Lotusphere Day #6 - Thursday
The turntable has slowly spun down to a stop, the signs at the Dolphin are all gone, no one is wearing badges around their necks, and no one has a backpack on. Was the last week real, or was it a dream?
The final day of Lotusphere always tends to be a bit light. All the side attractions like the product showcase are shut down, and you're pretty well funnelled into a smaller set of choices and repeats of the week. After getting up at 6:00 (actually, after *waking* up at 9:30 pm and not going back to sleep much after that), I went down to breakfast, ate the ever-present scrambled eggs and muffins, and then went over to the Swan to see Bill Buchan's Best Practices for Object Oriented LotusScript. I've never done classes in LS, and after listening to Bill, I wonder how I lived without them. Besides being full of content, the session was funny. Imagine a hairy Scotsman the size of an ewok presenting at 8:30 in the morning after smoking two packs of cigarettes the night before at Islands Of Adventure. Yes, it *was* that scary. From there, back over to the Dolphin to catch Application Performance Techniques for Domino Developers. Another loaded session for content, and there are some downloads I'll need to get when I get back. Definitely opened my eyes to a few things. *Back* over at the Swan for GuruPalooza, which was a new event where all the Best Practices track speakers were up on stage to answer any questions thrown at them by the audience. It was pretty well packed out, and there are some excellent resources out there.
I met up with Chris Byrne for lunch before he headed back home. This has been a great Lotusphere for him as he continues to launch his business that focuses on compliance issues. Of everyone I talked to, Chris might have been the big winner there. Normally, I would have gone back to the Swan for Meet/Beat The Developers, but I was fading quickly. I dropped by my room and zoned for an hour or so until the closing session at 3:30. This year they had comic Steven Wright on stage. I've never seen his stuff before, and it's a continuous string of one and two line observations of life delivered in a laid-back monotone... supposedly from smoking Ritalin as a kid. Pretty funny stuff, and a great way to end the conference...
So... It's approaching 9 pm, and I'm popping Nyquil and trying to render myself unconscious for eight hours. I'm sure once I get back to Portland late tomorrow night, I'll have some general overall impressions and thoughts to share. Right now, I'm just letting the experience that is Lotusphere wash over me. An enormous number of highs, a few selected lows (all health-related), and as ever, a memory never to be forgotten or taken lightly.
Thanks everyone... In 1997, it was all about information and learning. In 2005, it's all about the people. The information just happens. It's all of you who make this an event that recharges me and gives me some professional focus.
Ah, just great... where's the kleenex?