Lotus Sametime Virtual Workshops

A series of Sametime virtual workshops are coming up in the next few months:

26 Aug 2008 – 28 Aug 2008, Virtual workshop (09:00 a.m. – 05:00 p.m. eastern time)
23 Sep 2008 – 25 Sep 2008, Virtual workshop (09:00 a.m. – 05:00 p.m. central time)
14 Oct 2008 – 16 Oct 2008, Virtual workshop (09:00 a.m. – 05:00 p.m. central time)

Open to Customers, IBM BPs and IBMers, these sessions aim to help you learn:

   * Installing, configuring and troubleshooting Lotus Sametime 8 server
    * Lotus Sametime Connect instant messaging client
    * Innovations in real time collaboration
    * Communities, broadcast applications, and other innovations
    * Lotus Sametime 8 standard plug-in development and deployment
    * Understanding and usage of the Lotus Sametime SDK
    * Lotus Expeditor integration with Lotus Sametime
    * The foundation for social networking tools

Highlights:
    * Understand the value offered to ISVs and developers by Lotus Sametime
    * Understand the differences with prior releases
    * Understand Lotus Sametime 8 features and services, with a focus on server, client and extending the client via the SDK
    * Special focus on using Eclipse to develop Lotus Sametime plug-ins
          o Branding Lotus Sametime Connect client
          o Developing new applications to extend the client capabilities
          o Using the extension points to add-on to the user interface
          o Deployment and configuration of applications to Lotus Sametime Connect client
    * How to move your application beyond instant messaging and Web conferencing
    * Installing and exploring the features of Lotus Sametime
    * How to test and debug plug-ins
    * Integration with desktop productivity applications
    * Using Lotus Expeditor to deliver Lotus Sametime applications to rich client platforms

Self-paced learning:
The self-paced format allows you to download the workshop presentations and labs, then execute the labs remotely on your own schedule with no travel required. The presentations have synchronized narration (English only) and provide full controls to pause, forward, repeat or navigate the slides. An Internet connection is required.

You should reserve a one week period to run the labs on a remote live environment. Support for questions or any assistance is provided through a monitored forum.

Stuart McIntyre is a Senior Strategist at Fostering Community Limited. He curates a number of product-focused news sites, is a lapsed podcaster, founded the Social Connections user group and regularly speaks at conferences and events. This blog represents his own slightly-eccentric and usually-controversial opinions!