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The annual Lotusphere problem

Lotusphere 2009

I have an annual problem, and this year (i.e. for Lotusphere 2009) it seems that it’s going to be worse than ever. Over the course of the week, and not including the opening general session, I will have time to attend twenty sessions.

Yesterday I downloaded the Lotusphere 2009 planning database from Genii Software’s site (big thanks to Ben Langhinrichs for providing this once again). The database is a Notes application which lists the sessions and their abstracts, and allows you to add the sessions to your Notes diary. So I started adding the sessions I was interested in… and here’s the problem… I’ve ticked off eighty three (yes, 83) sessions that I’d like to attend.

But as I’ve said before, this is the mark of a great event. It would be far worse to spend four days at Lotusphere and not find anything interesting.

…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.


Darren Adams • 23 December 2008

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  1. Mary Beth Raven 23 December 2008 - 3:01 pm Reply

    If you can’t choose what sessions, skip them and come to the user experience lab instead where you’ll help us design and improve the next versions of Notes, Sametime, Connections, Quickr, and yes, even Portal.

  2. Darren 23 December 2008 - 3:45 pm Reply

    Oooh, good plug Mary Beth.

  3. Curt Stone 23 December 2008 - 6:30 pm Reply

    No worries, 60 of them conflict at the same time so you’ll be down to about 20 regardless. πŸ™‚

  4. Lars Olufsen 23 December 2008 - 11:07 pm Reply

    I’m just going to second Mary Beth.

    DO visit the labs – all of them if possible. I think a lot of attendees miss out on that experience, and that’s a shame. The labs provide a peek into the future as well as an option to chip in and improve the products.

    I can hardly wait ! πŸ™‚

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