Nick Shelness

Nick Shelness is a former Lotus CTO, and thus brings us indepth knowledge of Lotus Notes. His other strengths as a curator include standards and computer architectures.

Nick is an independent technology consultant, who also serves as a Senior Analyst at Ferris Research, an Associate Director at 2in10, and Senor Architect at His interests spread across the entire IT and communications spectrum, with particular depth in the operating systems, data communication, messaging and collaboration fields. He has been professionally involved with these technologies since the 1960s.

From 2001, Nick has served as an Independent Technology Consultant, as an Acting CTO, and a member of a number of advisory boards. From 1994-2001, Nick held a number of technical positions at Lotus Development Corp. (post its acquisition in 1995 — an IBM company), culminating (1998-2001) as CTO. From 1984 through Lotus’ acquisition of Soft-Switch in 1994, Nick held a number of technical and managerial positions at Soft-Switch Inc., culminating (1991-1994) as Chief Scientist. From 1980-1984, he held a number of technical and managerial positions at the British National Oil Corporation/BritOil plc, culminating as manager of systems integration. From 1970-1980 he held a number of research and teaching positions in the University of Edinburgh, culminating as a tenured Lecturer (US equivalent Associate Professor) in the Department of Computer Science of the University of Edinburgh.

For his contributions to electronic messaging, Nick was named a Lotus Fellow, an IBM Fellow, and received a Distinguished Service Award from the Electronic Messaging Association (EMA).

In addition to his professional activities, Nick counts gardening on a large scale as one of his major pastimes. Nick lives in rural Angus, Scotland with his wife Dr. Maggi Allan and a menagerie of dogs, and cats.