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On LSThursday evening, the desk said I had some time before we boarded the plane so I thought I'd write up some LS stuff. Well, we fly an RJ from Houston to Baton Rouge, and while they are small (I can't even stand close to upright), they do get ready and board quickly. So I hurriedly published my partial update because I knew it would be a couple of days before I could pay any more attention to it. I don't have a lot of time now, but I thought I'd give it another go.

Wow, what a week. While there were few 'huge' announcements, there were many, many smaller ones that either are important now, or will show their importance over time.

Opening General Session
Image:Lotusphere 2009: a scramble of (almost all) good things UPDATED - Blue Man Group was great! Dan Aykroyd was short and pretty good. Compared to Bob C. from last year - nirvana. IBM - you need to make this available to stream, so we can show the Folkz@Hohm why LS (especially this year) is worth it. [See- I used a cool/cute/hip phrase "Folkz@Hohm" like IBM likes!]

xPages
- This is the biggest one. As has been said by many people for quite a while now, this will be huge. Especially when it's running natively on the Notes client. For the short term, it's a game-changer for web development and Blackberry development. With the Blackberry plugin for Domino Developer, it will be stupid-easy to develop slick, attractive web apps for modern blackberries (Bold, Storm, Curve, etc.). Longer term thoughts: I heard that xPages support may be extended to other IBM platforms than just Domino. I'd imagine Portal & Connections. I have a split opinion on this - 1, it's a good thing to have a consistent dev environment; 2, yeah, it's an attempt to 'help' move easy dev efforts off Domino.

Lotus Connections 2.5.
Cool. Mobile. A commitment from IBM to keep the various piecs (wikis, etc.) "as good as anything else out there."

Domino Developer
- This is not your father's DD. It's based on Eclipse and has a bunch of raw edges, but we finally have a real development platform that other folks won't automatically sneer at. Once we get the full LotusScript support and other requireds in 8.5x point releases it will be awesome.

Domino's getting to be a far better server
- DAOS (Domino Attachment Object Store), Nifty database tweaks ( you'll be able to turn off view updates PER database), IDVault, SPNEGO support for browser singlesignon. Linux 64bit is coming soon. Directory independence is coming, and it'll be done well. Stop using view lookups in the names.nsf! More nifty goodness as well.

ActiveSync Support for Domino
Image:Lotusphere 2009: a scramble of (almost all) good things UPDATED - This is the most unexpected piece, and I can't imagine how hard it was for IBMotus to swallow it's pride and do it. I figured we'd see native sync for iPhone, but I thought it would be done via Traveler & syncML. As it is, this is really an excellent move by IBM. Many many vendors have adopted ActiveSync support, and in one swoop IBMotus has got 'em on our side. There's a huge caveat here: At first I rejoiced just as Ms. Stratton did, but I've been looking at the fine print. Taking this the worst way, my translation  of this is "Enough ActiveSync features supported to make the iPhone work, and we're considering what other devices to support as well." This is NOT a blanket "We will support ActiveSync" announcement, it's a "this is how we'll finally be able to support iPhone sync, since we can't apparently kiss Apple's a..., er, ring enough to get them to work with Traveler". Hopefully, this will turn into a complete ActiveSync implementation. Also, it's possible (but I don't think likely) that this ideajam idea helped in some small way. If so, cool. If not, cool. The point is, it's happening!

IBM will get behind and strongly support OpenNTF
Image:Lotusphere 2009: a scramble of (almost all) good things UPDATED - You know that anytime IBM says they're lending legal support that they're stepping up to the plate. This is needed and long over due. Go check out all the free goodness OpenNTF has now, register and watch it accelerate.

DB2NSF is Dead
Image:Lotusphere 2009: a scramble of (almost all) good things UPDATED - Thank God (this is not just a flip term for me.). Over a year ago, I gave my reasons here, and they were unpopular. Go read 'em if you want.

The Notes client PIM functions are dramatically improving, and real, hard work continues to make them industry-leading.
This is big, and should reassure N/D shops. There are many many things, small & large going on here - you can globally increase the default font in Notes 8.5, real group Tasks (nee ToDos) are coming soon, real, easy import of contacts (with field mapping!), etc.

DAOS - Easy to implement. The very definition of "bang for the buck." This gives Domino a huge storage advantages over Exchange (for email) and many other document mgt systems. Look at it. Do it.

ID Vault & Notes shared login
- ID Vault is spectacular, what we've been asking for for 10 years. You can actually changes a user's password. And it's easy to implement, no rocket science required. This is the Notes/Domino that you used to know. There's been some huge changes/improvements to the way you can set Notes up to give you single signon on the Windows platform. They're good, wayy good. Look into 'em.

RIM Support for Lotus & Domino
- it's great and keeps improving. Connections, Quickr, Sametime, and Domino support are really wonderful - check it out.

Quickr keeps getting better
- and they're not forgetting the Domino flavor. This is a big thing - supposedly we'll in the near future be able to use DDE and xPages to do theme development, and that will be excellent. Tie-ins to ECMs like Filenet are there now for the 5% using Quickr-Java, for hoi polloi (hoi means "the", btw) using Quickr-Domino, ECM support is coming soon.

IBM alleges they've looked up the word "Marketing"
Image:Lotusphere 2009: a scramble of (almost all) good things UPDATED - They're starting a campagin called "SmarterPlanet". Good idea, but it's not enough focus on brand marketing. IBM does good IBM brand marketing. WE NEED equally good product marketing. People buy products. Brands help sell products, but people buy products. Yes, I'm going to make the standard Dennis Leary plug. Go[1]. Watch[2]. These[3]. and see what should be done. It's really odd that IBM could just put those on the air right now, and they are perfectly relevant almost 10 years later.

Sametime is improving/changing
- Web/Ajax client Image:Lotusphere 2009: a scramble of (almost all) good things UPDATED, no Java or other applets needed. Standing meetings. Nice! WAS/DB2-based Meeting services now, well.... you knew it was coming. All real new things coming out of IBM will be WAS/DB2 based. Not defending (who could!?!), just explaining. Image:Lotusphere 2009: a scramble of (almost all) good things UPDATED Please IBM - make sure to use completely incompatible versions of WAS & DB2 accross your product line. It's money from God for consultants.

LotusLive
- This is nifty and may well develop into uber-cool. All your Lotus goodness (connections, sametime, mail, etc.) in the cloud and easily shared across company boundaries. I'm just glad they didn't copy Microsoft with the naming. Image:Lotusphere 2009: a scramble of (almost all) good things UPDATED

Lotus Foundations Start
Image:Lotusphere 2009: a scramble of (almost all) good things UPDATED- This is very nice and now enters my radar as deployable for a chunk of my client-base. + Supports VMServer-Linux (not ESX) runtime, so you can set up and deploy images like Windows server for custom applications (almost every site I know has one of these). + Can be set up as a remote office part of your Domino domain: give them Mail, filesharing, printing, backup all in one nifty easy to manage box.

Symphony Greatness
- A Lotuscript API (I spoke with Shireburn Software [Integra for Notes] about this - they worked closely on the development with IBM), Symphony will finally be able to work with Office 2007 documents. Great stuff!

Project Atlantic is now Alloy (spelled correctly)
- Very cool for SAP shops, for the rest of us - hey it proves IBM's committed. I'm not sure why it's tons better than what Mr. Oliver and Mr. Balaban put together in no time using classic Notes tools, but hey. It's commitment, and that's good.

Lotus Forms
 - Now Turbo. Image:Lotusphere 2009: a scramble of (almost all) good things UPDATED

Closing General Session
Image:Lotusphere 2009: a scramble of (almost all) good things UPDATED - Excellent. Zander/Ode To Joy. IBM - you need to make this available to stream, so we can show the Folkz@Hohm why LS (especially this year) is worth it.See- I used a cool/cute/hip phrase "Folkz@Hohm" like IBM likes!

Random Notes/Comments

Image:Lotusphere 2009: a scramble of (almost all) good things UPDATEDStop using "Federated" - either you're one of the very few who know what it means, or you think it's some geek Star Trek thing you wouldn't understand or that's too complicated to care about.

Image:Lotusphere 2009: a scramble of (almost all) good things UPDATEDIBM - you need to make the OGS & CGS available to stream, so we can show the Folkz@Hohm why LS (especially this year) is worth it.

Image:Lotusphere 2009: a scramble of (almost all) good things UPDATEDStill no coffee between all sessions. Not sure it'll help, but you could vote for it here. Image:Lotusphere 2009: a scramble of (almost all) good things UPDATED

Image:Lotusphere 2009: a scramble of (almost all) good things UPDATEDSince I've arrived home, I've talked to a number of folks about LS and social computing. I have been rather abruptly reminded that there are large swaths of highly educated and respected humanity who either don't know about social computing or detest it. I empathize with the folks who detest it, but we've got a lot of work to do in seeding the ground and making people aware of all the good things that can be done with social software.

Image:Lotusphere 2009: a scramble of (almost all) good things UPDATEDSymphony looks great. Now if IBM would just do this, we'd be all set. Go vote for it.

Image:Lotusphere 2009: a scramble of (almost all) good things UPDATEDIBM needs to engineer it's products so you can set up a Domino server and plug-in WAS so it'll use Domino's HTTP server and NSFs as datastore (not DB2).This would open up so much, while letting IBM go it's WAS-way.


There's more, but I can't think of it at the moment.

Comments (4)
Craig Wiseman January 24th, 2009 11:52:00 AM

 Comments
1) Lotusphere 2009: a scramble of (almost all) good things UPDATED
Craig Wiseman http://www.wiseman.la/cpw 1/24/2009 2:48:18 PM

On the product marketing point - the examples I used were for Domino, but I mean product marketing for every Lotus product, Connections, Sametime, Portal, etc.

I just used the Domino ones because that's what I could easily find.

2) Lotusphere 2009: a scramble of (almost all) good things UPDATED
Bruce Elgort http://elguji.com 1/24/2009 4:03:16 PM

Very nice write-up Craig. Did I miss you at LS?

3) Lotusphere 2009: a scramble of (almost all) good things UPDATED
Craig Wiseman http://www.wiseman.la/cpw 1/24/2009 4:45:42 PM

@2 - Not sure, I saw you but you were busy enjoying being mobbed by the hordes at 'elgortsphere'.

I introduced myself to Mr. Brill and Mr. Pollack and some others, but you can see my earlier post about how I just have to revise my Lotusphere approach. It will change next year, assuming there is a next year for me.

4) bob costas
frank paolino http://blog.maysoft.otg 1/24/2009 4:03:16 PM

I thought bob was really the wrong voice for Lotusphere. His sports metaphors were really forced. No one beats John Cheese IMHO


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