RE-blogging The Tale of a Smarter Planet

This is a wonderful youtube that was blogged by George Faulkner , who I might add has a great blog of information!!  This video was created by Chris Luongo of IBM, along with his collaborative partner Jane Harris.  It talks about the effects that technology can have on the planet, how we are able to bring ideas, technologies and resources from around the globe to help preserve our planet and foster a better environment for future generations.

Also don’t forget that you can go to for more excellent information on Building a Smarter Planet.

Thinking Green? what does it mean? how does it apply?

Yesterday was Earth Day.  I was inspired by a blog posting on IBM’s developerWorks to think about what it means to be Green…. aaah as Kermit would say… it ain’t easy… or is it?  smiles..

When we think about Green in IT, we think of how we can reduce power, manage storage, we think of virtualization and cloud computing.  As I am going around the PNW teaching ND8.5 upgrade classes for our customers to help them understand the value of an upgrade to our newest Domino infrastructure, I hear many stories about customers struggle with space and desires to consolidate servers.  I talk to them about the introduction of DAOS. 

When I managed the messaging environment for Bayer Pharmacuticals in Berkeley California, I reviewed using Single copy object stores (SCO).  While this was a great introduction of a capability we leveraged in cc:Mail way back when, it still had points of failure due to the dependancies on single database management.  It left you exposed to having 100’s of users dependant on one database.  Databases can become corrupt, corruption leads to down time, which leads to 100’s of users DOWN!  While this framework offered a promise to reduce storage, it offered a higher cost on end user down time, which can equal to a lot of money lost.

The rate and pace of data growth is growing expodentially.  Companies need to review options that can offer shared resources without creating a risk to the organization and down time for end users.  DAOS offers a distributed capability to allow end users to maintain mail but offset the file attachments to a file system.  Once again reducing risk in that it will not be in a database format, but a flat file store.    This allows for less risk with the capabilities of reducing data re-duplication.

Resources for DAOS

Paul Mooney’s excellent presentation on DAOS from Lotusphere
Lotus Domino goes Greener
Dowload the DAOS Estimator Tool version 1.4
What is ND8.5 DAOS

Notes Tips and Tricks Blog back up and running

As reported from the Domino Wiki

Many of you remember former IBM’er Alan Lepofsky’s popular blog, “Notes Tips and Tricks.”  It’s a tough act to follow, but Notes product manager Dwight Morse and information developer Julie Brown have teamed up to bring you a new Notes 8.x Tips blog.

You’ll find tips (like “Cool Features for Scheduling a Meeting” or “Recent Contacts”) that use lots of graphics to speed your learning! There’s even a tip on “Feeds,” which lets you subscribe to the Tips blog as a preset! Just click the “Subscribe to preset feeds” icon Subscribe to preset feeds icon in the Feeds section of your Notes Sidebar in Notes 8 or higher.

If you have requests for tips or if there’s a particular area of Notes that you would like more tips on, feel free to comment on the blog or on this wiki article.

This is a great resource!  Take advantage of it!

LCTY San Francisco April 16th 2009 Location change

Well… we are very excited to announce that we have had such an over whelming response, that we had to change our venue!!  Good job Bay Area!  Please note the new location below…. 

Parc 55 Hotel


LCTY 2009 for Portland and Seattle Announced!

At Lotusphere Comes to You 2009, you will discover a community dedicated to empowering people, breaking down geographic barriers, extending company knowledge and expertise, and creating a smarter, more dynamic
workplace. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn how you can take collaboration to the next level.

You will experience the best of IBM Lotusphere 2009 without leaving your community. IT, Business Managers, Architects and Administrators will find these sessions to be key in helping their organizations achieve better
business outcomes.


Attend Lotusphere Comes to You and get insider information on:


* Social Networking

* Unified Communications and Collaboration

* Web 2.0 Solutions

* Portal

* Software as a Service

* And more

Seating is limited, so please register today and tap into the power of community.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Hilton Portland & Executive Tower
921 SW Sixth Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97204


Thursday, April 30, 2009
Seattle IBM Office
1200 5th Avenue, 9th Floor, Seattle, Washington 98101





8:30 am – 9:00 am

Registration & Business Partner Showcase

9:00 am – 9:45 am

Welcome & Keynote – Connect, Collaborate, Innovate & GROW

9:45 am – 10:45 am

Unified Communications and Collaboration – Your Economic Stimulus Package

10:45 am – 11:00 am

Break & Business Partner Showcase

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

How Web 2.0 and Social Software Changes the Way You Do Business

12:00 pm – 1:15 pm

Lunch & Why Lotus Loves Microsoft

1:15 pm – 2:15 pm

Driving Productivity and Value With Portal-based Forms, Dashboards, Mashups

2:15 pm – 2:30 pm

Break & Business Partner Showcase

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Delivering Cost Effective Solutions with Software as a Service

3:30 pm – 3:40 pm

Closing Remarks and Drawings


Sponsored by:

IBM launches Sametime 3D virtual world

Thinking Green…. cut down on travel, costs and save time while still getting the personal touch.  With IBM’s Lotus Sametime 8x and plugins for virtual worlds leveraging the OpenSim and Second Life, IBM is building a bridge between virtual worlds and web conferencing.  Watch the video and listen to the use case that shows how you can offer visual, personal and interpersonal experiences to a web conference that helps to enrich your experience in collaboration.

You can also see what Forterra is doing with Sametime integration into their Virtual World.  Very impressive technologies and integration!!

See you around the Sandbox!


Liberate yourself and your budget from Microsoft’s grip!

IBM’s Project Liberate

Negotiate a better enterprise agreement

Ever wanted to be the big hero and save the company millions of dollars?  Well… I have a secret… we have seen drastic calculations regarding saving across the board for evaluating the Microsoft Enterprise Agreements, leveraging what you have in your organization, vs what Microsoft is bundling in their agreenments.   IBM offers a site that can help you understand how doing an evaluation of your environment could save you money.

Customers with Microsoft Enterprise Agreements might be able to save up to 40% or more on the cost of their renewal through this “no-charge” evaluation of their current Enterprise Agreement.

Click here for more information on IBM’s Project Liberate

If you are interested in setting up a conversation with one of our consultants, please feel free to contact me directly @ and I will assist in getting you to the right people for your organization.