Tim wondered on Greg's blog post why we, that is Admins, do not extol the virtues of XPages in order to promote the long term viability of Domino infrastructures.
It is an interesting question. One which I do not have a good answer. Maybe because in many cases infrastructures get tweaked based on what we find in the wild. We don't build an infrastructure and then ask the developers to build an app for it, we build the infrastructure usually for or after an app is in place or required and tweak it at that point.
Many times we Admins are reactive, trouble hits and we spring into action. When life is calm we plan the future and tweak this or that along the way. Many times tweaking happens at the point of upgrades, migrations, changes in hardware in addition to new installations.
The job of an Admin does not always involve having a seat at the table when platforms and infrastructure decisions are made. We love having it but it's not always that way unfortunately.
If we always were part of that discussion, no doubt more companies would be expanding their usage. This is not to say Developers are in a better position but if a company has Domino Developers, good for them and hopefully they are doing their best to step up and push more apps to be built.The days of just coding for Notes clients must end of course because, well, the Notes client doesn't run on a phone.
But Lotus Notes Traveler with XPages support could change many things in the world. Mobile apps are the problem, mail is a given but how do you get to your apps? As Ed expounded, the Domino 8.5.3 Upgrade Pack 1 brings XPages magic to some core templates and provides more options for the developers to push out apps. I am not a developer and trust our friends that are will expound further on this topic in ways I could never do it justice.
Admins? Get those new templates out there and start pushing your mobile mantra. You can help the push of XPages but you first have to install 853UP1. While you are doing, start tweaking, get your ODS upgraded, make sure DAOS is properly configured, check that swap space, change your web cache or tweak your memory settings for the larger RAM in the server.
And if you have something good for other Admins, post it so everyone gets the benefit as well.
The Social Zombie
Thu, Oct 31st 2013 7:40a Keith Brooks I was working in the lab late one night, when my eyes beheld an eerie site, a new social site popped up asking me to join them.
What crazy thing is this I thought? Join us it said. Join them? There must be social sites I bet even for vampires, werewolves and zombies. (Yes they are real sites, may not be safe at work for obvious reasons.)
Social sites? Don't they know people have work to do? Talk to your buddies after work or on the weekends.
It was then I heard a knock on the lab door [read] Keywords: google
Update to IBM Notes 9.0.1 in 20 minutes
Tue, Oct 29th 2013 11:30a Keith Brooks This was for all 3 clients, Notes, Admin and Developer.
Fast or slow? Convenient or difficult?
You make the call, but if you jump at the chance to update your Apple devices the second a release comes out, you should do the same for Notes, Domino and Traveler.
After all, what is more important? Games and apps or your living and breathing inbox/sidebar/portal/streams?
And don't forget there is also a new version of SwiftFile to make life that little bit easier to get to inbox near zero. [read] Keywords: admin
IBM Sametime 9 Installation Spreadsheet
Wed, Oct 23rd 2013 1:50p Keith Brooks Better late than never, I have posted here a spreadsheet for installation of Sametime 9, similar to my IBM Connections 4.5 installation spreadsheet.
I took this IBM Sametime Wiki page provided and broke it down by topics (WAS, DB2, MUX, Media Manager, etc).
For those that need, that is, should be, documenting your installation details, hopefully this helps make your life easier.
You can download my spreadsheet from the link below:
Sametime 9 Installation Spreadsheet for Documentation
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Who Saw Your Slides? Part 2
Tue, Oct 15th 2013 12:00p Keith Brooks The 2nd part of my "Who aw your slides?" post is live at the IBM Social business Insights Blog.
you give a presentation at a conference, do you remember to post and
share your slides with those who didn’t attend? Besides posting through
the organization that ran the conference, you can also publish your
presentation on your blog or at SlideShare, which can both feed to your Twitter and Facebook accounts. But in order to get shares, first you’ll need memorable slides!
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Who Saw Your Slides?
Mon, Oct 7th 2013 9:50a Keith Brooks As part of the IBM Redbook Thought Leaders, I had originally wrote this post for the IBM Social Business Insights blog. This is my first two part post there.
Who saw your slides? Four tips on getting more shares (Part 1)
Has this ever happened to you? You spend weeks working on your presentation for the big conference and when your day arrives you get into presenter mode, show up early to your appointed room and prepare to take the stage. You think to yourself, this is going to be a great se [read] Keywords: ibm
Want Tabasco with that Bruce?
Wed, Oct 2nd 2013 10:10a Keith Brooks Many years ago on a Lotusphere exhibition hall floor at a pedestal for OpenNTF or TheView, I met this crazy guy who gave me a mini bottle of Tabasco and told me he had the special sauce.
He was right, I just had no idea who he was at the time.
Little did I know just how busy Bruce Elgort was then and always is.
We spoke different languages, I speak Adminese and he spoke Developese but we shared at least one thing in common, our love of Notes and Domino and the experience our employees [read] Keywords: domino
A New IBM Redbook is out on CCM
Tue, Oct 1st 2013 7:00a Keith Brooks Happy to announce that after a few months of effort, our Redbook is available for everyone.
Making the move to IBM Connections 4.5 and IBM Connections Content Manager
Our leader, Whei-Jen Chen deserves the credit for getting us all to finish on time and stick to her plan.
Hopefully it will help you in your quest to migrate from Lotus Quickr and into the IBM Connections.
Thank you to everyone that took part in it, including the IBM team behind CCM who answered our numerous questions a [read] Keywords: connections