Back on stage!

Lotus User Group Netherlands Conference 2010 (by SNUG) - Netherlands Lotus User Group 2010 - Amsterdam 9 10 September

I am absolutely delighted to announce that I’ll be back at the awesome Netherlands Lotus User Group (NLLUG) in a week’s time (September 9-10, 2010).  

As one of the larger user groups around, NLLUG is a brilliant example of what can be achieved by true collaboration amongst a group of committed individuals:
2 Days – 4 Tracks – 55 Sessions

3 Sub-themes – Social, Cloud and XPages

Amazing location – the Amsterdam ArenA (home of Ajax)

Product Showcase – 24 booths

300+ registered attendees

Lotus Loves PeopleIn addition, NLLUG is a superb demonstration of what can happen when Lotus business partners come together to work for the good of the community and the brand – NLLUG 2009 was the start of the Lotus Loves People campaign, and this is back for 2010 – I can’t wait to see what they’ve achieved in the year since I saw the launch.

So what am I doing at NLLUG 2010?

Presenting on Lotus Connections 3.0 – a technical view on what’s new:

Stuart McIntyre is one of the very few people who could get his hands on version 3.0 of IBM Lotus Connections. While the product is still in beta, Stuart is allowed to give you a sneak preview and tell you a couple of things that otherwise cannot yet be revealed.  

He will do his presentation from a more technical view: what has changed since 2.5, what difference to scaling, how will organisations upgrade, what customisation is available and more. This session is quite technical and interesting only for those who have actually seen and ‘touched’ Lotus Connections before.

This is scheduled for 16:15-17:00 on Thursday.  I am delighted that alongside my session, Suzanne Livingstone (Connections product manager) will be delivering an overview of the Connections 3.0 product itself in her session The future of collaboration: Lotus Connections 3.0 at 15:00 on Friday.  There are also a number of other Connections related sessions including real-life use cases and a customer reference from BASF.  

On top of all that, there is a keynote from Chris Reckling (of Project Vulcan fame), and speakers including Maureen Leland, Gab Davis, Mary Beth Raven, Paul Mooney, Bill Buchan, Chris Miller and Mikkel Heisterberg amongst many other well-known names from conferences such as Lotusphere.

So, all in all, NLLUG promises to be an amazing couple of days.  If you are attending, please please come up and say hello – I would love to meet you 😉

P.S. Darren and I will also be recording an episode of This Week in Lotus from the conference on Friday, so watch out – I’ll be on the lookout for panelists and will be recording interviews around the conference to include in the show!

Stuart McIntyre is a Senior Strategist at Fostering Community Limited. He curates a number of product-focused news sites, is a lapsed podcaster, founded the Social Connections user group and regularly speaks at conferences and events. This blog represents his own slightly-eccentric and usually-controversial opinions!