There is so much information being shot at you with a fire hose at Lotusphere that it's easy to overlook things you meant to follow up on. Here are some things I hope to learn or gain insight on at Lotusphere this year. Maybe if they're on the blog I'll keep them in mind through the week.
Two "big picture" questions:What's the transition path from an email-centric (Lotus Notes rich client mostly) environment to a more collaborative, real time way of working? I support a small group of business consultants who travel heavily, spend a lot of time on airplanes, and deal with a lot of confidential information. They love Notes local replicas and they love their email. But they also love their iPhones, iPads and Blackberries. They're increasingly creating documents too large to send via email -- or at least too large to want to send by email. And they often send out mass emails to each other asking "Does anyone have any document or case history on topic xyz that I can refer to?" They have Quickr and Sametime available (although not the latest and greatest of either). They have Notes-based CRM. But their individual email database is their comfort zone. What will their world look like a year or two from now and how do I help move them there? What's the future for Quickr on Domino and what's our way forward? What document sharing and management we have is via Quickr on Domino. Despite assurances from IBM it seems that Quickr for Domino has become an orphan while Connections gets all the attention. Quickr D is a good fit for organizations of under 50 users already using Domino, Notes and Sametime. But not if it has no future. The long delay between the release of Notes 8.5.3 and the release of Connectors to support it, the complete lack of Connectors for Mac, and a general attitude of Quickr D being an afterthought is giving us pause. I was particularly irked when I was working a Notes problem with support. They advised me to take out all the third party add ons and included Quickr Connectors in the list. A user interface question: A user wants the ability to color code calendar items individually, not have the color determined by the type of entry. She says Outlook allows this. It's the first time I've had the request but it doesn't seem too unreasonable. Any options or plans? Some Admin/Techie topics I would like to know more about:
Network performance monitoring. I got some great tools last year for monitoring individual servers, but how do I figure out what's happening when they talk to each other and to the Notes client?
What should I know about application development and how do I learn it? I've been supporting Notes/Domino since R3 but I'm still shaky as soon as I open the Designer client.
Can anyone explain how type-ahead addressing is supposed to work and what changes if Recent Contacts is populated or not populated? This is driving us crazy since Recent Contacts was introduced. It seems like every user's mail behaves a bit differently.
Any tips for running Notes client on Windows 7 32 bit? Memory management seems to be an issue, at least for me. We can't upgrade everyone to 64 bit Windows or OS X just yet. (I would like to consider Linux but MS Office is a requirement for document exchange with our clients.)
Put names to faces If I know you only from Twitter, blogs and the support forums, please say Hi if you notice me. I'll try to do the same. David Schaffer
Wishing I could be in Orlando this year
Sun, Jan 6th 2013 12:14p David Schaffer I’ll be missing everyone at Connect 2013 in Orlando this year. As a budget measure there are no professional development funds available from my employer.
This may be a “be careful what you wish for” story. All of the great resources available at no charge these days, both online and in person, have clearly led management to see paid training as expendable. And in the IBM collaboration solutions world in particular the reality is that given the great content available at no charge IBM [read] Keywords: collaboration
Fri, Jan 4th 2013 12:15p David Schaffer As you can see http://davidschaffer.us has been moved to WordPress.
It’s a new platform for me so comments and suggestions are encouraged.
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Mon, Oct 29th 2012 10:09a David Schaffer As anyone following the news knows, the east coast of the United States is being hit with what is being called Frankenstorm, a perfect storm or the ever-popular storm of the century. Connecticut is expected to get some of the worst coastal flooding, due to a storm track that will funnel water into Long Island Sound, combined with the normal high tides from the full moon.
Please take this one seriously and I hope everyone is safe.
Some resources to follow along:
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When requesting technical assistance...
Wed, Sep 19th 2012 6:09a David Schaffer Could you please provide:
Here's what I did
Here's what happened
Here's the message/error/screen I got
Ideally it would be nice to know how long it to took from taking the action to getting the result, does it happen every time, does what you were trying to do in the first place actually happen or is this a failure?
Sending me a screen shot or a non-delivery message with none of the above will not get your problem resolved unless it's something really simple or really catastro [read] Keywords:
Linux vs Windows coming out of sleep
Mon, Jul 23rd 2012 9:16p David Schaffer I have a Lenovo ThinkPad X61s running Linux (Suse 11.4). When it comes out of sleep mode it takes what seems to be a long time to grab a network connection, and it usually finds WiFi before it finds the wired Ethernet.
I've used lots of ThinkPads with Windows XP and Windows 7, including this same model, and I've never seen this lag there, and it's almost always the wired network that's picked up first or as default when coming back from sleep.
With both operating systems I'm just closi [read] Keywords: linux
Blackberry and BYOD
Wed, Jun 13th 2012 7:13a David Schaffer Much of the interest in "bring your own device" is, admittedly, driven by employees' interest in adopting devices other than Blackberry. But Blackberry isn't dead and employees sometimes want to connect a personal Blackberry to the company BES.
This is a quick post to point out that most wireless carriers do not include permission to connect to a BES in the normal consumer data plans, and the personnel in the stores and on the phone may not even understand the distinction. I just had a user [read] Keywords: bes