Church Ragtime? Why not?

Saturday, October 24th, 2009
My daughter, Amy, is learning how to arrange music on the computer. She came to me in frustration about a score she's been working on, so I challenged her to do something different.

Amy loves to accompany the children at church and she loves the Ragtime piano music at Disneyland. (You can see where this is going...) Thirty minutes later she returned with a church ragtime score.

I'm proud of her. I'm just not sure our music pastor will play it in church though... Perhaps for a Sunday Ice Cream social.

20th Celebration of our 50th Wedding Anniversary

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009
Kathy was my kindergarten crush, then she became my princess bride. I have been greatly blessed since.

Today, for the 20th time, Kathy and I will celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary. We were married only 20 short years ago, but we learned that the 50th anniversary is such a special celebration that we now celebrate it each year.


I am grateful to the Lord that He has given me the desire of my heart and that He has blessed me with a Proverbs 31 woman - a wife of noble character.

Thank you, Kathy, for being my wife.  I love you with all of my heart!
Looks like things are not well in the T-Mobile/Microsoft Cloud:
T-Mobile and the Sidekick data services provider, Danger, a subsidiary of Microsoft, are reaching out to express our apologies regarding the recent Sidekick data service disruption. We appreciate your patience as Microsoft/Danger continues to work on maintaining platform stability, and restoring all services for our Sidekick customers.
, based on Microsoft/Danger's latest recovery assessment of their systems, we must now inform you that personal information stored on your device - such as contacts, calendar entries, to-do lists or photos - that is no longer on your Sidekick almost certainly has been lost as a result of a server failure at Microsoft/Danger.
(Emphasis, mine)

I know that service disruptions happen al the time - that's why I rely on Lotus Notes. I rarely see them. As far as T-Mobile and Microsoft spinning this, I would classify this as a little more than a "disruptuon" and a lot more than an "inconvenience".

Full text of the announcement via Vowe
I've been invited to collaborate on a session proposal for Business Development Day at Lotusphere 2010. This session will focus on the Lotus Business partner that resells and supports Lotus Notes and/or Lotus Foundations. My copresenter will be David Lawrence, a key Lotus Foundations business partner who will share his experiences winning and keeping satisfied customers. Together, we'll show how to use the  personal productivity aspect of Lotus Software to win sales and keep customers happy. This is sure to be a valuable session for anyone focused on selling Lotus Notes or Foundations or even someone that just wants to keep unhappy end users from showing up with flaming torches.
LS10 Business Development Day Session Proposal:
"How to Win New Business and Keep Your Customers from Switching to the Dark Side"

Session Abstract:

LOTUS KNOWS that when business tools become “personal,” productivity increases and when personal productivity increases so does the productivity of the workgroup and the organization. In this session, you will learn how Lotus Business Partners are winning sales and keeping customers from migrating to Outlook by showing them how to get things done with Lotus Notes and Foundations.Come and see how Lotus Business Partners are leveraging the power of Lotus Notes 8.5.1 and best-selling author, David Allen's "Getting Things Done" (GTD) methodology to deliver quantifiable productivity gains, win new business, and fend-off competitive displacement.

David Lawrence, President Smart technology Enablers
Eric Mack, Founder, ICA.COM, Inc.
Now, it's time for me to turn my attention to my upcoming  at KMWORLD. I'll be moderating a panel of experts on personal KM with my colleague, Allan Crawford. We'll also be presenting a workshop on high performance knowledge work.
At Lotusphere 2009, I co-moderated a Birds of a Feather session with David Allen. We hung out with a great group of people who all had a passion for getting things done and using Notes productively. The BOF was at a 7:00 AM slot on Tuesday morning, and I wasn't sure who, if anyone would actually show up that early. To my delight, we actually had a large number of people participate and it was fun to be able to engage in the kind of discussion that's not practical in a normal breakout session.

I decided to propose a similar BOF for LS10:
Birds of a Feather/Community of Interest Proposal:
Getting Things Done with Lotus Notes - Making Notes Personal

Session Abstract:

LOTUS KNOWS when tools become “personal,” productivity increases and when personal productivity increases, so does the productivity of the workgroup and the organization. This community of interest will explore ways to make using Lotus Notes more productive by making it “personal.” This interactive discussion will bring together expert and novice Lotus Notes users to share how they are using Notes for personal information and action management.

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LS10 BP Session Abstract Submitted

Friday, October 9th, 2009
I've just pressed SUBMIT on my abstracts for Lotusphere. It took two hours to write the proposals and a few more to get them to fit within the allowed word counts. If I had more time, I would have written shorter abstracts. ;-)

Based on the positive feedback we continue to receive, I felt that it would make sense to offer a session that will build upon the successful sessions that I presented in February with David Allen. I decided to keep the title the same because it clearly communicates the theme. If you read the justification, you'll learn more about what will be presented. For those that missed last year, it will provide a good foundation and for those that did attend, there will be some new content as well.

Best Practices Session Proposal:
Lotus Notes and Me: Maximizing Personal Productivity with Lotus Notes

Session Abstract:

Most people think of Lotus Notes as an "organizational" tool; that’s the way it’s marketed and it’s often the way organizations deploy it – as a top down solution. Seldom do you hear about Notes being used for "personal" productivity or knowledge management.  As a consequence users see Notes as a “company” system and not “their” tool. Lotus knows when tools become “personal,” productivity increases, and when personal productivity increases so does the productivity of the workgroup and the organization.

Lotus also knows my Inbox is overflowing; I could be better organized; and my real work is outside the inbox. This session will show you how you can use Notes coupled with proven best practices to become more productive and get things done.

Why I think it is important that this session be included on this year’s Lotusphere agenda:

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Teaching for a change

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009
Last year, I became an adjunct professor at The Master's College in Santa Clarita, California. I'm teaching a course called "Technology for business decision-making (MGT430)" which is a part of the Organizational Management program.


This survey course will impart a basic understanding of technology and productivity as they relate to organizational frameworks.  The importance of information technology and the vast amounts of data available can provide a highly useful and productive tool for attaining strategic and competitive advantages, but it must be viewed based on the value of the information produced by various technological tools.

This is the third time I have taught this course and I'm really really enjoying the opportunity to share what I have learned with the next generation of management students. It's fun to give back.

Productive sidebar widgets in Notes 8.51

Monday, October 5th, 2009
I've been playing with Notes 8.51 and looking for ways to leverage the many features of Notes 8.51 with eProductivity to create an even better productivity system. A few things we have been looking at are Sidebar Widgets and Unified Task Management. The design team has been hard at work on the next major release of eProductivity for Notes 8.5x and Ryan just posted screen shots of a few new sidebar widgets that we are making available to our design partners now. These will show up in the next release of eProductivity within the week.

I'm also reviewing our unified task management strategy. As you may know, David Allen is a BIG proponent of a single unified inbox in which to collect your stuff. The eProductivity design team is  working on making it possible for you to drag and drop anything onto a sidebar context and manage it in Notes, GTD-Style, with eProductivity. This means that you'll soon be able to manage external links (e.g. web and mobile) as part of your eProductivity system.

I want to thank Stephan Wissel, a long-time eProductivity user and tireless champion as well as a relentless pursuer of sidebar views from eProductivity.

Read: Sidebar widgets for Notes 8.x, coming soon!

Shift Happens (Did You Know 4.0) Fall, 2009

Saturday, October 3rd, 2009

The media landscape continues to change as a result of convergence of devices, communication, and technology. This updated video was prepared in partnershp with "The Economizt" in preparation for the Third Annual Media Convergence Forum.
Last year, I purchased a BlackBerry Bold to play with. I don't use it often because there's no wireless coverage where I live. Recently, I set up a WiFi access point and a BES in order to test the integration with Lotus Notes. I've only had BES running for a short while and I'm impressed with the seamless integration between Notes and the BlackBerry.

My real interest was to explore how I might improve upon the on-device applications from a productivity perspective. What I found was that the onboard apps leave much to be desired - especially tasks and memo (reference).

I use eProductivity for Lotus Notes, along with several reference databases. The first reference database is mapped as my personal Journal, so it syncs automatically with the BlackBerry. The BlackBerry only provides native support for one "MemoPad" database on the device. I'd like to get my other reference databases to Sync with the BlackBerry as well. When I used to do integration with the Palm, I used products by Sybase and CommonTime with great success. I know that there are many equivalent options for the BlackBerry. Ideally, I'm looking for something that if I recommend it to a client they won't balk at price or complexity to deploy.

Are you synching additional discussion/document/reference databases with your BlackBerry? If so, which sync tool are you using and how is that working for you?

The Seven Degrees of Bruce Elgort

Thursday, October 1st, 2009
When he's not out driving the Lotus Knows bus, he's making connections between Lotus folk. Did you know that everyone in the yellow sphere can be traced back to Bruce Elgort in 7 steps or less? In fact, in most cases, you can track anyone in two steps or less. Take today for example: For a week I had been banging my head against the bleeding edge of a BES 5.0 server, trying to get it to talk to Domino so that I could do some testing of eProductivity for mobile devices. In frustration, I called Bruce for advice and he told me to call Darren Duke, of STS, an expert in all things BlackBerry. Today, I met with Darren and in just a few hours of consulting, my BES was up and running and my BlackBerry was buzzing and productive. If you want to make BES sing. call Darren. If you want to learn to sing, call Bruce. I'm sure he knows someone that can help.

Glad to be part of an awesome community of yellow folk.