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Lotusphere 2006 Goes out on a high note

By Andrew Pollack on 01/26/2006 at 07:14 PM EST

Lotusphere 2006 came to a close with a flawless performance by Surjit Chana, IBM VP of Marketing and Partners. His fun, unscripted, and very energetic approach went over quite well. I’d heard from others they’d enjoyed his talk on Sunday.

Core Lotus products played a major – possibly the only – role in his comments. One of the best signs of the health of the Lotus products is that there was no thundering applause at the announcement of dates for Lotusphere 2007 -- take that as a sure sign that there is no question in anyone’s mind about there being one. It seems that Mr. Chana is right “Yellow is the New Black” – even at IBM.

For the rest of the show, I have only good news to report. I continue to hear many positive reports of Craig Hayman as a manager and dedicated Domino supporter, so I’m suggesting that you, like me, just write off a poorly articulated message on Monday as a fluke. Think of it like Battlestar Galactica 1984, and pretend it never happened.

The Activity Explorer is the unsung hero this year. IBM – If you just do everything that your core development team in Westford is telling you to do, you’ve got a new way of printing money in that tool. Just remember the mantra “Collapse The Stack, Collapse The Stack, Collapse The Stack….” Everyone now, join in… “Collapse The Stack, Collapse The Stack, Collapse The Stack, Collapse The Stack, Collapse The Stack, Collapse The Stack, Collapse The Stack, Collapse The Stack, Collapse The Stack, Collapse The Stack, Collapse The Stack, Collapse The Stack, Collapse The Stack, Collapse The Stack, Collapse The Stack,……”

You get the point.

I'm sitting in line at the Southwest Airlines gate in Orlando waiting to go home. I'm tired, but happy. Thanks to IBM for a great show, Thanks to Rocky (aka Kieth Richards) for all his work in the BP track (which is always the best track at the show), and thanks to Gab & Tim Davis for just being great friends. Ben, Rich, Bruce --- all of you who I don't have the keypress strength left in my fingers to type really make this the best show every year.

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My own thoughts on this are...By Chris Whisonant on 01/27/2006 at 10:40 AM EST
Definitely was an awesome Sphere!! I was thinking that my single word to sum it
up would be "commitment". It was great to hear that word at the closing
It was great to see you too!By Bruce Elgort on 01/31/2006 at 11:08 AM EST

You are always a fascinating person to talk with. Wish I could have spent more
time chewing your ear off a bit. Speak with you soon.


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