Social Connections Chicago – Here I come!


Had an email in my inbox a short while ago …

Congratulations! Your abstract for Social Connections 11 was accepted!

 

Looks like I will be in Chicago June 1-2 this year! Social Connections is a great conference, you should check it out and attend if you can – there is allot of great content and I am not just talking about my session … and you get to meet and interact with allot of people at the conference and make really, really, really great connections for yourself.

 

Oh yeah .. what will i be speaking on?

IBM Connections – Take Performance Tuning Beyond the Documentation

 

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My New Look – Thanks to Social Connections8


Just wanted to give a quick shout out to the whole Social Connections 8 team – it was a SOLID event and I had allot of fun. Events like this are always a n opportunity to learn something new and meet friends (old and NEW) at the same time. Plus, it never hurts that they lock the doors when I start speaking so I get my captive audience – in every sense of the word! And we all know – my DB2 themed presentation (it will be up on slideshare.com pretty soon) was riveting and mesmerizing at the same time. I had me people enthralled …

What I got out of Social Connections this time was more than just more knowledge, I also got a new look … thanks to Wannes for thinking this idea up – I especially like the fact that the picture/piece of art took 15 lbs off the real Victor and eliminated allot of my “facial flaws” …

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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

Social Connections V – StarWars all over again?


If you are reading this you are social and somehow are involved with the whole IBM software stack relationship social thingamajig or another …. So, unless you live under a rock you have heard of the – very successful – SOCIAL CONNECTIONS shindig that happens on a regular basis and is instigated (among several other, very hardworking individuals) Stuart McIntyre.

In spite of being the model of British reserve and gentleman-ship, Stuart is well know and renowned for his strength in the “the Social Stuff”, or as we like to say – the FORCE is strong in him . . .

Social Connections V is coming up this June and somehow I managed to weasel my way into it and am speaking this year. Thank God Stuart chose the neutral country of Switzerland to host it, that way my antics are unlikely to break up the European Union (it is not a member), set off a minor border conflict (nobody messes with the Swiss) or cause a rise in sea levels (no ocean, but they do have part of the Alps).

Here is a link that the very kindhearted and capable Femke Goedhart tweeted earlier today with a sneak peek of what is in store. Personally, I think most people will come of the Swiss chocolate, the alphorn blues band that will be playing in the lobby and lederhosen that Stuart is planning to wear in celebration of his newly discovered Swiss ancestor who is distantly related to Wilhelm Tell. It is a fascinating story that he is sure to recant to you if you just prod his modesty enough – he is quite shy about his fame as we all know. I also surmise that Tim Clark might have an interesting tidbit or two to share and with Gab “No Problem” Davis around there will be enough interesting content to cover for the fact that my session will be dealing with the finer points of Swiss Cheese Fondue . . .

So, if you think you are interested …. and have the time to watch all the amazed/shocked Swiss who will be gather around the hotel to stare at us in wonder – you should attend … even if it is only to hear hear Gab say “Not a Problem!” in that droll accent of her’s ….

PS: if you are wondering why I mentioned StarWars in the title – no reason other than the big Roman Numeral “V” in the title and that I turn green and shriveled like Yoda when I drink green beer on St. Paddy’s day . . . Switzerland will never be the same after this. I pity the Swiss, really . .