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Presenting OpenNTF in Kuala Lumpur / Malaysia

The official R7 launch event was quite funny. The stage was designed like a box ring and two boxers performed a fight. The yellow fighter (labelled Domino R7) knocked out the red one (labelled "Business Pains"). The crowd of about 350 people enjoyed the difference to the usually rather stiff IBM events. Seems like hiring marketing people from Microsoft (the new kids on the IBM block in SE-Asia are all ex-Microsoft) had some impact already.
After the two round ring fight and the introduction in the R7 achievements at about 10:45 I had my turn.
I created a fast paced crossfire of slides in a mix of my own and the "Identity 2.0" style. This already had worked out well in Beijing, where I mixed big pictures, screen shots, English text and Chinese characters. (see for yourself).
About 5% of the audience had heart about OpenNTF and I saw quite some amazed faces when I introduced the OpenNTF application line-up (Bruce can you check for IP that belong to Malaysia in the OpenNTF logs?). I made them laugh quite a number of times. The slide with Singapore and the arrow was too tempting. Malaysia and Singapore have a kind of love/hate relationship since Singapore broke away in 1965. So my punch line was "I live in Singapore, in case you don't know where Singapore is, its that little renegade island down south". Of course only Malaysians laugh about that.
The local IBMers were quite surprised too and they see quite some potential for OpenNTF in the Malaysian market. Eventually they want to support OpenNTF a bit. Of course details need to be worked out. After my session in the tea break a lot of people expressed their pleasure with the presentation and asked for more details. So mission accomplished <g>.

Download the presentation overview and have a look. Full PPT on request.  

Posted by on 27 October 2005 | Comments (6) | categories: IBM Notes Lotus Notes


  1. posted by Stephan H. Wissel on Friday 28 October 2005 AD:
    @Vince The download list has the Bejing presentation. The one in Kuala Lumpur can be found by clicking on *presentation overview* Or if you prefer to read URLs: http://www.wissel.net/__48256D620048177D.nsf/htdocs/NotesOSS/$File/Notes_and_Open_Source.pdf
    I'm glad that you appreciate it!
    Emoticon smile.gif stw
  2. posted by Vince Schuurman on Friday 28 October 2005 AD:
    Maybe it's just me, but I don't see the presentation slides in the downloads list Emoticon huh.gif

    Thanks for the plug though, really appreciate what you are doing for OpenNTF.
  3. posted by Senthil Kumar on Friday 28 October 2005 AD:
    Glad to see your presentation slides. Infact, i have missed the ND7 launch here in singapore cause of my health. Yes, for the last couple of days i was on MC Emoticon sad.gif .

    If you could remember, i was working in Deutsche Bank (Y2000)when you joined there and we had spoken couple of times. During my short tenure there, i worked in few Notes based applications and hence we didn't had much interaction as you were working mostly on Domino based applications then.

    Appreciate if you send me your full KL presentation slides. I have been reading your blog for quite a while now without much comments though

    Emoticon biggrin.gif

    P.S I was not able the download slides using Firefox. It hungs in between. I have downloaded with IE anyway.. IE handy at times..
  4. posted by Zmind on Friday 28 October 2005 AD:
    I like your presentation yesterday, kind of funny, short and fast pace. Well done mate. In the morning before the launch I over heard you say open source thingy at one of the booth and I thought it must be OpenNTF and it's really OpenNTF. .. at least now more of us in Malaysia aware of OpenNTF
  5. posted by Brian Benz on Friday 28 October 2005 AD:
    Congratulations! And it sounds like fun.
    Bruce gave a presentation last week here in Vegas on OPENNTF:
    Malaysia next Bruce? ;).

    And I bet we could find some boxers here in Vegas for our upcoming Launch in November 15........

  6. posted by Dave Harris on Monday 14 November 2005 AD:
    Stephan & Bruce, the Malaysian IP in the OpenNTF logs is probably me. I've been using the mail template for a couple of years, now, and I occasionally get round to downloading one of the other apps to evaluate.

    Unfortunately I missed the launch due to client meetings that day, glad it went well