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Speaking at Connect 2014 on brand new content!

November 19 2013

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

Application Modernization with XPages on YouTube

November 11 2013

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

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

February 4 2013

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

#IBMConnect thoughts and feelings (and the zombie flu)

February 4 2013

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

My thoughts on the Lotusphere2012 announcements around Lotus Symphony and Apache

January 23 2012

At Lotusphere2012, IBM made a pretty big announcements around Lotus Symphony. Let's cover them in order of significance, starting with smallest first. IBM Lotus Symphony 3.0.1 ships Some great new features like the Speakers View and the one million row support make this a great point release. Not sure if there will be an overlay install for the Notes client but working on that. IBM LotusLive Symphony morphs into IBM Docs IBM showed off the newly renamed IBM Docs, now in beta on Greenhouse. If you have used web-based editors like Google Docs and Office 365, this will feel a bit familiar. The integration with IBM Smart Cloud Engage / Connections is impressive. But what really got notice was when they demoed a web editor for creating macros inside the web document editors. The demo was a spreadsheet with a button that inserted data and did formatting. The demo was impressive, but the fact the macro language was javascript was even more so. The timeline for release seems summer for

PSC on the OGS screen at Lotusphere2012

January 23 2012

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

Lotusphere 2012 - Speedgeeking : Celebrating 10 years of community driven open source

January 22 2012 Celebrating 10 years of community driven open source (Speedgeeking - Lotusphere2012)View more presentations from John Head.

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

January 22 2012

Bp107 1.19.2012View more presentations from John Head.

Lotuphere2012: JMP304 - Master Class: Integration in the world of Social Business

January 18 2012

Jmp304View more presentations from John Head. You can get the Getting Started Database Here

Lotusphere 2012 - My Sessions

January 6 2012

Lotusphere 2012 is here soon and you can find me doing the following sessions: JMP304 Master Class: Integration in the world of Social Business Speakers: Andrew Barickman, John Head DL S. Hem IV -V - Sunday 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM Integration has remained a key skill in the Domino Developer toolkit since 1994. 18 years later, the Integration skillset comes to a head with the ideals of Social Business: modern web interface, social interactions, and mobile delivery. This session builds on top of the integration sessions of the past and highlights the master skills needed today. We will show how to integrate Lotus Notes, Lotus Domino, Domino XPages, and LotusLive applications with the tools on your users' machines spanning Microsoft Office, Microsoft .NET custom applications, Lotus Symphony, and more. We will examine how the ODF and OOXML standards are changing the integration story and bring integration to the web and mobile devices. Social interactions drive applications in a social busi

Lotusphere 2012: TED Style Talks? Not Exactly. "Change the World" in "Worst Practices" Style was the idea ...

October 30 2011

So there has been an interesting dialog happening in the Lotusphere 2012 submission process, I thought I would share some ideas of a session that was submitted for Lotusphere 2010. Alan Lepofsky wrote a great blog post about something he would like to see at Lotusphere 2012. His suggestion was shorter style presentations, much in the style of the amazing TED conference. Combine a few short presentations into a 60 minute time slot. A great idea, and as Nathan commented on Alan's blog post, he and I had an idea like this before. At the Lotus Leadership Alliance event in 2009, Nathan and I were talking over drinks and I said something along the lines of 'I love the Worst Practices session that Mooney and Buchan do, but I wish we had a Best Practices version!' Nathan and I went back and forth on this over some libations, and I believe it was him who said 'this session is about how solutions, not code, can change the world.' And hence an idea was born. Take what works best about 'Worst P

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

February 22 2011

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

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

February 7 2011

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

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

January 31 2011

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

Lotusphere 2011: Domino Applications Coming to the IBM Cloud

January 31 2011

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

A shout out to some amazing coworkers at PSC

January 31 2011

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

Lotusphere 2011: Opening General Session

January 31 2011

Musical Guest: MASS Ensamble Guest Speaker: Kevin Spacey Alistair Renne - Get Social. Do Business. Profound shift in how enterprises drive value. Cusp of a new ear of a relationship of business and technology. Social Business Transformation - 2011 opportunity Innovate. Outperform. Thrive. Leading Social Business - BASF, CSC, KBC, AT&T, AFL, BC&BS of MASS, RBC, State Street .... exchange migrations count ... Leveraging Social Software for Business Result Capitalizing on Complexity - Creative Leadership - Mobilize for speed - Collective intelligence Technology Shifts - Mainframe - Departmental - PCs - Internet - Social early predictions always underestimate the size of the impact Social Software - A decade of research and development Social Businesses - Characteristics that make them successful - Engaged - Transparent - Nimble More Successful Lotus Community - it's about the people stupid Think in terms of Outcomes Define the playing field - Social Business Framewor


January 30 2011

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

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

January 30 2011

JMP208 The Never Ending Integration Story: How to Integrate Your Lotus Notes, Domino, and LotusLive applications with Microsoft Office, .NET, and Lotus SymphonyView more presentations from John Head. Downloads coming shortly

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

January 30 2011

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

Lotusphere 2010 is now on Slideshare

January 9 2010

I have created the Lotusphere 2010 event on If you decide to post your slides on slideshare, please add them to the event. Personally, this is the best place for sldies to be shared with folks and provides a great way to embed them on your site/blog.

Lotusphere 2010: Others will live blog, I will be tweeting

January 8 2010

If you are not going to Lotusphere, there are going to be multiple methods to follow along with the Opening General Session (LotusphereLive by Chris and Carl and the team of Paul, Stuart, Declan, Matt, and Turtle), I am going to repeat what I did last year. My goal is to 'live tweet' the OGS, the product/brand keynotes (there are six this year, Notes/Domino/Symphony, App Dev, Lotus Live, Social Software, Websphere, and UC), blogger Q&A, and any other blogger/press events that IBM has planned for us. I will still put together blog entries like last year (including the Lotusphere Reflection stories that got quite a bit of reads). If you want to follow along, please follow me: johnhead on twitter. So many ways to stay on top of the Lotusphere news.

Lotus Symphony at Lotusphere 2010

January 3 2010

I wanted to put together a list of all of the public activities going on at Lotusphere 2010 for Lotus Symphony: Sessions (in chronological order) JMP202 Beyond the Buzz: IBM Lotus Symphony QuickStart (web link) Speaker: Leah Backus SW Mockingbird - Sunday 1:30pm - 3:30pm JMP106 “Kum Bah Yah” Meets “Let's Kick Butt”: The Integration of IBM Lotus Notes and Lotus Domino with Microsoft Office, .NET, and IBM Lotus Symphony (web link) Speakers: John Head, Alex Kassabov SW 7-10 - Sunday 4:00pm - 6:00pm ID612 IBM Lotus Symphony Overview and Update (web link) Speakers: Eric Otchet, Cindy Kou DL S. Hemisphere II - Monday 3:45pm - 4:45pm AD207 IBM Lotus Symphony Technical Overview (web link) Speakers: Yue Ma, Erik Ma DL S. Hemisphere I - Monday 5:00pm - 6:00pm AD208 IBM Lotus Symphony Toolkit and Programmability (web link) Speakers: Jin Hua Chen, Xi Pan Xiao DL S. Hemisphere II - Tuesday 8:30am - 9:30am ID613 One Smart Move: Making the Transition to IBM Lotus Symphony (web lin

Lotus Symphopny Courses Offered at Lotusphere 2010

January 3 2010

I got this email and wanted to pass along the contents about three Lotus Symphony courses being offered on-site at Lotusphere 2010. Register now as there is limited room. During Lotusphere 2010, the Lotus Symphony Lab will be offering three (3) courses on how to extend the Lotus Symphony Editor experience. Registration isrequired. These courses are available to Lotusphere 2010 attendees only and are open to customers and Business Partners. Lotus Symphony Toolkit - Bridging Lotus Notes and Symphony Learn how to integrate IBM Lotus Notes and IBM Lotus Symphony with the Lotus Symphony LotusScript API. Learn how to take advantage of the Lotus Symphony toolkit to automatically control and process Lotus Symphony documents through LotusScript or Java programming. Lotus Notes developers can quickly leverage their existing skills to develop integration between Lotus Notes and Lotus Symphony. Participants will learn how to easily access Lotus Symphony using LotusScript to manipulate and organ

2 Lotusphere 2010 Sessions Approved

November 17 2009

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

Lotusphere 2009 - Opening General Session

January 19 2009

Live from Lotusphere 2009, it is the Opening General Session .... Bob talks about growth - 12,236 new customers to the Lotus portfolio since the shipping of Lotus Notes 8 Dan Aykroyd is the guest speaker. more to come as we go ... LIVE!

Lotusphere time it is - OMG!

January 12 2009

Hard to believe that one week from today, we will have heard all of the OGS announcements, watched someone do some major singing at Kimono's, and I will be half way thru my sessions at Lotusphere 2009. As Mitch spoke up, so will I. I am one of the 25 folks who was selected to be part of the blogger group by IBM this year. Makes my life far more busy Here is my schedule next week: Saturday 3:30 PM - BALD Eveningish - EPSN Sunday 8 to 9:30 AM : JMP205 - Integration of IBM Lotus Notes and Lotus Domino with Microsoft Office, .NET, and IBM Lotus Symphony - the 90 minute version - Dolphin Americas Seminar 10 to 11:30 AM : Business Partner Day Opening Session 1:30 to 3:30 PM : JMP205 - Integration of IBM Lotus Notes and Lotus Domino with Microsoft Office, .NET, and IBM Lotus Symphony - the 120 minute version - Dolphin Southern Hemisphere I 6:30 to 9ish PM : Welcome Reception followed by Kimono's for sure Monday 8:30 to 10:30 AM : Opening General Session in the bloggers section Mon

Lotusphere 2009 Approved!

November 13 2008

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

Looking for feedback on Lotusphere 2009 Submission

September 3 2008

So before I submit sessions for consideration by the Lotusphere content team, I was looking for some feedback. I like to submit a very specific amount of sessions (usually 3) but this year I have so many ideas. Here they all are Introduction to Integration with IBM Lotus Notes and Domino and Microsoft Office and Lotus Symphony (Jumpstart) - This session has been done before, but 3 out of the past 4 years this session has been done twice on Sunday and gotten loads of attendees. The content would need major updating this year, but the demand seems to be there Document Generation using ODF, OOXML & PDF with IBM Lotus Notes and Domino - a new session that focuses on Document Generation with Notes and Domino. Server side and "no application nessecary" client side generation using all three of the major file formats - ODF, OOXML, and PDF. This is the session I want to do most Build XShare, using XPages, in 60 minutes - this session would be with Nathan Freeman and will show attendees