OGS. The abbreviation seasoned 'spherians use for the Opening General Session. The fear in the community was a repeat of last year, with endless customer panels with readings from teleprompter and no demos. But IBM listened. There were plenty of demos, and the customers on stage were on for just a few minutes, were well rehearsed and had interesting stories to tell.
The OGS started, as in previous years, with a musical performance. This year by the band OK Go.
Then this years guest speaker was introduced: Michael J Fox. He talked (among other things) about how 75% of people diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease (which Michael is suffering from) are members of an online community.
What new products did we see? Well, we got to see what came out of Project Vulcan: the new Activity Stream. It is integrated with the next version of Connections as well as in Lotus Notes/Domino Social Edition and other products.
Another very interesting product that was demonstrated at the OGS is a plugin that let you run Notes applications totally modified in a browser, without having to rewrite it using Xpages. Finally, LotusLive Symphony has been renamed IBM Docs.
What version number is Notes/Domino Social Edition? Answer: It isn't. It's a feature version, but it is built atop the simultaneously-forthcoming planned Notes/Domino 8.5.4 release.
It includes the activity stream, but if I understand it correctly, you need Connections in order to fully benefit from this.
Personally I think this was one of the better opening sessions I have been to. It was well paced and had enough news to keep the audience awake. The four customer cases were fairly short, but next year, try just three, and add even more demo, especially on the main product we all use, Lotus Notes.
After the OGS, I had some meetings. When they were handled, I managed to catch two good sessions.
AD111 - The X Path: Practical Guide to Taking Your IBM Lotus Notes Applications to IBM Lotus Domino XPages, presented by Hunter Medney and Stephan Wissel. This was a great session, explaining the recommended steps to move existing Notes applications to Xpages. The speakers explained what to look out for, and how to best perform the conversion.
AD106 -IBM Lotus Domino XPages -Write Them Ones, See Them Everywhere, by Viktor Krantz and Stephan Wissel. Another great Xpages session, showing how Xpages can be consumed by different platforms, including mobile phones and pads.
Then it was on to a reception for an hour, before heading to Joe Litton's Mai Tai night. Then we all migrated over to Shula's for the traditional UK Night. The night then continued on the Swan side outside Kimono's, where a smaller group were hanging out, smoking cigars and swapping war stories from previous 'spheres.
Connect 2014 – Day 0 (Saturday)
Mon, Jan 27th 2014 6:03a Karl-Henry Martinsson After not hearing the alarm this morning and therefore missing my original flight from DFW to MCO (Orlando International), I got booked on the next flight. I was in the air just a couple of hours late, and arrived at Dolphin in time for BALD at Big River on the Boardwalk. Had a great time connecting with friends after a year of not seeing many of them. Of course I got a hug from Mat Newman, meaning that IBM Connect started for real.
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Connect 2014 – My preliminary schedule
Wed, Jan 15th 2014 8:08a Karl-Henry Martinsson I have now created my preliminary schedule for Connect 2014. There are two only sessions that collide (on Tuesday), and I have not been able to find any repeats for them. That is how often has been at Lotusphere, but I would say that in the later years, the collisions have been fewer and fewer, thanks to more repeats and (perhaps) smarter scheduling.
Monday afternoon is when I have set time aside to visit the showcase and the labs. I also have a little bit of time after lunch Wednesday. As [read] Keywords: ibm
Pool party or no pool party, that is the question – or is it?
Mon, Jan 13th 2014 10:11a Karl-Henry Martinsson With the name change to Connect in 2013, the welcome reception/pool party changed somewhat. Instead of taking place at the pools/beach area between Swan and Dolphin, it started inside in the showcase area (Atlantic hall), and then moved outside for food, drinks and entertainment.
From what it looks like on the Connect 2014 website, and based on Chris Miller’s blog post, it sounds like the traditional poolside party is no more. The Connect website also only mention snacks and beverages.
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Connect 2014 – Survive the week!
Mon, Jan 6th 2014 7:02a Karl-Henry Martinsson Countdown to Connect 2014
In exactly 3 weeks, thousands of us will be sitting in the Northern Hemisphere ballroom at the Dolphin hotel in Orlando. We have already been involved in some social activities on Saturday with soccer, BALD and ESPN, followed by a full day of jumpstart and master class sessions on Sunday. Sunday evening there was the big welcome reception on the beach between Swan and Dolphin.
Some of us may have continued to Kimonos afterwards, or perhaps to Jelly Rolls dueling [read] Keywords: collaboration
Connect 2014 – Prepare properly!
Thu, Jan 2nd 2014 9:25p Karl-Henry Martinsson Countdown to Connect 2014
It’s time to start planning for Connect 2014, and there are a few things I want to share, based on my experiences previous years, which will make the conference more enjoyable and beneficial. Since Andy Donaldson has been a slacker this year, I can’t link to his excellent guide to Connect-o-sphere yet… You can of course read his guides for 2012 and 2013.
What to bring
In addition to the obvious items, there are a few things you should bring in [read] Keywords: atlantic