Lotusphere ’06

There is an interesting change in the dynamic of sharing information and providing feedback at this Lotusphere. At least from my side of the table as the vendor, I am finding myself watching the Twitter #LS09 stream (11th most-popular hashtag at the moment) and the people I follow a lot more than I...

Off to Asia

April 18 2006

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Event reporting

March 9 2006

Wow, there are a lot of Lotusphere Comes to You event reports being blogged this week! I haven't even written about this morning's event in Oslo (waiting for some translated materials first), but here are some other reports: Chris Miller blogged from LCTY in Saint Louis. 66 people... some...

In preparation for my day here at Lotusphere Comes to You - Stockholm, I was given a translation of a post-Lotusphere article in Computer Sweden.IBM säger sig vara trött på Microsofts utspel riktade mot Lotus Software-gruppen. Det här märktes tydligt under användar...

-Now- we’re talking

March 7 2006

I'm sitting at the front of the auditorium at the Copenhagen edition of Lotusphere Comes to You. The event itself was relatively quiet yesterday in Ârhus, but today, the questions are coming. And many of them are on a common theme -- the need for more Lotus marketing, fighting the "Note...

Several requests have come in over the last few weeks to get the slides posted from Lotusphere's INV101, IBM Lotus Notes and Domino: "Hannover" and Beyond session. So, now they are posted in the developerWorks:Lotus Sandbox. This presentation is also being delivered at all the Lotusphere Comes...

With a few weeks to reflect on Lotusphere, VARs and analysts are giving the Workplace / Notes strategy a thumbs-up..."Extending server-managed clients to Hannover next year simplifies deployment issues, but in 2007 it also gives [IBM] a chance to extend Notes more deeply into a Linux as well as...

Finally had a chance to review my Lotusphere evaluation verbatims yesterday. I didn't do the actual math, but for both sessions, it looks like about 80% excellent and 15% good ratings on both content and speakers. Considering that these sessions are necessarily provocative, I don't ever expect...

In several of the post-Lotusphere discussions, I've seen a lot of comments from those unable to join us in Orlando last month. The logic applied tends to say Lotusphere is a great conference We can't travel to Orlando There should be a Lotusphere in [Europe, Asia, Australia, etc.]I woul...

Libby Ingrassia has posted the PDF of our Lotusphere presentation, "How to 'sell' Notes & Domino inside your organization", at LotusUserGroup.org. Learned after the fact that not only did we have 300 in the room for this session, but also filled an overflow room. Hopefully those who were...

The first-ever reporter from India to cover Lotusphere live, Anand Parthasarathy reports on his journey to Orlando:Yet, all these seemingly trivial tools of electronic 'social networking', are being increasingly moulded into 'hardened' versions by corporate collaboration-and-communication tools that...

As part of the LotusUserGroup.org's Lotusphere 2006 podcast series, I did a five minute review of Lotusphere 2006. This podcast was recorded on Thursday, so apologies for the completely hoarse voice. The good news is it gave me a chance to reflect on the entire conference, rather than try to...

Dear PSC, my apologies in advance about the pending bandwidth hit... I've posted a PDF of my Lotusphere 2006 presentation, "The Boss Loves Microsoft - where does that leave Lotus?" for download. It's about 7.5 MB in size. I haven't had a chance to read the evaluations from Lotusphere its...

For those who couldn't make it to Orlando last week, some of the dates and locations for Lotusphere Comes to You 2006 have been published on the IBM website. This list is not yet complete, but it starts to give you an idea of some of the schedule. I've already committed to the week of March...

Somehow I missed this last week, sorry.... Link: Lotus.com: Lotusphere 2006 Opening General Session Webcast ...

In a comment, Jonathan Walkup writes:However, I was surprised in retrospect that so many speakers seemed to pop up again and again. Not that I don't enjoy Bob Balaban's talks immensely, but it almost seems like you could have gone to the Sphere this year and only been in sessions he presented...

Yes, readers, it's true -- right alongside quotes from articles by Reuters, eWeek,CRN, and other news publications, a series of quotes from bloggers about Lotusphere 2006 are being shown on the main screen as we lead up to the start of the closing session (and during Surjit's presentation as wel...

Sessions and gurus

January 26 2006

Ah, tradition. Sitting in the "Ask the developers" session which preceeds the Lotusphere close. It's been a great show and a great week. I moderated/hosted the "Gurupalooza" session earlier this morning, where the 25-ish speakers from the Lotusphere best practices track assembled to take on...

An interesting Lotusphere "person on the street" article. What I found to be most positive is what isn't in the article -- there's no questioning of the future of Notes, no comments about confusion in product roadmap, no "Microsoft is going to take over the world" thought. As I said in session...

I just came from the second planning meeting regarding tomorrow's closing session. I'm not going to give anything away, but a) You'll like the comedian and b) Something will happen for the first time ever at Lotusphere. I'll blog more tonight after Seaworld....

Ironic bull

January 25 2006

Funny that Microsoft's latest project to take out Notes is code-named "Red Bull". I had three people stop me after my "Boss Loves Microsoft" session and tell me that the real Red Bull (as in the beverage) is a Notes shop....

Blogging panel, BOF

January 25 2006

Yesterday afternoon, both the "Reach out and blog" panel and the Lotus blogging community birds-of-a-feather were held. Interestingly, a few people live blogged the panel, but nobody covered the BoF. I was told it was because there was no wifi in the room...perhaps some of you have heard of re...

Coverage from the first day of Lotusphere."For the record, there is no architectural shift involved [for Notes/Domino], it is pure growth with no regression," said [Lotus General Manager Mike] Rhodin. "There will be continued support for all Notes applications." Rhodin and IBM/Lotus executives...

So far, almost every session in the infrastructure track (IDXXX) that I managed has had a full room of people attending. And overflows. And sometimes double overflows. And repeats. Cool beans....

I've been hiding in meeting rooms much of yesterday and today, talking with the press about this week's announcements and the state of the market. Yesterday afternoon, I met with three Japanese journalists for what was one of the best interviews I've done in a long time. These guys were prep...

Analysis of a dinner

January 24 2006

Last night's primary activity, other than the JAMFest, was the annual press and analyst dinner. It was a good evening for both informal conversations and some networking. It was good to see so many analysts are here -- I spoke with Gartner, Ferris, and Burton, but missed some of the others aro...

Sing along with Mary Beth

January 23 2006

At tonight's Lotusphere JAMfest, Mary Beth Raven lead the following sing-along: The Sametime Song (To the tune of "Downtown" [Petula Clark]) (Lyricist unknown. We suspect someone from GE or Hewitt. Please fess up) When you're alone and work is making you lonely, you can just inst...

Declan Lynch from the opening session:The new Hannover client. At the moment all I can say is WOW. it looks great and seems to be pretty fast. this looks like a product that end users will finally be very very happy to use. It has proper windows gestures like being able to highligh documents...

In INV101, Kevin Cavanaugh just mentioned that later this year, Domino 7 will have standard out-of-the-box RSS feed support as well as blog template support. There's not a lot of detail being shared about this right now, so I will dig into what else I can write a bit later....

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I'll be occasionally blogging live on this thread and others from the Lotusphere 2006 opening session. If you're here, feel free to add your thoughts on this post! Notes licenses are up -- 125 million licenses sold 71,000+ downloads of Notes/Domino 7 Double-digit growth6,000 atten...

Without giving away anything that will get anyone irritated at me, here are four things to watch in the Lotusphere 2006 opening general session: There's more to the Sametime 7.5 news than what has been written so far There's more to the Mac news than what has been written so far "Hannove...

Several bloggers have been catching the Business Development Day sessions and Jumpstarts. Some of the BD Day stuff is under NDA until tomorrow, but there are still a number of cool observations. The LotusUserGroup.org "Live from Lotusphere 2006" blog is up and running, and has its first gu...

Luggage arrived

January 22 2006

Not that it was keeping anyone up at night, but my suitcase finally arrived at the Dolphin, 14 hours after I did. Thanks, American! A great evening overall with the usual fantastic dinner hosted by Penumbra (check out their new website, and congrats to Lance Spellman on his election to the...

O to Orlando

January 21 2006

What a busy 24 hours! Friday evening, I checked off the very last Cirque du Soleil show -- "O" -- from my to-do list. While I could use a trite line about saving the best for last, I'm not sure it applies. "O" is, though, very, very good It is clasically Cirque -- the acrobatics, the music...

The IBM Lotus Quickplace team has posted a 3-minute podcast outlining their presence at Lotusphere 2006. The podcast introduces the presentation team for session ID405, Lotus Quickplace 7 and beyond. Should be a good session. Link: Podcast: Quickplace team previews Lotusphere 2006 (fou...

Put the gloves on!

January 12 2006

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Work in process, finally

January 12 2006

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E-mails are now en-route with access information, and the site is now available, for Lotusphere 2006 Online. Sea what's going on in the world of Lotusphere....

www.lotusphere.com

January 6 2006

After all the discussion on the blogs the last few days, I decided to try to fall on a sword. And look, no scars! www.lotusphere.com now correctly jumps to the Lotusphere 2006 website. Thank you to the Lotus web team and the ibm.com team for listening to my plea and doing the right thing fo...

Lotusphere On-Line 2006 will be coming online next week... with conference information (including maps, Charles Robinson!), presentation downloads, and more. I'm just looking through some of the submitted presentations now, and what do I see...hmmm.... A Domino messaging feature I never thoug...

OK, there are times I just simply don't get it, and this morning is one of those times. Last night, both Bruce and vowe blogged about the fact that IBM has lotusphere.com redirected simply to the ibm.com home page. In comments on Bruce's site, I basically pulled a "get over it", saying tha...

Chris Whisonant has put together a wiki to plan the Jamfest at Lotusphere 2006. This takes the embarassment of doing karaoke at Kimono's up another notch. Hopefully I'll have my voice this year... if so, I'm interested in doing vocals for some stuff from Dave Matthews Band, Billy Joel, Coldpl...

I see several bloggers are writing about their upcoming Lotusphere 2006 sessions. Must be that approaching content deadline ;) Rob Novak is highlighting sessions that he and his staff are delivering on web services and Quickplace Lance Spellman talks about the AJAX-related session that he...

Alan Bell has analysed the session abstracts for Lotusphere 2006 for frequency of use. The results, displayed graphically in the style of Flickr tags, show such words as "Domino", "Lotus", and "IBM" to be popular. [Sigh of relief ;) ] Check it out on his Dominux Consulting blog: Popular wo...

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If you are a vendor considering whether or not to exhibit at Lotusphere 2006, you don't have much time left... there are a single-digit number of peds still available. I'm looking forward to checking out a slew of new vendors and new products from long-time partners during LS06. A lot of new n...

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Tom Duff´s not buying it

December 14 2005

Tom Duff wonders why Microsoft seems surprised to not be exhibiting at Lotusphere...I saw that Microsoft was not granted a booth for Lotusphere this year, and to that I say... way to go, IBM! I have a hard time with the fact that Microsoft wants to have a booth with the stated purpose to help ...

Lotusphere 2006 attendance is shaping up.... I can't disclose registration numbers, but there has been a 50% uptick in the last few weeks and more coming in by the day. A whole lot of you have not yet joined the Lotusphere 2006 frappr -- please be sure to add yourself to the map. My rant to...

Lotusphere 2006 Frappr!

November 22 2005

I had not previously heard of Frappr until Carl Tyler blogged about it the other day. He set up a Lotusphere 2006 Frappr, already with 27 Lotusphere attendees on the map. Add yourself if you are attending Lotusphere -- should be interesting to see the event demographics mapped out. It look...

The list of 99% final Lotusphere 2006 sessions has been posted. I'll be highlighting sessions, themes, and new stuff in the coming days/weeks, but for now, surf on over. Hope this helps those of you "on the fence" or waiting for more ammo to justify the trip....

The Lotusphere website features an interview with Kristin Keene, discussing how Lotusphere 2006 will be even more technical than ever."Each year, the number one piece of feedback we receive from Lotusphere attendees is a request for more technical content," says Kristin Keene, who has been at th...

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Ah, the joy and pain of being a Lotusphere track manager. For Lotusphere 2006, over 200 proposals for sessions were received in the infrastructure track (the IDXXX sessions). Over the last few weeks, that was whittled down to the 50 sessions we'll have as that track at the conference. This...

Rock´s clues

October 20 2005

We are going to play Rock's clues / we are going to play Rock's clues / we are going to play Rock's clues / wonder where they are? I've written earlier that we have several new contributors to the Lotusphere 2006 content team. Rocky Oliver and Kathleen McGivney both joined up to help buil...

Some updates on Lotusphere 2006 -- only 125 days away.... Abstract submissions are still being taken. The deadline was supposed to be last week, but has been extended another week because it was a bit lost in the noise of the ND7 launch. I've seen some very good abstracts, and only rejecte...

Several updates to lotus.com/lotusphere: As previously mentioned, the Call for Abstracts is now open. Rocky Oliver has covered some tips on submitting session ideas on his blog. Sponsor and exhibitor package information is now available. New for 2006, exhibitors can choose their pedes...

It seems like it is never too early to start thinking about the next Lotusphere. Several months ago, the content team convened to start thinking about what we'd like to do differently in 2006. While 2005 was a great show, and had the best ever ratings, 2006 is going to be better still. Lotus...