Domino Upgrade

VersionSupport end
Upgrade to 9.x now!
(see the full Lotus lifcyle) To make your upgrade a success use the Upgrade Cheat Sheet.
Contemplating to replace Notes? You have to read this! (also available on Slideshare)


Other languages on request.


Useful Tools

Get Firefox
Use OpenDNS
The support for Windows XP has come to an end . Time to consider an alternative to move on.

About Me

I am the "IBM Collaboration & Productivity Advisor" for IBM Asia Pacific. I'm based in Singapore.
Reach out to me via:
Follow notessensei on Twitter
Amazon Store
Amazon Kindle
NotesSensei's Spreadshirt shop
profile for stwissel on Stack Exchange, a network of free, community-driven Q&A sites


UMsys - as old as Unix (sort of)

Today there is the "Anwendertag" (User's day) for UMsys in Munich. UMsys stands for Universal Management System. It is a meta management framework, that has been used for environmental management and eGovernment. UMsys is in the market for about 20 years. Already then it had the notion of people, places and processes - with special extensions for environment and government like substances, measurements or regulations.
It started as a terminal application build on Uniface and Informix. Ten years ago I helped to design the revision from UMsys/3 to UMsys/4 moving to C++ and Oracle as client server application.
This year will see another two or threefold transition. Since some of our users move to Linux, the client application will move to .NET/Mono or something else. In parallel a web client is under development. Here we opted to use open standards and leverage on xForms and XML. Our server runs on J2EE (Tomcat and Websphere have been tested) and uses the Open Presentation Server (OPS). I will talk about OPS in March at Singapore's XML Standards day. Stay tuned form more stories about environment, UMsys and xForms.


Steel bosses and a walk around a lake

Speaking in Hanoi
My paper was well received and I had some good discussions with Asia's steel cookers. You can download the paper from the download section of UMsys Asia. I always thought that steel is a boring topic and technology isn't improving. Attending some of the sessions I learned, that the industry is actually progressing quite fast and that you can produce steel today with less energy, in higher quantities and with custom mechanical properties that were unknown 10 years ago. I was very pleased, to see a transition from a pure cost based view of production towards a value based approach. The steel companies also swiftly stepped in and used their products for disaster relief. The pictures show were light-years away from the tin huts we associate with steel based housing.
I spend the evening walking around one of the lakes next to the hotel (took me more than 1.5 hours) and was pleasantly surprised how buzzing the evenings were. The Hanoians use the coolness of the night to meet and enjoy the evening with friends at the lake shore. It almost felt like a holiday.


Going places - Vietnam


Off to Hanoi, Vietnam. I will speak on the annual conference of the South East Asia Iron and Steel Institute ( SEAISI). It's my first time to Vietnam and my first time to meet Asia's steel barons. I'm curious how selling care for environment, health, safety and quality will be received by this audience.
I'm doing that at the Asia CTO of UMsys, the Universal Management System (you'd guessed:) for environment, health, safety and quality.
More about UMsys and Vietnam soon.
Stay tuned  


Management Excellence Conference in Tehran

explaining UMsys
Explaing UMsys to a quality manager.


Going places - Tehran

What do you do in a country where big US brands are a NO NO, but chicken fast food is a feasible business? Well you name your business in such a way that it sounds like KFC when pronounced in the local language.
You also could borrow some decorative ideas <g>. And NO I didn't test it. Our host gave us no chance to surrender to such a temptation, but fed us with excellent food and entertainment.
And NO I wasn't there to talk about nuclear fuel. I did attend the Management Excellence conference in Tehran as an exhibitor and key note speaker. You can download the presentation from the UMsys website.
Hospitality in Iran is outstanding and the speakers had a good time presenting to a special audience. Special in a sense, that using handphones or taking a break by walking out was considered quite acceptable behaviour. It was also special for me, because it was my first presentation with a translator. He was standing with me on stage and translated and explained every sentence I made into Farsi. Preparing for that gave another boost to clarity of my message.
The Iranian economy is quite interesting. The workforce is VERY young. One of our hosts claimed 80% are below 30, everyone wants to do business, most of them rather keeps the government out of it (which is kind of difficult since the big industries like Oil&Gas, cars, mining etc. are government dominated and everyone wants to improve. I've seen very modern very advanced estates in Tehran and quite some outdated stuff too. What differs from sights I'm used to other places are the drastic contrast.
Carefully spoken (since I need to return there). The fact that the population is rather young and the government rather old, suggests that their might be at least generation tensions if not more, that make a change in government without outer influence a possibility that is not so out of this world.


WEEE &amp; RoHS


If you can't make sense of the abbreviations in the headline, you are in good company. They are the current buzzwords in the electronic industry. It is not about the latest protocol or gadget, it's about the new regulations regarding electronic goods and electronic waste. In a nutshell: Manufacturers must not use lead or other hazardous substances in production. The final owner of the product before it enters the market (a.k.a. the brand) is responsible for compliance. It also means, that manufacturers have to pay for disposal of their goods.
We have a speaking slot on a conference in SG on 22nd and also present UMsys in our booth.


This site is in no way affiliated, endorsed, sanctioned, supported, nor enlightened by Lotus Software nor IBM Corporation. I may be an employee, but the opinions, theories, facts, etc. presented here are my own and are in now way given in any official capacity. In short, these are my words and this is my site, not IBM's - and don't even begin to think otherwise. (Disclaimer shamelessly plugged from Rocky Oliver)
© 2003 - 2017 Stephan H. Wissel - some rights reserved as listed here: Creative Commons License
Unless otherwise labeled by its originating author, the content found on this site is made available under the terms of an Attribution/NonCommercial/ShareAlike Creative Commons License, with the exception that no rights are granted -- since they are not mine to grant -- in any logo, graphic design, trademarks or trade names of any type. Code samples and code downloads on this site are, unless otherwise labeled, made available under an Apache 2.0 license. Other license models are available on written request and written confirmation.