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: Lotusphere Comes To You 2010

Join us and meet the experts that can help you become knowledgeable about the collaboration solutions that are specific to your industry, your business objectives and your IT operations:

  • Do you have new employees wondering where the social software is?
  • Are your professionals curious about how they can use email on the web from any one of their devices?
  • Is your management team asking you, ‘When can you help us deliver a web channel that will drive our customers to learn more about our products and services’?
  • Are your colleagues and business partners tired of having to open all sorts of different collaboration tools just to get simple work done?

Attend key sessions to get insider information on:

  • Messaging & Collaboration
  • Social Networking
  • Web 2.0 tools
  • Software as a service
  • Unified Communications & Collaboration
  • Portals

Take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about how IBM can help you improve your competitive advantage and thrive within the challenges presented by today’s economic environment.

Invite your colleagues to register today for an event near you: http://www.ibm.com/lotus/lcty

I look forward to seeing you at the Lotusphere Comes to You.

EVENT UPDATE: Mobile Collaboration with Lotus Software

Smartphone users send or receive emails more than any other business activity. And you may have guessed that accessing calendar information is a close second. We all know how critical mobile access has become in today’s workplace. IBM and WorkFlow Studios invite you to see the great possibilities when you include these mobile devices in your collaboration strategy.

At this session we will discuss and demo various Lotus products on the iPhone, Blackberry and Windows Mobile devices.

The goal is to encourage you to consider including these types of devices in your strategy and to show you how your employees can have access to their mail, calendar, PIM and other applications using these devices.

Discussion Topics:

  • Lotus mobility solutions for Blackberry devices

  • Lotus mobility solutions for Windows Mobile devices

  • iPhone Application development for mobile devices

San Francisco, CA – February 9

9:00 am – 12:00 pm
IBM San Francisco Innovation Center
425 Market Street, Room #20-280
San Francisco, CA 94105

Costa Mesa, CA – February 11

9:00 am – 12:00 pm
IBM Costa Mesa 600 Anton Blvd, 2nd Floor Room #209
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Space is limited REGISTER NOW

For more information:

David Stephens
WorkFlow Studios
Director of Interactive Sales and Marketing
949-212-5396

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! :))

Invitation to Open Mic Call on Install and Configuration of Lotus Sametime

A message from the Sametime Development Team

You are invited to participate in an IBM Open Microphone call with IBM Development & Support Engineers to discuss Install and Configuration of Lotus Sametime 8.0. There is no charge for participating. The topic and dial information for this call is:

Title: Install and Configuration of Lotus SametimeDate: Septemer 16

Time: 10:00 am eastern US time (3 pm Dublin/London, 4 pm Copenhagen/Berlin/Paris/Rome)

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Questions should be of general interest and by their nature help you install, configure, manage or optimize your environment or processes. Troubleshooting of specific problems should still be handled by Technical Support, not by Open Mic calls. We will collect questions, which have been posted to the forum and address as many of them as possible on the call. We will also take questions not submitted in advance. If you are interested in learning more about Sametime 8.0 product before joining this call please see the latest

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