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Luis not able to co-present with me at Lotusphere

Got word the other day that Luis Benitez wont be able to join me on stage at Lotusphere 2012 due to a conflicting session. So much for planning. So if all you were hoping for to see at our my session was Luis then I have to disappoint you. I will still be there though doing my out most to teach you about widget development for IBM Connections so be sure you mark your calendar for BP207 :-)

See you there!

Microsoft's chat service, Lync, going mobile as well

Just on the heels of the Lotus Sametime for iOS / Android release comes the release of Microsoft Lync for iPad and iPhone that is a chat client for Microsofts on-premises and cloud based chat solution. It will be interesting to see if Microsoft too is using push-notifications for out-of-app chat notification to save on battery. One of the nice things about the announcement is to see how Microsoft chose to have their mobile solution work with their cloud based offering right away - something Lotus has failed to do with Sametime on LotusLive (still looking for an announcement as to when LotusLive will support the iOS apps). More on the apps at winsupersite.com.

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Avoid contacts from mail file gets archived by server-side archiving

  1. Open Mail File template in Domino Designer.
  2. Open "Contact" Form.
  3. Create a new field in this form.
  4. Name it as "ProtectFromArchive"
  5. Field Type should be "NUMBER" with setting "Computed When Composed"
  6. Now set default Value of this field to be "1"
  7. Save the form.
Now The mail database created using this template wont be facing any issue of archiving the contacts documents as field "ProtectFromArchive" will prevent contact docs to get archived. Please note that an agent needs to process existing contacts to protect them as well.

Files plugin for Lotus Notes

A while back I saw the new IBM Connections 3.0.1 Files Plug-in for Lotus Notes from Mac Guidera's blog. I didn't blog it because it didn't work with LotusLive Engage but since updates was just done to LotusLive it may work now. Must try.

Lotusphere 2012 session id is BP207

Just received word from the track manager of the Best Practices track that the session I'm doing with Luis Benitez on iWidget development is BP207 so mark your schedule now! Looking forward to seeing you there.

IBM Lotus Domino 8.5.3 server performance and IBM Lotus Notes 8.5.3 client performance

Saw this very nice - although very technincal - whitepaper on developerWorks on how Notes 8.5.3 has been optimized to reduce the number of transactions with the Domino server. A small little thing that I haven't seen mentioned before but which can have a big impact on your environment and users. Probably shouldn't be considered light reading.

"IBM Lotus® Domino® 8.5.3 and IBM Lotus Notes 8.5.3 have been optimized to reduce the transactions from the client to the server. These optimizations yield a reduction in server resources, thus lowering the Total Cost of Ownership. This white paper shows the reductions in processor and disk utilization achieved with large numbers of Notes 8.5.3 clients running on a single Domino 8.5.3 server."

IBM Lotus Domino 8.5.3 server performance: IBM Lotus Notes 8.5.3 performance

Searching Profiles programmatically

As part of IBM Connections you will find a big REST API that allows you to work with almost every part of Connections such as searching for profiles, managing files and working with communities. As part of our new product (see my previous post) I'm doing a lot with this API. Right now one of my favorite wiki documents is "Searching Profiles programmatically".

WAS profile creation on Windows Server 2008 64 bit

When installing Connections on Windows 2008 Server 64 bit the profile management tool doesn't work so profile creation is done using manageprofiles.bat/sh. The syntax is hard to remember so here it is for future reference.

Deployment manager:
c:\ibm\websphere\appserver\bin\manageprofiles.bat -create -templatePath ..\profileTemplates\management -profileName dmgr -profilePath d:\wasprofiles\dmgr -cellName LCCell01 -nodeName dmgrNode -serverType DEPLOYMENT_MANAGER

Application server:
c:\ibm\websphere\appserver\bin\manageprofiles.bat -create -templatePath ..\profileTemplates\default -profileName AppSrv01 -profilePath d:\wasprofiles\appsrv01 -nodeName appNode01

OnTime Group Calendar for Social Business

As part of the OnTime Group Calendar we're building a series of widgets for IBM Connections to allow easier collaboration - the more we collaborate the more we need access to accurate, updated, calendar data. This puts OnTime Group Calendar smack in the middle of the move to social business. We are getting ready to release the widgets as part of the product and we have the first demo ready.

The integration into the Profiles feature is easily understandable and shows the calendar of the user right there on the profile page as shown on the right. Click the image to see a larger version.

However the real power lies in the integration into communities. Here we bring the calendar of community members into the community is a text list UI and a full graphical viewer based UI as in the rest of our clients. For communities we are also offering a Social Scheduling widget to allow you to find available meeting times and book meetings with community members plus people you may only know based on tags (keywords) or location. Very powerful and possible due to the API offered for OnTime Group Calendar.


(click the image for a larger version)

Please note that everywhere the access to calendar data is only available if the querying user has sufficient access.

The demo below outlines how OnTime Group Calendar for Social Business brings calendar data into IBM Connections in the Profiles feature and in the Communities feature.

All videos are available on the ontimesuite YouTube channel.

Backup for IBM Connections communities

An excellent and a bit overdue addition to IBM Connections is better control over backup of communities. We're not talking fine grained control and integration with e.g. Tivoli Storage Manager but rather backup to and restore from ZIP-files. The asset has been added to the Greenhouse catalog and is described in the New backup & restore tool for IBM Connections Communities post on the Synch.rono.us blog.

Lotusphere 2012 session accepted

I'm very happy that the session I submitted together with Luis Benitez was accepted for Lotusphere 2012 in the Best Practices track. The session is titled "Easy as Pie - Creating Widgets for IBM Connections" and will be about how easy and powerful it is to develop widgets for IBM Connections. On the other hand I am a bit bummed that my JumpStart with Ryan Baxter on plugin development wasn't accepted and we do not get the chance to repeat the success from Lotusphere 2011. Bummer but that's how it goes.

See you in Orlando.

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