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Lotusphere Comes To You summary

alhansen.jpgIn short, it was a triumph. The largest number of attendees we’ve ever seen – over 450 at Wembley and over 250 at Manchester. I’d like to thank Paul Mooney of BE Systems, John Goodman of LAN 2 LAN, and Peter Reinecke of Gedys IntraWare for joining me (and Chris Freestone) in the sessions I did… and of course thanks to the other IBM personnel for speaking and arranging.

Wembley is a fantastic venue, lots of room (important for the year-on-year growth of the audience), and I know that many people appreciated the guided tour (which I passed on this time having done it last year).

cracknell.jpgThe guest speakers were great – I expected to find Alan Hansen more interesting but instead James Cracknell was my favourite. I thought that his honesty and his willingness to talk about his failures as well as his successes endeared him to the audience – not to mention the fact that he passed his Olympic gold medals around for everyone to have a look at. I wonder if there was someone covering the door.

Next stop… LCTY in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

…works for Microsoft as a Global Account Technology Strategist. In a former life he worked for the Lotus brand within IBM for many years. Married with one daughter and two dogs, lives in Camberley (Surrey, England), plays the guitar to a mediocre standard, and runs 10 kms and half marathons at an average speed. That’s it really.

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Darren Adams • 6 April 2008


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