IBM Lotusphere Comes to You 2008

Warning, this is a bit of a gripe post!ls08-443x120.jpg

Why is it that the dates for Lotus events in Spain always seem to be the last to appear!? Spain isn’t even on the list for the Lotusphere Comes to You events, which I hope that is just temporary!

It could go quite some way to explain why the Lotus community here in Spain has struggled for so long. I just hope that all the effort of late from those behind Spanish Lotus User Group – SLUG.es, are matched by IBM Lotus.

SLUG it is (for now at least!)

The Spanish Lotus User Group initiative I mentioned seems to be progressing nicely, despite my personal lack of affection for the name!

It is important to point out that the name isn’t intended to exclude, but rather the idea is to keep this as open as possible, referring to all Spanish-speakers rather than the country.

Importantly, Josep seems to be making progress in gathering ideas for the agenda, support from IBM, etc. There is even talk of using Sametime for those unable to travel! We’ll have to see how things pan out.

For now, I’d like to add my call to that of Josep, we’d love to hear from you if you:

  • have some advice
  • would like to offer some help
  • have discovered a desire to present on a Lotus-related topic in Spain
  • or simply would like to attend!

I’ll keep you posted as things develop.

Lotus User Group España

This is my first post here in Spanish, a little late considering I live here, but an English version follows below.

Esta gran idea apareció en el blog de Josep Alemany la semana pasada, y parece ser bien recibida. Martin tambien tiene un post sobre el tema. ¡Hasta Ed Brill dejó un comentario para ofrecer su ayuda!

Como Josep, es una idea que también he tenido en la cabeza después de haber visto el éxito de ILUG2007. Pienso que Lotus en España, y el mercado español podrían beneficiar mucho de esta energía y entusiasmo. Entonces estaría encantado ofrecer cualquier ayuda que pueda para hacer esto un éxito.

Con respecto al nombre, siendo inglés, “lingote(!?)” realmente no me vale! Así que mi sugerencia sería LUG.esp o algo similar. Quedé con la idea un rato, y he preparado un par de ideas para un logo…

LUG.esp logo idea 2 LUG.esp logo idea 1
Comentarios bienvenidas!

English Version

This great idea surfaced up over on Josep Alemany’s blog last week, and seems to be well received. Martin also has a post on the subject. Ed Brill even stopped by to offer his support, cool!

It is a thought I have had in the back of my mind for a while, like Josep, a little green (pun intended!) over the success of ILUG2007, and thinking that Lotus in Spain, and the spanish market could benefit a lot from this kind of energy and enthusiasm. So I would be more than happy to offer what help I can in order to try and make this a success.

With regard to the name, being English, SLUG doesn’t really work for me, so my suggestion would be LUG.esp or something similar. The idea stuck in my mind a little, and I even had a play and threw together a couple of ideas for a logo…(if you read this far, you have already seen them!)

Comments welcome!