2014 – What is waiting at the starting line for this year?


Since I finally got back to my bog and wrote a short / brief “2013-in-a-nutshell” post, I thought it might be time to also look ahead. There is allot hat I am working on, here the short list:

 

Connect2014

Yes, I mentioned I am going and what my (not very short) list of must-see presentations are. The other reason I like to go is that is a great time to talk to vendors and colleagues to see where the market and technology is going and what clients are (likely/maybe/hopefully) looking for for the future. It is not just fun and golf – even if my wife thinks otherwise.

Connections Training

I speak frequently at LUGS and seminars on IBM Connections administration, that goes hand-in-hand with the Connections training that I offer as part of my business. This last year has seen allot of one-on-one / one-on-many training where I make the whole Connections install a training seminar for the client where they learn not only how to install but how to document, what decisions they need to think of ahead of time and then how to think ahead to production / operations. I also do class-room hands-on training where I bring in a VM environment and the participants get hands-on and get to break it and repair it. When necessary I actually created “broken” snapshots that I have them fix. Hands-on is the only way to go really

For 2014 I am thinking slightly larger …. I am partnering with a good friend of mine to munch off his good reputation and experience … ;) there will be some more detailed announcements on this later in the 1st quarter. for right now it is still  “Pssssst .. it’s a secret

Technology Trends

Over the last few years I have seen a big uptick in my IBM Connections business and a decline in Domino work. Not because I think Domino itself is declining but because the base knowledge in the market place out there is good and clients see less need in bringing in outside talent – upgrades and migrations yes – or integration work with other systems but not really for basic Domino operations.

Recently I also see a large uptick in Sametime inquiries – ST9 is making allot of clients thinking of upgrades and they want help. Also, they want ST to integrate with more – video, telephony, awareness in every other system they can get it to work in … ST9 looks good for me and I like the changes and (some of) the simplifications in the product – and I think that the licensing changes that IBM put into place will drive allot more adoption.

International Work

I also see an uptick in my “international” work. Whereas my focus used to be 99% North America I do get more inquiries for Europe and Asia … I speak several languages which helps but that is not the real reason, I just guess this internet thing really makes the world smaller and brings us closer in many different ways. Now, if I could just somehow get an app that does something about time zones and jet lag …..

 

 

I am curious to talk to my colleagues out there and see what the technology barometer is showing them – that is one of the reasons I always try to attend Connect (LotusPhere) – but for now all I can say is that 2014 looks good!

Sametime Video Chat Widget for Connections – Supposedly it still works in V4


My current client had this implemented in their V 3.x environment and we asked IBM if it will still work in V4 …. supposedly it does.

http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/lotus/downloads/sametime_videochat_plugin.html

I am implementing it now but there are some inconsistencies with the ST server so I will have to dig through the ST logs and God only knows what else to make it work. Not sure if IBM is working on a version that is “more compatible” (it ain’t English but I have no better way of saying this) to Connections  V4.x, but I hope they are. This one is not very pretty to look at when it is added to a community at it’s current build.

 

I will keep y’all updated on the progress.

IBM Sametime Meetings Statistics Utility – installed!


Marlon Machado of IBM posted this entry below  a while ago and we installed it here at a client. It is really painless and works right out of the box without having to jump through hoops or juggle knives while standing on one leg. Give it a try!

 

SametimeBlog

Now available: IBM Sametime Meetings Statistics Utility.

Marlon Machado |  June 27 | Tags:  tech-preview sametime statisctics meetings | Comments (0)  |  Visits (336)

We’re proud to announce availability of the new IBM Sametime Meetings Statistics Utility.

The IBM Sametime Meetings Statistics Utility is a server-side enterprise application that is installed on an IBM Sametime Meetings Server. The application samples values for total rooms, active rooms, unused rooms, active users, library count, and library size once a minute and stores the values in a new database table. The application also provides the ability to generate HTML reports based on these values grouped by various time periods (hour, day, month, year).

This is a technology preview for IBM Sametime Meetings version 8.5.2 IFR 1. It is available for download free of charge at IBM developerWorks (here).

via Now available: IBM Sametime Meetings Statistics Utility. (SametimeBlog).

Connections 3.0.1.1 and Sametime Proxy Server 8.5.2 IFR1 fix OBEN-8SDLGS – RECALLED


I just got a mail from IBM support on the Sametime Proxy Server 8.5.2 IFR1 fix OBEN-8SDLGS that is mandatory for awareness between Connections 3.0.1 FP1 and Sametime.  It appears this HF was recalled (not sure what he exact problem is) which explains why I have not been able to get awareness to work with Connections 3.0.1.1 – no mater what I do.

That there is no updated, specific documentation for Connections 3.0.1.1 and ST awareness is not a good sign either but that is why I opened a PMR with IBM when I could just not get awareness to work correctly – and here I am a week later and still nothing to show for my efforts .

I will blog again once I hear back from IBM and a new ST HF is released.

Sametime Install end-to-end


I normally try to avoid just re-posting stuff I see in other blogs but this one merits allot of attention: The Sametime blog has a recent post that points to a really great session on how to install Sametime 8.5.1 front-to-end … and it’s long – 277 slides!! Looking at all them will take a while but it is worth the time spent.