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| Lessons Learned Replacing Lotus: Part 2025|
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| Red Pill Now is Sponsoring Engage 2018|
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| Domino 2025 Announced|
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| Our Take On Social Connections 12|
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| Red Pill Now Partners With Team Technology|
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| Engage: A New Direction?|
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| New Webinar Series for Application Modernization|
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| Lotus Notes Mark Share|
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| Reading The IBM Tea Leaves|
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| MWLUG Recap|
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| Lessons Learned Replacing Lotus: Part 3|
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| Domino 2025 Announced|
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||Engage: A New Direction?
The team from Red Pill Now had an “interesting” journey to Engage when the plane carrying three of us was involved in the bombings at Brussels Airport. I have shared a detailed account of the journey and the staggeringly bad customer service provided by Delta in my personal blog at peterpresnell.com.
In 2010 I attended my first Lotusphere – Lotus Knows How, Lotus Knows Why. That event still holds a special spot in my memory because it was the last time Lotus Notes (and Application Development) would have any true presence as part of the IBM messaging at Lotusphere aka Connect aka ConnecEd aka Connect. This was the year Project Vulcan was introduced and with that it seemed IBM’s focus switched to Messaging and Social. It was as if IBM had lost sight of the amazing Rapid Application Development platform it had at its disposal and the 10 million Notes applications still in use today.
At Engage 2016… Enter stage right the new GM for IBM Collaboration Solutions, Inhi Cho Suh. It is not surprising to hear she plans to make a few changes. That is to be expected from anybody taking on a new role. What struck me the most was that she seemed more down to earth than previous GMs in this role and that she was had a genuine interest in listening to the views of others. She has a very compelling life story and it was clear she was going to be a different style of leader for ICS.
Inhi Cho Suh Meets her community
It would be fair to say that on arriving at Engage I was not expecting a lot. I have previously expressed my disappointment in what appears to be a steadily declining market share and the way our customers seem to be reacting to what they see as the inevitable. On leaving Engage I had a sense of optimism I had not felt for a while. I was inspired when I heard Phil Gilbert speak at an IBM Leadership Alliance event in 2015. I was equally inspired with what I heard from Inhi Cho Suh at Engage. I am hopeful that IBM will spend less time trying to sell us its views on Enterprise Social Software (and why everyone needs it) and a little more time listening to its customers and business partners about the struggles they face in addressing the aging Lotus Notes application development platform. I didn’t get the impression Inhi had joined ICS with a view just to slow down the rate of decline in email market share. I am sure she sees an opportunity for IBM to once again dominate in the Collaboration market, a market that Lotus Notes created. Inhi made enough references to application development over the two days for me to feel hopeful that she sees the opportunity to take this core component of IBM Notes and the 10 million applications still in use and make them relevant inside a social platform, inspired by IBM Design thinking, that is mobile, in the cloud and able to leverage cognitive computing. If I am right, both the IBM Leadership Alliance later this year, and IBM Connect in early 2017 will be more exciting for people like me than any ICS event since Lotusphere 2010.
It appears EVERYTHING in the current ICS Portfolio is being reviewed. Mention was made during the OGS by Suzanne Livingston that there was going to be a move towards simpler naming of products. So potentially product names such as “IBM Connections Exceptional Mail Experience for SmartCloud” would be simplified to “Mail”. Nothing was said but I suspect we will see a downplay of the branding of “Connections”.
Hopefully next year we will see a little bubble up there called “Apps”
ICS Front And Center
I am not sure how much of this reflects Inhi’s personal view of her new area of responsibility or how much it reflects IBM’s view.. But it was suggested that moving forward Collaboration Software was a key component to the broader spectrum of IBM products and would act as an entry point into areas such as cognitive computing and analytics. It would be very interesting if this were to become true. It has felt over the past few years that ICS was largely a carry-over group that didn’t really fit in well with the rest of IBM.
Inhi’s views on Road Maps were very refreshing. In the past it had seemed Road Maps were something provided with the greatest reluctance and then usually under the cover of an NDA that could not be shared with customers. Not only are we now going to see road maps for all the products in the ICS portfolio, but they are going to be accompanied by delivery dates that are expected to be met. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Perhaps the last time we will see a Road Map like this
As many people noted at Connect 2016, there had been no announcement of a date or venue for the next conference. This had long been a tradition of the CGS. At Engage we were informed for the first time that Connect 2017 would be held in a new location, San Francisco between February 19 and 22. The venue is the Moscone Center, the same venue used by Microsoft for last week’s Build conference.
Presentation: Once You Go Graph
Nathan Freeman delivered the first Technical Session from Red Pill Now- Once You Grow Graph. After delivering the highest rated session at last year’s event there was a full room to hear Nathan share the latest updates of Red Pill Now’s thought leadership on the use of Graph databases to represent data and meta-data held in Notes applications. This included the latest work, completed just days before Engage, on the use of Graph as the cornerstone for searching the content of Notes databases.
Presentation: Lotus Position: Four Degrees of Freedom
In our commercial session, Red Pill Now presented a case study of the work we have been doing at The Salvation Army to find ways to keep Notes data relevant without undertaking expensive migrations.
Position 1: LotusScript Framework – It is likely many Notes application will remain for a long time. Update them to keep them looking good.
Position 2: XPages Framework – Use a tools such as We4IT’s Aveedo to quickly add a Web interface to existing applications
Position 4: Graph Framework – Build a REST APU for all Notes applications using a REST API and Meta-data gathered about those application to build a portal to discover and display the information.
Round Table: Notes Data and Design Thinking
We took advantage of the round table format to allow attendees the chance to share our experiences in Design Thinking in developing modern applications for Notes data. Bob Kadrie and Nathan Freeman chaired the discussion. A big thank you to those that attended and contributed to a great discussion.
Presentation: Breaking Your Designer Dependency
Red Pill Now’s final technical session was presented by Keith Strickland – Breaking You Domino Designer Dependencies. In this session Keith shared his experiences over the past three years in building modern Web applications for Notes data outside of the traditional XPages and Domino Designer platform. All told Keith explained a total of 14 tools that can be used to automate the process for creating and building Web applications for Domino data from scratch
And The Winner Is….
At the closing session Red Pill Now, in conjunction with We4IT gave away an AWESOME LG 34″ Ultrawide monitor. To enter the draw it was necessary to attend our commercial session along with We4IT’s and speed sponsoring. The winner was Mark Beaumont. Unfortunately we could not stay for the presentation but we hope Mark gets a lot of enjoyment from this monitor. We are all very envious!
And This Guy…
Theo Heselmans has raised the bar yet again as to what can be achieved with organizing an IBM User Group event. I can speak as a Sponsor, Speaker, and attendee that there is almost nothing that this guy hasn’t thought out and executed perfectly on. Red Pill Now is eternally grateful for the many things Theo did to assist Red Pill Now in making this an awesome event for us and everyone else that attended. Congratulations to Theo, his wife Hilde, and the dedicated team that made this year’s event so amazing.
A thank you to Theo also for providing some of the photos used in this article.
Apr 04, 2016
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New Webinar Series for Application Modernization|
Thu, Nov 30th 2017 6:12p Peter Presnell
How many IBM Champions does it take to change a lightbulb?
Red Pill Now is please to announce that it is launching a new series of Webinars that will focus on the topic of Application Modernization. This forms part of Red Pill Now’s response to the recent announcement by IBM of the Domino2025 initiative. What better way to celebrate the return of the familiar yellow to the product marketing! Our goal will be to bring together thought leaders from the community to present and discuss topic
Red Pill Now and SWING Software Enter Into a Strategic Partnership|
Tue, Nov 28th 2017 7:33p Peter
SWING Software and Red Pill Now have entered into a partnership agreement aimed at providing IBM Notes customers with top-of-class solutions and services for archiving Notes application data.
The Notes application archiving services will be one of several services offered by Red Pill Now as part of their new Take 5 initiative. According to Peter Presnell, CEO at Red Pill Now, “Take 5 provides a one-stop test drive offered to leading industry solutions for modernizing your Notes applicatio
Lessons Learned Replacing Lotus: Part 2025|
Tue, Nov 28th 2017 7:24p Peter
I had an interesting call a few days ago from my long-time friend who sold me my first Lotus in 1989. Apparently Lotus had just announced a few changes. I was informed that Lotus have decided to form a strategic partnership with a Korean auto company (KCL) to manufacture their cars. When I asked why, my friend explained how Lotus had become so unionized they had struggled to remain competitive. Lotus would remain responsible for the design and sales of its vehicles, but manufacturing would be pl
Red Pill Now is Sponsoring Engage 2018|
Thu, Nov 9th 2017 5:43p Peter Presnell
Red Pill Now is pleased to announce that is will be a Platinum Sponsor for Engage 2018 being held in Rotterdam, the Netherlands May 22-23 next year. Engage is highly regarded as a User Group conference for IBM Collaboration Solutions. With the merging of Connect into Think next year, I believe Engage now represents the largest event on the calendar for ICS specific content. This will be the 10th Annual event for BLUG/Engage and the fourth in which Red Pill Now has been involved.
The event promis
Domino 2025 Announced|
Wed, Oct 25th 2017 6:28p Peter Presnell
One of the rumors making the rounds at Social Connections 12 was that IBM were getting ready to sell Notes. Today the story behind the rumor became clearer, with Ed Brill announcing that as part of its plans for extending the Notes/Domino platform beyond 2025 they are outsourcing the development for Notes/Domino to an Indian company HCL Technologies to jointly invest in the Notes, Domino, Verse, and SameTime.
Ed has put together a video to cover the announcement
As part of the development of
Our Take On Social Connections 12|
Mon, Oct 23rd 2017 1:04a Peter Presnell
Social Connections 12 was held in Vienna Austria between October 16 & 17. Turk Ergun and myself decided (almost at the last minute) to make the trip to Vienna and represent Red Pill Now. The following are some of things that caught our attention during the course of the two days:-
Ready To Fight
Being our second Social Connections event this year we already knew to expect a more positive tone than is often found at events that focus more on Notes/Domino. Here we have a mix of customers and b
Red Pill Now Partners With Team Technology|
Mon, Oct 16th 2017 11:06a Peter Presnell
Red Pill Now is pleased to announce it is partnering with Team Technology, adding TeamWorkr to Red Pill Now’s growing portfolio of best in class solutions, consulting, and development services focused on enhancing your investment in Notes data.
Of all the modernization solutions for Notes data available TeamWorkr is without doubt one of the simplest and easiest to comprehend, install and work with. TeamWorkr was built for Notes applications by Notes developers using Notes. For many Notes profe
Red Pill Now Partners With Darwino|
Fri, Oct 13th 2017 4:37p Peter Presnell
Red Pill Now is pleased to announce it is partnering with Darwino, adding Darwino to Red Pill Now’s growing portfolio of best in class solutions, consulting, and development services focused on enhancing your investment in Notes data.
What excites me the most about Darwino is its unique approach of replicating data between Notes databases and SQL data stores, providing the best of both worlds. Replication has long been a key differentiator for Notes and it is interesting to see the opportu
Red Pill Now Expands Web Design Services|
Wed, Oct 11th 2017 10:11p Peter Presnell
Red Pill Now has completed the acquisition of a boutique, enterprise class, cloud-based website hosting business from partner and creative director, Bob Kadrie and will immediately assume responsibility for its operations. This a small but important step forward for Red Pill Now to expand its existing WordPress-based Web design service with an extensive set of custom libraries that will allow the instant spin-up of instances of WordPress, BuddyPress, WooCommerce, and other services regularly req
Lessons Learned Replacing Lotus: Part 3|
Mon, Aug 28th 2017 8:04a Peter Presnell
Notes Is Dead (Or So They Say)
Let’s start by dealing with the 800 lb (363 kg) gorilla in the room. Is “Lotus Notes” dead? Well technically yes, because the official name has now been changed to IBM Notes. Many people, including most of us at Red Pill Now, have been heard to claim this is true even if it perhaps it is not an entirely true statement. But its not entirely fake news being spread by the dishonest mainstream media. Red Pill Now estimates that Notes as an applicatio