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Collaboration University | eKrantz.com - Part 2
Sep 202007
 

IBM has announced Lotus Symphony so we finally has a name for the productivity editors inside Lotus Notes 8. This is a free download from IBM and they are based on the OpenOffice suite of editors. Last weeks announcement that IBM will contribute back to OpenOffice community is in direct relation to this announcement. We at SNAPPS have been using these tools for the last few months now and I could not be happier with them. FREE does not hurt either.

There were other announcements made at the New York city event on Tuesday and by Kevin Cavanaugh here at Collaboration University in London yesterday.

Notes Traveler

Mobile support for Lotus Notes and Domino Web Access users through IBM Lotus Notes Traveler- Following the shipping of Lotus Notes and Domino 8 that began worldwide in August, IBM is announcing Lotus Notes Traveler, a new client for Lotus Notes and Domino 8.0.1. Currently scheduled to be available in the first quarter of 2008, Lotus Notes Traveler will provide out-of-the-box, mobile support for Lotus Notes and Domino Web Access users, enabling access to Lotus Domino mail from Microsoft Windows Mobile devices. As currently planned, Lotus Notes Traveler will provide automatic, real-time replication of email, including attachments, calendar, address book, journal and to-do’s and will work over all wired and wireless connections.

Lotus Notes 8.0.1

With a beta coming a few weeks there are a lot of enhancements and new features in the new version of Lotus Notes 8.0.1. New Domino Web Access with two different versions of light (fast) and normal. Finally a secondary calendar & time zones that will work good. Mail file quota guage that Mary Beth Raven showed us at Collaboration University in Kansas City last week and will show here in London on Friday. “To do” UI improvements. They did not have time to get those in in the 8.0 release, but now they will be there. Quickr 8.1 integration into side shelf. 35% increased compression on the databases (sorry, they are called applications now) Native support for 64-bit on Windows and AIX. FIPS 140-2 support, a federal standard for security and Citrix support.

Sametime 8

Sametime 8 will have three flavors – Basic (just IM in Notes), Standard (integration with mobile, telephony integration) and Advanced (meetings +).

WebDialogs purchase became Sametime Unyte – web conference available as a service. Simplifies collaboration outside the intranet. Will link to other Lotus products via plug-ins.

Lotus Quickr 8.1

Side shelf connector for Notes 8.0.1, Connector for MS Outlook. Strong UI improvements and performance improvements of over 50%. Personal file sharing for free to Notes users. Enablers for ECM integration.

HUGE! New product announced available early 2008: Quickr Content Integrator: Migrate from Sharepoint, Exchange public folders, Domino teamrooms, and DDM libraries. Also provides coexistence running in parallel, or migrating. Synchronization is an option.

Lotus Forms 3.0

Dropped Workplace name. This is a big deal – Zero footprint eForms. Browser-based using XML XForms standards.

Aug 232007
 

It’s been a few days since I wrote a posting. I’ve been really busy with customer work and getting ready for a lot of conferences and events coming up in the next weeks.

First there is Collaboration University for Lotus Notes & Domino in both Kansas City, September 10-12, and in London, September 19-21. On the 22nd Troy Reimer and I travel to Sweden for a couple of days of vacation but also to speak at g33k on the 24th. Ekakan is the host once again for this “Geek Meet”. I know we will have lots of fun there and nice to meet some Swedes I haven’t seen in a long time, or never. It will also be fun to show of Stockholm and Västerås to Troy since he has never been to Sweden. We are spending all day in Stockholm that Monday and I’m thinking that the Wasa museum, Gamla Stan (Old Town) and Skansen will be a great day. If you have any other suggestions please feel free to comment below.

On the 26th and 27th I travel back, first to London then back to Kansas City. Home for 2 days and I’m off to Miami on the 29th for the Advisor Summit. Back home on the 4th of October and there was all September and the beginning of October gone.

See you there.

Aug 142007
 

As many bloggers out there, including Rob Novak, Ed Brill and Mary Beth Raven, has posted; Lotus Notes & Domino 8 will be available this Friday.

Speaking of above bloggers, Collaboration University for Notes & Domino 8 still have seats available. This is the first technical conference on the new release. Other notible IBMers present at the event are Bob Balaban and Kevin Cavanaugh.

Hope you can join us.

UPDATE! I must be really tired. It’s not September but August 17 for the release date. I’ve changed the title of this post.

Aug 062007
 

The Collaboration University website has been updated for the September event. CU is the first major technical training event following the release of Lotus Notes and Domino 8.

We have lined up some incredible talent for both speakers and keynote addresses. Ed Brill will deliver the keynote in Kansas City on September 10 and Kevin Cavanaugh, Vice President of Lotus Notes and Domino Development on September 19 in London. Other speakers that we can announce are Mary Beth Raven, Ph.D. and Bob Balaban. All the speakers and sessions are now posted on the CU site.

We also welcome three partners this time around. SNAPPS, The Turtle Partnership and BE Systems.

Register Now for Kansas City (September 10-12) or London (September 19-21)

Jul 302007
 

I’m back from my trip to London, England and a weeks vacation in Sweden. It was a great event in London and I think the attendees got a lot out of the event. Don’t forget that there is one more Collaboration University in September, covering Notes and Domino 8.

It was great to visit with my family in Sweden. I stayed most of the time at my sister’s, but also a couple of nights at my brothers house. I’m coming back in September and my dad said if I didn’t stop running in and out like this he had to install saloon doors on the house.

It was however very nice to come back to my family here. Two weeks is way too long to be apart from your family. Beth, Jakob, Emma and Erik all waited at the airport and gave me lots of hugs and kisses.

Jul 172007
 

It’s been nearly four months since IBM said “go” on the Lotus Quickr template project that you’ve read so much about on my and other blogs. Today, after an exhausting but very rewarding development cycle, we get to say “go” too. Code was complete June 29 (as promised to IBM), testing on Lotus Quickr Gold code was July 2-6, last week was CU and finishing the download system, and this weekend we put the final touches on and did a limited test with IBMers. Then yesterday we knocked out one last bug in the download system after flying to London for Collaboration University this week.

In these last months I and the team at SNAPPS had a lot of fun developing these templates. I learned new code and got to dig really deep into the Dojo Toolkit which, you know by now, I really like.

So after all that we’re happy to announce that the SNAPPS templates for Lotus Quickr are ready for you. Make absolutely sure you get the documentation, read it, and install and sign the prerequisite files. Then go have some fun!

I will continue posting on developing and digging deeper into both Lotus Quickr as well as the Dojo Toolkit code.

QuickrTemplates.com

Jun 192007
 

Rob Novak has posted the sessions and speakers for Collaboration University for Lotus Quickr, QuickPlace and Sametime in July for both Kansas City and London.

For Sametime

  • Sametime 101 – Deploying Sametime
  • Sametime Meeting Center Customization Tricks – How to Roll Your Own!
  • Top 5 hidden Sametime Hacks and Programming Tricks
  • Developing Sametime Connect plugins
  • Exploiting the Toolkits for Sametime Bots and Automation
  • Sametime Links – Developing your own Queueing Application *Note from Rob – $10,000 in free code anyone???
  • Installation and Configuration — Sametime Gateway for Public IM
  • Deploying Sametime Connect Plugins
  • Sametime 7.5.1 New Features (It’s Bigger than it Sounds!)
  • Clustering Sametime Servers — Models and Examples
  • Bandwidth and Capacity Planning
  • Top 10 Support Issues for Lotus Sametime
  • Monitoring and Managing Your Sametime Servers (Including the new Monitoring Toolkit)
  • A Guide to Telephony Integration – A User’s Guide to Terminology and Options

For Lotus Quickr:

  • Lotus Quickr 8.0 Introduction and Features
  • Lotus Quickr Domino Installation and Configuration
  • Lotus Quickr – Introducing and Understanding the new Templates Part 1
  • Lotus Quickr – Introducing and Understanding the new Templates Part 2
  • Quickr Development Fundamentals – Placebots, Forms and Themes
  • Introducing the Dojo Toolkit
  • Lotus Quickr Development — Leveraging Template Code to Create Your Own Applications
  • Lotus Quickr for WebSphere Portal Installation and Configuration
  • Lotus Quickr for WebSphere Portal Development Overview
  • Using the Dojo Toolkit for Advanced Development in Lotus Quickr
  • Integration Strategies for Lotus Quickr, QuickPlace, Domino and Sametime
  • Flexible Views, Workflow Engines and More Reusable Tools!
  • Roundtable – Small Groups Session (size limited)
  • Lotus Quickr – Deploy How You Want, Where You Want – Integrating the Platforms

We will also have some foundation sessions on LDAP, Firewalls and the popular “Best 10 minutes from each speaker” session on the final day.

Collaboration University is a small, focused conference so you get one-on-one time with real experts and IBM development – folks like Carl Tyler, Rob Novak, Gabriella Davis, Chris Miller and more. Check out the speakers page, and get registered! See you in Kansas City and London!

Jun 052007
 

I’ve created some Google maps mashups to help our delegates of Collaboration University get around and become more familiar with the venues.

You can check out Kansas City and London here. If you have Google Earth you can also open these mashups inside there by clicking on the following links: Kansas City and London.