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My Take on the #LS10 Keynote Sessions and a word about TelePrompTers

When I first looked at the schedule for Lotusphere I was surprised to find seven keynotes on the schedule in the past there have been three (maybe four) but it was a pretty big leap from there to seven.  After the OGS and the different style they used this year I understood the number of keynotes.   I attended five of them, and oddly enough you can tell which five from my browser screenshot 🙂 A picture named M2 I live blogged all five that I attended, so my intent is not to recap them individually here, rather make a few general comments about each one before getting to the TelePrompTer issue. The Lotus Application Development Strategy, Lotus Notes and Domino, and LotusLive (Working Smarter Together) sessions were all well done in my opinion.  Well balanced between roadmap, customer or partner stories, and demos.   Unfortunately the same can not be said for the Social Computing and Unified Communications keynote.  The Social Computing keynote included five customer stories, only one of which was really told well.  Don’t get me wrong I think all five customers had excellent stories to tell, but one wandered off the script completely, and another got up with no script at all, and it was quite obvious in the delivery.  As has been the case the last couple of years the session ended with a spoof of a popular TV show, this year it was “Collaboration with the Stars”.  The session was already light on product content and demo, and perhaps it is time to retire the “Flarepoint” routine and invest the time in talking about the Connections and Quickr products.   The Unified Communications Keynote to be fair started about 15 minutes later then it’s 5 PM scheduled start time as the previous session ran late, and by this time I had already sat through the 2 1/2 hour OGS, as well as 2 keynotes, so I probably was not in the right frame of mind for it from the beginning of the session.  Additionally I had a 6 PM commitment so I knew I would not be able to see the entire sessions.  All that said the “Bruce the Magnificient” routine at the beginning while funny provided no real content value to the session, and once the customer came up on stage with out a script and proceeded to draw what was a good story out way to long I was done. Now lets talk about the TelePrompTer, there have been various exchanges on Twitter, and at least one other blog post on their use.  First this is not the first time TelePrompTers have been used at Lotusphere, they have been there all six years I have been there at least, and I suspect a whole lot longer.  Second at Lotusphere 2008 I had the opportunity to participate in the Social Computing Keynote, and in doing so use the TelePrompTer.  My experience was that it definitely is not the style of speaking I am used to, and took some getting used to. That said I do feel though that for the customer story portion of the keynotes they really are necessary, I will explain. The customer stories need to be focused, they follow a very familiar format – Challenges faced, Solutions Considered, Why we chose the Lotus Solution, How it has helped solve our business challenge.   When the stories are scripted they come off just like that, short, sweet, and making the point.  The ones that either deviated from the script or had no script did not get their points across.  You could tell they had a good story, but it did not come off well at all.   As for the IBMers on stage using the TelePrompTer – I agree they should know the script well enough that it should not come off as simply reading it (and for the most part I don’t think anyone came off that way) but the TelePrompTer is not going away.  In addition to there being a lot of content to remember in the OGS and Keynotes, the scripts are revised and revised and revised right up to the last minute, and in addition if I understand it correctly they all have to be cleared by legal as well.  Like it or not the TelePrompTers will be back at LS11.  For those presenters used to a more informal speaking style it is a challenge, but I thought most of the IBMers did a nice job. If you want more details on any of the keynotes here are the live blogs Live Blogging: Opening General Session Live Blogging: KEY104 IBM Lotus Notes and Domino: Strategy and Future Directions Live Blogging: KEY106 Social Collaboration Delivers Real Business Value Live Blogging: KEY102 The Future of Unified Communications and Collaboration Live Blogging: KEY105 LotusLive and Lotus Saas Strategy Live Blogging: KEY101 The Lotus Application Development Strategy

Recap (and Photos) of the 2010 Blogger Open

So once again we proved a theory of mine.  Take 50 people, deprive them of sleep for a week, throw in a little alcohol, put them all on a mini-golf course and what could possibly go wrong! No seriously a good time was had by all and no one one was harmed during the event. Congratulations to Phil Randolph the grand prize winner with the lowest score (I believe it was a 40).  Thanks to Research in Motion for providing the grand prize a Blackberry Music Gateway.  Also thanks to the other vendors on the show floor who donated shirts and other assorted items as prizes. My photos from the event (many taken by Declan Lynch) are on Flickr.  I know there were other people taking pictures if you could please post a comment here with a link. Thanks to Mike McGarel for building this years Blogger Open Site. Thanks to David Leedy (of NotesIn9) for providing a souvenir keepsake of the event for each participant (need to get a photo of it added to the Flickr Set) Finally if anyone has any questions about the Fantasia Gardens Mini Golf Course I would advise you contact one of this years sponsors Andrew Pollack he possesses some special knowledge of the course that I know he would love to share with you.   Special Thanks to our 2010 Event Sponsors Nothern Collaborative Technologies IDoNotes

Thoughts about Project Vulcan


Project Vulcan was introduced last week at Lotusphere 2010, we first heard the term during the last 20 minutes of the Opening General Session.  I am sure over the coming weeks and months we will see more about Project Vulcan, but here are some of my initial thoughts. First I hope people understand what Vulcan is, and what it isn’t.  It is NOT a product, it does not have a ship date, and it never will.  So what is it?  Vulcan is a set of principles that will be used in developing the next generation of Lotus Software, this includes next versions of Notes, Domino, Sametime, Quickr, Connections, and the rest of the portfolio as well as any new products our friends at Lotus may come up with.  Before we go any further read back that last line, while there was no formal announcement of Notes Next (or Notes 9 as some expected) there was a clear commitment to it.  The statement I heard was after Notes/Domino 8.5.2 is shipped in the second half of 2010 Notes will be “vulcanized”.  While we still need to explore a little further what that means, it is a clear commitment to continue building on the Notes/Domino platform  In fact if you watched any of the Vulcan demo concepts they all revolved heavily around a next generation Notes client.

So what is Vulcan?  First is a commitment to a set of technologies that will be at the core of all development.  HTML5, CSS3, Dojo, and Widgets/Portlets  will all be key components in future development , there is also a commitment  to OpenSocial, Atom / REST, DXL, OpenID, and OAuth. So forget about all the acronyms and terms for a minute, what does it all mean?  It means IBM is continuing their commitment to open standards, and making their tools easily extensible to include third party applications, as well as fully integrate the Lotus products in to a single (notes) client. I don’t like the comparison of Vulcan to Google Wave.  Google Wave was touted to be “What e-mail would be if it were invented today” and in reality is a long instant messaging session (with playback).  Vulcan again not in itself a product, but rather the guiding principles of software development for Lotus in the coming years.  A lot of the fruits of this labor will show up in existing products, as well as any new ones that get added to the portfolio.  Additionally by further embracing the open standards it makes it easier to integrate almost any other service/application with tools in the Lotus Portfolio. Another focus of Vulcan  is the Social Analytics that we saw in all the demos.  Once could say Facebook Suggests meets the enterprise.

I can’t wait to see more of this in the products, but can’t help think that to prepare for products likely to ship in 2011, enterprises need to really focus on adopting the tools available today in order to have the data required to make Social Analytics work. I think that this is an extremely positive announcement, IBM Is committing to providing us with the cross product integration we have been asking for, with robust 3rd party support.  They are building from the ground up starting with the APIs to make the system open and extensible to all.   Finally in what I think is a really key move the technology will be available in beta during the second half of 2010, and served up via LotusLive Labs.  This will allow any developer to easily begin working with the technology, and building applications to work with it, with out the need to build their own back end infrastructure to get started.  We saw during Lotusphere how rich the Business Partner community is, as well as the number of partnerships Lotus is working on (Gist and Tungle to name a couple), this platform should  only encourage more developers and partnerships to work with Lotus. I know I am looking forward to seeing more about Vulcan as the details continue to develop and emerge over the next few weeks and months.

Sorry @idonotes but Poken was a Huge #fail at #ls10

Do you Poken?  I tried to, and apparently failed miserably at it.  Chris Miller has been talking about Poken for a while now, he even gave one away as a prize at the Fall 2009 meeting of the Tri State Lotus User Group.   I was not convinced that Poken was the answer but decided to give it a try anyway for Lotusphere 2010. Don’t get me wrong, the idea is a good one, create your contact information, store it on the device, and exchange contact information easily.  The contact information you gathered is then loaded up on your computer, and easily exported for import in to your Contact Manager of choice (Notes Personal Address Book in my case).  No paper, no typing over information… sounds easy right? The problem is despite having my Poken attached to my badge in plain sight of all for the entire Lotusphere I exchanged contact information with exactly one person via Poken all week.   The only time I used the Poken was following Gurupalooza on Thursday.  As I made my way down off the stage a person walked up and asked if that was a Poken, and then proceeded to exchange contact information with me while telling me he was waiting all week to find someone to exchange data via Poken. So to me Poken is a good idea, but I don’t think many people are motivated to go out and get one, especially with applications like Bump and MyNameisE for the iPhone and LinkedIn now allowing you to connect via their iPhone app as well.

I Wonder How They Got Away With This Sign on the #LS10 Show Floor


Images of #LS10

Lots more blogging still to come from Lotusphere 2010, for now enjoy my photos from Lotusphere 2010

DJ Steve Porters Closing Session Video

In case by some chance you have been living under a rock and missed this one, lots of familiar faces in this Lotusphere wrap up video!

Farewell Lotusphere 2010 and Thank You

So here I am again, waiting for a flight in MCO, almost awake for 24 hours ready to return home, and get back to the normal routine.  I can’t wait to get home and see my wife and kids, but at the same time it is always bittersweet leaving Lotusphere.

As always it will take me a few days to really step away from the week, and get a little rest before I can really put down in words a proper post or two with my thoughts and takeaways, but like I did last year, there are a number of people who should be thanked for the week.

First my wife, for a week she gets all 3 kids to herself, and the hectic schedule does not leave a lot of time to call home and chat.  There is no way I would be able to spent the time and effort that I do immersed in Lotusphere with out her support and understanding.

My employer who once again saw it fit to send me to Lotusphere again this year.

My co-presenter Adrian Spender for working with me to prepare and present a terrific session.  While Show and Tell sessions are quite a bit of work to prepare, we had a good time working on this session.

The Track Managers – they have a job I don’t envy, and have to make tough decisions, I certainly appreciated the opportunity to present at Lotusphere again this year.

Carl Tyler who graciously hosted me on his LotusphereLive platform which allowed me to easily live blog the OGS and Keynote sessions.

Ed and the Lotus PR team for once again inviting me to be part of the Lotusphere Blogger program.  I was thrilled to see the Blogger program repeated again this year, and even more thrilled to be invited back to participate again.

What a great week, so good to catch up with old friends, make some new ones, and meet the people behind the twitter ids.  Lotusphere really is about the people! If not before see you all on January 29, 2011 at ESPN

Lotusphere Check In

Checking in to say hi, and report that I am still alive and well.  This might be the first time I sat down all day so much to write about and so many pictures to post from Lotusphere just no time!! This afternoon Adrian Spender and I presented SHOW303 all about configuring and customizing Lotus Connections.  I didn’t realize it but apparently I had really been stressed over our demos all week, which in the end all went well.  I was really surprised by my relief after the session. Disney Hollywood Studios was a great location for the Lotusphere Party, Tower of Terror, Rock N Roller Coaster, Toy Story any much much more! Hopefully a little more time to blog tomorrow and start to catch up, and if the network allows post some photos, but for now it is 1:30 AM and I have some misguided notion about getting to a 7 AM BOF session later this morning.

Live Blogging: KEY101 The Lotus Application Development Strategy

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