Why I am going to Lotusphere even though I no longer work for IBM

I’m going to Lotusphere 2012 (and IBM Connect)  because I want to!

Lucky for me, panagenda invited me to help staff their booth (408!) on the showcase floor. I haven’t staffed a booth since Sametime 1.0 – back before the new big dining hall was built. We were in some kind of a tent the whole time. I am thrilled at panagenda’s offer because it will be a great way to catch up with many of you, and because their Marvel client is a good way to manage the Notes client. There have been many times when a customer would ask me ” can I do this or that” to manage the Notes client, and I’ve been able to say “If you get Marvel client, you can do that.”

I also want to go because my new job is still very much about leveraging social business and “mass collaboration” for innovation, so I am hoping to learn from some of the success stories and other presentations.

I’m taking vacation to come to Lotusphere. I know that many people do. Thank goodness my kids and husband know how much I enjoy the community, so they understand. My boss laughed when I told him what I’m doing on my vacation. But, since he did manage me 6 years ago at IBM Lotus, he also understands the excitement.

Only 1 more week until I head to Orlando! 🙂



  1. #1 by David (The Notes Guy In Seattle) on January 6, 2012 - 18:09

    I’m envious. I’ve paid my own way on more than one occasion, but having just come back from 4 weeks off for my Grand Canyon trip, I can’t afford more time off and of course there is no way my current employer would help fund the trip. Maybe next year I should offer to help man a booth like you’re doing. Anyone interested?

  2. #2 by Roy Rumaner on January 6, 2012 - 23:26

    I did the booth thing last year for Ytria. It was a great time and I got to spend some time with everyone at some point in the show. Not going this year so I am envious and will be watching all the tweets and blogs and whatever else I can find to keep me updated throughout the week.

    • #3 by David (The Notes Guy In Seattle) on January 7, 2012 - 00:54

      Roy, I think we need a Lotusphere for all of us who won’t be at Lotusphere. Or maybe I’ll just walk around at work all day wearing my LS11 badge and carrying my backpack filled with my laptop, a bunch of sales fliers, and tacky toys from the showroom floor until my back is sore.

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