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5 Reasons to Care about a Business Continuity Plan

Business Continuity Plan

September 19, 2014

Today's businesses face plenty of challenges and risks. Some are predictable, and some are not. According to AT&T’s 2013 business continuity study, 13% of companies with revenues of more than $25 million don’t have a business continuity plan in place. The 87% of businesses with a plan for recovering from an internal or external threat understand it’s better to be prepared than it is to be unprepared and faced with a lengthy or insurmountable recovery period. A business continuity plan may seem daunting, complicated, and even unnecessary to some business owners. However, a plan is a crucial component to recovering from a disaster. Here are five reasons why every business should care about advancing their business continuity and disaster recovery plans.


A Recap of ICON UK 2014 (IBM Notes User Group)

ICON UK: the IBM user group

September 17, 2014

Over 150 IBM Notes and Domino users met in London for ICON UK on Sept. 12 to learn, network, share experiences, and highlight best practices. The volunteer-run event is free to attend, and sessions include the latest IBM software developments presented by leading speakers in the global IBM community. Teresa and Warren Elsmore hosted ICON UK from 2005 to 2013, but Tim Clark was this year’s host. 


After check-in and breakfast, Tim Clark welcomed attendees at 9:00 a.m. and IBM Program Director Scott Souder gave the keynote on all that’s new and about to be new in collaboration software from IBM, including a live demo of IBM Mail.Next. 

IBM Notes and Domino Users Gather at ICON UK 2014

ICON UK is an IBM Notes and Domino User Group

September 12, 2014

The following is a guest blog post from Tim Clark, this year’s ICON UK event organizer and Teamstudio’s Director of Professional Services.


It’s September 12 in London and for a change the weather is nice. There are over 150 people gathered at IBM’s premier London location for what promises to be a day packed full of keynotes, sessions, speed sponsoring, and networking. Having been to IBM Notes and Domino events before as an attendee, sponsor, speaker, and helper, it is really easy to miss some of the tiny little details that go into making the whole thing gel together. Being at the top table this year and being responsible for bringing it all together, I’ve had to make sure that even the smallest of details is thought through and not forgotten. 

Here is just one example of the level of detail that goes into a simple event item: the name badge. How does the event badge look? Is it multifunctional? What size should it be? Will it be printed at a print shop or can we do it ourselves? How are people going to wear it? What information should go onto it? Should it be plastic or paper? Can we go generic on the whole and customize it later for each person? Can’t I just get away with the “Hi my name is:” stickers and a bunch of Sharpies? Some of these details can keep you awake at night, but only the really big stuff actually does, like food, sponsors, sessions, and will anyone actually come.

A Look Back at ICON UK (IBM Notes User Group)


September 10, 2014

As we look forward to this week’s ICON UK event, let’s take a nostalgic look back at some of the high notes for the event from last year. ICON UK has been running since 2005 thanks to Terresa and Warren Elsmore and other organizers who generously volunteered to keep this event running. Tim Clark took over running the event this year.

Last year’s ICON UK conference opened with Warren Elsmore and keynote speaker Scott Souder. Scott identified October 2013 as a release date for IBM Notes and Domino 9.0.1, and email was a hot topic.


Gabriella Davis and Mark Myers presented about IBM Connections.

A Recap of MWLUG 2014 for IBM Collaboration Solutions Users

MWLUG 2014's theme was "connecting the human community"

September 5, 2014

Last week IBM Collaboration Solutions users met in Grand Rapids, Michigan at MWLUG 2014 to exchange business cards and brush up on their technical knowledge and skills. As the Grand Rapids Business Journal covered the event, attendees began to arrive. Kramer Reeves, Director of Product Management for Collaboration Solutions at IBM, and guest speaker Virgil Westdale, a World War II veteran, spoke at the opening session on Aug. 28.


Kramer Reeves discussed the next possible features for IBM Domino in 2015 and beyond. 


The Power of an Offline Mobile Solution

Teamstudio Unplugged

September 3, 2014 

The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, CO studies the atmosphere and models climate and weather patterns. To do this, they use the biggest, fastest computers available. And in their computer lab, their first Cray supercomputer, acquired several decades ago, had less computing power than the iPhones that are commonly in use today.

We're all walking around with a fantastic wealth of computing power in our pockets. That is until we lose our connection, or get only "one bar.” Then, for many key business needs, the powerful devices we've come to rely upon may start to resemble expensive paperweights.

One reliable way to achieve uninterrupted access to enterprise applications is with an offline mobile solution. Offline mobile applications continue to work when a signal is weak or unavailable. The Teamstudio Unplugged Engine is an offline mobile solution that extends IBM Notes and Domino applications to mobile devices. Teamstudio Unplugged can start quickly and work offline because it installs a local data store on a user’s mobile device, together with one or more apps that use this data store. When network conditions allow, Unplugged then syncs with the user’s back end enterprise systems.

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6 Coding Best Practices For IBM Notes Application Development

Coding Best Practices For IBM Notes Application Development

August 29, 2014

Adopting good coding practices ensures that the code you write and IBM Notes applications you create are easy to understand and maintain by all members of your development team. How you write your code is just as important as what features go into the applications you build. Your coding practices will affect the ultimate quality of the application as much as the testing strategies you use.

This blog post will provide an overview of naming conventions, standard tools, and IBM Notes application development strategies to be used as part of any development project. There are many aspects to a good coding practices policy. The details of each subsection may be different for some applications, but the important thing is that you adopt a standard approach and make sure everyone uses it.

What BCM Professionals Need to Know about the Ebola Outbreak

BCM Pros Need to Know About Ebola

August 27, 2014

The World Health Organization has recently issued a statement saying that all countries with Ebola cases should declare a national emergency. The recent outbreak of this virus in West Africa has raised concerns among BCM professionals. Although most experts say the probability of this outbreak spreading to Europe or the United States is unlikely due to the screening precautions already in place, concerns about containing the virus have caused many business continuity experts to question how they can prepare their own organizations.

Image Courtesy Cynthia Goldsmith, CDC

Getting Started with Teamstudio Continuity

Welcome to Continuity

August 22, 2014

Getting started with the Teamstudio Continuity application on your mobile device is a straightforward and seamless process. Once completed, you’ll have all your configured workflow actions, contacts, and business continuity management documentation replicated locally to your device for quick, efficient, and offline availability for when it’s most critically needed.

Addressing the Needs of Disabled Employees in Your Business Continuity Plan

Addressing Needs in Your Business Continuity Plan

August 20, 2014

The ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) of 1990 requires an employer to provide "reasonable accommodations" to enable a disabled employee to do their job once he or she is hired. This includes a reasonable level of expenditure to make workplace adjustments to enable the disabled employee to do his or her job.

Furthermore, an employer must make reasonable efforts to include the needs of any employee with a disability in their business continuity plan. The ADA does not specifically mention emergencies, but the Act is generally interpreted by the Department of Justice to imply that provisions in business continuity planning must be made without discrimination for disabled employees.

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