LotusSphere 2010 – Blogging from the sidelines

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This year, I am sadly missing LotusSphere, IBM’s annual collaboration conference due to some prior commitments. Sigh. I am, however, very intently, watching the blogosphere and the twittersphere for updates, and it appears Lotus is making a LOT of new strides and releasing a dizzying array of new features for their software portfolio. Among those, and just since the opening session and business partner day yesterday are:

  • Announcement of Project Vulcan – a social and business analytics project involving Lotus Notes, Quickr, Connections and new software from IBM focused on Continuity, Convergence, Innovation & New Opportunities.
  • Announcement of Lotus Quickr 8.5 with key features of running on Domino 8.5.1
  • An expansion of the LotusLive offering. One major advantage of the LotusLive Notes offering — it is designed specifically with hybrid (on-premises + cloud) environments in mind.
  • IBM announced Lotus Notes Traveler Companion, which is IBM’s first-ever application available on the Apple iPhone App Store.
  • IBM will be producing a Lotus Traveler server for running on Linux environments (currently only available on Windoze).
  • Lotus Notes Traveler client for Google Android coming in 2H10
  • Lotus Notes and Domino will be moving to a closed distribution model – meaning that only partners that are capable of properly implementing and servicing the product will be able to sell it (Strongback Consulting is already there and has over 14+ years of expertise in Notes/Domino)
  • IBM and partners will be reselling the RIM Blackberry components that support Quickr and Connections – this means getting your Lotus Quickr wikis, blogs, and documents natively on your Crackberry.
  • Sametime 8.5 is now delivered in a Collaboration Server and Meeting server edition as well as a new Proxy Server edition.

You can keep up with the events and happenings of LotusSphere by looking for the #LS10 hashtag on Twitter. Look at my twitter widget on the right hand side of this blog for my retweets.

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