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January 3 2012

Happy New Year! During the holidays, I blogged my 2011 year in review and became an all-Apple family. Of course, that wasn't all that was going on. We're just days away from Lotusphere 2012, and we had a year to close out. Down to the last days of the year, I was working with a few customer deals a...

By now, you've probably seen Mary Beth Raven's posting on the Notes Design Blog announcing her new opportunity at Solidworks. Many of you have already offered her congratulations on her new endeavor, and I join you in honoring Mary Beth's achievements and wishing her the best. I don't often write...

"Like" me on Facebook

June 17 2011

Earlier this week, I took a step in the direction away from "profersonal" (a term my professional/personal friend Jason Seiden has coined) and set up a separate Facebook page for, well, me. Me as in Ed Brill, Director, Messaging and Collaboration, IBM Software Solutions, as opposed to me--opinionate...

Last week's Lotus User Group in Nashville was quite a success, and thanks again to Simplified Technology Solutions for organizing and hosting the event. It was very kind of Lisa Duke to offer a token of appreciation for my participation. Little did I know that it would be the exactly right articl...

There has to be at least one joke in here....

A few minutes ago, Steve Mills announced some changes to the organizational structure of IBM Software Group. On the one hand, how we run the organization is a relatively internally-focused set of decisions; on the other hand, it is important for the community around Lotus to know what changes are h...

Through the fog of Q4 and pre-Lotusphere preparation, I was aware that Peter Presnell has been building a "Lotus Legends" list of community luminaries. I hadn't really checked it out until yesterday, and I was really impressed with Peter's work. Clearly, with a 20-year product history so far, the...

I frequently see criticism of the Lotus community that we are a closed system, too much of a self-serving "echo chamber" of like-mindedness. I don't believe this -- while it is true that there is a social aspect and camaraderie around working with Lotus software, anywhere in the world, there are ma...

Home with Chloe

October 25 2009

Wow. Last week's announcement that Chloe Frances has joined our household was amazing, with support and congratulations here/Facebook/Twitter that have continued for days. Since I will be taking most of this week off and a day or two next week, blogging will continue to be a little slow here. We...

Welcome Chloe Frances Brill

October 21 2009

This morning at 11:51 AM CDT, we welcomed Chloe Frances Brill into our lives and our hearts. She was a little bit stubborn about joining us, but she was worth the wait. Six pounds even (I mistakenly read "0.3" on the scale as "3" ounces in my Twitter/Facebook update earlier today), 19 inches, and...

It's got to be one of these people... ...who would have thought that Bob Picciano, Darren Adams, Kitty Elsmore, Steve McDonagh, and the monkey would all be contributors to @FakeEdBrill on Twitter? Now I am seriously bummed that I didn't get to UKLUG last week and missed out on the chance to mee...

Doing things different

April 29 2009

It's been a while since I wrote a blog entry that felt particularly defensive. Today, I need to respond to a criticism that I, and/or the rest of the IBM Lotus executive team, are stuck in a "do it the same way we've always done it" mode. Declaratively: it's absolutely not the case. Right now...

Cool interview with IBM Lotus senior technical staff member Ajamu Wesley:Ajamu Wesley's calling was made clear early in life, when at the age of eight he was introduced to computer programming by his mother. Her 30-year tenure at IBM gave Wesley unparalleled insight into the corporate world and adva...

A few weeks ago, a driving trip to a customer in central Illinois was interrupted by a representative of the Illinois law enforcement community. This was more than a bit surprising to me, as it has been many years since I was pulled over for much of anything. I was further confused since I was dri...

Last week, I was in Silicon Valley and had the opportunity to have a beer with Ross Mayfield from Socialtext. We had a great chat, and it reminded me that I hadn't yet written a blog posting about my recent career transition and how I got here. Yes, I really did open a fortune cookie earlier this...

(Finishing up a long weekend...back Tuesday)...

Alan has also posted a batch of photos from his farewell gathering last Wednesday...click through for the full set! (My set is here)...

Lepofsky-palooza

August 7 2008

Since we had many "wish I could be there" tweets and pings last night, I bring you...Lepofsky-palooza! A great time had by 25 current and former Loti at FlatTop Johnny's in Cambridge. The pictures tell (most of) the story. Erica Topolski, Liza Beth Hayman, and Mary Beth Raven put together a "po...

For whatever reason, United made it from O'Hare to Boston in about 80 minutes.... very quick flight this morning. Maybe their version of a birthday present. I'm on the ground now at the IBM office in Cambridge, and off to lunch with a whole bunch of great customers shortly. Of course, I'm lookin...

Since I know by the time I get up in the morning, a hundred people or more will have clicked through on Bob's entry on PlanetLotus... I've just tried to leave a comment on Bob's site, but when I hit "send" I was prompted for a username/password. Thus, since I can't wave the "hi, over here, this...

Big news out today -- Alan Lepofsky has accepted a new role as Director of Marketing at Socialtext. This is a huge opportunity for Alan, from the perspective of applying the skills gained from a variety of product, channel, and strategy roles at IBM Lotus, and also in making the move to a big role...

In one sentence

June 4 2008

Quote from Rob Ingram, Sametime product manager, about visiting Germany:I like the bread and I like the beer.Amen, brother!...

Back in February, I blogged that my role this year at IBM Lotus would be expanding, with additional worldwide sales leaders being added for Lotus Notes and Domino. It took a few months, but yesterday we announced internally that David Via and Gary Kearney have joined my team and are quickly getting...

Having expressed some negatives of the last few days, it's time to look at some positives. First, it is great to see the community response to Yancy Lent's charity.planetlotus.org challenge:On August 3rd of this year I will do my part to ensure that no other Father has to go through what I did. I...

Thank you to Warren Elsmore, Stuart Downes, Sam Sheppard, and Paul Mooney for meeting up for an informal evening here in Manchester. What a wonderful thing to conclude an intense three days in Europe. I am also glad we all managed to keep those Blackberries and mobile devices away for a few hours...

No April Fool's -- Earlier today, it was announced internally at IBM that Mike Rhodin is being promoted to General Manager, IBM North East Europe. Though IBM doesn't typically "announce" personnel moves externally, I'm sure word of this is making its way around the Lotus community. Executive moves...

Canadian readers of this blog will certainly remember Jamie Houston, who was most recently the Lotus messaging sales specialist in Canada. Jamie had a long-running battle with cancer. She died earlier this week. In an organization filled with passionate people, Jamie's energy, enthusiasm, and co...

IsManager=Y

February 3 2008

On Friday, I posted some job requisitions in the IBM internal hiring system, which seems like as good a moment as any to describe a change to my responsibilities within IBM Lotus going forward. This year, I am adding a team of people and direct management responsibilities to my continuing role as t...

I’m Ed Brill, part two

January 28 2008

Found via some ego-surfing in flickr over the weekend. No clue about the context......

Congratulations and best wishes to Rocky Oliver in his new role:I have accepted a new position with TeamStudio - I am the new Vice President of Products for TeamStudio.I am proud of Rocky for knowing what he wanted in his career, realizing he wasn't quite getting it, and finding a role that provides...

Earlier today, Kathleen McGivney passed along some very sad news. Our colleague, Jonathan Sir Hendrey, died suddenly this morning. I did not know Jonathan well, but he spoke at Lotusphere 2007 and I had selected him to give the ID605 talk on directories at Lotusphere 2008. I remember him as being...

Hitched

September 3 2007

We were married on the beach here in our community in the Town of Fort Sheridan in the presence of family and friends. I am sure the 15-20 other people down at the beach at the time were a bit surprised by the sudden appearance of a wedding party -- but I was surprised that there were 15-20 people...

Interest in the online social networks seems to be increasing. Every single day, I get new invitations to join LinkedIn networks. I created a Facebook profile a couple of weeks ago, and am getting frequently friended there as well. It's starting to get tough to network. I know I'm hardly the fir...

As announced by Bruce Elgort, OpenNTF.org -- the open-source community for Notes and Domino -- will be creating an Advisory Council to provide future direction for the site and OpenNTF efforts. Nominations will be taken for the next 30 days by filling out this form. I am looking forward to additio...

Alan’s blog is back

August 15 2007

Alan writes:I finally got my web site back! I must have had a dozen or more people contact me to make sure that Alan knew something had happened with his blog. I guess y'all really do think we're one and the same person......

Birthday greetings

August 6 2007

And here I was thinking, well, if I'm on vacation, nobody's going to make a big deal of my birthday. But I was wrong. If I put the pieces together, it appears that there was a bit of a photoshop contest going on. I am not sure if I have found all the various entrants -- technorati and google blog...

Some milestones in life are wonderful things, and others, well... My 20th high school reunion is this year. While high school wasn't always the highlight of my life's story, I have been having some fun reading up on the class of '87 and where they are now. I am far from the only one in my clas...

A few weeks ago, I was interviewed by an MBA student for a term paper about leadership. I was a bit surprised by the initial request. As a "matrix manager" at IBM, with no direct reports nor budget control, I don't really think of myself as "leading" anything...more like requesting and influencing...

OK, I published this very briefly a few weeks ago, then learned that I was jumping the gun a bit. But I checked with the right manager in the food chain, who says it's ok now...and timely, especially given my prior posting. I would like you to join me in congratulating Dr. Mary Beth Raven on her p...

RIP, Kurt Vonnegut

April 12 2007

Today we mourn the passing of a great creative writer, Kurt Vonnegut, at age 84. Vonnegut was one of the first authors that I read as a collection -- in other words, his writing was so good, I eagerly consumed all his stuff back in my teenage bookstore groupie years. Galapagos Islands was one of t...

April travel brings May...travel. Over the next few weeks, I'll be speaking at the following Lotusphere Comes to You events: April 12 -- Houston, TX USA April 19 -- Minneapolis, MN USA April 24 -- Toronto, Ontario Canada I'm also speaking on Monday, April 9, at the Chicago Lotus users group (G...

Bob Balaban, Notes/Domino programming dude, joins the IBM blogroll with a single objective:I want to make Notes and Domino a kick-ass appdev platform againLink: Bob Balaban at bobzblog.com: In Theory.......

My colleague Andy Porter (Ports) has had his 15 minutes of fame this week.... one blog entry with over 20,000 hits. Andy writes:Last Monday I was flying to Scotland for a few days to have a chat with a few of our customers up there. I thought I would show them due respect so on Sunday afternoon I p...

OK, there's a meme going around on the blogs, and I've been "tagged" thrice on it -- Michael, Richi, and Catherine. I sat on it a while -- wasn't sure if there were really five things about me I hadn't already blogged. But here are some. Thus, without further ado, here are five things you don't k...

Snow Day

December 1 2006

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Andy Broyles sums up the last 48 hours of online drama quite well, in an entry entitled "The danger of asserting your industry knowledge": I would like to speak to the blogosphere's ability to quickly point out psuedo-experts' shortcomings. ... The majority of the comments were quick to acknowled...

While it's not on his blog yet, Rob Wunderlich confirms that he can now be congratulated on joining IBM this month as a technology evangelist. Rob will be working on some of the Web 2.0 and SOA products and innovations coming from across IBM Software. I think the job is a perfect fit for Rob, and...

Happy birthday to Chris Miller, Paul Mooney, and Alan Lepofsky ......

An update on upcoming events and travel.... Tomorrow, I'll be in Denver for the CoLUG (Colorado Notes User Group) meeting. Actually, there's a very cool IBM Lotus Open Labs thing going on all day, and I'm just tagging in at the end. Details on LotusUserGroup.org or CoLUG's site. Next week, the b...

37 and 12 and 2

August 6 2006

If the rumors are true, it's no secret among you readers that today (the 6th) is my birthday. I'm sure by the end of the next 24 hours, I'll have trackbacks/links here, though at this moment I have no idea what this year's theme is (anything would be better than the year y'all made me a power range...

Stan Rogers has his plan

August 3 2006

A month after tremendous community outreach, Stan Rogers blogs that he'll be moving to Cape Town, South Africa for a new job. Good luck, Stan! Update: Stan's new employer, Autumn Leaf IT, has blogged about the Stan who came in from the cold. What a great story!...

Congratulations are in order for Chris Reckling on his promotion to Manager, Product Design, Lotus software. In announcing his new role, Chris has posted an interesting rear view of his years in product management...ah, memory lane. Chris has always been one of the most customer-focused product pe...

Please welcome Lotus Notes Chief Architect Jeff Eisen to the blogosphere. Hurrah! I've been after Jeff to do this for months, for several reasons. One, there's nobody better to talk about "Hannover" in the blog world. Jeff has already engaged in discussions on several blog sites with good insigh...

Charles recently started blogging, and one of his first entries explains his passion around Domino:As my applications became more complex I started hitting walls. Debugging Lotus Connectors was difficult and frustrating, and the documentation was atrocious. New features in Domino, such as policies a...

Former colleague/boss and occasional poker night host Scott Prather has entered the blogosphere, and his first two posts are going to get people talking... Too fast of a moving target, on the topic of the Notes 7.0.2 "Nomad" feature:I still question the usefulness of the entire client since the do...

John Head is 32 today, I think he finally started shaving... Happy birthday, John!...

Stan’s back

July 1 2006

Stan Rogers : Gobsmacked...

Thank you to my new geek friends for coming out on what was, for a while, an incredibly stormy and wet Thursday in T.O.! Five IBMers, three customers, and a business partner chatted and laughed for over three hours. It was good to see "Joe Canadian" (aka Ken Porter) again, and he and my collea...

One final reminder -- a bunch of Toronto geeks, including a number of IBMers, are gathering tonight starting around 6 PM (some closer to 7) at The Duke of Argyle pub. I won't embarass myself or the group by wearing some kind of IBM pocket protector...but look for me in a green oxford shirt and...

Same place, sametime?

June 24 2006

From this week's priority support customer conference in Boston, Kathleen McGivney captured an entropy-producing moment on her moblog... And there we have it, irrefutable proof that the world is coming to an end....

So, I'll send e-mails on Friday to those who expressed interest already, but for all those involved, here's the scoop. A couple of people have suggested a place called The Duke of Argyle, located downtown in the whole hip and happening entertainment district. I'll plan on heading over t...

I'm sitting at the Dublin geekdinner following the fantastic Irish Lotus User Group meeting. 35 of us enjoying rubber chicken, powdered sugar, and a generous serving of broccoli. So this venue reminds me that it's been a while since I've organized a geekdinner myself. I will be in Toronto...

With the best of intentions, Steve set out to fly to Dublin today...The crash landing of a freight plane at Birmingham International Airport has caused widespread disruption. More than 1,000 passengers have been bussed to other runways including Manchester, Bristol, Coventry and Nottingham Ea...

My blogging will likely be sparse over the next few days, as I'm taking the first half of the upcoming week as vacation. Yes, I know it's the week of Microsoft TechEd, and I'm obviously very sad not to be there. Don't worry, there are plenty of Loti attending to examine the latest news and upd...

Alan´s back

April 17 2006

My good friend (and sometimes evil twin) Alan Lepofsky has returned to the Lotus brand within IBM Software. Many outside IBM (and some inside!) probably had no idea that Alan has spent the last couple of years working in business partner marketing, He's been a constant presence on IBM develo...

Rocky takes a break from geeking out on new Notes features...I am sure we all remember the "bad old days" - the time a few years ago when we, as a community, were completely unclear about the future of Notes/Domino, much less our own careers since many of us have worked soley on Notes/Domino and...

Congratulations and welcome to Steve Castledine, the newest member of the Lotus development organisation! I've known Steve for the last three years, ever since he launched his Dominoblog template, which I've used for edbrill.com since Steve first shipped. He's a passionate and skilled develop...

Alan is headed down under

November 28 2005

In an attempt to prove once and for all that Alan Lepofsky and I are -not- the same person, Alan is taking a couple of months off to travel in Australia and New Zealand. While we will miss his Notes and Domino hints and tips, Alan has recruited a world-class cadre of guest bloggers during his...

Check out Bruce Elgort's presentation on OpenNTF.Org from yesterday's user group meeting in Vegas. It's worth the 22MB download -- Bruce proved that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and used only 496 slides in his presentation....

More birthdays...

September 3 2005

There sure are a lot of birthdays clustered around this time of year. Last week in Dublin, we learned that Mr. Mooney and Mr. Lynch (someone hire this fine chap) have both celebrated the big 3-0...while just a few weeks ago it was the summer crop of Ms. McGivney, Ms. Ingrassia, Mr. Jonvon, ...

Och...

August 28 2005

It seems that some edbrill.com readers took my Friday night photo ode to Bill Buchan as negative in some way. Not at all, gentle reader. Bill is an asset to the Lotus community, and just happens to be hilariously entertaining. The photo, snapped almost completely at random, seemed to capture...

and here I thought that having my birthday fall on a Saturday would make it a bit lower profile than last year. Nevermind.... from Exchange ranger to "Power Ranger", it seems. Thanks Bruce , Declan, Tom, Eric, Paul... the rest of you, enough already! :) (Updated: As I knew I'd hav...

John Head is 31 today

July 11 2005

Congratulations to John on his 31st....I can honestly say he's older and wiser. Well, at least his sage advice has been a huge help to me. Have a good day, well, as best you can on a Monday....

Welcome (back) Bob!

May 11 2005

Mr. Bob Balaban joins Rocky in returning to the IBM/Lotus/Workplace fold...Some of you may already know this has been in the works for some time, but it is now official: I have been offered and have accepted a position with IBM/Lotus Software, beginning in early August, 2005. I will be workin...

Welcome (back) Rocky!

April 27 2005

Man, I've been waiting to write this blog entry for what, six months? More? Rocky Oliver writes:I have accepted a position at IBM/Lotus Software. I will be working as a Senior IT Architect on the Business Transformation Team. You can read more about this team in an interview with the dir...

Bags and belts save Ben

February 9 2005

Ben Rose has walked away from a big three-car pileup with only a few minor injuries.All the safety devices functioned perfectly on my car. Before I even knew I'd hit her, the airbags were fully inflated on both sides of the car and my seat-belt pre-tensioner had pulled me right back into the s...

Via vowe, sad news that Dr. Wolfgang Littmann, one of the leaders of the Deutsche (German) Notes Users Group, has passed away suddenly. As I wrote in the online condolence book:On behalf of IBM, and Notes customers everywhere, I offer my sincere condolences to Dr. Littmann's family. Dr. Littma...

John Head is full of B.S.

December 25 2004

With the vacation and everything else going on right now, I missed the opportunity to congratulate my blog admin/designer and recent Lotus Award winner John Head on completing his undergraduate degree as a Bachelor of Science in computer science. And here I thought all that time he was spendin...

Congratulations, Stan: an innocuous posting in each of the developerWorks Notes and Domino fora by Ben Dubuc announcing that there were a couple of dev positions available in Montréal. That was one too many coincidences for me to ignore. I enquired, and was more than satisfied with the en...

Noticed in referrers and announced elsewhere... http://stanrogers.blogspot.com . Looks like it should be interesting reading...welcome, Stan!...

Returning to my roots...

August 2 2004

I'm starting a new job today. Within IBM. Within Lotus. Working with Lotus messaging, specifically a couple of products called Lotus Notes and Domino. Maybe you've heard of them. This move has been in the works for several months (and foreshadowed here many times!). IBM has some really gr...

jhead711=30

July 11 2004

In case you didn't notice -- John Head is 30 today. Congrats, John!...

I am so happy to blog this bit of news.... my dear friends Karen and Paul's daughter came into the world yesterday at 11:12 AM EDT. Marianna Elizabeth Lilla weighed 7 pounds 12 ounces at 19.5 inches tall. Congratulations to the Lillas! Paul reports that mom and baby are doing well, and as a...

Chris Castellani used this word to describe Rob Novak at dinner tonight -- "pescatarians". The reference: someone who is a vegetarian, but also eats fish. I kinda like it. It feels like a sniglet....

Can anyone stopping by perhaps enlighten me as to why there are so many hits coming to this blog today via a thread on sybermoms.com? I've tried to go back and read the thread -- but even after registering on the site, it is telling me I don't have permission to access that URL. The referrer...

Eric Mack in action

April 20 2004

Through a happy timing coincidence, I was able to sit in on an eProductivity seminar this afternoon given by Eric Mack. Eric was hired to speak to a company's regional salesforce on how to use Lotus Notes to increase their productivity. It looks to me like there are about 100 people here....

There's a mention in my comments from yesterday, as well as several IM pings, that it appears the Blogsphere blogger from Mariehamn, Aland, is no more. His friend Heikki says that Olaf died in a fishing accident. May he rest in peace. At the risk of offending readers, can I just say that som...

For those who were at Lotusphere last week, and either briefly glimpsed content queen Kristin Keene while she was around through Tuesday AM or wondered why you didn't see her... the reason was a new baby girl born last night (the 4th) named Scarlett Keene-Connole. 7 pounds 6 ounces, 20 inches...

My mom is retiring today

December 31 2003

Public congratulations are in order for my mom, who is retiring today after 30 years of service to the US government. Her career spans four decades, in agencies such as the Corps of Engineers, the US Army base (now closed) at Ft. Sheridan, and the General Services Administration. She is all se...

Thank you, Neil Gower

December 14 2003

The mails yesterday delivered a very nice gift from UK-based blogger Neil Gower. Neil was at the October Admin/Developer UK conference, but somehow we never connected up there. Neil has generously sent me a recent BBC Audio production of Doctor Who, entitled The Spectre of Lanyon Moor. Tha...

Launching a UFO

December 13 2003

My brother-in-law Chris is gearing up for a pretty important day on Monday. He is part of the US Navy satellite operations center, and on Monday, the satellite he's been working on is set to launch. The satellite is called Ultra-High Frequency Follow-On (UFO) F11, and will be launched via an A...

Thanks, Carl

December 3 2003

I know a lot of you reading here or in the Lotus Partner Forum must think Carl Tyler and I are perpetual antagonists, but it's really not the case. Carl is just typically British. What does that mean? Well, it does mean that he is a pain in the arse sometimes, but it also means that he is go...

CNN: Britney would not kiss another woman besides Madonna Spears said, "I think I'm still clean living. I mean I don't go home and have orgies or anything like that." The singer said she is just "performing and expressing myself." She also believes that by fulfilling her own dreams and havin...