Tag Archives: connections

Yes this has happened…

A few months ago I quietly relaunched my consulting services and have have had several productive engagements. Having stepped away from the day-to-day world of all things IBM Collaboration Solutions, I can now say that I have a very clear and objective viewpoint on what companies should be doing with their Notes/Domino/XPages/Connections apps and deployments.

I am also offering the following services:

  • Provide an honest assessment of your information technology operation
  • Offer executives a “plain English” explanation of technology
  • Personalized executive technology coaching and training
  • Help you answer the question “IT tells me everything is perfect, but is it really?”
  • Offer you the cold hard facts about social media
  • Provide opinions and constructive feedback for new software and hardware initiatives
  • Help you learn more about the “cloud”, its benefits and how it can be implemented
  • Assist you in determining if your company’s data is secure
  • Provide you a motivated and expert speaker for company events and conferences

Please consider using my services. You will not be disappointed.

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And the Mail.Next Poll Results are in and I Think IBM will be….

On Friday I created a poll to gauge the IBM ICS communities interest in the forthcoming IBM Mail.Next product/service that was announced at IBM Connect 2014. Here are the results:

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I will be conducting a second poll after the April 23rd webinar IBM detailing the progress of the Mail.Next offering. So, what are your thoughts about the poll results?

More changes on the horizon

Back in April I notified the OpenNTF Board that come this October I will be stepping down as Chairman of OpenNTF – The Open Source Community for IBM Collaboration Solutions. October is when my term as Chairman would normally end. You might have seen on the OpenNTF blog that nominations for eight board seats are now accepting nominations. Once the new board is elected a new Chairman will be elected. I will be working with the new Chairman to ensure a smooth transition.

I highly encourage all partners to get involved with OpenNTF in some way or another as it continues to be one of the pillars that supports the IBM Collaboration Solutions ecosystem.

OpenNTF has been a passion of mine since 2001 and after 12 years, it’s time for me to pursue some other things that I have wanted to do, but haven’t had the time.

Podcast: Getting started with IBM Connections application development

In this episode of The Taking Notes Podcast (@takingnotespod) we talked about developing applications for IBM’s Connections social software platform. We were joined by three very special guests:

Topics covered during the show included:

  • Overview of the options available to developers (APIs, Widgets, Java)
  • How widgets and apps are deployed within Connections
  • Integrating apps with the Connections Profile
  • Surfacing apps and widgets within Communities
  • How IBM Connections Next will utilize OpenSocial and ActivityStrea.ms
  • How Kudos Badges was built and how it integrates and is managed within Connections
  • Why developers should use XPages to extend Connections
  • How you can work with iWidgets and XPages
  • How to access the Connections REST API’s from XPages
  • Where you can find and download sample XPages apps
  • What other extensibility features might be important for XPages developers
  • and much more…

Resources:
http://ibm.co/StartSocial – Landing for all things ICS development related including Notes/Domino “Next” and Connections “Next”
http://xpag.es/?ForConnections
http://openntf.org/p/xpages%20for%20connections

Listen now >

So what’s there to complain about here?

On the Harvard Business Review Blog:

and when you click through:

If you then click through the various tabs you will learn that IBM isn’t only trying to market a single product and/or service (say IBM Connections) but offers some substantive services (and products) that in my humble opinion show the business and technical breadth needed to truly tackle some of todays business problems.

Don’t just read this blog post. Leave a comment.

Infectious enthusiasm

Martin Davies left this comment on the Taking Notes podcast site for the show we did with Paul Mooney and Gabriella Davis. On the show we talked about IBM Connections and more specifically, the new Connections101.net site that Paul and Gab created:

This has to be one of the best ICS podcasts I have listened to in a long time. No sideways swipes, just great infectious enthusiasm  built on an established deep technical foundation and amazing willingness to share.  I echo Sean Cull’s thoughts 100%, upto now I have backed away from Connections simly because I had no idea where to start and couldn’t stomach the thought of burning hours and going nowhere – this will be a massive help.  This is a great project – congratulations to Paul and Gab.

Episode 153: Connections 101 with Paul Mooney and Gab Davis >