UKLUG – the start of a long week

UKLUG 2011 is just days away, and the build-up is well underway.

I travel up to the event in Manchester with Darren and Lisa of STS on Sunday, before meeting with many of the other speakers on Sunday evening.  It then kicks off for real on Monday with an action-packed schedule – there are some great sessions lined up for Monday morning.  At lunchtime, we have the This Week in Lotus Live show so make sure you attend if you can.  

Then during the last slot of the day, Lisa and I present on ‘Getting Social and Doing Business – Inside and Outside the Firewall‘.  This will be a little different to most of the sessions at the conference in that there will be few slides being displayed.  Instead, we’ll be sharing and discussing how you can improve your businesses and your own personal productivity and success through social collaboration.  We’ll be looking for input from the floor too, so if you’re all Powerpoint/Symphony/Keynote’d out by 4:30pm, you know where to come!

Whilst at UKLUG I’ll also be looking to interview as many people as possible for some future segments on This Week in Lotus so if you see me headed in your direction with record at the ready, please don’t run!

On Tuesday, I’ll be sad to be leaving UKLUG early, but will be flying to Orlando for a customer event – I’ll be waving to Paul as he heads in the opposite direction!  I’ve got three sessions at their event, all focused on IBM Connections and social business.

Then on Thursday I’m off to see another important customer in Minnesota to help plan their collaboration infrastructure, upgrades to Quickr and Connections and much more.  Having only ever worked remotely for them in the past, I can’t wait to meet them in person for the first time and to see their company at work.

Finally I get to see some family in Chicago before heading home. Should be a fun-packed week.

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!