If you haven't yet, take the time to walk through the Lotusphere Solutions Showcase. Our best venders and partners are there waiting to solve your issues and introduce you to the work they have done. I've had the opportunity to work with many of them throughout the last year and am happy to see their offerings and ideas working and ready for you.
One in particular is the Connections Administration tool, by Time to Act. If you are working with Connections as an administrator you'll want to see what this team has put together. Not only have they mastered the wsadmin controls and APIs, but they have developed a nice web interface that complements Connections and all of its back-end functions.
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Last year, after a packed schedule, I promised myself that I would do less than 8 sessions. The only way I can keep this promise, is if Shamu were to eat me. Which may not be so bad, by Wednesday night.
Seriously, I'm very excited for a great week of catching up with old friends and colleagues and hope that in between these times, that I see you at the Opening Party, OGS, or near The Fountain.
Be sure to stop me to say hi!
Monday01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
ID222 Exceptional Work Experience - Collaboration in Context with IBM Connections
07:00 AM - 08:00 AM
BOF137 IBM Connections Adoption and Governance
06:15 AM - 07:30AM
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
AD203 Developing Custom Client Applications using the IBM Connections APIs
03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
ID229 Make Your Microsoft Stack Social with IBM Connections
05:45 PM - 06:45 PM
BOF135 IBM Connections Configuration and Administration
07:00 AM - 08:00 AM
BOF136 Socializing Your Applications with the IBM Connections APIs
11:15 AM - 12:15 AM
ASK102 Ask the Product Managers
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Again, I have had one of the best track management jobs for Lotusphere and that is to pull together the twelve talks that make up SpeedGeeking. It was a lot of fun last year and a very well attended session. Here is the abstract for a little back ground.
SpeedGeeking is back and promises to be as fun, loud, chaotic, and highly informational as ever. Enjoy jumping from one station to the next, while stopwatches, buzzers, and a loud-mouthed emcee keeps things fast-paced and on track! Lotusphere SpeedGeeking sessions are five-minute, high- energy, efficient, and fun presentations, best practices, and demos covering anything and everything related to collaboration solutions. Come prepared to learn a lot in a short amount of time and to walk away with a head full of ideas and smiles.
We'll be there Tuesday, January 17, 2 at 06:15 PM - 07:30 PM at the Dolphin Pacific Hall.
The format is pretty simple. Twelve speakers will be given five minutes to cover their topic. The buzzer goes off and you move to the next speaker. The session is interactive for everyone involved and has a fast pace to it. To help out, there is a beer and wine bar available to make it that more enjoyable!
Speaker: Stuart McIntyre
Abstract: IBM Connections is the hot topic of the day - every IBM customer should be looking at how the solution can help their business become more open, collaborative and innovative. However, its easier to fall into small mistakes with planning, deployment and use of the technology, that turn into larger issues as adoption of the solution takes off. Stuart uses the experience of more than 30 customer deployments over the past 4 years to detail the 7 deadly sins of IBM Connections, explain easy-to-follow strategies to avoid them and help plot the route to true Social salvation! All in 5 minutes!!
Title: DAOS: Is it really working for you?
Speaker: Amy Hoerle
Abstract: You've been running IBM Lotus Domino Attachment and Object Service (DAOS) for a while now, but is it really working for you? Are you still seeing the space savings you did when you first implemented DAOS or are you wasting valuable disk space? Find out how to verify if DAOS is really working for you. Its more than disk space savings, DAOS also provides I/O and network bandwidth reduction. Are you reaping all of the benefits?
Title: Two CCs of Layout -- Stat!
Speaker: Mike McGarel
Abstract: As an IBM Domino XPages developer, proper use of custom controls can save you time both during the development process and while maintaining or upgrading your application. This session will demonstrate the RAD technique of building XPages by placing a custom control for content within a common layout custom control.
Title: So you Want to be a Blogger
Speaker: Mitch Cohen
Abstract: You read blogs, now you want your own, or you have one, but you want to expand it's reach. What about Twitter?. This 5 minute session will give you the basics to grow or expand your existing blog, as well as some quick tips and tricks to get the most out of Twitter.
Title: The Social Journey - How & Where to Begin
Speaker: Evan Borysko
Abstract: Learn in 5 mins how customers are integrating social and collaboration features into their business applications to drive real business adoption. Evan Borysko, Senior Architect at Ascendant Technology, has real world technical experience integrating IBM Connections, IBM Lotus Quickr and IBM WebSphere Portal the IBM Collaboration stack into Fortune 500 companies globally. Come learn how his vast experience can help your organization begin its own social journey!
Title: Apple/snapple... It's all IBM Lotus Notes
Speaker: Paul Mooney
Abstract: The users are revolting (in many ways). Have they started to demand their technology of preference? If yes, the you may see computers with half eaten fruit appearing in your workplace. It's their choice. It's their decisions. It's your problem though. In this 5 minute speedgeek talk, Paul Mooney will take you through the Lotus Notes installation on your Mac. How to install, where the files go and how it all sits together in the Mac OS.
Title: Fertilize Your Roots
Speaker: JoAnn Card
Abstract: Let's return to the foundation of IBM Lotus Notes. Here are 15 tips for developers who develop applications for the Lotus Notes Client. There will be performance tips that developers can control, UI tips, Date / Time tips, LotusScript tips and even @Formula tips. Don't let your apps die on the vine. Attend Speedgeeking and learn a few tips to make your applications blossom.
Title: IBM WebSphere In 5 Minutes
Speaker: Gabriella Davis
Abstract: In 5 minutes I'll take you through the fastest IBM WebSphere training you've ever seen. You'll learn all the important stuff you need to know including infrastructure, file structure, starting / stopping servers and even troubleshooting. Take 5 minutes and get the confidence to go back and install or manage those new IBM Connections and IBM Sametime servers you're excited about using. Warning: Presenter speaks with an accent!
Title: OpenNTF.org: Celebrating 10 years of community driven open source
Speaker: John Head
Abstract: Come hear about OpenNTF.org and our efforts to provide the premier open source community for IBM collaboration developers. Learn about the Extension Library, Mobile Controls, XSnippets, XPages.info, our contests, and the 2012 direction. Everyone can find something of immediate use, no matter if you are a developer, admin, user, or executive.
Title: jQuery & IBM Lotus Domino - A RAD Combination
Speaker: Sean Burgess
Title: Mobile Application development with IBM Lotus Domino
Speaker: Bruce Elgort
Abstract: TSAzr is a mobile app developed to collect data about the American flying publics experience with the Transportation Security Administration. Building an iOS app can be fast and easy when using IBM Lotus Domino. Take a 5 minute tour at how the popular iOS TSAzr app uses an XPages and Lotus Domino back-end to supply a powerful data services API.
Title: OAuth, A Very Fast Primer
Speaker: Julian Robichaux
Abstract: Ever wonder how it is that you can use your GMail account to log in to TripIt? You're using OAuth, an emerging standard for allowing you to authenticate to multiple websites using a single login. This session is a quick overview of OAuth terminology, how it works, and the security implications of using it.
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In 2004, I started my first blog. For me, this was a great way to market my one man band, S3 Consulting, an IBM Business Partner with a focus on Lotus Domino web development. That blog was a great avenue for me to share my ideas and experiences in Domino Ajax, nee DHTML, development techniques. It was fun and worked really well for me.
When I joined IBM in 2006, I shut down the server that was hosting the blogshpere database (thanks Declan!). I was looking for a blog host that was going to be easy to setup and maintain and possibly be a better vehicle for promoting myself and my work as an IBMer. I landed at Blogger and have been happy there for the past 5 years.
Working as a Product Manager on IBM's Social Software team, I've been feeling the need to move to a Connections platform. Inside IBM, I've been very active with Connections and I've noticed that my external use of social software and my blog has been on the decline. Some of this was due to work, some due to a new addition to our family, but I think mostly it is an inability to focus on too many streams. Looking at what IBM now has available in developerWorks and the ibm.com Community, I started my plans to re organize myself and to be more available on external social networks, offered by IBM and otherwise.
I'm excite to start anew and hope that you enjoy and get benefits from what I do here.