For the first time, I have what can be considered a "good seat." Sitting in the middle of the ballroom, between the two cameras.
The Orlando Symphony Orchestra comes out. Nothing will get you going like a little Led Zeppelin and Kashmir.
Mike Rhodin talks about "Emergence" and getting the big picture. He also reports that in 2007, Lotus had a 9% revenue growth in a market that others said would be hard to see any growth.
Bob Costas is the guest speaker. His key thought? Your new technology allows people to access other people with like interests but varying perspectives. This allows you to broaden your own perspectives.
Mike Rhodin is back to tell us they IBM's research shows that the Number One Priority and the Number One Concern of CxO's is collaboration. It's a global economy and we now have a virtual workforce. There are three styles of this new workforce:
Document-centric. This is the traditional view. Everything revolves around a document, a piece of paper.
People-centric. The mobile phone generation. Immediacy is the code word.
Community-centric. New, revolutionary tools.
IBM and RIM are partnering on some new software, tools, to extend to the handheld.
SAP and Lotus have partnered on "Atlantis." The ability to access SAP data directly through the Lotus Notes client. The release is scheduled for 4Q2008. It will be an SAP plug in.
Stats on Domino 8 and 8.0.1: 30% I/O reduction, 20% CPU reduction, 35% reduction in the size of mail files. And DWA is 45% faster. February 2008, the release of 8.0.1.
The announcement of Domino 8.5. New templates, AJAX, and "X Page" design elements. Whatever that is. Remember, I'm an Admin. :-) New Domino Designer will be released with 8.5. w00t!
400,000 downloads of Symphony. Why?
There will be a new beta release in February using new API's, compatible with Notes, and built on Expeditor. There will be translation plug-in. Take a look at the Symphony site and sign up for the road show.
Sametime is 10 years old! There will be a new Sametime client that will tap into your communities, allow for phone calls to be routed to your mobile (or any other phone), will allow you to broadcast to your communities, and some advanced screen sharing.
Quickr 8.1 will be released in March. They've added a "Drop Zone" to facilitate faster and easier file transfers to Quickr. Will allow for document rating.
Connections will have new translation facilities, new supported languages, and "attention management" using widgets and mashups. They also announced "Atlas for Connections." This will analyze your social networking and help you connect with people. Did I mention that Connections will replicate locally?
It's 1:05 and the audience is getting restless. We have lunch after this and more people are leaving.
Extending Connections to the Blackberry. Demo of accessing data from the handheld. Cool!
Okay, now it's 1:10, and there are more empty seats.
Ooh, lookie. It's Lotus Mashups. A new product that will assist you and your users to create their own mashups on the fly. IBM has a standard catalog of mashups, or you can create your own. They will connect to internal and external data sources.
Mike Rhodin is back talking about "Web 2.0 Goes to Work."
Now he announces Lotus Foundations. A new line of servers, to be delivered later this year, to go after the companies of 500 people or less. Fast to deploy and configure. So, he pulls a Foundation server out of a DHL delivery envelope. Much like the introduction of the MacBook Air.
Bluehouse. SaaS for companies of less than 500 people. Files, projects, chat, and web meetings. IBM promises no exploitation of the data. Secure sharing of files over the public internet.
GoPro Ltd is announced as "Best in Showcase."
Time for lunch people.
The orchestra was a nice touch, delivering a classy segue into each section. And it had the benefit of keeping your attention..
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