First GRANITE User Group West Technical Meeting

We have discussed the idea of holding a Technical meeting in the Western Suburbs on the months opposite the Loop meetings. At yesterday’s GRANITE meeting, we decided that PSC will have the pleasure and the honor to host the first of these meetings at its Schaumburg office on Monday, March 15th from 3pm – 7pm.  Our office is on the 5th floor in suite 500.  (Google Maps link is here.)

We also decided that the main topic of these meetings will be XPages. Specifically, Mike McGarel and Roy Rumaner will be starting everyone off on how to build an XPage application. Where do you start, what do you need to know and how does it work with an existing Notes application.

They are going to use Declan Lynch’s excellent 54 step tutorial as the focus of this project. At the first meeting we will be walking everyone through the first ten steps (more if time permits) in his tutorial. We will then ask everyone to do the next ten on their own before the next meeting.

If you want to start reading through the tutorial before the meeting, it can be found at

Please let us know if you are interested in this idea and if you are going to attend this meeting. If you have any other topic ideas, we are also open to hearing them.

We would like to get a count of how many people will be attending.  That will determine which room we will use for the meeting.  Roy started a thread on LinkedIn.  Please respond there or on our blogs.

GRANITE meeting on Monday (Feb. 8th) – Updated

The first meeting of GRANITE user group is this coming Monday, February 8th.  One of main topics will be a recap of Lotusphere 2010.  Unfortunately, not all GRANITE members were able to join us down in Orlando.  I’m curious to learn what other folks took away from Lotusphere.  Did they walk away with same thoughts and ideas as I?

I guess I’ll find out on Monday.

Hope to see a lot of wonderful Chicago folks join us.

And here’s the agenda for the even.

8:30 – 9:00 AM – Registration, Refreshments & Networking

9:00 AM – 9:10 AM
Presentation: “What’s New With Lotus/IBM” Update
Presenter: Mac Glore, IBM

9:10 AM – 10:00 AM
Presentation: Lotusphere 2010: Wrap Up
Presenter: Lotusphere 2010 Attendees

GRANITE members who attended Lotusphere 2010 will summarize all the new things coming from IBM Lotus including Project Vulcan, Project Concord, Sametime 8.5, Quickr 8.5, and LotusLive.

10:00 AM – 10:15 AM – Break

10:15 AM – 11:15 PM
Presentation: Worst Practices: Orlando, We have a Problem ( DVD presentation )
Presenter: Bill Buchan
Presenter: Paul Mooney

Bill Buchan and Paul Mooney brings back their extremely popular presentation of Worst Practices with an all new 10 worst administration and application development practices. We will be presenting the tame version of their presentation on DVD.

11:15 AM – 11:30 AM – Break

11:30 PM – 12:30 PM
Presentation: Roll Your Own Intranet Using
Presenter: Michael McGarel, Czarnowski

If you want to build your own Domino-based intranet quickly, there’s no better place to go than First we’ll discuss some intranet strategies, then we’ll put together an intranet for a fictional company using open source applications and code from The focus is on traditional Domino techniques and options, but XPages won’t be left out.

12:30 PM – 01:30 PM
Lunch (provided by GRANITE).

01:30 PM – 02:00 PM
MWLUG 2010 Participation

02:00 PM – Discussion Groups / Workshop / Networking
Focused, moderated discussion groups to address topics of major interest to attendees. So bring your problems, your laptops, your questions, and let’s share some solutions. We can all learn something new at every meeting.

03:00 PM – Adjourn

GRANITE in the suburbs?

If you are a Lotus professional in or around Chicago, did you ever you feel that you wanted to come to one of the GRANITE meetings but didn’t want to make the trip downtown?  Roy Rumaner is looking to start a suburban chapter of GRANITE.  He has a discussion going on LinkedIn.

So, if you’re interested, join the discussion and show your support for the idea.  And if you’re not already on LinkedIn, this is a good opportunity to join and connect with other professionals around our town.