IBM InterConnect 2016: Application Modernization Meets the Cloud and Mobile... Where to Start?

February 29 2016

Here is the session that Mark Roden and I gave at IBM InterConnect 2016

CBA-4586: Application Modernization Meets the Cloud and Mobile... Where to Start?

It's 2016. Your application portfolio is being reviewed and scrutinized. Mobile and cloud are more than checkboxes on a list. User expectations are higher than ever. But there are so many options—what do you do? Looking through the lens of IBM Software, we will answer that question by providing a roadmap and experiences to help you choose the best path. We'll deep-dive into the five aspects of Application Modernization: User Experience, Social, Cloud, Mobile, and Modern Workflow. You'll see demos of actual transformations and the impact they have had within organizations. We'll put special attention on IBM Bluemix, SmartCloud, and the MobileFirst Platform. Learn how new functionality in the products will make your journey easier.

Application Modernization meets Cloud and Mobile ... Where to Start? from John Head

Bringing Your Web Apps to IBM Digital Experience

February 3 2016

Here are the session slides for the session I gave with Brad Balassaitis.

For too long, WebSphere portal has been seen as the realm of the back end developer with specialized Java skills. This has been a barrier to entry to the IBM Domino community. IBM has transformed the product to the IBM Digital Experience platform – and it’s not just a name change! With the inclusion of the Script Portlet & IBM Portal on Cloud option, it’s time to look again. We will show you how to integrate your XPages applications, Bluemix and even Microsoft SharePoint. We will show content re-purpose without migration. If you are looking for a single point of integration for all your apps, this session is for you!


Bringing Your Web Apps to IBM Digital Experience from John Head

What the App? : A Modernization Strategy for Your Business Applications

February 3 2016

Here are the session slides for the session I gave with Mat Newman at IBM Connect 2016.

It's 2016 – your application portfolio is being reviewed and scrutinized. Email and application platforms are being separated. Users' expectations of their work experiences are higher than ever. But you're invested in your Notes & Domino applications – what do you do? Looking through the lens of IBM ESS solutions, we will answer that question by providing a roadmap and experiences to help you choose the best path. We will deep dive into the five aspects of Application Modernization: User Experience, Social, Cloud, Mobile, & Modern Workflow. See demos of actual application transformations and the impact they have within an organization. Learn how new functionality in the products will make your journey easier.


What the App? : A Modernization Strategy for Your Business Applications from John Head

Welcome to 2016

January 1 2016

2015 is behind us, and today starts a blank year. For me, it really is about resetting to zero. My quota that is. In some ways, its scary. In other ways, it's exhilarating. Can I match last years success? surpass it? What new challenges will come this year? All great questions. One thing I have learned doing sales for five years is that half of the business I will close this year I don't even know about. That is an exciting prospect. Here is to 2016 and setting a new year best record, again.

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December 18 2015

15 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.

John Speaks 2016 - IBM InterConnect

December 4 2015

I am excited to announce that I will be speaking at IBM InterConnect 2016 - for the first time - next February in Las Vegas. I will share the stage with my coworker Mark Roden for the first time - talking all things Application Modernization. The twist - this is about cloud, PaaS, and so much more.

CBA-4586: Application Modernization Meets the Cloud and Mobile... Where to Start?

It's 2016. Your application portfolio is being reviewed and scrutinized. Mobile and cloud are more than checkboxes on a list. User expectations are higher than ever. But there are so many options—what do you do? Looking through the lens of IBM Software, we will answer that question by providing a roadmap and experiences to help you choose the best path. We'll deep-dive into the five aspects of Application Modernization: User Experience, Social, Cloud, Mobile, and Modern Workflow. You'll see demos of actual transformations and the impact they have had within organizations. We'll put special attention on IBM Bluemix, SmartCloud, and the MobileFirst Platform. Learn how new functionality in the products will make your journey easier.

PSC sessions at IBM Connect 2016

December 3 2015

Besides the two sessions I talked about yesterday, PSC Group will be well represented at IBM Connect 2016.

First, we have Kathy Brown, speaking with bacon lover Julian Robichaux:

1387: Outside The Box: Integrating with Non-Domino Apps using XPages and Java

Users don’t care where their data lives. They just want to get their work done quickly and efficiently. They would prefer to do their work without opening three different applications and five different browser tabs. That means your applications need to share data and work well with other applications. So what can you do? Use XPages and Java, of course! Kathy and Julian will give you integration tips and examples of connecting your XPages apps to both IBM and non-IBM technologies. Walk away with a head full of knowledge and a sample database full of working code. NOTE: this session is geared towards XPages and Java developers, beginners welcome!

Second, we have Brad Balassaitis speaking with Paul Calhoun:

1207: The Grid, the Brad, and The Ugly: Using Grids to Improve Your Applications

Do you want better features, better performance, and a better UI in your XPages applications? Then display your data in grids instead of built-in controls. In this session, Paul and Brad will demonstrate why grids are a significant improvement in general and cover why one size does not fit all. They will review the features of commonly-used JavaScript grid frameworks (including Dojo, jQuery, Kendo UI, and Sencha) in order to help you determine which is the best fit for your applications.

Hope to see everyone in one of the four sessions PSC Group is giving at IBM Connect 2016 - and keep your eyes open for more announcements from us!

John Speaks 2016 - IBM Connect

December 2 2015

IBM Connect is back for 2016 and I am honored to be doing two sessions at the conference.

First, you can see myself and the one and only Mat Newman talk about Application Modernization:

1363: What the App? : A Modernization Strategy for Your Business Applications

It's 2016 – your application portfolio is being reviewed and scrutinized. Email and application platforms are being separated. Users' expectations of their work experiences are higher than ever. But you're invested in your Notes & Domino applications – what do you do? Looking through the lens of IBM ESS solutions, we will answer that question by providing a roadmap and experiences to help you choose the best path. We will deep dive into the five aspects of Application Modernization: User Experience, Social, Cloud, Mobile, & Modern Workflow. See demos of actual application transformations and the impact they have within an organization. Learn how new functionality in the products will make your journey easier.

my second session is with my awesome coworker Brad Balassaitis as we give an updated version of a session given at the IBM Digital Experience 2015 US conference on extending Websphere Portal to Bluemix and even Microsoft SharePoint:

1539: Bringing your web apps to IBM Digital Experience

For too long, WebSphere portal has been seen as the realm of the back end developer with specialized Java skills. This has been a barrier to entry to the IBM Domino community. IBM has transformed the product to the IBM Digital Experience platform – and it’s not just a name change! With the inclusion of the Script Portlet & IBM Portal on Cloud option, it’s time to look again. We will show you how to integrate your XPages applications, Bluemix and even Microsoft SharePoint. We will show content re-purpose without migration. If you are looking for a single point of integration for all your apps, this session is for you!

Looking forward to seeing everyone in Orlando!

Congratulations to the PSC IBM Champions!

December 1 2015

As much as I was honored to be named a 2016 IBM Champion, I am even more excited for my co-workers. Kathy Brown, Mark Roden,and Brad Balassaitis were again named IBM Champion, and Shean McManus and Toby Samples were named first time Champions! Congratulations to all of them. Super excited to have 6 IBM Champions working on the same team for 2016!

Honored to be named an IBM Champion for 2016

November 30 2015

Last week, IBM announced the 2016 IBM Champions for Social Business / Collaboration. This is my 5th time being named IBM Champion and it never gets old. Thanks to those who nominated me and I look forward to representing the brand for the next year.

IBM Insight Interview

November 1 2015

I was lucky enough to be part of the Social VIP Program at IBM Insight last week. Nick DiMeo and I chatted on IBMGO and talked about the conference, Application Modernization, and IBM Champions. Check it out here:

MWLUG 2015 - The Cloud and You - the ’as a service’ disruption you can’t ignore

August 26 2015

Here are my slides from last week's MWLUG 2015 event. My first session solely focused on the cloud space, with an IBM slant of course. And it's not every day you get to include Metallica in a technical presentation!

The Cloud and You - the 'as a service' disruption you can't ignore from John Head

PSC Group turns 25 TODAY!

August 21 2015

Image:PSC Group turns 25 TODAY!

25 years ago today, Andrew Lauter and Bruce Bellak started PSC. And here we are. I am proud to have been around for the past 14.5 years - and looking forward to what is to come. Congratulations to all of my coworkers, current and past!

PSC Group at MWLUG 2015

July 28 2015

PSC is excited to be a Gold Sponsor at MWLUG 2015 in Atlanta August 19th throught 21st. MWLUG is the only user group in North America for 2015 - and the session list and speakers are out of this world. PSC is excited to be delivering 5 sessions. Come see us speak and say hi!

Sessions:

IBM Bluemix: Expand Your Horizons
As a developer, you always need to add new tools to your developer tool belt.  Bluemix gives you many options to take what you already know and build upon it, allowing you to continuously reinvent yourself and your apps. Whether you are an XPages developer looking to leverage new technologies like Watson or Docker, or you want to start exploring new languages and frameworks like the MEAN stack, Bluemix has something to offer you.  Using the powerful deployment models and integration services in Bluemix, it is also easy to build solutions that combine the new with the old making it easy to build upon the work you have already done.  Expand your horizons, improve yourself and join us for a whirlwind tour of what Bluemix has to offer you!

Thursday, August 20th 2015 : Cabinet/Caucus Room : 3:30 PM

Ryan Baxter
Developer Advocate
IBM

Marky Roden
Senior Solutions Architect
PSC Group

WebSockets - "Pushing" the web forward
Since it's inception XHR has been an asynchronous process of browsers requesting data from servers and waiting for a response. The constant polling to ask "Has something changed?", "No". "Has something changed?", "No" is such a waste! WebSockets changes the paradigm and allows the server to "push" information to the browser, as an when it needs to. This reduces network traffic, allows multiple users to get notified at the same time, speeds up applications, makes developers happy and makes users happy. In this presentation Mark will introduce the concepts of WebSockets as a modern web technology, demonstrate how it works and provide numerous examples. Come and see how WebSockets will change your perception on how applications will work in the future.

Friday, August 21st 2015 : Committee Room : 9 AM

Mark Roden
Senior Solutions Architect
PSC Group LLC

The Cloud and You - the 'as a service' disruption you can't ignore
In any discussion about cloud, there are lots of buzzwords being thrown out by analysts and vendors. "Digital Transformation", "Democratization of IT", "Citizen Developer", and many more. Add in the 'as a Service" explosion and it is hard to make heads and tails over what will add value to your business. This session will cut through the hype and help bring a reality check to how the Cloud can help you. This session is for everyone: Administrator, Developer, IT Executive, or Business User. Plan on leaving with a deeper understanding and ideas of where you can take advantage.

Friday, August 21st 2015 : Cabinet/Caucus Room : 9 AM

John Head
Director
PSC Group, LLC

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 Paul and Brad to learn about at 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.

Friday, August 21st 2015 : Cabinet/Caucus Room : 11:30 AM

Brad Balassaitis
Sr. Consultant
PSC Group

Paul Calhoun
NetNotes Solutions Unlimited

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.

Friday, August 21st 2015 : Cabinet/Caucus Room : 3 PM

Kathy Brown
Senior Consultant
PSC Group LLC

Julian Robichaux
Senior Software Developer
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SocialbizUG.org 5 Questions with me - DevOps, PSC, Star Wars and more

July 27 2015

I was interviewed by Stephen Gainer for the Member of the Month over at SocialBizUG.org. Have a listen!