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||Sutol, Pokemon and an awesome time
As blogged over on the BCC page .. a round up of Sutol with some extra Shaz related bits
Last week we were in the beautiful city of Prague for the 8th annual SUTOL Czech user group. It was a small affair with approx. 100 attendees – making it more like an extended family gathering, which actually worked really well. The sessions were well attended and there seems to be a chunk of Czech business that already have hybrid and cloud environments and are uses of IBM Connections.
Lots of news which was nice .. some of it revisited some of the information that was made public at ICONUK, but there were updated and NEW news!
So Drew Birnbaum kicked off the keynote with a look at ICS strategy through the ages – admitting that IBM had lost its way a little and how they are redeeming themselves going forward. It was very refreshing to know that the beast that is IBM have taken on board what Customers, Business Partners and IBM Champions have been saying – so positive news on that front.
Drew also covered the #newwaytowork message that IBM have been delivering to us over the past few months, and it seems to be becoming more and more relevant to how normal businesses work. One of the statistics that was shown was the average worker consumes approx.. 15.5 hours of media a day – 15.5 hours!! That is a lot of data, it’s no wonder we can get distracted.
One of the things that the Watson and cognitive engines can do is help us make sense of all that *stuff* and we are seeing it more and more as the API’s become available to hook in to. This message was reinforced on the integration into application and services that are cloud ready. Unfortunately there is no news on when on premises customers will be able to take advantage of this – here is hoping that one day we will be able to consume Watson or some of those features as a web service.
Barry Rosen had a lot to say. He is the new hero of our ICS community, and has become the go to man to pass on concerns, queries and praise to IBM. Always ready to listen and very honest, and had already made some changes since he announced the Road map at ICONUK back in September 2016.
The features and fixes to be released in the Notes/Domino feature packs are to be released via priority. Each cycle the highest priority fixes and features will be worked on for release, rather than promising something and not delivering, announcements will be made on what is coming over the next few weeks we hope and that will continue going forward. Again another improvement.
Sametime will also follow the continuous delivery method, which is fantastic news. There were a lot of speculation that IBM would be killing off Sametime now they had Watson Work (Project Toscana) and the alliance with Cisco, but Barry told us Sametime is not dead and it will have continued investment and fixes. Sametime IS the on-premises chat and meeting solution and will continue to be.
The same can be said of application development and x-pages. There will be an announcement in early 2017 on the future of application modernisation, development and the plans IBM have – Connect 2017 will be the place to hear this. Barry assured us that Martin Donnelly’s x-pages team have plenty to do and to release to us – looking forward to more new on that early next year.
If you are wanting to go down the Verse on Prem route for your email client there is also good news. The Connections entitlement to Files and Profiles has now been updated for Domino 9.0.1 customers to allow Connections 5.5, allowing the additional features for Verse on Prem at no extra cost – Shameless plug for the BCC Connect your Domino offering to help you get to that point to be Verse ready.
The ICS portfolio is becoming like a buffet, allowing us to pick and choose what applications and solutions suit our business and needs as users. Improved integration points should make this a lot easier and with the new framework and set of APIs for that framework will ensure that it’s easier to integrate applications and systems.
So exciting times and generally good and positive news all around. I sincerely hope that this is not too little too late and that IBM really have taken note of what Customers and BPs have been telling them. It’s a good message that Customers that can’t or won’t go to the cloud are still going to get support and updates for on-premises software and that if they do want to go hybrid that there will support for that too – Another shameless plug fpr the BCC Admin Tool for Connections Cloud at this point, as this helps with just that very scenario, manage your Hybrid and Cloud users just like your on-prem ones.
All in all ….
A very positive message was sent out by IBM and the attendees and those following the twitter stream seemed also to be enthused by the message, let’s just hope that message and the enthusiasm stays with us to Connect and Engage and well into 2017.
This was the first time I had been to SUTOL .. It really was like an extended small family gathering .. which was GREAT .. so good to catch up with friends and colleges in our space and with those IBMers that I only get to see at events like this. I finally got to chat to people that I have only spoken to in skype and on twitter. User groups are so important for networking and keeping in touch with what everyone is doing and sometimes you can’t beat a chat over a beer.
The speaker / sponsor dinner was so much fun – i haven’t laughed so hard and so long for a while .. Prague is also excellent for Pokemon hunting and I caught my first 2 Pikachu on the way, and about 15 other little blighters and many stops (so lots of balls).
The food was amazing, filling and tasty .. and there were many sausage jokes occuring on our two tables (we may have got a little rowdy, luckily we were in a private dining area). I haven’t been to many bars with such a crazy drinks menu .. we had GROG (unfortunately it wasn’t served by a pirate or a busty wench .. or in a wooden jug.. but it was GROG) .. so well worth the night out
I also won a prize in the closing session – thank you Panagenda for the kit .. I shall have hours of fun playing with that The speaker gift was a lovely bottle of Czech wine – made for St Martin’s day (I know it was lovely as I have already finished it).
Thank you Prague .. thank you to the SUTOL team for making me feel so welcome and to Wannes and Roberto for being brave enough to speak with me for a second time. Shout out to Stephanie as well as it was girls on tour for BCC and we had a great giggle too .. bring on the next one
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Nov 18, 2016
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Tue, Oct 31st 2017 12:10p Sharon Bellamy
So at last IBM Docs 2 CR3 has been released and with it some awesome new features that the community have been asking for (thank you IBM).
What’s new in Docs 2 CR3? LOADS of new features and fixes including …
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Issues with IBM Connections 5 / 5.5 and Chrome 60|
Fri, Aug 18th 2017 9:58a Sharon Bellamy
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Connections 6 migration observations|
Tue, Jul 25th 2017 4:00p Sharon Bellamy
I am sure that lots of you have installed or started migrations to Connections 6 by now .. but I have found a couple of gotchas across the installs and updates that I have managed so far.
I am listing them here for sanities sake as I know when we google an error – this blog will show up
Connections 6 itself
Generally this was a nice smooth install and all worked as it should in a clean 6 environment
On testing a migration though I found issues when trying to migrate some of the DBs.
It’s that time of year again ..|
Fri, Jun 16th 2017 5:38p Sharon Bellamy
I am Running for Feel the Force Day …. My partner in crime Sam will be joining me again this year, along with Jonathan and Mandy will make up the #TeamRun4FTFD to raise funds.
Jonathan has cerebal palsy and he doesn’t let that slow him down. Mad on trucks, cars and any kind of awesome vehicle (just see Shaw on Tour for details), he has recently done a bunch of exciting stuff including running (in a race chair), ice skating and trampolining.
Mandy is the biscuit queen Famous for her
Let’s get Stitch talking – Project #talkie pt 3|
Mon, Jun 5th 2017 2:41p Sharon Bellamy
So after building the kit and testing that it worked .. It was time to get creative ..
there are some examples on what to do code wise on the AIY kit voice site
First I had to go through the billing set up and processes. Even though the code is free, and the kit is free and they give you $300 worth of credit – you still have to set up billing. It was a pain as I already had a cloud dev account for some of the APIs I use on bit of my sites, but eventually I worked it out – I may have
Building the AIY – Project #talkie pt2|
Sat, May 27th 2017 11:55p Sharon Bellamy
Before I could attempt to get creative with the code examples – we first had to build the kit and make sure it worked with the things and code that was provided.
I have used the images from the aiyprojects.withgoogle.com/voice page. They are great pictures and show step by step how to put things together, I may have forgotten to take step by step pics as we built it too.
Prep the SD Card
With the voice SD image we downloaded in pt1 – use etcher to flash the SD card and get it ready f
Who knew my love for StarWars would win me a prize|
Sat, May 27th 2017 10:29p Sharon Bellamy
On May the 4th (also known as StarWars day – you work it out) one of my good friends and former co worker (not sure how he put up sitting opposite me for 2 and a half years ) Mr Dave Sheryn pinged me with an interesting link to a starwars costume competition ..
“That’ll be fun”, I thought, “will give it ago .. have a snowballs chance in hell of winning” – so I posted this pic of me
With the message
O well if we are showing off star wars costumes .. thi
Project #talkie pt1 – getting to grips with a rasberrypi|
Sat, May 27th 2017 9:45p Sharon Bellamy
What’s all this #talkie stuff about then?
So I have been posting stuff on facebook twitter and instragram with the #projecttalkie or #talkie hash tag ..
Most of you know that I costume .. and as well as my love for star wars (and my mandalorian costume), I also LOVE to costume as Stitch …
You can see me here as my favourite fluffy blue alien experiment (626) with my good pal and all around lovely Captain America friend Mr James Budd.
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Migrating Connections DB from Oracle to DB2 part 3|
Sat, May 27th 2017 8:48p Sharon Bellamy
In part 3 of the series we will actually attempt to migrate the data.
Migrating Connections DB from Oracle to DB2
In my experience the database migration is always most time consuming, so I always do the database first
Use the text file of Commands that we created in part 2.
Back up the exisitng Connections databases
Drop database, create database, app grants (for homepage also initdata, and re org and run stats)
CR update scripts
Pre DB fixer script
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Application specific s