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.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Help Protect Child Information Privacy by helping Phora Group become a Chase Mission Main Street Grant Recipient!

As advocates of child privacy, we ask everyone in the ICS community to help us.  We are applying for 2015 Chase Mission Main Street grant and we need your vote.  As many of your know, our iPhora Touch technology is based on XWork /Domino and we would like to bring this technology to K-8 schools and ensure that students and teacher information is not be recorded and create iPhora Touch for Education.
Please read below the description on what we are doing.  Unfortunately, you need a Facebook account in order to vote, but every vote counts.  Let's help protect our kids privacy.
There are many cloud-based social collaboration products that offer free services to schools for teachers and students to use in their classrooms. The age-old adage "nothing is free" really does apply in this situation. Many of these "free" services come at the cost of privacy. Information that is shared and exchanged between students and teachers is collected and aggregated for corporations’ marketing use.. As advocates of child privacy, we want to provide schools with an alternative solution, one that keeps our students’ and teachers’ information private. We plan to utilize our iPhora Touch technology to create a K-8 collaboration system so that schools have a private and secure social platform in which teachers, students and their families can exchange and share information without being tracked and analyzed for marketing information. We plan to work with local elementary schools in our area and, with help from foundations, create and provide this platform to schools at no charge. We would like to use half the Chase Mission Main Street Grant towards developing this version of iPhora Touch: iPhora Touch for Education. So please help us make this become reality and vote for Phora Group.

go to: https://www.missionmainstreetgrants.com/b/67177