it's been a great 1st day at Lotusphere 2012. Attendance has been really good. Most likely same as last year, or slightly more than that. Bumped into a lot of old-timers (like myself) who have been attending Lotusphere every year. It was great to see all of them.
OGS - the Great kick-off
Lotusphere really begins with the OGS (Opening General Session) which kicked off @8am on Monday morning. Everyone eagerly awaited the celebrity guest, and Michael J Fox (Back to the Future) got a standing ovation when he was announced. It was sad to hear all the health issues he has gone through, but great to see him fight back and do so much for the illness.
After this, the entire OGS was pretty much taken over by DEMO's. Lots and Lots of demo's of new features coming in the next few months to a year.
Connection Next, Social Mail, and multi-party Audio-video received good response from the audience.
I was eagerly waiting for the Notes/Domino segment of the OGS, which was handled by Keven & Doug. But of course, Ron was the key guy doing all the demoing. I could not believe but the very feature I am driving for the release, Notes Application browser Plugin for Windows, got a big round of applause from the audience. I was nervous going into this not knowing how it would be received, but was pleasantly surprised.
So what is it? -- Notes Browser plugin is a small 50-60 MB plugin to be deployed in Firefox or IE, wihch provides access to Notes applications in a browser. This ia great for customers who want to move to WEB for email, but still need to retain notes client for non-mail applications. This allows them to move the userbase to browser based access, with NO MODIFICATIONS required to the applications, lowering their support cost.
So far, I spent 5 hours in the "Meet the developers" lab showing this to the customers and have lots and lots of discussions with them. It's been great so far.
Let's see what the 2nd day has in store.