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Just made plane and hotel reservations for BNUG -- my first time at that event.

By Andrew Pollack on 02/11/2013 at 04:45 PM EST

Looks like I'm going to get to see a bunch of you next month in Belgium. Looking forward to a good crowd.


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re: Just made plane and hotel reservations for BNUG -- my first time at that event. By Carl Tyler on 02/11/2013 at 05:44 PM EST
You'll have a fantastic time, Theo does a really good job organizing the whole
event.
re: Just made plane and hotel reservations for BNUG -- my first time at that event. By Buga Difino on 02/13/2013 at 09:52 PM EST
Strange, mate, we've all watched you rant and rave for months about the IBM
products being not worth your time anymore. Change your mind?
re: Just made plane and hotel reservations for BNUG -- my first time at that event. By Andrew Pollack on 02/15/2013 at 09:44 PM EST
Sorry to take time getting back to you -- I didn't see this, as I'm out in AZ
while my father has some surgery.

I absolutely enjoy and respect the classic Notes & Domino products. I don't
like the new websphere portal based ones at all. Not even a tiny little bit.
Lotusphere isn't worth me spending several thousand dollars to attend, since
it's become all about IBM trying to force feed me those products without regard
to what I want.

I have two businesses. Second Signal, which cannot continue on Domino long
term due to the plans I have for it, and Northern Collaborative (My consulting
work) which still makes the majority of my income (though that is changing
quickly) and is based on helping people with Notes & Domino.

My business plans are to continue working with and for my customers (many of
whom are other business partners) as long as my skills in that space continue
to be of value. As that business continues to shrink over time, I'm growing
Second Signal to fill the void. So far, Second Signal is growing nicely and
is quite profitable, and the Notes & Domino classic community continues to
provide a solid base for NCT.

So.... I'll continue my commitment to the community that agrees with me about
the value of the Notes & Domino product line even as I continue to rail against
IBM's refusal to understand and move forward with that value.

I hope you find this a fair answer to your question.
re: Just made plane for BNUG -- my first time at that event. By Deb Domenico on 02/16/2013 at 12:47 PM EST
You are, as usual, spot on, Andrew. I feel for you. I, too, felt that
Notes/Domino was more than either Lotus or IBM believed it could be.
Fortunately for me, it was late enough in my career that I could say good-bye
without regret (although I will admit a few years of bad dreams ensued). I
wish you well in all that you pursue and thank you for your contributions in
the past. -d
re: Just made plane and hotel reservations for BNUG -- my first time at that event. By Lars Berntrop-Bos on 02/25/2013 at 05:37 AM EST
See you there!


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