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After a year or so offline due to changes in circumstances, Darren and I are delighted to share that all the This Week in Lotus archives are coming back online via a brand new WordPress-based site.

So far, 30+ of the episodes and their show notes are available and, all being well, the rest will be online by the start of next week, to be followed by the original comment threads.

We regularly get requests from loyal listeners to make the old shows available, and it’s been regrettable that they’ve been offline for so long. I certainly feel as though the shows themselves, the topics we discussed and the memories we shared over those two and a half full-on years between May 2010 and January 2013 are part of the long and winding heritage of Lotus, and it’s important that they remain online.

So, we both hope you enjoy looking and listening back through the archives as much as we do!

Due to post-Lotusphere exhaustion, zombie flu and backed-up workloads, there is unfortunately no This Week in Lotus this week (the first non-Holidays show we’ve missed!).

However we do have:

  1. an excellent show lined up for next week featuring a number of IBM product managers
  2. video of our live show from Lotusphere 2012

So, sorry to have missed a week, but enjoy the conversation and appreciate the tiredness of these seven ‘Thursday at Lotusphere’ panellists!

https://youtube.com/watch?v=HnaBLSrjQ_U

See you all next week!

As announced on This Week in Lotus 084, Darren and Stuart will be back for another live TWiL show at Lotusphere 2012!

Thanks to the gracious assistance of the organisation team, we will be hosting a live panel discussion with studio audience on Thursday morning at 8:15-9:45am in Dolphin Europe 6.

We think this is a perfect spot as we can review the conference in detail and this fits in just before the final-day events over at the Swan (Gurupalooza, Ask the PMs, Ask the Developers). We realise we are up against some terrific sessions, but that is true of any slot during the Lotusphere week.

As usual, we’ll have a group of the finest guests from the community, including IBMers, partners and customers.  We’ll be reviewing the conference OGS, Lotusphere sessions, BoFs, the labs, events over at the new Connect event, the big product launches and updates.

They’ll be a chance to ask questions (or heckle) from the audience, they’ll be giveaways, and we’ll of course be recording audio and video to share later.  It promises to be great fun.

So, please mark 8:15 – 9:45 on Thursday in your very busy Lotusphere diaries (we’ll look to kick off recording before 8:30), and make sure you’re there – it’s definitely one Lotusphere event not to be missed!

As announced on This Week in Lotus 084, Darren and Stuart will be back for another live TWiL show at Lotusphere 2012!

Thanks to the gracious assistance of the organisation team, we will be hosting a live panel discussion with studio audience on Thursday morning at 8:00-9:45am in one of the Dolphin Europe rooms (exact location to be confirmed).  I think this is a perfect spot as we can review the conference in detail and this fits in just before the final-day events over at the Swan (Gurupalooza, Ask the PMs, Ask the Developers).

As usual, we’ll have a group of the finest guests from the community, including IBMers, partners and customers.  We’ll be reviewing the conference OGS, Lotusphere sessions, the labs, events over at the new Connect event, the parties and even discussing the merits of Darren’s karaoke performance at Kimonos (ok, maybe not the last one!)

They’ll be a chance to ask questions (or heckle) from the audience, they’ll be giveaways, and we’ll of course be recording audio and video to share later.  It promises to be great fun.

So, mark 8-9:45 on Thursday in your very busy Lotusphere diaries (we’ll look to kick off recording before 8:30), and make sure you’re there – it’s definitely one Lotusphere event not to be missed!

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Unofficial video recording of This Week in Lotus live from UKLUG 2011 is now available.

Recorded by Lisa Duke, this is a video record of the conversations that took place.  If you’re looking for great audio, check out the podcast version instead – this one is a little more home-made in quality terms!

Featuring, from the left:
Stuart McIntyre (Collaboration Matters)
Darren Duke (Simplified Technology Solutions)
Julian Robichaux (SNAPPS)
Mat Newman (ISW)
Mary Beth Raven (IBM)
Bill Buchan (HADSL)

If you’re attending UKLUG next Monday and Tuesday in Manchester (and if not, why not?!), then here’s an unofficial event you need to add to your agenda…

On Monday lunchtime (11:50-13:00), Darren and Stuart will be recording another This Week in Lotus show with a panel of experts live on stage at the conference.  Warren Elsmore and the organising team have kindly offered us one of the break-out rooms at the conference for the recording.  So go grab your lunch and a drink as quickly as you can and come back to join in with the show.

We’ll have entertaining discourse, questions from the floor, a lot of laughter and no doubt a little heckling too.  We even have some very very cool This Week in Lotus goodies to give away too.  However, you’ll have to be there to get hold of them!

So put it on your diary.  This Week in Lotus Live at UKLUG, Monday lunchtime.  Be there!

Oh, and of course we’ll be releasing the show as the usual podcast next week, so if you can’t be in Manchester in person, get your own one hour dose of the atmosphere by listening to the episode at home.

It’s happened.

After nearly 12 months and 50 episodes, we’ve reached the top!

Even if it’s only for a few hours, we’re delighted to have finally made it to number one:

(Screenshot sadly lost to the sands of time… 😢)

Yep, we’re top of the hot blogs on PlanetLotus. Sure, it’s just a statistic, and likely a short lived one too. But we’d like to think it’s significant – a podcast is popular enough across the community to get a volume of click-throughs to rate as the most popular site, and that’s on top of the hundreds that subscribe to the podcast through iTunes or go direct to the site.

That’s always been the aim, to create a show that’s popular, topical, constructive and relevant across this great community – to further the case for Lotus and IBM Collaboration Solutions software products, to debate issues and topics of relevance to users and prospective users, to add value to efforts by the community and to support those that do great work in their fields.  It seems to be working – would you agree?

So, after 50 episodes in 50 weeks, we speed headlong toward our anniversary.  Just to break with tradition, we’re going to celebrate the occasion a week late, in episode 53.  We’ll be live that week at UKLUG in Manchester.  Our hosts Warren and Kitty Elsmore (and the team) have kindly given us permission to record a live show during the lunchtime period on Monday 23rd May.  We’ll have a stellar panel of experts (UKLUG speakers, organisers and attendees), the usual list of topics to debate and tips to share, plus a few great surprises to throw in as well.  If our Lotusphere Live show is any example, it should be a great experience for all – good fun, topical debate and humour too.  Of course, we’ll be posting the audio as our podcast for that week too.

All of us at This Week in Lotus (Stuart, Darren and Lisa) would like to thank you for your support and feedback through the past 50 shows, and especially to all our great guests that have given up their time to take part.  Without it, there would be no This Week in Lotus show.  Thank You.

A reminder that we are recording a live episode of This Week in Lotus today at Lotusphere 2011:

We’ve mentioned this on the show a couple of times in the past few weeks – the idea of recording a live ‘This Week in Lotus’ show at Lotusphere 2011…

Well, thanks to some incredible efforts by the Lotusphere organisation team, we are doing just that.

On Wednesday afternoon between 5:45 and 6:45pm in Swan Pelican, Darren Duke and I will be joined by a distinguished panel of notable names from around the Lotus community – IBMers, partners and customers – for an hour of informed discussion in front of a live audience of Lotusphere attendees.  We’ll be covering the major news stories from the conference – announcements, the OGS, news from the Showcase, the stand-out sessions, social events and more.  Even better, we’ll be inviting comments and questions from the audience too, so if you’ve never taken part in a podcast, now’s your chance!

The show will be recorded and posted ASAP for the folks that are not at Lotusphere.

We are honoured to have a stellar panel that includes Kathy Mandelstein, Mary Beth Raven, Bruce Elgort and Paul Mooney, plus loads of give-aways, a chance for the audience to submit questions and more…

Come listen, engage, enjoy and then go party with Harry Potter!

We’ve mentioned this on the show a couple of times in the past few weeks – the idea of recording a live ‘This Week in Lotus’ show at Lotusphere 2011…

Well, thanks to some incredible efforts by the Lotusphere organisation team, we are doing just that.

On Wednesday afternoon between 5:45 and 6:45pm in Swan Pelican, Darren Duke and I will be joined by a distinguished panel of notable names from around the Lotus community – IBMers, partners and customers – for an hour of informed discussion in front of a live audience of Lotusphere attendees.  We’ll be covering the major news stories from the conference – announcements, the OGS, news from the Showcase, the stand-out sessions, social events and more.  Even better, we’ll be inviting comments and questions from the audience too, so if you’ve never taken part in a podcast, now’s your chance!

This Week in Lotus - Live!The show will be recorded and posted ASAP for the folks that are not at Lotusphere.   We’ll be releasing the panel line-up over the next week, so look out for that!

Ben Langhinrichs has already been good enough to add the session to his Database, so mark it in your diary now. This is a great time slot, just before the Lotusphere Party, so come on over to the Swan, grab a coffee and lean back to listen to the show.

It should be fun!