Episode 83, recorded on Thursday 23rd December 2011.  Joyce Davis, Susan Bulloch and Barry Rosen join Darren and I to discuss Lotusphere 2012 sessions, tracks and social events, Barry tells us about his upcoming Notes&Domino 8.5.3 book and Darren goes awfully quiet!

Hosts

Stuart McIntyre (blog | twitter | company) & Darren Duke (blog | twitter | company)

Guests

Barry Rosen Barry Rosen (twitter I LinkedIn) Barry Rosen is an IBM IT Certified Managing Consultant with IBM Software Services for Lotus. During the last five years, he has worked on several global messaging and migration projects as well as performed Domino upgrades, messaging assessments, and client deployments. Currently, Barry has been heavily involved in LotusLive Notes cloud migrations and hybrid deployments, Prior to IBM Software Services for Lotus, he was a Software Engineer in Lotus Support for over five years. While in support, Barry was on several teams specializing in mail routing, Lotus Notes Client, calendaring and scheduling, and server core. Mr Rosen is a SME on clustering, Lotus Notes for the Macintosh, and rooms and resources. Barry is also a published author with several articles and books written on Lotus products. <br>
Susan Bulloch Susan Bulloch (blog  | Twitter ) Susan currently works as a Support Engineer on the Lotus Notes Calendar and Scheduling Team.  She has worked for IBM Lotus Software for more than 11 years in software support and development positions.She has worked with Lotus Notes and Domino since 1992 as an administrator, instructor, developer, and architect in banking and utility industries. Susan has a Bachelors degree in engineering and a Master’s degree in Information Technology.  She holds certifications in all current Lotus Notes product releases. Susan is a frequent speaker at technical conferences, including LotuSphere, the View Admin conferences and at regional user group conferences worldwide.  When not working, Susan likes to annoy insects and buzzards.<br>
Joyce Davis Joyce Davis (blog | twitter | company) is community manager for IBM in the Collaboration Solutions or “Lotus”division. I help bring together clients, business partners and IBMers to share their knowledge and collaborate. I’ve “bled yellow”since 1983 when I used Lotus 1-2-3 version 1A for DOS to manage the WW Technical Education course schedule as an IBM co-op. (I was an infant, of course.) I joined Lotus full-time in 1993. I’ve worked in MANY different roles at IBM over the last 18 years including technical support, people management, project management, communications, program management and now community management. I’m a mom, wife, flutist, Apple fangirl, and social network addict. Although I wasn’t born in Austin, I got here as fast as I could about 35 years ago.

Topics

Lotusphere 2012

  • Just 24 days to go – what are we looking forward to at Lotusphere 2012?
  • Best Practices track
    • Always one of the most popular tracks at LS
    • Any changes to the track this year?
      • 36 sessions (23 of 36 are Notes/Domino)
      • 35% are new speakers
    • Any sessions you’re particularly looking forward to?
    • How does a track manager go about choosing their sessions?
    • Is there a question of balance between the different products, technologies? Or is it all about the quality of the abstract/speakers?
    • Gurupalooza? Back again? Will you be chairing?
  • Joyce, You seem to have an even bigger part to play in organising this time?
    • What’s top of your list of activities?
      • Social cafes
      • Team Social helpers
    • Where will you be during the conference?
      • Social cafes, customer evangelist panel, customer council meetings, IBM Champion activities (reception)
      • Session FS217: The Lotus Evangelist Customer Panel ; Dolphin – S. Hem IV -V; Tues 4:45 – 5:45; FREE BEER and WINE 🙂
    • Online communities for Lotusphere and Connect
    • The ‘Social Lounges’have been mentioned a number of times, what’s that all about?
      • Can you talk a bit about how folks can find out who the IBM Champions are and where they’ll be speaking?
      • So far 45 of 63 champions are confirmed
      • They’ll be sitting in the front at the OGS and CGS
      • They’ll have IBM Champion ribbons on their badge holders
      • Some are doing topics of the hour at the social cafes
  • Sessions DB now available
    • Via, as always, Ben Langhinrichs
  • This Week in Lotus Live – details to be confirmed!

IBM Lotus Notes and Domino 8.5.3: Upgrader’s Guide [Amazon US | Amazon UK

  • Who are the authors? (Barry Rosen, Tim Speed, Scott O’Keefe)
  • How did it come about?
  • When will it be shipped?
  • What does it cover?  Domino and Notes? Traveler?
  • How much?

Nicklas Heidloff’s blog – 2011 – The XPages Year

Highlights of 2011

Tips

Darren:
CLPs get a discount for Lotusphere 2012 – just $1,995 until Jan 15th
Barry:

Best travel tip, always have earplugs!
Susan:

Buy noise cancelling headsets!  Make your travel arrangements now.  You don’t want to be late for Orlando.  Seek out Mat Newman – he will pump your energy level higher than you thought possible.
Joyce:

1) access the online community via your mobile device using the Connections mobile app which can be downloaded for iOS, Android and BB. Simply point to the Lotus Greenhouse Connections server: http://greenhouse.lotus.com/mobile,
2) Benedryl and Melatonin can each be used to treat insomnia and/or jet lag. They can be found over the counter. (Will someone please remind me to take it at night? Thanks.)
3) Videofest http://bit.ly/videofest
Stuart:

Go buy a Sonos Play:3, preferably buy lots. You will not regret it!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays…

Episode 82, recorded on Monday 19th December 2011.  Our second go at episode 82 features TWiL friends Lisa Duke and Sharon Bellamy reflecting on IBM Connect, the Social Connections event in Cardiff, a new fix pack (sorry Upgrade Pack) for Domino, Chrome overtaking IE8 and much more…

Hosts

Stuart McIntyre (blog | twitter | company) & Darren Duke (blog | twitter | company)

Guests

Lisa Duke Lisa Duke (twitter | aboutme | podcast)  is Business Development Manager for Simplified Technology Solutions, Inc. and host of the Get Social Do Business podcast
Sharon Bellamy Sharon Bellamy (blog | twitter | company) is a Business Consultant at Applicable, working with Portal/WCM, Quickr, Sametime and Connections implementations. IBM Champion, iSeries fan girl and friend of Mat Newman.

Topics

Connect 2012

Team Social

  • what is it?
  • how can they help?

Social Connections II

Other stuff

Tips

Darren:

NotesBook from Julian Buss. Real Lotus Notes Journal/Notebook access on iOS devices! Only $5.99 on the App Store. 1.1 is available now which fixes the custom journal name.

Sharon: 

The Lotusphere & Connect communities in the greenhouse https://greenhouse.lotus.com/communities/community/lotusphere and https://greenhouse.lotus.com/communities/community/connect will be opened up this week

Lisa: 

Listen to getsocialdobusiness.com  🙂

Stuart:

Nerdgirls Sparks – final submission day today

Michael Sampson’s new book – Collaboration Roadmap.  Superb.

Episode 81, recorded on Monday 12th December 2011.  Darren and Stuart grabbed some time this evening with Femke Goedhart to discuss Redbook residencies, Connect 2012, Nerdgirl activities and much more…

Hosts

Stuart McIntyre (blog | twitter | company) & Darren Duke (blog | twitter | company)

Guests

Femke Goedhart Femke Goedhart (twitter | blog) is a Business Consultant at Silverside, The Netherlands. She specialises in Collaboration, Social Business, Document Management and Workflow solutions.

Topics

Social Business redbook residency
Social Connections event
Lotusphere 2012/Connect 2012 abstract selections
Lotusphere 2012 party destination revealed
Nerdgirl events at Lotusphere – Sparks and Great Geek Challenge
RIM sinks to new low

Tips

Femke:
IBM Social Business Blog
Stuart:

Zite now available for iPhone

Episode 80, recorded on Thursday 1st December 2011. Darren and Stuart interview renowned strategist Michael Sampson about his role, his new book Collaboration Roadmap, Connect 2012 and more…

Hosts

Stuart McIntyre (blog | twitter | company) & Darren Duke (blog | twitter | company)

Guests

Michael Sampson Michael Sampson (twitter | blog | books) is a Collaboration Strategist, whose passion is helping organizations to make collaboration work, when their employees have to work together effectively and efficiently while separated by distance and time.  Michael advises end-user organizations in New Zealand, Australia, Europe, and the United States on making collaboration work.

Topics

‘Collaboration Strategist’

  • What does a collaboration strategist actually do?
  • What does governance actually mean?
  • How do you become one?
  • Why should companies employ you?

Collaboration Roadmap coverCollaboration Roadmap

  • Why a collaboration roadmap?
  • What does it cover?
  • Does the cloud change things?
  • Should IT be allowed to own the collaboration strategy/roadmap?
  • Who should read the book? Is it aimed at IT folks, or should it be head of comms, LoB, execs etc?
  • Foreword by Ed Brill – how did that come about?
  • How does this book fit with User Adoption Strategies?
    • Why does user adoption need a strategy?
    • Do organisations still think ‘build it and it will come’?
  • Does the book apply to home developed apps (say Domino/XPages) as well as packaged ones?
  • Any notable quotes from industry experts? 🙂
  • Draw for a free copy of the book (details to follow)

Connect 2012

Tips

Darren:
If you’re going to upgrade firmware on a new SSD, you’ll need another machine to do it on.
Michael:
All it takes is to be smart enough to figure out what to do, and also to be dumb enough to get up every day to do it.’ In 2012, be dumber!
Stuart:

Get your execs and managers to Connect 2012 – promises to be a cracking event. Still time to register for Social Connections II as well.
Know that Michael journals every day, recommend Day One – app for Mac and iOS.