Highlights from Lotusphere 2012

Here is a list of some of the highlights from my Lotusphere 2012:

  • Meeting for the first time in person people from my online “social circles” (you know who you are).
  • Seeing lots of first time Lotusphere attendees.
  • Broad based adoption of XPages.
  • Co-presenting with IBM’s Charlie Hill and Phil Riande.
  • Co-presenting with IBM’s Niklas Heidloff.
  • The Great Geek Challenge (our team actually won a round).
  • Having a full-house at the OpenNTF BoF.
  • Meeting so many OpenNTF fans at the OpenNTF pedestal in the Product Showcase and throughout the show.
  • Participating in GBS College Day.
  • Winning a Kindle Fire from GBS.
  • Knowing how to finally read the ICS “tea leaves”.
  • Seeing IBM Connections move front and center of the ICS product portfolio.
  • Participating in “Team Social” spearheaded by Joyce Davis and Colleen Burns.
  • SpeedGeeking was a blast. I also used this as an opportunity to gauge both Taking Notes podcast listenership as well as OpenNTF awareness. I was very pleased that 75% of the participants listened to Taking Notes and 95% knew about OpenNTF (humbled).
  • The Blogger Golf Open (I scored 44).
  • Seeing and hearing about OpenNTF everywhere.
  • Seeing Twitter being used in many sessions including the Ask the Product Managers and Ask the Developers sesssoins for people not in attendance to ask questions.
  • Ed Brill and Brent Peters moderating the Ask the Product Managers and Ask the Developers session respectively.
  • Seeing Elguji Software highlighted in the Opening General Session for their XPages app dev work as well as for being named a Finalist in the 2012 ICS Awards.
  • Knowing that success in the ICS world is getting outside “the bubble” and the Planet Lotus “What’s Hot”.
  • Participating in several ICS Executive briefings (mostly app dev related).

Podcast: Lotusphere Hashtags, Tweetups, Scavenger Hunts, and More!

Earlier this week Julian Robichaux and I spoke with Joyce Davis and Colleen Burns from IBM about the upcoming Lotusphere 2012 and Connect events being held in beautiful sunny Orlando, Florida NEXT week!

We would like to thank Ken “MacOSKen” Ray for the new Taking Notes intro that he graciously produced for us. Ken produces three outstanding Apple focussed podcasts including:

You can also hear Ken on MacBreak Weekly with Leo Laporte on occasion.

We also suggest you follow Ken on Twitter at @macosken.

Topics included:

See you all at Lotusphere in a few days. Oh, and we will be recording several live shows from Orlando.

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Lotusphere through the eyes of Instagram

As I mentioned in my last blog entry I will be using the iOS Instagram app to capture photos throughout Lotusphere 2012. If you are an Instagram user you can connect with me using the screen name “belgort”. For those of you not attending Lotusphere who want to see a collection of all Instagram photos tagged with #ls12 you can go to http://elguji.com/instagram.nsf/ls.xsp to see the latest 20 photos being captured. The page auto-updates the photos every 60 seconds.

Special thanks to Serdar Başeğmez for his help with some Dojo magic. We will be making this app available on OpenNTF after Lotusphere.


P.S. – I also did a similar page for the CES show.

Where you can find me at Lotusphere

On Friday Gayle and I leave for Lotusphere 2012. We will be arriving on Friday evening around 7pm. It seems like just yesterday that we made this pilgrimage down to the show. I believe that this will be my 13th Lotusphere. Julian and I will also be recording numerous Taking Notes podcasts and would love to talk with you about Lotusphere. Be prepared to be interviewed.

I will posting photos via Instagram and you will be able to see them and others tagged with #ls12 here.

So here’s where you can find me (this doesn’t include any session I will be attending):

Friday night:
Looking for friends and food after we arrive at the Dolphin

3:00-6:00PM – B.A.L.D. at the Big River Brewery (see Joe’s post on this)
6:00PM onward – Possibly ESPN but not sure. I have heard rumors that there is some sporting event on Saturday night that may prohibit entrance to ESPN.

Welcome Reception Poolside

OpenNTF Product Showcase Pedestal 516

8:00PM UK Night

3:00-4:00PM INV309  (Dolphin N. Hemisphere A-E) – Strategy in Action: Social Business Application Development. I am presenting a few slides in this session.

6:15-7:30PM SpeedGeeking! (Dolphin Pacific Hall)
7:30PM IBM Champion Reception (at least the last 30 minutes of it)
8:00-10:00PM Great Geek Challenge (Fountain Restaurant)

3:00-4:00PM BP109 (Swan 5-6) – Presenting Apps, Apps, and More Apps: Meet the Very Best Open Source Apps from OpenNTF – The 2012 Edition.
5:45-6:45PM BOF (Swan Toucan 2) – Hosting the OpenNTF Birds-of-a-Feather

10:00-11:00AM Gurupalooza (Swan)

Three bullet points to market XPages: What would your three be?

For those of us who have used IBM XPages we know what the platform can do and what it can’t do for that matter. What I would like to hear from you are three bullet points that you would include in a presentation, product slick or other marketing collateral to describe to those outside of the world of IBM, what XPages coupled with the Domino server are and what they can be used to develop.

What are your three bullets?


Try and not refer to the Notes client, email, calendaring etc. Think new developers who are looking for an app dev platform for social, mobile, enterprise.

Podcast: Developing a Collaboration Strategy with Michael Sampson

On episode 146 of Taking Notes Julian Robichaux and I spoke with Michael Sampson about his new book “Collaboration Roadmap – You’ve got the technology now what?” We talked about:

  • Why do companies need to develop a collaboration strategy
  • Are there any special “tricks” to making collaboration happen?
  • ROADMAP and what it means
  • Does the book apply to any specific technology/product?
  • Are there differences in the way groups and teams need to collaborate?
  • Is there one platform that can “do it all”?
  • Are successful collaboration efforts based on grass root efforts?
  • Michael’s take on “Social Business”
  • What’s the future of collaboration
  • What role does video conferencing play with collaboration
  • What has made collaboration a topic of late
  • What do you get when you buy Michael’s book
  • Michael attending Lotusphere 2012
  • and much more…

This show runs 38:13. Oh, and be sure and go order Michael’s book now.

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What is IBM Connect 2012 and why you need to pay attention to this event

On Episode 145 of the Taking Notes podcast Julian Robichaux and I spoke with three members of the IBM Collaboration Solutions (ICS) division about the brand new IBM Connect 2012 event being held in parallel with Lotusphere 2012. Our guests were Susan Collins, Marketing Manager, IBM Collaboration Solutions and Social Business, Dan Hauenstein, Manager, Social Business Marketing Strategy and Michelle Tuttle, Market Segment Manager, IBM Collaboration Solutions.

We talked about:

  • What is Connect?
  • Where and when it is.
  • Why you need to go to Connect.
  • Who also should attend Connect.
  • What kind of sessions there will be.
  • Who the Connect OGS speaker will be (Awesome choice).
  • Surprises people may see/hear about at Connect.
  • How attendees will be “transformed” by attending this event.
  • We ask about the Lotusphere OGS speaker and get an answer.
  • What attendees do at IBM Connect.
  • and more…

Keep up with the latest on the IBM Connect conference by following the IBM Social Insights Blog or the Twitter hashtags #IBMConnect and #IBMSocialBiz.

The show runs just under 27 minutes and is a great listen while wrapping your holiday gifts, trimming the Christmas tree or working on your P90X.

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