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Our Views On Connect 2017
Tue, Feb 28th 2017 8
Wrapping up IBM Connect 2017 with Bob, Peter and Devin
Fri, Feb 24th 2017 9
Connecting With Graphs At IBM Connections
Mon, Feb 20th 2017 9
Red Pill Now’s Champions
Fri, Dec 16th 2016 9
Installing and Configuring IBM Domino 9 on CentOS 6 Enterprise Linux
Wed, Nov 9th 2016 12
IBM Traveler and Verse: Device Security and Administration Overview
Tue, Nov 8th 2016 13
Welcome Devin Olson
Sun, Oct 30th 2016 10
Top 10
IBM Traveler and Verse: Device Security and Administration Overview
Tue, Nov 8th 2016 13
Lotus Notes Mark Share
Wed, Jan 27th 2016 12
Installing and Configuring IBM Domino 9 on CentOS 6 Enterprise Linux
Wed, Nov 9th 2016 12
Getting Your Hands On Graphs
Sun, Aug 14th 2016 10
Welcome Devin Olson
Sun, Oct 30th 2016 10
Reading The IBM Tea Leaves
Tue, Aug 2nd 2016 9
Red Pill Now’s Champions
Fri, Dec 16th 2016 9
Connecting With Graphs At IBM Connections
Mon, Feb 20th 2017 9
Wrapping up IBM Connect 2017 with Bob, Peter and Devin
Fri, Feb 24th 2017 9
In Memory of Tim “XMage” Tripcony
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Our Views On Connect 2017
Tue, Feb 28th 2017 7:21p   Peter Presnell
Last week Devin Olson and myself had the chance to attend IBM Connect 2017 in San Francisco. It was a new venue in a new location combining some of the traditions of the past along with a few things new and different. I had the chance to hear IBM’s message, discuss the events with a number of the people who attended as well as share ideas internally with the team at Red Pill Now. The following is a summary of my thoughts from this year’s event. Application Modernization After having
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Wrapping up IBM Connect 2017 with Bob, Peter and Devin
Fri, Feb 24th 2017 3:59p   Bob Kadrie
http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Red-Pill-Now-Connect-17-Wrapup.mp3 Red Pill Now’s Peter Presnell, Bob Kadrie and Devin Olson discuss Connect 2017 in our first ever, “conference wrap-up by podcast.” From the OGS, to the final celebration, here’s (almost) everything you need to know about the conference, and why Peter and Devin think the future looks bright for the Notes community.
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Connecting With Graphs At IBM Connections
Mon, Feb 20th 2017 4:24p   Peter Presnell
Over the past 12 months Red Pill Now has continue to explore new and exciting ways in which we can exploit the potential of Graph Databases. The unique characteristics of Graph databases combined with REST APIs and the awesomeness that comes from Web Components and Material Design (via Polymer) is allowing us to transform Notes data in ways that was never possible until now. This includes modeling the structure of an entire portfolio of Notes databases, providing graph-based search for those dat
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Red Pill Now’s Champions
Fri, Dec 16th 2016 7:39p   Peter Presnell
Since its formation in 2013 Red Pill Now has actively encourage its team members to be active members of the community. Whether it be through participation in technical forums, presenting at conferences and user groups, writing blog articles that share knowledge and insight, or contribution code to open source foundations such as OpenNTF, almost every member of Red Pill Now is an active contributor to the community it serves. Because of this commitment Red Pill Now is proud to be able to recogni
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Installing and Configuring IBM Domino 9 on CentOS 6 Enterprise Linux
Wed, Nov 9th 2016 11:11p   Devin Olson
A few years ago, shortly after the release of Domino 9,  I wrote an instructional guide (along with some videos posted to YouTube) on how to install and configure IBM Domino on CentOS and posted it to dropbox.   The response was overwhelmingly positive, I had no idea so many people needed this type of guide. This year I presented a hands on workshop at AdminCamp 2016 where we went from a “bare metal” empty VM to a running Domino server, and while preparing that session I realize
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IBM Traveler and Verse: Device Security and Administration Overview
Tue, Nov 8th 2016 2:17p   Devin Olson
There currently seems to be a great deal of confusion about IBM Traveler and Verse with regard to device security and administration. The necessary overview information is available from IBM, but is rather dispersed and somewhat difficult to track down in a single concise location. This document will attempt to answer some of the most common points of confusion and concern for those considering a Traveler deployment in their Domino environment -without necessarily having IBM Connect or Cloud sol
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Welcome Devin Olson
Sun, Oct 30th 2016 11:24p   Peter Presnell
Red Pill Now is pleased to announce that it has expanded its team of software consultants with the addition of  Devin Olson. Devin is well known to many in the community as an IBM Champion 2016, global presenter, and/or brewer of fine ales. For the past 18 months Red Pill Now has focused its efforts on securing talent from outside the Notes community as we broaden our experience with Design and Web Component development. Devin will be the first “Notes” person joining Red Pill Now s
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Design Matters 2.0
Sat, Sep 24th 2016 9:52p   Red Pill Now
Red Pill Now’s Creative and UX Director, Bob Kadrie, and Software Engineer, Keith Strickland discuss how good design can profoundly impact the effectiveness of the applications you develop. In this session we explore the industry’s renewed dedication to user experience by taking a closer look at the design standards created by Google, IBM and Microsoft, and how you can utilize these design strategies to improve your application’s usability and adoption.
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Video Title Test
Sat, Sep 24th 2016 2:09p   Red Pill Now
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SmartChat
Tue, Sep 20th 2016 11:18p   Peter Presnell
Today it is almost impossible to imagine heading too far without without (a) possession of a smartphone; and (b) having it connected to the Internet. Smartphones have totally transformed the utility value of s mobile phone. While phones themselves are not all that new, it has been the integration of software capabilities and data that has transformed what we can and can’t do in our daily lives. Chat may never be quite as transformative, but we are definitely in the early stages of a new re
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Was That It?
Wed, Sep 14th 2016 1:02a   Peter Presnell
As expected, IBM came out with a series of announcements today. I already had a low set of expectations for what would be announced. But even then I still found myself profoundly disappointed with how little was actually released. At the heart of today’s announcements was an announcement by IBM that they were extending support for Notes & Domino to 2021. By my calculations IBM has generated around $2.5 BILLION in maintenance revenue since 9.0.1 was released. So essentially IBM have of
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The Future Of Your Notes Data
Sun, Sep 11th 2016 11:01p   Peter Presnell
Since I published my article Reading The IBM Tea Leaves just over a month ago we have been involved in a lot of discussions with customers and business partners about what happens next with Notes applications. There have also been significant discussion within the community following MWLUG, an event at which IBM allowed itself to get behind the story. IBM are likely to make some sort of public statement later this month about its commitment to supporting Notes moving forward, although it does
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And Its Still Only Wednesday
Thu, Sep 8th 2016 1:51a   Peter Presnell
It seems to be getting harder and harder for technologists to stay on top of all the announcements, especially as they relate to the collaboration space. This week has been no exception with a number of major announcements being made. Monday: Skype Teams Details have started to appear  that Microsoft on are developing their own competitor to Slack to be known as Skype teams. This product will build on Microsoft’s strengths in areas such as content editors (Office), voice calls (Skype) a
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JavaOne
Wed, Aug 31st 2016 12:42p   Peter Presnell
Earlier this month Red Pill Now had the chance to introduce Kito Mann to the Lotus community when he co-presented with Keith Strickland at MWLUG – An Introduction to Web Components. JavaOne might seem a strange place for a Front End developer to attend, but Kito’s background was originally in the areas of JSF and J2EE development making him well placed to talk about the integration between Java and modern web application development using technologies such as Web Components. JavaOne
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Why Web Components Matter
Mon, Aug 22nd 2016 12:13p   Peter Presnell
At MWLUG last week Kito Mann and Keith Strickland gave a presentation – An Introduction To Web Components. This presentation is now available on Slideshare and we hope to have a video of the session available soon. An Introduction to Web Components from Red Pill Now It is now clear that Web development is moving away from server-sided development platforms such as eXPages and .Net towards client based (JavaScript) frameworks such as Angular, Ember, and Polymer. If you have been playing
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MWLUG Recap
Fri, Aug 19th 2016 7:22p   Peter Presnell
As always MWLUG has been an awesome event thanks to the amazing efforts of Richard Moy and his team. There were many familiar faces, but there were some new faces as the mid-west slowly expands further south and further west each year to arrive in the center of Texas. IBM provided no clarity at this event as to how it might fill the void for customer who have invested in the Notes platform over the past 25 years. The tone of the conference was such that I am sure if IBM had not gotten the messag
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The Lotus Position
Tue, Aug 16th 2016 10:42a   Peter Presnell
Over the years I have had the chance to attend a lot of LUGs around the world including Engage (BLUG), Inform (AUSLUG), and of course there is MWLUG (people call me MWLUG). These events have provided me with the chance to hear from leading Notes Developers and Domino Administrators. But rarely do I get the chance to hear from a CIO and get his/her view on IBM Collaboration Solutions. That is why I am excited this year to have the chance to present alongside Clarence White, the CIO for The Salvat
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Pete Janzen: Lotus Legend
Sun, Aug 14th 2016 6:33p   Peter Presnell
Many years ago I launched a web site called Lotus Legends that recognized the contributions made by many people inside and outside IBM to the Lotus Notes product. I retired the site after IBM announced its IBM Champions program. While both sought to provide recognition of the many contributions made by our community the two programs differed in three distinct ways:- Lotus Legends focused on contributions to Lotus Notes the product, not to IBM; Contributions from both inside and outside IBM were
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Getting Your Hands On Graphs
Sun, Aug 14th 2016 12:24p   Nathan T. Freeman
Next week I will be in Austin, TX at MWLUG 2016. Red Pill Now is a platinum sponsor again this year, and I am fortunate to have been accepted to present a two-hour workshop on the GraphNSF technology from the OpenNTF Domino API. I’ve been working on the GraphNSF implementation for over 3 years now. It’s software that, for me, is as intensely personal as it is useful. This session will be the first time I’ve built a live graph application in front of an audience. I’ve show
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Reading The IBM Tea Leaves
Tue, Aug 2nd 2016 1:11a   Peter Presnell
Last week an interesting statement from an IBMer that there would be an announcement in September of an updated policy on the Support Lifecycle for Notes/Domino. The standard IBM Support Lifecycle Policy commits IBM to supporting any version of its software for 3 years from its release date. With Notes 9.0.1 having been released in October 2013 we are now less than two months away from the official end of support date for Notes/Domino. So clearly IBM needs to make some change or risk the ire o
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Rethinking Notes
Wed, Jul 27th 2016 3:45p   Peter Presnell
Red Pill Now has the distinct pleasure of being a Platinum sponsor for this year’s MWLUG, being held in Austin, TX on August 17-19. We are also very excited that members of the Red Pill Now team have been invited to deliver a total of five sessions at this event. While IBM seems to have all but abandoned the Notes/Domino platform, Red Pill Now continues to see opportunities and remains excited about the possibilities for using Notes data in new and innovative ways. Over the course of the t
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Co-Existence With Notes
Sun, Jul 24th 2016 8:07p   Peter Presnell
In my last post I covered some of Red Pill’s thinking as to why we recommend to our customers not to rush to migrate. Ultimately organizations will move away from Notes databases simply because IBM is showing no signs it has plans to invest any further in the platform and hence will eventually discontinue support. So the question is not one of migrating versus not migrating, but one about how quickly any migrations should take place. When our customers ask us what they should do, we ask
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The Pitfalls of Migration
Mon, Jul 18th 2016 10:09a   Peter Presnell
With IBM Notes and XPages having reached an apparent end of life most companies are now giving serious thought to what they do with their Notes applications. This usually leads to a serious consideration of migrating Notes applications to another database platform such as SQL, SharePoint, SalesForce, or Mongo DB. The future of Notes Data is perhaps the one question we are asked about the most at Red Pill Now so we have decided to share our typical answers, starting with  our recommendation
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Beyond XPages
Mon, Jun 6th 2016 10:19a   Peter Presnell
Early last year I did a presentation at several User Groups entitled “Beyond XPages”. The presentation outlined an approach for building modern Web applications for Notes data that was not based upon XPages. We believe XPages has a shelf life of (at best) 5 years before companies will become very active in seeking to migrate to other development platforms. That by 2020 IBM itself will have abandoned the platform. This is why Red Pill Now no longer recommends to its customers deve




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