IBM Collaboration Solutions Technical Event - Jakarta, Indonesia, 2014

Mat Newman  December 8 2014 20:06:42
Over the past few weeks we've been notifying customers and partners directly of the upcoming IBM ICS technical event being held THIS WEDNESDAY, 10th December, 2014, hosted by Prisma and AVNET, with the full support of the IBM technical team from ASEAN

With over 180 registrations so far, we're looking forward to meeting with you all and discussing some of the awesome capabilities that IBM has to offer.

If you haven't registered yet, there are still a few places available, please feel free to use THIS LINK to register.

What should you expect?  The agenda says it all:
IBM Collaboration Solutions, Technical Conference 2014
8:30am Registration & coffee
900 ~ 930 am Keynote Andi Johan - Brand Leader for Enterprise Social Solution
PT Prisma Global Solusi
Business Admin & Infra Development
930am~1030am IBM Verse: Mail re-imagined for the future of work Digital Experience Solution operational Architectures DDS: New capabilities in IBM Domino 9 to extend existing Domino Applications to any system or device
  Speaker: Jack Welch Speaker: Ian Douglas Speaker: Stephan H. Wissel
1030am~1130am IBM Digital Experience on Cloud Moving to Cloud: Deploying and Managing users with your new IBM Smartcloud entitlements Mobile Apps in 5 minutes ...
  Speaker: Ian Douglas Speaker: Gunawan T Wicaksono Speaker: Mat Newman
1130am~1230pm Designing a Modern Digital Experience: Accessing your IBM solutions from any platform or device. 25 Years, 25 Benefits: Taking full advantage of the top 25 Admin features from the past 25 years Build Workflow inside your mailbox → “Embedded Experiences to boost productivity. How to make your applications (on any platform) fit for embedded experiences!”
  Speaker: Ian Douglas Speaker: Mat Newman Speaker: Stephan H. Wissel
1230pm~130pm LUNCH LUNCH LUNCH
130pmpm~230pm UserBlast! What's new in Connections & Sametime? Bootstrapping your Xpages
  Speaker: Mat Newman Speaker: Christopher Haylock Speaker: Gunawan T Wicaksono
230pm~330pm MESSAGING ANALYTICS Adminblast! MobileFirst: Creating native mobile applications with IBM Domino
  Speaker : Prisma / Arun Speaker: Gunawan T Wicaksono Speaker: Stephan H. Wissel
330pm Meet our Speakers Meet our Speakers Meet our Speakers

We look forward to seeing you there!

30th Anniversary of IRIS, and the 25th Anniversary of the Launch of Lotus Notes, 7th December 2014

Mat Newman  December 7 2014 16:29:23
In the past couple of days Ray Ozzie has released an awesome series of Tweets recounting the history of IRIS and Lotus Notes.  Coming directly from the founder and creator of Notes, this was a series I had to collate and republish here.

Thanks Ray!

Congratulations, and Happy Anniversaries!

New capabilities and increased storage now offered in IBM Connections Cloud in the November 2014 update

Mat Newman  November 28 2014 14:32:05
Today IBM announced a plethora of new features and capabilities on IBM Connections Cloud (Formerly IBM Smartcloud), beginning with increased storage capacity for Smartcloud Notes/iNotes and IBM Connections Files.

My favourite highlights from this update:
  • 50 Giga Byte Notes/iNotes Mail Database (Mail/Calendar/Contacts/To-Do/Notebook),
  • 1 Terra Byte IBM Connections Files, and
  • Audio and Video calls on Mobile Phones (previously only a feature on Tablets)

Figure 1: IBM Connections Cloud Voice and Video chats on Mobile

Enhanced social capabilities, better integration between Social and Audio/Video calling from a Browser or Mobile client, and some nice new tools for those of you out there on Mac bring some significant usability enhancements with the November update to IBM Connections Cloud.

Read the overview HERE

The Full list of capabilities and their descriptions are HERE


Happy 25th Birthday IBM Notes

Mat Newman  November 27 2014 17:39:07
Yep, it's today.  IBM Notes (nee: Lotus Notes) turns 25.  What an amazing milestone!

Figure 1: Happy 25th Birthday Lotus Notes

Happy Birthday Lotus Notes!

Really excited to have 2 sessions accepted for IBMConnectEd

Mat Newman  November 27 2014 11:00:15
Received notification overnight that I've had 2 sessions accepted for IBM ConnectEd conference in Orlando, Florida from the 25th - 28th of January, 2015.

The first is #UserBlast; A session that I've really enjoyed putting together over the last few years to showcase the power and capabilities of the IBM Collaboration Platform, of course featuring the IBM Notes client.  This year I'm going back to the format from a couple of years ago and doing 40 tips in 40 minutes, and the big highlight is that I'm being joined on stage by the fabulous Gabriella Davis and Susan Bulloch who are going to help explain how an Admin/Help Desk person can implement those tips for their users.

EVERYTHING you need to know about increasing productivity within your workplace in less than 60 minutes! Mat Newman, Gabriella Davis and Susan Bullock with show you how to Harness the explosive energy of IBM's tightly integrated Collaboration Solutions, enhance your utilisation of existing traditional document editors and RELEASE THE POWER of your employees by understanding how only IBM has the unique capabilities to truly deliver on the benefits of a Socially driven productivity revolution. Ensure you get your annual injection of Information and Enthusiasm to take back to your workplace to energise yourself and your users, don't miss #UserBlast!

The second session is going to be a whole bunch of fun, Carl Tyler, Alan Lepofsky and myself are joining forces to present a historical session on Lotus and IBM/Lotus, running through some of the highlights over the past 25 years, and present a quick overview of where we're heading with IBM Verse, the session title should give it away: @IF("Its Really Good";"It MUST Be Notes";"Must Be Something Else") 25 Notes On 25 Years Of Notes!

25 years of the most revolutionary desktop application ever created condensed into 25 "Notes".  Carl, Alan and Mat will panel their way through the good, the interesting and the controversial as we take you on a trip down memory lane, you'll laugh, you'll cry, but one thing is for certain, you'll fall in love with Notes all over again!

Yep, we're on Count-Down, it's now less than 60 days away!

I look forward to seeing you in Orlando in January :-)

Mail reimagined for a NewWayToWork

Mat Newman  November 18 2014 17:09:52
In just a few short hours, IBM will be launching the evolution of Mail; reimagined for a new way to work.

Stream “A New Way to Work” live
Even if you won’t be in the auditorium, you can still enjoy the event. Register now to watch live as experts, authors and futurists share their visions for “A New Way to Work.”
Talks will stream live 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. USA: Eastern Standard Time (EST).
Replay will be available on demand approximately 3 hours after the live event.

Join this IBM Signature event, live streamed here:

Mail Reimagined

It's a #NewWayToWork

Where does Mail.Next come from

Mat Newman  November 17 2014 09:00:00
In the past few weeks I've been asked a lot of questions as we approach the signature event launch of IBM Mail Next this week on November 18th.

If you haven't registered yet for the event on the 18th, do yourself a favour, the link is HERE (

The key to understanding IBM Mail Next is very simple; Mail.Next is NOT a new mail client, Mail.Next is a new way of working!

So where does IBM Mail Next come from?

I've put together the following infographic that I've been using in discussions with customers to enable them to understand the history behind this vision.

Figure 1: IBM Messaging & Collaboration Evolution

The evolution of IBM Mail.Next

The timeline at the bottom of the graphic is explained here:
Note:   Timeline:
1 1989

Lotus Development Corporation release the first version of the Lotus Notes Client and the Lotus Notes Server on the 27th of November
2 1996

To recognise the expanding capabilities of the Lotus Notes Server with it's ability to host applications accessed by a growing number of clients and protocols, Lotus rename the server component "Lotus Domino".
3 1998

The convergence between Messaging, Chat and Presence begins with the introduction of Lotus Sametime
4 2002

The first version of Notes/Domino and Sametime to officially carry the IBM brand "IBM Lotus Notes", "IBM Lotus Domino" and "IBM Lotus Sametime"
5 2003

Introduction of the Domino based iNotes browser client, a new way to access Domino hosted mail through a Browser
6 2007

IBM launches Lotus Connections, an enterprise social platform that would begin to dramatically transform interaction and communication within the enterprise.
7 2008

The launch of IBM's hosted cloud service for Messaging and Collaboration - LotusLive
8 2009

IBM acquires 'Outblaze' a web based SAAS offering providing mail, calendar and contacts
9 2010

Outblaze is incorporated into LotusLive and offered as "LotusLive iNotes" as an entry level cloud based messaging system which should not to be confused with Domino based iNotes, which on IBM's cloud is called "Notes Web Access"
10 2011

IBM announces the re-branding of LotusLive to IBM Smartcloud
11 2011

Rebranding of Lotus Connections to IBM Connections
12 2013

IBM begins removing individual 'brand' names from all of it's offerings, releasing IBM Notes, IBM iNotes and IBM Domino, version 9: "Social Edition" signifying the closer integration of IBM's Messaging & Collaboration and Social Business platforms.
13 2014

IBM's entry level SAAS mail offering (originally Outblaze) is renamed under the IBM Connections Cloud portfolio
14 2014

IBM Smartcloud rebranded as IBM Connections Cloud
15 2015

The convergence of Messaging & Collaboration and Enterprise Social platforms, backed by powerful Analytics capabilities, and tightly integrated Search, IBM's Mail.Next interface is released for General Availability.

What this history demonstrates is an evolution of capabilities, beginning with the software that revolutionised the messaging and collaboration space in Notes/Domino, the inclusion of realtime voice/video/meeting capabilities with Sametime, the extension of those features to the browser with (Domino based) iNotes, the introduction of a new more productive method of sharing information through an enterprise social platform in Connections, the importance of locating and analysing all of that collective intelligence and finally, bringing all of those capabilities together with a #NewWayToWork which is the vision for IBM Mail.Next.

It's an exciting time within IBM as we realise and implement one of our core values: Innovation that matters - for our company and for the world.

And of course, these capabilities are all built on your existing foundation of IBM's legendary Notes/Domino portfolio, which has meant an upgrade and an enhancement of capabilities, and no data migration, not once, not in 25 years! Investment protection is one of the hallmarks of the platform.

I look forward to discussing these developments with you as they unfold.

A hidden GEM - Creating links from IBM Connections that will open in the MOBILE APP rather than a browser!

Mat Newman  October 30 2014 00:24:42
Remember the absolutely awesome Google Chrome Extension for IBM Connections that I wrote about a little while ago? No? Ok - go refresh yourself on it HERE (Link: )

You're back.  Now for the good stuff. Did you know that this extension has a hidden feature that will create a link for you from an IBM Connections site THAT WILL OPEN IN THE CONNECTIONS MOBILE APP and not a browser?

Yep! A link you can email or share, that will open in the CONNECTIONS MOBILE APP :-)

What I didn't know at the time, but have now been enlightened to it's inclusion by the developer - Romain Lienard - is that the extension contains a VERY neat hidden feature that will enable you to create a link from the currently open IBM Connections page in a browser, which you can then share.  

This is especially useful for calendar entries and including file resources that will subsequently end up on a mobile users IBM Notes Traveler Calendar or Email (or any other Mobile email client), but of course, can be used to link to anything in Connections,  and will then provide a mobile user the ability to open the link in the IBM Connections mobile app - COOL!

There are a couple of steps to set it up, which are pretty easy:
1.        Right-Click the IBM Connections extension icon, then choose "Manage"
Figure 1: Manage Settings

2.        Click the "Options" link in the IBM Connections extension section
Figure 2: Click Options

3.        Click the link "Manage Short-cuts"
Figure 3: Manage

4.        Add a Short-Cut keyboard combination to "Add the current URL to the Mobilizer Queue" (Note: I used "Ctrl+M")

5.        Add a Short-Cut keyboard combination to "Open the URL Mobilizer assistant to help you turn connections links into mobile links" (Note: I used "Ctrl+Shift+M")

6.        Click OK
Figure 4: Set short cuts

7.        Click "Save Settings"

That's it, ready? Let's use it ....

1.        Use the keyboard Short-cut you specified at step 5 in the previous section (I used Ctrl+Shift+M) to launch the Extension page in it's own Tab,
2.        Go back to IBM Connections, navigate to the Connections resource you want to link to (eg: File, Wiki, Forum, Activity, Profile, etc),
3.        Now use the keyboard short-cut from step 4 in the previous section to capture that URL (Ctrl+M)
4.        Go back to the extension tab and VOILA! The mobile link you can now copy and paste anywhere which includes both a BROWSER and IBM Connections MOBILE APPLICATION link!

You can keep the Extension Tab open while you keep on pressing (In my case "Ctrl+M") to capture additional links in the same session, in case you want to create something like your own newletter with both Mobile and App friendly links!

Thanks Romain, an AWESOME tip!


A quiet farewell Lotus 1-2-3, Organizer and Smartsuite

Mat Newman  October 6 2014 15:33:21
Last week a fairly significant date passed without much fanfare: The Withdrawal From Support (WFS) for some of the best desktop software ever created in Lotus 1-2-3, Lotus Organizer and the Lotus Smartsuite office package.

This - of course - followed on from the announcement that these iconic products would be withdrawn from marketing effective the 11th of June, 2013.  WFM is the term used to signify that a product will no longer be available for purchase by customers.  WFS means that a product will no longer receive any updates, nor will customers be able to request assistance for these products. The announcement's were made HERE.

Many would already have been aware that - in reality - none of these products had received any significant updates for over a decade, so the announcement made last year was merely a formal indication that their time really was up, and customers using these products should move on.

In the intervening years, IBM had forked it's own version of OpenOffice to create Lotus Symphony, before making a significant donation back to the Apache Foundation of the code behind it.  The Side-bar in OpenOffice 4.* is the most visible indicator of IBM's contributions included from the Symphony code-base.

Although the retired software products will still work (and will continue to do so as long as the operating systems for which they were designed are still available) it was with a wistful grin that I remembered back to when I first started using PC's, when almost everyone of my vintage at one time was familiar with the "/" (slash) menus from 1-2-3, the spreadsheet that really proved the power of the PC in the workplace and began the PC revolution.

Then there was Organizer, the PC based Planner and Contact manager that defined what Personal Information Mangement (PIM) was all about.  Over 20 years ago Organizer introduced most of the functionality required for effective personal and group co-ordination, along with tight integration into one's contact list it was possible to do anything, from planning a call, to making a call, and then recording it back into the event. Even features like "calendar overlays" and group calendars had their roots back in Organizer, a personal favourite feature of mine was the "Include" option, that enabled one to see the "tabs" from any colleague within your own Organizer folio.

Figure 1: Lotus Organizer

Interestingly, while opening any of these applications it's clear that anyone familiar with modern desktop software will see that actual functionality available today isn't that far advanced from what we had all those years ago with these leading applications from the Lotus Development Corporation software portfolio.

Farewell, old friends, I thank you for your many years of service.

IBM Notes Traveler now available on the Play Store - more new features and a fix

Mat Newman  September 29 2014 22:51:17
Really pleased to advise that the latest update for IBM Notes Traveler client is available NOW on the Play Store

There's a couple of great new features that now enable you to reply without history, and choose whether to include attachments (even those you haven't downloaded!) in your reply email messages.

Great to see the development team is including new features with almost every new release of the IBM Notes Traveler client!

Importantly: For those of you who have reported 'latency' issues with earlier IBM Notes Traveler 9.* client versions, there is anecdotal evidence that the latest update has gone a long way way to improving the performance of Traveler on the affected devices

Check it out now:



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