Monday, November 14, 2005

My Lotusphere Abstract

I see that although my abstract did not get selected, Lotus is still placing a session (a 'Birds of a Feather' actually) regarding Lotus Education. Here was my suggestion:
Suggested Track:
Track FOUR: Best Practices
Business Development Day

Session Title:
Knowledge is Power (and Productivity): Education Options for Lotus Software

With the emerging technologies of Lotus Software, technical training has become more important than ever. This session will show the reasons why training is so important, as well as show the different types of training available for Lotus Software, from classroom training to online learning. This session, presented by an award-winning IBM Certified Instructor, will also demonstrate what companies can do to get “more bang for their buck.”

Here is the one that Lotus is using:

Building IBM Lotus Training & Education to Meet Customer Demands

Session ID: BOF501

Session Track(s): BOF - Track FIVE: Communities of Interest

Speaker Name: Nancy Haynes (Speaker Company: IBM)
Speaker Name: Tom Gibbons (Speaker Company: Element K)

Session Abstract: It is critical that the training and education developed on IBM Lotus products meets the needs of the technical and end user customers using them. This interactive session with Lotus education product managers and courseware developers from ElementK, the vendor that produces Lotus courseware, will provide a forum to ask questions and provide insight into customers' training needs. Learn about the curriculum plans for IBM Lotus Notes and Domino 7 and IBM Workplace products, as well as the multiple form factors and options available to increase flexibility and customization of learning plans.

First off, let me state for the record that I am not complaining.
I guess if you want to learn more about Lotus Education and options with Lotus Education, it's best to go to IBM & Element K (the company that is developing the courseware now). I just hope that they discuss other options available outside of the direct IBM/Lotus revenue stream (like TLCC, LEOnline and training from GREAT educational centers). Could that have been my flaw? Also, considering who will be the audience for something like this, I would not have considered submitting it under the category of 'BOF: Track FIVE - Communities of Interest'... Go figure!

No matter who's doing the presentation, I would strongly suggest that you attend a session like this. Companies will find more productive employees with just a bit of education.

Sunday, November 13, 2005

WWE Wrestling Superstar Eddie Guerrero Dead

WWE Superstar Eddie Guerrero was found dead this morning in his hotel room in Minneapolis. He was born in 1967. He left behind a wife and 3 daughters, ages 14, 9 & 3.
By now, readers of my blog know that I'm a wrestling fan, and have been my entire life. Stuff like this brings the reality to what is a mostly fictional world. They are athletes. They work hard. They train hard. They also work very hard to keep their families together. They're on the road almost constantly. Like other wrestling fan, we going to miss Eddie.
As a father and husband, my thoughts go out to Eddie's family. RIP Latino Heat!!!

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Just another evening in 'Paradise'...

From (WDIV-TV Detroit) - Clerk Shot In Liquor Store Robbery

Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, you just won the election for Mayor of Detroit... what do you want to do next???

I wonder why I want to get my pride out of here...

Monday, November 07, 2005

Lotusphere Speakers (as of 11-07-2005 12:38PM EST)

As promised, I'm making a list of known Lotusphere 2006 speakers. If your name is not on this list but you ARE speaking, presenting, leading a BoF (Birds of a Feather) session, please email me at Thanks to Ed Brill (who is presenting as well) for starting the list on his blog. Here we go:

Ed Brill and Libby Ingrassia
Carl Tyler
John David Head aka 'Starfish'
Devin Olson
Paul Mooney and Wild Bill
Bruce Elgort and Vince Schuurman
Chris Byrne aka 'The Caddymaster'
Duffbert (who will be presenting with Julian Robichaux instead of his usual partner and the other member of Team-TSG, Joe Litton)
Chris Whisonant
Stephan Wissel
Chris Miller aka 'IDoNotes'
Henry (Newbs?)
Scott (??? Help Ed!)

Added 11-4-05:
Warren Elsmore...good luck on your upcoming wedding!

Added 11-7-05:
Add Andrew Pollack to the mix.

If you're going, send me an email also.

Thursday, November 03, 2005

N-e-s-t-l-e...Nestle makes the very best...BEER?

From Slashdot, Nestle has applied for a patent for a fermented coffee beverage. Coffee beer? Well, there is a lot of beer out there that's made with coffee beans. (I plan on making some soon.) What IS different is that it looks like it will be made from the coffee beans itself. "Where do I buy a six-pack?" I thought. Then I noticed something in the patent itself... NON-ALCOHOLIC!!!

Oh well. I like coffee enough that I'll still drink it.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Swing and a Miss...I'm NOT presenting at Lotusphere 2006

I'm 0 for 2! I just received this in my e-mail:

Sent by:
Subject: We Are Unable to Accept Your Lotusphere 2006 Session Submission

Title: Knowledge is Power (and Productivity): Education Options for Lotus Software
Ray J Bilyk

Thank you for submitting an abstract for consideration for Lotusphere 2006. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept your session submission. This year we received a record number of session submissions, and are simply unable to accommodate all of them.

We truly thank you for your interest and we hope you will consider submitting again for Lotusphere 2007, and upcoming Lotus Software technical conferences.


The Lotusphere 2006 Content Team

Bummer for me, but in the grand scheme of things, that means that if I go, I don't have to worry about being heckled... It still hurts a bit though.... See you next year, Content Team!!!

Lotusphere Sessions are starting to be announced

Ed Brill announced earlier in the week that the Lotusphere session selections are just about done. In fact, it looks like some people (Vowe, Carl Tyler, ...Did I miss anybody?) have already received their announcements.

I remember in the past that if your session(s) were not selected, you received a 'thank you for submitting, but..." letter (sort of like a 'Dear John' letter, but more painful), but that I received it a while after the presenters were chosen. I have NOT received either as of yet. I'm just 'keeping hope alive' at this point. No matter what happens, I'll submit again next year.

Congratulations to all who have been selected (or will be selected). If you get selected, let me know... We can keep a running list.