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Here me Parting it up @ Asponte party (IBM Connect 2016)

Here me Parting it up at the Asponte party @ IBM Connect 2016

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My Connect 2016 Story: Day 2 and something


My Connect 2016 Story: Day 2 and something

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Day 2 was an early start, I think it was the only time I managed to catch breakfast.   For any sponsor who want extra visitors to your booth if you had a breakfast giveaway each morning for all those who missed breakfast I am sure you would get a lot more traction.  Just a Granola Bar, a fruit, juice box would be enough.. hint hint 😉


The OGS was kool, some people didn’t like the guest speaker, I found him entertaining.  The Canned demo and script was good, over all I liked what I saw.

The only thing missing was the big “Available Now product launch” but I can understand sometimes things don’t line up.  Knowing that verse on prem, is coming soon, runs on domino and some other magic was good news to me!   I have quite a few complaints with the current Notes Client, and the whole xpinc experience.  I hope it resolves some of these issues as well.

I really like this article describing the whole OGS best;

Some of the Best sessions of the day for me included

– Nathan’s Once you go Graph…  the topic was a little out there but entertaining.  I would really need to see/play with some sort of Demo app before I am ready to make the plunge.  Always an amazing conversationalist!


– John Jardin’s Optimus Xpages…  John, John, John, just yesterday you were my favorite presenter, We talked, shared stories, you were the man!!  Then you had to go and do this presentation and show me that everything I thought was best practice for xpages was wrong, (not actually wrong but out dated)  and just like that everything changed.  Just when I thought I got a handle of this Xpages thing and set up a whole bunch of internal best practices for it and thinking I know my sh*t.  John comes along and tells me I have fallen behind, and gave me a whole new set of best practices to follow.  Must see for session for any Xpages Dev.



By the way John lied no Autobots or anyone on cyberton uses Xpages, not because its bad!!  They like it but they were never able to successfully download Domino from Passport advantage.  They are looking at Blue Mix, cause there is  nothing to download.

<-Actual image of Optimus using Blue Mix!! They changed watson’s name to telatram1

Next up were the parties, my aussie crew got tickets to of course the aussie party, and as usual I never made it to the booth to get my ticket, and there was no way I could fake an aussie accent anyways!!  So we agreed that if one of the parties were a bit dry we would crash the others party, and with that we were off.

My First stop was the Canadian Party(more of a standup dinner party) accompanied by two beautiful ladies, Ms Kim Greene and a coworker of mine Frankie.  The Canadian party was very nice, but filled with very few Canadians, sorta like the aussie party I guess minus the alcoholics and trouble makers, besides as Canadian were too polite to turn anyone down.


We stayed till it was time to go and made our way to BB lounge thank you Wipro for a good night.  Food and open bar was good, band was good!   But the party had trouble starting, so the band did its best to find beautiful women to start the party I did my best to get the beautiful Kim selected and soon the whole bar was chanting Kim, Kim, Kim.  No good deed goes unpunished as I was forced to accompany Kim to the dance floor and got this party official started.  (My job here was done)  If anyone has pics of this please send em to me, in my heighten state of consciousness I am sure we looked a little like this.


As usual no party is compete until some random guy jumps on stage and starts removing his attire (for the record it wasn’t me).  By the end of it all we made friends with the band the staff met a few random peeps and decided it was time to take on the aussies.

Like all people who are slightly intoxicated we hailed a bicycle taxi jumped on and headed to the aussie party.  No joke a bike taxi!!  How kool!! The Bike guy dropped us right in front of the bouncers and we were ushered in like we were superstars, it was even better than my prom.


Aussie party rocked, thanks Ephox, and now that the crew was all together we were ready to party.


Only weird thing was the guys who worked in the bathroom were overly friendly/aggressive, it was agreed for the first time in history no guy should venture to the bathroom alone.  You had to experience it to believe it.  The dueling pianos was amazing and of course we partied it up and made a few new connections as well as made friends with the band.  It was a memorable night.  Here a pic with the me and one of the band members. Thanks again Ephox!


After they shut down the place we once again ended up on the 17 floor for the after party, whoever room it was love you man.  We met the sirius group there and for the life of me I had no clue who they were until they said they used to be Acendant.  I was like dude your south park commercial rock you have to bring them back.  They had no clue what I was talking about.  In case you sirsus guys are reading this bring these back.

There was another girl there also who kept asking me to test her Rich Text Field, not sure if she was serious or just flirting with me, she made me pinky promise.  I have co clue which partner it was so someone let me know.  I pinky promised

So with that it made for 1 kool OGS, 2 Great Breakout sessions and 4 parties in 1 night.  Not bad for the First official day of the conference and day 2 and something.


Sorry for the long post



My Connect 2016 Story Day 1 and a half


My Connection 2016 Story Day 1 and a half
Alright Boys and Girls this isn’t a technical break down of what happened @ connect because there are a lot of other bloggers who are much smarter than me who have already taken care of that. This is basically my story of Connect and the adventure that transpired.
Before I begin let set the scene. I am the Dev and admin so I get blamed for everything. That being said I missed Connect last year because I just became a dad again and I have stopped drinking the Lotus koolaid for a while.


Probably  due to several issues that I felt were never properly resolved by IBM and for the first time in my life I had two projects fail and to make it worse they were back to back due to technical issues beyond my control  so let just say I was not a fan of IBM. To make it worse I was having a mid life crisis and had just began to question my career choice/options.  And just before I left for Connect I read an overly critical doomsday email from one of my Favorite bloggers which echoed and reinforced my current sentiments even more. (Peter, by any chance did you take the wrong pill that day? After Connect I don’t think it is as bad as you think it is, also I never tried it but I heard the reviews for the blue pill are pretty good.)


With that mindset I printed my unresolved PMRs and screen captured my current issues, in total 15 pages long and was fully prepared to go postal at the meet the Devs lab.


Next step I packed my bags hoped on a plane and headed to the Hilton.  First impression, this is a small venue, not sure I am going to get my money’s worth.  But all was soon forgotten as I had lunch by the pool which was refreshing followed by a quick nap, not cause I am old but it is new dad syndrome, sleep whenever possible.  Next I was off to get registered.  The registration process I found was very social and fun experience (IBM do not go back to the old method).  I could tell I was one of the first ones because me and the “ask me guy” were a little confused but he was a funny guy so all was fun.  I whipped out my QR code and he was shocked he never saw any one try that, and off I was, and then Boom, the first security question was the Name of your first Pet.  I was in deep trouble, cause I never had a pet.  I guess I did not pay much attention when I was filling that section out cause I thought I would not need it.  We both started laughing out loud when the correct answer to my first pet was my wife’s name.  I made the guy pinky promise to never mention this again and now I am really hoping my wife does not read this.d

Anyways next thing you know I got my badge, and I was really hoping my pic would be on it also since we did everything on the Ipad, maybe next year. Then thinks got awkward as I waited for my handbag and soon realized there was none. It was a little shocking but no biggy.  I did get a selfie stick Yeah!!!, perfect for any anti social guy not looking to make connections at connect!!  My only major issue with this is I missed the pocket calendar, and a small notebook to take notes.  Next time I will be prepared.  Also if customers are #1 why was our number 6 the last number on any badge?  Again no biggie.

Next was the Beer tasting, loved this event.  Beer will always be more social then IBM Connect and will always have more users.


For those who could, the after beer party on the 17 floor, whoever room it was love you man!!!

After very few hours’ sleep I was up and started my day.  Was a bit disappointed that Customers had to scramble for their own meal and business partners got the deluxe treatment. Next up was the Jumpstarts at 1pm but there were no Domino Admin or Domino Dev sessions to start the conference was bummed about that.

But all was forgotten as I watched John Jardin rock his Blue Mix session, by far the presenter I enjoyed the most this year.  If you’re a Dev and you are not playing with Blue mix you are falling behind.  His Demo included Domino, twitter, Watson and taught Spanish.  All my doubt about my career options/choice and the future of IBM were answered (no blue pill needed 😉 ) And watching John do his Live Demos was even more impressive.

Here a quick pic of John when he is presenting blue mix, and looking supper kool.


Here a pic of John when he is not discussing Blue Mix, see how powerful Blue mix is!!


Other Kool sessions that day had to be Paul Calhoun and his Elephant story.


Next was the big show, at the Solution Expo, and I have to say IBM got it right the room size the cross traffic the little theater in the back, the snacks and coffee.  Everything was just right!!

The Welcome Reception was perfect good food and drinks and the Asponte Rocks @ the Lafayette Room rocked!!  Good band and Drinks who could ask for more!!  But most of all I loved the little party town with all the bars and clubs side by side.  This place was happening, who could ask for more!  Well I guess some of us could I ended up on the 17 floor for the after party once again.  I have no idea whose room it was but thanks again!!

All this crazy excitement and the conference technically still did not even begin, and I already got my moneys worth!!

Day 1 and a half and I had fun, I learned a few things, had a few drinks, made a few connections did a few stupid things and was truly inspired.  As much as I loved the swan and dolphin I did not miss it.  Nor would I want to go back.  I feel like the times have changed and so have we, no need to revisit the ghost of the past, because I for one am no longer looking in the past.  For the first time in a many years I have a lot of optimism, I am excited and I have a plan.  I will be mixing it up with blue mix and trying to make the impossible possible just like what this conference did to me.  I know it soundz like I had a few too many and I probably did.  But this is really how I feel.

Hope you enjoyed my Story so far, stay tuned to hear what happed next at the OGS, going Postal at the Dev labs and crashing 4 parties in one night.

Enjoy, sorry for the long post.