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Around the 'sphere in 2002 -- a talk with three attendees
[Jan 30]

Our Participants
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Monica Adams of American General Finance
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Rune Carlsen of the Norwegian company ConCrea
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Stephen Doggett, Computer Sciences Corportation

"I was excited to see all the new improvements in the product, but I was also excited to see that the [Designer] tool itself hasn't changed drastically. We'll be able to hit the ground running with Notes/Domino 6."
Monica Adams of American General Finance

"[About Domino 6] When agents run and finish faster and forms render in a new speed, this will of course be a gain developers as well as administrators."
Rune Carlsen of the Norwegian company ConCrea

"[About the demo in the opening session] We saw things that may come out in Notes 7 or 8."

Stephen Doggett, Computer Sciences Corportation

We talked to three Lotusphere attendees this week to get their reactions to the conference and to a session of their choice. The participants are Monica Adams from American General Finance in Evansville, Indiana; Rune Carlsen of the Norwegian company ConCrea; and Stephen Doggett from Computer Sciences Corporation, in Delaware.

"Registration took less than a minute"

About some things our three participants are agreed -- the weather in Florida is wonderful, the mood is upbeat, the opening session was exciting, and the conference is running smooth as glass. Rune Calson, for whom this is his first conference, is especially pleased with the ease of the conference. "Registration took less than a minute," he says, and he goes on to enumerate other clockwork elements of smoothness. "All my questions have been answered by a knowledgeable staff, and communication, meals, labs, and the Product Showcase are all so professional."

For Adams, this is her sixth consecutive Lotusphere. Doggett has attended five times but not consecutively.

The status of Notes within IBM

All three came to Orlando to find out the impact of Lotus technologies on their jobs in the next year. Between them they have over 20 years experience with Notes and Domino and know that Notes/Domino 6 and beyond will have a major effect on their lives. Doggett voiced his concern this way, "Ever since IBM bought Lotus I've been afraid they might kill the goose that laid the golden egg." But the collaboration demo that closed the opening session convinced him that IBM isn't about to do anything rash.

"We saw things that may come out in Notes 7 or 8. They were really exciting and they gave me the sense of security that Notes and Domino aren't going away," Doggett says. "It's exciting to see how Domino will be integrated into all the IBM products."

Adams was impressed by the demo also. "In my world, I have to get one app finished before I can think about another. But you are already gearing up for the next big one."

Impressive to see Beacon Award winnners

As a Business Partner, Doggett was also at Business Development Day on Sunday and was excited to see the Beacon Award ceremony. "It definitely belongs in Business Development Day. In the past I couldn't go to the banquet [which in previous Lotuspheres was by invitation only], so I didn't get to see the winners. It was impressive to see them. "

The sessions

Each of the three chose to report on sessions that were in separate tracks:
    • Monica Adams chose to talk about an Application Development session -- "AD201 What's New in Domino Designer Rnext."
    • Rune Carlsen chose to talk about a Collaborative Infrastructure session -- "ID 201 What New in the Domino Server Rnext"
    • And Stephen Doggett chose to talk about a Strategy and Planning session -- "STR116 KM Research Overview from the IBM Institute of Knowledge Management."

What's New in Domino Designer Rnext

Adams came into the Domino Designer session concerned about training expenses. As Lead System Analyst for Domino development, she supervises two other developers and remembered that when R5 came out, Designer was totally remodeled, which meant training for everyone. "I was excited to see all the new improvements in the product, but I was also excited to see that the tool itself hasn't changed drastically. We'll be able to hit the ground running with Notes/Domino 6."

Adams quoted Thierry Mayeur, one of the presenters at the session, as saying that Designer 6 is about "evolution not revolution."

The aspects of Designer 6 that Adams particularly liked at the usability features. "Now we will be able to share across databases as well as share design elements. We don't have to do things more than once."

With Principal certification as both a developer and an administrator, Adams looks at the new products from the point of view of both. "We use a Domino backend for our intranet, and this will make creating and maintaining the site a lot easier. We'll be able to handle style sheets and store HTML files easily."

What's New in the Domino Server Rnext

Carlsen has worked with Notes and Domino for five years and has a dual principal certification in R 4 and R5. Like Adams, has worked as both a Notes administrator and developer. Even though he has been working with the Rnext beta at ConCrea, developing Web solutions and doing administration for IBM customers, he chose the session on the Domino server Rnext. "I wanted to know if I had missed out on any important and great new features coming up."

By keeping up with the beta releases and by attending this session he hopes to be ready for customers as they come to him early next year.

Carlsen is upbeat about what he saw. "There has been a lot of talk and focus on Rnext for developers, and there are also great new enhancements in Domino 6 for administrators. We get a lot of new datebase tools, as well as an automatic fault recovery system."

Carlsen goes on, listing what makes him excited most about Notes/Domino 6. "There are huge enhancements in replication methods and how compression reduces the transmitted data between servers and clients." He is also excited about the new @-formula engine, which will also be much faster.

He talks about what this means to a company. "When agents run and finish faster and forms render in a new speed, this will of course be a gain developers as well as for administrators."

One of the two things that impresses him most about Domino 6 server is the implementation of Policy based Management. "This will enable an even more optimized and centralized administration," he says, "and will enable roaming users, which is a great win for administrators as well as end users. A lot of customers really want to log on wherever they are, and we've come up with ways of doing it, but this is much simpler."

Carlsen also mentions the great enhancements on the Directory, Passwords Settings, Messaging and a new way of managing multiple languages for your webserver, using a "Single Global Server."

Over all he says, "I'm really looking forward to the new release."

KM Research Overview from the IBM Institute of Knowledge Management

Stephen Doggett is a senior member of Computer Sciences Corporation's Collaborative Group and has been "doing Notes" since the R2 days. As someone who is keeping up with the Notes/Domino 6 beta, he wanted to look at something different when he chose this session. He chose the Overview to understand KM a little better. "I guess I was really looking for a definition of KM, but I didn't get it." But after being in the session, he didn't mind. The session did something better. It raised questions.

"The session had nothing to do with technology. The presenters talked about things I think we often overlook." For Doggett the session made him much more aware of the questions he should be asking customers who are interested in KM, including what are the ways people in an organization already work together, and why do people join knowledge communities?

"It's the motivation behind the way people behave -- the purpose -- that gives information its context and that is the key to a successful KM venture," he says.

Doggett is also much more aware now of what he calls social capital. "We all know what human capital is -- that's what you and I know. But there is also social capital, which is just as important. It's the context in which you find information -- How do we know who knows what? Who else is looking for this information, and who else knows about it? The answers to those questions may be as important as the information itself."

But Doggett still wants a definition though he realizes that may be in the future. "It's like Notes ten years ago. It wasn't 1-2-3 and it wasn't a relational database, but it was something brand new and important."

The sense of something new attracts Doggett. "KM changes the whole ball game from being techno-centric. When you put context around information you come closer to the computer as a thinking machine."

The fact that IBM spends so much time with purely non-technical issues impresses Doggett. "They are investing time and energy with no clear sense of what is coming out. But obviously they see that KM is going to play a central part in their products in the future." Doggett agrees.

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