Home from IBM Connect

by Volker Weber

ZZ5FE0FD0B
The infamous #pretzelcookie measures 5" or 13cm. Photo (C) Volker Weber 2014

IBM Connect, the conference we used to call Lotusphere, always provides a lot of insights. This has been my 18th conference in a row, not counting the three in Berlin. I can't help but compare it to past events and put it in that perspective. While most of the attention is on the Opening General Session, the subtle signals from friends and acquaintances mean a lot more. I am not done putting them all into one picture, but here are a few thoughts:

I am a bit worried about the showcase for next year's Connect conference. Many large exhibitors cater to Notes customers but IBM does little to attract them to the conference.

Comments

Your last point has me worried too. IBM spends too much time concentrating on the people it wants to be there, and not enough on the people that actually are there. It's a difficult balance to strike, for sure, but they've not got it right yet.

Julian Woodward, 2014-02-01 12:37

This is truly the best picture of the strangest cookie on earth.

Andy Brunner, 2014-02-01 13:11

Lotusphere is not dead until they stop serving this cookie in the Thursday lunch box.

Volker Weber, 2014-02-01 14:27

I bet there is a cook (not a chef) who works his ass off who came up with this cookie, and has no idea what life the #pretzelcookie has taken on with the Lotusphere crowd. I hope they find it online.

John Head, 2014-02-01 14:48

IBM's obsession with mail continues. In the real world, an excess of email is always evidence of an immature app ecosystem. The introduction of Mail Next merely demonstrates that IBM knows this without realizing that they do: the only way to make email truly useful is to make it the way that users find, and interact with, apps. Sadly, I've seen no indication that IBM understands what app developers need to facilitate rapid development and ongoing maintenance of apps that meet the needs that, when unmet, cause users to resort to sending email instead. A lengthy rant on this topic will likely surface on my own blog in the near future.

Tim Tripcony, 2014-02-01 17:02

Great comment, Tim. Will look forward to your post.

Vowe, as ever, you sum things up extremely well. No arguments.

Stuart McIntyre, 2014-02-01 19:41

Good summary. I wish IBM would stop making it seem like this is the first offering ever of apps, mail or anything of theirs in the cloud. Mainly since SmartCloud is a hacked version for the public version (not the new dedicated one on SoftLayer they have no one to run)

Chris Miller, 2014-02-02 00:12

Thank you, Stuart.

Chris, I am not sure I understand what you mean. Can you elaborate?

Volker Weber, 2014-02-02 00:53

Post a comment








Shall I remember this for you?




Use your full name and a working email address. Unless you want your comment to be removed. No kidding.



Recent comments

Volker Weber on Plantronics Voyager Edge at 15:17
Marcus Humann on Subtle differences at 14:59
Gonzague Dambricourt on Plantronics Voyager Edge at 14:11
Kai Schmalenbach on Subtle differences at 14:07
Thomas Cloer on Subtle differences at 12:07
Ingo Seifert on Subtle differences at 19:38
Hubert Stettner on Subtle differences at 16:35
Lukas Gerlich on Subtle differences at 15:08
Volker Weber on DJ-Headset wieder schön at 19:44
Kai Schmalenbach on DJ-Headset wieder schön at 19:34
Hubert Stett on Lumia 1520 mit Windows Phone 8.1 Preview at 17:08
Daniel Haferkorn on Sonos will drop the need to wire one component at 16:46
Markus Jabs on Sonos will drop the need to wire one component at 16:45
Jens Huber on Lumia 2520 - erste Eindrücke at 15:52
Ingo Seifert on Sonos will drop the need to wire one component at 15:37
Frédéric Dehédin on DJ-Headset wieder schön at 13:50
Volker Weber on Mixed Tape 56 is out at 09:15
Thomas Merchel on Mixed Tape 56 is out at 09:14
Thoimas Notinger on At a Glance at 21:26
Frank Paolino on Trolling LinkedIn at 19:55
John Lindsay on Trolling LinkedIn at 13:42
Sascha Langfus on Lumia 1520 mit Windows Phone 8.1 Preview at 08:54
Philipp Münzel on iCloud on Windows Phone at 03:18
Volker Weber on Lumia 1520 mit Windows Phone 8.1 Preview at 23:21
Harald Reisinger on Lumia 1520 mit Windows Phone 8.1 Preview at 22:54

Ceci n'est pas un blog

vowe.net is a personal website published by Volker Weber a.k.a. vowe. I am an author, consultant and systems architect based in Darmstadt, Germany.

rss Click here to subscribe

Hello

About me
Contact
Publications
Certificates
Amazon Wish List
Frequently Asked Questions
Follow @vowe on Twitter

Local time is 00:55

visitors.gif

Tip jar

Archives

As most of my articles roll off the front page rather quickly, I am making an archive of previous posts available here. You can also use the handy search box at the top of the page if you are looking for something particular.

Last 30 days
More archives

Mobile tag for this page

© 1992-2014 Volker Weber.
All Rights Reserved.

Impressum