Lets Count How many Rules Point Alliance has Broken and How unethical they are!!

For a quick recap as to what is going on, please review my last post.

Basically Point Alliance sent an email from a domain called Ibmdominomigration.com and claimed that Lotus Notes is on its last chapter and IBM has sold Lotus Notes  off.

Which is not kool!  Originally I thought the email was sent to just the  VP in charge of IT at my company because she had some how signed up to receive emails from Point Alliance. Instead they some how targeted the entire Executive Team(including the Owner, President, CFO, CEO… but excluding me). In total they sent the email to 14 people and then a reminder email to those 14 again 5 days later. Since the email was not considered Spam the people receiving it  thought it was legit. So far I have had to explain that it was shit 5 times!!

Now I know for a fact they broke CASL  (Canadian Anti Spam Laws) regulations!! Lets read some regulations off the official Canadian Website.



Rule 1.  Don’t send a message without their consent. 

No way the executive team would have signed up for Point alliance or ibmdominomigration.   So they have no right to email them.  So that is 14 emails, and they sent it twice so that is a total of 28 violations.

Rule 2. Be Truthful. 

The email has 2 lines in it: “Lotus Notes, the Last Chapter!” and “Are you still using Lotus Notes?”  Point Alliance is an IBM Business Partner that claims to have started the Lotus Notes users group in Toronto.   If they truly valued their business partnership with IBM,  and cared about the Lotus Notes community then they would have known that IBM has partnered with HCL to invest in Notes.  So Point Alliance clearly knows it is not the last chapter.  So I consider that not being truthful in your email.. so that is one more point  1+28 = 29 Rules broken.

But wait there was a survey too.  Point Alliance claimed  “IBM Sold off the Lotus Business Unit”  That clearly indicates they  are lying and back stabbing their own business partner.  Hey you get a point for that too 1+29 =30

Rule 3.  Clearly identify your Name, organization, mailing address, website, phone number, email address, web address. 

Point Alliance clearly did not identify themselves or their company in fact I suspect they even tried to pass them self off as being  IBM affiliated by using the sender  “survey@ibmdominomigration”.  So that is 7 more violations for not identifying your company and  I will throw in a bonus point for using some other domain with the letters IBM in it.  So that is 7 + 1+30=38.

Message to Point Alliance

Hey Point Alliance: 38!  That a lot of violations… but I bet if we were to ever find out how many other companies you sent that email to..  that number would sky rocket.

Right about now I think the best course of action for you guys to do is, own up to what you did.  And think of a way to make amends.  Tip: whatever you do, do not send a mass email!!!

“The penalties for committing a violation under CASL for an individual is $1 million, and for a business, it is $10 million.”

If you need help understanding the CASL regulations I am always available to assist.






Not Kool Pointalliance!! Sending emails to VPs “Lotus Notes the Last Chapter! Are you still Using Lotus Notes?”

PointAlliance, everything I stated is a fact and did not stretch the truth or manipulate the facts unlike your  emails.  So don’t act all pissy when we meet cause the Canadian market is pretty small.  So own up and don’t do this again!!

Hello All

Just though I would let you know that my VP got this email recently and repeatedly.

A few things I don’t like about this.   See my comments below

Reminder_ We want your opinion - IBM Notes


  1. The from email is survey@ibmdominomigration.com making it seem like it is from IBM?   But it is not.  A quick look up reveals it is from, pointalliance. They could have just as easily used survey@pointalliance.compp
  2. The first line says Lotus Notes the last chapter!!  Really??  Can you expand what you mean by that.  Because it sounds like you are hinting end of life?  Now it could be you are a MS shop and just not know better??  But that really is not the case is it?  According to your website you are the founders of the Toronto Lotus User group?  So I assume you know it is not the last chapter.  Here the link from your website in case you forgot.3
  3.  The question is are you “Still using Lotus Notes?”  You know what I would have let that one slide had you not used IBM in the from email.  But you did, which made it seem like IBM is wondering why in the world we are using Lotus notes.
  4.   Clicking on the survey this is what you get

“Are you aware IBM has sold off the Lotus Business unit?”  Its true IBM is in a joint venture with  HCL but has not sold off Domino!!  And there is more investment in Domino now then there has been in the last 6 year!!  HCL also hired many key IBMer responsible for product development, architecture and technical leadership.  Regardless I still think the statement “Are you aware IBM has sold off the Lotus Business unit?” is false and a complete lie.  Or maybe Point Alliance is not aware of what is going on.


To conclude PointAlliance,  I understand your running a business and migrating domino users is part of your business.  I have no problem with that.  But do it ethically and not try to confuse VPs and spread inaccurate information.  And Note that everything I stated is a fact and did not stretch the truth or manipulate the facts unlike your  emails.  So don’t act all pissy when we meet cause the Canadian market is pretty small.  So own up and don’t do this again.

Also just a small reminder.  Canada does have Anti-Spam legislation (CASL).  I admit it is possible that we may have subscribed to receive emails from Point Alliance.  But I am sure we never subscribed to receive email from  survey@ibmdominomigration.com!!

The minimum fine is a Million to Ten Million… I could send you guys a mass survey asking how many Zeros are in a million, or perhaps  Are you Still using Point Alliance? But I would not want to break any anti spam rules.





IBM THINK Detailed Summary


Hey Guys I know I am a little late..  but better late then never..

My IBM Journey Started March 17 with an early morning flight from Montreal to Las Vegas.  As uncomfortable  as the flight was.. the view was pretty kool.

To my surprise once I landed at the airport I was able to register for IBM think Right there!!  Huge time saver… felt sorry for those who were stuck in that massive live on Monday!  IBm gets Bonus Points for this!!

My Hotel was Luxor, my first choice was booked but this hotel was perfect.  It had a free tram and an easy walk to everything.  So no complaints.

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First day was amazing… I was not expecting a full breakfast but I am glad it was there.  I was also introduced to a new Dessert.. Baked Pancakes with blueberries!!   That stuff is good!!

As a new Champ this was really surreal..  the way IBM handled this day was amazing.  Of course meeting some of the other champs  and making some new friends was awesome too!!  More Bonus points for IBM!

Also have to Send a big shout out to Libby and Alan for really making this an amazing Experience for me.

I also have to thank C3UG, the Cross Canada Collaboration User Group (C3UG)  for letting me be in their Videos and keeping us informed of all the going ons at Think.  Be sure to check their Youtube channel

Quick tip for C3UG,, Next time you ask me to be in a video please insure I am sober!!

As for the rest of the week, it is a blur to me now, but here are the few things I remember.

  • Feeling lost, this place was big  took a while to get used to everything!!
  • Eating on the run!!  Or on the floor!
  • Human Traffic Jams!!

If that is about all the negative stuff I could think of then that must mean this  conference was pretty good!

Main conference themes for me was

  1. IBM is getting Watson in Everything
  2. Bid Data + AI will be a game changer
  3. Cloud everything, Cloud Apps, Cloud Development, Cloud Migration

But that does not mean there was no Domino news..  In fact there was tons.  but before we dive into that.. lets recap what occurred before the conference..


Here my opinion of the state of Domino after the conference:

IBM domino development team now works for HCL and I am also guessing that some HCL Developers are also helping out.

As a result, this is probably the biggest investment in Domino in the last 5 year maybe even  10 years!!.

IBM/HCL visited Multiple countries/cites,  to gather a wish list of changes from customers and partners to collect feedback and requests and bundle it all in for the next Domino release for Oct.

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And they actually listened to our feedback and did stuff!!    As crazy as it sounds the stuff they did was exactly what we need and went well beyond my expectations.. in fact I am sure it went beyond anyone’s expectations.

Here a quick list of what was announced

  1. IPAD full notes client to be released soon, followed by Iphone, and Android versions.  This is huge for us because we have 300 customs apps that will now just work.  On top of that our notes app look good.  And our users perfer them over the Xpage versions.

This was Notes app definitely not on my radar, nor have I would have ever expected this in my wildest dreams.  As soon as I get access to this this will be a game changer in my company.

Playing around on the IPad

2. Integration of Node.Js and using domino as a No sql database.  Playing with the same tools as everyone and developing apps app meeting today standards is huge.  This will allow us to level up our skills as well as allow Devs from outside our community to help out or even dive in.

3. Teamworkr a tool to easily push domino apps to the web and make sure they look good.  You guys should check out what they are doing there.  With the Notes App for mobile we may consider this for our Customer and Supplier facing apps.

4. Watson assisted Notes apps.  I have herd some rumors about this.  I Can’t wait to hear more about it.

5.  Notes Apps in the cloud.  You can replicate your domino apps to the cloud, it is about $270 for 10 apps.

6.  Microservices coming to domino

So lets go full Circle now

Notes app on mobile + Teamworkr + 5G Network + Notes App in the Cloud + Add some microservices + Add some Watson =   Thats Some pretty powerful stuff!!


Some other kool non domino related stuff


IBM main focus now is Watson, Watson is the Current AI in Oracle, Salesforce, Red Bull, Maserati, Hospitals, Hilton, Universities …   Many companies are using Watson and then simply rebrand it as their own.  (Salesforce, Einstein is Watson)

Quantum Computing

IBM is currently the only company with a quantum computer and hopes to have it available for home use in under 5 years

IBM Workspace

IBM Workspace is sort of collaboration app like sametime chat but it is more Group Chat centered and the chat groups are permanent and contain all history.  IBM Watson also participates in the chat and can answer questions, look up information, bring up all discussions on a previous discussed topic.  In addition, be used to perform Complex tasks.  In the example, provided IBM Watson was used to schedule a meeting retrieve important information, set up a meeting and Book a flight to the destination.

5G NETWORK IBM Partnership with Ericson

Cell phone communication at seeds of 1 GB per Sec to 20 GB per Sec.  At that speed, its like your mobile devices are connected to your LAN.

Imagine combining this with the Notes app. Having the full client on your mobile device with a lan connection! This is major good news! The world Go Live Date is in 2020.


Blockchain this.. and blockchain that.  I am not going to say too much about this because if the taxi companies didn’t like being disrupted by uber…  Imagine how the banking industry will react when we no longer need them to move large amounts of money.  I am still in the watch and see mode for this.

Last but not least Meeting the champs was pretty kool too.

Here John showing what being an IBM Champion is all about


Hope you enjoyed the Read catch you guys later.


Here are some other random pics in case you are interested.






3 Days to IBM Think 2018

Hey Guys

Its official, the count down has begun, 4 days to go!!

Here are a few things to remember and a few quick tips..

  • You can forget the sunscreen, unlike Orlando you will not be seeing the sun!!
  • For all you health conscious people you can attend Yoga, Jogging and kick boxing in the morning and Yoga and Jogging in the evening
  • When you arrive or go to the airport tell the cabby no Tunnel to avoid getting long hauled
  • There is a whole Food Grocery store further south at Town Square Mall
  • There several Walmart circling the Vegas strip.  If you Rent a car get your essentials at the Walmart next to the airport.
  • Mandalay Bay has the 3 rd largest Aquarium in North America, so check it out
  • There is a free monorail that connects Mandalay Bay, Luxor and Excalibur
  • There are other monorails that charge a fee. Monorail map
  • There is a shopping Mall that connects Luxor and Mandalay bay if you would perfer to walk.
  • Here is a property map of the Mandalay Bay
  • The official Hangout spot picked by the Queen of colaboration Gab is Mizuya
  • The Tuesday Night party “Ephox Aussie Party @ House of Blues so find their booth and get your invite (Hint booth 721)
  • The Sunday Sessions are opened to all registered attendees and the sessions are at MGM grand
  • There are shuttle buses from the different hotels
  • If someone is snapping cards on the Vegas Strip, its best you do not take their business cards.  If you don’t know what I am talking about.. you will before you leave vegas.
  • Bring more then one pair of shoes you will be doing a lot of walking
  • Know when to take it easy on the drinks
  • Each hotel has a different attraction worth checking out.  So do some home work.  Like the Bellagio fountains, Shark Reef ,  New York-New York rollar coster, Fremont Street 
  • What happens in Vegas no longer stays in Vegas, chances are your family will see what you have for dinner before you even taste it.  So keep it kool and remember this is still a cooperate place and you are representing your company
  • Always bet on Black
  • Time Zone and Jet lag + drinks and long days, early mornings will take a tool on you.
  • Bring your medication and a small pharmacy, or buy it when you arrive.
  • Sessions are kool but seeing what other are doing can be kooler, so go out and see the vendors, sponsors and Biz partners.  Plus gifts are nice too.
  • Meet the champions!! We are next to the food and drinks!!  Also if you know no one, we will gladly drink with you and party it up with you.

So See you there and stay safe

For Fun here are some quick pics from the past

Me on the jumbo Tron


Me partying with Miss Inhi @ Aussie party


Still @ Aussie Party


Me the Fonze and the Man from curious george… Sorry your head got chopped Mat @ Aussie Party


Always drink responsibly and safely, And know your limits.  I stopped @ 10


If you Party.. make sure you do it in style


In case you didn’t get it yet.. Aussie party


See you guys in Vegas!!

Your IBM Champ






Domino 10, Optimus Prime and Node.JS

Hey Guys!!

Check out my vid talking about Dom 10, Las vegas, IBM Think, and featuring Optimus Prime.

For those of you who have been under a rock, here all the News about Domino 10!!

  • Auto DB repair
  • the 256 GB NSF limit
  • Docker
  • AD integration
  • Saml improvements

And Last but not least Node.JS integration!!

I really feeling good about this, I am about 25 years away from retiring and really feel that now there is a path to future proof my apps and more importantly future proof myself.  I really can’t wait to get started with this.

In case you missed it check out the replay



Your IBM Champ


Preparing for SF … IBM Connect 2017

Hey Its me, still alive, still working with Domino.
I have to admin my batteries are low, I ran out of the Blue Kool aid about 6 months ago and am in desperate need of a pick me up.
Having this event one month later, show how much I need this yearly get away. I almost feel like I am suffering from withdrawals. It may be a Canadian thing, one can only handle the cold for so long.

Here is a video of my hometown and what we went thru this year!!

2 Buses a police car and a snow truck on ice
Now you know why I miss Orlando!!  The Heat, not wearing winter boots and a jacket twice my size and of course the beer was so good last year20160130_222444

And of course the Parties, they all rocked!!


Such fond Memories,.. had to have been my best connect ever.

That being said Miss Inhi Cho Suh you better bring it!!

So Orlando’s out, it is not only a new location, this year.. Its in  Freaking San Fran!!  I have no idea how this will affect my party stamina, being 3 hours off.   But I will try to make the most of it.  If you see me dosing off please hand me another drink.

Also a suggestion from my blog last year.. Any booth that offers a late breakfast will see me as soon as I wake up.

As usual my Boss asked me this year do you think it is worth it this year.  And my response was I have no idea.. no one is talking about the parties yet or the special event and we are less then 20 days away.  This worries both of us.   But hey its freaking SF downtown!!!  We can make our own party!  No Worries!

Plus I already contacted the party crew from last year and were all making it down.. so we plan to be causing some trouble In SF.

In other news we actually have a few concerns and questions we need answering so it may be worth attending and we will be able to justify the adventure.. I mean trip


  1. Watson Workspace.. when we getting it for real corporate use?? And not fun and games?  How will the Lic work
  2. Verse on Prem.. Yeah looks kool. Where the workspace..apps? I guess I need that browser thing whose name keeps changing?
  3. So wats the plan with the client.. They ever getting the fancy Verse look? Guess not..
  4. When can I use Webex in connection cloud?
  5. I played with blue mix I see the future in it .. but I still need help!!
  6. Can we have verse on Prem and Files, profile in the smart cloud
  7. Whats the deal with xpages.. u know wat I mean!
  8. How much time we have before the IBM Watson uprising starts
  9. We are in the process or running double check also .. So I am sure once done I will have tons of questions for pangenda and IBM.
  10. Also my annual complaint to the devs of how much xpinc sucks when you want to do something Big. To which they suggest use run of server option to which I say it prompts for a password.  To which they will say use a policy to Remember the users password.  To which I say can you provide a document on how to do that.  (because I have already done that and it was ridiculously complicated).  Then they will say talk to the policy team.  Then I will say I already have implemented this and the results in the users locking themselves out of the app when they change their password because now they also have to manual type there password in some random field in Notes Preferences, Accounts.  If you have no idea what I am talking about be thankfull!!
  11. Can you make this saml stuff easy

Other fun things or tips  to do in SF..

  • My son Asked me to go to Pier 39 and catch some Pokémon  Its supposed to be the best place in the world
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  • See if John Jardin remembers me and see If I can get a Foonze (thumbs up)
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  • Hang out with the Australians there just crazy.  if I included a pic the blog would be NSFW
  • Try to keep up with Kim Green drinking.
  • Hug the Man in yellow from Curious George.. I think his name is Matt
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  • Tell your Friends if you get separated to meet near Ben from Ytria,, the Giant in the Orange Jacket
  • Balance is key, Attend sessions and socialize, learn stuff
  • Balance is also key when drinking.
  • Last year I regret not having Tequila shots with Nathan TF so this year double them up!!
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  • Try not to cry when John Jardin shows you that you are doing everything wrong in Xpages again
  • For the Oldies.. there no water fountain meeting spot. So text each other or figure something new out.
  • Ask Volker how many clones he has forced to blog for him 24/7
  • Personal Goal: Hug Inhi Cho Suh.. she looks like such a QT! And I really think she is going  to shake things up for the better.

So lets see what u got Babes!!

As for everyone else.. if you see me roaming around.. Don’t be shy, say Hi, there a free beer in it for you.