We’re back from Alexandria, VA where the last ever Mid-West Lotus User Group (MWLUG) took place from August 8 – 10 and wanted to share a few impressions from the three-day event. We were a proud platinum sponsor along with Atlanta based Red Pill at a successful event with the theme “Moving Collaboration Forward”.

As such we were given the opportunity to host the workshop “IBM Domino Application Transformation Jumpstart“. Thank you to everyone who attended our half day, standing-room-only ApplicationInsights workshop! We had a blast sharing how analyzing and visualizing IBM Domino application usage and complexity can reveal critical insights around modernization, optimization, migration or cloud transformation.

We all felt privileged to encourage the open sharing of business challenges and foster the discussion and questions. As a special bonus, sharing a preview of next version of ApplicationInsights was met with great interest and a round of cheers for our developers, who rarely get to see firsthand reactions.

As part of speed sponsoring, we asked attendees to help us gather and visualize data by voting on what topics they’re currently occupied with. The (delicious) results in the video. Thanks to everyone who voted.

Throughout the three very informative days, our panagendians Julian Robichaux, myself – Francie Tanner along with IBM’s Luis Guirigay and Daniel Reimann shared their Expertise in three different sessions:

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IBM Domino Application Transformation Jumpstart
Presenter: Francie Tanner, Tony Holder, Terri Warren, Daniel Reimann & Julian Robichaux

Plotting a path forward for your IBM Domino applications can be challenging in the absence of application usage and design metrics.

Attendess joined us to learn all about panagenda ApplicationInsights – a cohesive way to get started with application landscape transformation! They found out how their very own data gets turned into easy to understand dashboards that show current application usage, code complexity and transformation roadblocks so as to decide on which applications can be archived, rewritten or modernized easily.

Why Java 8? Or, What’s a Lambda?
Presenter: Julian Robichaux (same slides as IBM Connect 2017)

When Java 8 hit the streets, a lot of people were either excited or confused about the two biggest language changes that were introduced: lambdas and streams. While these two things might seem to be “just another syntax” for doing what we can already do, it turns out that these two programming techniques are very powerful because of the WAY they work. Even if you’re not using Java 8 just yet, this session will show you the potential of using these new language features.

Plotting the Path for your IBM Domino Applications
Presenter: Francie Tanner & Luis Guirigay (IBM)

Finding the right path forward for your IBM Domino applications can be challenging! Join Francie and Luis to learn about IBM’s strategy on how to get started with application landscape transformation! Find out how your very own data gets turned into easy to understand dashboards that show application usage, design complexity and business value application by using panagenda ApplicationInsights. Gain a clear understanding on what applications can be archived, rewritten or modernized easily and how to take the next steps forward.

IBM Notes Performance Boost
Presenter: Daniel Reimann

Reloaded for the latest IBM Notes version, join Daniel Reimann, Director Technical Account Management US, and find out how to make the IBM Notes client faaaast and consistent! Learn how to debug the client, deal with outdated ODS’, understand network latency and more to provide measurable benefit to your users. Gather best practices on how to streamline location and connection documents and why the catalog.nsf is so important.Improve your IBM Notes client installations to provide a better experience for your users! As a special bonus, Daniel will show you how to reduce the startup time of virtualized IBM Notes Clients (Citrix / VMware / etc) by up to 70%!

This was our most enjoyable and productive MWLUG to date, Richard and the entire organizing team outdid themselves with the venue, the variety of sessions and the special trip to the brewery. At the closing session, it was shared that MWLUG would be renamed – so far to “CollabSphere” – and moved to Anne Arbor, MI in 2018.

We at panagenda are proud of the software solutions we create but MWLUG – like all other conferences – are a beautiful reminder of what is at the core of our business – it’s all about the people!

THANK YOU for spending your time with us!