Episode 57, recorded on Thursday 23rd June 2011, discussing the new IBM Collaboration Champions, the Enterprise 2.0 conference, IamLUG keynote speaker announcement and more…

Hosts

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

Guests

Joyce DavisJoyce Davis (personal twitter | company twitter | company blog) leads the IBM Collaboration Solutions community. Her goal is to bring together experts and business leaders from inside and outside of IBM to share knowledge, build community, and improve the information that helps people use Lotus products.
Luis BenitezLuis 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.

Topics

IBM Champions for IBM Collaboration Solutions 

  • What are IBM Champions? Where did the program come from? Why 50?
  • What was the nomination/judging process? Who was involved?
  • What was the judging criteria?
  • Announced at The View Admin 2011 / PacLug by Ed Brill
  • What are the benefits to IBM and the champions of the program? How will IBM be working with the Champions?
  • How long will the champion status last?
  • Great effort Joyce, we thank you!

PACLUG 

  • Demos were excellent. Well done Chris Crummey.  Replay is available.
  • A good example of a streaming keynote. Very well done
  • Lots of mobile goodness

Enterprise 2.0 Conference 

  • What were the highlights?
  • How were Mike Rhodin, Alistair Rennie and Sandy Carter’s sessions received?
  • Seems that ‘Social Business’is the accepted term, rather than Enterprise 2.0. Agree?
  • IDC say IBM is leading E2.0 vendor, also Connections 3.0.1 launched, and Actiance plugin

IAMLUG agenda announced 

  • August 1-2, 2011
  • Keynote by Brian Cheng

IBM Connections Files versus MS Sharepoint comparison 

RIM to kill BES Express for Domino?

Tips

Darren:
In iTunes you can highlight the songs/podcasts/etc and copy and paste into a spreadsheet (like Notes copy as table).Very handy when calculating stats for the podcast.
Joyce:

New IBM Champions Twitter List
Luis:

Evernote Peek ‘Evernote Peek is the first app designed for the iPad 2 Smart Cover! Studying with an iPad has never been more fun’
Stuart:

Notes 8.5.x now working again on Lion – small beta update yesterday
Social Connections – event taking place on 4th July. Excellent agenda and speakers (from IBM labs, Headshift, Cardiff University etc). Small number of places left, please register!

Episode 56, recorded on Thursday 16th June 2011, discussing IBM’s 100 year anniversary, the Domino and Traveler betas, The Salvation Army’s application for the Christchurch earthquake and more…

(As easy as ABC… Anniversaries, Betas and Christchurch…)

Hosts

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

Guests

Mark BennettMark Bennett (blog | twitter | company) is IT Director at The Salvation Army in the New Zealand, Fiji, and Tonga territory.
Sam SawatzkySam Sawatzky  (twitter | company) is the Computer Services Manager & Part-time Domino Admin for Mennonite Central Committee Canada – an international NGO doing relief and development work.
Ben ChapmanBen Chapman (twitter | company) is a Technical Evangelist for Lotus(can we still say that? ;))/IBM Collaboration Solutions in the United States.

Topics

IBM hits 100 

  • 100 years since four companies merged to form the Computing Tabulating Recording Corporation
  • In the the Fortune 500 first list (in the 60’s) only 70’something survived into the 90’s
  • What does IBM mean to you?
  • What will be the big moves of the next 100 years?
  • How Stuff Works podcast

Lotus Foundations 

  • Is it staging a comeback?
  • Parts reinstated into Passport Advantage
  • Have seen no announcements or feedback on why this might be – lack of communication when Foundations was withdrawn, again now it has been reinstated…

Is Domino part of the Social Business agenda?

Notes/Domino 8.5.3 coming soon, now free of NDA 

  • Lots of goodies…
  • Symbian^3 support and encryption
  • over 50% of the Traveler enhancements listed are Android specific (from Ed’s blog)
  • GA due in Q3

Traveler 8.5.2.3 released 

  • Partial wipe of iPhone – makes use of P.O.E. easier while abstracting corporately-liable info.
  • Previous was to make iBrick -> plug in to iTunes to restore all data except that configured by policy
  • Heard via another podcast there is a drive up market for iPhones, taxi drivers can get up to $100 per device IF they’re popped the battery … is this a losing battle?
  • Lotus Traveler Database De-fragmentation for Improved Performance
  • System performance impacted as db sizes grew.  Run 1x / month
  • How do you support Android devices? HTC sense UI is so different to MotoBlur, which is different to put Android (Nexus One)
  • Get agreement from executive about support boundaries BEFORE you turn it on
  • Sort out your policies BEFORE it is released

Apple event (WWDC) – Lion and iOS previewed 

  • Of course Stuart is running both 😉
  • iOS 5 rocks, very few apps don’t work (Gowalla being one). Traveler seems to work in most cases (calendar invite accepts being an exception!).  Loving the new Notifications system – a massive improvement!
  • Lion is sweet but still quite unstable, not sure about Launchpad, seems to be aimed at new switchers.  Do not upgrade if you want to run Notes 8.5.x!  Worked initially, now won’t start and won’t reinstall.
  • As iCloud comes on-stream a lot of the new features will make more sense.
  • iCloud and multiple Apple IDs

Social Connections 

  • Registration now open
  • Sponsors and Speakers invited

Tips

Darren:
SpiceWorks is free (not open source, just free) with help desk, network monitoring (although I still prefer Nagios and NagiosQL for that), PC Inventory (think Belarc) and IT reporting all in one. Pretty slick and I have a few customers using using it. We’re starting to use for PC, switch and server inventory too.
Mark:

Transform your Notes client into mission control with some sidebar widgets.  They transform the client for your users too. Snippets, File Explorer, WildFire, Quickr, Connections, ANY Google Gadget, create your own from your Lotus Apps.
Sam:

We’ve upgraded to Windows 7, and on most machines the Right-click -> Send to -> Mail recipient shell menu option has not worked. I found someone in the forums with the same problem, who opened a pmr. There is a file that is needed in the system folder for this to work with Lotus Notes. I deployed it to our workstations, and now everyone is very happy.
Ben:

iWildfire by ISW – surface Connections on your iShiny – built in configurations for DeveloperWorks, Greenhouse, can add other Connections deployments.  Ad driven, but pro version in the works
Stuart:

Don’t upgrade to OS X Lion beta just yet! Be social, use your LinkedIn recommendations… trying to write at least 2-3 a week…

Episode 55, recorded on Thursday 9th June 2011, discussing the new IBM Sametime 8.5.2, Domino Express licensing, Quickr connectors and more…

Hosts

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

Guests

Gab DavisGabriella Davis (blog | twitter | email | company) is Technical Director of The Turtle Partnership, an IBM Lotus Advanced Busines Partner. Originally a ccMail Administrator, Gabriella has been working with Lotus Collaboration software since 1993 and today works extensively with the WAS-based Lotus products including Connections. Sametime and Quickr. In addition, she and her company act as primary Domino Administrator for customers worldwide covering more than 400 servers, 30,000 users, and 60 domains.  When she can, she lives in London in a house stocked with 5000+ books, 14 ip addresses and 1 neglected television.
Adam BrownAdam Brown (blog | twitter | company ) is a Director at ISW, a focused IBM Premier Partner in Australia that operates across the full IBM Software Portfolio including Lotus, WebSphere, Rational, Tivoli, IM, and Business Analytics (Cognos). Adam is the Technical Director for the company and is responsible for helping our clients understand where IBM solutions can help them meet their business objectives. Specifically Adam is personally focused around Connections/Portal/Forms/Notes/Domino/TDI/TIM/TAM/Cognos.

Topics

Sametime 8.5.2

  • Shipped last week, a whole week early
  • What’s new?
    • Audio and video through the firewall
    • Audio and video in a browser too
    • Mute your mic in a meeting! (switches camera to the person speaking)
    • Control how much bandwidth is taken up by audio and video
  • How is the upgrade from 8.5.0 or 8.5.1?
    • Can upgrade from 8.5.1 but Gab’s advice would be to build a new environment
    • In 8.5.1 you needed a deployment manager for each server, now have just one for all servers.
  • What issues does it solve?
    • NAT traversal
    • Multiple deployment managers
  • What’s the experience been like so far?
    • Gab has done 4.5 upgrades so far, have worked really well
  • How many boxes are needed now?
    • Can get all servers on one 4way-4GB box now (for pilot purposes)
  • Has Sametime Advanced been updated?
    • Yes, same four features as previously
    • Can connect a Sametime persistant chatroom to a Connections community
    • Now runs on WAS 7
    • Expecting Advanced to be more popular now
  • How about Sametime Gateway?
    • Now runs on WAS 7 and connects to the System Console
    • Dropped the Lotus name, now IBM Sametime

The state of ‘Lotus’ in Australia

  • Some high profile customers migrating from IBM in Aus lately.  Is there still plenty of demand for Lotus development in the geography?

Ed says there’s been issues with the change to the Express licensing

  • Is the PVU/CAL model still relevant?
  • Is it fair that partners and customers try to ‘exploit’the licensing to minimise costs?
  • Could IBM make it easier to transition from one license model to another?

iWildfire has launched

Quickr Connectors for Windows x64 and Office 2010 support!

Announcing ‘Social Connections

  • The first IBM Connections user group
  • Based in the UK initially, but would love to do events in Europe and even further afield, perhaps tacked on to national LUGs
  • Thanks to The Salvation Army for providing the location and to all those that have helped so far.

Tips

Darren:
Completely off topic (and non-controversial) an excellent non-technical book, Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier by Edward L. Glaeser. Saw him interviewed on the Daily Show a while back. Has some interesting plays on why cities are “greener”
Adam:

Xmarks. If you work across multiple computers/devices/vm’s etc then Xmarks is awesome way of synching your browser bookmarks. Very neat.
Stuart:

Pixelmator – Photoshop lite for the Mac. Great app, layers work well, much more intuitive than PhotoShop, and much much cheaper! 17.99GBP in the App Store.

Episode 54, recorded on Friday 3rd June 2011, discussing UKLUG, the state of mobile technology, GSX 10, Sametime 8.5.2 and IBMers leaving for the competition..

Hosts

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

Guests

Paul MooneyPaul Mooney (blog | twitter | company) is Senior Technical Architect from Bluewave Technology with 15 years experience supporting Lotus messaging products.

Topics

UKLUG 2011 

  • UKLUG? How did it compare to previous UK/ILUGs?
  • How does it compare to other LUGs, e.g. in the US?
  • MOSI is an amazing place
  • Mobile

Paul had some rather interesting observations in in his Bluewave/Teamstudio session in NY 

  • I will do an overview of the day/workshop and point out the issues I found with device setup
  • First month with an Android
  • Windows Phone 7 demand?
  • Windows 8 demo released

GSX 10 update 

  • Paul has been looking at GSX 10.
  • Now in flex goodness. Yep – can go through what I saw
  • Does Quickr, Traveler and BES too

Sametime 8.5.2 released 

  • Will the real Sametime 8.5 stand up? This looks to be the one.
  • Gab’s write-up is excellent
  • Does web conferencing still live on-premise?

Are you a Domino hosting company? 

  • Add yourself to the wiki

Talking of wikis… Lotus Wiki feedback survey 

  • Launched by Mary Beth Raven, give your feedback on how the Wikis work and how they can be improved.

June is Learn XPages Month 

LSOnline is being retired, but content being moved to permanent location 

Darren J Adams has left IBM 

  • The most recent loss to Microsoft
  • Can one person make a difference?
  • Does Social Business mean these individuals are more important?

Tips

Darren:
Superb travel charger kit if you are in the US La Crosse Charge4All. I only need to travel with one device charger now. This one. Does iShiny, mUSB, miniUSB and others out of the box. With car and wall charger and can charge up to 4 devices at once.
Paul:

If you use Lotus Traveler, you may have a requirement to display names in lookup/typeahead mode.  By default that works after you type in 4 characters.  You can alter this though – Go to NTSCONFIG.xml.  There is a parameter called NAME_LOOKUP_MIN_LENGTH. You can alter the required number of characters.
Stuart:

Matt White’s user group template – will be on OpenNTF soon. Fabulous value, works so well, covers most elements of organising a LUG – info sharing, registration, abstract submission, sponsorship and more.  Written in XPages, so also a great way to learn XPages best practice from one of the gurus.  Using it to organise a Connections user group, to be announced very very soon.  Look out for details in the next couple of weeks.

Episode 53, recorded Monday 23rd May 2011, live in Manchester at UKLUG 2011…

Hosts

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

Guests

Mary Beth RavenMary Beth Raven (blog | twitter) is IBM Senior Technical Staff Member in the Lotus User Experience Design team
Mat NewmanMat Newman (blog | twitter | company) is the Director of Educaiton for ISW (an IBM Premier business partner in Australia, and this years winner of the IBM South-East Asis Business Partner of the Year award), Mat is a Lotusphere speaker of repute and renown and owner of the coolest yellow suit around!
Julian RobichauxJulian Robichaux (blog | twitter | company) is Programmer/developer at SNAPPS. iPhone, Java, IBM, Lotus Notes, etc. Accidentally funny at times.
Bill BuchanBill Buchan (blog | twitter | company) is a technology consultant, focused on enterprise collaborative applications. I’m based in North-east Scotland but work all over Europe, and sometimes I present at technology conferences using a mixture of deep-technology and humour to keep the audience awake.

Topics

We’re live at UKLUG 2011, how’s the conference
Talk about the keynote – get social, little notes and domino
A plug for Auslug
What will Lotus be called?
Should IBM give away solutions for free?
Are we in danger of becoming disliked as Microsoft is?
Is Microsoft still the most significant vendor for integration and competition?
Mobile first application development strategy?
Does data all have to held remotely with the cloud?
Does the need for partners go away with the cloud?

Tips

No tips this week, sorry!

Episode 52, recorded Thursday 19th May 2011, discussing a year of this show, Sametime 8.5.2, UKLUG, the Exceptional Web Experience conference, new XPages Application Server license and more…

Hosts

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

Guests

Lisa DukeLisa 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.

Topics

This Week in Lotus is a year old:

  • Have we enjoyed it?
  • What have been the main topics:
    • May 2010: LUGs and the launch of the iPad
    • June: decline of RIM, Radicati – Notes/Domino to have 266m seats by 2015, Notes App Store
    • July: IBM Named Worldwide Marketshare Leader in Social Platforms Software, Lotus Protector, Project Northstar
    • August: Death of Google Wave, Directory Independence, Notes/Domino 8.5.2
    • September: Quickr 8.5, NLLUG, IBM Customer Experience Suite, a world without email, XPages Extension Library
    • October: ExtST, new LotusLive, Symphony 3, virtual conferences, Cognos integration
    • November: XPages source control, Connections 3, ILUG, BES Express, Transformer, XPages performance
    • December: Social (inside firewall and Twitter), leadup to Lotusphere, Higher Education
    • January: Live show, lots of Lotusphere! Sandy Carter
    • February: Lotus rebranding, Social Business, Mastering XPages, DDE on the Mac, Design process
    • March: Analysts and developers, User Groups (Australia), Business Inteligence and Social software, RAD
    • April: WCM renaming, RAD again, IBM Champions, Connections 3.0.1, iWildfire
    • May: ISVs, Management of Connections, LotusLive new release
  • Highlights of the year:
    • Episode 7 – Darren admits to enjoying being Rick Rolled (I think I said I liked Rick Astley)…..
    • Episode 6 – Michael Sampson & User Adoption – this is only going to be more important as social software comes into business – I would love to see IT take a lead in bringing in technology and be seen as thought leaders, not as “server janitors”
    • Live show at Lotusphere
  • Guest Stats
  • What did you learn from a year of doing the podcast?
    • Lisa – found out about Dogear Nation & have been keeping up on robot news
    • Stuart – how many great people there are in this community
    • Stuart – how tough it is to keep audio quality high
    • Stuart – how many IBMers are willing to reach out
  • What surprised you most?
    • Stuart & Darren still in shock they got the location of the Lotusphere Party
  • What were some of your favourite moments?
  • Running jokes/themes
    • Stuart asked Darren to be his co-host because he can pronounce Duke? Stuart getting all non-UK surnames wrong
    • Darren panicking about tips
    • RIM on the slide
  • What do you want to change/do differently in Year 2?
    • More people volunteering to be on
    • More customers, analysts and journalists
  • If you could ask listeners for one favour, what would it be?
    • More feedback!!
  • Plan for This Week in Lotus at UKLUGOther News:
  • Stuart & Lisa presenting end of day Monday at UKLUG on social business – if there are no chairs left in Mary Beth and Mat’s session come see us
  • Sametime 8.5.2 released, loses IBM moniker, solves NAT traversal issues
    • New Sametime Unified Telephony Lite
  • Exceptional Web Experience conference in Orlando
    • Shocked at how small compared to Lotusphere
    • No major announcements
    • Previews of Portal 8
  • Ed just announced new XPages Application Server license at DNUG, coming later in the year…

Tips

Lisa: If there are managers & line of business people in your office who don’t “get”social, let them know about the Get Social Do Business podcast I host – fairly non-technical discussion of how people are using social tools to transform business
Darren
: Matrox M9120 Plus LP graphics card. You can never have enough monitors, this puppy drives 4!
Stuart
: Audio Hijack Pro for the Mac $32, free trial available. ‘Record any audio – three simple words to explain Audio Hijack Pro. Record from applications like iTunes, Skype or DVD Player. Record from microphones, Radiosharks and other hardware. If you hear it, you can record it.’Used on This Week in Lotus!

Episode 51, recorded Thursday 12th May 2011, discussing the LotusLive Spring 2011 release, Microsoft’s acquisition of Skype and more…

Hosts

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

Guests

David DurazzanoDavid Durazzano is IBM Senior Product Manager for LotusLive Services.  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 an on-line software/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 LotusLive.

Topics

New release of LotusLive 

  • What’s in the new release?
  • Seems that many of the features of IBM Connections are being brought into Engage – is the eventual goal to have full feature parity? Blogs/Wikis etc?
  • New levels of privacy give Extranet-type functionality
  • Which LotusLive features are affected?
    • Communities – now have sub communities, files and folders, add guest users to community, improved forums
    • Admin – announcements, hiding user profiles,
    • Files – folders
    • Meetings – now match standalone meeting experience
    • Sametime – up to 8.5
  • Has LL Connections been upgraded in the same way? Whats the difference between Engage and Connections?
  • LL Meetings?
  • When is LL Symphony Meetings going to be included?

Microsoft buys Skype 

  • $8.5bn – is this a fair price?
  • What’s the plan?
  • Is it a consumer or a corporate play?
  • How does the Skype acquisition fit in with Phone 7 and Nokia?
  • Is the merger of consumer and corporate IT inevitable?

Tips

DarrenCompletely off topic – In 17 days I’ve lost 10 lbs thanks to “The 17 Day Diet”. It works. No doubt it’ll be added on with all the fish ‘n chips at UKLUG
DaveRedLaser – iOS and Android app for scanning barcodes and comparing prices
StuartAbout.me – free site to create personal profiles, linking to other social sites.  E.g about.me/stuartmcintyre

Episode 50, recorded Thursday 5th May 2011, discussing backup/recovery/management of IBM Collaboration Solutions technologies, why IBM Connections is possibly a ‘non-specific item restorable product’ and more…

(Stuart here, I think this is a fascinating discussion – one of the best we’ve had on This Week in Lotus.  If you know someone in the Lotus product teams at IBM that should hear the points made in this episode, please please pass them the details.  If you are a customer that wants issues such as these resolved, again please tell your IBM contacts.  Thank you!)

Hosts

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

Guests

Sean BurgessSean Burgess (blog | twitter | company) is a Senior Certified Advanced Lotus Notes Developer skilled in development of applications including project tracking, workflow, change management, and information publishing in Notes and to the Intranet/Internet via Domino. Experienced with large scale administration and deployment of Notes including initial server setup/installation and remote access. Interfaces professionally with all levels of the organization from management, for project/capabilities presentations, to staff, for training and project management, to end users, for understanding needs and gathering requirements.
Chris WhisonantChris Whisonant (blog | twitter | company) is a Lotus Consultant with GROUP Business Software (GBS). Chris supports the broad suite of Lotus Software running on virtually every supported operating system. Chris has spoken at the Lotusphere and COMMON conferences and is the lead administrator of the BleedYellow services.
Sharon BellamySharon Bellamy (blog | twitter | company) is Lead IBM solutions specialist at City University London.Sharon supports all of the IBM / Lotus / Tivoli stack at City and will soon be taking on the Domino implementation at the Cass Business School.
Dave HayDave Hay ( blog | twitter | company ) is an Infrastructure Architect, specializing in Portal and Collaboration solutions, in the IBM Software Services for Lotus (ISSL) team, working mainly in the UK and Ireland. Dave has recently been involved with the delivery of an enterprise-wide collaboration solution for a large UK customer, based upon IBM Connections 3 and WebSphere Portal 7.

Topics

Backup and Recovery / Management of Lotus technology: 

  • Sean raised issue with recovering Connections community after deletion, replicated issue that Sharon had at City. Prompted thoughts and discussions about best practice for management of both traditional Domino/Notes and Websphere-based infrastructure

So let’s kick off with Domino. All of us on the call have been working with Domino for years 

  • What have we learnt about backup/recovery – how is it done best?
  • Foundations did it best. Bit level backups of safe replicas of the databases. No downtime and easy recovery.
  • What tools have we used?
  • How do you handle recovery of individual mailboxes/blogs/teamrooms/apps?
  • How about document-level recovery?

Now, many Lotus products are now WebSphere based – Sametime8.5, QuickrJ, Connections, Portal etc 

  • How do we go about backing these up, given three layer model?
  • What about restores? (how do we handle mixture of DB and file store?)
  • How do we handle document-level restores?
  • Should we be looking to IBM/Tivoli to resolve this or third parties?
  • How about soft-delete? Is that the way forward?

Other topics:

  • New short URLs for Lotus sites
  • Office 2010 vs the world
    • Symphony finishes 3rd
  • Not WES (aka BlackBerry World aka BBW) this week
  • (From Chris: Here is a link to the GROUP Learn event I talked about that has slides showing one how to enable a scheduled backup for DB2 databases)

Tips

DarrenTalking of backups, to backup PC’s or laptops I use Acronis. Very impressive product.
SeanJQuery – use it!
ChrisHAProxy – very easy to configure load balancer! Can do http but also other ports – e.g. running one HAProxy server to balance QuickrD, Sametime Chat, LDAP, iNotes. Only limitation is no https. Have a brief story about trying to setup Websphere Edge Components vs. HAProxy.
SharonSkype chats – there are a number of them set up now – Connections (and some portal), Quickr and a sametime one – brilliant for asking questions, confirming your sanity and sharing your knowledge.
DaveThe HTTPS Everywhere plugin for Firefox, as mentioned on the Guardian TechWeekly podcast a few weeks back, helps secure connectivity to websites such Twitter, Facebook, Google etc. “forcing”HTTPS rather than HTTP.
StuartUse the forums – a great way to self-help and find answers to your issues, e.g. with backup.  Even better, replicate them in your Notes client.  Instructions here.  Use them or lose them!

Episode 49, recorded Thursday 28th April 2011, discussing why ISVs enter the Lotus collaboration space, what IBM could do better to support ISVs, the App Store, robot lawnmowers and more…

Hosts

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

Guests

Eileen FitzgeraldEileen Fitzgerald (blog | twitter | company) is  VP Customer Service and Product Management at GSX. GSX products assist you to monitor and manage the various tools in your collaboration Portfolio. Years in Collaboration Management administration and Management , Project Management and ITIL Certified. ILUG / UK Lug Organiser and tends to do a bit of hill walking in her spare time.
John de GiorgioJohn de Giorgio is CEO of Integra for Notes, solutions to assist transfer of Lotus Notes based data to Excel, Word and Symphony.  John has a 27 year background in the IT field and 14 years in the Lotus Notes field, which although a small part of the Shireburn Software business, is close to his heart.  John’s strength is assessing a business process and seeing where technology can be used to add value to the process.  His off-the-keyboard activities focus on sailing.

Topics

First up, to both guests:

  • What do each of your company’s solutions do?
  • What made you wish to develop a solution for the Lotus portfolio?
  • How big a part of your business is the Lotus-focused products?
  • Is this growing or shrinking?
  • Is there a profile for your ‘typical’customers?

State of the ISV market for IBM Collaboration and Social Business solutions

  • Does IBM’s move to Social Business make a significant difference to your businesses
  • Stuart’s blog post post-Lotusphere
  • Does IBM make it easy to partner and develop? How could they make it easier?
  • How does the Lotus re-brand affect things?
  • Would an ‘AppStore’or sophisticated provisioning catalog make a difference?

RIM buy Tungle.me

  • Joins Gist in the RIM stable
  • What are they planning?

General news:

Tips

Darrenpool.ntp.org is a free source for pooled NTP time servers worldwide
EileenWithings scale that integrates with iPhone and RunKeeper. (Amazon US | Amazon UK)
JohnHusqvarna Robot Lawnmower Controllable Via iPhone How cool is this!!!
StuartOrigami Workstation case for iPad/bluetooth keyboard – fantastic case for Apple bluetooth keyboard, that doubles as stand for iPad.  Going to start to travel with just iPad and keyboard now… $29.99.

Episode 48, recorded Thursday 21st April 2011, discussing the new IBM Connections 3.0.1 release, potential for a Connections ISV community, the deprecation of the Lotus brand and more…

(Sorry for the poor audio quality this week – Stuart was clearly still in holiday mode and forgot to check his Mic settings – amateur!)

Hosts

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

Guests

Adam BrownAdam Brown (blog | twitter | company ) is a Director at ISW, a focused IBM Premier Partner in Australia that operates across the full IBM Software Portfolio including Lotus, WebSphere, Rational, Tivoli, IM, and Business Analytics (Cognos). Adam is the Technical Director for the company and is responsible for helping our clients understand where IBM solutions can help them meet their business objectives. Specifically Adam is personally focused around Connections/Portal/Forms/Notes/Domino/TDI/TIM/TAM/Cognos
Joe RussoJoe Russo (blog | twitter | company ) is Senior Designer on Connections, focused primarily on Connections Communities. Joe works with user feedback in a variety of formats and groups of different development teams to continually improve and innovate social software at IBM.

Topics

Lotus Connections 3.0.1 

  • Announced on Tuesday 5th April, shipped on Thursday 7th April
  • So what’s new?
    • Ideation Blogs
    • Media Galleries in Communities
    • Community Moderation
    • Integration with ECM repositories (Content Manager and Filenet)
    • Closer integration with Sametime
  • Where did these requirements come from?
  • What was the reaction when the features were shown at Lotusphere?
  • Can you upgrade from 2.5 or do you have to go to 3.0 first?

How do we feel about Connections as a product now? 

  • Has it gained traction?
  • Integration with other IBM Products such as Rational Team Concert and Cognos 10.
  • ECM integration is first sign of Quickr-functionaility being migrated into Connections.  How do we see the Quickr product in the future?
  • Where are the ISVs? What’s stopping ISVs from developing for the platform?

More broadly 

  • As a designer for Connections, what are you principal influences?
  • Social Collaboration services are typically though to be intuitive and needing limited training
    • How do the design team make this a reality?
    • Is there more work to do?
  • Mobile access – web versus native apps
    • Connections has a pretty impressive mobile web UI, yet many users want and expect native apps for Android/iOS these days
    • What do we think about this? Is a Mobile web UI enough?
    • How about disconnected access to Connections and other Social Collaboration tools?
    • ISW has some exciting news here. Coming to an AppStore soon – iWildfire for Connections!

More on the Lotus rebranding 

Q1 numbers for IBM 

  • Lotus changes smidgen (+1%)
  • Vowe has an explanation as to why Lotus maybe constantly under-performing

Competition

Win a copy of Michael Sampson’s ‘User Adoption Strategies‘ book.  Simply blog about the This Week in Lotus podcast linking to our site.  We’ll pick one post at random, and send a copy of the book to the winner! 

Tips

DarrenInstall Lotus Sametime in your environment if you are entitled
Adam1) Look out for iWildfire for Connections on the Apple AppStore coming in May! First 20 people to message me with the hastag #iwildfire on Twitter can get a copy of the Beta!
2) Call out for AUSLUG and Lotus Week in Sydney – Monday August 22 – Friday August 26, 2011
Joe1) if you want to help direct and influence connections, come to http://synch.rono.us and be heard, we listen!
2) Integration with ECM repositories like FileNet and Content Manager have an added bonus – if you have the Quickr Connectors installed you get round trip editing.  This means that when you click on a document in the web browser it automatically opens with your preferred editor (PowerPoint, Word, Symphony, Notepad, etc). You can then edit the document and when you close it, it gets automatically saved and checked in to ECM
StuartStrongVPN – VPN client that allows you to set your location in 18 countries around the world. Allows services such as BBC iPlayer, Hulu and Boxee to be used wherever you are.  Plus a great VPN for using at airports etc.  Packages from $55 a year.