As always, a highlight for me at Lotusphere is my time on the stage, and this year was no exception. INV101, Messaging and Collaboration Strategy, had about 1500 attendees in the room, and many more watching via livestream (which is still available). Great attendance and it really energized me, and my copresenters -- no, rock stars -- from Petrobras.

Petrobras discussed their upgrade from Notes/Domino 6.5 to Notes/Domino 8.5.x. They laid out clear, quantitative benefits and financial results. 30 TB of storage eliminated; 42% network traffic reduction; backup cycle cut by 80%. Their discussion seemed to energize the crowd in the room, and as I later learned, their management back home on the livestream. Thank you to Alfredo, Pietro, and Djalma for sharing the Petrobras story.

Feeling the love myself after their section, I bounced back up on stage and asked the audience, "How many of you are running Notes and Domino 8.5.3?" I was stunned, floored, and flabbergasted to see nearly 2/3rds of the hands in the room go up. So I then separated the question into Domino and Notes, and still the result was the same. I was so shocked by this rapid uptake -- the English version of Notes/Domino 8.5.3 shipped only 100 days ago -- that I had to check two more times during the session to be sure it was really the response.

After I walked off stage, though, I learned that this stunning adoption rate for Notes/Domino 8.5.3 was even more shocking -- we hadn't even shipped 13 language versions yet (though they are now available today)! So yeah, the Lotusphere audience is self-selecting and all that, but within 100 days of release, we've had a great deployment and adoption rate of our newest release. Great endorsement of the Agile development methodology that we use for these products, and for all the work of the engineering team.

I have uploaded the presentation to slideshare. Feel free to ask questions, or bring them to Thursday's Lotusphere "Ask the Product Managers" session, at 11:15 AM.

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