The first-ever reporter from India to cover Lotusphere live, Anand Parthasarathy reports on his journey to Orlando:

Yet, all these seemingly trivial tools of electronic 'social networking', are being increasingly moulded into 'hardened' versions by corporate collaboration-and-communication tools that are collectively known as 'groupware'.

And unsurprisingly, the mother of all groupware solutions -- the combo of the Lotus Notes messaging client and the Domino server -- is today, the most mature corporate 'avatar' of these mass consumer tools.

At the recent gathering in Orlando, U.S., of 6000 Lotus programmers, developers and partners, one could see why personal and business-driven communication seem to merge seamlessly into one environment; how Instant Messaging is the core driver, with live chat, blogs, `wikis', even the ubiquitous USB thumb drive, the mobile phone and the iPod, forming part of tomorrow's enterprise systems.

The venue -- in the middle of the Disney World -- seemed to underline the coming together of youthful tools and hardcore business objectives.
Certainly a metaphorical take on Lotusphere.

Link: The Hindu: Carrying Lotus files on a thumb drive  >

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