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To Tableau, or Not to Tableau
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In Closing, the Connect CGS Speaker
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Mission Accepted: Lotus Quickr to IBM Connections Cloud
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Keith Brooks
Blog Title Lotus Evangelist
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Why Experts Save You Money
Thu, May 25th 2017 1:00p   Keith Brooks
Did you ever hear these from clients or prospective clients? "Your fees are too high!" "You want how much to do this?" "I can get a person for $10/hr why do we need you?" I have heard these, and many others too over the course of my career. Now let's hear how some others see this issue, these are general references not specific to anyone or anything. Sales advisors tell us it is because we have not sold the client on us and our solution that the price still matters. If they are not so
SnTT - WildCard SSL Certs and Domino....needs 32bit Windows?
Thu, May 25th 2017 9:03a   Keith Brooks
This post is for me, and you, to make life easy. Some of you out there are only now adding SSL certificates to your servers, I know because you are asking me to help you, and so I present today's Show n Tell Tuesday post. There are some excellent SSL and Domino posts on this topic already from Gab Davis, Mats Ekman and Sean Cull, IBM documentation is a bit lacking in this use case so I will not point you to it. I used Gab's post a few times over the last few months and always in a situa
To Tableau, or Not to Tableau
Wed, Mar 8th 2017 8:00p   Keith Brooks
This was the question I had as I reserved a space at the event held today here in Tel Aviv. I was supposed to go last year but was out of the country at the time.Nice view we had. Tableau is about data visualization. yes the same stuff we did 30 years ago with 1-2-3 or Excel but smooth, "simple" and flexible to work with many, many forms of data. They went public in 2013 and since have steadily grown in awareness and revenue. Tableau may not have been on everyone's radar but it is showing up
In Closing, the Connect CGS Speaker
Wed, Mar 1st 2017 8:57p   Keith Brooks
The closing session at IBM Connect this year was probably the most educational closing session I have listened to over the years. And that is a good thing because although some closers were motivational or inspirational or imaginative, the creative process often gets hidden in the final product. Eric Whitacre, who until the session I had not looked up or heard of, was very upfront about his motivations and goals/dreams and how all of them combine to help him fulfill his music efforts.Eric has c
Executive Upgrades of the Server Kind
Wed, Mar 1st 2017 3:42p   Keith Brooks
At Gurupalooza, the last day session of IBM Connect where the IBM Champions and Best Practices presenters answer audience questions, my friend Todd asked us something along these lines: “How do you convince an executive that feature packs must be installed and maintained like formal releases?" In today’s world, there are no formal releases. Your browsers update automatically, if you let them, your phones update apps automatically, again if you let them. So why should your servers or clients
Day 2 of Connect was Road Map Day for me
Fri, Feb 24th 2017 3:36a   Keith Brooks
The day opened with Mat's AdminBlast session which was so full of tips and ideas he could barely get to all of them and he laid out how he manages his team and uses all the resources he can from Notes, Domino, Connections, Watson, etc. Great effort and valuable training for new managers to get a great view of how they could be working. Usually the sessions are a secondary benefit, for people like myself that are involved in the product line for so long. We have various meetings, briefings, sid
One Firm's Wild Ride to the Cloud
Thu, Feb 23rd 2017 10:35p   Keith Brooks
My IBM Connect presentation is now posted on Slideshare. Thank you everyone for coming and your questions. One Firm's Wild Ride to The Cloud from Keith Brooks
Welcome to NOT Orlando
Wed, Feb 22nd 2017 8:46a   Keith Brooks
IBM Connect, or Lotusphere, as us old people call it kicked off last night with the welcome reception and today with the Opening General Session. This year we break from tradition to visit San Francisco instead of Orlando. Many traditions may not return, but thank God for Ephox and Aussie Night, and Mat. Disclaimer, IBM Champions are invited in advance and are loved by Ephox. The usual cast of characters exist, like a Thanksgiving dinner, your business cousins, uncles and aunts and everyone in
Fix Your Own Computer And Advanced Backups
Tue, Feb 14th 2017 3:00p   Keith Brooks
I did these two sessions today as part of the technical track "SpeedGeeking" sessions. The Backup one was more of an interactive session with a link to numerous free and not so free backup software options. For last year's more detailed version see "My Dog Ate My Homework". Advanced Backups from Keith Brooks The Fix Your Own Computer session is to help non technical people understand some options when they run into a problem with their equipment. Obviously, in 15 minutes, one can not re
18+ Ways to Help Clients Love You
Tue, Feb 14th 2017 1:45p   Keith Brooks
This was my slide deck for today's Israel Translation Association (ITA) Conference in Tel Aviv. It is more specific than last year's "Worst Translation Practices" session but also more minmal. You will see no text, just logos and graphics. It is good for everyone to remember some of these no matter what business you are in or where you work in the world. 18+ Ways To Help Clients Love You from Keith Brooks
Destroying A Business From Within
Thu, Feb 9th 2017 2:00p   Keith Brooks
The other night we went out with 30 of our friends to a new restaurant and bar in our neighborhood for my birthday. My wife and I ate there a few days earlier and agreed it would work well for our crowd. Who knew one can make so many friends in two and half years of moving here but we did! While we don't always get together regularly, we do get together for drinks or late night food between 2 and 4 times a month in smaller groups and maybe once a month in a bigger way for a party or birthday. W
Me? At a Hackathon? Lead a team? What?
Tue, Jan 31st 2017 2:10p   Keith Brooks
I submitted a topic for Alan Hamilton's IBM Connect Hackathon which takes place the day before the event. It was accepted, my team "Domino Tweets" is good to go!Our Motto : Stay at the pub longer, we'll tweet you if we need you, love your Domino Server! Why? Because I have wanted one thing for a while, a DDM (Domino Domain Monitor) notification via Twitter. As an admin DDM is my top inside the box tool. Notifications are usually in the database itself or in my case sent via em
Thursday Tips - Sametime Installations Gone Awry?
Thu, Jan 26th 2017 2:30p   Keith Brooks
I recently inherited a failed Sametime Complete 9.0 Installation that was stuck on the proxy server. This would be the 3rd time in the last 2 years I have had the same exact circumstance. Thank you all for bringing these to me. The commonality in each case was a reliance on the Zero to Hero 900+ slide deck. While it is a great guide to follow, especially if internally you need screen shot by screen shot directions, it lacks a few things that are kind of important. It makes it very clear every
If You're going to San Francisco...
Tue, Jan 10th 2017 4:48p   Keith Brooks
"You're gonna meet some gentle people there" - So sang the late Scott Mckenzie in May 1967 as an advertisement for the then upcoming Monterrey International Pop Music Festival. One of them will be me, as I have been asked to speak about one of my clients about their journey to the IBM Connections Cloud. The abstract officially says(link):Getting to the cloud is half the battle; while getting your users to follow you (let alone understand what is where or how) is another story entirely. From C
Mission Tools: Lotus Quickr to IBM Connections Cloud
Tue, Jan 3rd 2017 3:57p   Keith Brooks
Welcome to the 3rd installment of my migration project. I am happy to say that we moved everything over, now we are verifying everything came over and cleaning up all the orphaned and misc. files that were found and cross linked at one time. So, how did we get it all moved I bet you are asking. There is an automated way, via IBM and their partner in Europe T-systems, which is part of T-Mobile it seems, they can help and their pricing is really for the bigger companies. They have a process and
Mission Worries: Lotus Quickr to IBM Connections Cloud
Mon, Dec 19th 2016 2:00p   Keith Brooks
Who knew so many people still had Lotus Quickr? See IBM I told you people love it still. There are many things to think about during a migration of data, most of which you as the client will not think about, or even know about, until you have moved and find it out. Do you know why? Because not very many companies, people, or Business Partners have done these migrations like I have over 20+ years. These "Mission" posts are meant to help you in this process. Last post I gave some basic informat
HUGE Change Coming for non SSL Traveler Customers
Sat, Dec 17th 2016 7:14p   Keith Brooks
This was to go into effect on January 1, 2017 but IBM has relented, edit is from yesterday, so you have 3 months, and not a nightmare on January 2nd to return to from vacation. IBM published this Technote which lays it all out in black and white: IMPORTANT: You must ensure that your IBM Verse Mobile and Traveler connections are secure and compliant with these requirements by March 15, 2017. This is not about IBM Connections Cloud users but is about on-premises installations of IBM Notes Tra
Looking Back on 5 Years and Forward as an IBM Champion
Fri, Dec 16th 2016 1:00p   Keith Brooks
"We've got five years, what a surpriseWe've got five years, my brain hurts a lot"..David Bowie, Five Years IBM has granted me another year as their ambassador. Well, me and 122 other friends and colleagues. You can read the announcement here. Congratulations everyone! This will be my 5th year as an ICS Champion and I was a Websphere Champion for 3 years. I was not part of the first class. A friend told me at the time, "the people elected in the 2nd year are the ones to watch, so stick wit
Mission Accepted: Lotus Quickr to IBM Connections Cloud
Thu, Dec 15th 2016 8:45p   Keith Brooks
My last Lotus Quickr customer is moving off of Quickr by December 31st. I love Quickr, still do, but time marches on and maybe you found yourself looking at Quickr wondering: How do I secure this box? You have options, and hopefully have used them, but the server is trapped on an 8.5 server which is basically an unsafe server to run at t his point especially if it has access to/from the outside world.Accessing your data is getting harder as browsers advance but the code on the server does not
How to Create Multiple Communities in IBM Connections or Conenctions Cloud?
Thu, Dec 1st 2016 1:00p   Keith Brooks
As a non developer, this was easier than I imagined it would be, once help arrived from my friends. I have a Lotus IBM Quickr customer, my last one, so any Quickr sites, contact me I am available! Anyway, I am moving them from Quickr to the IBM Connections Cloud environment. This post is not about the move itself, but about how one can create over 200 new communities(200+ Places and 220GB of data) without having to hire an intern to do it manually. I posted to the chat for IBM Connections peo
See the Future You Want to See
Thu, Sep 15th 2016 8:31a   Keith Brooks
IBM recently announced the continued support for Notes and Domino through the year 2021. As we transition to the Cloud, and Verse becomes more prominent, it is not surprising that we reach this apex. Remember cc:mail? What about the IBM Notes Server? How about Microsoft Mail? Windows for Workgroups? Palm Pilot? Apple Newton? Yes, the technology landscape is filled with artifacts that were stepping stones to the great products we have today. Every generation leads to newer, faster, leaner (physic

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