Mark your calendar for our 11th 2-day event!
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Tuesday-Wednesday, May 14-15, 2019
Autoworld, Parc du Cinquantenaire - Jubelpark in Brussels, Belgium

Adm01. Back from the Dead: When Bad Code Kills a Good Server

Thursday, March 24 | 08:00 - 08:45 | C. Jupiter

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It's Friday and a new customer calls. Their mission critical app is taking :05 to open documents and the users are quite concerned. Where do you start when handed a 20 year old application you have never seen, on a server you barely know? Join two IBM Champions as they dissect a complex Domino performance problem from both the administration and development side to provide a complete customer solution. The session includes best practices around problem solving techniques and a checklist you can use internally to solve quickly problems you encounter.
Bill Malchisky (Effective Software Solutions, LLC) @billmalchisky
Serdar Başeğmez (Developi) @serdar_basegmez

Bill Malchisky Jr. is a five-time IBM Champion for Collaboration Solutions, bringing 20+ years of global IBM software consulting experience in regulated verticals along with business prowess to his sessions. Bill presented at over 25 ICS/Lotus focused conferences and is the co-founder of Linuxfest at Connect. Previously, he co-authored two IBM Redbooks on Linux, plus worked with Lotus Education to re-vamp the Domino 8.5 Admin certification exam track. A 16 year loyal business and design partner, he provides services to Fortune 1000 firms, SMB, and governments. Finally, he maintains a Lotus and Linux focused blog at

Serdar Basegmez is an IBM Champion for Collaboration Solutions. Having experience on Lotus Software for 17 years, Serdar is running his own company Developi in Turkey. He is an expert mainly on Domino and XPages. In his free time, Serdar is trying to spread his yellow passion to others. Over the course of this social journey, he started Turkish Lotus User Group, organized the first LUGTR conference, launched his bilingual blog, written articles for 'The View' magazine, presented in several conferences including IBM Connect and ICON UK, got in OpenNTF Board as a member director and contributed a number of open source projects, such as XSnippets and

Adm02. Be a Domino Detective: Tackling Your Toughest Performance Issues

Wednesday, March 23 | 13:30 - 14:30 | C. Jupiter

Download: Engage2016_Adm02_DominoDetective.pdf
Become a Domino performance investigator. This session will teach you industry best practices for Domino performance optimization. Learn how to take abstract symptoms like “Notes is slow” and break it down to a resolvable problem. See the methodology and tricks involved to find the true culprit using tools such as semaphore timeouts, memory dumps and server monitoring. Understand what impact running with obsolete tuning parameters can have on your environment. You will learn the best tips to implement along with do’s and don’ts for ensuring your Domino environment will perform optimally.
Kim Greene (Kim Greene Consulting, Inc.) @iSeriesDomino

Kim Greene is president of Kim Greene Consulting, Inc.specializing in providing consulting services for the IBM Collaboration Solutions portfolio for IBM i (formerly AS/400, iSeries, System i), Windows and Linux. Kim’s experience and consulting services range from installing and configuring Domino, Sametime and Connections servers to performance analysis, system and application tuning, health checks and security reviews, upgrades and migrations, disaster recovery assessments, high availability solutions, and customized application development. Other services offered include providing customized education and training for customers and business partners.

Adm03. Logs Logs Logs: True Tales of Best (and Worst) Customer Practices

Thursday, March 24 | 16:00 - 17:00 | C. Jupiter

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Properly logging and monitoring what happens in your Domino environment is critically important for both security and performance. Be it Domino, Sametime, or Traveler operating on-prem. or in hybrid and cloud environments, it is vital to have an understanding of log data structure, what is (or isn't) logged and why, and how to search logs effectively.
In this in-depth session, we'll examine all of these aspects through a discussion of best (and worst) practices regarding user activity, log analysis, security incident investigation, and more—all culled directly from hundreds of customers’ real-world experiences.
You will walk away from this presentation with a solid understanding of your log architecture, the means to set up notifications for when things go wrong, and faster ways to find what you are looking for.
Benedek Menesi (Ytria)

Ben Menesi is Head of Product at Ytria overseeing its R&D activities, leading workshops on IBM Notes Domino administration and development best practices and delivering technical sessions at conferences like the IBM Connect and other ICS events around the globe.

Adm04. Be the captain of your IBM Connections Deployment

Wednesday, March 23 | 16:00 - 17:00 | D. Saturn

Download: Engage2106_ADM04_beTheCaptainOfConnectionsDeployment.pdf
Depending on deployment size, operating system and security considerations you have different options to consider when deploying or upgrading IBM Connections. This session will show good and bad examples on how to do it from multiple customer deployments.
Main topics include : simple (documented) tasks that should be applied, missing documentation, automated user synchronization, TDI solutions and user synchronization, performance tuning, security optimizing and planning Single Sign On. We will also cover Connections migration and upgrades - from the pros and cons of side-by-side and in-place migrations and what to do if something should go wrong . This is valuable information that will help you to be successful in your next IBM Connections deployment or upgrade project. Don't miss it.
Christoph Stoettner (Panagenda) @stoeps
Sharon Bellamy James (Cube Soft Consulting) @socialshazza

Christoph is Senior Consultant at panagenda and lives in Bavaria. He has 16 years experience with the IBM Lotus portfolio (focus on IBM Domino and IBM Connections). He is IBM Champion for ICS and started the OpenNTF Project “Administration Scripts for WebSphere” with a collection of useful scripts for IBM WebSphere, IBM Connections and DB2 installation, configuration and troubleshooting.

Sharon has been working in the IT Industry since 1996 starting out as a PC and Printer engineer. Since 2003 she has been dabbling in all things WebSphere including Application Server, Portal and Commerce, amongst many other IBM/Lotus software offerings. Working on all things collaborative and IBM/Lotus software based, but specializing in IBM Connections and related IBM collaboration solutions software, Sharon has spoken at NLLUG, UKLUG/ICONUK, Social Connections, MWLUG, BLUG/ENGAGE and IBM Connect / Lotusphere. In her spare time Sharon is a trustee for iCosplay "an anti-bullying campaign" - a charity that supports costumers and lovers of all fandoms, and is an avid Disney, Star wars and Scifi fan.

Adm05. Building & Deploying SHA2 Certificates

Thursday, March 24 | 11:30 - 12:30 | D. Saturn

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Two years ago enabling your site with SSL was a simple affair, buy a certificate or create your own, install it then just remember to renew it every couple of years. Then suddenly security holes are being found in SSL virtually every month , popular browsers stop connecting to your site to protect themselves, and you’re continually being told your users data is at risk. In this session we will discuss how it all went wrong and can go wrong again then go through each step of requesting, generating and deploying a 4096 SHA-2 certificate to use in a keyfile by Domino, IBM Connections, IBM Sametime and other WebSphere products. If you work with these IBM products and need to secure them as strongly as possible this session will show you how."
Gabriella Davis (The Turtle Partnership) @gabturtle

Gabriella Davis – Technical Director, The Turtle Partnership . With a focus on design, development, deployment and administration of global infrastructures, Gabriella enjoys sharing her love of technology through authoring exams, her presentations and writing content. She is also one of the founders of the Nerd Girl group encouraging women into STEM fields. Gabriella was recently made one of the first Lifetime IBM Champions for her contributions to the Collaboration Solutions community

Adm06. Plugins for IBM Connections

Thursday, March 24 | 16:00 - 17:00 | B. Neptune

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Discover the power of plugins that can be used for IBM Connections. In my company these are heavily used, and they have been the key factor in getting users to adapting Connections, since it makes it much faster for them to share documents and emails, and increase collaboration.
Learn how administrators can skin and brand the plugins to fit with their company logo, colors and templates.
We show you how we have created our own document types which also can be used via the plugins via CCM/CECE.
Hogne Bø Pettersen (Brunvoll AS) @elfworld

Hogne Bø Pettersen is the ICT Teaching Manager at Brunvoll in Molde in the North-Western part of Norway.  His main job is educating his users in the use of software and adoption of collaboration solutions. He's also a developer who spends his time coding Domino based solutions, but is also known to dabble with php.
In his spare time Hogne runs around with a notepad and a camera and does journalistic assignments. He is also often used as a presenter and speakers, especially at events about collaboration.

Adm07. The Health Check Extravaganza for Social and Collaboration Environments

Thursday, March 24 | 14:45 - 15:30 | E. Pluto

Download: Engage2016_Adm07_HealthCheckExtravaganza.pdf
Are you concerned about your infrastructure being configured correctly? Do you have problems happen that you don’t know how to prevent? Do you think your servers might have room for improvement? Wonder no more. This session will show you what you need to be looking at to ensure your server environment is running as cleanly and efficiently as possible. You will learn what you need to be looking for in your server configuration, problems found at numerous customer environments and what steps should be taken to remedy the various situations covered in this session. Be preventative, not reactive! Performing a health check is one of the most economical ways to ensure your social and collaboration environments are running properly.
Kim Greene (Kim Greene Consulting, Inc.) @iSeriesDomino
Luis Guirigay (IBM) @lguiriga

Kim Greene is president of Kim Greene Consulting, Inc.specializing in providing consulting services for the IBM Collaboration Solutions portfolio for IBM i (formerly AS/400, iSeries, System i), Windows and Linux. Kim’s experience and consulting services range from installing and configuring Domino, Sametime and Connections servers to performance analysis, system and application tuning, health checks and security reviews, upgrades and migrations, disaster recovery assessments, high availability solutions, and customized application development. Other services offered include providing customized education and training for customers and business partners.

Luis Guirigay is a WW Executive IT Specialist at IBM. He focuses on anything Social, Cloud and Collaboration and he is often involved in complex technical situations around the world. You can always find him speaking at different events and sharing his knowledge and passion for Domino, Connections, Sametime and Verse. You can connect with him via @lguiriga

Adm08. Help, my Travelers complain about performance, what to do ??

Wednesday, March 23 | 11:45 - 12:30 | E. Pluto

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This session is about IBM Traveler and the most common issues you can get regards performance, hang situations etc.
You will get a guidance to solve some common problems you can encounter after you have set up your server and users start (over)using your server.
Come over to the session and you will receive some great tips how to detect if your server is doing well.
Kris De Bisschop (GroupWave) @debisschopk

Kris De Bisschop is managing director of GroupWave, a Belgian company delivering consulting services specialized in the IBM Collaboration Solutions portfolio. Kris is an expert in IBM Notes/Domino administration, Sametime, Traveler, TDI and busy with IBM Connections. He spreads the story about Social Business at customers and loves networking. High level issues are an opportunity to accept a new challenge. When he’s not on his computer or tablet, you can find him in the sports hall playing badminton.

Adm09. IBM Connections - Managing Growth and Expansion

Wednesday, March 23 | 13:30 - 14:30 | D. Saturn

Download: Engage2016_IBMConnectionsGrowth.pptx
You are lucky, your Connections platform is experiencing rapid growth - now what? How to you determine when you have grown
to where you need to build out the service? How do you grow WebSphere or the File Service Space? How do you add additional Web Servers or is it better to add a proxy server?
Learn how to judge and decide what you need to change - and how to then implement it.
Victor Toal (ToalSystems) @thetoal

Victor Toal is a Senior Solutions Architect and Project Manager with more than 25 years of experience in small to large IT environments. He has worked in many industries such as manufacturing, medical, financial and banking, government and defense industry in the United States, Asia and Europe. He specializes in IBM WebSphere, IBM Connections, IBM Sametime and IBM Notes Domino and a frequent speaker at seminars and conventions on the topics of IBM technology and social networking software systems.
He is fluent in German and Japanese.

Adm10. Enrich your IBM Connections profiles by extending the profiles data model

Thursday, March 24 | 13:30 - 14:30 | D. Saturn

Download: Engage2016_IBMConnectionsProfiles.pdf
The profiles application is the core of your Connections deployment, it gives insight into the most valuable asset of your company: the people. The profiles service federates information from different source systems into one single reference. To enrich this important part of Connections we can extend the default Profiles data model and tailor it to your company's needs. By doing this, Profiles will become the" place to go" to access people information in your company: a place available to all employees wherever they work, resulting in a higher ROI for your Connections deployment.
Wannes Rams (Ramsit)
Stefano Pogliani (IBM) @stefanopog

Wannes Rams is a IBM Social Collaboration software consultant working as an independent consultant at Ramsit. He is specialized in the architecture and technical lead of enterprise implementations and social software. He also has experience in managing Connections operational and development teams. He started of as a Lotus Domino specialist certified up to Domino 8, but moved on to IBM Connections, IBM Sametime and Lotus Quickr. IBM Champion, IBM Redbooks Thought Leader, Speaker at IBM Connect, Engage and Social Connections

Stefano Pogliani is a Social Software veteran: He is a passionate of new technologies and active, inside and outside IBM, in using and promoting the value of “Social Software” since several years.
Prior to joining IBM, Stefano spent his career at Digital Equipment, Forté Software and Sun Microsystems, where he covered different technical roles