Episode 32, recorded Thursday 23rd December 2010, discussing the first 7 months of This Week in Lotus, our review of 2010, and our wishes for 2011…


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


Lisa Duke (twitter | company) is Business Development Manager for Simplified Technology Solutions, Inc. (also known as STS), an IBM Lotus business partner specializing in collaboration, mobility, and virtualization.  STS also resells IBM System X hardware and related storage.


This Week in Lotus 

  • What have we learnt?
  • What can we do better?
  • Plans for Lotusphere 2011

Review of the year 

Wishes for 2011


DarrenFor those just returned from a holiday on the Moon, Angry Birds and Angry Birds Seasons for the iPhone and Android phones. Great game. Weekends, nee months, just fly by!
LisaLotus Update Webinar 2/15 at noon EST – updates from Lotusphere and introductory session on Starting and Running a Lotus Consultancy
(8 week class Saturday 10 EST March 5 through April 23) $995
Focused on Lotus and US, but 90% applicable for general IT consultancy or for Lotus consultancy outside the US
*How to get new clients
*How to set bill rates
*Picking good topics to specialize in – for speaking at events
*Secrets of IBM
Email me for info:  lisa.duke@simplified-tech.com
StuartBoFs – vote now for the ones you want, and attend them when you’re at Lotusphere 2011!

Merry Christmas everybody!

Episode 31, recorded Thursday 16th December 2010, discussing use of Collaboration software within Academia, the issues facing Higher Education, what IBM do well and/or could do better, academic initiatives at Lotusphere and much more…


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


John Gallagher is the Application Architect for City University London  which involves defining the interaction between applications, data repositories and our middleware..  Prior to City, John has worked for a number of consultancies on the use of J2EE application server technology, middleware and service orientated architecture. This has typically included the initial definition of the architecture, helping to setup a development capacity and the supporting the teams through the initial projects

Andrew Frayling (twitter) is currently self-employed working mainly with Atlassian technologies.  Prior to being self-employed Andrew worked as Web Services Development Manager for Cardiff University and managed the teams implementing WebSphere Portal, Lotus Connections, Lotus Forms, WebSphere Process Server, WebSphere Business Monitor and the Atlassian software stack (Confluence, JIRA, Fisheye and Bamboo).


Collaboration Tools in Academia 

  • What are the pressures on higher and further education right now? (4:40)
  • Are those pressures affecting the types of projects that you are running? (7:18)
  • Students are very used to social tools – Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter etc.  Does that create demand on Institutional IT to integrate those services? (12:21)
    • Andrew mentioned Cardiff University’s Joe Nicholls’presentation on ‘core and chore
  • We hear that Email is Dead amongst teens – is that born out by your experience? (25:48)
  • Do you discussion your projects/technology decisions with other universities?  Is it a competitive environment? (31:40)
  • With relation to IBM/Lotus…
  • Do you have any idea of how IBM is seen by students or staff at Universities? How they would view IBM versus Microsoft and Google for instance? (34:43)
  • What could IBM do to market better to this sector? (42:18)
  • Is price a major influence on your technology decisions? (47:23)
  • Lotusphere 2011 is coming up soon… Are you attending? (49:59)
    • Send Sharon campaign!
    • Do other vendors (such as Atlassian) have the same kind of community as Lotus does?
  • Is there anything that IBM could do at the event (or at LCTYs) to get universities involved? (52:48)

Other news 

  • Lotus Traveler for Android released (59:29)
  • Lotus Quickr for Domino 8.5.1 due to be release (1:00:28)
  • Lotus Domino 8.5.2 FP1 due “this week”(1:01:03)
  • First LTIE Community “ListenCast” took place this week (1:01:09)

Tips (1:03:14)

DarrenIf you’re looking to build a fast, fast, fast Intel Domino server (or any other server for that matter) take a look at the IBM x3630 M3 xSeries. This puppy can house 28 hot swap-able 2.5”drives (yes 28!) in a 2U chassis. Forgo the need for a SAN for high I/O server like Domino. This is an impressive piece of kit (and yes, STS does sell these).
Johnwww.websphere-world.com run by Billy Newport – independent site providing WebSphere information
AndrewRackspace Cloud – dead simple to provision servers, support is fantastic
StuartNokia BH-905i headset – noise cancelling bluetooth A2DP, comfortable, corded or not, headset and headphones. Wonderful! (Amazon US | Amazon UK)

(Oh, and thanks to my own student, Issy McIntyre, for doing the episode title!) 

Episode 30, recorded Thursday 10th December 2010, discussing Lotusphere 2011…


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


Kathy Mandelstein (twitter) is currently oversees worldwide marketing programs, web and events in IBM Software Group for the Lotus portfolio of collaboration tools designed to empower people to be more effective, responsive and innovative within the context of the work they do. It includes email, calendar, instant messaging, electronic forms, web conferencing, portals, team spaces, business dashboards, document management, and enterprise social software. Previously Kathy led the IBM Rational marketing team focused on the business value of effective software delivery.

Tom Duff (twitter | blog) is Lead Developer for an insurance company in Portland, Oregon.  My speciality is Notes/Domino development, but I’m always pushing to learn more stuff all the time.  In this field, standing still means falling behind.


Lotusphere 2011 

  • Just 50 days away!
  • What sessions did we get?
  • What are the tracks?
  • Ben Langinrich’s Sessions DB also now available
  • When will you fly in? What can we do on Saturday?
  • Lotusphere 2011 Social Media Aggregator (http://www.ibm.com/social/lotusphere)
    • What video will be streamed?
    • What’s it all about?
    • How does one get involved?
    • Three keynote sessions (OGS plus Day 2 and Day 3 General Sessions)
  • What are the changes to tracks this year?
    • Social Business Symposium (Mon and Tues, sponsored by Wired)
    • Track Five: Customer Case Studies
  • Will there be a blogger program?
  • How does the planning work?
  • BOFs
    • Attendee’s get to vote on BOFs
    • Shameless plug for the “Meet the podcasters BoF”

Episode 29, recorded Thursday 2nd December 2010, discussing Enterprise 2.0, collaboration styles, evangelism, Twitter’s effect on community behaviour and more…

Please note: we have started to put times in the show notes for when we start to discuss each topic, in order to make it easier to fast-forward through the show to the topics that are of particular interest.  If you would like us to produce an enhanced podcast (AAC format) version of the show with multiple chapters to cover the individual chapters, please do let us know.

Also, we have made the decision to move to recording this show on Thursdays from this point forward, in order to allow additional time to get the podcast produced and still release on a Friday in time for the commute home (in Europe and America at least). Hope this meets with your approval!

This does mean that in this case we recorded before the first Lotusphere abstract confirmations were emailed out late on Thursday – we mentioned this on the podcast…


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


Luis Suarez (blog | twitter) has been working at IBM for the last 13 years, specialising in the areas of Knowledge Management, Collaboration, Community Building, Learning and Social Computing / Enterprise 2.0. He is currently working as a Social Computing Evangelist within the Software Group, under the BlueIQ team, with the joint mission of helping accelerate the adoption of social software within IBM. In my spare time, I took on the challenge of living “A World Without Email”nearly three years ago, ditching corporate email and instead relying more heavily on social software tools.

Susan Scrupski (linkedin | facebook | twitter) is founder and Executive Director of The 2.0 Adoption Council, a Dachis Group company. The 2.0 Adoption Council is a peer-based, information-sharing private community interested in the latest concepts, best practices, case studies, and helpful tips associated with executing socio-collaborative strategies and projects in the large enterprise.  Susan has been analyzing the IT Services market for 20  years, with her insights having been featured in industry research, as well as mainstream media such as The New York Times, Businessweek, The Wall Street Journal, and CNBC. Her interests are in Enterprise 2.0 and the next generation web. Susan is on the advisory board of the Enterprise 2.0 Conference, blogs for the Enterprise Irregulars, and spends most of her time supporting the council members in their efforts to evangelize social business in their own organizations.

Luis Benitez (blog | twitter ) is one of the Social Software Product Managers at IBM.  He’s been with IBM for 9 years and loves to promote the concept of accelerating innovation in the workplace by socializing.


Luis Suarez – Enterprise 2.0 Internal Evangelist of the year (03:58) 

  • Congratulations
  • What does it mean, who awarded it?
  • What was the prize?
  • What do you do inside IBM?

What is ‘Enterprise2.0’? (14:14) 

  • There are lots of terms being introduced – Enterprise2.0, Social Computing, Social Media, Social Collaboration, now IBM is pushing Social Business (seems to be the key theme for Lotusphere) – What is special about Social Business?
  • Do organisations get it?
  • Do you need the right corporate culture to allow Enterprise2.0 to thrive?
  • Do we need to do more to make the transition more obvious for ‘traditional companies’or those with ‘traditional working styles’?


  • Why do we need to evangelise about technology?
  • Were there ‘email evangelists’or ‘CRM evangelists’? Or is ‘evangelism’new to Social Computing?
  • Should we be having fun at work?
  • If someone ‘gets’Enterprise2.0 (or social computing) and wants to promote its use in organisations, how do they go about it?
  • If someone wants to promote use of other technologies (say XPages, or CRM), are the techniques broadly similar?

Twitter ‘is a severely anti-social means of communication.‘ (1:07:20) 

  • ‘It engenders terrible behavior among people who would otherwise be at least cordial, if not outright friends. It affects our message. It makes us segregated. It makes us mean. It makes us bullies.’
  • Discuss!

Lotusphere 2011 coming soon (1:20:14) 

  • What would make Lotusphere more social?
  • What can we learn from other conferences?

Domino Collaboration Express to allow clustering from Ed Brill (1:23:05) 

Tips (1:24:16)

DarrenNeed to back up a ESX or ESXi VM? Trilead is a good way to do one time backups for free, or a very well priced option for scheduled backups for only 690 USD, 520 EUR or 450 GBP .
Luis SFollowing further previous tip on #elsuapps, folks need to check out SoundNote (Amazing iPad App for less than 5$!)
SusaniPhone TripIt app
LuisBAndroid (CMIS) client for LC 3.0
StuartBook for Lotusphere today! Even if you hope to get a session…
Also, great presentation on Slideshare A to Z – The 26 Most Essential Websites For Entrepreneurs