Lotusphere 05

As promised, here's a look at some of the top-ranked sessions from Lotusphere 2005. Thank you and congratulations to these top speakers. For quality and relevance of information, these were the top sessions of those receiving twenty or more evaluations. 3.0 would be a perfect score. 1....

You know those surveys y'all fill out on your way out of Lotusphere? Every year since the conference's inception, attendees have been asked how they rate the overall conference, in addition to the individual session evaluations. The results from the Lotusphere 2005 conference evaluations arr...

OK, OK, this might finally be the last entry I post about this year's Lotusphere. Ambuj asked me to gather some of the key comments from the weblogs following Lotusphere 2005. The table below is by no means meant to be exhaustive or complete... I just gathered a few of the comments that real...

Because the Notes V1 download seemed to be missing a few files, my colleagues pushed a revised, correct Notes V1 build sometime last week. Apparently it's still there, at least at the moment. This link for Lotus Notes V1 is currently working...no promises as to how long it will last. (With...

I'm at lunch with a customer and a couple of kind people from Workflow Studios. It's kind of funny that I had to come here to learn who won Groove's drawing at Lotusphere for the framed Notes V1 memorabilia -- Sandy Lewis of Workflow Studios was the winner! Perhaps Sandy can add to this thre...

European Lotusphere Comes to You dates now available for Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, and the United Kingdom....

Thank you, Olaf

February 5 2005

Still so much catch-up blogging to do from the last few weeks. For those who weren't at the Lotusphere 2005 "Domino blogging community" birds-of-a-feather session, news might not have reached your eyes about the touching gift I received there from "Olaf Björklund". Bill Buchan hand-ca...

38 of the sessions at Lotusphere were videotaped, and are available for purchase in video format. Visit the Lotusphere e-shop for details and ordering...

Have you seen all these smiling faces? Great photos from Sean, Jess, Bruce, and many others in the Lotusphere 2005 photo pool. ...

Peter O'Kelly did eventually make it to Lotusphere:IBM is playing offense rather than defense in communication/collaboration market segments -- for the first time in a long time. IBM Lotus had some serious product line positioning challenges during the last few years, awkwardly trying to balance...

This year, however, things were a bit different. The Notes/Domino developers and administrators who make up the bulk of Lotusphere attendees were shown some genuinely innovative new technology and, more importantly, got a good look at the next versions of the Domino server and Notes client, whic...

With thanks to John, PDFs of my two Lotusphere presentations are now available. PDF: Lotusphere 2005 STR106, "How to 'sell' Notes/Domino inside your organization" -- with Libby Ingrassia PDF: Lotusphere 2005 STR109, "The Boss Loves Microsoft: Where does that leave Lotus? 2005"...

Ferris analyst David Via was at Lotusphere and posted a report on the Ferris Research weblog.... excerpt:What I believe all this means is that IBM has cleared away the confusion and uncertainty that their installed base had been experiencing. You can almost hear the sighs of relief among cust...

"Best Lotusphere ever"

January 28 2005

In the comments on the previous posting, David Bailey said, "This year was the best!" This feedback was fairly consistent last night -- among customers, partners, and colleagues. Almost everything seemed to work this year -- messages, technology, speakers. A huge shout-out to my colleagues on...

As predicted, Wednesday was an intense day from start to finish. Let's go to the highlight film... STR106, "How to 'sell' Notes/Domino internally" turned out to be a very good session. Looked like about 300 in the main room, I heard there were another 30 or so in overflow. Libby Ingrass...

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It´s showtime...

January 26 2005

Lots of catch-up blogging to do -- about Declan and Rich's excellent session, about the user group birds-of-a-feather, and about dinner with the Norwegians and bloggers -- we'll get there. Ran into Bill Buchan yesterday, who wondered why I am keeping a relatively low profile this week (transla...

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It´s no shame about Ray

January 24 2005

Wow what a day. I've just completed a scan of the Lotusphere-related blogs, looking for feedback on sessions (good and bad), the opening session, and anything else from day 1. All good stuff... Clearly, one of the highlights from this morning's Lotusphere opening general session was the app...

Tuesday morning´s panel

January 24 2005

Now that the cat's out of the bag, I can confirm the panelists for tomorrow morning's "From 1984 to 2005 and beyond: The future of Lotus Notes" panel. As previously confirmed, Esther Dyson will moderate the panel. The other panelists are: Irene Greif, Fellow, IBM Research Mike Rhodin, VP D...

One of several "Lotusphere specials"... my colleagues and I, in celebration of the 15th anniversary of Lotus Notes, have posted the original Notes V1, V2, and V3 builds on IBM developerWorks: Lotus for download. This is a limited time offer through next week. Thanks to a myriad of cohorts who...

Don't panic! The e-Pro editorial team has collaborated on producing a way-kewl guide to all things Lotusphere. From the pages within, you'll get session recommendations, interviews, show floor guides, and retrospectives on those great moments from the past. Libby Ingrassia just gave me an earl...

Have a magical day

January 23 2005

Like many others, the snow in the northern US delayed my arrival a bit yesterday, but certainly nowhere near as bad as what is happening in Boston, New York, etc. Still, I just returned from the Business Development Day opening session, and it looked quite full to me. That's good news -- the v...

Richard Schwartz has kindly built a single RSS feed from 53 different Lotusphere-related blogs and feeds. The feed URL is http://smokey.rhs.com/web/bloggregate/v2beta1.nsf/feed.rss?OpenAgent&category=Lotusphere%202005&count=50 and more details are available on Rich's blog....

By this time tomorrow, thousands of Lotus customers, partners, and of course staff, will be in or on our way to Orlando. The annual pilgrimage has begun, complete with all of the time-tested rituals. This is my ninth Lotusphere Orlando visit, and my seventh as a presenter. Some complain that...

Yes, it's hard to believe that it's just 84 40 hours to departure... My schedule for next week is still relatively fluid, but knowing that people are starting to travel out tomorrow, it seemed like the right time to get some idea of where I'll be posted. Let's try it as a table.... Sa...

As we get closer to Orlando departures (some are leaving even today and tomorrow), final preparation activity for Lotusphere continues. We had a prep call yesterday with several of the panelists for Tuesday morning's "innovator's panel", which I wrote about a few times last month. The good...

Well, it was overdue, but early this morning, I finished up the slide deck for "The Boss Loves Microsoft". Now, I'll make changes to it if somehow an Exchange roadmap mysteriously materializes out of Redmond this week, but otherwise, it's done. This is the fourth year for this session at Lot...

If you are an IBM business partner attending Lotusphere, you owe it to yourself to sit down for a one-on-one meeting with IBM Lotus/Workplace/Portal marketing. These meetings were started at LS2004, and were highly rated by those partners who took advantage of them. It's a chance to align your...

More pre-Lotusphere coverage...Customers that have already adopted Workplace will benefit from the tighter ties as well. IBM is expected to announce the Workplace Designer development tool, a product developed by many of the same software engineers who worked on the Domino Designer rapid applica...

First of what is likely to be several pre-Lotusphere press articles...Though Workplace Designer was mentioned at the Rational Software Development User Conference last summer, this introduction would be the Eclipse-based toolset's coming-out party. The software promises to enable traditional Dom...

It's great to see that many bloggers, partners, and general Lotusphere attendees have signed up for the Lotusphere Certification breakfast. Unfortunately, I now won't be able to make the Tuesday morning breakfast, and am sending my regrets publicly. My schedule conflict is due to finalization ...

Couple of Lotusphere updates... Ben Langhinrichs has posted his 5th annual Lotusphere agenda Notes database. This is a great tool for session attendance planning. I received an e-mail this morning from Andrew Kelly, a Notes administrator from Oklahoma State University whom many of us me...

I'm pleased to confirm that Esther Dyson has agreed to be the moderator for the Lotusphere panel "Lotus Notes: From 1984 Through 2005 and Beyond" that I mentioned earlier this week. Kewl....

As I mentioned last week, there's some more exciting Lotusphere '05 news out today. Two special sessions have been added to the agenda: Gurupalooza -- All the speakers in the Best Practices track will be invited to form a panel of experts on Thursday the 27th at 11:15 AM in the Swan. Ther...

A number of developments on the Lotusphere '05 front in the last few days -- - Lotusphere 2005 session dates/times have been posted. - Ben Langhinrichs has already posted this data in NSF format. He'll be updating it soon with more snazzy features. - The Workplace Forum event-within-an-...

The Lotus website and e-Pro have coverage of the winners of the 2005 Lotus Awards. Congratulations to the winners! Special shout-out to PSC Group, they who host this blog, for finally moving from bridesmaid to bride. :)...

True to form, The Turtle has broken the news of where the Wednesday night party will be at Lotusphere 2005....

With the exception of the Workplace Forum and the customer success stories tracks, 99% of the approved Lotusphere sessions/BoFs are now posted in all their glorious detail. I think it should be self-evident now that the content team has delivered on the promise of increased Notes/Domino content...

Remember back in the days when Lotusphere was like 10,000 people? One of the differences back then is that Lotusphere attendees tended to come from a range of organizational levels -- administrators/developers/architects, but also IT management, directors, and CIOs. In the last few years, fewe...

Bloggers at Lotusphere

December 9 2004

Now that the agenda for Lotusphere 2005 is 99% final, it's a good time to start examining the content plans. The content team had a stated objective of increasing the proportion of Notes/Domino content on the overall agenda. If you examine the tracks and sessions list, it seems fairly clear t...

The finalists for the 11th annual Lotus Awards (formerly Beacon Awards) have been announced. Congratulations to all the partners! (Via InsideLotus weblog)...

"The following is a sampling of the type of session content you are likely to see at Lotusphere 2005. Look for additional session information to be added on an ongoing basis. All sessions are subject to change without notice." Link: Lotusphere 2005: Tracks & Sessions ...

Mark your Lotusphere calendars...The Lotus Certification Breakfast will be your chance to mingle with some Lotus "celebrities" and share breakfast with your fellow IBM certified professionals. This is one small way that we can say thanks to those of you in the front lines deploying, developing,...

I just sent out informal e-mail notification to the 83 speakers in the Lotusphere 2005 infrastructure track that their sessions have been approved. There are 51 sessions approved in the track, up from 45 in 2004. Over 150 session abstracts were submitted, for this track alone -- a record. ...

I've been getting a lot of questions about the Lotusphere 2005 sessions in the last few days. Understandably, some of you (or your bosses) are waiting to see what the session content is going to be before deciding on whether to attend or not. The final session approvals are happening this we...

It has been a few weeks since I said anything about Lotusphere 2005 content planning. The deadline for submitting abstracts was a couple of weeks ago. Maybe the world is just more paticapatory this year -- we had more abstracts submitted for LS05 than any of the previous years I've worked on t...

According to the IBM PartnerWorld website, the deadline for submitting nominations for 2005 Lotus Awards has been extended to November 12th. Get those nominations in! There are 12 categories this year -- up from nine for 2004....

I've been surfing the submitted Lotusphere 2005 abstracts off and on all weekend. There's only one word for it -- overwhelming. Lotus received what looks like a 3:1 submission ratio -- three submissions for every available speaking slot. This is my fourth year as part of the content team, and...

Rocky has an excellent blog entry on behalf of all of us on the content team for Lotusphere '05. I've seen a number of abstracts already submitted from blog readers...but there's still room in the pond. What would make a good Lotusphere session? See here ...

Five tracks of Birds-of-a-Feather sessions...with the plan for 2005 being that they will be sprinkled throughout the day, not just start/end of day sessions. Submit proposals at the Call for Abstracts website....

Edcom has announced my role as a keynote speaker at their local version of a Lotusphere-comes-to-you event in Munich in February, 2005. vowe is on the agenda as well....

Lotusphere 2005 is now seeking session proposals via the Call for Abstracts website. Note: Birds-of-a-feather session proposals are not yet being accepted -- I'll post an update when that system is live. Submissions must be received by October 20 -- so you have two weeks. This is the second...

"Based on last year's feedback, we let the content swing a little too much into future technology," Marcus said. "They understand that we need to use this platform to tell them what's coming next, and they need to plan for what's ahead, but they said they need to get practical information about...

An extensive interview with Sandra Marcus, queen of Lotusphere.What we've heard loud and clear is that there was too much content on future technology or stuff about to come out of the development pipe, and users said they really need practical "here and now" content. They want and need us to te...

12 categories, including the return of Best Philanthropic Solution. Link: 2005 IBM PartnerWorld Beacon Awards and Eleventh Annual Lotus Awards Link: 2005 Lotus Awards categories ...

One more for your newsreader: Gonzo Lotusphere news . The unofficial Lotusphere 2005 website is at www.weightlessdog.com/ls2005.nsf or www.gonzolotusphere.com. ...

LOTUSphere and content

August 29 2004

Well, it seems it is never too early to start discussing the content for the next Lotusphere. The call for abstracts hasn't even been issued yet; the nominations for Lotus Awards aren't open (though they will be this week); the registration site is up but not formally announced; heck, it isn't...

The queen of Lotusphere, Sandra Marcus, sent out an e-mail to a few folks internally saying that early-bird registration for Lotusphere 2005 is open. Some of you who have attended Lotusphere in the past will receive e-mail today with more details. The early-bird registration price is only US$1...

Last week, I blogged the announcement of end of support for Notes/Domino R5. Of the eight comments, most seemed to be wistful about R5, the release that was, rather than anything about the announcement itself. I have to admit that I was expecting more comment on this. IBM's tracking studies...