As a CEO of an IBM Business Partner there is always a positive feeling that comes when being able to support a User Group event such as MWLUG. Its a chance to give back to a community that has helped us all in our earlier careers. It’s a chance to not only finance these events so that the cost to attend is modest, but also a chance to be part of an ongoing conversation about our community and to share some of expertise with others following in our footsteps. This year we had our largest contingent yet, with six speakers all helping to deliver six sessions as well as participate in a number of other events. For those unable to attend all our sessions at MWLUG, or would just like to review the material (and fun) a second time, the following is for you!
Note: Most of these sessions were videoed. Links to the videos will be added when they become available.
From Then, to Now – A UX and Design Workshop for Programmers
Our first session was a 2.5 hour workshop given by Bob Kadrie and myself. The goal of the session was to share our approach to defining the UX and UI for a Notes modernization project. This was an extended version of a session we gave at Engage in Antwerp earlier this year. The 2.5 hour format gave us more time to go into the subject matter in more time, including the interactive section where the audience was broken up into three teams to help design a new “Notes” calendar.
The material used during the workshop is covered here.
The reception allowed Red Pill Now to unveil the latest demonstration of Red Pill DIG, our Web portal for Notes applications able to surface an entire portfolio of Notes applications in a modern Web interface using technologies such as Graph databases, REST APIs, Polymer Web Components, and Progressive Web Apps.
M is For Modernization
This was a fun session in which six members of the Red Pill Now team covered 26 topics, an A-Z of modernization technology to the theme of Dr Seuss.
We recorded the audio of our rehearsal as a podcast.
Like the writings of Dr Seuss there is a lot of hidden meanings between the lines. A more traditional presentation of the material covered in this session can be found here.
The PRPL Pattern For Domino Web Apps
One day we are going to surprise attendees by doing a traditional Speed Sponsoring session! This year we decided to again with convention and do a presentation in which we lead with Five Reasons you should NOT work with Red Pill Now.
Big Data with Graph, IBM Domino, and OpenNTF API
The latest installment of our presentations on Graph databases saw Devin Olsen and Nathan T Freeman present together on this topic for the first time after both have presented individually at conferences around the globe about the power of Graph.
The Internet of (Notes) Things
In our last session I presented a new topic gathering interest at Red Pill Now, the Internet of Things.
A special thanks to all the people who attended our sessions, joined in the fun, and asked some amazing questions. Our sessions would be of little value without your participation.
We would also like to thank Kevin Petit, who took many great photos at MWLUG, a number of which have been used in this article.
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
Lessons Learned Replacing Lotus: Part 2
Mon, Aug 28th 2017 12:37a Peter Presnell For those of you who have read Lessons Learned Replacing Lotus: Part 1, I have a small confession to make. I do not really own a yellow 1989 Lotus! I wish I did, as it would have been really cool to turn up to Lotusphere each year in one of those. What I do own is a 2011 Lexus RX 350. Its a really great car, but being six years old now it does have a similar story to tell as a 1989 Lotus.I have tried to keep up with maintenance but even the latest GPS upgrade doesn’t have the street on whi
Lessons Learned Replacing Lotus: Part 1
Fri, Aug 25th 2017 4:17a Peter Presnell Back around 1989 I became a Lotus enthusiast. Yellow even became my favorite color. While I never got to the point where I would dress up in a yellow suit, I would describe myself as somebody who would bleed yellow. With my Lotus I could do almost anything. I could proudly proclaim Lotus Knows how to get me safely to and from work. Lotus Knows how to get me to class on time. Lotus Knows how to get me home safely from the pub of an evening. Lotus Knows how to find a parking space within walking d
Red Pill Now @ MWLUG 2017
Fri, Aug 18th 2017 6:11a Peter Presnell As a CEO of an IBM Business Partner there is always a positive feeling that comes when being able to support a User Group event such as MWLUG. Its a chance to give back to a community that has helped us all in our earlier careers. It’s a chance to not only finance these events so that the cost to attend is modest, but also a chance to be part of an ongoing conversation about our community and to share some of expertise with others following in our footsteps. This year we had our largest co
What We Learned at MWLUG 2017
Wed, Aug 16th 2017 8:02p Peter Presnell Richard Moy and team put together another great User Group event in Alexandria, VA last week. Its an event that falls half-way between the annual event once known as LotusSphere. This year’s event set a new attendance record, including a large contingent of IBMers allowing all to get the latest information and news for all things Collaboration (ICS). The following are the key take aways that I noticed as a former Notes developer still passionate about finding future paths for Notes data.
MWLUG – The Perfect event at the Perfect time
Fri, Jul 28th 2017 8:07p Peter Presnell For CIOs who oversee an active portfolio of Notes/Domino applications it is now clear they have a need to develop a strategy to transform their investment. IBM is moving on from the platform that has served many of us well for 28 years. The path forward has been less than clear. There has long been a hope that a magic button would appear capable of taking an aging collection of Notes applications and make them relevant in 2017. A quick simple solution does not exist and CIOs must chose between t