Friday, January 16, 2009

Fud Buster Friday #23 - IBM is Dropping Lotusphere

Microsoft spoilers abound, but this one is perpetual.

Every year Lotus reminds us that next year we will be back in Orlando and gives us the dates.
Every year Microsoft touts that IBM is dropping Lotusphere, just like Devcon, Lotusphere Europe and similar events.

IBM renewed it's agreement with the Swan/Dolphin for another few years, I think we are good to 2012, but if anyone knows better let me know.

Should IBM expand Lotusphere is really the question. In looking at my calendar
see it here:
Double and Triple booked is crazy you know for Lotusphere

It is obvious that I need more hours in my day and Lotusphere needs more days in it's week. Or Lotusphere maybe needs to get broken down further and bring back Devcon so all the AppDev has a proper place and time. Then the Sphere could be about the infrastructure, products and of course, Admin. But then I am a little biased.

But seriously, the show is so large and so difficult to match your time, coupled with client meetings, IBM partner meetings, special on site meetings, company business and of course support still of our clients, it does take it's toll.

So as we all hunker down and fly(no more water landings please, kudos to Capt. Sullenberg!), drive (congratulations to Goodyear you just sold me 2 new tires this morning for my bald and flat rear ones) or Bus(Lotus911 doing it again?) remind everyone you meet, see or bump into anywhere in the world Lotus is alive, well and kicking and this year will see some heavy hitting from IBM.

So for the Microsoft lover in your organization, and all Star Trek fans, remind them
Do you know the Klingon proverb that tells us revenge is a dish that is best served cold?
RIP Ricardo Montalban.
It's 32F in Seattle right now.


  1. Does anyone have a date for Lotusphere 2010 yet? I want to put in my request now...

  2. The last two LS my comment was to extend LS through Friday. To your point, think about Sametime, Mashups, Portal, Quickr, etc. that have been added along with more features in Notes/Domino. I thought (?) that last year the commitment in the closing session was to have LS in Orlando through 2015.

  3. "It's 32F in Seattle right now. "

    Geesh, it's warmer in Seattle than it is in Georgia. It's 22F here :(

  4. It's 17 FRIKIN' Degrees in Trenton, NJ; there is ice on the Delaware; I'm turning 40 next Friday and The Eagles are heading to Arizona to play in the NFC Championship Game for the 5th time in 10 years on Sunday. In all, I can't complain ... except that I'm not going to be in Orlando with you guys. :o(

    Have a blast and tell us everything!

  5. As a Business Partner and ISV, something needs done on the show floor. Traffic was slow this year and everyone I talked to agreed. Having a casino night the same time as the Product Showcase was a horrible idea.

    I honestly believe the sessions and product showcase should be split apart. Give the Business Partners a chance to attend sessions and see the same thing as the attendees. And give the attendees a better chance to get to the showcase.

    But back to your original question, personally, yeah, you need about 4 more days with an extra 8-10 hours in each to get it all done.