked with IBM and their software channel partners to drive demand for joint solutions.David:
How did DLI.tools get its start? What are you working on now?Marek:
We started from a Notes and Domino consultancy company, completing several Web application engagements for a spectrum of companies. What was interesting is that many of these companies had the same business issues, yet how they perceived and reacted to these issues were something completely different.
As we addressed our clients' issues with Web technology, one reoccurring issue was how file attachments were handled -- it was primitive, limited and frustrating, and we were getting sick of "work-arounds" to make it work the way we wanted. These experiences led us to create the DLI.Uploader, subsequently winning the 2002 Lotus Beacon Award for "Best Tool/Utility" and launching DLI.tools.
Since the beginning, we've had one core development philosophy: make technology easy to use and interact with, easy to implement and be flexible to handle a spectrum of possible needs, both known and future.