Archive for the 'Lotusphere2007' Category
So LCTY was one of our best events recently. In the last year we had to cancel several customer events because of less registrations than expected. But this years "Lotusphere Comes To You" event was succesfull. Too many registered attendees, only a few no-shows, an interested audience - and great speakers. I think it was a great success - even if our new location is still under construction. So thank you IBM and especially Uffe and Volker who did a great job showing the latest technology around Lotus products like Quickr, Connections and of course Lotus Notes / Domino 8.
Lotusphere @ XCOM AG. Great Speakers like Uffe Sörensen and Volker Jürgensen. Full house. I think this will be an exciting day tomorrow at our new location.
This years Lotusphere was extended by adding two days of Pelican watching at the gulf coast. Beautifull and relaxing.
Back at Orlando International Airport I realize all these black and yellow Lotusphere backpacks. It seems lots of attendees spent a few days more over here - even if the weather was not as good as in the past years.
...and he will have to fix the LSX stuff now for himself 😉
"Ask the Developers", one of my favourite sessions on Lotusphere.
We tried to get "flicker" with an e, but the guy who had the Web domain wasn't willing to give it up.Just checked quicker.com. Not available. Even for IBM. And quickr.com? Taken, but not connected.
Just thought about registering slowr.de. It´s free. Hurry up, if you have a product that fits to that name 😉
Yesterday at the SkyVenture. Thanks IT Factory. It was big fun! And I performed better than last year...
But: I receive two or three invitations per evening/day for a special event sponsored by one of our suppliers or the suppliers that want to deal with me. It is always a very expensive dinner, sometimes it is a real event like last years SkyVenture visit with IT Factory - which will be repeated today 😉
On the business partner reception last night one of our partners explained he is paying 100.000 US$ per Lotusphere day. Booth, special events, catering, staff, sponsoring and so on. I met some smaller german partners who realy pay lots of money for the booth and all that stuff to start business in the United States. And I wonder now: Does it realy pay off?
So it´s all about collaboration. It´s about connecting people and knowledge. Bringing together teams to work efficiently on projects. Help people becoming more productive, fighting the email flood and finding their ways throught the information djungel. Nothing realy new to the Lotus community. That is what this community has done for years. But now collaboration seems to be recognized by CEOs as the big challenge. And collaboration finds its way up from all these succesfull web 2.0 projects to the IBM product portfolio.
So what have we seen today?
- Sametime 7.5 seems to be very successfull. IBM sold over 1 Million seats of Lotus Sametime. Many partners contribute plugins to the new Eclipse based clients. Furture Direction: With video chat support, tabbed chat, voice and telephony integration Lotus Sametime will become THE Unified Messaging tool for corporate usage.
- Hannover is Lotus Notes 8 now. Public Beta will be available next month. Some partners like our company is part of the Managed Beta program. And what I can say: This Beta version is extremly robust and easy to work with. We saw some features I did not know about like ghosted calendar entries or the integrated PDF converter for documents.
- Lotus Quickr is a Web 2.0 like collaborative content server. It looked like a mesh-up of Workplace Documents, QuickPlace and some Blog and Wiki solutions.
- Lotus Quickr Personal Edition supports Document Management functionality within the Windows Explorer, Lotus Sametime Client and Lotus Notes 8 Client with MS Office integration. They said nothing about Open Office integration, but this should not be a big deal. Cool feature: Drag´n´Drop of documents between Quickr and Notes Mail plugin in the new Lotus Notes 8 client. And the best thing: It comes for free to all Lotus Notes users. Lotus Quickr will make the daily work with documents much more easier within the collaborative environment of Lotus Notes and Lotus Sametime. And it shares information with the standards like RSS and Atom support.
- Lotus Quickr Standard Edition adds Teamspaces, Blogs and Wikis. And it comes with lots of templates. So you can start with a project management teamroom right away. The Standard Edition will be for free for owners of a Quickplace license. Interesting: Quickr apps will be available offline by NSF support. So it replicates. There is a Java based local store too and connectors to Filenet.
- With Lotus Connections IBM finally makes the Activity server available. The call it the "First Ready-for-Business Social Software". And this is something I waited for since a long time. The activity centric appoach to collaboration was integrated in several products like the old Workplace Managed Client, and last years Lotusphere visitors could see very cool code in the labs running on top of a simple Tomcat server. IBM now delivers the Activity toolset including a bookmark server á la del.icio.us, a powerfull profiling engine and social community support. Of course it integrates into Eclipse based Sametime client as well as in the new Lotus Notes 8 client. Last year they showed a Lotus Notes 6.x and higher integration for the Activity server, but today I have not heard anything about the support of older versions.
Lotus Connections will be be available to Lotusphere Online users this afternoon. I am very curious how it works.
Lotusphere in Second Life - fountain
Originally uploaded by ed brill.
This is amazing. If you are not her live at Lotusphere, visit Lotusphere in Second Life. Come to the Dolphin virtually, or watch the Opening Session.
Visit the Lotusphere Complex in Second Life (http://slurl.com/secondlife/ibm 9/34/58/23/).
In fact Lotus Notes 8 has not landed yet, it is arriving. But it has been named officially Lotus Notes 8 now. And public beta will start next month.
But the man who realy landed at Lotusphere 2007 a few minutes ago is very special: Neil Armstrong, the man who first landed on the moon.
More announcements later on...
Today in the morning I know: it must have been more than 1000 gramm 😉 The baby cow in my stomach went around with me all the night. Puhhh
Had a very warm welcome in cold Atlanta with hot Mexican food and celebrating a great birthday party - thanks Rusty.
Then headed today at 6:00 a.m. to Orlando. Unfortunatly too late for the Business Development Day opening session. From what I have heard from other attendees everybody is realy excited. A streamlined product portfolio (Workplace, anyone?), Sametime 7.5 buzz and of course Lotus Notes 8. Some announcements around the Activities, Document Management and Task Management expected to hear tomorrow. And a strong focus on social software and Web 2.0 stuff that will find its way to the Lotus product portfolio.
Official numbers say there are much more attendees than in the last year. From what I can say Hotels were sold out much earlier than last year.
And I am here only for a few hours and ran into so many well known friends and colleagues. This shoud become a great week here at Lotusphere.
On my way to Lotusphere now. With short stopover in Atlanta to visit old friends. See you at Lotusphere.
Over there at Gonzo´s Unoffical Lotusphere Site nothing has changed. Same old 2001 design, first rumours about the wednesday night party, usefull tips and lots more what you should read if you are a first time visitor. Pictures will go to flickr as in the last year, and someone proposed to use youtube.com for Lotusphere Videos.
So I am tuned in now. See you in Orlando.