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The Difference Between IBM and Microsoft's Social Systems - An Analogy
Mon, Sep 19th 2016 10:16p   Gavin Bollard
We're currently in the process of trying to set up a Microsoft cloud environment. No, we're not giving up on Connections. We're straddling a couple of environments. The Microsoft experience hasn't been overwhelming so far but that's for another post. Right now, I want to talk about some of the fundamental differences between IBM and Microsoft’s attempts to conquer the social business market. ...and what better way to tell it than an allegorical tale? Two housesSo let's assume that ins
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Making IBM Verse Easier to get to...
Thu, Sep 8th 2016 8:38p   Gavin Bollard
One of the most frustrating things about the whole IBM Verse experience is the difficulty in getting to the application. If you go through connections, you have to go through normal mail first. This ruins the experience because it isn't “seamless” to the users. The obvious answer is to bookmark the verse site but there's a few other things that we can do to really smarten the experience up. Making Verse the DefaultThe first thing to do is to make Verse the default mail view. To do this;
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Looking at Cloud Licensing - Microsoft, IBM and Google
Mon, Aug 29th 2016 4:23a   Gavin Bollard
We live in interesting times and while I haven't changed jobs in years, I now do IT for several companies. What makes this even more interesting is that some are on the IBM infrastructure, some are on Google and some are on Microsoft... ...and of course, there's a bit of change from one to the other. I tend to get a lot of licensing-based invoices across my desk nowadays. Recently, we shifted our IBM licensing to the new IBM Mail Dual Entitlement plan. It's basically a combined Notes a
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IBM's Cloud takes the Pain out of Updates
Tue, Aug 23rd 2016 11:16p   Gavin Bollard
I’ll admit that I'm generally not very kind to IBM on this blog. It's not that they're doing a worse job than their competitors, I'm still very impressed with some of the things they're doing. It's just that after using Notes/Domino for over 20 years, I hold them, sometimes impossibly, to very high standards…. and, of course, any goofs on their part affect my systems a little too directly. The Quiet Migration to 24x7One of our biggest frustrations in recent years has been the unders
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What's Wrong with the IBM Connections.Cloud Welcome Message (and what IBM Needs to do to fix it)
Mon, Aug 8th 2016 4:59a   Gavin Bollard
One of the interesting things about being in IT is that you're responsible for hundreds of "automated" messages each day but... as an IT person, who was already set up on the system from day one, you never actually get to see them - at least, not until someone complains. One of the things we do at work is provide an area on IBM Connections.Cloud for parties external to our own organisation to collaborate. The collaboration in this space is with some pretty important people. Recently we had
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Good Resources for Support with IBM Connections and Verse 2: Official Channel Web Sites
Tue, Aug 2nd 2016 2:28p   Gavin Bollard
A couple of posts ago, I provided a list of LinkedIn Groups which I've found to be good sources of IBM Connections Information. In this post, I aim to provide some "Official" web sites. Needless to say, the majority of these will be IBM resources. Of course, there are lots of great personal blogs out there too but I'll cover them in a different post. The Three Big Questions for "Developing Products & Services"IBM Connections (and specifically Connections.cloud) is a "developing
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The Importance of Email Retention, Journaling and Recoverability (and why Cloud Solutions Fail)
Sun, Jul 24th 2016 11:53p   Gavin Bollard
For most of us, email is simply a means of communicating work. It's a glorified, bi-directional to-do list with comments. Emails come in, we read, do and delete. Once the work is done, there's usually no need to find the email again. That's all very true except for when something goes wrong and your company gets taken to court. Suddenly then, all those deleted emails are very, very important. How Email Discovery could work under LitigationSo, assuming that there's a legal case, such as
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Copy as Table works (in One Direction) for IBM Notes/Verse Interactions
Wed, Jul 6th 2016 9:24p   Gavin Bollard
Copy as table used to be one of my favourite IBM Notes features. We have a lot of databases full of documents, news stories etc. We also have an office which is "entirely migrated to connections.cloud" but not entirely using Verse. Some people just won't let go of the Notes interface - we're working on that problem. One of our databases contains news stories, the links for which we regularly send out to the rest of the organisation. We quickly discovered that the Verse users couldn't
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Good Resources for Support with IBM Connections and Verse 1: Linked In Groups
Wed, Jun 29th 2016 3:42a   Gavin Bollard
I was originally hoping to produce a single list of all of my (so far) collected resources. Of course, the problem with that is that I have to review the sites to make sure that they're still relevant -- and provide at least some added value. I've decided, that in the short term, I'll just point out some useful groups of sites. This is the first of a bunch of posts on the topic. This time, I'm covering LinkedIN. LinkedINIf you're not a member of LinkedIN, it's well worth signing up (i
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Turn off Location Services on your iPhone to Conserve Power
Mon, Jun 27th 2016 6:21a   Gavin Bollard
My iPhone has been driving me crazy these last few weeks. The power has been draining so fast that I need to recharge by lunch time if I still want a phone (and not a brick) by the afternoon. I'd been blaming my iPhone for being old but as it turns out, the problem was much simpler than that - It was location settings. When you think about it, it makes perfect sense. After all, you have to assume that if your phone is going to communicate with the satellites (and other receivers), it's prob




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