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)

Episode 25, recorded Friday 5th November 2010, discussing the new Source Control Plugin for Domino Designer, XPages.info, whether XPages is good for web site development, BES Express for Domino and more…


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


Maureen Leland (blog | twitter) is the Lead Architect for IBM Lotus Domino Designer, bringing the power of the Eclipse platform to Domino development. She has worked on Lotus design tools since 1992, beginning with Lotus Notes ViP, and moving to Iris to work on Domino Designer in 1997, where she contributed to the 4.6, through 7.0 Domino Designer releases. She was the UI architect for all the IBM Workplace Designer and Lotus Component Designer releases. She returned to Domino in 2007 to revolutionize Domino Designer for the 8.5 release and beyond.

Sean Cull (blog | twitter | company) started FoCul Ltd in 2000 after ten years in industry as an Engineer in the chemical sector.  Since then FoCul has been developing collaborative solutions that allow people to do their jobs and waste less time on administration and chasing information.

Bruce Elgort (blog | twitter | company) is the president of Elguji Software, the creators of the hugely popular IdeaJam collaboration site for the Lotus Community. His other megahits include co-founding the Lotus Notes open source community OpenNTF.org and hosting the Taking Notes Podcast with the famed Julian Robichaux.

Luis Benitez (blog | twitter) is one of the Social Software Product Managers for IBM.  Prior to this new role Luis was the Lotus Social Software evangelist for the Americas and leads the internal Lotus Social Software community with over 2000 members..


Source control enablement support for Domino Designer now available on OpenNTF 

  • The Wait Is Over: Source Control via SVN for Domino Designer
  • How does it work?
  • What are the benefits?
  • What does it use for a repository?
  • what about DXL?
  • Is it a front-end to whatever you have installed in eclipse (e.g., CVS, etc)?
  • Can you go back to normal control of code?
  • Can it be applied per DB or do you need to use for all DBs?
  • What was the reason for posting this to OpenNTF rather than coming in normal development cycle?


  • Another great community-driven site
  • Who owns it? Who runs it?
  • Who’s it aimed at?

Using XPages For Websites. Good Idea? 

  • Fantastic thread going into pros/cons of ‘heavyweight’XPages web development

Cognos BI 10.1 with Connections integraton 

  • What’s been the reaction to this announcement?
  • Lots of discussion about “Social Everywhere”(on synch.rono.us etc), is this the first demonstration of this?
  • Two way street
    • Connections to help add social to BI issues, resolution
    • Cognos to add analysis to Connections environments

Lotus Awards nominations open 

  • New categories
  • Only open to Advanced and Premier partners
  • Is it worth entering?

NotesisCool.com launched 

  • New site by Darren Adams
  • Highlighting what’s ‘cool’about Notes and Domino
  • Show the product!!

RIM formally announces free BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express Software for IBM Lotus Domino 

  • Free free free
  • Important to RIM? (threat from Traveler)
  • Important to IBM? (equals MS Exchange support)
  • Jennifer coming on podcast next week – give us your questions!

Lotus Foundations server appliance is End of Life

ILUG2010 next week 


DarrenStandalone Solutions Configuration Tool (SSCT) – build your own xSeries servers including blades, from your desktop
SeanOneUIV2 CSS demo site
BruceMacOSKen Podcast, MacOSKen LIVE! and MacOSKen Day 6
MaureenEmbrace Eclipse!
LuisLotusLive iPhone app – Did you know you can go back on slides in case the presenter is going too fast?
StuartThe Lotusphere Podcast – let us know if you’d ‘like to share your story’!

[ also titled “So you wanna be a Lotus rock star….just not THE LotusRockstar” 😉 ]

Episode 24, recorded Friday 29th October 2010, discussing the launch of Cognos 10.1 (with Connections integration), VideoFest, LTAP2010, XPages.Info and more…


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


Per Henrik Lausten (blog | twitter | company) is a freelance consultant with his own one-man company in Denmark. He is working with Lotus Notes and Domino development and administration based on experience with Lotus Notes/Domino since 1997 (release 3.3). He recently started his own company after having been with IBM for 16 years. He is married and father of two.

Joyce Davis (personal twitter | company twitter | company blog) leads the Lotus Technical Information and Education community. Her goal is to bring together experts from inside and outside of IBM to share knowledge and improve the information that helps people use Lotus products.


Cognos 10 released – now with Connections integration (trying to get IBMers on to discuss this…) 


  • What is it?
  • When does it run from/to?
  • What kinds of videos are you after?
  • Do videos have to be new, or can existing videos be uploaded? (Per, you can ask this one!)
  • Where do they get uploaded to?
  • What tools can folks use?
  • Is there a logo/hashtag/tag that we should use?
  • What’s in it for those that take part?
  • For more info, listen to Taking Notes podcast

Pretty icons available for Lotus Notes 8.5.x 

LTAP2010 wrapup 

  • What did we think?
  • Worth repeating?

Yahoo to Discontinue Support for the Sametime Gateway 

  • Mitch Cohen blog post
  • A blow for Sametime Gateway?
  • Does anyone actually use Yahoo Messenger or AIM any more?
  • Are Skype and Facetime more important for integration purposes now?
  • Is internet IM still important? (versus Skype, FB, Twitter)

ILUG 2010 

The Danish Lotus User Group (DanNotes) conference is next week

LTIE community 

  • What is it?
  • When does it meet? What gets discussed?
  • How do people join?

This Week in Lotus “expansion”

Sametime book winners


DarrenMP3 Skype Recorder for Windows allows you to record, well, skype calls. This is what I use on the odd occasion I produce TWiL – http://voipcallrecording.com/
PerStart using social media to broaden your network and interact with peers (social media meaning blogs, podcasts and maybe even Twitter)
JoyceLotus Learning widget – can access them from www.lotus.com/ldd/learnlotus; bonus tip….mobile wikis beta…www.lotus.com/ldd/mowiki.nsf
StuartSony have just released a slimline external USB Blu-Ray recorder – the Sony BDX-S500U.  Very very fast (pushing boundaries of USB2.0 actually), lightweight, powered off USB, reads and writes to single- and dual-layer CDs, DVDs and Blu-Ray disks, even does 3D Blu-Rays (assuming you have right screen technology).  Pretty good value at 151GBP on Amazon UK, $218 on Amazon US).  Great for watching Blu-Ray movies on the road, or for backing up your systems – 50GB disks a

Episode 23, recorded Friday 22nd October 2010, discussing the forthcoming LTAP 2010 virtual conference, Notes/Domino fixpacks, SmartUpgrade on Windows 7, BES Express and more…


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


Andrew Pollack (blog | twitter | company) is the President of Northern Collaborative Technologies.  He’s been working with the Lotus Notes product line since version 2, and is both an administrator and a developer. Andrew’s focus has been on secure reseller portals with content generated and managed in Lotus Notes and Domino.  This has led to an emphasis on performance, scaleability, security, and  legal discovery.  Andrew is also a structural firefighter, the Lieutenant of Engine 1 in Cumberland, Maine and has a service provider offering to the public safety sector called Second Signal.

Alan Forbes (blog | company) is the Director of Product Development for RPR Wyatt, Inc., makers of the “Essential”line of software for Lotus Domino administrators, including Essential Agent Master, Essential Tools, Essential Audit, and of course VitalSigns for monitoring Domino, BlackBerry, and Sametime servers.  For the LTAP Conference, Alan is serving as the Director of Content, responsible for the speakers and tracks.

Scott Sullivan (NotesCodeLTAP ) is the owner of Notes Code and involved with Lotus Notes solution selling since 1993.  While looking for new ways to promote Notes/Domino, I setup a virtual conference so we can reach more people especially now that travel budgets are nearly extinct. 

Francie Tanner (blog | work twitter | company) is …Technical Director, North America for Panagenda, an Austrian based software company specializing in IT Management solutions. When not representing Panagenda at various conferences in the US and Europe, she lives on an island with a herd of kids and goats.


LTAP 2010

  • What is it? When? Who is it aimed at?
  • How do users access it? Do they need to register?
  • Does it cost?
  • How will presentations be scheduled? Will replays be available?
  • Who are the speakers?
  • Is this the future of Lotus conferences?

Notes/Domino 8.5.1 FP5 now available

  • Released October 19
  • Here’s the Fix List, available for client and server
  • “Starting in Notes/Domino 8.5.1 Fix Pack 5, Firefox 3.6 and Safari 5 will be supported with iNotes. Support has also been added for Windows 2008 R2 in Notes/Domino 8.5.1 Fix Pack 5.”
  • Approximately 100 fixes

8.5.2 FP1 is scheduled for December

  • Is this too long to wait?

Smart Upgrade Run As and Windows 7 issues

  • SURunAs no workie on Windows 7
  • Windows 7 was released on July 22nd, 2009 – or 16 months
  • (this is precisely what MarvelClient, one of our products was created for to deal with stuff like this)
  • Maybe in Notes 9 (!)
  • http://www-10.lotus.com/ldd/installblog.nsf/dx/you-can-blame-me.-
  • What is it with IBM and the latest MS software versions?
  • Do they need to step up?

BES Express to be available for Domino

  • Too little too late?
  • How long can RIM charge what they do in a world full of Traveler and ActiveSync?


  • Is it being gamed?
  • Should the HotBlogs be removed?

Ray Ozzie leaves Microsoft

  • Did he make a difference there?


DarrenEnter to win the Sametime 8 Essentials book by Marie Scott and Tom Duff from Packt by sending an email to ideas@thisweekinlotus.com
Andrew  CULT Shirts – sponsorships still open, good theme this year
FrancieFoster your communities, talk to your peers to get the scoop on fixpacks, known issues and resolve problems. To find out more about flawless upgrades with MarvelClient, visit panagenda.com or find us at ILUG2010.org, admineurope2010.com and of course lotusphere.com
ScottKudos to the LTAP sponsors – http://www.ltapconference.com/exhibitors.php
a few neat products discovered in last two weeks:  http://rainbowsync.com  (cloud file storage with a Domino backend),  http://www.opusneo.com (a dashboard for Quickr) and www.crossware.co.nz (control everyone’s signature in 5 minutes or less)
StuartWoopra – free web analytics, with beautiful local client UI, including live perspective

Episode 22, recorded Friday 15th October 2010, discussing the forthcoming Lotus Symphony 3 release, David Leedy’s Notesin9 screencast, Lotusphere 2011 abstracts and more…


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


David Pearson (twitter | email) is a senior architect in the IBM Software Services for Lotus Centre of Excellence, and is also IBM’s worldwide services leader for Symphony. He has been at Lotus / IBM for 14 years.

Eric Otchet (email) is currently the Product Manager for Lotus Symphony.  He has been with IBM for over 22 years and has held both technical and sales positions during that time.

Corey Davis (twitter | company) is the owner of Conxsys, author of two IBM Redbooks, and is on the OpenNTF steering committee.

David Leedy (screencast) is a corporate Notes developer and producer of the NotesIn9 ScreenCast.


Symphony 3 launch

  • What is IBM Lotus Symphony ?
  • How did Symphony come about?
  • What is IBM’s strategy ?
  • Can you describe the Symphony roadmap ?
  • What is the relationship with the OpenOffice community ? What does IBM do with OpenOffice Code ?
  • Will split in OO movement help or hinder (LibreOffice)? Does IBM feed back into OO code?
  • What are the key differences between OpenOffice and Symphony ? Is there round-trip compatibility?
  • How Does Symphony link into the rest of the Lotus portfolio ?
  • When will Symphony v3 be available ?
  • What are the key new things in Symphony v3 to get excited about ?
  • Once Symphony 3 ships, can we integrate it into (and over) the current Lotus Notes Symphony install?
  • What is Project Concord and how does that integrate with Symphony ?
  • Any plans to extend Symphony to include Draw and give us a real Visio replacement?  Or a database?
  • When will be able to save as docx, xlsx and pptx?
  • Quickr connectors? Coming? Dates?
  • Get more information from symphony.lotus.com

Notes In 9Extended Edition 

  • Where did the idea for this come from for the extended format?
  • What exactly will a “classic”Notes developer learn?
  • What’s next for Ni9?
  • Announcing new Website

Lotusphere 2011 

  • Abstracts due in last Friday!
  • Daily OGS Monday-Wednesday
  • New tracks:
    • NEW! Track Four: Business Solutions
    • NEW! Track Five: Customer Case Studies

LotusphereBlog rides again! 

LTAP 2010 

  • The conference will take place October 27th and 28th.  There will be an opening session followed by breakout sessions organized by track–Developer, Administrator, and Management.   Each presentation will last approximately 30 minutes followed by up to 15 minutes of Q&A.  Sessions will start at the top of each hour, 10 AM, 11 AM, 1 PM, etc.
  • Free registration
  • Virtual format
  • What do we think of the idea? Something that could take on?

Windows Phone 7 launch 

  • Seems to be being marketed as the phone that lets you get on with your life – get in, get out, get on… Is this a cohesive idea for a smartphone? Do we spend too much time on our BBs, iPhones, Androids?
  • Is it too late for M$ to recover their mobile market share?


Darren:Give Symphony 3 a try. I use it as my primary office suite on my new Lenovo T510 running Windows 7. Stay away from Symphony 1 though. Remember if you are a current Lotus Notes support licensee you have full support too. Do you have that with MS Office? And it is FREE, FREE, FREE
Eric:Make sure to check out Lotus Symphony Website late next week for some important news
Corey:Domino Designer 8.5.1 Crash Course for Admins
DavidP:Take a look at the content we have in the Symphony wiki – and also try out the mobile interface. If anyone requires help to evaluate or deploy Symphony see IP.com.
DavidL:If you want to start learning XPages, there’s one site that you need to know about – XPagesWiki.com
Stuart:Don’t be frightened of partitioned servers – in fact use them liberally (assuming your licence supports them).  Simply install multiple partitions on install, use as many of them as you need. Add IP aliases to your network cards, and then configure IP address per partition in notes.ini.  Oh and never use hostname = service name!

Episode 21, recorded Friday 8th October 2010, discussing the IBM’s reputation for social software, contacting IBM employees via Sametime and more..


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


Martha Hoyt is a Senior Product Manager for LotusLive. She has recently turned her role slightly to focus on developing the LotusLive partner platform, working with the early and strategic partners. She started her IBM career in Lotus working for a number of years in the Lotus Notes an Domino world both from a product management and development perspective.

Richard Bye (LotusLive Profile, LinkedIn Profile, LotusLive Home Page, IBM Homepage) is the Business Unit Executive for the LotusLive portfolio in Northern Europe.  Richard has worked in the hosted messaging and collaboration space for nearly 13 years, having been part of the launch team of TTYL for Telenor in Norway, started the Hosted Messaging business for Critical Path in EMEA, and was part of the senior management team leading Outblaze Limited of Hong Kong to acquisition by IBM in April 2009.

Erik Vos (company | twitter | LotusLiveProfile | LinkedinProfile) is (founder of RealConnections in 2008, before I worked for Lotus BP in the Netherlands and before that I was working within IBM Software Group in the Netherlands – Director Software Sales. RealConnections is a Cloud Aggregator, we combine Cloud Services for customers – we are not technical ;-))


LotusLive 1.3 announced

  • What’s new?
  • What are the features of LotusLive Engage/Connections Communities – are they equivalent to Connections Communities?
  • What use cases are expected for the communities feature?
  • What about Wikis and Blogs?
  • IBM seems to be working hard to bring other vendors/services into LotusLive – have there been any additions to the list?
  • Lotuslive Meetings is a key part of the suite – what changes have taken place there?
  • What do you expect customers to make of these changes?

LotusLive Notes updated

  • This was only released a couple of months ago, so what’s changed?

LotusLive Labs Concord

  • Collaborative editing in the cloud – What’s the latest status?

Lotusphere abstracts opened, deadline extended to 15th October

  • New tracks
  • ‘Interesting’ announcement of abstracts process – could IBM have done this better?
  • Any sessions submitted so far?

Why giving Designer Client away doesn’t matter to college students (have tried to cover in previous episodes, but not had time)

  • Blog post by David Hablewitz
  • ‘While it is good that Lotus Notes Designer is free, what is the point if the people most likely to use it can’t?   That’s right, they can’t use it.  Why?  Because they have Macs.  Yes, at Bellevue College, right here in Microsoft land, at least 1/3 of the students working on a degree in web development own Macs.  These people like public domain software.  They use OpenOffice, iTunes, any browser except IE.  These are the same people who jump for any software that DOESN’T come from Microsoft.  Yes, so close, yet so far.’
  • Designer client on Mac? Essential or nice to have?
  • How about connectors?

LoLA just finished

  • Whole conference under NDA, but plenty of discussion on the Interwebs (blogs, tweets etc)

Number of useful 8.5.2 posts on the Notes Design Blog


Darren: I love my headset – Logitech ClearChat Pro USB – here’s the newer Logitech H530 USB Headset on Amazon UK and Amazon US (affiliate links).

Martha: Had to leave early ;-(

Erik: Add admin account in LotusLive (for free) to your customers LotusLive account to help your customer. for example helpdesk_for_collaborationmatters@realconnections.nl.   Also, update your company profile in LotusLive: searching within LotusLive will find you on the topic you want to be found for

Richard: LotusLive has changed the way that I work, and as a team, we are far more efficient and better organised using the tools that LotusLive.com provides

Stuart: TripIt Pro (I know, I’ve previously recommended TripIt standard…) Pro version has recently been updated, to now include ability to track flight refunds if delayed etc, and most importantly, includes free membership to Hertz Gold and Regus Gold. VIP car rental and access to 1,100 business lounges worldwide. ($660 value) Costs $49/year.   Also includes aggregated tracking of airmiles, loyalty programs etc.

Episode 20, recorded Friday 1st October 2010, discussing the IBM’s reputation for social software, contacting IBM employees via Sametime and more…


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


Luis Benitez (blog | twitter) is one of the Social Software Product Managers for IBM effective today.  Prior to this new role Luis was the Lotus Social Software evangelist for the Americas and leads the internal Lotus Social Software community with over 2000 members.
Matt Simpson
(blog/podcast | twitter | company | profile) is an Initiative Leader in the IBM CIO Organization, responsible for Sametime deployments in IBM.  His background is socio-technical, especially focusing on collaboration and knowledge management.


IBM could be bigger than Facebook – Luis Benitez post 

  • Fast Company article ‘Fathoming a new product from IBM via a launch event is like trying to understand the ocean by watching a wave. Nonetheless that was my task, swimming through the presentations and ultimately landing an interview with Jeffrey Schick, IBM’s VP of Social Software. Drenched in the vision Schick shared for the IBM Customer Experience Suite, it occurred to me that IBM could end up being more important to the business use and monetization of social media than Facebook.’
  • ‘Long before Mark Zuckerberg aggregated his Harvard friends online, IBM’ers could find their colleagues in a similar manner. According to Schick, “at IBM 15 years ago, we had a way to look up people to create a globally connected enterprise.” “Today we have approximately 500,000 people within IBM and we do about 6 million look ups a day on pages that look strikingly similar to other social network profile pages with features like blogging and photo posting,” added Schick.’
  • What does the article mean? Is IBM cool now? 😉

Jon Mell is back at IBM 

  • From Headshift to be North IOT Sales lead for Portal, Connections etc.
  • First notable name to rejoin IBM/Lotus after lots of folks have left (Alan Lepofsky, Gia Lyons, Rocky Oliver, Bob Balaban etc)
  • Does IBM need to hire more big industry names?

Luis also has a new role – moving into product management 

  • What prompted the change?
  • What did you learn from doing it in the real world that will now help in product management?
  • There’s a few IBM social software product managers, where will you fit?

Sametime ExtST service 

  • What is it?  http://ibm.com/collaboration is a site on ibm.com through which people can access many ways to collaborate with IBMers.  Within that service, there is a pilot of a way to Sametime with IBMers.  Today, it is an as-is service with minimal support.  Soon, it will be upgraded with refreshed hardware and software as well as full-production support.
  • Some history…
  • So what’s IBM doing about it?  In Q3, we recognized the priority for this service and included it into our Fall Plan for 2010 funding.  This year, we have launched a project to upgrade the service.  We have developed an environment with the latest Sametime 8.5.1 software, and plan to deploy it in Q4.
  • What’s been done so far?  For several years, a pilot / as-is best-effort service has been in place.  Priority to deploy a production service was established in late 2009.  A project has kicked off in 2010 to deploy the new service by end of year.
  • What’s planned?  When will it be launched?  A new service will be online in Q4 2010 which will include a help desk and the ability to use the latest Sametime clients.
  • What does this mean for customers and BPs?  Once deployed, this means that BPs will be able to use the latest code to Sametime with IBMers.
  • Lotus Notes Traveler the “fastest-growing business mobile email platform”- Ed Brill

Lotus Symphony 3 beta 4 pimped on BNET – Ed Brill 

  • Where’s Oracle?
  • How will the forking affect this?
  • What’s next Symphony IdeaJam launched
  • Looking forward to a TWiL episode focused on Symphony 3 launch

Lotusphere Registration has opened 

ILoveLotusNotes.net launch


Darren: TriStateLUG (October 11, New York City, Keven Cavanaugh doing keynote)

Luis:  Lotus Connections Plug-ins for Symphony: (Org Chart generator, wiki editor, LotusLive Files connector.. and readily available for Symphony 3)

Matthew: Lotus Connections Status Alerts Plug-In for Lotus Notes, available from the Lotus Catalog.

Stuart: Self-registration database for Lotus Quickr and Connections. Enables the request, provision, authorisation and management of accounts for external users of on-premise deployments of IBM Social tools.

Episode 19, recorded Friday 24th September 2010, discussing the XPages Extension Library, OpenNTF.org and more…


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


Niklas Heidloff (blog | twitter) is a developer in the IBM Lotus Domino team and leads IBM’s engagement in OpenNTF.

Phiippe Riand (linkedin) is in charge of new technologies within the Lotus Domino offering. He’s the architect for XPages, a brand new Java based technology provided in the Domino server. It helps reinvigorate Domino Web apps by providing a real Web 2.0 development environment, using the latest technologies.

Tony McGuckin (linkedin)  is a software engineer for IBM, based in Dublin, Ireland. He is one of the authors of the forthcoming “Mastering XPages” book.

Paul Withers (blog | twitter | company) leads the Domino Development Team at Intec Systems Ltd, an IBM Business Partner in UK, and fledgling contributor to OpenNTF.


Addition of the XPages Extension Library to OpenNTF (XPagesBlog, SlideShare, OpenNTF Blog

  • What is it?
  • Who wrote it? Why?
  • Why has it been added to OpenNTF rather than to the product?
  • What version of Notes/Domino is required?
  • Is it for developing for the Web, the client or both?
  • Is there any training available? Videos – modal dialog, value picker – 9 videos planned. 70 page document (work in progress)
  • Is IBM offering any support for the library?
  • Can developers extend/edit the library?
  • (From Matt White) How can we include the Extension Library into our templates so that we can distribute NTFs without requiring server change?
  • What if users want new features?
  • What does this mean for XPages as a development environment?
  • What is planned for the future?

Other XPages news 


  • What’s the current status? (number of contributions, licensing, downloads etc.)
  • What’s happening in the future?

IBM’s win at Singapore Airlines – Ed Brill’s post 

  • Upgrade of Notes/Domino to 8.5 – press release
  • Plus Connections, Quickr and more

IBM could be bigger than Facebook – Luis Benitez post 

  • Fast Company article ‘Fathoming a new product from IBM via a launch event is like trying to understand the ocean by watching a wave. Nonetheless that was my task, swimming through the presentations and ultimately landing an interview with Jeffrey Schick, IBM’s VP of Social Software. Drenched in the vision Schick shared for the IBM Customer Experience Suite, it occurred to me that IBM could end up being more important to the business use and monetization of social media than Facebook.’
  • What does the article mean? Is IBM cool now? 😉

Collaboration University 

  • London event was run Tuesday-Thursday
  • Great success
  • Louis Richardson gave keynote
  • Good attendance and fine presentations
  • Chicago event next week

Lotusphere Registration has opened 

  • Early bird offers
  • Only Dolphin and Swan offered as hotels – why?
  • When will abstracts open?
  • Lotusphere Blog is back


Darren: Domino 8.5.2 supports Windows 2008 R2 – see the 8.5.2 system requirements doc – and what happened to “tech notes”?

Niklas: PhoneGap (http://www.phonegap.com/) is an open source project to build mobile apps via web application development techniques and deploy them as ‘native’apps to the various mobile devices.

Philippe: LoLA conference next week

Tony: Dynamic Page Include XPage control

  • Found in the Ext.lib controls…
  • Allows you to dynamically swap in / out parts of an XPage
  • Optimizes the size of the XPage component tree on the server and reduces processing
  • Uses URL hashing technique + Ajax to update the page content
  • Real enabler for in-context switching!

Paul: Locating the same document in a different view in Notes Client. Highlight a document in a view, hold down Ctrl as you switch view, will open the new view with the same document selected (as long as the document is in that view)

Stuart: WildFire (on OpenNTF) – WildFire is a Lotus Notes 8.5 Sidebar Application to Update Status’s across a wide range of Social Networks including Sametime, Connections, Socialtext, Facebook, GTalk, PingFm, Plurk, Tumblr, Twitter, WordPress and more. Written by Australian BP, ISW. Adam Brown was on the podcast in episode 8.