Lotusphere 2006

Day 3 - The Boss Loves Microsoft...

As ever Ed was on good combative form. The emphasis of the presentation has changed over recent years, in the past there have been hints of slight exasperation creeping in that not everyone agreed with Big Blue, but this year (and in the whole conference mood in general) everyone seems to be really happy with the way things are moving forward. Of course there are areas where there is slight confusion, there can't not be with such a vast array of products on offer, but in the past where aggression was used to maybe try and cover up the confusion, now the message is in line with the offerings and the aggression is just good honest competitiveness.

If I were in Microsoft's shoes I would be worried about how I was going to try and win new customers in the corporate space, let alone dislodge existing IBM houses.