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Uploading Files to Connections using the Desktop Plug-ins
Thu, Apr 28th 2016 11:27p   Gavin Bollard
The new IBM Connections Desktop Plug-ins are out today... and there seem to be quite a few changes. I decided to have a play and to document the experience for our users. The result is another presentation. As usual, sorry for all the blurring but I have to provide some protection. :-) This particular tutorial simply shows how to get a file from Microsoft Excel 2013 up to a Connections.Cloud community using the File, Save As menu option. There are other ways but I didn't want to confuse
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How to Add Guest Users to IBM Connections (a tutorial)
Mon, Apr 25th 2016 5:56a   Gavin Bollard
One of the strengths of IBM Connections is the ability to add guest users. Unfortunately, for the moment, the process isn't as straightforward as it should be. Here's some documentation I created for our internal users which, you may find useful in your own networks. I've blurred anything here that could be identifiable. How to Add Guests to IBM Connections from Gavin Bollard Coming Soon..... I also have a presentation on how to share files in connections. I'll make this avail
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How to Share a File for Guests using IBM Connections.Cloud (a Slideshare tutorial)
Mon, Apr 25th 2016 5:44a   Gavin Bollard
IBM Connections provides some amazing dropbox-style facilities. If you're finding that you can't email a file because it's too big, or because it's prevented by mail gateways (something that is very common with EXE files), you might want to give IBM Connections a go. Note that in order to share a file, you need to have already accepted the person as one of your contacts. This procedure is explained in my previous Slideshare tutorial about How to add Guest Users to IBM Connections, This t
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How to Create a Good Email Signature and Use it in IBM Verse
Mon, Apr 18th 2016 8:26p   Gavin Bollard
The Simplest Email Signatures are often the BestThese days, email is arguably the most common form of “first contact” with a potential customer, client or colleague. People spend quite a bit of time refining the content of these communications, pushing them through both public relations and legal departments and checkpoints but very few people bother to check beyond the content, specifically ... their signatures. The aim of this post is to, Prompt you to do some basic checks. Give you som
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Simplifying an IBM Connections Community for Rollout - Part 2
Thu, Apr 14th 2016 8:47p   Gavin Bollard
IBM Connections.Cloud is a very powerful set of software and services but using the default settings will result in a community that isn't very pretty, has low usability and will discourage your users from participating. Luckily a few tweaks, some promises and a bit of work on engagement can make a huge difference. The Overall PlanObviously you need to plan out what your guests and members will be doing in your community. It’s basic marketing. People don’t visit the site for nothing, they
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Simplifying an IBM Connections Community for Rollout - Part 1
Thu, Mar 31st 2016 6:45p   Gavin Bollard
Last Month, I wrote about the many problems with Connections.Cloud. One of the great things about working with IBM (as opposed to Microsoft) is that I've found that IBM are always willing to help. I had three separate contacts from IBM help me through the problem. It became clear that IBM is aware of the shortcomings with Connections and that they're already well on the way to getting them corrected. If all goes well, IBM will be in a much better spot than Microsoft by the end of the year.
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Cloud Chicken Companies and Watson
Tue, Mar 29th 2016 7:15a   Gavin Bollard
There's no doubt about it, the concept of cloud and social computing is scary, particularly if you're a lawyer. On the cloud front, everyone is so fearful of data theft and disclosure that they dig their heels in at the slightest mention of cloud, totally oblivious to the repeated warnings from security researchers that the majority of data theft occurs from within the organisation. On the social front, things are even more shaky with executives fearful of the power of negative commentary.
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The Trouble with IBM Connections.Cloud
Tue, Mar 22nd 2016 4:09p   Gavin Bollard
I'm finding myself being increasingly frustrated by IBM Connections.Cloud. It’s a great product, don’t get me wrong. Arguably the most full-featured of its kind. Unfortunately it’s mired by some terrible executive decisions. In fact, the problems are so great that it’s pushing us to investigate other products which are “like” connections but are provided by other vendors. I came away from an investigation of Microsoft’s Yammer system yesterday shaking my head and saying, “th
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Chrome Remote Desktop - A Better VPN and RDP Solution
Mon, Mar 21st 2016 8:11a   Gavin Bollard
About Chrome Remote DesktopRemote desktop is one of the great ways to access data from offsite because it not only gives you access to your data, it also gives you access to your applications. So, if you've got applications which you don't have at home, on your laptop, phone, android or ipad, then remote desktop is the answer. Unfortunately, the key to remote desktop is (usually) having a good VPN. VPNs rely upon infrastructure and they need to be secure. For example PPTP VPNs are so insecur
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Buy... or Die Trying - An IBM Connections Story
Thu, Mar 10th 2016 8:46a   Gavin Bollard
You simply have to get IBM connections cloud. It's not only the "best of its breed" but it also has some very impressive licensing structures. It's not a choice of whether or not, simply a choice of when. I'll elaborate on those words in another post because I desperately want to get back to telling the positive stories about IBM but for now, the message is simply “I am convinced”. Let's buy this baby! A few posts ago, I went through the Google Apps for Work setup. Google have a pret




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