UKLUG now known as ICON UK is the premier Connections and Xpages event in the UK and this year its in Brighton. The event attracts participants from all over the Uk and Europe and for me leads to interesting conversations about the current and future uses of Xpages and IBM Connections in projects and businesses.
The keynote speech was by Steve Souder and he outlined some great developments on the Domino and Xpages roadmap that will have a substantial effect on my projects going forward especially those with a slant towards Exchange and Domino cohabitation. The presentation was overwhelmingly well received and indeed could have gone on for double the time allotted.
Scott Souder is Program Director, Messaging and Collaboration Solutions, IBM. Scott is responsible for the product and market strategy for IBM’s messaging and collaboration products, including IBM Notes and Domino, iNotes, IBM Connections Mail and Hawthorn. Scott’s focus is on extending and growing the success of these solutions through customer engagement, partner ecosystem development, and harnessing the breadth and depth of the IBM organization.
The remainder of the day was yet again pick the session that you want even more than the others that are running as you are spoilt for choice in both the management and development tracks.
I chose the “Mindreading” session with Femke Goedhart and Tim Clark which look into requirements gathering and the practical steps needed to manage this very important facet of software development.
I managed two Paul Withers sessions – one on the Domino API he and others are developing (at a rate of knots) which was standing room only and a mobile controls session which answered several questions that had been nagging me since I did a mobile app proof of concept.
It was interesting to chat with other developers to see what they are currently working on and this will no doubt lead to some further projects in the future. All in all a busy but worthwhile day in Brighton. Heres to day two.