Even as IBM and business partners continue to run some great Lotusphere Comes to You events, the calendar is starting to fill out for the second half of the year.  In August, there are two user group-related events that have been announced: Iam Lotus User Group in St. Louis on August 3 and 4, and the Midwest Lotus User Group Conference on August 27 and 28.  I'm planning to speak at both events.  Looking forward to seeing them build out their agendas.  The Midwest event is a group effort of several of the regional user groups, an aggregation approach that has worked well in other countries and that I know is also being considered in other US regions.

Speaking of user groups, the two I spoke at last week were great.  In New York, the renamed TriStateLUG's first meeting was a positive, with many local IBM clients and business partners in attendance.  Thanks to Kathleen, Mitch, Jim, and Rick for organizing, Carl Tyler for speaking, and my IBM colleagues for providing the space and pizza.  The New England Lotus User Group meeting the next night was also fantastic, with so many friendly faces in the crowd -- IBMers, business partners, and clients.  Thanks to the NELotus group for hosting dinner after the event as well.

In general, it feels to me like user group activity in the US is on the upswing again.  Be sure to check in with LotusUserGroup.org for information on local and regional groups, or for virtual user group meetings and activities online.

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