Lotusphere 2010 wrap up

All is well that ends well and Lotusphere 2010 was no exception concluding with the talk of Big Bang and colliding particles.  In a wrap up focusing on my impressions of the conference, it would be easy to focus on the negatives, but like I was reminded in one of the Business Partner roundtables, if you’re gonna say something negative, make sure you also say something positive.  So, I’ll skip the negative stuff.

This was the first Lotusphere in several years where I was able to attend sessions, a lot of them in fact and most from the development track.  Among the sessions I attended, there were none that talked about advanced tricks and techniques of @ Formulas or LotusScript.  I don’t think there were many of those in the entire conference.  Instead, there were plenty of sessions focused on the WebKit, widgets, mobile development for BlackBerry, REST APIs, LotusLive APIs, Java and the web technologies.  And even Brent Peters in his Application Development keynote said that while @ Functions and LotusScript applications will continue to be supported, the future is with other technologies.

I returned from Orlando inspired and excited like I haven’t been in years.  There was so much new to learn: new terms, new technologies.  I’m inspired to learn new things, which have a broad range of application beyond Lotus.

The message was clear to me: as a developer, you have to learn new things.  LotusScript isn’t going to cut it anymore.  So it is likely that my blog will soon start listing posts on new topics in new categories.  It’s just too bad that not all of this new stuff runs on a Mac.

JMP106 “Kum Bah Yah” meets “Lets Kick Butt” : The Integration of IBM Lotus Notes and Domino with Microsoft Office, .NET, and IBM Lotus Symphony

Thank you everyone who took time to attend our JumpStart session at Lotusphere 2010.  After a bit of last minute sweating over crashing demos, we did it!  All demos worked perfectly.  All slides came together.  Our demonstrations of insert image, insert slide and Windows Explorer integration with Lotus Notes were received very enthusiastically with a great round of applause, the best applause we ‘ve ever had during a session.  And unusually for us, we even finished ahead of schedule, leaving plenty of time for Q&A.

Keep in mind, most of the slides here are just place holders to help us keep track of the demos.  The collection of demos is coming soon.  I’ll post it next week.

My Lotusphere 2010 session

This year’s Lotusphere Sunday is going to be a little less busy than usual for me.  I am co-presenting with John Head a JumpStart session JMP 106 – “Kum Bah Yah” Meets “Let’s Kick Butt”: The Integration of IBM Lotus Notes and Lotus Domino with Microsoft Office, .NET, and IBM Lotus Symphony.  Unlike the previous years, we are only presenting it one time at 4PM. There will be no repeat session. So, if you’re interested in learning all about the integration of Lotus Notes and Domino 8.5 with Microsoft Office, .NET technologies, OpenOffice.org, & Lotus Symphony. We’ll start with the basics and build up to mail merge, exporting to a spreadsheet, charting, presentations, and integration on the Web, don’t miss JMP 106 at 4PM in Swan 7 – 10.  As usual, the session will be made up of demos, demos and more demos, all of which, including the slides, we will make available for download from our blogs.

Hope to see you at the session tomorrow.