Lotusphere2009

In case you missed this on Eric Mack's Notes on Productivity blog earlier this week. IBM Lotus business partner CastleBreck asked David Allen, author of Getting Things Done and Making It All Work, to deliver a welcome message to attendees at the Windsor, Ontario Canada, edition of Lotusphere Comes...

Burton Group's Craig Roth reflects on a meeting we had a couple of weeks ago during the Chicago edition of Lotusphere Comes to You:It seems to me that one of the ironies of the success of Lotusphere is that Lotusphere is not the best place to make game-changing announcements about Lotus. The people...

We had about 200 people at the Lotusphere Comes to You in Chicago today. The venue was awesome -- the Metropolitan Club, located on the 66th floor of the Sears Tower in the Chicago loop. Today was a beautiful day in the Windy City, and as the event started, you could see for about 20 miles in any...

Yay, stars aligning... Darren Adams announced earlier today:the announcement of Lotusphere Comes To You in Edinburgh. The event will be held on Thursday 28th May at the Caledonian Hotel in Edinburgh. The plan is to have the same agenda as the London and Manchester events.I will be there! I've not...

This is kind of a jumble of interesting data points, but I'm jazzed about the way these events are going and wanted to share. At Lotusphere Comes to You in Paris tomorrow, over 600 people are registered. The event is sold out -- they stopped taking registrations days ago. A memo went out to IBMe...

LotusUserGroup.org has announced details of the online version of Lotusphere Comes to You 2009. Sixteen Lotusphere sessions will be delivered online starting March 24. Brent Peters and I will be delivering the Notes/Domino strategy and future directions session on March 27 at 11 AM EDT. You'll...

YCTL

February 17 2009

Yesterday, Gabriella Davis asked me: Don't worry, Gab, I'm not. Out of what will likely be 100+ Lotusphere Comes to You events, I will speak at less than ten of them. Almost all will feature an IBM speaker delivering the keynote or other sessions, of course, but there are plenty of us to cover...

University of Nebraska seniors Nate Lowry and Matt Rosno were interviewed post-Lotusphere by LotusUserGroup.org, as part of the site's "2 minutes with..." series. Really cool to hear these guys still pumped about their participation at Lotusphere, including their co-win at Lotusphere Idol! 2009:Nat...

Now, don't start threatening my "man card", but I have to admit that, at the emotional point of near-exhaustion that we get to by the Lotusphere closing session, this video made me almost weep with excitement: (Embed updated February 20, 2009) I hear that Rob Novak is back in the US from the j...

OK, I'm not sure why we don't have Brent Peters (VP Notes/Domino development) in PlanetLotus yet, but if you aren't reading him, you should be. Brent has started posting direct and detailed answers on the questions asked at "ask the developers" at Lotusphere 2009. This is commitment, this is publi...

A highlight for me during Lotusphere 2009 was delivering INV102, the Notes/Domino strategy and roadmap presentation along with Brent Peters. After many years of attending this session, I was actually delivering it! We had almost 1000 people attend the session, maybe more as I heard it went to the...

Among our many announcements last week was a plan to integrate Lotus Notes with online calendaring service Tungle:At the Lotusphere conference in Orlando, IBM announced new key partnerships with Tungle, TripIt, LinkedIn, and Salesforce. ... Tungle is proud to be working with such a respected, and...

The IBM events calendar is starting to list out Lotusphere Comes to You dates and cities, including a decent list in the US, many of the Asian locations, and a few of the European ones. More will be added over time, and I believe business partners interested in hosting an LCTY can still contact our...

It's online now...At our opening general session, General Manager Bob Picciano and his team will articulate how new developments will provide exponential opportunities for our IBM Business Partners and our customers. You'll hear from game-changers in our community, they'll share their real world wis...

Several industry analysts have posted thoughts on Lotusphere in the last few days....let's take a look.... Ovum: Lotusphere 2009 - an alchemy of integration?The feeling of Lotusphere 2009 is one of an alchemy of integration - of disparate elements being steadily morphed into precious metals by the...

Lotusphere 2009: wifi

January 26 2009

Understandably, a few of the Lotusphere 2009 summary blogs have complained/criticized the wifi situation during the conference. There were times and places where it was just unusable. In the closing session, Bob Picciano tried to address this head on, saying that we had planned but had really no i...

Network World interviews Tim Kounadis, Director of channels and partners at IBM Lotus, on all the new channel opportunities coming out of Lotusphere, including LotusLive. The article also features partner and analyst views, such as:Whether its online or on-premise at its heart its still Lotus, and...

Redmonk has taken a good look from both on-site and outside at Lotusphere 2009: James Governor, "How I Was Wrong About The Fearsome Engine That is IBM, Or, Thoughts on Lotus, Software and Elephants":My advice to large enterprise customers--check out the new Lotus tools, they might surprise you. And...

Some Lotusphere thank yous

January 23 2009

I read Mitch Cohen's summary of Lotusphere this morning and thought it was a good format to copy. In part, this is because I ended up running into Mitch a lot more this year than at prior Lotuspheres, and really came to enjoy his sense of humor. Laughter is needed during what is at times a very in...

Strong endorsement from an expert in social networking:Perhaps the most important news of the week, but overshadowed by election news is LinkedIn's partnership with IBM which extends it's social graph info to Lotus collaboration and community suite. Why is this important? It means that workers can n...

In my first Lotusphere back in product management, my contribution and schedule are very different than the last several conferences. No longer do I get to flit in and out of the conference office, finding out which sessions are popular and which speakers did well or hearing about the daily goings-...

Gartner takes a first look at IBM's acquisition of assets of Outblaze:This deal will help IBM compete with Microsoft, Google and Cisco Sstems in the market for low-priced hosted e-mail and collaboration services, especially for small and midsize businesses (SMBs). The hosted e-mail market is growin...

Also extensively covered on the blogs and Twitter...official press release is not on the wire yet this morning, but I will post a new entry when it is:IBM/Lotus for the first time ever will provide users of the iPhone and other mobile devices that support ActiveSync with real-time access to their em...

Update 1/29/09 -- the video's no longer where I thought it was. Here's the Alloy homepage on ibm.com And the video that was embedded here is now at this link on sap.com...

I'm sitting in David Allen and Eric Mack's session and am so pleased with the turnout. The room is about 2/3rds full and Eric and David are on fire. This is an incredible presentation and worth the price of admission alone. Very honored that David was able to join us. While I won't get a chance...

This may be our first coverage of the morning...LinkedIn has partnered with IBM to create a new plugin that integrates its professional social network into Lotus Notes, a popular business desktop client that includes Email, calendar, and IM functionality. The plugin is making its debut to the public...

In the manner of a liveblog.... The Blue Man Group has just finished "Rock Concert Movement"... y'all weren't quite into it yet this morning though, took some time to warm up. And for Carl Tyler's benefit.... we had them hired before your charity drive but it's been a really fun laugh.... 8:45...

Business partners who attended yesterday's business development day general session got a real treat -- a chance to see artist Dan Dunn in action. My colleague Tim Kounadis writes (username/password for Paxos required):We also had artist Dan Dunn there - who wowed the audience! Although I talked...

For many years, it has been my tradition to live-blog the Lotusphere opening general session. It's a fun and frenetic activity to liveblog an event, and I've tried hard to do it in the true spirit and not take too many pre-event hints on what will be announced. Website traffic soars, good informat...

When we were finalizing the schedule for Lotusphere 2009, the intent had been to schedule two session slots for INV102, "Notes/Domino: The Road Ahead". Unfortunately, that thought never made it through to the final, printed agenda. As such, there is no scheduled INV102 repeat -- the only time our...

Well this was completely unexpected.... For the last couple of weeks, PlanetLotus.org has had voting open for blogger of the year. I am totally surprised by this, in a good way of course! Thank you. I appreciate that the community voted to recognize my blog and blogging. I am sorry I was no...

I'm on a plane in the morning.... can't wait to get there.......

More Lotusphere predictions and previews...What should you expect from the 16th annual Lotusphere next week? Lots of cloud computing talk and new customers on stage. IBM Bluehouse extranet SAAS service, Lotus Notes 8.5, Lotus Symphony for the Mac, and Web 2.0-oriented widgets and mashups for applica...

We have a very exciting session lined up on Tuesday at 3 PM ... the return of Lotusphere Idol! In this session, five contestants/teams will show us their stuff, and a panel of celebrity judges will decide their fate. The winner will be speaking at Lotusphere 2009, Thursday morning, in their very o...

It's been really exciting to be a part of the planning for this... The Lotusphere 2009 Blogger Program combines access to press conferences, key IBM executives, and one-time-only events designed to show bloggers a side of Lotus/Lotusphere they have never seen before. Bloggers in the program will ha...

I've spent much of the weekend on Lotusphere. In the solace of a quiet, snowy weekend at home, it has been easy and, dare I say, relaxing to focus on the myriad of preparations needed before I get on a plan five+ days from now. I worked for nearly seven hours straight on Saturday, and a few more o...

Just finished listening to the Taking Notes podcast, episode 93. Paul Mooney, Bill Buchan, Tom Duff, and hosts Julian Robichaux and Bruce Elgort look into their crystal balls and talk about their hopes, expectations, and predictions for Lotusphere. It's well worth a listen -- I laughed out loud se...

In case you missed it over the holidays, TechCrunch published a story on Notes/Domino on December 24th, entitled "Two free tickets to Lotusphere--is IBM's Lotus Notes Out of Touch With Web 2.0 World?" The article is an interview with myself and Kevin Cavanaugh, VP for Lotus messaging and collaborat...

With the Lotusphere kick-off being just a little over two weeks away, I wanted to offer one last reminder that we are taking submissions for the 2009 edition of Lotusphere Idol! We've received a number of abstracts already -- in fact, more than we can accept -- but just in case someone was still th...

Just got a chance to listen to LotusUserGroup.org's interview with Bob Picciano, the first in their "Live from Lotusphere 2009" series. The 20-minute listen covers topics which many of you inquire about regularly, and gives you a chance to hear some of our key messages straight from the top. Bob d...

Congratulations to all the finalists and winners for this year's Lotus Awards! • Best Industry Solution Winner: e-On Integration S.A. , www.e-on.gr Finalist: iEnterprises, www.ienterprises.com Finalist: Ascendant Technology, www.atech.com • Best Lotus Energy and Environment (Green)...

After a sort of "soft launch" last week, today the LotusphereBlog joins the community with full disclosure of its intention and direction:The aim for this blog was, and continues be, to create a central site to cover all the news, views, ideas and efforts of the Lotusphere community. That is a pret...

My in-flight entertainment today is Taking Notes Podcast episode 92, where Bruce Elgort and Tom "Duffbert" Duff discuss Getting Things Done (GTD), Lotus Notes, and Lotusphere with Eric Mack and GTD author David Allen. Eric and David will be speaking at Lotusphere 2009, talking about GTD and eProduc...

The Lotusphere website now lists dates and times for most Lotusphere sessions, though scheduled repeats are not in the listings yet. As with the last several years, Ben Langhinrichs has made available a Notes database with all Lotusphere sessions. Worthwhile download to have all the deets on y...

As I mentioned last week, submissions are open for Lotusphere Idol 2009 contestant proposals! We'd love ideally to get some people lined up by the 1st of the year or so, such that there is more time for those selected to prepare their audition materials. We're locked and loaded on the time and pla...

Passing along more Lotusphere good news: The Lotus channels team has announced that business partners attending Lotusphere may take up to two IBM Lotus certification tests at no charge during the conference. All tests will be available, and there are testing times each day Monday to Thursday. Vou...

Paul Mooney officially announces the process for Lotusphere Idol! 2009:Every year, the Lotusphere content managers are on the hunt for new, "young blood", with good technical and presentation skills. Sometimes, the problem is being noticed by track managers. This is not as easy as you would think,...

Bloggers at Lotusphere 2009

November 26 2008

Vlad Tatarincevs asked an interesting question the other day:Would it be nice if people who BLOG can participate in Lotusphere for free? IBM could do this step . It is sad, that I am as a DUAL PCLP certified 5.x, 6. 7.x, no longer have discount on registration to Lotusphere. If some people From IBM...

One of the best parts of Lotusphere each year is a little bit of "Lotusphere magic". There's always a new type of session, format, event, or speaker as part of the event. While, as Sandra Marcus says, we love all of our speakers equally, for 2009, I am excited to be a part of putting together a ve...

The Lotusphere team has published the list of 99% final session abstracts for Lotusphere 2009. Go here to check out the conference session topics! If you are already registered for the conference, you should also have received an e-mail with a link to the session preferences and birds-of-a-feather...

Over the last few days, 99% of Lotusphere session acceptance/rejections have gone out to those who submitted proposals. Congratulations to those whose proposals were accepted -- as Rocky wrote the other day, this was another tough year for the track managers! Many, many great abstracts were propos...

I was just looking in the Lotusphere 2009 sessions database, and was amazed when I chose the view by speaker -- 1,019 speaker names are among the proposed sessions. When over 1000 people want to speak at a conference....wow. Obviously not all can be accepted... I've been told that preliminary spea...

Mac Guidera is the new track manager for the Lotusphere Best Practices track, and he's come out of the gate running hard:This year, I am suggesting we get social about this. If you plan on submitting or attending a session in the Best Practices track, then please head over to IdeaJam and write up wh...

In an earlier posting on Lotusphere, someone asked about what makes a good abstract submission for the conference. Over the years, fellow track manager/track consultant Rocky Oliver has posted and updated advice on "what makes a good abstract" (a few times). Even though I won't be managing the inf...

It appears to me that ibm.com/lotus/lotusphere is still going to the 2008 website, as is lotusphere.com, but if you know the URL, life is beautiful: You can register, find out about sponsorships, submit abstract proposals, and view last year's opening session. Nice site. Link: Lotusphere 2009...

My friend and colleague Tim Clark is starting to plan for the Lotus solutions development lab at Lotusphere 2009:The Lotus Business Partner Technical Enablement Team each year creates a set of hands on labs for Lotusphere. These "labs" are your chance to come and kick the tyres of Lotus Software's p...

Prompted by a Twitter tweet from Sean Burgess, Mary Beth Raven checked in with the Lotusphere team to find out the latest on Lotusphere 2009. She writes:To all of you Lotusphere junkies... (and all of the rest of you who do not anticipate a geek conference as the social highlight of the year)... I...