Lotusphere Day 0, (Sunday)

Since I was pretty good about alcohol consumption and going to bed early, I actually went to the BD Day Opening Session which I’ve never done. A few good themes emerged, such as more concise and simpler marketing messages, recent strong sales trends, and strong interest and leadership in bringing social networking technologies into the business community.

What particularly struck me though was the amount of Portal business Notes 8 is going to spur. For businesses that take advantage of Notes 8, they are inevitably going to buy Portal. Too often in the past the Notes community has treated this as a negative scenario. What’s the ROI, why are you canibalizing Notes development etc…With Notes 8 we’ll finally see the native integration, not quite seamless yet but the evidence is there, that makes it obvious how Portal fits in. I would like to be a Portal sales rep in the next 18-24 months. Good times for them ahead.

I made a late appearance to Jellyrolls for the birthday bash, for which I was soundly scolded, and was immediately rushed up on stage to don a feather boa and have disparaging songs sung about my manhood. Although I couldn’t disagree with the line about when I wore a dress, or does a skirt count as a dress, maybe there’s a loophole. Mucho congratulations to Bill on his 40th bday!

I’d like to thank the Workflow gang, Dwight Wilbanks, Jason Freis (whom I’m keeping awake with this typing) and Francie Whitlock for their bday gift tonight. They teamed up with the Client Genie guys to give Bill, Coen Aukema (also his bday tonight), and myself a helicopter ride over Orlando this week. Watch out for moons flying over the Dolphin, lol. You guys really outdid yourself and I’m sure it will be a great time.

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