IamLUG Day 1

Into the user group conference proper yesterday. I have to say that the organisation of the hotel, the speakers, registration, food and so on have been amazing, having seen behind the scenes of ILUG and UKLUG I know how much hard work is going on, but as an attendee here it all just works very smoothly. So a big well done to the Chris, Francie and the rest of the team.

The keynote by Kevin Kavanaugh was perfectly pitched, no techie content but a very good summary of what's going on in the Lotus world at the moment. And then, of course, we got the early announcement of the "Lotus Knows..." marketing campaign that is going to be kicking off in a couple of weeks time. I've been among the most cynical over IBM's commitment to getting the Lotus brand into the public consciousness over the last few years, but I have to say that this does feel like the right approach to me. Over the next 18 months hopefully we'll begin to see some improvement in the public perception of Lotus Software.

The sessions that have been laid on are so far very good, I especially enjoyed Julian Robichaux's getting data out of Domino presentation, and Ed Brill's strategy session was also good.

Today it's a day full of sessions so it's about time to go and get some breakfast before we get going.