First off, I apologize for not staying updated with the blog. I do enjoy posting on the blog but I have been extremely busy the last 6 weeks. I’ve been backing up one of my colleagues who just finished writing a Redbook on Sametime 7.5 plugins, I’m in the process of building my first house, attending night school for my MBA, and getting married tomorrow.
That’s right, getting married in about 18 hours. I will be taken a much needed two week vacation. I promise to post more blog entries when I return. In the meantime, Chris has been posting some great information.
My vacation, guess where.
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I'm about to go on vacation for a couple of weeks up to the Maine coast. As soon as you get there, every bit of stress leaves the body - it's very nice! Plus, the place where we stay has a phone, but no high speed internet access, and a 10 inch TV with no cable - cell phone reception depends on the wind, I think. It's good to unwind and 2 weeks gives you the first week to unwind and the second week to just enjoy doing nothing except reading and biking. I have a few trashy mysteries in mind, a leadership book that my previous manager gave me, Hawking's A Brief(er) History of Time, and Saturday, by Ian McEwan (recommended by my wife). That, and my guitar will keep me busy enough.
When I return, it's off to the Advisor conference in Phoenix and a visit with the family there. (Not to mention a few stops to TeePee Tap Room, my favorite Mexican restaurant since I was in grade school. And believe me, the place has not changed since then.) Maureen and I will be unveiling even more information about Workplace Designer "Next", with lots of working demos - yippee!! (or so she tells me - hee hee. I did install portal 6 in prep for this, but I'm waiting until I get back to throw on a recent build of Designer.) I wonder if she'll defy me and show the puppy demos again??? :)
On the new job front, it's been very busy getting the designs done for Hannover. Lots of re-design happening, usability tests, customer councils, etc, etc. It is very interesting changing something that has been in market for so long and has such a following, but we are trying to put ourselves in the user's shoes as much as possible and change the things in the UI that cause confusion. The mantra has been to simplify, simplify, and Mary Beth's blog points out some interesting things that alot of people don't even know are there. The one that got me the other day was the Edit Quote Selection menu item. I had really never seen it that I can recall, and apparently neither had a lot of other folks! It just points out the challenge of looking at the product with fresh eyes, which Mary Beth and the rest of the designers are doing. Sometimes there are technical challenges to changing things because of the intersection of templates and menu items from the "core" product, along with Notes dual-life as email client and application platform. In the end, I think our users will be much happier, even if they have to go thru a brief re-learning curve.
That's it for me for a few weeks. I'll see some of you in AZ.
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I'm getting ready to go to the IBM Lotus Technical Forum 2006 in Karlsruhe, Germany on May 15-17. It looks like a nice town, and, I'm told, there are a large number of pubs per capita. I couldn't really verify that in my research on the web. I did find out that it's on the edge of the Black Forest and hugs the Rhine River. And there's a big castle, too, the Schloss Karlsruhe, and the streets radiate out from that like spokes on a wheel - cool!
Any recommendations on what to do after the conference? Is a trip to Strasbourg a good thing? What about vineyards?
Oh, yeah, the presentations... Maureen Leland and I will be giving the Workplace Designer Jumpstart on day one - that's the free day. We'll tell you about he other good stuff in our regular length Workplace Designer Intro, but you'll have to pay the conf. fee for that -> plus, we'll be in the onsite labs (kind of like Lotusphere Meet the Developers). Maureen is also reprising her Domino Designer 7 preso, and I branch out into Portlets for Domino options.
See you there, hopefully!
Why am I blogging about this?
I joined IBM in 2002 as a messaging engineer for Domino and quickly became interested in this product/service/solution/idea called workplace. At the time, I don't even think Workplace was a product released but the concept caught my attention. I started reading up on what was called Workplace Messaging 1.0 and when it was released, I was all excited to install and play around. That's were my excitement ended as I must admit, the installation was not as straight forward as my experience with a 15 year old product such as Domino.
After some unsuccessful attempts and many visits to the product documentation, I was able to start up Workplace by the fourth day. Wasn't to impressed as compared to the rich features of Notes Client or DWA, but I saw the potential. Over the years, I stuck with Workplace messaging as hobby and to the best of my knowledge, I may be the only person certified in Workplace Messaging 2.0. What I find most fascinating about Workplace Messaging is how it has grown into an enterprise product over the last couple of years.
To my point, I will be presenting on Workplace Messaging for probably the last time this May at Admin 2006. I am no longer a software engineer but have transition into a Premium Service Manger and slowly losing my technical skills related to messaging. Where I have lost my deep technical skills in IBM messaging products, I have extended my knowledge to new solutions such as Workplace Web Content Manager, Workplace Managed Client, CPP, and WebSphere Portal Server.
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