Episode 91 recorded on Friday 1st March 2012.  Mat Newman and Theo Heselmans join Darren and I to discuss the upcoming BLUG and AUSLUG user groups, agenda highlights, key speakers and their related social events. I suffer from some impetuosity regarding upgrading my OS, and hours of bloopers ensue. 

Oh yeah, and sorry for the delay in getting this out. Work, life, what balance 😉

[An update since the show – unfortunately I will not be attend BLUG due to family commitments and hence have had to cancel my speaker slot. Apologies to Theo and the team.]

Hosts

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

Guests

Theo Hesslemans

Theo Heselmans (blog | twitter | BLUG) is an IBM Champion for Collaboration Solutions. In 1993 he started working as a Notes/Domino consultant with version 3. He delighted (and still does) many customers with custom applications. For 4 years now, he is responsible for BLUG. Theo visits other LUGs regularly, and has been to 17 Lotusphere conferences. He is an avid believer in all things ‘Social’. He loves to talk about Notes, BLUG, Excel (and wine)!<br>

Mat Newman (blog | twitter | company) is the Director of Education for ISW (an IBM Premier business partner in Australia).  An IBM Notes user since 1992, Mat is an IBM Champion for Collaboration Solutions, owner of the coolest YELLOW suit around, friends with Lisa Duke, Sharon Bellamy and Femke Goedhart, and lately spending a lot of his time #Mythbusting. As you might notice in the bio pic, Mat is also partial to AS400’s 😉

Topics

‘You must be mad!’

  • Organisers of two of the biggest Lotus community groups worldwide
  • Hundreds of hours of effort given up free of charge
  • Stress of running large expensive events at you own risk
  • Why do you do it?

BLUG

  • When? March 22-23, Thursday-Friday
  • Where? Antwerp, Belgium, and all sessions are in English!
  • Keynote? Chris Crummey, Business Unit Executive at IBM and Lead Evangelist for Lotus
  • Who are other key speakers?
    • Alan Forbes, Bill Bucan, Bill Malchisky, Chris Miller, Devin Olson, Eamon Muldoon, Eileen Fitzgerald, Femke Goedhart, Florian Vogler, Frank van der Linden, Gabriella Davis, Howard Greenberg, Jess Stratton, John Beck, John Head, Kathy Brown, Luis Suarez, Martin Donnelly, Matthew Fyleman, Mikkel Heisterberg, Paul Mooney, Paul Withers, Rene Winkelmeyer, Rob Novak, Sean Cull, Steve McDonagh, Stuart McIntyre, Tim Clark, Tony McGuckin, Ulrich Krause, Warren Elsmore, Theo Heselmans, …
    • 17 of which are IBM champions
    • Other highlights
    • Double sided badges with TwitterID and QR Code
    • Large twitter wall #BLUG
    • Social panel with Femke Goedhart, Luis Suarez and Stuart McIntyre
    • Nerd Girls are repeating their successful Spark Ideas from Lotusphere with other topics/speakers
    • Speedsponsoring: 18 booths, so fast talking is required. Paul Mooney hosting, Bill Buchan and Tim Clark are his assistants
    • Something new: a developers’quiz: educational and fun guaranteed
  • Can people still register?

AusLUG

  • What: Lotus Week: 29th – 30th March, 2012
    • The View XPages Advanced Seminar 26th-28th March
    • AusLUG Admin Jump-Start with Gabriella Davis & Chris Miller, 27th & 28th March
    • AusLUG 29th & 30th March
  • Where: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • Who are we: Some VERY passionate Aussies: Karen Hooper, Adrian Randall, Michael Little, John Stockbridge, Barry Sanders, Scott Beattie, Terry Boyd, Steve Hooper,Tony McPhail
  • Keynote: Ed Brill
  • Featured Session: Michael Sampson,
  • Key Speakers: Walter Adamson, Nick Baldwin, Darren Belford, John Bilson, Dion Boyd, Adam Brown, Paul Calhoun, Andrew Davis, Gabriella Davis, Geoff Dutton, Bob Hallewell, , Mark Hampton, Tony Holder, Karen Hooper, Steve Hooper, Declan Lynch, Russell Maher, Peter May, Chris a/k/a IdoNotes, Christian Petters, Michael Sampson, Ted Stanton, Florian Vogler, Sunny Wan, Steve Wellington, Gary Wickham, Stephan Wissel
  • 6 IBM Champions
  • Just got some great ideas for the badges – thanks Theo 🙂
  • Round 1 of the AFL is immediately following on Friday night featuring the Mighty HAWKS!
  • Nerd Girls, TWiL Live from AusLUG, the ‘Social Evening’, and an informal gathering with 100,000 (bragger, your number has to be the biggest 🙂 others on Friday night for the opening round of the AFL, did I mention the Mighty HAWKS
  • Oh, and IBM will find out where the Street Party banner from Sunday night’s LS12 welcome reception went to 😉

What else?

  • Mobile World Conference (MWC) in Baaarchelona (did I pronounce that right?)

From the TweetBag:

Tips

Darren:

Theo:

  • The obvious: Come to LUGs: you learn a lot, it’s not expensive (as in Free), and you’ll meet lots of people.
  • 2 useful iPhone apps: Tweetbot & i-nigma (=QR reader)

Mat:

  • Yes, it’s a Notes Tip 🙂 If you are compelled to let the world know your feelings on a piece of software dont just say ‘I hate …’Tell us what the problem is so we can help you!
  • Teamviewer Desktop for Mac/Linux/Win and apps for iOS and Android, remote control any computer with a http connection on port 80.

Stuart:

Episode 90 recorded on Friday 24th February 2012.  We meet with four IBMers about the latest XPages book, the XPages Portable Command Guide, to discuss the aims and content of the book, who should read it, which resources someone new to the technology should read and more. Oh and Darren takes questions from the audience. Dangerous!

Hosts

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

Guests

Martin Donnelly

Martin Donnelly (LinkedIn | Twitter) is a software architect and team lead for the XPages runtime team in IBM Ireland and has worked on all four XPages releases from Notes/Domino 8.5 through 8.5.3. Martin lives in Cork with his wife, three daughters, and two greyhounds. He admits to playing soccer on a weekly basis (should have hung up his boots YEARS ago) and salmon angling during the summer when the opportunity presents itself.

Tony McGuckin

Tony McGuckin (LinkedIn | Twitter) is a Senior Software Engineer on the IBM XPages development team working from the IBM Ireland Software Labs.  He is also co-author of the Mastering XPages and XPages Portable Command Guide books.  Currently he is focussing on XPages Mobile and Social tooling/controls for XPages futures.

Maire Kehoe is a Staff Software Developer at the IBM Ireland Software Labs, where she has worked on the XPages technology for Lotus Notes and Domino since the 8.5 release. She is a co-author of the book XPages Portable Command Guide.

dan o'connor

Dan O’Connor (LinkedIn | Twitter | IBM) is the team lead for Domino Designer based out of Littleton, MA. He is a co-author of the book XPages Portable Command Guide. Dan has worked on Domino Designer since the 8.5.0, prior to that Dan worked on Lotus Component Designer and Rational Application Developer.

Topics

xpages portable command guideThe XPages Portable Command Guide

  • (Amazon US Paperback | Amazon US Kindle | Amazon UK Paperback | Amazon UK Kindle)
  • Follow on to the magnificent Mastering XPages
  • How did Maire and Dan get involved?
  • What does it cover?
  • Do you get stopped in corridors?
  • If one was new to XPages, would you still read ‘Mastering Xpages’first?
  • Who is it for?
  • Available in what formats?
  • Does it cover the extension library as well?
    • No, but new book coming from Paul Hannan, Tim Tripcony, Paul Withers et al in April

Meet the Authors video:

  • How did this come about?
  • Do you think it will help sales of the book?

Where are we with XPages?

  • Has it now completely replaced ‘classic’development techniques?
  • Are we seeing some leading-edge apps written with it yet?
  • What is IBM developing in XPages internally? Any great use cases you can share?
  • How do you feel about the vitality around XPages now that it’s a toddler 😉

Andrew Pollack’s “Delving into XPages”post

  • Lots of comments
  • Is he right? Is documentation inside of the product lacking?

From the TweetBag:

  • From Steve Pitcher, “What does the major lack of Quickr sesions at LS12 indicate?”
  • From Keith Brooks, “If not yellow, which color will ICS be?”

Tips

Darren:

  • Watch out when deploying Symantec Endpoint Protection with Notes preloader in 8.5.2 and later. It seems to be SEP 11.0.7 and higher but don’t take my word on that. Basically it crashes Notes at log on and the only fix (so far) is here. So far the issue seems random (not all PC’s are affected), but YMMV.

Martin:

  • Get on OpenNTF.org and try our latest stuff as a habit – whenever you can. Give us early feedback, and contribute where you can …it’s a great chance to influence XPages futures!

Tony:

Maire:

Dan:

Stuart:

Episode 89 recorded on Thursday 16th February 2012.    We meet with Dave Durazzano of IBM and Elaine Murray from Applicable to discuss the planned rename of Lotuslive, announcements from Lotusphere 2012 and plans for new bundles to clear up a few confusing names…

[Full title: Lotuslive becomes SmartCloud for Social Business. Longer name but less confusion?]

Hosts

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

Guests

dave durrazano

Dave Durazzano (twitter) is Program Director for IBM SmartCloud for Social Business.  David joined Lotus in 1994 as a technical support analyst, he then went on to co-founded a Lotus Business Partner consulting company and later started a cloud computing services company.  David rejoined IBM in 1999 where he has held several technical leadership roles on the Lotus Notes/Domino, Workplace & Greenhouse teams before shifting his focus in 2007 to contribute to the IBM on-line collaborative SaaS business previously called LotusLive.<br>

Elaine Murray

Elaine Murray (twitter) is IBM/Microsoft Messaging & Social Collaboration enthusiast at Applicable. A Marketing Manager with a passion to promote powerful collaboration.

Topics

SmartCloud for Social Business

  • For those new to the community, what is Smart Cloud for Social Business?
  • IBM SmartCloud portfolio
  • Formerly LotusLive
    • New brands to be established in Q1 (next few weeks)
    • SmartCloud Engage to be key brand, various levels within that
    • What happens to customers that have LotusLive contracts?
  • New URL in Q2 – http://ibmcloud.com/social
    • What is the proposition that SCSB represents?
  • Many would see Office 365 and Google Apps as the main competitors
    • What are IBM’s advantages?
  • Will the iNotes and Connections brand confusion be cleared up?
    • Yes!
  • Whats coming in 2012?
    • Will the newly named IBM Docs be part of SmartCloud too?
      • Yes, 2H12

Applicable

  • What does winning the Lotus Award mean for your business?

Tips

Darren:

  • There is no privacy on social networks. Yes, they steal your address book. Move on nothing to see here.
  • The Xpages Debug Toolbar on OpenNTF from Mark Leusink.

Dave: 

  • Start a 60 day trial of IBM SmartCloud for Social Business – See first hand how your business (any size) can leverage the cloud to collaborate with customers, partners, vendors today.   IBM SmartCloud for Social Business Toolkit – Found in IBM DeveloperWorks.  Access the IBM SmartCloud APIs for integration development!

Elaine: 

  • Knowledge is Power.. Keep up to date with the customers who visit your web pages and learn more about them and their areas of interest: http://www.trovus.co.uk/

Stuart: 

  • TweetBot v2.0 – fab new Twitter client for iPhone and iPad. Granular notification settings, no nasty panels, customisable buttons. It rocks.
  • UC Expo – effectively the biggest Social Business trade show in the UK – 6/7th March at Olympia.

Episode 88 recorded on Thursday 9th February 2012. Jason Dumont joins Darren and Stuart to discuss the roadmap for the Lotus clients – Notes, iNotes and Connections Mail – through 2012 including the exciting Social Edition release. He also fills us in on the details around ‘that plugin’ – the ability to render Notes applications in a browser as if in your Notes client.  

Hosts

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

Guests

Jason Dumont

Jason Dumont (twitter | linkedin) is currently the Program Director for Messaging & Collaboration Client Strategy at IBM. His responsibilities include strategy development and product planning for all of IBM’s messaging and collaboration clients within the Lotus brand, including our on premise and cloud based delivery options. He also leads a new strategic effort focused on the delivery of a more social messaging experience, which will first be represented as IBM Connections Mail. His team is located in the United States with an extended team around the globe.

Topics

Lotusphere announcements

  • Lotus Notes and Domino Social Edition
    • What is Notes/Domino Social Edition?
    • Is this the ‘Notes Foo’that has been discussed over the last year?
    • Why ‘Social Edition’?
    • When will it ship?
    • Is this the equivalent of Notes Next?
    • Lets break it down:
      • What will Domino Social Edition offer in terms of iNotes functionality?
      • How about Notes Social Edition?
  • What Social features will be available in the new release?
  • IBM Connections Mail (aka social mail)
    • This has been explained as ‘triage mail and calendar’, can you explain the use case?
      • ‘Picture in picture ’analogy
    • When will it be delivered? Need Connections Next and Domino 8.5.3+ or Exchange 2007 & 2010
    • Works with Domino and Exchange mail? 
    • Will it support cloud-based mail?
  • The Plug-in
    • What does it do?
    • What are the use cases you foresee?
    • What are the requirements? Which browsers (IE, FF both on Windows), which Domino release?
    • How big is the plugin?  Will it get cached?

‘State of the Union’

  • Are you excited about 2012?

Tips

Darren:

  • Workflow for XPages : OpenNTF project released by Phillipe Riand, Qian Liang and Niklas Heidloff. Fills a missing gap that has always existed in Domino.
  • Also in an XPages vein, the 3rd and latest XPages Development Contest is open. More prizes this time, again from the kind folks at We4IT!

Jason:

Stuart:

Episode 87 recorded on Thursday 2nd February 2012. We review Lotusphere 2012, discuss some of the major announcements, reveal the details of a new jobs site just for social media and collaboration roles. 

Oh yes, we had a few technical issues too – make sure you listen through to the bloopers at the end!

Hosts

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

Guests

Luis Benitez

Luis Benitez (blog | twitter) is is one of the Social Software Product Managers for IBM covering IBM Connections Files & Wikis, Connections on the Cloud and Quickr Domino.

Victor Toal

Victor Toal (Twitter, Blog Notesbusters, Websites ToalSystems & SSMCJOBS) is Chief Solutions Architect for ToalSystems, specializes in Social, Collaborative and Messaging solutions


Topics:

Lotusphere 2012:

  • Looking back in the rear view mirror, what did we think?
  • Highlights?

Announcements:

  • Quickr Domino
    • Minor release in Q1
    • Bigger release in 2H12
    • 18 month release cycle
  • Connections Next
    • Mobile
    • Connectors
    • New Standard Support (OpenSocial, OAuth, ActivityStrea.ms)

New jobs site for IT folks in collaboration, messaging and social space SSMCJOBS.COM

  • IT Job website dedicated to Social software/Social media, Messaging and Collaboration
  • Free for Job seekers
  • Ability to search not only for jobs posted on the site but also pull in jobs from multiple other websites – one stop shopping for job seekers and contractors looking for their next opportunity

LCTY Get Social Do Business Roadshow Business Gets Social Dates Announced

  • Small list right now….early days
  • Yet another name change. Let the confusion reign!

Tips

Darren:
Traveler tap to dial codes for Android. “P”or a comma will cause a pause. “#”enter a conference code. Semi-colon or “x”to prompt user before sending codes.
Luis:

http://bit.ly/ConnWikiTips
– and IBM Connections Users community , SXSW ideas
Victor:

Tool “Beyond Compare”http://www.scootersoftware.com and a tip: Learn WebSphere to stay relevant
Stuart:

Don’t delete your Dropbox folder on secondary machines, it doesn’t work out well!
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– Instagram for the Mac

Episode 86, recorded on Thursday 19th January 2012.  With a live audience and an esteemed panel including Curious Mitch Cohen, Guiseppe Grasso, Femke Goedhart, Colleen Burns and Wes Morgan, we discuss the conference, the highlights, the OGS, the wifi, the community and even Darren’s state of dress!

[Once again, Darren and I recorded a live TWiL from the hallowed rooms of WDW Dolphin during Lotusphere. This year we were not lucky enough to have been supplied with a room with a PA and roving mics, so the audio is by no means perfect, but the conversation makes it very worthwhile.  We had fun recording the show, I hope you enjoy listening just as much!]

Hosts

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

Guests

Mitch Cohen, Guiseppe Grasso, Femke Goedhart, Colleen Burns and Wes Morgan

Topics

Lotusphere 2012

Episode 85, recorded on Friday 13th January 2012.  With plans for an organised TWiL disappearing in a series of transport delays, Stuart heads around the Dolphin lobby and bar asking what are people expecting from Lotusphere 2012?

Hosts

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

Guests

Many and varied, including Sharon Bellamy, Lisa Duke, Tim Clark, Theo Hesselmans, Sandra Buhler and more…

Topics

Lotusphere 2012