Lotusphere 2011 recap

It was last week this time that I was saying goodbye to the sunny and warm Orlando and dreading facing the 6-foot piles of snow on my driveway back home in Chicago.  A week later, I keep looking back at Lotusphere 2011 and wondering what it was that I walked away with.

Last night, someone asked me how the Lotusphere went and what was new.  I summed it up in two words: “Get. Social”.  “Oh yeah,” I added, “and Xpages”.

I could’ve mentioned all the various sessions I attended (the most in years), the new layout of the showcase floor, the debate of whether the attendance was up or down, whether there were more or less exhibitors  or even Harry Potter on Wednesday night.  But to me, the social and the Xpages were the key themes of the conference.  And that was disappointing.

On Sunday, after the Business Day Open General Session (OGS), one of the IBMers asked me what I had thought of it.  I told them that it left me very disappointed: there were no new product announcements, no new directions, no demoes — nothing but “get social”, “get social”, “get social”.  “Then, ” the IBMer replied, “you will be even more disappointed by the Monday OGS.”

When you go to a software company’s biggest annual conference, you want to be wowed by all the great cool stuff they’ve been working on during the previous year and are getting ready to release.  You want to see new and improved versions of existing software, breakthrough new software ideas: things that will ensure the said software company’s market leadership and growth.  To me, all of that was missing from Lotusphere 2011.  Or maybe I’m just old and cynical.

Or maybe it is better to have my (most likely) last Lotusphere end on a down note: I won’t be sorry not to return.

But I am going to miss this..

What did you think of the event?  Was it better for you than it was for me?

JMP208 The Never Ending Integration Story: How to Integrate Your Lotus Notes, Domino, and LotusLive applications with Microsoft Office, .NET, and Lotus Symphony

Slides from our Lotusphere 2011 session – JMP 208.  The demo database will be next.

Hey ho hey ho it’s off to Lotusphere we go

PSC speaks at Lotusphere 2011

I’m excited to say that PSC will be well represented at Lotusphere next January.

John Head and I will once again present a Jumpstart session titled “The Never Ending Integration Story: How to Integrate Your Lotus Notes, Domino, and LotusLive applications with Microsoft Office, .NET, and Lotus Symphony”.  We promise all updated content and new demos updated for new versions of all software pieces involved.

John has another session he will be doing, too.  But I will let him talk about that himself.

Luis Guirigay will be co-presenting a session on Best Practices for doing Lotus Domino Health Checks.  While Luis is a frequent speaker at various user group events around Chicago, this is the first time he will be speaking at Lotusphere.  I am very excited that his session was accepted.

Hope to see everyone at our sessions.  Pack those rooms.  I want to have an overflow room once again.