MWLUG 2017 – Recap

MWLUG 2017 in Virginia this past August, like most of the Lotus User Group type events,  was a gathering of the Notes Nation.   The theme this year was “Moving Collaboration Forward”.

This year the event saw record attendance, according to event champion Richard Moy.  The event was well organized and well run. As was the case in past years DOCOVA was a sponsor, although this time at the 11th hour. IBM was the primary sponsor.

I have been involved with this technology for more than two decades.  Like many others in this community I have a great deal invested both financially and emotionally. In my original recap I vented my frustration with the continued decay of Notes and Domino in the market in a post entitled “We Believe”.  Linking that frustration to MWLUG was a mistake, and for that I would like to apologize to Richard and the members of his team who put so much effort year after year to bring it event to life.

It was not my intent to cast a shadow on MWLUG, and I am sorry if that is how it was perceived.








  1. Slobodan Lohja September 27, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    Isn’t it quicker to deploy to Bluemix and make the applications cloud microservice?.What are the pro’s and con’s to adopting cloud architecture vs a monolithic shift and lift?

    • Gary Walsh September 29, 2017 at 1:55 pm

      Absolutely. If a client wants to stay with IBM, and they can put their information into the cloud, that is an option worth considering. There are several others too. They could use XPAGES to browser enable the app, giving them both Notes client access and browser access. DAC, Domino Application Cloud was just announced. It uses CENTOS and Docker to provide access to Notes apps in the IBM cloud. DOCOVA is available on Domino as well, and if the client is happy with Domino we still lead with that. Domino is in my opinion the most cost effective platform out there. We still promote the XWORK option and our cloud option if the issue with Domino is political. The point behind this article was that in a lot of cases we are finding the customers do not want to stay on IBM, and if that is the case then we have an offering with DOCOVA SE. Its a pretty automated process, so I am not sure I could classify it as a monolithic shift, but like any migration project it takes some effort.

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