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Why IBM XPages developers should care about IBM Bluemix - from the business/sales point of view
Wed, Mar 4th 2015 12:20p   John D Head
There has been a bunch of chatter about IBM Bluemix and why it should be a consideration as a platform for any current Notes & Domino and XPages customers. Most of those are focused on the technology side - such as Mark's posts and Notesin9 - or about the upcoming support for Domino & XPages that IBM discussed at IBM ConnectED. All of that is very cool stuff. What excites me most is what it means in terms of building applications and getting customers excited. The sales process for
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IBM Whitepaper- Notes and Domino Applications: A road map for modernization using XPages
Thu, Jan 22nd 2015 1:20p   John D Head
As a follow-up to the "Collaborative and business applications for the connected company" white paper I posted earlier this month, IBM has published a follow-up white paper that focuses specifically on application modernization with Notes and Domino applications to XPages. John Roling and I teamed up on this to cover application modernization methodology and a customer story that highlights the power of XPages. You can download it here.
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Where to find PSC Group at IBM ConnectED 2015
Thu, Jan 22nd 2015 8:10a   John D Head
PSC at IBM ConnectED 2015 PSC will be presenting the following sessions at IBM ConnectED 2015 – we hope to see you at one of them! Speaker Title Abstract Date/Time Location Mark Roden BTE102: The Future of Web Development - Write Once, Run Everywhere with AngularJS and Domino AngularJS is currently the most popular JavaScript MVC framework. It's driving more adoption and interest in the MVC/ REST API application architecture model. The ease of use, portability and re-usability of t
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Win a week of consulting from a PSCGroup IBM Champion!
Tue, Jan 20th 2015 8:10a   John D Head
PSC is proud to have five people selected as IBM ICS Champions for 2015. This is the second year in a row that PSC has the most ICS Champions of any organization worldwide. In celebration of this achievement, PSC is offering the opportunity to win a free week of consulting, including travel costs, from one of our IBM Champions. More information and nomination form can be found at https://contest.psclistens.com Congratulations to the team - Kathy, Brad, Mark, and Andrew!
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I co-authored an IBM Whitepaper - Collaborative and business applications for the connected company
Mon, Jan 5th 2015 3:00p   John D Head
I co-authored an IBM Whitepaper titled "Collaborative and business applications for the connected company" and it is available for download today. Here is the description: This paper outlines the continued application development value of refreshed platforms like IBM Domino and IBM XPages technology, while also looking at how they take advantage of newer innovations, including: IBM Worklight Platform, IBM Connections and its open APIs, cloud innovations and more. It's a good overview
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Thu, Dec 18th 2014 7:50a   John D Head
14 years and counting at PSC Group, LLC - hard to imagine that a third of my life has been spent working for the same company. Looking forward to many more.
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DEV 201 - Beyond Responsive Design: Turning SharePoint into a mobile and modern web application platform
Wed, Dec 10th 2014 10:10a   John D Head
I was honored to speak with Chris Johnson of PSC Group, LLC on mobile strategy, modern web application development platforms, Microsoft Sharepoint and responsive design at SharePointFest Chicago 2014 this week.
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Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Lotus Notes - Ray Ozzie’s Tweets in Slide Format
Sun, Dec 7th 2014 2:23p   John D Head
It's been talked about before, but Ray Ozzie's tweets share a great a story about Lotus Notes and it's 25th anniversary. I know Mat did a blog post, but I thought a slide format would be best to read them. Feel free to share, use, download, etc. Happy Birthday Lotus Notes - again!
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2015 IBM Champions
Thu, Dec 4th 2014 8:10p   John D Head
IBM has announced the IBM Champions for the ICS brand for 2015. I am honored to be selected again, my fifth year, as a recognition for all the evangelism I do for the IBM products. More importantly, I am again so proud to be one of 5 at PSC Group, the only company with five IBM Champions in the world for the second year in a row. Congrats to Kathy, Mark, Brad, and Andrew.
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Hear me talk at the Chicago SharePoint User Group (CSPUG) panel as part of SPFest Chicago
Mon, Dec 1st 2014 9:20a   John D Head
SharePoint Fest Speaker Panel Discussion The Chicago SharePoint User Group (CSPUG) is excited to announce we have once again teamed with SharePoint Fest to host a moderated Panel Discussion at SharePoint Fest Chicago. The panel of speakers bring an abundance of insights and thoughts about the future of SharePoint, its capabilities, and resolutions to challenging issues. Hear about SharePoint Online, the state of the App Model, best practices, and adoption solutions. Bring your questi
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Happy 25th Birthday to Lotus Notes!
Thu, Nov 27th 2014 9:00a   John D Head
Hard to believe that Lotus Notes was officially released 25 years ago today. Now, we can trace the birth of Lotus Notes back to University of Illinois Champaign/Urbana (Go Illini), but as far as the official product - today is that day. Hard to believe the product is 25 years old and still around. Most of those 1.0 applications still work in the current 9.0.1 product - which is just another testament to what an amazing product Notes is. Thanks for the career Lotus Notes. Thanks for friends an
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Hey Lotus SmartSuite, thanks for the career!
Wed, Oct 15th 2014 8:03a   John D Head
So I was remiss on blogging about the death of Lotus SmartSuite, but I am basically here because of it. I need to give it some proper due. Back in 1993, I picked up my first copy of Lotus Ami Pro 3.0 and my technical career started. I then moved on to Lotus SmartSuite, Word Pro, and the other apps. I became the go to person for intergration of SmartSuite with other products. I got to speak at Lotusphere - and Lotus Europe in Berlin. It led me into working with Notes, integration, and so much
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Result’s of the PSC IBM Notes/Domino Community Survey
Mon, Oct 6th 2014 3:16p   John D Head
The results are in. You can access them at this page: http://www.psclistens.com/ibm-survey-results.aspx The results are interesting and can be interpreted in many ways. I will save some personal thoughts on it until people can consume the information. We will also be posting the infographic to Slideshare shortly - and I will update here when we do. Thanks to everyone who contributed!
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My OpenNTF.org retirement starts today
Thu, Oct 2nd 2014 9:16a   John D Head
As of 10 am today, I am officially no longer part of the OpenNTF.org elected Board of Directors. It’s the first time since the rebirth of OpenNTF.org in 2009 and elected officers that I am no longer participating. I made the decision a year ago to retire and it was the right call. I will miss OpenNTF.org and working with it actively, but I knew it was time to do something new. I have been really active with STEM in Chicago and a non-profit called Lumity, and I have to pick where I spend my
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Speaking at SharePoint Fest Chicago 2014
Mon, Sep 29th 2014 9:46a   John D Head
I am very excited to announce that I will be speaking at SharePoint Fest Chicago 2014 on December 8 - 10, 2014 at McCormick Place Convention Center West. This is not a user group, but a paid conference. The session: DEV 201 - Beyond Responsive Design – Turning SharePoint into a mobile and modern web application platform John Head and Chris Johnson - PSC Group When you think about building modern and mobile applications with SharePoint, most people think about responsive design.
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ProgPower 2014 - An Experience of a lifetime
Mon, Sep 22nd 2014 12:33p   John D Head
So those of you that follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram know this - but last week, I was lucky enough to attend ProgPower 2014 in Atlanta. I made the first ProgPower 15 years ago here in Chicago, but this year's line-up really was a no brainer for me. So we all have our own musical tastes. Mine have shifted in the past 15 years or so. I used to really love the power metal style - think Helloween, Stratovarius, etc. along with progressive - my readers know how much of a Dream Theat
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Taking a new role at Lumity - Outreach Director on the Executive Committee
Fri, Sep 19th 2014 10:03a   John D Head
I am really excited to announce that I have accepted a position on the executive committee of the Board of Directors of Lumity as the Outreach Director. As a current board member, this just extends my involvement. I have been lucky enough to help with the business development processes and performance the past two years, and in July took over as the chair of the Operations Committee. My new role is slightly wide open in terms of specifics, but it will let me get more involved in an organization
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Inviting you to particpate in the IBM Domino/Notes Community Survey
Tue, Sep 16th 2014 1:33p   John D Head
Have you ever wondered what other companies plan on doing with IBM Domino? Now is your chance to find out. PSC has committed to collecting feedback from Domino users worldwide, and sharing the results of this survey back to the community. Please take 30 seconds to answer the questions below and share this URL via social media. The more responses gathered, the more valuable this information is. Let’s work together to capture the big picture view of where companies see Domino in their futu
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11 Years
Fri, Sep 12th 2014 6:56p   John D Head
So my blog turns 11 today. [add comments about number of blog entries]
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New PSC Video: Happy IT Talent = Happy Clients
Wed, Sep 3rd 2014 4:13p   John D Head
PSC Group, LLC has published a new video on why having great talent is so important to a successful company. Having worked here 13+ years, I find this video to be spot on with our PSC approaches and values or team.
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PSC Group reconigized by Inc 5000 and Chicago’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For
Tue, Sep 2nd 2014 12:06p   John D Head
Over the summer, PSC Group received two recognition's that I wanted to highlight. The first was back in June. PSC was named one of 'Chicago's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For' for the third year in a row. PSC Group was also named to the Inc 5000 for the second year in a row, jumping over 1000 places since last year. This is a testament to the amazing team at PSC Group. Congratulations to everyone!
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PSC Group reconigized by Inc 500 and Chicago’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For
Tue, Sep 2nd 2014 8:53a   John D Head
Over the summer, PSC Group received two recognition's that I wanted to highlight. The first was back in June. PSC was named one of 'Chicago's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For' for the third year in a row. PSC Group was also named to the Inc 500 for the second year in a row, jumping over 1000 places since last year. This is a testament to the amazing team at PSC Group. Congratulations to everyone!
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MWLUG 2014: BP110: The Mobile Distruption - Why XPages Development is targeting Mobile First
Thu, Aug 28th 2014 11:33a   John D Head
BP110: The Mobile Distruption - Why XPages Development is targeting Mobile First from John Head
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PSC Group @ MWLUG 2014
Tue, Aug 19th 2014 10:50a   John D Head
MWLUG 2014 is less than two weeks away! Are you attending? PSC Group will be there two. First, you can meet us in the vendor showcase. We will be talking about our services and solutions and will be all ready to talk about how we can help you. We also have 4 sessions given by PSC Group team members. Don't fall asleep using Relational Databases: Using Hibernate with XPages Toby Samples Friday, August 29th, 2014 at 11:30 AM - Gerald Ford room Domino is THE all-purpose Application Se
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IBM Digital Experience 2014 Conference - General Session Thoughts
Wed, Jul 23rd 2014 10:50a   John D Head
I am at the IBM Digital Experience conference for the first time. Of course, that leads me to doing the compare and contrast with the other major IBM event I have attended, IBM Connect/Lotusphere. About 700 people here, and 85% of the sessions are technical. And from what I have seen, there is a great community of partners and customers here. I have spent most of my time in the business / customer story sessions. All of them have been pretty good. One item I wanted to really highlight was the
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PSC is proud to introduce our new partnership with Intuit QuickBase
Thu, Jul 17th 2014 1:10p   John D Head
PSC and Intuit Quickbase are proud to introduce our new partnership. Come celebrate with us and enjoy the amazing views of Downtown Chicago from the penthouse floor of the Swissotel. Network with local QuickBase users and learn about our new partnership with PSC, a Chicago based services firm. PSC is an expert in integrating dynamic reporting and collaboration. Admission includes: Networking with other QuickBase users Cocktails & Appetizers Chance to win Blackhawks memorabilia
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40
Thu, Jul 10th 2014 11:30p   John D Head
As you probably guessed, I turn 40 today. Not sure if I should look at this as an accomplishment or milestone or a warning - but it's a good day. No longer 'a kid' - but still 'the kid' to many. With June being such a rough month for me, and this June being even harder, this July is special. That number '40' I was never sure I would make. But at 40, I find contentment with who I am. I have a great family, especially those closest. Wonderful friends. Awesome coworkers. I am part of man
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Suckuary
Mon, Jun 30th 2014 7:20a   John D Head
In my world, June has been renamed Suckuary. With the anniversary of my father's death, Father's Day, his birthday - it's a hard month. My Uncle (father's brother) had the same heart attack as my father this month. Luckily, he survived and is on the mend. Add in end of quarter/end of year for a lot of companies, licensing deals that barely closed, and a bunch of other personal stuff. Damn. I am glad June is done. July is a brighter month. Mom's birthday. My Birthday. Holiday. Vacation. and
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Memorial Day - Remembering Jack Head
Mon, May 26th 2014 8:11a   John D Head
Today is Memorial Day in the states, the day we remember and honor all of those that have fought and served this country in our military. I thought I would share a few stories of my grandfather. John "Jack" William Head was a veteran of World War 2. A marine who fought in the battle for the Pacific. He was on Guam. He was part of the 3rd marine Division assault. Unfortunately the Marines were dropped on a beach at surrounded by a high ridge. Japanese soldiers opened fire immediately and th
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My interview with SocialBiz User Group - Listen Now
Tue, May 13th 2014 9:20a   John D Head
Last month, Celia Hamilton of SocialBiz User Group, interviewed me to talk about XPages and the work I am doing at PSC Group. Here is their blurb about it: John Head was kind enough to share some of his time with me recently to have a conversation about XPages and mobile development. John's background in coding and current role in business development at PSC Group give him a unique outlook when talking about technology. From his perspective, he looks at what customers want when they need his c
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Tim Tripcony
Mon, May 12th 2014 1:00p   John D Head
Today the news tells us that one of the Lotus/XPages community has let us, much to early. Tim Tripcony was one of the good guys. No,Tim was one of the best guys. Besides being smart and talented, Tim was a gentle soul who loved to share knowledge. I remember many chats with Tim talking about XPages, something new he was working on, or music. I will always remember seeing Tim at the first MWLUG in Chicago - just after he cut his long hair. I didn't recognize him at first. We laughed at my confus
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The IBM Mail Next Webinar - Thoughts and Questions
Wed, Apr 23rd 2014 11:43a   John D Head
IBM has the first public webinar around IBM Mail Next since unveiling it at IBM Connect this past January. I thought I would highlight a few thoughts and questions I have. (before I go on, IBM did say this was a point in time and nothing was set in stone and everything was subject to change. So keep that in mind as you continue reading please) The webinar was mostly high level about the process, but we did see two specific 'demos' (more on that later) around the calendar timeline and fac
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Why STEM education matters - The Lumity Story
Tue, Apr 22nd 2014 9:50a   John D Head
I have talked about Lumity before on my blog, but I wanted to share why I think it's mission matters. Here is a great video that we created for our Annual Dinner earlier this month: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BfRFqTxOIjY I am proud to be involved with Lumity as a board member, and helping with the services arm, but the STEM initiative is something I really believe in. My career path was not a straight arrow, and my STEM schooling as a kid really had an impact. I am looking forward to
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Selling XPages - what matters?
Fri, Apr 4th 2014 7:50a   John D Head
The XPages community has had an active two weeks of discussions, kicked off by my coworker Mark Roden's post Why learning JavaScript is more critical to XPage developers than Java. This inspired many comments and other posts and videos. The best of those were: Tim Tripcony - "Do I Need to Learn Java?": a brief conversation with a composite character Mark Roden - When the community comes together we get the right answer Steven Wissel - Learning a new language or platform Jeff Byrd - Life




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