We started the day with a keynote from Louis Richardson, Worldwide Sales Executive for Lotus. Louis is an excellent presenter and covered the reasons why companies need better collaboration tools.
Some key questions:
- How much time can you save with accurate information? (Do you have the current version of the file?)
- Who wrote this, and why should you care - are you using credible resources?
- Accurate, credible, instantaneous - it's about time. Are you waiting & wasting?
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For the most rest of the day, I attended a series of sessions on Sametime 8.5 with Gabriella Davis. We reviewed the new infrastructure, new meeting center, and the new web based 'zero-download' client.
Key points for Sametime 8.5 are:
- Key components are now based on WebSphere, including the all new Meeting Center and the web client proxy.
- The standard IM components are still the traditional Domino based server, including the legacy Meeting Center.
- Full meeting capabilities will now require the Sametime Connect client or the embedded version in the Notes 8.5.1 client.
- Meetings are now persistent and can be used as ongoing team collaboration spaces, with documents, chat, and meeting minutes.
- There is also a Sametime Media Center coming (just released into beta this week) that will provide audio and video capabilities.
- The zero-download client is an AJAX based web client that provides a chat experience very close to the Sametime Connect client.
- Sametime 8.5 is due to ship in Q4, 2009.
Finally, I wrapped up the day with Mitch Cohen covering the install and configuration of Lotus Connections 2.5. Mitch did a great job going through the details you need to follow to install Connections. See his blog for ongoing pointers and details.
Day 1 is ending with a welcome reception and a few beers before diving into the 7 sessions on deck for Day 2. Follow us on Twitter for live updates.