Lotusphere days 3 & 4

Day 3: Tuesday

I hit a personal Lotusphere 2010 record on day three, and attended not one, but two—yes, two—sessions. First up was an XPages deep-dive from Tim Tripcony and Stephan Wissel, covering server-side Javascript, the various scope objects available, and so on. Really informative, with plenty of ideas and example code to play with. I think Stephan’s jokes were even worse than mine. Good stuff.

My second session on Wednesday was actually a BOF, hosted by Warren Elsmore, and covering user groups. We had a good attendance and the discussion was fruitful I think. Plenty of ideas being thrown around, and it was grand to get more insight into the good work of Scott Treggiari (, Warren, Kitty, Paul, Eileen et al.

The rest of the day was taken up on the Elguji software pedestal, and I’d say that it was probably our busiest day: quite a few people came by for chats and demos. We even had an impromptu rendition of Happy Birthday for a certain Bill Buchan. He wasn’t embarrassed at all, nooooooooo…

I like talking to people, and as a long-time “yellow blogger” I suppose I have plenty of ASW-style chutzpah, but despite all that, the “hard sell” approach to manning a stand is not something I could ever do. Thankfully, this view is shared by my fellow booth babes, and so we took a deliberately low-key approach to running the Elguji stand at Lotusphere this year. On the whole, I reckon those perusing the showcase appreciated this. Rather than give away trinkets and bludgeon our visitors with hard sales talk, we discussed the ins and outs of maintaining FAQs, self-service knowledge bases, innovation management, and of course demonstrated IdeaJam and IQJam. But it was interesting to see how many booth visitors expected us to do that hard sale. Almost a “Come on, impress me” thing. I hope we didn’t disappoint too much ;-)

Day 4: Wednesday

Day four, and the showcase is done—more scope for attending presentations. Exciting! Julian Robichaux had a repeat of his iPhone session scheduled, which pleased me greatly, as that was one of the key ones I wanted to attend. So, I perambulated to that one, and was not disappointed. Splendid. Amazing content delivered by one of my favourite speakers. Julian rocked, as usual, and fared well despite losing his poor old co-speaker, Rob McDonagh (alas, poor Rob, we were all thinking of you, being called back to work).

After Julian’s presentation, a few of us stayed in the room to check out the following session, from our new Lotusphere Idol, Martin (need to check his site when I’m back on-line)! He was good, and delivered an entertaining talk about his XPages experiences.

Gurupalooza came next, which was quite entertaining in places. Far too much talk of SANs for my blood though, and not enough developer geekery! After Gurupalooza, a number of us went for lunch at The Fountain with our lovely benefactors Bruce and Gayle—thanks guys.

The final session was “Ask The Developers” which is always good value. Some cracking questions in there, and we finished on a high note, with Volker asking a great one (re high-fidelity database icons) and Maureen Leland giving Jeff Eisen what-for. Most entertaining :-)

So here I am, far too early at the gate, surrounded by MacBooks, and waiting to fly home (I hurried to the airport after seeing horrific lines in security when we flew in, but the chaos actually seems to move pretty quickly). This means I missed the closing session, which was a bit of a bummer (but then so did Matt, Warren, Julian, Alan and Paul, all heading off to Vegas for the weekend!)

So there it is. Didn’t really get to say goodbye to many people, sorry about that. But I loved my time at Lotusphere this week: roll on 2011, I wonder what it will bring?

My profound thanks to Bruce and Gayle for giving me the opportunity to come to Lotusphere this year. It was also a pleasure to work on the pedestal with such stand-up good eggs as Matt White and Julian Woodward. (Oh, and the Wookiee too).

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