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What? New Companion and To Do Apps? YES.
Fri, May 9th 2014 2:25p   Chris Reckling
I told you more apps were coming, updated for iOS 7! Today IBM released Traveler Companion and Traveler To Do's to the Apple app store. These were updated to align with new guidelines for iOS 7 (featuring a beautiful new design) and a handful of bug fixes, as reported by customers. Traveler Companion is available so you can read and send encrypted mail on the device (since we cannot build this into the Apple mail client). It also enforces certain admin policies such as how attachments are ha [read] Keywords: admin ibm inotes ldd lotus notes policies traveler apple bug server
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Sametime Meetings app for iOS Updated
Mon, Apr 21st 2014 3:25p   Chris Reckling
Today IBM released an update to the Sametime Meetings app. This release updates the UI to be more in line with iOS 7 guidelines. Check it out. When we started this process, we decided to go for a lighter, friendlier tone than before. Here is what the main entrance screen looks like now - what we call the 'lobby'. From here you can launch straight into your meeting room. And once you are in a room, you can focus on the content at hand for the meeting. This screen shot shows the slide vi [read] Keywords: ibm ldd lotus sametime apple mobile
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Update from Connect 2014
Wed, Jan 29th 2014 8:42a   Chris Reckling
Orlando, FL, also known as Lake Buena Vista, or on my phone location as Bay Lake...Wednesday morning, January 29. It's hump day at IBM Connect - that means the Wednesday night party happened on Tuesday this year at the Hollywood Studios. Everything is turned around! It's been great meeting customers and friends from over the years both in the hallways and in our Design Studio on site in Asia 4. If you are at Connect and haven't made it to the lab, then why not today?? Most people enjoy spendi [read] Keywords: collaboration connections ibm ldd lotus sametime mobile vista
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Visit the Design Studio at IBM Connect
Fri, Jan 10th 2014 5:22p   Chris Reckling
IBM Connect is just around the corner - yikes! Once again, the user experience and info management teams will have a lab in Asia 4, to the left of the elevators to the partner showcase - also known as, 'the same place as the previous years'. IBM Design Thinking is a big emphasis for us this year and indeed, across all of IBM. We will have a number of activities in the studio for you to participate in, as well as the usual one on one feedback sessions we typically do. I will be speaking on W [read] Keywords: connections ibm ldd lotus mobile
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Sametime 9 Chat App for Android
Mon, Nov 18th 2013 3:42p   Chris Reckling
Getting a jump on things, last Friday the Sametime Chat app for Android was updated for Sametime 9. The new apps add audio and video chats so now you can easily move from text chatting to a richer communication mode. Congratulations to Tyler (our designer) and the dev team for getting this out to the market. Here are a couple of screenshots of the app for tablets and phones. Dare I note that you must be running Sametime 9 with the appropriate server pieces enabled? You can try it if you ha [read] Keywords: ibm ldd lotus sametime google server wiki
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Connections Mobile 4.5 Now Available
Tue, Nov 5th 2013 11:02a   Chris Reckling
November 5. Today IBM released updates to the Connections app for Apple iOS and Google Android. This update primarily adds support for Connections Content Manager, an alternate file database available in communities. The other features worth noting are an indicator for when the device loses the network connection and support for Mobile Iron on iOS. In these examples, the Connections Content Manager (CCM) is being used inside a community on the Greenhouse. It adds features to your file sharin [read] Keywords: connections ibm ldd lotus apple community database google mobile network




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Connections Mobile 4.4 Now Available
Tue, Oct 1st 2013 8:22a   Chris Reckling
Last Friday, IBM released updates to the Connections mobile apps for Android and iOS. The main new features include a much better Media Gallery and Wikis experience. (Android already had the wikis done, so this part is only new on iOS.) Here are a couple of screens to give you an idea of what it's like. It's a much more immersive experience than we've done before and works well in both tablet and phone form factors. Tapping on a picture brings it full screen with a slider at the bottom (or [read] Keywords: connections ibm ldd lotus iphone mobile wiki
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IBM Connections + IBM Docs Mobile = A Match
Sun, Jul 21st 2013 4:02p   Chris Reckling
Exciting news! You can now access IBM Docs on your iPad from within the Connections app. You can create and edit documents and view spreadsheets or presentations created with IBM Docs on the desktop. All of the files stay within the Connections app on the device, which removes the worry about information being sent to other apps and potentially to an insecure place. To get started, you will need to download and update the Connections iOS app from the Apple App Store. Then log in to either IB [read] Keywords: connections ibm ldd lotus apple desktop mobile
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Connections Mobile June Update
Fri, Jun 28th 2013 2:02p   Chris Reckling
Littleton, MA - Another month, another update to the IBM Connections mobile apps for iOS and Android. There are a number of improvements in this release. In addition to the usual bug fixes and performance improvements, here are a few of the feature updates: Simplified FIles list - there is now a tab at the bottom of the list to switch between Files and Folders. There was a lot of duplication in the drop-down view menu such as "My Files" and "My Folders". Now it's just Files and you can swi [read] Keywords: connections ibm ldd lotus apple bug community enterprise google mobile network profile wiki
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Sametime Meetings Mobile Configuration URLs
Thu, May 30th 2013 9:06a   Chris Reckling
Sametime Meetings is an excellent client! You should try it. It works on Greenhouse, SmartCloud (4-digit meeting ids), and your own on premises install of Sametime. One problem we seek to solve for end users is that pesky server setup and configuration step - you know, the first step you have to do in most cases (although you can join SmartCloud meetings anonymously if allowed). Like our other mobile apps, there's an easy solution for admins and help desks. The setup task can be done by the [read] Keywords: ibm ldd lotus notes sametime apple email mobile password server
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New Command URLs in Connections Mobile 4.1 Apps
Wed, May 29th 2013 7:27a   Chris Reckling
With the release of the Connections mobile 4.1 apps, there are new command urls added that developers can use to call into the apps. Many of the new commands allow you to launch a specific view of a service, go to a specific entry, or show a service inside a community. Check out my previous entries for the full set: The Basics - launch and configuration. Additional Commands added to launch specific services. Here's a brief summary of the new ones. Remember, they all start with ibmscp: [read] Keywords: connections ibm ldd lotus community email mobile profile wiki
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Connections Mobile May Update
Wed, May 15th 2013 4:25p   Chris Reckling
IBM has released updates to the Connections mobile apps for Android and iOS - version 4.1. This one has some additional features and a handful of UI enhancements in it. In addition, there is broader support for SmartCloud Engage, including Communities (FIles, Forums, Bookmarks) and People. As is my custom on this blog, here are a handful of screenshots that show off the new features. 1. You can use @mentions in a status update post. We'll look up the name locally first, then search the serv [read] Keywords: connections ibm ldd lotus apple community google mobile server
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Connections Mobile App Updates
Tue, Feb 19th 2013 3:23p   Chris Reckling
February 18, 2013 - IBM released an update to the Connections mobile apps today. This includes a handful of updates you'll be interested in, including: Performance improvements The app remembers which view you were using at goes back to it. So, for example, if you always use the "My Communities" view in the Communities section, you will return to that view each time you leave it and go back. The default view for the Activity Stream is "I'm Following". We thought this would be the more com [read] Keywords: connections ibm ldd lotus rich text apple community google mobile
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Connections File Sync
Mon, Feb 4th 2013 4:25p   Chris Reckling
File sync to your mobile device was a hot topic at the recently concluded IBM Connect conference in Orlando, FL. During the Opening General Session (OGS), Luis Benitez demo'd the feature on the main stage (about 45 min into it). Grif and I also were showing a recent build in the User Experience Lab. We got a lot of good feedback on the overall flow and use cases we are supporting. I should mention that today you can download files to your device and access them in the Downloads view. I talke [read] Keywords: connections ibm ldd lotus database desktop mobile twitter
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Mobile in the User Experience Lab
Sun, Jan 27th 2013 5:25p   Chris Reckling
I made it to Orlando and have set up the user experience lab. This year there are a number of fun activities and designs to see, try, and provide feedback on. Amanda Bauman has set up a photobooth, where you can dress up, get your picture taken, and we'll upload it to our Flickr stream. Here's the UX team trying it on for size this afternoon. That's me with the blue hair and next to me (blondie) is Grif, who handles Connections Mobile. We'll be showing all of our apps, of course, along wi [read] Keywords: connections ibm ldd lotus sametime traveler mobile twitter
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Looking Back, Looking Ahead
Wed, Jan 9th 2013 11:05a   Chris Reckling
Usually I resist these end of year blog entries, but this year I couldn't any longer. (Also, having 2 weeks off at the end of the year, beginning of 2013, didn't help. I did get some great skiing in at the site of the next SkiLUG event in Stowe, VT!) And, since I am not working on the Connect OGS this year, I should have more time, right? In 2011, we made 44 updates to mobile apps and in 2012, there were 66! This includes new apps, major updates, minor bug fixes, server updates, and even a [read] Keywords: admin connections domino ibm ldd lotus sametime traveler application applications bug development email enterprise facebook google mobile password security server twitter
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Sametime Meetings for iOS app Update
Mon, Dec 17th 2012 9:26a   Chris Reckling
December 16, 2013 - Following on the heels of the recent addition of a great Sametime Meetings app for Android is the new app for iOS devices. There are many new features in this release compared to the previous version we shipped in February. Here's a partial list: Adds iPhone support. We already had Meetings on iPad. Meeting room management - create, edit, delete rooms, manage permissions Upload and download meeting room documents in the file library. This uses the iOS 'Open in..." functio [read] Keywords: ibm ldd lotus sametime apple desktop iphone mobile server
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Android To Do Screens
Sat, Dec 15th 2012 1:45p   Chris Reckling
Here are a couple of screens of the Android version of Notes Traveler that came out last week with Traveler Upgrade Pack 2. We've adopted the newer Android 4 guidelines, as you can see in the action bar tabs at the top of the screen. Same functionality as on the iOS apps, too. The most important views are a tap away (All, Today, Overdue, Lists) and everything else is under the More... tab. Here's a look at the To Do's on an Android tablet, after you have selected one of them - it sha [read] Keywords: ldd lotus notes traveler mobile
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Traveler To Do Apps Now Available
Thu, Dec 13th 2012 1:25p   Chris Reckling
The end of the year brings much cheer to the app store, with a new release of Sametime Meetings and now Traveler To Do apps on the Apple App Store and for Android as part of the Traveler Upgrade Pack 2. Per usual, for the mobile apps, designer Jessica Peter sought to optimize for the primary use cases. I would say our first use case was to be able to quickly and easily enter in a to do and mark it complete, as this is the most basic task (so to speak) for a To Do app to perform. Therefore, al [read] Keywords: domino ibm ldd lotus notes sametime traveler apple mobile server
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Sametime Meetings app for Android
Wed, Dec 5th 2012 5:22p   Chris Reckling
December 5, 2012 - A brand new Sametime Meetings app is now available on the Google Play store. Congratulations to the team, including designer Sue Un, who simultaneously handled iOS and Android duties with aplomb. You can see the list of features on the Play store. Take a look below for a preview of both tablet and phone. 1. Meeting Room with participants list open. You can switch between participants, file library, and discussion. 2. The Lobby, as we call it, has your list of rooms, cale [read] Keywords: ibm ldd lotus sametime traveler google integration mobile server twitter
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New Connections Mobile Command URLS
Sat, Nov 17th 2012 2:02p   Chris Reckling
The Connections apps released in October add additional command URLs to what we already had in them. See this post for details on the first batch and when you might use them, then come back here and check out the new ones. The account info is optional. To use these, call them wherever you would use an http url, such as in an tag. Added for Connections 4 mobile apps, but they are client side so will work with a Connections 3.x server. Launch Activities ibmscp://com.ibm.connections/activit [read] Keywords: connections ibm ldd lotus mobile server twitter
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Multiple Calendar Display in Traveler
Sat, Nov 17th 2012 10:42a   Chris Reckling
A few people have asked how to display both your regular Notes calendar and a personal calendar in the Traveler Android client. People who use iOS will note that the iOS Calendar does this - that's because it is built into the client and can synch multiple calendars into the same app. Therefore, when you synch your calendar with Traveler it can show side by side with other calendars that are synched to the iOS Calendar app. Android is a bit different in that there isn't a standard calendar acr [read] Keywords: ibm ldd lotus notes traveler google mobile twitter
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Connections App for iOS Updated
Sat, Oct 13th 2012 10:02a   Chris Reckling
Along with the new Android app (for phones), IBM released to the Apple appstore an update to the IBM Connections app. We have been on a steady pace of delivering incremental updates since we began this mobile journey in July 2011 with a major update just last June of this year. The latest release continues the path with significant improvements in Activity Streams, Communities, and Forums. Other improvements were made in Files and Profiles. For example, we streamlined the viewing of files, did b [read] Keywords: connections ibm ldd lotus apple community email iphone mobile profile security server twitter
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Connections App for Android Phone Updated
Fri, Oct 12th 2012 5:42p   Chris Reckling
October 12, 2012. Today IBM posted an update to the Google Play store of the app for IBM Connections. This app now supports connecting to a Connections 4 server as well as Connections 3.x. You can easily try it if you have a Greenhouse account. New features for Connections 4 include: Activity Streams. You can get updates from people and content you are following or just the status updates for people. A long press brings up options such as launching a URL, pivot to the user's profile, search b [read] Keywords: connections ibm ldd lotus community desktop google mobile password profile security server twitter wiki
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New Sametime Chat apps for Android
Wed, Oct 10th 2012 4:22p   Chris Reckling
Today IBM released new Sametime Chat apps for Android tablets and phone. This is the first release of Sametime to have an experience designed specifically for the Android tablet. Tyler Walters, on my team, is the designer. Great job by him and the development team to produce this. This design is in line with the IBM Traveler tablet design, so you can use them side by side and have a great experience. We also did some updates to the Android phone app, including chat history features that [read] Keywords: ibm ldd lotus sametime traveler development mobile twitter
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Extending the Connections Mobile Apps
Mon, Sep 17th 2012 11:22a   Chris Reckling
The June releases of the Connections mobile apps for iOS and Android include server configurations that allow the administrator to add and remove links that appear on the app Home screen. If you're an admin, you can read about the details in this wiki article. This article will show you some examples of what it can be, using the iPhone as an example. It works the same way across platforms. First, here is the app Home screen as it appears when all the Connections services are enabled. [read] Keywords: admin connections dogear ibm ldd lotus sametime iphone mobile server twitter wiki
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Sametime iOS Apps Updated
Thu, Aug 2nd 2012 11:29a   Chris Reckling
On July 30 the Sametime mobile apps for iPhone and iPad were updated in the app store. Here's a list of the updates included in this release: Improved chat history functionality The new client includes a chat history browser that allows you to browse chat history by user and by date. Note: only browses chats that are stored on the device. Manage settings from within the native application Several settings that were previously outside the application and settable using the Settings app, are [read] Keywords: ibm ldd lotus sametime application email iphone mobile server wiki
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Sharing a Profile in the Connections Mobile App
Tue, Jul 24th 2012 2:50p   Chris Reckling
Here's a cool feature you can use with the Connections app for Android. If you need to exchange business card information with another mobile phone user, you can share contact info in 2 ways: 1. Send a Vcard through email, sms, etc. through the Android Share intent. 2. Create a QR code that could be scanned by the user on their phone. Here's how you do it: Open someone's profile via search or in your list of network contacts. Press the hard menu button and choose the Share item. [read] Keywords: connections ldd lotus email exchange exchange mobile network profile twitter
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Custom URLs in IBM Connections Mobile Apps
Fri, Jul 13th 2012 1:50p   Chris Reckling
This article is for the developers and admins in the crowd. The recent June update of the IBM Connections mobile apps for iOS and Android include 'custom urls' in the app. Custom URL schemes are like a little command API into the app. Basically, your app creates a namespace that it registers with the OS so when the URL is called on the device, it knows to execute the command. These work on both iOS and Android. Use Case 1. Deployment scenario. Since Connections is typically deployed on you [read] Keywords: connections ibm ldd lotus email integration mobile password profile server wiki
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Update to Sametime Meetings iPad app
Fri, Jun 22nd 2012 9:50a   Chris Reckling
Today IBM released an update to the Sametime Meetings app for iPad. This update includes a couple of features to make it easier to join your meeting rooms associated with a calendar invitation. We've also included all the retina graphics so it will look great on the new iPad. Here's the problem we're solving: Often people will put the meeting url inside of a calendar invitation. On the desktop, this is fine, but on the iPad it is very difficult to copy the url from the calendar to the cli [read] Keywords: ibm ldd lotus sametime apple desktop
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Connections Mobile - Files and Downloads
Mon, Jun 18th 2012 3:29p   Chris Reckling
One of the most-used apps in Connections is the Files app. See this link for a full description of the features and benefits. In a nutshell, you can upload and share files with people and communities. In the mobile apps IBM just released, we put a lot of effort into making the Files experience simple, useful, and as full as possible. As mentioned in a previous post, we focused on core use cases for the mobile user: Access to my files Find a file anywhere in the system. Open a file for viewing. [read] Keywords: connections ibm ldd lotus mobile network
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Connections Mobile - Behind the Splash
Tue, Jun 12th 2012 4:30p   Chris Reckling
At this point you've seen the movies that Luis Benitez created, you've downloaded and tried the apps, and now you have questions. For example, you're probably wondering what that splash screen looks like that flashes up on the screen ever so briefly when the iOS apps load. Well, this blog post slows it down for you! Here is a Smarter Planet mobile logo: And here is the splash screen you see briefly in the iOS apps as they load. See how that works? Thanks to our graphic designer, [read] Keywords: connections ldd lotus mobile
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New Connections Mobile Apps - Behind the Design
Fri, Jun 8th 2012 2:10p   Chris Reckling
Updates to the IBM Connections mobile apps became available in the 'app stores' for Android and iOS. If you have the current apps, then these will replace them. Believe me, it's worth it! You can tell that we are slowly but surely re-doing the entire web app with a newly focused user experience, optimized for the device. This release is the latest in our journey that began last July with the first Connections apps delivered to the app stores. Congratulations to the development team and design [read] Keywords: admin connections ibm ldd lotus sametime apple application development email google integration interface iphone mobile network server
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Top Tasks Surveys
Fri, Jun 1st 2012 1:50p   Chris Reckling
You know you want to fill these out! :) From Michelle on our user research team. The mobile design and development teams have been busy creating and updating the portfolio's mobile native app options. The goal of the four surveys below is to gain insight on how well you feel the mobile apps fit your needs by asking you to rate the ease of use of specific tasks and how important these tasks are for you to get your work done. The results of these surveys will help us focus on and prioritize u [read] Keywords: connections ibm ldd lotus sametime traveler development mobile
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Sametime Meetings for iPad
Thu, Apr 19th 2012 10:23a   Chris Reckling
We released another mobile app today: Sametime Meetings Viewer for iPad. This app is optimized for participants attending a Sametime meeting, although room owners will also find it useful if you've planned ahead and uploaded content to the meeting on your desktop machine. You can set up and access multiple servers and easily switch between them. In the screen below I've set it up against the Greenhouse environment. We are using a sliding panel design pattern, so when you tap on the blue ar [read] Keywords: ibm ldd lotus sametime apple desktop email iphone mobile twitter
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Mobile Navigation
Mon, Apr 2nd 2012 4:24p   Chris Reckling
Why, yes, we HAVE been busy since Lotusphere! One of the things we talked about was a new, improved app for IBM Connections. As you know, the Connections apps are available today for Android phones, Blackberry, and iOS phones and iPad. This post discusses that navigation pattern and how it will evolve in the near future. For the iPad release, we introduced a new navigation pattern, which lets you quickly get to the content you want, by drilling down. For example, the figure below shows going [read] Keywords: connections ibm ldd lotus lotusphere sametime blackberry mobile twitter
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Mobile Navigation
Mon, Apr 2nd 2012 2:23p   Chris Reckling
Why, yes, we HAVE been busy since Lotusphere! One of the things we talked about was a new, improved app for IBM Connections. As you know, the Connections apps are available today for Android phones, Blackberry, and iOS phones and iPad. This post discusses that navigation pattern and how it will evolve in the near future. For the iPad release, we introduced a new navigation pattern, which lets you quickly get to the content you want, by drilling down. For example, the figure below shows going [read] Keywords: connections ibm ldd lotus lotusphere sametime blackberry mobile
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Help evaluate the LotusLive web site
Wed, Feb 8th 2012 10:22a   Chris Reckling
Help evaluate the IBM lotuslive.com web site with this short survey. The IBM User Experience Research team would like your feedback on the lotuslive.com web experience. You will be asked to complete a maximum of three tasks which should take no more than 20 minutes. Please start the study here: https://s.userzoom.com/m/MSBDOVM1NTM_ Thank you for helping to improve the user experience! Chris (for Sonal on our User Research team). [read] Keywords: ibm ldd lotus
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OGS Demos Part 4 - Notes and iNotes
Fri, Jan 20th 2012 8:43a   Chris Reckling
Orlando, FL - Finishing up my series on what actually was demo'd at the Lotusphere 2012 Opening General Session, we conclude with Notes and iNotes, along with xPages applications. You can blame me for putting this section last. I have always felt that you need to keep the show building to a big finish; the downside to this strategy is that people try to derive hidden meaning from the placement in the program. I did see a handful of nervous tweets from backstage so I tried to let those following [read] Keywords: connections domino inotes ldd lotus lotusphere notes notes client sametime xpages application applications email firefox mobile network vm
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OGS Demos Part 3
Wed, Jan 18th 2012 8:23a   Chris Reckling
Continuing my series of blog posts on what actually was demo'd during the Opening General Session at Lotusphere 2012. Between the "Ron demo" on mobile apps, and the "Brian demo" covering the Customer Experience Suite and inject social everywhere, Kurt De Ruwe from Bayer talked about their experiences in deploying Connections in order to "take advantage of all of their collective knowledge and expertise". Some other good quote from Mr. De Ruwe: "We wanted to create a culture where [read] Keywords: connections ibm ldd lotus lotusphere community desktop mobile
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OGS Demos Part 2
Tue, Jan 17th 2012 2:23p   Chris Reckling
Continuing on with the Opening General Session demo summary. Part 1, which covers Connections, IBM Docs, and Connections Mail is here. After Suzanne's demos were done, Jeff Schick sums it up and introduces the next section. Because the activity stream and embedded experiences are based on Open Social standards, the expectation is for a broad developer eco-system to build custom applications that extend it beyond what IBM provides out of the box. The call to action is to look for opportunitie [read] Keywords: connections ibm ldd lotus lotusphere odf sametime symphony applications blackberry email exchange exchange iphone mobile network server wifi
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Demos at Lotusphere 2012, part 1
Tue, Jan 17th 2012 6:23a   Chris Reckling
Now that the demos are done, here's a summary of what was shown. 8:41 A.M. First demo up. At this point, we had heard from Alistair, Michael J. Fox, Alistair again, Rob Novak to determine Demo Go/No Go decision, and a brief intro by Jeff Schick (3 min). Suzanne takes the stage to show IBM Connections beta activity streams with embedded experiences, including business apps and social apps. Some quotes from Jeff's script: "We have broken the boundaries between the silos of collaboratio [read] Keywords: collaboration connections ibm ldd lotus lotusphere notes sametime applications community email enterprise facebook integration mobile sap twitter
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Demos at Lotusphere 20112, part 1
Mon, Jan 16th 2012 4:23p   Chris Reckling
Now that the demos are done, here's a summary of what was shown. 8:41 A.M. First demo up. At this point, we had heard from Alistair, Michael J. Fox, Alistair again, Rob Novak to determine Demo Go/No Go decision, and a brief intro by Jeff Schick (3 min). Suzanne takes the stage to show IBM Connections beta activity streams with embedded experiences, including business apps and social apps. Some quotes from Jeff's script: "We have broken the boundaries between the silos of collaboration [read] Keywords: collaboration connections ibm ldd lotus lotusphere notes sametime applications community email enterprise facebook integration mobile sap twitter
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Backstage at OGS - Saturday
Mon, Jan 16th 2012 7:23a   Chris Reckling
Lake Buena Vista, FL. I've been in Florida since last Wednesday, Jan 11, preparing demos for the Lotusphere 2012 Conference. Not just me of course, but a whole team who have been working together for the past few months to define and refine the demo flows. On site, we started on Thursday setting up our private network and making servers happy so we could practice the demos. Things are coming along quite nicely and we even had some time to put in a couple of amusing (at least to us) parts. N [read] Keywords: ldd lotus lotusphere network server vista
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What’s Happening in the UX Lab?
Tue, Jan 10th 2012 11:03a   Chris Reckling
The UX Lab is a great way to contribute to our product design efforts as well as experience various prototypes and 'in progress' work. We'd love to hear from you and this year it is a bit different from the past few Lotuspheres. Instead of scheduling half hour blocks of time to meet with someone, we're adopting a 'drop-in' model. That means you can come any time and stay for 5 min or 1/2 hour or any time in between. Tyler and I will be manning the Mobile station. (Offer not valid for co [read] Keywords: collaboration connections domino ibm inotes ldd lotus notes sametime traveler xpages application applications community development instant messaging integration mobile websphere websphere portal wiki
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Lotusphere Sessions in the UX Lab
Mon, Jan 9th 2012 4:03p   Chris Reckling
I wanted to let everyone know about some additional sessions you could attend in the User Experience Lab, in Asia 4. Make sure you put them on your schedule. Space is limited in the lab. We hope you can make it. Special Events Monday 1/16/12 Date: Monday, January 16, 2012 Time: 5:00pm - 6:00pm Topic: "IBM Collaboration Solutions Future Product Design Direction" Speakers: Chris Paul, Director, User Experience; Ethan Perry, STSM; Brian Utesch, STSM. Abstract: How is the user experien [read] Keywords: collaboration ibm ldd lotus lotusphere mobile
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Mobile UX 2011 in Review
Fri, Jan 6th 2012 11:22a   Chris Reckling
Usually I don't write these "year in review" posts, maybe because I'm always looking ahead to the next project, the next challenge. However, it is useful to look back and reflect on the past accomplishments that we all worked so hard to get done. I believe 2011 was one of the more eventful years for me, primarily because of the nature of the mobile marketplace and how fast you need to move - that means a lot of releases in a short amount of time. At Lotusphere 2011, we said that we would [read] Keywords: connections ibm ldd lotus lotusphere notes odf sametime symphony traveler blackberry development mobile
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Post Holiday Device - What’s you plan?
Fri, Dec 9th 2011 8:23a   Chris Reckling
This year, I'm guessing there will be a lot of tablets under the tree/bush. And there are a lot of options - just stop into your favorite electronics store to see the variety. Of course, there is the iPad...then about 400 other Android devices, in all price ranges. The Android tablets also come in many different sizes - I saw a display for Samsung that had 4, 5, 7, 8.9, and 10.1 inch options - and prices. In addition, for Android, some are running version 2.x and some are on 3.x. (Personally, I [read] Keywords: collaboration connections ibm ldd lotus odf sametime symphony traveler blackberry email enterprise mobile network office
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Sametime 8.5.2 Mobile Apps
Wed, Dec 7th 2011 11:02a   Chris Reckling
As many of you already know, IBM released new Sametime Chat apps for iOS and Android. Congratulations to the team, including designers Tyler Walters and Carrie Tracey. For Android, we did some visual design updates to bring it more in line with the direction that Traveler and Connections are moving in. We're going for a consistent brand experience across the apps and device types, while providing tight integration with the platforms on which the apps run. As others have noted, you do need to ha [read] Keywords: connections ibm ldd lotus sametime traveler integration iphone mobile profile server
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IBM Connections iPad app Available
Mon, Oct 31st 2011 9:24a   Chris Reckling
When we released the Connections apps for iOS, Blackberry, and Android this summer, we held back on releasing an iPad specific app. As lead designer, Marty Moore, has pointed out on his blog, trying to make a phone app expand to fit the larger screen just doesn't work very well. So, we took the time to make an iPad specific UI. An update is available in the Apple app store today. Congratulations to Marty and the dev and PM teams! If you have a Greenhouse account, then you can use it against [read] Keywords: connections ibm ldd lotus apple blackberry integration interface mobile server
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LotusLive Meetings Apps Available
Tue, Oct 25th 2011 9:03a   Chris Reckling
As previously noted, the apps for iOS, Android, and Blackberry are available in their respective markets. They should be very straightforward to use - enter in your profile info, the meeting ID and you're in. In addition to the basic viewing of slides, on iOS and Android you can also view an appshare. In our internal testing, the appshare on the device kept pace with the desktop Mac I was viewing. Other features include the ability to participate via meeting room chat, raise your hand, and to k [read] Keywords: ibm ldd lotus sametime apple blackberry desktop development iphone mac mobile profile
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Lotus Notes Traveler 8.5.3 Details
Tue, Oct 4th 2011 6:23a   Chris Reckling
This year in UX, right after Lotusphere, we consolidated a lot of different design efforts on mobile into a single UX team, which I lead. So far, we've done some amazing work and the designs are starting to permeate into other parts of the collaboration portfolio. We already shipped Connections apps to the app stores for Blackberry, Android, and iOS. More to come on that front later...along with Sametime client updates. This week, we release an update to Notes Traveler 8.5.3!! Jessica Peter [read] Keywords: administration collaboration connections ibm ldd lotus lotusphere notes sametime traveler applications blackberry email mobile server widgets wiki
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WebSphere Portal Content Template Available
Mon, Oct 3rd 2011 9:03a   Chris Reckling
With all the hullabaloo about the new XWork Server (yay, xpages!), you may have missed this one. :) What is CTC3 about? Content Template Catalog v3 (CTC3) is a complete toolkit for rapid development of IBM Web Content Manager sites on WebSphere Portal. It's also a prescriptive approach to how to get the best out of these products. CTC3 features a new templating model, a comprehensive set of templates and pre-configured portlets, and a content-oriented theme and layouts. Build a new [read] Keywords: ibm ldd lotus xpages development mobile server websphere websphere portal
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LotusLive Meetings in the Android Marketplace
Fri, Sep 30th 2011 11:03a   Chris Reckling
We've been busy in mobile-land this year and you've already seen some of the results - in July IBM Connections apps were released to the Apple appstore, Android Marketplace, and Blackberry App World. Tyler Walters led the design effort with help from Michelle Cooper doing some user testing and providing quick feedback. Yesterday, we posted the LotusLive Meetings app for Android devices. You can download it now. It also works on a tablet in 'stretched' compatibility mode. In other words, w [read] Keywords: connections ibm ldd lotus apple blackberry google mobile
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Traveler Survey
Wed, Sep 14th 2011 4:05p   Chris Reckling
Posting for Michelle Cooper, our lead user researcher on mobile. IBM Lotus Notes Traveler users far and wide...we need you! We are currently hosting an unassisted usability activity where you perform 15 mail and calendar tasks and tell us how easy they are and if they are important to you. It is all conducted in survey form and done on your own. It should take 30-45 minutes to complete, depending on how much you want to tell us! This is your chance to complain, ask for fixes and features, [read] Keywords: ibm ldd lotus notes traveler mobile
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A New Beginning
Fri, Aug 26th 2011 4:42p   Chris Reckling
"Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end.” - Seneca As an earthquake rumbled up the east coast of the USA from Virginia to Boston, word spread that Mary Beth Raven, UX Designer for IBM Lotus, was taking on a new challenge with another company. Read her announcement here, if you missed it. I think she was too modest in her assessment of the impact she has had, so I thought I would gather a few memories together myself. I joined the design group in July 2006 an [read] Keywords: admin expeditor ibm ldd lotus lotusphere notes policies R5 sametime development eclipse interface microsoft mobile office outlook planetlotus planetlotus.org workspace
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Mobile Madness
Fri, May 13th 2011 4:22p   Chris Reckling
One of our missions this year is to expand our methods for gathering feedback on our products as we are in the early design stages (or even when we're in the middle of it!). To that end, the UX user research team set up a community on Lotus Greenhouse to help us reach out, called the Online UX Lab. We began this process by hosting a short-lived forum to gather feedback on Notes Traveler (our mobile client for Android). A follow to that is the Notes Traveler Feature Prioritization, using the new [read] Keywords: connections domino ibm ldd lotus notes sametime traveler blackberry community mobile rim
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Lotus Traveler at Hyatt
Fri, Apr 22nd 2011 1:25p   Chris Reckling
I just ran across an article on the use of iPad at Hyatt and thought I should share it. True to our motto - "It just works!" here's a quote that is sure to make your stay a pleasurable experience: “We use Lotus Traveler as the core platform to integrate with our messaging collaboration system, Lotus Notes — and users have full access to our VPN infrastructure,” says Prusnick. “Through the Exchange ActiveSync technology enabled within iPad, we’re able to get i [read] Keywords: collaboration ldd lotus notes traveler apple exchange exchange mobile
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Your Favorite Mobile Apps?
Sat, Apr 9th 2011 12:06p   Chris Reckling
I've found that people love to show others the cool new app they just discovered and absolutely LOVE! So, here's an open-ended question: What are your favorite apps to use? Tell us the platform and what you like about the app. More than one answer is okay. Here are my choices for this exercise. (I had previously listed a bunch of the apps I have on my Android phone, an HTC Incredible here.) Android phone New additions to the list: Amazon App Store - free app every day, although not [read] Keywords: ibm ldd lotus sametime traveler apple facebook interface mac mobile password security twitter
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Follow up on Traveler Feedback Forum
Wed, Apr 6th 2011 9:45a   Chris Reckling
Here's more information and a link to the community on Greenhouse. You will need to register for Greenhouse, so go do that now! There already seems to be some activity in the forum, too! Here's the blurb from the community. Overview Welcome to the Lotus Notes Traveler Android design discussion. The development team welcomes your feedback and suggestions on how you use Lotus Notes Traveler. We would particularly like your feedback on the following: What are your thoughts on the mail atta [read] Keywords: ibm ldd lotus notes traveler community development mobile widgets
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April 7 Traveler Feedback Day
Thu, Mar 31st 2011 3:22p   Chris Reckling
Next week, on April 7, we're trying something new. The User Experience Design and Info teams are hosting an all-day forum to provide a chance for us to have a running dialog about Notes Traveler for Android. Since Traveler shipped in December of last year, we've been busy on the next release, responding to customer interest, and adding features. We are still working out the details of where this will be hosted on Greenhouse, but I wanted to get the word out there this week so you could add [read] Keywords: ldd lotus notes traveler development facebook twitter
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Mobile Design Principles
Thu, Mar 3rd 2011 7:22a   Chris Reckling
During Lotusphere 2011, Andy Schirmer on my team, did a presentation, AD504, Best Practices for Mobile User Experience Design. Jessica Peter, now on my mobile UX team, helped put it together. This presentation was a result of their work in 2010 on formulating a user experience strategy for mobile, much like we had done for the desktop, using One UI. Andy led a team of designers and user researchers to come up with background research on the mobile industry and trends (at the time), Lotus and IBM [read] Keywords: connections ibm inotes ldd lotus lotusphere blogging desktop email interface mobile
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Mobile Strategy in 2 Slides
Wed, Feb 23rd 2011 4:22a   Chris Reckling
Post-Lotusphere, I took on a new challenge, which is to lead a single team focused on mobile user experience. I thought I would start the blogging on the topic by reviewing the strategy that was given at Lotusphere during INV108 The Lotus Mobile Strategy. Slide 8 in the presentation looks like this. A brief statement about each bullet: A comprehensive solution means that IBM intends to provide "apps" across all of the product categories. Today we have many of the parts available as e [read] Keywords: connections ibm inotes ldd lotus lotusphere sametime traveler xpages apple application applications bes blackberry blogging development enterprise iphone mobile password rim security
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Mobile is hot - new job and Lotusphere Mobile Activities
Mon, Jan 31st 2011 6:23a   Chris Reckling
The press is already starting to come out around IBM Lotus' Social Business mobile play, for example: IBM Aims to Bring Corporate Social Network to IPhone, BlackBerry where Alistair Rennie says, "The network isn't at the water cooler anymore." And foreshadowing our demos during the OGS at Lotusphere: The software will feature an activity feed, which gathers information about customers, relevant news and information about colleagues, Rennie said. Customers also will be able to have video [read] Keywords: collaboration connections domino expeditor ibm inotes ldd lotus lotusphere notes sametime traveler xpages applications blackberry database desktop dojo email google instant messaging iphone mobile network openntf security server social software websphere websphere portal
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OGS Rehearsals in Full Swing at Lotusphere 2011
Sat, Jan 29th 2011 5:22p   Chris Reckling
As noted previously (and through my tweets) we're in the middle of rehearsals for the Lotusphere Opening General Session. Each year I try to give some backstage insight into the show. We've been busy these last 3 days setting up servers and tweaking the demos to give you the best possible show on Monday morning. At this very moment (6 pm on Saturday night), I am backstage preparing for rehearsal on the main stage. This time will be a full run through. Hopefully all of the network gremlins have [read] Keywords: ldd lotus lotusphere network twitter wireless
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IBM Project Vulcan at Lotusphere
Mon, Jan 24th 2011 6:02a   Chris Reckling
As you probably know, last year at Lotusphere 2010 IBM introduced a vision for the future of collaboration, called IBM Project Vulcan. I led the team that put that demo together, and it really was a team effort across the organization, to express in visuals (and code) what we see as a new way to work - what is now called "social business". We talked about 4 principles guiding us: Continuity, Convergence, Opportunities, and Innovation. I'm not going to recap all of that. Press release here. Vi [read] Keywords: collaboration connections ibm inotes ldd lotus lotusphere notes sametime symphony xpages development google mobile
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Opening General Session - It’s That Time of Year
Sat, Jan 8th 2011 11:03a   Chris Reckling
Yes, it's time to start the blogging about the Lotusphere Opening General Session (OGS), 2 hours of strategy, technology, music!, and fun....oh, yeah, we'll do some demos, too. Once again, I have the privilege (the duty?) to be on the demo team - you remember us from last year in our trekkie outfits, with one addition to the team - Brian Cheng, who actually built a lot of the portal demos in year's past. We are just one part of the OGS, which includes entertainment, Alistair Rennie, special g [read] Keywords: collaboration ibm ldd lotus lotusphere xpages application blogging email network wifi
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Get that iPad Look in the Notes client
Tue, Jan 4th 2011 8:23a   Chris Reckling
I recently got an ipad at home and have been using the mail client to get my yahoo, gmail, and Notes mail there. It's a pretty simple app, of course, and got me to thinking: Why am I wasting all that space with a left navigator? I use it maybe once a year to go to "all documents" or Sent to look for something. I don't put anything in folders, either. So, I made the navigator smaller, did a "Preview on the side" and narrowed the view so it was "just right". The result. Now, I' [read] Keywords: ldd lotus lotusnotes notes notes client
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My Android and Me
Fri, Dec 31st 2010 12:02p   Chris Reckling
This post is about my personal experiences with my new Android device. It does not represent official IBM positions, as the company supports many devices and operating systems to meet the needs of our customers. You'll definitely be hearing more about the mobile strategy at Lotusphere 2011, as it is a key tenet of IBM Project Vulcan. In May or so, I finally succumbed to the mobile smartphone craze and got an HTC Incredible, running Android. Before this, I just had a phone, phone - the kind w [read] Keywords: connections ibm ldd lotus lotusphere lotusphere2011 notes policies traveler blogging desktop email facebook google integration iphone mac mobile network networking password security twitter widgets
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Get Social with Notes at NL LUG
Thu, Sep 16th 2010 12:13p   Chris Reckling
Last week I had the pleasure of providing a keynote address to the Netherlands Lotus User Group in Amsterdam. The venue was the Ajax ArenA football stadium and the opening was actually on the field! I spent days trying to boil down what I needed to say into the allotted time. It's much harder doing a strategy talk than a technical product presentation, for sure, because you are mostly dealing with concepts and you only get one chance to say it (and most people probably only retain 10% of what y [read] Keywords: admin connections domino ibm ldd lotus notes xpages ajax office social software twitter
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Quickr 8.5 for Domino Beta on Greenhouse
Fri, Aug 27th 2010 4:13p   Chris Reckling
Lotus Greenhouse is a great resource! Just recently the Greenhouse team deployed an early release of Lotus Connections 3 and yesterday they updated the Quickr/Domino version to 8.5. I have not been following this release too closely(with lots of other stuff going on), so I can only give you my first impressions. One word: WOW! It looks like many of the primary tasks that you do in a team place have been streamlined. Things like uploading files, posting to a forum, adding a task, and so forth [read] Keywords: connections domino ldd lotus quickr development interface
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Future of Workplace Communication with Alistair Rennie
Fri, Aug 13th 2010 6:13p   Chris Reckling
Alistair Rennie participated in a panel discussion this week in Australia. This was a very interesting discussion that I highly recommend. It hits on many of the essential questions we grapple with today. "Email is dead, but can anything take its place?" And thus opens the discussion. There are quite a few good sound bites from the participants as well as insight. It's worth a listen and brings up some interesting points quite relevant to Project Vulcan and the future of collaboration w [read] Keywords: collaboration ldd lotus email twitter




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