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  24. <pubDate>Mon, 15 May 2017 20:37:02 +0000</pubDate>
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  34. <description><![CDATA[Red Pill Now’s Peter Presnell, Bob Kadrie, Keith Strickland, and Kito Mann host a roundtable discussion with attendees of Engage 2017 regarding Polymer and Material Design.   Download Podcast]]></description>
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  44. <title>What We Learned at Engage</title>
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  47. <pubDate>Fri, 12 May 2017 18:54:01 +0000</pubDate>
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  52. <description><![CDATA[Being one of the major events in the ICS community, Engage provides a chance for IBM, Customers and Business Partners  to get important updates on the platform and exchange thoughts and views about what the future holds. This year&#8217;s event was no exception. Business Partners During the OGS we heard IBM outline how important business [&#8230;]]]></description>
  53. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<div>Being one of the major events in the ICS community, Engage provides a chance for IBM, Customers and Business Partners  to get important updates on the platform and exchange thoughts and views about what the future holds. This year&#8217;s event was no exception.</div>
  54. <h1>Business Partners</h1>
  55. <div>During the OGS we heard IBM outline how important business partners were to its success. And then a few minutes later under the pressure of time they decided the best way to catch up was to cut the Business Partner presentations from their session. Like many in the crowd I was dismayed. Actions speak louder than words, and here was a clear example of just how much IBM valued its business partners. Every year I have attended events such as the Leadership Alliance and Connect and been told how Business Partners were more important now than ever before. Only to never hear from IBM again until the next year and the next speech. Soon after the OGS, IBM hosted a BP round table. We should acknowledge IBM for engaging it&#8217;s business partners in these types of sessions. But it&#8217;s getting harder not be become cynical about their true value beyond having a place for business partners to vent their frustrations. I spoke to a number of the attendees afterwards, none had any confidence that anything would change as a result of the session. The key themes were that it is hard to make money from an invisible product (Connections) and that it remains difficult (as partners) to work with IBM. These were the same points raised last year in similar sessions with GM Inhi Cho Suh and more than likely will be the same points raised again next year. <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Otm4RusESNU" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">That&#8217;s all I want to say about that</a>.</div>
  56. <h1>Pink</h1>
  57. <div>For me the big take-away form this year&#8217;s event was Pink. The fact that it was more of a new development philosophy than a product (as in <a href="https://www-01.ibm.com/common/ssi/cgi-bin/ssialias?htmlfid=EPS12366USEN" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Connections Pink</a>).  And its embodiment was a man in a pink suit. A gentleman by the name of <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/jasonroygary/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Jason Gary</a> who is every bit a live wire as my good friend Matt Newman (the man in the yellow suit). The last time I was this captivated hearing an IBMer speak was when I heard Phil Gilbert address the Leadership Alliance three years ago about the importance of Design Thinking (aka We don&#8217;t ship sh*t). After that session Nathan and I set about making some fundamental changes to the way Red Pill Now designs solutions and hired our Creative and UX Director Bob Kadrie to help us do that. Now I need to find a way to clone Jason and incorporate some his ideas into what we are doing.</div>
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  59. <div>Some of the things that struck me about what Gary&#8217;s team is doing includes:-</div>
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  61. <li>A new build of Connections is now being generated every seven minutes</li>
  62. <li>Customers are invited to participate in Sprint reviews</li>
  63. <li>The source code is made available to all 400,000 employees at IBM and they can even check in changes to the code stream.</li>
  64. <li>If allowed (yes IBM still has a large legal department) Gary would like business partners and customers to have the same access to the source code!</li>
  65. <li>The product will have an API focus and there will be no hidden (undocumented) APIs in the product.</li>
  66. <li>The attention to detail to ensure a consistent experience across all modules.</li>
  67. <li>A commitment to using the best technology even if that means not using an IBM product (e.g. Java is not the programming language because it is seen as being too slow and expensive to develop with)</li>
  68. <li>There should only be one code stream regardless of it being Cloud, on-Premise, or anything else.</li>
  69. <li>Puffer Fish (a long story that Jason has adopted to embrace risk as an asset)</li>
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  71. <h1>Connections Pink</h1>
  72. <p>The Pink philosophy is being used to rebuild Connections from the ground up. Some of this has already found its way into Connections 6. Over the course of the next two years (or so) the existing legacy Connections modules will be replaced by new &#8220;Pink&#8221; modules. Backwards compatibility with the existing APIs will be available, but a new set of APIs will also allow business partners to extend the product in new ways.</p>
  73. <p>New capabilities are also going to be added as part of the &#8220;pinkification&#8221; of Connections. Included among these is LiveGrid which is starting to sound more like a new application development platform that will be built into Connections. This feels very similar to SharePoint/O365 and its concepts of <a href="https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd490727(v=office.12).aspx" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Lists</a>, but with @Formulae. It now seems (IMO) most likely that IBM&#8217;s application strategy for Collaboration will increasingly focus in this area.</p>
  74. <h1>Notes/Domino</h1>
  75. <p>At Engage it felt like the emotions have started to cool and there is an acceptance that Notes/Domino is no longer something that IBM has any plans for significant invest moving forward. Almost all the business partners present in the vendor showcase had offerings tied in some way to Connections. Notes applications are likely to be around for 10-20 years which means IBM are most likely to provide minor enhancements to the product for quite some time to keep the lights on. This includes a steady stream of feature packs that contain enhancements being demanded by its larger customers. During the OGS Ed Brill announced that a free Developer Edition of the Domino server would be made available. Its a little late for this to have an impact on the Domino development market but it is a helpful option for business partners like us that continue to develop solutions for the Domino platform.</p>
  76. <h1>Domino Pink</h1>
  77. <p>I am disappointed that Domino was not chosen as the database engine for Connections Pink, and hence LiveGrids. It would seem to me that with its event engine it might be better match to support integration to IoT via IFTTT. Domino possibly didn&#8217;t even make it onto the short-list that saw MongoDB win out over CouchDB. It kind of drives the final nail in the Notes/Domino coffin. There was a time not too long ago when Kramer Reeves and others at IBM were looking to make some &#8220;Big Bets&#8221; in which a Domino Pink project that involved a re-architecture of Notes/Domino along the lines of Connections Pink might have been the way to go. Its difficult to see a project like this getting off the ground now. Any justification to make such an investment would almost certainly interfere with IBM&#8217;s plans to develop LiveGrid.</p>
  78. <h1>Engage The Event</h1>
  79. <p>Its not clear how just many more Engage events are in <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/theoheselmans/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Theo Hesselmen&#8217;s</a> plans, but it did seem like he had at least one more year at a city he has apparently long had a desire to bring Engage. Anyone who has attended Engage over the years will know what an awesome event Theo puts together. His attention to detail is truly amazing. This year&#8217;s event was located in a great city (Antwerp) at a brand new venue that was truly awesome inside and outside. It was located next to the main railway station with a number of hotels (needed as much for the bars as the beds) and a large number of restaurants within easy walking distance. We had a a great array of sessions from IBM, business partners, and customers and some pretty awesome social events that included a visit to the neighboring Antwerp Zoo. It truly was a great environment for old (and new) friends to get together. Perhaps the most amazing statistic was that around 40% of attendees were attending Engage for the first time!</p>
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  85. <title>Let&#8217;s Talk About Better Designed Apps at Engage 2017</title>
  86. <link>http://redpillnow.com/lets-talk-about-better-designed-apps-at-engage-2017/</link>
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  88. <pubDate>Mon, 08 May 2017 09:57:10 +0000</pubDate>
  89. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Bob Kadrie]]></dc:creator>
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  96. <description><![CDATA[I can&#8217;t think of a more appropriate place than Antwerp, Belgium to discuss design thinking, user experience, and UI design. For those of you who have not had the opportunity to visit Antwerp, the city is safe, the architecture designed to be beautiful and functional, built on a historically reliable foundation, and connected by an [&#8230;]]]></description>
  97. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>I can&#8217;t think of a more appropriate place than Antwerp, Belgium to discuss design thinking, user experience, and UI design. For those of you who have not had the opportunity to visit Antwerp, the city is safe, the architecture designed to be beautiful and functional, built on a historically reliable foundation, and connected by an infrastructure that works &#8212; further adding to the beauty that is this city.</p>
  98. <p>This is a nearly perfect analogy for how we at Red Pill Now, and what we are working to achieve. We build beautifully simple software, based on solid, proven technology, designed to safely and seamlessly connect your mission critical, legacy data together with an infrastructure that just works.</p>
  99. <p>Today, I, along with my partner and Red Pill Now CEO, Peter Presnell, will be hosting a roundtable discussion on Google&#8217;s Polymer web components, and Material Design spec. These two closely related technologies help make our solutions beautiful &#8212; and rock solid. Of course, our design-centric thinking that ties everything together &#8212; from the business case, to rapid prototyping, through deployment and support, will also make its way into the conversation.</p>
  100. <p>So, if you have an interest in developing better designed, modern, web-based applications using web components and Google&#8217;s Material Design spec, Join Peter and me today at 13:30 for what will surely be a lively and informative hour of discussion &#8212; plus a killer bunny!</p>
  101. <p>Tomorrow, Peter and I we will take this conversation to a more tactical level when we present, &#8220;From Then, to Now &#8211; A Speedy UX and Design Workshop for Programmers,&#8221; at 11:30. This is session is design to help programmers integrate design thinking, UX and UI design on any timetable or budget &#8212; without the need of a designer.</p>
  102. <p>You have a lot of choices for content during this year&#8217;s Engage conference. We hope you&#8217;ll spend an hour or two with us, as we work to provide you with some practical advice, resources, and design tools that will help you build better apps right now.</p>
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  111. <pubDate>Mon, 08 May 2017 05:12:20 +0000</pubDate>
  112. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Peter Presnell]]></dc:creator>
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  117. <description><![CDATA[Red Pill Now is pleased it will again be represented at Engage. This year&#8217;s event is being held in Antwerp, Belgium May 8-9. This will be the third year. Without doubt this is one of the best User Groups for IBM Collaboration Software.. Organizer Theo Hesslmans does an amazing job, and usually finds some way to [&#8230;]]]></description>
  118. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Red Pill Now is pleased it will again be represented at <a href="http://www.engage.ug">Engage</a>. This year&#8217;s event is being held in Antwerp, Belgium May 8-9. This will be the third year. Without doubt this is one of the best User Groups for IBM Collaboration Software.. Organizer Theo Hesslmans does an amazing job, and usually finds some way to make each event even better than the one before. So we look forward to see what Theo and his amazing team have planned for this year. Last year we had four people from Red Pill Now attend, with three of us getting caught up in the dramas of the terrorist attack at Brussels airport just as we landed. This year Bob Kadrie and I will be attending as co-presenters. It should be a lot more relaxing and enjoyable as we don’t have a sponsor booth to attend to and we will (hopefully) have our luggage this time.</p>
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  120. <h3> <a href="http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Image-uploaded-from-iOS.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-12651" src="http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Image-uploaded-from-iOS-768x1024.jpg" alt="" width="768" height="1024" srcset="http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Image-uploaded-from-iOS-200x267.jpg 200w, http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Image-uploaded-from-iOS-225x300.jpg 225w, http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Image-uploaded-from-iOS-400x533.jpg 400w, http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Image-uploaded-from-iOS-600x800.jpg 600w, http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Image-uploaded-from-iOS-768x1024.jpg 768w, http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Image-uploaded-from-iOS-800x1067.jpg 800w, http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Image-uploaded-from-iOS-1200x1600.jpg 1200w" sizes="(max-width: 768px) 100vw, 768px" /></a></h3>
  121. <h3><a href="https://engage.ug/engage.nsf/pages/Event20170508_Sessions6">Eme22. Everything You Want to Know About Developing Domino Apps with Web Components, Material Design — and a Bunny!</a></h3>
  122. <p><span style="color: #999999;">Monday, May 8 | 13:30 &#8211; 14:00 | Table 2 Gorilla 1</span></p>
  123. <p>Creative Director, Bob Kadrie and I will be hosting a round-table discussion for anybody interested in learning more about applying Material Design using Web Components. The informal setting of a round table will provide the prefect oportunity for any who is trying to provide a more modern interface to their Notes data to ask questions and share ideas about the direct application of Google’s Material Design and what it can add to your user’s experience. We hope to make this a fun event and have a few unusual gifts to give away to participants.</p>
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  125. <h3> <a href="http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Speedy-UX.png"><img class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-12649" src="http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Speedy-UX-1024x768.png" alt="" width="1024" height="768" srcset="http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Speedy-UX-200x150.png 200w, http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Speedy-UX-300x225.png 300w, http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Speedy-UX-400x300.png 400w, http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Speedy-UX-600x450.png 600w, http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Speedy-UX-768x576.png 768w, http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Speedy-UX-800x600.png 800w, http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Speedy-UX-1024x768.png 1024w, http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Speedy-UX-1200x900.png 1200w, http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Speedy-UX.png 1530w" sizes="(max-width: 1024px) 100vw, 1024px" /></a></h3>
  126. <h3><a href="https://engage.ug/engage.nsf/pages/Event20170508_Sessions5">Dev01. From Then, to Now &#8211; A Speedy UX and Design Workshop for Programmers</a></h3>
  127. <p><span style="color: #999999;">Tuesday, May 9 | 11:30 &#8211; 12:30 | D. Gorilla 4</span></p>
  128. <p>This is a workshop targeted at traditional Notes developers who want to learn more abut how they can go about bringing a Design First approach to their Notes projects regardless of whether they plan using XPages, general Web development, or even Notes client development. We will outline the approach Red Pill Now uses when tackling a project to modernize an existing Notes application. We will walk through a real-life example of a project, provide some tips on getting started with design and then allow the audience the chance to work together as a part of small teams to design a better interface for the Notes Contacts application.</p>
  129. <p>One lucky attendee will win an Echo Dot.</p>
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  135. <title>IoT The Next Big Thing For Application Development?</title>
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  138. <pubDate>Wed, 03 May 2017 06:35:24 +0000</pubDate>
  139. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Peter Presnell]]></dc:creator>
  140. <category><![CDATA[IoT]]></category>
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  144. <description><![CDATA[I consider myself fortunate that my career has coincided with the rise of the computer as a business tool. Over that time I have seen a series of break-out technologies that have significantly changed the way computers have not only solved business needs but also transformed that way businesses can work. Each new technology has [&#8230;]]]></description>
  145. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>I consider myself fortunate that my career has coincided with the rise of the computer as a business tool. Over that time I have seen a series of break-out technologies that have significantly changed the way computers have not only solved business needs but also transformed that way businesses can work. Each new technology has driven innovation and business opportunities. Technology companies such as Apple, CISCO, Microsoft, Amazon, and FaceBook have all shot to prominence catering to these new technologies while a great many more companies have benefited from a competitive advantage gained from exploiting these technologies faster than their competitors. And then there are the companies that were unable to adapt such as Blockbuster, Kodak, DEC, Polaroid, Circuit City, Blackberry, Border Books, and Tower Records. Each new break-out technology represents both an opportunity and a threat, which is why businesses always need to keep an eye out for the next big thing.</p>
  146. <hr />
  147. <h1>1981: The Personal Computer &#8211; Buy Your Own Computer</h1>
  148. <p>Note: The Personal Computer was not invented in 1981, but this was the year I first had hands on experience using of the technology as part of my job.</p>
  149. <p><img class="wp-image-12633" src="http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Apple-2C-300x250.jpg" alt="" width="615" height="512" srcset="http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Apple-2C-200x166.jpg 200w, http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Apple-2C-300x250.jpg 300w, http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Apple-2C-400x333.jpg 400w, http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Apple-2C-600x499.jpg 600w, http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Apple-2C-768x639.jpg 768w, http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Apple-2C-800x666.jpg 800w, http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Apple-2C-1024x852.jpg 1024w, http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Apple-2C-1200x998.jpg 1200w" sizes="(max-width: 615px) 100vw, 615px" /></p>
  150. <div>For me the first major transformation came with the arrival of the Personal Computer. I started my first full-time job at BP Australia in Melbourne in late 1980. I was still studying a Science Degree majoring in Computer Science and BP were good enough to give me a chance to work in a series of business functions before settling in to a role inside their Computer Division. While working for the Forecasting department my manager supported me going out and acquiring an Apple IIC with VisiCalc to assist in building financial models that predict demand for petroleum products. To the best of my knowledge this was the first personal computer acquired by BP. After I was transferred to the Computer Division to learn COBOL Programming, I took my new manager up to my old department to show him a Personal Computer, explaining this had the potential to transform the way businesses adopted computer technology. He didn’t get it at the time so I went back to write COBOL programs for another year. The personal computer has gone on to have a profound impact on the way most businesses operte. It gave rise to the large-scale automation of business processes well beyond the capacity of IT departments to undertake on their own with their finite resources and the constraints of what a COBOL program could do.</div>
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  152. <div>A couple of years later I transferred to a large retail company in Australia, GJ Coles. I joined what was known as an Information Centre (Australian spelling), which was a destination for people to go to share computer resources such as computer terminals and personal computers to build and run their own personal or departmental applications on a time-share basis. The department was not part of IT, who were still viewing personal computers as “toys”. When I joined we had three personal computers (a DEC Rainbow and two IBM PC1s) and three IBM 3270 computer terminals. Products such as DBase, Lotus 1-2-3, and Paradox soon started to have a big impact automating business processes. These applications were largely single-user but so too were many of the manual processes they were replacing. Most of these new applications were being created by business professionals and not traditional developers. At the time it was the only practical way to automate  business processes too small, or insignificant to warrant attention from the IT department.</div>
  153. <div></div>
  154. <h1>1985: Local Area Networks &#8211; Groupware</h1>
  155. <p><a href="http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Token-RIng-Card.jpg"><img class="size-large wp-image-12635" src="http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Token-RIng-Card-1024x432.jpg" alt="" width="1024" height="432" srcset="http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Token-RIng-Card-200x84.jpg 200w, http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Token-RIng-Card-300x127.jpg 300w, http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Token-RIng-Card-400x169.jpg 400w, http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Token-RIng-Card-600x253.jpg 600w, http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Token-RIng-Card-768x324.jpg 768w, http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Token-RIng-Card-800x338.jpg 800w, http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Token-RIng-Card-1024x432.jpg 1024w, http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Token-RIng-Card-1200x506.jpg 1200w" sizes="(max-width: 1024px) 100vw, 1024px" /></a></p>
  156. <h4></h4>
  157. <div>It was soon after this that I encountered what I see as the second major shift in the application landscape, the Local Area Network. Now, for the first time it became possible to connect computers together to provide remote loading of software and to share data in a central file store. For our Information Centre this lead to departments being allowed to locate their new personal computer within their own department. It was during this time that I first encountered Lotus Notes. An application that seemed to have a unique ability to share information between computers using a process known as replication and a sophisticated mechanism for connecting computers and servers using modems. In many ways Notes pre-empted the emergence of the Internet as a new application platform. While personal computers started to be placed under the control of IT departments, a large portion of the early adopters of Lotus Notes, such as me, were outside IT. Lotus Notes was being used to automate manual processes but it was also being used for a second generation of application solutions allowing spreadsheets and personal database applications to be replaced with new solutions in which many people could access and maintain the information at the same time, even from offices spread around the globe. Lotus Notes soon established itself as an innovative product for building software for groups giving rise to the term Groupware.</div>
  158. <h1>1995: The Internet &#8211; Find Your Own Data</h1>
  159. <div><a href="http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Internet-1995.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-12636" src="http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Internet-1995-1024x630.jpg" alt="" width="1024" height="630" srcset="http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Internet-1995-200x123.jpg 200w, http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Internet-1995-300x185.jpg 300w, http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Internet-1995-400x246.jpg 400w, http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Internet-1995-600x369.jpg 600w, http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Internet-1995-768x473.jpg 768w, http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Internet-1995-800x492.jpg 800w, http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Internet-1995-1024x630.jpg 1024w, http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Internet-1995.jpg 1170w" sizes="(max-width: 1024px) 100vw, 1024px" /></a></div>
  160. <p>The Internet allowed computers around the world to be connected to each other to exchange information in a way never before possible. It allowed applications to be accessed from almost any place on the planet and provided a platform for applications to reach out beyond organizational boundaries. The Internet also lead to the adoption of Web browsers as a way of delivering information and applications in a standard way. The rise of the Internet and standards such as HTML, CSS, and JavaScript also triggered the gradual decline in the popularity of proprietary thick clients such as Lotus Notes and Adobe Flash.</p>
  161. <div></div>
  162. <div>I was first exposed to The Internet as a late-comer around 1995 when working in the Research Department of Coles Myer. Once again a new technology trend was being picked up and used by a business unit long before the resident IT understood its potential. We were already using Lotus Notes, but after playing with Notes 4.5/4.6 we saw the potential for these new web capabilities to distribute information held in Notes databases to people who did not have access to a Notes client. Some of our ideas caught the attention of companies such as Reuters and Andersen Consulting who encouraged us to form our own company, Knowledge Horizons. That was my first experience in becoming a Lotus Business Partner and an entry into the Yellowverse.  Sadly, after a promising start it seems IBM never fully embraced Web browsers as the primary client for accessing Notes data. IBM remained focused on the Notes client as the application delivery vehicle creating an opportunity for other products such as SharePoint and Gmail to to emerge and slowly eat away at the Notes marketshare for Groupware and e-mail.</div>
  163. <h1>2007: Mobile &#8211; Bring You Own Device</h1>
  164. <p><a href="http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/iPhone-1.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-12637" src="http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/iPhone-1-1024x650.jpg" alt="" width="1024" height="650" srcset="http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/iPhone-1-200x127.jpg 200w, http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/iPhone-1-300x190.jpg 300w, http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/iPhone-1-320x202.jpg 320w, http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/iPhone-1-400x254.jpg 400w, http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/iPhone-1-600x381.jpg 600w, http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/iPhone-1-768x488.jpg 768w, http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/iPhone-1-800x508.jpg 800w, http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/iPhone-1-1024x650.jpg 1024w, http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/iPhone-1-1200x762.jpg 1200w, http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/iPhone-1.jpg 1260w" sizes="(max-width: 1024px) 100vw, 1024px" /></a>In 2007 Apple released the first iPhone. The release got a lot of attention at the time, but it is doubtful many people were able to see the profound impact this device was to have. Shortly after joining GBS I remember making my first visit to their Atlanta office and watching Tim Tripcony play with with his latest toy, an iPad. At the time it simply wasn&#8217;t polite to turn up to a meeting with a computer device. Being a visionary, Tim was already well down the path of exploring how a tablet device could be used to add real-time information gathering and application usage into collaborative environments such as meetings. For application developers smartphones and tablets created a unique set of challenges and opportunities. Not only did we now have to design applications to run on smaller screens we also had to figure out ways to allow our applications to interact with users using a range on new gestures such as tapping, swiping and shaking the device. We also had the ability for the first time to tap into a range of new capabilities such as voice input, GPS, plus phone and map integration.</p>
  165. <p>For Notes developers Mobile has been a frustrating experience trying to deal with the lack of support for mobile devices, gesturing, and native application integration. Some have found a way forward building HTML 5 applications via REST servers while to true IBM faithful have tried to work within the constraints of the XPages platform.</p>
  166. <div>The mobile wave has had two profound impacts on application development. First the advent of Bring Your Own Device meant that applications were now being consumed on a large scale using devices that were not the property of the organization. Suddenly it was no longer possible to control the operating system, browser, screen size etc of the device consuming enterprise applications. It also gave rise to a significant blurring of the lines between work and personal life. The same device was increasingly being used to access information for work and private needs. There was a demand to use applications that overlapped into both home and work use.</div>
  167. <div></div>
  168. <div>Shortly after forming Red Pill Development (now Red Pill Now) we set about building a solution based upon XPages Mobile Controls that allowed existing Notes data to be viewed from a mobile device. We were already pushing the boundaries of what XPages Mobile Controls could do and sadly IBM never invested in the technology which meant we had to abandon this as an approach. While we have remained focused on finding new ways of modernizing Notes data this was the last time we based solutions on IBM’s software. Instead we have started to find that using best of breed Web developments software and tools can deliver vastly superior results even when the underlying data is held in Notes databases. It has meant we are no longer constrained to finding skilled developers with experience in Notes but can actually engage some very talented developers who have no knowledge of Notes/Domino.</div>
  169. <h1>2013: Social Software &#8211; Crowd Sourcing</h1>
  170. <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-12638" src="http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Social-Media-Icons-007-300x278.jpg" alt="" width="554" height="512" srcset="http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Social-Media-Icons-007-200x185.jpg 200w, http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Social-Media-Icons-007-300x278.jpg 300w, http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Social-Media-Icons-007-400x370.jpg 400w, http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Social-Media-Icons-007-600x555.jpg 600w, http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Social-Media-Icons-007-768x710.jpg 768w, http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Social-Media-Icons-007-800x740.jpg 800w, http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Social-Media-Icons-007.jpg 1000w" sizes="(max-width: 554px) 100vw, 554px" /></p>
  171. <div>Social represents a new way to work and interact with information. Primary adoption occurred in the personal space thanks to products such as Facebook, Twitter, SnapChat, and Instagram. With a growing portion of the world’s population living with a device at their side for the duration of the day we saw a growth in the desire to exchange and share information and experiences in real-time. This gave rise to new concepts such as the activity stream, shares, likes, favorites, and tagging as ways to share and process a growing amount of data. We also saw a growth in media formats being used. Data was no longer being exchanged in a text format, but also as images, videos, and voice.</div>
  172. <div></div>
  173. <div>While much has been made of social software and its impact, I feel we are yet to see the full potential of this technology within the business environment. The opportunities for social in a business environment are quite different from those encountered at home. In business I believe the biggest gains will come from exploiting social software to crowd-source solutions to business problems and opportunities. Traditionally computer applications have provided solutions based upon the formal organization structure. What we are starting to see is the capacity for social software to break down organization structures allowing a wider audience to participate in business issues based upon their skills, experience, and interest. This breaking down of organizational silos to unleash the hidden potential that lies within many organizations will change the way many modern organizations will operate.</div>
  174. <div></div>
  175. <div>After being something of a pioneer in its early days with Notes templates such as TeamRoom, IBM ultimately chose to focus its efforts on Connections creating a split between traditional groupware applications and social software. That split still exists today even though in many ways Notes was a pioneer of many of the concepts found in social software. Concepts such as Communities (Team Rooms), Files (Document Libraries), Persistent Chat (Discussion Databases), and Blogs were amongst the earliest applications built in Notes.</div>
  176. <div></div>
  177. <div>I was a late adopter of social. But it has steadily gown to become an integral part within my current company Red Pill Now. We have now employees located in four states within the US and four countries outside the US. Social applications have become an important way for us to stay in touch, share information, and provide feedback. So much so that e-mail is now used exclusively for communication with external companies.</div>
  178. <h1>2013: Cloud Computing &#8211; Bring Your Own Applications</h1>
  179. <p><a href="http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Cloud-Computing-003.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-12639" src="http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Cloud-Computing-003.jpg" alt="" width="1000" height="700" srcset="http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Cloud-Computing-003-200x140.jpg 200w, http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Cloud-Computing-003-300x210.jpg 300w, http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Cloud-Computing-003-400x280.jpg 400w, http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Cloud-Computing-003-600x420.jpg 600w, http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Cloud-Computing-003-768x538.jpg 768w, http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Cloud-Computing-003-800x560.jpg 800w, http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Cloud-Computing-003.jpg 1000w" sizes="(max-width: 1000px) 100vw, 1000px" /></a></p>
  180. <div>Cloud is another emerging technology that is beginning to have a profound impact on the application landscape. It is important to application developers for two reasons. First, it is providing a way for software developers to market their services to employees in a way that bypasses the traditional IT purchasing process. All those mobile devices that are now looking to connect to your data usually come with a growing range of applications already installed. The cloud also bypasses the need for on-premise computer infrastructure to support departmental, or enterprise applications. Suddenly a business unit can install and download a cloud-based solution that runs on mobile devices that requires runs entirely in the cloud.</div>
  181. <div></div>
  182. <div>At Red Pill Now we have benefited greatly from the advent of cloud. In the past a company of our size would struggle to cover the cost of computer infrastructure and develop a comprehensive range of software to support its operations. But cloud also is evolving. much of the attention at the moment is on driving down the costs of hosting growing farms or computers and communications required to connect them. We should keep in mind it was the prohibitive costs of acquiring and maintaining this hardware/software that forced most companies to centralize these resources. The cloud now opens the door for business units to once again enter the computing business renting their application needs using SaaS without a compelling need to coordinate through a centralized IT department. I fully expect to see business units to once again get actively involved in selecting and operating their own applications in much the same way they first did when the Personal Computer emerged as a business tool.</div>
  183. <div></div>
  184. <div>Despite having lost significant market share, IBM were able to develop a cloud offering for Notes mail and Connections called SmartCloud. Notes applications however still continue to be left out in the cold due to limitations in the underlying architecture of Notes that presents significant challenges to running traditional Notes/Domino applications in a multi-tenant environment.</div>
  185. <h1>2017:  The Internet Of Things &#8211; Connect Your Own Devices/Applications</h1>
  186. <p><a href="http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Internet-Of-Things-001.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-12640" src="http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Internet-Of-Things-001.jpg" alt="" width="1000" height="878" srcset="http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Internet-Of-Things-001-200x176.jpg 200w, http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Internet-Of-Things-001-300x263.jpg 300w, http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Internet-Of-Things-001-400x351.jpg 400w, http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Internet-Of-Things-001-600x527.jpg 600w, http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Internet-Of-Things-001-768x674.jpg 768w, http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Internet-Of-Things-001-800x702.jpg 800w, http://redpillnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Internet-Of-Things-001.jpg 1000w" sizes="(max-width: 1000px) 100vw, 1000px" /></a></p>
  187. <div>While I have been hearing a lot about The Internet of Things for quite a while now it has only been recently that I have begun to understand its potential impact on the way we build applications. It has helped having a new home in Southern California and figuring out all the amazing things I can do to control the devices in my home. The need to connect a large number of devices and applications to each other posses some unique challenges. Unlike previous technologies it is unlikely we can ever expect that the world will settle around a single set of proprietary protocols to connect these together. Nor can we ever expect any one manufacturer to dominate the market to the extent that they can impose their own standards. I consider myself lucky that all of my family are happy to have Apple mobile devices, but I very much doubt all our lights, appliances, TVs, sound systems and cars are going to integrate with the one IoT hub. In fact, one of the unique characteristics of IoT is that a large number of small niche players are able to emerge into the market and provide solutions to a global market. Previous technologies such as personal computers, mobile, social, and cloud have all consolidated around a relatively small number of large players. What we are starting to see is a new way in which both devices and applications are connected. A new breed of software, the connector, is emerging that seeks to act as the glue for connecting devices and applications. This category includes products like IFTT, Zapier, CloudPipes, and Microsoft Flow. They provide the freedom for you to chose among a wide range of solutions without locking in to a single proprietary stack. This provides a challenge for companies such as MicroSoft and Apple who have long benefited from locking their customers into their stack.</div>
  188. <div></div>
  189. <div>What is also interesting is that the IoT has the potential to breathe new life into aging application platforms such as IBM Notes. Modern capabilities can be added to Notes data, not by enhancing the existing applications, but rather by making them available as part of the Internet of Things so they can be connected to a wide range of other devices, applications, and services. The Domino server seems well placed to take advantage of the IoT architecture. It boasts a sophisticated event engine, messaging, and a reliable NoSQL database server. By rearchitecting existing applications to support a MicroServices model it is easy to image a world in which Notes applications become integrated into The Internet of Things. Hey Alexa, what are the items requiring my attention? OK Google, approve Nathan&#8217;s vacation request. My car&#8217;s odometer reading could be sent to my fleet management application once every three months. Document libraries could be synced with Box giving me choice as to where/how I update and store changes to documents. Expenses I pay using ApplePay on a business trip could be uploaded to my travel expense system. A staff transfer entered into my companies HR application could trigger changes to the ACLs of relevant Notes databases. Personal contacts that I enter into Notes could be synced with my companies CRM. The opportunities are endless.</div>
  190. <div></div>
  191. <div>Over the next few years we are likely to see an explosion in the number of devices and applications that can be connected to The Internet of Things and then integrated. Programming is often not a requirement making this yet another technology that will not be driven by IT. Business users will have the same ability to interconnect their applications and devices at work in much the same way as they will do this at home. (IMHO) The winners will be those devices and applications that take the lead in making themselves easily accessible to The Internet of Things.</div>
  192. <div></div>
  193. <div>
  194. <hr />
  195. </div>
  196. <div></div>
  197. <div>It is not yet clear if IBM will drive these opportunities for Notes data or if it will fall business partners such Red Pill Now to lead the way. At Red Pill Now we are already well down the path of developing ideas on how we can exploit the work we have been doing to take advantage of this break-through technology. Over the coming weeks and months we will explore in greater details some of the opportunities we see for leveraging Notes data into the Internet of Things.</div>
  198. <div></div>
  199. <div>Note: Red Pill Now is actively looking for Design Partners who have a large investment in Notes/Domino and see opportunities in connecting their applications to The Internet of Things.</div>
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  205. <title>Our Views On Connect 2017</title>
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  214. <description><![CDATA[Last week Devin Olson and myself had the chance to attend IBM Connect 2017 in San Francisco. It was a new venue in a new location combining some of the traditions of the past along with a few things new and different. I had the chance to hear IBM&#8217;s message, discuss the events with a [&#8230;]]]></description>
  215. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Last week Devin Olson and myself had the chance to attend IBM Connect 2017 in San Francisco. It was a new venue in a new location combining some of the traditions of the past along with a few things new and different. I had the chance to hear IBM&#8217;s message, discuss the events with a number of the people who attended as well as share ideas internally with the team at Red Pill Now. The following is a summary of my thoughts from this year&#8217;s event.</p>
  216. <h1>Application Modernization</h1>
  217. <p>After having the chance to meet with her community at Engage almost a year ago, new IBM GM Inhi Cho Suh along with Ed Brill announced details for something they called Application Modernization. This was a chance for IBM to respond to feedback from customers and business partners that IBM had failed to provide leadership in the application development space leaving millions of Notes applications without a clear direction forward. I didn&#8217;t have high expectations for the announcement as it was not really clear to me what IBM would be willing to do. What we got was a series of initiatives that were more tactical in nature than strategic. The announcements still left me wondering what the long term plan was. It is not clear to me if IBM wants to be in the application space once owned by Lotus Notes or if they are merely responding to customer pressure to keep the platform alive a little longer. I heard enough to keep me interested but not enough to make me feel bullish about the long term future of Domino as an application platform.</p>
  218. <p>I left the event still believing the potential remained. I saw glimpses of hope. There was more mentions of Notes and Domino during the two OGS sessions than the last five years combined. We saw an IBM that was prepared to take one of its key products, Connections, and rebuild it from the ground up to support open standards and provide an environment that was more friendly to third part developers. And yes, we even saw the addition of two new @Functions. There was something there for almost everybody.</p>
  219. <h2>What Was Announced</h2>
  220. <h3>Rest Services</h3>
  221. <p>Building on the <a href="https://www.slideshare.net/davedelay/ad205" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">REST strategy</a> outlined at Connect in 2014, IBM have announced plans to add additional REST services to DAS. These are:-</p>
  222. <ol>
  223. <li>Directory Service &#8211; Browse/search Domino directories</li>
  224. <li>Contacts Service &#8211; Manage personal contacts in your mail file</li>
  225. <li>Mail Search Service &#8211; Search contents of your mail file</li>
  226. <li>Subscription Service &#8211; Poll for changes in a Notes application</li>
  227. <li>Management Service &#8211; Register users and manage groups</li>
  228. </ol>
  229. <p>These announcements are important as they provide a cornerstone for building modern Web applications that surface Notes data without the need for the Notes Client or XPages. IBM also made frequent mentions of a new OpenNTF project, <a href="https://www.openntf.org/main.nsf/project.xsp?r=project/SmartNSF" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">SmartNSF </a>developed by Christian Gudemann that allows Notes developers to quickly build a REST API for Notes applications from inside Domino Designer. SmartNSF publishes <a href="http://www.yaml.org/spec/1.2/spec.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">YAML definitions</a> , a standard IBM is promising to publish as part of its APIs. A related tool that got a few mentions is <a href="http://swagger.io/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Swagger</a>.</p>
  230. <p>At Red Pill Now we have been building our own implementations of REST to overcome the many limitations of the existing REST Services available as part of DAS. We will be watching with interest as more details come out about the new REST APIs and how we can leverage them to surface additional content in our own solutions.</p>
  231. <h3>ApplicationInsights</h3>
  232. <p>IBM announced a partnership with Panagenda to provide a freemium offering called <a href="https://www.panagenda.com/products/applicationinsights/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">ApplicationInsights</a> (not to be confused with <a href="https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/application-insights/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Application Insights</a> from Microsoft) that can assist organizations to better understand their existing portfolio of Notes applications based upon usage and complexity. To be made available in Q2 2017, ApplicationInsights will identify the 50 most used and most complex applications and does a code analysis of a subset of those. Additional insights can then be purchased.</p>
  233. <h3>Business Partner Solutions</h3>
  234. <p>The Application Modernization story was rounded out by featuring three Business Partner solutions for application modernization. We4IT&#8217;s <a href="http://en.aveedo.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">aveedo</a> provides a migration wizard to transform a Notes application to an XPages platform that can then be extended and maintained via an application editor. <a href="https://www.darwino.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Darwino</a> is an application development platform from Trilog built on a json data store that can replicate with Notes (and other) databases. The third partner is <a href="https://www.sapho.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">sapho</a>, who have added a Domino connector to their product which generates micro services to deliver workflow applications.</p>
  235. <h3>Notes/Domino 9.0.1</h3>
  236. <p>Updated road maps for both Notes and Domino were presented. There was not a lot of new stuff covered. Key enhancements planned include Java 8, access to the ID Vault from LotusScript, SSJS and Java, two new @Functions (yes I said @functions) @ModifiedInThisFile and @AddedToThisFile, and adding the option of separating view indices from the NSF. These will be delivered as part of feature packs over the next 12-18 months. There are also plans to update a number of templates including the mail template and Pubnames.</p>
  237. <h1>Collaboration</h1>
  238. <h2>Connections Pink</h2>
  239. <p>IBM announced plans for Connections 6. This includes a new design for the home page to provide better orientation for users as to the contents changes inside communities. Important improvements for the customization of home pages will be available along with enhancements to the on-boarding experience for new users.</p>
  240. <p>The really significant announcement was Connections Pink. A new open architecture for IBM&#8217;s collaboration tools that will be built around technologies such as SWIFT, React.js, MongoDb, Ngnx, and Docker and will replace proprietary products such as Websphere and DB2.  This is clearest sign yet that IBM has a strategy for Connections moving forward that will see it evolve from a closed proprietary platform which was challenging for partners to extend (and customers to install) to a more open architecture that will fully support REST APIs and GraphQL.</p>
  241. <p>There&#8217;s a part of me that wishes either Domino had a natural home as part of Connections Pink, or that a similar approach (Domino Pink) would be applied to Domino data.</p>
  242. <h2>LiveGrids</h2>
  243. <p>During the OGS IBM demonstrated a new capability called Live Grids that is under development. It allows new applications to be created as part of Connections Pink based upon the contents of existing spreadsheets. This is a capability that SharePoint has had for a while. IBM had previously worked on this concept as part of Notes/Domino but now look to be evaluating the option of bringing this into Connections. It was interesting that @Formula would form the basis for extending the data and connecting grids (@DBLookup). So that was two mentions of @Formula in the OGS!</p>
  244. <p>A lot of Notes applications had their origins as spreadsheets. It is therefore interesting that IBM is looking to provide customers with the ability to turn spreadsheets into applications using Connections rather than Notes/Domino. This only adds to the confusion about IBM&#8217;s strategy for application development. I can see where LiveGrids could be attractive to power users who have long used Notes to build applications for their data but found XPages and JavaScript development a bridge too far.</p>
  245. <h2>Verse &amp; Watson Workspace</h2>
  246. <p>The two OGS featured a lot of product demonstrations with announcements of a range of new features being added to Verse and what is now Watson Workplace (aka Toscana). They were nice but they didn&#8217;t really resonate with me. As a regular user of O365, G-Suite, and Slack I found most of the features being announced were things I already had been using for quite some time. I guess as a user of Notes and SameTime these may seem revolutionary, and certainly features long over-due in the IBM space. At one point in the demonstration Chris Crummey seemed to take pride in demonstrating the use of voice input to query a Notes/Verse calendar to show how Watson could understand his calendar but Google Home could not. To me, that was a problem, and not a selling point! If Google Home can&#8217;t understand my calendar I am not going to go out and add Watson to my team, I&#8217;m gonna go find a mail/calendaring system that Google Home or Amazon Echo can understand. We have a customer doing exactly that.</p>
  247. <p>IBM provided conference attendees with access to the latest beta of Watson Workplace. I spent some time using the new product but failed to find anything that would compel me to move away from Slack.</p>
  248. <p>The bottom line as I see it, is that IBM continues to work hard to keep its personal productivity tools such as mail and calendaring updated with new capabilities. But it is not doing it at a rate that it can significantly differentiate itself from its competitors. Verse is not a new way to work and it seemed that at this event IBM have moved away from that message. If you are already invested in IBM products then IBM seem to be doing enough to keep you invested in their offerings. If you have already migrated away, I doubt IBM is doing enough to win you back. And if you are a new company that is looking to make a choice the chances are that you will already have experience using O365 or GSuite and will feel more comfortable moving in that direction.</p>
  249. <h1>What&#8217;s Next</h1>
  250. <p>I don&#8217;t think IBM did a good job of outlining a strategy for application development, as opposed to an extended road map for Notes applications. I believe IBM&#8217;s intent was to make a set of announcements to get the ball rolling with application modernization and we will need to wait longer for the vision/strategy. Many of the people I spoke to were happy that there was finally some positive signs of IBM making an investment once more but still not sure if it would be enough to make Domino part of a CIO&#8217;s application strategy. Some hard-core Notes developers in the audience were ecstatic about finally getting some new @Functions to work with. Some XPages developers would be happy to see Java 8 should become available in 2017 along with a newer version of Eclipse. Web developers could see the opportunities provided by enhanced REST APIs.</p>
  251. <p>If anything I came away from the conference consolidating my existing views. Notes (client) is dead, XPages is dying and Domino still has an identity crisis. IBM has developed a clear alternative for the Mail and Collaboration aspects of Notes as part of Connections/Verse/Watson but still seems to be struggling to integrate the application themselves. I was quite captivated by the OGS speaker, Dr Sheena Lyengar, and her account of the consequences of providing <a href="http://faculty.washington.edu/jdb/345/345%20Articles/Iyengar%20%26%20Lepper%20(2000).pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">too much choice</a> and how that can lead to people deferring decisions. At the moment it seems like IBM is not providing a clear choice for moving beyond Notes, which is part of the reason so many people are failing to take action with their aging Notes applications. If only there was just one solution for &#8220;Social Collaboration&#8221; just as there once was for &#8220;Groupware&#8221;.</p>
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  257. <title>Wrapping Up IBM Connect 2017 with Bob, Peter and Devin</title>
  258. <link>http://redpillnow.com/wrapping-up-ibm-connect-2017-with-bob-peter-and-devin/</link>
  259. <comments>http://redpillnow.com/wrapping-up-ibm-connect-2017-with-bob-peter-and-devin/#respond</comments>
  260. <pubDate>Fri, 24 Feb 2017 14:59:33 +0000</pubDate>
  261. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Bob Kadrie]]></dc:creator>
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  268. <description><![CDATA[Red Pill Now’s Peter Presnell, Bob Kadrie and Devin Olson discuss Connect 2017 in our first ever, “conference wrap-up by podcast.” From the OGS, to the final celebration, here’s (almost) everything you need to know about the conference, and why Peter and Devin think the future looks bright for the Notes community. Download Podcast]]></description>
  269. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Red Pill Now’s Peter Presnell, Bob Kadrie and Devin Olson discuss Connect 2017 in our first ever, “conference wrap-up by podcast.” From the OGS, to the final celebration, here’s (almost) everything you need to know about the conference, and why Peter and Devin think the future looks bright for the Notes community.</p>
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  278. <title>Connecting With Graphs At IBM Connect</title>
  279. <link>http://redpillnow.com/connecting-with-graphs-at-ibm-connections/</link>
  280. <comments>http://redpillnow.com/connecting-with-graphs-at-ibm-connections/#comments</comments>
  281. <pubDate>Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:24:37 +0000</pubDate>
  282. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Peter Presnell]]></dc:creator>
  283. <category><![CDATA[Community]]></category>
  284. <category><![CDATA[Graph Databases]]></category>
  285.  
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  287. <description><![CDATA[Over the past 12 months Red Pill Now has continue to explore new and exciting ways in which we can exploit the potential of Graph Databases. The unique characteristics of Graph databases combined with REST APIs and the awesomeness that comes from Web Components and Material Design (via Polymer) is allowing us to transform Notes [&#8230;]]]></description>
  288. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Over the past 12 months Red Pill Now has continue to explore new and exciting ways in which we can exploit the potential of Graph Databases. The unique characteristics of Graph databases combined with REST APIs and the awesomeness that comes from Web Components and Material Design (via Polymer) is allowing us to transform Notes data in ways that was never possible until now. This includes modeling the structure of an entire portfolio of Notes databases, providing graph-based search for those databases as well as a user-configurable Web front-end to that data. A lot of the work we are doing with Graphs is being contributed back to the community via the OpenNTF Domino API (ODA).</p>
  289. <p>Many of you who have attended major  (Lotus) User group conferences over the past couple of years will have had the chance to hear presentations on Graph Databases and ODA from Red Pill Now&#8217;s <a href="https://nathantfreeman.wordpress.com/" target="_blank">Nathan T Freeman</a> or Intec&#8217;s <a href="http://www.intec.co.uk/blog/" target="_blank">Paul Withers</a>. This year at <a href="https://www-01.ibm.com/software/collaboration/events/connect/" target="_blank">IBM Connect 2017</a> Red Pill Now is pleased to add a new voice to that list, <a href="http://www.devinolson.net/blog.nsf" target="_blank">Devin Olson</a>. This session will provide Devin&#8217;s own unique slant on the topic of Graph databases as he shares the real world experience he has gained working with Graph Databases since starting at Red Pill Now last year. Devin will outline the theory behind Graph Databases for those who have not seen them before and explain why Graph has become the database tool of choice for processing Big Data by companies such as Microsoft, Google, FaceBook, and LinkedIn. Being a developer, Devin of course will be showing code and demonstrations of code in action. If you are going to be at Connect this week please join us for this exciting thought provoking session. It just might change your perception of the future for your Notes data.</p>
  290. <hr />
  291. <p>Big Data with Graph, IBM Domino and OpenNTF API &#8211; Devin Olsen (Red Pill Now), Thursday 10:00 &#8211; Room 2020</p>
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  298. <title>Red Pill Now&#8217;s Champions</title>
  299. <link>http://redpillnow.com/red-pill-nows-champions/</link>
  300. <comments>http://redpillnow.com/red-pill-nows-champions/#respond</comments>
  301. <pubDate>Fri, 16 Dec 2016 19:39:50 +0000</pubDate>
  302. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Peter Presnell]]></dc:creator>
  303. <category><![CDATA[Community]]></category>
  304.  
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  306. <description><![CDATA[Since its formation in 2013 Red Pill Now has actively encourage its team members to be active members of the community. Whether it be through participation in technical forums, presenting at conferences and user groups, writing blog articles that share knowledge and insight, or contribution code to open source foundations such as OpenNTF, almost every [&#8230;]]]></description>
  307. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Since its formation in 2013 Red Pill Now has actively encourage its team members to be active members of the community. Whether it be through participation in technical forums, presenting at conferences and user groups, writing blog articles that share knowledge and insight, or contribution code to open source foundations such as OpenNTF, almost every member of Red Pill Now is an active contributor to the community it serves. Because of this commitment Red Pill Now is proud to be able to recognize the achievement of Nathan Freeman and Devin Olson in being selected as <a href="https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/community/blogs/ibmchampion/entry/Congratulations_to_the_2017_IBM_Champions_for_IBM_Collaboration_Solutions?lang=en" target="_blank">IBM Champions</a> for Social Collaboration 2017. They exemplify the spirit of helping and sharing  that has long been a hallmark of the Notes community around the globe. This also extends a great tradition at Red Pill Now, which was originally founded by four IBM Champions.</p>
  308. <p>We are delighted that the latest member to join Red Pill Now, Devin Olson has been recognized for the second year in a row for his contributions. Until recently Devin has worked at Czarnowski alongside a talented team of past and former IBM Champions (Declan Lynch, Mike McGarrell, and David Leedy). I guess with Devin there is always another great beer, IBM Champion (or both) on tap should he need one to get through the day.</p>
  309. <p>During 2017 Red Pill Now will be seeking to continue its tradition as a thought leader in the development of new and exciting options for Notes data and we look forward to having the chance to share our thought and knowledge through our two IBM Champions and the other talented members of our team. Have a great Christmas and New Year!</p>
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  315. <title>Installing and Configuring IBM Domino 9 on CentOS 6 Enterprise Linux</title>
  316. <link>http://redpillnow.com/installing-and-configuring-ibm-domino-9-on-centos-6-enterprise-linux/</link>
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  318. <pubDate>Wed, 09 Nov 2016 23:11:10 +0000</pubDate>
  319. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Devin Olson]]></dc:creator>
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  328. <description><![CDATA[A few years ago, shortly after the release of Domino 9,  I wrote an instructional guide (along with some videos posted to YouTube) on how to install and configure IBM Domino on CentOS and posted it to dropbox.   The response was overwhelmingly positive, I had no idea so many people needed this type of [&#8230;]]]></description>
  329. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>A few years ago, shortly after the release of Domino 9,  I wrote an instructional guide (along with some videos posted to YouTube) on how to install and configure IBM Domino on CentOS and posted it to dropbox.   The response was overwhelmingly positive, I had no idea so many people needed this type of guide.</p>
  330. <p>This year I presented a hands on workshop at <a href="http://admincamp.de/">AdminCamp 2016</a> where we went from a &#8220;bare metal&#8221; empty VM to a running Domino server, and while preparing that session I realized my original document needed a bit of a revision.</p>
  331. <p>So, here it is, my fully revised and revamped version of <span class="s1"> <a href="https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/4217112/Domino9onCentOS6.pdf"><span class="s2">Installing and Configuring IBM Domino 9 Social Edition on CentOS 6 Enterprise Linux</span></a>.  I hope it helps alleviate some of the fear and confusion with regards to using Linux as your Domino server platform.     The document is aimed at YellowHeads (having some experience with Domino installations on Windows) who are thinking about stepping into the world of Linux.  The document is focused on 64 bit Linux, but calls out differences from 32 bit installations where necessary.  Even though it is aimed specifically at <a href="https://www.centos.org/"><span class="s2">CentOS</span></a> 6, the instructions </span><span class="s3"><b><i>should</i></b></span><span class="s1"> work for any <a href="http://www.redhat.com/products/enterprise-linux/"><span class="s2">RHEL</span></a> or Debian-based (with some changes to handle DEB vs. RPM) linux version  -although I must point out that the only <a href="http://pic.dhe.ibm.com/infocenter/prodguid/v1r0/clarity-reports/report/html/softwareReqsForProduct?deliverableId=1312912159367&amp;osPlatform=Linux"><span class="s2">supported</span></a> Linux distributions are RHEL 6 and SUSE 11.</span></p>
  332. <p>Hope this helps!<br />
  333. -Devin.</p>
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