Connect 2014: Must-Attend Sessions for Administrators

January 21, 2014

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I’d like to say that for the Domino Administrator will be a plethora of sessions that you “must see” (meaning several blog posts on the topic). However, if you’ve seen the writing on the wall, then you’re prepared to attend a profusion of sessions on Connections and Sametime administration. Here are some of the “must see” sessions for Domino Administrators.

JMP402 – Master Class: Reaping Rewards and Avoiding Risks: The Secrets of Consolidating Domains (Andrew Pedisich and Rob Alexrod)

Sunday | 1:30-3:30 | Dolphin Southern Hemisphere – II

Was your environment designed almost a decade ago? Whether you want to move your email to the cloud or if you are just trimming the fat, consolidation is your future. This session covers details of collapsing multiple domains into a single domain infrastructure that is easier to manage and more efficient in costs and operations. Discover tricks and tips learned by experience to move users and servers into a single domain where best practices are implemented from start to finish. Well cover consolidation methodologies that are low risk with solid back-out plans and high rewards that will make you a superstar of infrastructure. Come to this session and get expert advice from the folks in the trenches who have consolidated dozens of domains.

ID106 – #UserBlast 2014! (Mat Newman)

Monday | 11:00-12:00 | Dolphin Southern Hemisphere IV-V

It’s time to release the power! IBM Notes has outstanding capabilities that ensure your social transformation starts from your inbox. We’ll demonstrate how to take advantage of all of these features to improve your IBM Notes literacy, boost productivity, locate expertise, find relevant information, share knowledge and collaborate – straight from your Inbox. Don’t miss the “IBM Notes 9 in 9 Minutes” demo so you can go back to your users and blast them away with the power of the amazing IBM Notes client.

SHOW101 – IBM Traveler Highly Availability – Deployment and Best Practices (Daniel Nashed)

Tuesday | 2:00-3:45 | Swan Osprey 1-2

IBM Traveler is mission critical. There is no good time for maintenance when it comes to mobile devices. In this session you’ll learn how to install IBM Traveler 9.0.1 in the classical and high availability mode. You’ll also understand the new functionality, differences and benefits. This session will cover requirements, functionality, setup of the IBM Traveler server on Windows and Linux connected to the current DB2 10.1 back-end. We’ll cover best practices including performance tuning tips for IBM Traveler on Windows and Linux and migration scenarios.

BP101 – AdminBlast 2014 (Paul Mooney and Gabriella Davis)

Tuesday | 3:00-4:00 | Dolphin North Hemisphere E

Sit down and strap yourself in for the annual Adminblast session! We’ll revisit the 200+ tips given and we’ll pick the top sixty. We’ll cover the top tips taken from the trenches over many years of consulting, covering IBM Domino, IBM Sametime, IBM Traveler — and more! Practical tips that you can use as soon as you get back to work will be emphasized, You must pay attention — and you must listen fast!

ID112 – IBM Domino Policies: Deep Dive and Best Practices (Mark Skurla)

Tuesday | 3:00-4:00 | Dolphin Southern Hemisphere I

IBM Domino Policies are a powerful tool that can be used to administer anything from ID vault to mail managed replicas. However, the flexibility of policies often causes confusion regarding their use. This session will focus not on the settings themselves, but the overall application of policies. Learn how policies actually flow throughout a domain, best practices on how to reduce the number of policies in your environment, how to troubleshoot problems, and how to use policies when using IBM Smart Cloud Notes.

ID104 – Best Practices for Upgrading to IBM Notes and Domino to 9.0.x (John Paganetti)

Tuesday | 4:15-5:15 | Dolphin North Hemisphere E

Why release 9.0.x? Get a head start on your upgrade plans by listening to the development team share their experiences upgrading IBM Notes Clients and Domino Servers to Release 9.0.x in their production domains. We’ll cover general recommended best practices and also discuss enablement of some of the new exciting features in release 9.0.x that you’ll want to take advantage of right away. We’ll riddle the presentation with FAQs about upgrading, new features and lessons learned with release 9.0.x. You’ll walk away with information helping you expedite your own 9.0.x production deployment.

ID302 – Upgrading and Migrating to IBM Sametime 9 (Anthony Payne)

Thursday | 10:00-11:00 | Dolphin North Hemisphere E

IBM Sametime 9 is here! This session will help administrators understand how to upgrade and migrate from previous releases. Included will be discussions on end user data migration as well as architectural reviews.

ID602 – IBM Notes Traveler – Best Practices for Deployment, Maintenance and Support (Charles Ebbe and Robert Sielken)

Thursday | 11:15-12:15 | Dolphin Southern Hemisphere – II

This session will cover best practices for deploying and maintaining IBM Notes Traveler along with how to troubleshoot many problems yourself and get the best, fastest support should the need arise. Topics to be covered in depth will include: system/capacity planning, handling maintenance, monitoring your IBM Notes Traveler servers, cloud administration, and general do’s and don’ts to avoiding common pitfalls. A must attend for all IBM Notes Traveler administrators!

(hat tip to Bruce Elgort for the blog topic idea – I took his “Must Attend” post for developers and made it for administrators)


Free ICS Certification Tests at Connect14

December 12, 2013

One of the biggest draws at this event has always been the certification testing and prep labs. IBM is pleased to announce, for the very first time, that unlimited complimentary IBM Collaboration Solutions exams will be available for all registered attendees for the duration of the conference. All other Software Group exams will be available for 50% off the regular price.

As in previous years, testing will take place in the Lark room of the Swan Hotel.

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While that is pretty great news, the kicker is that there will be none of the pre-registration stuff as in year’s past. You show up, sign up, take your exam (although you do need to have created a profile in advance and also remember your user ID and password).

So, while at Connect 2014, in addition to the education, you can also get certified. For free.


Connect14: Creating Buzz by Announcing Updated Agenda Monday

November 12, 2013

In order to garner more interest, more reservations, and more “buzz,” IBM is publishing accepted speakers/sessions on Mondays. Yesterday, they released these sessions/speakers of particular interest (full list is at the link, below):

Application Development

The Mobile Disruption – Why XPages Development is Targeting Mobile First – John Head, PSC Group; John Beck, IBM

IBM Domino Application Development – Today and Tomorrow – Pete Janzen, IBM; Martin Donnelly, IBM

Extending IBM SmartCloud Applications in 30 Minutes – Michael Blackstock, IBM

Turbo-charge Your Enterprise Social Network with Analytics – Vincent Burckhardt, IBM; David Robinson, IBM

IBM Worklight for IBM Domino Developers – Mat Newman, IBM

Infrastructure and Deployment

What’s New in IBM Notes – Scott Souder, IBM

Sametime 9.0 Voice and Video Deployment – Uri Segev, IBM

Devil in the (Data) Details – Mobile, Cloud and Your Enterprise Network Wes Morgan, IBM

Best Practices

Simplifying The S’s – Single Sign-On, SPNEGO and SAML – Gabriella Davis, The Turtle Partnership, Chris Miller, Connectria

Uno! Deux! Three! Making Localization of XPages Apps as Easy as 1-2-3 – Kathy Brown, PSC Group; Brad Balassaitis, PSC Group

Show Me the Money! The Value in Social Business – Sasha Beerendonk

Next Generation Project Management: Collaborating Inside and Outside the Box – Mikkel Heisterberg, OnTime by Intravision; Mat Newman, IBM

Show ‘n Tells

Proper Connections Development for Proper Domino Developers – Matt White, Fynn Consulting; Mark Myers, London Developer Coop

How to Create a Perfect Profile: A Hitchhiker’s Guide to A Smarter Workforce – Mitch Cohen, Colgate-Palmolive; Chris Whisonant, Best Methods

IBM Traveler Highly Availability – Deployment and Best Practices – Daniel Nashed, nash.com

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These are all excellent additions to the Connect agenda. Whether a first time attendee, or a multi-year delegate, the speakers listed are fantastic. And, if you find them wandering the halls/parties/Product Showcase and you strike up a conversation, you will discover that they are very friendly and willing to share more of their knowledge.

Be sure to check back with the Social Insights blog every Monday for a new round of accepted sessions and speakers.