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

December 10 2014

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

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

December 7 2014

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

2015 IBM Champions

December 4 2014

IBM has announced the IBM Champions for the ICS brand for 2015. I am honored to be selected again, my fifth year, as a recognition for all the evangelism I do for the IBM products. More importantly, I am again so proud to be one of 5 at PSC Group, the only company with five IBM Champions in the world for the second year in a row. Congrats to Kathy, Mark, Brad, and Andrew.

Hear me talk at the Chicago SharePoint User Group (CSPUG) panel as part of SPFest Chicago

December 1 2014

SharePoint Fest Speaker Panel Discussion The Chicago SharePoint User Group (CSPUG) is excited to announce we have once again teamed with SharePoint Fest to host a moderated Panel Discussion at SharePoint Fest Chicago. The panel of speakers bring an abundance of insights and thoughts about the future of SharePoint, its capabilities, and resolutions to challenging issues. Hear about SharePoint Online, the state of the App Model, best practices, and adoption solutions. Bring your questions and get answers. Well-known author and MVP Dan Holme will moderate the panel which will include: · Tamara Bredemus · Brian Culver · John Head · Sarah Haase · Wes Preston · Mike Fitzmaurice WHEN Monday, December 8 5:30 PM Check-In/Networking 6 PM - 7:30 PM Event WHERE McCormick Place West 2301 S. Lake Shore Dr. Chicago, IL 60616 TO REGISTER: Register Here

Happy 25th Birthday to Lotus Notes!

November 27 2014

Hard to believe that Lotus Notes was officially released 25 years ago today. Now, we can trace the birth of Lotus Notes back to University of Illinois Champaign/Urbana (Go Illini), but as far as the official product - today is that day. Hard to believe the product is 25 years old and still around. Most of those 1.0 applications still work in the current 9.0.1 product - which is just another testament to what an amazing product Notes is. Thanks for the career Lotus Notes. Thanks for friends and coworkers and much more.

Hey Lotus SmartSuite, thanks for the career!

October 15 2014

So I was remiss on blogging about the death of Lotus SmartSuite, but I am basically here because of it. I need to give it some proper due. Back in 1993, I picked up my first copy of Lotus Ami Pro 3.0 and my technical career started. I then moved on to Lotus SmartSuite, Word Pro, and the other apps. I became the go to person for intergration of SmartSuite with other products. I got to speak at Lotusphere - and Lotus Europe in Berlin. It led me into working with Notes, integration, and so much more. It took me from Artron to Boom Vang. Synergistics hired me because of the mail merge work I did. PSC hired me mostly because of my Notes work, but we did plenty of SmartSuite. I was proud to host the SmartSuite developers website, write magazine articles, and be quoted in the press. So it's death is sad. I will miss the best macro langugage in any app ever (hello Ami Pro). The amazing divisions and subdivisions in Word Pro. The flaming trash can in Organizer. The vastly overlooked Fast Si

Result’s of the PSC IBM Notes/Domino Community Survey

October 6 2014

The results are in. You can access them at this page: http://www.psclistens.com/ibm-survey-results.aspx The results are interesting and can be interpreted in many ways. I will save some personal thoughts on it until people can consume the information, Infographic: http://www.slideshare.net/PSCGroup/pscs-ibm-notes-domino-survey-results-2014 Presentation: http://www.slideshare.net/PSCGroup/notes-domino-survey-results-2014 Thanks to everyone who contributed!

My OpenNTF.org retirement starts today

October 2 2014

As of 10 am today, I am officially no longer part of the OpenNTF.org elected Board of Directors. It’s the first time since the rebirth of OpenNTF.org in 2009 and elected officers that I am no longer participating. I made the decision a year ago to retire and it was the right call. I will miss OpenNTF.org and working with it actively, but I knew it was time to do something new. I have been really active with STEM in Chicago and a non-profit called Lumity, and I have to pick where I spend my time. OpenNTF.org is a passion for me. Something I truly believed in and was always happy to provide time for. I remember vividly when Bruce asked me for PSC to host the OpenNTF.org server. Mark Roden sits next to it every day in Schaumburg – I find it fitting that one of the leaders of the new Modern application movement in the ICS community sits next to one of the catalysts of that community from 2002. There is a lot of history with OpenNTF.org. Watching Bruce and Nathan stir the pot. People comin

Speaking at SharePoint Fest Chicago 2014

September 29 2014

I am very excited to announce that I will be speaking at SharePoint Fest Chicago 2014 on December 8 - 10, 2014 at McCormick Place Convention Center West. This is not a user group, but a paid conference. The session: DEV 201 - Beyond Responsive Design – Turning SharePoint into a mobile and modern web application platform John Head and Chris Johnson - PSC Group When you think about building modern and mobile applications with SharePoint, most people think about responsive design. But that is just the tip of the iceberg. In a word of MEAN and Twitter Bootstrap, mobile and modern web development means something much more. This session will cover the larger strategy around a mobile and modern web application platform and how to achieve that with SharePoint as the platform. We will then show you how we implemented this strategy on top of SharePoint 2013 and the outcome. From the high level executive strategy to the implementation details, you will walk away from this session with the k

Taking a new role at Lumity - Outreach Director on the Executive Committee

September 19 2014

I am really excited to announce that I have accepted a position on the executive committee of the Board of Directors of Lumity as the Outreach Director. As a current board member, this just extends my involvement. I have been lucky enough to help with the business development processes and performance the past two years, and in July took over as the chair of the Operations Committee. My new role is slightly wide open in terms of specifics, but it will let me get more involved in an organization I believe in. Lumity has really double-downed our investment in STEM and Workforce Development. This summer, the organization hosted a Summer Youth Employment Program that had real impact on lives. I saw our Executive Director, Kara Kennedy, get really emotional this morning on the impact it is having on her. I am lucky to be able to give back to the community on a topic I believe in to much. We can only improve the quality technology professionals in the marketplace if we start in the schoo

Inviting you to particpate in the IBM Domino/Notes Community Survey

September 16 2014

Have you ever wondered what other companies plan on doing with IBM Domino? Now is your chance to find out. PSC has committed to collecting feedback from Domino users worldwide, and sharing the results of this survey back to the community. Please take 30 seconds to answer the questions below and share this URL via social media. The more responses gathered, the more valuable this information is. Let’s work together to capture the big picture view of where companies see Domino in their future. The poll will run until October 3rd, 2014. We will release the results on October 6th at http://www.psclistens.com/ibm-survey-results.aspx - or you can enter your email in the survey to get them emailed. We are not doing this to gather anyone's info for solicitation. This is about trying to get a handle on active use and strategy around the IBM Notes & Domino products. We plan to share the data with the community so we can all have access to the numbers. You can access the survey at http:/

New PSC Video: Happy IT Talent = Happy Clients

September 3 2014

PSC Group, LLC has published a new video on why having great talent is so important to a successful company. Having worked here 13+ years, I find this video to be spot on with our PSC approaches and values or team.

PSC Group reconigized by Inc 5000 and Chicago’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For

September 2 2014

Over the summer, PSC Group received two recognition's that I wanted to highlight. The first was back in June. PSC was named one of 'Chicago's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For' for the third year in a row. PSC Group was also named to the Inc 5000 for the second year in a row, jumping over 1000 places since last year. This is a testament to the amazing team at PSC Group. Congratulations to everyone!

MWLUG 2014: BP110: The Mobile Distruption - Why XPages Development is targeting Mobile First

August 28 2014

BP110: The Mobile Distruption - Why XPages Development is targeting Mobile First from John Head

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

PSC is proud to introduce our new partnership with Intuit QuickBase

July 17 2014

PSC and Intuit Quickbase are proud to introduce our new partnership. Come celebrate with us and enjoy the amazing views of Downtown Chicago from the penthouse floor of the Swissotel. Network with local QuickBase users and learn about our new partnership with PSC, a Chicago based services firm. PSC is an expert in integrating dynamic reporting and collaboration. Admission includes: Networking with other QuickBase users Cocktails & Appetizers Chance to win Blackhawks memorabilia You can sign up here

My interview with SocialBiz User Group - Listen Now

May 13 2014

Last month, Celia Hamilton of SocialBiz User Group, interviewed me to talk about XPages and the work I am doing at PSC Group. Here is their blurb about it: John Head was kind enough to share some of his time with me recently to have a conversation about XPages and mobile development. John's background in coding and current role in business development at PSC Group give him a unique outlook when talking about technology. From his perspective, he looks at what customers want when they need his company's services; his focus is finding out what technology is best suited to their needs. Press the play button below to hear our conversation about these topics: What John does with PSC Group What customers are really looking for when building a web application If you are still building client-only applications, you are the problem, not the solution What developers can do to their web apps today to make them ready to go mobile tomorrowYou can also read a transcript of the interview if you prefe

13 Years

December 18 2013

As the year closes, my anniversary at PSC Group is upon me. 13 years since I walked in with the intention of working here about six months. It's been a great 13 years with no end in site. Looking forward to a great 2014!

#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 - Great Geek Challenge

January 24 2013

PSC is please to be sponsoring the Great Geek Challenge again in 2013! One of the best events of the week, be at The Fountain Restaurant (the place you get the ice cream) in the Dolphin Hotel (at the bottom of the escalators as you walk outside to head to the Swan). Tuesday at 8 PM. Great food, great people, and really fun geek trivia! The prizes are great as well. Be there or don't be square!

PSC at Connect 2013 - What’s Next? Application Modernization Roadmap For Socializing IBM Notes and Domino

January 24 2013

I am lucky to get to speak at Connect 2013 and present with John Beck of IBM on "What's Next? Application Modernization Roadmap For Socializing IBM Notes and Domino." This session is at 8:30 AM on Thursday in the Dolphin Northern Hemisphere A - C room - my first main stage experience! The session is in the Application Development track and will cover: 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 organizatio

PSC at Connect 2013 - jQuery: The World’s Most Popular JavaScript Library Comes to XPages

January 23 2013

On Thursday morning at 8:30 AM in Swan 3-4, PSC Group's Mark Roden will present "jQuery: The World's Most Popular JavaScript Library Comes to XPages." This session is for intermediate and experienced XPages developers who are looking for more options in their XPages development. What you can expect: Whether you want to add some serious eye candy to your XPages Applications or just want to do more with less code, jQuery, the world's most popular JavaScript framework can help you. Come to this session and find out how you can use some of the thousands of jQuery plugins, in harmony with Dojo, within your XPages applications to create a better experience not only for your users, but for you as a developer. In this session, we'll look at how jQuery works, how to add it to your XPages, and how a complete JavaScript beginner can take advantage of its power. We'll demonstrate many working examples -- and a sample database will be provided. This is a geeky session with great demos!

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

MWLUG 2012 - PSC’s Sessions

August 21 2012

PSC presented 4 sessions at the Midwest Lotus User's Group (MWLUG) conference in Pittsburg, PA last week. John Head and John Beck : SB103: IBM Lotus Notes/Domino App. Dev. Competitive Advantage: The Social Business Edition Andrew Barickman : AD112: Usability Lessons From the Worlds Largest XPages Project Luis Guirigay : BP101: Keep Your Business Running! High Availability and Disaster Recovery ideas for your Social, Messaging and Collaboration Environments Mark Roden : AD111: XPages, jQuery, and Dojo - a new paradigm in Client Side JavaScript

PSC at MWLUG

July 9 2012

Midwest Lotus User Group, otherwise known as MWLUG, is coming in just over a month! I am pleased to announce that four sessions given by PSC employees appear on the agenda: SB103: IBM Lotus Notes/Domino App. Dev. Competitive Advantage: The Social Business Edition Speaker: John Head - PSC Group, and John Beck - IBM Corporation, IBM Collaboration Solutions Worldwide Messaging Business Unit Executive 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. We will put application migration and new application development head to head. Based on data collected from real-world engagements we will demonstrate the positive return on investment of the Note

Bringing some higher education to the PSC team ...

July 5 2012

As many of you have read, Mark Roden has joined the PSC team and will be part of the great Collaboration team. As we went thru the interview process, over lunch, Mark talked about his question at Gurupaloza and wondered if I remembered it. I actually do. Mark asked specifically how someone got to be on stage with us next year. Someone answered (It was either Carl Tyler or Andrew Pollack or Paul Mooney - neither of us could remember) told Mark to find a topic he was passionate about, start a blog, start speaking at local events, and pursue Lotusphere. Mark did exactly that. Now, I am not implying that working at PSC helps Mark get on stage at Lotusphere 2013, but his efforts got our attention for sure. Mark might have a PhD. in Chemistry, but his JQuery posts on his blog got our attention. Welcome to the team Mark. Looking forward to working with you! As always, yes, PSC is still hiring. We are looking for top notch XPages developers, SharePoint developers, .NET developers, Infrastru

"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

PSC Group Releases Project Risk Profiler Windows Phone Application

February 6 2012

I have previous mentioned the Project Risk Profiler application that we built for iPhone last year. We use the application as part of our Information Command and Control seminars and as a demonstration tool. One of our Microsoft practice developers, Tim Murphy, built a version of the Project Risk Profiler for Windows Phone. You can find in the Windows Phone Marketplace. Awesome work Tim!

PSC on the OGS screen at Lotusphere2012

January 23 2012

We are very honored to have been included in the Lotusphere2012 Opening General Session presentation when Kevin and Doug talked about XPages.

PSC Group Featured in OOXML document published by Peter O’Kelly

September 9 2011

Peter O'Kelly has published the research paper "Revisiting Open Document Format and Office Open XML: The Quiet Revolution Continues" on Slideshare. This is an update to the 2008 Burton Group OOXML/ODF report that he was the primary author for. PSC Group and one of our customers is highlighted in the document as an OOXML success story: A Research Director, Inc. (RDI) case study published by Microsoft provides another compelling example of the benefits of open and XML-based document formats. RDI’s service provider PSC Group used OOXML in conjunction with Microsoft PowerPoint to significantly simplify and streamline RDI’s customer analytics. RDI’s case study is an example of an application scenario that would have required an incredible amount of custom application design and development, if the company had not been able to build on OOXML and PowerPoint. I interviewed RDI Partner Marc Greenspan to learn more about his OOXML experience, and he shared the following perspective: “Since 1991,

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

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!

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.

PSC to speak at Chicago Information Technology Architects Group (CITAG) on Enterprise Architecture on 2/15/2011

February 10 2011

PSC's own Chris Geraghty is speaking at the CITAG event next Tuesday. Here is the meeting information: Chicago Information Technology Architects Group - February 2011 Meeting Information technology architects are the hearts of their businesses. They try to make sense of the business landscape and form order out of chaos. Information technology architects do this with knowledge and experience. The Chicago Information Technology Architects Group is founded with the goal to unite architects into a community for collaboration and knowledge sharing. The group is for people to meet their peers and share some stories and ideas. The Chicago Information Technology Architects Group encourages everyone with an interest in technical architecture to join us for our next meeting on Tuesday, February 15th at the TechNexus in downtown Chicago. Presentation : Enterprise Architecture by Chris Geraghty Presentation at 5:30pm, doors open at 5:00pm We will review elements of Best Practice EA method

Introducing IntegrationDestination.com

January 30 2011

In our Lotusphere Session today, Alex Kassabov and myself announced a new PSC website that will be going live in the middle of Feburary. I started talking publically about integration topics in 1996 at Lotusphere. That message has been delivered for the past 15 years at Lotusphere, Advisor, View, and LUGs all over the world. It started with integration of Lotus Notes with Lotus SmartSuite. We added Microsoft Office integration in 2000 and OpenOffice.org and Lotus Symphony in the past 6 years. Alex joined me in 2003 at the sessions, but we always find a gap between conferences and articles. So what we are going to do is launch the site and record all of our existing demos over the past 15 years. Each demo will have a video, files to download, and a discussion area. That will take us to about 50 demos. And then the fun begins. We are going to put together demonstrations of integration that extend past the topics we can fit in a hour session or two hour jumpstart. XPages and Salesforce

JMP208 The Never Ending Integration Story: How to Integrate Your Lotus Notes, Domino, and LotusLive applications with Microsoft Office, .NET, and Lotus Symphony

January 30 2011

JMP208 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. Downloads coming shortly

PSC Speaking at IdoSphere

January 24 2011

PSC Group, LLC is proud to be presenting three different sessions at the first ever IdoSphere conference on February 15th and 16th, 2011. First up, Luis Guirigay presents "Got Problems? Let's Do a Health Check" on Tuesday, Feb 15th at 9:15 AM and will cover the basics of performing your own IBM Lotus Notes & Domino health check. Second, I will present "The Notes/Domino Application Development Competitive Advantage" with David Via of IBM on Tuesday, Feb 15th at 3:30 PM. This session covers why a company should be looking at Notes & Domino from an app dev perspective - and why application modernization is one of the hot trends in 2011.This will be the first time this session is presented anywhere. Lastly, Alex and I present "Super Feats of Integration: XPages w/Symphony, Sharepoint & Office" on Wednesday, Feb 16th at 10:15 AM and as Chris says, this is not a repeat of our Lotusphere 2011 session. We are going to focus integration in an XPages world. Still haven't reg

10 Years

December 18 2010

Today marks my 10 year anniversary with PSC Group, LLC. Holy crap! I came to PSC from the roaring fire that was Synergistics (Henry left in June, Rocky left in September) and never saw PSC as a long term gig. Go figure ... PSC is now my longest employer! Thanks for all the support to everyone at PSC, but mostly to Andrew and Bruce, John and Alex. Here is to many more years!

PSC becomes a Salesforce.com Consulting Partner

December 6 2010

As Salesforce.com Dreamforce kicks off this week, PSC is pleased to announce that we are now officially a "Salesforce Consulting Partner." We have found ourselves doing quite a bit of integration of Salesforce.com with Lotus Notes at customers in 2010 so this was a no brainer. This also follows PSC's vendor agnostic approach as we are partners with IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, and many others.

Congratulations to Accertify on the American Express Acquisition!

November 21 2010

I just wanted to congratulate my former colleagues at Accertify, Inc. for their acquisition by American Express this month! Accertify Will Become Part of AmEx in $150 Million Deal Nov. 4, 2010 American Express Co. on Thursday announced it will pay approximately $150 million to buy a software startup in suburban Chicago whose product lets online merchants automate order screening for fraud. Founded in 2007, Accertify Inc. has built a client base that includes Barnes & Noble, Urban Outfitters, and 1800 Flowers as well as airlines, social networks, and money-transfer processors. The deal, which is expected to close before the end of the year, follows in the wake of similar, albeit larger, acquisitions by AmEx rivals Visa Inc. and MasterCard Inc. Visa this summer bought e-commerce gateway CyberSource Corp. for $2 billion. CyberSource is a major vendor of anti-fraud products for card-not-present merchants. And last month MasterCard closed on its $526 million acquisition of the U.K.’s

PSC Blog Server - Maintenance Monday, Nov 1st

October 29 2010

The blog server that hosts my blog and a bunch of others (Ed, Alan, Mary Beth, Connections, Domino, etc) is going to be down Monday, November 1st, 2010 starting at 11 AM Central time. We are virtualizing the server and giving it a better host. Virtualizing and moving to the host is hard to exact estimate, but it could be anywhere from 2 to 4 hours.

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.

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

PSC built BarillaUS.com featured on topsharepoint.com

August 16 2010

PSC's Microsoft practice has gotten a great accolade: the Barilla website (www.barillaus.com) has been featured on topsharepoint.com Congratulations to the team at PSC for developing such a great site and being selected for topsharepoint.com!

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!

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

PSC Booth at IamLUG2010

August 5 2010

A quick screen shot of our booth at IamLUG 2010 Alex and I decided to go with a different theme this year. Instead of listing a lot of bullet points on things we do, we are just displaying our brand and on-line presence. As the only service provider who sponsored IamLUG this year, the different approach seemed to spark a bit of interest. If you are attending MWLUG 2010 in two weeks, come see the booth and say hello! You can ask me about what PSC does and how we can help too ;)

PSC Business Technology Resources Survey - Full Report Published

June 29 2010

In May of 2010 I blogged the following posts about a business technology resources survey that PSC commissioned in the spring of this year: PSC Business Technology Resources Survey Part 1: Technology Pain Points? PSC Business Technology Resources Survey Part 2: Top 2010 priorities PSC Business Technology Resources Survey Part 3: Top Information Sources PSC Business Technology Resources Survey Part 4: Trusted Sources PSC Business Technology Resources Survey Part 5: Top Applications Used to Research Technology Purchases PSC Business Technology Resources Survey Part 6: Research Influence on Decision Making As promised, here is the complete report posted as a PDF. You might even find a few questions and results that I did not cover in my blogs in the full report. PSC Group, LLC Business Technology Resources SurveyView more documents from John Head.

LinkedIN Lunch & Learn - Slides

June 28 2010

Last week, I presented at a LinkedIN Lunch & Learn at the Metropolitan Club of Chicago with Mark Carter. Here are the slides. It was most a talk vs slideware, but figured I would share the slides anyways. Enjoy. LinkedIN Lunch & Learn - June 23rd, 2010View more presentations from John Head.

PSC is hiring: JavaScript with EXT.JS / Sencha experience and Java Developers

June 25 2010

PSC continues to grow and we are looking for new members of our team. We have job openings in the following areas: JavaScript with EXT.JS / Sencha experience Java Developer with J2EE experience There are multiple openings in both categories. These jobs are in the Chicagoland area and you must be able to be on-site at the customer. We are looking to grow our team and hire, so at this time we are not looking for contractors. You can apply on-line (each job description on our website has an "Apply Here" link) or you can contact me directly.

PSC Business Technology Resources Survey Part 6: Research Influence on Decision Making

June 3 2010

As I mentioned before, PSC commissioned Pete Wiltjer Marketing Group to do a Technology Resources Survey. The sixth question we asked technology executives was "What is the importance of gathered research and its influence on decision making?" Here are the results: This question is about hindsight. After the decision is made, how did the research done effect the outcome? Over half of the respondents believed that gathered research was 'absolutely critical' in the decision. As I try to make decisions on what content to produce on my website and in social media, it is good to know that it might help make a decision. Do these findings map to your own thoughts? Do you find yourself This was the last blog post covering the questions in our Technology Resource Survey. The complete report will be posted early next week.

PSC Business Technology Resources Survey Part 5: Top Applications Used to Research Technology Purchases

June 1 2010

As I mentioned before, PSC commissioned Pete Wiltjer Marketing Group to do a Technology Resources Survey. The fifth question we asked technology executives was "What are your top media applications used to obtain information for technology purchases?" Here are the results: Here are some further thoughts after breaking down the results: 1. 85% of respondents used more than one application to obtain information for a technology purchase. 2. 39% of those surveyed used between 3 and 5 media applications to obtain such information before making a purchase. Out of all of the survey questions, this is the one I was most surprised about. Webcasts being the number one top media application was not something I would have predicted. The decline of RSS is something reflected in this report. I know for myself, when I got the new laptop, I have not installed FeedDemon. Sure, I use Google Reader a bit, but my RSS reading is way down. I just go directly to websites as needed. What media a

PSC Business Technology Resources Survey Part 4: Trusted Sources

May 27 2010

As I mentioned before, PSC commissioned Pete Wiltjer Marketing Group to do a Technology Resources Survey. The forth question we asked technology executives was "What are your most trusted information sources" Here are the results: It should surprise no one that face-to-face or referrals was the top vote getter. The result I find most interesting is that Magazines ranked fourth out of nine, ahead of trade shows, vendor sales representatives, and the vendor website. Personally, I do not read any technology magazines any more. I read the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, and Business Week regularly (daily/weekly) on my Kindle, but besides that its a rare PC Gamer or culinary magazine. Blog and technology news websites have replaced the magazine resource for me. What are your trusted sources? Do you still rely on magazines and newsletters? Have you moved your research to websites as I have? Part 5 will cover the top applications used in research and is coming soon.

Want to know more about PSC Group?

May 25 2010

I often get asked about PSC and what we do. I get asked this by potential customers who do not know us at all. I get asked this by folks in the social media world who only know me and my on-line presence. I also get asked this by folks in the Lotus community who do not realize that IBM is just one of our technology focus areas. We put these slides together as an introduction to PSC Group. About PSC GroupView more presentations from PSC Group .

PSC Business Technology Resources Survey Part 3: Top Information Sources

May 24 2010

As I mentioned before, PSC commissioned Pete Wiltjer Marketing Group to do a Technology Resources Survey. The third question we asked technology executives was "What are your top 5 information sources? " Here are the results: Some further thoughts on the results: 1. 92% of respondents rated Internet search as one of their Top 3 information sources. 2. 69% rated Face-to-face referral or referral from personal network as one of their Top 3 sources of information. The one item here that really speaks to me is newsletters being the lowest ranked of all information sources in the survey. With so many people trying to move content to a newsletter, this should be a warning for them. I get it, newsletters allow for focus. But let's cut to the chase, newsletters are also about selling advertising space. Content is better served on a blog or website where it can be consumed free of charge and without distracting ads. If the content is good, the business will follow. What are your to

PSC Business Technology Resources Survey Part 2: Top 2010 priorities

May 20 2010

As I mentioned before, PSC commissioned Pete Wiltjer Marketing Group to do a Technology Resources Survey. The second question we asked technology executives was "What are your top 5 priorities in 2010? " Here are the results: Some interesting statistics that came from the results: 1. Over 50% of respondents selected "Business application and information integration" as their number one priority in 2010. 2. 85% of the respondents selected "Business application and information integration" as one of their top three priorities in 2010. One of the things that I find interesting is that virtualization ranked sixth out of nine. I wonder if that is because companies are done with their virtualization (hard to believe) or they see 2010 as doing quick 'wins' after a very hard 2009. How does this measure to what your priorities are for 2010? Part 3 covers top information sources and will be covered next.

PSC Business Technology Resources Survey Part 1: Technology Pain Points?

May 17 2010

As I mentioned before, PSC commissioned Pete Wiltjer Marketing Group to do a Technology Resources Survey. The first question we asked technology executives was "What are your top 3 technology pain points?" Here are the results: I don't think that anyone out there will be surprised that ROI, business demands, and efficient and effective technology are the top three. The one item that I find interesting is that "keeping up with the pace of technology change" was ranked six out of eight. We see so much change happen in the technology world on a daily basis. Techcrunch and Mashable and all of the other sites that track the Social Media and Web 2.0 world. I think what we are told and what really happens are totally different. Something I have thought about quite a bit lately, nice to see that thought measured. How does this track with what you see and hear in the marketplace? Part 2 covers the Top 2010 priorities will be covered next.

PSC Commissions Business Technology Resources Survey

May 12 2010

As the US and global economy comes out of what we can all call a slow 2009, companies are making technology investments in 2010. At PSC Group, LLC , we decided to do a survey of customers, prospects, and local technology leaders. We wanted to get a better understanding of what decisions do technology executives think they will make this year and how. To do this, we partnered with Pete Wiltjer Marketing Group to survey a group of people and produce a report. PSC has decided to share this report externally and will post it online the first week of June. In the meantime, I am going to blog some of the results. Over the next couple weeks, I will blog about the following topics: Technology Paint Points Top 2010 Priorities Top Information Sources Trusted Sources Top Applications Used to Research Technology Purchases Research Influence on Decision Making This report is a bit specific to the types of customers that PSC does (or wants to do) business with, but I think it will be a great rea

How to be Relevant in 2010: Selecting Technologies that are Business Enablers Presentation from CAMP IT

April 7 2010

My co-worker Jim Vaselopulos gave this presentation at the CAMP IT Conference on "IT Architecture: Strategies for New Technology Adoption" on April 1st, 2010. It is a great presentation that covers some great thought leadership. I know Bruce Elgort enjoyed the presentation so I figured I would share it. How to be Relevant in 2010: Selecting Technologies that are Business EnablersView more presentations from Jim Vaselopulos.

It’s time Microsoft decide how serious they are about real people using OOXML

February 16 2010

As many of my readers know, one of the areas that PSC has invested quite a bit of time in the past 24 months is around Document Generation. Document Generation is defined (by myself) as the ability to generate a document, based on a format, without having any software installed to generate or render the document. This can be done client or server side. I have done quite a bit of blogging on the topic - and taken both Microsoft and IBM to task. We have done some real world client projects, including the Research Director, Inc. project that was highlighted in this case study. While PSC does not participate in the ODF or OOXML standards process, I think our team is one of the deepest on the technical side. I have been working with the PSC team to get our technical knowledge out into the world to share our experiences and engage in the conversations. The first piece of this engagement is a new blog called Coding the Document. Tim Murphy, a .NET guru in our Microsoft practice and one of t

Chicago Magazine Reviews the Crain’s Chicago Golf iPhone App - Built by PSC

February 15 2010

Chicago Magazine did a review of ten Chicago iPhone apps and the Crain's Chicago Golf Guide, built by PSC Group, got a great review! Congrats to Crain's and the PSC team!

Free XPages Training in Chicago!

February 15 2010

So Alex, Roy, and Richard have mentioned it, but I wanted to make sure everyone got the message clearly ... FREE XPAGES TRAINING IN CHICAGO! The details - GRANITE, the Greater Chicago Lotus User Group, has decided it was time to do a suburbs meeting for the user group community. To alternate with downtown meetings that happen every other month (we had one last week), we are meeting in March. And instead of having speakers, the decision was made to do hands on technical activities. The first couple meetings will be focused on Xpages - Declan's amazing 54 step Xpages Tutorial specifically. The first meeting is on March 15th from 3 pm to 7 pm. The location is the PSC offices in Schaumburg (1051 Perimeter Drive, Suite 500, Schaumburg IL 60173). There is no cost, but we need a headcount to determine what space we need. So RSVP here or at Alex's blog. Hope to see you there!

PSC Getting Started Sample Database for Microsoft Office and Lotus Symphony Integration from Lotusphere 2010

February 8 2010

In both of my Lotusphere 2010 sessions, JMP106 “Kum Bah Yah” Meets “Lets Kick Butt” : The Integration of IBM Lotus Notes and Domino with Microsoft Office, .NET, and IBM Lotus Symphony and BP214 IBM Lotus Symphony : Finally, A Developer's Friend, we used the PSC Getting Started Sample Database. I promised to share it with everyone - and I apologize for the delay. This database has samples for the following technologies: Lotus Notes automating Microsoft Word Lotus Notes automating Microsoft Excel Lotus Notes automating Microsoft PowerPoint Lotus Notes automating Microsoft Project Lotus Notes automating Lotus Symphony Documents (UNO) Lotus Notes automating Lotus Symphony Spreadsheets (UNO) Lotus Notes automating Lotus Symphony Presentations (UNO) Lotus Notes automating Lotus Symphony Documents (LotusScript) Lotus Notes automating Lotus Symphony Spreadsheets (LotusScript) Lotus Notes automating Lotus Symphony Presentations (LotusScript) Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) reading Lotus

See me (and other Lotus Business Partners) in a great Lotus Knows video

February 8 2010

I had the chance to record some thoughts on how PSC uses Lotus technology at a Lotus event last fall. Here are the results: I hate seeing myself on video, but that is a great video :-)

Congratulations to Eric McLaughlin for winning the 2009 PSC CLEAR Vision Award!

January 29 2010

At our company meeting, Eric McLaughlin was rewarded with the 2009 PSC CLEAR Vision Award. Here is Eric with his very cool Eagle award I wanted to give Eric a shout out on my blog because Eric has been the leader of many of the projects I have been involved in the past 18 months. Eric was the lead developer and project manager on the EditLive for Quickr for Domino integration from Ephox. He has also spent much of 2009 with his arms deep in VSTO and Notes work for 3 of our projects. Eric is a tremendous consultant and person and I am super proud to work with him. Congrats Eric!

PSC turns 20 in 2010

January 4 2010

2010 marks the 20th anniversary of PSC Group, LLC. 20 years of servicing our customers and providing an amazing workplace for our team. So congrats to everyone at PSC - looking forward to a great year and many more!

PSC Hosted Blogs Maintenance - This Weekend

December 4 2009

Due to growth at PSC, we are changing a bunch of infrastructure items over the weekend. One of the things that is changing is our external IP ranges. That means every blog we host will need to update their DNS to point to the new IP addresses. This is going to start Saturday morning at 9 am. The goal is to have everything working in about 90 minutes, but we all know how this kind of change over goes. Plus all the DNS' that will need to refresh. So any of the our hosted blogs may be unavailable until sometime Sunday.

Doug Mahugh highlights the Microsoft Casestudy covering the OOXML Solution PSC built

November 18 2009

Doug Mahugh wrote some very nice things about myself and our new case study: PSC Group LLC is a Chicago-area professional services consulting firm, a Microsoft Gold Partner, an IBM partner, and active in a wide range of technology services and projects. I’ve gotten to know John Head, PSC’s Director of Enterprise Collaboration, fairly well through DII workshops and other activities, where he is a perennial force to be reckoned with. John’s a hands-on expert and is definitely not the kind of guy who ever leaves you wondering what he really thinks -- it’s great to get that kind of direct informed feedback when we participate in DII events. One of PSC’s clients is RDI (Research Director, Inc.), a Maryland-based radio-research consulting firm that analyzes, interprets and presents Arbitron audience research data for over 200 radio stations. RDI came to PSC with a problem: they had been using the same custom system for 10 years, and their needs had grown so much that it was taking three

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

2 Lotusphere 2010 Sessions Approved

November 17 2009

The emails went out and I will be doing two presentations this year: "Kum Bah Yah” meets “Let's Kick Butt” - Integration of IBM Lotus Notes and Lotus Domino with Microsoft Office, .NET, and IBM Lotus Symphony Lotus Symphony - Developers Rejoice! I will do some blogging about the sessions and ask for some input! See you all at Lotusphere 2010

PSC project highlighted in a new Microsoft Case Study that features OOXML

November 11 2009

A new Microsoft Case Study has been published that talks about Research Director, Inc., one of our customers. The case study features a solution that uses Microsoft Open Office XML (OOXML) to drastically reduce the amount of time it takes to produce hundreds of PowerPoint presentations. Here is a snippet of the case study: RDI develops slide templates that can be quickly customized with customer logos, colors, and themes, and then merged with the data in Open XML to create the Office PowerPoint 2007 presentation on a server. The system then notifies the user that the presentation is available for review. Using the new system, RDI can significantly reduce the time it takes to produce a data presentation. “We were able to improve the application performance so drastically by not having to automate PowerPoint, because it’s not involved until the user actually opens the file,” says John Head, Director of Enterprise Collaboration at PSC Group, LLC. “We couldn’t have done that without Open

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.

TriStateLUG 2009 - Integration and Coexistence Session Slides and Demo Database

November 9 2009

Tri State Lug 2009 - Integration And Coexistence SessionView more documents from John Head. Demo database available for download here

New Video showcasing a Lotus Symphony API Solution

October 27 2009

Here is a video I recorded that showcases the PSC Insert Graphic for Lotus Symphony technology demo More videos to come!

PSC launches new website

October 22 2009

Today, PSC launched a new version of our website. Designed to be SEO-friendly and consume and contribute to the conversations we participate in on a daily basis. This is just the first step - with the ability to pull in our consultant's blog and social media stream will appear shortly. If you have any feedback about our new site, please comment here!

PSC to introduce Social Web Manager at three events in October

September 28 2009

You are cordially invited to join PSC and Microsoft for a first look at… Social Web Manager for Microsoft SharePoint Join us for complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeurves and a presentation that will change the way you are thinking about the Social Web “Research suggests that companies that are using social media & new media technologies are growing faster than other companies. Four out of five companies in the Inc 500 rate social media technology as important or very important. Nearly half of the companies are using Social Networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn. The Inc 500 are adopting new media technologies much quicker than Fortune 500 companies.” … The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Marketing Research 3 Chances to have a First Look Wednesday, October 14th 6 – 7:30 PM Tuesday, October 20th 6 – 7:30 PM Thursday, October 22th 6 – 7:30 PM WHITE EAGLE GO

Fantasy Football Has Begun!

August 25 2009

The NFL Season is almost here, with preseason games in full swing. That means just one thing - Fantasy Football drafts have started! I had my first draft tonight for the PSC league. Here is what I got: Not too bad for 7th out of 12 in the draft order.

Crain’s ChicagoBusiness promotes PSC’s iPhone app

June 25 2009

Crain's ChicagoBusiness sent out an email to it's newsletter list promoting the Crains's Chicago Golf iPhone application. What I love about this is Crain's is promoting their own website and services, but are also promoting PSC. You can see that in the picture, they highlighted that we build the application. The application also has text on the main page "Developed by PSC Group, LLC" with a page of information about us. Not only is PSC involved in developing applications for the hottest application platform today, but we have a great partnership with someone who wants to see us succeed. You can download the Crain's Chicago Golf iPhone app from the iTunes Application Store. Search for Crain's Chicago Golf or PSC Group.

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

PSC sponsoring IamLUG, John and Alex speaking on Integration

June 23 2009

I am happy to announce that PSC is one of the Gold sponsors for the first I am Lotus User Group (IamLUG) in St. Louis on August 3rd and 4th, 2009. PSC will have a booth and we hope to have some very cool friends joining us (more on that later). Alex and I are also doing an version of our Lotusphere presentation on Notes/Domino and Integration with Microsoft Technologies and Lotus Symphony: Integration and Coexistence: Leveraging Lotus and Microsoft products to build better solutions In the real world, you use both Lotus and Microsoft technologies in your environment. You do not want to be in the middle of a product selection war, you want to solve your business problems. This session will show you how to integrate Lotus and Microsoft technologies, including: - Lotus Notes - Lotus Domino - Lotus Symphony - Microsoft Office - Microsoft .NET - Microsoft SharePoint You will go home with real world samples and lots of tips and techniques. We are going to use this conference to debut s

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

Lotus Notes & Domino 8.5 Upgrade Workshop

May 14 2009

PSC is hosting a Lotus Notes & Domino 8.5 Upgrade Workshop on May 27 & 28, 2009. We only have room for 30 people and it is half full as I write this, so if your interested, sign up now! If you can't attend this one, watch my blog for more info about a similar event this summer. Overview The Notes & Domino 8.5 Upgrade is intended to provide 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 existing Notes environment. For new customers, this exploration will not only give them a hands-on experience with a product new to them but it will also reinforce the Lotus Notes advantages over the competition, such as the power of its application development platform. At the conclusion of this Proof of Technology, the participant will leave with excitement and perspective about the business problems this new version can help solve. Who Shou

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

PSC Open - PSC’s Open Source Practice Launches Information Portal with iPhone development details

April 27 2009

Most people know that here at PSC, we do far more than just IBM Software consulting. We have a Microsoft practice and we also have an Open Source Practice. The PSC Open site aggregates the Open Source team's blogs, twitter, and Del.icio.us information. In 2009, I firmly believe that Success Stories that demonstrate true value and Return on Investment (ROI) are the key to generating new business - far more than any time prior. The site also highlights a few of our success stories around Open Source solutions in the enterprise. The PSC Open Source Practice has expertise in many areas. Here is a slide covering many of them: One of the things this team is doing that really excites me is iPhone development of custom applications. We will be launching our first iPhone app for a trusted partner of ours very shortly. Helping organizations build iPhone apps is something we see as a huge potential market in 2009. If you are interesting in discussing how the PSC Open Source Pract

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

Sametime Best Practices presenation from GRANITE

April 20 2009

Granite PSC Sametime Best Practices SymView more presentations from John Head. Sametime 8.X Best Practices presentation given by Luis Guirigay of PSC at the 4.20.2009 GRANITE (Chicago Lotus Notes User Group) meeting.

Lotusphere2009 gets personal & sentimental - Lotus Awards Reception with Bob Picciano

January 22 2009

On Wednesday Night at Lotusphere2009, all of the Lotus Award winners were invited to a reception with Bob Picciano, General Manager of Lotus Software. I have to tell all of you reading, I got really sentimental and emotional during this hour. The Zain Africa Challenge project, which won on the 2009 Lotus Awards Best Philanthropy Solution, has been such a huge part of my life. I started working with the client that manages Zain Africa Challenge in 1993. I was 19. 15 years later, at 34, the project gets highlighted as the top philanthropic business partner project. Words can not detail how I feel right now. It is almost like this is the completion of a chapter of my life and it's time to find that next client & project that will change my life and the lives of others. I love what I do. Thank you to everyone that has been involved in this project.

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

UPTIME - Who’s WRONG about the PSC Blog server?

December 16 2008

There has been a bunch of chatter over at Ed Brill 's blog about Google Apps SLA and some comments I wanted to pick out. First, we have Volker Weber 's comment vowe.net does not get over three nines every month of the year, edbrill.com definitely not. and then we have Ed following up to that Vowe.net and edbrill.com are not "mission-critical" mail servers, and in my case I certainly wouldn't ask PSC to run it on a UPS, cluster the server to a remote site, etc. The interjection of their uptime is irrelevant. There seems to be some big misconceptions about the blog server PSC hosts and I wanted to correct those. Now I know PSC was not the focus of this discussion (the general uptime of the Domino server seems to be), but I wanted to clarify what is reality for edbrill.com, the other blogs we host (including this one), and the IdeaJam.net server. PSC has a dedicated server for the blogs that we host. It is a nice Dell PowerEdge server with dual quad-core processors and 4 gigs of ram. No

PSC and Integra sponsor LotusUserGroup.org Virtual User Group Meeting

December 15 2008

PSC and Integra are pleased to be sponsoring a virtual user group meeting on Jan 14th, 2009 at 12 PM Eastern Standard Time. The topic is: The Real World of Integration: How Lotus Notes & Domino Can Work with Microsoft Office, Lotus Symphony and the Power of Integra for Notes Welcome to the real world, where Lotus Notes and Lotus Domino are just part of your corporate toolset. This live, online presentation will introduce you to some unique and time saving techniques for the integration of Lotus Notes and Domino with Microsoft Office, .NET technologies, and Lotus Symphony. No matter what version of Notes you're running (even 8.5) all the way back to 6.5, you'll come away with a solid plan for Mail Merge, exporting to a spreadsheet, charting, presentation building, and integration on the Web. You'll learn some advanced topics such as Visual Studio Tools for Office integration with Lotus Domino Web Services. Plus, we'll show you live demos on how to use Notes & Domino 8

I won the PSC 2008 Rainmaking Award

December 7 2008

How cool! At PSC's holiday party, they have a tradition of giving out awards to folks who went above and beyond during the past year. I won the rainmaking award! What is rainmaking? Rainmaking is not just about sales, but about using your network to generate business and attention for yourself and your company. Sales count, but so does writing, speaking, networking, and other items. There are two great books about rainmaking that I recommend highly: Rain Making: The Professional's Guide to Attracting New Clients & Rainmaking Made Simple. Even Guy Kawasaki has written about rainmaking. A good rainmaker is more than consultant, far more than a good programmer, and does not need to be a salesperson with a quota. I am super proud to win this award. Thanks to the folks at PSC for it! Here are some pics ... sorry they are bad, but it is glass and hard to photograph! Luis won our Clear Vision award and Sri won the Star performance for Africa Challenge .. so the Lotus brand team at P

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!

PSC’s Presentation from the DII Workshop this past week @ Microsoft

October 26 2008

Here are the slides from the PSC presentation at the Microsoft DII Workshop on OOXML from this past week PSC & OOMXLView SlideShare presentation or Upload your own. (tags: psc ooxml)

New PSC Case Study: PowerPoint as An Enterprise Reporting Framework: Harnessing the Power of OOXML

October 22 2008

We just posted a new case study on the PSC Website. This one talks about our first OOXML project, which uses PowerPoint as an enterprise reporting framework. I am super excited about this solution and can not wait to talk about our OOXML frameworks in the near future! If you are looking at doing any work with OOXML, please contact us!

Are you interested in Lotus Symphony? PSC can help!

October 7 2008

Is your company looking at Lotus Symphony as a replacement for other office productivity software? PSC has at Lotus Symphony Executive Jumpstart, now listed in the IBM Lotus Business Solutions Catalog. A 2 day briefing that covers the executive, end-user, and developer related topics. We will help you prepare for the move to Symphony and make sure you have all the current information to make an educated decision. Lotus Symphony can save your company quite a bit of money ... and PSC can help you start the savings!

Are you reading Alex Kassabov’s blog?

October 1 2008

Are you reading Alex Kassabov's blog? He is on PlanetLotus.org, but you should follow him. Alex is the head of our Collaboration team here at PSC and oversees all of the consultants working on Lotus technology (except Portal, we have a dedicated Portal team that covers multiple vendor's products). He is my boss as well - so the kiss up never hurts, right? His blog has some great thoughts on the Lotus space and other thoughts about consulting and Chicago. Go ahead, follow his blog.

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

PSC mentioned in the Chicago Sun-Times

June 26 2008

PSC was mentioned in the June 16th, 2008 Chicago Sun-Times in an article about Accertify, the fraud protection firm that PSC is involved in. Recognizing a sky-high business opportunity, last year the 43-year-old Geneva native started Schaumburg-based fraud prevention company Accertify. Founded with two former Orbitz colleagues and two principals at IT consultancy PSC Group -- the firm hired by Orbitz in 2001 to implement fraud prevention systems -- Accertify's customers include Southwest Airlines and RealScoop.com. While Accertify will hire additional sales and technical talent with the Intel money, the company will also continue to partner with neighbor and stakeholder PSC Group and the firm's approximately 120-person staff. "We have been able to use them and have the resources of a much larger company with the cash burn of a much smaller company," Liesendahl said. Nice article. Congrats to the Accertify and PSC folks!

New Whitepaper: Off-the-Shelf or Custom Development

May 27 2008

I am releasing a new white paper I wrote that covers the reasons on why I have been endorsing the move from being an advocate of pure custom development to supporting the use of a framework and/or a product. This white paper discusses my journey to find Integra for Notes and my personal experiences with the world of integrating IBM Lotus Notes and Domino with Microsoft Office, OpenOffice.org, and Lotus Symphony. You can download the PDF of the white paper here: Off-the-Shelf or Custom Development: How Frameworks Can Save the Day I look forward to feedback and thoughts! Printed copies will be available at ILUG 2008 next week.

New PSC Hosted Blog: LotusCube ... Все о программных продуктах IBM

April 7 2008

Everyone please welcome www.lotusblog.ru to the PSC hosted blog environment. I have no idea what the blog of Alex Debian (Alexander Lysenko) and Vasily Demin says ... because this is our first international, non-English hosted blog for the IBM Lotus community. The LotusCube site is entirely in Russian, minus a few English things like the tags and archives. Welcome to both of you and to our new Russian readers! A few more blog announcements coming shortly. With Adam moving to the Information Management team, expect something shortly about a new Sametime blog. I am also pushing for someone to take over the Domino Blog that Rob Ingram was so good about updating, since he left to join the Sametime team. And a couple of surprises in store for everyone as well :-)

Congrats to PSC’s Jimmy Minata for making the ITSO Virtual Residency for Best Practices for Building Web Applications for Domino 8

February 22 2008

I wanted to give a shout out to my co-worker at PSC, Jimmy Minata. Jimmy was accepted to the ITSO Virtual Residency for Best Practices for Building Web Applications for Domino 8! Jimmy and I have worked together for 8 years and he is a killer Notes and Domino developer. I encouraged Jimmy to submit for this, as it will be good for him, PSC, and the wiki. I am sure he will bring great experience to the Virtual Redbook. Nice job Jimmy .. and enjoy your busy March!

Integra and PSC plan to target the US and Candian market

February 12 2008

I am super excited to share this: PSC Becomes Integra for Notes Premier Partner for the United States and Canada CONTACT: David Hough 847.517.7200 dhough@psclistens.com Chicago, IL & Malta - February 6, 2008 PSC Group, LLC. (PSC) and Shireburn Software Ltd announced today that PSC has been appointed the Premier Partner of the Integra for Notes line of products for the United States and Canada. Integra for Notes is the leading Lotus Notes® to Microsoft Office® Integration solution. PSC will be providing sales and support as well as integration services to new and existing customers. "Integra for Notes, is already widely used in the USA with customers including Behr America, the US Navy, Air Force & Army, CB&I, Hertz and VF Corporation. By combining the Integra for Notes platform with services from PSC, an organization with great experience in Notes-to-Office integration, jointly, we bring the broadest platform for implementation of Notes-to-Office integration o

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

Accertify news hits the street

August 1 2007

Digital Transactions has an article on a new company in Schaumburg, IL called Accertify: A startup company managed by former executives from online travel agency Orbitz LLC plans to release in the fourth quarter a software product that will let online merchants manage the gamut of transaction fraud issues, from front-end screening to automated order review to chargeback processing and, eventually, back-end collections and law-enforcement activity. Accertify LLC, Schaumburg, Ill., expects to have three deals closed by the end of the year for its product, called Interceptas, says Michael J. Long, chief marketing officer. Even after screening, many orders remain questionable and require further manual review, a time-consuming and costly process. Some 81% of online merchants performed manual review of orders in 2006, up from 73% in 2005, and allocated almost half of their fraud-management budgets to the process, according to CyberSource. Many Web merchants also avoid overseas markets and

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

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

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!

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 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!

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

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.

YourSOA.com ... a blog about Service Oriented Architecture

December 15 2005

A collection of PSC folks have started a web site about practical information about Service Oriented Architecture. SOA is a big buzz word these days, and the site aims at bring lots of information to the reader. The site is technology and vendor independent, with the goal of giving the user as much information to make informed decisions. You might even see me blog about collaboration and integration of different vendor technologies up there over time. Check it out at http://www.yoursoa.com. And welcome to the blogosphere to my fellow PSC team!

A fellow PSC’er blogging on Content Management

November 9 2005

One of my coworkers, John Quirk, has started a blog on Content Management, Portals, and general info on consulting. John has a great wealth of knowledge on content management and I love to listen to him talk about business issues in general. Welcome to the blogosphere John!

PSC at the Western Open

July 3 2005

PSC had a booth at the PGA's Western Open this weekend. The tournament was held at Cog Hill Golf and Country Club in Lemont, IL. We had a booth with all of the other vendors, right next to Cialas. We participated at the Western Open thru our WBBM advertising campaign. I am not so sure that PSC got as much out of it as Cingular, XM Radio, or Cialas, but it was a chance to do some name branding. I was there on Saturday and had a good time. We worked shifts, so half of the day I got to walk the course. In the morning, a co-worker and myself walked holds 1 thru 5 as David Hearn and Camilo Villegas as they started their 18 holes. While not at the top of the leader board, both were playing par golf. Watching these guys play just makes me laugh at my golf game. In the afternoon, we set out on our goal to see Tiger Woods play. He was on 12, so we went to 15 to get a place near the green. By the time Tiger was on the 14th, the crowd had grown dramatically. Tiger putted for ea

John Speaks - PSC Seminar with Microsoft "The Advantages of the Microsoft Office System"

April 5 2005

On May 5th, 2005, James Vaselopulos, Vice President of eBusiness and Collaboration, and myself will be talking about the Microsoft Office System and how to take advantage of it. The focus will be on how the Office System connects to a wide range of technologies, especially those that are not from Microsoft. Here is the marketing blurb: Every day, businesses face an ongoing challenge of making a wide variety of software from many different vendors work together. With so much invested, making new software work alongside existing systems is an ongoing customer need. This means letting different kinds of applications and systems do what they do best, while agreeing on a common "contract" for how disparate systems can communicate to exchange data with one another. This means learning how to interoperate more effectively. Now is the time to make your desktop work even better with your other systems on the back end. If Microsoft Office is where you start and end your busines

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!

PSC on the radio

August 13 2004

PSC has always done what I call 'marketing that counts,' not doing magazine ads or other advertising that does not have direct impact in our market. We do have an amazing brochure, so PSC does spend money when it counts. In a new form of advertising for the company, PSC has a commercial on the local Chicago radio Station WBBM (that's AM 780). The ad was recorded by Jeff Joniak, the 'voice of the Chicago Bears Network.' Its pretty cool to hear an ad for your company when listening to the radio in the morning. Here is a link to the press release and here is a link to an mp3 of the ad (for those outside the Chicagoland listening area).

Second Tuesdays - Notes and Domino 6.5 Update

December 9 2003

Ed Brill and I were the guest speakers at the PSC/IBM Second Tuesday's Briefing in Rolling Meadow, IL today. Ed spoke on the Lotus Workplace Strategy and I spoke about Notes/Domino 6.5 and integrating that with the PSC enTouch Frameworks (links are to the presentations in pdf format). A good turn out and the feeback was very positive. For those in the Chicagoland area that would like more info about the Second Tuesday Briefings, contact me via email

The "Ed and John" show coming to Chicagoland December 9th

November 24 2003

Ed metioned this on his personal and lotus.com blogs, but I wanted to make sure everyone who reads here knows about this also. For those of you reading this that are here for the Domino/Notes/IBM news, and live in the Chicagoland area, Ed Brill and myself are going to be doing a briefing. PSC hosts the "Second Tuesday" brieifings with IBM every month, and in December we will talk about Notes/Domino 6.5, Lotus Workplace, and how that effects customers and applications, specifically in the CRM and SFA arena. Click here for more infor and here to register. Hope to see many of you there!

PSC Named Finalist for 2 Lotus Awards

November 24 2003

I am pleased to post this ... PSC has been named finalist for 2 Lotus Awards (formally the Lotus Beacon Awards), the only company to be named finalist for more than one award. The PSC press release is here. IBM Lotus Announces Finalists for the Tenth Annual Lotus Awards (formerly known as the Lotus Beacon Awards) Meet the IBM PartnerWorld for Software PartnerWorld for Developers Business Partners that have been selected as finalists in for the Tenth Annual Lotus Awards. They that have left their mark on our dynamic industry, dedicating their time and energy to build innovative solutions using IBM Lotus software. As one of our industry's most prestigious awards, the Lotus Awards (previously known as the Lotus Beacon Awards) have honored outstanding solutions from around the world for a decade. Each year, we receive hundreds of nominations worthy of consideration, and it takes multiple panels of industry judges - including analysts and members of the press -

PSC is hiring an Administrator

October 4 2008

PSC is hiring in another position in our Collaboration team, this time specifically a Lotus Domino Administrator. Alex has the details, but we need someone who can travel. If you have Administration skills in the Sametime, Quickr, Connections (so DB2 and WAS and Portal) that would never hurt you chances :). As before, please comment on Alex's site or contact him directly.

@PSCGroup at @MWLUG this week

August 22 2011

PSC will be making our yearly appearance at MWLUG - Midwest Lotus Users Group - this week, August 24-26, 2011 at the Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield Hotel in Brookfield, WI. PSC is a sponsor with a table in the main room. We are also presenting three sessions: IA104: Got Problems! Let's do a Health Check Speaker: Luis Guirigay - PSC Group, LLC, Senior IT Specialist/Architect with Kim Greene - Kim Greene Consulting, Inc., President, Thursday, August 25th, 2011 at 11 AM in Moorland 7 Have you inherited a Lotus Domino infrastructure you don't understand? Do you have problems happen that you don't know how to prevent? Wondering if your servers are healthy enough or have room for improvements? If so, this session is for you. Performing a health check on a regular basis is a must to keep your servers robust and error free. The presenters frequently perform health checks for their customers, ensuring server environments are running as cleanly and efficiently as possible. In this session

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December 18 2014

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

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

December 10 2014

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

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

December 7 2014

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

2015 IBM Champions

December 4 2014

IBM has announced the IBM Champions for the ICS brand for 2015. I am honored to be selected again, my fifth year, as a recognition for all the evangelism I do for the IBM products. More importantly, I am again so proud to be one of 5 at PSC Group, the only company with five IBM Champions in the world for the second year in a row. Congrats to Kathy, Mark, Brad, and Andrew.

Hear me talk at the Chicago SharePoint User Group (CSPUG) panel as part of SPFest Chicago

December 1 2014

SharePoint Fest Speaker Panel Discussion The Chicago SharePoint User Group (CSPUG) is excited to announce we have once again teamed with SharePoint Fest to host a moderated Panel Discussion at SharePoint Fest Chicago. The panel of speakers bring an abundance of insights and thoughts about the future of SharePoint, its capabilities, and resolutions to challenging issues. Hear about SharePoint Online, the state of the App Model, best practices, and adoption solutions. Bring your questions and get answers. Well-known author and MVP Dan Holme will moderate the panel which will include: · Tamara Bredemus · Brian Culver · John Head · Sarah Haase · Wes Preston · Mike Fitzmaurice WHEN Monday, December 8 5:30 PM Check-In/Networking 6 PM - 7:30 PM Event WHERE McCormick Place West 2301 S. Lake Shore Dr. Chicago, IL 60616 TO REGISTER: Register Here

Happy 25th Birthday to Lotus Notes!

November 27 2014

Hard to believe that Lotus Notes was officially released 25 years ago today. Now, we can trace the birth of Lotus Notes back to University of Illinois Champaign/Urbana (Go Illini), but as far as the official product - today is that day. Hard to believe the product is 25 years old and still around. Most of those 1.0 applications still work in the current 9.0.1 product - which is just another testament to what an amazing product Notes is. Thanks for the career Lotus Notes. Thanks for friends and coworkers and much more.

Hey Lotus SmartSuite, thanks for the career!

October 15 2014

So I was remiss on blogging about the death of Lotus SmartSuite, but I am basically here because of it. I need to give it some proper due. Back in 1993, I picked up my first copy of Lotus Ami Pro 3.0 and my technical career started. I then moved on to Lotus SmartSuite, Word Pro, and the other apps. I became the go to person for intergration of SmartSuite with other products. I got to speak at Lotusphere - and Lotus Europe in Berlin. It led me into working with Notes, integration, and so much more. It took me from Artron to Boom Vang. Synergistics hired me because of the mail merge work I did. PSC hired me mostly because of my Notes work, but we did plenty of SmartSuite. I was proud to host the SmartSuite developers website, write magazine articles, and be quoted in the press. So it's death is sad. I will miss the best macro langugage in any app ever (hello Ami Pro). The amazing divisions and subdivisions in Word Pro. The flaming trash can in Organizer. The vastly overlooked Fast Si

Result’s of the PSC IBM Notes/Domino Community Survey

October 6 2014

The results are in. You can access them at this page: http://www.psclistens.com/ibm-survey-results.aspx The results are interesting and can be interpreted in many ways. I will save some personal thoughts on it until people can consume the information, Infographic: http://www.slideshare.net/PSCGroup/pscs-ibm-notes-domino-survey-results-2014 Presentation: http://www.slideshare.net/PSCGroup/notes-domino-survey-results-2014 Thanks to everyone who contributed!

My OpenNTF.org retirement starts today

October 2 2014

As of 10 am today, I am officially no longer part of the OpenNTF.org elected Board of Directors. It’s the first time since the rebirth of OpenNTF.org in 2009 and elected officers that I am no longer participating. I made the decision a year ago to retire and it was the right call. I will miss OpenNTF.org and working with it actively, but I knew it was time to do something new. I have been really active with STEM in Chicago and a non-profit called Lumity, and I have to pick where I spend my time. OpenNTF.org is a passion for me. Something I truly believed in and was always happy to provide time for. I remember vividly when Bruce asked me for PSC to host the OpenNTF.org server. Mark Roden sits next to it every day in Schaumburg – I find it fitting that one of the leaders of the new Modern application movement in the ICS community sits next to one of the catalysts of that community from 2002. There is a lot of history with OpenNTF.org. Watching Bruce and Nathan stir the pot. People comin

Speaking at SharePoint Fest Chicago 2014

September 29 2014

I am very excited to announce that I will be speaking at SharePoint Fest Chicago 2014 on December 8 - 10, 2014 at McCormick Place Convention Center West. This is not a user group, but a paid conference. The session: DEV 201 - Beyond Responsive Design – Turning SharePoint into a mobile and modern web application platform John Head and Chris Johnson - PSC Group When you think about building modern and mobile applications with SharePoint, most people think about responsive design. But that is just the tip of the iceberg. In a word of MEAN and Twitter Bootstrap, mobile and modern web development means something much more. This session will cover the larger strategy around a mobile and modern web application platform and how to achieve that with SharePoint as the platform. We will then show you how we implemented this strategy on top of SharePoint 2013 and the outcome. From the high level executive strategy to the implementation details, you will walk away from this session with the k

Taking a new role at Lumity - Outreach Director on the Executive Committee

September 19 2014

I am really excited to announce that I have accepted a position on the executive committee of the Board of Directors of Lumity as the Outreach Director. As a current board member, this just extends my involvement. I have been lucky enough to help with the business development processes and performance the past two years, and in July took over as the chair of the Operations Committee. My new role is slightly wide open in terms of specifics, but it will let me get more involved in an organization I believe in. Lumity has really double-downed our investment in STEM and Workforce Development. This summer, the organization hosted a Summer Youth Employment Program that had real impact on lives. I saw our Executive Director, Kara Kennedy, get really emotional this morning on the impact it is having on her. I am lucky to be able to give back to the community on a topic I believe in to much. We can only improve the quality technology professionals in the marketplace if we start in the schoo

Inviting you to particpate in the IBM Domino/Notes Community Survey

September 16 2014

Have you ever wondered what other companies plan on doing with IBM Domino? Now is your chance to find out. PSC has committed to collecting feedback from Domino users worldwide, and sharing the results of this survey back to the community. Please take 30 seconds to answer the questions below and share this URL via social media. The more responses gathered, the more valuable this information is. Let’s work together to capture the big picture view of where companies see Domino in their future. The poll will run until October 3rd, 2014. We will release the results on October 6th at http://www.psclistens.com/ibm-survey-results.aspx - or you can enter your email in the survey to get them emailed. We are not doing this to gather anyone's info for solicitation. This is about trying to get a handle on active use and strategy around the IBM Notes & Domino products. We plan to share the data with the community so we can all have access to the numbers. You can access the survey at http:/

New PSC Video: Happy IT Talent = Happy Clients

September 3 2014

PSC Group, LLC has published a new video on why having great talent is so important to a successful company. Having worked here 13+ years, I find this video to be spot on with our PSC approaches and values or team.

PSC Group reconigized by Inc 5000 and Chicago’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For

September 2 2014

Over the summer, PSC Group received two recognition's that I wanted to highlight. The first was back in June. PSC was named one of 'Chicago's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For' for the third year in a row. PSC Group was also named to the Inc 5000 for the second year in a row, jumping over 1000 places since last year. This is a testament to the amazing team at PSC Group. Congratulations to everyone!

MWLUG 2014: BP110: The Mobile Distruption - Why XPages Development is targeting Mobile First

August 28 2014

BP110: The Mobile Distruption - Why XPages Development is targeting Mobile First from John Head

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

PSC is proud to introduce our new partnership with Intuit QuickBase

July 17 2014

PSC and Intuit Quickbase are proud to introduce our new partnership. Come celebrate with us and enjoy the amazing views of Downtown Chicago from the penthouse floor of the Swissotel. Network with local QuickBase users and learn about our new partnership with PSC, a Chicago based services firm. PSC is an expert in integrating dynamic reporting and collaboration. Admission includes: Networking with other QuickBase users Cocktails & Appetizers Chance to win Blackhawks memorabilia You can sign up here

My interview with SocialBiz User Group - Listen Now

May 13 2014

Last month, Celia Hamilton of SocialBiz User Group, interviewed me to talk about XPages and the work I am doing at PSC Group. Here is their blurb about it: John Head was kind enough to share some of his time with me recently to have a conversation about XPages and mobile development. John's background in coding and current role in business development at PSC Group give him a unique outlook when talking about technology. From his perspective, he looks at what customers want when they need his company's services; his focus is finding out what technology is best suited to their needs. Press the play button below to hear our conversation about these topics: What John does with PSC Group What customers are really looking for when building a web application If you are still building client-only applications, you are the problem, not the solution What developers can do to their web apps today to make them ready to go mobile tomorrowYou can also read a transcript of the interview if you prefe

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

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

SharePoint 2013 Creates A Cost-Effective Solution For Managing Employee Reviews

December 16 2013

PSC Group has released a brand new video customer testimonial on our work with TCA Holdings, LLC and our SharePoint 2013 work. You can learn more about the solution and the experience our customers have with PSC Group by watching it here: You can read more about the solution here If you are interested in any more information about the solution, or how PSC Group can help your company achieve results such as these, please contact me!

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:

Rethinking The Seductiveness Of Mobile-First

October 21 2013

There was a very interesting posting on TechCrunch by Semil Shah this morning entitled Rethinking the Seductiveness of Mobile-First. The artcile talks about some reasons why an application should be targeted at the web first, not mobile. Here are the high level points he makes: Some markets make mobile-first simply unnecessary or unviable. Relatively speaking, easier to recruit web developers versus mobile developers. Faster cycles for iterations, testing, and moving toward product-market fit. The web provides a strong foundation to build a brand and harness virality. Mobile can be thought of as an extension, not the foundation. What I find interesting about these points is that it sounds almost exactly like the old rich client vs. web discussion 10 years ago. For instance, if a market is not mobile viable, how viable is the web? Why not use a disconnected model like the Notes client? Mobile-first is the future, across every vendor and technology. In 10 years, we won't even thin

Gartner’s The Top 10 IT Altering Predictions for 2014 and why you should care

October 14 2013

CIO posted an article last week covering Gartner's The Top 10 IT Altering Predictions for 2014. The list has a few things that does apply to the readers of this blog. Let's look at the list: Mobile Device Diversity and Management Mobile Apps and Applications Software Defined Anything Smart Machines 3D Printing The Internet of Everything Hybrid Cloud and IT as Service Broker Cloud/Client Architecture The Era of Personal Cloud Web-Scale IT I find the list a bit self-predicting. Much of this is obvious. But what they say about #2 Mobile Apps and Applications is interesting: Gartner predicts that through 2014, improved JavaScript performance will begin to push HTML5 and the browser as a mainstream enterprise application development environment. Gartner recommends that developers focus on creating expanded user interface models including richer voice and video that can connect people in new and different ways. Apps will continue to grow while applications will begin to shrink. Apps are sm

The disruption that will make mobile your target platform

October 10 2013

The disruption in the application space is having an impact on every technology. That major impact is in the preferred client type for any enterprise application, bought or built. The prediction is that by 2017, 90% of the enterprise apps will be both desktop and mobile, up from 20% in 2013. (Gartner Predicts, 2012). Think about that ... within the next four years, no matter the platform, the majority of development you do will be consumed by users on a mobile device. Are you prepared for that?

The impact of current tech trends on XPages and SharePoint

October 8 2013

I found this great presentation on slideshare that talks about the "50 Mega Trends Affecting Every Business - Power statistics about tech" and thought I would share it. 50 Powerful Statistics About Tech Mega Trends Affecting Every Business from ValaAfshar The trends are grouped into five areas: 1. Mobile 2. Social 3. Cloud 4. Big Data 5. Apps I think all of these are impacting anyone doing custom development today. XPages, SharePoint, Salesforce, Python, etc. And interesting reminder of how the greater tech trends effect each developer personally.

The day a ’server’ showed up on my desk ... #thanksbruce

October 2 2013

It was many years ago (sometime in 2002) to be exact, when a big box arrived via UPS. What was in it? This is the original OpenNTF.org 'server' that the website lived on for many years until more hardware was added. Today, the OpenNTF.org website is many servers at host Prominic. I will always remember being one of the second tier of supporters, including Vince and many others. Bruce is retiring his position as OpenNTF.org director today. I think his election by the community as director says far more than his election as chair by the other directors. It's time for new blood and others in the community to step up. Bruce's commitment to OpenNTF.org and the community built around 'Lotus' is one of the strongest out there. Change is healthy, and I know Bruce is looking forward to the new journey he has undertaken. I know Bruce will do well - he knows nothing else. #thanksbruce

Disruption - How SteamOS and XPages tie together

September 26 2013

It's not every day that I find the top news in my favorite hobby aligning with what I do in my professional life. This week, they are walking hand in hand. Let me explain why. This week, Valve, the company behind the Half-Life, Portal, and Left4Dead franchisees, and the industry leading digital platform Steam, started a series of announcements on how they plan to bring Steam into the living room. For those not familiar with Steam, think of it as the Apple app store of games and software. 100% digital purchases, it also manages your gaming community and distributes patches and addon software (DLC). Steam is primarily used on computers, but last year the Big Picture feature was added. By attaching an HDMI cable between a computer and a TV, you can play your Steam games on your TV from the comfort of your couch. It also added controller (as opposed to the default mouse and keyboard controls on a computer) support. Valve has been talking about finding ways to bring Steam into the livin

Retiring Content and searching for something new

September 23 2013

It is that time of year when a certain conference in Orlando makes many people think about what topics they want to speak on. Since the explosion of the user groups a few years ago, I began to think about content not as a once a year presentation, but as content I could deliver for the entire year. I tried to tie that content to theme of the year and what was going on at PSC. The past couple of years I have been blessed with being able to speak with John Beck all over the world on why XPages should matter. Why organizations with Notes & Domino should look at XPages. Not everyone may love everything about XPages, but I don't think anyone can argue that they are the future of the Notes application. So what's next? As John and I start talking about Connect 2014 and beyond, it's time to start looking at how to extend XPages. How to make XPages fit within the ecosystem outside of Notes, both with other IBM applications and with third-party. And to highlight some great customers stories

PSC Group Makes Inc. 5000 List

September 19 2013

PSC was named to the Inc. 5000 list for the first time this year. You can read about it here in this press release and see our profile on Inc.com here. (playing news catch-up)

I am speaking at The Sales Association Midwest Sales Conference

September 18 2013

I am excited to announce that I am going to be a speaker at The Sales Association's Midwest Sales Conference on November 14th, 2013. I am presenting the following session: Social Selling in the Real World Thursday Nov 14 9:30–10:40am Room: MR1 Track: Real-Life Stories Social selling is the rage these days, but what does that really mean? This session is not about buzzwords or what’s new and cool, it’s about real-world practices of putting social selling to work. As a technology consultant who transitioned to sales 4 years ago, social selling tools and techniques made that change possible. Come see the ideas, techniques, and tools that helped John’s transition and enabled his success as a salesperson. You will walk away with a list of new tools to try in your own selling process. I am also participating in the following panel: Sales Executive Forum: Redefining Sales Performance in the Digital Era Thursday Nov 14 12:30–1:30pm Room: MR2 Track: Integrating to Succeed This engaging

PSC Group, LLC Named One of Chicago’s "Best and Brightest Companies to Work For" for the Second Consecutive Year

September 18 2013

PSC was named one of Chicago's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work for in 2013 - for the second consecutive year. Here is more about the award. (playing news catch-up)

PSC Group’s Michael Blumenthal presenting on Solving Business Problems with SharePoint 2013 at CITAG

May 1 2013

This month Michael Blumenthal will be presenting on Solving Business Problems with SharePoint 2013. Please join us by registering here. More info:

Time to up our game in how we demo XPages

April 29 2013

I have seen quite a few XPages demos over the past few years. At conference, in webinars, and in sales calls. As I look back and critique myself, I have some thoughts to share so that as a community, if the quality of demos goes up, the community and the opportunities will grow. Typically, something like this is what I see in an XPages demo: There is nothing 'wrong' with this, but it is out of date. It could be showcasing one of the out of the box templates or something custom (as this is), but its way to out of date. So, if you are going to show XPages to someone who has never seen it before, how about something more like this? Not so small, but at least use the current version of OneUI. Focus on applications that don't look like Notes applications. Highlight something modern. Even better yet, why not showcase something like this: That doesn't look like Notes. Or even XPages. It looks like a modern web application. But it is XPages: You don't have to hire a designe

Passion

April 26 2013

It can be hard to put into words how great an organization is. I have said many times on my blog how much I love working at PSC Group over the past 12+ years. But it always helps when others talk about it as well. Last week, both Mark Roden and Kathy Brown blogged about receiving their first star points in the PSC Group's 5 Points of Excellence program. It is our own internal career development program for employees. This is based in something we call Clear Vision, which is the culture at the company. It is a great program that focuses on a person's strengths. Each person can earn 5 star points out of a possible 25. The 25 points are the areas we as a company want to have. Reading about Mark and Kathy talk about this program and achieving their first points made me smile. They are just two of the many people at PSC Group that were recognized so far this year. That includes myself. I earned my 5th Star Point in 'Network" (my other two are in Sell, Propose, Mentor, and Evangelize). Fo

Hear PSC Groups’ Norm Murrin talk about "Implementing Applications with Django CMS" at CITAG on 4/16 in Chicago

April 9 2013

PSC Group's Norm Murrin will be speaking at the Chicago IT Architect's Group on April 16th on "Implementing Applications with Django CMS". A bit more about the talk: "CMS systems can be a valuable addition to your environment. With the web getting more flexible and dynamic, can a CMS keep up? In the presentation Norman Murrin will address how Django CMS can be leveraged to implement dynamic web features including AJAX and custom logic to tailor user content as well as handling basic content management." CITAG meets at TechNexus at 200 S. Wacker Drive, 15th Floor Chicago, IL USA. The meeting runs from 5:30 PM until 8 PM.

PSC at IamLUG 2013

April 8 2013

Interested in IBM Collaboration Solutions? Want to attend this quarter's largest user group in the US? Want to learn more about Notes & Domino 9, Connections 4.5, and much more? Then you should be attending IamLUG 2013 on May 6th and 7th in St. Louis, MO USA. PSC Group, LLC has been a big supporter of IamLUG since the first one in 2009. PSC is one of two Gold sponsors. We will have a table talking about our solutions and the Application Modernization Center. We also have a few sessions the fantasic PSC team: Don't Roll Your Own, Integrate...Collaboration On the Ground and In the Clouds Speakers: Troy Reimer Kathy Brown Track: Development Your users want to collaborate, so how do you provide that ability within your XPages applications without coding from scratch? Troy and Kathy will show you how to take advantage of existing collaboration capabilities and integrate them with your apps. They will begin with a simple integration of XPages and TeamRooms. Next they will demonst

Application Modernization vs. Migration : When Apples to Apples doesn’t make sense

April 4 2013

As the second calendar quota of 2013 has begun, I wanted to start a series of blog entries to talk about my day to day efforts and where I am having success and failures. I think the idea of application modernization is appealing to many, but there is not enough discussion for people to know what it means. Hopefully through this discussion that can change. As I talk with customers about projects, there is a lot of discussion around 'modernizing our applications.' For those of you that know me and have heard me speak, this is a topic right up my alley. Almost every customer has applications that are years old. How many years varies, but let's call them from 5 to 20 years old. These applications still run. They still perform the business function they were built for. They get tweaked here and there, but for the most part, they are left alone. IT organizations focus on new OS, ERP, CRM, and HR systems. Line of business applications are left to run as they are. As organizations begin to

BLUG 2013: Application Modernization: Where Consumer, Social, and Mobile Converge

March 22 2013

I had the pleasure of presenting my session on Application Modernization and XPages with John Beck at BLUG 2013 today. Below are the slides we presented: Application Modernization: Where Consumer, Social, and Mobile Converge from John Head BLUG 2013 has been an amazing conference. 300+ people, the best LUG keynote I have ever seen (by Scott Souder and Louis Richardson), and a wonderful two days of content and chocolate. Well done Theo!

#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

PSC Group opens Downtown Chicago Office and Launches the Application Modernization Center

October 29 2012

On Wednesday, October 24th, 2012, PSC Group had the grand opening of our new offices in downtown Chicago. More in the press release: PSC Hosts Open House Event to Launch New Chicago Office PSC Group, LLC, an information technology and business consulting firm, hosted an open house today, launching its new office in the heart of Chicago. The Chicago office, located at 125 S. Wacker Drive, is the newest addition to PSC’s locations, which include Schaumburg, IL, and Overland Park, KS. This office will be the home of PSC's Application Modernization Center, an innovative program designed to help clients with their replatforming initiatives. PSC Group, LLC, an information technology and business consulting firm, hosted an open house today, launching its new office in the heart of Chicago. The Chicago office, located at 125 S. Wacker Drive, is the newest addition to PSC’s locations, which include Schaumburg, IL, and Overland Park, KS. The launch event featured a meet and greet with PSC Partne

PSC Group, LLC Named One of Chicago’s "Best and Brightest Companies to Work For"

July 11 2012

Overnite, PSC Group, LLC sent out the following press release: PSC Group, LLC Named One of Chicago's "Best and Brightest Companies to Work For" by the National Association for Business Resources PSC Group, LLC, a business consulting and technology solution provider, has today announced that it has been named one of Chicago’s “101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For™” by the National Association for Business Resources. Chicago, IL (PRWEB) July 11, 2012 PSC Group, LLC, a business consulting and technology solution provider, has today announced that it has been named one of Chicago’s “101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For™” by the National Association for Business Resources. Chicago’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For™ is a designation that hundreds of companies pursue. This year, the 2012 winners proved to be companies that deliver exceptional human resources practices and an impressive commitment to their employees. The National Association for Business Resou

Honored to achieved my first major sales milestone - PSC 2011 Big Hitter Award

February 13 2012

As much as I have tried to hide it and deny it, the past two years has professionally about my journey from technology consultant to business development. It has not been the smoothest transition. Heck, I even fought it for a year mentally. But last year was the turning point. I hit my stride, accepted my new role, and was able to turn connections into relationships. Last evening, as a great PSC Group event to celebrate and kick-off 2012, I was awarded with a very humbling award. The above photo is the end of a Louisville Slugger bat engraved with the PSC Big Hitter - 2011 award. I sold more than a million dollars in services last year. This happened even with two months of being sidetracked as I dealt with Dad's passing. Thanks to everyone at PSC Group who helped make this possible - especially Andrew, Rick, John and all of the kick ass consultants who worked on the projects I closed. I am surrounded by one of the best groups of technologists in the business. They make the ideas th

PSC welcomes our newest collaboration team member - Kathy Brown

February 10 2012

PSC Group is very excited to announce that our team has grown by one, Our collaboration team is expanding and we needed a Boston area resource for some killer XPages, Notes, and mobile development. It's a pleasure to announce that we are lucky that Kathy Brown has agreed to join us to fill that role. For those in the Lotus community, she needs no introduction. For those not, Kathy is an active member of the community, frequent speaker at Lotusphere and other Lotus User Groups, Blackberry developer and co-host of BlackBerry Today. She is a proud NerdGirl and of course known for her daily running and unmatched twitter skills. Please welcome Kathy to PSC over on her blog. Welcome Kathy!

Barilla "Share the Table: The Barilla Family Dinner Project" Wins more awards

March 31 2011

Barilla, a PSC Group, LLC customer, has been recognized by the Bulldog Awards 2011 as the Grand Prize Winner (plus three Gold and one Silver) for the Share the Table: The Barilla Family Dinner Project website. PSC is proud to have been part of the team that worked on the website. More on the awards:This year’s Grand Prize Winner was awarded to Barilla for its “Share the Table: The Barilla Family Dinner Project” campaign. Judges awarded this campaign three Gold Awards—for Best Company Positioning/Branding, Best Use of Personality/Celebrity, and Best Website Business/Consumer—plus a Silver Award for Best Issue/Cause Advocacy Campaign. “This campaign won an extraordinary number of Bulldog Awards, but it’s no surprise when you consider the strategic brilliance and the superb tactical implementation the company demonstrated,” observed Bulldog Reporter publisher James Sinkinson. “The campaign is a picture-perfect example of the best PR can be—both great for the product and great for

After all these years of saying "Applications too!" when talking about Notes & Domino, this is the time to focus on apps!

February 18 2011

Earlier this week, I presented on the top of Application Modernization with David Via of IBM. One of the first slides that I presented was the following This slide has generated a few comments and discussion, so I wanted to expand my thoughts on what the slide says. I truly believe that we are at a crossroads around applications. Take any specific vendor out of the conversation for a moment, but we are seeing a coverage of a number of issues. First, email is becoming as much a commodity as productivity software. Two years ago, we heard IBM introduce Lotus Symphony for free because productivity software was not only expected software, but feature saturation had hit and it was time to remove the financial burden of maintaining the licenses. At the same time, we saw Google push hard with Goolge Docs. OpenOffice.org has mad a real dent in Europe, Africa, South America, and Asia in various forms. We have also watched many users abandon the preferred IT platform to use their preferred

iBreastFeed iOS Application by medela - developed by PSC Group, LLC

February 18 2011

I am pleased to announce that PSC Group, LLC's second iOS application is now available. Built for Medela US, iBreastfeed provides tools and resources to help you successfully breastfeed! Get information on the benefits of breastmilk, breastfeeding, breastpumping tups, breastmilk storage guidelines and instant access to other online resources. Add your baby's profile and easily keep track of breastfeeding, breastpumping, sleeping and diaper changes. You can even send the log to your baby's doctor. Track activities for up to six babies. Find breastfeeding- and pumping-friendly locations in your local area and add your own personal locations. Here are some screenshots: The application has gotten a highlight on the medela breastfeeding website as well Great work by the PSC Mobile Application Team!

A shout out to some amazing coworkers at PSC

January 31 2011

I must take a moment from all of the Lotusphere 2011 craziness to thank some people at PSC who went out of their way to help Alex and I with our session demos yesterday. We do so many demos in our sessions (this year we did 26) that we ask the team back at PSC to help out. Since our integration demos reach across our IBM Lotus and Microsoft practices, there are a bunch of people to thank: Eric M. Andy S. Wil H. Tim M. Jimmy M. Andrew B. Rick P. Eric, Andy, and Wil spent hours and hours up until the session Sunday helping us get all of the advanced ODF and OOXML demos with .NET / C# and XPages. Tim and Jimmy worked on some of the demos we updated for this year. and Andrew and Rick supported their teams when Alex and I asked for help. I can not thank everyone on the team above enough. Alex and I need to do something special for Eric, Andy, and Wil - but I wanted to publically recognize all of them. Thanks guys!

In the immortal words of the Joker ... And here we go

January 30 2011

Lotusphere 2011 is upon us. The lead up to the event is always a whirlwind. But here is Sunday morning and Business Development Day is upon us. This afternoon, Alex and I present. After that - I get to enjoy the show, write a lot of blog entries, and more. I will have a couple of announcements on my blog tomorrow coming from our session today. But here is a preview: and yes, that is an XPage! I want to take this time to thank the amazing team at PSC for helping Alex and myself. Wil, Andy, Jimmy, Andrew, Rick, Tim, and the fearless leader of our help team Eric. Thanks to all of you for helping make our session demos something special this year.

Happy 20th Birthday to PSC!

August 27 2010

Tomorrow, August 28th, marks the 20th birthday of PSC Group. The founders, Andrew Lauter and Bruce Bellak started the company out of a desire to do provide superior service and great technology consulting to their customers. I have personally been with PSC for 10 years and am proud to be part of this great company. And at 10 years, I am in the middle of the pack in terms of seniority ... we have one member of the team that has been here for 19 years and another for 18! Pretty incredible in these times. As a company we celebrated at our annual company picnic earlier in the month, but here is a toast to everyone at PSC. Here is to a great 20 years and many more to come.

PSC Business Technology Resources Survey - Full Report Published

June 29 2010

In May of 2010 I blogged the following posts about a business technology resources survey that PSC commissioned in the spring of this year: PSC Business Technology Resources Survey Part 1: Technology Pain Points? PSC Business Technology Resources Survey Part 2: Top 2010 priorities PSC Business Technology Resources Survey Part 3: Top Information Sources PSC Business Technology Resources Survey Part 4: Trusted Sources PSC Business Technology Resources Survey Part 5: Top Applications Used to Research Technology Purchases PSC Business Technology Resources Survey Part 6: Research Influence on Decision Making As promised, here is the complete report posted as a PDF. You might even find a few questions and results that I did not cover in my blogs in the full report. PSC Group, LLC Business Technology Resources SurveyView more documents from John Head.

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

2 Lotusphere 2010 Sessions Approved

November 17 2009

The emails went out and I will be doing two presentations this year: "Kum Bah Yah” meets “Let's Kick Butt” - Integration of IBM Lotus Notes and Lotus Domino with Microsoft Office, .NET, and IBM Lotus Symphony Lotus Symphony - Developers Rejoice! I will do some blogging about the sessions and ask for some input! See you all at Lotusphere 2010

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.

TriStateLUG 2009 - Integration and Coexistence Session Slides and Demo Database

November 9 2009

Tri State Lug 2009 - Integration And Coexistence SessionView more documents from John Head. Demo database available for download here

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.

PSC project highlighted in a new Microsoft Case Study that features OOXML

November 11 2009

A new Microsoft Case Study has been published that talks about Research Director, Inc., one of our customers. The case study features a solution that uses Microsoft Open Office XML (OOXML) to drastically reduce the amount of time it takes to produce hundreds of PowerPoint presentations. Here is a snippet of the case study: RDI develops slide templates that can be quickly customized with customer logos, colors, and themes, and then merged with the data in Open XML to create the Office PowerPoint 2007 presentation on a server. The system then notifies the user that the presentation is available for review. Using the new system, RDI can significantly reduce the time it takes to produce a data presentation. “We were able to improve the application performance so drastically by not having to automate PowerPoint, because it’s not involved until the user actually opens the file,” says John Head, Director of Enterprise Collaboration at PSC Group, LLC. “We couldn’t have done that without Open

New Video showcasing a Lotus Symphony API Solution

October 27 2009

Here is a video I recorded that showcases the PSC Insert Graphic for Lotus Symphony technology demo More videos to come!