By Ed Brill
Lotusphere is just days away. For customers and partners interested in Lotus Notes and Domino, Lotusphere continues to be the premier event, focused on how to get the most out of your existing investment and to prepare for the future. In 2012, all your favorite key Notes/Domino sessions are back, along with some exciting new areas to explore on the road ahead.
My team and I are busy preparing strategy and "what's new" sessions across Lotus Notes, Domino, iNotes, Domino Designer, Notes Traveler, LotusLive Notes, and our other products like Lotus Protector, Lotus Symphony, and Lotus Mobile Connect. We also have sessions on new innovations in social editors, the future of OpenOffice, and the reinvented inbox. There are breakouts designed to help you decide your desktop client and browser deployment strategy, how to understand the real ROI of your Notes/Domino investment, and where you can leverage IBM as an alternative to other software options. You'll learn about social plug-ins, mobile applications, and open source projects. And those are just the IBM-lead sessions! The best practices track will feature all the industry experts on how to deploy, manage, and use the capabilities in the latest versions of Notes/Domino. In short, you'll find everything you need, and everything you are used to, in every session slot at Lotusphere.
Of course, there's more to Lotusphere than just the sessions. There are birds-of-a-feather discussions on how to run user groups, how to get involved online, all things Apple, integration projects and more. In the product showcase, you'll find great solutions to add value to your Notes/Domino deployment, or just help manage it more effectively.
For me, I am looking forward to the unveiling of the Notes/Domino "next" release, the evolution of our LotusLive Symphony project, new mobile support in Notes Traveler, and the debut of the social mail experience we announced at Lotusphere 2011. That's the professional side, of course. On the personal side, it will be great to be back in Orlando in just a few days, working again with all of you on the future of messaging and collaboration. I hope to see you there, and please be sure to say hello!
Ed Brill is Director, Product Line Management, IBM Collaboration Solutions. In this position, Brill and his team are responsible for the product and market strategy for the Lotus Notes and Lotus Domino product family, LotusLive Notes, Lotus Symphony, Lotus Protector, and IBM's Unified Communications offerings. In his seventeen-year career at IBM, Ed Brill has held a variety of sales, marketing, and product-related leadership roles. A frequent speaker at IBM and industry events worldwide, Ed has visited Lotus software customers in over 35 countries.