Lotusphere 2011

Note: I wrote this earlier today, and was planning to post it first thing Monday morning. However, with the upcoming IBM Social Business Jam starting Tuesday, and after reading Alan Lepofsky's remarkably-similar observations earlier today (see, we really are the same person), I thought it was worth...

My colleagues Scott Laningham and "Turbo" Todd Watson had a great video setup to interview IBMers, business partners, and even customers during Lotusphere 2011 for IBM developerWorks. There are dozens of great videos available on livestream, live from Lotusphere. Watch live streaming video from ib...

I got sucked into the machine this week -- as I expected, I spent most of my time in meetings and events, and had little to no time to blog or even participate in many aspects of the conference. It's very different now, which is sad in a few ways and exciting in others. I acknowledge that sitting...

I've never been in the Lotusphere opening general session and don't have any plans to anytime soon. The senior execs take the stage, the product managers do the demos. Middle management -- we sit up front and shake hands, and for several years I've also done the blog and tweet thing. That's good...

In the Lotusphere 2011 keynote yesterday, IBM previewed concepts going into Lotus Notes "Next". I also discussed themes during my INV105 Messaging and Collaboration session, and there has been discussion of the next Notes/Domino products in some breakouts as well. The main themes of Notes "next" a...

Today IBM announced LotusLive Symphony, a revolution in online collaborative document editing. With a preview release later this quarter and final release later this year, LotusLive Symphony delivers word processing, spreadsheets, and presentations for users looking to improve efficiency and collab...

At Lotusphere 2011 today, IBM announced a strategy and solutions for deploying Lotus Domino collaborative applications in the cloud. The announcement recognizes the desire of many organizations today to manage infrastructure through streamlined, predictable costs with pervasive connectivity, high a...

I arrived in Orlando yesterday, a total waste of a day as we provisioned the hotel room for the baby, forgot a suitcase at the airport, picked up a rental car, etc. The sun isn't quite fully up as I write this this morning, but it's looking like the usual beautiful Florida January day as we head in...

Press release out for Thursday on ibm.com...building momentum going into Lotusphere 2011 next week. IBM today announced new partnerships and increased adoption of LotusLive public cloud services to help clients innovate faster, improve daily business interactions and reduce computing costs. Lotu...

I'm leaving for Orlando tomorrow, and while my wife reminds me that consumerism is plenty rampant there and anything we need to buy will be readily available, I'd really like to be self-sufficient. So I asked on Twitter this morning, what is the most likely thing you'll forget to pack for Lotuspher...

Find me at Lotusphere 2011

January 21 2011

Only six days left before I leave for Lotusphere, and for once, my presentation is done way ahead of time! (Well, ahead of time) My schedule is filling up for the big dance...new role, unprecedented number of meeting requests. Have had a great team of people helping me get ready, and I almost fee...

I'm sitting here this evening judging submissions for the Lotus Awards -- "Maximizing Value with an Open Source Solution" category, and realized I had not yet written about the first round of winners that were announced last Friday. I judged one of those categories, too, along with the IBM Beacon A...

I'm excited to announce the details for the Lotusphere Idol! session at Lotusphere 2011! For those who don't know, Lotusphere Idol is an opportunity for new voices to obtain their very own Lotusphere session. Five contestants give five-minute auditions and are judged on quality, speaking ability,...

...of course that assumes I can actually make it there. :-) Warren Elsmore and Theo Heselmans will be running the 2.0 version of their successful BIrds-of-a-Feather session "Organizing and Running a Lotus User Group (event)". When you look around the world over the last year, there have been some...

Mary Beth Raven and I were lucky enough to get a private briefing this morning on social media activities planned around Lotusphere 2011. I was surprised -- in a very good way -- at all the plans my colleagues in marketing have come up with for our soirée in 23 days. Cool stuff going on onsite, bu...

As the year winds down, attention always turns to Lotusphere preparations. I've seen many tweets and mails from IBMers and customers/partners readying presentation content and advocating birds-of-a-feather sessions and sponsors setting up events. All good stuff and consistent with years past. As...

You asked for it...here it comes! One of the annual traditions of Lotusphere is the penultimate session, "Ask the Developers". For several years, many of the questions asked during "Ask the Developers" have really been more appropriately directed to product managers or other people on the business...

Back in the saddle yesterday, I spent some time last night looking at Lotusphere 2011 session abstract proposals. With the submission deadline passing last Friday, we received about 850 session proposals. That's a little bit lower than last year, but from my first pass through, I believe that the...

I almost missed this in my travels -- IBM has announced the call for abstracts for Lotusphere 2011 is now open. The queens of Lotusphere wrote this better than I can, so here's some things to think about:And this year we're adding a new content focus, and bringing back some old favorites. The sessi...