John Speaks 2016 - Social Connections 10

May 6 2016

Social Connections is coming back to North America for the tenth edition in Toronto and for the first time, I am speaking at the event! I am excited to take the PSC story of Application Modernization and make the social side the dominant story. I am speaking on June 7th, 2016 at 3:10 PM EDT. My session:

“What the App?”… A Modernization Strategy for Your Business Applications

It’s 2016 – your application portfolio is being reviewed and scrutinized. Email and application platforms are being separated. Users’ expectations of their work experiences are higher than ever. Your social platform is stable and maturing. But you’re invested in your applications (Notes, Domino, and much more) – what do you do? Looking through the lens of IBM ICS solutions, we will answer that question by providing a roadmap and experiences to help you choose the best path. We will deep dive into the five aspects of Application Modernization: User Experience, Cloud, Mobile, Modern Workflow & special focus on the last – Social. See demos of actual application transformations and the impact they have within an organization. We will also show how your applications, integrated into your social platform, increases productivity and engagement. Learn how new functionality in the products will make your journey easier. See live demos putting AM into practice.

John Speaks 2016 - IBM Amplify 2016

May 5 2016

I am super excited to be speaking at IBM Amplify 2016 in Tampa on May 17th, 2016 at 10:15 AM EDT. With IBM Digital Experience part of the IBM Commerce brand now, there is a whole group of folks with fresh eyes looking at what DX can do. My session:

DDX-1420: Bringing Your Web Applications to the IBM Digital Experience

IBM WebSphere portal has been seen as the realm of the back-end developer with specialized Java skills. This has been a barrier to entry to the IBM Domino community. IBM has transformed the product to the IBM Digital Experience platform – and it’s not just a name change! With the inclusion of the Script Portlet and IBM Portal on Cloud option, it’s time to look again. This session explains how to integrate your XPages applications, IBM Bluemix and even Microsoft SharePoint. It also demonstrates content re-purpose without migration. If you are looking for a single point of integration for all your applications, this session is for you!

John Speaks 2016 - QuickBase Empower 2016

May 5 2016

I am excited about PSC being a sponsor at the QuickBase Empower 2016 conference next week, and my session with my co-worker Ken Lamey.

Transitioning Data from Legacy Systems into QuickBase

Thursday May 12th, 2016 , 11:15 – 12:15 p.m

Locked deep inside your company, legacy data is the running your business – and holding you back. It’s one of the reasons for the rise of Shadow IT and Citizen Developers. Users today don’t just need access; they need to use that data in ways most enterprise systems can’t provide. We will take a look at how legacy data can be transformed within your organization. Three options will be discussed: Modernized, Integrate, and Migrate. We will show you how tools such as QuickBase Sync and Zapier can unlock your legacy data. We will also show you tools built that allow migration from IBM Notes & Domino and Microsoft SharePoint to QuickBase with just a few clicks! Come learn how to leverage all of your data!

John Speaks 2016 - Cloud Saturday 2016

May 4 2016

I missed preannouncing this one, but I spoke at Cloud Saturday in the Chicago Suburbs on April 30th, 2016. PSC was a Platinum sponsor. Here is the session I gave:

The Cloud and You - the ’as a service’ disruption you can’t ignore

In any discussion about cloud, there are lots of buzzwords being thrown out by analysts and vendors. "Digital Transformation", "Democratization of IT", "Citizen Developer", and many more. Add in the 'as a Service" explosion and it is hard to make heads and tails over what will add value to your business. This session will cut through the hype and help bring a reality check to how the Cloud can help you. This session is for everyone: Administrator, Developer, IT Executive, or Business User. Plan on leaving with a deeper understanding and ideas of where you can take advantage.

The Cloud and You - the ’as a service’ disruption you can’t ignore from John Head

IBM InterConnect 2016: Application Modernization Meets the Cloud and Mobile... Where to Start?

February 29 2016

Here is the session that Mark Roden and I gave at IBM InterConnect 2016

CBA-4586: Application Modernization Meets the Cloud and Mobile... Where to Start?

It's 2016. Your application portfolio is being reviewed and scrutinized. Mobile and cloud are more than checkboxes on a list. User expectations are higher than ever. But there are so many options—what do you do? Looking through the lens of IBM Software, we will answer that question by providing a roadmap and experiences to help you choose the best path. We'll deep-dive into the five aspects of Application Modernization: User Experience, Social, Cloud, Mobile, and Modern Workflow. You'll see demos of actual transformations and the impact they have had within organizations. We'll put special attention on IBM Bluemix, SmartCloud, and the MobileFirst Platform. Learn how new functionality in the products will make your journey easier.

Application Modernization meets Cloud and Mobile ... Where to Start? from John Head

Bringing Your Web Apps to IBM Digital Experience

February 3 2016

Here are the session slides for the session I gave with Brad Balassaitis.

For too long, WebSphere portal has been seen as the realm of the back end developer with specialized Java skills. This has been a barrier to entry to the IBM Domino community. IBM has transformed the product to the IBM Digital Experience platform – and it’s not just a name change! With the inclusion of the Script Portlet & IBM Portal on Cloud option, it’s time to look again. We will show you how to integrate your XPages applications, Bluemix and even Microsoft SharePoint. We will show content re-purpose without migration. If you are looking for a single point of integration for all your apps, this session is for you!


Bringing Your Web Apps to IBM Digital Experience from John Head

What the App? : A Modernization Strategy for Your Business Applications

February 3 2016

Here are the session slides for the session I gave with Mat Newman at IBM Connect 2016.

It's 2016 – your application portfolio is being reviewed and scrutinized. Email and application platforms are being separated. Users' expectations of their work experiences are higher than ever. But you're invested in your Notes & Domino applications – what do you do? Looking through the lens of IBM ESS solutions, we will answer that question by providing a roadmap and experiences to help you choose the best path. We will deep dive into the five aspects of Application Modernization: User Experience, Social, Cloud, Mobile, & Modern Workflow. See demos of actual application transformations and the impact they have within an organization. Learn how new functionality in the products will make your journey easier.


What the App? : A Modernization Strategy for Your Business Applications from John Head

Welcome to 2016

January 1 2016

2015 is behind us, and today starts a blank year. For me, it really is about resetting to zero. My quota that is. In some ways, its scary. In other ways, it's exhilarating. Can I match last years success? surpass it? What new challenges will come this year? All great questions. One thing I have learned doing sales for five years is that half of the business I will close this year I don't even know about. That is an exciting prospect. Here is to 2016 and setting a new year best record, again.

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December 18 2015

15 years and counting at PSC Group, LLC - hard to imagine that a third of my life has been spent working for the same company. Looking forward to many more.

John Speaks 2016 - IBM InterConnect

December 4 2015

I am excited to announce that I will be speaking at IBM InterConnect 2016 - for the first time - next February in Las Vegas. I will share the stage with my coworker Mark Roden for the first time - talking all things Application Modernization. The twist - this is about cloud, PaaS, and so much more.

CBA-4586: Application Modernization Meets the Cloud and Mobile... Where to Start?

It's 2016. Your application portfolio is being reviewed and scrutinized. Mobile and cloud are more than checkboxes on a list. User expectations are higher than ever. But there are so many options—what do you do? Looking through the lens of IBM Software, we will answer that question by providing a roadmap and experiences to help you choose the best path. We'll deep-dive into the five aspects of Application Modernization: User Experience, Social, Cloud, Mobile, and Modern Workflow. You'll see demos of actual transformations and the impact they have had within organizations. We'll put special attention on IBM Bluemix, SmartCloud, and the MobileFirst Platform. Learn how new functionality in the products will make your journey easier.

PSC sessions at IBM Connect 2016

December 3 2015

Besides the two sessions I talked about yesterday, PSC Group will be well represented at IBM Connect 2016.

First, we have Kathy Brown, speaking with bacon lover Julian Robichaux:

1387: Outside The Box: Integrating with Non-Domino Apps using XPages and Java

Users don’t care where their data lives. They just want to get their work done quickly and efficiently. They would prefer to do their work without opening three different applications and five different browser tabs. That means your applications need to share data and work well with other applications. So what can you do? Use XPages and Java, of course! Kathy and Julian will give you integration tips and examples of connecting your XPages apps to both IBM and non-IBM technologies. Walk away with a head full of knowledge and a sample database full of working code. NOTE: this session is geared towards XPages and Java developers, beginners welcome!

Second, we have Brad Balassaitis speaking with Paul Calhoun:

1207: The Grid, the Brad, and The Ugly: Using Grids to Improve Your Applications

Do you want better features, better performance, and a better UI in your XPages applications? Then display your data in grids instead of built-in controls. In this session, Paul and Brad will demonstrate why grids are a significant improvement in general and cover why one size does not fit all. They will review the features of commonly-used JavaScript grid frameworks (including Dojo, jQuery, Kendo UI, and Sencha) in order to help you determine which is the best fit for your applications.

Hope to see everyone in one of the four sessions PSC Group is giving at IBM Connect 2016 - and keep your eyes open for more announcements from us!

John Speaks 2016 - IBM Connect

December 2 2015

IBM Connect is back for 2016 and I am honored to be doing two sessions at the conference.

First, you can see myself and the one and only Mat Newman talk about Application Modernization:

1363: What the App? : A Modernization Strategy for Your Business Applications

It's 2016 – your application portfolio is being reviewed and scrutinized. Email and application platforms are being separated. Users' expectations of their work experiences are higher than ever. But you're invested in your Notes & Domino applications – what do you do? Looking through the lens of IBM ESS solutions, we will answer that question by providing a roadmap and experiences to help you choose the best path. We will deep dive into the five aspects of Application Modernization: User Experience, Social, Cloud, Mobile, & Modern Workflow. See demos of actual application transformations and the impact they have within an organization. Learn how new functionality in the products will make your journey easier.

my second session is with my awesome coworker Brad Balassaitis as we give an updated version of a session given at the IBM Digital Experience 2015 US conference on extending Websphere Portal to Bluemix and even Microsoft SharePoint:

1539: Bringing your web apps to IBM Digital Experience

For too long, WebSphere portal has been seen as the realm of the back end developer with specialized Java skills. This has been a barrier to entry to the IBM Domino community. IBM has transformed the product to the IBM Digital Experience platform – and it’s not just a name change! With the inclusion of the Script Portlet & IBM Portal on Cloud option, it’s time to look again. We will show you how to integrate your XPages applications, Bluemix and even Microsoft SharePoint. We will show content re-purpose without migration. If you are looking for a single point of integration for all your apps, this session is for you!

Looking forward to seeing everyone in Orlando!

Congratulations to the PSC IBM Champions!

December 1 2015

As much as I was honored to be named a 2016 IBM Champion, I am even more excited for my co-workers. Kathy Brown, Mark Roden,and Brad Balassaitis were again named IBM Champion, and Shean McManus and Toby Samples were named first time Champions! Congratulations to all of them. Super excited to have 6 IBM Champions working on the same team for 2016!

Honored to be named an IBM Champion for 2016

November 30 2015

Last week, IBM announced the 2016 IBM Champions for Social Business / Collaboration. This is my 5th time being named IBM Champion and it never gets old. Thanks to those who nominated me and I look forward to representing the brand for the next year.

IBM Insight Interview

November 1 2015

I was lucky enough to be part of the Social VIP Program at IBM Insight last week. Nick DiMeo and I chatted on IBMGO and talked about the conference, Application Modernization, and IBM Champions. Check it out here: