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!

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!!

Why IBM Lotus Loves Microsoft.

Did I get your attention??  Hmmmm… you are wondering how this is possible?

IBM Lotus is very focused on integration in your environment.  We do not believe that you should be locked down with a technology, that you should be able to blend the technologies to create the best work space for your end users.  Lotus specifically leaves the door open for you to integrate the technologies that you need.  Each of our technologies offer complimentary touch points into and with the Microsoft environments to provide the best capabilities.  See for yourself.   Interested in learning more?  Please feel free to contact me @ holli_konig@us.ibm.com

Here are some great links to show you how! :))

NEW CLASSES ADDED!! Notes/Domino 8.5 Upgrade Class – Beaverton OR Oct 6th and 7th and Seattle WA Oct 14th and 15th

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INTRODUCTION

Presentations and Hands-on Lab Exercises for a 1 or 2 day Proof of Technology (PoT), with materials focusing on Notes ® End User, Domino® Administration, and Domino Application Development enhancements in version 8.5.

OBJECTIVE

The Notes & Domino 8.5 Upgrade PoT is intended to provide the customer with an in-depth examination of the new capabilities of version 8.5 of the products. For existing customers, this exploration will help them assess the additional value and potential impact to their existing environment. For new customers, this exploration will not only give them a hands-on experience with a product new to them but it will also reinforce our advantages over the competition, such as the power of applications. At the conclusion of the Proof of Technology, the customer will leave with an excitement about the business problems this new version can help solve.

AUDIENCE

This Proof of Technology is targeted for IT Managers, Application Developers, System Administrators and Architects evaluating IBM Lotus Notes / Domino. No prerequisite knowledge of Notes or Domino is required; however, it is recommended that participants have an understanding of their business needs and current IT technologies.

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COST

This session is offered free of charge. Complimentary refreshments including continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. However, participants

are responsible for their own business travel expenses.

 

SCHEDULE

For your convenience, registration and continental breakfast will begin at 8:00 AM. The session on day 1 will start at 8:30 AM and end at approximately

6:00 PM. On day 2, breakfast will start at 8:30 AM, the session will start at 9:00 AM and end at approximately 5:00 PM.

 

CONTACT FOR INFORMATION

 

This Proof of Technology is on a nomination process, please send me an email to register.

Get Smart with Hot Technologies, Cool Solutions: WEBCAST Series

This is an exciting opportunity to join IBM and hear about our innovations and visioning around our solutions… please join us it will be well worth it!

 Get Smart Series

Lotus Software has long been synonymous with collaboration— and leading the pack in helping individuals and teams create, innovate and become the visionaries they aspire to be. And today, we’re continuing to pioneer the way, shaping how organizations around the world collaborate ‘smarter’ every day.

Announcing a new series of webinar events aimed at helping you and your company ‘Get Smart’, regardless of where you are in the process, or which Lotus software products you’ve embraced.

Get up close and personal with the Lotus executive team. Register for these important events today.

Get Smart. Start the conversation. Be the visionary. Shape the future. ibm.com/software/lotus/events/smarter-collaboration/

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IBM Multimedia Library for Lotus Notes

A comprehensive collection of more than 1,000 Lotus tutorials and video clips showing users how to perform essential tasks.

 Benefits:

  • Affordable solution for Lotus customers
  • Support for 11 languages
  • Reduced tech support calls and costs
  • Individual clips can be “drip fed” to employees via e-mail to prepare for a product rollout or upgrade.
  • Clips include step-by-step text instructions
  • Can be embedded right into the Notes client