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Live Blogging the Opening General Session

excluse the typos, will clean it up later – constantly updating so refresh for the latest The band and Symphony Orchestra were rocking, Mike Rhodin took the stage with his Connections Profile on the screen. A picture named M2  Bob Costas introduced as the guest speaker.   A picture named M3 Bob it a little to pro the New England Patriots for me,   Mke Rhodin is back on stage, taling about Collaboration and the changing workplace.  History of collaboration to where we are now Community Centric Collaboration, talking about  his daughters Facebook page and how kids today air their disagreements are sorted out online, not in the school yard like when he was a kid ( I think he used the same story at the NY Lotus Collaboration Summit last September) .  Now on to how Collaboration leads to innovation which leads to growth, and also helps attract and retain talent.  Mike is now talking about how we need to move from Search to Discovery, search provides results on what you ask, discovery lets you find new information for example using tagging in Connections allowing people to find information, and people with common interests or the skills they need. First announcment – new agreements between IBM & RIM for increased development of mobile solutions for  Blackberry. Mike is now talking about Open standards, vs proprietary formats, and takes a nice shot at Microsoft Office in the process. CTO of SAP Dr. Vishal Skika just took the stage with Mike, announcing “Atlantic” to deliver SAP tools in Lotus Notes, the first co-developed soltuon between Lotus & SAP, the tool is designed to drive utilization of SAP by providing data in the familiar Lotus Notes environment.   First product will ship in Q4 this year.  Travel and expense management, as well as vacation and leave requests will be in the first release, as well as access to reporting. Ron Sebastian – the demo guru on stage now for a demo Allistair Rennie VP of development and support now on stage talking about Notes and Domino.  Now running a showdown between Jeff Eisen (Notes) and Russ Holden (Domino) almost in a take off of the Macintosh vs. PC commercials.  Lots of good stuff about the client – key points iPhone is DWA access, Ubuntu Linux will become a supported platform;.  Macintosh 8.5 Public beta is now going.  From the Server side increased performance, reduction in I/O and Storage, optimized HTTP to support new DWA interface. Ron is back on stage now demoing the clients, and showing Widgets in 8.0.1, support for Google Gadgets, and creation of widgets from feeds, web pages, and notes views.  Showing widgets that use live tags i.e stock quotes, flight status etc.  Ron is now showing DWA Lite designed for faster web access to mail and day at a glance.  Rich web client designed for performance.Now demoing DWA on iPhone. Russ Holden now intorducing Domino 8.5, starting with better ID management, centralized vault where ID’s can be stored.  Notes Client can retrieve ID at runtime.  Opening up the directory, and new data storage model to reduce duplicate attachments.   Domino Designer 8.5 built on Eclipse announced, Maureen Leeland on stage to demo, with the new designer you can both design web2.0 applications and re-skin existing applications to use the new look and feel. Kevin Cavanaugh now on stage talking about Symphony.  Symphony is more then an IBM distribution of Open Office, Beta 4 will ship soon with support for API, and the ability ot leverage applications and mashups in Symphony that will also run in Notes.  Kevin mentioned the completely sold out Symphony boot camp at Lotusphere, look for the sympny boot camp on the road at Bruce Morse is now on stage to tale about Unified Communications, happy anniversary Sametime 10 years 1998-2008.  Now showing a customer video on Sametime, I was filmed for a similar video which will be shown at the Unified Communications keynote tomorrow morning.  Bruce is walking through Sametime Entry, Standard and  Advanced as well as Sametime Unitifed Telephony.  Ron is back on stage demoing Sametime Advanced, community broadcast tools and skilltap, as well as persistent chat rooms.  Screen sharing without launching full meeting.  Sametime Unified Telephony adds presence awareness for phone and IM, not only Click to call, but integration with external phone systems.  Ability to provide a single phone number to a user which can follow them and ring where they are when they want it to. The screen which has been yellow all morning just turned purple which means Larry Bowden has taken the stage to cover Websphere Portal.  Websphere Portal is not an area I focus in, going to stretch the fingers and let others cover this section in detail.   Jeff Schick now on stage to discuss Social Software.  Social software is changing the way we collaborate, work and play.  Looks like we are getting close to some Connections and Quickr announcements.  Quickr 8.1 shipping in March,, making it easier then ever to  share documents.  Full integration with Notes, Symphony, and Outlook, and Enterprise Content management integration coming later this year..  Demo of Quickr Personal File Sharing template.   Quickr futures beyond 8.1 watchlists, document rating, access control to limit data to groups and individuals, and the ability to recommend a document   Demoing integration of Quickr and Connections, and the new Media Library for sharing podcasts and videos. Jeff has now moved on to Lotus Connections and is working his way to Connections R2 announcements, even more language support, and language translation services.  Integration to Yahoo answers, Facebook, easier customization of Profiles and Communities..  My Connections home page which utilizes widgets and mashups.  Offline support for Activities, and moble device support for connections.  Demo of Connections R2.  Profiles is integrated with links to Quickr Personal file sharing.  Demo of Connectons on Blackberry looks GREAT!.   Communities now contains a discussion forum, and includes integration with Sametime Advanced to save chats.  Communities also integrates with Wiki;s in Lotus Quickr and other wikis.  Demo of Atlas for Lotus Connections. Jeff just introduced Lotus Mashups, a web based  graphical tool to design mashups, and maintain a catalog of mashups.  Mashups will ship with many prebuilt components.  Mashups will work in Connections, Portal, and Notes. . Mike Rhodin back on stage, big dramatic fanfare for the SMB announcement.  Lotus Foundations shipping later this year using technology acquired in the recently announced Net Integration Technologies. Mike is now introducing Bluehouse software as a service for collaboration complimenting Lotus Foundations to support the external collaboration needs of SMB.  Ron is back on stage to demo Bluehouse.  Bluehouse is in Managed Beta today. Mike is now wrapping up the OGS. More later

Lotusphere Day 1 – Jumpstart day

Incredible first day of Lotusphere.  Started the day with three Jumpstart sessions. First up was JMP403 QuickStart: IBM Lotus Quickr in Action, quite a bit of the session was focused on Quickr 8.1 and it looks good, will cover all the details as they are announced at the Opening General Session tomorrow. Next was JMP206 Web Services Bootcamp presented by Bill Buchan, while I am not a developer this was an excellent session showing capabilities in Domino for web services, differences between versions, and best (and worst) practices to look out for.  Bill was even offering up donuts from the podium. After lunch was JMP401 QuickStart: Warp 9 — Getting Up to Speed on Social Software and IBM Lotus Connections, this session had something for everyone, if you are new to Lotus Connections there was an overview of what is Lotus Connections,  the components and architecture.  The second half of the session was on best practices for adoption of Lotus Connections in the enterprise. After a quick break it was off to a reception for Notes/Domino 8 design partners, and then off to the beach for the welcome reception and of course to watch the Giants game.  It was cold out on the beach (well not anywhere near as cold a Green Bay).  Great party, and then we went back to the Yacht Club to watch the second half in the warmth of the bar.  John and I did meet up in the end at the same time and place as last year so we are now 2 for 2 with his Bears going to the Super Bowl last year, and the Giants going this year.  One other note, apparently the folks at Lotus put out a lot more TV’s on the beach when the Patriots are playing, I only found two TV’s this year, last year there were many more. Only a few pictures from day one can be found on Flickr Getting ready to call it a night, looking forward to the Opening General session tomorrow morning, I have a yellow badge so I will be in the 8:00 showing of the OGS, and as long as the battery holds, and the network connectivity is good will be live blogging .  Of course right after lunch tomorrow there is the little matter of a boat race to attend to.

I am not suprised, one can say we saw this coming ( and I have no problem with it)

You might recall this story a while back about IBM using RFID to track conference attendees.  So no big surprise to see the RFID readers outside of the session rooms today. A picture named M2 A picture named M3 I know this bothers some people, I have no objections.

Follow me at Lotusphere on Twitter

Looking for me at Lotusphere? Follow me on Twitter, you can find my stream here, or you can follow me on the Lotusphere Twitter stream.

On the way to Lotusphere

Off to Florida, should be boarding the plane in about 15 minutes.  Heading a little further south then Orlando to see my parents, and will drive up to Orlando on Saturday night.  Right now the forecast for the week looks like cool weather, packed the Giants sweatshirt for the beach on Sunday evening (no Hawaiian shirt or me). More later from Florida.

Is there a message here?

I think Nathan, Chris, Michael, Devin, Tim, and David are trying to tell us something, I just can’t quite figure out what it is.  I wonder if it has anything to do with bleeding yellow.

I will be boat racing at Lotusphere!

I decided to take the Notes design team up on their offer, and will be teaming up with Notes calendar designer John Lance in the 3rd annual Lotusphere Boat Race!.  Looks like there are still a few spots available in the race, so find your crew and sign up before all the slots are gone.  John and I will be out racing at 1:05 on Monday.

Lotusphere Welcome Reception – GO GIANTS!!!

Every year the first day of Lotusphere coincides with the NFL Championship games (yes I know it used to be Super Bowl Sunday but that was before my time at Lotusphere).   Today the Giants beat the Cowboys to earn a trip to the NFC Championship game in Green Bay which kicks off about the same time as the Lotusphere Welcome party.  Hopefully they will have more TV’s out on the beach this year, last year it was hard to get close to a TV to see the action, of course last year the Patriots were playing and there are one or two people from the Boston area at Lotusphere. The Patriots play the early game this year which will be over before the party. John, I hope I can count on you to hang out and watch the game, we were together last year when the Bears clinched the NFC Championship maybe you can return the favor this year.

Lotusphere 2008 online is open

I received my e-mail this morning with my log in information for Lotusphere 2008 online.  A quick look at this years site and it is using three of the Lotus Connections components.  Profiles, Dogear, and Communities. A picture named M2 It would be nice if for those of us who already have a profile (and other data)  in the Greenhouse if that information would be pulled over, that might be something for next year as I mentioned when the Atlas announcement was made there is certainly the hint of announcements coming on aggregation of data from across different social networks.  Should be easy to do if in this case both  networks are running the same platform.

Advanced Registration for Hands on Sessions?

Looks like you can now register in advance for Hands on Sessions, spotted this e-mail a few minutes ago though a few people I know have tried and no one had been able to log in yet,  Has anyone been able to log on successfully? The Lotusphere hands-on sessions have become an extremely popular and highly-rated component of the Lotusphere agenda, In order to maintain those high attendee ratings, this year we will be accepting reservations for each of the sessions. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, and the demand for each session will determine your level of participation. Please make your selections carefully, as you will be able to make your selections only once. Also, please be sure to read the Lotusphere 2008 hands-on session policy below. Thank you! To register click on this link: You will be asked to provide your Registration Confirmation Number and the e-mail address that you submitted as part of your Lotusphere Conference Registration.  Please note:  Make your selections carefully, as you will be able to make your selections only once. Hands-On Session Registration Policy: Reserved" seating in hands-on sessions is based on enrollment via the registration site. Attendees who pre-enroll for hands-on sessions will be admitted first (this includes both "keyboard" enrollees and "keyboard partner" enrollees) 10 minutes prior to session start. At 5 minutes before session start time, standby and then gallery seating will be admitted. Any pre-registered enrollees arriving less than 5 minutes before start time will forfeit their spot and be seated based on standby availability. For each session the first 25 enrollments are reserved as keyboard enrollees and the subsequent 25 are reserved as keyboard partners.