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Wed 24 Jan 2007, 11:47 AM
I am trying to come up with a single page (half if possible) that can help identify the crucial parts of the Lotus brand that equate to external social software and popularly recognized phenomena.  For example:

SameTime ==> Instant Messaging + Web meetings
Quickr ==> File sharing ala Flickr but for more than just photos
Dogear ==> Shared bookmarks like Del.icio.us or Digg
Composite applications ==> business mashups
Connectons ==> Facebook + whatever

and so on.  When somebody sees "Dogear" on a menu, it would be nice to say, "That means shared bookmarks like De.ico.us or Digg", but I sometimes find myself grasping.  Some things are obvious, such as the IBM Blog Template.  It might also be handy to have a table of popular social/viral software that went the other way.  So, what does IBM that is equivalent to the following, but with a business context?

Flickr ==> Quickr, but it handles more than photos
I.M. ==> SameTime
LiveMeeting =>. SameTime
Digg ==> Dogear
Del.icio.us ==> Dogear
YouTube ==> Quickr, sort of
Wikis ==> Wikis
Blogs ==> Blogs

and so on.  Are there obvious ones I am missing.  I'd love to have an index card with these, and done well it could really make a clear message without an hour long talk.

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Wed 24 Jan 2007, 08:38 AM
As part of Lotusphere's "unconference", there will be a SpeedGeeking event today which promises to be very cool.  Here is the list of topics I know about so far (and I know this isn't all)...

SpeedGeek Topic
SpeedGeek Description SpeedGeek Speaker Info 
Tip-Olympics Watch Bill and Paul try to outdo each other with Development -v- Administration tips.  You choose the winner! Paul Mooney 
Senior Architect 
Blue Wave Technology 
pmooney@pmooney.net 
(www.pmooney.net)

Bill Buchan 
CEO 
HADSL 
bill@hadsl.com 
(www.billbuchan.com) 
Activity Management - using it disconnected GCC Activity Manager is an open source research prototype that helps you organize your documents, links, tools, etc. around your business activities. 
As an IBM Lotus Notes 8 based composite application and "true NSF" it works especially when you need it most - in disconnected mode. We show you the tool and ideas behind the tool. 
Dr. Ludwig W. Nastansky
Professor
Groupware Competence Center, University of Paderborn
ludwig.nastansky@notes.upb.de

Ingo Erdmann
Research Senior
Groupware Competence Center, University of Paderborn
ingo.erdmann@notes.upb.de 
The best things in life are free! See how we've used just Domino and some open source templates to make a fantastic web portal! Warren Elsmore 
Technical Director 
BE Systems 
warren.elsmore@besystems.eu 
Enhancing Web Applications using Object-Oriented Javascript We'll take a quick look at representing documents returned in Domino web views as JavaScript objects as the first step in developing dynamic web apps. Erik Werfel
Senior Consultant
Binary Tree, Inc.
erik.werfel@binarytree.com 
Pimp My Notes Skins and themes for Notes applications. Alan Bell
Principal Consultant
Dominux Consulting
alan@dominux.co.uk 
Geeks have Layers, too! Five uses for layers in five minutes (db provided). Guaranteed to amaze! Ben Langhinrichs 
President 
Genii Software 
Ben@GeniiSoft.com 
Application Performance Tips for Notes and Web Developers Detect what is happening in Notes Client when the yellow lightning bolt appears.  How to cache web items for faster page loads. Jamie Magee
Director
MartinScott.com
Jamie.Magee@MartinScott.com

Kevin Marshall
President
ByDomino.com
Kevin@ByDomino.com 
"Pimp my Database" - Turning your Domino Web Applications into Web 2.0 Ajax Applications with free Ajax Frameworks I will show a simple database with a web view and a form transformed into a sharp looking UI just by adding a couple of javascript include statements. By using a combination of freely (like in freedom and as in beer) available frameworks (scrip.aculo.us, dojo, sarissa, behaviour, rico, ...) you do not need to even know how to program javascript! Gregory Engels 
Founder and CEO 
Kompurity 
Gregory.Engels@kompurity.com 
http://www.kompurity.com 
blog: http://inotes.de 
Top 10 Things You Wish Your Boss Understood About IT Any Notes Administrator or Developer can make a mistake, but to really screw things up requires management intervention.  Come join us for a sometimes humorous but always subversive look at common IT management misconceptions, and maybe learn how to set your boss straight. Kevin Pettitt 
President 
Pettitt Design Consulting 
kevin@lotusnotesguru.com 
Custom Website Statistics with IBM Lotus DominoHow to use the power of CGI combined with LotusScript to gather thorough information about who exactly is accessing your site and what it is they are doing. 
Devin S. Olson
Owner
azlighthouse works, llc.
devin.olson@azlighthouse.com

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Wed 24 Jan 2007, 08:09 AM
It took a bit to get it all together, so I apologize for the delay, but the slides, modified templates, checklist, sample and resources dbs and the customized FCKeditor are all available on-line now at BP203_LS2007.  If you didn't make it to the presentation, start with the slides, as they are fairly self explanatory.

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Wed 24 Jan 2007, 07:02 AM
Wow, there is just so much to process, so I'll just do a stream of consciousness posting and try to get various thoughts down.  Later on, when I have a bit more time (and get over the inevitable nasty Lotusphere virus), I try to analyze things more coherently...
  • The Opening General Session was great, the best organized, most exciting and most fun in years (in contrast the BDD Opening Session was a bit frustrating, and really needs to be rethought).  The band was great.  Finally, the rock concert atmosphere which always surrounds the OGS was properly ushered in.  Excellent choice, and you could even make that particular band an annual event and we'd all be happy.  Then, the stunning special guest.  Neil Armstrong!  What an honor and what a great speaker.  Funny, self deprecating and insightful.  I tried to get up to the stage afterwards to get him to sign my shirt, but they whisked him away.  Anyway, great choice, and I am so glad to see him.
  • The rest of the Opening General Session was filled with announcements.  Hannover was finally officially renamed Notes/Domino 8, which everyone knew about, but there were some interesting new developments.  IBM announced two different sets of functionality that loosely coalesce the idea of collaboration with social software.  The first was Lotus Quickr, which seems to combine the power of QuickPlace with the immediacy and empowerment of blogs and wikis and such, and allows really easy "document management" without the painful parts,  On of the really popular moments was the demo of dragging a file to a memo, having it turn into an attachment icon, and then having a popup which asked if you really want to send the file, or would you rather just "make it available" and send a link.  Uploading files into a generally accessible repository seems that easy.  Obviously, the name alludes to the simplicity of Flickr, and people seemed to "get it" right away.  To make the announcement even more interesting, it was announced that there was a Personal Edition as well as a Standard Edition, and the Personal Edition was free to anybody with a Notes license of any type.  Free is good.  The Standard Edition, if I understand correctly, would be available automatically to anybody with QuickPlace at no extra charge,  Good decisions, because to make these successful, they need them to be used, and used widely.
  • Another announcement was about Lotus Connections.  Seems an odd name, since there are many other products/features in Notes itself and in Lotus Quickr which connect people, but there you are.  This was harder to grasp for me, and there was a whole lot less said about pricing than about Lotus Quickr.  The idea seemed somehow thrown together, which contrasts with the was both the Notes 8 presentation and the Quickr presentation were handled, but the idea may have some merit.  I think it may be the successor to the Activity Explorer concept, but I couldn't say for sure.
  • The corporate defined "new cool term" of the day is "business mashup" or simply "mashup", which is used to describe the scary term "composite applications" which describes the same thing.  Mashup is a whole lot more appealing, but it is not entirely clear whether this is just a thin coating or a true rethinking.  IBM sometimes has trouble getting the simplicity motif of social software, but they are trying.
  • Pretty much the only person from IBM who wore a suit was the guy who talked about Websphere Portal 6.0 (or whatever combination of Websphere and Portal they call it today).  Enough said.
  • There was some good demos and talk about Lotus SameTime, which really seems to have been improved tremendously.  I am not an IM type of person, but the functionality looked cool and complete at the same time.
  • They talked briefly about Second Life, said they had a virtual Lotusphere in there, and referred to it as the start of the 3-D web.  While I have no interest in Second Life right now, the concept of the "3-D Web" finally clued me in to why IBM is so interested.  They don't just want to be in on it, they recognize that investing heavily in it now could pay off hugely when it becomes more real.  That makes sense.

  • Blogging Q&A session - While I am pleased at the idea of giving time and attention to the bloggers, who do spread a lot of the viral opinion, the people involved don't seem to get the difference between the formal press and the bloggers.  Julian Robichaux asked the first question, and the various people on stage, especially Mike Rhodin, answered him, sort of, for almost twenty minutes, a lot of it a rehash of what had already been announced.  That may be, as Andrew Pollack says, the "way press conferences are", but it made the whole affair pretty pointless.  I asked a question, which was answered a bit more promptly, but they ran out of time shortly afterwards.  Now, Mike Rhodin is a good guy, and he is actually quite available here and was at our Penumbra dinner, so it isn't about time or access.  It is about cutting to the chase and letting people ask questions.  The bloggers in the room were both intelligent and respectful, and IBM needs to learn to trust them more.  In turn, I think the bloggers would have an easier time being supportive.  We actually tend to be big supporters, but we aren't as used to being snowed as the press is.  It is like diplomats dealing with regular people, you can't just fall into diplo-speak and expect the regular people to respond well.

  • Sessions and labs have been excellent.  There are a lot of people, so some sessions are getting overflowed pretty quickly, but I have heard few complaints. 
  • My session went pretty well.  It is a more dry topic than I usually like to do, but people said they learned a lot, and that is what they came for.  I like to do flashy demos, and there weren't any flashy demos to do with this topic, but that may be all for the best, because I focused more on giving them something they could use, rather than entertaining.  I guess we'll see when I read the comments.
  • Andrew Pollack and Gabriella Davis are both amazing presenters, but Rocky works them too hard and should cultivate other admin speakers.  Yes, I know Andrew and Gab can pull it off, but if one or both were unable to come one year, IBM would be screwed, as nobody else is being cultivated to take on these sessions.  Remember when "Who wants to be a millionare?" was such a big hit that whichever network it was kept putting it on more and more and more.  When it finally went out of fashion, the network sank to its lowest ratings.  While Andrew and Gab won't go out of fashion, they could both be hit by one of these annoying large Lotusphere busses, and then where would we be?


On that note, I have to go get breakfast and get ready for SpeedGeeking.

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