#ls11 If you want a quick overview of the many sessions covering UCC at Lotusphere 2011 you may want to listen to "Lotusphere Preview: Unified Communications and Collaboration", a new podcast hosted by Caleb Barlow, John Del Pizzo and David Marshak with the participation of the presenters (including yours truly) telling us about their sessions, what to expect, and why you should attend. Here's the link to it.
#ls11 If things have been a little quiet on The SametimeBlog of late, chalk it up to all the preparations underway for what we hope will be the best Lotusphere ever. And part of that experience is Lotusphere Online, which has just gone live (link to the Lotusphere Blog for more details). Of course, we've included Sametime 8.5.1 as a key part of the online experience, so you'll be able to connect with colleagues via the web client, and (coming very soon) if your Sametime deployment supports multiple communities, we'll provide the instructions on how you can connect your Sametime Connect rich client to the Lotusphere Online Sametime community server.
***UPDATE 01/23: as you can see from our Comments, a video tutorial for LSOnline is now available on Planet Lotus (thanks, Chris).*****
And for those of you who aren't able to attend in person, you can participate virtually like never before. Sign up for and watch the IBM Lotusphere Social Media Aggregator. You'll be able to see Live Stream videos of key general sessions, read the online chatter from Twitter, blog posts, Flickr photos, videos posted to YouTube, and much more. And you can also join the discussion in the LinkedIn Group for Lotusphere.
And here on The SametimeBlog and our sister blog, The Collaboration Soapbox, will have ongoing tips and tricks on how to use the various social tools we'll have onsite. So join us, live and/or virtually, for what will be the most social Lotusphere yet.
For those readers who are traveling to Lotusphere 2010, feel free to join our first ever Tweetup! It's co-hosted by our own Bilal Jaffery and Luis Benitez, of the Lotus Social Software Community (of which I'm a member). Have a safe trip and bring some comfortable clothing - looks like the weather is finally turning back to normal down there.
For those of you who won't be able to join me in the UX lab at Lotusphere but want to contribute to the conversation, we've created an ideation blog where you can post your thoughts about features and capabilities you'd like to see in Sametime, and vote on features that others have entered. Here's a link:
We'll have lots of great activities and conversations in the User Experience lab at Lotusphere, located in Asia 4. I'll be in the lab with UX colleagues from all product areas -- so be sure to stop in!
Monday, January 16 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM Tuesday, January 17 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM Wednesday, January 18 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM Thursday, January 19 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
We'll also have some scheduled talks in the lab:
Date: Monday, January 16, 2012 Time: 5:00pm - 6:00pm Topic: "IBM Collaboration Solutions Future Product Design Direction" Speakers: Chris Paul, Director, User Experience; Ethan Perry, STSM; Brian Utesch, STSM. Abstract: How is the user experience (UX) of IBM Collaboration Solutions products designed? What role does Lotusphere play in ongoing collaboration with customers? The ICS User Experience Director, Chris Paul, and UX Design and User
Research Senior Technical Staff Members, Ethan Perry and Brian Utesch,
will discuss how design direction is set, the importance of user
adoption, and how you are engaged in the design process. Bring your questions to this interactive session. Date: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 Time: 9:30am - 10:30am Topic: "Mobile User Experience Directions" Speakers: Tyler Walters, Chris Reckling Abstract:
Social Business and mobile technology go hand in hand. See where we are
going in designing mobile apps for tablets and smartphones in 2012.
Provide feedback on the design directions and help prioritize features. Date: Wednesday, January 18, 2012 Time: 9:30am - 10:30am Topic: "Meet the User Experience Designers" Speakers: Amy Travis, Margo Ezekiel, Ethan Perry, Eric Wilcox Abstract: Join
our lead user experience designers and talk with us about our design
challenges and future design directions in a fun and lively session. It's your chance to see how we design your favorite products.