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Some things done right in the LS2008 Opening General Session

By Andrew Pollack on 01/22/2008 at 04:35 PM EST

Complaining about the OGS is like a favorite sport, and while great fun, isn't all there is to talk about. There were a few things done pretty well so I thought I'd talk about them.

Kudos #1 - To begin with, Mike Rhodin's talk was much better done than in years past. Sure, if you're a geek it wasn't what you wanted to hear so it seemed long and boring. That's his job, to say long boring things to geeks that the money people care about. What he did right, was to keep it reasonably brief and not jump back in between each part. Saying less makes what you say count for more when you're the guy running things. It also takes a little courage to step off and not try to impress everyone by doing it yourself. So first kudos to Mike Rhodin for being much more executive in his approach.

Kudus #2 - The Symphony demo and explanation were well done. Symphony isn't my thing, and I don't spend time thinking about document standards or word processing integration. Still, the brief demo and talk showed me what Lotus was doing, told me why it was important, and explained to me why it wasn't just Open Office in another shell.

Kudos #3 - The Widgets demo was great. It showed what you can do, how easy it is to work with, and got you excited to find out more.

I wish I could add more numbers here. Maybe next year.


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