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!) 

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