Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Announcing the MWLUG 2015 Thursday Social Event

We are please to announce that the MWLUG 2015 Thursday Evening Social Event is:

The comedy, "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare" in 2 hours at the The New American Shakespeare Tavern.  Dinner will be provided along with this comedy.  

The bus will leave immediately from the hotel after the last Thursday session.  The bus will make a number of trips to bring everyone to and back from the Ritz-Carlton.  Please note though it is not far from the hotel, but it has been advised that you take the bus to the theater and not walk.

So if you are coming to MWLUG 2015, come join us and learn and have a bit of fun.  Registration is still open go to: http://mwlug.com/mwlug/mwlug2015.nsf/Register.xsp

Thursday, July 23, 2015

MWLUG 2015 Session Schedule Now Online

It took me most of the night until 2:00 AM, but the MWLUG 2015 Session Schedule is now online. 


With 53 sessions MWLUG 2015 will be biggest MWLUG ever.  So get registered and we will see you in Atlanta.


With 53 sessions and a registration fee of $50 USD, that is less than $1 a session.  How we can do this?  Great volunteers and great sponsors from our community plus incredible speakers who devote their own time and resources to educate and help our community.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

MWLUG 2015 - Wednesday Social Event

If you are coming to MWLUG 2015 and would like to join us for the Wednesday Social Event, we will be going to the Coca-Cola Museum which is 4 blocks away from the Ritz-Carlton hotel.  We will be meeting at the hotel lobby at 9:15 and walking over.  The cost of the event is $16 for 13 yrs old to adults and $12 for 3 yrs to 12 yrs.  The museum openings at 10:00 AM.  We will be officially returning at 12:00 PM.

For more information: https://www.worldofcoca-cola.com/

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Announcing the MWLUG 2015 Community Outreach Recipient

Louis Richardson will be presenting on Thursday, August 20, 2015 the MWLUG Keynote presentation "The Greater Good of Social Collaboration." This unique session brings to light the power of social collaboration in helping yourself and others. As members of the IT community, we are also an important part of our local community. Through the MWLUG 2015 Community Outreach Program, we are raising money for organizations that help the local community. Each year we identify an organization in which our contribution would have the greatest impact on the local community of the host city.

Over the years we have raised funds for a number of local food banks and the Salvation Army.  I am please to announce the MWLUG 2015 Community Outreach Recipient is the Atlanta Community Food Bank.

Thanks to the generosity of the Ritz-Carlton, we will be raffling off a weekend stay at the Ritz-Carlton Downtown Atlanta as the grand prize. Please take the opportunity to help the local community. Each raffle ticket is $10 and you can buy them at the registration desk starting Thursday morning. We will announce the winners during the lunch on Friday.

Atlanta Community Food Bank

The Atlanta Community Food Bank is one of the largest hunger relief organizations in the Southeast. We support a network of 600 partner nonprofits - community and faith-based organizations - across 29 counties in greater Atlanta and north Georgia. Together, we connect over 750,000 people each year with more than 60 million pounds of food – or more than 50 million meals. But our work isn’t just about food – it’s about community change. We engage, educate and empower the community to fight hunger. The transformational change we catalyze in the community leads to transformational change in the lives of our clients. In addition to food distribution, we also provide several programs throughout the community: Community Gardens supports neighborhood gardens around the city; Kids In Need provides free school supplies to low-income schools and students; Benefits Outreach assists people with public benefit eligibility; Hunger 101 educates the community about hunger and poverty; and our volunteer program provides the community opportunities to participate in local service events and onsite food sorting in our Product Rescue Center.


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Louis Richardson, aka Story Teller Presents the MWLUG 2015 Thursday Keynote Session

MWLUG 2015 is becoming the best conference that we have ever organized.  We are happy to announce that the Story Teller, Louis Richardson from IBM will be presenting the MWLUG 2015 Thursday Keynote Session. The keynote session will happen during the Thursday lunch, August 20th, 2015. So don't skip lunch on Thursday or you will feel sorry that you did.

Louis will be presenting "The Greater Good of Social Collaboration." This unique session brings to light the power of social collaboration.  So come to this Thursday session and have a great lunch, listen, and learn.

Louis Richardson

Louis serves as an IBM Storyteller & Enthusiast around the topics of Social Smarter Work. In this role, he has the privilege to meet with leaders around the world who are interested developing a social business culture within their organizations. These conversations provide Louis with a broad exposure to the practical and business relevant impact that social software is having on today’s businesses. And while the topic of social smarter work can be complex, Louis uses his conversational and story-telling style to relate to non-technical audiences. He is often called on to share his stories and insights at conferences, workshops and through his social network. www.creativitycrisis.com

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Announcing the MWLUG 2015 Guest OGS Speaker

Each year at the annual MWLUG conference we focus on a theme. This year the theme is "Transforming Collaboration Through Innovation." Design creates innovation by forcing changes on how we perceive and think. Design controls how effective we communicate to users. IBM have been focused on bringing design innovations to products like IBM Verse.

We are so fortunate this year to have Phil Gilbert from IBM Design speak about the importance of design for software followed by Kramer Reeves discussing innovations that IBM have been focused on with IBM Verse. For the seventh annual MWLUG conference Phil and Kramer will be lead by one of the most dynamic speakers that our MWLUG committee has ever known about image and design.

We are happy to announce that the MWLUG 2015 OGS Guest Speaker is artist and educator Katherine Rhodes Fields.

Katherine Rhodes Fields

Katherine is an internationally recognized graphic arts educator and contemporary artist whose print work was recently displayed as a solo exhibition at the famous Grafički Kolektiv Gallery in Belgrade Serbia. In August of 2014, she was the invited graphic artist from the United States for the Fine Arts International Assembly, in Visegrad, Republic Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovinia. In the late summer of 2015 she will return to Serbia to participate as a representative artist from the United States for the Tourism Organization of Kraljevo’s 40th Art Colony at Studenica. Her work can be found in printed publications as well as many private and public art collections, including the Mississippi Museum of Art. Katherine has also created broadsheets for the famed authors Ace Atkins, Jeffrey Eugenides and the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction winner Adam Johnson.

Katherine currently resides in Houston, Texas as Professor of Fine Arts and Head of Printmaking at HCC Central and teaches printmaking at The University of Houston Clear Lake including the UHCL International Arts Consortium where she has conducted printing workshops and critiquing sessions at the Universidad de Veracruzana, Facultad de Artes Plasticas, Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico, the University of Arts, Faculty of Fine Arts, Belgrade, Serbia and at the University of Arts, Faculty of Applied Arts, Belgrade, Serbia. In September of 2015, Katherine will begin her tenure as President of Print Matters, a non-profit artist organization in Houston, Texas and as Executive Director of Print Houston, a city wide and summer-long celebration of original prints in related exhibitions, lectures, workshops, and special events at museums, galleries, non-profit organizations, and alternative spaces throughout the Houston area.


Thursday, June 25, 2015

Announcing the IBM OGS Speakers for MWLUG 2015

We are please to announce that we have two great IBM Opening General Session speakers for MWLUG 2015.  The two IBM OGS speakers are Phil Gilbert from IBM Design and Kramer Reeves from IBM Collaboration Solutions.  Along with our guest speaker, Phil and Kramer will be opening the seventh annual Midwest Lotus User Group Conference  in Atlanta, Georgia at the Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta - Downtown, August 19-21, 2015.

We are two months away from this incredible conference so get registered and learn why our theme for MWLUG 2015 "Transforming Collaboration Through Innovation" holds so true and is everywhere.

We will be announcing the MWLUG 2015 Guest OGS Speaker next week.



Phil Gilbert General Manager of IBM Design
As General Manager of IBM Design, Phil Gilbert sets the strategy for and leads the transformation of product design at IBM. IBM Design is focused on three things: recruiting & retaining top designers, scaling the consistent practice of great design across IBM, and simplifying access to IBM’s broad portfolio of capabilities. Previously, Phil led the Business Process Management segment for IBM, where he drove the simplification of its portfolio and the ease-of-use of its products. Phil joined IBM in 2010 via the acquisition of Lombardi Software where he was President. Phil is a recognized leader in the technology industry and holds multiple patents. In addition to leading three successful start-ups, he is a respected thought leader who regularly shares his expertise on topics of portfolio and software design, design governance, strategy and culture with clients and organizations around the world.

Kramer Reeves, Director of Product Management for Collaboration Solutions
Kramer Reeves has over 15 years experience in the enterprise software industry, 11 of which at IBM. He is currently Director of Product Management for Collaboration Solutions inside IBM Software Group. In this role, Kramer leads a world-wide team and overall business responsibilities for key product lines including IBM's messaging and collaboration solutions; unified communications software; and the workforce productivity portfolio. Prior to this role, Kramer was Director of Global Marketing for IBM's Business Process Solutions portfolio, leading IBM’s Business Process Management (BPM) and Operational Decision Management (ODM), Business Rules and Event Processing software portfolios and IBM's Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) marketing agenda. Kramer has a BS in Engineering from Virginia Military Institute and an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Friday, June 19, 2015

MWLUG 2015 Sessions Now Online

We are pleased to announce that sessions for MWLUG 2015 are now online on our web site. For MWLUG 2015 we will have close to 50 business and technical sessions making this the largest and most comprehensive conference that we have ever had. We have over two dozen IBM Champion speakers sharing with you their knowledge and skills. In addition, we have a number of first time speakers and customers sharing their experience with you. First sessions will start on Wednesday afternoon, August 19th.

That is $1 per session.  How can you beat that and it includes food and entertainment.  So register.

MWLUG 2015 marks our 7th conference and will be held at the Ritz-Carlton, Downtown - Atlanta Georgia, August 19-21, 2015. MWLUG 2015 is the premier IBM user group conference dedicated to collaboration technologies.
MWLUG 2015 provides you the IBM professional the opportunity to learn, network, and contribute to our great community while enjoying a bit of fun.
The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta hotel is downtown's premier 5-star hotel and rated as one of the best hotel in Atlanta. We have made special arrangements with the Ritz-Carlton for a special discount of $149.00/night for attendees of MWLUG 2015.
To register for MWLUG 2015, go to:
This year's theme is "Transforming Collaboration Through Innovation". So if you are looking for unique ways of incorporating or using others' technologies with the IBM portfolio, different ways of utilizing the IBM portfolio in your business, or taking IBM technology to the next level, come to MWLUG 2015 and see how others in the ICS community are transforming collaboration.
MWLUG 2015 session tracks include:
  • Application Development
  • Best Practices in Social Collaboration
  • Customer Business Cases
  • Innovation
  • System Administration

MWLUG 2015 is made possible by the generous MWLUG 2015 sponsors whom not only pay for the majority of the cost for MWLUG 2015, but also donate their time in organizing and providing technical sessions on critical topics that are important to our ICS community.