Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Announcing the Location of the 2014 Midwest Lotus User Group Conference (MWLUG)

If you are not planning to go or not go to IBM Connect this year, there is going to be two great LUGs within the United States, one of which is MWLUG 2014.  As was announced at MWLUG 2013, the location for MWLUG 2014 is Grand Rapids, Michigan.  MWLUG 2014 will be the sixth conference that we have organized, thanks to an army of organizers, speakers, and volunteers from IBM Business Partners, IBM Customers, and IBM staff.

This is the third MWLUG that will be held is a grand historic and landmark hotel and close to the Amtrak station of that city. If you did not know, I am a big fan of rail travel.  In 2012 it was the historic William Penn Hotel.  In 2013 it was at the historic Crown Plaza Union Station Hotel.

After months of negotiations, I am please to announce that the site for the 2014 Midwest Lotus User Group Conference will be the Amway Grand Plaza on August 27-29, 2013. The Amway Grand Plaza was built in 1913 and in 1925 was rated as "One of the Ten Finest Hotels in America".

We are very excite to have MWLUG 2014 at the Amway Grand Plaza and with Grand Rapids being the Beer City USA you know what that means. Beer Beer.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

GRANITE - December 9, 2013 Meeting Agenda

The agenda for the GRANITE December 9 meeting is all set.  Special thanks to all the speakers for help us out at the last minute.  The meeting will be held at the IBM Center in Downtown Chicago.  See everyone on next Monday.

08:30 - 09:00 AM
Breakfast, refreshments, and networking.

09:00 AM - 09:15 AM
Presentation:  What's New with IBM?  Update
Presenter:  Luis Guirigay, IBM Collaboration Solutions

Luis will provide the audience an update in on the up and coming IBM/Lotus events and what is new from IBM/Lotus.

9:15 AM - 10:30 AM
Presentation: Social Selling in the Real World
Presenter: John Head — Director of Enterprise Collaboration, PSC Group, LLC

Social selling is the rage these days, but what does that really mean? This session is not about buzzwords or what’s new and cool, it’s about real-world practices of putting social selling to work. As a technology consultant who transitioned to sales 4 years ago, social selling tools and techniques made that change possible. Come see the ideas, techniques, and tools that helped John’s transition and enabled his success as a salesperson. You will walk away with a list of new tools to try in your own selling process.

10:30 AM - 10:45 AM

10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Presentation:   A Recipe for Java Beans
Presenter: Mike McGarel, Collaborative Solutions Developer, Czarnowski Display Services

Java beans are a great way to display and transfer data in XPages. They are fast, efficient and surprisingly easy to use. Mike McGarel from Czarnowski Display Services will show what ingredients are needed and demonstrate a few tasty samples that you can use in your own applications.

12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Lunch - Provided by GRANITE

01:00 PM - 01:30 PM
Presentation:  MWLUG (Midwest Lotus User Group Conference) 2014 Planning Update
Presenter: Richard Moy, Phora Group

Richard will provide a summary of MWLUG 2013 and will update everyone on the status of MWLUG 2014 and all the new things that are happening this year in Grand Rapids.

01:30 PM -02:00 PM
Open discussion/Groups/Workshop/Networking
Focused, moderated discussion groups to address topics of major interest to attendees. So bring your problems, your laptops, your questions, and let's share some solutions. We can all learn something new at every meeting.