Last week at MWLUG 2016, PSC was proud to announce our new strategic partnership with LDC and their Via offering. It is getting some coverage in the community, and when we get the press releases out, hopefully some press attention. I have been asked "Why?" quite a bit since that announcement. There are a bunch of technical reasons and I will let Mark talk about that. Keep an eye on his blog for the next few weeks for some specific technical discussion. But let's talk from a business point of view. What I care about is what helps me in my effort to help my current customers and get one ones. Yes, I am in sales - you all know that. So how does this fit into my sales strategy? It's really simple. We have many customers who are existing Notes client, Domino Web, & XPages customers who are looking for options to move their applications off the platform. Let's put all the emotional stuff aside, but this year has seen a massive increase on that request. And it's no secret that PSC has
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2015 is behind us, and today starts a blank year. For me, it really is about resetting to zero. My quota that is. In some ways, its scary. In other ways, it's exhilarating. Can I match last years success? surpass it? What new challenges will come this year? All great questions. One thing I have learned doing sales for five years is that half of the business I will close this year I don't even know about. That is an exciting prospect. Here is to 2016 and setting a new year best record, again.
15 years and counting at PSC Group, LLC - hard to imagine that a third of my life has been spent working for the same company. Looking forward to many more.
I am excited to announce that I will be speaking at IBM InterConnect 2016 - for the first time - next February in Las Vegas. I will share the stage with my coworker Mark Roden for the first time - talking all things Application Modernization. The twist - this is about cloud, PaaS, and so much more. CBA-4586: Application Modernization Meets the Cloud and Mobile... Where to Start? It's 2016. Your application portfolio is being reviewed and scrutinized. Mobile and cloud are more than checkboxes on a list. User expectations are higher than ever. But there are so many options—what do you do? Looking through the lens of IBM Software, we will answer that question by providing a roadmap and experiences to help you choose the best path. We'll deep-dive into the five aspects of Application Modernization: User Experience, Social, Cloud, Mobile, and Modern Workflow. You'll see demos of actual transformations and the impact they have had within organizations. We'll put special attention on IBM B
Besides the two sessions I talked about yesterday, PSC Group will be well represented at IBM Connect 2016. First, we have Kathy Brown, speaking with bacon lover Julian Robichaux: 1387: Outside The Box: Integrating with Non-Domino Apps using XPages and Java Users don’t care where their data lives. They just want to get their work done quickly and efficiently. They would prefer to do their work without opening three different applications and five different browser tabs. That means your applications need to share data and work well with other applications. So what can you do? Use XPages and Java, of course! Kathy and Julian will give you integration tips and examples of connecting your XPages apps to both IBM and non-IBM technologies. Walk away with a head full of knowledge and a sample database full of working code. NOTE: this session is geared towards XPages and Java developers, beginners welcome! Second, we have Brad Balassaitis speaking with Paul Calhoun: 1207: The Grid, the Bra
IBM Connect is back for 2016 and I am honored to be doing two sessions at the conference. First, you can see myself and the one and only Mat Newman talk about Application Modernization: 1363: What the App? : A Modernization Strategy for Your Business Applications It's 2016 – your application portfolio is being reviewed and scrutinized. Email and application platforms are being separated. Users' expectations of their work experiences are higher than ever. But you're invested in your Notes & Domino applications – what do you do? Looking through the lens of IBM ESS solutions, we will answer that question by providing a roadmap and experiences to help you choose the best path. We will deep dive into the five aspects of Application Modernization: User Experience, Social, Cloud, Mobile, & Modern Workflow. See demos of actual application transformations and the impact they have within an organization. Learn how new functionality in the products will make your journey easier. my s
As much as I was honored to be named a 2016 IBM Champion, I am even more excited for my co-workers. Kathy Brown, Mark Roden,and Brad Balassaitis were again named IBM Champion, and Shean McManus and Toby Samples were named first time Champions! Congratulations to all of them. Super excited to have 6 IBM Champions working on the same team for 2016!
Last week, IBM announced the 2016 IBM Champions for Social Business / Collaboration. This is my 5th time being named IBM Champion and it never gets old. Thanks to those who nominated me and I look forward to representing the brand for the next year.
I was lucky enough to be part of the Social VIP Program at IBM Insight last week. Nick DiMeo and I chatted on IBMGO and talked about the conference, Application Modernization, and IBM Champions. Check it out here:
Here are my slides from last week's MWLUG 2015 event. My first session solely focused on the cloud space, with an IBM slant of course. And it's not every day you get to include Metallica in a technical presentation! The Cloud and You - the 'as a service' disruption you can't ignore from John Head
25 years ago today, Andrew Lauter and Bruce Bellak started PSC. And here we are. I am proud to have been around for the past 14.5 years - and looking forward to what is to come. Congratulations to all of my coworkers, current and past!
PSC is excited to be a Gold Sponsor at MWLUG 2015 in Atlanta August 19th throught 21st. MWLUG is the only user group in North America for 2015 - and the session list and speakers are out of this world. PSC is excited to be delivering 5 sessions. Come see us speak and say hi! Sessions: IBM Bluemix: Expand Your Horizons As a developer, you always need to add new tools to your developer tool belt. Bluemix gives you many options to take what you already know and build upon it, allowing you to continuously reinvent yourself and your apps. Whether you are an XPages developer looking to leverage new technologies like Watson or Docker, or you want to start exploring new languages and frameworks like the MEAN stack, Bluemix has something to offer you. Using the powerful deployment models and integration services in Bluemix, it is also easy to build solutions that combine the new with the old making it easy to build upon the work you have already done. Expand your horizons, improve yourse
I was interviewed by Stephen Gainer for the Member of the Month over at SocialBizUG.org. Have a listen!
Back in February, I was contacted online by a journalist after she found some of my writings on this blog and my slides on Slideshare around Application Modernization. Crystal Bedell and I had a great conversation and I proceeded to completely forget the discussion. :-) Low and behold she published her research on June 2nd, 2015 in a great TechTarget article discussing application modernization. Crystal did a wonderful job talking to a customer, an analyst, and a service provider in myself. I won't paste the entire article into this blog entry, you can read it here. But here are some of my thoughts: Eighty percent of legacy application modernization projects today are just migration, according to John David Head, director of enterprise collaboration, PSC Group, a technical and business consultancy largely focused on software modernization. He said PSC sees businesses that have a legacy platform that's problematic -- in costs, performance, etc. -- and they are not looking to vendor upd
PSC is proud to announce that we have been named one of "Chicago's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work for" for the fourth year in a row. Here is the press release: PSC Named One of Chicago's Best and Brightest PSC Group, LLC is pleased to announce that they have, for the fourth year in a row, been named one of Chicago’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For™ by the National Association for Business Resources. Chicago, IL (PRWEB) June 11, 2015 PSC Group, LLC is pleased to announce that they have, for the fourth year in a row, been named one of Chicago’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For™ by the National Association for Business Resources. Chicago’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® is a designation that hundreds of companies pursue. This year, the winners proved to be companies that deliver exceptional human resources practices. These winners will be honored at a symposium and awards celebration on Friday, July 10, 2015 at the Oak Brook Marriot. An in
Toby Samples and myself just gave a great session at IBM Digital Experience 2015 called "Application Modernization in the Digital Experience World" Application Modernization is the hottest buzzword in the IT world today. For many, it means the migration and transformation of an old application to a modern platform and emerging technologies. With Digital Experience solutions, means much more. Application Modernization is about taking what consumers expect from cutting edge mobile experiences, websites and applications – Slick User Experience, Modern Workflow, Mobile Support, Social and Cloud, and applying it to the enterprise space. This session will look at these five areas and apply them to WebSphere Portal and the IBM Digital Experience solutions. Examples will highlight how and why focusing each of these areas can have a positive impact and upside inside your organization and recommendations on how to apply Application Modernization. Toby is the real rock start that got both
My coworker Ken Lamey and I delivered our session at Intuit Quickbase Empower 2015 this morning. You can find the slides below: Session abstract: You have built that killer application that perfectly meets the demands of your business users. Now what? Now is the time to finish strong and plan for a successful rollout. In this session, the PSC team will equip you with information and guidance to successfully roll out your application for maximum benefit. You'll walk away with the skills to develop a strong communication plan, improve user adoption, gather user feedback, train users, and track their usage throughout the rollout.
John Speaks 2015: SP BIZ Conference - A real world view of Application Modernization in the SharePoint worldMay 8 2015
This June I will be one of the speakers for the free virtual conference SPBiz Conference, covering all things SharePoint on June 17th & 18th 2015. A solo session for me, but also speaking at the event is just named MVP Michael Blumenthal. A real world view of Application Modernization in the SharePoint world Application Modernization is a hot buzzword in the IT world today. For many, it means the migration of old application to new platforms and technology. At PSC, it means much more. Application Modernization is about taking modern consumer technology influences – User Experience, Modern Workflow, Mobile, Social and Cloud, and applying it to the enterprise space. This session will look at those five disruptive technologies and apply them to Microsoft SharePoint and Office 365. Real world customer examples will highlight how each disruption can have a positive impact inside your organization and recommendations on how to apply Application Modernization. Why is this topic of in
STEM career readiness and connecting non-profit to vital resources. As a board member of Lumity, Chicago's premier not-for-profit in helping make STEM reality, our work takes lots of people and resources. In our effort to fund this work, we are holding a raffle. There is a chance to win a 2015 Lexus NX 200t F Sport (or $40,000) and help Lumity drive the future of STEM. Only 1,499 tickets will be available! If you purchase your ticket before May 22nd, you will also be entered into an Early Bird drawing for $1,000. Lumity will hold the Grand Prize raffle drawing on Saturday, June 20th. Please see the official rules for more details. Thank you to our sponsor McGrath Lexus of Chicago! Click here to support Lumity and possibly win! Thank you for supporting this effort.
John Speaks 2015: IBM Digital Experience - Application Modernization in the Digital Experience WorldMay 6 2015
Super excited to announce that I will speaking at IBM Digital Experience 2015 in Atlanta, GA on June 1st through 4th, 2015. I will be speaking with PSC's resident Java guru Toby Samples. Our session: APPLICATION MODERNIZATION IN THE DIGITAL EXPERIENCE WORLD Application Modernization is the hottest buzzword in the IT world today. For many, it means the migration and transformation of an old application to a modern platform and emerging technologies. With Digital Experience solutions, means much more. Application Modernization is about taking what consumers expect from cutting edge mobile experiences, websites and applications – Slick User Experience, Modern Workflow, Mobile Support, Social and Cloud, and applying it to the enterprise space. This session will look at these five areas and apply them to WebSphere Portal and the IBM Digital Experience solutions. Examples will highlight how and why focusing each of these areas can have a positive impact and upside inside your organizatio
I am excited to announce that PSC Group has launched our own IBM Verse Kickstart. The press release: PSC Group Introduces Kickstart Program for IBM Verse Wednesday, May 6, 2015 PSC Group, LLC - technology and business consulting firm - announced today their selection as implementation experts for IBM Verse. PSC is well known as one of IBM’s top consulting partners and currently employs 4 IBM Champions, more than any other organization. PSC’s Verse Kickstart program has been developed to support the latest advancement in cloud services from IBM. IBM Verse stems from the company’s $100 million investment in design innovation and brings together its leading cloud, analytics, social and security platforms to transform the future of work. "By deploying PSC’s Verse Kickstart program, we will be able to support organizations licensing initiatives, build their plans around the move to Connections Cloud, and make recommendations on application modernization efforts around IBM Domino, XPages,
John Speaks 2015: Intuit Quickbase Empower - Finish strong – Successfully Rolling Out Your Killer AppMay 4 2015
I am super excited about PSC's participation at Intuit QuickBase Empower 2015 - the first conference around the QuickBase product, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago May 26th through 28th, 2015. PSC is one of the Gold Sponsors, with a booth in the product showcase. You can also find out more about our involved with Quickbase when I present with my coworker Ken Lamey on Thursday, May 28th at 9 AM. Our session details: Finish strong – Successfully Rolling Out Your Killer App You have built that killer application that perfectly meets the demands of your business users. Now what? Now is the time to finish strong and plan for a successful rollout. In this session, the PSC team will equip you with information and guidance to successfully roll out your application for maximum benefit. You'll walk away with the skills to develop a strong communication plan, improve user adoption, gather user feedback, train users, and track their usage throughout the rollout. You can read more about our ses
Readers of my blog know that I am a Lumity board member and strongly believe in our efforts to make Chicagoland a better place to work and live by providing access to STEM career readiness and connecting non-profit to vital resources. In our effort to fund this work, we are holding a raffle. There is a chance to win a 2015 Lexus NX 200t F Sport (or $40,000) and help Lumity drive the future of STEM. Only 1,499 tickets will be available! If you purchase your ticket before May 22nd, you will also be entered into an Early Bird drawing for $1,000. Lumity will hold the Grand Prize raffle drawing on Saturday, June 20th. Please see the official rules for more details. Thank you to our sponsor McGrath Lexus of Chicago! Click here to support Lumity and possibly win! Thank you for supporting this effort.
There has been a bunch of chatter about IBM Bluemix and why it should be a consideration as a platform for any current Notes & Domino and XPages customers. Most of those are focused on the technology side - such as Mark's posts and Notesin9 - or about the upcoming support for Domino & XPages that IBM discussed at IBM ConnectED. All of that is very cool stuff. What excites me most is what it means in terms of building applications and getting customers excited. The sales process for Bluemix is very new and I am still finding ways to talk about it with customers. For me, having an application development platform is not a selling point. Being able to produce great applications that solve problems with new deployment options is a selling point. So my partner-in-crime Andrew Barickman put together a demo that I believe really will help me in my sales conversations. Below is one of our XPages demonstration applications called Pursuit Tracker Here is Pursuit Tracker running o
As a follow-up to the "Collaborative and business applications for the connected company" white paper I posted earlier this month, IBM has published a follow-up white paper that focuses specifically on application modernization with Notes and Domino applications to XPages. John Roling and I teamed up on this to cover application modernization methodology and a customer story that highlights the power of XPages. You can download it here.
PSC is proud to have five people selected as IBM ICS Champions for 2015. This is the second year in a row that PSC has the most ICS Champions of any organization worldwide. In celebration of this achievement, PSC is offering the opportunity to win a free week of consulting, including travel costs, from one of our IBM Champions. More information and nomination form can be found at https://contest.psclistens.com Congratulations to the team - Kathy, Brad, Mark, and Andrew!
I co-authored an IBM Whitepaper titled "Collaborative and business applications for the connected company" and it is available for download today. Here is the description: This paper outlines the continued application development value of refreshed platforms like IBM Domino and IBM XPages technology, while also looking at how they take advantage of newer innovations, including: IBM Worklight Platform, IBM Connections and its open APIs, cloud innovations and more. It's a good overview on the application development options in the IBM collaboration software stack. I wrote it with a few great IBM Authors that are not named (but you know them). It's the first of two whitepapers. This one is more general. The second one, coming later this month, will cover application modernization at a deeper level. It will also include a detailed customer vision from one of my good friends and colleges - John Roling. More on that in a few weeks. I am also proud that IBM agreed to dedicate this white
14 years and counting at PSC Group, LLC - hard to imagine that a third of my life has been spent working for the same company. Looking forward to many more.
DEV 201 - Beyond Responsive Design: Turning SharePoint into a mobile and modern web application platformDecember 10 2014
I was honored to speak with Chris Johnson of PSC Group, LLC on mobile strategy, modern web application development platforms, Microsoft Sharepoint and responsive design at SharePointFest Chicago 2014 this week.
It's been talked about before, but Ray Ozzie's tweets share a great a story about Lotus Notes and it's 25th anniversary. I know Mat did a blog post, but I thought a slide format would be best to read them. Feel free to share, use, download, etc. Happy Birthday Lotus Notes - again!
IBM has announced the IBM Champions for the ICS brand for 2015. I am honored to be selected again, my fifth year, as a recognition for all the evangelism I do for the IBM products. More importantly, I am again so proud to be one of 5 at PSC Group, the only company with five IBM Champions in the world for the second year in a row. Congrats to Kathy, Mark, Brad, and Andrew.
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
Hard to believe that Lotus Notes was officially released 25 years ago today. Now, we can trace the birth of Lotus Notes back to University of Illinois Champaign/Urbana (Go Illini), but as far as the official product - today is that day. Hard to believe the product is 25 years old and still around. Most of those 1.0 applications still work in the current 9.0.1 product - which is just another testament to what an amazing product Notes is. Thanks for the career Lotus Notes. Thanks for friends and coworkers and much more.
So I was remiss on blogging about the death of Lotus SmartSuite, but I am basically here because of it. I need to give it some proper due. Back in 1993, I picked up my first copy of Lotus Ami Pro 3.0 and my technical career started. I then moved on to Lotus SmartSuite, Word Pro, and the other apps. I became the go to person for intergration of SmartSuite with other products. I got to speak at Lotusphere - and Lotus Europe in Berlin. It led me into working with Notes, integration, and so much more. It took me from Artron to Boom Vang. Synergistics hired me because of the mail merge work I did. PSC hired me mostly because of my Notes work, but we did plenty of SmartSuite. I was proud to host the SmartSuite developers website, write magazine articles, and be quoted in the press. So it's death is sad. I will miss the best macro langugage in any app ever (hello Ami Pro). The amazing divisions and subdivisions in Word Pro. The flaming trash can in Organizer. The vastly overlooked Fast Si
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!
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
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
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
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:/
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.
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!
BP110: The Mobile Distruption - Why XPages Development is targeting Mobile First from John Head
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
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 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
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
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
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!
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!
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:
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
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?
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.
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
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
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 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 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 YearSeptember 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 CITAGMay 1 2013
This month Michael Blumenthal will be presenting on Solving Business Problems with SharePoint 2013. Please join us by registering here. More info:
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
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 ChicagoApril 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.
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
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
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!
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
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
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
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 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, 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
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.