Lotus Community

Looking back at BLUG

This week I (and several other's from the UK) headed over to Brussels for the Benelux Lotus User Group (BLUG) being run by Theo Heselmans and others. The first thing to say is that, from a speaker's point of view, Theo has really raised the bar for us involved with ILUG and UKLUG. We were treated unbelievably well, I can't thank all of the people involved enough for the hospitality they showed us.

But the really important thing is the content on the day itself. From what I could tell the 200+ people were very happy. The morning was given over to the "official word" from no less than Alastair Rennie. He gave an interesting rehash of the Lotusphere OGS, there's always good content in there that gets missed the first time around. You can see the live blog of the OGS here.

In the afternoon, the BLUG organisers tried a different approach with up to five concurrent sessions running at any one time. It certainly suited the venue which had plenty of slightly smaller rooms. So in the room I was speaking in we basically had a three hour XPages geek fest with sessions from Tim Clark and Paul Withers along with mine. Right through the afternoon the room was packed and no one walked out which is always a good sign of people actually getting value from our speaking :-)

<selfpromotion>I've published the slides and supporting database for my session over on my presentations page so feel free to download it. Also don't forget the "blug2010" coupon code for XPages101.net. </selfpromotion>

As always the best thing about User Groups anywhere in the world is the new people you meet, so it was goof to finally put some faces to names I've known for a long time in the Lotus Community and also meet some completely new people as well.

This month is turning into a bit of a travel / community affair with upcoming trips for me to Amsterdam next week for a two day XPages course (I think there are a couple of spaces still free if you want to come along) and then Dannotes the week after in Denmark.

For anyone organising community events, then Theo et al have certainly raised the bar.