IBM Champion: Maria Nordin

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I am very happy and excited to announce that I am once again selected to be an IBM Champion. For the third consecutive year. For me this is a recognition of that I am doing something right, which is fantastic!

One of my greatest passions is collaboration and bringing people together in various situations. I truly believe that we are stronger together and can achieve higher goals and better results if we work more out loud and closer to one another. Closer doesn’t necessarily mean geographically. That’s where the extra sweet sprinkle is added. By using various collaboration tools teams, colleagues and companies can overcome distances both in distance and culture.

To work out load is to learn about your co workers. About their skills, experiences and strengths. In the same way they learn about you. And to use tools that are intelligent and helps you make the most of all your assets. Like for example Watson who (is she a person? 😉 ) can summarise a long chat discussion to short overview moments, suggest where you should store files and what to answer (and who) on emails. Just to mention a few.

I am truly happy I get to be in this collaborative community and to be part of this journey to a more digitalised and open work space.

Thank you IBM for letting me go on the carousel this year too!

/Maria Nordin

 

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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

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Infoware wishes all of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

We would like to take the opportunity to thank our customers and partners for a good, fun, energizing, prosperous, rewarding 2017. We look forward continuing our relationship with you in the new year!

As we say in Sweden; God Jul och Gott Nyt År!

 

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Did you know that we are experts in Security Solutions

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Together with our partner SecureDevice, who is leading in IT security in the Nordic region, we offer services and tools to help you protect your business.

Today, it is unavoidable that business critical infrastructure is exposed to attacks. You are most certainly attacked daily and probably without knowing it. The solution is to make the attacks visible to have a chance to protect yourself from intrusion and theft of business-critical business information.

What does the new data protection regulation (GDPR) entail in May 2018?

GDPR will affect all industries, companies and organizations which handle personal data. In addition to a more stringent security responsibility in your daily work, GDPR entails that detailed data on all detected data violations should be reported within 72 hours. This means that your IT department needs to establish security solutions to prevent, monitor and handle potential data violations.

Contact us to find out more about how our solutions in Identity & Access Management and Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) can help you meet the new requirements.

 

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DomainPatrol Social with support for IBM Connections 6

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You know IBM Connections right? What you might not know is, that we make it even more powerful, useful, better, tidier with DomainPatrol Social

And now it’s soon available for IBM Connections 6.

We can in 4 clicks merge two whole Communities. With everything in it! Neat and tidy. With the same function you can move and merge almost all content, like Wikis, Files, Communities, Activities, Users etc. All solving complex questions and issues from users and admins.

In our session we show real life examples how our customers have used DomainPatrol Social to:

  • use IBM Connections more. Sometimes users are afraid of submitting content as they don’t know where to put it
  • to upgrade their environment
  • to merge in companies they bought – with lots of new users and content
  • to handle movements of staff in the organisation
  • to handle unused and orphan content that clogs up the environment

Detach your content from the predefined places, and go social!

Contact us for more details

 

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Join Tobias Gruvfält at Social Connections in Vienna

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We are presenting an inspiring customer case on how to achieve adoption without working with adoption. Join our customer story session at the IBM Collaboration Conference Social Connections 16-17 October in Vienna.

Infoware’s Tobias Gruvfält talks about how SEB can see trends and analyze the user behavior in IBM Connections beyond what is in Metrics reports. Tobias Gruvfält

Top management at SEB use IBM Connections for information sharing via blogs and bank office branches use it for knowledge sharing. But how is the rest of the 15,500 SEB employees using IBM Connections? It is impossible to ask them all, so you need to be smarter to find the answer.

Get inspired from our journey of how SEB learned to know the top contributors better. During this session we will also share our best-practices for how to drive adoption without working with adoption. Plus, we’ll show you what initiatives have been done in the past and what will come in a near future!

Join us here!

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Infoware is Gold sponsor at Social Connections in Vienna

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When Social Connections comes to Vienna it was an easy choice for us at Infoware to be there too. Not only will we have a fresh release of DomainPatrol Social, the administration tool for IBM Connections, to show in our exhibitors booth. But we also want to take the opportunity to see our customers and network with colleagues from our partners and friends.

We have worked with IBM collaboration solutions for a long time, and with this new path IBM is taking by implementing what they call the Pink technology in IBM Connections, we are of course following that closely.

Are you ready to sharpen your collaboration platform? Come with us to Vienna and Social Connections by registering here.

Do you have any questions about DomainPatrol Social or our other products? Contact us here.

 

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Learn how to optimize the value of your IBM licenses by attending our seminar on May 4, 2017 in Stockholm

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Does your company own IBM licenses? Are you certain that your company is proberly licensed? Do you as many others feel that IBM licensing can be a difficult and complex to learn? Do you want to lower your costs for IBM licenses?

We invite you to attend our seminar with breakfast on May 4th 2017 at the Infoware office in Stockholm, where we will talk about everything there is to know about the various license forms IBM has to offer. Infoware has over 20 years of experience when it comes to IBM licensing for both small and large organizations.

Our license expert and Sales Manager Ulf Stider will guide you through the following topics:


Is it possible to save money on IBM licenses

Different types of licenses and flexibility at the lowest cost
 

License Audit and Compliance

Make it something good for your organization
 

Transition to service-based IBM licenses

Maintain the value of your investments if you go to the cloud

 


 

The seminar is held in Infoware's office on
Kungsholms strand 123, Stockholm

 

8:30 Breakfast

9:00 Seminar begins

9:45 The end and thank you for coming

 

Please register for the seminar before April 27 to sales@infoware.com

 

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Summer is coming, but relax, Infoware can take care of your IBM platform while you are away

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Are you scratching your head thinking of who will take care of your IBM platform during the summer vacation period? Planning for the summer can be stressful, especially as you want to give your staff the vacation they need but also maintain a high quality in service acound your IBM platform.

Be calm! Infoware offers you rescue and control. All summer long!

Infoware's team of experienced IBM experts is your service every day.

Many organizatiosn have troubles on how to solve their staffing during the summer. We offer you experts who for example knows IBM Domino and IBM Connections inside and out. During the period, we assist you with monitoring and incident management, for example urgent operational problems.

We start our collaboration with a brief workshop where our experienced advisers learns your specific environment. Then we establish checklists and procedures necessary for you to feel completely confident that everything worksas it should.

We offer you the service levels (SLA) where we specifies availability, incident management and opening hours.

Your personal contact at Infoware has a whole team that knows your environment. Our service is offered on a weekly basis between June and September 2017.

Do you want to relax in the sun chair and not have your phone at arm's length all summer long?

Contact us today!

 

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Changing and Signing jar files with JDK 1.8, no questions asked. Dictionaries in IBM Notes.

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Case:
Dictionaries where missing from client installation on Windows machines.
Client is multi user and users are not allowed to write in Program Directories (non admin on their PCs).
Client is IBM Notes 9.0.1FP6, because this is the one rolled out to end users.
This means that nothing can be installed via Widgets in framework\rpc or framework\shared because both are under Program Directory.
Objective is to provide all of the dictionaries to the end users to choose from from the Widgets catalog. Installation should progress without any questions asked.

Description:
I downloaded the Dictionaries provided by IBM (Notes_XTAF_Dictionaries_V9.0_Win_ML.zip).
For a full description of this package, please read Tomas Hampels blog at
(https://blog.thomashampel.com/blog/tomcat2000.nsf/dx/deploying-xtaf-dictionaries-as-widgets.htm

The problem I got was that the Feature jar files configured to install in framework\rpc which is fine if you include them during installation of the original package running with administrative rights on the computer.

Only way in my scenario was to make sure that the installation was made in a user context meaning Data\workspace\applications

Solution:
Change configuration of the Feature jar to make sure that the installation is done in a user context.

Unpacking the jar file in the features directory of any given dictionary reveals that the feature.xml file contains <feature colocation-affinity="com.ibm.rcp.platform.feature"
this needs to be changed to this <feature colocation-affinity="com.ibm.rcp.site.anchor.user.feature" to make sure that installation will go to Data\workspace\applications where the end user is allowed to write.

To unpack and repack i use PeaZip (http://www.peazip.org/peazip-64bit.html and as an Editor I use Notepad++ (https://notepad-plus-plus.org/download/v7.3.3.html

Explanation of the different options could be found here:
https://www.ibm.com/support/knowledgecenter/en//SSVHEW_6.2.0/com.ibm.rcp.tools.doc.admin/controllingfeatureinstallocation.html
http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21497657
http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21440976

Also when doing this it will break the signatures and this means that a resigning (after repackage) is necessary for security reasons (you should not allow anything that you have not trusted)
If you want to include your own signed jars files during installation of the client, this can be done following this instruction (http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21305165)
You could also use iKeyman to do this if you prefer.

If you look at Tomas Hampels blog above you will find that there are a lot of files that needs to be changed and signed before importing to an update site.

Changing:
In every features directory in every updateSite_xx directory the file feature.xml needs to be changed according to the above solution.
IMPORTANT!!!
Also, preparing for signing, 3 files need to be deleted from a subdirectory called META-INF also in the features catalog:
IBM_WPLC.RSA
IBM_WPLC.SF
MANIFEST.MF
IMPORTANT!!!

Preparing:
Repack all files in each Directory e.g. com.ibm.langware.v5.dic.af_ZA.feature_7.2.0.201111100545 to com.ibm.langware.v5.dic.af_ZA.feature_7.2.0.201111100545.zip
Move (cut) the zip file to where the original jar file is located rename the original jar file with an extension .org instead of .jar end the rename the newly moved .zip file to .jar
A features catalog could then look like this:
Capture

Signing:
To sign I downloaded JDK 1.8 from
(http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/jdk8-downloads-2133151.html Windows x64 because I am using W10 64-bit.

IMPORTANT!!!
Only sign jar files that you have made changes to. The others are already signed with valid signatures.
Only sign 1 time with 1 signature for each jar file. Signing a second time could cause unexpected results.
IMPORTANT!!!

First I examined the file that was signed by IBM, this is now <filename>.org if the instructions where followed.
C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.8.0_121\bin>
jarsigner -verify -verbose "C:\updateSite_af\features\com.ibm.langware.v5.dic.af_ZA.feature_7.2.0.201111100545.org"

I got:
– Signed by "CN=International Business Machines Corporation, OU=Lotus Software Group, OU=Digital ID Class 3 – Java Object Signing, O=International Business Machines Corporation, L=Littleton, ST=Massachusetts, C=US"
    Digest algorithm: SHA1
    Signature algorithm: MD5withRSA, 2048-bit key
  Timestamped by "CN=GeoTrust Timestamping Signer 1, O=GeoTrust Inc, C=US" on lö feb 02 04:31:44 UTC 2013
    Timestamp digest algorithm: SHA-1
    Timestamp signature algorithm: SHA1withRSA, 1024-bit key

jar verified.

This meant that I need to sign with MD5withRSA and also SHA-1 where needed.
I tried all of the possible combinations of signing and digest and did the provisioning to the IBM Notes Client for all the different cases (puh this was hard and took a lot of time!) just to make sure.
I found only 1 configuration that worked all of the times.

IMPORTANT!!!
To sign you must first create a signer and also you need to import the certificate of the signer and crosscertify it with your Notescertificate and push that crosscertificate to the client thru your security policy.
This done is done in your Domino Directory of the server.
Signing the jar file with this signature is then trusted to be installed on the client.
IMPORTANT!!!

Inspired by Tomas Hampel (again) and the blog entry (https://blog.thomashampel.com/blog/tomcat2000.nsf/dx/untitled.htm?opendocument&comments).
I decided to make my own script to help me out with this task.

Script Solution:
I decided to make 2 types of script, 1 for creating the necessary JKS file used for signing and 1 for the actual signing.
Both solutions consists of a command file an a property file containing values needed for the execution.

Code and samples will be provided here for download.Cool_Signing

Keytool:
Signing_mykeytool.cmd Cool_Signer.keytool
in the sample provided and this will create a JKS file and a CER file in the C:\temp directory.

To customize for your own needs you can creating you own .keytool file using Cool_Signer.keytool as a template. Read the included Readme.txt file for explanation.

IMPORTANT!!!
You must change/customize this if You want to use this in your own environment, because sample provided here is not intended for other purposes than demonstrating the code.
IMPORTANT!!!

Jarsigner:
Signing_myjarsigner.cmd Cool_Signing_with_XTAF_MD5.jarsigner
in the sample provided will sign all jar files that ends with *.feature_7.2.0.201111100545.jar from the catalog C:\Notes_XTAF_Dictionaries_V9.0_Win_ML and down.
IMPORTANT!!!
It also contains the parameters that where tested to work with these features. I will recommend you to use these if you modify and sign the XTAF Dictionaries.
IMPORTANT!!!

To customize for your own needs you can creating you own .jarsigner file using Cool_Signing_with_XTAF_MD5.jarsigner as a template. Read the included Readme.txt file for explanation.

Conclusion:
Changing and Signing is hard work but script at least provides you with the means of organising your stuff and ease the burden of signing.

 

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