Social Connections is coming back to North America for the tenth edition in Toronto and for the first time, I am speaking at the event! I am excited to take the PSC story of Application Modernization and make the social side the dominant story. I am speaking on June 7th, 2016 at 3:10 PM EDT. My session: “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. Your social platform is stable and maturing. But you’re invested in your applications (Notes, Domino, and much more) – what do you do? Looking through the lens of IBM ICS 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, Cloud, Mobile, Modern Workflow & special focus on
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I am super excited to be speaking at IBM Amplify 2016 in Tampa on May 17th, 2016 at 10:15 AM EDT. With IBM Digital Experience part of the IBM Commerce brand now, there is a whole group of folks with fresh eyes looking at what DX can do. My session: DDX-1420: Bringing Your Web Applications to the IBM Digital Experience IBM WebSphere portal has been seen as the realm of the back-end developer with specialized Java skills. This has been a barrier to entry to the IBM Domino community. IBM has transformed the product to the IBM Digital Experience platform – and it’s not just a name change! With the inclusion of the Script Portlet and IBM Portal on Cloud option, it’s time to look again. This session explains how to integrate your XPages applications, IBM Bluemix and even Microsoft SharePoint. It also demonstrates content re-purpose without migration. If you are looking for a single point of integration for all your applications, this session is for you!
I am excited about PSC being a sponsor at the QuickBase Empower 2016 conference next week, and my session with my co-worker Ken Lamey. Transitioning Data from Legacy Systems into QuickBase Thursday May 12th, 2016 , 11:15 – 12:15 p.m Locked deep inside your company, legacy data is the running your business – and holding you back. It’s one of the reasons for the rise of Shadow IT and Citizen Developers. Users today don’t just need access; they need to use that data in ways most enterprise systems can’t provide. We will take a look at how legacy data can be transformed within your organization. Three options will be discussed: Modernized, Integrate, and Migrate. We will show you how tools such as QuickBase Sync and Zapier can unlock your legacy data. We will also show you tools built that allow migration from IBM Notes & Domino and Microsoft SharePoint to QuickBase with just a few clicks! Come learn how to leverage all of your data!
I missed preannouncing this one, but I spoke at Cloud Saturday in the Chicago Suburbs on April 30th, 2016. PSC was a Platinum sponsor. Here is the session I gave: The Cloud and You - the ’as a service’ disruption you can’t ignore In any discussion about cloud, there are lots of buzzwords being thrown out by analysts and vendors. "Digital Transformation", "Democratization of IT", "Citizen Developer", and many more. Add in the 'as a Service" explosion and it is hard to make heads and tails over what will add value to your business. This session will cut through the hype and help bring a reality check to how the Cloud can help you. This session is for everyone: Administrator, Developer, IT Executive, or Business User. Plan on leaving with a deeper understanding and ideas of where you can take advantage. The Cloud and You - the ’as a service’ disruption you can’t ignore from John Head
Here is the session that Mark Roden and I gave at IBM InterConnect 2016 CBA-4586: Application Modernization Meets the Cloud and Mobile... Where to Start? It's 2016. Your application portfolio is being reviewed and scrutinized. Mobile and cloud are more than checkboxes on a list. User expectations are higher than ever. But there are so many options—what do you do? Looking through the lens of IBM Software, we will answer that question by providing a roadmap and experiences to help you choose the best path. We'll deep-dive into the five aspects of Application Modernization: User Experience, Social, Cloud, Mobile, and Modern Workflow. You'll see demos of actual transformations and the impact they have had within organizations. We'll put special attention on IBM Bluemix, SmartCloud, and the MobileFirst Platform. Learn how new functionality in the products will make your journey easier. Application Modernization meets Cloud and Mobile ... Where to Start? from John Head
Here are the session slides for the session I gave with Brad Balassaitis. For too long, WebSphere portal has been seen as the realm of the back end developer with specialized Java skills. This has been a barrier to entry to the IBM Domino community. IBM has transformed the product to the IBM Digital Experience platform – and it’s not just a name change! With the inclusion of the Script Portlet & IBM Portal on Cloud option, it’s time to look again. We will show you how to integrate your XPages applications, Bluemix and even Microsoft SharePoint. We will show content re-purpose without migration. If you are looking for a single point of integration for all your apps, this session is for you! Bringing Your Web Apps to IBM Digital Experience from John Head
Here are the session slides for the session I gave with Mat Newman at IBM Connect 2016. It's 2016 – your application portfolio is being reviewed and scrutinized. Email and application platforms are being separated. Users' expectations of their work experiences are higher than ever. But you're invested in your Notes & Domino applications – what do you do? Looking through the lens of IBM ESS solutions, we will answer that question by providing a roadmap and experiences to help you choose the best path. We will deep dive into the five aspects of Application Modernization: User Experience, Social, Cloud, Mobile, & Modern Workflow. See demos of actual application transformations and the impact they have within an organization. Learn how new functionality in the products will make your journey easier. What the App? : A Modernization Strategy for Your Business Applications from John Head
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!
Another year wiser, another year of more fun. Here is to 41 :)
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
So those of you that follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram know this - but last week, I was lucky enough to attend ProgPower 2014 in Atlanta. I made the first ProgPower 15 years ago here in Chicago, but this year's line-up really was a no brainer for me. So we all have our own musical tastes. Mine have shifted in the past 15 years or so. I used to really love the power metal style - think Helloween, Stratovarius, etc. along with progressive - my readers know how much of a Dream Theater fan I am. The past few years have seen me drift from power to metalcore and technical metal/djent. Think Killswitch Engage, Periphery, and the likes. But when I saw the line-up for ProgPower 2014, I had to attend. Here was the line-up: ProgPower XV Country of Origin Need Greece Orden Ogan Germany Leprous Norway Overkill USA Seventh Wonder (playing Mercy Falls in its entirety) Sweden Stratovarius (playing Visions in its entirety) Finland Withem Norway Divided Multitude Norway Voo
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:/
So my blog turns 11 today. [add comments about number of blog entries]
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
As you probably guessed, I turn 40 today. Not sure if I should look at this as an accomplishment or milestone or a warning - but it's a good day. No longer 'a kid' - but still 'the kid' to many. With June being such a rough month for me, and this June being even harder, this July is special. That number '40' I was never sure I would make. But at 40, I find contentment with who I am. I have a great family, especially those closest. Wonderful friends. Awesome coworkers. I am part of many wonderful communities - IBM, Shacknews, YRs, Chicago. I find myself happy with the man I have become. Confident in my abilities. Proud of my accomplishments. Challenged by my work. A real future to strive for. I accept that I am emotional. Layered. Complex. Passionate. Focused. Driven. It has taken many events in the past year for me to embrace all of those words. They are who I am. I no longer shrink from being called any of them. I stand proudly and own them. Life is about accepting who you are. Wh
Today is Memorial Day in the states, the day we remember and honor all of those that have fought and served this country in our military. I thought I would share a few stories of my grandfather. John "Jack" William Head was a veteran of World War 2. A marine who fought in the battle for the Pacific. He was on Guam. He was part of the 3rd marine Division assault. Unfortunately the Marines were dropped on a beach at surrounded by a high ridge. Japanese soldiers opened fire immediately and the Marine casualties were high. Your grandfather was the Master Sergeant and every one of higher rank was killed on the landing. Dad's men were pinned down by rifle and machine gun fire from on top of the ridge, so Dad took two men with him and started up the ill to try and open a path for the men on the beach. The Japanese saw them coming and began to roll live grenades and mortar shells down the hill. The two men with Dad were killed. He was badly injured and rolled back down the hill. He was place
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
Today the news tells us that one of the Lotus/XPages community has let us, much to early. Tim Tripcony was one of the good guys. No,Tim was one of the best guys. Besides being smart and talented, Tim was a gentle soul who loved to share knowledge. I remember many chats with Tim talking about XPages, something new he was working on, or music. I will always remember seeing Tim at the first MWLUG in Chicago - just after he cut his long hair. I didn't recognize him at first. We laughed at my confusion. Tim's response at the time was 'well, I might have cut off my hair, but my technical skills weren't because of my hair!' ... Tim, you might have left us, but your technical skills aren't all we will remember. Rest in peace my friend - I will miss you.
IBM has the first public webinar around IBM Mail Next since unveiling it at IBM Connect this past January. I thought I would highlight a few thoughts and questions I have. (before I go on, IBM did say this was a point in time and nothing was set in stone and everything was subject to change. So keep that in mind as you continue reading please) The webinar was mostly high level about the process, but we did see two specific 'demos' (more on that later) around the calendar timeline and faceted search. First, I think the design concepts shown by Scott detailed that IBM is trying to do more than build a new web email client. There is real innovation being attempted. I see that innovation in the flat list of attachments and links from the search results. I loved that. I want that right now. We also got an updated detailed architecture slide: This slides confirms that IBM Mail Next is being targeted at web / cloud deployments first. Yes, you can see Domino in there - prominently. But
I have talked about Lumity before on my blog, but I wanted to share why I think it's mission matters. Here is a great video that we created for our Annual Dinner earlier this month: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BfRFqTxOIjY I am proud to be involved with Lumity as a board member, and helping with the services arm, but the STEM initiative is something I really believe in. My career path was not a straight arrow, and my STEM schooling as a kid really had an impact. I am looking forward to hands-on involvement later this month with a school career fair visit. If you would like to get involved, please contact me. You can also donate here.
Yesterday, Microsoft made quite a few announcements around OneNote. Here is a list of what is new: OneNote for the Mac OneNote is free! OneNote API and a bunch of apps - including IFTTT! OneNote email address Web Clipper OneNote Eye Lens for Windows phone - and I would love to see this on the iPhone That is a long list of stuff! This excites me. I use both OneNote and Evernote. Yes, both. Why? Great question. For work stuff, I mostly use OneNote. It connects to my ecosystem that I use daily like nothing else I have seen. Tied together with Outlook, Office, Sharepoint, and Lync. That connect is really powerful - but the real power is in the group sharing of notebooks. Using OneDrive or SharePoint, the power of group notebooks is amazing. PSC has teams using OneNote for our projects and the amount of data in there is out of control and head spinning. Yes, Evernote has the ability to share notebooks - but it requires everyone have a premium version. And I find the synching and team col
For all of my friends and followers in Chicago - if you work for or participate in a not-for-profit, this free technology seminar is for you: Clearing up the Myth: The Cloud and Nonprofits - Free Nonprofit Technology Seminar - Please join us on February 26th at 10 AM and invite your nonprofit friends and colleagues. At this seminar you will learn: What exactly IS "The Cloud"? Why do I need to know about cloud computing? How will it help my organization? What and who are cloud providers? What about security and storage of data? You're invited to attend a FREE cloud computing seminar hosted by Lumity. You’ll learn everything you need to know about what the cloud is, how to transition to it and how to use it once you’re there. Mark Litwin, a Technology Solution Professional will guide you through the process so you leave with a full understanding and the confidence to make the change. What is "the cloud"? It's a server that’s accessible to you anywhere there is internet, not just at
So in my session with John Beck at IBM Connect 2014 - I put this slide up and just watched the reaction of the room. So I am just going to let this generate some discussion before I post more about it later this week ...
IBM Connect 2014 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
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!
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!
One of the amazing aspects of my job is that I get to work with amazing people. Today shines the spotlight on that. Besides being named a 2014 IBM Champion, I am beyond honored to be working with 4 others who were named IBM Champions today. Kathy Brown is a returning IBM Champion, and Andrew Barickman, Mark Roden, and Brad Balassaitis are new for 2014. Congratulations to the entire team!!!!
Getting the email this morning that I was accepted as an 2014 IBM Champion. It is both an honor and a challenge. Being an IBM Champion is about representing the IBM Collaboration Services in the wild as best as you can. Thanks for those that nominated me. Here is the entire list.
I was honored to be asked to speak at The Sales Association Midwest 2013 conference in November. The event was focused on sales best practices, tools, and techniques for sales organizations and individuals. It was a great experience for me - especially since it was a brand new audience and community. Looking forward to giving this presentation more in 2014!
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
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