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Lotusphere, SWG Community Day and more

It’s hard to talk about anything these days other then Lotusphere happening right now in Orlando. Some of us (such as yours truly) couldn’t attend, but we have enough blogs/flickr/twitter/announcements to follow as it is. In my opinion that’s the true power of the web and collaboration for that matter – getting the feel of Lotusphere, the excitement, without actually being there in person. And I haven’t started talking about Lotusphere in Secondlife
Anyhow, things are happening other than Lotusphere which are worth mentioning, but I must link to a Lotusphere post I saw over at Rob Novak – Lotusphere 2008 Keynote Bingo (see above). Cool!

Now, to other news.
Software Group Community Day – Feb 18th 2008, Israel
Similar to the September 2007 event, the coming SWG Community Day (half-day actually) would provides a glimpse of IBM Software solutions: Information Management, Tivoli, WebSphere, Rational and Lotus (including WebSphere Portal). We’ll meet at Cinema City (again) at 3pm, 2.5 hours of professional sessions and then a movie (popcorn on us), The Kite Runner. The Lotus session will include 2 presentations: the first on a new dashboard software from IBM, SaaS (Software as a Service) based, called Sonata; the second is not final yet, but will focus on messaging and collaboration using mobile devices. Participation is free, but registration is required (phone only for now). Mark your calendars, Monday, Feb. 18th at 3pm.

Lotus Quickr Content Integrator
Folks over at Lotus Quickr Blog posted their view on Lotus Quickr Content Integrator (announced in Lotusphere), a new middleware software (available Feb. 21st) designed to help you integrate and migrate content from existing repositories into Lotus Quickr team places.
Lotus Quickr Content Integrator can migrate content from:

  • Lotus Domino Document Manager 3.1 and later versions
  • Teamrooms on Lotus Domino 5 and later versions
  • Public folders on Microsoft Exchange Server 5.5 or above, using Microsoft Outlook 2000 or above to connect to the Exchange server
  • Microsoft SharePoint Portal Server 2003
  • Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 2003 and 2007
  • Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007

Lotus Quickr Blog: Lotus Quickr Content Integrator announced

Last but certainly not least is this short movie about my dear friend and colleague, Lotusphere Evangelists and ‘producer’, Ed Brill. Everyone wants to be Ed…

Lotusphere 2008 Announcements

There’s been plenty of info on Lotusphere 2008 and I’m not sure where to begin.
First, to consolidate the info, Ed Brill and Alan Lepofsky are doing an excellent work of covering Lotusphere with as much live-blogging as they can, day-by-day. You can also view Flickr for recent Lotusphere 2008 photos, or subscribe to twitter/lotusphere.
So, in the name of order and convergence, some quick announcements.

IBM and SAP announce ‘Atlantic’: Currently planned for inclusion in the first release of project “Atlantic” is support for SAP workflows, reporting and analytics, and the use of roles from within the Lotus Notes client. In addition, tools are planned to be included to provide the ability to extend and adapt these roles and capabilities, as well as leverage additional collaborative and offline capabilities inherent in Lotus Notes and Domino products. The initial release is planned to ship in the fourth quarter of 2008 and will be sold by both companies.

Lotus Foundations: Lotus Foundations is a new family of offerings targeted for the 5 to 500 user market. The Foundations family will deliver a series of servers. First, a Collaboration server that will include the Domino mail and collaboration platform, file management, directory services, firewall, back-up and recovery, and office productivity tools. Lotus Foundations is the first result of IBM’s recent acquisition of Net Integration Technologies.

Lotus Protector: Lotus Protector for Mail Security is a “black box” (hardware/software combo or software-only VMWare image) pre-processor for anti-spam and anti-virus. Protector was developed in conjunction with IBM Internet Security Solutions.

Lotus ‘BlueHouse’ – collaboration tools open to everyone: an integrated suite of collaboration services including Social Contacts, Instant Messaging, Store and Share, Activities and Web conferencing (based on the existing Sametime Unyte technology)delivered as a service. “Bluehouse” expands on IBM’s introduction of Sametime Unyte, a hosted e-meetings service, which is now incorporated into the “Bluehouse” environment. “Bluehouse” is now in beta at and will be available in the second half of 2008.

Lotus Notes Traveler: Traveler provides automatic real-time replication of email including attachments, read and unread indicators, calendar, contacts, personal journal and the to do list. The user interface works with the existing email and Personal Information Manager (PIM) applications on mobile devices running the Microsoft Windows Mobile 5 or 6 platform available from a variety of device manufacturers.

Lotus previews Lotus Notes/Domino 8.5: In the area of the Notes client, Notes 8.5 will focus on incremental improvements on top of the best-in-class Notes 8 release. These include calendaring, integration, and usability improvements. We also will ship Notes 8 clients for Apple Macintosh (supported on the “Leopard” OS) and add Ubuntu to the list of supported Linux distributions. Domino Web Access will in 8.5 will also expand to support Safari as a browser, including on the Apple iPhone. From an administrator perspective, Domino 8.5 will simplify Notes Identity management and authentication. We are making ID files optional, as well as offering a way to secure Notes IDs with the ID Vault. We are federating the Domino directory, enabling use of alternative directories. To help address storage costs, Domino 8.5 will introduce a shared attachment data store and other storage reduction features.

More IBM/Lotus collaboration announcements are available online:
Ed Brill
Alan Lepofsky
Planet Lotus

Lotus Sametime Mobile

A very nice video from Philippe Poupeleer of Lotus Business Partner EASI, on using Lotus Sametime mobile.

I’m currently dealing with configuration bugs in order to make my N95 work with Lotus Sametime Mobile.. Since there must be a secure connection to IBM network, I downloaded Lotus Mobility Client to tunnel my way into the firewall. But, the N95 came a bit short on that task – apparently, there’s no EAP-LEAP plugin available at the Wi-Fi wizard, a plugin that exists on the Nokia E series, such as the E61. Strange.. I wrote to Nokia support and some colleagues in the US in hope of getting an answer – it’s a plugin, so there must be a way to install it, no?
Anyhow, if somewhere out there found a solution, I’d appreciate the comment.. 😉

Final note about Lotusphere, which starts tomorrow – unfortunately, not gonna make it this time around. I looked forward to this awesome event, but have other obligations this week. The job of following Lotusphere from afar is evry easy – head over to, type your name and follow the action as it unfolds (thanks to Carl Tyler and Chris Miller). I’ll do my best to follow the announcements and sessions online, and update here asap. Live blogging will surely take place, so watch out for some Lotus blogs out there, as well as the event website itself: . In the trend of collaboration, you can also subscribe to the lotusphere twitter page. Enjoy !

Lotusphere 2008 is 14 days ahead

Lotusphere 2008 is just around the corner, with 14 days left…
The 15th annual Lotus event will take place (again) in Orlando Florida, from January 20-24. You can find lots of information on the official site, at There are many sessions and lectures available, and I haven’t decided which ones I will attend, but I found just the DB to help me sort it out.

Genii Software built this cool DB of Lotusphere 2008 sessions, that covers all the sessions in the 5 days event. You can view lectures by title, speaker, company, session id, day/time, track/day/time and more. Opening a lecture lets you see what else is ‘playing’ at the same time, or what other lectures the location facilitates. Basically you can have a very good view of what’s available. There’s even a ‘tag cloud’ view…

I’ll be live-blogging from Lotusphere 2008, as I’m sure others will, so stay tuned for updates, pictures and announcements !!!

Lotusphere 2008 registration is open

The 15th annual IBM Lotusphere event will take place in January 20-24, 2008, in Orlando, Florida, USA. Registration is now open.

Hopefully, this would be my first Lotusphere, and I’m very excited. Not only because it’s the 15th annual event, but also because I’ve heard a lot about the recent events, and tried to monitor what I could and was available online. But being there is something entirely different. Ed Brill already commented on LS08, and I’m sure there will be more updates from him and other Lotus colleagues in the future.

Couple of observations:

  • Now is the time to send your abstracts, and get the opportunity to present in Lotusphere 2008, either in Break Out session or Birds-of-a-Feather session.
  • One giant dinner ! excellent chance for networking, and eating with the people you came with, not according to assignments.
  • QuickStart sessions, on all the new Lotus products announced in 2007.
  • Business Development Day for IBM Business Partners only.

See you all in January 2008!

BTW – if you missed Lotusphere 2007, or you just want to refresh your memory, check out the Lotusphere 2007 page.

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