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Mitigating Risk on Your Way to the Cloud
Tue, Oct 3rd 2017 10
New Features in VitalSigns – Support for Microsoft On-Prem, DAG, and More!
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IBM Domino Full Stack Monitoring
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Social Connections 11 Recap
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Pulling Data from Notes Views Using Standard Web APIs
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Pulling information from Notes Views using standard web APIs
Thu, May 11th 2017 3
What is Docker and why should I care to learn about it?
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Mitigating Risk on Your Way to the Cloud
Tue, Oct 3rd 2017 10
Announcing new IBM Connections reports at Social Connections show in Toronto
Mon, Jun 6th 2016 9
Monitoring the Social Business Network of the Future
Tue, Nov 29th 2016 8
Alan Forbes is now an IBM Champion!
Wed, Dec 14th 2016 7
See us in Toronto at Social Connections 10
Wed, May 11th 2016 6
What is Docker and why should I care to learn about it?
Mon, Apr 24th 2017 6
Pulling Data from Notes Views Using Standard Web APIs
Thu, May 11th 2017 6
Monitor Specific IBM Notes Traveler Devices for Key Executives
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New Features in VitalSigns – Support for Microsoft On-Prem, DAG, and More!
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Annual Pre-IBM Connect 2014 Party was a hit!
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Alan Forbes
Blog Title VitalSigns Blog and User Community
Blog Description The home base for users of VitalSigns-- the premier monitoring application for Domino, BlackBerry, and Sametime
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Mitigating Risk on Your Way to the Cloud
Tue, Oct 3rd 2017 4:47p   Alan Forbes
Mitigating Risk on Your Way to the Cloud Many organizations are under the impression that they can eliminate security risks by hosting their data and IT infrastructures in the cloud. Unfortunately, they’re wrong. Properly mitigating the risks of migrating to the cloud requires two things: intensive planning combined with through knowledge of product specific obstacles. There are also many 3rd party tools available that can simplify your transition to the cloud. It’s impossible to eliminate
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New Features in VitalSigns – Support for Microsoft On-Prem, DAG, and More!
Tue, Sep 19th 2017 8:07p   Alan Forbes
New Features in VitalSigns – Support for Microsoft On-Prem, DAG, and More! The engineers behind VitalSigns are always trying to add new features and fix bugs to ensure a smooth user experience. Client input is a big driver of innovation within VitalSigns, so please feel free to send feedback to info@rprwyatt.com Below are the new features and enhancements for the month of September in VitalSigns. New Features 1.) Added Support for Microsoft On-Premise and Database Availability Group. 2.
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IBM Domino Full Stack Monitoring
Fri, Aug 11th 2017 7:24p   Alan Forbes
Why Organizations Need Full Stack Monitoring for IBM Domino The IBM Domino Platform is known for its robust capacity of email and collaboration solutions. Like many platforms it has been through some fairly steep changes over the years with the focus lately on a more engaging way of collaborating. The platform that delivers email, collaboration, applications and social can be quite complex in its architecture. The performance of the platform highly depends on how it has evolved in individua
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Social Connections 11 Recap
Tue, Jun 13th 2017 5:31p   Alan Forbes
Engage is the New Social The overall theme at Social Connections this year was engagement, and more specifically employee engagement. Although the conference was called Social Connections, there seemed to be a clear push to replace the nomenclature from ‘social’ to ‘engage’. The original ideology of getting your employees to be social has worked very well in the past, but today employees need to be more than just social. The most successful employees are social, but they are also highly
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Pulling Data from Notes Views Using Standard Web APIs
Thu, May 11th 2017 2:00p   Alan Forbes
Free Domino Data with Web APIs Application Program Interfaces (APIs) are widely used in our everyday lives, whether you are aware of it or not. For example, while viewing the website of the new restaurant you see its location on an embedded Google map; you have just interacted with the Google Maps API. Companies leverage APIs all the time as an authoritative source to provide clean, timely and accurate data. The ability to provide clean and accurate data makes APIs a valuable asset for developer
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Pulling information from Notes Views using standard web APIs
Thu, May 11th 2017 1:23p   Alan Forbes
Application Program Interfaces (APIs) are widely used in our everyday lives, whether you are aware of it or not. For example, while viewing the website of the new restaurant you see its location on an embedded Google map; you have just interacted with the Google Maps API. Companies leverage APIs all the time as an authoritative source to provide clean, timely and accurate data. The ability to provide clean and accurate data makes APIs a valuable asset for developers like me when building softwar
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What is Docker and why should I care to learn about it?
Mon, Apr 24th 2017 4:46p   Alan Forbes
I have exciting news for everyone who plans on attending Social Connections 11 this June 1-2 in Chicago. I have been recognized for being passionate about social business and was invited to be a speaker at this great event. This is set to be an exciting and information event as it features more than fifty speakers from all around the world, including IBM product managers and executives, customers, business partners, independent consultants, analysts, faculty and industry leaders. The session tha
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Office 365 Up-Time: Understand and Verify Your SLA
Thu, Apr 13th 2017 2:25p   Alan Forbes
Maximize the Potential of your Office 365 Environment It’s critical for IT administrators to provide an excellent end-user experience, avoiding interruptions in application performance at all costs. This is why server monitoring resonates with many administrators today, as they can easily realize how beneficial the insights provided by monitoring can be. Some elements of IT environments can benefit more from these insights, such as your email and messaging applications. Companies like Microsof
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The newest release of IBM Connections is here!
Tue, Apr 4th 2017 4:19p   Alan Forbes
IBM Connections 6.0 is now available to download IBM Connections 6.0 brings new potential to the end-user by empowering them to thrive with a richer, more focused and more effective experience. In Connections 6.0 IBM added new functionality across the board, enhancing multiple aspects of the collaborative landscape. New functionalities can be seen in the following areas: Communities, Files, Search, Onboarding, as well as Orient Me, the new Connections Homepage. Communities Community owners now
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VitalSigns Monitoring Roadmap
Mon, Mar 6th 2017 5:29p   Alan Forbes
We are just about a quarter of the way into 2017 and VitalSigns server monitoring has already been creating some buzz within the enterprise collaboration community. The fourth release of VitalSigns became available at the start of the year and has been praised for its beautiful new interface, but more importantly its ability to monitor the entire IBM Collaboration stack. The ability to dig deeper into technologies such as IBM Connections and Verse has really resonated with the Domino community.
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Impressions of IBM Connect/San Francisco
Tue, Feb 28th 2017 8:24p   Alan Forbes
General IBM News In the spirit of apparent “gamification” IBM announced it would stop issuing certifications in favor of virtual badges. I’m not entirely sure what the difference is, exactly, except that it is supposed to be more fun.   Julian Robicheaux was named the third Lifetime IBM Champion, which is quite an honor for him and well deserved. The IBM team was accessible and many representatives came around the booths asking for feedback.  The mood seemed generally positive about the
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New Intuitive User Interface With a Focus on In-depth Monitoring of the IBM Collaboration Stack
Thu, Feb 9th 2017 7:58p   Alan Forbes
Experience the new and improved release of VitalSigns with this quick overview video created by Vitalsigns creator and IBM Champion, Alan Forbes. Featuring a completely rebuilt user interface to allow for quick assessment of the entire environment from a unified, color coded dashboard. As a comprehensive monitoring tool for all enterprise environments, including IBM Connections, IBM Sametime, IBM Websphere and IBM Domino/Traveler, VitalSigns is most affordable and efficient monitoring solution a
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IBM Executive Reorg: Forges Cognitive Systems, Merges Cloud And Analytics
Wed, Feb 1st 2017 12:43a   Alan Forbes
After two years of heading the cloud division, and 36 years with IBM, Cloud senior vice president, Robert LeBlanc will be retiring from the company. As anticipated this news had set off a chain-reaction of executive reorganization. The changes transform Cloud as Hybrid Cloud, which now is put under combined Cognitive Solutions and research leadership at IBM. The IBM Cloud was constructed by merging SoftLayer with Watson and its application hosting business. Over the years LeBlanc climbed the ran
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Are you going to make it to San Francisco?
Wed, Jan 11th 2017 7:05p   Alan Forbes
Well, even after 17 years, we are still experiencing some firsts with the always exciting IBM Connect Conference. For me personally this will be a very exciting conference, as it will be my first time attending as an IBM Champion, something that I consider as a great honor. The first major change for this year’s conference has west coasters jumping for joy. That’s right, IBM Connect will be hosted in San Francisco for the first time ever. Usually hosted in Orlando, the new location will give
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Alan Forbes is now an IBM Champion!
Wed, Dec 14th 2016 8:31p   Alan Forbes
We are very proud to announce that our own Alan Forbes was named a 2017 IBM Champion for Collaboration Solutions. This is a great honor given to only a select number of thought leaders in the technical community. VitalSigns, an innovative monitoring solution for existing ICS environments, helped Alan to achieve the prestige status of IBM Champion. Alan will be speaking about the newest VitalSigns release at the upcoming 2017  IBM Connect Conference, this February in San Francisco. The pie chart
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Happy Birthday, Lotus Notes
Tue, Dec 13th 2016 6:16p   Alan Forbes
This week was the 32nd anniversary of the start of Lotus Notes. What is amazing is the context. In December 1984 the IBM PC was only 3 years old. No GUI. No real networking.  I remember my first job with a Lotus Business partner we had to bring network cards that plugged into the parallel port plus our own hub and cables whenever we wanted to do a demo. Decades later, this same core gets another major innovation (for those not in this space, we are shipping a new web UI for Notes email “V
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Monitoring the Social Business Network of the Future
Tue, Nov 29th 2016 8:29p   Alan Forbes
Monitoring the Social Business Network of the Future Organizations that are serious about leveraging social business networking software need to look long and hard at what IBM is doing with Connections. Deploying a robust Social software solution such as IBM Connections is a big commitment for many organizations. With a commitment, this large it becomes crucial that your organization is actually benefiting from this new software. The problem is, how do you really identify if your social softwar
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IBM Commits to the Future of Notes and Domino: Stay Ahead with VitalSigns Monitoring
Tue, Nov 8th 2016 4:59p   Alan Forbes
IBM Commits to the Future of Notes and Domino: Stay Ahead with VitalSigns Monitoring Join our free webinar to learn how IBM is encouraging customers to stick with Domino. IBM recently announced the latest roadmap that extends the future of Domino and Notes. Follow along with industry experts Alan Forbes and Heather Hottenstein, as they cover this important and welcomed turnabout for IBM. In part two of the webinar learn how VitalSigns can help keep your end users productive and happy by proactiv
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List of Connections reports continues to grow
Wed, Nov 2nd 2016 4:36p   Alan Forbes
Going forward VitalSigns monitoring will focus on reporting, and ultimately assuring a high level of data quality with a long range goal of assuring successful business performances.  In that vein, the list of reports that VitalSigns can produce related to IBM Connections continues to expand. Critical investments usually require monitoring to assure a quality performance. Technology is no different. In software, acceptance and mastery are the goals for the users and those goals are only achie




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