I came across the above article a while ago and had meant to blog on it – however life and work got in the way. Good thing is that gave me some more time to think and I have my own conclusions on a few things that might be heading down Extinction Ave. along with the dinosaurs:
Note: I have been working on this post for a few days and reread it again - it was getting a bit long. The conclusion is still worth reading, but I will add the one-liner versions here to save you the time if you don’t feel like scrolling down to read it all, recent notes are in RED:
Update and learn – you need to make sure you are not left behind
One handed Bandits
Add a skill to your arsenal - one hit wonders never make it past the current season
Social is coming – even if yo have no use for Facebook, you can learn about social to get the basics
Look at what is out there – closing the door will not make the Gremlins go away (somebody already fed them after midnight …)
Learn WebSphere - you will HAVE to deal with it, like it or not.
Well, this one is pretty straight forward – if you have not updated your skills lately … . Judging by the job/project offers I have received over the last 6 months and the type and amount of jobs being posted on www.ssmcjobs.com then 2012 will be the year of the upgrades and migrations …. and of new technology being implementd.
If you have not kept your skills and knowledge then this year might prove VERY touch on you. This has always been the case but I think this year will be especially hard because the only technology you are good at might be replaced this year and where will that leave you?
One Handed Bandits:
Another pun on luck, fate and being a “thing” with only one game in it. Companies always try to do more with less and the current push/move to social (I repeat myself here once more: it will be BIG!) is another indicator: If you have one main skill and not much else then you might find yourself under pressure. Even if your company is committed to Domino, you might find out that Connections and social mail is coming – so start learning something about “social” in general and software specifically. and my advice would be not just to get familiar with Connections but other software solutions as well, it always pays off to have a more rounded knowledge base as your company might be looking at several socultions and having some knowledge about them will make you more valuable.
If all you have is one game, your chips might be up sometime soon.
I hope this is self explanatory. Social is coming, whether you like it and embrace it or not. It makes no difference whether you think it makes sense and if it might be a good fit for your company – or not. In my experience many companies start looking at technology once they see more of it “out there”. I remember the first time I had to deal with a Blackberry server: the CEO of my then company played a round of golf with another big-wig who had one and watched him use it, read some important documents/emails and make some snap decisions with it – we ordered our first BES a week later, true story!
I have often seen technology implemented without anybody having a clue how it might be beneficial just because management had gained the impression that “everybody” in their business space was implementing it. so – you might be called to a meeting sometime next month and hearing about a new project – best be prepared for it.
Self explanatory I guess – if you looked at what came up at Lotusphere this year you have to believe that allot of that is coming your way. Companies put allot of time and money into products – but only if they think they will sell. Yes, some of those products don’t break though but … if you see a family of products for several years in a row (social, Connections, etc.) … you can be pretty much count on it being a big thing. If you are not withing 2 – 3 years of retirement you need to learn the new technology BEFORE it leaves you behind.
My biggest pet peeve – just about everything that IBM puts out will sooner or later either run on WebSphere or integrate with a product that runs on WebSphere. Chances are that you will need to deal with the WAS sometime soon. LEARN WAS – buys a book, get a test version of some product that includes WAS and learn it. you need to understand the basics: Cells, Nodes, where to find the log files, what kind of log files there, java heap sizes settings … it sounds like allot but if you get into the basics you will notice it is not – it is manageable. If I could wrap my feeble mind around it so can you. .
Social Connections VI – I am signed up and going!
Thu, Feb 13th 2014 8:12a Victor Toal Well then, Stuart McIntyre announced the conference this morning and here I am already signed up! I Used to live in Europe and had visited Prague often on business and I am looking forward to see how it has changed in the last 15 years. Beer and dumplings … well, I guess I will have to listen to some presentations as well if that will get me beer and dumplings!
Hi Victor, this is your registration confirmation forSocial Connections VI – Prague
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Connections Certified – Finally!
Thu, Jan 30th 2014 2:10p Victor Toal As if yesterday I am now finally IBM Connections certified:
I had had just no time previously but here at Connect the certification tests are all free for participants so I went for it – and past! It was about time too, having worked with Connections for the last 6 years not having a certification just seemed strange. I do not test well (my dyslexia makes it hard for me) but I guess doing all these crazy IBM Connections projects finally paid off.
Yippie! Filed under: Admin Conferences, Ce [read] Keywords: admin
Lotus Protector and the endless search
Wed, Jan 15th 2014 7:10a Victor Toal I have been helping a client with a new Lotus Protector setup and I ran into a new problem for the first time myself and as I can’t find anything on the web or in the documentation this is a prime candidate for a blog entry:
By default Lotus protector is accessible by two ports: https on port 443 for the admin interface and over https on port 4443 for the client access (e.g. the Notes client displaying your spam queue). I had never felt it necessary to change this before but my current cli [read] Keywords: admin
2013 in review – My Blog Stats
Tue, Dec 31st 2013 9:12a Victor Toal As far as blogging goes, 2013 was not my most productive … but this will likely change in the near future with some more regular posts and interesting technical tidbits I hope!
See you guys at Conenct 2014?
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 11,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take abo [read] Keywords: blogging
Going to Connect 2014
Fri, Nov 15th 2013 9:15p Victor Toal I have not been a prolific blogger as of late – being permanently busy does that to you I guess. I do have a few topics I want to blog about saved and hidden up my sleve but I just don’t have the time to sit down and put the virtual pen to paper as of yet … hopefully soon!
But for now I just wanted to let everybody know I signed up for Connect 2014 and will be going! Looking forward to it quite a bit since it is the one time in the year I get to meet up with allot of “u [read] Keywords: blogger
MWLug 2013 – The Agenda and Schedule
Wed, Jul 31st 2013 10:14a Victor Toal The actual schedule for MWLug are now out, here the link:
I am speaking on Thursday afternoon. Hmm, can I keep people awake that late in the afternoon, especially since they will be thinking of beer …. let’s see if I am up to the task!
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