The fifth annual Admin2003 kicks off at the end of next month in Las Vegas, with a heavier focus than in years past on Lotus' Sametime instant messaging and presence awareness tool. Other changes include a greater emphasis on security and a new track devoted to end-user management.
This year's conference will devote one of its six jump-start sessions to Sametime. Jump-starts are three-hour presentations that provide introductory overviews of particular technologies. Other jump-starts will cover Domino messaging, administration 101, development for administrators, QuickPlace and LotusScript.
"What we heard from a lot of attendees is that they've got a Sametime deployment and they'd like to learn more," said Debbie Lynd, content director at The View, the publication that organizes the conference.
In all, the show will be divided into seven tracks, with a total of more than 60 sessions.
The new track on end-user management will deal with issues facing shops that run Domino versions 4, 5 and 6. Session topics range from policy management to customization of Notes client installations.
Other sessions Lynd singled out as likely to generate a great deal of interest will cover administering Lotus Workflow; integrating iNotes, Sametime and QuickPlace; and Sametime security and authentication.
Lynd said that about one-fifth of the show's content will focus on Domino 6, the latest version of Lotus' messaging and collaboration platform, released in October 2002.
One speaker at the show, consultant Dave Hatter of Cincinnati-based Libertas Technologies LLC, said that most of his big customers, which include the Kroger Co. and Avon Products Inc., haven't yet migrated to Domino 6. Yet he's encouraging them to make the move, and he thinks the new release, which has been billed as an administrator-focused upgrade, isn't getting its just due for development changes.
Hatter said Domino 6 allows organizations to more easily use cascading style sheets, adds support for XML and offers additional help in building Web applications.
"What I like about this show is that it's very technical, very hands-on, nuts-and-bolts oriented," said Hatter, who will be delivering a presentation on agent performance in Domino 5. He expects server performance to be a hot topic at the conference.
The conference, which is likely to attract roughly 1,000 Domino administrators, will run from April 30 to May 2 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino.
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