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The first unofficial Lotusphere 2009 Track Breakdown by Product Area

By Andrew Pollack on 11/19/2008 at 10:00 AM EST

I've been making some aggressive statements about track planning, and I've been tossing some warning statements about trying over-play the hand on pushing products that don't have following. I can now much more more clear about what's good and what's not. I imported the preliminary session list from the web site into a spreadsheet, and just marked off which sessions fell into which categories.

Keep in mind not all sessions fit in a category as I didn't make a million categories. I'm likely wrong about a couple of these, as I took some guesses, and a couple of these I put in more than one category. Its mean to be a preliminary rough look at the break out.

Here's my count:
41Designer -- including Xpages and general development strategies that I think you'd use Designer on if you're going to be at Lotusphere.
43Notes/Domino -- including sessions related to deployment, administration, security, and so on.
30 Portal/Websphere -- including product topics that pretty much assume or require the use of Portal or Webshere
12 Quickr
17 Sametime
9 Connections
8 Bluehouse/SAAS -- several of these were Business or BP day focused sessions
11 Symphony -- including some related to dumping Microsoft office

This could easily be interpreted as "84 Notes/Domino/Designer" if you want to look at it that way.

What's Great:

I've been really impressed by the Application Development track. From what I can see, there is a TON of good content on XPages and Plug-In development that covers introductory level development up through more advance topics. I'd been really pushing hard in suggesting that, and it looks like IBM did it anyway.

The stuff I do see around Portal is much better targeted this year. It looks to me like it goes back to the basics to try the selling process from scratch again in a less threatening and arrogant way. I may even (gulp) attend one or two of these.

What's Not to Love?

I think there's a lot of great stuff here. As this list fleshes out, we'll see more but I have no issues with anything I see. I can't imagine that there will be a single session slot that doesn't have several good choices for those of us tree huggers who focus on the core products, while there's enough content around the new stuff to to begin exploring it if we want.

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re: The first unofficial Lotusphere 2009 Track Breakdown by Product AreaBy Matthew Perrins on 11/19/2008 at 11:31 AM EST
I guess Lotus still does not understand the full value of Expeditor :-) dont
see much in the list on that
I don't agree with that.By Andrew Pollack on 11/19/2008 at 11:32 AM EST
There are several AD track sessions about the plug-in model for eclipse, which
is essentially saying the same thing as "expeditor" development.
re: The first unofficial Lotusphere 2009 Track Breakdown by Product AreaBy Stuart McIntyre on 11/19/2008 at 12:20 PM EST
Seems an ok mix, it must be a tough tough job trying to work out what sessions
should be in or out and trying to get the overall theme corect. Also we need
to watch that there may be additional sessions that aren't yet listed to cover
brand new products/announcenments.

Personally I worry about the Web2.0-related products only having 21 sessions
(Quickr and Domino - 29 if you include Bluehouse), vs. 41 for Designer or 30
for Websphere/Portal. But that's a selfish view as those products are my bread
and butter. Others will feel differently.

But hey, as I say, it isn't going to be perfect for everyone, and the proof of
the pudding will be in the eating - I am sure that it will be an awesome
Lotusphere as ever and we'll all be debating whether it was the best ever come
the end of January. That's always the way...
re: The first unofficial Lotusphere 2009 Track Breakdown by Product AreaBy Craig Wiseman on 11/19/2008 at 12:53 PM EST
Xpages (developed in designer) certainly counts as "web 2.0", and I'm thinking
that's what a lot of the designer sessions will be looking...
re: The first unofficial Lotusphere 2009 Track Breakdown by Product AreaBy Luis Guirigay on 11/19/2008 at 01:09 PM EST
I was expecting to see sessions about clustering in Sametime, ST Gateway,
Sametime Advanced or ST EMS which is what our customer ask all the time. I see
a few Sametime sessions to basic..

I was also expecting more sessions about Lotus Connections and advanced
deployments of it..
re: The first unofficial Lotusphere 2009 Track Breakdown by Product AreaBy Gab Davis on 11/19/2008 at 04:43 PM EST
I'm doing a session in the BP Track on ST Advanced fwiw.
re: The first unofficial Lotusphere 2009 Track Breakdown by Product AreaBy Keith Brooks on 11/19/2008 at 04:09 PM EST
I was wondering why my session on migrating document manager to Quickr wasn't
accepted, you know it's not like there is any other hope of Doc being
Enough sessions of interest for sure
I wouldn't have guessed about mine, but so be itBy Andrew Pollack on 11/19/2008 at 07:58 PM EST
There were thousands of sessions to choose from and a thousand good
presenters. They've been on a kick the last few years of pushing for a variety
of speakers rather than a few delivering several sessions.

If that's the feedback they're getting, then they should listen to it. I think
giving more speakers a chance is probably good for the community growth. On
the other hand, my personal opinion is that LS is not the place to learn your
trade as a speaker. Its one of the most difficult venues with the highest of

Like you, I have several sessions I'd like to have presented. The one that was
picked is my favorite to deliver, but not the one with the likelihood of
filling up a couple of overflow rooms as some of the others can be. Or so I

Still, Mac and Rocky picked the sessions according to an incredible amount of
pressure and conflicting requirements and preferences. I think trying to
second guess that without the same information is a mistake.

I did make some comments earlier this fall that I hoped would influence the
criteria under which they were making choices, but once those criteria were
set, I think Rocky and Mac really need to be given the benefit of the doubt on
doing their best.

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