MWLUG – The Perfect event at the Perfect time

For CIOs who oversee an active portfolio of Notes/Domino applications it is now clear they have a need to develop a strategy to transform their investment. IBM is moving on from the platform that has served many of us well for 28 years. The path forward has been less than clear. There has long been a hope that a magic button would appear capable of taking an aging collection of Notes applications and make them relevant in 2017. A quick simple solution does not exist and CIOs must chose between the range of options that are on the table. MWLUG 2017 is likely to be single best North American forum in which CIOs and their representatives can explore first hand those options as well as to engage some of the leading experts in Notes/Domino. This year’s event is being held in Alexandria, Virginia (just outside of Washington DC) from Tuesday August 8 to Thursday August 10.

For those who remain invested in the IBM vision, attendees will have the chance to hear the latest on IBM Connections. This will include sessions on Pink, a new philosophy for product development being adopted for what is known as Connections Pink. Even if you have no plans to be a Connections customer there is a lot that can be learned about the Pink approach to software development. IBM will have updates on Verse, its modern Web interface for Domino mail and we should expect to hear more about IBM’s plans to get its new persistent chat client Watson Workspace to market. We may also hear more on IBMs plans to move from the term “Social Software” to “Employee Engagement”.

For application developers the most interesting IBM news is likely to be  the updates on LiveGrid. At the  Social Connections 11 event held in Chicago a few months ago we heard IBM make a reference to “Domino LiveGrid” for the first time, suggesting that its considering making its latest “low-code” offering available as an option for both Connections and Domino. This has the potential to fill an important void in IBM’s current application development offering, by targeting a solution for End User/Citizen developers.

For those looking for non-IBM alternatives MWLUG will provide a diverse range of sessions covering topics that are usually not presented at IBM events such as IBM Connect. This year MWLUG has attracted a number of excellent speakers who not only have a deep understanding of Notes/Domino but can also share their experiences with alternate technologies such as Angular, Box, Graph Databases, IoT, MongoDB, .Net, O365, Node, SharePoint, Vue.js, and Web Components. Outside of the sessions there are plenty of opportunities to strike up a conversation with many of your peers to explore ideas.

Red Pill Now is pleased to offer a totally new presentation – “M” Is For Modernization, in which we will share of our thoughts about Notes, XPages, LiveGrid, and Connections Pink in our A-Z coverage of technologies we consider to be highly relevant to organizations looking to transform their Notes client applications. The session starts straight after the OGS on Wednesday. Come join the fun being done in a new style and to a Dr Seuss theme, including six members of the Red Pill Now team dressed in their best Cat in The Hat gear. This promises to be a not-to-be-missed session. In total Red Pill Now has six sessions starting with  2.5 hour free workshop “From Then, to Now – A UX and Design Workshop for Programmers” on Tuesday at 1:30PM for those who arrive at the conference early. At MWLUG we are on a mission to learn more about your needs, so please drop by and visit us at our stand (#2).


If you have not already registered for the event you can do so here:

If you have not already convinced your CIO attend, you should!

And if you are going to be there on Tuesday, please register for our workshop here:

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About the Author:

Peter Presnell
CEO at Red Pill NOW. Strategist, technologist, blogger, presenter, and IBM Champion 2011/12. For years many companies have invested heavily in the Notes/Domino platform and I see my role as helping to find paths forward for that investment.

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