Episode 79, recorded on Thursday, 22nd November 2011.  We discuss the new Sametime iOS client, Sametime 8.5.2IFR1, DanNotes, XSnippets and much more

[We’re releasing early this week as it is Thanksgiving in the US, also as the Sametime content is so timely.  Music this week in by Julia Nunes.]


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


Gab DavisGab Davis (twitter | company) is Technical Director for the Turtle Partnership in London.  Working with infrastructure, design and support for Lotus collaborative products, especially the WAS based ones and this week is an official writer as co-author of the Sametime Admin Guide, available at Amazon and all discerning locations 🙂
Per Henrik LaustenPer Henrik Lausten (blog | twitter | company) is an independent consultant with his own one-man company in Denmark. He is working with Lotus Notes, Domino, and XPages development and administration based on experience with Lotus Notes/Domino since 1997.


New mobile clients for Sametime

  • Clients for iOS (now on App Store) and Android (coming soon).  BB client is already there has been since May.
  • Same model as Connections (builds on Mobile web and adds native features). Requires ST Proxy server (WAS based)
  • Needs new version of ST – 8.5.2IFR1 only downloadable today (not yet on public servers it seems)
  • Supports SUT as well

SUT & SUT Lite

  • What are they, and how do they differ?

Sametime 8.5.2 IFR 1

  • Interesting nomenclature – why not or 8.5.3
  • Whats in it?
    • Support for mobile clients
    • Support for Lion, FF6/7, IE9 (not Chrome yet though)
    • Offline Messaging
    • Organisational view of contacts (links to Connections)
    • Firefox 6 and 7 and IE9 support as well as Domino 8.5.3
    • Ability to send entire folders of files in file transfer
    • New browser-based meeting participation on Google Android tablets and Apple iPads
    • New Sametime meeting room features and options such as Active Speaker indication
    • Sametime Advanced 8.5.2 IFR 1 also includes:
      • Offline messaging (doesn’t require server install, just license)
      • Multi-file and folder transfer to individuals (doesn’t require server install, just license)
      • File transfers to multiple people simultaneously
      • Organizational tree view (is all this new?) Yep all new. and all tied to ST Adv licensing


  • Goals:
    • Provide a good looking and easy to use next generation of the OpenNTF code bin
    • Make the code available as open source as learning resource and for internal code bin libraries
    • Document not only what we’ve done but also how we’ve done certain things (project management, design, implementation, code control, etc.)
    • Efforts ongoing to make it easy to add XSnippets into Designer

XPageswiki.com on iOS

OpenNTF dev contest

  • submissions due next week (December 2nd)
  • win an iPad 2, iPhone 5 or Amazon voucher
  • ask participants to contribute XPages source code to help building either 1. mobile and/or 2. social applications. These contributions can either be full applications which can be customized or extended or they can be reusable XPages controls as in the first contest.


  • What is it? When?
  • How is DanNotes different to other LUGs/conferences?
  • What are you hoping for this year?
  • Will any of the content be shared/streamed?
  • What hashtag(s) should people look out for? Is there a conference twitter ID?

Lotusphere 2012 and Connect 2012

  • Gab, what’s your role this year?
  • Anything different in what is expected/desired from sessions this time?
  • Connect in Swan, does that mean fewer ‘traditional’LS sessions?
  • Who’s submitted sessions?
  • Great Geek Challenge is confirmed – we’ll be looking for sponsors 🙂 We have some already


So, Sametime. If you are not using Sametime Limited and are entitled to it then install it and give it to your users.

On the Packt website there will be / is a free downloadable chapter of the Sametime Admin Guide on Mobile clients and deployment

If you’re into XPages, have a look at 8.5.3 and the latest extension library on OpenNTF. Easy deployment on the server using updatesite method (I’m sure your admin will approve this form of deployment) – and plenty of features in the library to speed up XPages development. Also check the upgraded doclib and teamroom templates (that now include OneUI 2.1 and mobile interfaces)

Twitter Widget from Just Nudge

Episode 78, recorded on Thursday, 17th November 2011.  We discuss design and development processes in IBM Collaboration Solutions, Project Vulcan, OneUI, the future of mobile and web apps and much more…

Alternative title ‘the only value of a vision is the realisation of it’…

[Sorry for the echo in the middle-section of the podcast – please bear with it, it does go after a few minutes.  Music this week in by Julia Nunes.]


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


Ronnie MaffaRonnie Maffa (twitter) is Vice President in Social Software Development at IBM.  Ronnie is responsible for the development of IBM Connections, Lotus Quickr, LotusLive Connections and Engage products.
Ethan PerryEthan Perry ( linkedin | twitter) is a Senior Product Designer, leading the LotusLive and IBM Connections User Experience teams. Ethan has also designed the user interface for IBM application development tools. Before joining IBM, Ethan was a researcher at the MIT Media Lab in the Sociable Media Group.


Design versus Development

  • How do the two teams interact and work together?
  • How do you ensure that Design create UIs that are possible to develop in a reliable and manageable way?

Project Vulcan

  • What is the purpose of the Vulcan vision?
  • How did it come about?
  • Will there be more Vulcan content at Lotusphere 2012?


  • How does Project Vulcan get implemented in LotusLive?
  • How does design for the Enterprise differ from design for the public web?
  • What does that do to customer expectations on release schedules?
  • One of the strengths of the latest Connections release is the ease of customising the UI (compared to say Sametime or Quickr).  Are there plans to continue this trend?
  • Are there any plans to bring new design concepts to admin UIs as well? (e.g. WebSphere/Connections admin UIs)


  • The Connections iPad application was really well done.  What other plans does IBM have to move their mobile, web, and rich clients into the area where their competitors just look weak?
  • Mobile – What next?


Cardstar iPhone, Android and BlackBerry app. Keep all those “Loyalty cards”used for discounts all in one place. Simply photograph the barcode on the card, this is then recreated on the device. When you shop and have to scan the card, simply have scan the barcode on your device. Great if your wife keeps all the cards 😉 (fantastic idea! SM)

In Connections 3 you can filter the news feed by following tags to see all content in your organization that was tagged with a particular keyword. Go to the Home page, click the little twisty next to News Feed, and select Tags.

I am quite fond of just about every features we have added to IBM Connections 3, two that I rely on to keep me current with my social networks is following and email digest.  I use “following”to keep a short list of things that I need to stay current on,  and the “daily digest”to give me one place to quickly check in on what is happening and keep noise level down in my inbox.  This allows me to stay current with a number of IBM Connections networks I participate in. 

IBM Sametime 8.5.2 Administration Guide now available (Amazon US | Amazon UK)
Social Connections II – Great to have Ethan presenting – really looking forward to it…  Includes reception at Cardiff Castle!

Episode 77, recorded on Thursday 10th November 2011.  We discuss Social Business, the London Social Business Breakfasts, IBM Benelux’s new Outside The Inbox campaign and more.


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


Rooven PakirriRooven Pakkiri (twitter | linkedincompany) is a veteran of the dot.com revolution, social business evangelist, Head of Social Business at leading digital agency and IBM Business Partner Digirati. Rooven is an author and speaker on the way in which Social Business technology , adoption and usage will transform the enterprise.
 Marnix KemmeMarnix Kemme (linkedin | twitter1 | twitter2 | campaign) is former chairman of NL LUG and since Dec.2010 Marketing manager at IBM Benelux, responsible for Collaboration Solutions (formerly known as ‘Lotus’) like IBM Connections, LotusLive, Websphere Portal familiy, Lotus Notes/Domino, IBM Sametime etc.
Dale RobertsDale Roberts (twitter | company) is Client Services Director at Artesian Solutions.  Dale heads up Artesian’s implementation and consulting team implementing Performance Management solutions. Dale has been involved in Business Intelligence and Performance Management for over a fifteen years, initially specialising in financial services data warehousing deployments for major global banking and investment institutions. Prior to Artesian, Dale was with Cognos for over 7 years latterly as European Services Director. Dale has collaborated with many global businesses to help them achieve real and incremental business value from their businesses intelligence initiatives.


Lotusphere 2012

  • Abstract deadline extended until Friday 11/11/11

Social Business – overview

  • What do we understand by ‘Social Business’?
  • Where do we think the market is?
  • Is this still about the technology, or are we onto the cultural and business-focused discussion now?
  • What offerings do IBM have in the Social Business campaign? Is it just Connections, or are Portal, Quickr, Sametime etc all Social Business solutions too?

London Social Business Breakfasts

  • What are they?  Where?
  • Why did you start them?
  • What was the format?  Why so little slideware?

Outside the Inbox

  • New campaign by IBM Benelux
  • Why ‘Outside the Inbox’?
  • What’s the discussion you’re trying to start?
  • Luis Suarez features highly, tell us about his campaign?
  • Do other IBMers need to join the move to leave email?

New backup and recovery tool for Connections Communities

  • Good first step from the team. Kudos!


If you’re interested in getting started with XPages and RDBMS then check Amy Hoerle’s blog post on how to set it up.

Get your Social Business strategy right before thinking about technology

Explore activity templates in Connections for decisions.

Leave email behind today!

Lemon – expenses/receipts tracker for iOS. Free, free, free

Episode 76, recorded on Thursday 3rd November 2011.  Kathy Mandelstein and David Robinson join us to discuss Lotusphere 2012 and Connect 2012, the W3C Social Jam, RIM’s new music service and more…


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


Kat MandelsteinKathy (Kat) Mandelstein (aboutme) is currently oversees worldwide marketing programs, web and events as the Director for IBM Collaboration Solutions in IBM Software and for Social Business for all of IBM. Kathy is a regular contributor to BtoB Magazine’s BtoBlog. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Social Media Club and is the Vice President of the local Austin Chapter. Previously, Kathy led the IBM Rational marketing team focused on the business value of effective software delivery. In the spring of 2011, Kathy served on the IBM Executive Corporate Service Corps in Rio de Jainero.

Kathy has been a pioneer in launching successful web and social media marketing efforts, as well as developing dedicated web communities dating back to the time that she led developerWorks and alphaWorks in addition to marketing programs to developers for IBM. Her past history includes leading various marketing, channel and Web development teams in IBM. Before joining IBM, Kathy managed one of the earliest successful retail Web sites at JC Penney. Kat holds a B.S. in Advertising with Minor in Marketing from the University of Texas at Austin and a Global Leadership MBA from the University of Texas at Dallas. She lives in Austin, Texas with her husband and pomeranian, Luna.

 David RobinsonDavid Robinson (twitter) is a software engineer at IBM, currently focused on emerging social standards, including security standards. He is a former chief programmer for a global development team and has worked with customers in a variety of industries from manufacturing to banking.  He holds a B.S. in Computer Science and an M.B.A. from Duke University.


Lotusphere 2012

  • Major details for the unititiated
    • January 15-19th, 2012
    • Disney Dolphin and Swan, Orlando (is the Yacht Club being used this year?)
  • What’s the theme this year?
    • ‘Business. Made Social’
  • What are the costs of attending? Early bird deal etc?
  • How many years constitutes an alumni  “past attendee”?
  • What has changed from previous years?
  • Social Media
  • Will students be back like last year?
  • If I want to speak, what do I do and when is the deadline?
  • When will the agenda (days, tracks, sessions) become available?

Connect 2012

  • What is it?
  • When?
    • Monday and Tuesday
  • Who’s it aimed at?
    • People on the business side that aren’t technical – all levels
  • How many do you hope to have attend?
  • Can those with a full LS12 pass attend?
    • $995 to attend just Connect
  • Will my abstract be considered for both Lotusphere and IBM Connect 2012?

W3C Jam

  • Why does social business need open standards?
  • What is the impact for a business when they use open standards?
  • What is the role of the developer when leveraging open standards?
  • Why are open standards important to IBM?
  • What is W3C?
  • What and when is the W3C Social Business Jam?
  • W3C has a great line up of special guests and moderators for the W3C Social Business Jam. Tell us about that.
  • What are the W3C Social Business Jam discussion topics?
  • Why would a business person be interested in participating? Is this going to be a technical discussion?
  • What output do you expect to see from the Jam?
  • What will be done with the Jam results?
  • How do our listeners get involved with the W3C Social Business Jam?

BBM Music announcement

  • Enough to save RIM with the cool kids?
  • Slightly odd benefits – 50 songs for $5/mon, can share friends’songs

One in three young workers priortises social media and device freedom above salary

  • Would you be the same?


#1 The Delta airlines app is a very useful app to have on your phone. I never know what time I land (unless the pilot tells me) so this little gem now lets me know. As well as when to check in.
#2 (as there are some Apple fanbois on….) If you have not yet upgraded your iPhone 4 to iOS5….DON’T. The battery life is atrocious.
#3 I was first!!!

If you want to speak at Lotusphere or Connect get your abstract submitted by November 6th – THAT IS TONIGHT!! (Tip: sharing customer stories and real life examples gives you a better shot at being selected) and if you just want to attend, be sure to register early for savings.

We want to encourage everyone to sign up and register for the W3C Social Business Jam happening next week – Nov 8 – 10.  Registration is free and you can find the link by checking the Events calendar at http://w3c.org.

Even if not attending the BP day or sessions on Sunday, fly into Orlando on Friday or Saturday.  Saturday evening events are not to be missed. (and stay Thursday too….Blogger Open – DD)