John Speaks 2015: SP BIZ Conference - A real world view of Application Modernization in the SharePoint world

May 8 2015

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This June I will be one of the speakers for the free virtual conference SPBiz Conference, covering all things SharePoint on June 17th & 18th 2015. A solo session for me, but also speaking at the event is just named MVP Michael Blumenthal.

A real world view of Application Modernization in the SharePoint world

Application Modernization is a hot buzzword in the IT world today. For many, it means the migration of old application to new platforms and technology. At PSC, it means much more. Application Modernization is about taking modern consumer technology influences – User Experience, Modern Workflow, Mobile, Social and Cloud, and applying it to the enterprise space. This session will look at those five disruptive technologies and apply them to Microsoft SharePoint and Office 365. Real world customer examples will highlight how each disruption can have a positive impact inside your organization and recommendations on how to apply Application Modernization.

Why is this topic of interest to the attendees?
Attendees will leave the session with a great understanding of a methodology and deliverables and tasks on taking SharePoint from a document library to a modern web application platform. This session is designed to demonstrate the art of the possible with tangible actions to get there. Examples of customers who applied Application Modernization to their SharePoint implementations will be highlighted. This session is about excitement and idea generation.

Features Covered:
This session covers SharePoint implementations in whole and user interface items such as Master Pages and theming. It will also cover SharePoint on-premises vs. SharePoint Online/Cloud features and implementation.

Session Objectives
In this session, you will learn...

  1. how to view SP as a modern web application platform
  2. why Application Modernization is a methodology you should be applying internally
  3. how future SharePoint on-premises and SharePoint Online releases will change your application development strategy
  4. Applying Bootstrap themeing to SP can change the entire user experience
  5. Why responsive design is the most important design pattern
  6. other companies have taken an evolutionary step in user experiences

Audience Level:
Intermediate

Target Audience:
Developers, Project Managers, CxO's, IT Pro's, Business Analysts, Executives

Support STEM career readiness and maybe win a car!

May 7 2015

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STEM career readiness and connecting non-profit to vital resources. As a board member of Lumity, Chicago's premier not-for-profit in helping make STEM reality, our work takes lots of people and resources. In our effort to fund this work, we are holding a raffle. There is a chance to win a 2015 Lexus NX 200t F Sport (or $40,000) and help Lumity drive the future of STEM. Only 1,499 tickets will be available!

If you purchase your ticket before May 22nd, you will also be entered into an Early Bird drawing for $1,000. Lumity will hold the Grand Prize raffle drawing on Saturday, June 20th. Please see the official rules for more details. Thank you to our sponsor McGrath Lexus of Chicago!

Click here to support Lumity and possibly win! Thank you for supporting this effort.

John Speaks 2015: IBM Digital Experience - Application Modernization in the Digital Experience World

May 6 2015

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Super excited to announce that I will speaking at IBM Digital Experience 2015 in Atlanta, GA on June 1st through 4th, 2015. I will be speaking with PSC's resident Java guru Toby Samples. Our session:

APPLICATION MODERNIZATION IN THE DIGITAL EXPERIENCE WORLD

Application Modernization is the hottest buzzword in the IT world today. For many, it means the migration and transformation of an old application to a modern platform and emerging technologies. With Digital Experience solutions, means much more. Application Modernization is about taking what consumers expect from cutting edge mobile experiences, websites and applications – Slick User Experience, Modern Workflow, Mobile Support, Social and Cloud, and applying it to the enterprise space. This session will look at these five areas and apply them to WebSphere Portal and the IBM Digital Experience solutions. Examples will highlight how and why focusing each of these areas can have a positive impact and upside inside your organization and recommendations on how to apply Application Modernization. (Level: introductory)

PSC launches IBM Verse Kickstart

May 6 2015

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I am excited to announce that PSC Group has launched our own IBM Verse Kickstart. The press release:

PSC Group Introduces Kickstart Program for IBM Verse
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
PSC Group, LLC - technology and business consulting firm - announced today their selection as implementation experts for IBM Verse. PSC is well known as one of IBM’s top consulting partners and currently employs 4 IBM Champions, more than any other organization. PSC’s Verse Kickstart program has been developed to support the latest advancement in cloud services from IBM. IBM Verse stems from the company’s $100 million investment in design innovation and brings together its leading cloud, analytics, social and security platforms to transform the future of work.
"By deploying PSC’s Verse Kickstart program, we will be able to support organizations licensing initiatives, build their plans around the move to Connections Cloud, and make recommendations on application modernization efforts around IBM Domino, XPages, Digital Experience and Bluemix." said John Head, Director of Business Development in PSC’s Collaboration sector, "We have worked hard to be considered such an essential part of IBM's vision to usher in the next generation of collaboration tools." More details are available athttp://verse.psclistens.com
IBM Verse takes a vastly different approach to enterprise email by integrating the many ways employees connect each day – via email, meetings, calendars, file sharing, instant messaging, social updates, video chats and more – through a single collaboration environment. It is the first messaging system to feature 'faceted search,' which enables users to pinpoint and retrieve specific information they're seeking across all the various types of content within their email.
PSC has created a Kickstart program that will help clients interested in IBM Verse get everything they need in place for successful proof of concept and implementation projects. PSC’s IBM Verse Kickstart program will enable a cost effective and timely setup on Verse for any client.
As a certified IBM Connections Cloud Migration Partner, PSC will help with the setup and configuration, email move, and user configuration. They are ready to help with a mixed environment / hybrid deployment – with some users using IBM Verse in the cloud and mobile, and others using their existing email.
ABOUT PSC GROUP, LLC 
With offices in downtown Chicago, Schaumburg, IL and Overland Park, KS, PSC Group is a professional services and information technology consulting firm that understands technology is fundamental in the development of business solutions. Success is collaboration, creation and innovation. It’s about helping businesses take what they do best and doing it even better. When it comes to the evolution of technology and how it can help make companies successful, PSC is there every step of the way.
It all starts with listening, and that’s one of the things we do best. We then utilize our team of talented, experienced professionals with proven and emergent technology to design, deliver, and service solutions that meet specific and unique business needs. We turn IT into an effective, strategic resource that improves efficiencies and work streams, delivers a measurable return on investment, and helps companies grow. 


We have also launched a microsite for the Kickstart and an electronic brochure. You can find the announcement on PRWeb as well.

John Speaks 2015: Intuit Quickbase Empower - Finish strong – Successfully Rolling Out Your Killer App

May 4 2015

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I am super excited about PSC's participation at Intuit QuickBase Empower 2015 - the first conference around the QuickBase product, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago May 26th through 28th, 2015. PSC is one of the Gold Sponsors, with a booth in the product showcase. You can also find out more about our involved with Quickbase when I present with my coworker Ken Lamey on Thursday, May 28th at 9 AM. Our session details:

Finish strong – Successfully Rolling Out Your Killer App


You have built that killer application that perfectly meets the demands of your business users. Now what? Now is the time to finish strong and plan for a successful rollout. In this session, the PSC team will equip you with information and guidance to successfully roll out your application for maximum benefit. You'll walk away with the skills to develop a strong communication plan, improve user adoption, gather user feedback, train users, and track their usage throughout the rollout.


You can read more about our session on the Intuit Quickbase blog here.

Hope to see you are Empower 2015!

Support STEM in Chicago and you could win a Lexus!

May 1 2015

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Readers of my blog know that I am a Lumity board member and strongly believe in our efforts to make Chicagoland a better place to work and live by providing access to STEM career readiness and connecting non-profit to vital resources. In our effort to fund this work, we are holding a raffle. There is a chance to win a 2015 Lexus NX 200t F Sport (or $40,000) and help Lumity drive the future of STEM. Only 1,499 tickets will be available!

If you purchase your ticket before May 22nd, you will also be entered into an Early Bird drawing for $1,000. Lumity will hold the Grand Prize raffle drawing on Saturday, June 20th. Please see the official rules for more details. Thank you to our sponsor McGrath Lexus of Chicago!

Click here to support Lumity and possibly win! Thank you for supporting this effort.

Why IBM XPages developers should care about IBM Bluemix - from the business/sales point of view

March 4 2015

There has been a bunch of chatter about IBM Bluemix and why it should be a consideration as a platform for any current Notes & Domino and XPages customers. Most of those are focused on the technology side - such as Mark's posts and Notesin9 - or about the upcoming support for Domino & XPages that IBM discussed at IBM ConnectED. All of that is very cool stuff.

What excites me most is what it means in terms of building applications and getting customers excited. The sales process for Bluemix is very new and I am still finding ways to talk about it with customers. For me, having an application development platform is not a selling point. Being able to produce great applications that solve problems with new deployment options is a selling point. So my partner-in-crime Andrew Barickman put together a demo that I believe really will help me in my sales conversations.

Below is one of our XPages demonstration applications called Pursuit Tracker

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Here is Pursuit Tracker running on Bluemix

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Besides the data - looks the same right? Well they are not. It's the same theme and UI, but one is using XPages and Angular.js and the Bluemix one is built with the full MEAN stack. Let's me show you

XPages Version About Page

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and in Bluemix

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Still more proof

XPages

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Bluemix

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Yes, these are two separate apps. Andrew rewrote code from the XPages app to build this on Bluemix. Part of the reason for doing this was to see how Node.js, Express and MongoDB would perform using the same logic as and XPages app head to head. But the Angular UI and code was brought over 100% with a few minor changes. This highlights how XPages can be a runway for application modernization without ditching 100% of the code and data. And hopefully, once IBM gets Domino & XPages support on Bluemix, even more of the components will be able to be brought over without changes. And once on Bluemix, these apps can take advantage of the many services there - such as IBM Watson, Twitter, and much more.

I hope Andrew gives a bit more background on the technical effort and what he learned on this effort (he did - read it here), but for me, this is a great beginning to the story of how IBM Bluemix can fit into a customer's application platform story. For customers who want to keep building with XPages, Bluemix will add exciting options. For those that are looking for options outside of XPages, Bluemix is a great target. I am looking forward to highlighting Bluemix with our customers from today forward.

IBM Whitepaper- Notes and Domino Applications: A road map for modernization using XPages

January 22 2015

As a follow-up to the "Collaborative and business applications for the connected company" white paper I posted earlier this month, IBM has published a follow-up white paper that focuses specifically on application modernization with Notes and Domino applications to XPages. John Roling and I teamed up on this to cover application modernization methodology and a customer story that highlights the power of XPages. You can download it here.

Where to find PSC Group at IBM ConnectED 2015

January 22 2015

PSC at IBM ConnectED 2015

PSC will be presenting the following sessions at IBM ConnectED 2015 – we hope to see you at one of them!

Speaker Title Abstract Date/Time Location
Mark Roden BTE102: The Future of Web Development - Write Once, Run Everywhere with AngularJS and Domino AngularJS is currently the most popular JavaScript MVC framework. It's driving more adoption and interest in the MVC/ REST API application architecture model. The ease of use, portability and re-usability of the code makes it an ideal solution for modern web developer needs. We'll show you how to use AngularJS to modernize your existing Domino apps, while leveraging Domino's best features. The speakers will also demonstrate how the power of architecting a solution based on AngularJS allows your Domino application to be made available through other platform interfaces. Taking "Write once, run everywhere” in the literal sense, you will see the same Angular/ Domino based app running natively in XPages, IBM Connections, Bluemix, IBM Worklight and more. Client-side JavaScript frameworks such as AngularJS are the future of web development - come and see it in action. Mark Leusink will co-present this session. Mon, 26-Jan, 03:45 PM - 04:45 PM Swan-Toucan 1-2
Mark Roden Speedgeeking It all started here years ago, and it’s a condensed, immersive and rowdy approach to hearing from some of the best and brightest and a wildly popular approach to learning about the tips, techniques and (sometimes crazy) ideas that they have been working on. Participants will migrate as a group around the room from one 5-minute demo station to the next, while stopwatches, buzzers and a loud-mouthed emcee keeps things fast-paced and on track Mon, 26-Jan, 06:15 PM - 07:15 PM Swan Osprey 1-2
Brad Balassaitis BP105: Take Your XPages Development to the Next Level Are you ready to take your XPages development to the next level? If you know the basics, then you're ready to dig deeper and find great features that are built into XPages, but aren't as well known. Join us to learn about a wide range of techniques that can help you improve application performance, take control of the HTML output, enhance your use of event handlers, and much more. This session will be co-presented by Paul Calhoun. Tue, 27-Jan, 08:00 AM - 09:00 AM Swan-Toucan 1-2
Kathy Brown BP107: Ten Lines Or Less: Interesting Things You Can Do In Java With Minimal Code Don't be afraid of Java! Many IBM Notes/Domino developers, both new and seasoned have an irrational fear of learning and using Java because it seems overwhelming. We'll help you over this stumbling block with several short, understandable, and useful examples of Java that you can learn from. All of the examples will be ten lines of code or less, making them approachable and easy to understand. And we will show you how to integrate the Java code with an XPages application so you can get started right away. Julian Robichaux will be co-presenting this session. Mon, 26-Jan, 02:15 PM - 03:15 PM Swan 7-10
Kathy Brown NERD101: Nerd Girls Spark Ideas - Meeting Challenges Spark Ideas is back for the 4th year bringing you 5 min talks that are sometimes funny, sometimes heartbreaking and often uplifting. In this year's "Sparks" session we are talking about choosing to challenge ourselves to succeed (or fail) at something unexpected. Often we are inspired by people or events to overcome what intimidates us or push further than what we think we can achieve. In this session we will have people sharing what or who inspired them and how that changed their lives. Join us to hear and support those sharing their stories, and maybe share yours too -you won't regret it. Join Gabriella Davis, Kathy Brown and many others for this exciting session! Tue, 27-Jan, 02:30 PM - 03:30 PM Swan 3-4
Andrew Barickman CHALK404: Tips from the Trenches - Real World Application Modernization Today's business applications often struggle to keep up with constantly changing and evolving processes. Legacy business applications often fall behind the applications we are used to using at home and in our personal lives. With the increasing speed at which web technology changes, modernizing applications is a harder problem to conquer than ever before. We'll discuss how to approach this difficult problem. He will provide best practices and tips based on real world experience. Topics covered with include: critical success factors, compelling user experiences, freeing your application data and developing with future flexibility in mind. Wed, 28-Jan, 07:15 AM - 08:15 AM Dolphin S Hemisphere I

Win a week of consulting from a PSCGroup IBM Champion!

January 20 2015

PSC is proud to have five people selected as IBM ICS Champions for 2015. This is the second year in a row that PSC has the most ICS Champions of any organization worldwide. In celebration of this achievement, PSC is offering the opportunity to win a free week of consulting, including travel costs, from one of our IBM Champions. More information and nomination form can be found at https://contest.psclistens.com

Congratulations to the team - Kathy, Brad, Mark, and Andrew!

I co-authored an IBM Whitepaper - Collaborative and business applications for the connected company

January 5 2015

I co-authored an IBM Whitepaper titled "Collaborative and business applications for the connected company" and it is available for download today.

Here is the description:

This paper outlines the continued application development value of refreshed platforms like IBM Domino and IBM XPages technology, while also looking at how they take advantage of newer innovations, including: IBM Worklight Platform, IBM Connections and its open APIs, cloud innovations and more.


It's a good overview on the application development options in the IBM collaboration software stack. I wrote it with a few great IBM Authors that are not named (but you know them). It's the first of two whitepapers. This one is more general. The second one, coming later this month, will cover application modernization at a deeper level. It will also include a detailed customer vision from one of my good friends and colleges - John Roling. More on that in a few weeks.

I am also proud that IBM agreed to dedicate this whitepaper to Tim Tripcony. I thought it was important that we honor Tim's memory properly. The dedication is as follows:

"This whitepaper is dedicated to Tim Tripcony, without whom the XPages community would not be what it is today."

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December 18 2014

14 years and counting at PSC Group, LLC - hard to imagine that a third of my life has been spent working for the same company. Looking forward to many more.

DEV 201 - Beyond Responsive Design: Turning SharePoint into a mobile and modern web application platform

December 10 2014

I was honored to speak with Chris Johnson of PSC Group, LLC on mobile strategy, modern web application development platforms, Microsoft Sharepoint and responsive design at SharePointFest Chicago 2014 this week.

Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Lotus Notes - Ray Ozzie’s Tweets in Slide Format

December 7 2014

It's been talked about before, but Ray Ozzie's tweets share a great a story about Lotus Notes and it's 25th anniversary. I know Mat did a blog post, but I thought a slide format would be best to read them. Feel free to share, use, download, etc.

Happy Birthday Lotus Notes - again!

2015 IBM Champions

December 4 2014

IBM has announced the IBM Champions for the ICS brand for 2015. I am honored to be selected again, my fifth year, as a recognition for all the evangelism I do for the IBM products.

More importantly, I am again so proud to be one of 5 at PSC Group, the only company with five IBM Champions in the world for the second year in a row. Congrats to Kathy, Mark, Brad, and Andrew.