Tuesday, 16 September 2014

[Webinar] IBM Mail Next and Notes Domino Roadmap - YouTube:
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I have listened to Kramer Reeves in the UK and was very underwhelmed. He has great ideas but how that fits into Lotus Notes is dubious. It seems the strategy is to deploy every single IBM product behind the scenes to deliver IBM Lotus Mail Next. The only way to deliver this beast is via the IBM cloud. The message is move to IBM SmartCloud or leave. Prepare to be assimilated!

The mail server Kramer is now talking about is called the "Smartcloud Notes Service". The real Notes Client and Domino server is as dead as a dodo even though it still has amazing features but in the same sentence, annoyances and uniqueness that gives new meaning to the word frustration.

I am sorry, I feel strongly about this. IBM has killed thousands of jobs and companies with the way they managed Lotus Notes. They could have been in the forefront of IoT.

Being a big fish in a small pond is was great but when the pond loses lost water...

OMG, I am listening to this now. All I hear is Apple this, Apple that, blah blah blah, "delight our customers" (SIC).

Lotus Notes is now an "anchor" (weighing things down?) in the portfolio. Protect their investment - Huh? Bring your own client strategy? BYOC?


Mail Next - 2 points - evolve, enjoy working, make it elegant. "Delightful experience" (SIC) - Seriously! Point 2 - The system should work for me?

Job done. Everyone relax, IBM has fixed the world. email is the next big thing. Huh, I thought email was dead?




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Saturday, 13 September 2014

Gartner names Microsoft a leader in social software in the workplace:

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Karl Tyler shared this on Facebook with this comment:- "It's official, IBM will now start using a different buzz phrase to "Social Software" as Microsoft now appears above them in the Gartner magic quadrant."

I have never seen a phrase that more accurately describe IBM marketing than this. IBM will always claim to adhere to standards but it will be standards that suits themselves and not the industry.  If they are not in a magic quadrant they will simply invent a "phrase" for a rehashed technology that will put them on a new slide. Well said Karl. However, that does not mean that Microsoft is any better.

Gartner names Microsoft a leader in social software in the workplace

Office in the workplace
Gartner is a technology research firm and one of their evaluation techniques are "Magic Quadrants." In a study evaluating Enterprise Social Software, they named Microsoft as a 'Leader.' You can see their quadrant for this study below.
Gartner Magic Quadrant
Microsoft, as a leader has shown the vision and execution in social enterprise software. The social software market for enterprise is defined by Gartner to focus on "virtual environments that engage participants across a while organization in creating organizing sharing information, as well as encourage them to find, connect and interact with each other."
Gartner favors Microsoft because of their integration of components of Office 365 and easy access to features of Exchange, SharePoint, Yammer, and Lync. Microsoft has also shown off a road map for products such as Office 365 which show deeper integration and enhancements. Lastly, viability - the interest and adoption of Microsoft products, such as Office 365, is very high.
Some cautions Gartner has about Microsoft is the change in architecture, which involve unanticipated migrations; a faster pace of innovation than some customers find easy to keep up with; and lastly, a complexity of product bundles that create confusion in choice.
Other leaders in the quadrant include IBM, Jive, Salesforce, and Tibco Software. However, Microsoft is no doubt pleased that they are the most upper-right in the quadrant. You can read the full study here.
This study shows how strong Microsoft remains in the enterprise market, and the potential for even more growth. Do you use Microsoft solutions in enterprise? How do you feel about the collaborative functionalities? 


Friday, 12 September 2014

This has caused me so many issues it is just not funny. The only option is to swap the IP address to work on the server in isolation.


Thursday, 4 September 2014

Domino to Exchange Coexistence: Is It Really Necessary? - Binary Tree:

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Domino to Exchange Coexistence: Is It Really Necessary?

Domino to Exchange Coexistence: Is It Really Necessary?
Posted by Perry Hiltz, Solutions Architect

There’s no question that we’re in the midst of an extreme market shift from IBM/Lotus Notes and Domino to Microsoft Exchange. As a company with over 20 years of migration experience (originally with clients migrating to Domino), we at Binary Tree advise our customers on best practices for smooth transitions and any situations that require coexistence.
First, realize that every Notes environment is different. Every enterprise has its own best practices, standards, custom applications and interpretation of Domino capabilities, so you can’t just “plug in” a coexistence product and magically have a seamless migration appear. You will likely need coexistence to provide your users with full messaging functionality unless you are a small company. If you are just migrating a small number of email boxes, typically all on the same day or over the same weekend, and you have no Notes applications that send email directly to your users, your organization likely does not need to setup coexistence between the email platforms.

Next, let’s focus on enterprise migrations that are more complex. Larger organizations moving from Domino to Exchange typically need to do so over a period of time. With some of the discrepancies that exist between Domino and Exchange, these types of phased approaches (also referred to as staged migrations) require special attention to calendars, free/busy access, directory synchronization, and message threading. More often than not, there are also legacy Domino-based applications that were originally designed to interact with a Lotus Notes client. These may not work at all in Exchange, and require some additional pre-planning and execution time to ensure everything works.

A classic example of a Domino-based app is an expense reporting system—one that allow users to fill out a form via email and have their managers approve or deny the expense with the click of a button in that email. That button, called an “embedded Notes element,” is no simple matter to migrate for, say thousands of users. It expects a Notes client on the receiving end. If I were to send this email via Exchange, the email is converted from Notes Rich Text to MIME and there’s nothing to convert those embedded Notes Elements. This is a situation where coexistence is absolutely necessary, and essential to user satisfaction post-migration.

Here’s how…and the wow!
Using the same router extension technology that’s used to scan Domino email for viruses, Binary Tree’s Coexistence product will identify emails containing any element that won’t translate to MIME. Any email containing embedded Notes elements, hot spots (dialog boxes), or computed text elements (where you send an email to the entire company, but it’s personalized) can be problematic. And here’s the wow: with Binary Tree’s ZApp (Zero-touch Application remediation), the email will be stored securely on the Domino Coexistence server; the Outlook user will receive an email with a link back to that specific document; and that link will allow them to open it in Lotus Notes—seamlessly and without requiring the organization to change or modify their existing custom Notes applications.

Planning for Coexistence
If you have determined that you do need to coexist with Domino and Exchange during your migration, your first order of business is to research, identify, and verify what’s in Domino so that you can properly plan the coexistence. For example, we’ve had projects with 1,200 people and 800 applications. In a situation like that, we need to understand how many of those applications are being used and which ones are only repositories. We had another client with 30,000 employees and 80,000 groups – and half of their groups didn’t even have members in them! These factors and many more can influence how you approach and design for coexistence.

Here are some key preliminary items you’ll need to confirm first:
  • The number of users to be migrated
  • The amount of data to be migrated
  • The target platform environment; Are you moving to an on-premises Exchange environment, to a cloud/hosted infrastructure, or to a hybrid deployment with some users on-premises and some in the cloud?
  • The timeframe for the project
  • The existence of applications, like the expense reporting system described above, that will send “embedded Notes elements” to end users

And when you’re ready to dig deeper, here’s more of what you’ll need to know about your existing environment to plan for coexistence:
  • Number of users, databases, rooms and resources within the Domino Directory
  • The size of the mail databases—largest, smallest, and average size
  • Storage of attachments in DAOS (Domino Object and Attachment Service)—while users can open an attachment in one place (eliminating of lot of storage), you still have to migrate that data
  • Identifying applications that interact with the end user via email, and the details of those messages from a content perspective
  • Customizations to the mail template – Exchange doesn’t provide this capability, and those customizations may not be relevant in Exchange
  • All third-party Domino add-ins, like fax services, or other systems that send SMTP Mail to Domino
  • All items that have and do not have SMTP addresses (such as groups, rooms, resources, mail-in-databases)

Takeaway: Having the answers to these and other questions and understanding the specific differences between Domino and Exchange (in conjunction with email and calendaring) will help an organization make the determination of whether or not coexistence is required. If Coexistence is for you, Binary Tree has the experience, expertise, technology and methodologies to help. For more information on our solutions for coexistence, attend an upcoming occurrence of our SMART Solutions for Exchange to Notes Migrations webinar.
I had no idea of the scale of this development. I wonder if my exIBM pals could let us know how much of Smarter Planet or IoT stuff from IBM is going in, if any. I am just curios.


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Up to 6,000 construction jobs are expected between 2012 and 2016 as more major development sites move into the construction stage. A further 16,000 will be provided between 2017 and 2022.
So far, 237 construction and engineering apprenticeships have been secured and this number could rise as high as 1,000 as more development proposals come forward. This compares to 457 at the Olympic site and 400 for the Crossrail project.
In September 2012 the Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership unveiled the area’s Employment, Training and Business Charter which aims to maximise the benefits and opportunities stemming from this multi-billion pound investment scheme. The charter, which is available to read in full from the downloads section, includes pledges to:
  • Generate job, apprenticeship and training opportunities targeted towards local residents in Wandsworth and Lambeth
  • Focus opportunities towards unemployment people across the two boroughs
  • Work with local schools and colleges to provide students with workplace experience and career taster sessions
  • To work together and share resources to recruit, train and develop candidates from entry level and above
  • Make local businesses aware of contract opportunities and help local firms develop the skills required for competitive tendering
An Employment and Skills programme is now been developed which brings all the key partners and agencies together to ensure existing residents and businesses can take full advantage of the investment now taking place on their doorsteps.
Under the framework, every major planning application must include an ‘employment and skills plan’ setting out a commitment to providing apprenticeships and local jobs both during and after construction. The exact number is linked to the scale of each development project.
Key features of the framework include:
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  • An education and skills programme is being developed in partnership South Thames College, Lambeth College and local schools

Case Study

St James is the first member of the Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership to put their employment and skill plan into action. Work started on their Riverlight development in late 2010 and a range of job and training opportunities are now being provided.

Training OpportunityTarget
Student site visits190
School Workshops100
Research projects25
Work Experience for School Students10
Work Experience Placements for Unemployed Young Persons25
Training courses160

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Have you booked your place yet? London opens up for all access to all areas on the 20th and 21st of September!

Monday, 1 September 2014

Internet of Things (IoT) - We Are at the Tip of An Iceberg:

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Probably the most important slide show you will see for quite some time.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

IBM lets scientists pay to play with its thinking supercomputer:

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IBM's Watson promises to usher in a new era of "cognitive computing," but, so far, all the system has demonstrated is a knack for game shows. Now, however, IBM has announced Watson Discovery Advisor, a cloud-based service that'll enable researchers to harness those smarts to do more than put Ken Jennings out of a job. Using the platform, scientists can ask Watson natural-language questions, sending the system to scour every publicly available research paper ever written in every available field. Digesting this information, Watson is then able to identify connections that it would have taken a lifetime for a person to find, which promises to accelerate the speed of scientific discovery. In one instance, the Baylor College of Medicine used Watson to crunch six years worth of cancer protein research into "a matter of weeks." Now all we need to do is scrape together the cash to ask the supercomputer theultimate question...

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

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Geek Dreams: Cray CS-Storm Delivers High-Performance Computing In Million-Dollar Package | TechCrunch:

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Imagine a system with 22 x 2u servers in a 48u rack -all cranking on 176 NVIDIA Tesla K40 GPU chips providing an astonishing 250 Teraflops per rack. We’re talking scream machines and that’s what Cray is delivering in its latest high-performance system called the Cray CS-Storm.
Consider that a four cabinet Cray CS-Storm system is capable of delivering more than one petaflop of peak performance. That’s a mighty powerful system
And it comes at a time when you can get inexpensive computing power with a credit card from infrastructure providers like AWS or cheap machines from white box PC makers. Cray doesn’t try to compete there though, sticking to the high performance computing market as it always has, where companies who make use of these systems, need full-on, pedal to the metal power 24×7/365. And that’s what Cray provides says Barry Bolding, vice president of marketing and business development at Cray.
He points out these machines are not for the faint of heart. In order to justify the cost of one of these babies, which he points out could run you close to a million dollars fully loaded, you need to have specialized needs and you need to run them full bore, pretty much all day long every day. When he says full on, he means it.
“The NVIDIA [Tesla] K40s run at 300 watts when doing maximum calculations,” Bolding explained. And the CS-Storm has been engineered  to run at a maximum of 300 watts all the time, he told me. That means it delivers full power all day long.
To give you a sense of where the cost comes from, a single NVIDIA Tesla K40 chip costs around $4,000. As he said, do the math. There are up to 8 per node and a total capacity of 176 in one rack.  If you have four fully loaded racks, that’s over 700 chips. We’re talking some serious power for serious cash.
Bolding said the system hardware is built on the air-cooled Cray CS300 system, while the software includes the Cray Advanced Cluster Engine cluster management software for resource planning and scheduling plus the complete Cray Programming Environment for building applications on top of the Cray platform, and they also have an integration layer to work with other software. What’s more, customers don’t have to get the fully configured super-duper system if they don’t want it. They can save money by buying just five or 10 servers at whatever configuration meets their needs and budget.
Bolding says the systems have been designed for highly specialized types of jobs that require intense computing such as planet-wide weather forecasting, seismic measuring for oil exploration, financial analysis or crash simulations. All of these require a steady diet of power with thousands of simultaneous calculations that you just can’t break down into a single job. And the intensity is on-going, not just for a short burst.
That’s why he says the cloud just isn’t cost-effective in these instances. While they’re good for that short burst or the short-term capacity boost or even for steady scaling, the super computer comes into play when you need constant, intense computing power. Bolding explained that Cray uses the highest quality components designed to run at maximum capacity virtually all of the time without breaking
He claims companies that need this kind of power can justify the cost because they aren’t going to get the efficiency they achieve with Cray’s engineering with other solutions. He boasts they use the highest quality parts, with the highest quality signal quality so that these components are all working together to the maximum capacity the hardware allows.
If you have the need, you can you justify the cost and get to work. If not, you can sit back and drool and dream your geek dreams like the rest of us.