Lotusphere Day -1 (Saturday)

  • Day started with Penumbra business meeting at 8am which was quite productive.
  • Rushed off to BP golf tourney and promptly drove all over Disney looking for it and arrived late but managed to find a 3-some to join and had a great time with Michael Gruber, Martin Stroud, and John never-can-remember-his-last-name. Great fun and finished at 7 under.
  • Martin runs Lotus sales for Norway, Sweden and Denmark (maybe more), and it was quite refreshing to hear what a great year Lotus had there. And in truth, everyone I’ve talked to, including us, has been having a nice run up in business the last few months.
  • Golf ran late as usual, so rush to change and get to Penumbra Dinner at Fulton’s Crab House.
  • Kim Greene’s term on the Board came to an end, what a wonderful job she’s done. I hope she’ll stay available for consultation 😉
  • With Kim’s departure, a new Board member was inducted, Wild Bill, and in his honor, Mark Ramos and I donned kilts and snuck up behind him as he was introduced. I understand there is video of this, doubtless on YouTube by now.
  • It really, really gave me great pleasure to introduce David Stephens as one of our two Prism Award winners this year. David, whose title may be one of the longest at IBM and I’ll have to find it again, has been a rock for the Lotus community. He personally leads many of the West Coast user groups, helps all of them, is part of the team at LotusUserGroup.org and generally will bend over backwards to support BP’s in any way he can. He also has a wonderful QuickPlace where he publishes a monthly newsletter of all the relevant announcements and programs coming from IBM about the Lotus brand. He’s truly deserving of the recognition.
  • Alan Lepofsky was our other Prism Award winner as there was a dead heat tie between them. Most of the community is already aware of the public awareness and education Alan fosters via his blog, and he is tireless in his promotion of Notes which certainly benefits us all. Congratulations Alan, we appreciate everything you do.