I'm sure I'm not the only one that has said over the years that Jim Lovell and Gene Kranz were the best Lotusphere opening guest keynote speakers to date. John Cleese was very good, and the mountaineers who spoke at one of the early 'sphere's were great, but Lovell and Kranz were clearly the best choice and I'm certain they would have been easy winners of any poll that was taken of attendees -- until yesterday. Neil Armstong was a perfect choice, and an outstanding speaker. His appeal is universal, particular to an audience with severe geek tendencies, the majority of whom probably -- like me -- grew up in the excitement of the space race of the 1960s. And he knew his audience, unlike some recent speakers, and was able to draw from his unique experience yet find ways to connect with us and to inspire us.
And then there was the band -- a surprise to those of us who expected the usual video presentation leading into the actual opening. The band's music clearly followed a theme. "With A Little Help From My Friends", "Changes", and "I'm Free" all have obvious relevance to what Lotusphere is about this year, and the other songs gave the set musical coherence and variety. So despite the lead guitar going a little out of tune by the time the last song came around, another great choice!
The main content was well-chosen, crisp, and smoothly presented. And Ron Sebastien's recovery from the Firefox crash was done so well that every speaker or potential speaker at conferences should be required to watch the video over and over and over again to see a true master coping with the type of glitche that are inevitable if you do enough technical presentations.
I love the "Quickr" name, though I'm really glad it's not "Q1kr" I'll bet half the room did the exact same thing that I did when I saw the name on the screen, and thought "Quickr... Flickr. ... Quickr... Flickr". The product looks like, if I'm reading it right, the answer to what I've been asking for for seven or eight years. I can't remember exactly when, but in a guest editorial in Advisor I put out the proposition that IBM really, really needed to give Domino users a "personal doclib" -- server-based, and with easy sharing builit-in, instead of the purely local personal journal. I need to find out more, but I think that's what Quickr Personal is... or possibly that's just the beginning of what it is!
I could go into some detail about the facts, figures, strategies and products that were presented, but I'm posting almost 24 hours after the fact now and I'm sure all the information is out there, so I'll just say I'm encouraged and impressed... and I'll leave it at that.
1. Timothy Briley01/25/2007 10:18:04 AM
This was to be the first Lotusphere I attended in several years, but it wound up being too close to a major app rollout for me to attend. I was alright with that until I found out that I missed seeing Neil Armstrong. I was ten when he walked on the moon and I didn't want to get taller than 6ft because that the height limit for an astronaut back then. (6'1" now).
Lovell was great, but Armstrong!!! Argggggggggggggghhhh!!!
2. James.harvey06/11/2007 12:35:39 PM
I didn't git it I WAS LOCKING FOR NEIL ARMSTONG
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