In the season of American election Primaries there is a local fascination for a candidate labelled as the ‘come back kid’. This Lotusphere could herald a similar situation for IBM. Prior to the tomorrows Opening General Session the events attendance is approaching an all-time high of around 12,000. This reflects renewed interest generated last year by the introduction of Collaboration 2.0 products, Quickr, Connections, Activities and Eclipse based versions of Notes and Sametime.
With so many people watching and with so much technology entering the first phases of maturity it will be really interesting tomorrow morning to see if Lotus can answer some questions that need to be addressed; ‘why’, ‘how’ and ‘when’.
o Why should customers adopt this emerging product set?
o How should they roll it out in their Enterprises?
o When will it be mature enough to support the upcoming generation of business processes?
With a conference theme of ‘Emergence’ (In philosophy, systems theory and the sciences, emergence refers to the way complex systems and patterns arise out of a multiplicity of relatively simple interactions) tomorrow will demonstrate to us if outputs from Lotus are greater than the sum of the parts.