Sunday, December 16, 2007

The communication between different culures

Everyone who lives across different languages may encounters some situation of embarrassment for specific acts. For example during a meeting with Italian colleges, a Norwegian or US guys can thinks: "Gosh they didn't respect the agenda. How cat they jump from one point to the other randomly?".

It helps to understand culture gaps between different languages and different people. Advisable but only available in Italian.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

And the winner is ...

Lotus Awards '08 are at the final rush. December 20th at 11:00 AM ET USA, Tim Kounadis, Director, Worldwide Channels and SMB Marketing for IBM Lotus Software and Bob Wong, Director, Worldwide Lotus Channels and SMB Sales, will share the news we've been waiting to hear -- the 2008 Lotus Awards winners and finalists.

I know, I'm a dreamer but I still cross my fingers. ;-)

Monday, December 3, 2007

Ask the pilot

"Ask the pilot" is an easily written, brilliant and extraordinarily knowledgeable book about modern aviation by Patrick Smith, an airline pilot, air travel columnist and author. More on Patrick Smith on his web site.
I'm not really a "two margerita flyer" so I didn't read this book because I'm afraid of flying. Even so now I feel more comfortable when in line for check in or for the security controls. Flying is a pleasure and Patrick re-discovers the poetry and charm of flying despite flying security has reach an extreme level.
More over in "Ask the pilot" you can find hundreds of tips and news. Follow some of my favorites:

  • is a great resource for airplanes informations and pictures. Just check out how many airline companies exist!
  • I'm wondering why Singapore Airlines is one of the best airlines in the world even if Singapore is smaller than Philadelphia metropolitan area. Read Patrick's book, it's a strategic position matter (the same rule applies to Emirates Airlines).
  • Which is the miles per passengers cost for a big company such as Lufthansa or Delta? It's about 10 cents. And what about a low cost company like Ryanair? Obviously it is lower (maybe 8 cents) but how does it come?
  • If you are thinking of buying a brand new airplane, you have to know that it cost some dozens or hundreds million's bucks! But if you switch to a used one, you probably cut a zero in the price! The Boeing 747-400, my favorite airplane even compared to the A380, is the most expensive (well right now A380 is the most expensive but the book comes in bookshops in 2003 and at that time A380 was not finished).
  • If you have ever been in a long route trip, you probably got in the line for using the toilet in the back of the plane and you sure looked through the windows of the back entrance door. There you probably read "Do not sit here" sticker and thought: "What happens if I do that? Does the door open?". Relax buddy, Patrick explains the sophisticated and very secure system that manages the door. It works even if you hang your coat to the big handle, but do not do that!
Finally, this is the New York Times Book Review:
Anyone remotely afraid of flying should read this book, as should anyone who appreciates good writing and the value of great information.

Is Lotus Agile?

Dear all,
this is really a big news. Notes 8.5 switched to Agile Development. From Mary Beth Raven's Blog:

With the release of the Notes 8.5, the Notes Development Team has switched to an 'Agile' Development environment. In contrast to a traditional waterfall process, we are now focused on doing short, complete iterations, involving cross-functional teams.
Agile software wins! Now what's next? What's up on RUP? I'm not really sure if Notes Development Team have used RUP until now.

Friday, November 30, 2007

Lotusphere 2008 agenda

As it appears on Lotusphere 2008 web site, conference agenda is final!!!

Saturday, January 19
1:00pm - 9:00pm Conference Registration Open

Sunday, January 20
7:00am - 9:00pm Conference Registration Open
7:15am - 8:00am Continental Breakfast
7:15am - 6:00pm Business Development Day
8:00am - 10:00am JumpStart Sessions
8:00am - 6:30pm Lotusphere 2008 Online Open
9:00am - 10:45am Hands-on Sessions
10:00am - 5:00pm Lotus Stuff Store Open
10:30am - 12:30pm JumpStart Sessions
11:45am - 1:30pm Buffet Luncheon
12:30pm - 2:15pm Hands-on Sessions
1:30pm - 3:30pm JumpStart Sessions
4:00pm - 6:00pm JumpStart Sessions
4:30pm - 6:15pm Hands-on Sessions
6:30pm - 9:00pm Welcome Reception

Monday, January 21
7:00am - 8:30am Continental Breakfast
7:00am - 5:00pm Conference Registration Open
8:00am - 10:00am Opening General Session (Yellow Badges)
8:45am - 9:45am Lotusalon 2.08 (White Badges)
9:45am - 10:30am Coffee Break - Swan Foyer
11:00am - 6:30pm Lotusphere 2008 Online Open
10:30am - 11:15am Coffee Break
10:30am - 6:00pm Lotusphere 2008 Labs Open
10:30am - 8:00pm Product Showcase and Bookstore Open
11:00am - 1:00pm Opening General Session (White Badges)
11:00am - 12:00pm Lotusalon 2.08 (Yellow Badges)
11:45am - 2:00pm Buffet Luncheon
1:00pm - 6:00pm Lotus Stuff Store Open
1:30pm - 3:15pm Hands-on Sessions
2:15pm - 3:15pm Breakout Sessions
2:30pm - 6:00pm IBM BP Sales and Marketing Cafe
3:15pm - 3:45pm Coffee Break
3:30pm - 4:30pm Breakout Sessions
4:30pm - 6:15pm Hands-on Sessions
5:00pm - 6:00pm Breakout Sessions
6:00pm - 8:00pm Product Showcase Reception
6:15pm - 7:15pm Birds-of-a-Feather Sessions
8:00pm - 11:00pm Lotusphere 2008 JAMfest

Tuesday, January 22
7:00am - 8:00am Birds-of-a-Feather Sessions
7:00am - 8:15am Continental Breakfast
7:00am - 5:00pm Conference Registration Open
8:00am - 6:30pm Lotusphere 2008 Online Open
8:00am - 9:45am Hands-on Sessions
8:30am - 9:30am Breakout Sessions
8:30am - 9:30am Unified Communications Keynote
9:00am - 6:00pm Product Showcase and Bookstore Open
9:00am - 6:00pm Lotusphere 2008 Labs Open
9:00am - 6:00pm Lotus Stuff Store Open
9:30am - 10:00am Coffee Break
10:00am - 11:00am Breakout Sessions
11:15am - 12:15pm Breakout Sessions
11:45am - 2:00pm Buffet Luncheon
12:30pm - 2:15pm Hands-on Sessions
1:30pm - 2:30pm Breakout Sessions
2:30pm - 3:00pm Coffee Break
2:30pm - 6:00pm IBM BP Sales and Marketing Cafe
3:00pm - 4:00pm Breakout Sessions
4:15pm - 5:15pm Breakout Sessions
4:15pm - 5:45pm Customer Panel
4:30pm - 6:15pm Hands-on Sessions
5:45pm - 6:45pm Birds-of-a-Feather Sessions

Wednesday, January 23
7:00am - 8:00am Birds-of-a-Feather Sessions
7:00am - 8:15am Continental Breakfast
7:00am - 5:00pm Conference Registration Open
8:00am - 6:30pm Lotusphere 2008 Online Open
8:00am - 9:45am Hands-on Sessions
8:30am - 9:30am Breakout Sessions
8:30am - 9:30am Social Software Keynote
9:00am - 5:00pm Product Showcase and Bookstore Open
9:00am - 5:00pm Lotus Stuff Store Open
9:00am - 6:00pm Lotusphere 2008 Labs Open
9:30am - 10:00am Coffee Break
10:00am - 11:00am Breakout Sessions
11:15am - 12:15pm Breakout Sessions
11:45am - 2:00pm Buffet Luncheon
12:30pm - 2:15pm Hands-on Sessions
1:30pm - 2:30pm Breakout Sessions
2:30pm - 3:00pm Coffee Break
2:30pm - 5:00pm IBM BP Sales and Marketing Cafe
3:00pm - 4:00pm Breakout Sessions
4:15pm - 5:15pm Breakout Sessions
4:30pm - 6:15pm Hands-on Sessions
5:45pm - 6:45pm Birds-of-a-Feather Sessions
6:00pm - 7:30pm SpeedGeeking
7:30pm - 10:30pm Lotusphere 2008 Party

Thursday, January 24
7:00am - 8:15am Continental Breakfast
8:00am - 4:00pm Lotusphere 2008 Online Open
8:00am - 5:00pm Conference Registration Open
8:30am - 9:30am Breakout Sessions
8:30am - 9:30am Application Development Keynote
9:00am - 12:00pm Lotusphere 2008 Labs Open
9:30am - 10:00am Coffee Break
10:00am - 11:00am Breakout Sessions
11:15am - 12:15pm Lotusphere Encore Breakout Sessions and GURUpalooza
11:45am - 1:30pm Box Lunch Pick-up
1:30pm - 2:45pm Ask the Developers
2:45pm - 3:15pm Coffee Break
3:15pm - 4:30pm Closing General Session

Thanks and See You Next Year!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Sametime 8: downloaded!

Now I'm happy! Let's start the hard work ...

Sametime 8: today!

Today Samtetime 8 will be out on the market. As soon as possible I will download it! New features in Lotus Sametime Standard 8 include:

  • Expanded platform support for Lotus Domino 8 and server support for VMWare environments.
  • Extended mobile support including the Nokia E-series, Sony Ericsson, and Windows Mobile 6 devices.
  • New point to point video capabilities for Macintosh users.
  • Integration with Microsoft Office 2007.
More info on Sametime - Get the buzz.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

A short trip to Paris

Well, it's not the same as Disneyworld in Orlando but it's close to Italy and more or less ok. The point is that Paris is not the best sunny and hot city in Europe so cold wind from north happens. It's life.

We left from Bologna quite early in the morning of 24th November, just the right time to take a short nap on the plane and the we arrived in Paris. We had some delay in the baggage claim area due to Francesco's stroller but fortunately no strike in transport, just a lot of traffic on way to the resort area.

If I'm to be honest, the entrance of the parks was a mess; thousands of people waiting to buy tickets. Right, it wasn’t our lucky day but finally we got our tickets and enjoyed the rest of the day in some short line attractions. Francesco really had fun at Pirats beach and Alice's curious labyrinth even though he wasn’t at his top (days after we discover he got scarlet fever but this is another story).

The dinner at Dreamcastle hotel was good and huge (an "all you can eat" buffet for 27 Euro each and Francesco eat for free). I cant say the same for the room, I mean it was ok but it really didnt look like 4 start room.

On Sunday we came back at the park and got some nice attractions: Buzz Lightyear laser blast, Space Mountain: Mission 2, Honey I shrunk the audience, Autopia, Le Carrousel de Lancelot and Mad Hatter's Tea Cup.

In the evening we enjoyed Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. I strongly recommend this: horses, buffaloes, cows, cowboy and Indians make rodeo the live show while you eat, sing and partecipate in the show.

The short trip to Paris was over and on Monday Francesco and me flew back to Italy.

My photostream on Flickr

Friday, November 23, 2007

Italian Agile day 2007!!!!

Dear all, it's a long long time that I've never seen a so interesting conference in "contribute for this event, otherwise is free" world!!!

Today Agile Day was really value for time: great speakers both from Italy and other country, effective workshop (maybe someone call it hands-on or something else) and friendly people always happy to discuss with you.

Next week a full report on this event because tomorrow we leave to Paris!!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

I scrum, did you?

It's not really about rugby, rather about project management. Today in my company we start with some scrum methodologies in "agile" world.

The first one is to introduce stand up meeting. Unfortanelly I will been outside the office often, but I'm even sure that stand up meeting facilitate a lot the cohesion and communication between all the team. Scurm guys, scrum!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

My first dojo

It's a couple of year that I'm very interested in eXtreme Programming and Agile software. Yesterday i had my first dojo on Eclipse and Java. It wasn't really like the other karate dojo that I usually do, definitely.

Dojo was organized by Bologna XP User Group (again Italy!): many guys with high skill on ICT in different lenaguages and technology. Dojo was the second event in that community for me, the first was an XP Game (also very interesting).

In the dojo we was about 20 guys, 1 PC and 2 people per turn on that PC: one act as "navigator" the other as "writer". We rotated in 10 minutes turn and write a TDD software to check who wins a simplified poker game.

What I learn:

  • everyone has his own TDD style, even the more expert discuss a lot on how apply test and assert on the code.
  • TDD is just one of the techniques to improve software quality and efficiency
  • the best way to start with Agile and XP is agile approach: start with one methodology, practice or technic at time ad see how does if fit in your every day work.
  • I'm strongly convinced that methodology/practice may be different based on project, peopole or other environment factor.
  • I'm strongly convinced that Agile and XP works. Does Google geeks use those? Yes my dear they do, Is it enought?

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Linux Day 2007 in Ferrara

Today I join Linux Day in Ferrara (yep, Italy!). New for 2007: Businss Track! This sessions are dedicated to businesses and public administrations who wants to meet suppliers and designers of Open Source solutions, which was be available to participants for individually discuss about possible solutions.

Stefano Marchetti, old frinds and college of mine, had inroduced a quite significant case study on Plone technology for the Ferrara's Chamber of Commerce.

More than 40 people join the Business Track today, both from companies and public administrations. Really a success especially because this is the first time business meets Open Source solutions in Linux Day. We will be back in 2008!

My photostream on Flickr

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

This wine is special

Last Saturday evening we finally open this bottle of wine bought in South Africa in December 2004. Yes this is a awards winning wine:

  • Gold: Decanter Wine Show, London (May 2005)
  • John Platter Guide 2006: 5 Stars*
  • Voted as John Platter WINE OF THE YEAR 2006
  • Double Gold: Michelangelo International Wine Awards of S.A. 2005
  • Gold: Mundus Vini International Wine Awards, Germany 2005
  • 90 Points Wine Spectator (April 2006)
Fermentation: 12 months in French oak from Alliers and USA Minnesota white oak.
Direcly from Glen Carlou web site:
To produce this dense and powerful wine, half the crop is dropped during the growing season.
Aromas of spicy blackberry and toasty oak lead to complex flavours of ripe berry fruit, violet and currant on the smooth palate.
Maybe it was a little bit too young but it was still very good. I strongly recommend this wine.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Lotus Collaboration Summit

Well done! Yesterday I joined the Lotus Collaboration Summit in Milan, a "don't miss" event since Mr Ed Brill was there as well as Monica Tassinari, Davide Pannuto, Roberto Boccadoro, Davide Iesini and Marina Artoni . I'm sure to forget someone, if so, please apologize me and send me the update.

The event takes place at Jolly Hotel in Milanofiori, and start at 09.30 with a visit at the showcase: many Italian IBM BP and the Lotus italian community In the morning strategies, announcement (aka what's new in 8.0.1, next and behind) and news from Ed, Monica and Davide. As other big vendor IBM plan to release a major release every 2 years (wow notes 9 in '09, marketing deal!).

Lunch time: good food, red wine and a "so and so" coffee put us in the condition to desire to take a nap but in the afternoon hot topics wake we up, definitely. Hot topics includes Notes and Domino 8 (amazed about Quickr and Notes integration about email attach), Connections (yes Roberto now we've more than one reason to push this) e Quickr.

Now the tour goes on with other Italian dates including Roma (10 oct), Bologna (12 oct), Padova (16 oct), Palermo (18 oct). For me it is the last Lotus event in the year, see you in Orlando next January!

My photostream on Flickr

Saturday, September 29, 2007

How to lead the change

Are you in a change period? In business or life doesn't matter.
Maybe in your company you feel a sense of urgency and you strongly believe to act as soon as possible. Maybe you are not even sure how to act. Maybe you have a NoNo person in the board. Maybe you need to explain how you feel the problem and why it's so urgent. Lear how to lead the change in your life or in your business.

John Kotter (award-winning author from Harvard Business School) in "Our Iceberg is Melting" use a fable to explain how to understand the context (I mean the people) around you and how to act to lead a change. Easy to read and very direct, a penguin (yep it's cool like the Linux's penguin!), discovers a huge problem and he has to convince the communities to move immediatly.

"A simple fable with profound lessons for working and living in an ever changing world."

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Lotus Collaboration Summit

Wow! Lotus Collaboration Summit is started around the world and we have really big news.
Directly from Ed Brill's blog:

  • Announcement of IBM's Applications on Demand service for Lotus Notes. This is a pay-as-you-go service offering for Notes messaging, which Mike Rhodin indicated is priced between US$5 - $10 per user per month. I've been working with the AoD team as this offer gets going, and found that they have a lot of flexibility around what services to offer and at what price points.
  • Announcement of Notes/Domino 8.0.1. I'll post a separate blog entry with the feature list from this announcement, planned for availability in Q1, 2008.
  • Announcement of a new Domino Web Access lightweight mode, a very fast and lightweight UI for DWA coming in 8.0.1.
  • Announcement of Notes Traveler, a new feature of Domino 8.0.1 to support push mail to Windows Mobile devices at no additional cost. This announcement was in addition to the existing partnerships with RIM, Nokia, Motorola's Good Technology, CommonTime, iAnywhere, and Visto.
  • Announcement of Quickr 8.1, a 2008 release including a connector for Notes 8, a connector for Microsoft Outlook, performance and usability improvments, personal file sharing services, and enablers for integration with enterprise content management systems.
  • Announcement of a new product, the Quickr Content Integrator, designed to bring content from a variety of IBM and non-IBM content repositories into the Quickr environment with no customization required.
  • Announcement of Lotus Forms 3.0, a updated version of the product which includes a zero-footprint web-based filler.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Lotusphere 2008

Today here at RedTurtle we have authorized me to be in Orlando at Lotusphere 2008. It will be the second edition for me and I'm sure it will be as interesting as last year. This time my fellow will be Andrea. Thank Elena you did a great job last time, I hope you can join it again in the future.

Mr Ed Brill in Italy

Well if you are involved in Lotus technology I'm sure you know Ed Brill's blog. He is Business Unit Executive, Worldwide Lotus Notes/Domino Sales, IBM Software Group.
Ed will be in Italy on October 8th in Milan and October 10th in Rome for the Lotus Collaboration Summit.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

A new buddy in OpenOffice project

Yesterday IBM announced participation in OpenOffice's project. Already embeddend in Notes 8 client from now IBM will support stronger the project. Here a cite from OpenOffice website:

The community today announced that IBM will be joining the community to collaborate on the development of software. IBM will be making initial code contributions that it has been developing as part of its Lotus Notes product, including accessibility enhancements, and will be making ongoing contributions to the feature richness and code quality of Besides working with the community on the free productivity suite's software, IBM will also leverage technology in its products. ...

"IBM is very pleased to be joining the community. We are very optimistic that IBM's contribution of technology and engineering resources will provide tangible benefits to the community membership and to users of technology around the world," said Mike Rhodin, General Manager of IBM's Lotus division. "We're particularly pleased to be teaming with the community to accelerate the rate of innovation in the office productivity marketplace. We believe that this relationship will improve our ability to deliver innovative value to users of IBM products and services. We also believe that the collaboration will lead to an even broader range of ODF-supporting applications (ISO 26300) and solutions that draw from the technology."

Read the full story or the Q&A.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

My two cents: is Gmail business ready?

Yes maybe soon it will be business ready, but does Google guys think the same?

Here the short discussion on Linkedin. Jason says:

Google's offerings are in no way market mature. They may be seen as viable for use in the SMB market in roughly 2 years, though it is highly unlikely they will steal more than a small amont of market share from the incumbent providers like Microsoft and Notes.
on the other hand, Noam says:
So, if you're into - zero cost, big storage and hassle free usage - then you should take a look at Google Apps.
I think Gmail is almost ready for SMB (with some known limit) but not yet for the other markets. Limits:
  • low security (is it really low?)
  • no offline support (but currently Google Reader got it!)
  • data are not inside the company (comebody care about this?)
  • some functions and strong keyword support are missing (do you really need a client and press function keys or web interface is still ok?)

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Sunday, August 26, 2007

Mediterranean specialities: Campisi from Marzamemi (Siracusa)

Salvatore Campisi company is the finest producer of canned food in Sicily. It is based in Marzamemi, in the south of Sicily in Siracusa province and if you will ever be there you can enjoy food shopping, laying in the sun or discover the wonderful Vendicari Natural Reserve.
At Campisi they produce both fish, meat and vegetables based canned food. I strongly raccomend:

  • Crema di peperoncino: a hot pepper sauce with garlic (not a lot) and olive oil. Delicious with pasta, on bread or on top of tomato salad. I think it's about 100000 Scoville unit but if you try it let me know your opinion.
  • Bottarga di tonno: you can use this tuna eggs specialties on pasta. You don't need anything else then pasta, bottarga and olive oil to impress your guests.
  • Acciughe sott'olio: huge and tender anchovies. Usually canned anchovies are either to salted or tasteless.
  • all the rest at your choice!
From five generations Campisi put dedication, passion, professionality, the choice of the best sicilian product in his products. Those are the secrets of great success reached on specialized newspaper, world famous restaurants and chefs.

Monday, August 20, 2007

IBM Lotus Notes and Domino 8

Last Friday IBM has just released the version 8 of Lotus Notes and Domino. It's a big day for the Lotus community since (about 2 years ago) Hannover project was announced.

Personally I use Notes since 1999 and it's about 7 months Notes 8 beta runs on my PC. My two cents: I'm very impressed by Notes 8 beta and the first impressions about the version just release are good.

What you say? Notes is dead? Right I know Notes is dead as well as man didn't went to the moon. That's why Neil Armstrong was the special guest at Lotusphere 2007. ;-)
For some discussion about this take a look at this LinkedIn question.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

July the 18th: Ciccio Sultano!

I would like to recommend a very nice restaurant in Ragusa (Sicily, IT). Ciccio Sultano at Duomo Restaurant is one of the best chef ever met, I mean since now. His recipes is based on first class raw materials from Sicily tradition. From a truffle based ice cream to cannoli review, from raw shrimp to "looks like pizza but it isn't!" every dish is really full of flavour.

We have been there July, 18th and really, it's value for money (although the money might seem a lot). We got the 7 courses "Vento e passione" menu and it's simply fantastic. Fish, meat and vegetables are very well associated. Menu may vary often so ask to know what it includes.

Also wines are from state of the art sicily tradition, mainly from Marco De Bartoli wine cellar. My favorite one is Pietra Nera a dry white wine delicious with raw fish.

Friday, August 10, 2007

1st ...

Here you are: this is my 1st post on the blog.

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