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18 Apr 2016
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3 weeks left to submit nominations for the IBM Cloud Champion Program

At Interconnect in February this year, IBM announced the Cloud Champion program. Nominations have been open for the past 1.5 months and we are now 3 weeks away from it closing.

Basic Rundown of IBM Cloud Champion Program

  • – Nominations close 6th of May 2016
  • – IBM Cloud Champions will be named in June 2016
  • – Those chosen to be IBM Cloud Champions will keep the title for a period of 18 months (aka end of 2017)
  • – The IBM Cloud Champion program relates to the following areas:
  • – Click here to nominate an IBM Cloud Champion
  • – Click here to understand more about the IBM Cloud Champion program, which includes guidelines to help you decide on who to nominate.
  • – Yes, you may nominate yourself 👍

The IBM Champion Nomination Form

The Nomination Form is divided into 5 main areas:

  • – Nominator’s basic info
  • – Nominee’s contact info
  • – Nominee’s basic info
  • – Nominee’s community contributions
  • – Nominee’s content creation and product involvement

Some quick tips when submitting nominations:

  • – Not all fields are compulsory, so only fill in what you are comfortable with
  • – When I submit nominations, I usually use the Nominee’s LinkedIn Profile to obtain the basic and social info
  • – References to their works/contributions are usually in their LinkedIn Profile area as well as their Blog

Closing

This is a very exciting program that IBM have launched. It broadens on the skill-set required to be considered as part of the program, thanks primarily to Bluemix’s Ecosystem.

I’ll have submitted all my nominations by this week. It would be great if many of you could do the same…it only takes a few minutes really helps IBM with their decision making at the end of the day.

I look very forward to the announcements in June :)
John
11 Apr 2016
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“XPages on Bluemix” is officially a Space on the XPages Knowledge Base

Yup, thanks to an article published today by yours truly 😎, the “XPages on Bluemix” Space is officially active on the XPages Knowledge Base.

This is in no way near where OpenNTF want the XPages Knowledge Base to be, but it’s definitely a step in the right direction. For those who don’t know what the Knowledge Base is, click here for more info.

The first XPages on Bluemix Article

The first article is titled Quick Facts about running XPages on Bluemix. The idea behind the article is simple: To provide the community with a quick-to-reference list of the pros and cons of running an XPages application on the Bluemix cloud. I’ve populated a number of positives and negatives and will most likely be updating this article frequently.

This marks the first of many articles to make their way to “XPages on Bluemix” Space. I will be counting on a few contributors to help me make this a reality, but have no fear, much is already in store 💪.

Call To Arms

As always, I implore everyone to please contribute in any way possible. For those who don’t have the time to publish articles, you can easily add value by commenting and providing feedback. The article Quick Facts about running XPages on Bluemix is a great place to start. Either comment on this blog post or if you have an OpenNTF account, you can log into the XPages Knowledge Base and provide feedback directly against the article.

What I’m looking for here is everyone’s questions, suggestions and concerns relating to XPages on Bluemix. I’m planning additional articles that will structure this content to be easily referenced by all. The more transparency we have as a community the better.

Thanks in advance everyone. See you on the other side :)

John

30 Mar 2016
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XPages War-cry: Calling all OSGI Plugin experts

I am calling all OSGI plugin experts to assist the XPages community with tutorials and guides on how to create and work with OSGI Plugins.

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There is currently a huge demand to either start creating plugins, or assist with Open Source projects in the form of OSGI plugins. Either way, there is a massive lack in knowledge and understanding the processes involved with working on either.

On the XPages Knowledge Base, we have a space for OSGI Plugins. I’m asking all experts that either have created content or are willing to create tutorials, to please join me in populating the OSGI Plugins Space. The sooner we can get more individuals (including myself) working with OSGI plugins, the better it will be for everyone.

If you have content and are not sure how to add it to the Knowledge Base, please contact me and I will assist in any way possible.

Many thanks in advance
John
16 Mar 2016
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Join me at Engage for some XPages and Bluemix awesomeness

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I find myself yet again preparing for long flights to vast never before seen countries. This time it’s the Netherlands, where I’ll be presenting my session titled “The XPages of Things“, at an awesome user group called Engage, on Thursday the 24th March 2016 at 2:45pm (Netherlands Time – UTC/GMT+1).

I am extremely excited for this session, as it really shows off what is possible using a Cloud platform like Bluemix and integrating it with an on-premise platform like IBM Notes and Domino. The feedback I received re my session from IBM Connect this January past was also super positive, and for those who are still considering if they should attend my session, here’s a pitch…pretty much everything is a live demo 💪.

If you haven’t registered for Engage as yet and are considering…well consider faster, as there are only a few seats left and remember that registration is free thanks to the Engage team and the sponsors.

The event takes place on the 23rd and 24th March 2016 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. And check out where the event will take place!!!

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Click here and here to take a quick look at the schedule for the event.

Session Title

Abstract

“The XPages of Things” session will take you through a gripping LIVE demonstration where John pieces together an “Integrated Circuit of Things”, binding an on-premise XPages application with the IBM Bluemix cloud.

Join this session and discover how applications can leverage services on the Bluemix cloud to expand on what’s currently possible in XPages.

Closing

I am proud to be part of the team of speakers at Engage and just want to thank the team for giving me this opportunity.

See you all next week
John
10 Mar 2016
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Join me as I present an online Webinar titled “Optimus XPages”

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With many thanks to TLCC and TeamStudio, I will be presenting my IBM Connect session “Optimus XPages” as a Webinar on Tuesday the 15th March 2016.

I had the honour of presenting 2 sessions at IBM Connect this past January in Orlando Florida. One of these sessions, which I feel was very well received, focused on approaching XPages development from a “road not so travelled” point of view. It was named:

Optimus XPages: An Explosion of Techniques and Best Practices

Ukuvuma found the XPages sweet spot

Over the past 2 years, Ukuvuma Solutions has focused heavily on creating an XPages development methodology, one that boasts the implementation of performant cloud-based solutions, yet still balances the need for rapid delivery of these applications. We are glad to say that we won this battle multiple times during this period, and now we want to share it with everyone.

This webinar sums up the techniques, practices and strategies we put in place to deliver scalable, performant solutions that look and feel great. All I ask is that you take the time and join us next week Tuesday to get an understanding of what we’ve done. I promise if anything, you’ll have something to ponder that night 😎. Below are the details of the Webinar, as well as the abstract (aka Sales Pitch 💪).

Optimus XPages: An Explosion of Techniques and Best Practices

Date and Time: March 15th – 10:30 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. Eastern U.S. time

Click here to Register

Abstract

Starting a new XPages project but not sure it’s going to be done right the first time? Do you have an existing application that doesn’t seem to have that “X” Factor? In this webinar John will demonstrate how XPages developers can apply proven techniques and best practices to take their applications to a game changing level.

You’ll learn how to:

  1. Rapidly develop responsive applications,
  2. Improve user experience and response times with background and multi-threaded operations,
  3. Keep your XPages lightweight with code injection,
  4. Create scheduled tasks the XPages way,
  5. And much more.