Don’t Miss This Amazing Opportunity

In three weeks’ time I’m off to Rotterdam with over 400 other people to attend the Engage conference so in preparation I went through the mobile application (thank you Paul Harrison) and created my agenda.  Holy Heck .. I’m not sure how I’m going  to fit even the highlights in as well as my own sessions, seeing what the sponsors are doing and talking to friends (that bit may have to hold for the evening).

So at the bottom of this post are my DNM (do not miss) items.  Every one of them worth travelling to Rotterdam for.  The eagle eyed amongst you will notice I have already badly double booked myself but that I have also been smart enough to add my own sessions to my agenda so I don’t miss them.

I have three sessions, a technical one on Docker for Domino, a strategic one on creating your own personal brand and how to change that brand and one on managing the noise by filtering, limiting and controlling how and when people can reach you.

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  • If you want to stay ahead of ICS product strategy and the fast moving developments happening this year.
  • If you want to start planning your v10 deployments and upgrades.
  • If you want to connect with IBM and HCL and feed back about a feature or functionality that’s important to you.
  • If you want to see presentations from leading independent IBM< Champions on administration, development, strategy and new technologies

Get registered and get yourself to Rotterdam

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An Introduction Into Configuring Domino for Docker

9.0.1 FP10 brings support for Domino on a docker platform.  You may know that docker is a container solution but what does that mean and how could it affect your Domino infrstructure?  In this session we’ll review how to install and run Domino in a docker container, whether it can support external clustering and the decisions to consider when designing container architecture.

The following presentation was meant to be given at the Swiss User Group on April 18th.  Unfortunately I was throwing up with a stomach bug from April 15th – 19th so had to cancel the day before.  I have never had to cancel an event I committed to before so thank you to Andrew Magerman and the team for understanding.  I sent Klaus Bild my presentation which I believe he gave a version of in my stead so thank you to him as well.

DMARC, GDPR & Social Connections

Last week I was at Social Connections in Philadelphia.  The Social Connections team once again put on a great conference around IBM social software and extended this time to include security content.  I presented two sessions – one around security and specifically SMTP DMARC deployment which I am increasingly being asked to deploy..  My second session was about how to approach GDPR as the regulations come into force in less than 1 month. I tried in this session to speak to a US audience who may not be aware in what ways GDPR will impact their business.

Both sessions are shareed below and I hope you find them of interest /use

An Introduction To The DMARC SMTP Validation Requirements
DMARC is a SMTP security standard being increasingly requested by customers to protect against email spoofing. It uses a combination of SPF (Sender Policy Framework) records and DKIM (DomainKeys Identified Mail). Using DMARC you would publicly specify how your outbound mail is sent and the receiving server would verify that the mail it receives matches your requirements. In this session we’ll discuss DMARC deployments and what to do if your mail server (like IBM Domino or SmartCloud) does not yet support DKIM?

How To Approach GDPR Preparation & Discovery
In this session, presented as a workshop outline, we will walk you through your GDPR responsibilities and how to assess your risk. We’ll give some recommendations on high priority but easy to fix issues and how to discover, secure and take ownership of existing data. At the end of the session we will share the workshop outline to help with your own planning.

Up Next: Zurich (SNOUG) & Philadelphia (Social Connections)

Over the next few weeks I’m pleased to say I’ll be presenting at two very different events and both with new content.

At the IBM Center in Zurich on April 18th I will be presenting on configuring Domino for Docker as part of SNOUG (the Swiss Notes User Group).  This is a new presentation that both introduces the concept of Docker and details the architectural decisions for deploying Domino along with some design suggestions.

Later in the month on the 26th and 27th of April I’ll be once more presenting with the Social Connections team in Philadelphia.  I’ll be doing three very different sessions, one technical, one business and one social.

Technical: An Introduction To The DMARC SMTP Validation Requirements

Business: How To Approach GDPR Preparation & Discovery

Social: Reaching Across The Aisle To Become A Different Kind Of Champion
jointly presented with Wannes Rams

My trip to Zurich is only a few hours but I have much more time in Philadelphia and hope to get some museum visits in – the Museum of Art, the Barnes and the Rodin are all on my wish list.

Now back to finishing these presentations…

 

 

IBM Think so far – well that’s interesting

Curse you Vegas.. you’re not meant to be cold, and by cold I mean I have to wear a light jacket everywhere.  I’m very disappointed in you.  I’m also not doing well with the massive crowds here at the conference, but that’s because I struggle in crowds.  Anyway that’s all the bad stuff out of the way.. now the good stuff

DJs everywhere – music everywhere.  I find it hard to be sad if there’s music to dance to. Lots of snack foods and healthy snack foods like veggies with dip. Purell stands everywhere because 30k sweaty people create a lot of “ew”

This conference is BIG – in every way BIG.  Breadth of sessions, number of sessions, number of attendees,  range of topics, amount of walking. Much of it feels way outside my pay grade but that’s a good thing – I get excited, energised, confused, scared and a little bit intimidated all at once.

First the “excited” stuff – Domino, Notes, Sametime etc v10

Much of the Domino v10 news was announced in the webcast on Feb 28th which I talked about here but the really really big news is Domino Apps for iOS.  Know what that is?

It’s a Notes client application deployed on iOS that is able to run your Notes applications directly from your Domino servers with no programming changes required.  Lotuscript, formula language, ACLs, reader fields all of it works even replication to the device.

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Not only can you use your existing Notes applications on an iOS device but you can use Notes application development and the Domino servers to deploy new mobile applications

After that my presentation with HCL talked about changes to the Notes client, Sametime and Verse on Premises coming in v10.  The presentation is linked below but some highlights

  1. Delayed mail send – allowing you to choose a time for the server to release a mail message you create
  2. Invite others to meetings – controllable by the meeting chair to allow invitees to invite others, invite others with chair approval or not invite.  This can be changed for an appointment anytime and that kind of granular control is not something any other calendaring tool has
  3. Team calendars – where every member can equally create, manage and edit the invites. It can also be used as a team inbox
  4. Pre send mail hooks – allowing the administrator to determine via policies warnings that are shown to the user pre-send for example “attachment size is too large” “subject is missing” etc
  5. Sametime entitlement extended to mobile devices
  6. a commitment to a smaller client footprint, an upgrade from FP10 to v10 directly

The speed at which HCL are developing Domino and Notes (and there’s much much more to come before v10 releases in Q4) is a big change from where we’ve been in the past few years.

The beta program for v10 starts in April

Now the energised and intimidated stuff 🙂

Some of the best and most brain hurting sessions for me were recorded and are available for live replay (they don’t seem to require registration or login).  I can even catch up with ones I missed https://www.ibm.com/events/think/watch/replays/

Some of my favourites that I recommend you viewing..

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Think Week – With More Than A Little Help From My Friends

IBM Think starts tomorrow for me in Las Vegas.  So obviously here I am in a LV hotel room drinking lots of water, trying to plan the sessions I want to see, when I’m going to be free and and then sign up for several of the labs.  This year as well as my technical sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday,  I will be moderating and contributing to several “soft skills” sessions that are not about technology but about how we work.

Thank you in advance to all the people shown below for joining the panels.  Here’s where I’ll be this week.

Technical Sessions

Monday 19th @ 1.30pm
A Guide To Single Sign-On for IBM Collaboration Solutions
Mandalay Bay South, Level 2 Surf B
Single sign-on, single identity and even password synchronization—in this session, we will take you through all the options available to minimize or eradicate logins across IBM’s Collaboration Solutions (ICS); whether it is a Domino web server, IHS, Notes client, Traveler, Sametime, Connections or Verse, on-premises or cloud. The discussion will cover security certificates, password synchronization, IWA, SPNEGO and SAML Federation. I will explain what you can (and can’t) do, and how to do it.

Tuesday 20th @ 2.30pm
Deep Dive: What’s New in Notes, Sametime and Verse On-Premises for Users and Administrators
Mandalay Bay South, Level 2 Surf B
with Ram Krishamurthy of HCL
Join this session to understand the recent advancements in capabilities for mail users and administrators. Learn about what to expect with Notes, Verse and Sametime Chat V10 on the server, on the desktop and on mobile devices.

Soft Skills Sessions

Sunday 18th
User Community Day including IBM Champion Day @ MGM Conference Centre

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How to create, maintain and change a personal brand

11.15  (#9268)
How to become a different kind of Champion – reaching across the aisle
with Wannes Rams of Ramsit and Social Connections

11.35 (#9241)
Roundtable on managing the noise and home working
with Florian Vogler of Panagenda
Sandra Buehler and Andreas Ponte of Belsoft AG
Rob Novak of Snapps

Monday 19th @ Mandalay Bay Conference Centre

9am
Think Academy Soft Skills Pop Up – Remote/Home Working: Creating a Balance
with Adam Brown of ISW
Sandra Buehler of Belsoft AG
Julian Robichaux of Panagenda
In this presentation the panel will share ideas around how to best manage remote working (if you miss working directly with a team), home working (over committing and temptations) and working for customers on different timezones. There are many approaches we all use and we can learn from each other which ones would work best. There are also many tools available to both manage tasks and time and stay engaged with others but which ones prove the most useful for different types of work.

Tuesday 20th @ Mandalay Bay Conference Centre

11am
Think Academy Soft Skills Pop Up – Managing the Noise
with Theo Heselmans of XCeed & Engage UG
Francie Tanner and Tony Holder of Panagenda
Maria Nordin of Infoware Solutions & Social Connections
Many of us are in multiple real time chats in Watson Workspace in Slack in Skype in Sametime i addition to all the online forums we need to at least monitor if not participate in. How can we best manage all the noise generated around us whilst we work and how can we contribute effectively. Also aimed at owners of those communities, what is it reasonable to expect of participants and how do you stop people from failing to join in just because they blinked at the wrong time and missed a discussion.

Wednesday 21st @ Mandalay Bay Conference Centre

9am
Think Academy Soft Skills Pop Up – The Imposter Syndrome
with Maria Nordin of Infoware Solutions & Social Connections
Jon Schultz of Prominic
Tony Holder of Panagenda
Impostor syndrome affects nearly everyone in one way or another and results in feeling intermittently underqualified or even out of place in our work. No matter how successful you are there are multiple ways it can sneak up on you. In this session hear and learn from our panelists about how they each deal with different with their own aspects of it. 

I will also be joining some of the round table discussioms taking place at the IBM Champion desk @ Mandalay Bay Conference Centre Bayside D including one on GDPR on Tuesday @ 1.30pm