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  10. <title>BillMal Your Lotus Pal</title>
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  16. <title>&quot;As We Age, Don&#8217;t Give Up. Keep Doing.&quot; And More Wisdom from George Jedenoff&#8217;s &quot;The Powder Philosophy&quot;</title>
  17. <pubDate>Fri, 30 Jun 2017 21:40:00 -0400</pubDate>
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  23. <content:encoded><![CDATA[ Well, I inadvertently held this post, so let's publish it now. In early 2016---in his then 56th consecutive year of skiing at Alta and Snowbird in Utah---Mr. George Jedenoff at the age of 98 took a few minutes to discuss his <a href=""><em><span style="text-decoration:underline">Powder Philosophy.</span></em></a> <strong>A positive uplifting message that will leave you with a smile.</strong> Worth a few minutes to view and learn a bit from his years of wisdom. He still rips groomers and fresh powder, while also enjoying tree skiing--again at 98 years old. <br /> <br /> Stay healthy, believe in moderation, remain physically fit, and you just may be as mentally aware and capable as this guy at his age. Let's end the first half of 2017 with a great message going into the holiday weekend (US).<span style="text-decoration:underline"><br /> </span><a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline">Watch the four minute video here</span></a>. <br /> <br /> "Don't worry about the fact that you could do something better than you can now. The fact that you can do it now is important. Too many people give up, they get discouraged because they are not as good as they were. Well, that is a part of life. Just make the most of it." --George Jedenoff   ]]></content:encoded>
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  28. <title>Do You Have An Opinion on the Domino Application Platform Direction? Read This.</title>
  29. <pubDate>Thu, 18 May 2017 02:15:00 -0400</pubDate>
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  35. <content:encoded><![CDATA[ As Barry Rosen mentioned during our Engage session last week, ICS Offering Management is seeking feedback around the Domino application platform. This opportunity is significant enough that I felt it appropriate to author a separate post. <br /> <br /> Currently, IBM is looking for feedback in the areas of APIs, XPages, Domino on Bluemix, Docker, and well, anything else you want to add in the development space. I took the survey and found it to be straight forward with plenty of opportunity to provide your input. IBM Management is reviewing these survey results with great interest. So, take a few minutes and <strong>let them know how you are using IBM Domino applications and where you want the future direction to venture</strong>. <br /> <br /> Here is the <a href=><span style="text-decoration:underline">link</span></a> to the <a href=><span style="text-decoration:underline">IBM Application Insights Survey</span></a>. <br /> <br /> <img  alt="Image:Do You Have An Opinion on the Domino Application Platform Direction? Read This." border="0" src="" />  ]]></content:encoded>
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  40. <title>The ICS on Linux Round Table Session Notes</title>
  41. <pubDate>Mon, 15 May 2017 02:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
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  47. <content:encoded><![CDATA[ Great session last Monday. We filled the table with overflow and discussed many good topics raised by the attendees. Below are the notes and some of the URLs cited during the event. Please feel free to comment and keep the discussion going. <strong><br /> <br /> IBM Notes</strong><br /> FP7 is the last update for the Linux client;, no further feature packs will be offered for the Linux client <br /> Support will be best effort from here and will continued to be support up to 9.0.1 FP7 on thee then current set of operating systems. If you upgrade your Linux OS to a newer release and Notes is malfunctioning, IBM Support will request that you try the client on the FP7 set of supported operating systems before you continue the support conversation <br /> Mac client was discussed at length <br /> ** IBM is looking at the correct time to drop-in a FP parity with the Windows client <br /> ** This is a high priority item <br /> *** They suspect FP 10 will be the earliest time-frame for consideration, as FP9 is locked-down already, but this is not a commitment, for clarity<br /> ** Until then, Mac users can enjoy the x64 client, but use as is until a FP is offered <br /> We also discussed an auto-updater for Notes <br /> ** A high priority item within the set of features to provide<br /> ** Availability Q1 '18, possible, but not definite yet<br /> ** Touch client once and that is it <br /> ** Controlled in Policy settings document <br /> FP9 will mostly contain Java, Eclipse, and compile time updates <strong><br /> <br /> <br /> Domino</strong><br /> IBM will support existing Linux flavors on Domino 9.0.1 with all succeeding feature packs <br /> Going forward, a theoretical (in naming not release probability) Domino 9.5 and Domino 10 would be only RHEL<br /> FP8 dropped i386 flavors <br /> Sametime was an issue as the STCS needs an i386 build with an older Domino version for now, which should not be an issue if STCS is the only server application on that box<br /> New offerings --- &nbsp;e.g. Verse on Premises and INSMO --- are RHEL and Windows only<br /> **Know this OS platform policy is not an ICS decision, but a software group directive; every brand is impacted <br /> Cloud based offering under consideration with Domino playing the PaaS role through Bluemix <br /> ** Buy time to use and test as needed, billed at an hourly rate <strong><br /> <br /> <br /> Support</strong> <br /> A question around offering D9.0.1 with the latest FP pre-installed offered a brief discussion <br /> ** Silent installers and scripts are available to assist <br /> ** Smart upgrade needs help <br /> ** Decision - "No," on joint installer as there are too many assumptions that would need to be made and applying a fix pack with a script takes a small amount of time when scripted <br /> <br /> We received a request for working with (supporting) unsupported Linux<br /> ** To assist, the group mostly agreed on CentOS support would be appreciated <br /> ** And we requested that IBM provide support for CentOS in production with a "Best effort support" option if full support proved too expensive for IBM <br /> ** Barry offered that a Domino on Docker offering may resolve some of the support issues... <br /> <br /> Speaking of <strong>Docker</strong><em><br /> Connections Pink</em><br /> Looking at the IBM applications insights survey (link below) to provide input on their application strategy <br /> ** If you do have questions on docker, then please take the survey <br /> Also, looking at Domino for PaaS on Bluemix through Docker <br /> ** Benefits aren't as great due to the ease of install, but it would allow for keeping things current and consistent<strong><br /> <br /> Miscellaneous Questions</strong> <br /> Issues or concerns when moving from Windows to Linux on Domino <br /> ** Filename spaces and case <br /> ** ExtMgr add-in converts all requests to lower case <br /> ** Try <a href=><span style="text-decoration:underline">Domino4Wine</span></a> for your admin and DDE needs on a Linux or Mac client <br /> ** You can also run a simple script to case convert all files to lower case <br /> ** Hardcoded fully explicit paths (c:\...) rather than Data directory relative paths and filenames can be an issue <br /> ** Direct reference of OS specific files (e.g. DLLs) can also be an issue<br /> <br />  <hr noshade><strong><br /> Presenter Links for Additional Information</strong><strong> </strong><strong><br /> <br /> Daniel's Links</strong><strong> </strong><span style="text-decoration:underline"><br /> </span><a href=><span style="text-decoration:underline">Start Stop Script</span></a><br /> Ask for his <em>installation scripts</em><em>, </em><em>case convert ExtMgr add-in,</em> or <em>Domino Consolidation</em> session deck &nbsp; <strong><br /> <br /> Barry's Links</strong> <span style="text-decoration:underline"><br /> </span><a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline">IBM performance data - Windows v Linux</span></a> <span style="text-decoration:underline"><br /> </span><a href=><span style="text-decoration:underline">IBM application insights survey</span></a> <strong><br /> <br /> Bill's Links</strong> <span style="text-decoration:underline"><br /> </span><a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline">Linux Skype Chat</span></a> <span style="text-decoration:underline"><br /> </span><a href=><span style="text-decoration:underline">Domino4Wine</span></a> <span style="text-decoration:underline"><br /> </span><a href=><span style="text-decoration:underline">Domino Admin on Linux tips</span></a>, then select these two decks <br /> 1. BLUG 2013: <em>The Ultimate IBM and Lotus on Linux Workshop for Windows Admins</em> <br /> 2. <em>Linux School: Advanced Administration for IBM Software</em>   ]]></content:encoded>
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  52. <title>&quot;Why the Largest Companies in the World Count on Linux Servers&quot;</title>
  53. <pubDate>Mon, 8 May 2017 23:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
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  59. <content:encoded><![CDATA[ I read this morning a great piece in Linux Journal by Petros Koutoupis. The author's name being new to me, I read the article with an open mind. What I found is this introductory level article offered a decent dissection of this important topic. As I've covered over the years in my <a href=><span style="text-decoration:underline">Lotus on Linux Report</span></a> presentation series, <em>more companies outside of Microsoft use Linux for their edge servers than any other operating system.</em> That data point continues to this day. Additionally, despite recent desktop support changes, IBM has and still does a lot for Linux behind the scenes, and anticipate covering some of that in my <a href=><span style="text-decoration:underline">Engage session later today</span></a>. What surprised me was my learning that Mr. Koutoupis works for IBM. You would not know that until the end of the article. So he wrote --- in my opinion --- a very fair and informative piece. <br /> <br /> If you have customers that want to know why they should use Linux or are afraid, then some aspects of Mr. Koutoupis' article may help you in those conversations. You can also refer to my presentation, entitled, "<a href=><span style="text-decoration:underline">Lowering Costs: Should We Consider Lotus on Linux?</span></a>" <br /> <br /> Title: "<a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline">Why the Largest Companies in the World Count on Linux Servers</span></a>" <br /> Source:<a href=><span style="text-decoration:underline"> Linux Journal</span></a> <br /> Author: <a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline">Petros Koutoupis</span></a> <br /> Publication Date: May 7, 2017 <br /> <br /> There are also two links in his article of importance <br /> 1. <a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline">Hybrid Cloud Security with z Systems</span></a> <br /> 2. Learn more about <a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline">LinuxONE's ability to help business consolidate servers</span></a>   ]]></content:encoded>
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  64. <title>Join Barry Rosen, Daniel Nash, and Myself for the ICS on Linux Round Table on Monday at Engage!</title>
  65. <pubDate>Sun, 7 May 2017 10:30:00 -0400</pubDate>
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  71. <content:encoded><![CDATA[ This year at <a href=><span style="text-decoration:underline">Engage</span></a> in Antwerp, Belgium, I am speaking with <a href=><span style="text-decoration:underline">Barry Rosen</span></a> of IBM and <a href=><span style="text-decoration:underline">Daniel Nash</span></a>. We are covering all things ICS related on Linux. Happy to have the opportunity to present with both Barry and Daniel on such a topic. A lot has changed in the past six months with <strong>IBM's support for Linux. This is the session to learn about those changes and provide input directly to IBM</strong>. L<em>ooking forward to a great discussion and learning experience. </em>See you on Monday! <br /> <br /> Title: <strong>The ICS on Linux Round Table</strong> <br />Date: <strong>Monday</strong>, May 8<br /> Time: <strong>11:45</strong> - 12:30<br /> Room: <strong>Table 2 Gorilla 1</strong> <br /> Session ID: Adm21 <br /> <br /> Click to view this year's agenda ---> <a href=><span style="text-decoration:underline">agenda</span></a>. <br /> Link for the mobile application: <a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline">Android</span></a> and <a href=";mt=8"><span style="text-decoration:underline">iOS</span></a>. A great application made available by <a href=><span style="text-decoration:underline">Paul Harrison</span></a> <br /> <strong><br /> Session Abstract</strong> <br /> Linuxfest comes to Europe! Join Bill Malchisky, Daniel Nashed, and IBM's Barry Rosen as they discuss the current strategy regarding Notes and Domino on Linux in an informative round table setting. If you are new to Linux, a pro, or just curious, bring your questions while hearing the latest information from within the IBM Community. We welcome you to provide feedback to IBM about their current direction including SLES and AIX, too. Join us! <br /> <br /> And finally, I want to thank both Theo for the opportunity to return to Engage and for the <a href=><strong><span style="text-decoration:underline">sponsors</span></strong></a><strong> </strong>for ensuring that this spectacular event continues annually. <br /> <br /> <img  alt="Image:Join Barry Rose, Daniel Nash, and Myself for the ICS on Linux Round Table on Monday at Engage!" border="0" src="" />  ]]></content:encoded>
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  76. <title>Join Serdar Basegmez and Myself on Tuesday&#8217;s TLCC XPages Webinar Series</title>
  77. <pubDate>Mon, 1 May 2017 12:43:56 -0400</pubDate>
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  83. <content:encoded><![CDATA[ On Tuesday, May 2, <em>Back from the Dead</em> goes live via the <a href="">TLCC's XPages Webinar Series</a>, sponsored by Teamstudio! <br /> <br />Time: 10:30 AM EDT / 9:30 AM CDT / 7:30 AM PDT / 3:30 PM BST / 4:30 PM CEDT <br /> <br /><a href=><strong>Register Here!</strong></a><strong> </strong>It's free!<strong> </strong> <br /> <br /><strong>Back from the Dead: When Bad Code Kills a Good Server</strong>  <br />It's Friday and a new customer calls. Their mission critical app is taking :05 to open documents and the users are quite concerned. Where do you start when handed a 20 year old application you have never seen, on a server you barely know? Join two IBM Champions as they dissect a complex Domino performance problem from both the administration and development side to provide a complete customer solution. The session includes best practices around problem solving techniques and a checklist you can use internally to solve quickly problems you encounter.  <br /> <br />See you online this Tuesday!  ]]></content:encoded>
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  88. <title>Attention All Loti, ICS Faithful, and IBM Community Members... A New Conference is Coming in 2018!</title>
  89. <pubDate>Fri, 28 Apr 2017 02:05:00 -0400</pubDate>
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  92. <dc:creator>Bill Malchisky</dc:creator>
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  95. <content:encoded><![CDATA[ <em>IBM Think 2018. Bringing together World of Watson and InterConnect to form the technology industry's most important event</em> <br /> <br />Great news! I am very excited to report that IBM is doing something excellent with their conferences next year. IBM is combining Connect, InterConnect, World of Watson, PartnerWorld, Edge, Amplify, and Vision all into one massive technology show in 2018. What is this conference called? <a href=><strong>IBM Think 2018</strong></a><strong>!</strong> &nbsp;In my opinion, this is a logical move with IBM recognizing customers and partners are making difficult travel and resource choices for conferences. By merging the list of important IBM knowledge and networking focused events, they create an easier path for interested parties to see all the great solutions IBM has to offer. <br /> <br />Additionally, IBM is making a very <strong>smart decision with a JAM session to receive conference planning input</strong> from prospective attendees/community members. You can receive the JAM registration announcement by using your e-mail address right on the conference page. With a show this big, it is wise to receive input from your customers and business partners to make it a valuable experience. <strong>Nice move.</strong>  <br /> <br />I am looking forward to attending and already making plans to do so. Will you join your fellow members of the IBM Community next year at IBM's largest conference of 2018? <br /> <br />"You will learn about the latest advances in technology, hear keynotes previewing the newest solutions and network with industry leaders and peers." <br /> <br /> <br /><a href=><strong>IBM Think</strong></a><strong>, happening in Las Vegas, Nevada March 19-22, 2018. </strong> <br /><strong>JAM Dates: </strong>June 20, 21 &amp; 22, 2017   ]]></content:encoded>
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  100. <title>Linuxfest at IBM Connect 2017</title>
  101. <pubDate>Sat, 18 Feb 2017 18:54:59 -0400</pubDate>
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  107. <content:encoded><![CDATA[ Hi Everyone!  <br /> <br />Just a quick update on Linuxfest... As I've been involved since Lotusphere 2010 offering the <a href=>first two Linux Installfests with Joe Litton</a>, and co-offered Linuxfest at Lotusphere, Connect, and ConnectED ever since, I wanted to take a moment and provide a quick update. <br /> <br /><a href=>Wes Morgan</a> and I had a few conversations on this year's event and the new city. We both concluded with the new development schedule within IBM, the we should skip a year. Thus, Linuxfest VIII will be delayed a year (presuming there is a conference in some capacity in 2018). We wanted to see a few more feature packs be released and gain more clarity around new offerings and operating system environment decisions over 2017.  <br /> <br />Rest assured, <strong>Linux remains a strategic OS for IBM and they are committed to it for their software deployments.</strong> From here, let's see what 2017 brings and we'll have plenty to discuss in 2018. In the meantime, if you have any questions, feel free to ask below as a comment, join our <a href="">ICS Linux Skype Chat</a>, or attend <a href=>MWLUG</a> in Washington, D.C. in August 2017 as I will be offering a regional Linuxfest there at <a href=>Richard Moy's</a> request! <br /> <br />Have a great year!  ]]></content:encoded>
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  112. <title>Come to IBM Connect 2017 and See Me Speak in the Developer&#8217;s Track!</title>
  113. <pubDate>Thu, 16 Feb 2017 14:10:26 -0400</pubDate>
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  119. <content:encoded><![CDATA[ <img  alt="Image:Come to IBM Connect 2017 and See Me Speak in the Developer&#8217;s Track!" border="0" src="" /><br /> <br /> Yes, for the first time, I'm speaking in the Development, Design and Tools track. A bit nervous and excited simultaneously. &nbsp;A new audience for me! Fortunately, I'll be co-presenting with Serdar Basegmez to ensure that everyone in the audience will receive quality information from multiple perspectives. Looking forward to attending <a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline">IBM Connect 2017</span></a>. See you in San Francisco! <em><br /> <br /> Back from the Dead: W/hen Bad Code Kills a Good Server</em> <span style="text-decoration:underline"><br /> </span><a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline">Session link</span></a> <br /> Calendar File: &nbsp;<a href="$file/Sessions-1661A.ics" title="Sessions-1661A.ics"Sessions-1661A.ics/>Sessions-1661A.ics</a><br /> <br /> <br /> <img  alt="Image:Come to IBM Connect 2017 and See Me Speak in the Developer&#8217;s Track!" border="0" src="" /><strong><br /> <br /> If you never sat-in on a Serdar session, he is giving two during the conference. Here is his speaker profile:</strong> <br /> <br /> <img  alt="Image:Come to IBM Connect 2017 and See Me Speak in the Developer&#8217;s Track!" border="0" src="" />  ]]></content:encoded>
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  124. <title>Interested in Going to IBM Connect 2017? Contact me for a $100 Discount</title>
  125. <pubDate>Thu, 19 Jan 2017 10:06:01 -0400</pubDate>
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  131. <content:encoded><![CDATA[ Hi Everyone and Happy New Year to all of you. Best of luck in the new year. I have a couple of posts for <a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline">IBM Connect</span></a> in the works. Lets commence new year with a new discount. As an <a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline">IBM Champion for 2017</span></a>, IBM is allowing us to offer $100 discounts to friends who may be interested in attending. If you are on the fence, know that the session list is attractive with over 200 being offered. Success stories from customers will be on display, along with the technical labs returning as well. Thus, you can see how IBM software can be used to help solve some of your business challenges. Roll-up your sleeves and get to work learning new ways to address pressing matters to help your company. <br /> <br /> Recall, there is a welcome reception 6 PM PST, Monday evening, 20 February on Presidents Day. The official conference starts on Tuesday, 21 Feb, I am happy to be working presenting with Serdar Basegmez and will discuss our session shortly. <br /> To register for Connect 2017, <a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline">click here</span></a> <br /> To view Connect 2017 sessions, <a href=><span style="text-decoration:underline">click here</span></a> <br /> <br /> If you would like the discount code, just contact me and say, "Please." Have a great year and I hope to see you in San Francisco! <br /> <br /> <img  alt="Image:Interested in Going to IBM Connect 2017? Contact me for a $100 Discount" border="0" src="" />  ]]></content:encoded>
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  136. <title>Notes Domino Templates Get Slated for an Update. Here&#8217;s the Roadmap</title>
  137. <pubDate>Mon, 3 Oct 2016 02:05:00 -0400</pubDate>
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  139. <category>admin</category>
  140. <dc:creator>Bill Malchisky</dc:creator>
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  143. <content:encoded><![CDATA[ This is the first of two roadmap posts I authored for release this week. Beyond my post last month where I covered lightly that <a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline">templates would be upgraded</span></a>, Barry Rosen provided an updated roadmap with two slides covering just Notes Domino Templates. For simplicity, I copy-pasted the prose from the first slide to make it searchable, and appended the time table slide for the second. Nice to see some progress here too. Nice to see that they are filling in the hole created previously from multiple areas.<strong><br /> <br /> Templates Roadmap</strong> <br /> * The templates would be posted in Fix Central and not packaged with the fix pack installer. <br /> * You will be able to optionally download them to upgrade templates <br /> * Template releases would be aligned to the next closest fix pack release <br /> * Only templates which have changes would be released <br /> * The changes would need to include fixes needed for corresponding core/java &#91;sic&#93; fixes in the Notes fix pack. <br /> * There will be one zip file for English and another for multi languages (possible one each for G1,G2 and G3 languages) posted. <br /> <br /> <img  alt="Image:Notes Domino Templates Get Slated for an Update. Here&#8217;s the Roadmap" border="0" src="" />  ]]></content:encoded>
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  148. <title>Staying at The Top of Google Searches for Smart Phones</title>
  149. <pubDate>Thu, 29 Sep 2016 02:10:00 -0400</pubDate>
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  152. <dc:creator>Bill Malchisky</dc:creator>
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  155. <content:encoded><![CDATA[ Although quality web developers have known for a while, <a href="">Google wants you to be mobile friendly</a>. Thus, if you want to stay at the top of Google web searches when the customer uses a smart phone, then your web site must display well on mobile phones. If not, Google will lower your weighting and you'll suddenly show farther down the list versus when the same search is performed on a desktop. <br /> <br />But never fear, <a href="">Google offers a free tool to check your site</a>. As I thought this tool is handy, I wanted to provide it for you and see if it might assist with volunteer work you might do, when on-the-job, or even checking your competitors' site(s). <br /> <br />Here are a few quick searches and their results: as expected all three are successful. <br /> <br /><img  alt="Image:Staying at The Top of Google Searches for Smart Phones" border="0" src="" />&nbsp; <br /> <hr><img  alt="Image:Staying at The Top of Google Searches for Smart Phones" border="0" src="" />&nbsp; <br /> <hr>&nbsp; <br />&nbsp;<img  alt="Image:Staying at The Top of Google Searches for Smart Phones" border="0" src="" /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />  ]]></content:encoded>
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  160. <title>Awesome Linux Reference Sheets for Developers (and Administrators)</title>
  161. <pubDate>Tue, 27 Sep 2016 12:01:00 -0400</pubDate>
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  163. <category>administration</category>
  164. <dc:creator>Bill Malchisky</dc:creator>
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  167. <content:encoded><![CDATA[ A blog post for developers? Yes! Though it is not my first and will not be my last, it has been awhile. As an admin, this reference sheet is also helpful. I learned of a great <a href=><span style="text-decoration:underline">Vim</span></a> (vi Improved) reference sheet recently. There is a lot of information on a single sheet of paper, organized quite well and easy to use. If you need a handy reference sheet for vi commands... this is a good one to review. Although it works great in color, but he also offers a gray scale version and one for those with red/green color blindness: all in PDF and Excel. <span style="text-decoration:underline"><br /> </span><a href=><span style="text-decoration:underline">Get the Vim reference sheet for programmers here.</span></a> <br /> <br /> The author links a four additional reference documents, and I thought I would include them below, along with the Vim Wiki. Each is a quality offering, allowing you to get the information in a way that works for you. <br /> <strong><br /> <br /> Additional References</strong> <span style="text-decoration:underline"><br /> </span><a href=><span style="text-decoration:underline">Vim Wiki</span></a> <span style="text-decoration:underline"><br /> </span><a href=><span style="text-decoration:underline">Handy two-sided collated reference</span></a>, with eight foreign language translations <span style="text-decoration:underline"><br /> </span><a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline">An excellent end-user graphical keyboard</span></a>, with succeeding images illustrating keyboard combinations; quite an amazing reference page <span style="text-decoration:underline"><br /> </span><a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline">Command Reference Mind Map</span></a> <span style="text-decoration:underline"><br /> </span><a href=><span style="text-decoration:underline">Collated web site command reference</span></a> and the <a href=><span style="text-decoration:underline">Advanced version</span></a> <br /> <br /> <img  alt="Image:Awesome Linux Reference Sheets for Developers (and Administrators)" border="0" src="" />  ]]></content:encoded>
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  172. <title>IMSMO 2.0 (Project Hawthorn) Expands Client Offerings, Crash Avoidance Tip, and an Updated Schema</title>
  173. <pubDate>Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:30:00 -0400</pubDate>
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  176. <dc:creator>Bill Malchisky</dc:creator>
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  179. <content:encoded><![CDATA[ On Thursday, 22 September, IBM Social Business Community Call where Luis Guirigay, Barry Rosen, and Scott Vrusho provided a quality session on IMSMO 2.0, IBM re-announced to a larger international audience new support for Outlook 2010 and 2016. This is exciting news to hear. At ICON US in May, Luis Guirigay stated that the new expanded client support would happen this year and at MWLUG 2016, IBM officially made the announcement--keeping their promise. In my working with the product over the past 12 months, I am happy to have version two released and on-time (also as promised), while seeing consistent enhancements through fix packs. <br /> <br /> To ensure currency, below are some links to provide additional information on IMSMO client support, how to avoid a crash on Linux x64 with ND9.0.1 FP7, and of course, the current schema image.<strong><br /> <br /> Referenced Documents</strong><br /> 1. Fix List for IBM mail support for Microsoft Outlook (IMSMO) clients -> <a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline">&nbsp;</span></a> <br />  &nbsp;-- Section<em> 2.0 Fix Pack 1 (</em> provides new clients listings<br /> 2. Download Options for Notes &amp; Domino 9.0.1 Fix Packs -> &nbsp;<a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline"></span></a><br /> 3. For x64 Linux, upgrade Traveler &amp; IMSMO servers to IMSMO <span style="text-decoration:underline">before</span> upgrading to Domino 9.0.1 Fix Pack 7 (or later) to avoid a potential crash; Technote 1990034 explains further <br />  &nbsp; --><span style="text-decoration:underline"> </span><a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline"></span></a><br /> 4. Microsoft Outlook Client Requirements <a href=><span style="text-decoration:underline"></span></a><em><br /> <br /> Notations</em> <br /> A. IMSMO server provides all fixes included within Traveler Server  <br />&nbsp; &nbsp;--> <a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline"></span></a> <br /> B. For, it provides the Traveler Server fixes -> <a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline"></span></a> <br /> <strong><br /> <br /> IMSMO Slides to Share</strong><br /> Two slides to share in this post covering architecture and part numbers. I like the first slide slide as it quite clearly shows you what both vendors bring to the table to get the solution working, while highlighting the use of IBM's new SyncML conduit to move data sans Microsoft's Active Sync technology. <br /> <br /> <img  alt="Image:IMSMO 2.0 (Project Hawthorn) Expands Client Offerings, Crash Avoidance Tip, and an Updated Schema" border="0" src="" /><br /> <br /> <br /> IMSMO Part Numbers, both client and server side. If you want the software, knowing all the part numbers desired for your environment can make the acquisition process easier. <strong><br /> Note:</strong><em> Below are for version only, and requested from the presenter to get a slide with the part numbers. Upon receipt, I will update this post.</em><br /> <br /> <img  alt="Image:IMSMO 2.0 (Project Hawthorn) Expands Client Offerings, Crash Avoidance Tip, and an Updated Schema" border="0" src="" /><br /> <br /> Thanks for reading.   ]]></content:encoded>
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  184. <title>IBM Verse On-premises Third Post: Updated Schema, New Features</title>
  185. <pubDate>Thu, 22 Sep 2016 01:54:05 -0400</pubDate>
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  188. <dc:creator>Bill Malchisky</dc:creator>
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  191. <content:encoded><![CDATA[ <strong>Preface</strong> <br /> In my previous two blog posts pertaining to Verse On-premises (VOP), please note that a few of the items below were covered here previously. This serves as a metric to ascertain what key items are likely to remain. <a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline">As cited here on July 18, 2016</span></a>, IBM is fully committed to and on-track to make a year-end release for this product. IBM is discussing a lot of new VOP items at events in multiple cities/countries; for example <a href=><span style="text-decoration:underline">MWLUG</span></a> in Austin, TX. Much of <a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline">what I reported on August 3, 2016 remains true</span></a>. Below you will find an updated schema along with new features that are being discussed publicly in this blog post. <br />  <hr noshade><strong><br /> Disclaimer</strong> <br /> Please note that everything in the post is now being discussed in-public by IBM and is provided outside, separate and distinct from any information I gained by being in the Verse On Premises beta program. The slides and content are posted with permission from <a href=><span style="text-decoration:underline">Uffe Sorensen</span></a> and <a href=><span style="text-decoration:underline">Barry Rosen</span></a>, the <a href=><span style="text-decoration:underline">ICON UK</span></a> Presenters. <strong><br /> <br /> <br /> Foundational Topics of Interest</strong> <br /> * Release date is December 2016, which is aligned with my original posts from July and August <br /> * Verse Offline Support - released March 2016, locally encrypted local mail store <br /> <br /> <img  alt="Image:IBM Verse On-premises Third Post: Updated Schema, New Features" border="0" src="" /><strong><br /> <br /> <br /> Help and Learning New Features</strong> <br /> * On the Help tab (?), "What's New &#91;x&#93;" let's you know about what changed recently... and the number of new items <br /> * The "?" button will have a red dot next to it when new items are available and then upon selecting the menu option, the program will walk you through the GUI to display the feature(s), plus a pop-up window with the text description of each new feature <br /> <br /> <img  alt="Image:IBM Verse On-premises Third Post: Updated Schema, New Features" border="0" src="" /><br /> <br /> * Monthly on the<em> IBM Knowledge Center</em> will include new features in the current month, making it easy to create an internal newsletter for your users. <strong><br /> <br /> <br /> Additional Value</strong> <br /> * Consistency with cloud offering <br /> * Secure offline browser access <br /> * No need for a rich client, if you choose <br /> * Domino application access via ICAA or Notes <br /> * Low-bandwidth option for high-latency environments/countries <br /> * Integration and extensibility to match future cloud capabilities; add your applications to the menu (within Compose), business card, and while reading mail, for example; more features and increased options being developed <strong><br /> <br /> <br /> Schema</strong> <br /> New updated architectural schema (which may change again): <br /> * The API is new <br /> * Need Domino 9.0.1 FP7+, which provides over 100 fixes, VOP API hooks, NRPC port encryption, and JVM 1.8 runtime upgrade capability <br /> * Connections 5.5 CR1, which is optional, for Files, Profiles, Preview, Business Cards, and Team Analytics <br /> <br /> <img  alt="Image:IBM Verse On-premises Third Post: Updated Schema, New Features" border="0" src="" /><br /> <br /> * Techline is available for sizing needs; it is akin to an iNotes deployment methodology, which should make Domino administrators very happy. <strong><br /> <br /> <br /> Future Items</strong> <br /> * Prioritized Inbox (1H preview) <br /> * Action support (1H, preview) - system identifies key actions from emails and helps users complete them; partners can configure the system to identify actions from 3rd party solutions <br /> * "Cognitive shown in white" <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <img  alt="Image:IBM Verse On-premises Third Post: Updated Schema, New Features" border="0" src="" /><br /> <br /> * Bluemix model can be added with cognitive for on-premises but <span style="text-decoration:underline">may</span> introduce a future charge - stay tuned; this capability is more complex and thus, the increased design consideration by IBM to get it correct is necessitated <br /> * Future updates for Verse on-premises add-ins: provided via a separate zip file from FPs, but there may be some back-end features deployed through Domino FPs <br /> * Sametime presence awareness under consideration, post-GA <br /> * Language support: English first, then all languages will be provided; VOP will be available in all cloud based languages; future features are dependent upon the language schedule roll-out to teach and code Watson to make it aware of them. English, German, Japanese (funded by two local companies); huge cost to teach a language to Watson, but it is a prerequisite and IBM wants to do this. Relevant as VOP is dependent upon Watson for the cognitive aspects <br /> <br /> Thanks for reading. Let me know your thoughts. Have a great day! <br /> <br /> <img  alt="Image:IBM Verse On-premises Third Post: Updated Schema, New Features" border="0" src="" />  ]]></content:encoded>
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  196. <title>A Conversation with Barry Rosen, at IBM: Part II</title>
  197. <pubDate>Wed, 21 Sep 2016 02:01:00 -0400</pubDate>
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  200. <dc:creator>Bill Malchisky</dc:creator>
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  203. <content:encoded><![CDATA[ UPDATE: Wording change on the IBM Notes Template bullet to read "... getting some development love" plus a new appended sentence to indicate more accurately the type of changes that are slated. <br />  <hr><br /> Below is the completion of my interview with Barry Rosen, IBM Offering Manager for ICS. Enjoy! <strong><br /> <br /> Notes 9.0.2 and Feature Packs</strong> <br /> * As indicated in the slide yesterday, the entire feature set of 9.0.2 will not be released into one Feature Pack (FP), but over four. Yes, the next four FPs will introduce what 9.0.2 would have offered. For some, this may be an eternity. Here is how I look at it: If we waited for 9.0.2 to actually be released, we would be looking at a late Q2 '17 release date at the earliest, based upon IBM not even evaluating the build's probability until Q1 '17. Instead, with the FP model we are getting some features now, others in Q1 '17, for starters. So, through the FP model, we are getting needed features faster with a much lower price point for IBM. Point releases are ridiculously expensive to deploy, whereas FPs are very cost-effect, while allowing the deployment resources to stay focused on development and testing. I like this model as it will keep ICS limber and more readily able to release software in a manner akin to the smart phone update release model we all enjoy.<br /> <br /> * IBM had an issue with ND9 FP7, initially discovered with<span style="text-decoration:underline"> iNotes by Ulrich Krause, who created the SPR</span> and then <a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline">blogged by Daniel Nashed</span></a>. Then, I provided Ulrich's PMR and correlated SPR data to Barry, who stated IBM will make its resolution a priority. <br /> <br /> * The IBM i partners I know are concerned with the lack of attention the more stable and more scalable operating environments receive. In an effort to comprehend this, we discussed how IBM determines what creates popularity for a Domino platform, and the bias the current system introduces. The current metric rewards instability while penalizing stable scalable operating systems and this needs to change. If one can operate 100k mail users on one Power System box running IBM i, and the Windows equivalent would need a server farm, you are going to get more Windows PMRs. It lacks prudence in my opinion and based upon my experience to then say that there exists fewer users/decreased interest on i, AIX, or z/OS boxes simply because they are successful.<em><br /> <br /> Please note this process applies to new offerings only. Existing products such as Domino 9.0.1 and Sametime 9.0.1 will continue to support the IBM i Platform</em><br /> <br /> * <strong>How are Feature Packs helping IBM i, for example?</strong> With new products being in-scope for the opened PMR metric, existing products keeping their deployment platforms. Thus, with 9.0.1 FP{n}, IBM i will have a build. If IBM actually went to ND 9.0.2, IBM i, AIX, and z/OS would need exceptions and evaluated before a release could be considered, let alone be offered. So, by bypassing 9.0.2, IBM i lives with Domino, Traveler, and Sametime through Feature Packs. <em>Enjoy the longevity.</em> <br /> <br /> * To reiterate the <a href=";infotype=an&amp;appname=iSource&amp;supplier=877&amp;letternum=ENUSZP16-0474"><span style="text-decoration:underline">IBM product support announcement</span></a> from mid-September, IBM Notes and Domino is alive and well. People may choose to spin things based upon what they think they know, or want to believe by how they read the prose. Instead, rather than espouse conjecture factually, I prefer to go to the source, learn sans a filter, and draw my own conclusions. I did that here with Barry. Notes has life, it will have life, and will be one of several methods of accessing a Domino back-end for years to come. That is a fact. Others may choose to split hairs based upon what they wanted to see in the announcement and did not. What I want to know is if the products I love and invested so much still have legs, and they do. This announcement confirmation represents more communication than we received in the previous years combined. It clearly is an imperfect announcement, but it is a good starting point--from my perspective and happy to receive it along with the confirmation of the IBM Offering Manager for ICS. Having stated all of this, I know all too well of the current market landscape and that IBM must turn-around the market quickly. Again, your opinion may differ herein and I am happy to hear it.<br /> <br /> <br /> <img  alt="Image:A Conversation with Barry Rosen, at IBM: Part II" border="0" src="" /><br /> <br /> <br /> * <strong>Where is the Domino FP timeline?</strong> That document is currently being finalized for release. Upon receipt, I will post it on this site. <br /> <br /> * <strong>Notes Templates are getting some development love</strong>. Yes, that is correct! The core templates will all be getting new life in a very near future Feature Pack. Barry is currently building a list of items to include and what needs to be completed for each. From here, he did confirm his commitment to fix what was broken, one step at a time. "Changes correlate to 9.0.2 features and fixes" --Barry Rosen.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <img  alt="Image:A Conversation with Barry Rosen, at IBM: Part II" border="0" src="" /><strong><br /> <br /> Last But Not Least</strong> <em><br /> Auditing process</em> - as we all know, no one has an issue with IBM ensuring license compliance with paying customers, it is the approach the auditing team takes that creates the problem. A year ago at Social Connections in Boston, the audience via several business partners from three continents offered their take on how the process could be improved and how it is costing IBM loyal customers. Fast forward til September, 2016, the situation's complexity is now better understood by IBM and they want to change it. Happy to learn that Barry and his team understand the problem and seek to address it--despite the fact that it is larger than ICS, you need someone to support the cause. <strong><br /> <br /> <br /> Part II Summary</strong> <br /> IBM knows they have a lot of work to do. With new leadership and management, come the opportunity for positive change. Big Blue understands now, that they made some serious mistakes in 2013-2015, and are now, addressing them. I know the schedule delays, Feature Pack schedule from here, loss of customer base, loss of trust, and increased frustration generated previously may seem like 'too little, too late'. For me, with what I personally witnessed and learned this past week in London and over 2016, I am firmly in the camp of encouragement. IBM should not expect a clean slate from the community, but I personally like the changes I am witnessing and am optimistic for the future of ICS. Thank you to Barry for his candor and being so generous with his time. I would like to hear your opinion.   ]]></content:encoded>
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  208. <title>A Conversation with Barry Rosen, at IBM: Part I</title>
  209. <pubDate>Tue, 20 Sep 2016 02:02:00 -0400</pubDate>
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  212. <dc:creator>Bill Malchisky</dc:creator>
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  215. <content:encoded><![CDATA[ During ICON UK 2016 in London, I took some time to talk with the IBM Offering Manager for ICS covering IBM Notes, Domino, Verse on Premises, and Sametime, Barry Rosen. Our initial Q&amp;A turned into about a 30 minute dialogue, which I found quite informative. With his permission, I am posting the more interesting parts of our conversation, in summary format from my perspective.<br /> <strong><br /> <br /> Acknowledging Reality to Reset the Norm</strong> <br /> IBM recognizes --- as do their customers and BPs --- that over the previous three years, they became a "rudderless ship &#91;drifting&#93;". With <a href=><span style="text-decoration:underline">Inhi Cho Suh's</span></a> leadership, ICS is clearing a massive backlog of items needing attention. She is focused on making dates and that mantra is lucid with her team. What we are now seeing is an ICS developing products while committing to release dates and unlike in years past they are making these dates. Project Hawthorn 2.0 (IMSMO) and ND7 FP7 both delivered as promised, along with IBM Verse On-premises definitely on schedule for a year-end release--and with the new internal design structure, the fastest out-the-door release of any product. &nbsp;In June 2016, IBM stated that ND 9.0.2 would be re-evaluated in Q1 '17 due to resource constraints all focused on Verse on Premises. Then, IBM changed their mind when they switched to the Feature Pack delivery model and started releasing those features sooner than later (more on that Part II). <br /> <br /> From here, IBM needs to address the application development side, repairing the perception of disparity with Office 365, Feature Pack quality, commence marketing the brand, and regain trust. With such a backlog, it will take time, and no matter how IBM ordered the list of items to accomplish, many people will say they are doing it incorrectly. For me, it is important that they are getting things done--the order for me is less important than making progress and keeping their word going forward. <strong><br /> <br /> <br /> Application Development</strong> <br /> 1. Application development's strategy is gaining momentum and will be released---perhaps later than many would like and I can understand that, but again, this is one of many items in the backlog needing attention. And development is getting attention--both within ICS and in the community. You don't have to go any further than my friend, <a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline">David Leedy's blog post</span></a> on features missing on the Dev side to understand the significance of this data point;<br /> <br /> 2. To address the need, IBM is making a big announcement in Q4 about development. This, I believe, would be a compliment to the September 2016 ICS announcement about Notes and Domino being actively developed, maintained, and supported til at least 2021. Why so long? With the new management changes in ICS, it will take a couple months for teams to learn their new roles, define a vision and execute it<em>;<br /> <br /> I'm not being defensive of IBM, just being realistic with how long things can take. I know many of my developer friends will be either irked or perturbed with such a delay, but I would rather receive this information this year when then can commit to it, rather than hearing something now that never happens;</em> <br /> <br /> 3. <strong>Java 8.</strong> I know many people wanted to have this feature in FP7, or earlier and they have a fair point. See the <em>rudderless ship</em> comment above to know why it's delayed. The good news is that IBM committed publicly to include Java 8 in FP8, due in January '17<strong>.</strong><br /> <br /> <img  alt="Image:A Conversation with Barry Rosen, at IBM: Part I" border="0" src="" /><strong><br /> Part I Summary</strong> <br /> IBM has a new cadence now for releasing items and they will build trust through delivery. Otherwise, in a year, we may all be looking for a new line of work. <br /> <br /> See &nbsp;you tomorrow!   ]]></content:encoded>
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  220. <title>My Two ICON UK 2016 Session Decks</title>
  221. <pubDate>Mon, 19 Sep 2016 11:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
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  224. <dc:creator>Bill Malchisky</dc:creator>
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  227. <content:encoded><![CDATA[ What a great few days in London. Once again, the entire team there did a great job to offer the IBM Community an excellent learning opportunity. Thank you as well to the quality sponsors that committed to ensure this user group would happen. The organizers and the sponsors all deserve our gratitude. From that, I spoke at two sessions: <br /> <br /> Day 1 - co-presented with Keith Brooks <em><br /> Migration:Impossible... Not so</em> <br /> <br /> Day 2 - co-presented with Serdar Basegmez <em><br /> Back from the Dead: When Bad Code Kills a Good Server </em><br /> <br /> The <a href=><span style="text-decoration:underline">slides are available here</span></a>, along with session abstracts. Thank you for the interest.<br /> <br /> <img  alt="Image:My Two ICON UK 2016 Session Decks" border="0" src="" />  ]]></content:encoded>
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  232. <title>IBM Verse On-premises Architecture and Insight</title>
  233. <pubDate>Wed, 3 Aug 2016 02:30:00 -0400</pubDate>
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  235. <category>domino</category>
  236. <dc:creator>Bill Malchisky</dc:creator>
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  239. <content:encoded><![CDATA[ Yesterday, IBM provided a preview call for select customers covering IBM Verse On-premises (VOP). Those in attendance were amongst the first to receive updated particulars on this product. I explicitly asked and received permission to provide this information. Here is a subset of relevant items discussed/presented. <br /> <br /><strong>Disclaimer:</strong> As certain features are still being developed, anything and everything below is subject to change. The data below reflects what was presented to me and is believed to be accurate at the time of this writing. <br /> <br /><img  alt="Image:IBM Verse On-premises Architecture and Insight" border="0" src="" /> <br /> <br /> <br /><strong>Data Points</strong> <br />* IBM professed that the<a href=""> installation would be easy</a> (second body paragraph in that post); from the diagram above and responses provided on the call, they are keeping to that promise <br />* The Indexing Service will be one of two options: Domino or another DB <br />&nbsp; &nbsp;** I asked if that would be No-SQL or an RDBMS? IBM offered that it would be either Domino or a simple No-SQL indexing solution; for me, this is very encouraging <br />* SOLR is used with Verse Cloud for high-speed searching, but is neither required for Verse on-premises nor should it be perceived as such; again, it will be a simple indexing service or Domino to run it <br />* IBM Techline will be Verse On-premises trained and knowledgeable very soon; so those with Techline access will be able to receive information on server sizing, for example <br />* <em>Connections is optional</em>. What it provides is the ability to receive the faces features at the top of the mail client, the <em>Me to We</em> capability, and sharing messages in a social space, for example <br />&nbsp; &nbsp;** If you incorporate Connections, you must use Connections 5.5; older versions omit enhanced key features that Verse On-Premises requires <br />* Fix Packs <br />&nbsp; &nbsp;** The latest Domino fixpack will be required; which will be either FP7 or FP8 <br />&nbsp; &nbsp;** Domino FP7 has a target release date of August 27th, +- a couple of days <br />&nbsp; &nbsp;** Domino FP8 is well underway with planning, and may or may not be available in-time for the Nov/Dec VOP release <br />&nbsp;  <br /> <br /><strong>Pricing</strong> <br />* IBM is looking to provide entitlements and keep it affordable <br />* Will be available in Passport Advantage as a option for all customers that are current on their licenses and support costs <br /> <br /> <br />I will blog more as I learn more and am permitted to do so. Once I enter the VOP beta program later this week, I may not be able to write as much as I would like (if at all). Let me know your thoughts.   ]]></content:encoded>
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  244. <title>IBM Verse On-Premises Coming Soon</title>
  245. <pubDate>Mon, 18 Jul 2016 21:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
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  247. <category>domino</category>
  248. <dc:creator>Bill Malchisky</dc:creator>
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  251. <content:encoded><![CDATA[ Today, IBM's <a href=><span style="text-decoration:underline">VP - Offering Management and Design</span></a> for IBM Collaboration Solutions (ICS), <a href=><span style="text-decoration:underline">Ed Brill announced</span></a> that select customer sites are using the <a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline">Verse</span></a> on-premises beta. This shows that since announced at <a href=><span style="text-decoration:underline">Social Connections 10</span></a> in Toronto (Jun '16), they made adjustments to the 2016 calendar release schedule to better focus on priorities with a defined plan. The previous few years, it became painfully clear to business partners and some customers that the development team lost focus, impacting quality. Since the tenure of<a href=><span style="text-decoration:underline"> Inhi Cho Suh as the ICS General Manager</span></a> in January '16, things are definitely different for the better. Despite Notes Domino 9.0.2 being delayed (again) til 2017, the on-premises version of Verse is a welcome piece in the ICS puzzle of innovation. In my opinion, this shows that despite some frustration with previous delays, IBM is keeping its word now and is focused on delivering quality products to its customers. The targeted release for Verse on-premises is December 2016; so with a customer beta now, IBM would appear to be on-track to make that milestone. <br /> <br /> Additionally, I also learned at the Social Connections 10 Ask IBM session that the installation for IBM Verse on-premise is easy. "Very easy," as one product manager offered, and told me that he tested it himself. That is a nice change from what we learned a year ago in Boston for Social Connections 8, when IBM stated the installation would deviate from the normal Domino upgrade administrators preferred, and move into the IBM Connections/Sametime installation camp--in-terms of complexity. Great to see that IBM also evolved this part of the release model. To be fair, I do not have particulars on whether the test was on a plain vanilla environment or a more complex infrastructure when upgrading, but the installation message is more zealous than a year ago: a good sign. <br /> <br /> All in all, I would say good news on two counts. Good luck to IBM on making the year-end release with easy installation and upgrade paths. <br /> <br /> <img  alt="Image:IBM Version On-Premises Coming Soon" border="0" src="" />  ]]></content:encoded>
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