Lotusphere 2007 - Day 5
I was so tired going to bed last night that I set my alarm clock to 8 am thinking I'm going to miss the breakfast on purpose so that I can rest just a bit longer. A weirdest thing happened. I woke up at 6:40 am and could not go back to sleep. Hmmmm... Not only I did not miss breakfast, but I was able to attend the 8:30 am session on AdminP improvements. Just like in all other areas, there are tons of enhancements to AdminP in Domino 8. Very reassuring.
At 9:30 am, I went to see the two Tivoli guys to see the promised demo of TDI. Johan and Eddie. College buddies from Norway who started their own company and were later acquired by Tivoli, which then was acquired by IBM. Very nice guys. Eddie's official title on his business card is "Storryteller". He cold easily talk all day about TDI, very knowledgeable and passionate about the product. TDI looks very exciting and promising. Some of it was too advanced for me but I see this challenge as a perfect excuse to broaden my horizons and to include Java programming skills in my portfolio. Btw, Johan's title is "Chief Simplifier".
Next morning session, Gurupalooza, was fantastic. Packed with great questions and answers, lots of humour. After swallowing my boxed lunch, next stop "Ask the Developers". This was also an excellent session. Just as the previous one, a lot of questions have been answered by IBM developers and management. If you went to a Lotusphere and could attend only one session, this would be the one you should go to. I'm going to try to buy the DVDs from both of these sessions so that I can them to others back home. The atmosphere in there was fantastic. You could feel the enthusiasm, passion and complete devotion. Looks like the IBM-Lotus is back on track and that their loyal followers forgave them the fiasco with trying to promote other products piggybacking on the popularity and charisma of Notes.
In terms of content, this was the best Lotusphere that I went to. I've been to three so far: 2002, 2005 and 2007. I hope there will be many more to come for me. One person said during the last session: "This is my first Lotusphere, and I'm so impressed with it that I don't know how I was able to do my job before I came here".
Closing session was attended by much smaller crowd than the opening session. Many people had their planes booked in the morning and have left already. There was still plenty of people in there and a very special guest astrophysicist () whose presentation was absolutely fascinating.