Whoo-hoo! Google Reader had pulled my blog post before I lost it! My OGS live blogging up to the UCC part...
Having connectivity issues, but working on that...
Blue Man Group as the opening... Way too funny!
Sitting in the blogger's pit. My own beanbag chair down down front.
Nice opening... Now up for Bob Picciano. Off to a great start!
Deidra, his wife, works for Lotus as a developer. He brought this early, to make a point... He hears a LOT about Lotus every night for dinner. 16 consecutive growth quarters. Added new 12236 customers to Lotus portfolio since ND8. Great press recognition for Lotus and ND8. Bob is a REALLY good speaker... :)
The guest speaker is... Dan Aykroyd! This should be a riot! Opened with Beldar piece. Started with stories about collaboration on movies. Following teleprompter well (which we can see from here)... :) Story about camera man and actor. The shooters do not work for the actor, the actor works for the shooters. They are the ones that make the actor look good (and can also make them look bad, too). You have to be good collaborators, not individual demanding people. Short session, but fun to watch. A very eloquent speaker.
Back to Bob... Attendence is up 2% over last year. Appreciation for having that happen given the economy. Theme is Resonance. Resonance will "shatter Windows". :) Coke, Netjets, and HSBC customers are highlighted in the OGS, with actual top guys from the companies showing up for a short talk.
Coca-Cola serve over 200 countries, and need to collaborate around the world. Heavy SAP user. The collaboration/productivity/messaging element of their stack is shown as Lotus. Both sides above and below (portal/content and business info/applications/connectivity) are SAP. Ease of use, extended enterprise, openness, mobility, partnerships... All involving Lotus. They are working tightly with Lotus to create the solutions they need. I can see how Project Atlantic would be such a big deal to Lotus and Coke.
NetJets... they do fractional jet ownership. Heavy need for collaboration to make sure all the pieces they have are available when they need it. 5000 customers with over 800 jets and 15 jet types. 173 countries. Thousands of pilots. Logistics is THE critical element. 390000 flight hours each year, 200 million miles. They use a WebSphere portal app with Quickr and Sametime that allow this collaboration to take place. Portal app will be live in Europe first, rolled out to other areas later. Being able to communicate in a mobile environment is critical because everyone has to come together to make a single flight happen.
HSBC... 300000 employees around the world. Need to collaborate to make this the world's "local bank". Needed comprehensive collaboration solution. They can't buy a single solution for everything, but they CAN choose their partners, and they chose Lotus to help bring this together. No specific on systems, which is too bad...
Bob is back. He commits to make partners prosperous.
Jim Balsillie - co-CEO of Blackberry. 10 year anniversary. Domino 8.5 support for Blackberry announced. Hosted applications to be offered on Blackberry. He covers how important mobility is, and how that will continue to define the environment of businesses. Enhanced Lotus Suite for Blackberry announced. New BlackBerry client for IBM Lotus Connections. New BlackBerry client for Sametime. Support for Symphony and Quickr on BlackBerry platform. Support for Domino Designer with Xpages on BlackBerry platform. Major improvement to allow Domino developers to become BlackBerry developers. THAT is cool.
2morO@Wrk - the new tag. Bluehouse was announced last year. Bluehouse is now LotusLive.com. This is the entry of Lotus into the cloud, into the hosted offering space. Can develop for that platform, also.
Now for Alistar Rennie...
(side note... still having network issues. The techs just started rolling out cables for us. :)
This is Lotus's 20th birthday... wow!
Kevin Cavanaugh... Notes may be mature, but not predictable. Notes hangs out with "disruptive friends". 200000 Symphony users at IBM, and Office licences are being dropped. Symphony development is getting major attention. Notes 8 adoption is over 50%, and is higher than any other release. Alloy is the IBM/SAP collaboration offering. Calendar integration in this Alloy client is very nice. They are taking calendar feeds (standard ones), iNotes has a new look now. Calendar overlays work... you can overlay Google calendars! :) Notes widgets will be available in iNotes.
Designer in 8.5 is the biggest upgrade since LotusScript was introduced. Demoing the Xpages feature. Custom control demo using the tag cloud custom control. Very easy to add, and gives you the Internet capabilities. They are working with RIM to make sure that Xpages development for mobile is just as richly featured as the browser. Nice showing of how the BB app looked the same as the browser version. They are also giving the ability to customize the app for device by number of rows, etc. Showed how you can read Symphony docs on the BB device also. Very good direction on Domino mobile development.
Announcing that IBM.com/Smartmarket will be open to all partners to promote, distribute, and support apps. They are also publically committing to OpenNTF support! WIN! New appliances... Lotus Protector, Lotus Foundations were announced last year. VMWare images are going to be distributed and supported soon.
UCC up now, with Bruce Morse.