Lotusphere, Day 0

It hasn’t even really started and I’m already exausted… It’s Sunday, and the pre-conference activities are underway. I attended a few Business Development Day sessions this morning including a BP briefing that talked about the new SVI? program. Essentially, it replaces previous TCI and ICSF programs with one that is more like the hardware program. If a partner documents their involvement with an account in getting software in place, he gets licensing points regardless of the fullfillment partner. This fixes an issue that’s been particularly frustrating when the big corporate resellers swoop in at the last moment and offer some ridiculous deal that only they can offer. Now, at least the partner who’s been doing all the work gets a piece of the action.

I got a chance to hand out a few of our “Exchange” shirts today, including one to Mike Rhodin who tried but couldn’t surpress a grin. Speaking of Mike, I didn’t know he had such an impressive golf game as he and his team won the BP golf tournament yesterday at -9 or so. I didn’t see any of his shots, so I’ll just guess that he was a major contributor in their effort 😉 I also found Julian and Tom Duff before their Java jumpstart session, gave them a shirt and threatened to heckle. They reminded me that my session is AFTER theirs, so perhaps that’s not such a good idea.

After the golf tournament Saturday, which lasted almost 6 uggh hours, fellow Penumbrian Scott Good of Teamwork Solutions gave me a lift to our annual Fulton’s Crab House dinner. Once again, wonderful guests and great food. This year the weather allowed for cocktail hour to be held out on the deck and it was just a great evening. It’s always my personal high point of the Lotusphere week. This year it was even better as I was announced as a new Penumbra board member.

It seemed that everyone at the dinner was determined to make an appearance at the Gonzo Lotusphere party. There were more people at the event than I can ever remember. Besides the 70-80 people inside at midnight, there were another 15-20 goofing off out on the boardwalk. After we shut the place down at 1, the festivities moved on to Henry and Wild Bill’s bourbon and scotch fest. Did I mention that Bill was wearing a kilt all night? Or that Bob Balaban was wearing a tux? Have you ever seen Bob in anything more than a hawaiian shirt? Some weird “I double-dare you” thing going on there.

Thankfully this year, I drank little and left early. We hit the sheets by a decent 3:00am or so 😉

Time to head off to tech check for tomorrow’s 1pm session. Another one of those weird moments… as I stopped to grab a muffin on the boardwalk this morning, I happened to meet the IBMer who’s running “security” for us tomorrow at the session. A competitive Portal vs. SAP guy, we sat together and talked about our approach to AJAX facelifting. Thank goodness, he got it. So maybe we won’t confuse everyone in the room tomorrow.