The 2nd Australian Lotus User Group (AusLUG) has just come to a close. Over 300 attendees participated in 58 breakout sessions across the two days here in Melbourne. It was a fantastic event, and my congratulations to the organizing committee, lead by Mat Newman, for the event's overall success.
It seemed like about half the attendees had participated in the Sydney event last August. It also seemed like there were more developers than admins, along with a whole bunch of IT management, architects, and partners. Yesterday, my colleagues Ted Stanton, Stuart Duguid, and myself delivered a keynote on why social business matters; we featured customer stories from the Australian Bureau of Statistics among others. Also over from the US was Andrew Davis, who presented on Notes Social Edition and embedded experiences, a session that was educational for me and my IBM colleagues as well as the attendees. New Zealand's Michael Sampson day-tripped over to present about how to apply the principles of social business to an IBM Connections deployment; he also participated in the Nerd Girls Sparks session during Thursday's lunch.
The IBM team again delivered on an impressive set of technical demonstrations on-site, including early code such as the Notes browser plug-in. About twenty business partners were also exhibiting.
I'd like to overshare a bit of an important observation in terms of where the "Lotus" market is going.
Several years ago, we would participate in conferences -- and even our own Lotusphere -- and any attempt to expand the aperture to include the other IBM collaboration solutions was met with limited success or even resistance. We within IBM collectively wondered whether the yellowverse would embrace new solutions in the portal, unified communication, social networking, and other markets, or whether IBM would simply have to develop those market opportunities independent of the installed base of Notes customers.
In the last year, and specifically at events like this, some of the LCTYs I participated in in Germany last month, last week's successful Belgian Lotus User Group (congrats to Theo Heselmans and team), and others, I see a dramatic turn of events. Michael Sampson's session yesterday on user adoption for IBM Connections was packed -- almost every seat taken. Chris Miller ran a session titled "From Domino Admin to WebSphere Admin - in an hour". Mikkel Heisterberg talked about creating widgets for IBM Connections. Gabriella Davis presented system designs for Sametime.
Why is this important? Because there is recognition amongst you as customers and partners that success in the era of social business means more than just working with Notes and Domino, and that IBM solutions -- Connections, current versions of Sametime, IBM Forms, SmartCloud Social, etc -- provide you new opportunities to grow your skills if you are in IT or your business if you are a partner. And that is good for the entire market, as well as for IBM's investment decisions in sponsorship for events like AusLUG. You all are willing to adapt, grow, taken on new skills, and most importantly (as evidenced by the attendance at Sampson's session) -- be the champions for change and adoption in your organization.
As the vendor, I want to thank you the community for placing your bets on us at IBM and on our collective future together. It is an incredible validation of everything we are doing to come to an event like this and have you be so excited and ready to deploy and adopt and build across XPages and Open Social and Traveler and Connections Next and SUT and all of it. I hope the 300 of you who were along for the ride this week in sunny Melbourne feel as fortunate as I do to be part of the market and where social business is headed -- built on the foundation and investments we have all created together.
IBM 2014 Beacon Awards: Outstanding mobile enterprise solution
Wed, Nov 6th 2013 8:50a Ed Brill Nominations are open until November 15, 2013 for the IBM 2014 Beacon Award for Outstanding mobile enterprise solution: This award recognizes an IBM Business Partner who has helped customers become a mobile enterprise, by providing business-to-employee (B2E) or business-to-consumer/business (B2C/B2B) solutions designed for mobile, first. Nominated solutions will be comprised of IBM MobileFirst solutions, with a primary focus on the MobileFirst platform. IBM offerings that are considered as the [read] Keywords: ibm
Mon, Oct 28th 2013 7:10a Ed Brill October has been an incredibly busy month. I am headed to Europe now for the third time in a 75-day period; the intervening time has also featured trips to Austin and Toronto. Additionally, I had the opportunity to be part of IBM InterConnect 2013 in Singapore earlier this month, my first time over to Asia this year. As such, I was determined to make the best of it. The InterConnect conference was excellent. Our IBM MobileFirst sessions went well, drawing several hundred attendees to learn a [read] Keywords: ibm
Busy week: Two mobile acquisitions and a major new market study
Thu, Oct 3rd 2013 7:10a Ed Brill When it rains, it pours. This week has been a busy one in the IBM MobileFirst arena, with two acquisitions plus a new market study out today. All of these are wind in the sails of activity heading into two key core events next week: IBM InterConnect in Singapore (where I will be), and Gartner IT Symposium. The first acquisition, announced Tuesday, is The Now Company of Dublin, Ireland. The Now Company offers analytics tools for Communications Service Providers (CSPs, or typically, teleco [read] Keywords: ibm
Wed, Oct 2nd 2013 12:53p Ed Brill Bruce Elgort has been a friend of mine for nearly fifteen years. He has been a mentor, an advocate, a sounding board, a cheerleader, and even a therapist. :-) Today, Bruce is stepping down as chairman of the IBM Notes-related open source community called OpenNTF.org. Bruce and Nathan Freeman conceived of OpenNTF a dozen years ago. I didn't quite know what to make of the guy and the idea, and at the time wasn't in a position where I could put any of IBM's energy into the effort (other than hav [read] Keywords: ibm
Continental and IBM Enter Connected Vehicle Collaboration
Tue, Sep 10th 2013 4:30a Ed Brill This morning, at the Frankfurt IAA International Auto Show, Continental AG and IBM announced a collaboration agreement to jointly develop fully-connected mobile vehicle solutions for car manufacturers around the world. From the press release: Dirk WollschlÃ¤ger, General Manager Global Automotive Industry, IBM said: "Realization of the fully connected vehicle requires technology expertise across Big Data, embedded intelligence and the ability to deliver services over a highly scalable cl [read] Keywords: collaboration
Tweetchat this Thursday- Catching the Mobile Wave, Thinking Beyond the Device
Sun, Sep 8th 2013 7:50p Ed Brill I've, uh, tweeted some info about this, but thought it might be useful for those of you watching the blog to know about this upcoming Tweetchat. I've never actually hosted a Tweetchat before, so I'm excited to be the emcee for a People for a Smarter Planet Tweetchat this Thursday, 12 September, at 12:00 noon US EDT (6 PM CEDT). The Tweetchat is, as you might expect, about the future of enterprise mobility. Specifically, the questions we will examine include: What's your definition of a [read] Keywords: ibm
Six months in
Thu, Aug 1st 2013 7:20a Ed Brill It was January 31 at IBM Connect 2013:This week has served to remind me what a special community we have built, and continue to grow, around these products. You are all like family to me, and I will remain a part of the family as I move into the mobile space. I hope you will likewise all take the opportunity to come along on that journey, one of the most exciting areas of technology across the entire IBM portfolio. Six months ago. Time has flown. IBM Notes and Domino 9 Social Edition shipp [read] Keywords: domino