Lotusphere2008

There were over 200 attendees at today's Lotusphere Comes to You in Toronto. While it was great to see so many familiar faces, I was also a bit sad about those who were not there. And as per an anonymous comment on my previous posting, there may well have been more who wanted to attend, but didn't...

The Lotusphere Comes to You Online series, hosted by lotususergroup.org, continues tomorrow with the reschedule of my Notes/Domino - The Road Ahead session. Be sure to register in advance in order to get the web meeting URL and audio information. Hoping it will work this time!...

I've been working with LotusUserGroup.org to reschedule the Lotusphere Comes to You Online session entitled, "Lotus Notes and Domino -- The Road Ahead". The new date is Thursday, May 15, at Noon EDT. Details to be posted at lotususergroup.org...

LotusUserGroup.org will be hosting a series of online webcasts of Lotusphere 2008 content. The series starts Monday morning (US time) with me presenting Notes/Domino - The Road Ahead. The series continues through June, and is free to view. Details at lotususergroup.org...

John Smart of Greyduck pinged me last week that he had decided to start a Wikipedia page on Lotusphere. Obviously, many like The Turtle have a ton of history on the event, but it's never really been gathered all in one spot. Wikipedia would be a great way to do that for some of the fun stuff, like...

Great montage from the Lotusphere team....some other videos on the same stream... Lotusphere 2008 opening general session ... in 60 secondsUploaded by lotuspherevideo...

I love this idea -- nice one, Carl! Here's the idea, I want to see if we can get up to 100 top things you liked about Lotusphere 2008, they can be fun, serious whatever you want, just make a comment and see how long it takes us to get to 100, only rule, you cannot post two in a row, someone must pos...

It was good to see Nick Shelness back at Lotusphere, and he is another analyst I wish I had had more time to chat with...My overwhelming impression is that the trends that began with Lotusphere 2007 announcements are continuing apace. The era of: "WebSphere is the answer, now what was the question",...

Still catching a lot of good Lotusphere-related debriefs and summaries in the blogosphere. Burton Group's Craig Roth had a good summary of his visit to the Innovations Lab, where he saw "Bluegrass", the contextual portal, and the Real-Time Translation Service...I thought the coolest thing I saw in...

The IBM Lotus website now features listings of upcoming Lotusphere Comes to You 2008 events around the world. From what I can tell, a number of events are already scheduled, both those hosted by IBM and from business partners. I expect it will be worth keeping an eye on that site to see when add...

Theo Heselmans has an interesting idea. It addresses part of my "where are you?" posting from last week... that I just needed a place (other than the blogger BoF, which I couldn't attend) to meet some of you. For example, I spent 30 minutes one morning in the Priority Support customer lounge, and...

Mike Osterman was at Lotusphere and I didn't so much as get to shake his hand. Then again, there were a lot of analysts at Lotusphere, including some surprising ones that I would have enjoyed speaking with if they had asked for time on my interview schedule................ anyway, Mike sums up his...

Here are Alan and me in the Lotusphere 2008 barmy bloggers boat races.... as you can see, our pre-flight preparations were very focused. (Photo credit: Declan Lynch...some great pics, Dec!) Congratulations to Thomas and Marcus, the winning boat racing team! Good job to all who participated, an...

The presentation from ID601, "Understanding the marketplace advantages for IBM Lotus software", are now posted on slideshare.net, including the ability to download the PDF. | View | Upload your own I had a chance to read the evaluations over the weekend, and appreciate the positive feedback. The...

I'll be posting links to some of the Lotusphere analysis over the next few days... this one resonates with me because many in the market are just looking for a single answer to "what is IBM's alternative to SharePoint". IBM doesn't believe in one-size-fits-all solutions, but rather finding the righ...

It will probably take a few more days to obtain some perspective on the Lotusphere that just was. There was a lot of news, a huge amount of content, so many meetings, and a large dose of fun. It was part pep rally, part sales meeting. It was notably drama-free, at least on the ground. Highlight...

Quotes from Lotusphere 2008

January 25 2008

Someone asked if I could post the quotes that I had submitted to be used during the closing session. This is just a sampling; please do not be offended if I skipped your blog. Of these, three made it to the big screen: Gregg Eldred, Andy Donaldson, and Warren Elsmore. After lunch was John Pagan...

Birds of a feather flock together...This is taking things far too seriously for IBM's own good. How many FSJ readers are actually potential Notes buyers? How many of those would take it literally? It's hard to tell how well Brill is doing given that comments have been deleted or removed from his bl...

2015

January 24 2008

During the Lotusphere 2008 closing session, Lotus VP Marjorie Tenzer announced that Lotusphere will be right back here next January....and the January after that, and the January after that, and so on, and so on, with a contract through 2015. That is one HUGE COMMITMENT by IBM to the future of Lotu...

Oops, I did it again

January 24 2008

Well, I might yet have been able to get some blogger quotes into the "walk-in" video going into the closing session. Either way, we're going to have a great afternoon!...

Visit lotus.com/lotusphere to access the webcast (or directly here)....

My colleague Thomas Bryner found me this morning...and showed me this: He reports that he had this made by Colorware Custom. Very cool! Also see this link for their view of this iPod on their own website....

Rich Schwartz and the HP crew had a great week in the product showcase...We exceeded our expectations for qualified leads at our booth, and not just by a little. We had achieved our objective even before the reception on Monday evening. Not our objective for Monday, mind you. By that time we had alr...

Where are you?

January 24 2008

OK, so I'm going to be operating Thursday on about four hours of sleep. That's how it seems to go at Lotusphere, no matter that I'm getting older. But it's Thursday, and there are still people I've been looking for but haven't had a real substantial conversation with. I might have seen you in...

I’m Ed Brill

January 24 2008

OK guys, it's weird enough having some kind of psuedo-celebrity status walking around Lotusphere, but this is too much... I haven't been able to determine who the ringleader on this was, but I am sure it had something to do with Paul Mooney and Warren Elsmore. Thanks, mates, for a good laugh. C...

Man was that a lot of fun! It took about four hours of production planning, a bunch of phone calls, e-mails, and presentation proofing, but that was all worth it to put together what turned out to be a really interesting Lotusphere Idol! audition session today. We had five contestants -- Bob Bae...

My goodness, Fake Steve Jobs, aka Dan Lyons, can't relate to people having fun at a conference:Meanwhile, in the "Definition of Sad" category, check this out -- some marketing f*ckwit from Lotus is live blogging the Lotus conference. Big news like this: 7:52 AM A shoutout to Colleen Campbell,...

A new site for me...It's time for The VAR Guy to eat a little more crow. Last week, he suggested nobody really cared about Lotusphere anymore. Boy was he wrong. Turns out IBM and the Lotus team unveiled some major partnerships at the event. Here are the top six highlights from Lotusphere, and the po...

ZDNet's David Greenfield is in Orlando and visited the Lotusphere innovations lab...At Lotusphere I had the opportunity to chat with a number of the researchers about the work they have going on in the area. ...I think what all of these projects have in common beside the raw technology is that the w...

eWeek has a detailed story on the Notes/Domino roadmap, based on an interview with Penny Scharfman:Due for a February 2008 launch, 8.0.1 will bring widgets to the Notes client sidebar. Popularized by Google's Gadgets library, widgets are lightweight applications that deliver information such as new...

Congratulations to Jake Howlett for deservedly winning the LotusUserGroup.org "Best blogger 2008" award. Everyone had a great time at the award reception. Thank you to Motorola Good for sponsoring and to the WISPubs/LotusUserGroup.org team for hosting. Great time, great food, great people....

I'm just about to head out the door for INV106, the Notes/Domino roadmap session. I am really pleased with where we are at with the Notes/Domino product strategy, and believe you will be as well. At 1:30 PM, I'll be hosting our Lotusphere Idol! auditions in the Dolphin North Hemisphere. We select...

So a few people have asked me about Project "Atlantic" today, trying to figure out how it is different from the Notes Access for SAP Solutions that was announced a couple of years ago. John Head has the answer:As a partner in the small and medium business space, we have seen some interesting tactic...

When Sandra Marcus asked me a few moments ago for two things that my "roving reporter" conversations had revealed about the opening general session, my answer was... 1) "That was a LOT of content...my head is spinning" 2) "That violin player was smokin' hot!"...

Hit refresh often, I'll be updating this posting throughout the morning. See my other posts today for specific announcements and news.... Note that the live-blog process will reset the comment counter occasionally. I apologize in advance. 7:40 AM and the walls.....came tumblin' down....the walls...

Lotus "Bluehouse"

January 21 2008

Many of you have had the opportunity to check out the Lotus Greenhouse over the last year. In Greenhouse, the latest Lotus technologies are available to evaluate and tinker with, all in an environment hosted by IBM. The notion of software-as-a-service has become more dominant in the industry, an...

Today, IBM is introducing Lotus Foundations. Foundations is a line of small-business servers, installed on-premise, and providing a broad set of IT and business functions. The first set of capabilities of Foundations include the Domino mail and collaboration platform, file management, directory se...

Announcing Lotus Protector

January 21 2008

Lotus Protector for Mail Security is a "black box" (hardware/software combo or software-only VMWare image) pre-processor for anti-spam and anti-virus. Protector was developed in conjunction with IBM Internet Security Systems (ISS). Additional Protector security capabilities will be announced later...

Another super-cool announcement! Previewed a few times in late 2007, but for the first time, shown on stage. Notes 8.0.1 will have the ability to wire widgets into the Notes sidebar, with LiveText and Widget support. One example being shown is Google gadget support, as seen in these images:...

The announcement I've been waiting months to talk about!!!!!! Today, IBM and SAP announced a joint product development, codenamed "Atlantic". From the press release:Currently planned for inclusion in the first release of project "Atlantic" is support for SAP workflows, reporting and analytics,...

As with previous years, I will be live-blogging the Lotusphere 2008 keynote / general session on Monday. I am intending to keep a scrolling entry at the top of the page on edbrill.com, while static "announcement" pages appear below it. I do know most of the news in advance, but nothing about the d...

Thank you again to the Penumbra Group for inviting me along to their delicious annual dinner at Lotusphere. It is good to see some of the stalwarts of the industry continuing to give it their best, year in and year out. During last night's dinner, I had the pleasure of being seated next to Valerie...

I've been going for twelve hours straight today, with my longest break being the time I've been seated at the computer now. Sunday for me is about shaking hands and remembering names, along with continued preparations for the week ahead. Two meetings with the production team for "Lotusphere Idol!"...

Too funny, Rob...I've created your very own Lotusphere Keynote Bingo card! For those of you unfamilar with the concept, Keynote Bingo is a game whereby common phrases, buzzwords, rumors, onscreen clues and new features are placed on a Bingo card. As the Keynote (Opening General Session or OGS in L...

Looks like the first Lotusphere preview is on the streets. John Fontana previews next week's conference and highlights themes. Quotes from Bruce Elgort and Burton Group's Karen Hobert. So while IBM focused on the user interface in 2007 built around its common Lotus Expeditor and Eclipse framework...

Whiplash

January 17 2008

Alan expressed this sentiment the other day, but as we get closer to Sunday/Monday, now I get it, too. In getting ready for Lotusphere, I'm starting to get information on what Lotus will be announcing during the conference. In my little Notes/Domino-related world, I count eight "news" items...and...

Extra! Extra! This just in. Over last weekend, Warren Elsmore and others announced the 2008 Lotusphere Barmy Bloggers Boat Race! If you were at Lotusphere last year, you might have seen crazy competitors spending lunch hour "sailing" the hotel's swan boats in a test of wills. Entrants for the 2...

For the last three years, the blogging community has come together at Lotusphere in what has been an enjoyable and informative session. We've talked about the benefits of blogging, how to increase participation in the community, commenters vs. lurkers, and all sorts of other topics. For Lotusphe...

As noted by many other bloggers today, Lotusphere 2008 Online is now available at www.ls08.net. There's a lot of technology in there, including Domino, Sametime, Quickr, and Connections. Domino Web Access is used for mail, and even has DWA 8.0.1's new "lite mode" (announced in September). Check i...

For the last few years, each Lotusphere has added new concepts in sessions and ideas. Jamfest, Gurupalooza, Speedgeeking, Boomerang sessions, boat races.... all good stuff that is back for this year. Lotusphere 2008 is bringing yet another new session idea to this list of uniquely-Lotusphere sess...

New this year -- all session evaluations will be done online. Much much easier for all of us.We're going green! No more paper evaluation forms in the conference notebook! New this year, you can access all the evaluation forms by selecting the evaluation icon on any Lotusphere Online laptop, or fro...

A reader e-mailed me this morning to find out what is going on around Lotusphere on Saturday the 19th. Many people arrive in Orlando that day, and over the last few years, have started to mingle and gather on Saturday afternoon. Bruce Elgort and Mikkel Heisterberg have both blogged about what is n...

The queens of Lotusphere have just given me permission to announce... The Wednesday night party for Lotusphere 2008 will be at Universal Studios -- Islands of Adventure. See you at the Incredible Hulk!...

Are you ready to experience the freedom of choice and learn about all the possibilities that come with it? IBM® Lotus® Symphony Developer Day is for you. ... During this workshop, you will learn how this powerful product can be customized and extended for special requirements to make your users mor...

The Deployments, Performance, and Interoperability lab will be up and running once again at Lotusphere 2008. The lab team is looking for customers to work with in terms of performance analysis. You'll get a huge amount of information back out of the process, based on what you put in:[W]e a...

Bruce found this first...Salon 2.08 at Lotusphere 2008 is now accepting questions for the Salon speakers:You're invited to submit a question and help steer the conversation. Follow these instructions to post your AVI or WMV file: FTP the video file to the Files folder using the information below. F...

OK, I promised not to repeat the 8 AM Thursday time slot from Lotusphere 2007 for this. We're running the LS08 "Lotus Blogging Community" birds-of-a-feather on Wednesday night at 5:45 PM in the Swan (Osprey 1&2, basically same place as LS07's). You'll be able to attend the BoF then run off to...

As just announced by IBM, here are the 2008 Lotus Awards winners and finalists. Congratulations to all! These will be published shortly on lotus.com at http://www.ibm.com/software/lotus/awards2008/ Category Winner Finalists Best Unified Communications and Collaboration solution CodaChat...

Later this morning US-time, Tim Kounadis will be hosting a call to announce the winners of the 2008 Lotus Awards. This is always an exciting event in the community, recognizing great contributions from partners all over the world. I'll post the winners at the conclusion of the call, right around n...

In an annual ritual, I once again thank Ben Langhinrichs for doing something really helpful to making Lotusphere a great conference -- publication of his Lotusphere sessions database for LS08.This is our eighth annual sessions db made available in Journal format that is suitable for synching with yo...

One big change for Lotusphere 2008 was a much-earlier deadline for submitting session content than in previous years. In the past, the content deadline has been on or about New Year's Eve, and the content team ran fast and furious upon return from the winter holidays to pull the sessions together....

Chris Miller has posted IDoNotes podcast 42, which is one in a series of pre-Lotusphere podcasts with the Lotusphere track managers. In this 13-minute podcast, I discuss the "deploying and managing your collaborative infrastructure" track of sessions at Lotusphere 2008. For LS08, this track has mo...

Lotusphere 2008: Salon 2.08

December 7 2007

Lots more information about Lotusphere 2008 being posted on the Lotusphere 2008 website. Declan Lynch picked up a few of the new tidbits, including the badge coding for the opening general session, the various daily keynotes, and the new LotuSalon 2.08. From the Lotusphere website:The first in wha...

Lotusphere 2008 is shaping up to be better than ever, but I sometimes still hear from customers and partners that they need to provide justification to attend. Gregg Eldred did a good job of combing blog entries over the years to answer the "big question" of "Why go to Lotusphere?":While the price...

The nearly-final list of breakout sessions at Lotusphere 2008 has been posted on lotus.com/lotusphere. Note that track 3 seems to appear twice in the view -- once with the sponsor sessions (SPNxxx) and once with the infrastructure sessions (IDxxx). Speaker names are posted along with the session t...

Those who have already registered for Lotusphere 2008 should have received an e-mail about session preferences and birds-of-a-feather voting. Both of these opened earlier this week. The BoF voting is particularly important, as the voting process is how BoFs are actually selected. The session pref...

Check out the latest on Lotusphere 2008 by tuning in to the Taking Notes podcast. Bruce and Julian get the latest on all the improvements for 2008 along with insights into what makes this conference successful. [Sandra] talks about things like: * Attendance is up so much that they hav...

A few weeks ago, I mentioned that the proposals for Lotusphere 2008 were in and session selection had begun. I was staring at a pile of 200 great submissions and wondering how to get that down to 55 great sessions. Charles Robinson pointed out that 200 was 10% fewer proposals than the infrastru...

200 submissions

September 28 2007

I am positively stunned. For just the "Planning and managing your collaboration infrastructure" track that I manage for Lotusphere, 200 session proposals were submitted for Lotusphere 2008. I can only choose 50. Don't ask me about your submission :-) but this should give you an idea of the mag...

Nominations are now open for the 2008 Lotus Awards. These prestigious awards are given every year to the best-of-the-best in the IBM Lotus partner community. For 2008, the award categories are: ^ Best Industry Solution ^ Best Unified Communications and Collaboration Solution NEW...

The subject line pretty much says it all -- even if the website doesn't. Lotus has extended the deadline for submitting proposals for Lotusphere 2008 to Friday, September 14. Hundreds (thousands?) of proposals have already been received, but track managers are just now starting the process of sort...

Yay! The Lotusphere 2008 web page is live, with information about registration, submitting abstracts, and sponsor/exhibitor information. Check it all out at lotus.com/lotusphere...

The Lotusphere team has opened the Lotusphere 2008 call for abstracts. This is a few weeks earlier than previous years, and represents a step towards an even higher quality level for the presentations selected and delivered. As anxious as the team is to get moving on this, the call for abstracts...