Mark in your agenda our next major event: May 8th - 9th, 2017
at the Elisabeth Center Antwerp, Belgium.
An amazing venue, with awesome speakers!
It's starting to fill up quickly. Don't be too late to register!

Here's the 2-day agenda and the floorplan of the main venue 'Het Pand'.

 

Str01. Preparing your environment for a move to the Cloud

Tuesday, March 31 | 16:00 - 17:00 | B

Download: Engage2015_PerparefortheCloud.ppt

If and when the day comes to move your environment off Notes and onto Office 365, IBM SmartCloud, or other cloud service, what do you need to do on the Domino side to ensure all goes smoothly? Having helped customers do this exact thing, I'll share a couple of tips you probably hadn't thought of.
Alan Forbes (RPR Wyatt) @R_Alan_Forbes

Alan Forbes is the Vice President of Product Development at RPR Wyatt and a 25 year industry veteran.
He's a best seller of several books on Amazon.com


Str02. Mobilize your business, not just an app

Monday, March 30 | 16:00 - 17:00 | B

Download: Engage2015_MobilizeYourBusiness.pptx

In this session we will discuss the business impact of your mobile application strategy. Are you spending the majority of your time on operational and technical decisions related to your mobilization initiatives? Here we will review some important criteria related to your lines of business and the nature of transactions taking place on mobile devices. Real customer examples will be explored and provide ideas so you can focus on mobilizing your business, not just an app.
Dan Colbert (Teamstudio, Inc.) @dannycolbert

Dan is responsible for global direct and channel sales of all Teamstudio products and services. Dan has played a key role in helping clients implement software development best practices and define modernization and mobile strategies.


Str03. Sharing knowledge ... Get creative !

Tuesday, March 31 | 09:00 - 10:00 | A


We all have our challenges and problems in our day to day work. How often do you lose time finding and contacting the right expert in your organization ? Don't you get confused with multiple versions of the same document circling around in different locations ? Isn't it often difficult to get good feedback and support of your colleagues ?
In this dynamic demo Steve and Koen will show you how they collaborate together with the IBM Social Platform. They will look for the right expert and contact him/her in the most efficient way. Next they will share with each other all kinds of business information in a very easy way. The entire demo will be done by Koen on a workstation and by Steve on a mobile device.
Koen Lenaerts (IBM) @koen_lenaerts
Steve Lievens (IBM) @steve_lievens

Koen is Client Technical professionals within the IBM Analytics business unit.

Steve is also a Client Technical professionals within the IBM Analytics business unit.

Steve & Koen combined they have more than 30 years of experience as IT Specialists. Their main focus lies within the IBM Collaboration Solutions (ICS) portfolio, where they deliver solutions to the customer, assist with the deployment and drive adoption


Str04. The world has changed, so has IBM, with Watson, Apple and Twitter!

Monday, March 30 | 11:30 - 12:30 | A

Download: Engage2015_IBMWatsonAppleTwitter.pptx

In this session we will be guiding the audience through the 3 major announcements the company has made in 2014 that have entirely changed the game. Not only for IBM but for entire industries and markets.
You will also discover how these 3 investment areas will bring exponential value to clients by bringing them together.
The audience will be able to find out which innovative impact Watson, Apple and Twitter have on the IBM Social Business suite and IBM Verse specifically.
It's all about the disruption that is being created by IBM with Data, Cloud and Engagement.
Laurent Boes (IBM) @laurentboes

Laurent Boes is part of the IBM Benelux management team focussing on strategic initiatives such as Watson, Bluemix, Apple & Twitter partnerships, IBM Verse and IBM Connections. He has been leading the Social Business team in the Benelux for many years and had several local and international roles within the Social brand before.


Str05. How to Deploy and Maintain several IBM products in a large environment

Tuesday, March 31 | 14:45 - 15:30 | A

See here: engage-ug-2015-saxion-46578153

Saxion University in the Netherlands has over 35,000 users with a 30% annual turnover of accounts and very demanding requirements for technology. Such a wide range of users, requirements and skill levels across students and faculty had led Saxion to deploy many IBM collaborative products including Connections, Sametime, Domino and Traveler. How is the Development team involved. How does a company with a complex and changing environment tackle new projects, design solutions and manage deployments? How are priorities defined and how are so many pieces of technology integrated together? In this session meet the Saxion team who take on this work from scope to strategic design and custom development, user feedback , deployment and maintenance. Learn how they work together to successfully juggle so many projects and what pitfalls you can avoid.
Martin Meijer (Saxion) @MartinInAction
Remco Angioni (Saxion) @Angioni

Martin Meijer is a Developer with many years experience on the IBM portfolio. He is part of the development team of Saxion where he does a lot with XPages. Martin is also Co-organizer of "XPages & Beer", an informal event for IBM XPages Developers in the Netherlands that takes place every three months.

Remco Angioni is an Administrator who started at the time Notes 3 was hot and Domino was running on a OS/2 Server. He has a lot of experience with WebSphere Application Server, TDI, IHS, DB2, Connections, Traveler, Sametime, IMC, Enterprise Search.


Str06. What's New in IBM Connections and IBM Connections Mobile

Monday, March 30 | 16:00 - 17:00 | A

Download: Engage2015_WhatisNewinIBMConnections.pptx

IBM Connections provides the platform of social tools you need to transform your organization into a social business. IBM Connections enables you to reach your customers and partners faster, drive innovation, share content and expertise, and complete work faster.
In this session, we'll describe what's new in IBM Connections and highlight the new features being planned for the next release. See first hand how IBM Connections can work for you!
René Schimmer (IBM)

In his current role as Sr. Product Manager for Social Software René Schimmer works closely with customers and partners on a world wide basis to communicate IBM’s Social Software strategy as well as to engage in active dialogues on key business challenges.
René has more than 17 years of experience as a Product Manager for online business services and enterprise software solutions. Throughout his career he has managed a range of products from web hosting, B2B online marketing, to various software offerings including web content management, document management, enterprise content management, and business process management solutions.


Str07. App Development - Where should I go now?

Tuesday, March 31 | 13:30 - 14:30 | A

Download: Engage2015_AppDevNew.pdf

Companies and developers have nowadays an giant fish tank of tools and technologies to choose from for their software development. There is no "right" or "wrong" for choosing a way to develop software - using the right tools at the right time in the right project is the key to success.
But what does that mean nowadays for Domino developers. Should they go XPages? Or AngularJS? Java? JavaScript? Ruby? Is frontend the way to go - or backend? Better always stateless development or choose a stateful approach? And what does all that mean from an infrastructure perspective? This session will cover those questions and more to enable you in making the right decisions at the right time.
René Winkelmeyer (midpoints GmbH) @muenzpraeger

René, a repeating IBM Champion, has been working with Lotus technologies since 1999. After spending several years in the area of OSGi plug-in development - client and server - he is currently focusing on the emerging market of 'Mobility'. As Head of Development with midpoints GmbH, Germany, his expertise is used to design small to large scale mobile orientated environments. He is a frequent speaker at national and international ICS-related conferences as he loves to share his knowledge. René is also engaged in the OpenNTF community where he has contributed several award-winning projects.


Str08. Change: by psychology pull or technology push

Monday, March 30 | 17:15 - 18:00 | B

See here: change-to-the-cloud-by-psychology-pull-or-technology-push

With every version the on-premise products offer great new functionality and state of the art technology. After release most IT departments are in doubt: when do we upgrade to this 'latest and greatest' version. Is there budget, when do we plan the downtime and will the end-users 'get it'. Isn't change the only constant factor in life? With cloud offerings you are no longer in control when which function will be released to your end users. In this session Duco Bergsma will explain the pro's and con's of directing the change with on-premises installations versus auto-pilot with cloud deployments from a technical push perspective. Roland Driesen will guide you through the impact of both scenarios on the user acceptance from a psychological pull perspective. Roland and Duco will share their cloud decision matrix to advice when to use cloud or on-premise and how to implement it with maximum user adoption.
Roland Driesen (Silverside) @RolandDriesen
Duco Bergsma (Silverside)

Roland Driesen founded Silverside in 1998 and has since then been actively working as a business consultant with IBM and Microsoft technology for over a 100 different customers. In his free time Roland is an avid and active explorer. During his journeys he found the mix of joined goals and intensive collaboration using the best equipment. These expeditions have formed the 3G methodology to really become a Social Business:
Why to become one? > How to change behavior? > What equipment to select?

Duco Bergsma is senior consultant at Silverside (IBM premier business partner in The Netherlands) and has some 17 years experience with IBM Notes/Domino from an admin- and development perspective. He likes to tackle problems that seem impossible, using a pragmatic approach with the end-user in mind.
His motto is: Applications should lure users, force is no real solution