One down, two to go

by Volker Weber

Pre-conference day is over, today is the first day of the show. At first I did not plan to come, now I am very happy I did. The reason is, that I finally understand what Lotus Expeditor really is, and what happens to all the Workplace piece parts. And now that I did not hear it after it went through the IBM Department of Marketing Encryption, it all makes perfect sense.

If have one iron-clad rule though: I never quote anything that was being said by a person who is holding a glas of wine. This way I avoid that people need to brace themselves while I am sitting with them at dinner or at a bar. It all goes to the back of my head and helps me understand things and how they are interconnected. I also learn how difficult it is to pull things together, to adequately describe them and get them out into the market.

This is why events like these are so important to me. Yesterday I probably learned more than I will in ten briefings at Lotusphere, where I only get to see people with slideshows and controlled messages. It is more valuable than any product launch, let alone a press conference.

I am an engineer by education. And I need to talk to one. Unencrypted, candid, clear and concise. After I had that, you can give me your marketing messages. And then I can decode them. And explain what they mean.

Comments

Okay, so share... wtf *is* Lotus Expeditor? What conference did you go to, anyway?

Charles Robinson, 2006-11-14

Expeditor is the customized IBM version of the Eclipse RCP (Rich Client Platform) client used as a base for IBM products. Because of this it's probably more "IBM Expeditor" than "Lotus Expeditor".

Mikkel Heisterberg, 2006-11-14

Most likely the conference is the German Notes User Group's conference.

"And then I can decode them. And explain what they mean."
Maybe they don't want you to? ;-)

Ragnar Schierholz, 2006-11-14

"Those who can do, do it. Those who can't, teach it"

Corrolar:

"Those who can't teach it, sell it"

George Bernard Shaw

Hajo Schmitt, 2006-11-14

OK, so now that you got the idea of Lotus Depositor :-), isn't it time to share it with the rest of the engineers?

I understand that you don't want to quote what you heard from drinking buddies, but could you not just say it in your own words?

Stipe Sumic, 2006-11-14

Yesterday I probably learned more than I will in ten briefings at Lotusphere, where I only get to see people with slideshows and controlled messages I can't remember the last time you let me get away with slideshows and controlled messages. :-)

Ed Brill, 2006-11-14

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