Ready to take your Domino Data to the Cloud? Learn how from PSC Group and LDC Via at IBM Connect 2017

February 15 2017

With IBM Connect 2017 just days away, there is going to be lots of talk about the cloud, cognitive, and application modernization. But you don't need to wait for one of the best ways to make your Domino data cloud ready - and modernize your applications. LDC Via offers the best available destination for data, applications, and developers embracing the cloud, regardless if you have a roadmap for Domino inside your organization. As the on-site representative for LDC Via at IBM Connect 2017, PSC is excited to show you the possibilities of your data and the cloud! To learn more, sign up for a meeting using connect17.psclistens.com.

If you are not attending IBM Connect 17, feel free to register and we can talk the week following Connect 17!

Looking to get the most out of IBM Connect 2017? Meet with Kathy Brown & I to talk all things Apps and ICS

February 13 2017

For everyone attending IBM Connect 2017 next week in San Francisco, my coworker Kathy and I would love to sit down and chat with you. For free. Let's talk about what brings you to IBM Connect 2017. Want to talk the future of Notes & Domino and your applications? How to inject cognitive and analytics into your portfolio? Or do you want to talk about how to move your applications to the cloud? We would love to do all that and more. How to setup time with us? That's easy - go to connect17.psclistens.com and register. We will reach out and schedule a time.

We are also going to be representing LDC Via at the event, but I will be back with another post on Thursday to talk more about that.

P.S. not going to Connect 17? You can register and setup a call with us for after the event. Everyone is invited!

TechAltar - How to cure a fanboy

January 30 2017

Volker posted this video and I think the exercise is brilliant. So here are my three favorite things for each company:

Apple:

1. My iPhone is my single most used device, and it just works. I read email, work with my calendar, interact with social, talk with people via voice and text, and consume video and pictures more on my iPhone than any other method. And I can't remember the last time it didn't get the job done.
2. Apple created the modern app store model, which allows me to find an app to do just about anything I want. Apps like MobileDay, ShackNews Lastest Chatty, Uber, and so much more - that I use every day - are here because of Apple.  

Google:

1. Google Maps changed the game when it comes to navigation. I remember going from maps to MapQuest. Google maps changed everything. GPS and maps are now standard in pretty much anything we do. OpenTable, Yelp, Facebook, etc. Google pushed this forward.
2. Google search changed the way I operate from the ground up. Need to learn about a customer or product? 'Google' it. Just like Kleenex before, the product name has become the name of what we do. We don't search, we google.

Microsoft:

1. The Office365 ecosystem has completely changed the way I work. And let's take the core Office apps off the table. Outlook and all it's addin's are my most used application. OneNote rules my life - and is one of the best applications I have ever used. Dynamics CRM is my work life and Groups and Teams are always open. And Skype for Biz is my main communication tool. Microsoft has created the best ecosystem for business tools I have ever used. And that is a very hard thing for me to admit.
2. The XBox Play Anywhere feature is amazing. Buying a game and being able to play it on the XBox One and a PC, and having all your game settings, saved games, and other info sync across is a dream come true. And with the Game Mode coming in the Windows 10 Creators Update later this year along with focused XBox One new hardware, the gaming experience is the best it has ever been for PC players.

and let me add one more; IBM:

1. The focus on Watson as an analytics service has brought predicative analytics and AI into the business realm like no other company. Watson has become the 'Kleenex' and 'Google' of AI thanks to the impressive marketing IBM is doing around the Watson brand and personality. The attention raised means there is a big opportunity for all of us service providers. No other company has raised the bar like IBM. Everyone else is riding on their coat tails in terms of mind share.
2. I am writing this blog entry in the Notes client, which will post to a Domino server, just like I have been doing since 2003. The fact it 'just works' is something that people often forget when talking about Notes & Domino. I am happy that one piece of technology in my workflow is 100% reliable.

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December 18 2016

Today Marks 16 years working at PSC. I guess this is going to work out ;-)

NATO officially recognizes cyberspace as domain for war

December 5 2016

I missed this announcement this summer, and from some quick searching, it seems most people missed it as well.

On June 14th, 2016, The North Atlantic Treaty Organization added cyberspace to the definition of war, adding them to land, sea, and air. Why is that important? Let me quote from the article:

Making cyberspace an official war zone means attacks carried out in that manner can trigger an Article 5 response, which is a collective action by the 28-member organization against the perpetrator of an incident aimed at any NATO-protected state. Before, only actions in traditional war frontiers -- land, sea or air -- had that potential.


Let that thought sink for a moment.

Given that I am reading this post the US-election and the accusations of Russia's hacking of the DNC, Hillary for America Campaign, and other potential hacks, could we see the US invoke Article 5 in the near future?

There is plenty of space between a Lovefest and The Sky is Falling

August 31 2016

There is a place between "I am the Yes Man for Notes/Domino/XPages" and "Notes is Dead and I am doing something else" that many live in. I find it hard to believe that people attending MWLUG or any IBM user group didn't realize that PSC works with other technologies other than IBM. At over 100 consultants, we do many things. Mark and I both talk at events for other technologies and vendors. And we are not alone.

I am not one to believe that the sky is ever falling. I was also one to never believe that any one technologist should attach themselves to a single product for their entire career. I was talking about the intersection of Notes & Domino with Microsoft Office and OpenOffice.org almost 15 years ago at Lotusphere. Diversity is not only good for the career, it is good for the brain. I also understand the passion and emotion so  many people have attached to this community. Friendships have been formed that mean the world to so many. And yes, when people realize that many of their friendships will be mostly on-line going forward, their is angst. Just because you don't see someone once or twice a year at a user group or conference doesn't mean those friendships end. They change. Facebook and Twitter and whatever messaging/chat app you prefer keep you connected on a regular basis. These relationships only end if you let them.

I do not know what is going to happen with the Notes/Domino/XPages products any more than those reading this. Yes, as an IBM Champion, I have probably had more discussions on this than the average person. But to be fair, without breaking NDA, I can't say we have any better idea of the direction. And frankly, I am not sure that matters. IBM will do what they need to do, in their own time, through their legal lens. And the world will continue to spin. Your applications will continue to run. Our business will continue, which includes Notes, Domino, XPages, Connections - and much more. I think Microsoft really got their stuff together the past two years. Office365 is an amazing platform. Seeing them move fast and modernize and play with things like Power Apps, Groups & Planner, and Flow excites me. I spend all of my working day now in Microsoft products - Outlook, Dynamics CRM, Office, and SharePoint on-line. It's not perfect, but it works well. I only use Notes to write blog entries like this. And while I get that tinge of regret on that, life moves on. Technology moves on. And so do people.

I have had the pleasure of meeting so many of you at user groups and conferences over the past 20+ years. Friendships that I cherish. I am part of an amazing team at PSC that will continue to evangelize and deliver amazing experiences for our customers using IBM technology. We are also going to invest in other technology and continue to learn and expand what solutions we can offer to our client base. I look forward to seeing many of you at future user groups, conferences or even an event of another vendor.

Why LDC Via? The non-technical reason for our strategic partnership

August 23 2016

Last week at MWLUG 2016, PSC was proud to announce our new strategic partnership with LDC and their Via offering. It is getting some coverage in the community, and when we get the press releases out, hopefully some press attention.

Image:Why LDC Via? The non-technical reason for our strategic partnership


I have been asked "Why?" quite a bit since that announcement. There are a bunch of technical reasons and I will let Mark talk about that. Keep an eye on his blog for the next few weeks for some specific technical discussion.

But let's talk from a business point of view. What I care about is what helps me in my effort to help my current customers and get one ones. Yes, I am in sales - you all know that. So how does this fit into my sales strategy? It's really simple. We have many customers who are existing Notes client, Domino Web, & XPages customers who are looking for options to move their applications off the platform. Let's put all the emotional stuff aside, but this year has seen a massive increase on that request. And it's no secret that PSC has been working with customers to modernize and migrate applications from Notes to different platforms for years. SharePoint is still the top target platform and our partnership with Nintex has really led to some great customer experiences. We added QuickBase and OutSystems to that practice the past two years and are seeing success. But what do we do with the customers that just want a web application platform without doing a complete migration? That is the key.

As we discussed in our MWLUG 2016 presentation, moving data is straight forward these days. Legacy applications that are tied to a rich client require a user experience rewrite to bring in the UI and mobile functionality customers are asking for. But the security model of Notes & Domino, along with replication for off-line use, is what keeps so many applications tied to the platform. I have many customers that have moved email to another platform and made announcements, both internal and external, that they have depreciated Notes & Domino as an app dev platform and picked something else. But most of those customers still have many Notes apps running the business. No platform or tool handles the usage and migration of the Notes security model.

Image:Why LDC Via? The non-technical reason for our strategic partnership

Our presentation last week broke down the “Why?” question with a few points:

·        Working together to meet client needs for low-risk migration
·        Modern development platform
·        Familiar REST based API Model
·        Familiar security model baked in
·        Data Migration tools

Let’s dive a bit deeper on the point that really resonates with us. LDC Via provides a secure encrypted cloud repository, but it also mimics the Notes security model like nothing else we have seen. It allows existing applications to exist as they are today, while still removing the dependency on Notes & Domino. Via provides a bridge to existing customers and an easy path for Notes/Domino/XPages developers who might not be technically ready for something more extreme. That isn’t even thinking about all the whitespace application development that is possible.

Image:Why LDC Via? The non-technical reason for our strategic partnership

Our goal with this partnership is to be able to offer an existing Notes/Domino/XPages customer multiple options along a roadmap of application modernization. Some customers will jump straight to another vendor. Others will select a pure open source solution. But many will look for a platform that allows for a transition vs. a migration. LDC Via helps us with that transition strategy and more.

We are excited about this opportunity to work with the LDC team. Keep an eye out on the PSC blogs and social accounts as we talk more about our vision and partnership.

One final thought: I have heard people ask “What does LDC get out of this partnership with PSC?” as this announcement was made. While they should answer that themselves, I think having the largest North American XPages consultancy working with them is something that they find quite attractive. I would hope having a partner in me, a dedicated salesperson focused on selling application modernization and modern web development, doesn’t hurt either

Congratulations to PSC’s new Microsot MVP and IBM Champion!

August 23 2016

PSC is proud to announce that Dr. Mark Roden was named as an inaugural 2016 IBM Cloud Champion, to go along with his three time IBM ICS Champion awards. We are also excited to announce that Chris Johnson was named a Microsoft MVP.

That brings us to seven total IBM Champion awards and two Microsoft MVP awards at PSC in the past year. Congratulations to all!

The fork in the road - the Application Modernization Roadmap for Notes Domino XPages customers

August 22 2016

Here are the slides for our sponsor session at MWLUG 2016. I was joined by a guest speaker - Mark Roden - and we announced our new partnership with LDC around their Via product. Much more to come over the next few weeks.

For the past five years, PSC has presented at conferences all over the world sharing our vision of how applying a modernization methodology to Notes & Domino can lead to major improvements in user adoption and accessibility. The impact is felt by the user, the developer, and the ROI of the application. During this time, we have been successfully applying the same proven processes to other technologies outside of the ICS realm. It is now time to bring those worlds together. There are a lot of questions in the community about what to do with our applications given the change in Notes/Domino application development roadmap. This session will give you the PSC perspective on your options. It will include our vision for IBM XPages, including IBM Bluemix and will highlight our integration work with IBM Digital Experience. We will showcase our work with other technologies, including Microsoft (Office365, Azure, Addins, and more), Nintex, OutSystems, QuickBase, to name a few. This session is for Notes/Domino/XPages customers who want robust options to modernize their existing applications. We will show you other platforms as well as announce an exciting partnership that will allow IBM XPages apps to have life on other platforms as well. Come and see real world demos of how our strategy is working for our existing customers and will work for you. We can help you navigate the road ahead.


The PSC Marketing Message at MWLUG

August 18 2016

Image:The PSC Marketing Message at MWLUG

MWLUG 2016: Kathy & Shean talk Using Dashboards to Transform Application Data Visualization

August 1 2016

My colleges and fellow IBM Champions Kathy Brown & Shean McManus are giving this session at MWLUG 2016 in Austin on August 17-19th, 2016. Here is the abstract:

When you're driving a car, you need a lot of data quickly. How fast are you going? Are there any problems you need to address? Where do you get that data at a glance? Your dashboard, of course. All the info you need at your finger tips, easily understood. Your applications have a lot of data and important information, but can your users get to it quickly? Can they easily spot issues or know what they need to do right now? Shean and Kathy will take you for a test drive through some XPage application dashboards. They will demonstrate how to move away from email-driven tasks and buried information to show you how you can easily visualize your critical business data. Come see how an application can provide a visually striking, functional, and easy to use Data Visualization for common workflow actions, important info, charts, and key metrics. Put your users in the driver’s seat!

Look forward to seeing everyone in Austin!

My session at MWLUG 2016 : The Fork in the Road: The Application Modernization Roadmap for Notes/Domino/XPages Customers

July 25 2016

I am giving the PSC Group, LLC sponsorship session at MWLUG 2016 in Austin this August 17-19, 2016. Here is the abstract:

For the past five years, PSC has presented at conferences all over the world sharing our vision of how applying a modernization methodology to Notes & Domino can lead to major improvements in user adoption and accessibility. The impact is felt by the user, the developer, and the ROI of the application. During this time, we have been successfully applying the same proven processes to other technologies outside of the ICS realm. It is now time to bring those worlds together. There are a lot of questions in the community about what to do with our applications given the change in Notes/Domino application development roadmap. This session will give you the PSC perspective on your options. It will include our vision for IBM XPages, including IBM Bluemix and will highlight our integration work with IBM Digital Experience. We will showcase our work with other technologies, including Microsoft (Office365, Azure, Addins, and more), Nintex, OutSystems, QuickBase, to name a few. This session is for Notes/Domino/XPages customers who want robust options to modernize their existing applications. We will show you other platforms as well as announce an exciting partnership that will allow IBM XPages apps to have life on other platforms as well. Come and see real world demos of how our strategy is working for our existing customers and will work for you. We can help you navigate the road ahead.

Looking forward to seeing everyone in Austin!

PSC Group is the Sponsor of the Week at MWLUG.com

July 18 2016

PSC Group, LLC is the Sponsor of the Week on MWLUG.com this week. PSC is proud to be one of the Platinum sponsors at the biggest US user group event of the year. We have been a sponsor every year of MWLUG. We will be at this years event in Austin talking about what we do best: Application Modernization and XPages. We will have an exciting announcement about our future vision of modern web applications and IBM Champions Kathy and Shean will talk about Dashboards. Look forward to seeing everyone in Austin!

Image:PSC Group is the Sponsor of the Week at MWLUG.com

SharePoint to QuickBase Integration Video

July 15 2016

The fifth and last in a series of demonstration videos, my coworker Ken Lamey shows our Microsoft SharePoint to Quickbase integration services that PSC Group, LLC provides. Please enjoy the video - and feel free to contact me directly if you are interested in services like this with Quickbase! You can reach me at jhead@psclistens.com.

QuickBase and SharePoint Integration Video

July 13 2016

The forth in a series of demonstration videos, my coworker Ken Lamey shows our Quickbase to Microsoft SharePoint integration services that PSC Group, LLC provides. Please enjoy the video - and feel free to contact me directly if you are interested in services like this with Quickbase! You can reach me at jhead@psclistens.com.