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  46. <description><![CDATA[Some thoughts and observations on the recently completed IBM Connect 2017.  I think this is now 3 years in a row where I have left for home in a generally positive frame of mind, and in fact the last two<span class="ellipsis">&#8230;</span><div class="read-more"><a href="https://grahamacres.wordpress.com/2017/02/27/my-review-of-ibm-connect-2017/">Read more &#8250;</a></div><!-- end of .read-more --><img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=grahamacres.wordpress.com&#038;blog=65074975&#038;post=190&#038;subd=grahamacres&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" />]]></description>
  47. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p class="p1">Some thoughts and observations on the recently completed IBM Connect 2017.<span class="Apple-converted-space">  </span>I think this is now 3 years in a row where I have left for home in a generally positive frame of mind, and in fact the last two have been quite positive.</p>
  48. <p class="p1"><strong>Hackathon</strong></p>
  49. <p class="p1">To begin, I participated in the hackathon that took place on Monday, organized by Alan Hamilton and Christian Guedemann among others, and sponsored by OpenNTF.<span class="Apple-converted-space">  </span>I have to admit that I was both excited and scared going in.<span class="Apple-converted-space">  </span>I was excited because it was an opportunity to learn new things, and do it with a certain time restriction, as well as meet new people.<span class="Apple-converted-space">  </span>I was scared because I might show up and not be able to make a contribution.<span class="Apple-converted-space">  </span>Well, it turned out that I had nothing to be scared about.<span class="Apple-converted-space">  </span>There were 7 or 8 teams, including on comprised entirely of people from Japan (who took 2nd prize).</p>
  50. <p class="p1">We worked from 9:00am to 4:00pm.<span class="Apple-converted-space">  </span>The event started with a short pump-up speech by Jason Roy Gary who is leading the Connections Pink team.<span class="Apple-converted-space">  </span>He put us in the right frame of mind for the day: Have Fun, and don’t be afraid to Learn something New.<span class="Apple-converted-space">  </span>Inhi Cho She dropped by during the day to talk to each of the teams and learn a bit about what they were working on.</p>
  51. <p class="p1">While we didn’t complete our project, it was a great experience, and is one I plan to repeat next year.<span class="Apple-converted-space">  </span>I highly recommend everyone give it a try.<span class="Apple-converted-space">  </span>It was well organized and well supported.<span class="Apple-converted-space">  </span>The only suggestion I have is to do a better job of promoting it in advance, and let people know what the proposed project topics are to generate more interest.<span class="Apple-converted-space">  </span>I expect that our team will continue to work on the project to finish it.<span class="Apple-converted-space">  </span>All projects were contributed to OpenNTF at the end of the day so we can all share in the work and innovation produced during the day.</p>
  52. <p class="p1"><strong>OGS Announcements</strong></p>
  53. <p class="p1">This year I am an IBM Champion for the first time.<span class="Apple-converted-space">  </span>Champions were featured on the big screen at the OGS before and after the presentations, and it was really exciting to see my face on the big screen.<span class="Apple-converted-space">  </span>The OGS was presented in 2 parts, and overall the flow worked well.<span class="Apple-converted-space">  </span>The 2nd part was more technical and demo-focused, and as a long-time Notes guy, I was very happy to hear the focus on Notes and what IBM plans for its future.<span class="Apple-converted-space">  </span>I can recall recent years where we didn’t hear any talk of Notes and Domino in the OGS, and I am happy that those days are in the past.<span class="Apple-converted-space">  </span>Having said that, the modernization strategy that was announced (to use partner tools to build modernized apps) didn’t hit the mark for me, but generally the news was good in terms of future support and enhancements in the product.</p>
  54. <p class="p1">The cognitive capabilities of Watson were featured of course, and this is the future of the product line, make no mistake.<span class="Apple-converted-space">  </span>The key is how it integrates, and how we as technology people can make use of the features of Watson.<span class="Apple-converted-space">  </span>We actually did some work in this area in the hackathon, so I got to see it up close.<span class="Apple-converted-space">  </span>It will be an area of focus for me as I learn new things this year.</p>
  55. <p class="p1"><strong>IBM Connections Pink</strong></p>
  56. <p class="p1">The other big news was around the future of Connections.<span class="Apple-converted-space">  </span>The details around Connections Pink were made public.<span class="Apple-converted-space">  </span>First of all, version 6.0 of Connections will be released by March 31 of this year.<span class="Apple-converted-space">  </span>Pink is the next version of Connections, which will be a complete rewrite of the product from the ground up, without WebSphere, Java or DB2!<span class="Apple-converted-space">  </span>Jason Roy Gary told us at the hackathon that he has to personally sign off on any of his engineers wanting to use Java, and he’s a long-time Java developer.<span class="Apple-converted-space">  </span>If anyone thought they might be able to continue their technology career without venturing into the world of Node.js I am here to tell you that will not be possible.<span class="Apple-converted-space">  </span>It is an exciting future, making the product much more open and extensible, and of course with a healthy dose of Watson.<span class="Apple-converted-space">  </span>I am very interested to see it when it is ready.<span class="Apple-converted-space">  </span>IBM expects to be able to share pieces of the product before the end of 2017.</p>
  57. <p class="p1"><strong>Design Thinking</strong></p>
  58. <p class="p1">At last year’s conference I tried something new and sat in on a Design Thinking session.<span class="Apple-converted-space">  </span>I was very happy that I did.<span class="Apple-converted-space">  </span>It is a great addition to the conference for IBM to share the approaches that they use to design their products.<span class="Apple-converted-space">  </span>The concepts are very simple and it helps to have some coaching from people who have done it before to understand the approach.<span class="Apple-converted-space">  </span>I spent time in the design thinking lab again this year and came away equally satisfied.<span class="Apple-converted-space">  </span>I came back the next day to just say how I appreciated the time and happened to be there when another attendee was asking about best practices in design thinking and if there were any web resources.<span class="Apple-converted-space">  </span>Before any of the IBMers could answer I jumped in with my experience and suggested he take the time to go through one of the exercises as having the personal experience would be far better than reading about it and trying to put it into practice on his own.<span class="Apple-converted-space">  </span>While the concepts are simple, the subtleties in the approach come through when you go through the process for real.<span class="Apple-converted-space">  </span>I can’t suggest strongly enough that everyone who attends the conference take the time to visit the Design Thinking lab.</p>
  59. <p class="p1"><strong>Other Observations</strong></p>
  60. <p class="p1">Tuesday ended with the Australia party hosted by Ephox.<span class="Apple-converted-space">  </span>The pictures are on social media.<span class="Apple-converted-space">  </span>It was the best of the few that I’ve been to by far.<span class="Apple-converted-space">  </span>Another one of those things to put on your list of things to do if you’ve never taken one in.<span class="Apple-converted-space">  </span>The Wednesday night event, formerly at one of the theme parks in Orlando, was at the Exploratorium in San Francisco.<span class="Apple-converted-space">  </span>While it didn’t have the roller coasters of years past, the venue was fun, actually much larger than I expected, and provided good food, live entertainment, an opportunity to geek out on some fun science experiments, and also offer some quiet space to catch up with friends.</p>
  61. <p class="p1">The Moscone Centre as an event location served well, but it was clear to many Lotusphere veterans quite quickly that we lacked the Dolphin fountain and lobby bar as a common area to meet people.<span class="Apple-converted-space">  </span>There were tables on the second floor of the centre, where the sessions were presented, that people could meet at, but that didn’t provide the place to sit and unwind after the day.<span class="Apple-converted-space">  </span>Even the Hilton gave us that last year.<span class="Apple-converted-space">  </span>While we did our best to make our respective networks know where we were meeting up after the sessions of the day, after the day was done you had to go elsewhere.<span class="Apple-converted-space">  </span>Also, for me anyway, while SF is in my time zone, I am not sure it is the right city to hold the event.<span class="Apple-converted-space">  </span>There were too many people from Europe who would have normally attended the event who chose not to.<span class="Apple-converted-space">  </span>I applaud the reasoning behind trying a new location for the conference, but personally I don’t think holding it in the tech capital of the US added anything.<span class="Apple-converted-space">  </span>Also, I am not a fan of Las Vegas.<span class="Apple-converted-space">  </span>Just sayin’.</p>
  62. <p class="p1">IBM is curious to know if the conference should go back to the 4-day format.<span class="Apple-converted-space">  </span>Without consideration of cost, I whole heartedly vote that it does.<span class="Apple-converted-space">  </span>Three days, with the loss of what we will call day 0 to the President’s Day holiday in the US on this particular weekend, just felt like there wasn’t any time to see and do the things I wanted to see and do.<span class="Apple-converted-space">  </span>It normally feels that way when it is 4 days, so removing a day the past couple of years has hurt in my opinion.<span class="Apple-converted-space">  </span>While there have always been conflicts, this time they were even greater than in years past and it really sucked to miss out on some important sessions.<span class="Apple-converted-space">  </span>Also, for the first time, Gurupalooza had hardly anyone in the audience.<span class="Apple-converted-space">  </span>Unfortunately it was up against the lunch hour.</p>
  63. <p class="p1">Another good idea that was a frustration last year and continued to be a frustration this year was the Expo Engagement Theater, located in the Expo hall.<span class="Apple-converted-space">  </span>The idea of half hour presentations, with a casual atmosphere is a great idea, and I sat in on a few.<span class="Apple-converted-space">  </span>Unfortunately having the “theater” situated right next to the noisy Expo hall with mesh walls and big open doors let in too much crowd noise.<span class="Apple-converted-space">  </span>It’s a good idea that should continue; it just needs some improvement.</p>
  64. <p class="p1">Many of the people I talked to didn’t like the food.<span class="Apple-converted-space">  </span>Personally I was fine with it.<span class="Apple-converted-space">  </span>While we ate with recyclable plates and utensils, and the lunches were more of the salad and sandwich/wrap variety, I liked how much fruit was available and was never hungry.<span class="Apple-converted-space">  </span>Admittedly, the food in the past few years has been excellent, and this was a step down from that.</p>
  65. <p class="p1">Finally, IBM switched the mobile app for the event to an app called ‘IBM Events’.<span class="Apple-converted-space">  </span>I found that it worked well.<span class="Apple-converted-space">  </span>One of the fun features was a game where you could score points for building your network, using social media to share what sessions you were seeing, and providing feedback on the sessions you attended.<span class="Apple-converted-space">  </span>Anyone who accumulated more than 1000 points was entered into a draw for 3 Apple TVs.<span class="Apple-converted-space">  </span>I never heard who won, but it was fun to play.</p>
  66. <p class="p1">There was no announcement about next year’s conference, but clearly based on the questions being asked at the end of the event IBM is considering what to do.<span class="Apple-converted-space">  </span>As many have guessed, it may turn out that we will be combined with other IBM conferences as we’ve seen in the past.<span class="Apple-converted-space">  </span>In fact that specific question was asked and the response was minimal.<span class="Apple-converted-space">  </span>As was the case after last year, we will likely find out the fate of the conference at Engage in Belgium in May.<span class="Apple-converted-space">  </span>Wherever it is, it’s now more about the people than the technology for me, although the technology is important, so I look forward to seeing everyone again in 2018.</p><br />  <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gocomments/grahamacres.wordpress.com/190/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/comments/grahamacres.wordpress.com/190/" /></a> <img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=grahamacres.wordpress.com&#038;blog=65074975&#038;post=190&#038;subd=grahamacres&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" />]]></content:encoded>
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  77. <pubDate>Mon, 02 Jan 2017 18:52:36 +0000</pubDate>
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  82. <description><![CDATA[Taking Russ&#8217; lead, and following up on something I&#8217;ve wanted to do for several years now, here is a quick summary of 2016 for me, personally and professionally. January 2016 launched the most comprehensive XPages project I&#8217;ve ever built, excellent<span class="ellipsis">&#8230;</span><div class="read-more"><a href="https://grahamacres.wordpress.com/2017/01/02/2016-looking-back/">Read more &#8250;</a></div><!-- end of .read-more --><img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=grahamacres.wordpress.com&#038;blog=65074975&#038;post=158&#038;subd=grahamacres&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" />]]></description>
  83. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Taking <a href="http://www.xpagetips.com/2016/12/2016-rating-mixed.html" target="_blank">Russ&#8217; lead</a>, and following up on something I&#8217;ve wanted to do for several years now, here is a quick summary of 2016 for me, personally and professionally.</p>
  84. <p>January 2016</p>
  85. <ul>
  86. <li>launched the most comprehensive XPages project I&#8217;ve ever built, excellent learning, especially using the OpenNTF Domino API</li>
  87. <li>started my 50th trip around the sun</li>
  88. <li>awesome little riding vacation to <a href="https://twitter.com/gacres99/status/689912528306966528" target="_blank">Palm Springs</a> with Sandi and friends</li>
  89. <li>began a year of helping a less forunate member of my family as his mother (my cousin) passed</li>
  90. </ul>
  91. <p>February 2016</p>
  92. <ul>
  93. <li>daughter #1 turned 20</li>
  94. <li>daughter #3 would have turned 14</li>
  95. <li>said goodbye to a special little girl who only made one trip around the sun</li>
  96. <li>met with friends and colleagues in Orlando for Connect 2016, spoke with my colleague Delores who was on stage for the first time after 20-something trips to Lotusphere herself</li>
  97. </ul>
  98. <p>March 2016</p>
  99. <ul>
  100. <li>completed my 25th year of coaching hockey, my last for a while</li>
  101. <li>1 year since my Mom passed</li>
  102. </ul>
  103. <p>April 2016</p>
  104. <ul>
  105. <li>celebrated my wife&#8217;s birthday</li>
  106. <li>attended a memorial for my cousin &#8211; cancer strikes again</li>
  107. </ul>
  108. <p>May 2016</p>
  109. <ul>
  110. <li>daughter #2 turned 18</li>
  111. <li>Dad turned 77</li>
  112. <li>attended a memorial for a very special uncle &#8211; yes, cancer</li>
  113. </ul>
  114. <p>June 2016</p>
  115. <ul>
  116. <li>attended Social Connections in Toronto and reprised our presentation from Connect</li>
  117. <li>daughter #2 graduated high school with several scholarships in tow &#8211; very proud Dad</li>
  118. <li>saw the completion of a renovation to our basement with a beautiful live edge mantle on a newly rebuilt fireplace</li>
  119. <li>the hockey world lost Gordie Howe</li>
  120. </ul>
  121. <p>July 2016</p>
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  123. <li>annual vacation to Christina Lake with the family, some beautiful bike rides</li>
  124. </ul>
  125. <p>August 2016</p>
  126. <ul>
  127. <li>harvested about 180 heads of garlic from my garden &#8211; sadly I didn&#8217;t dry them properly so the crop isn&#8217;t as nice as years past</li>
  128. <li>completed my 7th <a href="https://twitter.com/gacres99/status/770054059269222400" target="_blank">Ride to Conquer Cancer</a> in honour of my cousin and my uncle</li>
  129. </ul>
  130. <p>September 2016</p>
  131. <ul>
  132. <li>sadly watched as our yellow sphere ate itself up over the future of Notes and the lack of direction from IBM, and in spite of that continued to build meaningful applications using Notes and Domino for my customers</li>
  133. <li>both daughters began post-secondary education</li>
  134. <li>marked the 8th year since Brynne passed</li>
  135. <li>initiated efforts to restart the Canadian Notes user group</li>
  136. </ul>
  137. <p>October 2016</p>
  138. <ul>
  139. <li>poured a small foundation in the back yard that will become my smoke house</li>
  140. <li>bucket list <a href="https://acrestravels.wordpress.com" target="_blank">vacation to French Polynesia</a>, madly worked out to shed some weight before the trip and got down to my lowest weight in 27 years</li>
  141. <li>Brytek wrapped it&#8217;s 7th year in business with our busiest of the last 5 years, with a significant sale of ProjExec and growth in the IBM Collaboration space with our customers</li>
  142. </ul>
  143. <p>November 2016</p>
  144. <ul>
  145. <li>our American neighbours <a href="https://twitter.com/MadelnCanada/status/725456957889454080" target="_blank">continue to entertain the world</a></li>
  146. <li>participated in the launch of a new portal for a client &#8211; lots of work and lots of learning</li>
  147. </ul>
  148. <p>December 2016</p>
  149. <ul>
  150. <li>hosted the <a href="http://c3ug.ca" target="_blank">Cross Canada Collaboration User Group</a> with the help of a lot of people</li>
  151. <li>attended a memorial for a family friend, another young man gone too soon</li>
  152. <li>named an IBM Champion for the first time</li>
  153. <li>celebrated our 23rd wedding anniversary</li>
  154. <li><a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BOsj6QqF1wf/" target="_blank">snow for Christmas! </a>lots of snow &#8211; our first white Christmas in 6 years</li>
  155. <li>received a very thoughful gift from my daughters for Christmas &#8211; my kids get me</li>
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  172. <description><![CDATA[Our meeting scheduled for Thursday November 17 is finalized. The agenda is here. Please register for the event, indicating if you will attend in person or online. This event is available to everyone in the collaboration community regardless of if<span class="ellipsis">&#8230;</span><div class="read-more"><a href="https://grahamacres.wordpress.com/2016/11/04/c3ug-agenda-for-nov-17-meeting/">Read more &#8250;</a></div><!-- end of .read-more --><img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=grahamacres.wordpress.com&#038;blog=65074975&#038;post=152&#038;subd=grahamacres&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" />]]></description>
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  174. <p>Our meeting scheduled for Thursday November 17 is finalized. The agenda is <a href="http://www.c3ug.ca/agenda" target="_blank">here</a>. Please register for the event, indicating if you will attend in person or online. This event is available to everyone in the collaboration community regardless of if you are in Canada or not.</p>
  175. <p>We will be live in four cities: Montreal, Toronto, Calgary, and Vancouver. The meeting starts at 1:00 pm Atlantic / 12:00 pm Eastern / 11:00 am Central / 10:00 am Mountain / 9:00 am Pacific.</p>
  176. <p>We will have 6 presentations, on topics including IBM Notes and Domino XPages, IBM Connections and IBM Watson. Please join us.</p><br />  <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gocomments/grahamacres.wordpress.com/152/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/comments/grahamacres.wordpress.com/152/" /></a> <img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=grahamacres.wordpress.com&#038;blog=65074975&#038;post=152&#038;subd=grahamacres&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" />]]></content:encoded>
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  188. <title>Accepting Abstracts to Present at C3UG</title>
  189. <link>https://grahamacres.wordpress.com/2016/10/07/accepting-abstracts-to-present-at-c3ug/</link>
  190. <comments>https://grahamacres.wordpress.com/2016/10/07/accepting-abstracts-to-present-at-c3ug/#respond</comments>
  191. <pubDate>Fri, 07 Oct 2016 18:20:23 +0000</pubDate>
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  196. <description><![CDATA[Abstract submission is open for the next Cross Canada Collaboration User Group. The deadline is Friday, October 21. The event is on Thursday, November 17. We have presentation time slots of 45, 30, and 15 minutes, and are inviting 5<span class="ellipsis">&#8230;</span><div class="read-more"><a href="https://grahamacres.wordpress.com/2016/10/07/accepting-abstracts-to-present-at-c3ug/">Read more &#8250;</a></div><!-- end of .read-more --><img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=grahamacres.wordpress.com&#038;blog=65074975&#038;post=151&#038;subd=grahamacres&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" />]]></description>
  197. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Abstract submission is open for the next Cross Canada Collaboration User Group. The deadline is Friday, October 21. The event is on Thursday, November 17.</p>
  198. <p>We have presentation time slots of 45, 30, and 15 minutes, and are inviting 5 minute lightning talks too. We are looking to cram as much good content into 4 hours as we can. Our preference is to have each speaker be at one of our live locations but we will also consider online presentations too.</p>
  199. <p>We have tracks for Development and Infrastructure, Administration, Customer Case Studies and solutions, and IBM Technology. We expect to have a session that highlights announcements from World of Watson.</p>
  200. <p>You can find more information and the abstract submission form at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.c3ug.ca">our web site</a>, powered by Domino and OpenNTF.</p><br />  <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gocomments/grahamacres.wordpress.com/151/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/comments/grahamacres.wordpress.com/151/" /></a> <img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=grahamacres.wordpress.com&#038;blog=65074975&#038;post=151&#038;subd=grahamacres&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" />]]></content:encoded>
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  208. <title>Cross Canada Collaboration User Group</title>
  209. <link>https://grahamacres.wordpress.com/2016/09/30/cross-canada-collaboration-user-group/</link>
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  211. <pubDate>Fri, 30 Sep 2016 17:18:25 +0000</pubDate>
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  216. <description><![CDATA[Announcing the revival of what was previously known as the Cross-Country Lotus User Group (CCLUG) with a new name: Cross Canada Collaboration User Group (C3UG). Work is well underway to plan this event, with more information and announcements to come<span class="ellipsis">&#8230;</span><div class="read-more"><a href="https://grahamacres.wordpress.com/2016/09/30/cross-canada-collaboration-user-group/">Read more &#8250;</a></div><!-- end of .read-more --><img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=grahamacres.wordpress.com&#038;blog=65074975&#038;post=143&#038;subd=grahamacres&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" />]]></description>
  217. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Announcing the revival of what was previously known as the Cross-Country Lotus User Group (CCLUG) with a new name: <strong>Cross Canada Collaboration User Group</strong> (C3UG).</p>
  218. <p>Work is well underway to plan this event, with more information and announcements to come shortly.  We will be accepting abstracts to present in the coming days.</p>
  219. <p>This event will happen in person and online, so people in remote locations as well as locations around the world will all be welcome to participate.</p>
  220. <p>Save the date: <strong>Thursday, November 17, 2016</strong>.  We are currently planning for a four hour event, although that may change.  Tentative times are 1:00pm &#8211; 4:00pm Eastern, 10:00am &#8211; 2:00pm Pacific.</p><br />  <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gocomments/grahamacres.wordpress.com/143/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/comments/grahamacres.wordpress.com/143/" /></a> <img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=grahamacres.wordpress.com&#038;blog=65074975&#038;post=143&#038;subd=grahamacres&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" />]]></content:encoded>
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  228. <title>Working with Multi-Value Date Fields Using the OpenNTF Domino API</title>
  229. <link>https://grahamacres.wordpress.com/2016/05/20/working-with-multi-value-date-fields-using-the-openntf-domino-api/</link>
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  231. <pubDate>Fri, 20 May 2016 17:46:39 +0000</pubDate>
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  236. <description><![CDATA[I completed a task yesterday that caused me no small amount of grief and wanted to write down what I learned, primarily for myself so I don&#8217;t forget, but also to share with others who may be struggling with the<span class="ellipsis">&#8230;</span><div class="read-more"><a href="https://grahamacres.wordpress.com/2016/05/20/working-with-multi-value-date-fields-using-the-openntf-domino-api/">Read more &#8250;</a></div><!-- end of .read-more --><img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=grahamacres.wordpress.com&#038;blog=65074975&#038;post=110&#038;subd=grahamacres&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" />]]></description>
  237. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>I completed a task yesterday that caused me no small amount of grief and wanted to write down what I learned, primarily for myself so I don&#8217;t forget, but also to share with others who may be struggling with the transition to using Java in your XPages applications.  I also want to say thank you to the people who offered support, and probably have them and more correct my mistakes. <img src="https://s0.wp.com/wp-content/mu-plugins/wpcom-smileys/twemoji/2/72x72/1f642.png" alt="🙂" class="wp-smiley" style="height: 1em; max-height: 1em;" /></p>
  238. <p>Let me set up the scenario.  This task was an enhancement to an existing application I had built at the end of last year.  It was my first successful foray into using Java for all business logic in an XPages application.  Of note, I used the OpenNTF Domino API.  I built it with Bootstrap too, to support both desktop and iPad users.</p>
  239. <p>The application is a task management system.  A task is assigned.  It is followed up on by an individual, and in it they provide proof that they have completed the task.  The task is then assigned back to a supervisor for review.  The supervisor may verify that the task is complete, may indicate that it is tentatively approved for cases where an on-site inspection is required, or may indicate that the proof is insufficient, and assign the task back to the individual.  For cases where the proof is tentatively accepted, it may then either be verified or the task returned.</p>
  240. <p>The enhancement was to track how long it takes for the supervisor to review the proof.  If it is longer than 2 business days the system will note that the supervisor action was within the target period.  It will also track if the action took longer than 2 business days.</p>
  241. <p>I added a date field to track the date that the proof was supplied and another to track when the action was taken, and a third field to track if the action was taken within the target period.  Given that the supervisor could send the task back the requirement was to track each time there was an exchange.  So that meant two multi-value date fields and a multi-value text field.</p>
  242. <p>Anyone who has worked with multi-value Notes date fields and java before will be likely be smiling by now.  Little old me was walking into a blizzard without adequate supplies.  For those of you who can make LotusScript do magical things you can already craft a solution in your head, as did I.  When proof is supplied, grab the first date field, append a value to the field, and save.  When an action is taken, grab the second date field, append a value, grab the text field, calculate and append a value, and save.  We will ignore the fact that in the case of a tentatively accepted proof we don&#8217;t have to take the second step when the proof is ultimately verified.</p>
  243. <p>Rather than talk about my struggles I will talk about the solution, other than to say that a Date object in Java is not the same as a DateTime object in Notes, and a Date object in Java is deprecated meaning you should really use a Calendar object, except that it&#8217;s okay to use a Date in Java when working in Notes.</p>
  244. <p>The call to use is document.getItemValueDateTimeArray.  Unfortunately, this call returns a Vector&lt;Base&lt;?&gt;&gt; object.  People who have been using Java for a while will be able to explain what this is and why it makes sense.  To a newbie it caused no shortage of pain.  In very simple terms, what is returned is a list of values, as objects.  Those object values happen to be Notes DateTime objects.  The trick is that the compiler doesn&#8217;t know that they are DateTime objects.  Naturally the next step is to turn them into DateTime objects, but as I said above we then need to turn them into Java Date objects.</p>
  245. <p>There is some code missing before this step, but this explains what I&#8217;ve just said above (it&#8217;s the step that reads the values from the field when we first open the document):</p>
  246. <pre><span style="color:#0000ff;">    Vector&lt;Base&lt;?&gt;&gt; tempProofSupplied = new Vector&lt;Base&lt;?&gt;&gt;();</span>
  247. <span style="color:#0000ff;">    Vector&lt;Date&gt; tempPs = new Vector&lt;Date&gt;();</span>
  248. <span style="color:#0000ff;">    tempProofSupplied = docAction.getItemValueDateTimeArray("ProofSupplied");</span>
  249. <span style="color:#0000ff;">    if (tempProofSupplied != null) {</span>
  250. <span style="color:#0000ff;">        for (Object obj : tempProofSupplied) {</span>
  251. <span style="color:#0000ff;">            if (obj != null) {</span>
  252. <span style="color:#0000ff;">                DateTime dtPs = (DateTime) obj;</span>
  253. <span style="color:#0000ff;">                tempPs.add(dtPs.toJavaDate());</span>
  254. <span style="color:#0000ff;">            }</span>
  255. <span style="color:#0000ff;">        }</span>
  256. <span style="color:#0000ff;">        this.setProofSupplied(tempPs);</span>
  257. <span style="color:#0000ff;">    }
  258. </span></pre>
  259. <p>After I figured out the part above, the rest of the code pretty much fell into place.  For example, to add a new date to the list:</p>
  260. <pre><span style="color:#0000ff;">    public void trackProofSupplied(Date dateProofSupplied) {</span>
  261. <span style="color:#0000ff;">        try {</span>
  262. <span style="color:#0000ff;">            if (null == this.proofSupplied) {</span>
  263. <span style="color:#0000ff;">                this.proofSupplied = new Vector&lt;Date&gt;();</span>
  264. <span style="color:#0000ff;">            }</span>
  265. <span style="color:#0000ff;">            this.proofSupplied.add(dateProofSupplied);</span>
  266. <span style="color:#0000ff;">        } catch (Exception e) {</span>
  267. <span style="color:#0000ff;">            System.out.println(" ERROR ! action.trackProofSupplied: " + e.toString());</span>
  268. <span style="color:#0000ff;">        }</span>
  269. <span style="color:#0000ff;">    }</span></pre>
  270. <p>I also want to say a big Thank You to Frank Van Der Linden who posted a snippet of Java Date utilities to OpenNTF, including one very useful function: calculateBusinessDays.  Saved me having to figure that one out myself.  Fair warning: it includes Calendar objects that I hadn&#8217;t used in the code above.  Calendars are really useful by the way, and worth investing the time to understand if you haven&#8217;t yet.</p><br />  <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gocomments/grahamacres.wordpress.com/110/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/comments/grahamacres.wordpress.com/110/" /></a> <img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=grahamacres.wordpress.com&#038;blog=65074975&#038;post=110&#038;subd=grahamacres&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" />]]></content:encoded>
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  278. <title>What You Do When No One is Watching</title>
  279. <link>https://grahamacres.wordpress.com/2016/05/02/what-you-do-when-no-one-is-watching/</link>
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  281. <pubDate>Mon, 02 May 2016 19:00:48 +0000</pubDate>
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  286. <description><![CDATA[This isn&#8217;t a post about technology.  It&#8217;s a quick story about a wonderful customer service experience I had yesterday and a good lesson for anyone in business. My daughter has been trying to sell her car for the past few<span class="ellipsis">&#8230;</span><div class="read-more"><a href="https://grahamacres.wordpress.com/2016/05/02/what-you-do-when-no-one-is-watching/">Read more &#8250;</a></div><!-- end of .read-more --><img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=grahamacres.wordpress.com&#038;blog=65074975&#038;post=85&#038;subd=grahamacres&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" />]]></description>
  287. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>This isn&#8217;t a post about technology.  It&#8217;s a quick story about a wonderful customer service experience I had yesterday and a good lesson for anyone in business.</p>
  288. <p>My daughter has been trying to sell her car for the past few months.  I haven&#8217;t been involved to any great degree, but yesterday she was meeting a potential buyer who contacted her via Craigslist and she wanted me to join her as she wasn&#8217;t sure who she was meeting.  It turns out the buyer was a young man, and after the test drive he said he wanted to buy the car.  They agreed on the price, and he asked if he could pay and take the car home right away.  It was close to 5:00 pm on a Sunday.  He had to get the money from his bank and then we had to find an insurance agent that was open for him to get the insurance.  Believe it or not, we found one close by that was open until 6:00 pm.</p>
  289. <p>He went off to get the money and we agreed to meet him at the insurance broker.  When we arrived we found out that the bank branch he went to was closed and he asked if he could do an online transfer instead.  We agreed.  It was approximately 5:30 pm by this time.  The online transfer was sent to my daughter via e-mail to confirm.  We waited for her to receive it.</p>
  290. <p>The insurance broker office had 2 people in front of us waiting for service, and the man behind the counter told us that we would have a short wait.  In the time that it took for him to help the people in front of us the e-transfer still hadn&#8217;t showed up.  Another person had come in to the office, so we let him go ahead of us.  Now it was 5:55 pm, 5 minutes before closing.  While he was serving this new customer I overheard the person from the insurance office say that this was his last day on the job.  I was worried that the transfer wouldn&#8217;t happen and that he would ask us to leave.  I think we were all nervous.  I know the young man wanting the purchase the car was because he had an hour drive to get home and he wouldn&#8217;t want to have to come back again.</p>
  291. <p>The last customer finished his business, and by then the man at the insurance office had started to help with our transaction, but I let him know that the financial part needed to happen before any insurance transfer, and that we were still waiting for the e-transfer notification.  Thinking we would be asked to come back tomorrow, he instead responded saying that it wouldn&#8217;t be a problem since he had lots more work to do still and that he would get our paperwork ready but then catch up on his additional work while we waited.</p>
  292. <p>It took another half hour before the transfer finally happened.  6:30 pm!  In the mean time he offered his restroom for anyone that needed it.  He helped the young man purchasing the car first, and then helped my daughter with her paperwork.  We were very grateful for his patience and his help.  He told us she was his last customer, and that he appreciated that she was cheerful and understanding.  Sounds like he may have had a difficult customer or two to deal with that day.  We thanked him again and were on our way.  What a wonderful experience for my daughter.</p>
  293. <p>I like the odd inspirational saying, and saw one on the wall as we were being helped by this person.  Character: What you do when no one is watching.</p>
  294. <p>I would like to again thank Roger.  It was his last day.  He wasn&#8217;t getting paid after the store closed (I heard him say so).  He stayed open late just for us, and he did so while none of his co-workers or the managers of the store were there.</p><br />  <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gocomments/grahamacres.wordpress.com/85/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/comments/grahamacres.wordpress.com/85/" /></a> <img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=grahamacres.wordpress.com&#038;blog=65074975&#038;post=85&#038;subd=grahamacres&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" />]]></content:encoded>
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  302. <title>IBM Connect Session: Why We Selected GoodReader</title>
  303. <link>https://grahamacres.wordpress.com/2016/03/02/ibm-connect-session-why-we-selected-goodreader/</link>
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  305. <pubDate>Wed, 02 Mar 2016 16:12:06 +0000</pubDate>
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  314. <description><![CDATA[As we work through the details behind our presentation at IBM Connect 2016 this post is about our choice to select GoodReader as the app for our users. As we detailed in the presentation, our challenge was to replace three<span class="ellipsis">&#8230;</span><div class="read-more"><a href="https://grahamacres.wordpress.com/2016/03/02/ibm-connect-session-why-we-selected-goodreader/">Read more &#8250;</a></div><!-- end of .read-more --><img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=grahamacres.wordpress.com&#038;blog=65074975&#038;post=80&#038;subd=grahamacres&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" />]]></description>
  315. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>As we work through the details behind <a href="https://grahamacres.wordpress.com/2016/02/22/ibm-connect-2016-session-slides/">our presentation at IBM Connect 2016</a> this post is about our choice to select GoodReader as the app for our users. As we detailed in the presentation, our challenge was to replace three full large binders of paper with an app on a tablet. The material in the binders was being made available in advance of a series of strategy planning meetings that included 18 people over 23 days. The expectation is that all of the participants would have the ability to review the material and make notes to be able to speak to the content in the meetings. Did we mention this were senior managers and executives?</p>
  316. <p>Our Change Agent, Terry, came to us with the request to figure out how to put the material on his iPad and give him the ability to annotate it with his notes using a stylus and eliminate all that paper. It also needed to be secure. He uses an app called Notes Plus and asked us to start there.</p>
  317. <p>By this time I had an iPad so I purchased the app and started to learn how to use it. Notes Plus is a very useful tool that I am only scratching the surface on how to use. I use it primarily to scribble my notes and comments when in meetings. You start with a blank canvas and use your stylus to write notes. Pretty simple. It can also edit PDF files, so it seemed like a good fit for what we wanted. The trick was getting the material into the app. For that we looked to use the Connections app to transfer the files to the iPad.</p>
  318. <p>The Connections app is great, and we have several users who are using it regularly, and a larger number of people using it off and on. For my test I built a Community and put some sample PDF files into it. I synched those files to my iPad using the app and then set about trying to figure out how to open those files in the Notes Plus app. It&#8217;s worth stating at this point that the Connections app doesn&#8217;t provide the ability to annotate files, so in terms of meeting our needs, despite the security in the app, it wasn&#8217;t going to be able to do what we needed it to.</p>
  319. <p>While I was able to select a file in the Connections app and go through the process of opening that file in the Notes Plus app, editing the file, saving it and getting back to it, and keeping everything secure was going to be a challenge in terms of user experience. We wanted to give our users a seamless experience or it wasn&#8217;t going to work. I&#8217;ve already posted about <a href="https://grahamacres.wordpress.com/2016/01/27/the-perception-of-connections/">the challenge we faced with the negative perception of Connections</a>, so for this to work it needed to be easy and intuitive. So our search continued.</p>
  320. <p>The next thing that happened was that I found <a href="http://www.lbenitez.com/2014/01/how-to-interact-with-ibm-connections.html">this blog post from Luis Benitez</a>. It pointed to the exact solution we were looking for. It specifically named GoodReader as an app that can be used with Connections to synch files, annotate them, and keep everything secure. It required that we install FileJockey on our Connections server to enable the WebDav protocol that GoodReader uses as one method to synch files, and after that we were off to the races.</p>
  321. <p>My next posts will include how we set up GoodReader, including its fabulous security, and how we set up FileJockey.</p><br />  <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gocomments/grahamacres.wordpress.com/80/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/comments/grahamacres.wordpress.com/80/" /></a> <img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=grahamacres.wordpress.com&#038;blog=65074975&#038;post=80&#038;subd=grahamacres&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" />]]></content:encoded>
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  329. <title>IBM Connect 2016: Session Slides</title>
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  332. <pubDate>Mon, 22 Feb 2016 16:10:47 +0000</pubDate>
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  337. <description><![CDATA[The slides for the session I presented at IBM Connect 2016 with my colleague Delores Beier from A&#38;W Food Services of Canada have been posted. IBM Connect 2016 1480 Win, Win, Win: Changing Attitudes, Adopting Social and Going Green &#8211;<span class="ellipsis">&#8230;</span><div class="read-more"><a href="https://grahamacres.wordpress.com/2016/02/22/ibm-connect-2016-session-slides/">Read more &#8250;</a></div><!-- end of .read-more --><img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=grahamacres.wordpress.com&#038;blog=65074975&#038;post=66&#038;subd=grahamacres&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" />]]></description>
  338. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>The slides for the session I presented at IBM Connect 2016 with my colleague Delores Beier from A&amp;W Food Services of Canada have been posted.</p>
  339. <p><a href="http://www.slideshare.net/gacres99/ibm-connect-2016-1480-win-win-win-changing-attitudes-adopting-social-and-going-green-a-customer-solution" target="_blank">IBM Connect 2016 1480 Win, Win, Win: Changing Attitudes, Adopting Social and Going Green &#8211; A Customer Solution</a></p>
  340. <p>Thank you to everyone who attended our session.  The room was close to full, and we really appreciate everyone who took the time to join us in an early-morning time slot.  Thank you also to John Jardin for helping with getting our iPad connected to the A/V output.</p>
  341. <p>Watch this blog for more details on the solution we discussed, including the technical details of hooking IBM Connections up with the GoodReader iPad app.</p><br />  <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gocomments/grahamacres.wordpress.com/66/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/comments/grahamacres.wordpress.com/66/" /></a> <img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=grahamacres.wordpress.com&#038;blog=65074975&#038;post=66&#038;subd=grahamacres&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" />]]></content:encoded>
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  349. <title>The Perception of Connections</title>
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  352. <pubDate>Wed, 27 Jan 2016 13:59:30 +0000</pubDate>
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  357. <description><![CDATA[I had several titles for this post, the Challenge with Connections, the Perception of Social Collaboration, and others could have been used. I imagine lots of my colleagues in the world of trying to bring these tools to organizations could<span class="ellipsis">&#8230;</span><div class="read-more"><a href="https://grahamacres.wordpress.com/2016/01/27/the-perception-of-connections/">Read more &#8250;</a></div><!-- end of .read-more --><img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=grahamacres.wordpress.com&#038;blog=65074975&#038;post=57&#038;subd=grahamacres&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" />]]></description>
  358. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>I had several titles for this post, the Challenge with Connections, the Perception of Social Collaboration, and others could have been used. I imagine lots of my colleagues in the world of trying to bring these tools to organizations could write this and similar posts too. This isn&#8217;t a post for admins mind you, although they could fill volumes on the subject as well. This post is about <em>the challenge of adopting Connections</em>.</p>
  359. <p>A widely discussed best practice for adopting Connections is to get your President/CEO/Leader on board and have that person be a shining example for others to follow. Easier said than done. Start slow is how we are coached. Get your CEO&#8217;s message into a blog post. It&#8217;ll work, you&#8217;ll see.</p>
  360. <p>I have no doubt that it would. But what if your CEO has decided that Connections is a solution looking for a problem? What if despite all the hard work you&#8217;ve done to share the benefits of the tool falls on deaf ears because they&#8217;ve made up their minds in advance? Their <em>perception</em> of the tool leaves you in the dust.</p>
  361. <p>This isn&#8217;t new, and in fact it&#8217;s in the best practices play book as well, but the place to start is with solving business problems. You have to demonstrate that Connections will solve those challenged. But it has to be a natural solution, nothing forced. Sometimes you just have to be ready for when Opportunity knocks on your door. Sometimes you have to be <em>lucky</em>.</p>
  362. <p>I will be at <strong>IBM Connect 2016</strong> in Orlando next week and will be speaking with my colleague Delores Beier from A&amp;W Canada about just how lucky we got in using Connections to solve such a problem. It happened to involve every executive in the company, and more. The result was that we were able to open their eyes to the possibilities of what Connections could do. Some of those executives are now big supporters of the tool and all of them consider the solution wildly successful. And the CEO no longer looks at Connections as a solution looking for a problem.</p>
  363. <p>Our session, <strong>1480: Win, Win, Win: Changing Attitudes, Adopting Social and Going Green &#8211; A Customer Solution</strong> is Tuesday morning at 8:00 am. We hope to see you there.</p><br />  <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gocomments/grahamacres.wordpress.com/57/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/comments/grahamacres.wordpress.com/57/" /></a> <img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=grahamacres.wordpress.com&#038;blog=65074975&#038;post=57&#038;subd=grahamacres&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" />]]></content:encoded>
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