Slightly delayed due to many conferences and travelling, here is my round up of Engage 2019.
This year’s Engage was bigger than ever. In the amazing location of AutoWorld in Brussels – I have no idea how Theo finds these great venues year after year.
With over 400 attendees, 1500 tweets, 88 speakers, 85 sessions, 26 sponsors and 35 IBM Champions – I am sure this was the biggest Engage event yet.
HCL and IBM were working in partnership, but this time HCL took the lead as the sale of the ICS products to HCL is going to happen very soon (news on the street is somepoint in June 2019). Richard Jefts is like Robin Hood, it feels like he has stolen the ICS products away from IBM (the Sherrif of Nottingham) and he is giving it back to the community. That isn’t to say that IBM have done a bad job at all over the past 2 years with our beloved products – its all steps in the right direction.
I am very much looking forward to see what HCL do with my beloved WebSphere Commerce – the software I worked on for 7 years. If I can dip my toe in the Commerce pond again I will be a very happy person.
I was lucky enough to present at Enage with my big boss Olaf. Our session “Making Domino & Office 365 your Dream Team” covered integration, pain points and challenges, some things you may not have thought about and how to ensure that organisations can work effectively with both sets of technology. There were plenty of people (almost 40) in the session and we had some great questions and discussion. You can find the slides below
I have been a bit quiet of late .. I have been a little busy – working hard at BCC, spending time with the family and the horses and booking my place at the Magic Run Weekend at Disneyland Paris (more about that in a later post) but May will be a busy month ..
I will be at the awesome Engage with co-speaker (and my boss 🙂 ) Olaf Boerner. We have a great session for you on Making Domino and Office 365 your Dream Team ..
Engage is a fantastic event .. free to attend and has some of the best speakers from the ICS bubble, it is well worth the trip.
Just after Engage there is the European Collaboration Summit in Germany. One of the largest user run conferences in Europe for Microsoft. Again I will be speaking (at my first Microsoft conference) on Microsoft Teams: How to automate life cycle management of Teams and ensure compliance and security. I am really looking foward to it
So hope to see you at one or both of these events 🙂
I thought I had already posted this but was remided by our slack chat today that I hadn’t. When migrating the Connections meetrics database from V5 to V6 there is an error that is thrown when the DB2 restore tries to run the upgrade command.
DB20000I The RESTORE DATABASE command completed successfully. SQL2519N The database was restored but the restored database was not upgraded to the current release
The error related to the application heap size, and there is not enough space allocated to run the upgrade command.
Get the current heap size by running the following db2 command
db2 GET DATABASE CONFIGURATION FOR METRICS
You can resolve the issue running the commands:
db2 UPDATE DB CFG FOR METRICS USING APPLHEAPSZ 1536 db2 UPGRADE DATABASE METRICS
I set the APPLHEAPSZ to double the current one. I have also previously seen the same issue with the Cognos DB – which can be resolved in the same way
db2 UPDATE DB CFG FOR COGNOS USING APPLHEAPSZ 2018 db2 UPGRADE DATABASE COGNOS
I have seen this issue with both Connections V5 and 5.5 DB2 databases updating to V6 and this has fixed it for me (and now some others) .. when you google the error you don’t get much in the way of help, so hopefully this will help others who get stuck.
Although the IBM Champions were announced just before Christmas the official list has now been published.
Super proud to be included in this illustrious list again. I am in a handful of champs from the ICS brand that have been champions since the program started in 2011 for ICS.
The program selects Champions annually based on individual contributions that go beyond the scope of a person’s job, so that we can recognize and reward those who give so generously of their time, effort, and energy.
This will be the last year that ICS as a brand is part of the IBM Champion group as of course the software is moving over to HCL later this year. Hoping the guys over there do a similar thing as it has strengthened the community. It’s been a blast and I am looking forward to the future.
In the midst of all the news (or non news as they can’t really talk too much about the deal) of the HCL acquisition of ICS from IBM, the awesome people at HCL have announced the HCL PartnerConnect program. Registration will be open in January.
A quote from the announcement “HCL will continue the critical partner ecosystem model. We believe that all our product groups rely on highly technical experienced partners with great market presence.”
Partners have always been a massive part of the Collaboration Solutions ecosystem and this is great news that HCL are going to carry this on. Looking forward to to finding out more about this when registration opens.
Further to the news flash of the IBM & HCL deal last week – listen in on a video interview with HCL’s C Vijayakumar, Prateek Aggarwal & Darren Oberst on why this is a great deal for HCL, customers and partners.
There is an annoying 30 second advert at the begining of the clip
I woke up to the news that HCL tech are going to acquire select IBM software products – This is big news
IBM already had a partnership with HCL where they would develop the code for IBM – Notes and Domino were among this group. HCL have injected a massive amount of enthusiasm with thier aggressive development plans and release cycle for Notes/Domino which has given the Community a shot in the arm that it needed. But the news was trickling out slowly and a lot of Domino customers are already moving mail off the platform – HCL are not backwards in coming forwards and they have budget to market – ICS was a tiny fish in a very big IBM pond so now it may get the attention it deserves.
This deal is still ongoing and may not be completed until mid 2019 and is subject to change, but these are the solutions on the table
Appscan for secure application development
BigFix for secure device management
Unica (on-premise) for marketing automation
Commerce (on-premise) for omni-channel eCommerce
Portal (on-premise) for digital experience
Notes & Domino for email and low-code rapid application development
Connections for workstream collaboration.
Of course there was already a partnership set up for some of these products, when the deal goes through these will be HCL products not IBMs.
I am super excited for this .. all of the tech I have worked with over the last 20 years from an IBM standpoint is in this list – I am especially excited about the future of Commerce. I spend 8 happy years as a WebSphere Commerce admin and consultant and it is still my favourite product to work with (I may need to brush up on some commerce skills now) .. We have already seen the possitive impact of HCL working with Notes and Domino and the new products they are spinning out of it (HCL Places being one of them). I have high hopes for Connections, Commerce and Portal – I am really looking forward to seeing what the furture will hold.
So a quick round up of #soccnx
Connections isn’t dead.. Long live Connections. And although the emphasis recently has been on the Domino 10 there is lots of work in the Connections space happening.
IBM are planning on releasing CRs instead of big releases. The plan is twice a year for on prem and up to quarterly, as most customers find it way easier to implement a fixpack change than a full migration/update to a new version. This is a great idea and I do agree that it’s the best way forward.
Connections customizer is the way to go for changing things – look and feel, functionality and it is possible to make huge changes without touching the underlying code – but its Linux only same as the component pack (type ahead, orient me and elastic search) – and an extra box (or 2) for windows customers will be required. It is very powerful and although I was sceptical to begin with I agree this is the way to go. It may involve some extra skills being required for Connections admins and a bit of sell to get the extra hardware, but worth it.
No news on docs, really but CR3 if3 of docs is the latest and it will be updated in the same way as connections.
Connections 6 CR3 has a bunch of cool changes for the look and feel including extra community file views and some cool visualisation features – this will be tested as soon as i get a chance.
Lots of emphasis on using the component pack (Linux only as above) but this has replaced the pink vision previously.
Other news – the awesome guys at ISW have a new version of boards coming – this quarter for cloud, next quarter for on prem – which includes new views for boards including a calander view. Can’t wait to see this.
Ephox is now Tiny not as in small as in the tiny editor. New versions of textbox.io and the tiny editor will be available soon for Connections and other Web apps – exciting times & the aussie party is back at Think 🙂
The guys at AppFusions have a great set of tools for integrating teams that work in. Connections and Office365 – I want to give this a try as I can see many customers that could benefit. Hogne gave a great presentation on this which I will share the slides from.
So all in all its been great.. The community is thriving.. Connections is alive and kicking and long may it continue
So we are half of the way though Connections Adoptions month (july 2018) and if you have been following the IBM_ICSsupport twitter account, you will have noticed some videos and tips these have also been posted over on the Connections Cloud Collaboration blog.
These videos are between 1 and 2 mins each and are bite size chunks on the 12 Winning social habbits with IBM Connections. I have collated these videos into a list (which I will append with all of the videos once they are published) and any of the other social posts around this subject.
The videos are great ways of introducing users on how IBM Connections can help with their day to day tasks. Personally I spend a lot of time in IBM Connections, the internal BCC one, Customer Connections systems, IBM in the Cloud (NA and CE Connections Cloud), the ICON UK Cloud Connections – I use connections a lot! There are so many times that we have shown how doing some of these simple tasks can help make people more productive – there has been many “AHA!” moments 🙂
Grab the videos, share the images (in a number of langages) and get your users engaging .. 😀 If you think there are languages missing let us know and we can ask IBM to translate the graphics.