ICON UK – Agenda Released

I just received this in the mail – as I will be speaking I hope some of y readers might attend. Even if it is only to get some free coffee and scottish shortcake ….

Meet us in London for ICON UK!

Won’t you join us?

ICON UK is a two-day event for all users of IBM software to meet, learn, and network. Members of the IBM team, 18 IBM Champions, and other fantastic and knowledgeable members of the IBM software community will give top-notch presentations and will be available to answer questions. At the end of day two, there will be a never-been-done-before “Ask IBM and the IBM Champions” session. View the full agenda here.

We hope you’ll be able to join us again this year! See date and time details below.

The ICON UK Team
Monday, Sept. 21, 2015
Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015

Monday from 08:00 – 19:00
Tuesday from 08:00 – 18:00

IBM Client Centre, IBM Southbank, Upper Ground, London


Click Here to Register

MWLUG 2015 – August 19-21 in Atlanta, GA: I’m Speaking – Are You Coming?

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I submitted for MWLUG again this year and one of my submissions was accepted:

IBM Connections – Installing the Free “Extras” and Integrating with other Products

The (absolutely riveting) topic will show you all the extras that you get as free entitlements IBM and a small assortment of for pay third party tools and applications.   I will be talking about asome of the tricks, tips and potential pitfalls of the install process and how to maneuver between the icebergs.


Will I see you guys there? It’s a great LUG and Atlanta is a fun city with great food and good Baseball … and it is home of the best Irish Pub of 2015 – who’d a thunk it?

Social Connections 8 – April 16 – 17 Boston, MA … and the best thing is I AM SPEAKING

Just got this in my in-box:

Thank you so much for submitting an abstract for Social Connections 8.

We are delighted to inform you that your session ‘DB2 – Did you know your “Social” runs on top of a database?’ has been selected for the event, and has been published to our agenda. It is provisionally scheduled for 11:25 on Friday.
So, it looks like I will be there! Nice thing is that I lice (almost) just around the corner and there are two Red Sox home games that weekend …. I guess it is time for some serious Boston Vacation Time with the family!
Go look and see if any of the content interests you http://socialconnections.info/ some of my favorites are going to be there and I am quite happy I am only speaking once, that give me more time to sit in the other sessions and learn some more. We get some real treats, some of the really good speakers that you usually don’t see other than at LotusPhere, Connect, ConnectED (what the hell is next????) are coming and bringing some really interesting sounding content.
Hope top see you there, you can even heckle in my session if you like!


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:


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.


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:



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!