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PSC Group @ MWLUG 2014

August 19 2014

MWLUG 2014 is less than two weeks away! Are you attending? PSC Group will be there two. First, you can meet us in the vendor showcase. We will be talking about our services and solutions and will be all ready to talk about how we can help you. We also have 4 sessions given by PSC Group team members. Don't fall asleep using Relational Databases: Using Hibernate with XPages Toby Samples Friday, August 29th, 2014 at 11:30 AM - Gerald Ford room Domino is THE all-purpose Application Server that fits all of your needs even if those needs involve relational databases. Hibernate is an object-relational mapping library for Java and can be used with XPages. The framework can help you easily combine the relational databases that you have with the secure, flexible environment you already know and love. In this session I will demonstrate that with a little setup Hibernate allows you to treat records in a relational database in a similar manner as Domino documents in a Domino Database. You wi

IBM Digital Experience 2014 Conference - General Session Thoughts

July 23 2014

I am at the IBM Digital Experience conference for the first time. Of course, that leads me to doing the compare and contrast with the other major IBM event I have attended, IBM Connect/Lotusphere. About 700 people here, and 85% of the sessions are technical. And from what I have seen, there is a great community of partners and customers here. I have spent most of my time in the business / customer story sessions. All of them have been pretty good. One item I wanted to really highlight was the Opening General Session. The contrast is so huge. First, there is no teleprompter. No script being read. I am sure there was an overall script, and lots of practice. But I never once felt like I was being spoon fed. Gary Dolsen, the new Vice President for IBM Digital Experience, who just took over for the retiring Larry Bowden, set the tone perfectly. It was rehearsed but not memorized. Gary knocked it out of the park. Next up was Doug Gieger to talk about the products specifically and a few

The IBM Mail Next Webinar - Thoughts and Questions

April 23 2014

IBM has the first public webinar around IBM Mail Next since unveiling it at IBM Connect this past January. I thought I would highlight a few thoughts and questions I have. (before I go on, IBM did say this was a point in time and nothing was set in stone and everything was subject to change. So keep that in mind as you continue reading please) The webinar was mostly high level about the process, but we did see two specific 'demos' (more on that later) around the calendar timeline and faceted search. First, I think the design concepts shown by Scott detailed that IBM is trying to do more than build a new web email client. There is real innovation being attempted. I see that innovation in the flat list of attachments and links from the search results. I loved that. I want that right now. We also got an updated detailed architecture slide: This slides confirms that IBM Mail Next is being targeted at web / cloud deployments first. Yes, you can see Domino in there - prominently. But

Selling XPages - what matters?

April 4 2014

The XPages community has had an active two weeks of discussions, kicked off by my coworker Mark Roden's post Why learning JavaScript is more critical to XPage developers than Java. This inspired many comments and other posts and videos. The best of those were: Tim Tripcony - "Do I Need to Learn Java?": a brief conversation with a composite character Mark Roden - When the community comes together we get the right answer Steven Wissel - Learning a new language or platform Jeff Byrd - Life without xPages # 3 – a little more JAVA please I think David Leedy's Notesin9 was brilliant and hilarious. If you have not watched this, you should. NotesIn9 141: Java vs JavaScript Throwdown. Mark also responded appropriately (And the gloves are off…… and An open letter to Mr. NotesIn9). I have been reading and watching on the sideline. I no longer write code, so the technical discussion going on here is something I don't feel like I should provide an opinion. Mark, Tim, David and many more are muc

The #IBMConnect Slide that caused some interesting feedback #free1352

February 11 2014

So in my session with John Beck at IBM Connect 2014 - I put this slide up and just watched the reaction of the room. So I am just going to let this generate some discussion before I post more about it later this week ...

IBM Connect 2014: My take on the OGS

February 3 2014

IBM Connect 2014 is over and many are writing their impressions on the conference. I won't go into rumors or thoughts about the future in my musings, but there are a few things I would like to recap. The first is the Opening General Session, otherwise known as the OGS. Reading the other thoughts on the OGS out there, I realize I am in the minority on my reaction. I thought the OGS was exactly what IBM has been trying to achieve the past few years. I thought it hit the target market very well and the main audience for the OGS - the press and analysts walked away quite happy. The old school, die hard Notes administrator or developer who comes to Connect, or still calls it Lotusphere, is not the target of the OGS. They haven't been for years. Let me explain why I think that and then give a few thoughts on the OGS itself. I was quite lucky to participate in three years of the IBM Connect / Lotusphere blogger program. Besides the great seats at the OGS, we were invited to the press confer

IBM Connect 2014: AD502: The Mobile Disruption: Why XPages Development is Targeting Mobile First

February 3 2014

PSC 2014 IBM Champions!

December 5 2013

One of the amazing aspects of my job is that I get to work with amazing people. Today shines the spotlight on that. Besides being named a 2014 IBM Champion, I am beyond honored to be working with 4 others who were named IBM Champions today. Kathy Brown is a returning IBM Champion, and Andrew Barickman, Mark Roden, and Brad Balassaitis are new for 2014. Congratulations to the entire team!!!!

Honored to be a 2014 IBM Champion!

December 5 2013

Getting the email this morning that I was accepted as an 2014 IBM Champion. It is both an honor and a challenge. Being an IBM Champion is about representing the IBM Collaboration Services in the wild as best as you can. Thanks for those that nominated me. Here is the entire list.

Speaking at Connect 2014 on brand new content!

November 19 2013

I am once again honored to have the privilege to speak at IBM Connect 2014. I am speaking with John Beck, Business Unit Executive, IBM, but this year we decided to start fresh. Our topic is "he Mobile Disruption - Why XPages Development is Targeting Mobile First." This is an executive / strategy focused session on how mobile is becoming the primary development platform choice. We will look at this topic from the perspective of an XPages platform, but expect IBM MobileFirst, IBM Worklight, and IBM Websphere technologies to show up in the presentation. See everyone in Orlando in January!

Application Modernization with XPages on YouTube

November 11 2013

The section of the IBM Connect 2014 session "AD214: What's Next? Application Modernization Roadmap for Socializing IBM Notes and Domino" that is my section has been posted to Youtube via Social Business User Group. Check it out here:

MWLUG 2013: What’s Next? Application Modernization Roadmap For Socializing IBM Notes and Domino

August 22 2013

Some organizations neglect or under-utilize one of the greatest IT assets in their portfolio - the line of business application. Most were built 10+ years ago with no Web, mobile, or social. This session describes the application revolution taking place, covering the options and best practices required for success. Migration and new development will be compared and contrasted. Real-world data will demonstrate the positive potential return on investment. We will discuss PSC's Application Modernization Center and how it helps move customers from merely maintaining Notes applications to increasing their value with XPages. If your organization is considering a migration or an XPages solution for your Notes/Domino investments, this session is for you! What’s Next? Application Modernization Roadmap For Socializing IBM Notes and Domino from John Head

My #IamLUG 2013 Presentation - What’s Next - Application Modernization Roadmap For Socializing IBM Notes and Domino

May 8 2013

Attached is the presentation that John Beck of IBM and I gave at IamLUG 2013 yesterday: http://www.slideshare.net/johnhead/whats-next-application-modernization-roadmap-for-socializing-ibm-notes-and-domino Some organizations neglect or under-utilize one of the greatest IT assets in their portfolio - the line of business application. Most were built 10+ years ago with no Web, mobile, or social. This session describes the application revolution taking place, covering the options and best practices required for success. Migration and new development will be compared and contrasted. Real-world data will demonstrate the positive potential return on investment. We will discuss PSC's Application Modernization Center and how it helps move customers from merely maintaining Notes applications to increasing their value with XPages. If your organization is considering a migration or an XPages solution for your Notes/Domino investments, this session is for you! For those of you that have seen

IBM SmartCloud for Notes/Domino - You can Purchase a Single License with a Credit Card!

February 4 2013

Last night while chatting about the IBM Connect 2013 conference and some after thoughts, a discussion came up with a person (they can reveal themselves if they want too) about how they probably had to move their email from a on-premises Notes/Domino solution to something else. They didn't want to maintain a Domino server any more. That led into a question on why IBM hasn't made SmartCloud easy for a single person or small company to order with a credit card. I know I spent 18 months talking about this with IBM executives, so I went and looked. First, the Lotuslive.com URL still works, but the new direct URL is IBMCloud.com/social. That takes you to this page: Notice the red box. Click that and you get taken to a page to pick your country and language. I haven't tried this for any country but the US and UK, but I believe this works in most countries. Next, you get this page: Look at all those options. 5 bucks a month for email and you can add Traveler and Archive Essentials. The

#IBMConnect AD214 What’s Next? Application Modernization Roadmap for Socializing IBM Notes & Domino

February 4 2013

Attached are the slides for the session that John Beck and I gave at IBM Connect 2013. AD214 What's Next? Application Modernization Roadmap for Socializing IBM Notes & Domino from John Head

#IBMConnect thoughts and feelings (and the zombie flu)

February 4 2013

I am finally back home in Chicago after ten days in Orlando, FL for what has become my yearly pilgrimage to IBM Connect (formally known as Lotusphere or as I like to call it ConnectoSphere). Every year the conference feels like it takes longer to prepare for, goes by faster, and the zombi flu gets more people sick. I get to see old friends, meet lots of new people, and do so many things that I love to do for myself and as a salesperson at PSC Group, LLC. I find that trying to put my thoughts afterwards into a blog entry both easier and harder every year. Let's see how I do. First, from an employee at PSC Group, this was a stellar year. It was the second year that Andrew was present as the practice manager at the event. Mark and Kathy were both in the first year as part of the PSC team, but not their first Connect/LS.. 4 people, 4 sessions. All of them well attended and getting great verbal reviews. For the first time in many years, one of the PSC partners was also present. This culmi

PSC at Connect 2013 - XPages: No Experience Needed

January 22 2013

The first session being given by a PSC Group employee is XPages: No Experience Needed. Kathy Brown of PSC Group and David Leedy will be presenting Monday at 4:30 PM in the Swan Osprey 1-2 room. This is a Show 'n Tell session, so expect to see a step by step walk through. In their words: Want to build an XPages application, but not sure how? Kathy and Dave will show you how to build a sample help desk application from start to finish. Step by Step they will show you how to create, read, update, and delete tickets. Along the way you'll be introduced the most common XPages concepts like SSJS, Custom Controls, View and Repeat Controls, Extension Library, CSS frameworks, and much more. Go home with a working application that you can use today! These sessions fill up fast, so arrive early!

PSC at Connect 2013!

January 22 2013

As Janurary ticks away many of the readers of this blog are getting ready for the annual commute to Orlando for Lotusphere Connection 2013. PSC Group has five of our team headed to the conference. We are speaking in some great sessions, having a reception, and sponsoring a great event. Over the next couple of days I am going to highlight those things. If you are attending Connect 2013 (I still want to call it Connectosphere) please reach out and let's connect.

MWLUG 2012 - AD112: Usability Lessons From the Worlds Largest XPages Project

August 21 2012

Andrew Barickman's session on XPages AD112: Usability Lessons From the Worlds Largest XPages Project (MWLUG) from John Head You can find the demo database here.

MWLUG 2012 - SB103: IBM Lotus Notes/Domino App. Dev. Competitive Advantage: The Social Business Edition

August 21 2012

Attached are the slides that John Beck and I gave at MWLUG 2012 IBM Lotus Notes/Domino Application Development Competitive Advantage : The Social Business Edition (MWLUG Edition) from John Head

NELotus - Mobilize your XPages applications with the OpenNTF.org Mobile Controls

May 13 2012

Kathy Brown and I presented at the New England Lotus User Group last week. Here are the slides: NELotus - OpenNTF.org & XPages Mobile Controls View more presentations from John Head Thanks to NELotus for having us!

"Becoming a Social Business" Simulcast - An IBM and Information Week "Masters of Collaboration" Event Series hosted by PSC Group

March 4 2012

PSC Group is pleased to be hosting a broadcast of the IBM and Information Week "Masters of Collaboration" Event on March 14th, 2012. Our event will be in South Barrington, IL and will be from 11:15 AM to 3:30 PM. More about the event: Every few years, advancements in technology and the evolution of business meet at the nexus of a cultural shift that fundamentally changes how business gets done. One of those moments is happening now – businesses are deploying exciting new collaborative tools to enable a more dynamic, increasingly mobile, and idea-laden workforce to create the new “social business.” People – and their ideas – have become central to the business again. And these social computing tools are enabling enterprises to tap into the collective intellectual capital of their employees, as geographically dispersed people are now collaborating and sharing ideas more productively than ever before across intelligent, interconnected systems. By connecting people and accelerating decisio

Why does the Domino community have a "Domino or nothing" mentaility?

January 31 2012

The above thought has been on my mind since the middle of December but I have not figured out how to blog about it until recently. Let's start with a public comment from Ed Brill's blog: 14 Erik Brooks | 1/26/2012 11:46:38 AM @Ed - I actually *did* know. I'd still like to hear the reasons why this direction was chosen, because it's eyebrow-raising. My apologies to Erik (didn't go out of my way to call you out Mr. Brooks, your comment was just the easiest one to find) but this is exactly what I mean when I ask 'Why does the Domino community have a "Domino or nothing" mentality? First off, I get why people love Domino so much. Hell, I am one of those people. It's easy to install, easy to administer, and in basic use is easy to maintain. You can ramp Domino up to enterprise levels with clustering and lots of other great features. You can turn on DAOS and get incredible results of disk saving. You can install Traveler, which folks like Andrew Pollack call one of the best Domino featur

Lotusphere 2012 - BP107 : IBM Lotus Notes/Domino Application Development Competitive Advantage : The Social Business Edition

January 22 2012

Bp107 1.19.2012View more presentations from John Head.

Thoughts on Notes & Domino 8.5.3

October 5 2011

By now most of my readers have read the deluge of IBM Lotus Notes & Domino 8.5.3 news. For those that have not, here is a bit of a recap: Ed Brill: Introducing IBM XWork Server IBM Lotus Notes/Domino 8.5.3 now available, including entitlement to IBM Connections Files and Profiles New license terms in Notes/Domino 8.5.3, including changes to Domino Express Some great new ibm.com resources for Notes/Domino 8.5.3 Niklas covers My Favorite Domino 8.5.3 XPages Features very well. My thoughts: XPages: 8.5.3 is the release you want to get on if you are doing XPages development. If you have done work in 8.5.1 and 8.5.2, yes, you will feel some pain getting your existing apps there. But 8.5.3 is going to become the foundation of all the roll up of features that we have seen on OpenNTF.org and on the blogs. When the extension library and mobile controls get implemented in the product vs. a download from OpenNTF.org, 8.5.3 is going to be the platform you need to be on. I also feel li

MWLUG 2011: The Never Ending Integration Story: How to Integrate Your Lotus Notes, Domino, and LotusLive applications with Microsoft Office, .NET, and Lotus Symphony

August 26 2011

The Integration Story started in 1994, with the first ways to combine Lotus Notes and Lotus Ami Pro to create custom applications. In 2011, the Integration story is still going strong. This session will start with the basics and ramp up in skill and capabilities. We will show how to integrate Lotus Notes, Lotus Domino, XPages, and LotusLive applications with the tools on your user's machines: Microsoft Office, Microsoft .NET custom applications, OpenOffice.org , LibreOffice, Lotus Symphony, and more. We will look how the ODF and OOXML standards are changing the integration story and how they will impact you. You will walk out of the session with lots of sample code and extending your own integration story! MWLUG 2011: The Never Ending Integration Story View more presentations from John Head

MWLUG 2011: The Notes/Domino Application Development Competitive Advantage

August 26 2011

Speaker: John Head - PSC Group, LLC, Director of Enterprise Collaboration, David Via - IBM Corporation, BUE, WW Messaging and Collaboration Sales Some organizations are neglecting or under-utilizing one of the greatest IT assets in their portfolio today - the Notes/Domino application platform. Some are even considering re-coding Domino applications in other languages and development tools. In this session we present the business case and technical merits of Notes and Domino in direct comparison to other tools such as Microsoft SharePoint. Based on data collected from real-world engagements we will demonstrate the positive return on investment of the Notes platform. We will also discuss PSC's "Application Modernization" strategy and how it helps move customers from merely maintaining Notes applications to increasing their value with XPages and advanced collaboration functionality. MWLUG 2011: Notes/Domino Application Development Competitive Advantage View more presentations from J

PSC Press Release of the IBM Champion Award - Comprehensive Coverage

August 18 2011

Last week, PSC Group issued a Press Release on the 2011 IBM Champion selection that I was honored to receive in June. PSC hired Christine Pietryla, of Pietryla Enterprises, to manage the PR process for us. The press release: August 08, 2011 11:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time PSC Director Named 2011 IBM Champion John Head Recognized as Exceptional Contributor SCHAUMBURG, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--PSC Group LLC, is pleased to announce John Head, Director of Enterprise Collaboration, has been selected a 2011 IBM Champion. The IBM Champion program recognizes innovative thought leaders in the world technical community who influence and mentor others to help them make best use of IBM solutions and services. Head is one of 50 honorees worldwide this year. Peter O’Kelly, Principal Analyst with O’Kelly Associates, and previously Vice President and founding Research Director of Burton Group’s (now Gartner) Collaboration and Content Strategies underscores the significance of this honor, “This

@IamLUG 2011 - The Never Ending Integration Story: How to Integrate Your Lotus Notes, Domino, and LotusLive applications with Microsoft Office, .NET, and Lotus Symphony

August 3 2011

This is the integration session I gave at IamLUG 2011 IamLUG 2011: The Never Ending Integration Story: How to Integrate Your Lotus Notes, Domino, and LotusLive applications with Microsoft Office, .NET, and Lotus SymphonyView more presentations from John Head. "The Integration Story started in 1994, with the first ways to combine Lotus Notes and Lotus Ami Pro to create custom applications. In 2011, the Integration story is still going strong. This session will start with the basics and ramp up in skill and capabilities. We will show how to integrate Lotus Notes, Lotus Domino, XPages, and LotusLive applications with the tools on your user’s machines: Microsoft Office, Microsoft .NET custom applications, OpenOffice.org, LibreOffice, Lotus Symphony, and more. We will look how the ODF and OOXML standards are changing the integration story and how they will impact you. You will walk out of the session with lots of sample code and extending your own integration story!"

@IamLUG 2011 - The Notes/Domino Application Development Competitive Advantage

August 1 2011

This is the session that David Via and I gave this morning at IamLUG 2011 The Notes/Domino Application Development Competitive Advantage - IamLUGView more presentations from John Head. "Some organizations are neglecting or under-utilizing one of the greatest IT assets in their portfolio today - the Notes/Domino application platform. Some are even considering re-coding Domino applications in other languages and development tools. In this session we present the business case and technical merits of Notes and Domino in direct comparison to other tools such as Microsoft SharePoint. Based on data collected from real-world engagements we will demonstrate the positive return on investment of the Notes platform. We will also discuss PSC’s “Application Modernization” strategy and how it helps move customers from merely maintaining Notes applications to increasing their value with XPages and advanced collaboration functionality."

MWLUG 2011 - PSC will be there, will you be?

July 21 2011

MWLUG is back again for the third year. And once again PSC will be there. PSC is a sponsor and myself and Luis Guirigay are speaking. I am speaking on why developing modern apps in Notes/Domino makes sense with David Vai of IBM and on the integration of applications with Notes & Domino. Luis, together with Kim Greene, will deliver their ever-popular session on Domino Health Checks. Looking forward to seeing everyone in Milwaukee! The third annual Midwest Lotus User Group Conference 2011 is coming soon to Milwaukee, WI at the Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield Hotel, August 24-26, 2011. This year we have over 37 sessions from some of the best and most knowledge speakers. We have added a new track this year, the Social Business track. This track includes real business cases of companies using Social Media to successfully market and drive their business using a variety of different tools including IBM Connections. Social Business sessions include business cases from the retail and heal

IamLUG 2011 - PSC is sponsoring and speaking - See you there!

July 19 2011

PSC is proud to be sponsoring and speaking at IamLUG 2011 coming to St. Louis on August 1st and 2nd, 2011. We are a Gold Sponsor at the event and have three sessions: The Notes/Domino Application Development Competitive Advantage Speakers: John Head and David Vai Some organizations are neglecting or under-utilizing one of the greatest IT assets in their portfolio today - the Notes/Domino application platform. Some are even considering re-coding Domino applications in other languages and development tools. In this session we present the business case and technical merits of Notes and Domino in direct comparison to other tools such as Microsoft SharePoint. Based on data collected from real-world engagements we will demonstrate the positive return on investment of the Notes platform. We will also discuss PSC’s “Application Modernization” strategy and how it helps move customers from merely maintaining Notes applications to increasing their value with XPages and advanced collaboration

The IBM loss of University of Nebraska - the missing piece of the discussion

July 6 2011

There has been a bunch of discussion about The University of Nebraska dropping the use of their in-house IBM Lotus Notes implementation and deciding on a cloud based solution. Tom Duff was the first to write about it on PL, and Palmi Lord wrote about it. It seems that Google and Microsoft were the only two players in the game and that Microsoft 'paid' U of N $25,000 to get the deal. I say 'paid' because giving incentives to close a software deal is what every software company out there does. That part really does not bother me. We should stop focusing on that. The university issue is a big one, but not what worries me. It seems that Google and Microsoft want to fight it out for the education and not-for-profit spaces with the lowest possible prices. I have never seen IBM play at the low end. I realize people in that space will disagree, but I think that space is outside of IBM's comfort zone, even if we had the marketing backing of the IBM Collaboration Services products that we all

IBM Champion - Honored to be selected

June 27 2011

Last week, I was honored to be named one of the inaugural IBM Champions for the IBM Collaboration Software group. 50 people were selected across all software and regions. It is great to be recognized for your efforts. Now to keep up the hard work to maintain the Champion status!

Domino Application Development Competitive Advantage - UKLUG 2011 Edition

May 24 2011

Notes/Domino Application Development Competitive Advantage - UKLUG 2011 Edition View more presentations from John Head This is the presentation that Ted Stanton and I gave yesterday at UKLUG. It is an updated version of the session that David Via and I gave at BLUG. Thanks for the comments and feedback on the session. Seems like everyone enjoys that way we designed this - to get the IBM vision and then a partner practical experience back to back. If anyone has a user group where they would like this presentation to be presented, please contact me. David and I are planning on presenting this in the American Midwest at least once this summer.

#BLUG : Domino App Dev Competitive Advantage w/ @johnhead & @davidvia

March 31 2011

Domino app dev competitive advantage for blug View more presentations from John Head Slides from Belux Lotus User Group ( BLUG ) with David Via of IBM

PSC’s Collaboration team gets a shot in the arm with some geek ...

March 24 2011

As many of you know, PSC has been hiring quite a bit the last year. In the past 6 weeks, we have hired 8 new members to the PSC Chicago team. Our collaboration team has seen new team members as well. In the past year, we added Andrew Barickman as the practice manager (since Alex went off to do something new). We also hired Wil How who is rocking with XPages work. Our business is growing and the demand for high end Notes, Domino, XPages, and Integration work has had us looking for more help. It was about this time that I realized I had a chance to help out a good friend. About 15 years ago, I met someone who had a major impact on my life. We did work together here and there. He brought me in to his company as a consultant to do the first Notes to Word mail merge implementation. Based on that, he was a major reason I went to go work at Synergistics. After working with him and Henry Newberry for a year, I came to PSC. And the rest, as they say, is history. So let me be the first to we

PSC is hiring: including people with IBM Lotus product skillsets (and more)

February 23 2011

PSC Group, LLC is again looking for consultants to hire. We are looking to hire people with any of the following skillsets: 1. IBM Lotus Notes Developers who can develop Notes and traditional Domino Web Applications 2. XPages Developers 3. Administration skills with Domino, Sametime, Connections, Traveler, and other IBM Lotus products We are also looking for developers who have SharePoint, .NET, and Java skills. These are full time positions in the Chicagoland area. If you are interested, please contact me and I will get you to the proper person. Please note: We are only looking for candidates in the US. You must have legal status to work here. Ideally, we are looking for people in Chicago.

Interview with IBM’s Doug Heintzman and Konrad Lagarde : IBM Project Vulcan, IBM Social Business Toolkit, Mobile, and ODF/OpenOffice.org Interview

February 22 2011

Due to scheduling issues at Lotusphere 2011, I was not able to do some of my press interviews. I was offered the chance of a make-up interview with Doug Heintzman, Director, Lotus Strategy. During the interview, he brought in Konrad lagarde, who is working on the IBM Project Vulcan team and has direct experience with the IBM Social Business Toolkit. Here is my transcription of the interview with some commentary at the end. Project Vulcan and the IBM Social Business Toolkit JH: IBM Project Vulcan as a project vs. a deliverable. Can you help map the progression of Project Vulcan from what was seen at Lotusphere 2010 vs Lotusphere 2011: DH: IBM is making a lot of progress and the vision is quite bold. IBM is devolving a bunch of packages and applications into a group of discrete services. Added to this will be an aggregation service, sharebox service(s), analytic services, etc. There will also be a set of toolkits, which the IBM Social Business Toolkit is one of them. The goal is to

My humble suggestion to the IBM PM team: Please do XPages RDBMS before DDE for Mac

February 21 2011

Ed has continued the discussion about Domino Designer on Eclipse.org (DDE) on a Mac today. He talks about how he is convinced it needs to be done, but asks at what cost? What gets left off the to-do list in place? There is some chatter about server work vs. DDE Mac. While I have never been part of the IBM triage process for deciding what goes in a release, from what I have heard, observed, and been told, there is usually a bucket for server, client, and DDE/Development. So I am going to go with the assumption that DDE for Mac and Domino Server improvements are different groups and won't compete with each other for resources. So while I talked about DDE for Mac last week, I must say to all those at IBM listening, I would give up any further DDE platform support for RDBMS support. Allowing XPages to connect directly to JDBC or other third-party relational systems would be a major boon for the platform. XPages has the ability to become the middleware development platform for collaboratio

IdoSphere: Super feats of integration: XPages with Symphony, SharePoint, and Office

February 16 2011

Super feats of integration x pages with symphony sharepoint and officeView more presentations from John Head. Demo files and more coming soon

IdoSphere: Domino Application Development Competitive Advantage

February 15 2011

Domino app dev competitive advantage finalView more presentations from John Head. This is the presentation that David Via of IBM and myself gave today.

To all the DDE on Mac supporters, a few thoughts

February 15 2011

So there seems to be a meme today for the Lotus bubble to ask IBM to make Domino Designer on Eclipse (DDE) work on the Apple Mac OS. I have no horse in this fight, but a few thoughts. 1. Be exact in what you are asking for Are you really asking for DDE to come to the Mac OS? The entire thing? Or are you OK with an XPages only IDE for the Mac? Think long and hard about what your asking for and be very specific. Being too generic and broad in the request will likely prevent this from happening. Why? Because DDE or Designer didn't come to any platform in a single release given all the current features. Create a DDE on Mac 1.0 feature and requirement list. Can you live with English only on an English only Mac OS release? Only the latest 10.X instead of support for all current supported Mac OS versions? Be surgical in what your willing to have come in a later version. 2. Do you really know what it takes for DDE to come to the Mac? Has anyone done the work to figure out what the effort e

Follow the Product Managers and Executives on Twitter - this is for Marie and Stuart :-)

February 7 2011

Before and during Lotusphere 2011, there have been some discussions about how to engage with the IBM Lotus Executives and Product Managers outside of the stage and event. There has been some discussion on if this is needed, and I get Ed's point, but it is always good to engage with folks on a regular basis. I thought it was very interesting that the IBM executives new to the social software team (i.e. Lotus) , Sandy Carter and Nigel Beck ( I love how his url directs to his about.me page ), are both very active in social media with their own personal brands. You can even use Tungle with Nigel - the first IBM VP I have seen do that. So to facilitate this interaction, and in Marie and Stuart's honor, I have created two public Twitter lists. IBM Lotus Ask the Product Managers: A list for any IBMer who is a Product Manager in the Lotus space IBM Lotus Executives: A list for anyone on the management team in the Lotus space These are meant to grow over time, so please let me know if we

Where was Project Vulcan? Say Hello to the IBM Social Business Toolkit

January 31 2011

Rich asks where was Project Vulcan in the Lotusphere 2011 OGS today? It was there, but you had to be really paying attention to the Project Vulcan evolution in 2010 to add it up. At Lotusphere 2010, we got the introduction of IBM Project Vulcan, a roadman or blueprint to adding new social features to the portfolio. And as the year progressed, Alistair talked about how IBM was going to ship a first version of the IBM Project Vulcan toolkit in 2010 and make it available to partners. They did that ... but today it is finally publically available. Go here to download it. Go here to see the wiki explaining all of the pieces. Activity Streams? Check. Sharebox? Check. One UI V3? Check. OAuth support? Yep. Here is the rub. In the transition of blue print to deliverable, IBM changed the name. It is now called the IBM Social Business Toolkit. I actually like the name, but there was no proper transition from IBM Project Vulcan to the new name. I think the main reason for that is IBM Project V

Lotusphere 2011: Domino Applications Coming to the IBM Cloud

January 31 2011

One of the major announcements from IBM this week is that in 2011, IBM will add support for hosted Domino applications to the LotusLive. Ed blogged about the announcement that was covered in the OGS and his session this afternoon. Let's cover some highlights: Public or Private Access 3 Licensing models: free developer or test deployments, bring-your-own-license or pay-as-you-go licensing for production deployments. Flexibility to have pay-as-you-go licensing in as little as hourly increments Amazon's Elasticompute will get updated with updated images, credit car payment options and improved activation IBM Lotus Domino Utility Server for LotusLive with support for the IBM Cloud and Amazon I think it is important to notice that the mention of hosted apps is on the IBM Cloud, not LotusLive servers. While Notes client will have single sign-on because of the PKI, it will be interesting to see that if web applications launch with SSO or we need to wait for a SAML implementation. I think t

PSC at Lotusphere 2011 : Health Check Best Practices, Integration in 2011, and David Via and I talk XPages for the Executives

December 3 2010

Yesterday was the day where session acceptances were sent out for Lotusphere 2011 and PSC has three presentations at the conference. Luis talked about his on Domino Health Check Best Practices. Luis, along with Alex, do the hands on work on our health checks and has a wealth of info to share. We do quite a few health checks so this is a session we are very excited to see get accepted. Alex and I return to Sunday Jumpstarts with "The Never Ending Integration Story: How to Integrate Your Lotus Notes, Domino, and LotusLive applications with Microsoft Office, .NET, and Lotus Symphony" The abstract: The Integration Story started in 1994, with the first ways to combine Lotus Notes and Lotus Ami Pro to create custom applications. In 2011, the Integration story is still going strong. This session will start with the basics and ramp up in skill and capabilities. We will show how to integrate Lotus Notes, Lotus Domino, XPages, and LotusLive applications with the tools on your user’s machines:

Notes/Domino Express with Clustering, DA, and web access - Thoughts on how IBM can solve the issues

December 1 2010

So watching the reactions of people to Ed's announcement that Domino Express was going to get clustering as part of the entitlement has been interesting. I think IBM adding clustering to the Express offering is great, but also agree that the Directory Assistance should not be withheld from the Express entitlement. It is a no brainer and I hope it gets added in the short term. Ed's second post about this brings even more discussion, but really focuses on the thought around applications access on the web. Express does not allow external authenticated or anonymous web access to Domino applications. The Utility Express Domino license covers this. Utility Express is not cheap nor expensive - US$2700 for 100 PVUs. But should IBM really be charging for something like a blog, running the IBM blog template, on a server? I think there are two ways to solve this problem. The first is that IBM make the following to the IBM Domino Collaboration Express entitlement: 1. Allow DA for all Domino

Comparing the Lotus Symphony 1.3.0.1 and 3.0.0 Presentations LotusScript API

November 10 2010

So how does one tell if the APIs in Lotus Symphony 3 have been updated? Compare to the previous version: Lotus Symphony Presentations 1.3.0.1: Lotus Symphony Presentations 3.0.0 Much nicer :)

IBM Lotus Symphony 3.0 Installer and Editor Component for Notes 8.5.x Ships

November 10 2010

So for everyone waiting for the Notes 8.5.X update installer for Lotus Symphony 3, your wait is over. Here is how you get it: 1. Go to PartnerWorld (partners) or PassportAdvantage (customers) 2. Search for Lotus Symphony 3 or the part number CRD8VML. You are looking for the eAssembly titled "IBM Lotus Symphony 1.3 and 3.0 for Multiplatform Multilingual eAssembly" 3. Expand this 4. Look for the version for your operating system: There is also something called the Add on Pack but not clue what that is :-) Install and enjoy.

IBM Lotus Symphony 3 - Coming tomorrow (10/21/2010)!

October 20 2010

Tomorrow will be a big day for fans of Lotus Symphony as Symphony 3 will be released in it's gold form tomorrow! Expect a website refresh and a link to download the stand-alone version sometime tomorrow. For those looking for the Notes 8.5.1/8.5.2 update installer, expect that from your typical IBM download site (Passport Advantage for customers, Partnerworld for partners) sometime soon. Expect a lot of info on this blog about the updated release, the new APIs for developers, and quite a bit about the updated and new plug-ins. I guess this means I need to update my ILUG Symphony presentation!

IBM Project Concord - Public Demo at TriState LUG

October 14 2010

One of the demos that Kevin Cavanaugh spent a bunch of time on was the upcoming release of IBM Project Concord. The first public demo of the current state of Project Concord - the demo has come a long way since Lotusphere 2010, The UI was very polished. Very clean and minimal. Besides the LotusLive header, the screen was taken up by the document being edited, with a menu bar and toolbar. Project Concord starts out looking like what many people expect from it ... "Symphony Online". Once you get past the basic editing functionality you wold expect from any document editor, the collaborative functionality of Project Concord becomes very obvious. Yes, there is concurrent editing. You and another person can edit the same document at the same time - and it's fast enough that you can pretty much watch the other person type word for word. But what I am most looking forward to in Project Concord is the ability to assign sections to others. Much like the old collaborative sections in Lotus Word

Did you notice the IBM Lotus news that came out of TriState LUG yesterday?

October 12 2010

Yesterday at the TriState Lotus Users Group meeting in New York City, a bunch of IBM Lotus news was soft announced. By soft announce, it was talked about in sessions during the day. I tweeted a bunch of the news, as you can see here (in reverse order of course): #tristatelug I think @curiousmitch planned the speakers and timing to be the week after #lola2010 on purpose :-) 17 hours ago johnhead john head #tristatelug IBM Project Vulcan brings rich experience to mobile devices - mobile device gets top tier priority in client 17 hours ago johnhead john head #tristatelug IBM Project Vulcan conceptual UI adds inline quick replies - to mail, posts, etc 17 hours ago johnhead john head #tristatelug IBM Project Vulcan - cross product Share box for posting in any app from a single place 17 hours ago johnhead john head #tristatelug IBM Project Vulcan conceptual demos work in a browser and in the Notes client. 17 hours ago johnhead john head #tristatelug IBM Project Vulcan adds em

IBM LotusLive October 2010 Announcements

October 4 2010

IBM held a LotusLive Briefing on Monday, October 4th to review the October 2010 LotusLive update that was being announced on October 5th, Here are some notes from the briefing: Speakers: Ed Brill Sean Poulley Brendan Crotty Sean covered a couple of LotusLive Customer Stories 1. aatranslations 2. Signature Mortgage 3. SIT Group Seamlessly working with people inside or outside the company 1. connecting 700 contractors to work as one team with global clients: Vondle Live & LotusLive 2. Reducing Loan-processing time from 7 days to 24 hours; Silanis eSignLive & LotusLive Ed covered LotusLive Notes - 2nd release since August introduction $5 per month, 25 GB mailbox $10 per month, LotusLive Notes, LotusLive Meetings, LotusLive Engage $2 per month for Traveler - Hybrid model for Notes Client - Notes Traveler Support added in this release Other Oct 2010 features: New Communities Features in LotusLive Engage and LL Conections New Apps added to LotusLive in October 2010 - Tung

PSC Symphony Services listed in the Lotus Catalog

October 4 2010

After the success of the Insert Graphic for Lotus Symphony video I posted on Youtube, IBM asked that we add our Symphony services to the Lotus Catalog. We finally got thru the process! and here is the specific page More to come from PSC in the catalog over the next month.

Lotus Quickr Connectors - IBM it’s time to take these seriously

October 4 2010

Now that IBM Lotus Quickr 8.5 has shipped, it is time for a bit of commentary on the Lotus Quickr Connectors. I covered the Quickr 8.5 release in these posts last month. For many users, their main interaction with IBM Lotus Quickr is thru the Lotus Quickr Connectors. The Connectors install on your (windows) machine and allow you to interact directly with places. The connectors allow the Lotus Notes client to save files from emails directly to Quickr. They allow users to have a plug-in for direct access to the files without using the web interface. Lotus Quickr Connector Toolbar in the Notes client Lotus Quickr Connector Sidebar Plug-in in the Notes client The Lotus Quickr Connectors also integrate with Lotus Symphony (both the embedded version with the Notes client and the stand alone install). Lotus Quickr Connector Plug-in for the embedded version of Lotus Symphony The Lotus Quickr Connectors plug-in for Lotus Sametime Stand-alone client The Lotus Quickr Conne

Time for another review ... IBM Lotus Notes 8.5 User Guide

October 3 2010

I was asked by Packt Publishing to take a look at one of their newest releases IBM Lotus Notes 8.5 User Guide. As I read thru the book, the thought that kept coming to mind was "the single most comprehensive resource for any end user of Lotus Notes 8.5" and I mean that. I think this book was written to be very approachable to the end user - either a twenty year veteran user of the product to the newest of users. Karen Hooper does a wonderful job of distilling a large amount of information and presenting it in a digestible format. While slightly different than the 8.5.2 experience I am using myself, I found myself learning things I have missed for many years. I got a bit disjunctured with the order of covering chat, feeds, and widgets before mail and calendaring, but otherwise the flow is very natural. I also thought the chapter on Lotus Symphony was a bit on the light side - but that is coming from someone who lives and breathes Symphony and should probably write the Packt book

Time for another review ... IBM Lotus Sametime 8 Essentials : A User’s Guide

October 3 2010

I was asked by Packt Publishing to take a look at one of their newest releases IBM Lotus Sametime 8 Essentials: A User's Guide. While written by community friends Tom Duff and Marie Scott, I can safely tell you that if you use Sametime 8.X in any form, you can not go wrong with this book. I could have never believed that you could have written a 300 page book, for users, about Sametime. Is there really that much to know about sending an instant message or setting up a web conference? After reading this book, I can tell you there is plenty to know - and far more you never did. For me, this is a great reference. As a user of Sametime since the first version came out, I learned a new tip or feature every chapter. For a user who is not as technical as many of us, this will be a great source for learning. Well organized and very well written. One of the things I dislike most about books with more than one author is disjuncture writing styles across chapters or within, this book has

Speaking at ILUG 2010 - Coming this November!

October 1 2010

Another upcoming Lotus user group is ILUG 2010 - the return of the granddaddy of them all! ILUG 2008 was a blast in Dublin, but this time it will be in Belfast in Northern Ireland. I am excited - I have not been to Belfast before. I am going to use this as an opportunity to do some touring around the island. For the first time since Lotusphere, I am doing a session on Lotus Symphony: Lotus Symphony and You - How to stop giving Microsoft your money! For years, you have given Microsoft money for Office Licenses. Would you be interested if we could show you how you could save the money and still produce great documents, spreadsheets and presentations? This session is for you. The first half of the session will be a real-world comparison of Lotus Symphony to Microsoft Office and OpenOffice.org. We will help you decide what type of workers and situations should use which product. We will transition the session to cover the Application Development story. What can you do to integrate Lot

Speaking at Tri-State LUG 2010 - What a killer lineup!

September 30 2010

Tri-State LUG is happening October 11th, 2010 at 590 Madison Avenue in New York City at the IBM conference center. A great lineup of speakers; Alistair Rennie is giving the keynote. Kevin Cavanaugh is giving the Collaboration Roadmap session (Ed usually does this, but it will be very interesting to see Kevin's perspective - great to hear from the top boss here). Other amazing speakers in our community, and myself. I am doing the following session: Kumbaya Meets Let's Kick Butt: The Integration of IBM Lotus Notes and Lotus Domino with Microsoft Office, .NET, and IBM Lotus Symphony Welcome to 2010, where Lotus Notes and Domino are just part of your corporate toolset. This session will introduce you to integration of Lotus Notes and Domino 8.5.1 with Microsoft Office, .NET technologies, OpenOffice.org, & Lotus Symphony. We'll start with the basics and build up to mail merge, exporting to a spreadsheet, charting, presentations, and integration on the Web. Advanced topics such as Vi

So IBM wants us to vote on Symphony Next ideas on IJ - how about attention to old ones?

September 29 2010

Stephan and Ed both posted that we should go into the Lotus Symphony idea space and vote for features for Symphony Next (Symphony 3 is shipping sometime in Q4). That is awesome, but I would like to see ideas posted previously to get some attention. Here is one of mine: This has the most votes in this idea space. We got the LotusScript API for Notes ... but what about all of the other items?

IBM Announces Notes & Domino win with Singapore Airlines

September 23 2010

IBM announced that Singapore Airlines has selected IBM Lotus Notes and Domino over the competition. The official press release: Singapore Airlines Strengthens Global Communications with IBM Software ARMONK, N.Y...September 23, 2010...IBM (NYSE: IBM) announced today that it has signed an agreement with Singapore Airlines to empower the airline's geographically distributed workforce to collaborate and communicate more effectively. After a comprehensive total cost of ownership study that evaluated the merits of IBM Lotus software versus the competition, Singapore Airlines decided to expand its collaboration initiatives with IBM software. As part of the new undertaking, Singapore Airlines will upgrade to the latest version of Lotus Notes Domino 8.5 by the end of 2010, and will further enhance its collaboration, knowledge management and mobility using IBM social software. "Enterprise collaboration and communications is critical for a company whose employees are as dispersed as S

Quickr 8.5 Ships - Is this truly the Domino.Doc successor we have been waiting for?

September 21 2010

Today marks the 'shipping' of IBM Lotus Quickr 8.5 for IBM Lotus Domino. While there are many important new features in this release, one of the biggest goals of Quickr D 8.5 is to be the successor to the Domino.Doc product line. With the cease of development of Domino.Doc, IBM has targeted this release for DomDoc customers to migrate their document management systems to. A bit of history: Last March, I spent the month in Cambridge working on the Self Assessment and Strategy Guide for Migrating from Domino Document Manager red book. There are many references to a future version of Quickr that will help with the migration of Domino Document Manager applications and use cases - Quickr 8.5 is the release we were talking about. Now that Quickr 8.5 is out, is this the magic bullet release that gives Domino.Doc customers a migration path? As you might expect, that is a loaded question. The answer is Maybe. The best way is to answer by use case. Use Case #1: High End Document Management w

LotusLive Notes - Why this is just the tip of the iceberg

August 16 2010

Last week, IBM announced LotusLive Notes, the cloud (hosted) version of IBM Notes & Domino. I didn't have time to blog about it last week, so here is a reply of what took place. First, Ed announced LotusLive Notes. You can also read the IBM press release for IBM LotusLive Notes and IBM Lotus Notes & Domino 8.5.2. Both are coming August 24th, 2010. Then, reporting from a blogger conference call, Tom, Peter, John Roling, and Nathan wrote their thoughts and impressions - and some questions - about the announcements. Nathan wrote about how this really is just the Lotus Domino we all know and love - and why tha tis a good thing. So I can share now, I have been participating in the LotusLive Notes beta. But to highlight how 'real Domino' this really is - I just added a new location to 8.5.2 CD5 and created a connection document to the LotusLive Notes servers. Everything else worked just like Notes. I added the LotusLive community to Sametime - and that was up and running immediate

Yellow Day Release: Updated OpenNTF.org Contacts Experience

August 11 2010

In honor of Yellow Day, I am going to post a new version of the OpenNTF.org Contacts Experience. Here is what is new: - Support for Microsoft Office 2010 - Updates to Microsoft Office Label and Envelope Functionality - Started work on adding Label functionality - The beginnings of custom field functionality: The goal is to have custom templates that the user can select, but first we need custom fields. The first release just defines the basic fields and a way to customize them. More to come. I have also been working on the first release to support Symphony 3.X when it is embedded in Notes 8.5.2. While not coming on August 24th when Notes 8.5.2 ships, Symphony 3 will have an update toolkit for Notes. This will give us a bunch more functionality, including presentations and labels and envelopes. Enjoy Yellow Day!

Yellow Day is coming August 11th!

August 9 2010

As Nathan blogs, Yellow Day is coming in just two short days! Yellow Day is a celebration of the Lotus community - how are you going to celebrate? Some folks like Nathan will release new projects. Others make product or services announcements. Lots of folks post tips & tricks to their blogs. Others make updates to projects on OpenNTF.org. And many just wear something Lotus branded; t-shirt, hat, etc. So how are you celebrating Yellow Day? Whatever you do, you should do something and share that! Blogs, Facebook, Twitter should be a buzz on Wednesday. Get involved and have fun!

IBM Case Study - Zain Africa Challenge: PSC and Lotus software facilitate auspicious event for Africa’s future

August 5 2010

I am excited that the IBM case study for one of PSC's longest clients has been published. Zain Africa Challenge: PSC and Lotus software facilitate auspicious event for Africa's future is a great story about how Lotus software with a great services team can help bring educational opportunities to the African continent. "If we had been using any system other than Lotus Domino with its rapid application development capabilities, we couldn’t have done this so quickly and for such reasonable cost. That is what made the program possible. " - Alex Kassabov, VP of Collaboration, PSC Group, LLC Customer: PSC Group, LLC Industry: Telecommunications, Education, Media & Entertainment Deployment country: Nigeria IBM Business Partner: PSC Group, LLC This project is what got us the 2009 Lotus Award for Best Philanthropic Solution and I am really glad this story is now out there for everyone to read. We have been very proud of the work we have been able to support that allows university students a

IamLUG 2010 - The Collaboration Agenda – Putting It to Work in your Organization - Slides Posted

August 2 2010

The Collaboration Agenda – Putting It to Work in your OrganizationView more presentations from John Head.

IBM: Please follow in Microsoft’s BPOS footsteps here ...

July 21 2010

I saw this on Karen Hobert's blog: Microsoft showcased at the show this week a number of its partners who’ve already jumped on the BPOS bandwagon. To encourage others to start selling the suite, Microsoft announced that it will offer partners 250 BPOS seats for their own use. You can read all the details on Microsoft's Partner Network page. Lots of fine print. For instance, here who is eligable: Certified Partners Gold Certified Partners Microsoft Action Pack subscribers Empower for Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) members Registered Members who have signed the Microsoft Online Services Partner Agreement (that is, who have enrolled in QuickStart) So this is not available to everyone - you have to put some skin in the game to play. But, Microsoft is clearly saying to it's partners "BPOS is a big deal, go use it yourself, sell what you know" ... and I want IBM to do the same thing. I would like to see IBM offer complete LotusLive packages to every partner. Require some level of s

John Speaks 2010: 2 Sessions at IamLUG 2010 (in just two weeks!)

July 20 2010

User Group season is upon us and I am pleased to be speaking at the second installment of IamLUG. I have two sessions. The first is an hour version of the two hour Lotusphere 2010 jumpstart entitled “Kum Bah Yah” Meets “Let's Kick Butt”: The Integration of IBM Lotus Notes and Lotus Domino with Microsoft Office, .NET, and IBM Lotus Symphony: Welcome to 2010, where Lotus Notes and Domino are just part of your corporate toolset. This session will introduce you to integration of Lotus Notes and Domino 8.5.1 with Microsoft Office, .NET technologies, OpenOffice.org, & Lotus Symphony. We'll start with the basics and build up to mail merge, exporting to a spreadsheet, charting, presentations, and integration on the Web. Advanced topics such as Visual Studio Tools for Office, advanced development with C#, and integration with Lotus Domino Web Services are included. Integration with Xpages, Google Docs, Sharepoint, ODF, OOXML, and Windows Explorer will highlight the options available. Ev

The Lotus Solutions Catalog is NOT an ’app store’ nor is it ’app store’ like

June 22 2010

With all the chatter about an 'App Store' for Lotus Notes, I am really starting to get a bit testy when I hear IBMer's call the Lotus Solutions Catalog anything along the lines of 'app store like' - and here is why. It's on Greenhouse. Until it has a url of www.lotus.com/apps or www.ibm.com/notesapps or even www.ibm.com/lotusapps its just part of a R&D website. Get it off Greenhouse - RIGHT FREAKING NOW! Until I can purchase a product with a credit card and have it install directly into my notes client (or download the .ntf directly) it is not an app store. It is a website that lists first and third party applications. Since this would be an App Store from IBM, no reason the IBM cert couldn't be used to bypass the client policy lock down of plug-ins. We all trusted the "Lotus Notes Template Development/Lotus Notes" for our Notes/Domino templates for years. Do the same for the store so end users can actually install stuff. Until it is available from within the Notes client itself

The Notes / Lotus Bubble: Why "community" and "change" invoke such wide emotional responses

June 16 2010

I have stayed very quiet in this weeks blogging explosion that has happened within the Lotus bubble. I reached out to jonvon personally and made a comment on both Gab's and Ed's posts. Nothing really serious and definitely not bringing my voice and opinion into this discussion. For right now - I am going to stay clear of the specific discussion on what IBM can do. Ed's blog post is the beginning of what should be a bigger conversation IBM has with the community - in whatever form or shape that turns into. Andrew is writing some good posts to get the discussion going. We will see everyone put forth their thoughts on what IBM should do - and with good cause. I certainly see both sides of the conversation. What makes it more interesting for me is PSC has always had multiple practices around different technologies. We have had a thriving Microsoft practice for a couple years. I have been doing work with Microsoft since 1995. I branched out three years ago to start a Document Generation p

Blogging from Enterprise 2.0: Lotus Knows Social Computing Session

June 16 2010

Here is my twitter stream (laptop battery was struggling) from the session that Kevin Cavanaugh and Chris Crummey gave yesterday at Enterprise 2.0: in the IBM #lotusknows session at #e2conf with @lbenitez @edbrill @elsua and many more oh @ccrummey on stage with @kevincavanaugh at IBM #lotusknows session at #e2conf @ccrummey is demoing Lotus Symphony 3 Beta 3 at #e2conf - showing off Live Text with @edbrill name - searching connections profiles @ccrummey showing off an IBM templates addin for Lotus Symphony 3 - why this isnt public I have no idea! #lotusknows #e2conf #lotusknows that @ccrummey is showing off Project "Concord" live - first I have seen since Lotusphere2010 #e2conf IBM Project Concord looks great - except for 3 rows of toolbars. edit the UI please :-) IBM Project Concord is about collaborative editing - its not just another web based document editor #e2conf #lotusknows IBM Project Concord has sections that can be assigned and co-authored #e2conf #lotusknows RT lbenitez

IBM Lotus Symphony 3 Beta 3 Plug-ins

June 8 2010

To go along with IBM Lotus Symphony 3 Beta 3, IBM has released a bunch of new plug-ins specific to this version: LotusLive Connector : Links you to LotusLive by simple click Mass Convertor : Batch converts MicroSoft Office files into odf format Organization Chart: Generates organization charts in Lotus Symphony Presentations Embedded SharePoint: Manages SharePoint server documents in Lotus Symphony Media Wiki : Lets you write and publish your wiki in Lotus Symphony Wiki Convertor: Converts Lotus Symphony Document to Confluence or Lotus Connections wik Send to Mail: Automatically starts your default mail system to send your current document Spreadsheet to HTML: Converts Lotus Symphony Spreadsheets into HTML files Document to HTML: Converts documents to HTML files Open HTML File: Opens and converts HTML files into Lotus Symphony Spreadsheets FTP Document Management: Manages your FTP server documents in Lotus Symphony Embedded Calculator: Does calculations without leaving Lotus Symphony

Lotus Symphony 3 Beta 3 gets IBM’s first collaborative editing in the cloud functionality with LotusLive integration

June 8 2010

It is a first release within a beta release of Lotus Symphony, so there is a lot of room for improvement. I would like to see: auto-refreshing a cleaner UI the ability to launch to LotusLive directly from the sidebar plugin Type-ahead support for the sharing dialog Group support for the sharing dialog and I think that if IBM really wants to compete with the other tools out there, there needs to be a LotusLive account that is free for users. Let them store documents and then be able to connect up to a paid corporate account. That will be a great solution. IBM has also released an OpenOffice.org add-in that provides LotusLive functionality as well. I think this is a great move on their part - embrace the greater OpenOffice.org community as the same time as deepening the functionality in their own products. Overall, this is a great first step. Lots of polish is needed, but I look forward to how this evolves as the Lotus Symphony 3 Beta continues.

IBM Lotus Symphony 3 Beta 3 Performance Results Video (WOW)

June 7 2010

I just recorded this video of the performance of IBM Lotus Symphony 3 Beta 3: So I know my hardware is pretty fast, but these results are still an amazing improvement over Symphony 1.3 and Symphony 3 Beta 2. WOW!

IBM Lotus Symphony 3 Beta 3 is Out!

June 7 2010

Just released today, you can find the release here. The highlights of what is new in Beta 3: What's New in IBM® Lotus® SymphonyTM 3 Beta3? General Quality Improvements Improved ODF file fidelity to better support processing files which were generated by previous versions of Lotus Symphony Fixed key Mac OS specific stability, functional and usability bugs Fixed Lotus Symphony Presentation table functional and usability bugs Improved memory leak issue during long run of Lotus Symphony Fixed additional bugs on general stability, function, usability and Microsoft Office interoperabilityNew Features More VBA APIs are supported Ability to customize toolbar content and layout Enabled Sidebar panel management to show or hide sidebar panels More sidebar pages and sections containing new property controlling Spreadsheet cell appearance, including cell borders Graphic Word processor page settings, including margins More sidebar panels in presentation editor Color palette, eyedropper, image a

Notes and Outlook Speed Tests Redux - Measuring the Lenovo T410s

May 11 2010

So just about 3 weeks ago I wrote about how fast the Notes 8.5.2 client was on my new Dell desktop. The numbers got a lot of attention, but there was a bunch of chatter from folks that the machine was not standard. I agree, it's not a standard desktop in the business world. I am lucky enough to have gotten a second new machine in the same time frame, this time replacing my laptop. I got the Lenovo Thinkpad T410s. Here are the specs: Lenovo Thinkpad T410s i5 540 @ 2.53 Ghz 4 Gigs of Ram 128 Gig SSD Hard Drive nVidia NVS 3100M and lots more that don't have any effect on the Notes client (WiMAX, Verizon WAN, eSata, DisplayPort, BluRay Drive, Touch Screen, etc) I installed the Notes client 8.5.2 CD 4 / M2 release. Here are the times: Cold Boot (I restarted the computer, made sure Symphony wasn't preloaded, and started Notes from the Start Bar) 1.65 seconds to the login prompt 2.39 seconds from clicking OK on the login prompt to the Workspace - meaning I could click on a database icon

HTML5 Follow on thought ... and how it applies to Notes SQL

April 20 2010

So after I showed the amazing HTML 5 Presentation to Nathan Freeman, he said the following to me: 6:34:02 PM hrmm 6:34:08 PM I wonder... 6:34:15 PM the JS SQL API... 6:34:25 PM can you write a driver for the SQL backend? 6:34:36 PM John D Head im not sure 6:34:49 PM wouldn't that be interesting? 6:34:53 PM John D Head of course 6:35:00 PM cause then you could use SQL as a declarative syntax 6:35:06 PM would be a reason to revive NotesSQL Nathan of course was talking about Slide 8 - JS APIs : Web SQL Database. Go play with that slide. And then, assuming you are using Chrome, go look at what it did. Here is a screen shot: So we now have a local database in the browser that takes SQL commands. It seems to be installed by default with Google Chrome (not sure of other browsers, will need to check). What if we had a modern day Notes SQL driver that allowed a web app to talk to Domino via SQL. What if IBM Project Vulcan's web client could merge data in an NSF and data in a local

8.5.2 Finally Makes Database Icon’s Rock

April 19 2010

So with 8.5.2 Code Drop 4, IBM removed the limitation of not being able to talk about what is coming in the release. There are a lot of great new changes coming, but the one will make most people smile is the changes to Database Icons. When you select the Icon resource in 8.5.2, you will get this dialog: You can select a full color icon of type BMP, JPG, GIF, and yes folks, PNG. Where do they apply? Well, how about the bookmark bar, database tab, search icon, in Designer, and on the Workspace. I have not found a place they don't show up. You can still create an old style Icon if you want ... there is not image editor built into Designer. Hard to not ask for more than we are getting, but over time, I would love a Save dialog so we can save the source image to the hard drive. But beggars can't be choosers. :-) So thanks to Maureen and her team for getting this one finally taken care of. It's funny, besides DXL and the LSX Toolkit, Database Icons were the item most asked about at "As

LotusLive Blogger Briefing for April 14th, 2010 announcements

April 13 2010

IBM did a web conference briefing for a bunch of Lotus bloggers and here are some of the highlights: 1. Integration with business services you use every day Partner Apps - General Availability - Salesforce.com CRM Sales Management - automate collaborating and recording interactions - LotusLive tab inside the product to integration LotusLive Meetings, LotusLive Files, and Activities - On a Salesforce.com Opportunity, you can Invite to LotusLive Meeting or Start LotusLive Meeting - LotusLive Meeting reports stored for reporting - SalesForce.com Enterprise Required (SF requirement) - Silanis - make the process of creating, revising, and signing documents simple and easy - e-SignDoc - end user document space - e-SignRoom - team rooms around documents for electronic document signature - Skype - easily launch into conversations with your contacts right from LotusLive

If IBM Project Vulcan succeeds, the IBM Lotus Notes Client we know today is dead

April 13 2010

Peter Presnell wrote a very interesting blog post entitled Saving Notes: Why The Notes Client Must Die that has gotten some attention (via PlanetLotus.org) and a bunch of comments. What I find funny is that it has taken just under three months for this discussion to take place in the Lotus blogsphere since IBM Project Vulcan was announced. Yes, the Notes client we know today is dead. What do I mean? Well, if IBM Project Vulcan is successful, the Notes client we have today will be dead. The goal is to build a modern application platform using Web 2.0 technology. The goal is to build a new platform for the future which also keeps the existing Notes application model present. Xpages are the app model. So looking at that direction, why could the Notes client not be just a packaged, installable application that made off-line mobile applications easy to deploy and control? Why not take a complete web experience, wrapped with the off-line capabilities of HTML5, and make an EXE out of it

Public Service Announcement for anyone using the Domino Blog template

April 7 2010

Many of you who read this blog or any of the other IBM blogs that PSC hosts noticed that since Sunday evening, the blog server was very slow. Sometimes not reachable at all. Since fixing it last night, I figured I would pass along a few thoughts on how others can prevent this problem. 1. If you are using the Domino Blog template from IBM, please make sure you have the Anti Spam Check? Option turned to YES The mix-and-mash blog did not have this turned on ... and had gotten over 250,000 comments in about 36 hours. They were from different IP addresses, but this was causing the HTTP server task to pretty much die 2. I figured out that the mix-and-mash blog was the issue specifically because Luis found out that a blog entry from 2008 on that blog was open in HTTP threads a lot ... like over 10,000 active connections. This must have been how the botnet software was keeping the connection to the server and passing the information along to the different machines that were auto-generatin

IBM Lotus Symphony Website gets a makeover

February 3 2010

With the Symphony 3 Beta 2 Download, there is a new look and feel for the Symphony.lotus.com webpage Love the logo in the bottom right :-)

IBM Lotus Symphony 3 Beta 2 is now available

February 3 2010

IBM Lotus Symphony 3 Beta 2 is now available! Lotus Symphony 3 Beta 2 is now available! Give it a try. Tell us what you think. Lotus Symphony 3 Beta 2 represents a major new advancement for our Lotus Symphony users. Based on current OpenOffice.org 3 code stream. Lotus Symphony 3 Beta 2 offers loads of new features and capabilities and improved file fidelity. The Lotus Symphony team is excited to get it out to you and get your feedback. Lotus Symphony 3 Beta 2 introduces support for Visual Basic Macros, OLE Objects, and embedded audio/video as well as delivering business card and label templates commonly used. Users will also find enhanced support for and interoperability with Microsoft Office 2007 files and OpenOffice.org file formats. We've enhanced the user interface and added features throughout the product, such as support for nested tables, presentation masters and Digital Signatures. Lotus Symphony 3 Beta 2 also makes improvements on commonly used features such as comments and Da

Thank you Bob Picciano

January 12 2010

As most of you in the Lotus community have heard, IBM made some organizational changes today that will take Bob Picciano into a worldwide sales leader role for IBM Software and promote Alistair Rennie to the role of Lotus General Manager. My initial reaction was "WOW" - just like the rest of us. But I am not worried here - I am excited. Bob has the ability to energize the people he works with. I think Alistair has the same ability. So if Bob can energize the world wide IBM Software team AND bring more attention of the Lotus brand, products, and people to a larger audience, and Alistair can continue Lotus on the path is is on, then I am look forward to 2010. We, the community, often complain that Lotus does not get the attention and respect from the general IBM folks, in marketing and sales, and if Bob can make any progress on this, we will all be better off. Personally, I just wanted to thank Bob for being the first Lotus GM to really be a part of our community. From his interaction a

Announcing the OpenNTF.org Contacts Experience project!

November 18 2009

For those of you that have attended any of the integration sessions I have given this year (and years before), I have a demo database that has very specific feature demos for integration topics. I make sure the slides and demo numbers match the demo database. Attendees have told me they love the demo database because it is organized and each demo is self contained. So while I will not stop doing this demo database, I have wanted to do something a bit more usable for a while. So in an effort to rebuild the Integration and Symphony sessions at Lotusphere that I will be giving, we are going to take a new approach. So enters the OpenNTF.org Contacts Experience project. I have always wanted to extend the Contacts application with real world, usable features. I didn't got that route as the templates were not distributable (officially), but now they are. So for the Lotusphere sessions, we are going to build functionality that an end user can use AND highlight integration functionality. Advan

PSC and "Insert Graphic in Lotus Symphony" demo video featured on Symphony Website

November 10 2009

PSC is one again featured on the Lotus Symphony website. And on the partner page: I was always skeptical on recording videos for this kind of business purpose, but the response from IBM and customers has been off the charts. Expect more videos! Thanks to IBM for the link love.

Lotus Symphony Documents "Hello World" in LotusScript

October 21 2009

To get started with the Lotus Symphony LotusScript API, let's write our first code sample - the ever popular "Hello World" sample. To start, create a new button in a Rich Text field in a document. Change the code selection drop-down to "LotusScript" and enter the (Options) section. To begin, every time you want to use the Lotus Symphony LotusScript API, you need to call the LSX. You do that with the following code: %INCLUDE "symphonylsx.lss" This tells LotusScript to load the Symphony LSX. It also enables LotusScript to do cool things like provide type-ahead for the custom LSX - even in buttons or in actions on a form or view. Now let's write some code. Go into the Click section of the button and enter the following: Dim application As SymphonyApplication Set application = New SymphonyApplication To begin, we are creating an application variable and setting it to the SymphonyApplication class. We then set that variable to a new instance of that c

Introduction to the Lotus Symphony LotusScript API

October 14 2009

As you might have heard, Notes 8.5.1 includes a new API for Lotus Symphony - in native LotusScript. It works with all three of the Symphony applications, but the Lotus Symphony Presentations API is very bare in this release. I will cover more about each Symphony application in individual blog entries to follow, but I wanted to give an overview of the LotusScript API first. To begin working with the Lotus Symphony LotusScript API, you need to download the file lotus_symphony851_win_CZ5SZEN.exe. You can get this from both PartnerWorld or Passport Advantage. There is also a version of the file for Linux. Once you have downloaded and unzipped the Toolkit, you will see the following: Here is a description of each folder: docs - contains two pdf's: "IBM Lotus Symphony Developer's Guide.pdf" which is all about working with the Symphony API for modifying the menu, sidebar, and menu bar and is targeted at Expeditor developers and "Symphony Developer's Guide for Notes.pdf" which is for No

Notes 8.5.1 bring us a true Lotus Symphony API!

October 14 2009

One of the features of Notes 8.5.1 that is getting buried under the local XPages and other killer features is the new API that allows Notes developers to write LotusScript and Java to automate Lotus Symphony. No longer does one need to learn the UNO hacks we have been using for the past couple years with OpenOffice.org and the past 18 months with Lotus Symphony. I am queuing up a bunch of articles on the new Lotus Symphony API for this week and next. Here is a quick rundown on them: 1. Introduction to the Lotus Symphony LotusScript API 2. Lotus Symphony Documents "Hello World" in LotusScript 3. Lotus Symphony Spreadsheets "Hello World" in LotusScript 4. Lotus Symphony Presentations "Hello World" in LotusScript (and why it doesn't work) 5. Lotus Symphony Documents and Mail Merge via LotusScript 6. Using the Symphony LotusScript API in a Document Action 7. Using the Symphony LotusScript API in a View Action 8. Building Cha

My bulleted list of what you care about in Notes/Domino 8.5.1

October 6 2009

The pieces you care about: Domino Designer is now FREE for anyone - and its a pleasure to use Traveler supports iPhone mail, calendar, task, and personal address book sync XPages works locally in the Client Lots of XPages and Composite Applications (CA) fixes and enhancements Symphony toolkit with LotusScript and Java support OpenNTF.org will get a bunch of the out-of-box templates donated. You can now officially use these templates as part of your projects - and have them committed to the catalog. This includes Vince's OpenNTF.org mail experience and much more. What is your favorite feature in 8.5.1?

Notes / Domino 8.5.1 officially announced

October 6 2009

As many of you have read, IBM officially announced Notes and Domino 8.5.1 IBM PRESS RELEASE: For Immediate Release IBM Brings Lotus Notes and Domino Software to Full Spectrum of Web Devices No Charge Option Available to Developers for Domino Designer to Extend Domino Business Applications ARMONK, NY – October 6, 2009: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced a major extension of Lotus Notes and Domino collaboration software for the full spectrum of proliferating mobile and Web-connected devices such as the Apple iPhone, Nokia smartphones, thin clients, laptops and desktops used to access corporate applications and business processes. To spur broader growth of Lotus Notes and Domino applications for the increasingly diverse range of devices in corporate use, for the first time, IBM will make Lotus Domino Designer tools available at no charge. Lotus Domino 8.5.1 is the first version to natively support the iPhone via Lotus Notes Traveler software. This extends Lotus Domino automatic synchin

Self Assessment and Strategy Guide for Migrating from Domino Document Manager Redbook has Shipped!

September 28 2009

Months of work by many fine people have finally come to completion. The ILDDM Migration Redbook is complete! Here is the full announcement: Form Number: SG24-7747-00 Title: Self Assessment and Strategy Guide for Migrating from Domino Document Manager Can now be downloaded as a PDF file and ordered in hardcopy two weeks following the Publish Date! (see http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/abstracts/sg247747.html for online access) This IBM® Redbooks® publication is intended to help your organization plan and prepare for a migration away from Lotus® Domino® Document Manager (formerly known as Domino.Doc). This IBM Redbook focuses primarily on analyzing, planning, and preparing with only a small portion devoted to the actual process of migrating to another solution. While there is no exact equivalent to Domino Document Manager (DDM), we discuss IBM Lotus Quickr™ in detail and illustrate how your organization can achieve many of the same functional goals using Lotus Quickr services f

Symphony Thursday: New Widgets Released

September 10 2009

IBM has sent out a press release announcing new widgets for Lotus Symphony: Contact: Mike Azzi IBM Communciations 914-766-1561 azzi@us.ibm.com IBM Now Offering Microsoft Customers Lotus Symphony Software with Popular Widgets ARMONK, NY, September 10, 2009 --- IBM is now offering Microsoft customers free of charge Lotus Symphony software that is compatible with Microsoft Office formats and supports a wide range of widgets which extend the functionality of the software. IBM and a variety of third parties -- including independent software vendors, individual developers, customers and IBM business partners -- are writing a variety of widgets to take advantage of this new feature. Popularized by consumer Web sites and third parties, widgets allow Symphony users to tap into everything from Web-based Google Gadgets, Lotus Sametime, Lotus Quickr, Lotus Connections and popular wikis, to Microsoft SharePoint and MSN, all from within Symphony. Users can easily drag-and-drop widgets

Lotus Knows Marketing - Some Personal Thoughts and a Challenge

August 17 2009

You can read all about the blogger briefing this morning here, but I wanted to share some personal thoughts on this. We all know that marketing is the dirty word in the Lotus community. Partners fret over it all the time - many have blogged about it in all forms. Rational and completely irrational. Customers wonder why there is no marketing to back up their decision. And IBM always answered with IBM brand and messaging focused advertising. Like Smart Planet. The Lotus community, or the "Lotus Loyals" as IBM calls us, just shook their head and laughed. But this time, IBM is answering. Kristen Lauria and her marketing team have created the first Lotus branded campaign that I can remember since the R5 days of "I am Superman" ads. It is telling when the campaign is yellow and black - and the IBM logo and masthead on the website is not the focal point. This is also not a "one quarter and done" type of effort. IBM is talking about 24 months of effort - unheard of for the Lotus brand since

Lotus Knows Campaign - Blogger Briefing

August 17 2009

Kristen Lauria - VP of Marketing, IBM Lotus and Ed Brill hosted a call for the Lotus bloggers to brief us in the upcoming "Lotus Knows" marketing campaign and jam. Here are my notes: Overview Campaign - 24 month marketing campaign targeting the influential end-user audience to broaden and deepen enthusiasm for Lotus collaboration technology. Inside out approach - tapping into the energy in the Lotus community to generate real content and excitement at campaign launch. Use the "Lotus Loyal" and partners to spread the message to installed end-users and then end-user prospects. Experience matters - awareness elements will reach target audience where they spend their time and drive them to a web site where they can use the technology and share thoughts Extend reach - 360 degree campaign leading with air cover to build preference from end-users Global campaign - creative media beginning in NA, social media extending worldwide, potential media expansion into select markets "This is the ne

IMPACT Comes to You 2009 - Hosted by PSC : July 22nd in Schaumburg, IL

June 23 2009

PSC is pleased to be sponsoring and hosting a free IMPACT Comes to You event on July 22nd in Schaumburg, IL. Following the successful Lotusphere Come to You model, IMPACT Comes to You brings you all the news from the IMPACT 2009 conference from this past May. Did you miss IMPACT 2009 in Las Vegas? If so, then you will want to join us in suburban Schaumburg, IL for an overview about the latest and greatest in the world of IBM WebSphere. In this one-day session we will show you how to work smarter for a Smarter Planet with IBM’s Business Process Management Suite (BPMS) enabled by Smart SOA and Web 2.0. The emphasis this year will be less on feature and function and more on applying WebSphere to reduce risks and improve ROI. Agenda: 9:00 am - Welcome & Introduction 9:15 am - Smart work for a Smarter Planet 10:00 am - Top Smart SOA projects for Today’s Economy 10:45 am - Break 11:00 am - Drive Business Agility with Dynamic Business Processes 11:45 am - SOA and WebS

More IBM Press Release Coverage and a discussion w/ Caleb Barlow and Ed Brill

June 4 2009

First, here are the final versions of the press releases that IBM put out today: Companies Choosing Lotus Collaboration to Work Smarter and Lower Costs & 200+ Microsoft Partners Per Month Flocking to Sell IBM Lotus Foundations Second, there was an interview conference call with Caleb Bralow and Ed Brill for the Lotus Blogger program earlier today. Here are some thoughts based on that discussion: Foundations: Caleb Barlow: "Lotus Foundations is a change in business strategy in competing with Microsoft Small Business Server." Some people in the press have asked "Can IBM build a channel for the SMB market?" most of these customers have not purchased from IBM for many years New partners that are traditionally Microsoft partners More often than not, these new clients are a competitive replacement. Microsoft has created this situation, artificial licensing and platform decisions based on number of users. Relationship of buyer and seller is changing. partners moving to a

Two More Notes & Domino 8.5 Workshops Announced

June 4 2009

After our very successful and sold out Notes & Domino 8.5 Upgrade Workshop last week in downtown Chicago, PSC is announcing two more of these workshops. June 24th and 25th - 1051 Perimeter Drive, 9th Floor Conference Rooom, Schaumburg, IL 61073 August 25th and 26th - Chicago IBM Innovation Center, 71 S. Wacker Dr., Chicago, IL 60606 Here is a description of the workshop: Introduction Presentations and Hands-on Lab Exercises for a 1 or 2 day Proof of Technology, with materials focusing on Notes® End User, Domino® Administration, and Domino Application Development enhancements in version 8.5. (Please indicate which day or days you will attend in the Special Instructions box when you register.) Objective The Notes & Domino 8.5 Upgrade is intended to provide the customer with an in-depth examination of the new capabilities of version 8.5 of the products. For existing customers, this exploration will help them assess the additional value and potential impact to their exi

We asked for IBM to get more serious with competitive marketing ... Lotus Foundations Partner & Lotus Software Competitive Win news

June 4 2009

The Lotus Community has been asking IBM to get more serious about its marketing this year - and it seems IBM is listening. A change in attitude is what we asked for, and it seems we are getting it. Today, IBM is making two announcements: 1. IBM is announcing that signed up 1000 Microsoft Business Partners to sell Lotus Foundations. ARMONK, N.Y. -- June 4, 2009 -- Facing waning demand for Microsoft products, more than 1,000 Microsoft Business Partners have already signed up to sell IBM Lotus Foundations (www.ibm.com/lotus/foundations) "office-in-a-box" appliance for small and medium sized businesses (SMBs) in the first five months of 2009. According to Microsoft Business Partners, sales of Microsoft's Small Business Server (SBS) software bundle have stagnated due to lack of innovation and partner dissatisfaction with their inability to add solutions and services. Microsoft partners are looking for an alternative that provides SMBs with more collaboration computing power for less

4 Days of Lotus Awesomeness in Chicago this August

June 1 2009

If you really want to submerse yourself into Lotus Notes and Domino this summer, the best way to that is a stretch of four days in August, starting on the 25th. August 25th and 26th is another IBM Lotus Notes & Domino 8.5 Upgrade Seminar like the one we co-hosted last week. The Midwest Lotus Users Group (MWLUG) then has it's first Conference on August 27th and 28th. Registration opened today. PSC is a sponsor and I will be speaking at it (not sure of the topic yet - any suggestions?). So come to Chicago for a 4 deep dive of Lotus technologies. Stay the weekend and enjoy the Chicago summer :-)

Postmortem of the PSC and IBM Notes 8.5 Upgrade workshop & News about more!

May 31 2009

The general of PSC's Lotus / Collaboration practice, Alex Kassabov, has posted a review of the two day Notes 8.5 upgrade workshop and news about more of them coming to the Chicago area: Notes 8.5 upgrade workshop Posted on May 31, 2009 by Alex On Wednesday and Thursday of this week we [PSC] and IBM hosted a Notes 8.5 upgrade workshop. The workshop was held at IBM Innovation Center downtown Chicago and it was a great event. Thank you everyone who found 2 days in their busy schedules to join us for the workshop. The event was “sold out”. We had no empty seats in the room and unfortunately we had to turn away a few people who tried to register at the last moment. Not to worry, we are planning to hold more workshops during the summer. Please come to the PSC site for event information and registration. The workshop focused on showcasing the new and exciting features of Notes and Domino 8.5: things like DAOS, ID Vault, Shared Logon, XPages. The agenda is a good mix of presentation

OpenNTF.org relaunches, PSC named to the initial steering commitee

May 12 2009

I am happy to announce that PSC has been asked to be part of the initial steering committee for the newly relaunched OpenNTF.org site. As you all know, IBM is taking a much larger role in OpenNTF.org - a good thing and something we all wanted to happen years ago. To make sure this is not something where IBM has all the control, they have created a 9 member steering committee. One one of those members is IBM. I think this is a great place to start helping OpenNTF.org grow and become the center of the Lotus development community. Dusseldorf, Germany 12 May, 2009: Deutsche Notes User Group (DNUG) – OpenNTF, an open consortium of developers that provide templates and applications for the IBM Notes and Domino Platform announced the transformation of the OpenNTF to open source licensing and its new governing steering committee. OpenNTF is a development community devoted to getting groups of individuals all over the world to collaborate on Lotus Notes/Domino applications and release the

Round 2: Where do we go from here? (ODF & OOXML Discussion)

May 7 2009

So yesterday's post And in this corner ..." - can you hear Michael Buffer introducing ODF vs. OOXML in the boxing ring? is now the single most read post on my blog in the 5 1/2 years I have been blogging. The number of referrers is the highest I have seen as well. All for what I thought was a fairly routine post about what it felt to be caught in the middle of a playground fight over who got to push the swing - and who got to ride. Seeing the further discussion around the web honestly entertained me - as well as disappointed me. My blog entry saw both Rob Weir and Doug Mahugh respond. I am glad I could get both of them talking to each other - and not at each other. I find myself truly in the middle - agreeing and disagreeing with both of them on many of the things being done. But what I want to see is action out of the discussion (and drama) and I really do not see any positive progress on that. So a few comments: 1. I have been asked by many on both sides of the ODF and OOXML debate

"And in this corner ..." - can you hear Michael Buffer introducing ODF vs. OOXML in the boxing ring?

May 6 2009

Last week, Microsoft released 2007 Microsoft Office System Service Pack 2. And boy are the sharks swimming in the water. Before I go on, I want to state where I stand - I really do not care about what games anyone wants to play when it comes to interoperability. Period. I have always been the guy who played in both sandboxes - Lotus and Microsoft. It started out as being the guy who figured out how to make Ami Pro drive Excel via DDE. Then it was Word Pro and Access. Office and Notes. Visual Studio.NET and Domino Web Services. SharePoint and Lotus Symphony. VSTO and XPages (coming to a user conference this August). I love being someone who isn't pigeon holed into one technology or camp. So as application automation morphs into document generation in the next couple of years - I want to work with both OOXML and ODF. PSC is already working with OOXML and ODF with our customers. In the end, I do not care which 'wins' Since the release of SP2, both IBM and Adobe have come out and been

Offense vs. Defense (a follow-up to my life lesson post from yesterday)

April 29 2009

So I woke up this morning with a slew of blog comments, emails, and instant messages to read. The content varies but it seems what I wrote caused people to react - some negative, some positive. I know Ed blogged in response to what I wrote - and I will get to that in a moment. First, thanks for the feedback. 99% of it has been constructive, even if you did not agree with what I wrote. I LOVE when people disagree with me, even passionately. But you have to, in the worlds of Rob McDonagh, "be constructive and polite". I am not always right and like to learn from my actions. So thanks again. Second, I want to publically separate my comments from yesterday when it comes to the technical aspect vs the marketing, sales, and competitive side of Lotus Notes & Domino teams. Brent Peters commented yesterday about the technical state of the Notes & Domino product line - and I agree 1000000% with Brent. I think the state of the core Notes & Domino products are in the best shape in ma

Symphony Thursday: Briefings for Lotus Symphony

April 23 2009

Ed brings us news about the Lotus ExpertBriefing on Lotus Symphony from IBM Software Services. There is a podcast and a transcript pdf you can download that covers topics such as: What is Lotus Symphony and how does it fit into a set of tools? Open source movement - Is it safe to be moving in this direction for an organization? How does Lotus Symphony compare to Microsoft products? Who should use Lotus Symphony? What additional functionality or benefits does Lotus Symphony have beyond Microsoft's suite? What is our roadmap, long-term viability of Lotus Symphony? What do I do about technical support, what’s the best method for coexistence, what do I do about security and stability? If you are looking for a more in depth briefing for your company about Lotus Symphony, PSC has a Lotus Symphony JumpStart offering. Over two days, we do a briefing around executive, user, administration, development, and migration topics. At the end of the two days, your company will have an idea of the le

Symphony Thursday: New Clip Art and Clip Art Collections on the Lotus Symphony Gallery

April 23 2009

This post is from the Notes Design Blog, by Mary Beth Raven: You can browse and download brand new Symphony clip art from the Gallery section of the Lotus Symphony website. From the Gallery, there are two ways you can download clip art, as shown in the figure below.: 1. "All In One" download: This is the most efficient way. You select your favorite category and then download the whole set of images. For example, if you want to download all of the "Bullet" icons, just click the "Bullets All In One", then from the details page, click "Download now" to get a .zip file (you need to unzip the file later). 2. "One By One" download: You can also browse individual clip art images and select your favorite ones to download one at a time. After you download them, just follow these steps to add them into the clip art gallery. 1. Open the clip art gallery dialog (main menu entry: Tools Gallery). 2. Click the "New Themes..." button, and you will see a pop up dialog. 3. Click

The IBM Document Management Story & the Domino.Doc Redbook

March 4 2009

For the first week of the Domino Document Manager (Domino.Doc) Redbook, the focus is on getting our hands around a few things. First, we have defined a goal for the Redbook and an outline. Because the move off of Domino.Doc has so many variables, this will not be just a technical redbook. The first section will have an Executive Overview and focus on the business issues. We are building scenarios and customer profiles on the current customer types that use Domino.Doc. From those, we will make recommendations on what to do - both in recommending a new software solution, but also in how to manage the cultural and business process issues. I am really happy that the entire team agrees with this approach. I believe this redbook is going to have real value to a CIO as well as for the developer and administrator. This week also finds us reviewing the IBM story on document and content management. There are so many options. The good news is that about the time this redbook comes out (May/June

Why I am in Boston for 21 days - ILDDM / Domino.Doc Redbook

March 2 2009

So those that follow me on Twitter know that I arrived in snowy Boston for an extended stay - 3 weeks to be exact. The purpose of this trip is to participate in the writing of the IBM Lotus Domino Document Manager / Domino.Doc Migration Redbook. The purpose of the redbook is to help customers decide what to do with their existing ILDDM / Domino.Doc installs and what their options are. It will also cover the migration tool that IBM will be releasing. I have an interesting perspective on the withdrawl of ILDDM / Domino.Doc from the marketplace. I was at the first Domino.Doc Advisory Council meeting before the product even went into beta. With my focus on integration of Lotus Notes & Domino with other technologies, Domino.Doc was the perfect container. Originally released right after Notes 4 - that is before the Domino HTTP web server folks - the product did things that Notes could not. It did document locking and versioning / revisioning in a way that it worked in Notes, even in a

Lotus Developer 2009 Sessions on-line ... and I will be presenting 3

February 2 2009

I am excited to announce here on my blog that I will be doing three presentations at Lotus Developer 2009 in Boston on April 15th thru 17th, 2009. Get your taxes done early and come learn all about the Lotus product portfolio at Lotus Developer 2009 and Admin 2009. Here are the sessions I am giving: Integrating Lotus Symphony, OpenOffice.org, and Google Docs with Lotus Notes and Domino Go behind the scenes of Lotus Symphony and OpenOffice.org and learn how the Universal Network Objects (UNO) API provides development opportunities for very customized integration with external applications and data sources. Get the lowdown on using the new LotusScript LSX for Lotus Symphony, and see how to build additional functionality into Notes applications that provide access to Symphony objects, such as using Notes as the data source for a Lotus Symphony document Mail Merge. Walk through integration of web based document tools such as Google Docs and investigate how AJAX and Web 2.0 technologie

Lotusphere2009 Reflection - Products

January 27 2009

Some thoughts on the Lotus product line and their announcements at Lotusphere2009: Lotus Notes & Domino Lotusphere2009 was really the celebration of the 8.5 release. The OGS might have been anti-climatic since the product shipped the Jan 4th, 2009. The conference was all about 8.5, with DAOS, ID Vault, and XPages all over the sessions. We also saw LinkedIn integration coming in the client with a great sidebar app. Project Atlantic became Alloy, the joint project between SAP and IBM. We need to see more of these - official plug-ins or applications for integration or web 2.0 inclusion to the Notes & Domino product line. I was expecting more Lotus Protector announcements but those did not come, but we got the big shocker of the week - IBM was working to add ActiveSync support to Lotus Traveler in 2009. This is a big move for IBM, providing an ability to allow certain devices COUGH iphone COUGH to connect to the Domino server. It will be interesting to see how this works out

Lotus Awards 2009 Winners featured on ChannelWeb

January 5 2009

This is very cool. ChannelWeb has featured the Lotus Awards 2009 Winners! And here is PSC highlighted for the Best Philanthropy Award

PSC wins the 2009 Lotus Award for Best Philanthropy Solution

December 18 2008

The 2009 Edition of the Lotus Awards were announced today and PSC won for the Best Philanthropy Solution! Here is a brief overview of the winning solution: Africa Challenge S.A. (ACSA), has joined with Zain, Africa’s most successful pan-African mobile network, to create the Zain Africa Challenge (ZAC). ZAC, the first-ever televised academic competition among students at African universities across the continent, is a major undertaking for ACSA. The Zain Africa Challenge (ZAC) is an event that celebrates higher education in the continent of Africa. ZAC unites students and creates a forum for like-minded individuals and educators to meet and collaborate. A great benefit of the ZAC is the social networking that begins as students from many nations intermix and compete. These future leaders come to respect peers from neighboring countries that have often had poor relations. The leaders are learning the value of networking, education, and collaboration. The collaboration tools of Note

My Lotusphere 2009 Sessions with Date and Time

December 15 2008

Today brings dates, times, and room assignments for most of the Lotusphere 2009 sessions. Here is my speaking schedule: Jumpstart JMP205 - Integration of IBM Lotus Notes and Lotus Domino with Microsoft Office, .NET, and IBM Lotus Symphony Welcome to the real world, where Lotus Notes and Lotus Domino are just part of your corporate toolset. This session will introduce you to integration of Lotus Notes and Domino 8 and 8.5 with Microsoft Office, .NET technologies, OpenOffice.org, and Lotus Symphony. We'll start with the basics and gradually build up to advanced integration. Mail Merge, exporting to a spreadsheet, charting, presentation building, and integration on the Web will all be covered. Advanced topics such as Visual Studio Tools for Office and integration with Lotus Domino Web Services will round out the session. All new samples including integration with XPages will provide samples you can use as soon as you get home. John Head & Alex Kassabov Dolphin Americas Seminar : S

Lotusphere 2009 Approved!

November 13 2008

I am a bit late to the blogging about these, but I had three Lotusphere 2009 session abstracts approved! First, we have the Jumpstart that Alex and I have given the past couple years Introduction to integration of Lotus Notes and Lotus Domino with Microsoft Office, .NET, and Lotus Symphony. The session has been completely revamped with all new demos and new technology demos including the integration of Google Docs with Notes and Domino applications and some intro samples around creating OOXML and ODF documents. This session has been popular in the past with a back to back repeat pre-scheduled. That is 4 hours of integration demos Sunday afternoon in Orlando to kick off the week. If we do that again this year and you see my Sunday night at the party or eating Ed's sushi at Kimono's after, you will understand why I am punchy :-) Second, I will be giving Lotus Symphony and You - A Developer's Perspective, which is a revamped version of my Irish Lotus User's Group session with less Execut

PSC is the featured Lotus Symphony Business Partner

November 3 2008

Today, the Lotus Symphony website launched the Lotus Symphony Business Partners Page and a Business Partner Spotlight feature on the home page. PSC is the first partner in that spotlight: Very cool!

Debunking the Lotus Awards = Websphere Portal talk

November 3 2008

So there has been some talk about how the 2009 version of the Lotus Awards are skewed to be more favorable towards Websphere Portal vs Lotus Software, specially Lotus Notes & Domino. So let's break each award down and look closely to see if this talk is correct. The award info is located here. Award 1: Breakout Technology Award This Award will be presented to an IBM Business Partner who offers a solution that extends the software user experience by leveraging new technology innovations introduced into the IBM Lotus® and IBM WebSphere® Portal portfolio. These technologies must be new since Lotusphere® 2008, such as XPages, Live Text, Composite Application integration with the Sidebar, and the Portal Web 2.0 client. They provide IBM Business Partners and customers with the capability to integrate and blend heterogeneous applications and data in the context of the end user's role, transforming solutions into a single seamless work environment that boosts end user and organizational

Thoughts on the Websphere Portal Technical Conference

October 19 2008

This past week, I attended the IBM Websphere Portal Technical Conference in Nashville, TN. I was a guest at the Ephox booth, showing off PSC's work on the implementation of EditLive! within IBM Lotus Quickr for Domino. Here are some thoughts about the conference: The vendor's area was much smaller (under 20 partners) but the booth sizes where much larger. Each partner had what seemed like a 10' x 10' space .. with multiple tables, custom backdrop, etc. The booth setup was great The food at the event was far superior to anything at Lotusphere. Maybe it is the scale (650+ here vs the 6000+ at Lotusphere). It seemed like 1/3 of the attendees were IBM employees .. and not of the product type. Lots and lots of IGS folks there Even though Websphere Portal is a Lotus brand product, most people were surprised to see so much yellow at the conference. Lotus Quickr for J2EE, Lotus Sametime, Lotus Mashups, and even a presentation on widgets and Composite Applications was on the agenda I met

PSC is hiring - IBM Lotus Consultant

September 22 2008

So with how busy Luis, Alex, and myself have been (along with everyone else on our team), PSC is looking to hire someone to join our IBM Lotus team. From Alex's site here is what he is looking for: Strong Lotus Notes development skills @Functions, of course LotusScirpt is a must Strong web development skills Know how take a Lotus Notes application to the web Know how to write JavaScript Knowledge of DHTML, AJAX is always a plus Experience building enterprise applications Know how to build applications without hardcoding everything Know how to write code that won’t break if an application is moved to a new server or some people leave the company Know to connect a Lotus Notes application to a back-end data source, for example, DB2, MS SQL, Oracle. Consulting skills Have experience working face-to-face with the customers, end users, business users Know how to work off minimal specifications/ideas from business users and how to build development specifications out of them Kn

IBM’s website is adding AddThis.com widgets in places

September 8 2008

So while looking at the Lotus Collaboration Summit website today, I noticed that IBM has started adding AddThis.com widgets to their site. Click the widget and then click More at the bottom right to get a full list of the services AddThis.com supports: Nice to see IBM getting into the web 2.0 tagging world. I love AddThis.com and have it on the site here.

Lotus Collaboration Summit dates appear - Chicago is 10/2/2008

September 8 2008

So the first dates of the Lotus Collaboration Summit for the fall seem to have been released. I see the following dates at the official website: Now, don't go making a stink that YOUR city is not on the list. Not all the dates have been announced and there will not be as many cities as the spring Lotusphere Comes to You events. The Chicago agenda looks like this: Go register for the Chicago event here.

So IBM thinks it is important that all the LotusScript Developers transition to Java ... where is IBM Education?

September 8 2008

So Bob Balaban did some blogging this weekend on the transition of LotusScript developers to Java and Nathan Freeman blogged about some nuggets around Java and the Notes UI and Front End classes. While the complete message of what is coming is not anything that those of us in the Design Partner can communicate (I just wish IBM would blog/discuss this publically). The path that will come to a head with the final release of 8.5 (that is a guess, it could be 8.5.1 or later) should not surprise anyone and is a long time coming. It should put the Java and LotusScript developers on equal footing. The problem here is that while IBM has gone out of it's way to preach why Java is so great AND that LotusScript is not going away, IBM has not giving us the tools to educate the typical LotusScript developer. Why has IBM Education not come out with courses and materials to help the LotusScript developer, who typically has no hard-core development background, move to Java? This has to come from IBM

What is holding you back from building Notes, Sametime, and Symphony plug-ins with Eclipse & Expeditor?

August 4 2008

There has been some chatter out there about why we are seeing a trickle instead of a flood of plug-ins that work with Notes, Sametime, or Symphony. Besides the fact that they require knowledge of Java and Eclipse.org development, what things are holding people back? I think if we could come up with a comprehensive list of suggestions and road blocks that we could communicate with IBM this is the time. I will post my issues and wish list as another post with a consolidated list from all of you. And please ... let's not make this a "Java is too hard" or "notes developers can't handle eclipse development" discussion. That issue is known but I want to offer constructive feedback on improvement not have the same discussion again.

Have you been to Iris.com lately?

August 1 2008

Thanks to Greg Walrath for this one ... Besides the fact that Iris was just cool, I wonder what is going on here. You would think that Iris.com would point to notes.net or devworks or at least Lotus or IBM ... hmmm

Shame on IBM - No presence at the Microsoft Office ODF Workshop

July 30 2008

One of the many shocks of the day at the Microsoft Office ODF Workshop is that no one from IBM is here. I know they were invited as the entire ODF Technical Council and OASIS groups were invited. I see folks from Novell and other companies. But not official IBM presence. Now, this might have just been a scheduling issue, but someone should have been here. Microsoft is running an event showing off Alpha code of Office 2007 SP2 without a NDA. They are being incredibly open (maybe more open than I have ever seen them) and IBM has no part in the conversation. Shame on you IBM.

Why does IBM think Domino Document Manager/ILDDM/Domino.Doc is dead?

July 24 2008

So Ed's comment sparked me to write this blog entry .. and it won't be pretty. IBM seems to think that Domino Document Manager, also known as ILDDM, also known as Domino.Doc, is in maintenance mode. How can IBM put a product into maintenance mode when there is no replacement for it? No folks, Lotus Quickr does not match the functionality requirements that ILDDM fits. Nor does any of the other document management systems that IBM owns, including FileNet. For large customers, FileNet is a great solution. For those looking for replacing network share drives with some basic collaboration, Lotus Quickr works pretty well. Heck, you can even use that amazing Mainsoft Sharepoint Integrator for Lotus Notes for document sharing. Their sidebar app for Sharepoint is absolutely killer! But if you want a SMB document management solution or a document management solution that is so customizable it can become part of a larger process (for example, a major manufacturer using a custom Notes based

Mary Beth’s Blog is Now the Design Team blog and it has moved

July 23 2008

I am happy to announce that Mary Beth Raven is moving her blog to the PSC blog server! The blog on Devworks is changing as it moves, becoming a Notes based blog and growing to include the either Notes Design Team. Welcome to all of you ... it only took us a couple months :) So for everyone, reset your rss feeds to www.notesdesignblog.com.

Why did Lotus/IBM never add webdav to Domino?

July 10 2008

So one of the biggest holes in the Domino server product is the fact that Webdav is missing. With webdav, we could have iPhone connectivity ourselves. With Webdav, we could build connectors like the Quickr ones ourselves. With Webdav, web services become so much more powerful. IBM, why is there no Webdav support for Domino? Webdav should be in Domino 8.5 ... and you know it. Update: So yes, Domino supports WebDav for design elements ... I am talking about for documents. Where is full support of the WebDav standard that would allow me to navigate a Notes database using Office or other Webdav clients? That is what I am looking for ... and asking why IBM never did that

Listen to me on The Taking Notes Podcast Episode 83 - XPages and Yellow Water

June 29 2008

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XPages idea sparks world domination? hmmmmm

June 25 2008

Yesterday, I had an idea hit me between the eyes as I was thinking about XPages. Some background ... Last week, while out to dinner with the XPages group in Westford, Nathan Freeman and I were talking about possible ideas for submitting sessions at Lotusphere. Yeah, I know, a bit early, but not really. Nathan and I have talked about doing a session together ... and if we both survive working with each other, it might be a killer experience :-) So I called Nathan, told him about my idea .. and it ties almost perfectly into something he is working on. When I talked thru the entire idea, Nathan finally saw the end game. I think he is jazzed about it. As he said, if we hit our "500 million" goal, this could be a major application we build. So I am not going to reveal what it is ... I know, I hate that too. Sorry. But you will hear about it as the work to see if we can do this transpires. Hopefully this will push others to go out there and totally geek out on XPages. What a fun time the

IBM - XPages puts more pressure on ...

June 20 2008

This is an open comment to IBM ... After seeing XPages kick major ass in Westford this week, IBM has some work to do. First, they need to get the LotusScript editor done in DDE. They know this, and I trust it will get done and in a reasonable time. But with the sex appeal of XPages, people doing anything with LotusScript are going to be jealous. They need to see that their toolset is expanding. The pressure is on to make this rock. Second, DXL round-trip import and export is even more important. At least for the design element side. DXL is going to be an important part of our toolkit when it comes to making XPages apps that get resold by the BP and ISV community. Last, the moment that XPages works in the client, the explosion of XPages applications will begin. And, it will help protect the Notes mail shops in ways like never before. If they do it right, it could also be the push to make Composite Applications and Expeditor apps really take off. IBM has done outstanding work taking

Welcome to the PSC Blog Server - Lotus Mashup Blog

June 18 2008

Adam Gartenberg picked this up first, but I wanted to welcome the Lotus Mashup Team, with the Mix and Match (www.mix-and-mash.com) blog to the PSC blog server. Another IBM product team blogging is a good thing. Nicole, Mark, and the rest of your team ... welcome to the family. And special thanks to Steve Castledine for making such a kick ass blog template that I could change the top bar color from yellow to something more blue without major work. Nice job mate!

The Lotus Community Echo Chamber and the Apple iPhone 3G; Part 3 - A Call to Action

June 12 2008

This is the third and final part in a three piece thought process that came after the WWDC SteveNote that took place on Monday. To can read my initial thoughts, The Lotus Community Echo Chamber and the Apple iPhone 3G, The Lotus Community Echo Chamber and the Apple iPhone 3G: Part 1 - A hard look at the community, and The Lotus Community Echo Chamber and the Apple iPhone 3G; Part 2 - Who is the real customer? So in a quick recap, I took issue with the community in part one. I took issue with IBM in part 2. To wrap this all up, I want to take the issues talked about and create a community call to action so we can begin to address the issues. That comes in two pieces: 1. Let IBM and Apple know that we want Domino support on the iPhone So Ed Brill and Brent Peters (VP of Development, Lotus) have asked us to contact Apple and ask for Domino support on the iPhone. Great. Here is a collection of the contact points: Apple Feedback on Apple.com: http://www.apple.com/feedback/iphone.h

The Lotus Community Echo Chamber and the Apple iPhone 3G; Part 2 - Who is the real customer?

June 11 2008

This is part two in a three part thought process that came after the WWDC SteveNote that took place on Monday. To can read my initial thoughts, The Lotus Community Echo Chamber and the Apple iPhone 3G, and The Lotus Community Echo Chamber and the Apple iPhone 3G: Part 1 - A hard look at the community. Once we look harshly at the community, it is only fair to turn the same eye on IBM's view of who their Notes customer is. With all of my time working with IBM around the Lotus Notes and Domino product, we have heard so many things about who their customer is. I don't mean user vs developer vs admin vs executive. I mean who is their current customer base and what customers are being targeted for future license sales. IBM says there are a total of 120 million Notes customers over the life of the product. They will also say there are 46,000 active companies on maintenance. Those numbers have been used in so many places, that I do not doubt them. The issue I have is who the listen to. So

The Lotus Community Echo Chamber and the Apple iPhone 3G: Part 1 - A hard look at the community

June 10 2008

Out of all of the discussion yesterday around the Microsoft Exchange support coming for the iPhone and OS X Snow Leopard (10.6) is that Apple is not hearing from IBM customers. For the sake of this post, let's pretend we all agree that is 100% accurate. So if that is the case, how do we make Apple hear us? So the next question we have to ask ourselves is how much communication does Apple need to hear? Let's look at that issue closer. First, there are 266 blogs on PlanetLotus. Since that includes some IBM blog, we get closer to 230 of non-IBM employee blogs. Not a bad number, but who do those blogs represent? As I can thru the list of blogs, at least two-thirds of those are Lotus Business Partners. Those blogs are the important foundation of our on-line community, but do they represent the important voices IBM needs? We all know that PAYING customers are the voice that get things done in the real-world. How many customers are blogging and represented on PlanetLotus? This is not an acc

The Lotus Community Echo Chamber and the Apple iPhone 3G

June 10 2008

So yesterday was an interesting day for all of us, was it not? I will not repeat the details of what happened, but I read two thoughts on blogs I want to point out and discuss throughout today: 1. A comment on Ed Brill 's blog by Ed himself I've seen five blog entries on the petition but only 21 signatures so far. Hope this isn't an echo chamber... 2. A comment on John Roling 's blog he made in his last blog post This is the last post I'll make about Lotus Notes / iPhone. After reading both of those, I think we need a harsh reality check and some massive self reflection on our community. And yes, I include myself in that. I have a crazy day, so this will come out in a couple of blog posts across the day. But here are the headlines for the posts to come: 1. A hard look at the community 2. Who is the real customer? 3. A Call to Action - Lotus Notes & Domino and the Apple iPhone Look for the first topic before lunch

Lotusphere Comes to You Chicago

March 18 2008

Thoughts about Lotusphere Comes to You here in Chicago at the Intercontinental Hotel - Great location. IBM has the Collaborative Summit at the Field Museum last fall, and today at the Intercontinental Hotel right on Michigan Ave. This after years of being in the basement of a no name hotel - If it was not raining, foggy, or if I did not have a box of materials, I would have walked! 3 blocks from where I live ... love the location - IBM had over 300 people register for the event. I would say over half of that attended. In a world where 50% of the registered folks attend, if is better than average. That being said, the Microsoft Heroes Happen Here event in Chicago had over 2,000 people. I guess free copies of Windows Server 2008, Visual Studio.NET 2008, and Microsoft Vista with SP1 on the DVD was the draw. Would having DVD(s) of IBM software lift attendance? - There is only one track and it is focused at product news and strategy. This year, LCTY is designed for decision makers. We

The Lotus Symphony team was in Business Week!

March 17 2008

This weekend I had a chance to catch up on my reading disconnected from the computer. I had a stack of Business Week magazines since Lotusphere and needed to get thru them. I like reading Business Week because it gives you a good overview of business, financial, and other stories without getting too political or into the details I will never understand. So I got to the January 28th, 2008 edition. I came across an article called International Isn't Just IBM's First Name and realized it was something about IBM. The article goes on to talk about how IBM is dealing with global customers and research and development teams across the globe. It was a great article. And then I came upon this: To understand how IBM choreographs this dance, consider Lotus Symphony, a package of PC software applications. Work on a new version of Symphony started last July. Teams in Beijing; Austin, Tex.; Raleigh, N.C.; and Boeblingen, Germany, are all contributing. Remarkably, it's the first time ever that the

I am humbled and honored ... Integra calls me the Leading Expert on Office Integration

February 27 2008

I think everyone gets that Integra and PSC are working very close together, but I have to say this shocked me. I did not write it and only had an editorial review once it was posted. I am honored and humbled by this sidebar on their web page: I started my path in the Notes world in 1993 with the integration of Notes with Ami Pro. That transitioned to SmartSuite. Then Office ... 5 versions and counting. Recently OpenOffice.org and Lotus Symphony. I look back at this journey and am very proud of the work I have done. Being called the "leading expert" and "Notes veteran" and being only 33 always makes me laugh. 2008 is all about taking this "leading expert" position and really turning that into a viable business. Integra is just the foundation that makes the integration projects and solutions easier to manage and build. This year is going to be very interesting ... To the Integra folks ... thank you very much for the kind words.

Listen to me on Taking Notes

February 16 2008

Listen to myself, along with John de Gorgio talk with Bruce and Julian on the Taking Notes podcast: Taking Notes Episode 76: 2008.02.16 - Reporting and Notes integration with MS Office and Lotus Symphony with Integra and PSC February 16th, 2008 Bruce and Julian talk with John Head from The PSC Group and John de Gorgio from Integra4Notes where we talked about: * Using Integra4Notes to generaated pixel perfect reports from Notes * Integra4Notes Personal Edition - FREE * Lotus Symphony * Some predictions about Lotus Symphony * and much more This podcast was sponsored by Instant Technologies. It is 20.7mb and runs 45:08 minutes at 64kps. Thanks for chatting with us guys. Podcast sounds really great!

Lotus - Integrating with Web 2.0 in Lotus Connections is just the tip of the iceberg

February 16 2008

I would like to ask Lotus to please rewrite their "How we integrate with Web 2.0" strategy. The current one sucks. Let me explain. Many people have been asking Lotus what they are going to do to fix the fact that none of the public websites in the web 2.0 world support Notes. What do I mean? Let's do a little test: 1. Go to your favorite Web 2.0 site. Pick any. Facebook, LinkedIn, Plaxo, WorldMate Live, Upcoming.com. You could also try Ticketmaster or LiveNation ... not very Web 2.0 but still frequently used sites. 2. Go to the Invite page. 3. Look for the section where you can import from your address book. They probably will have a Gmail, Yahoo, MSN, and maybe AOL web mail. Ignore that. Look for the corporate email supported. What do you see? I bet you see Outlook. Here is what I found: Facebook: LinkedIn: oh, and look at this ... They have an Outlook Toolbar add-in. Plaxo: WorldMate Live: LiveNation: I could have also selected OpenTable.com, Dinin

How do we make IdeaJam have a bigger impact?

February 13 2008

Before I go into my thought here, I want to be clear. I love IdeaJam. Bruce, Matt, and Sean have built a wonderful tool. PSC is damn proud to host it and I have nothing to say but praise for the site. I am so happy that Bruce has found a market for the solution. Alex and I talked about IdeaJam in every session we gave at Lotusphere. I have turned customers and IBMers on to the site. I support IdeaJam 1000000%. This is not a negative comment about the site in any manner. Can I be more clear? One of the things I have been thinking about since Lotusphere is how we can take the impact the community makes on IBM at Lotusphere and figure out how we can do that the other 51 weeks of the year. Here are some of my thoughts. My goal here is to brainstorm. IdeaJam has given many people hope of a collaborative environment. My question is, does a post on IdeaJam really have enough weight to make an impact on average. Sure, Mary Beth and Bob and others have said they read and follow IdeaJam. Bruce

Welcome the Lotus Connections Team to the world of blogging

December 3 2007

I would like to welcome Suzanne Minassian, Joseph Russo, and David Brooks to the world of IBM Lotus blogs. Synchronous is where you will find information about Lotus Connections and the world of Enterprise Social Networking. I am really happy to welcome these folks to the PSC hosted blogging world. And check out that url ... Synch.rono.us. P.S. Yes, that is the new theme for the IBM Blog that will be shipping in 8.0.1. Bob might have beat us to the punch, but this blog will always be the inspiration. Suzanne wanted to blog externally, but wanted a user interface that resembled Lotus Connections. The PSC blog server, which hosts Ed, Alan, Adam, Rob, and others (including this blog), is a Domino server. Steve Castledine and I talked and he built that wonderful theme. I think people liked it so much it became the new default! Special thanks to Steve for his wonderful work on the 8.0.1 blog template, the theme, and putting up with requests from Suzanne and myself.

John Speaks 2008: Lotusphere 2008 Sessions

November 2 2007

Today the official emails went out for Lotusphere2008 Session abstract approvals. I do not see any statement where I can not announce these, so here we go :-) I have three sessions this year: Jumpstart: Introduction to IBM Lotus Notes and IBM Lotus Domino Integration with Desktop Applications (which includes Office, Symphony, OpenOffice.org, and some other things like BIRT) Best Practices: Integration of IBM Lotus Notes 8 with the IBM Lotus Symphony and OpenOffice.org Best Practices: IBM Lotus Notes 8 and IBM Lotus Expeditor Customization for LotusScript Developers (which will include Composite Applications, Sidebar, and Menu Plug-ins) I am excited to be joined by Alex Kassabov, Vice President of Collaboration, on the Jumpstart and the Expeditor Customization sessions. See you in Orlando in January!

Lotusphere 2008 - Let’s talk about Thursday Evening

October 19 2007

So one of my todos from last year's Lotusphere was to think about a better way to handle the community dinner on Thursday night. Last year, 40+ of us went to dinner at Shula's. Now, I really like it there. The problem was that we all expected to pay about $80. I think we ended up paying close to $200 per person. Now, no one is to blame ... but I think Kitty almost had a heart attack when she got the bill. And the line at the ATM was out of control. So, I have been thinking about how to do this better this year. A way we can all hang out, interact, but do so in a way where we have better control of the price and do not piss off a restaurant by taking it over. So here is my first idea: We rent of one the big rooms or hospitality suites at the Boardwalk. Leveraging my family that lives in Orlando, we can do a Costco run for beverages (water, soda, beer, wine, etc) and order food. Pizza or sandwiches or something like that. We set a price that everyone pays ... somewhere between $20 and

IdeaJam - Congrats to Bruce and Team

October 16 2007

Congrats to Bruce Elgort and his killer team for getting Ideajam.net ready for the real world. PSC is excited to add another great community site to our hosted group! More about Ideajam VANCOUVER, Washington - October 16, 2007 – Today Elguji Software announced their new “Elguji Ideas” software that will be used to support a new social networking site for the IBM Lotus Community called “Idea Jam” (IdeaJam.net). The site will officially launch on Tuesday November 20, 2007. Idea Jam is a site where users of IBM’s Lotus software products can exchange ideas on how to improve Lotus products. Others can help promote and/or demote ideas, as well as, providing feedback through comments. Popular ideas will rise to the top. The Idea Jam, unlike blogs and discussion forums, allows a single place for the Lotus community to share and promote ideas and suggestions on how to improve IBM Lotus software. Ideas are grouped into “idea spaces” – which

Integra 4.5 has been released!

October 3 2007

Integra for Notes 4.5 has been annouced. Here is the press release: Integra4Notes releases new version 4.5 Inline with ND8 Functionality, Embedded PDF Creator and Enhanced GUI and Integra Quick Reports Gets Major Productivity Enhancements Integra4Notes, the award winning Notes to Office integration and reporting product, has released version 4.5 which delivers ND8 compatibility, further enhancements to reporting across multiple databases and other productivity improvements for users that wish to extract data from their Lotus Notes applications to the Microsoft Office suite. Full features and benefits and a free 15-day download of the product is available immediately. This version is compatible with IBM Lotus Notes 8 and Office 2007 and new features include an integral PDF writer and improvements to the DbLookup wizard in the Integra profile. New functionality in Integra Quick Reports delivers the ability to generate ad-hoc reports from multiple databases. The products have been deve

More thoughts on Lotus Symphony

September 20 2007

I wanted to expand on my thoughts, and those of Nathan Freeman , on the IBM announcement and release of Lotus Symphony. First, I pretty much agree with all of the reasons Nathan outlined. They are all valid and make sense. I wanted to add 3 more reasons why Lotus Symphony will have major impact. 1. The weight of IBM behind the OpenOffice.org organization. If anyone wants to see how IBM can get behind an open source initiative, look at Eclipse.org. If you are building a development tool, and you are not doing an addin to Visual Studio.NET, you are building it on top of Eclipse.org. There are so many tools out there. IBM has been the big driver behind making Eclipse.org the success it is today. Imagine what IBM can do for the OpenOffice.org community. Yes, OpenOffice.org has some supporters. Yes, they have had some successes. But the weight and power of IBM will drive the organization forward. We will see major and massive movement in the open source OOO world in the next couple of year

It feels so new, but looks so old ... introducing IBM Lotus Symphony

September 17 2007

Symphony.So today we are seeing IBM go back to playing head to head with Microsoft in the desk top suite wars. Those face IBM Productivity Editors, called Lotus Documents/Spreadsheets/Presentations in Notes 8, are now officially IBM Lotus Symphony. IBM is releasing them for free. I also hear we will see updates to the editors that include the OpenOffice.org 2.x code fairly 'soon' ... but not this year. Check out Ed's for more info today. Wow ... now we just need 8.0.1 to update the names of our new Microsoft dethrone applications :-) update: folks, the title wasn't a slight at IBM ... just my thoughts on the use of the name again ... down boys

Lotus Demo Diner

September 17 2007

As part of the Lotus Collaboration Summit On-line site, you can now visit the Lotus Demo Diner Flash demos of Notes 8, Sametime 7.5.1, Lotus Quickr, Lotus Connections, and Websphere Portal 6 are all located from the Diner page.

Collaboration University 2007 Slides and Demo Database

September 11 2007

Here are the slides and demo database for my presentation at Collaboration University 2007 on Notes 8 here in Kansas City entitled "Notes 8 Productivity Editors - User and Programability" (I updated the demo database ... bad John)

CU: Mary Beth Raven ... The Nitty Gritty of Lotus Notes 8

September 10 2007

Best presentation opening ever! ... (with the Star Wars opening theme by John Williams going in the background) "A long time ago in a town 1,440 miles away" (text crawl just like the opening of the Star Wars movies) "Notes ... Release 8: A New Hope. It is a period of angst and frustration. The Notes USER EXPERIENCE does not delight users, making the struggle against the nefarious REDMOND-based EMPIRE that much harder. A bold decision is made. A release known only as HANNOVER will “deliver a world class user experience in mail, calendar and contact management, and new capabilities such as activity management and composite applications.” Only one question remains: How? Notes 8" The Mission: Improve Mail, Calendar, and Contacts ... Introduce composite applications ... integration the IBM productivity tools Had to understand the Notes users ... sites visits. Different Industries and countries (not just US) Interviewed Users to Create Personas ... "Knowledge worke

CU Keynote: Ed Brill

September 10 2007

Lotus Notes and Domino - A history, a future ... Ed Brill 17 Years, 130 million users, 46,000 organizations Notes 8 will have end user advertising, but do not expect big budget TV ads First Notes release in a long time that users are pestering IT for a upgrade IBM joins OpenOffice.org Community Roadmap continued user oriented innovation calendaring ... i cal updated to-do and journal UI Lotus Quickr Integration SAP Integration Mac Beta in 8.0.1 ... Eclipse 3.4 required and not ready yet 8.0.1 ... Domino Web Access "Next" Dynamic interactive web client modern user experience, web 2.0 update DWA "Lite" Notes 8.0.1 planned for "around Lotusphere" Lotus Domino "Next" Plans Reduce complexity of managing Lotus Notes identities not require Notes password auth

At Collaboration University!

September 10 2007

I am here in Kansas City, MO this morning as Collaboration University is getting ready to start. I got here last night on the same flight as Ed. Rob Novak picked us up and took us to the Intercontinental, the hotel for the conference. Some great BBQ and discussion amoungst the speakers ended the evening. I will do some blogging of Ed Brill and his keynote and Mary Beth Raven and her discussion about the Notes 8 process and user interface. Check back for more later today ... and what might be the best presentation opening ever!

PSC featured in the Lotus Notes 8 Customer and Partner Testimonial Video

September 5 2007

PSC is featured in the new Lotus Notes 8 Customer and Partner Testimonial Video. Andrew Lauter, President, and myself both talk about the impact of Lotus Notes 8. check it out below

A week in Cambridge (MA)

August 24 2007

announcements.I spent most of this week in Cambridge, MA at two different Lotus Business Partner Summits, one for Lotus Connections and one for Lotus Quickr. While I can not talk about much of what I saw for the futures of the products, I can tell you that I am excited. Lotusphere is really looking like we will get some blockbuster announcements. One of the highlights for me was getting some time with Jeff Schick. He spent a bunch of time talking with us about Social Software, the second quarter success of Lotus Connections, and much more. One of the surprises was a bunch of discussion around Lotus Domino Document Manager (Domino.Doc). It was great to see Chris Miller, Debbie Lynd, Rob Novak, Dan Lieber, Suzanne Minassian, Peter Van De Graff, and many more. Carl Tyler and Alan Lepofsky joined myself and Chris Miller for noodles and a couple drinks .. nice to see you locals as well. Special thanks to Brandon Smith for arranging all of this. It was a long week for me as I was working i

Mantra for the Day - If it is in Notes, it needs to work off-line ...

August 23 2007

I would just like to make a new mantra for the day for anyone, at IBM or outside, who is building integration of some product into the Notes client. Notes client users have expectations ... they expect things to work off-line. Period. No room for discussion. Zero. Period. Thank you for your time

IBM just blew me away ...

August 21 2007

So, IBM just blew me away. They were showing us all of the extension points for Lotus Connections. Things like the Notes 8 sidebar, Microsoft Office extensions, and Notes 7 support. These are all things that are going to be on the Connections Catalog and are not tied to the release of the product. They plan to update them independently. This is a good thing. Debbie Lynd of WIS and I were sitting with Dan Gurney. He was walking us thru the Notes 7 integration for Lotus Connections. He has built some great stuff here. It feels like you are using the built-in integration in Notes 8 for Activities (even if it looks a bit different). He also added profile and dogear integration. As he was walking thru his work, he talked about his toolbar. He talked about how he made the toolbar take the document context, load a dialog, and then do some actions. He showed this code: @DbCommand( "AGENT"; "":"ilc4ln.nsf"; "(LaunchActivity)" ) While this was great, Dan then said that he wrote a DLL calle

A week in Boston

August 21 2007

I am spending the week in Cambridge, MA. Just over the river from Boston. I am here all week for a 3 day Lotus Connections and a 3 day Lotus Quickr Summit. Chris Miller is blogging some of the technical stuff we are talking about, but I am here most for how to take both products out into the market. I need a drink already ... I just got off my chest a major issue. Just because I do not take IBM to task in my blog or other on-line sites does not mean I let them off in person ;) Man, I wish I could share an audio transcript on our discussion about Lotus Domino LDAP support in Lotus Connections .. that was a super fun conversation.

I was quoted in the official IBM Lotus Notes & Domino 8 Press Release

August 18 2007

Here is the quote from the official IBM press release for Notes & Domino 8: "Giving our clients more productivity tool options for their workforce gives us an edge in the consulting market. I am very excited about creating Notes applications that take advantage of the Lotus productivity tools to introduce a new level of integration unknown in the marketplace," said John Head, Framework Management with PSC Group, an IT consultant. Cool beans :-)

IBM Lotus Notes & Domino 8 released

August 17 2007

As you probably can tell, IBM Lotus Notes & Domino 8.0.0 has been released to the public. Congratulations to everyone at IBM and especially to the development team that has put their sweat and tears into making this release the best and biggest Notes release ever. Below is a great video demo of the new Notes 8 client: You can get screenshots and product logos over at the blog of Alan Lepofsky . This release has a lot of attachment and emotion for me. My first involvement with this release goes all the way back to the Software Design Review (SDR) in October of 2005. I then was on bi-weekly conference calls for the Design Partner program for almost 18 months. PSC has been building Composite Applications for over a year and the blog server that hosts this blog and all of the IBM blogs we host has been running a version of Domino 8 for since before Lotusphere 2007. Starting today, my production Notes client is now 8.0.0. I will be moving all of my Notes 7.X development and test

Mitch Cohen gives the details on Lotus Connections and Domino LDAP

August 16 2007

Mitch Cohen, a IT professional at Colgate-Palmolive, is involved in many of the IBM betas. I have heard and seen Mitch at many of the beta and Design Partner events, and he knows his stuff. Mitch has detailed the process on how to make Lotus Connections work with Domino LDAP TODAY. Official Support is coming in Lotus Connections 1.0.2 this fall (October). Thanks Mitch! On that note, just one comment. Many people have complained that Lotus Connections 1.0.0 did not ship with Domino LDAP support. Has anyone considered that a product designed to be attractive to non Domino shops had its first batch of PAYING customers with requirements for Tivoli and Active Directory? And why is that bad? I do not think it is.

John Speaks 2007 - Collaboration University on Notes & Domino 8

August 16 2007

I am delighted to announce that I will be speaking at Collaboration University on Notes and Domino 8 on the Notes 8 Productivity Editors. Rob Novak, President at SNAPPS and the organizer of CU, wrote this on his blog Lotus Rock Star yesterday: Happy to announce that John Head of PSC Group in Chicago will be joining us in Kansas City for Collaboration University for Lotus Notes and Domino 8. John's company is a Design Partner for Lotus Notes 8 and has significant expertise with Notes integration with office suites - SmartSuite, Microsoft Office, and OpenOffice. It is this last point of integration and the fact that OO-based editors are part of Lotus Notes 8.0 that makes John's participation in Collaboration University so interesting. We're very happy to welcome PSC Systems as the fourth IBM Business Partner, rounding out the partner-driven event. PSC Group joins BE Systems of Edinburgh, The Turtle Partnership of London and SNAPPS of Kansas City. John will be presenting on the

IBM needs to stop kidding themselves about Notes and ISV relations

July 12 2007

Today I read something that made me react so strongly I had to write here about. I read a comment that Volker Weber wrote on Ed Brill 's blog. And I found something I completely agree with. With email, c&s, contacts I also see other reasons, to name only one: ubiquitous support for Outlook/Exchange in mobile devices or CRM applications Volker is 1000% correct. IBM has had their heads buried in the sand with this issue for years. Sales says its an ISV issue. The IBM ISV team is so focused on Anti-virus and Backup that they forget the other stuff. There are so many companies out there that have products and software and have no or horrible support for Notes. Cardscan, Plaxo, LinkedIn, OpenTable, and the list goes on. They have Outlook importing and/or synching right on their pages. These products even build Outlook integration points that bring the two close together. None of that for Notes. This is hurting and causing IBM to lose Notes customers. I have personally witnessed this.

IBM takes gaming seriously

June 24 2007

As most people who read this blog know, I spend a fair amount of time writing about games. Games I like to play, game news, game info, game pictures, etc. I love the ability to do something or be someone that you can not do or be. Gaming allows you to experience things that are not possible in the real world. Both positive and negative. As many of you know, I am slowly 'unplugging' myself from the raiding guild lifestyle of World of Warcraft, but I have not stopped playing altogether. I love the game too much. What I could not do any more was the scheduled raiding of 5 or 6 hours a night for multiple nights a week. Too much effort, planning, and coordination mixed with real people's personality and drama just wore me down. It felt more like a job or school than a game. What I find interesting is at the same time I am walking away from my second job, IBM is taking gaming seriously. Not just about hardware (IBM does make the processors for all 3 gaming consoles) or software, but how g

Lotus Developer 2007 Demo Databases

June 12 2007

All of the demo databases from my 3 sessions at last week's Lotus Developer 2007 have been posted. Please find them at the links below: Unlock the Power of the Desktop with Microsoft Office/Lotus Notes Integration Give your Notes users functionality and capabilities that they depend on including: mail merge, charting, exporting, pdf generation, and reporting all within a familiar interface. This session will provide you with a solid introduction to working with Microsoft Office as well as different uses of the unique Office Integration capabilities available to Domino developers. Learn new techniques to organize Mail Merges for the Personal Name & Address Book, chart any view with a single click. For those that prefer to use supported applications in their environment, we will review products that provide Office Integration to easy reporting and document generation. In addition, leave this session equipped with a functioning Mail Merge Application, a charting of any Notes View ap

ILUG2007 - IBM Lotus Notes and Domino Integration with Microsoft Office - Presentation and Demo files

May 25 2007

Very shortly, Rocky Oliver will be presenting the Notes/Domino and Microsoft Office Integration session at ILUG2007. Rocky has stepped in to help me out since I had to cancel my trip ... Super Duper thanks to him! Here is all the stuff that Rocky is going to show, for your downloading pleasure Presentation PDF Demo Databases As promised, I will work on the Microsoft Project and XML and Excel topics that Rocky had to skip as articles here. I will get those out shortly after Lotus Developer 2007.

ILUG 2007 Presentation - the Lotus Geek Version

May 21 2007

I would like to take a moment and thank Rocky Oliver, our communities Lotus Geek, for stepping in to present my session on Friday afternoon at ILUG2007. Rocky and I have co presented on this subject a couple times. If I could ask for anyone to fill in my shoes, Rock is the man. Due to a couple of limitations (like the version of Microsoft Office he has installed), he will not be showing two of the demos in the presentation. The Microsoft Project and XML and Excel demos will be skipped. What I will do for those users is to write blog articles about each one after the Lotus Developer 2007 seminar. This way you will still get the info. If anyone is at the session, please make sure to pass that information along. Also, on Friday I will post the slides and demo file. Thanks again Rocky ... I owe you one!

Bad News - No ILUG for me

May 18 2007

Well, the news is leaking, so I figured I better announce this myself. I will not be attending ILUG2007 next week as planned. A family member is going to need surgery next week that can not wait. Today was spent at the doctors ... dealing with insurance and all that stuff. The surgery is serious but not an emergency, so it has to be scheduled. It can also not wait until I get back. As much as this trip was something I wanted to do, family comes first. I was really looking forward to ILUG ... my first trip to Ireland and I was also going to Malta to visit the Integra folks for some hands-on training. :( :( :( There is always ILUG 2008. The good news is that it looks like my presentation is going to happen. For once, I was prepared and had my slides and demo done. We are going to go over things this weekend and I will let you all know Monday. Special thanks to Paul and John and Denis of Integra for understanding. I hope everyone has fun next week!

Integra for Notes - Some great demos!

May 7 2007

The folks over at Integra have put together some great demos on how Integra for Notes works and what you can do with the product. I get asked quite often about the capabilities of the product and why did I and PSC pick to endorse and sell Integra. These give just a glimpse into the decision If you see me speak at ILUG or Lotus Developer 2007, those reasons will become more obvious. I plan on blogging about Integra much more as we get closer to those events. For now, enjoy these demos: Short Demo End-User perspective. How to Time - Link - Launch Reports (SmartIcon - no design changes) 1.02 Click here Launch Reports with Action Button 1.08 Click here "Send Customer Statement" - Example Report / Workflow - New 1.17 Click here "Make Quotation" - Example Report / Workflow - New 0.59 Click here Create Ad-Hoc reports (With Integra Quick Reports) 2.57 Click here Create Ad-Hoc reports (With Integra Quick Reports via Web) 2.23 Click here Do a Mail Merge, on-the-fly

PSC’s Websphere Portal 6 Platform Comparison Guide a.k.a Cheat Sheet

April 23 2007

With all of the talk at Ed's over IBM's role in the SMB space and where Websphere fits, I think it is timely that I can offer this great resource. Michael Milani, PSC's Team Lead for Websphere Portal Initiatives, put together this great white paper. Mike scoured thru all of the different documents, website, and other resources IBM has for Websphere Portal 6 and consolidated it into a concise 7 page document. For anyone trying to demystify all the different versions of Websphere Portal 6 and what it takes to run it, this white paper is for you. Michael also put together a great table. Here is a snapshot: Get the white paper here. I also had a good chat with Mike about Websphere Portal 6 Express. Sounds like the promise of an install that takes under a hour is accurate. Good work IBM.

Today’s fun with ILDDM

April 9 2007

Today I got to go back in and deal with issues with a customer application that utilizes ILDDM, or Domino.Doc to you old school Notes folks. I did some big time integration between our enTouch.workflow and enTouch.project products with ILDDM last year. Everything is working great from the Notes client and from the Document Manager Enabler. On the web, editing a document stopped working. So I had to figure out what was wrong. Since I had done major customizations in the Library and File Cabinet templates, I decided to roll back the customizations and start from a clean base. I created a new Library with the default templates that ship with base product. Still, no editing of documents on the web. I turned to the Domino server, and did things such as turned of Session Authentication and other stuff that I thought could complicate the issue. Today, since I was not making progress on my own, I called IBM Support. Harold @ IBM helped me walk thru the issues. We turned on verbose logging in

PSC wins 2007 IBM Beacon Award for Best Lotus Software Solution!

March 27 2007

PSC has received news that we won the 2007 IBM Beacon Award for Best Lotus Software Solution! A quote from the PSC press release Chicago, IL - March 26, 2007 PSC Group, LLC. (PSC) has been selected the winner of the 2007 IBM PartnerWorld Beacon Award for Best Lotus® Software Solution. As one of the software industry's most prestigious awards, the Beacon Awards honor outstanding solutions from around the world. PSC was selected from more than 650 nominations. The Best Lotus® Software Solution category is for solutions based on Lotus software that are designed to make more people more productive in the context of what they do – everyday. These solutions empower people to collaborate, learn, and take full advantage of their collective knowledge in the context of business processes. The winning solution in this category will illustrate how Lotus offerings (including WebSphere Portal and IBM Workplace products) integrate the human element into business processes by leveragin

Notes 8 is out in the wild

March 10 2007

"CRY HAVOC! and release the dogs of war!" ... Today feels like the general just let the machines of war out of the gates :-) IBM has released the public beta of Notes and Domino 8 to the masses .. the machines are prepped for their greatest battle. Get your copy (but be patient with the dowloads ... going to be busy and slow all weekend) now. As a Design Partner, I have had some version of the pre-releases of Notes and Domino 8 installed since September 2006. I will try to share some tips and stuff that I can (NDAs still apply for quite a bit). I think some ground rules are in order for all of us ... 1. Its beta ... it is not done. Deal with it. 2. Performance will get better ... performance tuning starts now. DO NOT use the public beta as proof of how it will run 3. You install this in a production environment, do not bitch if it breaks. Come on folks, its beta. Beta's should never go in a production environment. What I do is run Notes 8 in a VM and Domino 8 on a separate server

PSC and Lotusphere Comes to You

March 5 2007

PSC will be involved in the following Lotusphere Comes to You events: Chicago - March 6th Indianapolis - April 17 Minneapolis - April 19 Kansas City - TBA South Bend, IN - TBA I will personally be at the Chicago event this Wednesday and maybe others. Please stop by and see our booth if you attend!

Big Announcement - PSC and Integra4Notes announce Partnership

February 28 2007

I am so pleased to be able to make this announcement: Integra4Notes Partners Up With PSC Group CONTACT: David Hough 847.517.7200 dhough@psclistens.com Chicago, IL - February 28, 2007 Integra4Notes, the Microsoft Office integration and reporting tool for IBM’s Lotus Notes environment, has announced the forming of a strategic and commercial partnership with PSC Group LLC, the IT and professional services consultancy and Lotus Award 2007 winners, to introduce Integra4Notes to its existing and potential customer base. Integra4Notes delivers automated integration with Microsoft Office and enhances printing, reporting and analysis of data contained within the Lotus Notes environment allowing users, developers and administrators to generate reports to Office without modifying the design of their databases and without the need to install files on Domino servers or local machines. John D. Head, development manager at PSC and globally respected expert in Microsoft Office inte

"John Speaks 2007" - Irish Lotus User Group

February 19 2007

The first of many annoucments of the "John Speaks 2007" tour is the amazing Irish Lotus User Group in Dublin on May 24th and 25th. I am proud to be one of the speakers at the event, at the request of Paul Mooney, on the following topic: Session: The Magic of Integration and the revealing of what's behind the curtain : Microsoft Office and IBM Lotus Notes and Domino integration Microsoft Office 2007 and Lotus Notes 8 will bring a new level of integration possibilities to the Lotus Notes and Domino world. This session will look at the new functionality in Office 2007, such as the Office Ribbon and OpenXML file formats. We will discuss the impact on Mail Merge, data transfer, and how this will impact your applications and development. We will also look at the updated Visual Studio Tools for Office 2007. This session will also look at Lotus Notes 8 and it's impact on integration. The session starts at the beginning ... and then dives deep into the integration possiblities. While this

Why are we making a mountain out of a molehill?

February 13 2007

Coming out of Lotusphere2007 in Orlando last month, I was pretty excited to be a Notes developer. Notes 8 is the rebirth of the client I love to develop for, Lotus Component Designer was giving me Domino Designer-like functionality while developing for other IBM products, and Maureen demoed the progress on the project to rebuild Domino Designer within Eclipse. Her session showed a bunch of cool stuff, including the following screenshots (click the images for a full size version): I had even heard rumors that there were other resources besides Maureen on the project and we might not have to wait until the Notes/Domino "NEXT" releases for this. Wow! So now that we are back from sphere, it seems that some people are impatient. One of them, Stephen Wissel, created a site and poll around the new Designer. Either to push them to release it sooner or just show support, to me it came across as a bit ungrateful. They are working on it, what more do we need? But, hey, the community is muc

Lotusphere2007 Closing Session and my blog!

January 30 2007

How cool is this? Thanks to Ed for getting this for me.

The battle of the avatars

January 28 2007

So we heard a lot about Second Life last week at Lotusphere, and even some about World of Warcraft. I thought it would be interesting to compare my avatars in each. So here is Starfish Hennah ... and here is Starfish of Garona, Knight Commander, Elite of Lunaris ... Hmmmm ... which one would win in a fight :-)

Live from Lotusphere2007: 2 minutes with LotusUserGroup.org

January 25 2007

Jess, of Matt & Jess Straton fame, interviewed Nathan and I for her series of interviews (over 20!) ... Nathan Freeman (Lotus 911) and John Head (PSC Group) I was fortunate enough to grab Nathan and John for an interview right outside the OpenNTF.org BOF. Both of them have been beta testing and providing design feedback to Lotus for Notes and Domino 8. Listen as they tell us what is their favorite new feature about the software release, and whether or not you'll have to learn new technology to use it! Listen to it here

Lotusphere2007 - the damage of the evenings

January 25 2007

Not much to say except once your presentations are done, the partying began. I did not go to the Animal Kingdom party due to rain. A nice dinner with co-workers turned into drinking at Kimonos which turned a party in Paul Mooney's hotel room ... I have never seen 2 mini-bars in one room before. I went to bed around 4 am ... to get up at 6:30 for a 7 am Bloggers discussion. I know many people in the room that never went to bed last night. Ouch. Only thing left to say is ... where and when does the party start tonight!

BP205: The Integration Revolution - Microsoft Office with IBM Lotus Notes and Domino

January 24 2007

I really enjoyed this session ... I hope all of you did as well. I covered integration with Notes and Microsoft Word, Mail Merge, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Project, XML, Web Services, Microsoft InfoPath, and Microsoft Visual Studio Tools for Office. You can find the slides and demo files below: Presentation Demo Databases

BP204 - Integration of OpenOffice.org and IBM Lotus Notes

January 24 2007

This session I co-presented with Alan Bell and I think we rocked. Special thanks to IBM and Ma Yue for letting us show an exciting look into the future of the IBM Productivity Editors. Presenation Demo Files

Lotusphere2007 - Day 2

January 23 2007

(this will be updated over the day) I started my day working on some of my demos for my sessions tomorrow. Alan and I met at 10 am and went thru our OpenOffice.org session. We found an amazing addition to our session ... I can not wait to show it off! More on that tomorrow. I then spent some time on the Product Showcase floor. How cool is it that Google has a booth at Lotusphere! I checked out solutions at the booths of Integra, OpenNTF, RIM/Blackberry, the IBM Rebooks, and much more. Is it me or is the product showcase the busiest (and best looking) in many many years? I am in the IBM Research session now. I try to make this session each year.

Lotusphere2007 - Notes 8 Press Release - I am quoted

January 22 2007

I have been quoted in the official IBM Lotus press release for Notes 8 John Head, Framework Manager for PSC Group, an award winning Lotus Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) builder said: "Using Lotus Notes 8, I can quickly tie different systems together without writing a lot of code. Because I'm in Lotus Notes 8, I also get unparalleled rich client functionality. There's nothing else on the market that provides that. I'm particularly excited about the new activities features, which represent a completely new approach to collaborative computing." Read the full press release here. Because of this press release, I have been contacted by a couple of publications. More mentions in the press might be in my future!

Lotusphere2007 Begins

January 21 2007

Lotusphere2007 has begun! From the lunch and beer on the Boardwalk with all of the other bloggers, to the ESPN event, to meeting Nathan face to face for the first time, to the official beginning of the week at Business Developer Day (BPDay), you can feel the energy. It is good to see people in person again, and I think everyone is excited to see Notes & Domino 8. The rest of today is a rough day ... I have sessions at BP Day and Jumpstarts I want to attend, a 5 PM meeting with the Design Partners, the evening Welcoming Party, and the Chicago Bears game at 2 PM Central. UGH! More blogging as the week progresses. John

Lotusphere 2007 here I come

January 19 2007

Orlando here I come! Oh, folks, watch the handshakes this year ... I am recovering from a broken elbow :( See ya in DisneyWorld!

PSC is a Notes 8 Design Partner

January 17 2007

As Mary Beth Raven revealed, PSC has been participating in the Notes 8 Design Partner program. What this means is that we have been working closing with IBM on all things Notes & Domino 8, including focused testing of the product and suggestions, discussion, and sometimes harsh words on ideas and direction for the product. Yes, even for the "IBM Yes-man" as a couple call me, my particapation in this process has not been about rubber stamping the ideas the team has come up with. I can tell you there have been many a discussion about why I thought IBM was making a mistake. But that is for chatter after the product comes out. You see, this blog/site is for my personal use. Yes, I reference work stuff here. And a lot of info about my job relating to IBM. I am not always 100% behind everything IBM does, and a couple of posts will show that. This site is not the only place to deliver that message to IBM. I have many ways of communicating with IBM ... email, IM, Partner conference calls

PSC on Taking Notes

January 17 2007

The Taking Notes podcast interviewed PSC's two Jim's (Vaselopulos and Waters) about our recent Lotus Award win, discussed SOA, and talked about PSC's presence at Lotusphere2007. You can even hear a mention about yours truly :) Nice work Bruce and Julian ... and thanks :)

Blackberry @ Lotusphere!

January 15 2007

How cool is this !!! Blackberry has an entire page on what they are doing at Lotusphere .. been a while since I have seen a vendor do something like this! www.blackberry.com/go/lotusphere Can you feel the buzz?

PSC wins a Lotus Award!

December 21 2006

What a nice way to wrap up 2006! PSC won the Best People-Centric SOA Solution Lotus Award. More info as it hits the web. Nice job to everyone at PSC!

My Lotusphere 2007 sessions

November 9 2006

I just received word that I will be doing two sessions at Lotusphere 2007. They are: The Integration Revolution: Microsoft Office 2007 with IBM Lotus Notes and Domino Integration of OpenOffice and IBM Lotus Notes and Domino The Office 2007 session is all new content ... lots of Microsoft Project and Visual Studio Tools for Office SE stuff in there. The OpenOffice session will be a collaboration of myself and Alan Bell. We both are excited about new content and there is a surprise piece at the end ... I hope to share more about that before the conference! See you there!

SnTT: The ins and outs of ILDDM Binder and Document Security

October 26 2006

I have not done a SnTT post in a while, but I figured this one was something people could use. For the past couple of months, I have been waging a war against IBM Lotus Domino Document Manager ... otherwise known and Domino.Doc. I am working on a client project that is built around the New Product submission idea, but using ILDDM as the way to store the documents. We have lots of documents in the system, from Office to editable PDFs to artwork designed on the Mac to Autocad drawings. Our system allows for the attachments to be put thru workflow (for comments, editing, and approval), but we store everything in ILDDM. Because of the lack of robust workflow in ILDDM, we are using our own enTouch.workflow product. What that means is that we have a document stub that goes thru our workflow, which links to the ILDDM document. Because of the nature of this process, security is very tight. Add in the difficulty of no ILDDM API on the Mac (today) and the lack of any good way to set security o

New PSC hosted blog: The Domino Server Team!

October 11 2006

I would like to welcome the Domino Server Team to the PSC hosted blog family! Not only is this the first blog dedicated to the Domino Server product, but the blog authors are members from the development team! The blogging team is lead by Rob Ingram, a long time IBMer. I will let Rob and the team introduce the other authors. Check out the blog here: Also, based on Volker's comments about the blog style that Jeff Eisen is using, I checked Steve's template for the Domino Server Blog ... seems to be all lined up. Of course it was ... Steve rocks :)

7.0.2 is out ... with lots of goodies

October 4 2006

IBM Lotus Notes and Domino 7.0.2 is out! You can download it via Passport Advantage of the Business Partner download areas (hint ... don't mess with finding it in any other way except searching on text "7.0.2" ... finds it right away). 7.0.2 brings us the Innovation Pack. Lots of people have written about the various pieces, so I will just link to them: Lotus Notes Nomad - take your Notes client with you via USB Stick - More by Declan Lynch Lotus Notes RSS Feed Generator - More info by Bruce Elgort (this is a great write up by Bruce ... good tone, converage of features ... nice work) Lotus Notes iCalendar Importing - More info by Bruce Elgort (link will show up once Bruce posts this on his site!) The IBM Blog Template The IBM Blog template is based on the work that Steve Castledine did with Dominoblog. Since this blog and Ed Brill Alan Lepofsky Chris Pepin and Adam Gartenberg are based on DominoBlog, it is hard not to be a fan. Jeff Eisen 's site is based on the IBM Blog, being

Taking Notes Episode 30 - Featuring Yours Truly

September 5 2006

Last week while at Lotus Advisor Summit in Phoenix, Arizona, I was asked to put on the T-shirt and play the role of Taking Notes Roving Reporter. Bruce Elgort and Julian Robichaux interviewed me while I was taking a break from the 'dry heat' temperature of 107. :) We discussed my blogging of the keynote given by Mike Rhodin and new Lotus projects such as "Ventura" and "Shanghai." I assume all of you have subscriptions via iTunes to Taking Notes, but if you do not, go there to listen.

Lotus Advisor Summit - SIL308 - Microsoft Office Integration with Lotus Notes/Domino

August 30 2006

SIL308 - Microsoft Office Integration with Lotus Notes/Domino When users require more functionality than Lotus Notes can provide, integrating Notes, Domino and Microsoft Office can be the solution. In this session you'll learn how to start an integration project and put in place the beginning pieces. You'll see how to add mail merge functionality to Notes' Personal Name and Address Book. You'll move on to more complex integration with Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint. You'll see how to use Domino 7 Web Services with Microsoft Office to build a new generation of applications. This session is for those experienced in LotusScript; expect lots of code! Slides Demo Database

Advisor Day 1

August 28 2006

note - this is stream of typing ... but good stuff :) Lotus Keynote - Mike Rhodin and Ron Sebastian cross section of invention and insight Document / Artifact Centric Lotus Domino Lotus "Shanghai" - Collaborative document management and team services Websphere Portal Workplace Branding = Workplace is the brand for overall strategy, products in that space without the Workplace name People Centric Lotus Sametime Community Centric Lotus "Ventura" - Social networking services Lotus Ventura empowers organizations to discover, share & access to the knowledge of communities to accelerate business execution & amplify innovation next generation of Activity centric model ... Web 2.0, standards based "Dogear" - social bookmarking , like del.cio.ous adds icon to browser tray allows you to tag the page, also displays in the list who has dogeared the page ajax dialog - allows for title, tag, description, url, private can search via tags ... tags get bigger and

More about the Templates

August 10 2006

One of the many issues that came up in Ed's blog entry that spawned all of this discussion was the templates that are available with Sharepoint. I believe there has been a bunch of miscommunication about these. I hope to clear that up. You can find these templates, or "Applications" as Microsoft call them, at the Sharepoint Applications page. I count 33 of them, from basic stuff such as Discussion and Document Library to fancy stuff such as Help Desk and New Product Development. After downloading a couple and reading the license agreement(s), I found the following: These samples are not including in the Sharepoint software package. You have to go download them yourself They are not supported as part of the Sharepoint software package. The way I read the license is that they are not supported at all No promise of updating or supporting these to work with new versions of Sharepoint (both point release and major release) No internationalization of these samples ... English only. Bo

The Next Step (Maybe it is all time we step up Continued)

August 7 2006

It has been one week since my posting on this blog, Maybe it is time we all step up, which Ed Brill and others picked up on. This community totally amazes me. What an explosion of response. Here is just the blog posting I found: Volker Weber - IBM and Grassroot Marketing Ben Poole - Stepping Up, More on the Nifty Fifth, Final Thoughts on stepping up and the Nifty Fifty Bruce Elgort - Julian Robichaux: Notes Versus Sharepoint Carl Tyler - New Lotus Award (formerly know as beacon) category this year... Chris Toohey - A call for Champions: Black and Blue and Yellow Too!, Re: A call for Champions: Black and Blue and Yellow Too! Declan Lynch - Free Templates, Get 'Em While Their Hot... Ben Langhinrichs - Sample apps for Notes and the skunkworks Calculator Project John Roling - Nifty Fifty? Will a community effort be enough? Steve Castledine - Notes Templates Richard Schwartz - Templates, Community, And A Way That IBM Could Contribute Tim Tripcony - Nifty... modules? (If I misse

Happy Birthday to Ed!

August 6 2006

Today is Ed Brill 's birthday ... have a great day man! Nothing wacky from me. I will leave that to your adoring fan club / cult

Knee Deep in MS Project Integration

July 13 2006

One of the many projects I am juggling these days is adding import and export to Microsoft Project to PSC's enTouch.project application. Besides Microsoft Visio, working with MS Project is one of the hardest applications to integrate with Notes. I find the API for MS Project to be quirky at best. Just creating a new, blank project is more work than it should be. Today, what is driving me a bit batty is making the predecessors functionality in our application and MS Project synch up. I have to do a couple passes thru the data to get it all working correctly. What this means outside of this client project is that I will finally have some great MS Project code to talk about in my Integration presentations. I will also be posting some of that on here for everyone to read. I am thinking of building an example that would export and import Tasks in a user's mail file into MS Project. That seems to be a demo that everyone could work with ... we all have a mail file. Any other ideas? T

Welcome Adam Gartenberg to the Blogsphere!

July 6 2006

Everyone welcome the newest PSC hosted blog, Adam Gartenberg. Adam lives and breathes Sametime, and with the pending release of Sametime 7.5, lots of good stuff to come over there. Welcome Adam!

Dinner with an Admin Goddess

March 10 2006

I had the pleasure of having dinner with the Domino (and LDAP) Administrator goddess Kathleen McGiveny of IBM and a close friend. We went to Osteria Via Stato, a great new Italian restaurant in Chicago. Its a set price per person with three courses. First course is Chef's selection anti-pasta. We had grilled buttered onions, mozzarella salad, and grilled calamari. It is an all-you-can-eat format. Second course is pasta. We had a bowtie in parmesan and a flat noodle with marina sauce. Dinner is your choice. I had a great pork shank. Kath had trout. We got a wine package with dinner, where they pick a wine for each course. The first course was a great dry white wine. We liked it so much we got a bottle of that with the main course. I had a bittersweet truffle cake. Kath had wine :) Kathleen has lots of great stories. We talked about Lotusphere, Domino stuff, and of course Ed. :) Great having dinner with you Kathleen ... looking forward to sushi next week with our Highl

MS Office Constants Database Redux

January 31 2006

I demonstrated this during the Lotusphere 2006 Jumpstart session I did on Integration, and a gentleman by the name of John Coolidge was in the front row. He commented he worked with Tom Duff to make the database. The version I had (and Tom is linking to) only had Office 2000 and Office XP (2002) constants in the database. John read my blog comment and we emailed. I volunteered to host the current version (its really big now ... 5+ megs zipped). This version adds Office 2003 constants and another neat feature. Go to the LSS view and click the Export button. You will get a MS Excel listing of all of the constants in a manner you can use as an Include file in LotusScript. I have a couple ideas of how to improve this, but this is a great start. Thanks John! MS Office Constants Database - 1.31.2006

Lotusphere2006 Wiki Page - Slides and Demo Files

January 27 2006

So I came up with a great idea, even if I am hurting after trying to drink an Irishman under the table last night. Yeah, I lost. Anyways, I thought that what we should do is put together a page with a link to all of the Lotusphere session slides and demo files that all of us will be posting over the next couple of days. Everyone should go here and add a link to your presentation. I added the first couple that I know about. I will try to get Ed to blog about it to make everyone see it.

Lotusphere2006 is over

January 26 2006

Another Lotusphere comes to a close. Another amazing year. This year was a big one for me personally. I co-presented the integration Jumpstart with Alex Kassabov from PSC. We did it twice, back to back. 4 hours of speaking in 4:30 is a lot. Packed rooms both times. I did my best practices session and delivered on my promise from last year ... OpenOffice Mail Merge with Notes. A big room that was packed ... and I went head to head with Ed and Libby. PSC had a booth showing off e-phone. e-phone, developed by iscoord ltd., happened to win the Lotus Award for Best in Show ... PSC is the North American distributor. The booth was crazy busy. And meeting with all of our clients, business partners we work with during the year, and the community. Talk about a week that just drains. Lots of people will write about how the week was ... it was KILLER. The energy is the highest I have seen it since the R5 Launch. Surjit Chana, the VP of Marketing and Partners is an amazing add

BP309: Extreme Integration - Techniques for Advanced Integration of Office and OpenOffice with IBM Lotus Notes and Domino

January 25 2006

My session is over, and I think it was one of my best ever. I showed a Word solution, built once with COM and a second time with Web Services. Same result, completely different technologies. I showed how Excel can consume XML from a Domino agent. I displayed how a WinForm application, built in Visual Studio.NET can work with the same data via a web service. I then moved on to show how VSTO has issues (anyone from Microsoft want to help fix it?). I also showed mail merge with OpenOffice Writer and the Notes Personal Address Book. Last, I introduced my soon to be released OpenNTF.org project which will allow Office and OpenOffice templates to be pushed to users. When I do this session, I typically fill the room and the overflow rooms. This year, they gave me the biggest room at the Swan. It was filled and people were on the floor. But no one was in an overflow room. I hate overflows. You hear the speaker and see the slides, but you do not see the speaker. So I am very gl

JMP204 - The Hitchhikers Guide to Microsoft Office Integration with Lotus Notes and Domino

January 23 2006

Wow. What a way to kick off Lotusphere. My co-worker in crime, Alex Kassabov, and myself had a great time doing out Jumpstarts. We gave JMP204 twice. 1:30 to 3:30 and then 4 to 6. A long afternoon. A great afternoon. We filled the first room to the brim (I am told there were people very angry they could not get in) and had a full room for the second version. I figure over 500 people checked out the integration jumpstarts. From both of us ... Thank you! Presentation: JMP204.PDF Demo Files: JMP204.ZIP Thanks again!

First!

January 19 2006

I think I am the first to arrive ... (I know, picture quality is bad ... was moving fast ... that is the hallway with the escalators down to the Product Showcase). Things look so calm ... before the storm called Lotusphere2006 :) Golf tomorrow :)

ILDDM ... sometimes it doesnt make any sense ...

December 15 2005

As you can tell by the location, I am at a client site this week. John Bigenwald and myself are out at a client working on a IDM Lotus Domino Document Manager project. We are working with the ILDDM API via LotusScript, but were having a problem this afternoon. We created a sample Library with demo data. The issue was thru the API, we could not get a collection of documents. We tried everything. Looked at security. Looked at database corruption. View indexes. You name it, we tried it. Then I went and did a google search. Lotus Support Technote: Domino.Doc API Returns Only Documents That Have Attachments Yeah, I feel dumb. We were creating demo documents for testing, and were just adding Rich Text content because it is much faster. Doh! Oh well, all is better now and the project is wrapping up very well. Great week out here in KC.

Friendship, being a ’sicko’, and our community

November 3 2005

I assume at this point that everyone in the Lotus community has read the Forbes article written by Daniel Lyons called Attack of the Blogs. If you have not read it, you should go do that now. This entire blog entry will be about that article. Pay particular attention to Page 2. Now that you know the source, I need to make a comment. I try to stay out of the internet wars, /. like slashdotting, and other tirades and emotional crap that fills the world of the web. This time is different. This time someone went after a friend of mine. As many of you, this community we call the Notes or Lotus community is very dear to me. I have been part of it since 1992. In many ways this community was what brought me into my adult life and helped shape who I am. I count many of the members of our space as friends, and a couple as close friends. I think it is pretty obvious to most that Ed Brill and I are friends ... we comment about each other on both sites, post about each other's

Its official ... I am speaking at Lotusphere 2006

November 2 2005

The official announcements went out, and I am speaking at Lotusphere this year. I will be carrying on my tradition of sharing information and code on how to integrate IBM Lotus Notes and Domino with Microsoft Office ... and this year adding quite a bit of information on OpenOffice. My first session is in the Best Practices Track: Extreme Integration - Techniques for Advanced Integration of Office and OpenOffice with IBM Lotus Notes and Domino Expect lots of code and EXTREME demos on this one. I believe it will be earmarked as one of the "Lotusphere Bootcamp" sessions. my second session is a Jumpstart: The Hitchhikers Guide to Office Integration with IBM Lotus Notes and Domino I will be doing this session with Alex Kassabov, Messaging Solutions Manager at PSC. I decided some collaboration would freshen up this session for 2006. This will cover the beginning to middle of integration. Rumor is it will be given twice on Sunday. Towels Optional :)

PSC helps Plymouth Tube with Notes - Domino Migration

August 31 2005

After winning the Best Competitive Win Lotus Award for moving Holland Company from Exchange to Notes/Domino, PSC has another great story this year. This press release is from our official web site, but the story is so good I wanted to highlight it here. PSC Group, LLC., winner in the Best Lotus Competitive Win category for the Eleventh Annual IBM Lotus Awards, hits a home run with another competitive win and successful implementation at Plymouth Tube of Warrenville, IL. After a thorough RFQ process, Plymouth Tube selected the PSC Group to manage the deployment, migration, and installation of Lotus Notes - Domino 6.5 to the entire Plymouth organization. "We were very pleased with the performance of the PSC Group," said Lance Foust, Plymouth's Director of MIS. "It was their deep background in Lotus that helped us successfully make this critical move." Working with the Plymouth IT staff, an architecture, implementation, and migration plan were developed by PS

Hannover announcement afterthoughts

June 26 2005

It has be 10 days since Ed dropped the Hannover bomb (well, Ambuj made the announcement, but Ed gave the world the images), and I thought this was a good time to make some comments and observations. At first glance, I think the Notes community let out a simultaneous sigh of relief and cheer at the top of their lungs. Ambuj and Ed and many more IBMers had talked about the future of Notes the past two years. Pledges for multiple versions of Notes going forward. But the press, and many of us in the community, believed that the Workplace effort might see the end of Notes as we know it today. What "Hannover" has done is give hope. Hope that the Notes platform would continue. That we would not be railroaded (even over time) into the Workplace world. That the product that we have come to love is not being thrown away. The analysts who make their yearly predictions based on emotional reactions or personal bias or professional allegiance might be wrong. Hope that this soft

Lotusphere 2005 Session Info

January 31 2005

A Lotusphere 2005 wrap-up is in the works, but here is the session info for those who want it: JMP108 - The Glue That Binds: Integrating IBM Lotus Notes & Domino with Microsoft Office Presentation Samples The Excel Export database is included in the sample zip file BP124 - Integration SuperGlue - Advanced Integration Techniques with Lotus Notes/Domino Presentation Samples All of the external samples are referenced in the Readme file in each of the samples zip files. I plan on blogging about some of them in the near future. Update: JMP108 Presentation is fixed

IBM highlights PSC customers in Case Studies

December 20 2004

I just wanted to highlight two case studies that IBM has released that highlight PSC customers. College Bowl scores time and cost savings through an automated workflow solution discusses how a very small company can be drastically effected when they embrace IBM technologies. There is also a competitive story, as this customer moved from Outlook with internet email to Notes/Domino. College Bowl has been a customer of mine since 1993, so seeing this story featured is a great feeling. Holland Company keeps growth and productivity on track with a scalable IBM messaging platform discusses how a mid market manufacturing company moved from Microsoft to IBM technology. This is not just a mail migration story, but a customer that 'drank the koolaid' and has embraced IBM Lotus Notes, IBM Websphere Portal, and numerous applications from the PSC enTouch framework. This is the company that PSC won the IBM Lotus Award for Best Competitive Win. Bretford builds a better wor

PSC Nominated for a Lotus Award!

December 14 2004

I realize I am a bit late with this, but PSC was nominated for a Lotus Award this year! That makes 3 years in a row that PSC has been nominated. This year, the category was Best Competitive Win, which is a customer that has migrated from Microsoft to IBM/Lotus technologies. We are very excited and hope to hear our name mentioned on Thursday (December 16th) when they announce the winners! Good luck to all the finalists!

A starfish is coming to a Lotusphere near you!

December 14 2004

Yes, it is true. I will be speaking at Lotusphere this year. I will again be speaking on the Office integration topic that I have done in the past, but this year with some changes. My theme this year is 'Glue', as in what ties Notes/Domino together with other applications. First, I will be doing my first Jumpstart at Lotusphere. The title and description below: The Glue That Binds: Integrating IBM Lotus Notes & Domino with Microsoft Office and other Applications In the real world, applications that meet the high demands of the user require lots of functionality. Many times, Notes and Domino do not have all of the functionality that you need. To provide that functionality, integration with Microsoft Office is essential. This jumpstart is targeted at developers who need to add more functionality to their applications. The jumpstart will start at the beginning, reviewing how to architect the integration. Basic demonstrations of integration between Notes and Micros

Notes and Domino 6.5.3 hitting the download sites

September 27 2004

Lotus Workplace 2.0 Thoughts

September 19 2004

I finished my thoughts for my Lotus Workplace 2.0 Training Review. Check it out here

Lotus Workplace 2.0 Training Part 1

September 14 2004

Day 1 notes ... which will be much like lecture notes and my thoughts as we did our hands on labs ... check back tomorrow for Day 2 and Thursday for my review of the class and Lotus Workplace 2.0.

Lotus Workplace 2.0 Training

September 14 2004

Hey everyone, just a FYI ... I am at a 2 day training class for Lotus Workplace 2.0 that the IBM Innovation Center is giving. I will have some thoughts on the class tonight and tomorrow, so stay tuned

How to deal with compliments

September 8 2004

So back after a very long holiday weekend that started last Wednesday due to family issues (my mother had surgery) and a cancelled trip to Orlando due to Frances, so give me a bit to get back to speed. I saw this comment on Ed's, and my first reaction was different than the others commenting. So let's build a bit of history. First, Ed made this comment: Robert Scoble is a Microsoftie who gets it -- when Longhorn was replanned two weeks ago, not only did he write about his thoughts on the replan, he linked to dozens of other bloggers who had commented on it -- both good and bad (including my blog entry on the topic). Scoble isn't paid nearly enough for his contribution -- no, creation -- of a community around the Microsoft technologies he espouses. Other Microsoft organizations could learn a lot from him. I think Ed was very complimentary, especially given the fact that Scoble works for Microsoft, Ed's competition. Second, Robert responds: IBM's Ed B

IBM Workplace Launch in Chicago

May 11 2004

Hi everyone, sorry for the lack of blogging the past month (reason for that will be coming in a State of the Aquarium blog later today), but I wanted to share my thoughts on the IBM Workplace Launch event here in Chicago this morning. Ken Bisconti, Vice President of Lotus Workplace technologies for IBM, did the keynote. Ken talked about all of the pieces of the IBM Workplace brand, per say: Lotus Workplace, Lotus Notes/Domino, IBM Websphere Portal, and IBM Websphere Everyplace. I won't go into the details of all the announcements (you can read those here), but here is what impressed me most: The progress made since Lotusphere 2004 in January is pretty amazing. The rich client looked great The local data store for Workplace and the apps built on it is Cloudscape, technology IBM got from the Informix acquisition Workplace Messaging has full Meeting support in the Calendar All of the Workplace core applications have been updated Workplace Documents brings docume

Pick the Messenger Carefully ...

February 26 2004

Many of you might have noticed that there seems to be a little war of words, or at least thoughts, going between IBM and some ex-IBMers over the past couple of months. While I think its always good to have a debate with lots of opinions, I also think its good to have all the facts. So this post on Gary Devendorf's blog really got to me for a couple of reasons. First, Mike Rhodin's comment isn't any different than Carl Kraenzel's. They are talking about the same thing, which was also the consistent message at Lotusphere 2004. That message (as I interpret it) is that the core language of LotusScript is not going to be updated, but the Domino Object model will be enhanced with new functionality coming and updates to the existing objects. And there is nothing wrong or bad about that. But Gary's post seems to spin it in the direction that this is a change in message. Second, lets look at the words from the speaker's mouth. Check out Page 6 of this presentation from Lo

Lotusphere 2004 Session - BP116

January 29 2004

As Andrew Pollack did, my session was a "sell out" on Wednesday. My room was filled, both overflow rooms were packed, and they turned people away. So I am getting ready to do the repeat. Thanks for the reaction and the evals people ... the response is overwhelming! I was told that people in the overflow rooms were even raising their hands to the poll! :) I am having some issues posting the presentation and the sample files to our server (they are quite large), so if you don't find them today, you will get them as soon as I can upload them. Monday at the latest folks. I promise.

What Lotusphere is all about

January 27 2004

The domino blog community has been blogging about Lotusphere 2004, so I really haven't felt guilty about covering sessions so far. But what Lotusphere is really about is the relationships. Its meeting customers for dinner. Its going out to Pleasure Island and hanging out. Its about connecting with people and building bonds. It doesn't hurt when it's cast night at Pleasure Island either. Not does it hurt when your client loves margaritas and purple hooters, lemon drops, and Alabama Slammers. Count this the first blog from sphere where sleep is required! :)

Its of to ’Sphere we Go!

January 23 2004

So that time of year is finally upon us ... Lotusphere. Its one of my favorite weeks of the year. Its alot of work, but fun. Seeing old friends and making new ones. Information Overload and lots of parties. I will try to do a few updates during the week, but my track record is pretty sporadic. I promise to try! Check back Wednesday afternoon for my presentation, demo files, and the introduction articles! Remember, BP116: Integrating Lotus Notes and Domino 6.5 with Microsoft Office Productivity Applications - Advanced Topics is on Wednesday at 12:15 in the Swan Pelican room!

Less than a week!

January 19 2004

Hey everyone, this January has been nuts. Think of a bullet train and that's what I have been on :) Between a big client project going live, my love affair with Domino.Doc getting so much more interesting, and a big corporate training event, my work life has taken over anything close to a personal life I might have had. But with less than a week to Lotusphere, things are picking up! For those of you that keep looking for Office integration topic articles, the good news is that I already have 4 written, with 3 more planned to finish this week. My Lotusphere session topic this year is "116 Integrating Lotus Notes and Domino 6.5 with Microsoft Office Productivity Applications - Advanced Topics." You'll notice the "Advanced" in there. No basics or introduction session this year. So what I am doing is turning my presentation from last year, with updates, into a series of blog articles. I will make the link on here active before my session next week, which is Wednesday at 12:

Eclipse 3 to have RCP - "Rich Client Platform"

December 4 2003

So I was reading Knut's weblog, and he pointed to the fact that Eclipse 3 will have something called RCP, or the Rich Client Platform. From reading this, it sounds like its a lean version of Eclipse that would be used for applications, not something as heavy as an IDE. Go here for an overview of the RCP and here for more reading. Hmmmmm ... I really am starting to think that this is the foundation of this new "Rich Client" that we have heard IBM Lotus talk about. Maybe this is the plumbing that they are building on. I think we will have to wait until Lotusphere 04 next month for official news on this, but anyone want to make any unofficial statements ? :)

The future of Notes, Domino, and Workplace ...

November 7 2003

If you have not read this interview with Michael Rhodin, please take the time to do so. It's a motherload of information. Here are some highlights that I think are important: IBM Software is on a mission to connect the 5 brands together as much as possible, to leverage the features of each product "Products" are still being developed, but all of the functionality is being developed as stand-alone or connectable components While Workplace will leverage and be built upon Open Standards, such as J2EE, LDAP, etc, Workplace is being targeted to run on IBM software A new "rich client" is on it's way. It will not replace the Notes client, but be positioned between the web client and the Notes client in terms of functionality Workplace releases will be a release of the entire platform, not just a single product. This will keep the products and components in sync Websphere Portal is the delivery tool IBM is standardizing on IBM realizes the investment that custome

PSC 2014 IBM Champions!

December 5 2013

One of the amazing aspects of my job is that I get to work with amazing people. Today shines the spotlight on that. Besides being named a 2014 IBM Champion, I am beyond honored to be working with 4 others who were named IBM Champions today. Kathy Brown is a returning IBM Champion, and Andrew Barickman, Mark Roden, and Brad Balassaitis are new for 2014. Congratulations to the entire team!!!!

Honored to be a 2014 IBM Champion!

December 5 2013

Getting the email this morning that I was accepted as an 2014 IBM Champion. It is both an honor and a challenge. Being an IBM Champion is about representing the IBM Collaboration Services in the wild as best as you can. Thanks for those that nominated me. Here is the entire list.

PSC Press Release of the IBM Champion Award - Comprehensive Coverage

August 18 2011

Last week, PSC Group issued a Press Release on the 2011 IBM Champion selection that I was honored to receive in June. PSC hired Christine Pietryla, of Pietryla Enterprises, to manage the PR process for us. The press release: August 08, 2011 11:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time PSC Director Named 2011 IBM Champion John Head Recognized as Exceptional Contributor SCHAUMBURG, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--PSC Group LLC, is pleased to announce John Head, Director of Enterprise Collaboration, has been selected a 2011 IBM Champion. The IBM Champion program recognizes innovative thought leaders in the world technical community who influence and mentor others to help them make best use of IBM solutions and services. Head is one of 50 honorees worldwide this year. Peter O’Kelly, Principal Analyst with O’Kelly Associates, and previously Vice President and founding Research Director of Burton Group’s (now Gartner) Collaboration and Content Strategies underscores the significance of this honor, “This

PSC at Connect 2013 - Lessons Learned from the World’s Largest XPage Project

January 23 2013

One of the sessions I am looking forward to the most is "Lessons Learned from the World's Largest XPage Project" give by PSC Group's Andrew Barickman and Mark Roden. This session, given on Tuesday at 8:15 AM in Swan 1-2 is going to highlight what we learned working on an XPages project that took over 18 months and 14 consultants. The session will cover: Working on the world's largest XPages implementation has its challenges. Modernizing an IBM Notes client application used in over 105 countries by over 100,000 users teaches you a lot! In this session, we'll share some of the challenges and our approach to overcoming them. We'll demonstrate a new XPinC performance feature in the upcoming Social Edition being added as a result of our work with IBM. We'll also demonstrate best practices in user interaction, share lessons learned on team development using a single .nsf file -- and much more. Come and find out more about how you can save time, money and avoid end-user frustration as we shar

PSC at Connect 2013 - XPages: No Experience Needed

January 22 2013

The first session being given by a PSC Group employee is XPages: No Experience Needed. Kathy Brown of PSC Group and David Leedy will be presenting Monday at 4:30 PM in the Swan Osprey 1-2 room. This is a Show 'n Tell session, so expect to see a step by step walk through. In their words: Want to build an XPages application, but not sure how? Kathy and Dave will show you how to build a sample help desk application from start to finish. Step by Step they will show you how to create, read, update, and delete tickets. Along the way you'll be introduced the most common XPages concepts like SSJS, Custom Controls, View and Repeat Controls, Extension Library, CSS frameworks, and much more. Go home with a working application that you can use today! These sessions fill up fast, so arrive early!

PSC at Connect 2013!

January 22 2013

As Janurary ticks away many of the readers of this blog are getting ready for the annual commute to Orlando for Lotusphere Connection 2013. PSC Group has five of our team headed to the conference. We are speaking in some great sessions, having a reception, and sponsoring a great event. Over the next couple of days I am going to highlight those things. If you are attending Connect 2013 (I still want to call it Connectosphere) please reach out and let's connect.

#IBMConnect AD214 What’s Next? Application Modernization Roadmap for Socializing IBM Notes & Domino

February 4 2013

Attached are the slides for the session that John Beck and I gave at IBM Connect 2013. AD214 What's Next? Application Modernization Roadmap for Socializing IBM Notes & Domino from John Head

Notes 8.5 Beta 1 is Out

May 29 2008

Yes folks, IBM Lotus Notes 8.5 Beta 1 is out. No rules this time, just remember this is beta and it is not fully baked. Download it now, before the servers get overwhelmed tomorrow!

Notes 8.5 Beta 1 is Out

May 29 2008

Yes folks, IBM Lotus Notes 8.5 Beta 1 is out. No rules this time, just remember this is beta and it is not fully baked. Download it now, before the servers get overwhelmed tomorrow!

Looks like Adam was right ... extst.ibm.com works from 8.0.1 Standard again

May 24 2008

Adam and I thought it was last week, but I checked this morning. I can now connect to extst.ibm.com from the IBM Lotus Notes 8.0.1 Standard (rich client i.e. eclipse). See for yourself: Only took them what, 2 months? grrrrrr ... OK, no sense complaining about the past. Can we just get the process solved for 802 please? Thanks.

The IBM Mail Next Webinar - Thoughts and Questions

April 23 2014

IBM has the first public webinar around IBM Mail Next since unveiling it at IBM Connect this past January. I thought I would highlight a few thoughts and questions I have. (before I go on, IBM did say this was a point in time and nothing was set in stone and everything was subject to change. So keep that in mind as you continue reading please) The webinar was mostly high level about the process, but we did see two specific 'demos' (more on that later) around the calendar timeline and faceted search. First, I think the design concepts shown by Scott detailed that IBM is trying to do more than build a new web email client. There is real innovation being attempted. I see that innovation in the flat list of attachments and links from the search results. I loved that. I want that right now. We also got an updated detailed architecture slide: This slides confirms that IBM Mail Next is being targeted at web / cloud deployments first. Yes, you can see Domino in there - prominently. But

#IBMConnect AD214 What’s Next? Application Modernization Roadmap for Socializing IBM Notes & Domino

February 4 2013

Attached are the slides for the session that John Beck and I gave at IBM Connect 2013. AD214 What's Next? Application Modernization Roadmap for Socializing IBM Notes & Domino from John Head

Blogging from Enterprise 2.0: Lotus Knows Social Computing Session

June 16 2010

Here is my twitter stream (laptop battery was struggling) from the session that Kevin Cavanaugh and Chris Crummey gave yesterday at Enterprise 2.0: in the IBM #lotusknows session at #e2conf with @lbenitez @edbrill @elsua and many more oh @ccrummey on stage with @kevincavanaugh at IBM #lotusknows session at #e2conf @ccrummey is demoing Lotus Symphony 3 Beta 3 at #e2conf - showing off Live Text with @edbrill name - searching connections profiles @ccrummey showing off an IBM templates addin for Lotus Symphony 3 - why this isnt public I have no idea! #lotusknows #e2conf #lotusknows that @ccrummey is showing off Project "Concord" live - first I have seen since Lotusphere2010 #e2conf IBM Project Concord looks great - except for 3 rows of toolbars. edit the UI please :-) IBM Project Concord is about collaborative editing - its not just another web based document editor #e2conf #lotusknows IBM Project Concord has sections that can be assigned and co-authored #e2conf #lotusknows RT lbenitez

Blogging from Enterprise 2.0: Lotus Knows Social Computing Session

June 16 2010

Here is my twitter stream (laptop battery was struggling) from the session that Kevin Cavanaugh and Chris Crummey gave yesterday at Enterprise 2.0: in the IBM #lotusknows session at #e2conf with @lbenitez @edbrill @elsua and many more oh @ccrummey on stage with @kevincavanaugh at IBM #lotusknows session at #e2conf @ccrummey is demoing Lotus Symphony 3 Beta 3 at #e2conf - showing off Live Text with @edbrill name - searching connections profiles @ccrummey showing off an IBM templates addin for Lotus Symphony 3 - why this isnt public I have no idea! #lotusknows #e2conf #lotusknows that @ccrummey is showing off Project "Concord" live - first I have seen since Lotusphere2010 #e2conf IBM Project Concord looks great - except for 3 rows of toolbars. edit the UI please :-) IBM Project Concord is about collaborative editing - its not just another web based document editor #e2conf #lotusknows IBM Project Concord has sections that can be assigned and co-authored #e2conf #lotusknows RT lbenitez

Lotusphere 2010 : IBM Project Vulcan and thoughts I have not read elsewhere

January 25 2010

In an effort to not reproduce other thoughts out there, before I go on, here is some great IBM Project Vulcan reading for you: Nathan, Peter, and Volker. I don't agree with everything all three of them said, but they really cover the news that came out. As with Peter and Nathan, I got a chance to attend the 60 minute "Nachos and News" event for bloggers. This year, instead of saving a specific announcement saved for the event (like last year's Traveler for iPhone press release), we got 60 minutes to ask about IBM Project Vulcan. A few thoughts that came from that: IBM Project Vulcan as it is today is not a bunch of screen shots (like IBM used for the Hannover announcement a few years ago). It is actual code. It might not be code you would implement in the real world, but it is code. Those saying that it is not code are the same people who couldn't be bothered to make it to the event. IBM Project Vulcan is really not just about a vision for the Lotus product portfolio. It is more lik

IBM SmartCloud for Notes/Domino - You can Purchase a Single License with a Credit Card!

February 4 2013

Last night while chatting about the IBM Connect 2013 conference and some after thoughts, a discussion came up with a person (they can reveal themselves if they want too) about how they probably had to move their email from a on-premises Notes/Domino solution to something else. They didn't want to maintain a Domino server any more. That led into a question on why IBM hasn't made SmartCloud easy for a single person or small company to order with a credit card. I know I spent 18 months talking about this with IBM executives, so I went and looked. First, the Lotuslive.com URL still works, but the new direct URL is IBMCloud.com/social. That takes you to this page: Notice the red box. Click that and you get taken to a page to pick your country and language. I haven't tried this for any country but the US and UK, but I believe this works in most countries. Next, you get this page: Look at all those options. 5 bucks a month for email and you can add Traveler and Archive Essentials. The

Interview with IBM’s Doug Heintzman and Konrad Lagarde : IBM Project Vulcan, IBM Social Business Toolkit, Mobile, and ODF/OpenOffice.org Interview

February 22 2011

Due to scheduling issues at Lotusphere 2011, I was not able to do some of my press interviews. I was offered the chance of a make-up interview with Doug Heintzman, Director, Lotus Strategy. During the interview, he brought in Konrad lagarde, who is working on the IBM Project Vulcan team and has direct experience with the IBM Social Business Toolkit. Here is my transcription of the interview with some commentary at the end. Project Vulcan and the IBM Social Business Toolkit JH: IBM Project Vulcan as a project vs. a deliverable. Can you help map the progression of Project Vulcan from what was seen at Lotusphere 2010 vs Lotusphere 2011: DH: IBM is making a lot of progress and the vision is quite bold. IBM is devolving a bunch of packages and applications into a group of discrete services. Added to this will be an aggregation service, sharebox service(s), analytic services, etc. There will also be a set of toolkits, which the IBM Social Business Toolkit is one of them. The goal is to

The #IBMConnect Slide that caused some interesting feedback #free1352

February 11 2014

So in my session with John Beck at IBM Connect 2014 - I put this slide up and just watched the reaction of the room. So I am just going to let this generate some discussion before I post more about it later this week ...

IBM Connect 2014: My take on the OGS

February 3 2014

IBM Connect 2014 is over and many are writing their impressions on the conference. I won't go into rumors or thoughts about the future in my musings, but there are a few things I would like to recap. The first is the Opening General Session, otherwise known as the OGS. Reading the other thoughts on the OGS out there, I realize I am in the minority on my reaction. I thought the OGS was exactly what IBM has been trying to achieve the past few years. I thought it hit the target market very well and the main audience for the OGS - the press and analysts walked away quite happy. The old school, die hard Notes administrator or developer who comes to Connect, or still calls it Lotusphere, is not the target of the OGS. They haven't been for years. Let me explain why I think that and then give a few thoughts on the OGS itself. I was quite lucky to participate in three years of the IBM Connect / Lotusphere blogger program. Besides the great seats at the OGS, we were invited to the press confer

IBM Connect 2014: AD502: The Mobile Disruption: Why XPages Development is Targeting Mobile First

February 3 2014

Speaking at Connect 2014 on brand new content!

November 19 2013

I am once again honored to have the privilege to speak at IBM Connect 2014. I am speaking with John Beck, Business Unit Executive, IBM, but this year we decided to start fresh. Our topic is "he Mobile Disruption - Why XPages Development is Targeting Mobile First." This is an executive / strategy focused session on how mobile is becoming the primary development platform choice. We will look at this topic from the perspective of an XPages platform, but expect IBM MobileFirst, IBM Worklight, and IBM Websphere technologies to show up in the presentation. See everyone in Orlando in January!

Application Modernization with XPages on YouTube

November 11 2013

The section of the IBM Connect 2014 session "AD214: What's Next? Application Modernization Roadmap for Socializing IBM Notes and Domino" that is my section has been posted to Youtube via Social Business User Group. Check it out here:

#IBMConnect sessions by the PSC Group, LLC Team and from many more!

February 11 2013

I wanted to highlight the slides from my fellow PSC Group, LLC co-workers from IBM Connect 2013 (a.k.a. Connectosphere). The best way to do that is highlight the incredible resource Chris Miller a.k.a IdoNotes has put together. You can access the IBM Connect 2013 and Lotusphere Slides database here. From PSC Group, here are our sessions: BP103 jQuery: The World’s Most Popular JavaScript Library Comes to Xpages - Mark Roden BP211 Lessons Learned from the World’s Largest XPage Project - Andrew Barickman and Mark Roden SHOW111 XPages: No Experience Needed - Kathy Brown and David Leedy AD214 What’s Next? Application Modernization Roadmap for Socializing IBM Notes and Domino - John Head and John Beck

#IBMConnect AD214 What’s Next? Application Modernization Roadmap for Socializing IBM Notes & Domino

February 4 2013

Attached are the slides for the session that John Beck and I gave at IBM Connect 2013. AD214 What's Next? Application Modernization Roadmap for Socializing IBM Notes & Domino from John Head

#IBMConnect thoughts and feelings (and the zombie flu)

February 4 2013

I am finally back home in Chicago after ten days in Orlando, FL for what has become my yearly pilgrimage to IBM Connect (formally known as Lotusphere or as I like to call it ConnectoSphere). Every year the conference feels like it takes longer to prepare for, goes by faster, and the zombi flu gets more people sick. I get to see old friends, meet lots of new people, and do so many things that I love to do for myself and as a salesperson at PSC Group, LLC. I find that trying to put my thoughts afterwards into a blog entry both easier and harder every year. Let's see how I do. First, from an employee at PSC Group, this was a stellar year. It was the second year that Andrew was present as the practice manager at the event. Mark and Kathy were both in the first year as part of the PSC team, but not their first Connect/LS.. 4 people, 4 sessions. All of them well attended and getting great verbal reviews. For the first time in many years, one of the PSC partners was also present. This culmi