Announcing the MWLUG 2014 Outreach Program Recipient – Kid’s Food Basket


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Announcing the MWLUG 2014 Outreach Program Recipient – Kid’s Food Basket

As many of you know MWLUG is not just about building knowledge of IBM solutions and networking with our fellow ICS community members, it is about being part of the community. This is one of the reason we move MWLUG from city to city. It is about getting to know your local community whether it is in your town or a different town.

Each year we have a fundraising drive for a local community organization in particular a local food bank. This year with the help of Devin Olson our boots on the ground, we have selected Kid’s Food Basket as our MWLUG 2014 Community Outreach Program Recipient. We will be raffling off a weekend stay at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel as the grand prize along with signed copies of Virgil Westdale’s book.

Please take the opportunity to help feed the needy kids in Western Michigan. Each raffle ticket is $10 and you can buy them at the registration desk starting Thursday morning. We will announce the winners on just after the Speed Sponsoring on Thursday afternoon. We can no longer use Eventbrite for the raffle so please bring exact change. For ever $1 we raise we will provide 5 meals to kids.

Kid’s Food Basket

One in four children experience hunger in West Michigan. Kids’ Food Basket is a force for attacking childhood hunger, ensuring that lunch is not the last meal of the day for over 6,000 kids at 32 schools in Grand Rapids and Muskegon. Sack Suppers are well-rounded evening meals that provide nutrition critical to the development of the brain and body.

To learn more go to: http://kidsfoodbasket.org

MWLUG 2014 will be one of the best conferences that we have ever had and marks the sixth year in providing one of the best ICS user group conference. This year, MWLUG will be held in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel. Here are the highlights of this year’s conference:

  • 44 sessions and workshops in 5 topics areas:
    • Application Development
    • Best Practices and Customer Business Cases
    • Mobility and Web Security
    • Open Source with ICS
    • System Administration
  • 3 BOF user group sessions
  • Wednesday visit to the Gerald Ford Library and Museum
  • Thursday Evening Social Event at Founders Brewing Co
  • Wednesday Evening Exhibitor Showcase Reception
  • OGS Guest Speaker, Virgil Westdale
  • OGS IBM Speaker, Kramer Reeves
  • Book Signing withVirgil Westdale
  • For Cyclist, Saturday MWLUG 2014 Bike Ride
  • Breakfast and Lunch for two days

The Amway Grand Plaza Hotel has been gracious enough to extend the discount to all attendees as long as there are still rooms available in the hotel.

To see the sessions and speakers for MWLUG 2014 go to: http://www.mwlug.com/mwlug/mwlug2014.nsf/Sessions.xsp

MWLUG 2014 is make possible by the generous MWLUG 2014 sponsors whom not only pay for the majority of the cost for MWLUG 2014, but also donate their time in organizing and providing technical sessions on critical topics that are important to our ICS community.

The $50 MWLUG donation provide you:

  • Over 40 technical sessions and workshops
  • Breakfast and Lunch for Thursday and Friday
  • Wednesday Evening Showcase Reception that include drinks and hors d’oeuvres
  • Thursday Evening Social Event
  • Networking with your colleagues in the ICS community
  • And a whole lot more

MWLUG 2014 Registration

Registration Link: http://www.mwlug.com/mwlug/mwlug2014.nsf/Register.xsp

We have made special arrangements with the Amyway Grand Plaza Hotel on a special MWLUG discount rate of $129.00/night.

To register for the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel go to: http://mwlug.com/mwlug/mwlug2014.nsf/Hotel.xsp

So don’t wait and miss this opportunity to attend one of the best ICS user group conferences this year.

Amway Grand Plaza Hotel

 

Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
Grand Rapids, Michigan

MWLUG 2014 will be held at the historic Amway Grand Plaza on August 27-29, 2014. The Amway Grand Plaza was built in 1913 and in 1925 was rated as “One of the Ten Finest Hotels in America”.

Got my latest Certification: IBM Certified Associate – Social Software and Unified Communications


Just got my latest certification … I will probably do a few more soon. Nice to get this email in your in-box:

 

From: “IBM Certification Program” <ibmcert>

Date: Aug 5, 2014 7:06 PM
Subject: IBM Certified Associate – Social Software and Unified Communications
To: <victor>
Cc:

Dear Victor Toal,

Certification: IBM Certified Associate – Social Software and Unified Communications
CandidateTesting ID: xxxxxxx

Congratulations on achieving your certification and welcome to the world of IBM Collaboration Solutions certifications! Your commitment to increasing your expertise and knowledge with IBM Collaboration Solutions technology is an asset to you and your customers. The Professional Certification Program from IBM distinguishes professionals in the IT community as experts in leading-edge technology.

Your certificate is attached below, in .PDF file format. You can view your certificate, using Adobe Acrobat Reader V6.0 or higher, and print it on any high quality color printer.

Please remember to access services at the IBM Certification Member Site Information:
– select “Request e-Certificate ” to request all your certificates
– select “Account Services” to update demographics, email address, and request transcripts
– select “Member eStore” to order premium certificates and wallet cards
– select “Entitled Resources” to obtain your certification marks

 

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Announcing MWLUG 2014 Sessions and Workshops


Looks like yours truly is speaking at MWLug again. It is always a quality event with good speakers and allot of people to learn from. This year it is in Michigan and I am looking forward to it as i have never visited that state yet. Hopefully the good people of Grand Rapids will let me in and not turn me back at the airport or pro-actively throw me into the slammer.

My presentation is called:

"IBM Connections Migration – Review your WebSphere security and then use all these great tricks for your successful Connections Migration"

I admit it, the title is almost as long as if IBM had come up with it …. but what I want to talk about is how you can take a migration and use it as an opportunity to review – and hopefully – improve your systems security. I do allot of systems reviews and evaluations and the security settings are often just frightening. After the whole security issues I will talk about all those small and large issues with migrations that you are likely to run into. All in all .. it will be fun and I want to keep it hands on with allot of live stuff. Who knows .. maybe I will let the audience try and hack into the system …. ;)

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Announcing MWLUG 2014 Sessions and Speakers

We are please to announce the sessions and workshops for MWLUG 2014. We have 43 sessions and workshops for this event for a total of 47 hours of technical and business sessions covering.

  • Application Development
  • Best Practices and Customer Business Cases
  • Mobility and Web Security
  • Open Source with ICS
  • System Administration

To see the sessions and speakers for MWLUG 2014 go to: http://www.mwlug.com/mwlug/mwlug2014.nsf/Sessions.xsp

This year MWLUG celebrates its 6th anniversary in providing our ICS community a first-class conference to network and share our knowledge in collaboration technology. This year, MWLUG will be held in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel.

MLWUG 2014 is make possible by the generous MWLUG 2014 sponsors whom not only pay for the majority of the cost for MWLUG 2014, but also donate their time in organizing and providing technical sessions on critical topics that are important to our ICS community.

The $50 MWLUG donation provide you:

  • Over 40 technical sessions and workshops
  • Breakfast and Lunch for Thursday and Friday
  • Wednesday Evening Showcase Reception that include drinks and hors d’oeuvres
  • Thursday Evening Social Event
  • Networking with your colleagues in the ICS community
  • And a whole lot more

MWLUG 2014 Registration

Registration Link: http://www.mwlug.com/mwlug/mwlug2014.nsf/Register.xsp

We have made special arrangements with the Amyway Grand Plaza Hotel on a special MWLUG discount rate of $129.00/night.

To register for the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel go to: http://mwlug.com/mwlug/mwlug2014.nsf/Hotel.xsp

So don’t wait and miss this opportunity to attend one of the best ICS user group conferences this year.

Amway Grand Plaza Hotel

Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
Grand Rapids, Michigan

MWLUG 2014 will be held at the historic Amway Grand Plaza on August 27-29, 2014. The Amway Grand Plaza was built in 1913 and in 1925 was rated as "One of the Ten Finest Hotels in America".

Announcing MWLUG 2014 IBM Opening Session Speaker


A new announcement from MWLUG (Aug 27-29, Grand Rapids MI) – I will be attending again this year and it looks like I will also be speaking again – about my favorite topic(s) and (as anybody who knows me personally can attest) I will be talking allot … :)

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Announcing MWLUG 2014 IBM OGS Speaker

As we head towards MWLUG 2014 in August things are picking up steam and we are quickly moving forward in providing you one of the best ICS user group conference of this year. We have many things planned and a few surprises. If you miss this year’s MWLUG, you will be missing something that you may never have a chance to experience again. So don’t miss it. We will be announcing this the near future. The theme of MWLUG 2014 is "Connecting the Human Community" and this is what user group conferences bring to our community. It is an opportunity to network and learn from our colleagues within our community.

I am please to announce that one of the newest member of our community, Kramer Reeves, Director of Product Management for Collaboration Solutions, will be the IBM Opening General Session speaker. Kramer who became the Director of Product Management for ICS last year comes from an area of great interest for me, business process management.

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Kramer Reeves has over 15 years experience in the enterprise software industry, 11 of which at IBM. He is currently Director of Product Management for Collaboration Solutions inside IBM Software Group. In this role, Kramer leads a world-wide team and overall business responsibilities for key product lines including IBM’s messaging and collaboration solutions; unified communications software; and the workforce productivity portfolio.

This year MWLUG celebrates its 6th anniversary in providing our ICS community a first-class conference to network and share our knowledge in collaboration technology. This year, MWLUG will be held in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel.

MLWUG 2014 is make possible by the generous MWLUG 2014 sponsors whom not only pay for the majority of the cost for MWLUG 2014, but also donate their time in organizing and providing technical sessions on critical topics that are important to our ICS community.

The $50 MWLUG donation provide you:

  • Over 40 technical sessions and workshops
  • Breakfast and Lunch for Thursday and Friday
  • Wednesday Evening Showcase Reception that include drinks and hors d’oeuvres
  • Thursday Evening Social Event
  • Networking with your colleagues in the ICS community
  • And a whole lot more

We have made special arrangements with the Amyway Grand Plaza Hotel on a special MWLUG discount rate of $129.00/night.

To register for the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel go to: http://mwlug.com/mwlug/mwlug2014.nsf/Hotel.xsp

Amway Grand Plaza Hotel

Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
Grand Rapids, Michigan

MWLUG 2014 will be held at the historic Amway Grand Plaza on August 27-29, 2014. The Amway Grand Plaza was built in 1913 and in 1925 was rated as "One of the Ten Finest Hotels in America".

Open Mic Webcast : Linux for the IBM Sametime Admin (04/09/2014)


Marlon Machado posted this on the Sametime blog (link below) yesterday. Since there is allot of Linux all over the place, I suggest this as a webcast to listen to. If you still live in a Windows only server world, it is only a amtter of time until your boss tells you that there are maybe some Linux machines coming your way ….

0 people like thisAs you probably know by now IBM’s commitment to the Linux platform is broad and deep. That includes, of course, IBM Sametime. We’re steadily expanding and refining our support for Linux starting with our server components and we have a plan to bring all the goodies we shipped with Sametime 9 to the Linux desktop. It’s a journey and it’s been very satisfying so far.

Our development team has been documenting their experiences with Linux and they’re ready to share it with all of you. If you’re a Sametime administrator living in the Windows world and are interested in learning how Sametime works on Linux you should join us in April 9 for our next Open Mic Webcast. As in all our Open Mic sessions you’ll hear from our developers and then you’ll have a chance to ask questions and share your own experiences with them and your peers.

You can find out more about this event here. Don’t miss it. It’s going to be interesting.

 

Original Link: https://www-304.ibm.com/connections/blogs/SametimeBlog/entry/open_mic_webcast_on_april_9_linux_for_the_sametime_windows_administrator?lang=en_us