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Lotusphere Plans - No Time To Lose!

Gabriella Davis  18 January 2011 11:12:10
Lotusphere is almost here - for me it's only 9 day's away and I haven't blogged my activities at all.  Like Paul I made a conscious effort to dial back a bit this year but I'm very excited about what's going on and the chance to meet up with everyone.  My resolution this year is to make it through an entire evening at Kimonos, not much of a target for most people but a tough goal for my crowd-fearing self.

This is my last year on the board of the Penumbra Group so I will be arriving at Lotusphere early for our meeting and to handover chairmanship to Carl Tyler.

Sunday 30th January  
JMP301; Masterclass.  Defense Against the Dark Arts.  With Andrew Pollack
DL S. Hemisphere IV-V -10:30am - 12:30pm
With so many sophisticated layers of Lotus Domino security, are you sure you are using the right ones in the right way to provide the best fit for the least pain in your company? Using some examples of security challenges, we'll take you through how to spot when you have a problem, how to identify the scale of the problem and how to stop it happening again. In this session, we'll introduce you to some of an admin's nemeses including The Helpful Helpdesk Support Person, The Nosy Co-Worker, The Opportunistic Spammer, The Bitter Ex-Admin, The Web Trawler and more...!

Monday 1st February  
SHOW109: How To Build A Better Cluster From A Standing Sart.  with Paul Mooney
SW Osprey -4:30pm - 6:15pm
In this session, we"ll step through building a Lotus Domino cluster, starting with a single Lotus Domino server and showing all the steps and potential pitfalls along the way. Once we have our cluster built, we"ll then show you the user experience including the new 8.5.2 failover behaviour. Tying it all together, we"ll step through configuring and using the new Managed Mail Replica feature which allows us to utilise the local client store as a primary resource. Having a single Lotus Domino server is so last decade!

Tuesday 2nd February
BPBB04 Surviving a Disaster - How to Successfully Implement BlackBerry High Availability with Paul Mooney
DL Europe 5  9:00am - 10:30am
A must for any BlackBerry administrator! Learn how to turn a single BlackBerry Enterprise Server install into a High Availability (HA) BlackBerry® Enterprise Solution. Step by step, discover how to add a HA BlackBerry® Enterprise Server, configure it and the behaviour on the both the server and client when you're in a Disaster Recovery situation.  We'll also talk about mail routing, network routing and all the stuff you need to decide where and how to install your BES HA servers

NERD101 Nerd Girl Panel: Work is Not a Romance Novel or a Football Game
DL S. Hemisphere IV-V 11.15 - 12.15pm
What do romantic cliches or sports analogies mean when applied in corporate environments? What actually happens if you do as Mills & Boon suggest, and let a big strong man fix all your problems? Does a rallying call from Coach (project leader) really bring everything together?  In this open discussion, we're going to talk about how women and men can come to the workplace with certain expectations and vocabularies that all influence how we behave -- even if we're not aware of it. These assumptions cause unexpected side effects for both Nerd Girls and Guys.  We'll start our discussion with this exciting topic and take it on from there. We believe you'll find it enlightening.

IDOL101 Lotusphere IDOL
Guest Judge with Tom Duff, Paul Mooney, Wes Morgan and Susan Bulloch
DL S. Hemisphere IV-V -1:30pm - 2:30pm        
Watch both familiar and new faces battle it out front of a panel of judges to win the coveted title of Lotusphere IDOL. In this session, ten contestants will demonstrate their talent and compete against each other using a cutting edge demo of their choice to see if they have that IDOL factor! The judges will evaluate the session and speaker on stage and then the audience will join in to choose a winner. The "Lotusphere IDOL 2011" winner will then be awarded his or her prize - a full session later in the week based on their demo. Join an all-star cast for what will undoubtedly be an entertaining event!

BP102 Get Started Installing IBM Lotus Sametime 8.5.1 – You Too Can Be a WAS Admin!
SW 5-6 - 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Lotus Sametime 8.5.1 is more than just Lotus Domino instant messaging, we now have IBM Websphere components like the Meeting, Media and Proxy servers to build as well. In this session, we'll take you through preparing for the install and the decisions you need to make ahead of time. Based on our many experiences of installing Lotus Sametime 8.5x in the past year, we"ll step through each server install screen with screenshots, details of the options and recommendations on what to choose. If you"re considering Lotus Sametime in your company, then this is your fastest way to learn. No previous WAS knowledge required.

FUN107 IBM Super Women's Reception
DL Americas -   6:15pm - 8:00pm        
Presented by: Sandy Carter (Vice President, Marketing and Channels, Lotus Software) and Kristen Lauria (Vice President, IBM Social Business and Collaboration Solutions Sales and Evangalism)

GEEK102 Great Geek Challenge
Kimonos - 8:00pm - 10:00pm        
If you consider yourself a Geek or even a Nerd now's the time to test yourself and crush the egos of the pseudo challengers to your throne!  All we ask is that you turn up at Kimonos and are seated by 8pm on Tuesday night , each table will be an informal team so make up a table or just join one.  We're going to be asking questions of the whole room and gathering answers at the end of each round to build up to an ultimate winning team and their greatest Geek.  
Mr Mooney will be our harsh MC to keep everyone in line, guest quizmasters for each round and plenty of chance to show your expertise on topics ranging from Sci Fi Obscurity to IBM Marketing Messages.

Wednesday 3rd February
Dolphin Dining Tent - Looked For Marked Tables.  12.30 - 1.30
Nerd Girl Mentoring
Speedmentoring is a new type of session for Lotusphere brought to you by the Nerd Girls .  In our many panels and user groups over the past 3 years we've had people ask for informal mentoring so in this session, whether your male or female, you'll have a chance to meet and talk to our volunteer mentors about being a Nerd Girl.   At the very least you can make connections with our expanding Nerd Girl network and join our online communities.  Each mentor will only be able to give you limited time one on one so this is Nerd Girl networking at high speed.  Everyone welcome, just bring your questions and enthusiasm.

Wednesday night party.  Universal Islands Of Adventure. I'll be the one mocking the terrible british accents at the Harry Potter ride.

Thursday 4th February
GURU101 GURUpalooza!
SW 5-10 - 10:00am - 11:00am
You've been basking in the knowledge that has shone down upon  you from our tracks of experts all week. You've listened to their sessions,  "borrowed" their ideas, and have cornered them in the hallways at every opportunity to get that little bit of extra help. But, as always, there are more questions than  opportunities for answers. We're giving you one last chance to pick their brains -  and that opportunity is known as GURUpalooza. Bring those final questions, com- ments, and even a little bit of praise to GURUpalooza and let's all have one more  collaborative "geek fest"before we draw Lotusphere 2011 to a close!

FUN106 The Blogger Open
Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf Course -   5:30pm - 8:30pm
Thanks to our generous sponsors and by popular demand the Blogger Open returns at Lotusphere 2011 for a third time. Join us on Thursday February 3rd, after the Lotusphere Closing General Session for some for some fun at Disney's Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf Course.


1Ben Langhinrichs  18/01/2011 13:32:26  Lotusphere Plans - No Time To Lose!

If this is your "conscious effort to dial back" than we may need to stage an intervention or something. Sounds like lots of fun and geekiness, and I hope you have a wonderful week.

2Chris Miller  18/01/2011 13:53:13  Lotusphere Plans - No Time To Lose!

This is a very unreasonable amount of freetime. I would prefer it you would dial it a bit back up and actually remove the unnecessary sleeping :-)