I've started this blog post about 300 times in my head I think. The run downs has been posted about what an incredibly awesome OGS it was last Monday morning and what an incredibly odd CGS on Thursday. No need to repeat it here, so I won't. Lotusphere, in name, still remains. They even announced at the end of the OGS the dates for Lotusphere 2013. I speculated on here that this would be the last one and next year the event would be under a different name. I was wrong. It will still be Lotusphere. Which is a good thing because I think after what was shown last Monday, the community is on fire. More so then in years previous I think. We'll have to see how things look a month or two from now. I know I have a lot of work to do to make sure that we look towards where the product is going. No promises on the social aspects. I would love to see it. I just need to come up with a strategy to sell it. Put myself out there a little more, but in the right way, to show it's worth. We'll see.
But for me personally, this was the year I felt like I put myself out there and won. My session killed. I can't thank Tom Duff enough for all his mentoring and support. Also, Marie Scott for her advice and guidance. Of course, I would be wrong not to mention Gab Davis for her giving me the nudge to do it in the first place. I said it in the Gurupalooza session and I'll say it again here. If you have an idea of a session you want to do at Lotusphere, do it. Submit an abstract. If you are not sure about it, network with others in the community. Ask for help. THEY WILL HELP YOU. Still not sure, do a session at a local or regional user group to try your idea out. It can be done. Don't be afraid of it. The one song I listened to all week leading up to my session was Eminem's Loose Yourself. The first lines of the song say it all.
"Look, if you had one shot, one opportunity To seize everything you ever wanted, In one moment Would you capture it, or just let it slip?"
I seized it, I captured it. I lost myself in the moment, I owned it and it's a feeling I never want to let go. I got over my fear of public speaking. So will I put in for another session next year? Don't know. We'll have to wait and see. But don't let a moment like that slip from you, ever. Taking that leap out of your comfort zone can sometimes land you on your feet feeling fine. It did for me.
Andy's Guide to (dis)ConnectED2015!
Sat, Dec 13th 2014 12:14p Andy Donaldson Every year about this time, I sit down in front of my computer and bang out my guide and tips for making your yearly journey to the holy land of collaborative awesomeness, Lotusphere. (You can click here to see all of the past years write-ups.) Well, it used to be called Lotusphere, but over the past couple of years it's had a bit of an identity crisis. This coming January it has once again had a change of name and is called ConnectED. Okay, no problem. But this year for the first time sinc [read] Keywords: connections
Another one bites the dust.
Mon, Jun 9th 2014 7:09p Andy Donaldson I've been feeling it coming for a long time now. The eventuality that my days as a full time Domino Administrator coming to a close. I've known for some time at work, (past couple of years), that there has been a lot of conversation about migrating away from the Domino stack. At first I fought it. Nobody listened. Nobody cared. No help from IBM either. As far as I'm concerned, they gave up on us as a customer a long time ago. Haven't heard from my rep in months. So why fight it. My [read] Keywords: domino
17 years. 16 an honest man.
Fri, Apr 25th 2014 3:40a Andy Donaldson Back before the turn of the century, I didn't know what I wanted in the world. I thought I did and that took me down many roads. But most of the time, it was roads that others had already paved. I hadn't made any of my own. I was at a crossroads in life I felt. I was on the verge of making a decision to either sticking it out in Ohio, or move back to Michigan and live in my parents basement to start over. I was looking for answers on a direction in life and that's when I decided to look [read] Keywords: email
Sametime Video Calls on a MacBook Pro - not happening
Thu, Mar 27th 2014 9:10a Andy Donaldson Okay, blogosphere, I need your ear for a few minutes.The overlords here at the day job want to start support Macs. That's a good thing in my opinion. IBM has had a Notes client for Mac, (but not an Admin or Dev client), for some time now. But with rolling out new hardware, we have to make sure everything works of course. What's not working for me right now, and is reproducible on another like Mac, is that video calls in Sametime won't work. We have nice, shiny new MacBook Pro's with Re [read] Keywords: admin
Migrating Traveler to HA Error
Sat, Mar 15th 2014 6:48a Andy Donaldson Today was the day I made the leap to migrate our production Traveler server from running on the Derby database to an SQL database. While we are not taking full advantage of HA with multiple servers, I wanted to at least get us migrated to a more robust database. Having walked through the migration steps at this link in our test environment, I felt pretty confident with the task ahead. After the server restarted and Traveler launched, the migration process began. But not too long after the mi [read] Keywords: ibm