Are you planning to exhibit at Lotusphere 2010?

Saturday, November 21st, 2009
I've just returned from my last conference for 2009 and I could not help but notice the fact that fewer companies are exhibiting and fewer people are bothering to visit the booths of those vendors that do. I'm sure this is in part a symptom of the economy and in part due to shifts in the way that vendors reach their prospects. One conference I recently attended had an exhibit hall that was only about half as full as last year. To make matters worse, bowls of candy and giveaways remained untouched - few people were visiting the booths. Ouch!

Last year at Lotusphere 2009, we were told that conference attendance was up from the previous year. Since I did not attend LS08, I cannot make a comparison; however, the attendance - at least in the product showcase where I spent 3 days - seemed light.

As I think ahead to Lotusphere 2010, I wonder what it will be like this year.

If you are a vendor of products or services for Lotus Software, I'd be curious to get your thoughts on-line or off-line and I would be curious to know if you think we will see a lot of traffic in the product showcase this year.
20091117-KMWorldStanGarfield.JPGI've followed Stan's writing on KM for years, so it's a treat to finally meet Stan in person.(Stan will be on our PKM Panel this afternoon, as well.). Today, Stan reflects on his 13 years on KM with a fast-moving presentation on his lessons learned about effective KM. Like all of his writing, Stan shared many insights. I have listed a few below.

Started in KM in 1996 at DEC. KM was something on the side.

Reflecting on his 13 years in KM: (I'll try to come back an fill in details later)

1. Collect content: Connect People
        Key influencer: Patrick Lambe

2. Try things out; improve and iterate
        Key influencer: Tom Davenport

3. Lead by example; model behaviors
        Key influencer: Carla O'Dell

4. Set goals; recognize and reward
        Key influencer: Nancy Dixon

5. Tell your stories; get others to tell theirs
        Key influencer: Steve Denning

6. Use the right tool for the job; build good examples
        Key influencer: Tom Stewart

7. Enable innovation; support integration
        Key influencer: Verna Allee

8. Include openly; span boundaries
        Key influencer: Larry Prusak

9. Prime the pump; ask and answer questions        
        Key influencer: Etienne Wenger

10. Network; pay it forward
        Key influencer: Hubert Saint-Onge

11. Let go of control; encourage and monitor
        Key influencer: Clay Shirkey

12. Just say yes; be responsive
        Key influencer: Chris SollisonC

13. Meet less; deliver more
        Key influencer: Seth Godin
20091117-KMWorldAndyMcAfee.JPGMy workshop on high performance knowledge workwork went well. Today we are on schedule fo the KMWORLD conference and our keynote presenter is none other than Andy McAfee. (Let me explain the photo. I wore my Michael Sampson mask as I entered the room where the keynote was and Andy saw me right away and waived. So, there you are, Michael. Andy says hi.)

Here are some of my notes from his presentation on resetting the enterprise with Enterprise 2.0 technologies.

Why does Enterprise 2.0 work?

     People want to help

     - Stop obsessing about risks
             Lower barriers to altruism

     Beware of the 'one best way' and slotting people into a predefined workflow
     Emergent tools allow altruism and innovation

     Ask "How much workflow, this process, this structure, is necessary to be successful at this time?"

     make it easier to corect mistakes instead of hard to create them
     use tools that let structue appear


     Strategy may be dead
     Time for a Chief innovation Officer instead of Chief Strategist
     Don't nail it down up front. Set the direction and the outcome.
     Innocentive - open source problem solving for problems that stump the home organization
             Question credentialism. Innocentive lets anyone, regardless of credentials look at this.
     Build communities that people want to join

     Example: Verizon Customer support open source
             Createed method of identity and the ability to acquire status reputation and identity

     With a little bit of technology facilitation, crowds can be very wise
             Enable peer review
             Experiment with collective intelligence (wisdom of crowd)

     Better collaboration is not the only goal
             "Narrate your work" (Dave Weiner) Do this over time and let people link to it and talk about it.
     Increated awareness, not of solutions, but of people behind the solutions
     Real results
     Sitting this one out is a bad idea
     Look at technology with fresh eyes
     We're not going back to business as usual

How to succeed with Enterprise 2.0
     How to snatch defeat from the laws of vistory
             - Declare war on the existing enterprise
             - Allow waled gardens to flourish
             - Accentuating the negative
             - Try to replace email
     New entrant needs to be 10x better than incumbent (e-mail is not going away)
             Where you can succeed is where there is a blank space in technology landscape (no incumbent)
     Fall in love with features
             Think iPod - all it does is play music.
     Overuse the word "social"
I'm trying to export a script library using the 8.5.1 designer so I can move it elsewhere. In 7.x designer, it's as simple as, well, exporting a script library.

The export feature appears to be missing from my 8.5.1 designer and it's driving me crazy.  For that matter, I do not have the ability to import a script library either. While I very much like the 8.5.1. designer, this is a serious show-stopper for me.

My current workaround is to move the DB to a computer with 7.03 designer, export the LSS there and copy it back to the 8.5.1 box.

It's certainly not productive.

I hope I'm simply missing a setting or something. It would seem a huge step back to have lost this functionality with the move to 8.5.1.

Any help would be appreciated.