Day 1 Lotusphere Recap...
If you're reading this blog, odds are that you also follow other Lotus bloggers. I see that *many* of them have recapped the opening session, so I won't even bother. Suffice it to say, impressive stuff. I was unconvinced coming into the opening session about the value of "social networking" software for the business environment. But after seeing Quickr and Lotus Connections demoed, I'm moving over to the "this could be interesting" viewpoint. I think the biggest hindrance to acceptance will be the age and culture factor. The under-30 crowd will immediately "get it" and adapt the tools for their work. The "I don't own a computer at home" crowd will not have a clue. And the "I'm overwhelmed at work and can barely keep up" group will have to be the group to "cross the chasm" before this gets full momentum behind it. Still, I absolutely love the fact that IBM is out in the forefront of taking Web 2.0 social constructs and making an attempt to adapt them to the enterprise. It won't necessarily be perfect on version 1.0, but there's no way to plan this out beforehand. It will go where people take it...
Worst Practices - as always, an incredible session by Paul Mooney and Bill Buchan. Learning from the mistakes of others *before* you make them yourselves. This should be an annual classic now.
Bloggers Q&A session - more on that below.
Creating Maintainable IBM Lotus Notes and Domino Applications - Writing Readable Code - Rocky does a phenomenal job on this session, and I don't think it matters how long you've been developing. There's always a better way to improve your coding.
How to Make IBM Lotus Domino Sites That Don't Look (or Act) Like Lotus Domino - Henry Newberry and Scott Good presented a number of techniques on how you can improve the look and interaction of standard Notes/Domino websites, as well as overcoming some common problems like date pickers and address books. This is a session where I'll be downloading the demo database to dissect it.
The blogger's Q&A session was an interesting experiment in letting the blogging community have access to the IBM head honchos much like a press conference. On one hand, I give them high marks for reaching out to one of the most influential groups at Lotusphere. On the other hand, the presenters need to adjust their style to the audience. Many of the answers were more high-level and involved than what the blogging community was after. The focus on our part was more technical in nature, and a quick exchange of question/answer would have worked better. Think of the pattern established by Gurupalooza and Meet the Developers. Ask the question, get the answer, move on. The audience we target is more "in the trenches" than the typical press analyst. On our part, we need to "obey the rules" better when it comes to the framework of the meeting (I'll leave it at that). While it may not have been what was hoped for, I really hope this wasn't the "the first (and last) annual bloggers Q&A session." This concept has potential.
Quickr (the new name for the QuickPlace/Domino Doc enhancement) has the potential to be an easy-to-manage answer to Sharepoint. Time will tell, but releasing the personal edition of Quickr as free software was a perfect way to start the movement.
With Lotus Connections and Quickr, I can see someone living in Notes all day long, with no use for Office or anything else.