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.
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