Quick Reminder – IBM Collaboration Solutions Community Meeting – Take Your Social Business to the Cloud with IBM Sametime and IBM Connections

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IBM Collaboration Solutions Community Meeting – Take Your Social Business to the Cloud with IBM Sametime and IBM Connections


Mar 27, 2012


10:00 AM – 11:00 AM (Eastern Time)

Hosted by:

Joyce Davis (IBM)

Presented by:

Joyce Davis (IBM), Marc Pagnier (IBM), Fernando Salazar (IBM)

Our March community webcast will be focused on taking social business to the cloud! Join us for a semi-technical encore presentation by IBMers Marc Pagnier and Fernando Salazar who will discuss the convergence of Social Business, Unified Communications and IBM Connections. In addition, our community member spotlight section is changing a bit — be prepared to be inspired by fellow community members as they introduce themselves and share a brief topic of interest.

Web conference details will be sent upon registration. For those who wish to dial in over the phone, global access numbers will be sent in a separate email just prior to the meeting.

Meeting Agenda:
– Community news
– Community member spotlights
——- Mitch Cohen, Colgate-Palmolive
——- Matt Collins, VP Marketing, IBM Collaboration Solutions
– Special Topic: Private or Public? Take Your Social Business to the Cloud with IBM Sametime and IBM Connections
– Technical rating: ** (out of 3)
– Abstract: This presentation will help you better understand the impact of two market trends that are increasingly shaping the collaboration landscape: the convergence of Social Business with Unified Communications, and the rise of the cloud. The convergence of UC and Social Business, as illustrated by the growth of IBM Sametime and IBM Connections, is driven by a need for enhanced productivity and more efficient communications. A growing number of companies have also decided to complement their current infrastructure with cloud services. Join us to find out how recent announcements related to the IBM SmartCloud Enterprise platform can help combine the flexibility of on-premises deployments and the value of the cloud. However, with new options come new decisions. As capabilities and benefits will vary between the different environments, we will provide comparison points and guidance to select the optimum platform, be it IBM SmartCloud for Social Business, on-premises, a shared private cloud, or a hybrid combination thereof.
– Speaker: Marc Pagnier (IBM), Fernando Salazar (IBM)
– About the speakers:
——- Marc Pagnier is a senior product manager in the Social Communications team of IBM Collaboration Solutions. Marc is responsible for gathering market requirements, monitoring business trends, assessing technology related to collaboration, and currently defining the strategy for IBM Sametime in the private and public cloud (SmartCloud).
——- Fernando Salazar is an IBM Distinguished Engineer with over 20 years experience in developing productivity and collaboration software. Fernando also represents Lotus Unified Communications & Collaboration (UCC) in engagements across the whole IBM portfolio, including cloud-based and hosted offerings.

Andrews Presentation at BLUG

My colleague Andrew Champion is doing a presentation at BLUG on Friday about his journey from being a Notes Developer to being and XPage developer.

I am helping out but it is very much about Andrews personal journey and his advice to other Notes developers who are about to start the journey or who have already started and would like to share experiences.

I would highly recommend the recommend the presentation to aspiring XPage developers. It will demonstrate the challenges that Andrew faced, how he worked around the issues and will show you the results of his efforts.

We will be using examples from a number of XPage projects that we have delivered. As you can see from the diagram below it was been a long journey but one which has been very successful and enjoyable despite the challenges.

It is not a deep dive into any one topic but rather the “lonely planet” guide to your journey that we would have loved before we started.

If you are a developer new to XPages I would also highly recommend Howard Greenberg’s XPages Jump Start on Monday. If you are a customer, consultant or  manager  I would also recommend my talk on the Business Value of XPages on the Monday too.

Image:Andrews Presentation at BLUG

Image:Andrews Presentation at BLUG

My BLUG presentation in advance and a request for your help

I am presenting about “The Benefits of XPages” at ABB Global Consulting and they have been good enough to demonstrate the advantages of XPages using their solution ( a Notes database that has saved them > $4M since 2002 ).

The presentation will be a “warts and all” account of my experiences with XPages as a business owner and consultant. It will also be very high speed given that I only have 45 minutes.

I thought it would be good to try 2 things :

1) let you see the DRAFT presentation in advance so that you can decide if you want to come ( there will obviously many more words than on the slides ). Time at LUGs is precious and I would find this useful as an attendee so see attached.

Note that there is also a complimentary BLUG presentation by my colleague Andrew Champion talking about his experiences as an XPages developer using this and other applications as examples of his journey from Notes Developer to XPages Developer.

2) Ask for your help… I am passionate about Notes and XPages as something that can add Real Business Value. We have been lucky enough to have a customers that are willing to share those success stories ( with some sensible restrictions ). I need more examples for Slide 26.

To me this is a classic “Chicken and Egg” problem with Notes – there are load of “Geeks” ( me included ) showing other Geeks cool snippets of code but very few people are showing the “Managers” the business value that comes from Notes.

Often the Managers don’t realise the value until they try to replace it  with something else.

We NEED to be telling the success stories about Notes and XPages – IBM is not good at doing this so we need to do it ourselves – they even throw a mysterious cloak of impenetrability around their own XPage CIO projects when they speak about them –  to be fair Ed Brill did do a good job at INV101  LS12.

So … do you have any examples that I can add to slide 26 ?

Ideally they would be examples form end users but XPage ISV solutions would be OK too.

Thanks, Sean
Image:My BLUG presentation in advance and a request for your help

Image:My BLUG presentation in advance and a request for your help

Making contacts in your Notes CRM database available as a directory

Just a very quick post to show how you can take contact records in any Notes database and make them available to users in the “To” mail dialogue.

Integrating custom applications in this way is not very well documented and I would imagine not officially supported. If you run a very large directory I would investigate the caching that goes on in more detail.

This post gives some clues and I don’t pretend to understand it fully.

Image:Making contacts in your Notes CRM database available as a directory

You seem to need just one view in your application – ($PeopleGroupsFlat)

Column 2 of   ($PeopleGroupsFlat) of this view corresponds to the column 2 in the dialogue.
Column 3 of ($PeopleGroupsFlat) contains the values that are pushed into the address bar when the wizard closes.

Now, because column 3 is a valid email address in my case everything will be fine when it comes to send – there is no further name resolution to be done.
However, if your column 3 was a name then I suspect you also need the $users view and the name pushed into the address field ( i.e. column 3 of ($PeopleGroupsFlat) must match with a value in column 1 of $users so that the address can be resolved at send time.

You also need to add your database to the Directory Assistance database. The directory name displayed in the dialogue above is the database title.

Image:Making contacts in your Notes CRM database available as a directory

Thanks to Jake for the demo address book