Lotusphere/Connect 2012

It is that time of year again and we have so much to celebrate and share!  This is a great opportunity to learn about all the announcements over the past year, advancements in ICS technology and visions going forward.

This is your opportunity to see first hand in the labs what we can do and where we are going.  There are tons of sessions to hear from the experts, listen to real customer experiences and share what you know and build your skills. The product showcase will be filled with partner solutions and integrators that can help you extend solutions in your organization.

Need more reasons to attend?  See the Top Five Reasons to Attend Lotusphere 2012

New this year, IBM Connect 2012 is a two-day social business event covering a wide range of topics from what it means to be a social business to creating value and better business outcomes. IBM Connect runs in parallel to Lotusphere 2012.

This is a great time to make relationships that can help you grow, keep you connected and elevate your access!  Join in on the conversations that are happening now and will continue through out the conference!

Look forward to seeing you there!

EVENT: Become a more social business with IBM Lotus Notes and Domino 8.5.3

Join the Lotus Users Group for an exciting cast of characters as they talk about what’s new in Lotus Notes and Domino 8.5.3.

Register NOW Become a more social business with IBM Lotus Notes and Domino 8.5.3

From http://www.lotususergroup.org

Ed Brill
Director, Messaging and Collaboration, IBM
October 6, 2011 12:00 PM Eastern Standard Time
Lotus Notes and Domino 8.5.3 provides numerous feature enhancements that benefit end-users, developers and administrators. Come hear about Lotus Notes and iNotes improvements for Mail and C&S; expanded device support, usability and administrative enhancements for Lotus Notes Traveler; performance/scalability improvements for XPages; Domino Designer productivity improvements; and expanded virtualization and data storage enhancements for Domino. In the last but certainly not least category, come hear how 8.5.3 accelerates your ability to find people and content as you embark on becoming a social business.
Pete Janzen
Sr. Product Manager — Domino Application Development, IBM
Jason Dumont
Program Director for Messaging & Collaboration Client Strategy, IBM
Jan Kenney
Product Manager — Lotus Notes Traveler & Lotus Mobile Connect, IBM


XPages Guru Webinar – Date Announced for Jun 1, 2011!

This is a great event open for all who are interested in expanding their development skills leveraging Domino Xpages, as well as the incorporation of Javascript and Dojo toolkits.  These tools offer excellent capabilities to webify Domino Applications and provide RAD tooling for bring business applications to mobile devices.  If you are a developer – this is an event you don’t want to miss!

XPages Guru Webinar


Event Date:    Jun 1, 2011
Event Time:    11:00 AM – 12:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Hosted By:    David Elsasser (IBM)
Presented By:    Chris Blatnick (IBM), Matt White, Bruce Elgort, Tim Tripcony, Chris Toohey, David Leedy

XPages is an exciting Web 2.0 rapid development environment based around JSF and Java technology running on the IBM Lotus Notes and Domino platform. IBM Lotus Notes and Domino has been an established platform for developing applications where customers have been able to utilize industry leading security and workflow capabilities for business applications. XPages extends these capabilities further by providing a full modern web development platform.

Please join IBM and some special guests on June 1 for a webinar on XPages, what it can do for you, and how you can get there! We have lined up a who’s who list of industry experts … true gurus in the field of Domino rapid application development, XPages technology, and modernization of existing legacy applications … to help you get up to speed on this technology! The speaker for this webinar will be:

Chris Blatnick – Lotus Client Technical Professional, IBM
Matt White – Lead Developer, Elguji Software and Consultant, Fynn Consulting Ltd
Bruce Elgort – Co-Founder and Chairman, OpenNTF.org and Advisor, Elguji Software
Tim Tripcony – Xmage, Group Business Software
Chris Toohey – Guru, Group Business Software
David Leedy – Collaborative Solutions Developer, Czarnowski

Agenda:

  • What is XPages? – Matt White
  • Case Studies – Discussion database, XTalk, etc. – Bruce Elgort
  • Benefits of XPages – Matt White
  • Why should I transition? – Tim Tripcony
  • Roadmap to XPages (How do I get from here to there?) – Chris Toohey
  • What resources are out there? – David Leedy
  • Q & A

If you are interested in how XPages technology can help you improve your application development process and better leverage Web 2.0 technology quickly and easily, this session is for you!

Register for this event at:
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For questions about this event, contact the host at: elsasser@us.ibm.com.

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Pacific Lotus Users Group (PACLUG) event at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas on June 21-22 2011

This is a free event for all attendees! REGISTER TODAY

Join us for the inaugural Pacific Lotus Users Group (PACLUG) event at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas on June 21-22. This event will bring together IT and LOB professionals from all over the Western United States to share ideas and tools using IBM Collaboration and Social Business solutions. This free event will provide you with the most current information about increasing your efficiency through collaboration and integrating your platforms with social business tools.  This is an event that you will not want to miss!

We have many great plans for our inaugural event. These include:
·        Expert panel discussion on “The Future of a Social Business”, which will cover topics like Web 2.0/E2.0, mobility, gamification, enterprise collaboration and much more!
·        Keynote address including demos from Alistair Rennie, GM of IBM Collaboration Solutions
·        Lab solutions area to see demos and meet with IBM subject matter experts
·        Solution Showcase including the IBM Pavilion
·        Discounted certification exams and testing area
·        Meals and receptions

Sessions and Speakers include:

Total Cost:
This is a free event for all attendees. You do not need to be a part of a local users group to attend, nor do you need to register for any other conference. Since this is a FREE conference, we have limited availability to host the event. Make sure you register today and make plans to attend. Your total cost will be your travel to Las Vegas and hotel arrangements. We have a block of hotel rooms at Planet Hollywood for $99/night.

This is your opportunity to learn and network with colleagues from all over the Western United States. Register today at www.paclug.org!

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Corrected Link: The Value of Notes/Domino and Platform Savings

Value of Notes/Domino

TCO with N/D 8.5 has decreased costs by 30% or more with sophisticated compression technologies, administration improvements, and End User functions. Consulting and free tools are provided to help customers determine their own potential For example, Forrester Consulting calculated a three-year, risk-adjusted ROI of 147% for an organization with a payback period within twelve months of deployment. See link below….

  • Free and embedded functions within the Notes/Domino platform providing more value for your IT staff and End Users
  • Embedded Instant Messaging
  • File Sharing and social networking
  • Full featured Browser based email
  • Push to Mobile devices (including Blackberry, iPhone/pad/pod, Windows Mobile, and Android)
  • VPN connectivity
  • Web 2.0 and client-based Designer tools
  • Personal Open Document Format Productivity – documents, spreadsheets, & presentations
  • Personal secure (drag and drop) document repository for team sharing
  • APIs to key industry tools – SAP, Siebel

Platform Savings

TCO of update to 8.5.x is less than 12 months, 30% fewer servers, 40% to 60% in disk savings, >50% I/O consumption, ~50% in Network bandwidth and extensive integration via Eclipse & Web Services

Free – SW Entitlements with Notes & Domino (live links here)

Why IBM for your integrated desktop client

Easy to use, integrated desktop client that brings you the people, business applications, and information you need from across the enterprise and the Internet to help you get your work done fast.

Learning resources

Customer References

TCO Tools

We have a few tools that can help the customers realize cost savings.  If you would like assistance with any of these tools, IBM can help you plan for your upgrade, cost out the savings as well as assist in your own value proposition for your upgrade.   If you do not know your IBM Lotus Rep or technical lead – please contact me directly and I would be glad to get someone to assist you immediately!

EVENT: November 17, 2010 Time: 9am PST – Instantly Convert Your Apps to XPages with New “Transformer Technology”

Date: November 17, 2010
Time: 12:00 pm Eastern U.S. Time
Hosted by LotusUserGroup.org, Sponsored by GROUP


REGISTER TODAY!!!

XPages technology enhances your ability to create world-class Notes and Domino applications and leverage your Domino investments to deliver modern, scalable, high performance Web 2.0 style applications. But, until now, learning a new development skill and applying it to a drawn-out and cumbersome platform migration has been a task many developers have been putting off. Fortunately, this presentation will introduce you to a new tool that lets you modernize your legacy Notes applications by converting them to XPages with GROUP’s revolutionary tool, Evolution Transformer.
Join Jennifer Meade, CTO at GROUP, and Nathan Freeman, GROUP Frameworks VP Research & Development, for this brief online presentation and learn the ins and outs of this new tool that transforms Domino applications with XPages for you:

  • Learn how to rapidly modernize legacy Domino applications at half the cost of moving to another platform
  • Extend applications to private and public clouds with no lock-in
  • Leverage existing infrastructures (hardware, middleware, directory services)
  • Standardize application appearance across your organization
  • See a demonstration of the Evolution Transformer solution in action

Don’t miss the presentation that will show you the easiest and best way to leverage your Domino investments by converting to XPages and delivering modern, scalable, high performance Web 2.0 style applications with ease.

This presentation is free to LotusUserGroup.org members but requires pre-registration.

REGISTER TODAY!!!

This Virtual User Group Meeting is hosted by LotusUserGroup.org.

No More MS Office – only Lotus Symphony – Did I look back? Not Once!

A few months ago I was one of the lucky ITS @ IBM to get a laptop refresh.  I was so very excited, even though it always takes sometime to upgrade, transfer all your files, install all your plugins, and to customize the machine to fit my person demo preferences and make sure I have all the bells and whistles to show my customers what IBM Lotus has to offer.  It was great to get hardware refresh.

I was so very surprised to see one piece that I was not expecting.  The laptop was shipped to me without MS Office on the desktop.  I had Lotus Notes 8.5 of course, Sametime, Connections plugins and SYMPHONY.

So here is my thoughts after the first 90 days without MS Office.

The first thing that I thought was… ok… now I can really cut the cord and use Symphony only.  I had been using it for over a year… but not exclusively.  IBM has been offering all of our templates, forms and presentations in the Symphony formats, but I was still using the Office Suite.  Well really it was the default on my old laptop.  But I do have to say that I have been using MS Office since it’s inception, so it is hard to make a complete cut over without taking some action.

To be honest… I am enjoying this much more.  The fact that when I do a file save, my machine does not freeze, most of the capabilities are not that different, in presentations I can add animation, manage groups, combine objects, add text effects, so many things that you can do in Powerpoint.  My favorite thing is the ease of use (more logical in my opinion) for the Masters – Slides, Notes and Handouts and controlling the Page Layouts.  I tend to use presentations the most, but really there are great things about the Document and the Spreadsheet tools as well.  Really tables are so much easier, formating is easier too… no pesky hidden code to make you mad and hard to control.

It is also so very easy to save documents into Office formats to share with my customers, and to easily export in one click to PDF / HTML format.

Here is the point:  I am just one person and with little to no effort this upgrade saved IBM $350.  You can do the math for your own organization and see how much money you can save.

I am really happy… and I have not looked back once!  Give it a try yourself for free… BE FREE AND WORK SMART!!