This was my 6th or 7th Lotusphere, and it may have been the best. The only one I’d would rank in the same category was the Superhuman software Sphere. Notes was on the web, and Dennis Leary commercials were running. Those were heady days and the boom was on. By comparison, today sees software as a commodity, the boom is long gone, and IBM’s direction has been less than clear over the last few years. The first hint I had that IBM/Lotus might be back on the right track was in the last months leading up to Sphere 2004.