“Lotus Knows” Bus is Coming to Chicago

The "Lotus Knows" Bus

The "Lotus Knows"

Hopefully by now you have heard of the Lotus Knows marketing campaign aimed at promoting the Lotus brand.  Yes, not just an IBM “Smart Planet” campaign, but an actual effort to promote that unique brand inside of IBM — Lotus.

As a part of the campaign, IBM has hired a bus, a big black bus, the “Lotus Knows” bus to travel around the US and Canada as a part of the marketing effort.  I got to see the bus last week at the Lotus Leadership Alliance.  And now this same bus is coming to Chicago.  On the bus, Lotus will showcase Lotus demos and solutions staffed by the local technical teams, Lotus Knows business partners videos and USB giveaways containing links to trial downloads and collateral.

The bus will be in Chicago next week, October 6th and 7th.  On October 6th, it will be somewhere in the vicinity of the Metropolitan club.  Wonder if they will be able to park it on Wacker Drive in front of the former Sears tower.  This will be during the “Get Smart: Smarter Collaboration Means Smarter Business” event.  There’s still time to register for the event and to see the Lotus Knows bus in action.

It’s great to work with a great team

Every now and then a project comes along to remind me of how great of a team I have the privilege to work with at PSC.

Our client had asked us to come up with a custom solution to secure large PDF files.  They have a DRM solution, LockLizard, but, considering the large number of users involved, didn’t think it was appropriate in this case.  So, in about 1 day, two of our “Notes” consultants came up with what the client called “one of the most elegant solutions” they have ever seen.  Even though it was designed by our Notes team, the final solution does not involve Notes but rather a custom application to secure and package the PDFs.

If all you have is Lotus Notes, everything looks like an NSF.  But in today’s world, it is impossible to stick with one tool, with one solution.  A great consultant is not afraid to stretch out of his comfort zone and admit that his tool of choice may not be the best tool for the job.  If Notes doesn’t fit, don’t try to shove a square peg into an NSF.

I am glad that at PSC we have great consultants.