This year, unfortunately, I couldn't make it to Lotusphere in Orlando. After 2009's triumph there with the eProductivity team, I was disappointed not to attend. But, all was not lost. Today I attended the Lotusphere Comes to You roadshow, and this time I didn't have to fly half-way round the world. It was taking place in Barcelona, at the Hotel Juan Carlos I hotel, and a 20 minute walk had me arriving just before the 09:30am start.
So, how was it? I would say a 'roaring success' judging by some comments from my fellow-attendees (a crowd of around 150 attended).
The highlight for me was certainly Ed Brill's talk on the direction of Lotus collaboration. In Spanish! Well done Ed, your effort and enthusiasm were appreciated by one and all. eProductivity got a nice mention, as did yours truly (Eric Mack must have warned him of my presence). Thanks Ed. The 5-minute Project Vulcan video that Ed included left me inspired. You could almost feel the sizzle in the room, as the new tools that Lotus are building looked great. Looks like exciting things ahead for IBM Lotus software.
Ed's slide showing eProductivity:
Luis Suárez also did a very nice job of explaining the social software improvements being made in the Lotus family. Sametime, portal, mashups, social enterprise, Lotusphere prizes and case studies followed-on and, without going into any detail, rest assured that it really does show the strong offering that Lotus has.
All-in-all a great day.
Guest post by Ian Armstrong
Ian, thanks for the blog post. Sorry I didn't get the slide changed to the proper eProductivity logo...we used a separate machine that was set up earlier in the week.
I looked for you during coffee but didn't find you. Hopefully we will meet personally in the future!
Eric Mack (http://Www.EricMackOnLine.com): 03/12/2010 8:50:33
Wow. I wish I could have been there, if only to hear Ed present in Spanish. An accomplishment in itself.
Thanks for the guest blog post, Ian. The Project Vulcan stuff looks very promising and I am pleased by IBM's open approach to the extensions. Looking forward to more great news from Ed and IBM.
Luis Suarez (http://www.elsua.net): 03/13/2010 13:11:47
Hi Ian! What a lovely blog post! Thanks a lot for the nice mention and kind comments; greatly appreciated! I surely agree with you that Ed's session was a blast! I can imagine how many folks would have freaked out having been told they needed to such a thing in such a short notice! And he did a great job in delivering some very powerful messages on how robust Lotus offerings are, so it surely was rather nice to feel the energy and get folks on board onto another exciting year!
What a pity that we didn't get a chance to meet up over a cup of coffee or a drink! Perhaps next time around ...
Thanks again for the nice write-up and speak soon! :)
Josep Alemany (http://jalemanyf.wordpress.com): 03/15/2010 11:56:19
Wow, it could be very interesting to met you...
Next time I hope we'll can talk and drink a coffe a beer or what you prefer.
Regards from spain ;)
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