I've finally recovered from Lotusphere 2005...I'm not one of those spontaneous bloggers who are writing, live, during one of the breakout sessions. It seemed like the week was over before it started - as it does every year for me. I always feel like I didn't talk to enough customers, see all the partner exhibits, or get enough sleep. What follows is my Lotusphere "Best of Show" (You know, Maureen Leland is in New York with her puppies at Westminster!)
Best escape from the North - Luckily, I got out of Boston on Saturday and beat the big blizzard that dumped 3 feet at my doorstep at home and stranded many other staffers. One person I talked to arrived at about 3 A.M. the day he was presenting at 8:30 A.M. on Tuesday.
Best briefing - Also on Saturday, Jim Russell, Maureen Leland, Philippe Riand, and I took a few hours to talk about Workplace Designer with the Penumbra Group members. Thank you all for your time and comments during the session.
Best swag - I thought the best giveaway were those Lotus User Group buttons. They had about 10 different sayings, like @function Addict, or Domino Diva that were clever and captured the persona of a true Lotus geek (as Rocky would say).
Best T-shirt - The C.U.L.T shirt. You can still purchase logo-embossed merchandise here.
Best moment during Opening Session - The spontaneous applause for Maureen when she appeared on stage. This surprised her a bit.
Best ride at Universal - This is a tough one, but I have to give it to The Hulk. Carl Kriger and I accidentally ended up in the "front row line". That was exciting!! In fact, after that, we had to ride in the front row for the Dueling Dragons, too.
Best session I didn't give - Well, I only got to go to one, other than the 3 I gave (for the record, 2 on Workplace Designer and 1 on Workplace Builder). So, Sami and Miki win this category for AD402 Overview of the IBM Workplace Contextual Collaboration Architecture. It was a great explanation of what this is all about and how to think about Workplace applications, with an excellent demo.
Best buzz - No, not at the Blue Zoo! I mean the buzz around the Workplace Client and Workplace Designer. Both of these products demonstrate IBM's committment not only to embrace Notes and Domino, but also to bring forth new applications that couldn't be built previously. Customers and partners are starting to understand the strategy better.
Best freebie (new stuff category) - Ambuj Goyal announced that all Passport Advantage customers will be able to get a free 20 user license of IBM Workplace Services Express with details to come later in Q1. PartnerWorld members can also take advantage of this offer.
Best freebie (old stuff category) - For the historians in the crowd, you could download versions 1, 2, and 3 of Notes and try to run it on those old door stops you have lying around. (Personally, I'm fine with 6.5.)
Overall, the feeling of attendees and staff alike was that this was one of the better Lotuspheres in a few years. Let's do it again next year.
And you thought I was somehow going to connect John Coltrane's tune, Impressions (based on Miles Davis' So What) to riffin' with the cats at ESPN. Maybe next time.