New Blog and Early 2014 Activity

With the challenges over at GBS/BleedYellow I have decided to move my blog, and after considering a few options have decided to give WordPress a spin.  You can find my old blog posts here. I am happy to report that it looks like the issues BleedYellow was experiencing appear to be resolved, but I am going to take the opportunity to learn a bit about WordPress anyway.

So off we go to 2014.  And yes, I know it’s March already.  We are 9 weeks in and I have been busy, busy, busy.  There are a couple of things I’d like to draw attention to that have meant such a big start to 2014 for me.

The first is that I have joined with my colleagues at Wmode Inc. to make their AppXtender tool freely available to the Yellowverse via OpenNTF.  AppXtender is a Lotus Notes application that allows you to provide access to your Notes and Domino applications via mobile devices without any need for custom development.  That’s right, no need to know anything about mobile app development and you can give your users access to your Notes apps via mobile devices.

There are a couple of different flavours of AppXtender, one that supports HTML5 mobile web pages and one that supports native mobile apps.  The HTML5 version was posted to OpenNTF in January, along with documentation and screenshots.  The native app version is available for purchase from Wmode, and you can contact me if you have any questions.

The other thing that kept me busy to start the year was the opportunity to speak at IBM Connect 2014.  Serdar Basegmez and I gave a presentation on using the IBM Social Business Toolkit to begin learning how to build social capabilities into your applications.  The slides are available here, and the source code is available here.

I will be blogging more about the concepts we presented, especially the demo where we showed how to hook into any traditional Lotus Notes workflow application to publish Activity Stream entries in IBM Connections and SmartCloud for Social Business.

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I am an IT professional with over 20 years of experience. For much of that time I have worked with IBM Lotus Notes and Domino, helping organizations take full advantage of the tool for building workflow collaboration solutions. I have ITIL certification and a background in project management as well. Recently I have invested in how mobile devices may be used to extend business applications outside the office, and have also been learning how to add social components to traditional business applications. Away from work, I have three daughters and recently celebrated my 20th wedding anniversary with my wife in Hawaii. I coach hockey, cycle, and love growing garlic and then finding new ways to use it. I added a section of herbs to my garden last year and was very happy with the result. I ride my bike each year with my wife in the Ride to Conquer Cancer to raise money for research in childhood cancers, particularly brain tumours. Our youngest daughter lost her battle with a brain tumour in 2008 and through this ride we hope to help find a way to prevent other families from experiencing what we went through and continue to live with. If I have any spare time, I like to travel, so you may see the odd photo from our family adventures here too.

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