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Welcome to Another Reboot

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Where do I go from here? I ran into a LinkedIn update from a blogger I followed in the once wonderful world of Lotus Notes. We don’t know each other beyond my delight in glutinously consuming his posts. Yet, I feel we have a lot in common.  As it happens, each of us moved away from Notes. Each of us has found our way to Salesforce. For me, the beginning of the journey was compulsory. New technologies, corporate numbness, etc. took their toll on the viability of the very nimble platform I came to know and love.

Begrudgingly, at first, and then with enthusiasm I moved into the world of collaborative solutions built on the IBM WebSphere Application Server platform.  The enthusiasm I felt was largely derived from my “knack” for understanding complex architectures and working with them to provide solutions to customer challenges. That enthusiasm never quite filled the void left by the slow inexorable retreat of Lotus Notes.

Today? Enter Salesforce. Once again I find myself utterly delighted by a platform that begs to be put to the test of meeting real needs and delivering meaningful solutions. My company, Island Pond Consulting, exists for the simple purpose of helping individuals and organizations solve challenges. I provide assistance through private consultation, mentoring, and training delivery.

How did I get here and where is “here”? The details may appear in another post. But, in a nutshell, I am a Salesforce Certified Administrator and Advanced Administrator. I work with a delightfully named and extraordinary Salesforce Partner, The ReddRaven Group (named for the two co-CEOs Pamela Redd and Raven Slade), to deliver Salesforce Authorized training.

Let the adventure continue!

Written by David Wilkerson

February 19, 2020 at 9:06 am

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New Job

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I suppose I could start with a remark such as, “It’s been a long time since I last posted here”. And, I suppose in a passive way I have taken care of stating the obvious. Now, on with the bigger news. I changed jobs a few months ago. After twenty years working with Dave Jacob and Jacob Solutions, Inc. and its derivative Davalen LLC. I have found my way to a new employer. I will miss working with him and his business parter, Len Barker.

Today I am a technical instructor with Global Knowledge providing instruction in support of a variety of IBM products including the Digital Experience suite of products, the underlying platform, WebSphere Application Server, and other integrated products such as IBM Secure Directory Server, IBM Secure Directory Integrator, etc.

It has already proven to be a great opportunity and lots of fun. At the same time I find myself having more opportunity to engage in personally rewarding activities as a Scoutmaster with Troop 25 of Pelham, NH.

Along the way, I have had opportunity to “play” with Dreamweaver again, after a lengthy hiatus and am thrilled with the enhancements. Most recently I had a chance to experiment with the Fluid Grid Layout tooling. All I can say is how fantastic it is for rapid development of responsive sites. More about that, soon, on another post.

Meanwhile, it’s nice to be back and I hope to see more of you in the coming weeks.

Written by David Wilkerson

June 6, 2015 at 10:19 am

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Stop or Start Community Server on Linux (or other Domino based server).

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A customer asked, recently, how to recycle their Domino based Sametime 9 component, the Sametime Community server. There are a number of approaches to take but here, by way of screenshot, are three:

Domino Admin Client

Domino Web Admin Client

SSH Terminal

Written by David Wilkerson

July 30, 2014 at 11:30 am

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