Episode 27, recorded Friday 19th November 2010, discussing ILUG 2010, Blackberry Enterprise Server Express for Domino, the RIM Playbook, UKLUG 2011 and more…

Hosts

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

Guests

Warren Elsmore (blog) has worked in the Lotus arena for 15 years and is a Senior Architecture Consultant with the Bluewave Group.  Bluewave provide technical architecture consultancy and advice to a range of large and small customers across the globe. Warren has spoken at many Lotus events including Lotusphere, Collaboration University, the View Admin conference, ILUG and UKLUG. He also writes for Clippings and in any spare time he has left he runs the UK Lotus User Group!

Steve McDonagh (blog | twitter) was a Nurse then switched to IT, now an IT Manager for an American/Japanese multinational electronics company specialising in Collaborative Technologies.  Steve has used IBM Midrange kit for 25 years from the System34 to the i5, and has been developing on Lotus Domino for 16 years. He assists in both the ILUG and UKLUG Organising Committees, and describes himself as a ‘professional eejit’!

Jennifer Stevenson (blog | twitter | company) has over 15 years experience with Enterprise Collaboration and has spent the last 6 years supporting and advocating the mobilization of collaborative applications and technologies. Jennifer is currently an Enterprise Product Manager with Research In Motion (BlackBerry), where she focuses on mobility and IBM’s Lotus portfolio of products as they pertain to BlackBerry. As an Enterprise Product Manager, she works to promote product evolution, awareness, interest and adaption ~ as such, Jennifer is a frequent speaker at industry and RIM-sponsored events and conferences worldwide.

Eileen Fitzgerald (blog | twitter | company) has been working in the Global Notes environment for over 15 years as a Global Notes Architect for multinational companies, Eileen then focused on Service Delivery, managing Notes services, infrastructures and functionalities according to ITIL Standards. Eileen is the co-organiser of ILUG and a speaker at Lotusphere. Eileen has various credentials in IT, Project Management and ITIL management for which she is a passionate advocate.

Topics

ILUG wrap-up

  • Overall reflections on the conference?
  • What were the highlights?
  • Attendance compared to previous years?
  • What value do vendors get from sponsoring or attending user groups?

Blackberry / RIM news

  • BES Express for Domino now available
    • Has been available for Exchange for a while – what impact has it made on BES licence sales? Why did it take so long to get the Domino version out?
    • How do organisations get it? (The easiest way is to visit www.blackberry.com/express and download it directly from the website)
    • How is it taking off? Who is using it?
    • How does it differ to the full version? (There is a comparison matrix posted @ http://us.blackberry.com/apps-software/business/server/express/Comparison_Chart.pdf)
    • What do end users need on their devices to use this? (assume consumer BIS versus BES contract?)
    • Will BES Express evolve along side BES Enterprise and BES Express for Exchange
  • Playbook
  • When will it be here?
  • Plans for Lotusphere 2011
    • Will you be sponsoring the event this year?

UKLUG 2011 announced at ILUG

Gartner: 20% of all businesses will have replaced email by 2014

  • Do we think this is realistic?
  • Replace vs. Deprecate?

Tips

Darren    If you ever debug SMTP via telnet then a DOS prompt is not your friend. Instead use Putty the SSH/Telnet client. Simply put it into telnet mode and to port 25. Voila, you can now use a backspace in the SMTP session. They sky is now blue, angels are singing and you will swear less often in the office
Warren Get involved! Whether at your local user group or at Lotusphere this year. And if you don’t have a local user group, why not start one?
Steve Google have just changed their Google Docs interface for phones, and you can now edit !! Well on iPhone and Android 2.2.  Here’s a Youtube video showing the functionality.
Support Tim Clark’s Movember effort!
Jennifer Take a moment to look at the different applications available in AppWorld, you’ll be surprised how many applications are available that have a complimentary application for the desktop that integrates with the LN client. Applications such as Tungle, Google Maps, LinkedIn, Twitter, all of these applications have widgets for the LN client and have a smooth interface and provide deep integration with the native BlackBerry applications such as email, calendar, phone, etc.
Eileen ILUG presentations will be available from Monday on the ILUG site
Stuart If you’re an IBMer, please please try and get to know the competitive products, particularly Google’s and Microsoft’s.  Examples would be Google Docs or Skype – without using them, how can you really promote and compete with Symphony/LotuslIve or Sametime Unified Telephony?

[ also titled “So you wanna be a Lotus rock star….just not THE LotusRockstar” 😉 ]

Episode 24, recorded Friday 29th October 2010, discussing the launch of Cognos 10.1 (with Connections integration), VideoFest, LTAP2010, XPages.Info and more…

Hosts

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

Guests

Per Henrik Lausten (blog | twitter | company) is a freelance consultant with his own one-man company in Denmark. He is working with Lotus Notes and Domino development and administration based on experience with Lotus Notes/Domino since 1997 (release 3.3). He recently started his own company after having been with IBM for 16 years. He is married and father of two.

Joyce Davis (personal twitter | company twitter | company blog) leads the Lotus Technical Information and Education community. Her goal is to bring together experts from inside and outside of IBM to share knowledge and improve the information that helps people use Lotus products.

Topics

Cognos 10 released – now with Connections integration (trying to get IBMers on to discuss this…) 

VideoFest 

  • What is it?
  • When does it run from/to?
  • What kinds of videos are you after?
  • Do videos have to be new, or can existing videos be uploaded? (Per, you can ask this one!)
  • Where do they get uploaded to?
  • What tools can folks use?
  • Is there a logo/hashtag/tag that we should use?
  • What’s in it for those that take part?
  • For more info, listen to Taking Notes podcast

Pretty icons available for Lotus Notes 8.5.x 

LTAP2010 wrapup 

  • What did we think?
  • Worth repeating?

Yahoo to Discontinue Support for the Sametime Gateway 

  • Mitch Cohen blog post
  • A blow for Sametime Gateway?
  • Does anyone actually use Yahoo Messenger or AIM any more?
  • Are Skype and Facetime more important for integration purposes now?
  • Is internet IM still important? (versus Skype, FB, Twitter)

ILUG 2010 

The Danish Lotus User Group (DanNotes) conference is next week

LTIE community 

  • What is it?
  • When does it meet? What gets discussed?
  • How do people join?

This Week in Lotus “expansion”

Sametime book winners

Tips

Darren MP3 Skype Recorder for Windows allows you to record, well, skype calls. This is what I use on the odd occasion I produce TWiL – http://voipcallrecording.com/
Per Start using social media to broaden your network and interact with peers (social media meaning blogs, podcasts and maybe even Twitter)
Joyce Lotus Learning widget – can access them from www.lotus.com/ldd/learnlotus; bonus tip….mobile wikis beta…www.lotus.com/ldd/mowiki.nsf
Stuart Sony have just released a slimline external USB Blu-Ray recorder – the Sony BDX-S500U.  Very very fast (pushing boundaries of USB2.0 actually), lightweight, powered off USB, reads and writes to single- and dual-layer CDs, DVDs and Blu-Ray disks, even does 3D Blu-Rays (assuming you have right screen technology).  Pretty good value at 151GBP on Amazon UK, $218 on Amazon US).  Great for watching Blu-Ray movies on the road, or for backing up your systems – 50GB disks a