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Wink at the Moon

Neil Armstrong @ Lotusphere 2007, photo by Alan Lepofsky

Erst gestern habe ich mitbekommen, dass Neil Armstrong am Sonnabend verstorben ist. Neil Armstrong war der Held meiner Kindheit. Ich war wenig begeistert von Fussball- oder Vorabendserien-Stars. Winnetou war schon besser. Old Shatterhand bewunderte ich auch. Mein wahrer Held aber war Neil Armstrong. Mein Berufswunsch war ohne Frage Astronaut. Ich sah klar meine ersten Schritte auf fernen Planeten vor mir. In meinem Kinder-Zimmer hingen lange Zeit nur zwei Plakate. Der „First Footprint“ und „Buzz Aldrin

Als mir später der Zahnarzt die erste Plombe in den Mund hämmerte und mir danach mitteilte, dass es jetzt aus sei mit der Berufspiloten- und Astronauten-Karriere, da brach für mich eine Welt zusammen.

Versöhnt wurde ich Jahre später. Mit Spannung wurde in den guten alten Zeiten, als die Lotusphere noch die Lotusphere war, der Keynote Speaker erwartet. Im Jahr 2007 war es soweit. Die Openening Session gehörte Neil Armstrong. Und ich hatte den Helden meiner Kindheit direkt vor mir. Unvergesslich.

“And the next time you walk outside on a clear night and see the moon smiling down at you, think of Neil Armstrong and give him a wink.” Diesen Wunsch von Neil Armstrongs Familie haben wir gestern erfüllt. Und werden es wohl noch öfter tun.

Lotusphere Came To Berlin

Uffe Sörensen, Alexander Kluge, Kurt Fessel

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 comes to Berlin

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.

Return to Germany

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.

See you next year

See you next year

Bob did NOT ask the first question…


…and he will have to fix the LSX stuff now for himself 😉

„Ask the Developers“, one of my favourite sessions on Lotusphere.

Ask the Developers

Quickr Flickr

Ever wondered about all these missing vowels in cool Web 2.0 product names? Caterina Fake explains how it realy was:

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 Not available. Even for IBM. And Taken, but not connected.

Just thought about registering It´s free. Hurry up, if you have a product that fits to that name 😉

via Oliver

Flying Kluge

Yesterday at the SkyVenture. Thanks IT Factory. It was big fun! And I performed better than last year

Does it pay off?

Visiting Lotusphere does pay off. No question. Meet the people you need to talk to. Understand new products and your vendors strategy. It does pay off without question.

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?

Full House

IBM says over 7000 people attend Lotusphere this year. This is a significant growth compared to 2006. Maybe IBM will have to split up the next opening session in 2008 like in the good old times when over 10.000 people attended Lotusphere 😉



Cool Tools

Lotusphere Opening Session is over, the Eagle has landed. Time to review the announcements.

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, 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.

IBM promises to build cool tools. Why cool? Because cool tools will be pulled into organizations, you don´t have to push it. Just like Instant Messaging made its way to the corporate world, because it was cool and people wanted to use it. IBM speaks about „viral adoption“. And from what I have seen, there is a good chance for things like Lotus Quickr and Lotus Connections to be adopted exactly this way. These solutions realy look cool.

Lotusphere 2007 in Second Life

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 ( 9/34/58/23/).

Lotus Notes 8 has landed

Neill Armstrong @ Lotusphere 2007 opening

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…

22 ounces

Yesterday evening we were invited to Shula´s Steakhouse in the Dolphin Hotel. While the waiter offered his premium product, a 22 ounces cowboy peace of meat, we discussed if we realy should order it. The waiter estimated the 22 ounces to be approximatly 290 gramms, while other german analysts at the table estimated the 22 ounces to be aoround 1000 gramm.

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


It is strange if you have to decide: Should I stay at the beach or go to the pool. Right in the middle of January. Sun is shining, weather is great, people are happy. Welcome to Lotusphere.


Finally I made it. A little late, but I arrived safe and sound. This year for some reason I had a stop over in Milano, then headed to Atlanta. Flying over the alps with clear weather was great. Delta reps were unsual friendly these days, and food was great. Maybe because the catering company was italian 😉

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.

Off to Atlanta

Home of KES L.L.C.

On my way to Lotusphere now. With short stopover in Atlanta to visit old friends. See you at Lotusphere.


Orlando Weather

And it´s T minus 3 days.

T -10 days

Yesterday I received my Lotusphere Online registration information. And I realized that Lotusphere is only a few days ahead. Until now there I felt no real excitement about going to Orlando this year, but now I am looking forward to meet the community at Lotusphere. I am not sure, but I think it is my seventh or eighth Lotusphere I will attend. Have to count my t-shirts these days…

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 for Lotusphere Videos.

So I am tuned in now. See you in Orlando.