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'.

 

Adm01. Let the Phoenix Rise - rationalise your IBM Domino environment!

Tuesday, March 31 | 11:30 - 12:30 | B

Download: Engage2015_LetThePhoenixRise.pdf

Day to day administration of the Domino environment can be tedious and demanding. Bad decisions without understanding the true potential of the platform have often led to Domino being relegated to the status of a legacy system. Not only that, mismanagement of the environment also poses significant security issues resulting in legal complications.
Being the true Domino fans that we are, we've not only been helping raise its profile but have also gained a valuable insight at hundreds of customers over the years. In this session we will share our knowledge of best practices on how to streamline and standardise IBM Notes and Domino administration and application management, enhance system security and ensure compliance with legal regulations.
Arshad Khalid (BCC Ltd) @arshad101
Stephanie Heit (BCC Ltd) @StephanieHeit

Arshad has been working with Notes/Domino since 1998. Having earned his first CLP stripes with release 4.5, Arshad kept pace with the changing face of Notes/Domino and was recognised as one of the IBM Lotus Top Achievers in 2009 and as an IBM Champion for 2014. Over the years, Arshad has had the experience of working with consultancies, big corporates & public organisations delivering innovative collaborative business solutions based on Notes/Domino. He now works at BCC leading the international technical services team.

Stephanie joined BCC in 2013, responsible for international operations. She has over 14 years experience in the IBM Notes world and has worked with big and small enterprises helping them to secure and automate their Domino Infrastructure.


Adm02. Mastering Your Logs, Everything You Should Know about Logging in IBM Domino

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

See here: ibm-connected-2015

Properly logging and monitoring what happens in your Domino environment is critically important for both security and performance. In order to get the most out of your log data when things go wrong, it’s vital to understand its structure, how and what is (or isn’t) logged, and how to search logs effectively. In this in-depth session we will talk about the inner workings of various Domino logging mechanisms by dissecting the structure of log event documents such as Miscellaneous, Replication, Usage Session, User Activity etc. You’ll learn how to deal with verbose logging, retention best practices, monitoring bottlenecks, as well as behind-the-scenes data such as status codes and how to best use them. After this presentation you will walk away 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’re looking for.
Ben Menesi (Ytria Inc.) @BenMenesi

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 ConnectED and other ICS events around the globe.


Adm03. The BASHing Admins: The ICS Shell Scripting Class

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

See here: engage.2015.adm03.final.pdf

Shell scripts do not have to be long and complex to be effective, they just need to save you time. Join BillMal as he reviews a day in the life of a busy admin to see how scripts can be used to simplify tasks and get more done in less time. This session provides foundational knowledge, then immediately moves to use cases with code samples across a few ICS products. Leave with the tools to further your scripting literacy and do more quickly at the office. This new session makes its global debut at Engage.
Bill Malchisky Jr (Effective Software Solutions, LLC) @BillMalchisky

Bill Malchisky Jr. is an IBM Champion for Collaboration Solutions 2015-2011, bringing 20+ years of global Lotus consulting experience in regulated verticals to his sessions at over 25 LUGs/conferences He enjoys speaking about IBM software on Linux, performs Linux admin training around the world, and is the co-founder of Linuxfest now in its sixth year at Lotusphere / Connect. Additionally, Bill co-authored two IBM Redbooks on Linux, plus worked with Lotus Education to re-vamp the Domino 8.5 Admin certification exam track. He provides technical tips via his ICS/Lotus on Linux focused blog --> http://billmal.com


Adm04. Cloud Considerations

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

See here: ibm-connected-2015-cloudconsiderations

You have decided or are investigating cloud as your chosen business direction. Start your path by gaining insight into actual bandwidth usage examples and considerations. Explore options for designing easy connectivity to the cloud provider for your organization and users. Take away numerous sample diagrams of deployment and network options. Learn the right questions to ask any cloud provider around security, redundancy and more.
Chris Miller (Connectria) @IdoNotes

Chris Miller (IdoNotes) speaks globally at conferences, user groups and Lotusphere. He is the Director of Messaging & Collaboration at Connectria, one of the largest Lotus hosting providers. He also runs Spiked Studios, bringing you technical webcasts, training, and podcasts. Find him as @IdoNotes on everything.


Adm05. Best and worst practises deploying IBM Connections

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

Download: Engage2015_BestandWorstPracticesDeployingIBMConnections.pdf

Depending on deployment size, operating system and security considerations you have different options to configure IBM Connections. This session will show examples from multiple customer deployments of IBM Connections. I will describe things I found and how you can optimize your systems. 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 for mail, IBM Sametime and SPNEGO.
(Session is BP203 from IBM ConnectED2015)
Christoph Stoettner (Fritz & Macziol GmbH) @stoeps

Christoph is a IT Consultant at Fritz & Macziol GmbH, an IBM Business Partner in Germany and lives in Bavaria. He has 14 years experience with the IBM Lotus portfolio (mainly IBM Domino, IBM Connections). IBM Champion for ICS. He 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.


Adm06. What's new in Domino Security

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

Download: Engage2015_Security.pdf

This session gives you an overview and best practices for current Notes/Domino Internet security (HTTPS but also SMTP TLS. S/MIME, secure LDAP and IMAP).
It is an up to date presentation derived from an IBM ConnectED presentation covering the latest information about TLS/SSL support, SHA-2, the new keyring tool and other new information about SSL and ciphers.
This session provides technical details, best practices and current information from the field about security protocols and how they can be used in the current Domino 9.0.1 release.
Daniel Nashed (NashCom) @danielnashed

Daniel Nashed - founder and principal of Nash!Com - Communication Systems - is a Notes/Domino administrator, consultant and developer mainly focused on infrastructure, high availability and security solutions. Working with Notes since V3, Daniel provides consulting and solutions design for Domino administration, IBM Traveler, system integration and troubleshooting.
He is also an expert in cross-platform C-API development for Win32, UNIX and Linux and is the author of the popular Domino on Linux/Unix Start Script.
Daniel is a regular speaker at Connect/Lotusphere and other national and international events and is a proud member of the Penumbra Group.


Adm07. How To LDAP - Working With External Users In Connections

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


Connections 5 introduces us to a new model of access - the external user. Designed to have limited rights within your Connections environment, meaning the security surrounding external user access is deliberately very restrictive. To achieve this we must tell Connections how to identity an external user by flagging either an LDAP attribute or a new LDAP source. In this session we'll discuss the options for external user configuration, how to manage registration and passwords as well as how everyone in your Connections world can work together.
Gabriella Davis (The Turtle Partnership) @gabturtle

Gabriella Davis – Technical Director, The Turtle Partnership is an IBM Champion for Collaboration Solutions. With a focus on design, development, deployment and administration of global infrastructures, she has established herself and her firm as experts within the messaging/collaborative space. Gabriella enjoys sharing her love of collaborative technologies through authoring exams, her presentations and writing content such as the IBM Connections RedWiki, the Connections101.net site and the Sametime Administration Guide. She is also one of the founders of the Nerd Girl group encouraging women into STEM fields.


Adm08. Who Did You Say You Were? The secrets to IBM SSO

Tuesday, March 31 | 08:00 - 08:45 | C


Single Sign On is the golden ring of security combined with convenience. In this session we'll explore how IBM products such as Domino, Notes, Sametime and Connections can provide a Single Sign On experience which maintains security whilst removing barriers for users. Whether you're centralising passwords, enabling SPNEGO or wanting full SAML integration, there are a wide variety of tools to fit your requirements.
Gabriella Davis (The Turtle Partnership) @gabturtle

Gabriella Davis – Technical Director, The Turtle Partnership is an IBM Champion for Collaboration Solutions. With a focus on design, development, deployment and administration of global infrastructures, she has established herself and her firm as experts within the messaging/collaborative space. Gabriella enjoys sharing her love of collaborative technologies through authoring exams, her presentations and writing content such as the IBM Connections RedWiki, the Connections101.net site and the Sametime Administration Guide. She is also one of the founders of the Nerd Girl group encouraging women into STEM fields.


Adm09. IBM Notes Traveler Daily Business - Administration, Monitoring and Troubleshooting

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

Download: Engage2015_Traveler.pdf

IBM Notes Traveler is increasingly becoming an important component in business since working with mobile devices is the rule rather than the exception. Even solutions such as BlackBerry 10 or (in the future) Good Technologies use IBM Notes Traveler for their PIM synchronization.
Learn in this session how a Traveler environment gets administrated and what pitfalls are waiting for you. Have you ever thought about monitoring Traveler? We’ll dig into critical system metrics, logs, statistics and how to monitor and interpret them. Last but not least you’ll see useful (and unexpected) console commands for providing quick support.
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 conferences as he loves to share his knowledge. René is also engaged in the OpenNTF community where he has contributed several award-winning projects.


Adm10. Free Beer 11! Or is it wine?

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

Download: Engage2015_FreeBeerandWINE.pptx

That's right folks, after five dry years it's time to bring back the international hit, Free Beer! Delivered in five countries, Free Beer began in Dublin with a few cans as prizes...but overnight grew to a full round for the room. Come join your speaker who, when he's not making friends with Trappist monks, actually develops some pretty cool technical content to go with the ale.
This time, we'll be talking about (10%) and demoing (90%) new and innovative ways to deploy Notes, Domino a designer, Domino Administrator, and third party tools across platforms.
And by that I mean, on Mac and Linux! So come thirsty for knowledge and a cold glass, sit back and enjoy!
Rob Novak (SNAPPS) @IBMRockStar

Rob Novak is a speaker, writer, blogger, admin, developer, analyst, producer, amateur chef, professional buyer of beer, and Netflix addict. When it comes to speaking, he'll do just about anything to get people in the room. Obviously.


Adm11. Connx install in 45 minutes or less, or your money back

Tuesday, March 31 | 11:30 - 12:30 | C

Download: Engage2015_CnxInstallin45mins.pdf

Connx install in 45 minutes or less, or your money back (Entry fee €1.00 *)
New to Connections Admin / Dev? Need an environment to test your development? Need a test system or proof of concept? Don't know where to start? Never fear - We can help you become Collaboration Super Hero!!!
In this session we will help you plan, install and most importantly CONFIGURE a connections environment to fit what YOU need it for.
Need to get data into your new system - No problem. We will guide you through migrating / importing existing Connections data into your new Connections environment.
From software required, DB selection, useful tools and trouble shooting tips - for Linux and Windows - whether you are an admin or a developer we will enable you.
* Money back for this session only. Note - the actual install takes a lot more than 45 mins :)
** All money goes to Dander4Dosh 2015
Sharon Bellamy (Cube Soft Consulting Ltd) @socialshazza

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.


Adm12. Now singing - moving beyond humming by adding Verse to Notes !

Monday, March 30 | 13:30 - 14:30 | B

See here: 150330-verse-uffe-sorensen-posted

IBM is ushering in a new way of working by the introduction of IBM Verse taking the e-mail experience and business value to the next level !
Come hear the story about Verse and learn the roadmap for existing and new customers and how they get to be part of the Verse choir ...
We will also review the key news for IBM Notes and Domino and the roadmap and deliverables for IBM Notes/Domino and IBM Verse. In addition we will introduce "App Next" and how IBM is investing in the next generation applications on Notes/Domino and protecting your investment in your Domino application portfolio.
Uffe Sorensen (IBM) @uffesorensen
Kramer Reeves (IBM) @KramerReeves

Uffe is one of the Industry Cloud Solutions leaders for IBM in Europe, Middle-East and Africa. Engaged with customers through the region on their strategy for collaboration tools.

Kramer Reeves has nearly 20 years experience in the enterprise software industry, 12 of which at IBM.  He is currently Director of Product Management for Enterprise Social Solutions inside IBM Software Group.   In this role, Kramer leads a world-wide team and overall business responsibilities for key product lines including IBM's messaging and collaboration solutions; unified communications software; and the workforce productivity portfolio.  He also has overall business responsibility for IBM Verse.


Adm13. The lazy administrator – How to make your life easier by using TDI to automate your work

Tuesday, March 31 | 08:00 - 08:45 | B

Download: Engage2015_UsingTDItoAutomateYourWork.pdf

IBM Connections can be the datasource or the data destination for many other applications.
In this session we will show you how you can use TDI to maintain Community membership through an IBM Domino application or how you get data from the IBM Connections databases and use it in an IBM Domino application.
Come and see how you can reuse data without any headache and how your Admin life gets easier by using TDI assembly lines.
Wannes Rams (Ramsit) @wannesrams
Klaus Bild (WebGate Consulting AG) @kbild

Wannes Rams is a IBM Social Collaboration software consultant working as an independent consultant. He is specialized in the architecture and technical lead of enterprise implementations and social software.
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, BLUG and Social Connections

Klaus Bild is a Senior System Architect at WebGate Consulting AG, an IBM Premier Business Partner from Switzerland. Klaus has more than 10 years experience with products of the ICS portfolio. He started his career as a Learning Consultant at IBM doing implementations of IBM Learning Management System. Later he worked as Technical Pre-sales where he started to gain experience on the first beta of IBM Connections prior to the V1 release. He is a regular speaker at IBM related events like IBM Connect or Engage and blogs at kbild.ch