Tuesday, August 26, 2014

MWLUG 2014 Article in Grand Rapids Business Journal

Great Article about MWLUG 2014 in the Grand Rapids Business Journal.  Special thanks to Louise Burton for helping place the article.

http://www.grbj.com/articles/80431-ww-ii-vet-headlines-downtown-lotus-conference

Monday, August 25, 2014

MWLUG Is Heading South

With MWLUG 2014 just about to start in a couple of days, we will be announcing the host city for MWLUG 2015 on Friday at the closing session. So we have decided to head south for 2015.  And yes it is a bit of a stretch in calling some of these towns being in the Midwest.  Here are the potential host cities for MWLUG 2015.  We would like to hear your input so fill out the survey.
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Columbus, OH
  • Dayton, OH
  • Louisville, KY

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PZGSND2

Thursday, August 21, 2014

IBM has Renovations Inc and MWLUG has Midwest Bicycle Incorporated

As many of us who have attended Lotusphere/IBMConnect/Connected know that IBM references a fictitious company for their demonstrations called Renovations Inc.

We have a number of XPages with Java sessions and we wanted to apply the demos and designs to a company and cohesively tie the different sessions into how one company that was using XPages throughout their business. So we came up with Midwest Bicycle Incorporated. So as you attend these sessions you will learn how the Midwest Bicycle Incorporated uses XPages throughout their operation.

Announcing the MWLUG Outreach Program Recipient for 2014 - Kid's Food Basket

As many of you know MWLUG is not just about building knowledge of IBM solutions and networking with our fellow ICS community members, it is about being part of the community.  This is one of the reason we move MWLUG from city to city.  It is about getting to know your local community whether it is in your town or a different town.

Each year we have a fundraising drive for a local community organization in particular a local food bank.  This year with the help of Devin Olson our boots on the ground, we have selected Kid's Food Basket as our MWLUG 2014 Community Outreach Program Recipient.  We will be raffling off a weekend stay at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel as the grand prize along with signed copies of Virgil Westdale's book.

Please take the opportunity to help feed the needy kids in Western Michigan.  Each raffle ticket is $10 and you can buy them at the registration desk starting Thursday morning.  We will announce the winners on just after the Speed Sponsoring on Thursday afternoon.  We can no longer use Eventbrite for the raffle so please bring exact change.  For ever $1 we raise we will provide 5 meals to kids.


Kid's Food Basket
"One in four children experience hunger in West Michigan.  Kids' Food Basket is a force for attacking childhood hunger, ensuring that lunch is not the last meal of the day for over 6,000 kids at 32 schools in Grand Rapids and Muskegon.  Sack Suppers are well-rounded evening meals that provide nutrition critical to the development of the brain and body."

To learn more go to: http://kidsfoodbasket.org

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Ask IBM Session at MWLUG 2014

In light of the recent conversations regarding SSL and SHA-2 support for Domino within the ICS community, the "Ask IBM" session will be a great session for IBM customers and partners to ask this and other critical questions to our IBM panel at MWLUG 2014.  Below is the official description of the session.  The session will be on Wednesday at 6:00 PM in the Imperial Room.

Ask IBM - IGS101
Here is a session you want to attend!! This will be like attending GURUpalooza, Ask the Developers and Ask the Product Managers but all at once. All (or most) IBMers attending MWLUG 2014 will join efforts and will answer all your questions related to Best Practices, Licensing, Roadmap, Offerings, Vision, etc. This will be a very informal roundtable/panel style session and will be lot of fun. Please come prepared with all those questions you always wanted to Ask IBM.

One Week Until MWLUG 2014 so Get Registered

We are one week away from the start of MWLUG 2014.  There is still time to register for this one and only ICS user group conference in North America this year.  This year we have 3 days of events and sessions. Take this opportunity to learn and network with all you ICS community members in person and be true to our MWLUG 2014 theme "Connecting the Human Community."

Here are the highlights for this years conference.

  • 44 sessions and workshops in 5 topics areas:
    • Application Development
    • Best Practices and Customer Business Cases
    • Mobility and Web Security
    • Open Source with ICS
    • System Administration
  • 3 BOF user group sessions
  • Wednesday visit to the Gerald Ford Library and Museum
  • Thursday Evening Social Event at Founders Brewing Co
  • Wednesday Evening Exhibitor Showcase Reception
  • OGS Guest Speaker, Virgil Westdale
  • OGS IBM Speaker, Kramer Reeves
  • Book Signing withVirgil Westdale
  • For Cyclist, Saturday MWLUG 2014 Bike Ride
  • Breakfast and Lunch for two days

So if you have not register for MWLUG 2014, time is getting close.  We still have room and the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel still have rooms available at the discount rate.

To register for MWLUG 2014 go to:
http://mwlug.com/mwlug/mwlug2014.nsf/Register.xsp

To register for the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel go to:
http://mwlug.com/mwlug/mwlug2014.nsf/Hotel.xsp




Friday, August 15, 2014

New Session at MWLUG 2014: Ask IBM

A new session has been added to an already packed MWLUG 2014.  The new session is entitled "Ask IBM".  If you are familiar with the "Ask a Product Manager" session at IBMConnect, you will know what this session is all about.  The difference is that you are up and front of the IBM panel almost in a one to one conversation.  This session is scheduled to be in the Imperial Room at 6:00 PM before the Exhibitor Showcase Reception that will be held in the Vandenberg Rooms.  So coming and join us and ask away.  Then continue your conversation with beer, wine, or soda and hors d'oeuvre and learn about all the great sponsors that we have at MWLUG 2014.

Don't forget to register and the hotel still has rooms.

http://mwlug.com/mwlug/mwlug2014.nsf/Register.xsp

http://mwlug.com/mwlug/mwlug2014.nsf/Hotel.xsp





Thursday, August 14, 2014

What is Next in IBM Mail Next?

Scott Souder from IBM is coming again to MWLUG 2014 and will be following up on his last year's OGS keynote and presenting the latest news about IBM Mail Next.

His presentation is:

IBM Mail Next: Focus on Your Work, Not Your Inbox!

Unlike many other trends, email is not going away. You know it, and IBM knows it, which is why IBM is revolutionizing the corporate inbox from the ground up for today's social and mobile workplace. Check out this session if you want to hear the details and see the latest update for Mail Next -- still under development -- and how your organization can position itself for driving massive improvements in end-user satisfaction, productivity and engagement with IBM's new cloud-based, easy-to-use inbox