A good week at GaryCon in Redmond

Wrapping up a week on Microsoft campus this week, and it’s been quite an adventure. First of all, I did NOT burst into flames when crossing the threshold into the MS building as I halfway expected. They did not confiscate my Lotusphere laptop bag as I walked in the door. Gary Devendorf says he uses his all the time, as well as wearing his Lotus shirts on a regular basis. (Today he’s wearing a circa R5 I AM shirt).

Lance Spellman and Gary Devendorf at Microsoft campus
The facility here is pretty incredible. This little humble building (Building 20) is probably about 25,000 sq ft and has lab computers just stuffed all over the place. We each had our own little keypad office lab room with 4 pcs in it, and the main classroom was configured with over 50 machines. And to really add some fun, an XBox room with recliners and big screen projector. I felt like I was 25 again with 3 meals a day provided, no wife or kids to go home to, and 16 hour days doing nothing but geeking out.

So why was I there? We’ve got customers who like Sharepoint. We’ve got customers who want to make their Notes stuff work in Sharepoint. We’ve got customers who are moving to Sharepoint and leaving Notes altogether. This is not an area we can afford to ignore. While I’m not advocating my customers to migrate to Sharepoint, they are going to be asking the question, “how could we do X or Y in Sharepoint.” As a long time Notes person, a lot of concepts are very familiar: discussion, wiki, blog, document libraries, web content management, workflow, item level security.

We’ve been doing internal work around Sharepoint, specifically around integration work with Notes. We’ve teamed up with Proposion and use their tools to make a lot of this integration easier. We’re now working with customers in this space and will do some public announcements around services we can provide in the near future. My personal favorite right now is custom web parts for Sharepoint that access Domino information via Web Services, or via XML over HTTP.

If you’re looking for information in this area, you’ll find Gary’s site very helpful with lots of examples.

More Lotusphere Fun…JAMFest photo collage set to "People are Strange"

More “Geeks Gone Wild” action as a bunch of techno-nuts get up on stage and strut their stuff. Now this isn’t karaoke, it isn’t lip syncing, these people are playing and singing, and you know what, they’re pretty damn good. Featured at the event, and in some of the photos are members of Red Death Box, an Iris initiated band from what I understand. Enjoy.

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Lotusphere Fun…Photo collage of the Barmy Bloggers Swan Boat Races

I’m slowwwwly getting around to posting my content from the Lotusphere Mashup sessions, as I’ve been running all around the country since doing those sessions. The full slide set will be posted and available from downloads part of the site by this weekend. In the meantime, here’s a fun item for you.

The Lotusphere Barmy Bloggers Boat Race provided some fun entertainment as a bunch of geeks went madly dashing across the lake in Swan paddle boats. It struck me as I saw some pictures from it that it needed to be set to music.

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Lotusphere Comes To You

Brrrr. I mean brrrr. Attended the New York Lotusphere Comes to You event yesterday, and man was it cold. I’ve been on top of Colorado mountains in the winter and not been that cold. When I scheduled the trip I thought it would okay to stay in a hotel about 10 blocks away (and $300 cheaper) from the event. A nice walk down Broadway to Times Square for the event should be fun. Well, at 7am with the wind blowing 30 mph, I made it about 4 blocks before my ears chipped off onto the street.

Anyway, it’s nice to see how the other half lives. When an LCTY event makes its way to Texas it’s usually a pretty subdued affair. In NY, there were 450 people registered, and I heard about 275 attended. It was in the Hudson theater and Mike Rhodin gave the Opening Session. People seemed to like the messages and there were at least 20 vendors presenting in the showcase.

Today, it’s Chicago and Ken Bisconti and Ed Brill are heading up the main sessions. The agendas appear to be pretty much the same for all the events this year, and there’s some good focus on Lotus Connections and Quickr, and of course Notes 8.

If you’re interested in attending an LCTY event, you can see the dates/locations and register here. For our home locations, Dallas is April 5th, and Houston is April 12th. Sadly for my LCTY travel schedule (NY, CHI, DC, Detroit, Seattle, LA, Boston, Dallas, Houston, KC) they are not holding a LCTY event near our remote office in Anguilla this year. I’d happily put that one on my schedule 😉