Episode 34, recorded Thursday 13th January 2011, discussing preparations for Lotusphere 2011, Lotusphere IDOL, Gurupalooza, the Blogger Open, being a booth babe and tips for first-timers…


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


Susan Bulloch (blog | twitter) Susan Bulloch has worked for IBM Lotus Software since 2000 in software support and development positions. Susan currently works as a Support Engineer on the Lotus Products SWAT Team, supporting the entire Lotus product line, specializing in Lotus Notes and Domino.  One of her specialities is Calendar & Scheduling. She has worked with Lotus Notes and Domino since 1992 as an administrator, instructor, developer, and architect in banking and utility industries. Susan has a Bachelors degree in engineering and a Master’s degree in Information Technology.  She holds certifications in all current Lotus Notes product releases, and is actively involved in quality testing Beta versions of new IBM products. Susan is a frequent speaker at technical conferences, including Lotusphere, the View Admin conferences and at regional user group conferences worldwide. This year, she’s Track Manager for the Best Practices track at Lotusphere, Host of Gurupalooza, a Judge at IDOL and one of the many Nerd Girls working to produce some interesting activities.

Roy Rumaner (blog | twitter | company ) Roy has been a Lotus Notes Developer since 1994. In that time he has consulted for many of the Fortune 50  companies in and around the Chicago area and across the country. He has been a speaker at Lotus conferences, was the co-author of two Lotus Notes books, is a regular presenter at GRANITE (the Chicago Lotus User Group) and most recently at MWLUG. Roy is the IT Director for The Essential Business Software Group. Roy is also the Director of IT & Training (US) for MyDealerSoft – a fully web enabled Auto Dealer Software suite that covers all business needs, inbound and outbound for Dealerships.

Mikkel Heisterberg (blog | twitter | company) Been working with Notes/Domino, Sametime and Java for the last 17 years and have a strong foundation in the Lotus portfolio. I have written five articles for THE VIEW, spoken at several conferences (Lotusphere, ILUG, DNUG) and I’m a Design Partner for Domino NEXT and Lotus Connections. I am a frequent blogger (http://lekkimworld.com) and I am the author of the open source documentation framework LotusScript.doc and the TwitNotes sidebar plugin for Notes 8.x. I am a partner at IntraVision, a Premier IBM Business Partner from Denmark. IntraVision is the creator of the OnTime suite of products (http://www.ontimesuite.com).

Mike McGarel (blog | twitter | company) Mike has been a Notes/Web developer for over 12 years. He currently works for Czarnowski, a North American exhibit services company, responsible for both intranet and customer extranet applications. He has concentrated on XPages development since last year’s Lotusphere. Mike co-presented (with Roy, of all people) a beginner’s XPages workshop at MWLUG this summer and was a regular speaker at GRANITE, the Chicago-based Lotus user group. Mike was recently voted Vice President of GRANITE for 2011.


Lotusphere 2011

  • Now just 16 days away!
  • Important coffee news!
  • Making preparations
  • Lotusphere IDOL 2011
  • GURUpalooza
    • Thursday 10AM
    • No Rocky this year!
    • All non-IBM presenters from BP, SNT and JMP sessions on stage for the audience to ask questions of
    • What are the rules?
      • Those breaking the rules must donate to charity
      • Bring your questions – you’ll get honest  maybe too honest answers. 
      • Any Gurus being disagreeable with others will be sent to the side of the stage to dance – either alone or with their nemesis. 
      • This session is for the attendees, so we want to get as much good info out that as we can
  • Also on Thursday the 3rd Annual Blogger Open
    • It’s free miniature golf, open to anyone, not just bloggers.
    • Sponsored by Andrew Pollack’s Northern Collaborative Technologies, Chris Miller’s IDoNotes, and David Leedy at Notes in 9. (Thank you, gentlemen!)
    • The site has links to photos from the previous two events.
    • At 5:30pm after LS11 is all shutdown
    • @bloggeropen on Twitter
    • Registration will open Monday, January 17th. Space is limited so you should sign up quickly if you’re interested. Registration will be simpler this year.  There will be no specific start times for groups — your “team”is whoever is around when it’s time for the next group to start.
  • Booth babes
    • That’s Roy 🙂
    • What are you expecting?
    • Ytria will also be giving away everyone’s favorite Lotusphere goodies – Jelly Beans!
  • TWiL at LS11
  • LotusCab?
    • No really, follow LotusCab on Twitter and find Ride-Share partners to and from the airports, hotels, etc
    • Run by Docova
  • Charity raffle for a very, very good cause the Children’s Cancer Association – “It’s a small Lotus World”
  • Request from Sharon Bellamy – what advice can the panel give for a first timer at Lotusphere?
    • Attend BALD
    • Attend the Turtle’s party (after BALD)
    • Get to the OGS early
    • Attend The Great Geek Challenge on Tuesday
    • Attend Gurupalooza
    • Go to the labs! (bring your PMR numbers)
    • Attend Ask the Developers
    • Attend Ask the Product Managers
    • Attend Research Lab
    • Attend the Blogger Open
    • Go to any BoF that fleets your fancy
      • Mikkels and Bobs on plugin development is of course a must! 🙂
    • Tell everyone you are the “Sharon”that TWiL keeps mentioning 🙂
    • Read Andy Donaldson’s Andy’s Guide to Lotusphere
    • If you see someone you want to meet/talk to/stalk then start talking to them. Some will run away, most won’t
    • Follow the advice in the tips sections
    • Time flies at the Wednesday night party. If there’s a ride you want to go on, get to it quick!
    • Close out LS11 with Lisa, Mike, Stuart and Darren at Kimonos on the last night. At LS10 we were officially the last party there!
      • Let’s start a tradition……
      • The 2nd Annual Lotusphere Thursday Last Call Party!

Other news:
Lotus User Group podcast with Alistair Rennie

The X-Cast returns!

  • XPages related podcast is alive!
  • Now with Tim Clark, David Leedy and Paul Withers
  • The latest podcast features a great rundown of every XPages-related session at Lotusphere. – MM

Blogger of the Year voting is open
Verizon now have the iPhone

  • SkiLUG is a user group event that combines technical sessions and outdoor winter fun in the U.S. state of Maine. Bill Malchisky is the brains behind it. It takes place soon after Lotusphere from Friday, February 25th through Sunday, February 27th. The URL is http://www.skilug.org.



Start your LS11 conversation ice breaker with “Do you listen to This Week In Lotus? Those guys are brilliant/idoits/wasting their time/deserve a GRAMMY”


Two Lotusphere tips:
1) Talk to the fellow attendees at Lotusphere. At your lunch table, while standing around between sessions, wherever. Technical content at Lotusphere is fantastic, but the relationships you build can be even better.
2) For you XPages developers and wannabe XPages developers, look for the new XPages Cheat Sheet put together by David Leedy. It’s four pages of basic XPages material that is invaluable. I have a review copy and I’ve already referenced it several times. Dave announced it on the most recent XCast and has a blog post about it on Notesin9.com.


Treat your IBM developers well!  A greeting, a drink, a coffee – they are the hardest working people…..


1) Get lots of sleep a lot before you go. I know everyone says it, but after 15 Lotusphere’s, I can tell you that if you follow his advice and network, you will be up until 2 or 3 in the morning talking to all those new friends, discussing lots of new ideas and then you need to be back up and ready to go to a session or breakfast at 7. And don’t discount the idea that you need to wear comfortable shoes (maybe bring a second pair and switch off each day). Last time I logged my mileage at LS09, I walked well over 15 miles in 4 days. I would even go so far as to recommend buying a couple of pairs of comfortable socks.
2) Leave the backpacks in your room. You really do not need to carry around all that paper they give you. The daily schedule will fit in your pocket and if you really want to take notes or carry a couple of water bottles bring a fanny pack or use your pad or tablet. Just remember to put the Showcase prize forms and punch cards in your pocket Monday morning. Lots of good prizes to be had if you get all the stamps.
3)Last thing, this is a casual show so suits and ties are not required– unless of course your name is Bill Malchisky.


Have two Lotusphere tips and as I’m a developer I have to send people of with a coding tip as well.
For Lotusphere – make sure to come by our booth in the showcase and see the future of group calendaring. We have an all new UI written entirely in Java that will blow your socks right off!! Also be sure to check out our Lotusphere planning app that we discussed earlier.
As for the coding part – when doing LiveText recognizers in Notes the regular expression you specify is case sensitive but if you prefix your regular expression with (?i) it will become case insensitive. Really cool and it makes it a lot easier to write your regular expression. For more info see my blog.


1) Don’t ever ever submit an abstract to do a Show and Tell session!
2) Engage, engage, engage.  Put any shyness or ‘English reserve’behind you.  You’re only at Lotusphere for one week a year, so maximise the value you get by taking every opportunity to talk to people – in sessions, in the labs, on the Showcase floor, in Kimonos.
3) Take a stack of business cards!

Episode 33, recorded Thursday 6th January 2011, discussing the Lotusphere 2011 Business Development Day, events for partners and get an exclusive on the location of the Lotusphere party!


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


Colleen Hayes (email) is program director, Marketing Strategy and Channels for IBM Collaboration Software and is leading the business partner development day for Lotusphere 2011.  Colleen joined IBM in 1994 where she has marketing, sales and strategy positions at regional, national and global levels.  Prior to joining IBM, Colleen spent three years at Mall of America as director of Tourism Marketing and Group Sales, and three years at the St. Paul Convention and Visitor’s Bureau  where she held positions sales and marketing.   Colleen has an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management and holds a Bachelors degree in Communications.

Jan Zeuthen (company | twitter) is the CEO and co-founder for Business partner Opus Neo. Opus Neo was founded almost 10 years ago and during that time Jan has been doing development, project management, marketing, sales, administration and got coffee for the developers. Jan is also the idea man behind Neo.Dashboard for Quickr.


Lotusphere 2011 

  • Now just 23 days away!
  • Lots of buzz around the conference
  • Tweets with #ls11
  • Blog posts re: Lotusphere

Sessions finalised, and applications available 

Business Development Day 

  • What is Business Partner Development Day?
  • What is the agenda for the day?
  • Why should partners attend Business Development Day?
  • Are there any limits on what you can reveal on Sunday?
  • There are certification labs at Lotusphere, right?  Would you encourage partners to take exams whilst onsite?

Why would partners attend Lotusphere as a whole?

  • Are there any special deals for partners that haven’t yet registered?

For the partners

  • What have we gained by being at Lotuspheres past?
  • What are you plans for LS11?
  • Do you genuinely do business at Lotusphere?

Other news


DarrenDon’t turn on Managed Replicas and “Use Local”in Notes without first ensuring the replica already exists on the local machine.
Colleen1) Wear comfortable shoes, 2) Plan ahead
JanLocal users in Quickr can also use the connector. Just enter the full hierarchy for the local user name as user name in the connector
StuartSkitch – the perfect Mac based screen capture tool. Now out of beta…

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

Episode 28, recorded Friday 26th November 2010, discussing reasons to be thankful, Connections 3.0 GA, Transformer demo, ‘classic’ applications, XPages performance in the Notes client, the new XPages URL Shortner 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!


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


Tony McPhail (twitter) is IT Technical Manager with The Salvation Army, Southern Territory, responsible for Enterprise application and infrastructure, including CItrix, VMware and Lotus Domino portfolio. Domino, Notes and iNotes clients, sametime, quirck and connections.

Pim van Wetten (blog | twitter | lotuslive) has worked with Lotus related software for over 11 years. After finishing his studies in Management and Information Sciences in 1999, Pim van Wetten (1974) started working at e-office. e-office is a Dutch IBM Business Partner that consults organizations about the way they can use technologies to collaborate more efficiently independent of place or time. During the first six years of his career Pim has taken a deep dive in technology by programming in Lotus Notes, WebSphere and WebSphere Portal. Then, he broadened his activities with project management and consultancy. The last three years he specialized in enterprise social media consulting. Pim is a regular speaker on this topic and has hosted several Lotus Connections sessions at the Dutch Notes User Group (NLLUG).

Tim Clark (blog | twitter | lotuslive) is an IT Specialist working in IBM Lotus Technical Sales in the UK and Ireland. Tim has been working for Lotus since 1994 and still loves it. The last few years have seen Tim focus on XPages, but now that focus is shifting to help customers understand how they can improve their collaboration using Lotus Software products. Tim is also a founding member of the XCast, an XPages podcast, which will be re-launching for Lotusphere 2011 with new hosts.


Thanksgiving week – what is your ‘reason to be thankful’? (04:52)

Lotus Connections 3.0 GA (07:43) 

  • First available to customers, then partners – what were they thinking? 😉
  • Lots of useful resources, not least a checklist for the upgrade
  • Demo video
  • Several HowTo video’s
  • Installation worksheet (would this be appreciated for other Lotus products? Would it scare people off?)
  • Side-by-side upgrade – makes you realise how good Domino upgrades are
  • Wiki-based documentation – how do we feel about this? Should there still be a straightforward Infocenter?
  • CMIS demo of Luiz Benitez showing integration with Lotus Connections
  • Is there a pilot version of Lotus Connections 3.0?

Transformer demo on LotusUserGroup.org (28:41) 

  • What do we think?
  • Is automated process the way ahead?

“Classic”- phrase du jour (37:52) 

  • Developers are affecting the messaging side with this jihad to create a nomenclature to separate out XPages
  • Mail is still a Notes app (composite and all, people think it is just LS and forms)
  • Would you invest in a messaging platform dubbed as “classic”or “legacy” by the very people who’d sell it to you?

On a related note Jake Howlett’s “Are You A Domino Developer?”survey (41:06) 

XPages in the Notes Client Speed – Sean Cull (43:25) 

  • aka XPiNC
  • A 80 fold increase in data transmitted to the client over a regular Lotus Notes app

XPages URL Shortner (48:12) 

What happened to the XCast? (50:01)

Lotusphere 2011 only 65 days away (51:59) 

  • No sign of session confirmations yet
  • Who’s attending? Submitted abstracts?
  • What is the Lotusphere Solutions Developer Lab?

Traveler for Android out by the Holidays (58:01) 



TimKeep an eye out for the new book “Mastering XPages Development”(Amazon UK US) due out in time for Lotusphere 2011 and should be on the bookstall. Written by Martin Donnelly, Mark Wallace and Tony McGuckin with technical review by Maureen Leland and John Mackey.
PimMy tip is about social software. Focus on collaboration, on improving your daily activities. It’s about business value, not a social cool tool.
TonyUse Lotus Sametime.. awareness to see if people are available, send message to see if they can accept your interruption.
DarrenThis has been said before in TWiL, but Evernote is amazing. I’m using it to sync “notes”between several Windows laptops, my Galaxy S Android phone, my BlackBerry Tour and my Galaxy Tab Android Tablet. I store things like wifi passwords, etc and have them accessible no matter the device I’m one.
Stuarta) Need to know more about Social Collaboration (and specifically Lotus Connections)? Join the Collaboration Matters/Applicable webinar series, starting on December 6th.
b) SSDs rock.  Expensive but worth every penny/cent/dime etc

Episode 27, recorded Friday 19th November 2010, discussing ILUG 2010, Blackberry Enterprise Server Express for Domino, the RIM Playbook, UKLUG 2011 and more…


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


Warren Elsmore (blog) has worked in the Lotus arena for 15 years and is a Senior Architecture Consultant with the Bluewave Group.  Bluewave provide technical architecture consultancy and advice to a range of large and small customers across the globe. Warren has spoken at many Lotus events including Lotusphere, Collaboration University, the View Admin conference, ILUG and UKLUG. He also writes for Clippings and in any spare time he has left he runs the UK Lotus User Group!

Steve McDonagh (blog | twitter) was a Nurse then switched to IT, now an IT Manager for an American/Japanese multinational electronics company specialising in Collaborative Technologies.  Steve has used IBM Midrange kit for 25 years from the System34 to the i5, and has been developing on Lotus Domino for 16 years. He assists in both the ILUG and UKLUG Organising Committees, and describes himself as a ‘professional eejit’!

Jennifer Stevenson (blog | twitter | company) has over 15 years experience with Enterprise Collaboration and has spent the last 6 years supporting and advocating the mobilization of collaborative applications and technologies. Jennifer is currently an Enterprise Product Manager with Research In Motion (BlackBerry), where she focuses on mobility and IBM’s Lotus portfolio of products as they pertain to BlackBerry. As an Enterprise Product Manager, she works to promote product evolution, awareness, interest and adaption ~ as such, Jennifer is a frequent speaker at industry and RIM-sponsored events and conferences worldwide.

Eileen Fitzgerald (blog | twitter | company) has been working in the Global Notes environment for over 15 years as a Global Notes Architect for multinational companies, Eileen then focused on Service Delivery, managing Notes services, infrastructures and functionalities according to ITIL Standards. Eileen is the co-organiser of ILUG and a speaker at Lotusphere. Eileen has various credentials in IT, Project Management and ITIL management for which she is a passionate advocate.


ILUG wrap-up

  • Overall reflections on the conference?
  • What were the highlights?
  • Attendance compared to previous years?
  • What value do vendors get from sponsoring or attending user groups?

Blackberry / RIM news

  • BES Express for Domino now available
    • Has been available for Exchange for a while – what impact has it made on BES licence sales? Why did it take so long to get the Domino version out?
    • How do organisations get it? (The easiest way is to visit www.blackberry.com/express and download it directly from the website)
    • How is it taking off? Who is using it?
    • How does it differ to the full version? (There is a comparison matrix posted @ http://us.blackberry.com/apps-software/business/server/express/Comparison_Chart.pdf)
    • What do end users need on their devices to use this? (assume consumer BIS versus BES contract?)
    • Will BES Express evolve along side BES Enterprise and BES Express for Exchange
  • Playbook
  • When will it be here?
  • Plans for Lotusphere 2011
    • Will you be sponsoring the event this year?

UKLUG 2011 announced at ILUG

Gartner: 20% of all businesses will have replaced email by 2014

  • Do we think this is realistic?
  • Replace vs. Deprecate?


Darren    If you ever debug SMTP via telnet then a DOS prompt is not your friend. Instead use Putty the SSH/Telnet client. Simply put it into telnet mode and to port 25. Voila, you can now use a backspace in the SMTP session. They sky is now blue, angels are singing and you will swear less often in the office
WarrenGet involved! Whether at your local user group or at Lotusphere this year. And if you don’t have a local user group, why not start one?
SteveGoogle have just changed their Google Docs interface for phones, and you can now edit !! Well on iPhone and Android 2.2.  Here’s a Youtube video showing the functionality.
Support Tim Clark’s Movember effort!
JenniferTake a moment to look at the different applications available in AppWorld, you’ll be surprised how many applications are available that have a complimentary application for the desktop that integrates with the LN client. Applications such as Tungle, Google Maps, LinkedIn, Twitter, all of these applications have widgets for the LN client and have a smooth interface and provide deep integration with the native BlackBerry applications such as email, calendar, phone, etc.
EileenILUG presentations will be available from Monday on the ILUG site
StuartIf you’re an IBMer, please please try and get to know the competitive products, particularly Google’s and Microsoft’s.  Examples would be Google Docs or Skype – without using them, how can you really promote and compete with Symphony/LotuslIve or Sametime Unified Telephony?

Episode 26, recorded Friday 12th November 2010, discussing the new Lotus Connections 3.0 release, notesiscool.com, IBM’s new Social Everywhere campaign, the Foundation appliance end-of-life and more…


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


Suzanne Livingston (Connections team blog | personal blog | twitter) has, over the past 10 years, held a variety of roles within software development, including development, design, user research, and now product management. She is currently senior product manager for IBM Lotus Connections, a social software suite for businesses and organizations. In this role, Suzanne works to define the overall social software strategy, develop and drive product requirements with engineering and design, work with customers and partners to shape the product, and publicize the product through demonstrations and presentations at numerous industry events.

Mac Guidera (blog | twitter) is a Social Software product Manager at IBM. He joined IBM Software Services for Lotus 5 years ago after working as a business partner for many years. Focused on Lotus Domino web development, Mac helped his customers using cutting edge solutions around Java, DXL and Ajax technologies. After working in Services, he went on to become the Technical Team Lead on the Lotus Greenhouse team. The Lotus Greenhouse allows IBM customers and partners to try out the latest form Lotus in a single unifies environment. After working with that team, Mac joined the Lotus Connections team as a Product Manager and is currently working to drive IBM Social Software portfolio.

Darren Adams (blog | twitter | notesiscool) has been with the Lotus brand for 19 years, starting in Customer Support and moving to Sales as a Systems Engineer in 1994. More recently he has held the role of Lotus.Technical Sales Manager for the old North Region and then UKISA, and then headed up the Competitive SWAT team. After spending three years as the Messaging & Collaboration Business Unit Leader for UK & Ireland Darren moved on to be Business Unit Executive for Messaging & Collaboration in North East Europe, holding that role for a year before returning to a re-vamped version of his previous role in UKI.

Mark Dixon (blog | blogtwitter | twitter | company) is Business and Technology Consultant at Applicable, and has 20 years of experience in Information Technology Management including 10 in Unified Collaboration and Communication consultancy. MBA specialising in Technology management.  Mark is currently leading the hosted Connections offering delivery at Applicable.


Connections 3.0 announced at Enterprise 2.0 

  • What was announced? When will it be available?
  • So what’s new?
  • Social Analytics, Mobile, Community, Forums
  • Overall UX enhancements, Compliance, Extensions
  • The new UI moves away from the OneUI we’re used to – will the other products move in this direction too?
  • How does this release set compare to the opposition?
  • Some new case studies (CEMEX, Bayer etc) announced. What benefits are they getting from Connections?
  • What are Applicable planning for Connections 3.0?


  • Where did idea come from?
  • Why are we seeing Notes ‘fan sites’springing up?
  • Whats the feedback been like, and what did IBM think of it?
  • How’s the site built? Why not Domino?

Lotusphere Social Aggregator now online 

  • OGS and other sessions to be streamed live for the first time
  • #ls11 is the hashtag to use

Social Everywhere 

  • New campaign from IBM
  • Seeing roots in Cognos, Rational etc.
  • New IBM product page at http://www-01.ibm.com/software/lotus/socialcollaboration/
  • Interesting to see the term ‘social collaboration’being used – Collaboration Matters has been using it since 2008 😉
  • With Project Vulcan in the future, is social collaboration where its at? Will the other products in the Lotus portfolio head towards this product segment?

Lotus Foundations withdrawn 

  • Discussed this last week, Ed Brill has now entered the conversation
  • Does it make the situation any more obvious?
  • Are there lessons to be learnt from Nitix experience generally, and this situation specifically?

Luis Suarez – Enterprise 2.0 Evangelist of the year. Congratulations!!!


DarrenD    THE Ed Brill will be presenting in Atlanta at ATLUG on Friday 19th, Nov, a change of day! Details on the blog. Also been doing traffic analysis on Domino servers, switches and routers and I am using MRTG aka Multi Router Traffic Grapher
SuzanneCheck out the new social everywhere series on Synch.rono.us
MacAs with anything.When using Social software, you don’t have to do it all at once…start small and eventually it will become part of your everyday.
DarrenAFeel free to e-mail me with content suggestions for notesiscool.com
MarkAnyone BUT IT should drive social computing initiatives
StuartSpeck case for Macbook Pros – transparent plastic clip on cases for MBP – beautiful and provide great protection. (Amazon US | Amazon UK)