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    Obscure (Rob says that works as a title)! In Which A Certain Food Fight is Explained

    Bob Balaban  January 29 2008 08:35:53 PM
    Greetings, Geeks!!

    Well, like many of you, I'm recently back from Lotusphere08, relatively rested, and with the usual new collection of t-shirts and schwag. Hey, did any of you like the buttons I handed out? I got lots of compliments from Lotus management (one VP asked why I hadn't done it as an official project so I could expense it. The answer -- because then it wouldn't have been as good or as much fun. It was worth having to pay for the whole thing to be able to do it just the way I wanted).

    Unlike many of you (I assume, anyway) I came back from Lotusphere with a new job. That's right, as of January 29, I have resigned my position at IBM. My new job is Vice President of R & D at Binary Tree. I'm real excited about jumping in to a great company that I'm already familiar with (they were one of my first customers back in 1997/98 when I left Iris the first time, and started Looseleaf Software). My last day as an IBM employee will be Friday, Feb. 8

    I feel totally comfortable about the change, I'm happy that I'll still be part of the Lotus community, and I'm really looking forward to throwing my weight around as an executive, and getting to tell people what to do (ok, kidding about that part).

    I intend to keep this blog running, though of course the focus will change a little.

    So, many of you will be wondering what's happening at IBM, who's running the AppDev stuff now, whether the LSX Toolkit will still ship, and who's going to ask the first question at Ask the Developers at Lotusphere09. Not being omniscient, I cannot provide reliable answers to all of these questions, but here's my best shot: at a little FAQ:

    Q: Who is taking over your AppDev Architect position at Lotus?

    A: I don't know yet, but if/when I find out I'll post an announcement (if I am given permission to do so, of course)

    Q: Does this mean that the LSX Toolkit is not going to ship after all?

    A: I sure hope it doesn't mean that. The thing is really very, very close to being ready to go. All it needs is a final legal clearance to go to interested Design Partners, and some QE. As I said at Lotusphere, I really do expect it to be generally available by the time Notes/Domino 8.5 ships, or possibly even sooner.

    Q: So who will be asking the first question at Meet the Developers/Lotusphere09?

    A: With any luck at all, it will be me! Binary Tree almost always participates in the Lotusphere showcase (and in fact BT was a Lotusphere sponsor this year), and I intend to submit some abstracts, and hope to be selected as a speaker.

    Q: If you get to ask the first question, what will it be?

    A: That would be telling! I have some ideas, but I think it's way too early to say.

    Q: What the heck is the story with that "food fight" over on
    Rocky's blog?
    A: Ah. Yes, well. Ok, time to come clean: The whole thing was a gag that Rocky and I cooked up (some other people were in on it too, but it was essentially my idea). We thought it would be funny to replay the post on Volker's blog that started a whole foofurraw, except this time about me (though nobody was to know it was me). It was all fake, including some of the stronger comments posted by me and some others. I have to admit that, for me, the result wasn't as funny as I'd hoped it would be, though it was amusing. But, it went on long enough (all day yesterday and into the night), and now it's time that it stopped. I suspect there are lessons to be learned by all from this. If anyone was hurt or offended, I deeply apologize.

    Q: So, Rocky really isn't a jerk?

    A: No! Of course not! Rocky is a totally forthright, honest, stand-up sort of guy, as anyone who has ever met him can immediately tell. I am grateful to have had his friendship lo these many years, and look forward to continuing it for many years to come (even though in our new jobs we are technically, sort-of competitors). If he has any major flaws at all, it is that he shares (with me) a rather strange sense of humor that expresses itself (at times) in odd ways. AND, for the record, he is VERY good at keeping secrets.

    Q: What's your new contact info?

    A: I will post my official Binary Tree email and such here when it's all set up. Otherwise, if necessary, I can be reached after 2/8 via email, bbalaban AT gee em a eye ell DOT com.

    (Need expert application development architecture/coding help? Contact me at: bbalaban, gmail.com)
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    Comments

    1Rock  2/1/2008 1:08:50 PM  Congrats buddy!

    I wanted to be one of the first to tell you congratulations publicly. You are one of my closest friends, and I can think of no one more deserving than this type of recognition and position. You'll do great things there, and I look forward to the healthy competition between us (where I kick your ass ;) ).

    --Rock

    2Suzanne  2/1/2008 1:09:48 PM  Obscure (Rob says that works as a title)! In Which A Certain Food Fight is Explained

    Good luck at your new company, Bob. You will be missed!

    3Nathan T. Freeman  2/1/2008 1:12:11 PM  Obscure (Rob says that works as a title)! In Which A Certain Food Fight is Explained

    Congrats and good luck, sir.

    And I accept your apology.

    4Rob Novak  2/1/2008 1:13:33 PM  Obscure (Rob says that works as a title)! In Which A Certain Food Fight is Explained

    Well congratulations Bob and best of luck at BT - they're getting a great deal no matter what. Your work at IBM has been amazing and this community and the blogosphere has and will continue to benefit from your work and insight.

    I look forward to seeing you in the Best Practices track again at Lotusphere! :-)

    5Ed Brill  2/1/2008 1:24:34 PM  Obscure (Rob says that works as a title)! In Which A Certain Food Fight is Explained

    See, I <i>knew</i> that VP title was a problem :)

    Congratulations to you..and to Henry and team at Binary Tree. They are picking up one of the best in the industry.

    6John Head  2/1/2008 1:25:33 PM  Obscure (Rob says that works as a title)! In Which A Certain Food Fight is Explained

    Congrats Bob. Has been great working with you on the DP stuff this past year.

    I think this speaks volumns about how strong the Lotus ISV community sees the brand right now. Two active members of the community, going to IBM, helping drive the product forward, and then going back into the community as executives. Says wonders about the Notes brand and world.

    7Andrew Pollack  2/1/2008 1:26:20 PM  Obscure (Rob says that works as a title)! In Which A Certain Food Fight is Explained

    Bob and Rocky are two of my most respected peers and great friends to boot. Now, both are taking important jobs as VP's with big firms.

    Wow.

    My (public, finally) congrats and best wishes as you step back into the world of innovative partners. Now, go innovate me something, quick!

    And yes, all the hostile comments from me on Rocky's blog were part of the joke. (well, except the car thing, I did mean that. You really do want to drive a new car around a bit before someone parks on it).

    :-)

    8Karl-Henry Martinsson  2/1/2008 1:32:57 PM  Good luck!

    Congratulations!

    9Stuart McIntyre  2/1/2008 1:36:05 PM  Obscure (Rob says that works as a title)! In Which A Certain Food Fight is Explained

    Congratulations Bob - I have great respect for BinaryTree's tools, and I am sure you'll do an awesome job there.

    We seem to have had a couple of years of community figures joining (or re-joining IBM), I hope 2008 won't turn into a flood in the opposite direction...

    10Tim Tripcony  2/1/2008 1:41:03 PM  Obscure (Rob says that works as a title)! In Which A Certain Food Fight is Explained

    Congratulations, Bob!

    But........ who's gonna fix DXL now?

    11Julian Woodward  2/1/2008 2:04:06 PM  Obscure (Rob says that works as a title)! In Which A Certain Food Fight is Explained

    Many congratulations Bob.

    If you get a car with the job, may I suggest a Hummer ;-)

    12Charles Robinson  2/1/2008 2:05:15 PM  Obscure (Rob says that works as a title)! In Which A Certain Food Fight is Explained

    As long as you're happy, I'm happy for you. :-)

    @10 - Well, Damien *is* back. He's taken on more hopeless tasks in the past and succeeded. ;-)

    13Carl Tyler  2/1/2008 2:05:24 PM  Obscure (Rob says that works as a title)! In Which A Certain Food Fight is Explained

    Congratulations Bob!

    The Binary Tree team are pretty fun too!

    14Steve Castledine  2/1/2008 2:05:27 PM  Obscure (Rob says that works as a title)! In Which A Certain Food Fight is Explained

    Damn I didn't even get around to fixing your comment layout so everyone could read clearer all the comments that will appear on this thread.

    But anyhow - good luck! - and I know you will be sorely missed.

    15Nathan T. Freeman  2/1/2008 2:11:11 PM  Obscure (Rob says that works as a title)! In Which A Certain Food Fight is Explained

    "If you get a car with the job, may I suggest a Hummer ;-)"

    ROFLMAO

    16Matt White  2/1/2008 2:15:57 PM  Obscure (Rob says that works as a title)! In Which A Certain Food Fight is Explained

    Congratulations Bob, it's going to be a struggle for IBM Lotus to find someone to try and fill your shoes for the new Domino server work.

    Matt

    17Mac Guidera  2/1/2008 2:26:55 PM  Obscure (Rob says that works as a title)! In Which A Certain Food Fight is Explained

    Awesome! Congrats and all the best.

    --Mac

    18Turtle  2/1/2008 2:30:33 PM  Envious

    Yeah, and now you get to work with the Binary Tree Booth Babes. Argh.

    19Rich Waters  2/1/2008 2:36:21 PM  Obscure (Rob says that works as a title)! In Which A Certain Food Fight is Explained

    Wow, Congratulations Bob!

    Thanks for all your hard work getting the community involved and building the Partner program, hopefully their impact continues on in your absence.

    20Thomas Bahn  2/1/2008 2:59:42 PM  Congratulations

    Congratulations, Bob!

    Some month ago I thought, IBM is gathering a lot of great people, now they have lost two of the greatest in short turn.

    21Alan Lepofsky  2/1/2008 3:03:39 PM  Obscure (Rob says that works as a title)! In Which A Certain Food Fight is Explained

    Congrats Bob. Good luck in your new job, and I'm glad you're still part of the Lotus community.

    22John Vaughan  2/1/2008 3:53:25 PM  Obscure (Rob says that works as a title)! In Which A Certain Food Fight is Explained

    wow that is neat! congratulations! best of luck and all that, though i'm sure you won't need it.

    :-)

    23Ben Poole  2/1/2008 4:19:51 PM  Obscure (Rob says that works as a title)! In Which A Certain Food Fight is Explained

    Wow, sad to see you leaving IBM Bob; your efforts there were really appreciated. But hey, great news for you. Congratulations!

    24Chris Blatnick  2/1/2008 4:59:33 PM  Obscure (Rob says that works as a title)! In Which A Certain Food Fight is Explained

    Congratulations Bob! Glad to hear you are moving on to a exciting new challenge!

    But I do also have to say "ah crap"...that makes *TWO* guys that I wanted to work with at IBM who are now gone. :-(

    Best of luck at your new gig!!!

    25Richard Schwartz  2/1/2008 5:17:30 PM  Obscure (Rob says that works as a title)! In Which A Certain Food Fight is Explained

    @18: No, next year Bob will BE the Binary Tree booth babe!

    26Daniel Lieber  2/1/2008 5:22:06 PM  Obscure (Rob says that works as a title)! In Which A Certain Food Fight is Explained

    Congratulations Bob! Have a great time at BT -- Henry and the crew there are really great people. I am confident you will be sorely missed at IBM!

    27Gab Davis  2/1/2008 9:16:19 PM  Obscure (Rob says that works as a title)! In Which A Certain Food Fight is Explained

    Congratulations Bob - I look forward to seeing you and Rocky in a giant battle of the tools (I could have put that better but you know what I mean). I'm surprised you accepted a measly VP title though and missed the opportunity to one up Rocky - my suggestion would be VIP VP R&D

    Oh and Rocky's posting - I knew the joke was coming but thought everyone had seen through it straightaway by the comments - my twisted sense of humour causing confusion again.

    Gab

    28Ganapathiram Natarajan  2/1/2008 9:16:31 PM  Obscure (Rob says that works as a title)! In Which A Certain Food Fight is Explained

    Congratulations Bob!

    All the best.

    29Stephan H. Wissel  2/1/2008 11:39:31 PM  Congratulation

    Congratulation!

    We expect great things from you!

    :-) stw

    30Felix Binsack  2/2/2008 3:08:45 AM  Congratulation !

    But, I would much rather have seen you as a VP for Lotus ! IBM has missed that chance.

    31Mikkel Heisterberg  2/2/2008 3:21:19 AM  Obscure (Rob says that works as a title)! In Which A Certain Food Fight is Explained

    Congrats! It will be fun to see if you like it in mgmt... :-)

    32Jack Ratcliff  2/2/2008 2:37:19 PM  Obscure (Rob says that works as a title)! In Which A Certain Food Fight is Explained

    Congratulations Bob! I wish you all the best.

    33Michael Bourak  2/3/2008 3:55:14 AM  Obscure (Rob says that works as a title)! In Which A Certain Food Fight is Explained

    Gratz Bob !

    But be sure to "kick ass" till your last day at your current company so we have enough impulsion ;-)

    34Roberto Boccadoro  2/4/2008 3:09:27 AM  Obscure (Rob says that works as a title)! In Which A Certain Food Fight is Explained

    Congratulations Bob

    35Lars Olufsen  2/4/2008 4:51:14 AM  Obscure (Rob says that works as a title)! In Which A Certain Food Fight is Explained

    Congratz, Bob.

    But it would suit you to admit, that it's not about the title but about the booth babes! ;-)

    IBM is bleeding talent right now. Thankfully, it stays in the community!

    Good luck in your new job.

    36Mike Barlow  2/4/2008 9:41:10 AM  Obscure (Rob says that works as a title)! In Which A Certain Food Fight is Explained

    Congrats Bob, I had heard rumours that you might be heading in the BT direction, I'm glad (for at least the BT Team) that they turned out to be true.

    Keep up the good work and hopefully you'll still be able to help keep IBM on their toes from the other side of the fence (again).

    Best of wishes

    Mike B.

    37Kevin Pettitt  2/4/2008 12:43:23 PM  Obscure (Rob says that works as a title)! In Which A Certain Food Fight is Explained

    @25 - I guess BT has decided they want customers to love them for their brains more than looks ;-).

    Congratulations Bob!

    38Beth Anne Collopy  2/5/2008 9:27:15 AM  Obscure (Rob says that works as a title)! In Which A Certain Food Fight is Explained

    Congratulations Bob! Best of luck with your new role.

    39Erik Brooks  2/5/2008 3:53:46 PM  Obscure (Rob says that works as a title)! In Which A Certain Food Fight is Explained

    Zealot here -

    Congrats, good luck, and make sure that whoever takes over on the IBM side shares your passion for blogging!

    40Henry Newberry  2/5/2008 6:14:01 PM  Obscure (Rob says that works as a title)! In Which A Certain Food Fight is Explained

    Congrats, and good luck. You will be an asset to Binary Tree and missed whereever it was you were before. (short term memory loss).

    As for the Buttons, Love them. You should become teh Certified Lotusphere Unofficial Button (CLUB) leader or wielder from now on.

    BTW: Scott has stapled my a-- to the chair in fear that these things happen to the three of us at about the same time.

    Newbs

    41rajiv thomas  2/6/2008 3:32:19 PM  Obscure (Rob says that works as a title)! In Which A Certain Food Fight is Explained

    Hey Bob

    Congratulations and all the very best in your new assignment

    42Franklin Wong  2/7/2008 12:55:13 AM  Obscure (Rob says that works as a title)! In Which A Certain Food Fight is Explained

    I was reading one of the local area newspaper on line sites, and saw this title: "Bob Balaban directs HBOs Bernard and Doris." I thought - "wow, he really really changed jobs!!"

    { Link }

    Congratulations & all the best in the new job at Binary Tree!

    43Jason Hook  2/11/2008 5:43:00 AM  Obscure (Rob says that works as a title)! In Which A Certain Food Fight is Explained

    I gave up trying to work out your personal email address but I wanted to wish you good luck on your first day at work for Binary Tree (assuming you're going straight into it).

    Good luck!

    Jason

    44Mike Dill  2/13/2008 2:00:22 PM  Obscure (Rob says that works as a title)! In Which A Certain Food Fight is Explained

    Congratulations on your new position. I don't think there will ever be another "Iris", but I'm just glad to see that you guys (Rock, etc.) will still be hooked into the Lotus community. Looking forward to (continue) working with both of your companies. Best of luck.

    PS - Has anyone heard where Newbs is going yet?? :-)