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Strategy, not Technology, Drives Digital Transformation
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Working in a Browser at Last!
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Join us for a Virtual Meet the Labs on IBM Connections
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IBM Verse on Android Rocks
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ICON UK – IBM Connections User Group 21-22 September
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IBM Named the Worldwide Market Share Leader in Enterprise Social Networks for 6th Consecutive Year by IDC
Mon, Aug 24th 2015 164
Strategy, not Technology, Drives Digital Transformation
Thu, Aug 20th 2015 124
Haven’t we all been there? Use Verse to avoid it!
Thu, Aug 27th 2015 86
Working in a Browser at Last!
Wed, Aug 19th 2015 73
Join us for a Virtual Meet the Labs on IBM Connections
Wed, Aug 19th 2015 55
IBM Verse on Android Rocks
Wed, Aug 19th 2015 51
ICON UK – IBM Connections User Group 21-22 September
Sun, Aug 16th 2015 29
The need for adoption
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All Change
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Hello world!
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Alan Hamilton
Blog Title Living Social
Blog Description An independent blog about Social Business and Enterprise Collaboration, with a strong IBM flavor.
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Haven’t we all been there? Use Verse to avoid it!
Thu, Aug 27th 2015 6:19a   Alan Hamilton
It’s the “I found the email with the presentation slides feeling”.
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IBM Named the Worldwide Market Share Leader in Enterprise Social Networks for 6th Consecutive Year by IDC
Mon, Aug 24th 2015 11:52a   Alan Hamilton
Surely being voted SIX TIMES in a row as the worldwide market share leader is one of the best reasons why, if you are considering moving your business into the 21st century of communications and collaboration, you should be using IBM Connections and Connections Cloud? Our competitors would have commercials running on TV, posters at every stadium, in every airport and basically in your face telling you that they were the best.  I think IBM prefers to let people come to their own conclusions, gui
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Strategy, not Technology, Drives Digital Transformation
Thu, Aug 20th 2015 3:20p   Alan Hamilton
Digital transformation is a hot topic these days.  The world of e-commerce, e-business, whatever you want to call it, is maturing.  Organisations have file servers, intranets, mobile devices, security concerns, firewalls, on-line presences on Facebook, Twitter, and so on.  Yet with all this technology we still don’t see the kind of up tick in business performance we were promised.  Why? There’s a really interesting read over at the MITSloan review which, in summary, says, that w
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Working in a Browser at Last!
Wed, Aug 19th 2015 11:32a   Alan Hamilton
It seems like the day has finally come.  I think it has taken about ten or more years, but it has now arrived, from what I can tell.  It’s the day, in fact the week so far, that I have worked exclusively in a web browser.  No client software, no productivity apps installed – all in Safari on my Mac. For years the promise of working in a light application such as a browser was dangled in front of us as a solution to the bloated applications we laboriously install on our laptops.  
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Join us for a Virtual Meet the Labs on IBM Connections
Wed, Aug 19th 2015 5:19a   Alan Hamilton
If you are a developer interested in understanding more about creating solutions on the IBM Connections / Connections Cloud platform then there is a great free event coming up which is just for you. On 1st and 2nd October we are hosting a virtual Meet the Labs event where key developers in the IBM Connections team will present on some deep-dive topics of interest to you all.  In addition to this you also have lots of opportunities to ask the developers your questions to help you with your sol
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IBM Verse on Android Rocks
Wed, Aug 19th 2015 5:07a   Alan Hamilton
See how easy it is to get up and running with IBM Verse on your Android smartphone.
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ICON UK – IBM Connections User Group 21-22 September
Sun, Aug 16th 2015 8:11p   Alan Hamilton
If you use IBM Connections or Connection Cloud, or SmartCloud and live in Europe then consider coming to London for the ICON UK conference on 21st and 22nd September.  This year it is being held at IBM South Bank, right in the centre of London and on the banks of the river Thames. There is an illustrious group of speakers including, ahem, myself, all of whom are dedicated to your success implementing IBM Connections as the premier social collaboration solution for your business.
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Hello world!
Sat, Mar 28th 2015 10:24a   Alan Hamilton
Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!
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All Change
Wed, Mar 18th 2015 4:05p   Alan Hamilton
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The need for adoption
Tue, Dec 23rd 2014 5:10a   Alan Hamilton
Quite rightly customers of IT solutions over the years have seen the use of collaboration tools as ways to improve how their business operates.  It can provide competitive advantage, it can make their business more agile, able to scale more easily, to share the experiences of others to the common good.  All of these things are possible and I believe essential if an organisation is to remain competitive in today’s market. Employees entering the employment world today consider using email
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IBM Verse – Connecting Me to We
Fri, Nov 21st 2014 10:17a   Alan Hamilton
IBM Verse fixes email to give you back your day. If you have been around the IBM software ecosystem this week, you probably couldn’t have missed our announcement about IBM Verse. IBM has been working to bring the world of social collaboration into a context where many of us still work – email. Most of us still use IBM Notes, Microsoft Outlook or some other email client as the primary place we work. We use it for filing, for storage, for search, for communicating and well, for being a
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Social Business Adoption 101
Mon, Nov 10th 2014 8:17a   Alan Hamilton
People often ask me how to get started with Social Business. As I have said before in this blog “social” is not a thing in itself. Its more of a state of mind. It’s part of the culture of your organisation. If your culture is that information is power then you need to recognise that the culture will get in the way of any attempts to improve sharing, re-use and and better communication of information. Assuming, however, you’re ready for “social”, IBM Connection
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Culture is not part of the game – it is the game
Mon, Oct 27th 2014 10:14a   Alan Hamilton
Lou Gerstner, pictured opposite, used to be the Chairman and CEO of IBM.  In his excellent book “Who Says Elephants Can’t Dance” there are many great lessons for anyone in business.  I came across recently, however, one particularly poignant quote related to the use of social collaboration in business.  We all recognise the need for the right culture to prevail in the organisation, but Mr Gerstner says: I came to see, in my time at IBM, that culture isn’t just one aspe
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The Collaborative Commuters
Mon, Oct 13th 2014 3:12p   Alan Hamilton
“Being Social” is not a thing. It’s not something a business would want to do. In the same way as a business doesn’t have feelings, it doesn’t need to be social. It’s there to deliver something to someone – dividends to its shareholders, services to its citizens or aid to the people it is there to help. So why would “social” be something you would want in business? Let’s drop the word “social” for a minute and think about a new word – “collaborative”. Why would a bu
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Social Connections VII in Stockholm
Fri, Oct 10th 2014 1:11p   Alan Hamilton
The worlds finest social collaboration conference comes to Stockholm on 13-14 November It’s time for Stockholm, Sweden to be the centre of the social collaboration universe with the seventh Social Connections conference being held in the “Venice of the North”.  This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone who works with, or is considering deploying social collaboration solutions from IBM to get the facts and strategies they need to be successful. This is a community-run event wh
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Embracing Corporate Communications with IBM Connections
Thu, Sep 18th 2014 5:15p   Alan Hamilton
Or how to avoid one of your employees writing a song about your company… One of the first uses many people consider for a social platform is corporate communications.  I mean the kind of top-down good-news story stuff that the senior management would want you to read and feel good about so that you’ll be […]
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Start small to build success with Social Business
Fri, Sep 12th 2014 6:13a   Alan Hamilton
If you are a regular reader of my blog, or even my book, you will know that I recommend an iterative approach to rolling out a social business project. By picking one area of your business and fully implementing IBM Connections to solve a specific business problem you: Don’t bite off more than you can […]




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