Pictures from Lotusphere 2009

Thank you to everyone who stopped by to say hello. It was great to meet so many of our customers and productivity champions in person. It was an added treat to have long-time Notes user and eProductivity champion, David Allen, join us in the exhibit hall on Monday to share how he personally gets things done with Lotus Notes and eProductivity. David Also signed copies of his new book, Making It All Work. We hope you enjoy these pictures...

eProductivity Pedestal #722 at the Lotusphere 2009 Product Showcase eProductivity principal architect Ian Armstrong demonstrates some new eProductivity features to David Allen eProductivity Business Partner Buzz Bruggeman demonstrates Activewords with Notes for a customer while team member Ryan Heathers watches Ian Armstrong and David Allen answer questions about how they use eProductivity with Lotus Notes to get things done... Stacks of 'Getting Things Done' and 'Making It All Work' books ready for David to sign... Many people stopped by to learn about eProductivity and have David Allen sign his new book, 'Making It All Work'. A passionate user of eProductivity shares his experience with eProductivity Business Partner, Peter Weldon and principal architect, Ian Armstrong. Ian Armstrong answers questions for a user while David Allen listens in... eProductivity creator and ICA president Eric Mack with  eProductivity principal architect Ian Armstrong at the product showcase. eProductivity Pedestal #722 at the Lotusphere 2009 Product Showcase

Teamstudio Spotlight Awards

Link to original Teamstudio press release

eProductivity Principal Architect Ian Armstrong and Eric Mack received a plaque for honorable mention at the Teamstudio Spotlight Awards reception at Lotusphere 2009.

Teamstudio CTO Nigel Cheshire with ICA President Eric Mack and eProductivity Principal Architect, Ian Armstrong at the Teamstudio Awards Reception

Teamstudio Spotlight Award honorable mention for the remarkable application: eProductivity

As part of this recognition, the folks at DominoPower will be writing an article about the product. We will post a link here when it arrives.

Our Lotusphere best practices session is over!

This evening, David Allen and I presented our best practices session at Lotusphere. It was a lot of fun to copresent with David as our presentation styles are so different. It reminded me of the "I'm a Mac and I'm a PC" ads. (Can you guess who would be the PC?)

Last-minute slide review at the Swan hotel before our presentation
Last-minute slide review at the Swan hotel before our presentation

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ICA Announces eProductivity with GTD Inside

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ICA Announces eProductivity™, a Personal Productivity
Application for IBM Lotus Notes, based on David Allen’s
“Getting Things Done” (“GTD”) Methodology

Based on David Allen’s “Getting Things Done” (GTD) methodology and seamlessly integrated with Lotus Notes, eProductivity provides control and perspective across an individual’s communications, projects, and actions, helping IBM Lotus Notes users reclaim 30 minutes of lost productivity each day and making getting things done with Lotus Notes productive, personal, and easy.

LOTUSPHERE, ORLANDO, FL, January 15, 2009
– ICA.COM, Inc, (ICA) today announced the immediate availability of eProductivity version 1.73, a software application that supports David Allen’s best selling Getting Things Done (GTD) personal productivity methodology, which is currently being used by many of the world’s most progressive organizations.

With eProductivity, users reclaim up to 30 minutes each day by reducing the time it takes to capture ideas and commitments, process e-mail and manage information in Lotus Notes. Tasks that took minutes to accomplish now take seconds.

GTD and Lotus Notes Together

“ICA really made the commitment and took the time to understand the Getting Things Done methodology before they started developing the application. This understanding is both critical to a good GTD implementation and a prerequisite to my really spending any time with any one GTD application. It speaks volumes to the integrity and value of eProductivity that it is the only application I use to manage all of my projects and actions. It's indispensable to the way I get things done. Many of my staff have the same strong feelings about it,” stated David Allen, Chairman of the David Allen Company and creator of the GTD methodology. “eProductivity is the ultimate GTD implementation tool for Lotus Notes.”

Long-time eProductivity user, David Walczak, CIO, Bayhealth Medical Center, said this: “ICA has created a very valuable solution which has had a very positive impact on my productivity in the following ways:

1. With rare exception, I now go home with zero email in my in-box. I've always been good with taking care of them but zero was an illusive goal.

2. The ‘Today’ view is very powerful. I am able to plow through the meetings and next actions that are in this view. It’s a great feeling to click the 'mark complete' button and watch completed items disappear.

3. I actually now have a feeling of "mind like water" in that I have captured all my stuff and know what all my commitments are at any given point in time.

4. My sense is that eProductivity helps me easily reclaim 15 to 20 minutes per day in processing email and determining next actions.

5. The Weekly Review Coach works very well and keeps me on top of all the stuff I have to do.

The most significant way in which eProductivity has helped me is in keeping track of my commitments to my customers.”

ICA Company president, Eric Mack, says, "We have worked closely with the David Allen Company (DAC) over the past several years to really understand what it would take to fill a market need among Lotus Notes users who embrace the GTD methodology. With over five years of development, testing, and use with clients around the world, eProductivity builds upon the native robustness of the Lotus Notes platform and provides GTD users with an easy to use and manage environment. The current version of eProductivity supports the elements of GTD that have made it such a huge hit in the corporate workspace.”

Scott Peterson, President, Harbor Group | CFO, Interstates Companies, said: "eProductivity allows me to focus on the items that are a priority while not worrying about forgetting items I need to complete later. With almost 100 people using eProductivity on a daily basis over the past 4 ½ years, it has had a strong impact on our company. eProductivity allows me to manage expectations of my clients, ensure I follow-up in a timely manner, and deliver the results I promise. I could not have developed the same level of trust with my clients without it."

ICA will demonstrate eProductivity at the Lotusphere 2009 Product Showcase Pedestal #722.  David Allen will be present on Monday evening to answer questions about how he uses Lotus Notes and eProductivity to get things done.

About ICA.COM, Inc.

ICA ( is a professional consulting organization, based in California, USA. Founded in 1982 by Productivity Specialist and Personal Knowledge Management Expert, Eric Mack. The company provides consulting services and software to help its clients improve their productivity, collaboration and knowledge management capability. ICA is the creator of eProductivity, a GTD implementation solution for Lotus Notes that is both used and recommended by David Allen.

For additional information or to download a free 30-day evaluation, please visit


IBM, Lotus, Notes, Lotusphere, are trademarks of IBM Corporation in the United States, other countries, or both.  "GTD®" and "Getting Things Done®" are Trademarks or registered trademarks of The David Allen Company. ( eProductivity is a trademark of ICA.COM, Inc. (

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David Allen and Eric Mack Present Best Practices Sessions on
Maximizing Personal Productivity at Lotusphere 2009

LOTUSPHERE, ORLANDO, FL, January 15, 2009
– The David Allen Company (DAC) today announced that international best selling author, David Allen and eProductivity Specialist, Eric Mack, will present two sessions at Lotusphere 2009 on January 19 & 20.

Maximizing Personal Productivity with IBM Lotus Notes
BP304: 5:00 PM on January 19, at the Swan Hotel (SW 7-10)

Session Abstract:
People often talk about Lotus Notes being an "organizational" productivity tool; that's the way Lotus Notes is marketed and it's often the way organizations deploy it -- as a top down solution. Seldom do you hear about Lotus Notes being used for "personal" productivity or knowledge management. As a consequence many users see Notes as a "company" tool and not "their" tool. When tools become "personal," productivity increases and when personal productivity increases so does the productivity of the workgroup and the organization. This session will show both expert and novice Notes users how they can use Notes coupled with proven best practices to make them immediately more productive.

Getting Things Done with Lotus Notes
BOF408: 7:00 AM on January 20, at the Swan Hotel (SW Mockingbird 1-2)

Session Abstract:
This community of interest will explore ways to make using Lotus Notes more productive by making it “personal.” When tools become “personal,” productivity increases and when personal productivity increases, so does the productivity of the workgroup and the organization. This interactive discussion will bring together expert and novice Lotus Notes users to share how they are using Notes for personal action and information management.

“Eric Mack's approach to personal knowledge management and David Allen's GTD® methodology are natural companions. Add in Lotus Notes, and you have a great combination that can help individuals be more productive,” said Ed Brill, director Lotus Notes, IBM Lotus. “David and Eric have been long-time advocates for Lotus Notes and I am looking forward to seeing this session at Lotusphere.”  

David Allen will also be signing copies of his new book, "Making It All Work" in the Lotusphere product showcase, immediately following the Monday evening session.

Speaker Information:

About David Allen

David Allen is widely recognized as the world’s leading expert on personal and organizational productivity.  His twenty-five-year pioneering research and coaching to corporate managers and CEOs of some of America’s most prestigious corporations and institutions has earned him Forbes’ recognition as one of the top five executive coaches in the world and Business 2.0 magazine's inclusion in their list of the "50 Who Matter Now."  Fast Company Magazine has also called David “one of the world’s most influential thinkers” in the arena of personal productivity.

David is the international bestselling author of Making It All Work: Winning at the Game of Work and the Business of Life, Getting Things Done: the Art of Stress-Free Productivity, and Ready for Anything: 52 Productivity Principles for Work and Life.  He is also the engineer of GTD, the popular Getting Things Done methodology that has shown millions how to transform a fast-paced, overwhelming, overcommitted life into one that is balanced, integrated, relaxed, and has more successful outcomes.  

For additional information about David Allen and GTD, please visit

About Eric Mack

Eric Mack is the founder and president of ICA.COM, Inc. (ICA), a professional consulting organization, based in California, USA. In 2007, Eric celebrated 25 years in business as an technologist, software developer, public speaker, and productivity consultant.  He has provided expert consulting services to more than 350 corporate and government clients, most notably in the area of information, communication, and action management. An articulate speaker, Eric has also shared his technological insights with more than 10,000 people around the world through his eProductivity coaching and seminars. Eric has been a featured speaker at the Office 2.0 and KMWORLD conferences and was the keynote and featured presenter for the Beyond Planning Conference in Manila, Philippines.

Eric is also the creator of eProductivity™, a GTD® implementation solution for Lotus Notes that is both used and recommended by David Allen.

For additional information about Eric Mack or ICA, please visit


IBM, Lotus, Notes, Lotusphere, are trademarks of IBM Corporation in the United States, other countries, or both.  "GTD®" and "Getting Things Done®" are Trademarks or registered trademarks of The David Allen Company. eProductivity is a trademark of ICA.COM, Inc.

Get your free productivity CD @ Lotusphere

If you are planning to be at Lotusphere, you are in for a treat! Stop by pedestal #722, say hello and hand us your business card. Then, pick up your Lotusphere 2009 resource CD from the Notes on Productivity Blog.

Lotusphere 2009 Resource CD. A gift from Eric Mack and the eProductivity Blog! Visit Pedestal #722 to pick up yours.

This CD contains the presentation slides from my Lotusphere presentation (BP304) with David Allen, a number of GTD Documents from the David Allen Company, two recent podcasts on using Notes productively, (courtesy of Bruce Elgort and Michael Sampson), links to useful resources, and a special gift from eProductivity.

This is my way of saying "Thank you" to the Notes community and for stopping by to say hello!  I look forward to meeting you!

Remember: eProductivity, Pedestal #722 in the Lotusphere Product Showcase. See you soon!

Podcast: Michael Sampson and David Allen

Industry analyst, Michael Sampson, recently interviewed David Allen about his use of  Lotus Notes, and today has published the almost one-hour long  discussion. During the podcast, Michael and David talk about: how David uses Lotus Notes in his company, what he thinks of Notes and the tools he uses, and David's upcoming presentation at Lotusphere.

At the end of the podcast, Michael puts his IT analyst hat on and shares his thoughts about why he thinks Lotus Notes works so well for David Allen and his company.

Here's an opportunity to listen to two very smart (and productive) people talk about Lotus Notes!

Michael Sampson: Interview with David Allen on Lotus Notes

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