Social Connections VI – I am signed up and going!


Well then, Stuart McIntyre announced the conference this morning and here I am already signed up! I Used to live in Europe and had visited Prague often on business and I am looking forward to see how it has changed in the last 15 years. Beer and dumplings … well, I guess I will have to listen to some presentations as well if that will get me beer and dumplings!

 

Hi Victor, this is your registration confirmation forSocial Connections VI – Prague

Organized by Social Connections

Message from Social Connections

Thank you for your registration for Social Connections VI in Prague on 16/17 June 2014!

Program: The session program will be announced closer to the conference date and will be located on our site.

Hotels & travel: For people traveling who need information on transportation and or hotels check out the FAQ page. We will be updating this page so check it regularly for updates and discounts.

Prague: Prague is a fabulous city to spend a few days in. If you are coming over and have some time then visiting the city is definitely a must. For more information on Prague pleasevisit this official tourist guide.

Evening program invite:To allow participants to continue the conversations into the night we would also like to extend a special invitation to our evening program. The evening program will over you transportation to a stunning location in Prague where we will enjoy drinks & dinner and a chance to engage with fellow participants and speakers in a relaxed atmosphere. Afterwards busses will ensure that you are returned to the city. Seats for the evening event are limited so please use this link to register. This is a separate registration from the day event.
If, for whatever reason, you find yourself unable to attend, please cancel your registration via the EventBrite site. If you have any issues doing so, please let us know. Seats for this event are limited and we would hate to have to turn down people for nothing.

Last but not least…. We want to thank our fantastic sponsors who are making all this possible. Without them there would be no Social Connections!

We look forward to seeing you in Pragueon June 16th and 17th!

Social Connections – The IBM Connections User Group

info@socialconnections.info http://socialconnections.info

Have a question? Contact the organizer at info@SocialConnections.info

Connections Certified – Finally!


As if yesterday I am now finally IBM Connections certified:

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I had had just no time previously but here at Connect the certification tests are all free for participants so I went for it – and past! It was about time too, having worked with Connections for the last 6 years not having a certification just seemed strange. I do not test well (my dyslexia makes it hard for me) but I guess doing all these crazy IBM Connections projects finally paid off.

Yippie!

2014 – What is waiting at the starting line for this year?


Since I finally got back to my bog and wrote a short / brief “2013-in-a-nutshell” post, I thought it might be time to also look ahead. There is allot hat I am working on, here the short list:

 

Connect2014

Yes, I mentioned I am going and what my (not very short) list of must-see presentations are. The other reason I like to go is that is a great time to talk to vendors and colleagues to see where the market and technology is going and what clients are (likely/maybe/hopefully) looking for for the future. It is not just fun and golf – even if my wife thinks otherwise.

Connections Training

I speak frequently at LUGS and seminars on IBM Connections administration, that goes hand-in-hand with the Connections training that I offer as part of my business. This last year has seen allot of one-on-one / one-on-many training where I make the whole Connections install a training seminar for the client where they learn not only how to install but how to document, what decisions they need to think of ahead of time and then how to think ahead to production / operations. I also do class-room hands-on training where I bring in a VM environment and the participants get hands-on and get to break it and repair it. When necessary I actually created “broken” snapshots that I have them fix. Hands-on is the only way to go really

For 2014 I am thinking slightly larger …. I am partnering with a good friend of mine to munch off his good reputation and experience … ;) there will be some more detailed announcements on this later in the 1st quarter. for right now it is still  “Pssssst .. it’s a secret

Technology Trends

Over the last few years I have seen a big uptick in my IBM Connections business and a decline in Domino work. Not because I think Domino itself is declining but because the base knowledge in the market place out there is good and clients see less need in bringing in outside talent – upgrades and migrations yes – or integration work with other systems but not really for basic Domino operations.

Recently I also see a large uptick in Sametime inquiries – ST9 is making allot of clients thinking of upgrades and they want help. Also, they want ST to integrate with more – video, telephony, awareness in every other system they can get it to work in … ST9 looks good for me and I like the changes and (some of) the simplifications in the product – and I think that the licensing changes that IBM put into place will drive allot more adoption.

International Work

I also see an uptick in my “international” work. Whereas my focus used to be 99% North America I do get more inquiries for Europe and Asia … I speak several languages which helps but that is not the real reason, I just guess this internet thing really makes the world smaller and brings us closer in many different ways. Now, if I could just somehow get an app that does something about time zones and jet lag …..

 

 

I am curious to talk to my colleagues out there and see what the technology barometer is showing them – that is one of the reasons I always try to attend Connect (LotusPhere) – but for now all I can say is that 2014 looks good!

Preparing for Connect2014 – My preliminary list of must-attend sessions


Going to LotusPhere Connect2014 again, and really looking forward to it. I just went onto the Connect2014 website and made a listing of all the sessions I am interested in … turns out that I have to find a way to clone myself so I can see all 37 of them ….

As to be expected most of the sessions i am trying to cram in are around IBM Connections and Sametime – though I admit that I put more emphasis on Connections since I do allot of Connections work. I am really interested in some of the sessions that deal with Connections administration since a large part of my business is actually not just to install and configure but admin training for individuals and groups. I am always interested in what others do or how they approach problems – there is yet so much for me to learn, no matter how long I have been doing this already!

Here a highlight of a few sessions I really am looking forward to:

  • AD305 : IBM Sametime iWidgets: Extending Connections’ Use of Sametime
  • ID404 : Pushing the Borders – Extending and Customizing IBM Connections
  • ID403 : Social and Content – Better Together with IBM Connections Content Manager
  • ID605 : Make Your Microsoft Stack Social with IBM Connections
  • BP307 : Practical Solutions for Connections Administrators – Tips and Scripts for Your Daily Business (you really need to see this one!)
  • BP304 : What We Wish We Had Known: Becoming an IBM Connections Administrator (The British/Irish Invasion …. should be good!)
  • JMP201 : What’s New in IBM Connections Administration and Configuration
  • ID301 : IBM Sametime 9 Voice and Video: The Value Today and the Roadmap for Tomorrow
  • JMP204 : IBM Sametime 9 Deployment Workshop (this will be good, Wes Morgan is always a good for an interesting session) 
  • SHOW400 : IBM Sametime 9.0 Media Components on Linux for the Windows Administrator

All these great Jumpstart sessions will really screw my weekend up … but I guess there is no way past them! There are many more sessions, I just can’t list them all right now. I hope they don’t clash to badly schedule-wise or force me to do sprint from one side of the place to the other in 5 minutes ….

What sessions will you guys be attending?

 

 

 

 

 

MWLUG 2013 Open General Session Speaker – News!


This just came in email – a very interesting addition to the OGS with a new (additional) speaker.  The OGS alone is worth coming, I hope to see a few of you guys there .Peruse the agenda, there are some really good sessions being offered.

 

From the Email:

 

MWLUG 2013 Banner

 

Announcing the MWLUG 2013 Open General Session Speaker

We are very please to announce the MWLUG 2013 Opening General Speaker will be former US Marine, Author, and Indianapolis Colts Community Spokeperson, Josh Bleill. Josh the author of One Step at a Time: A Young Marine’s Story of Courage, Hope, and a New Life in the NFL present about building a Community.

Along with Scott Souder our MWLUG 2013 IBM OGS speaker, Josh will deliver our Opening General Session.

Josh BleillJosh Bleill, Indianapolis Colts Community Spokesperson

Marine Corporal Josh Bleill [Bly-ul; rhymes with “Kyle” or “smile”] is a native of Greenfield, Indiana. After graduating high school, Josh attended Purdue University. Upon completion of his education, Josh decided to serve his country by joining the United States Marine Corps in 2004, and was activated for a tour of duty in Iraq in 2006.

While serving in Iraq, Corporal Bleill was severely injured, resulting in the loss of both of his legs. After extensive rehabilitation, Bleill returned to Indiana in August of 2008, where he attacked his new life head-on. This new life included employment as the Indianapolis Colts Community Spokesperson.

Indianapolis Colts Owner, Jim Irsay, has described Bleill as “very talented, bright-eyed, and skilled,” and Josh now travels the country to spread his message of hope, “one step at a time.”

I’m doing it again: I’ll be Speaking at MWLug – Indianapolis Aug. 21-23, 2013


.Yes, Here i\I go again. I will be speaking on Connections again at MWLug. This year it will be in lovely Indianapolis, IN and My session is titled “IBM Connections essential Skills – Data Manipulation and it’s Limits”. Ooohhh, sounds like it might even be more fun than pulling teeth or watching paint dry!