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.
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!
|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|
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 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."
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 platformDecember 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.
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!
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.
Speaker Panel Discussion
The Chicago SharePoint User Group (CSPUG) is excited to announce we have once again teamed with SharePoint Fest to host a moderated Panel Discussion at SharePoint Fest Chicago.
The panel of speakers bring an abundance of insights and thoughts about the future of SharePoint, its capabilities, and resolutions to challenging issues. Hear about SharePoint Online, the state of the App Model, best practices, and adoption solutions. Bring your questions and get answers.
Well-known author and MVP Dan Holme will moderate the panel which will include:
· Tamara Bredemus
· Brian Culver
· John Head
· Sarah Haase
· Wes Preston
· Mike Fitzmaurice
Monday, December 8
6 PM - 7:30 PM
McCormick Place West
2301 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60616
TO REGISTER: Register Here
Hard to believe that Lotus Notes was officially released 25 years ago today. Now, we can trace the birth of Lotus Notes back to University of Illinois Champaign/Urbana (Go Illini), but as far as the official product - today is that day. Hard to believe the product is 25 years old and still around. Most of those 1.0 applications still work in the current 9.0.1 product - which is just another testament to what an amazing product Notes is.
Thanks for the career Lotus Notes. Thanks for friends and coworkers and much more.
So I was remiss on blogging about the death of Lotus SmartSuite, but I am basically here because of it. I need to give it some proper due.
Back in 1993, I picked up my first copy of Lotus Ami Pro 3.0 and my technical career started. I then moved on to Lotus SmartSuite, Word Pro, and the other apps. I became the go to person for intergration of SmartSuite with other products. I got to speak at Lotusphere - and Lotus Europe in Berlin. It led me into working with Notes, integration, and so much more. It took me from Artron to Boom Vang. Synergistics hired me because of the mail merge work I did. PSC hired me mostly because of my Notes work, but we did plenty of SmartSuite. I was proud to host the SmartSuite developers website, write magazine articles, and be quoted in the press.
So it's death is sad. I will miss the best macro langugage in any app ever (hello Ami Pro). The amazing divisions and subdivisions in Word Pro. The flaming trash can in Organizer. The vastly overlooked Fast Site. And the power of the Lotus SmartSuite toolbar and drawers that no one ever figured about.
Here are a few photos of things I still have around that highlight my fondness of Lotus SmartSuite. I just can't let go of the memories :-)
My 'Lotus Team' certificate from 1995 - back from the Compuserve days ...
Interactive Week article about Lotus FastSite in which I was quoted, from April 6th, 1998
"Developing SmartSuite Applications using LotusScript" manual from IBM which has a bunch of my code.
The results are in. You can access them at this page: http://www.psclistens.com/ibm-survey-results.aspx
The results are interesting and can be interpreted in many ways. I will save some personal thoughts on it until people can consume the information,
Thanks to everyone who contributed!
As of 10 am today, I am officially no longer part of the OpenNTF.org elected Board of Directors. It’s the first time since the rebirth of OpenNTF.org in 2009 and elected officers that I am no longer participating. I made the decision a year ago to retire and it was the right call. I will miss OpenNTF.org and working with it actively, but I knew it was time to do something new. I have been really active with STEM in Chicago and a non-profit called Lumity, and I have to pick where I spend my time.
OpenNTF.org is a passion for me. Something I truly believed in and was always happy to provide time for. I remember vividly when Bruce asked me for PSC to host the OpenNTF.org server. Mark Roden sits next to it every day in Schaumburg – I find it fitting that one of the leaders of the new Modern application movement in the ICS community sits next to one of the catalysts of that community from 2002. There is a lot of history with OpenNTF.org. Watching Bruce and Nathan stir the pot. People coming and going. Successful projects. The rebirth/relaunch lead by Brent Peters in 2009. Being the figurehead and leader for the licensing effort & drama. Watching Nathan leave, and come back. And last year, seeing Bruce move on. It pleases me greatly that I was a small part of something bigger than any one person. OpenNTF.org will continue in some form long after I leave – or anyone else.
OpenNTF.org plays a significant story in my career. I am incredibility lucky to have been involved in such a movement, organization, and mostly importantly – with the people. Thanks to everyone involved, especially Bruce, Nathan, Niklas and Vince. Good luck to the new board.
I am very excited to announce that I will be speaking at SharePoint Fest Chicago 2014 on December 8 - 10, 2014 at McCormick Place Convention Center West. This is not a user group, but a paid conference.
DEV 201 - Beyond Responsive Design – Turning SharePoint into a mobile and modern web application platform
John Head and Chris Johnson - PSC Group
When you think about building modern and mobile applications with SharePoint, most people think about responsive design. But that is just the tip of the iceberg. In a word of MEAN and Twitter Bootstrap, mobile and modern web development means something much more. This session will cover the larger strategy around a mobile and modern web application platform and how to achieve that with SharePoint as the platform. We will then show you how we implemented this strategy on top of SharePoint 2013 and the outcome.
From the high level executive strategy to the implementation details, you will walk away from this session with the knowledge and excitement on how to not just make SharePoint responsive, but how to put it into the center of your modern web development and mobile application strategy.
PSC is one of four title sponsors for the event. We have 4 sessions (1 workshop and 3 regular sessions) and I am proud to be speaking with my coworkers and many of the best speakers in the SharePoint world. The session will cover PSC's thought leadership around SharePoint mobile and a real-world application that showcases Twitter Bootstrap added to SharePoint - with custom theme support. Will be a great session and hope to see many of you there!
So those of you that follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram know this - but last week, I was lucky enough to attend ProgPower 2014 in Atlanta. I made the first ProgPower 15 years ago here in Chicago, but this year's line-up really was a no brainer for me.
So we all have our own musical tastes. Mine have shifted in the past 15 years or so. I used to really love the power metal style - think Helloween, Stratovarius, etc. along with progressive - my readers know how much of a Dream Theater fan I am. The past few years have seen me drift from power to metalcore and technical metal/djent. Think Killswitch Engage, Periphery, and the likes. But when I saw the line-up for ProgPower 2014, I had to attend. Here was the line-up:
Country of Origin
|Seventh Wonder (playing Mercy Falls in its entirety)||Sweden|
|Stratovarius (playing Visions in its entirety)||Finland|
|Pain of Salvation (playing Remedy Lane in its entirety)||Sweden|
|Jon Oliva's Pain (playing Savatage's Streets: A Rock Opera in its entirety)||USA|
Country of Origin
|Pagan's Mind (playing Celestial Entrance in its entirety)||Norway|
Country of Origin
|Pain of Salvation||Sweden|
On my bucket list, both seeing Remedy Lane and Streets was on there. Plus Visions - my favorite Stratovarius album - and Mercy Falls. No way I was missing this. Need, Orden Ogan, Leprous, Withem, Divided Multitude, Masterplan, Pagan's Mind, Draekon, DGM, and Vangough were all first time live for me. They all put on great shows. I wasn't a big fan of Voodoo Circle - too Deep Purple/Whitesnake for me. Overkill kicked ass as they always do (I think this was my 8th time seeing them) and Pain of Salvation was incredible twice.
Due to Kickstarter, I got to go bowling with the guys from Vangough - who are from OK. Nice guys and great musicians. That was a fun afternoon.
I went down by myself, having lucked out getting tickets from a gentleman who had an extra to sell - as the event sold out in the first 30 days! And what an event it was. Besides the music, which was incredible, I can't tell you how incredible this event is put on. It felt like a user group meeting that so many of you reading this understand. A core group of people who go every year. They go early and hang out. That 'going early and hanging out' has extended the event from two days to four. The bands hang out with the fans - not just at official signing's, but at the bar, at the hotel courtyard, and just in general. People were friendly, helpful, and just there to have fun. It's almost as if the event is a backdrop to a group of friends who enjoy spending time together. Sounds familiar. Now - unlike one of the user groups, this event attracts a large number of people and has logistics to run. And the core team, led by promotor Glenn Harveston, do an incredible job. It was weird being at an event like this and being the newbie and on the outside. Put me in an IBM event and I know most of the people - and they know me. But here, I watched others hug and give gifts. It was a bit refreshing. I got to watch it from the other viewpoint. It made me really cherish what we have in the IBM space as a community.
If you are into this music, you need to get to ProgPowerUSA once. ProgPower 2015 looks like a great event - which I will probably not attend. It has nothing to do with the event at all. I highly recommend and endorse it. But it's a big power heavy for this prog guy. We shall see - maybe I will go. But if you like any of these bands - some of which only play the USA at ProgPowerUSA. Go. Seriously.