Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Lotus Connections Community Newsletter Generator Plug-In

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As you know, I was recently out of the office for my paternity leave. In my previous post I hinted as how I was working with Sacha Chua on a new project. Well, it turns out that during my paternity leave, my first TAP (IBM's Technology Adoption Program) contribution was published: the Lotus Connections Community Newsletter Generator!

Based on some code that I had already written (and it's also used in the Lotus Connections Notifications Plug-In), Sacha Chua took my code and built an amazing toolkit for Lotus Connections community owners. Part of the toolkit quickly generates a newsletter based on the community's recent activities for distribution to community members. (IBMers, see my internal blog for more details that I can't disclose right now).

I then took Sacha's code and converted it into an Eclipse plugin. Just like my other plugin, this plugin will soon be available in the Plugin Catalog.

Here's a demo so you can see how it works.

Feedback from internal users has been overwhelmingly positive and I'm glad I can provide some value.

Let me know what other features you would like to see!


Monday, August 23, 2010

3 weeks away from work: Only 53 emails!

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So after 3 weeks of being away from the office, I'm back. What kept me out for so long? This beautiful baby that just arrived .

And besides this beautiful creature arriving, I was glad to open my email on Friday to find 570 unread emails! Yikes. Before starting to tackle this mountain of email, I decided to use Lotus Notes attention indicators to figure out which emails really needed my attention. Turns out, only 53 emails needed my attention, 6 were spam, and 511 were Bacn. So 53 emails over 15 works days works out to 3.5 emails per day. There's your proof that Enterprise 2.0 software significantly reduces the need for email.

Now, a lot of things happened while I was away and I wanted to do a quick re-cap:

Now I'm going to record a video of the thing Sacha and I are working on which will soon be in the Lotus Catalog as well.