Friday, May 26, 2017

New Presentation Track for MWLUG 2017, Watson Work

For MWLUG 2017 we have a new presentation track, Watson Work.  This track will include presentations on Watson Workspace and Work Services.  So stay tuned for more information on many new things coming to MWLUG 2017

MWLUG 2017 Abstract Submission deadline extended to June 2, 2017, 6:00 pm CST

Due to the holidays and request from a number of potential speakers, abstract submission for MWLUG 2017 has been extended to June 2, 2017, 6:00 PM CST.  So if you are planning to submit an abstract for MWLUG 2017, you have another extra week.  But don't wait to the last minute !!!

To submit go to:

Monday, May 22, 2017

Abstract Submission for MWLUG 2017 closes this Friday, May 26, 2017

Abstract Submission for MWLUG 2017 closes this Friday, May 26, 2017 at 5:00 PM CDT. So get your abstracts in as soon as you can.

Are you new to speaking? Well here is your chance to speak at a conference on a topic that you know well. Every year we reserve a number of speaking slots for new speakers. So take this unique opportunity to speak at a MWLUG conference and submit an abstract.

To submit your abstract go to:

We look forward to getting everyone's abstract.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Engage 2017 and Presentation - Unleash the Power of REST APIs with Dojo

At the beginning of this week, I was fortunate enough to attend Engage 2017. This was the first time that I had not only presented at Engage, but also attended Engage.  Theo does an amazing job in creating this premier event.  The turnout for my session, "Unleash the Power of REST APIs with Dojo"  was more than I expected.

It has been awhile since I was in Europe.  So I took a couple days off before Engage to visit Amsterdam which I have never been to and a couple days after Engage to visit Belgium.  Amsterdam, though it has a lot of history, I found it too much of a tourist trap.  After the first day, I wandered off to the outskirt of the city where there were less tourist and had great time.  I got the Amsterdam Card and got into most of the museums and places at no additional cost.  I was able to ride the metro and trams with this card at no extra charge.  However, it does not work for some buses.  The lockers in Amsterdam station are great for tourist to leave their luggage while you tour the city.  Just make sure your credit card works with the lockers, before you close it.  Also bring coins with you because water closets ( rest rooms ) are not free in the train station.

Antwerp, Belgium is a beautiful European city.  Rather than walking throughout the city, I rented a bike for the two days after Engage and biked about 140 km mostly in the countryside where I found it to be more interesting.  My adventure in Antwerpen was more of getting lost and trying to get back to the Cyclant Bike store where I rented the bike from before they close each day. Jona and Nicolas are great.  I would recommend them if you need a bike for the day.  They are located in the Antwerp Train Station.

I have enclosed a link to my presentation plus the source code for all the demos.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

MWLUG 2017, "Moving Collaboration Forward", The New is Old and the Old is New

MWLUG 2017 mark the ninth annual ICS user group conference that we as a community are coming together to network and learn for each other.  It will be held at the beautiful Hilton Mark Center in Alexandria, VA near Washington DC from August 8 - 10, 2017. Like always we are planning many activities at MWLUG.

Unlike previous years, MWLUG 2017 will be held from Tuesday through Thursday rather than the previous years where the conference was held from Wednesday until Friday.  This was one of the feedback that we receive last year.

Our ICS community is in a state of transition as the market is changing and new technologies are introduced not just by IBM but from open source environment and other technology vendors.  No one vendor can silo themselves within their own technology.  Users are looking for the best breed.  IBM has answered this call with new solutions derived from open source technology like Docker, MongoDB, and Node.

However as the same time, these new technologies also remaking existing our ICS technologies like Domino to become innovative solutions for organizations and allow them to improve and grow.

In tune with the MWLUG 2017 theme "Moving Collaboration Forward", we are planning sessions this year to include new IBM technologies like:

  • IBM Pink Connections
  • Watson Workspace
in addition to existing IBM technologies:
  • IBM Cloud
  • IBM Connections
  • IBM Domino
  • IBM Sametime
  • IBM Traveler
  • IBM Verse
and open source technologies that are enhancing and are the key to the future success of  both existing and newer ICS solutions:
  • Angular
  • Docker
  • Graph
  • Node
  • Linux
  • Loopback
  • MongoDB
  • MVC
  • ReactJS
  • Web Security

So come join us and share your knowledge, registration is open. Take the time to submit your abstract. Don't be afraid. We are always open to new speakers. Abstract submission ends on Friday, May 26, 2017.


Submit your abstract:

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