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MWLUG 2016 Wrap Up

Last week I was in Austin, TX for MWLUG 2016.  This was my second time speaking at this event, and once again, it was a great experience.

I have been to Texas several times, but had never been to Austin.  I’m still not sure I can say I’ve been to Austin, I feel like I only got to see a small slice of it.  Between humidity that felt like I was drowning (it IS August in Austin) and pouring rain, I didn’t get to get out and about as much as I would have liked (and I even stayed a couple of extra days).  Side note, I’m a giant taco snob and I finally found a good taco.  I don’t just mean in Austin, I mean ever since I moved out of California when I was 17 years old.  So that was exciting.

I attended several sessions (though never as many as I’d like).  How we all still come up with new and interesting content is amazing to me, yet we all still seem to do it.  Lots of Champions were speakers.  You couldn’t go in the hotel lounge area without tripping over a Champion.  If you wanted to talk to a Champ, this was the place to do it.

I talked to a lot of people.  That still feels new to me, and isn’t always something I feel I do well, but this week I had a lot of great conversations with clients, and sponsors, and Champions, and attendees, and speakers, and even taught one of the waitstaff how to play Pokemon Go.

Shean McManus and I gave our session, which was well attended, and I think went very well.  Here’s a link to the slide deck.

They’ve announced that next year will be in Washington DC “or environs”.  I hope to see you there!

Speaking at MWLUG 2016!

I’m pleased to say I’ll be speaking at MWLUG this year in Austin.  This will be my second time speaking at MWLUG and my first time ever to Austin.  I’m looking forward to both!  It’s also my first time speaking with Shean McManus! We will be presenting:

Using Dashboards to Transform Application Data Visualization

When you’re driving a car, you need a lot of data quickly. How fast are you going? Are there any problems you need to address? Where do you get that data at a glance?  Your dashboard, of course. All the info you need at your finger tips, easily understood.

Your applications have a lot of data and important information, but can your users get to it quickly? Can they easily spot issues or know what they need to do right now?  They can if you use dashboards. Modern business applications commonly make use of dashboards to provide easy access to key information.  Shean and Kathy will take you for a test drive through some XPage application dashboards.  They will demonstrate how to move away from email-driven tasks and buried information to show you how you can easily visualize your critical business data.

Come see how an application can provide a visually striking, functional, and easy to use Data Visualization for common workflow actions, important info, charts, and key metrics.  Put your users in the driver’s seat!

Come and watch me attempt to correctly say our session title!  Come and learn some stuff about dashboards!  Come and just say hi!  (Wow, I am enthusiastic for a Monday morning!)

It’s Official!

It’s official!  I have registered for IBM Connect 2016!  Booked hotel, booked my flight, registered for the conference.  And I’ll be speaking!  Once again I will be speaking with the wonderful Julian Robichaux.  He and I will present:

Outside the Box:  Integrating with Non-Domino Apps Using XPages and Java

Hope to see you at the conference, please say HI!

My Take on IBM ConnectED 2015

I am surprised to be saying this, to have said it this week, but…this was my best Lotusphere ever.  Before you start arguing and telling me what things you felt weren’t the best, I will say, this was *MY* best Lotusphere.

Honorable mention:  my first Lotusphere in 2008.  I went by myself and didn’t know a soul there.  I didn’t know about Planet Lotus or who any of the speakers or attendees were.  It could never be the best as I barely spoke to anyone, but I saw speakers like Paul Mooney and Bill Buchan doing Worst Practices, and Julian Robichaux and Rob McDonough looking like pirates (they were pirates, right?  I just remember facial hair) and presenting on charts.  I met Marie Scott and Joni and ??, who were kind enough to let me hang out with them when I felt completely out of place.

Runner-up:  My third Lotusphere (2010) is definitely in contention for my best Lotusphere.  It was my first Lotusphere as a speaker.  It was my first conference of any kind as a speaker. (And here was my blog post wrap up for THAT Lotusphere, http://www.runningnotes.net/index.php/2010/01/25/lotusphere-2010-%e2%80%93-the-surreal-year/)  I met Tom Duff the day before I presented with him.  How could that not be at the top of my list?

But the winner is 2015.  Yes, I know, technically, it was IBM ConnectED and not Lotusphere, but let’s face it, it was Lotusphere.  So why was it my best?  Amusingly, it was how I connected with people.  “A new way to engage”, indeed.  Although, it wasn’t better because of social business, it was better because I made a promise to myself to talk to more people.  I wanted to reach out beyond the circle of people I knew and meet (and talk and connect) to new people.  I did just that.

A side note: I was informed before the conference this year that my “resting b!tch face” is pretty strong.  aka when I’m just sitting around thinking about nothing in particular, I look like I am angry or focused, so people tend to think they shouldn’t bother me.  Even friends have said they wouldn’t approach me when I’ve got that face on.  As a result, I tweeted that people should still say hi, AND I went out of my way to try and make eye contact with people and even (GASP) smile.

I got to talk to so many wonderful people this year.  Of course, all my friends that I’ve seen year after year, but also new people that I’d only just met.  I thank everyone for taking the time to talk to me.  I feel like we really did truly connect (pardon the pun).  I had wonderful conversations, loads of laughs, and never enough hugs.

Whatever the future may bring, in terms of conferences, or LUGs, or vacations, I hope to see you all again.  Correction, I hope to connect with you all sometime soon.

Speaking at IBM ConnectED 2015

I am excited to announce that I’ll be speaking at IBM Connected 2015 with the amazing Julian Robichaux.  The session preview tool is now available here.  We will be presenting:

BP107: Ten Lines Or Less: Interesting Things You Can Do In Java With Minimal Code

Don’t be afraid of Java! Many IBM Notes/Domino developers, both new and seasoned have an irrational fear of learning and using Java because it seems overwhelming. We’ll help you over this stumbling block with several short, understandable, and useful examples of Java that you can learn from. All of the examples will be ten lines of code or less, making them approachable and easy to understand. And we will show you how to integrate the Java code with an XPages application so you can get started right away.

Hope to see you there!

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