Are you a not-for-profit in Chicago? Join Lumity.org for a technology seminar
Wed, Feb 19th 2014 11:20a John D Head For all of my friends and followers in Chicago - if you work for or participate in a not-for-profit, this free technology seminar is for you: Clearing up the Myth: The Cloud and Nonprofits - Free Nonprofit Technology Seminar - Please join us on February 26th at 10 AM and invite your nonprofit friends and colleagues. At this seminar you will learn: What exactly IS "The Cloud"? Why do I need to know about cloud computing? How will it help my organization? What and who are cloud providers? [read] Keywords: office
Wed, Dec 18th 2013 7:10a John D Head As the year closes, my anniversary at PSC Group is upon me. 13 years since I walked in with the intention of working here about six months. It's been a great 13 years with no end in site. Looking forward to a great 2014! [read] Keywords:
SharePoint 2013 Creates A Cost-Effective Solution For Managing Employee Reviews
Mon, Dec 16th 2013 12:10p John D Head PSC Group has released a brand new video customer testimonial on our work with TCA Holdings, LLC and our SharePoint 2013 work. You can learn more about the solution and the experience our customers have with PSC Group by watching it here: You can read more about the solution here If you are interested in any more information about the solution, or how PSC Group can help your company achieve results such as these, please contact me! [read] Keywords: sharepoint
PSC 2014 IBM Champions!
Thu, Dec 5th 2013 8:40a John D Head One of the amazing aspects of my job is that I get to work with amazing people. Today shines the spotlight on that. Besides being named a 2014 IBM Champion, I am beyond honored to be working with 4 others who were named IBM Champions today. Kathy Brown is a returning IBM Champion, and Andrew Barickman, Mark Roden, and Brad Balassaitis are new for 2014. Congratulations to the entire team!!!! [read] Keywords: ibm
Honored to be a 2014 IBM Champion!
Thu, Dec 5th 2013 8:00a John D Head Getting the email this morning that I was accepted as an 2014 IBM Champion. It is both an honor and a challenge. Being an IBM Champion is about representing the IBM Collaboration Services in the wild as best as you can. Thanks for those that nominated me. Here is the entire list. [read] Keywords: collaboration
Social Selling in the Real World
Tue, Dec 3rd 2013 4:10p John D Head I was honored to be asked to speak at The Sales Association Midwest 2013 conference in November. The event was focused on sales best practices, tools, and techniques for sales organizations and individuals. It was a great experience for me - especially since it was a brand new audience and community. Looking forward to giving this presentation more in 2014! [read] Keywords: community
Speaking at Connect 2014 on brand new content!
Tue, Nov 19th 2013 3:10p John D Head I am once again honored to have the privilege to speak at IBM Connect 2014. I am speaking with John Beck, Business Unit Executive, IBM, but this year we decided to start fresh. Our topic is "he Mobile Disruption - Why XPages Development is Targeting Mobile First." This is an executive / strategy focused session on how mobile is becoming the primary development platform choice. We will look at this topic from the perspective of an XPages platform, but expect IBM MobileFirst, IBM Worklight, and [read] Keywords: ibm
Rethinking The Seductiveness Of Mobile-First
Mon, Oct 21st 2013 1:20p John D Head There was a very interesting posting on TechCrunch by Semil Shah this morning entitled Rethinking the Seductiveness of Mobile-First. The artcile talks about some reasons why an application should be targeted at the web first, not mobile. Here are the high level points he makes: Some markets make mobile-first simply unnecessary or unviable. Relatively speaking, easier to recruit web developers versus mobile developers. Faster cycles for iterations, testing, and moving toward product-market fit [read] Keywords: notes
The mobile disruption while make mobile your target platform
Thu, Oct 10th 2013 8:21a John D Head The disruption in the application space is having an impact on every technology. That major impact is in the preferred client type for any enterprise application, bought or built. The prediction is that by 2017, 90% of the enterprise apps will be both desktop and mobile, up from 20% in 2013. (Gartner Predicts, 2012). Think about that ... within the next four years, no matter the platform, the majority of development you do will be consumed by users on a mobile device. Are you prepared for that? [read] Keywords: application
The impact of current tech trends on XPages and SharePoint
Tue, Oct 8th 2013 12:10p John D Head I found this great presentation on slideshare that talks about the "50 Mega Trends Affecting Every Business - Power statistics about tech" and thought I would share it. 50 Powerful Statistics About Tech Mega Trends Affecting Every Business from ValaAfshar The trends are grouped into five areas: 1. Mobile 2. Social 3. Cloud 4. Big Data 5. Apps I think all of these are impacting anyone doing custom development today. XPages, SharePoint, Salesforce, Python, etc. And interest [read] Keywords: xpages development
The day a ’server’ showed up on my desk ... #thanksbruce
Wed, Oct 2nd 2013 8:10a John D Head It was many years ago (sometime in 2002) to be exact, when a big box arrived via UPS. What was in it? This is the original OpenNTF.org 'server' that the website lived on for many years until more hardware was added. Today, the OpenNTF.org website is many servers at host Prominic. I will always remember being one of the second tier of supporters, including Vince and many others. Bruce is retiring his position as OpenNTF.org director today. I think his election by the community as direc [read] Keywords: lotus
Retiring Content and searching for something new
Mon, Sep 23rd 2013 7:20a John D Head It is that time of year when a certain conference in Orlando makes many people think about what topics they want to speak on. Since the explosion of the user groups a few years ago, I began to think about content not as a once a year presentation, but as content I could deliver for the entire year. I tried to tie that content to theme of the year and what was going on at PSC. The past couple of years I have been blessed with being able to speak with John Beck all over the world on why XPages sho [read] Keywords: domino
I am speaking at The Sales Association Midwest Sales Conference
Wed, Sep 18th 2013 12:10p John D Head I am excited to announce that I am going to be a speaker at The Sales Association's Midwest Sales Conference on November 14th, 2013. I am presenting the following session: Social Selling in the Real World Thursday Nov 14 9:30â10:40am Room: MR1 Track: Real-Life Stories Social selling is the rage these days, but what does that really mean? This session is not about buzzwords or whatâs new and cool, itâs about real-world practices of putting social selling to work. As a [read] Keywords:
Tools I love: Mobile Day
Tue, Jul 16th 2013 9:40a John D Head My coworker Ross Bellak introduced me to Mobile Day for the iPhone. It is by far in my top 5 apps on my smart phone by far. Are you a frequent conference call attendee or host? Than Mobile Day is for you. What Mobile Day does is it scans your calendars (any connected to your device) and creates a single click button for calling into those calls. This includes pass codes and any other directions. It reads through the calendar entries and gathers all of the info. It will also recommend which is [read] Keywords: iphone
Thu, Jul 11th 2013 8:30a John D Head Another year, another year older. My last of the thirties. It is really hard for me to compute that next year I will have to change the bracket I select for age on websites. No fear, no worry, just interesting to reflect. It has been both a good and a challenge year of being 38. Here is to 39 being even better! [read] Keywords:
Fri, Apr 26th 2013 10:00a John D Head It can be hard to put into words how great an organization is. I have said many times on my blog how much I love working at PSC Group over the past 12+ years. But it always helps when others talk about it as well. Last week, both Mark Roden and Kathy Brown blogged about receiving their first star points in the PSC Group's 5 Points of Excellence program. It is our own internal career development program for employees. This is based in something we call Clear Vision, which is the culture at th [read] Keywords: lotus
The @Pebble Watch Arrives - Unboxing and First Impressions
Mon, Feb 11th 2013 10:10p John D Head I got home today and found that my Pebble watch had arrived. I kickstarted the standard black one on the second day of the event, so I was pretty early in the batch run. Here is a few unboxing photos: Front of the box top of the box Side of the box - you can see how the opening is part of the box. Apple totally changed the way that people think about packaging. The box open. Watch and charger. No manual. Nothing but that image and a URL. The usb to custom magne [read] Keywords: apple
PSC at Connect 2013 - Great Geek Challenge
Thu, Jan 24th 2013 1:20p John D Head PSC is please to be sponsoring the Great Geek Challenge again in 2013! One of the best events of the week, be at The Fountain Restaurant (the place you get the ice cream) in the Dolphin Hotel (at the bottom of the escalators as you walk outside to head to the Swan). Tuesday at 8 PM. Great food, great people, and really fun geek trivia! The prizes are great as well. Be there or don't be square! [read] Keywords:
PSC at Connect 2013 - XPages: No Experience Needed
Tue, Jan 22nd 2013 1:20p John D Head The first session being given by a PSC Group employee is XPages: No Experience Needed. Kathy Brown of PSC Group and David Leedy will be presenting Monday at 4:30 PM in the Swan Osprey 1-2 room. This is a Show 'n Tell session, so expect to see a step by step walk through. In their words: Want to build an XPages application, but not sure how? Kathy and Dave will show you how to build a sample help desk application from start to finish. Step by Step they will show you how to create, read, update [read] Keywords: ibm
PSC at Connect 2013!
Tue, Jan 22nd 2013 8:40a John D Head As Janurary ticks away many of the readers of this blog are getting ready for the annual commute to Orlando for Lotusphere Connection 2013. PSC Group has five of our team headed to the conference. We are speaking in some great sessions, having a reception, and sponsoring a great event. Over the next couple of days I am going to highlight those things. If you are attending Connect 2013 (I still want to call it Connectosphere) please reach out and let's connect. [read] Keywords: ibm
Tue, Dec 18th 2012 8:13a John D Head I find is both strange and just right that I am writing about my 12th anniversary at PSC Group. I am in my second career here, and I finally feel comfortable and in full stride. Always fun to remember the history, but I can not wait until 2013 to take things to the next level. Thanks to everyone at PSC for the great year and 12 years. Here is to many more! [read] Keywords:
Setting Goals, Achieving Goals, and Knocking Goals out of the Park
Wed, Sep 26th 2012 10:00a John D Head I have talked about my transition from consultant to business development (sales) on the blog before, even sharing the results of my first full year in 2011. As all salespeople do, goal planning is an important part of the 4th quarter of every year. Salespeople have a goal set that is very specific and very measurable - it's your quota. I have been very lucky to be part of an amazing organization and having a great boss who have set that quota in steps. Those steps were always a reach, but neve [read] Keywords: development
9 - Trying this again ...
Mon, Sep 24th 2012 7:20a John D Head So on September 12th, 2012, my blog celebrated it's ninth anniversary. Hard to believe it has been nine years. Probably the last year on the current platform, but more about that soon. Thanks for reading, commenting, or just observing. [read] Keywords:
MWLUG 2012 - PSC’s Sessions
Tue, Aug 21st 2012 10:53p John D Head PSC presented 4 sessions at the Midwest Lotus User's Group (MWLUG) conference in Pittsburg, PA last week. John Head and John Beck : SB103: IBM Lotus Notes/Domino App. Dev. Competitive Advantage: The Social Business Edition Andrew Barickman : AD112: Usability Lessons From the Worlds Largest XPages Project Luis Guirigay : BP101: Keep Your Business Running! High Availability and Disaster Recovery ideas for your Social, Messaging and Collaboration Environments Mark Roden : AD111: XPages [read] Keywords: collaboration
Vote for Lumity as a Chicago Community Champion!
Mon, Aug 6th 2012 8:54a John D Head Lumity, the technology not-for-profit that I am a board member of, is participating in a contest that Plante Moran Blackman Kallick is running. I would like to ask everyone who reads my blog to vote here ... Lumity could win a $25,000 grant to help us provide technology services to the communities of Chicago and other not-for-profits. You can vote once a day between now and 12 PM on August 10th. Thanks! [read] Keywords: community
Support Eternal Fate on Kickstarter!
Sun, Aug 5th 2012 7:43p John D Head A friend of mine, Tom Mustaine, has started a great game Kickstarter thru his company Escalation Studios. Here is more about Eternal Flame: Eternal Fate offers a completely new online challenge for players via head-to-head or team-based competition. The gameâs blend of action and strategy is enhanced by key features including: Create and customize your persistent character with a nearly infinite combination of gear, spells and skills. Gather loot and gain experience by defeating your [read] Keywords:
Wed, Jul 11th 2012 7:04a John D Head Hard to believe another year has gone by. 38 is a much quieter and more subtle year than 37 so far, so hoping to continue that on. Thanks to my family, friends, and co-workers for everything. Now, bring on the margaritas! [read] Keywords:
Bringing some higher education to the PSC team ...
Thu, Jul 5th 2012 8:23a John D Head As many of you have read, Mark Roden has joined the PSC team and will be part of the great Collaboration team. As we went thru the interview process, over lunch, Mark talked about his question at Gurupaloza and wondered if I remembered it. I actually do. Mark asked specifically how someone got to be on stage with us next year. Someone answered (It was either Carl Tyler or Andrew Pollack or Paul Mooney - neither of us could remember) told Mark to find a topic he was passionate about, start a blog [read] Keywords: collaboration
One year - Remembering Dad
Tue, Jun 5th 2012 8:13a John D Head A year ago today my father passed away. In some ways it has been a year gone by so fast. In other ways, it has been a terribly slow year. I am in Orlando with family spending time with Dad at his final resting place. We are also going to remember him in the way he would want, with food and drink. I still find myself going to call Dad to talk to him about something ... to get his advice. I don't think that will ever stop. Love you Dad. [read] Keywords:
Games of my youth and crowdsourced funding via Kickstarter
Wed, Mar 14th 2012 6:50p John D Head It is of no surprise to frequent readers of my blog that I am a proud gamer. You can still find me playing a game from time to time to relax. Be it Starcraft2, stupid games on Facebook, an old school copy of Bard's Tale on my ipad, or Gears of War 3 on my XBox 360 with my brother. Games are something I love. Why, because I am part of the generation that remembers and experienced the golden age of gaming first hand. I remember playing Bard's Tale on my Apple 2e. Opening Wasteland to find the ma [read] Keywords: apple
Honored to achieved my first major sales milestone - PSC 2011 Big Hitter Award
Mon, Feb 13th 2012 8:21a John D Head As much as I have tried to hide it and deny it, the past two years has professionally about my journey from technology consultant to business development. It has not been the smoothest transition. Heck, I even fought it for a year mentally. But last year was the turning point. I hit my stride, accepted my new role, and was able to turn connections into relationships. Last evening, as a great PSC Group event to celebrate and kick-off 2012, I was awarded with a very humbling award. The above photo [read] Keywords: connections
Fri, Jan 6th 2012 9:20a John D Head I am very happy that 2012 is here. I don't know about many of you, but 2011 is a year I am glad to put behind me. Professionally, 2011 was amazing. Speaking at Lotusphere 2011, BLUG, UKLUG, IamLUG, and MWLUG on topics that were brand new for me. 2011 was also the year I fully embraced that I am in a sales role, not a delivery role. It has been a difficult mental transition but the results were pretty amazing. It was also the year I fully detached myself from any software brand loyalty war. I ha [read] Keywords: collaboration
The season of emotions
Wed, Nov 23rd 2011 8:20a John D Head I love this time of year. The air is crisp. The food changes to be more hearty. The memories of my youth come back. Thanksgiving leads into the holiday season that becomes Christmas. My favorite time of the year ... well, after college football falls. The difference is that this year there is an emotional weight attached to the holidays. The first without my father. A Thanksgiving without my father yelling at the Lions to play better. It then leads into the 6 month anniversary and another tri [read] Keywords:
New Media Tuesday - 11/22/2011
Tue, Nov 22nd 2011 9:00a John Head Here is what's coming out today ... Movies 12 Angry Men: The Criterion Collection Band Of Brothers / The Pacific: SE Gift Set Beauty And The Beast: Belle's Magical World Beauty And The Beast: The Enchanted Christmas SE Bombshell Carjacked Cinderella Story, A / Another Cinderella Story (2 Pack) Conan The Adventurer: Season #2: Part 1 Conan The Barbarian (2011) Devil's Double, The Doctor Who (2005): Series #6 (Blu-Ray) (#20 in the DVDPS Top 40) Doctor Who (2005): Series #6 L Word, The: C [read] Keywords: office
Remembering Dad: Mexicoâs Day of the Dead
Tue, Nov 8th 2011 10:31a John D Head As this holiday season is going to be many firsts for me without Dad around, Halloween was the beginning. My Dad loved Halloween. He decorated the house, dressed up, and loved to give out toys and treats. His collection of Department 56 houses for Halloween was larger than his Christmas collection - which says something. My uncle, my father's brother, lives in Playa del Carmen and runs a hotel he owns with my aunt. One of the traditions in Mexico around Halloween is the Day of the Dead celeb [read] Keywords:
New Media Tuesday - 11/8/2011
Tue, Nov 8th 2011 10:20a John Head Here is what's coming out today ... Movies 13 Blue Velvet (Blu-Ray) (#11 in the DVDPS Top 40) Carey Treatment, The Change-Up, The Child's Garden Of Poetry Courtship of Eddie's Father, The: Season #1 Dinky Dog: The Complete Series Doctor Who #058: Colony In Space Doctor Who #091: The Talons Of Weng-Chiang: SE Doctor Who (2005): Series #6: Part 2 I'm Alive: Season #1 Last Run, The (1971) Law & Order: The Complete Series Legend Of Lylah Clare, The Light In The Piazza Madwoman Of Chai [read] Keywords: vista
New Media Tuesday - 11/1/2011
Tue, Nov 1st 2011 4:40p John Head Here is what's coming out today ... Movies Californication: Season #4 Cars 2 (Blu-Ray + DVD) (#18 in the DVDPS Top 40) Cars 2 (Blu-Ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) (#11 in the DVDPS Top 40) Cars 2 Complete 3D Toy Story Collection, The (Blu-Ray) (#26 in the DVDPS Top 40) Craigslist Killer, The Crazy, Stupid, Love Deadliest Catch: Season #7 Essential Daffy Duck, The Fugitive, The: Complete Series Box Set (#29 in the DVDPS Top 40) Gunsmoke: Season #5: Volume One Hell's Kitchen: Seaso [read] Keywords: vista
New Media Tuesday - 10/18/2011
Tue, Oct 18th 2011 8:10a John Head Here is what's coming out today ... Movies Aki Kaurismaki's Leningrad Cowboys: Eclipse From The Criterion Collection American Pickers: Season #2 Bad Teacher Batman: Year One (Blu-Ray + DVD + Digital Copy) (#18 in the DVDPS Top 40) Batman: Year One: SE Batman: Year One Call Me Fitz: Season #1 CatDog: Season #1: Part 1 Cinderella Story, A: Once Upon A Song Complete Inspector Lewis: The Pilot And Complete Series 1-4 Craig Ferguson: Does This Need To Be Said? Crow, The (Blu-Ray + Digital Co [read] Keywords: eclipse
Honored to be one of the new board members at Lumity.org
Mon, Oct 17th 2011 1:10p John D Head I am honored to announce that on Friday, October 14th, 2011, I was elected to server as a board member of Lumity.org. Lumity provides classes, on-line training, and technology resources to nonprofit organizations in Chicago. A bit more about the Lumity mission: Lumity will catalyze Chicagoâs nonprofit community to do more good work by: Increasing the capacity of charitable organizations to more effectively fulfill their missions through technological and financial assistance and solutio [read] Keywords: community
Honored to be elected to the new OpenNTF.org board, but with a change
Mon, Oct 17th 2011 8:10a John D Head As announced here, I was one of the nine member directors voted to the new Board of Directors for OpenNTF.org. I will be serving for another two years. There is one slight change. I let the former BoD know that I would not seek placement at Intellectual Property Working Group Chairman. That role was something of a roller coaster. While the newly created OpenNTF, Inc. is the outcome of a combination of efforts, it was mostly done by Bruce Elgort and Peter Tanner. I was not able to spend the time [read] Keywords: openntf
The Univeristy of Illinois Fighting Illini are 4 - 0 !!!!
Sun, Sep 25th 2011 4:00p John D Head For the first time in sixty years, the Fighting Illini of the University of Illinois have won 4 games without losing a game to start the season. That record brings rankings of #24 in the coaches poll and #22 in the AP poll. The last time that happened, the illini went 9 - 0 - 1 (a tie with Ohio State), won the Big Ten, won the Rose Bowl, and were considered National Champions by the media. While I don't think that the illini are headed New Orleans for the National Championship this year, [read] Keywords:
The perception gap between clients and vendors with social business and cloud
Wed, Sep 21st 2011 7:10a John D Head I have heard something over the past couple of days that I thought I would put out for discussion. I am hearing about a huge gap between what vendors think is the current state with social business and cloud and what customers believe are important to them right now. On one side we have the vendors who are changing everything to fit into the social business and/or cloud business models. From branding and marketing to strategy to how they align themselves internally as an organization. I get w [read] Keywords: desktop
New Media Tuesday - 9/20/2011
Tue, Sep 20th 2011 2:20p John Head Here is what's coming out today ... Movies American Harmony Area 51 (2011) Battlefield Britain (2004) Blades Of Blood Body Of Proof: Season #1 Breaking The Press Bridesmaids (Blu-Ray + DVD + Digital Copy) (#24 in the DVDPS Top 40) Bridesmaids Castle: Season #3 (#23 in the DVDPS Top 40) Catered Affair City Island (2009) D.N. Angel: The Complete Series Dalziel & Pascoe: Season #4 Dumbo 70th Anniversary Edition (Blu-Ray + DVD) (#15 in the DVDPS Top 40) Dumbo 70th Anniversary Edition FBI [read] Keywords: pearl
New Media Tuesday - 9/13/2011
Tue, Sep 13th 2011 8:10a John Head Here is what's coming out today ... Movies Across The Wide Missouri (#37 in the DVDPS Top 40) Beer Big Bang Theory, The: Season #4 (#21 in the DVDPS Top 40) Blades Of Blood (#32 in the DVDPS Top 40) Blue Bloods: Season #1 Blue Mountain State: Season #2 Brand New Day Brothers & Sisters: Season #5 Camelot: Season #1 Citizen Kane: Ultimate Collector's Edition (Blu-Ray) (#4 in the DVDPS Top 40) Citizen Kane: Ultimate Collector's Edition Community: Season #2 (#17 in the DVDPS Top 40) Da [read] Keywords: community
Mon, Sep 12th 2011 8:10a John D Head Today marks the 8th anniversary of this blog. While mostly a way for me to talk about my work at PSC and my thoughts about what is going on with IBM, Microsoft, Gaming, and more, my blog turned far more personal this year. Thanks for reading, interacting, and the support. [read] Keywords: ibm
My favorite video commemorating 9/11 ...
Sun, Sep 11th 2011 7:10p John D Head I have seen many postings, images, and videos today that were made in memory and honor of the 10 year anniversary of the tragic events of 9/11. This one has to be my favorite. Word of warning - this is a difficult video to watch. It shows images of the attacks that are raw and difficult. Mixed in with images of the terrorists who committed these acts. Here is the description of the video by it's creator:This video was a project for my English class. It expresses the meaning of Dream T [read] Keywords:
Are you ready for some football! Want some fantasy with it?
Sun, Sep 11th 2011 11:10a John D Head So the first Sunday of the NFL season is upon us, and it's time for the Chicago Bears to kick ass again ... um ... yeah, we shall see. Anyways, the best time of the year is American Football season. What makes it extra special is fantasy football. I play in a few leagues, but PSC has a new group this year. Looks to be fun. Here is my team: I am hoping some of those former #illini players step up and tun in some extra special performances (and hence, point totals) this year! [read] Keywords: