Before I write another word, I want to first send my condolences to all my colleagues in and around Boston, Massachusetts.
I know many of them are down in Orlando already shifting Lotusphere into high gear (more on that in a moment).
Getting ready for the Lotusphere kickoff in Florida, many might have missed the kickoff and subsequent nail-biting AFC championship football game being played in Indianapolis.
I'm going to spare you New England fans all the drivel about how it was Peyton Manning's time, and just say that period, end of sentence, your Patriots played an amazing football game and I'm sorry for your loss. : ( And congrats to Manning and all his fellow Colts and Indianapolis fans everywhere.
That game was, simply put, a heart stopper.
For those who followed the other football I mentioned in my post on Friday, back in London, Thierry Henry and his Arsenal teammates pulled a stunning 2-1 end-of-match whammy over Manchester United. Henry especially used his head in that game.
Really he did.
Meanwhile, back in Orlando, the first press release of Lotusphere 2007 is on the wire, mentioning the announcements around IBM Lotus Connections, the industry's first business-ready social software platform; IBM Lotus Quickr, a new Web 2.0 collaborative content platform; and IBM Lotus Sametime 7.5.1.
Since I've been chained to my desk with a blindfold on as part of our embargo, I couldn't say a word about what was being announced lest I find myself in IBM communications prison.
But having long been a personal proponent of more enterprises adopting Web 2.0 technologies, I'm very excited about the capabilities these new products bring to our customers.
We've been using various pieces of these technologies inside Big Blue for some time, and those who use them have come to be increasingly dependent on them.
Also, for all you Second Lifers out there, you'll be glad to know there will be a new Lotusphere Complex in Second Life beginning tomorrow.
Get your avatars all primped and preened so you can be ready to meet with some of our Lotus technology experts and, for those of you who couldn't get there in person (like moi), get a remote taste of Lotusphere.
The slurl will be: http://slurl.com/secondlife/ibm 9/34/58/23/
Just keep an eye out for the yellow aura.