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!

Preparing for Connect2014 – My preliminary list of must-attend sessions


Going to LotusPhere Connect2014 again, and really looking forward to it. I just went onto the Connect2014 website and made a listing of all the sessions I am interested in … turns out that I have to find a way to clone myself so I can see all 37 of them ….

As to be expected most of the sessions i am trying to cram in are around IBM Connections and Sametime – though I admit that I put more emphasis on Connections since I do allot of Connections work. I am really interested in some of the sessions that deal with Connections administration since a large part of my business is actually not just to install and configure but admin training for individuals and groups. I am always interested in what others do or how they approach problems – there is yet so much for me to learn, no matter how long I have been doing this already!

Here a highlight of a few sessions I really am looking forward to:

  • AD305 : IBM Sametime iWidgets: Extending Connections’ Use of Sametime
  • ID404 : Pushing the Borders – Extending and Customizing IBM Connections
  • ID403 : Social and Content – Better Together with IBM Connections Content Manager
  • ID605 : Make Your Microsoft Stack Social with IBM Connections
  • BP307 : Practical Solutions for Connections Administrators – Tips and Scripts for Your Daily Business (you really need to see this one!)
  • BP304 : What We Wish We Had Known: Becoming an IBM Connections Administrator (The British/Irish Invasion …. should be good!)
  • JMP201 : What’s New in IBM Connections Administration and Configuration
  • ID301 : IBM Sametime 9 Voice and Video: The Value Today and the Roadmap for Tomorrow
  • JMP204 : IBM Sametime 9 Deployment Workshop (this will be good, Wes Morgan is always a good for an interesting session) 
  • SHOW400 : IBM Sametime 9.0 Media Components on Linux for the Windows Administrator

All these great Jumpstart sessions will really screw my weekend up … but I guess there is no way past them! There are many more sessions, I just can’t list them all right now. I hope they don’t clash to badly schedule-wise or force me to do sprint from one side of the place to the other in 5 minutes ….

What sessions will you guys be attending?