Portland – Lotusphere Comes to You: Date Announced

I am sure that you some of you have seen, dates have been released for Lotusphere Comes to you in major cities through out the world.  I wanted to be sure that you all knew about the event happening in Portland OR.

PAVONE AG and Elguji Software are hosting a great event in Portland on March 16th 2009 8:30 AM – 1 PM.  They have rented out a great little place called the Livingroom Theater and I really think this will be a great event.  This round will be small and intimate, allowing for 25 participants, so registration is required.

Please see http://elguji.com/ideajam/blog/blog.nsf/d6plinks/BELT-82JV5G for more details!

EVENT UPDATE: Mobile Collaboration with Lotus Software

Smartphone users send or receive emails more than any other business activity. And you may have guessed that accessing calendar information is a close second. We all know how critical mobile access has become in today’s workplace. IBM and WorkFlow Studios invite you to see the great possibilities when you include these mobile devices in your collaboration strategy.

At this session we will discuss and demo various Lotus products on the iPhone, Blackberry and Windows Mobile devices.

The goal is to encourage you to consider including these types of devices in your strategy and to show you how your employees can have access to their mail, calendar, PIM and other applications using these devices.

Discussion Topics:

  • Lotus mobility solutions for Blackberry devices

  • Lotus mobility solutions for Windows Mobile devices

  • iPhone Application development for mobile devices

San Francisco, CA – February 9

9:00 am – 12:00 pm
IBM San Francisco Innovation Center
425 Market Street, Room #20-280
San Francisco, CA 94105

Costa Mesa, CA – February 11

9:00 am – 12:00 pm
IBM Costa Mesa 600 Anton Blvd, 2nd Floor Room #209
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Space is limited REGISTER NOW

For more information:

David Stephens
WorkFlow Studios
Director of Interactive Sales and Marketing
949-212-5396

No More MS Office – only Lotus Symphony – Did I look back? Not Once!

A few months ago I was one of the lucky ITS @ IBM to get a laptop refresh.  I was so very excited, even though it always takes sometime to upgrade, transfer all your files, install all your plugins, and to customize the machine to fit my person demo preferences and make sure I have all the bells and whistles to show my customers what IBM Lotus has to offer.  It was great to get hardware refresh.

I was so very surprised to see one piece that I was not expecting.  The laptop was shipped to me without MS Office on the desktop.  I had Lotus Notes 8.5 of course, Sametime, Connections plugins and SYMPHONY.

So here is my thoughts after the first 90 days without MS Office.

The first thing that I thought was… ok… now I can really cut the cord and use Symphony only.  I had been using it for over a year… but not exclusively.  IBM has been offering all of our templates, forms and presentations in the Symphony formats, but I was still using the Office Suite.  Well really it was the default on my old laptop.  But I do have to say that I have been using MS Office since it’s inception, so it is hard to make a complete cut over without taking some action.

To be honest… I am enjoying this much more.  The fact that when I do a file save, my machine does not freeze, most of the capabilities are not that different, in presentations I can add animation, manage groups, combine objects, add text effects, so many things that you can do in Powerpoint.  My favorite thing is the ease of use (more logical in my opinion) for the Masters – Slides, Notes and Handouts and controlling the Page Layouts.  I tend to use presentations the most, but really there are great things about the Document and the Spreadsheet tools as well.  Really tables are so much easier, formating is easier too… no pesky hidden code to make you mad and hard to control.

It is also so very easy to save documents into Office formats to share with my customers, and to easily export in one click to PDF / HTML format.

Here is the point:  I am just one person and with little to no effort this upgrade saved IBM $350.  You can do the math for your own organization and see how much money you can save.

I am really happy… and I have not looked back once!  Give it a try yourself for free… BE FREE AND WORK SMART!!

Smarter Collaboration Event comes to San Francisco November 5th, 2009

In a world of on-line collaboration, sometimes there’s nothing like meeting face-to-face! So we’re kicking off a new series of events aimed at helping you and your teams better understand how to embrace the power of collaboration, regardless of where you are in the process, or which Lotus software products you currently use.

Get up close and personal with our executive team and product experts for a day of interactive sessions, demos and one-on-one meetings, and even some sneak peaks of what we’ll be showing at Lotusphere in January. Come see us at one of of our upcoming events we have planned this fall. We have a lot up our sleeves!

If you want to learn how to benefit from your existing collaboration infrastructure, or maybe even looking for some new ideas — you’ll want to be here.

UPCOMING EVENTS:
* Chicago: October 6th
* New York: October 22nd
* San Francisco: November 5th

Register today at: ibm.com/software/lotus/events/smarter-collaboration/live/

Get Smart. Start the conversation. Be the visionary. Shape the future. See you there!

Why IBM Lotus Loves Microsoft.

Did I get your attention??  Hmmmm… you are wondering how this is possible?

IBM Lotus is very focused on integration in your environment.  We do not believe that you should be locked down with a technology, that you should be able to blend the technologies to create the best work space for your end users.  Lotus specifically leaves the door open for you to integrate the technologies that you need.  Each of our technologies offer complimentary touch points into and with the Microsoft environments to provide the best capabilities.  See for yourself.   Interested in learning more?  Please feel free to contact me @ holli_konig@us.ibm.com

Here are some great links to show you how! :))

Lotus Knows Bus Tour Comes To San Francisco – Be There to see it!!

Do you know what IBM Lotus knows? Come join in some fun and learn more! IBM Lotus is hosting a tour of the Lotus Knows bus which houses demonstrations, videos and experts who will share with you what IBM Lotus knows about collaboration and communication. We will also be hosting a delicious lunch, live demos, video vignettes and discussions at the IBM office at 425 Market Street. So come check it out. See you there!

WHAT? Lotus Knows Bus Tour WHEN? Tuesday, October 13, from 11 to 2
WHERE? The bus will be parked at Market Street and the Embarcadero. And we will also be hosting lunch, live demos, video vignettes and discussions at the IBM Office (425 Market St, Floor 20, Room 420)
WHY COME? Free lunch! Prizes! Check out the cool bus! And learn more about what Lotus knows regarding collaboration and communication To RSVP, please email Steve Bauer bauerst@us.ibm.com or 303 570 5511

Lotus K nows Bus Tour

ND8.5 Upgrade class added for Salt Lake City – November 11th and 12th 2009

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INTRODUCTION

Presentations and Hands-on Lab Exercises for a 1 or 2 day Proof of Technology (PoT), with materials focusing on Notes ® End User, Domino® Administration, and Domino Application Development enhancements in version 8.5.

OBJECTIVE

The Notes & Domino 8.5 Upgrade PoT is intended to provide the customer with an in-depth examination of the new capabilities of version 8.5 of the products. For existing customers, this exploration will help them assess the additional value and potential impact to their existing environment. For new customers, this exploration will not only give them a hands-on experience with a product new to them but it will also reinforce our advantages over the competition, such as the power of applications. At the conclusion of the Proof of Technology, the customer will leave with an excitement about the business problems this new version can help solve.

AUDIENCE

This Proof of Technology is targeted for IT Managers, Application Developers, System Administrators and Architects evaluating IBM Lotus Notes / Domino. No prerequisite knowledge of Notes or Domino is required; however, it is recommended that participants have an understanding of their business needs and current IT technologies.

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COST

This session is offered free of charge. Complimentary refreshments including continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. However, participants

are responsible for their own business travel expenses.

SCHEDULE

For your convenience, registration and continental breakfast will begin at 8:00 AM. The session on day 1 will start at 8:30 AM and end at approximately

6:00 PM. On day 2, breakfast will start at 8:30 AM, the session will start at 9:00 AM and end at approximately 5:00 PM.

CONTACT FOR INFORMATION

This Proof of Technology is on a nomination process, please send johnny_smith@us.ibm.com an email to register by November 1st 2009.