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Lotusphere Plans - Let The Panic Begin

Gabriella Davis  5 January 2012 12:23:45
Lotusphere is only 1 week away (we fly out next Thursday for other onsite meetings) so I'm putting together my plans, and commitments with the clear goal of establishing when and how often I can skip off to catch up on my sushi / sake deficiency.  I've been doing this since 1996 when I remember sitting in a hotel room at the Port Orleans and going through the agenda carefully to work out if I crammed everything into Tuesday, could I take Wednesday off and go to a theme park.  It didn't work then. It won't work now.  16 years later my Lotusphere is very different, many more sessions, many more parties and lots of friends.  Then there's nerd girls - or as someone recently posted

"a group of women who get together at conferences to put on presentations and do after hours entertainments".. making us sound like aging strippers (if you know who you are it's funny because that's how my mind works :-))

This year I have 4 presentations or 3 presentations standing on the shoulders of giants (no Mooney jokes here) and 1 by myself

JMP303 Master Class: They Really Are Out To Get You - Practical Applications of IBM Lotus Domino Security
Speakers: Andrew Pollack, Gabriella Davis
Swan Pelican 1 & 2 - Sunday  01:30 PM - 03:30 PM
This is our new take on a security session.  Instead of stepping you through each security feature and what it does - we talk about security threat types and what tools you can use to deal with them.  We deal with "The Over-Socalizer" the "Helpful Helpdesk Person" the "Nosy CoWorker" the "Bitter Ex Admin" and more.  It's 2 hrs on practical security on a sunday afternoon - who doesn't love that?

SHOW100 Traveler - Level Up!
Speakers: Paul Mooney, Gabriella Davis
Swan Osprey 1 & 2 - Monday  02:00 PM - 03:45 PM
OK we've got too many slides.  Far too many.  But we're aiming to cover everything you need to know about Traveler once you've installed it.  Installing Traveler is the easy bit, we're going to show you all the other stuff you can do / customise / secure and manage.  Because installing is just a small first step, that thing is going to take off fast and you need to be prepared.  I may be rehearsing by following Paul on his hog ride in a car shouting slides out the window....

BP301 Leveraging all the entitled software you never knew you had with license subscription
Speakers: Gabriella Davis, Paul Mooney
Dolphin N. Hem E - Wednesday  01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Who doesn't find the mere mention of licensing exciting .. I know I do. This isn't a sales session.  It isn't a marketing session.  We're not sure what you'd call it but don't bother looking much at the slides :-)  IBM keep giving you these entitlements but what are they and how can you use them?  Between the spontaneous nature of the presentation (by design) and the risk of the subject matter - well I'm nervous but we want to do it because we see too many customers not benefitting.

BP205 IBM Sametime Pick ‘n’ Mix: System Designs That Fit
Speaker: Gabriella Davis
Swan Pelican 1 & 2 - Wednesday  04:15 PM - 05:15 PM
All by my lonesome.  I'm not going to go through what the servers are or a basic install.  I've spent much of the last 12 months designing and deploying different infrastructures, dealing with clustering and public / private interfaces and the ever present "yes but how many servers do we really need".  In this session I'm going to go through which components you actually need to install to get what you want in the most efficient way possible.  I'll also be doing some demos - wireless network, audio and video, walking a thin line.. type demos.

Outside of my regular sessions you'll see my name associated with some Nerd Girl activities - not because they are all about me but just because I submitted them on the IBM system:-).  I'm going to do a separate post on Nerd Girls and our sessions but for those of you that don't know, Nerd Girls was set up to highlight the lack of women in technology fields doing engineering type jobs (and the minority of women at LS and other conferences).  Our goal is simply to stimulate discussion around why women and girls end up outside of these fields when, at a young age, they show equivalent math and science skills to boys.  Our sessions at LS and other user groups have been very enlightening, not least from the men who turn up to talk about their daughters, wives or even co-workers.  

This year instead of a panel we're doing something new.  Inspired (maybe) by the TED talks we're doing "Spark Ideas" - a series of 5 minute talks over the course of 1hr on inspirational, and not necessarily tech related, topics.  We had lots of submissions for these talks which were voted on by a mixed panel and and we're very excited about the results - we are also delighted to have Kristen Lauria join us for one of the 5 minute talks.  You don't have to be a Nerd Girl, you just have to want to be inspired.  We'll have a follow on BOF that afternoon to talk through the ideas more and hope to record and post the sessions in Lotus Greenhouse when done

NERD101 Spark Ideas  Swan Mockingbird 1 & 2 - Tuesday  11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
BOF130 Spark Ideas - The Discussion  Swan Parrot 2 - Tuesday  05:45 PM - 06:45 PM

And finally - I hope to see you all at the Great Geek Challenge on Tuesday night at 8pm.  Fountain restaurant in the Dolphin (the one at the bottom of the escalators).  

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