PSC is looking for a Lotus Notes/Domino consultant

I am looking for a new person to join our Collaboration team. The focus of and the strength of our team at PSC has always been the Collaboration technologies with heavy emphasis on the IBM/Lotus family of products: Lotus Notes, Domino, Quickr, Connections, SameTime. As of late, a lot of the work that we do has also been around the web: web-enabling Notes applications, building Extranet sites, exposing Notes applications through WebSphere or SharePoint. Consequently, the person we’re looking for would need to have a matching set of skills.

In particular:

Strong Lotus Notes development skills

  • @Functions, of course
  • LotusScirpt is a must

Strong web development skills

  • Know how take a Lotus Notes application to the web
  • Know how to write JavaScript
  • Knowledge of DHTML, AJAX is always a plus

Experience building enterprise applications

  • Know how to build applications without hardcoding everything
  • Know how to write code that won’t break if an application is moved to a new server or some people leave the company
  • Know to connect a Lotus Notes application to a back-end data source, for example, DB2, MS SQL, Oracle.

Consulting skills

  • Have experience working face-to-face with the customers, end users, business users
  • Know how to work off minimal specifications/ideas from business users and how to build development specifications out of them
  • Know how work independently and manage a project and client relationship

And as far as PSC itself, we are a well-known and recognized organization in the IBM/Lotus community:

  • Premium IBM partner
  • Winner and finalist of multiple Lotus (former Beacon) Awards
  • Notes/Domino Design Partners
  • Hosts of multiple IBM blogs, such as Ed Brill and ideajam
  • We participate in various events: Lotusphere, Collaboration Summits
  • Members of our team (John Head) speak at multiple events
  • And the list goes on

If you have the skills, if you like the life of a consultant, and want to become a part of the leading information technology consulting organization, drop me a line. I can be reached via my personal email linked on this site as “Contact Me” on the right. I can also be reached at my PSC email at akassabov@PSCListens.com

Looking forward to hearing from everyone.

Thought of the week

Sometimes we wonder if we are getting anywhere.  So, what is the latest process (IT wise) to come full circle between the 1970’s and today?  The answer is 3270/5250 and Rich Internet Applications (RIA).  For those of you who may be on the younger side, the model for data processing through the ‘70s was the mainframe and the dumb terminal (aka 3270 or 5250).  All of our data was in one place – in the computer room.  Access was through a dumb terminal or printed report.  Clumsy?  Yes.  Restrictive?  You bet!  But at least we had someone verifying and protecting the data — a single version of the truth.  By the 1990’s, we had fully embraced the smart terminal (aka PC) and “client-server.”  The good news was that with data extract and mining tools we were freed from the shackles of waiting for IT to act on our request for data.  And with powerful desktops, laptops and workstations we could work anywhere, even on airplanes.   The bad news was that now data was everywhere.  Multiple copies in databases, spreadsheets, emails with no guarantee that they all matched.  Data maintenance costs went through the roof and, more importantly, there was no single version of the truth.   We learned the hard way the value of accurate, consistent, accessible information, as well as the cost of not having it.  So, what has “come around”?  With the emergence of better, safer communications, virtualization, Web 2.0, RIA, and hosted services, we have come full circle.  Everything is moving “to the Web,” “into the Cloud”, which means that it is moving back to a single place.  The only difference is the change in the way it is accessed.  What goes around, comes around.

(Shamelessly “borrowed” from PSC Group, LLC)

Jive Software Fall Road Show and Some Lessons

The Jive Software’s Fall Road Show was in Chicago today. The topic of discussion — “Integrating Social Media with Your Marketing Strategy”. I’ve been following Jive software for some while now but this is the first event that I attended. I think they have a great product, which parallels the needs of most organizations out there. And today they did a nice job talking about social media and their experiences helping companies build social network sites using their software. The seminar was not focused on selling their software, there was no sales pitch. This was more of an educational opportunity, telling a story of what to do if you want to build an online social community around your company.

Some interesting facts to consider:

People participating in your social network are more likely to spend more money with you.

People participating in your social network are likely to be loyal to your brand.

Later the same day I was on a sales call visiting a large organization. One of things they mentioned is that they tried a small pilot of Lotus Connections last summer. The pilot was well received by the summer interns, but now the interns are gone and they are not sure what to do with it. They thought that the software was good but they weren’t sure if the corporate culture was right or ready for an online social network. In addition, they were concerned with how to monitor the content being posted. Armed with the well-formulated thoughts from the seminar, we talked about the 4 steps to a successful social network: Plan, Design, Launch, Monitor.

A good plan and a well-designed site will go a long way to ensure a successful launch. Make sure you know who you want to be in your social network, design a community to meet their needs and figure out how to attract them. The software selection comes 3rd in the planning process. It should not be the main driver for how your community will look and act.

I am hoping PSC will be able to help these folks as they take another stab at building an internal social network.

IBM Marketing — US vs. Russia

Compare Lotus Collaboration Summit in Chicago and in Moscow.  Notwithstanding the language, which event would you rather attend?  Great job, IBM Russia.

Why are the North American cities represented by pages that are in such contrast to the European cities, pages look like they are thrown together as an afterthought?  Here’s a list of all cities.  Compare for yourself.

Lotus Collaboration Summit Comes to Chicago

On October 2nd, Chicago will become one of the few cities in the world to host a special Lotus Collaboration Summit.  The location is perfect — Navy Pier.  It hardly gets more Chicago than this.

PSC will be there with our own booth/pedestal.  Come talk to us to find out how we can help with your Lotus Notes, Symphony, Connections, and other Lotus technology projects.

Oh, and an added bonus — a private showing of Batman Dark Knight at Navy Pier IMAX theatre for all registered attendants of the Summit.  I am so there!

Will we all be smoking again or was Philip K. Dick wrong?

I’m reading a collection of stories by Philip K. Dick. Considered by many the world’s greatest science fiction writer, Philip K. Dick wrote stories filled with views and ideas that 40 years later seem as relevant as ever. Most of the stories take place in the near and not-so-distant future or, in some cases, in parallel universes. I couldn’t help but notice that in the future of Philip K. Dick everyone smokes. How could the writer envisioning cyborgs and robotic pets not know that smoking will be outlawed? Could the greatest sci-fi writer be wrong? Or will we eventually come to our senses and reverse the government-sponsored ostracism of smokers?

Bears 17 — Panthers 20

Why am I not surprised to see the Bears blow a 14-point lead and end up losing?  Was the last week’s win a fluke?  Only time will tell.  I guess will see how they do next week at home.