Thursday, July 31, 2014

Open Source Impact on the ICS Community

I am a big user of open source technologies including, Linux, Twitter Bootstrap, Dojo, and many other open source tools.  Open source technology has had a huge impact on the ICS Community in general.  We are fortunate enough to have a number of sessions this year at MWLUG 2014 that includes open source technology as part of their presentation. So come join us in these sessions.
Open Source Technologies: Nginx, OpenSSL, Apache HTTP Server
Load Balancing, Failover, and More With Nginx, Jesse Gallagher, CTO, I Know Some Guys, LLC
Putting an alternative web server in front of your Domino installation gives you a tremendous amount of flexibility and new abilities. This session will discuss using nginx on Ubuntu server to sit in front of several Domino servers and provide load balancing, automatic failover, multiple SSL certificates, and other tricks. The same concepts will apply to Apache and IBM HTTP Server.
Open Source Technologies: AngularJS
Write once, run anywhere - Angular.js in XPages, Mark Roden, Senior Consultant, PSC Group LLC
The business requirement to surface functionality from one application inside of another has long existed and is often difficult to implement. There has always been a gulf between displaying data and creating a functional application. Mark will demonstrate how the power of building a solution based on Angular.js allows an application to be "moved" from Domino to another platform easily and with the bare minimum of code re-write. Taking "Write once, use anywhere" in the literal sense, you will see how to make Domino applications running natively inside of other platforms. Client side frameworks such as Angular.js are the future of web development - come and see it in action.
Open Source Technologies: NodeJS
Achieving Developer Nirvana With Codename BlueMix, Ryan Baxter, IBM Corporation
BlueMix is a platform for composing and running virtually any application in the cloud without having to worry about the hardware, software, and networking needed to do so. This means that developers can be left to do what they do best….CODE! By eliminating the need to deal with the infrastructure typically required to deploy an app to the cloud, and providing a catalog packed with services from IBM and its partners, BlueMix allows developers to get their apps in the hands of their users with the lightening speed, quality and innovation their users demand. It doesn’t matter if your next app is targeting web, mobile, or the internet of things, you too can achieve developer nirvana with BlueMix, and it all starts by attending this session!
Open Source Technologies: Linux
The Headless Collaborator: Sametime 9 Command Line Installation, William Malchisky, President, Effective Software Solutions, LLC
IBM Sametime 9 is a great product, but with a complex installation procedure. Are you tired of being forced to load a Linux desktop environment just to get ST 9 going, then never use it again? Would you like to be able to simplify your Intel server installations considerably? How about speeding up the OS installation? If you answered, "Yes," at least once, mark your calendar and attend this brand new session debuting at MWLUG. You will see real-world techniques utilizing a Linux terminal window to get your ST 9 install done fast and with minimal hassle!
Open Source Technologies: Twitter Bootstrap
Modern Domino (Workshop), Nathan Freeman, Chief Software Architect, Red Pill Development and Peter Presnell, CEO, Red Pill Development
It is not uncommon for Notes client developers to feel intimidated by the wide range of technologies available when modernizing an existing portfolio of applications with XPages. In this s2-hour workshop we will provide a series of 20-minute introductions to many of these new and emerging technologies. Learn about Java, Beans, REST Services, Bootstrap, Mobile Controls, data visualization and a whole lot more.
Open Source Technologies: XPages Scaffolding
Building a Structured App With XPages Scaffolding, Jesse Gallagher, CTO, I Know Some Guys, LLC
Jesse will demonstrate building an example app using his XPages Scaffolding open-source project. Though Scaffolding will be the medium, the concepts will apply without it: building clean, modern Domino apps using Java in a way that fits with the framework and is not cumbersome. The goal is to break the conceptual separation between Java and the rest of XPages development and show how to use the best aspects of all available tools.
Open Source Technologies: Nginx, VirtualBox
From Many, One: Scaling applications with myriad servers, Doug Robinson, Prominic.NET
Many SMB software service companies have built a multi-tenant environment based on providing maximum service from a single server. However, as customer count increases, as clients grow in size, or as businesses look to migrate to the cloud, additional options are available. Adding virtualization and open source proxy technology, it becomes possible to give each client their own server that can be separately monitored for RAM, CPU, and disk usage. In this session we will walk through such a configuration from start-to-finish, discussing how to configure such an environment and ensure it has the performance and reliability to provide the best experience for users.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

When The Human Community Saved the World - MWLUG 2014 - Part II - Announcing the MWLUG 2014 OGS Guest Speaker

When The Human Community Saved the World - MWLUG 2014 - Part I

Last year at MWLUG 2013 through the great efforts of Sam Bridegroom from Bridegroom Technologies, we able to have Iraq veteran and community spokesman Josh Bleill from the Indianapolis Colts to be our Opening General Session Guest Speaker.

This year was a challenge.  How can we duplicate the incredible presentation that Josh did in MWLUG 2013 and deliver to our ICS community similar expectations.  We wanted to really capture the essence of the MWLUG 2014 theme, "Connecting the Human Community" and what a community, a collection of us can do together and for each other.

We all go through hard times and challenges in our lives.  And our ICS community members are going through these challenges professionally and sometimes personally.  It is our community of colleagues and friends that helps us through these challenges.

Our Greatest Generation endured the hardship of the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl, diseases, and World War II.  They came out of it all stronger and more resilient.  So the challenge was on in finding a speaker who could best represent our theme.  Through the hard work of Devin Olson our MWLUG 2014 boots on the ground, I am truly honored to announce that the MWLUG 2014 Opening General Session Guest Speaker will be World War II veteran, author, inventor, pilot, member of the Nisei 442nd Combat Regiment, and former TSA officer Virgil Westdale.

About Virgil Westdale
Virgil Westdale was born on a farm in Indiana in 1918. The fourth of five children of a Japanese immigrant father and a Caucasian American mother, Virgil learned to be independent at a young age. The intervening years were filled with experiences that sometimes tested his spirit and endurance but never defeated him. Virgil is a veteran of the 442nd Combat Infantry Regiment that rescued the "Lost Battalion" and help free the Jewish prisoners from the Dachau Concentration camp. Ninety-one years later he retired from his job as the oldest airport security officer working for the Transportation Security Administration.
  • Author of "Blue Skies and Thunder"
  • World War II Observation Plane Pilot
  • Recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal
  • Recipient of the French Legion of Honor Medal
  • Holder of 25 patents
  • 14 years as a TSA Officer for Homeland Security
  • Combat Veteran of the 442nd Combat Infantry Regiment
So come to MWLUG 2014 for this unique opportunity to listen and learn from our "Greatest Generation"

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Monday, July 28, 2014

When The Human Community Saved the World - MWLUG 2014 - Part I

Too often in our technology focused world we become no more than bits of data.  We become less and less social and feel lost within our technology. Communities for Generation X, Y is all about Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other social media.  However, a community in the past was all about people and individuals.  Technology is just a vehicle to connect individuals, no different than hundreds if not thousands of year ago when stories and our history was told by the bonfire.  Our goal each year at MWLUG is to bring everyone together in person to share our knowledge and experience so that we can grow our community as people have done in the past.

Only through the test of time, will we know the impact of our ICS community in the fabric of technology.  However, there was one amazing community of men and women despite all odds save our world as we know it.

Over 70 years ago, the human race was tested to its greatest extend and our freedom, our democracy that we as Americans fought so hard to achieve was endangered of being lost.  

Abraham Lincoln stated in his Gettysburg Address over 150 years ago,

"—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."

It was the cooperation and the sacrifice of millions and millions of Americans that allow the values of what we American hold dear to continue to exist. An entire generation of Americans met the call to action and made the ultimate sacrifice to ensure what Abraham Lincoln stated in his Gettysburg Address remained true. As with all communities they were bonded by a common cause. Everyone focused on one singular goal that made victory possible along with the will power of America and its Allies. This generation had already endured the hardship the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl, and many diseases. This generation, is "The Greatest Generation" as coined by journalist Tom Brokaw.

As The Greatest Generation fade into the sunset,  it is important that we connect to this community of veterans and learn as much as we can from their experience.  This lends directly to this year's conference theme, "Connecting the Human Community".

In the American Civil War, many of the soldiers were immigrants from countries like Ireland and Norway whom came to the United States to escape the tyranny of the European monarchs and dictators.  To them America was the one last chance for democracy and opportunity.  Despite being recent immigrants, many make the ultimate sacrifice and died for a country that they recently adopted.

During World War II, there were many ethic groups who were immigrants and American citizens whom despite the vase amount of discrimination they suffered made the ultimate sacrifice to ensure America and what it represented remain and prospered including African-Americans and Japanese Americans.  Even German-Americans and Italian-Americans suffered during the War. 

The Japanese-American population whom were extremely loyal to the United States suffered extremely and lost all their rights, possessions, and were interred in internment camps through out most of the war. This is one of the biggest injustices of our American history.  Despite all this injustices, there were many Japanese-Americans who served in the American military during the War to help save America against the Axis powers.

One American regiments known as the 442nd Combat Regiment was comprised mostly of Japanese-Americans and is the most decorated regiments in the history of the United States military. 
  • 21 Medal of Honor
  • 8 Presidential Citations
  • 52 Distinguished Service Cross
  • 1 Distinguished Service Medal
  • 560 Silver Stars
  • 22 Legion of Merit Medals
  • 15 Soldier's Medals
  • 4,000 Bronze Stars
  • 9,486 Purple Hearts
  • Congressional Gold Medal
This regiment played a critical role during the War in many locations throughout the War including rescuing the "Lost Battalion", and freeing the Jewish prisoners from the Dachau concentration camp.

As you already know this year is not only the 70 anniversary of D-Day but in October it is the 70th anniversary of the sacrifice made by the 442nd Combat Regiment is rescuing the Lost Battalion.  As part of honoring the Greatest Generation and the sacrifice that they made, MWLUG is connecting you to the Greatest Generation this year and will be announcing tomorrow our honored guest speaker, a member of this elite 442nd Combat Regiment whom like many of his community help save the world.

When The Human Community Saved the World - MWLUG 2014 - Part II - Announcing the MWLUG 2014 OGS Guest Speaker

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

MWLUG 2014 Session Schedule is Now Online

The session schedule for MWLUG 2014 is now online at the main site. I am looking forward to MWLUG 2014.  We have a lot of great and unique sessions that you will not find elsewhere in the ICS community.

So register as soon as you can, the special discount for the hotel rooms will be expiring in a couple of weeks.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

MWLUG 2014 Online Community Up and Running

The MWLUG 2014 Online Community is up and running.  If you signed up as an attendee and opt-in to be part of the online community, you should have already registered and sent log-in credentials.  We have two interesting conversations in the Attendees community that we would like you input.

- Softlayer vs AWS
- IBM Partnership with Apple

So coming and be part of these two conversations and get a chance to influence whether we should have a session covering these two topics at MWLUG 2014.

The full agenda and sessions will be coming out next week.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Announcing the Platinum Sponsor for MWLUG 2014

I am please to announce that the Platinum Sponsor for MWLUG 2014 is IBM. This is the second year that IBM is supporting MWLUG as the Platinum Sponsor.

I would like to thanks Kramer Reeves, Oliver Heinz, and Alysha LaFountain to make this possible.  Making MWLUG possible requires the effort of everyone in the ICS community including IBM Staff, IBM customers, and IBM Business Partners.

I am looking forward to MWLUG 2014 and making this the best MWLUG conference yet.  Also, I would like to thank all the other generous MWLUG sponsors for their support.

Gold Sponsors:
  • BCC
  • Panagenda
  • PSC Group
  • Riva CRM Integration
  • Sherpa Software
  • SugarCRM
  • Ytria

Silver Sponsors:
  • Crossware
  • Instant Technologies
  • Phora Group
  • Prominic.NET
  • Redpill Development
  • RPR Wyatt
  • Teamstudio
  • We4IT

Event Sponsors:
  • NotesCode
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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Announcing the MWLUG 2014 Thursday Social Event

Since Grand Rapids, Michigan is the Beer City USA, we thought it would be fitting to celebrate this at MWLUG 2014 with beer, wait we always do that.  So in great lengths, we had to decide where we would have the MWLUG 2014 Thursday Social Event. It was a very hard decision to make.

But we are please to announce that the MWLUG 2014  Thursday Social Event will be held at Founders Brewing in Grand Rapids, MI on Thursday, August 28, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM.

So if you are attending MWLUG 2014, come join us and sample some of the best Michigan has to offer.


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