Wednesday, August 28, 2013

MWLUG 2013 Wrap Up

MWLUG 2013 has come and gone. It was one of the best MWLUG conferences that we ever had. Josh Bleill and Scott Souder were great presenting at the OGS and if you missed Darren Duke's presentation, you missed one of the highlights of MWLUG 2013. The food was great and the Grand Hall where the OGS, exhibitor showcase, and food was served was unbelievable.

If you missed Catherine Emert's assorted cookies that she brought to MWLUG 2013 at the Prominic.NET booth, then you must wait another year to experience that.  Some one whom know who you are, beat me to the chocolate ones.

The Indy Speedway Museum and Tour was fun.  We had over two dozen participants .

Thank you to all the great speakers who donated their time and resources to speak at MWLUG 2013. It is you who make the MWLUG one of the best collaboration conference around. 

Thank you to all the incredible MWLUG 2013 Sponsors who make the entire conference possible. 

Special thanks to Ray Bylik for organizing the first annual MWLUG Brewfest Charity Competition on Wednesday. We raised over $500 for the Salvation Army Oklahoma Tornado Relief Fund.  This event was sponsored by CDW. Thanks to Rupert Clayton, Keith Brooks, and William Smith for judging this competition.  They definitely got their share of beer.

Everyone had a great time at the Rock Bottom Brewery and we all forgot to ask for a tour of the brewery.  On well. We had about 100 attendees show up for this event.

We also raised over $800 for The Gleaners Food Bank in Indianapolis. Also, Mike McGarel did an exceptional job on the web site while Sam Bridegroom was outstanding in helping us in getting Josh Bliell and organizing parts of the conference. The other volunteers made the entire process run smoothly. 

The Crowne Plaza Hotel - Union Station staff was great especially when things came up in the last minutes. Presentation slides and information will be posted soon.  All attendees will be get a link to available presentation slides and also to speaker evaluations.

MWLUG 2014 will be held in Grand Rapids, Michigan in August 2014. Actual dates will depend on hotel availability. More information coming.  So see everyone in Grand Rapids.


Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Next Stop: Indianapolis - MWLUG 2013

All packed for MWLUG.  Each year the planning for MWLUG gets more and more complex and stressful. But everything has come together.  For all who is attending, I guarantee you this will be three days of intense building of knowledge and relationships along with some fun activities.

LUGs like MWLUG, IamLUG, UKLUG, and BLUG really show what social collaboration is.  It is the coming together of customers, IBM Partners and IBMers for the goal of growing our community and building of knowledge in the way that you normally only see in a open source environment.

Beside having MWLUG in a different city each year which is a major challenge, we try to do something different from the previous years. Sometimes that work great like in MWLUG 2011's comedy club with the Fake "Ed Brill" and sometimes it becomes a total disaster like the "Engima Contest" from MWLUG 2012. Hopefully, this year we have another winner.

So I will be taking the Amtrak train from Chicago to Indianapolis along with a number of others and arrive 5 hours later at the doorsteps of the Crowne Plaza Hotel - Union Station. I can sleep on the train, but I will most likely be working on my Speed Sponsor presentation.

So see everyone soon at MWLUG 2013, have a great time, learn as much as you can, and have fun!

Monday, August 19, 2013

MWLUG 2013 Agenda App Now Available

It is two days before the start of the fifth Midwest Lotus User Group Conference.  The MWLUG 2013 Mobile Agenda App is now ready for download for iPhone and Android users. Special thanks to IBM Business Partner Salient Solutions for volunteering and developing the MWLUG 2013 Mobile Agenda App using their Mobilite solution. 

For iPhone users you can download it using itunes.

For Android users you can access the MWLUG Mobile App using Google Play Store.

The registration process is the same across all platforms, and is just a single step for anyone

Leave it on "Demo", and add your email address, tap "Register Account" and you're in.

You will see the MWLUG as an app next to our other demos systems.

Things you can do
  1. You can view the list of speakers and their bio's with picture (if provided).
  2. From the Speakers view, you can access an embedded view to see what sessions they're presenting.
  3. You can view sessions by day, track or speaker
  4. Each user can add a session to "My Sessions", your own personal list of sessions to attend, they will appear in chronological order.

There is still time to register.  So go to:

MWLUG 2013 Registration

Thursday, August 15, 2013

MWLUG 2013 Update: Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum Tour - Wednesday August 21, 2013

Everything is finally set for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum and Track Bus Tour for MWLUG 2013 attendees. The cost for the event is $5 for the museum and $5 for the track tour.  However, since the Red Bull MotoGP is happening this weekend, we will need to wait until Tuesday, August 20, 2013 to determine if we will be able to get the track bus tour since they need to clean up everything.  We will be providing a bus from the hotel to the Indy Speedway Museum and back.  Depending on the number of attendees interested in attending this event, the bus may or may not need to make two trips.  The Indy Speedway is 5 miles away from the hotel.  The bus will be leaving the hotel at 10:00 AM and return back around 12:30 PM.  Please gather at the front lobby at 9:45 AM.

For more information about the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum go to:

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Top Ten Reasons for Attending MWLUG 2013

MWLUG 2013 is almost upon us.  Starting next week close to 200 members of our IBM community will be descending the town of Indianapolis for knowledge, networking and beer.  Here is this year's Top 10 Reasons why you should join us.  There is still time to register for MWLUG 2013 and the hotel. 

Number 10

  • Find out how many gray hairs Richard got planning MWLUG 2013 this year 

Number 9

  • Find out how many kegs of beer MWLUG 2013 attendees can consume

Number 8

  • See if you can get a one of Catherine Emert (Prominic.NET) famous chocolate cookies

Number 7
  • Beer with friends 3 nights in a row!

Number 6
  • Meet 200 people with similar passion

Number 5
  • Learn how fast MWLUG 2013 Sponsors can speak at Speed Sponsoring

Number 4
  • Learn the true meaning of the word "Social"

Number 3
  • Meet the many IBM Champions and IBM Community contributors who have donated their time and resources to help educate our community. ( Make sure you buy them a beer.)
Number 2
  • Attend The World According to Gregg and Darren AKA "Gregg and Darren's Excellent Adventures" presentation

And the Number 1 Reason for Attending MWLUG 2013

  • Attend opening general session presentations with Josh Bleill and Scott Souder 

MWLUG 2013 Sessions

MWLUG 2013 Registration

Monday, August 12, 2013

MWLUG 2013 Charity Brewfest Competition Prize Is ...

Do you think you have created a great home brew or wine!!! Do you think your local micro-brewery beer is out of this world!!! Then bring them with you to MWLUG 2013 and lets find out.
We are happy to announce the MWLUG 2013 Charity Brewfest Competition. It will be held on Wednesday August 21, 2013 4:00 PM just before the MWLUG Wednesday Exhibitor Showcase Reception. This competition is open for all attendees. We would like to thank our sponsor CDW for making this event possible

The winning prize for the MWLUG 2013 Charity Brewfest Competition will be a $100 Gift Card from the Northern Brewer HomeBrew Supply courtesy of Gregg Eldred.

Ray Bylik and his panel of experienced judges will taste the different entries and select the winners of this competition. Gregg has selected some interesting prizes for this competition.
In order to participate in this competition, the submission fee is $10 with all proceeds benefiting the MWLUG Oklahoma Tornado Relief Fund. You can submit as many entries as you would like. For each entry, please bring at least two 12 ounce bottles. All competitors will need to sign a waiver. All nationally distributed micro-brewery beer do not qualify.
For every dollar that we raise in this event, our sponsor Phora Group will match a dollar. We are working with other sponsors for additional matching funds that will all benefit the Oklahoma residences that have been devastated by the recent horrific tornadoes.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Highlights of MWLUG 2013 Starting in 2 weeks

We are two weeks away from the start of MWLUG 2013. Here is an opportunity to get up and close to current and potential IBM collaboration customers, partners, and IBMers. This event has been made possible by all the hard work of volunteers in the IBM Community that include IBM customers, IBM Business Partners, and IBM Staff.

All the speakers volunteer their time and resources to make this possible. The majority of the cost for MWLUG 2013 is made possible by the generous sponsors who not only provide money but also great technical expertise. Attendees to MWLUG 2013 receive a first-class conference for only an amazing $35 donation.

To register go to:

We have added more rooms at the Crowne Plaza Hotel - Union Station, so you can still register for the hotel at the discounted rate.  However, you need to contact the hotel by telephone (317) 631-2221

Here are the highlights of MWLUG 2013.

Opening General Session Speakers

  • Josh Bleill from the Indianapolis Colts 
  • Scott Souder from IBM 

2 Workshops for Administrators and Developers: 

  • "Build a Bean" Workshop 
  • Building Your ICS Test Environment with Linux

37 Technical Sessions Covering Five Topics: 

  • Application Development
  • Best Practices and Customer Business Cases
  • Mobility and Web Security
  • Social Business
  • System Administration

Three Planned Events MWLUG 2013

  • Brewfest Competition
  • Wednesday Evening Showcase Reception
  • Thursday Evening Event at the Rock Bottom Brewery 

Free Breakfast, Lunch and Snack

  • Thursday
  • Friday

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Announcing the MWLUG 2013 Thursday Evening Event

MWLUG 2013 Thursday Networking Event
We are please to announce the MWLUG 2013 Thursday networking event will be held at the Rock Bottom Brewery in Downtown Indianapolis. After an intense day of listening to sessions at MWLUG 2013, take the opportunity to relax and enjoy many of the great things that Indianapolis has to offer while networking with your fellow IBM collaboration professionals. We will be providing drinks and snacks. Afterwards, visit the night life of downtown Indianapolis. This event is sponsored in part by our event sponsor Mesa Technology.

We are 2 weeks away from the fifth Midwest Lotus User Group Conference. There is still time to register for this event. Discounted online hotel rooms are no longer available. However, you can still get the great discount by calling the hotel directly and using the discount code MWL (317) 631-2221.

MWLUG 2013 Workshops
The MWLUG 2013 workshops will start on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 in the afternoon. For administrators, there will be an intense 2.5 hr Linux Workshop "Building Your ICS Test Environment with Linux" hosted by our one and only William Malchisky. For developers interested in creating and mastering Managing Beans, Mike McGarel and Devin Olson will be hosting a 2 hour workshop "Build a Bean".

MWLUG 2013 Sessions
Starting on Thursday after the OGS, there will be two full days of technical and business sessions that include the following topics:
  • Application Development
  • Best Practices and Customer Business Cases
  • Mobility and Web Security
  • System Administration
  • Social Business
For a list of MWLUG 2013 sessions go to:

MWLUG 2013 Brewfest Competition
Don't forget to bring your favorite home brew or microbrewery beer and compete in the "MWLUG 2013 Brewfest Competition" that will be held on Wednesday afternoon after the workshops. The donation entry fee is $10 which will be donated to the Salvation Army - Oklahoma Tornado Relief Fund. Our sponsor Phora Group will match dollar for dollar.

MWLUG 2013 is 3 full days with additional events and workshops on Wednesday along with two full days of sessions on Thursday and Friday. Thanks to all the MWLUG sponsors, this three full days of events, technical sessions, and workshops is provided to attendees at no cost with the exception of a $35.00 donation. The agenda for MWLUG 2013 is:
  • Tuesday - TLCC TackItOn
  • Wednesday - Special events, workshops, and Welcome Reception
  • Thursday - OGS, technical session and Thursday Evening Event
  • Friday - Full day of sessions and CGS

Thursday, August 1, 2013

MWLUG 2013 Hotel Discount Extended to August 5, 2013 and More Rooms Added

I am happy to say that we have extended the Crowne Plaza Hotel - Indianapolis discount for MWLUG 2013 until August 5, 2013.  In addition, we have added more rooms to our MWLUG room block since we have exceed our room allocation.   So make sure you register soon for MWLUG 2013 and make your reservations at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

To registration for MWLUG 2013, go to

To my your room reservation for MWLUG 2013 go to .