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    Two topics for DNUG/Dortmund

    Bob Balaban  July 31 2008 04:49:52 PM
    Greetings, Geeks!

    I am very pleased to announce that DNUG (Deutsche Notes User Group) have invited me to present 2 sessions at their upcoming admin/developer conference (November, in Dortmund). Here are the (not yet finalized) abstracts:

    - "Cloud computing". The Google (and Amazon, and other companies') computing services model is very different from the traditional IBM/Lotus packaged software, client/server one to which we have all become accustomed over the last 2 or 3 decades. Come hear about the mega-differences (business model, architecture, even the social and political impact) as well as the micro-differences (how application APIs are different, how data handling and compliance are VERY different...), and even about the nano-differences, such as tech support, debugging, and error handling. How will "cloud" business partners and ISVs make money? Will you need to transform your software development processes? Is "cloud computing" still "vaporware"?

    - Achieving "Peaceful" Coexistence Between Microsoft Exchange and Lotus Notes
    While many organizations strive to standardize their messaging infrastructures on a single platform, many others do not. Whether through merger, acquisition or simple user preference, many organizations face a need to achieve peaceful coexistence in the messaging wars, perhaps for only a short time (while they transition from one to the other), but perhaps (if they can pull it off) for a very long time. The technical challenges involved in maintaining a well-performing dual messaging infrastructure are not trivial, but they can be met successfully with proper planning and the right technology. The big issues are all around directory synchronization, message transport, rich text, scheduling logic differences and data formats. Come to this session to learn how to overcome these technical challenges, how to keep  both Notes and Exchange up and running, and how to avoid mutually assured destruction!

    I always enjoy DNUG events, the audiences are great, the conversations are always interesting, and the beer is always good. Hope to see you there!

    (Need expert application development architecture/coding help? Contact me at: bbalaban,
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