MWLUG 2011 – PSC will be there

The Midwest Lotus User Group Conference 2011 is back again for the third year. This year it is in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at the Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield Hotel.  And once again PSC will be there.  We’re one of the sponsors and our team – John Head and Luis Guirigay – is speaking.  John has a couple of sessions on why developing modern apps in Notes/Domino makes sense.  Luis, together with Kim Greene, will deliver their ever-popular session on Domino Health Checks.

Overall, the Midwest Lotus User Group Conference 2011 includes over 35 sessions and workshops covering topics including application development, system administration, best practices, and social business.

Benefits of MWLUG 2011

MWLUG 2011 provides you as an IBM Lotus professional many benefits including:

  • Over 35 sessions and workshops
  • Breakfast and lunch for two days
  • 50% off one IBM Certification Test
  • Networking with other Midwest IBM Professionals
  • Wednesday evening reception
  • Thursday networking and fun event
  • Access to experts of IBM solutions
  • Free XPages workshop

MWLUG 2011 Registration

Registration for MWLUG 2011 is now open. Registration is $35 that will be donated to your favorite Lotus user group.

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Introducing newest Lotus blogger – Wil How

I am excited to welcome another Loti blogger to the community.  And having him as a member of the Lotus team at PSC makes it so much more special.

Wil How (yes, it is Wil with one L; I had to add him to my custom dictionaries) joined PSC about half way through 2010.   And since then he’s been almost exclusively working on a large XPages project, converting existing Domino application(s).  It’s been a great journey of learning for Wil and I’m glad that he finally decided to start sharing all the little tidbits as he overcomes one challenge of XPages after another.  I’m sure other XPages developers will find them useful, too.

And as Wil does quite a bit of hardcore web development out of XPages as well, from time to time you may see not strictly Lotus-related entries on his blog at


Looking for Lotus developer-consultant at PSC

It’s a new year and we need to start it off right.  How?  By hiring another Lotus consultant developer to our team.

We’re looking for the usual skill set:

  • strong development skills
  • strong web development skills
  • knowledge of web development outside of the standard Lotus package: JS, CSS, extJS
  • hopefully some XPages or at least the aptitude to learn it quickly.

In addition to the technical skills, we would love to hire someone who can manage him or her self, their clients, their projects and maybe even others.

PSC is in Chicago.  We would prefer local candidates, of course.

If you have what it takes or know someone who does, please get in touch with me.


PSC kicks off another XPages discovery project

As organizations are upgrading to Lotus Domino 8.5.x, the XPages technology is attracting interest and gaining acceptance in the corporate world.  Last week, the PSC Collaboration team kicked off another XPages discovery project to assess the effort involved in converting an existing Lotus Notes application to XPages.

Our client’s project management application was built and web enabled over the course of many years using the traditional Lotus Notes approach: build the client UI, then web enable it.  As the result, it looks like a typical Lotus Notes web enabled application — not very pretty.  The XPages technology will allow us to offer a modern Web 2.0 interface to this application and get away from the practice of maintaining 2 code bases.

So one of our Lotus Notes consultants and I are reviewing the application to estimate the effort involved in modernizing it using XPages.  Can’t wait to complete the discovery phase and start building it.  If the client liked examples of our previous XPages project, I think they will love how XPages will transform their own application.

Looking for a Lotus Domino Administrator

I’m looking for a Lotus Domino administrator with a good rounded infrastructure background.  The mix of technical skills I’m looking for is pretty typical:

  • Lotus Domino 8.5 — infrastructure and architecture
  • Lotus Notes 8.5 — deployment and support
  • SameTime — infrastructure, architecture and deployment
  • BlackBerry — infrastructure and architecture
  • General networking and infrastructure skills — DR planning, topology planning, routing, VPN, security, etc.

I’m not looking for an absolute expert but you need to be confident and be able to think, learn and adapt on the fly.

What is most important to me is your consulting skills.  You’ll be dealing with my clients and my clients are very important to me.  You need to be able to think, advise and lead.

PSC Group is located in Chicago.  The Lotus market in Chicago has been hit hard.  I’d love to help someone in our local Lotus community.  But keep in mind that, along with local projects, there is some travel involved.

Drop me a note, if you think you’ve got what it takes.

Congratulations, Jimmy Minata!

“Congratulations! Jimmy Minata has been selected as a remote resident for the upcoming ITSO Best Practices for Building Web Applications for Domino 8 residency. This remote residency is scheduled to run from March 3 to March 28.”

I’m very excited that Jimmy, one of the consultants on our Notes/Domino team at PSC, was accepted to participate the development of one of the first wikis, which are to become replacements for the IBM Lotus Redbooks. In light of some of the discussions that took place on various blogs, I’m looking forward to observing the process that will go into creating a wiki. I can’t wait to see what the final product is going to look like.