Introduction of Sjaak Ursinus
Wed, Sep 17th 2014 8:23a Stuart McIntyre Hi to all of you. I have been asked to blog here on ibmconnections.com by Stuart McIntyre. So first lets do an introduction of myself here. My name is Sjaak Ursinus and I live in the Netherlands. I am working in the ICS market (IBM Collaboration Solutions formerly known as Lotus) my whole professional career. My birthday is 21 January ...
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Using IBM Connections? Please complete this research survey!
Wed, Sep 17th 2014 2:28a Stuart McIntyre My good friend and esteemed analyst and author, Michael Sampson, is asking for feedback on your usage of IBM Connections: I am running a research survey on how organizations are using IBM Connections. The survey has 17 questions, spread across four pages: Demographics and Current State of Connections Current and Forecasted Use of IBM Connections Upgrading to Connections 5.0 Satisfaction, ...
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IBM ConnectED 2015 ‐ registration is open!
Tue, Aug 19th 2014 4:51a Stuart McIntyre Our Full Conference pricing structure is easy and all-inclusive-the earlier you register, the more you save. The price for this conference pass includes four conference days, with breakfast and lunch Monday through Wednesday, and no add-on fees for anything other than certification testing.
Now until October 3rd, the fee is $1,595 USD. The early bird gets the best price! On October 4th, the fee will increase to $1,795 USD.
Register now > [read] Keywords: ibm
Transforming traditional Intranets ‐ three places to focus
Fri, Aug 15th 2014 3:03a Stuart McIntyre A really useful new whitepaper from Jive, authored by the always insightful Gia Lyons:
Many of today’s intranets are frustrating: Frustrating for employees to use, for content owners to govern, for IT to integrate, maintain and support. It’s time to modernize and mobilize. But, what should a modern, mobile intranet do and look like?
It boils down to three fundamental focal areas:
delivering information and expertise seamlessly and securely across devices,
giving people the tools to work bet [read] Keywords: connections
The Top 25 Global Social Business Leaders
Tue, Aug 5th 2014 8:10a Stuart McIntyre Social business is about much more than social media. A social business is an organisation whose culture and practices encourage networks of people—employees, partners, customers and others—to create business value, and, ultimately, increase revenue and profits.
So who are the exceptional talents building today’s social businesses and what can we learn from them?
The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) has identified 25 leaders who are successfully applying social technologies, principles an [read] Keywords: ibm
IBM Connections 4.5 CR5 is now available
Tue, Aug 5th 2014 4:15a Stuart McIntyre When IBM Connections was first released, all patches to the on-premises code were released as iFixes – individual fix packages that could be installed and deinstalled individually. This was really flexible and allowed issues to be patched very quickly but also lead to very time-consuming patching processes and almost every system I visited had a different set of code updates ...
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Experiences with IBM Connections 5
Mon, Aug 4th 2014 5:10a Stuart McIntyre I just wanted to quickly recommend a couple of posts from Julius Schwarzweller at German IBM business partner, GIS AG. He was quick to get hold of the new IBM Connections 5.0 release and has been working with it for the past few weeks. He’s been kind enough to document his findings on a couple of blog posts, My experiences ...
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Apache Struts security issues ‐ time to patch your IBM Connections install
Mon, Aug 4th 2014 12:56a Stuart McIntyre I’ve just come across an IBM technote from May 2014 that has been updated over the last few days, listing details of a number of vulnerabilities in Apache Struts: There are fixes for all the above mentioned versions of Connections. Here are the two most recent: IBM Connections 5.0 Apply APAR LO80688 IBM Connections 4.5 Upgrade to IBM Connections 4.5 CR4 and apply Interim ...
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Issue with Connections media widget timing out
Wed, Jul 23rd 2014 4:40a Stuart McIntyre Whilst building a new Connections environment for a customer we noticed a strange issue when uploading large files to the media gallery. Initially I thought it was related to the size of the file, but the same file will upload to the Connections files application without issue. There is very little errors in the SystemOut.log for the Connections server, so ...
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Ephox EditLive for IBM Connections updated
Tue, Jul 22nd 2014 12:20a Stuart McIntyre The powerful enhanced rich text editor for IBM Connections, Ephox EditLive, has just been updated to version 184.108.40.206 and is available from IBM FixCentral: Now bundled with IBM Connections for all organisations under active maintenance, Ephox adds significant value for users of the platform. Whilst this power doesn’t come free of some administrative complexity, deployment of EditLive should definitely be ...
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IBM Connections QuickSearch for Chrome updated
Mon, Jul 21st 2014 6:45a Stuart McIntyre I first blogged about the IBM Connections QuickSearch plugin for Google Chrome three weeks ago. Back then it was at version 1.8. Remarkably since then the author, Romain Lienard, has released four updated versions: I’m so impressed by this development effort, and by the rate that new features are being added. For example, the context-sensitive search: and ‘Share this URL’: ...
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IBM Sanity Validation Tool for IBM Connections 4.5
Mon, Jul 21st 2014 4:20a Stuart McIntyre A new and very neat IBM tool has been uploaded to the IBM Collaboration Solutions Catalog: You can download by clicking through from the Catalog, or by going direct to the ‘Lotus Business Solutions IBM Download site‘, logging in with your IBM ID and then searching for ‘Sanity’ to find the download in the very long list of tools on ...
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Watch out for quotes!
Thu, Jul 17th 2014 4:00a Stuart McIntyre Just a reminder to be watchful of non-standard characters in IBM Connections user names, and also to thoroughly review your IBM Connections TDI logs on a regular basis. This is a current APAR: I’m sure that this particular issue will get resolved in an upcoming fix, however these issues do crop up every so often, so be ready for them. [read] Keywords: connections
Greenhouse now running IBM Connections 5.0
Thu, Jul 17th 2014 3:08a Stuart McIntyre This was a pleasant surprise this morning: Yes, the IBM Greenhouse has been upgraded to IBM Connections 220.127.116.11. New features including External Collaboration (which isn’t strictly relevant to the Greenhouse), improvements to Files and file-sync (using the new mobile apps and desktop plugins), plus significant significant enhancements to the activity stream and @mentions should all now be visible on the ... [read] Keywords: collaboration
Free self-paced IBM Connections 5.0 Workshop
Wed, Jul 16th 2014 2:29a Stuart McIntyre More good news from IBM’s Paul Godby – this time discussing a new self-paced workshop, explicitly for IBM Connections 5.0: In the IBM Connections 5.0 Workshop, you will learn about the new and existing capabilities of IBM Connections and IBM Connections Mobile. You will learn how to implement external collaboration in your environments and gain an understanding of both the ... [read] Keywords: collaboration
Innovate + Impact + Pulse = ?
Tue, Jul 15th 2014 3:58a Stuart McIntyre Last week I ruminated on the future of IBM Connect, and mentioned that a number of the IBM software conferences had been consolidated for 2015…
IBM seems to be consolidating its software conferences across brands. We have seen Impact (the Websphere conference), Innovate (Rational) and Pulse (Tivoli) all announce that they will merge for 2015 for a very large conference in Las Vegas:
Mark your calendar for February 22 – 26, 2015. We’ll meet at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino and the M [read] Keywords: ibm
Thu, Jul 10th 2014 2:42a Stuart McIntyre Mark McCormack:
1440 minutes per day …
480 minutes of sleep – 480 minutes of family time – 480 minutes of work … which gives 32 x 15 minute bites.
What’s the best and most profitable use of these 32 slots?
I’m going to start to plan my day in this way – allocating work to 32 slots each day… Divide and conquer!
(Quote via Michael Sampson) [read] Keywords:
Communication patterns around the world
Tue, Jul 8th 2014 12:10a Stuart McIntyre This is such an insightful graphic (click to display at full size)…
Taken from Richard B Lewis’ excellent book, ‘When Cultures Collide (originally published in 1996, updated in 2005)’, this summarises the author’s understanding of how different nationalities and cultures might communicate during a sales/purchase process:
Gus Lubin writes in Business Insider:
You can’t expect negotiations with French to be like negotations with Americans, and the same holds [read] Keywords:
Are you asking users to ‘mingle’?
Thu, Jul 3rd 2014 4:10a Stuart McIntyre PCWorld have published an interesting perspective on the adoption of Enterprise Social Networks (ESNs), entitled ‘Many employees won’t mingle with enterprise social software‘ (and yes, that’s the first time I’ve used the word ‘mingle’ on this site!):
Carol Rozwell, a Gartner analyst, estimates that between 70 percent and 80 percent of companies she talks to about their ESN deployments are struggling with it.
“Too often we see companies whose leaders ar [read] Keywords: collaboration
5 Incredibly Effective Ways to Work Smarter, Not Harder
Thu, Jul 3rd 2014 3:55a Stuart McIntyre Terrific article by Jeff Haden, posting tips from Belle Beth Cooper:
Regular readers know I definitely believe in the power of hard work. As Jimmy Spithill, skipper of Team Oracle USA, says, “Rarely have I seen a situation where doing less than the other guy is a good strategy.”
But we can all work smarter, too. And clearly we all want to, as evidenced by the popularity of this recent post, 5 Scientifically Proven Ways to Work Smarter, Not Harder.
The tips were provided by Belle Beth [read] Keywords: office
Open Business: A new manifesto of trust in the workplace
Tue, Jul 1st 2014 8:50a Stuart McIntyre As those who know me well would vouch, I’ve never been in this business for the technology. Yes I love my gadgets and shiny objects of desire as much as the next person, but neither they nor speeds’n’feeds nor software feature lists get me out of bed in the morning. It’s the possibilities for empowering real people to do real work in new, more productive and enjoyable ways that get my creative juices flowing and my backside out of bed at 5am in the morning.
After 22 y [read] Keywords: collaboration
IBM Connections 5.0 has shipped! Here’s what you need to download…
Tue, Jul 1st 2014 4:00a Stuart McIntyre As promised by Luis Benitez at Social Connections VI in Prague, IBM Connections 5.0 shipped on Thursday 26th June 2014. Congratulations to all the team for getting it out of the door on schedule! On that day, it became available for download from Passport Advantage (for customers with an entitlement to install it, plus current maintenance) and Partnerworld (for partners ... [read] Keywords: connections
IBM Connections 5.0 Reviewer’s Guide published
Thu, Jun 26th 2014 4:27a Stuart McIntyre To aid understanding of the features and abilities of the Connections product, IBM offers a Reviewer’s Guide – a document that details all the new features available in the latest release plus a comprehensive review of all the existing features. Compiled by the IBM Connections product management team, this guide is a fantastic resource for existing and prospective customers, partners ... [read] Keywords: connections
Tue, Jun 24th 2014 8:50a Stuart McIntyre As Ed Brill moves onwards and upward into a fascinating new role:
Earlier today, it was announced internally at IBM that I have taken on a new role. I am moving into our corporate organization as Vice President, Social Business Transformation. In this position, my team and I are responsible for advancing IBM’s maturity as a social business, and continuing the development of a culture of participation.
Craig Hayman makes a bid for freedom:
eBay has tapped former IBM executive Craig Hayman [read] Keywords: ibm
Tue, May 13th 2014 4:01a Stuart McIntyre An effective culture, as James Heskett has shown, can account for a 20%-30% performance differential when compared with “culturally unremarkable” competitors.
– Robert Plant, Associate Professor at the School of Business Administration, University of Miami
More > [read] Keywords: administration
Good Design is Good Business
Wed, May 7th 2014 7:00a Stuart McIntyre I’m an art director in NYC at Ogilvy for IBM. I’m also a design nerd and into the importance of archiving. This is a little spot where I’m saving some beautiful IBM work I come across in the form of hi-res posters.
More > [read] Keywords: ibm
Influence made with social. Made with IBM
Fri, Apr 11th 2014 12:20a Stuart McIntyre IBM has just released a new series of video spots under the ‘Made with IBM‘ line:
What’s the world making today?
We live on a Smarter Planet, where data, mobile, social and cloud are transforming industries and allowing us to create value in new ways.
The evidence is abundant and it is everywhere. Watch it grow here.
This is the one on Social Business:
Taken independently, I’m a bit conflicted about the message to be honest. I’m not sure I agree with their defi [read] Keywords: ibm
Packt Publishing: Buy One, Get One Free!
Tue, Mar 25th 2014 3:22a Stuart McIntyre Congratulations to the good folks at Packt Publishing on reaching the impressive total of 2,000 published titles. That’s a lot of books!
To celebrate, Packt are giving all their customers a chance to enjoy their books by giving them a free e-book copy for every purchase – “Buy One, Get One Free”
The campaign runs until 26th March, 2014 – that’s tomorrow! The offer applies to an unlimited number of purchases, and is added automatically at checkout.
Get them whi [read] Keywords:
Speaking engagements this week
Mon, Mar 17th 2014 1:16a Stuart McIntyre This week I’ll be pretty busy with both ongoing work for my favourite customer in New York, and also travelling to, and presenting at, a series of user groups around Europe.
Here’s my schedule:
Engage (formerly BLUG), Breda, Netherlands – Monday/Tuesday
Social Sharing vs. Organized Structure (with Femke Goedhart), Tuesday, 1015-11:00
This Week in Lotus, Tuesday, 12:30-13:30
BCCON, Hamburg, Germany – Wednesday
Social Business: The Irresistible Force to Overcome Immovable [read] Keywords: collaboration
Amazon Prime Instant Video comes to the UK
Thu, Feb 20th 2014 11:20p Stuart McIntyre In 5 days will include unlimited streaming of movies and TV episodes.
You will be able to stream exclusive movies such as The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and Tower Heist, and TV shows such as Vikings and Downton Abbey.
Starting February 26th, you can watch Prime Instant Video on game consoles, streaming players, smart TVs, mobile devices and Kindle Fire HD.
I’ve been a huge fan of Amazon Prime for a good number of years now – free next-day delivery of a vast range of products from the A [read] Keywords: mobile
Twenty years from now…
Tue, Feb 11th 2014 6:20a Stuart McIntyre “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
- Mark Twain [read] Keywords:
Social Business: The Irresistible Force to Overcome Immovable Objections (IBM Connect 2014 BP310)
Tue, Feb 11th 2014 5:00a Stuart McIntyre Apologies for the delay, but here’s the deck for my session from IBM Connect 2014:
As those that have seen me present will probably vouch, my slides are almost bullet-free, are very graphical and there isn’t a huge amount of text, so it’s all in the delivery! Therefore the deck on it’s own may lack a bit of zing… I’ll rectify that by uploading a version of the presentation with audio very soon. Look out for an update in the next week or so. [read] Keywords: ibm
IBM Connect Day 0 – The Community One
Sun, Jan 26th 2014 12:20p Stuart McIntyre Saturday at IBM Connect. It’s all about the people, man…
The conference proper starts on Sunday, but there is no doubt that Saturday is one of the key days of the week for me, and the reason why I fly out on Friday (and thanks for allowing me do that, Philippa!). From soccer to Mai Tais, to BALD and the ESPN party, it’s a day that revolves around meeting, greeting, reminiscing, remembering, laughing and hugging. In short it’s what makes this less a business conference and more [read] Keywords: connections
IBM Connections and WordPress
Fri, Dec 13th 2013 3:58a Stuart McIntyre As a strong advocate of IBM Connections and a heavy WordPress user (8 sites and counting), I’m really really pleased to see this new integration from the expert folks at AppFusions:
Post to Connections Activity Stream when a blog post is published
Display Connections Community Card as a WordPress widget
WordPress gravatar/profile pic replaced by image from Connections profile
Show Connections business card on avatar hover
Append Connections business card to the end of bl [read] Keywords: connections
Circle: The Local Network
Tue, Dec 10th 2013 11:58p Stuart McIntyre Circle is the mobile app that’s in the know, anywhere you go. Circle keeps you up to speed by adapting to your location and letting you view what’s happening near you, now.
Our goal is to build on the lessons learned from traditional social networks to make a new kind of community: positive, local and useful, wherever you are.
Each month, more than a million people are joining Circle for real-time information and conversation about nearby crime, traffic, natural disasters – as well as [read] Keywords: community
IBM Connections Activities: too many nodes
Tue, Dec 10th 2013 9:50a Stuart McIntyre Hit this issue the other day with a customer (and yes, it was a mammoth Activity!)… Here’s the IBM technote (emphasis mine):
In IBM Connections, what is maximum number of entries that can be added to an Activity?
In IBM Connections, it is possible to add content to an activity either in the form of an entry, to-do, section, etc. Internally, each of these types of items is classed as a node.
When trying to add a new entry to a large Activity that already has many such nodes, the use [read] Keywords: connections
Oyster: ‘Netflix for Books’
Tue, Dec 10th 2013 3:39a Stuart McIntyre One of the many advantages for those living in the USA is that so many innovative online services get offered there first. Some, despite many broken promises, never make it to the UK – a classic example being Google Voice. However, I’m also well aware that folks that live in less populous or non-English speaking places do even worse than we do.
Anyway, another example of a fantastic service that is US-only right now is the New York City-based startup, Oyster, which has been termed th [read] Keywords: google
Interviewed: SocialBiz User Group
Mon, Dec 9th 2013 11:06a Stuart McIntyre Having been sat on the producer’s side of the desk for over a hundred episodes of This Week in Lotus, it was exciting to be asked to partake in an interview with Celia Hamilton of the SocialBiz User Group a few weeks ago.
Celia Hamilton from the SocialBiz User Group interviews Stuart McIntyre on what we can attribute the growth in IBM Connections installs to, how people can get involved in the connections community, and the Social Connections User Group.
Here’s the show:
Thanks t [read] Keywords: connections
How to stop FeedBurner from uglifying your clean URLs
Fri, Dec 6th 2013 10:00a Stuart McIntyre I’ve had to do this a few times in the past, so found myself googling it again this morning when I was updating some feeds…
If you use a Feedburner feed to allow others to receive posts from your blog or site, you may see URLs like this come through:
So what causes the nasty and very additions to the URL (the bit that starts with ?utm_source)?
[read] Keywords: domino
Honoured and somewhat shocked!
Thu, Dec 5th 2013 7:50a Stuart McIntyre I am truly honoured and somewhat shocked absolutely blown away to be on the list of IBM Champions for ICS 2014!
Thank you to those that nominated me and stood by me through some tricky times in the last year or so. Your support means a huge amount to me.
Congrats to all those listed below:
Daniel Lieber [read] Keywords: ibm
Wed, Dec 4th 2013 7:37a Stuart McIntyre Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes (Turn and face the stranger) Ch-ch-Changes Don’t want to be a richer man Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes (Turn and face the stranger) Ch-ch-Changes Just gonna have to be a different man Time may change me But I can’t trace time
- David Bowie, Changes, 1971
Life never stands still, does it? That’s one of the pure joys of it – you never know what’s around the corner… You just have to have faith, step out, and do what you believe is the right thing.
And sometimes, [read] Keywords: collaboration
One of the new features in IBM Connections CR3: ‘community re-parenting’
Wed, Dec 4th 2013 1:32a Stuart McIntyre As you may be aware by now, IBM Connections 4.5 Cumulative Refresh 3 (CR3) shipped yesterday.
Amongst the detail of that fixpack, is a description of the new functions contained within it:
1. Reparenting communities
This function allows an administrator to modify a top-level community to become a subcommunity of another community or modify a subcommunity to become a top-level community.
2. Community activities view
This function provides a view that lists all activities that are part of all [read] Keywords: connections
IBM Connections 4.5 CR3 released
Tue, Dec 3rd 2013 2:45p Stuart McIntyre After a couple of false starts, IBM Connections 4.5 Cumulative Refresh 3 (CR3) has been released on FixCentral for download.
18.104.22.168-IC-Multi-CR03-LO77120 is 742 MB in size and is available for all server platforms.
It is a fairly major update, and therefore requires database schema changes. If CCM is installed then there is a requirement to update FileNet as part of the upgrade.
Here are some useful links:
Installing interim fixes Update strategy for IBM Connections 4.5 Fix list for IBM Conne [read] Keywords: connections
Automatically accepting all the defaults when installing VMware Tools on Linux
Tue, Dec 3rd 2013 11:10a Stuart McIntyre You know when you’ve spent hours (or at least it seems like hours) completing a very dull repetitive task, and then suddenly you go “Doh!”?
I had one of those this morning when installing VMware Tools on a CentOS VM that I will clone to be the basis of about 5-10 other VMs. Usually this is a long process of accepting a bunch of default answers – it is really very unusual for me to take any non-default option, particularly when there is no X Windows installed. It’s one of thos [read] Keywords: centos
IBM Connections Touchpoint: on-boarding for new users
Tue, Dec 3rd 2013 1:43a Stuart McIntyre A new project from the IBM Labs – IBM Connections Touchpoint…
The IBM Connections Touchpoint provides an interactive user experience that can be used for a wide variety of end user touchpoint scenarios, such as new user profile creation, community and network contact recommendations, organization polling and more, driving user engagement and increasing the business value of your organization’s social business platform.
Perhaps the best way to describe this is via screenshots:
Her [read] Keywords: connections
Reviving Social Business adoption
Mon, Dec 2nd 2013 11:40p Stuart McIntyre A topic close to my heart…
Dennis Pearce of Information Week:
The last piece of the puzzle is how to turn a theoretical model like this into a practical analysis tool to help guide your adoption strategy. The first step we took at my company was to simplify the model to get a more focused communication plan. Since the goal is to jump the chasm and gain critical mass, in practice there are really only three groups to worry about:
The Early Adopters (which combines both early adopters an [read] Keywords: enterprise
Managing Macs at Google Scale
Mon, Dec 2nd 2013 10:40p Stuart McIntyre Google has one of the largest managed fleets of Macintosh computers in the world. With tens of thousands of assets to manage and an ever-changing security landscape, the organization has had to develop many of its own tools to effectively maintain its fleet and keep its end-users safe and productive. Macintosh Operations is the internal team tasked with developing these tools and managing these machines globally.
Interesting deck and audio shared at the Lisa ’13 conference earlier this month [read] Keywords: google
Get it while you can: 1Password for iOS
Mon, Dec 2nd 2013 3:10a Stuart McIntyre Most folks that know me well know that I am a huge fan of 1Password, the cross-platform app from AgileBits that allows passwords to be generated, stored and made available across your entire computing estate:
1Password is a password manager that goes beyond simple password storage by integrating directly with your web browser to automatically log you into websites, enter credit card information, fill registration forms, and easily generate strong passwords.
Your passwords, identities, and credi [read] Keywords: mac
Bond 50: The Complete 23 Film Collection with Skyfall
Sat, Nov 30th 2013 11:40p Stuart McIntyre All the Bond films are gathered together for the first time on high-definition Blu-ray in this one-of-a-kind boxed set – every gorgeous girl, nefarious villain and charismatic star from Sean Connery, the legendary actor who started it all, to Daniel Craig. A fitting tribute to the most iconic and enduring secret agent in movie history, BOND 50 is the greatest collection ever assembled. 23 films on Blu-ray, from Dr. No to Skyfall.
Discounted from $299 to $99 on Amazon US. Really tempting & [read] Keywords: agent
The 70:20:10 model – how adults learn 90% of what they need to know
Tue, Nov 26th 2013 5:30a Stuart McIntyre Interesting post on the Conferences That Work blog:
Research indicates that informal learning—experiential, social, and self-directed—makes up about 90% of the learning modalities that professionals use today. Only 10% of adult learning uses formal classroom or meeting presentation learning formats. This ratio of experiential:peer/self-directed:formal learning is known as the 70:20:10 rule. Here’s a quick overview by Charles Jennings:
I’m giving this a lot of thought in the context of [read] Keywords: connections
Why did Microsoft think this was a good idea?
Sat, Nov 23rd 2013 2:06p Stuart McIntyre It’s one thing to design a marketing campaign around attacking one of your competitors’ business practice (personally I don’t think that’s a great idea in itself), yet another to launch a range of merchandise advertising that campaign.
Does it make me think badly of Google? Nope, along with what I believe is the vast majority of Google customers/users, I know the downside of using their products. Its a value judgement I make every time I use them – is it worth giving away a deg [read] Keywords: google
One for the VMWare admins…
Thu, Nov 21st 2013 9:20a Stuart McIntyre A quick lesson I’ve learnt this week.
If using VMWare ESXi 5.5 (the most recent release), then make sure you update your VMs (or create new VMs) to use the VMXNET 3 adapter rather than the aged E1000 adapter.
An ESXi 5.x host with virtual machines using an E1000 or E1000e virtual adapter fails with a purple diagnostic screen.
The article suggests this may happen with VMWare ESXi 5.0 and 5.1 as well, but I’ve never seen it on those releases. After replacing the adapters with VMX [read] Keywords: networking
Michael Sampson launches ‘Insights on Connections’
Thu, Nov 7th 2013 3:00a Stuart McIntyre Helping organizations with making collaboration work is the focus of what I do. Earlier this year I wrote and published Doing Business with IBM Connections (2013), a book that explores how IBM Connections can be used to help people in their day-to-day collaborative work. I have been pondering how to keep the ideas flowing with respect to maximizing the value of IBM Connections in organizational life, and have decided to write a regular newsletter to share great ideas. I am reaching out to let yo [read] Keywords: collaboration
Using recent versions of Firefox with iNotes 8.5.3 and 9.0
Thu, Oct 17th 2013 7:30a Stuart McIntyre This issue has recently come up with a customer that uses our SocialCloud Messaging solution (that’s cloud-based iNotes in simple terms)…
Updates made to Firefox, starting in Firefox 15, result in iNotes no longer working as expected. Firefox has removed support for signed scripts, and several iNotes features use signed scripts. Because signed scripts no longer execute, several features in iNotes that use signed scripts no longer work.
- URLs in text are not automatically converted into [read] Keywords: ibm
MyTools: RØDE iXY Microphone for iPhone/iPad
Fri, Sep 27th 2013 12:10p Stuart McIntyre A few days ago I promised a series of posts covering the tools that I use in Collaboration Matters on a day-to-day basis.
Some will be must-have applications, others will be gadgets or accessories and others just a bit left-field! All take an important role in how I go about doing business. I’m calling this series ‘MyTools’…
First up, the RØDE iXY Microphone for iPhone/iPad.
At previous conferences you may have seen me using the ever popular Zoom H4N digital recorde [read] Keywords: collaboration
‘MyTools’ – an upcoming series
Tue, Sep 24th 2013 11:00a Stuart McIntyre A few years ago, I ran a series of blog posts on apps, services, products and tools that I use in my day-to-day job and to run Collaboration Matters.
Given the advances we’ve seen in the consumer and enterprise IT sectors, and particularly in cloud and mobile technologies, I figure that it is time to revisit the meme.
So look out for a number of posts over the next month – I’d love to have your feedback on whether you agree with my selections, or indeed if you have similar tips of your [read] Keywords: collaboration
What matters to Collaboration Matters ?
Thu, Sep 5th 2013 3:48a Stuart McIntyre Collaboration really does matter to us. We started our business on the principle that helping people to work together in new and smarter ways was a good thing to do. We won’t hire anyone in our business unless they exhibit a passion for this. So Social Business is in our DNA.
We understand that many forward-looking organisations are looking for new ways to work together smarter to innovate by capturing, sharing and working on ideas to deliver a better customer experience.
And that some of the [read] Keywords: collaboration
Arriving today – the Nokia Lumia 720
Mon, Jun 3rd 2013 9:00a Stuart McIntyre You may remember my review of the Nokia Lumia 920 posted a couple of months ago.
I liked the device a lot, particularly the display, the camera and some of the features of Windows Phone 8. However, I found the size of the handset and screen simply too large for my way of working – constantly having to adjust my grip on the handset to reach the buttons or the extremities of the screen. Also disappointing was the breadth and depth of apps available in certain areas – particularl [read] Keywords:
A sweet combo – SugarCRM and IBM Connections
Mon, Apr 8th 2013 11:25a Stuart McIntyre You may have seen from the social networks that I am once again in New York City this week. As well as seeing a very important customer, I’m spending three days at SugarCon, the annual conference run by SugarCRM.
Today is the partner day – the equivalent of BP Development Day at IBM Connect for those that have attended that event. It’s been a fascinating morning so far, with keynotes from the CEO and CTO, as well as updates on partner programs and more. I’ve been tweeting [read] Keywords: collaboration
LotusBeers / IBMSocialBeerz – NYC, Wednesday 10th April
Tue, Apr 2nd 2013 11:56p Stuart McIntyre Humans of New York, I am scheduled to be in town next week for SugarCon 2013 and for a visit to a long-term customer in Midtown.
Therefore, good friend Victor Toal and I thought it was high time for another NYC LotusBeers session. The plan is to meet at 8pm on Wednesday, 10th April at The Pig ‘n’ Whistle on 2nd. All are welcome!
Let us know if you can make it via email, DM or by leaving a comment. Hope to see you there!
P.S. Given the re-branding effort, I wonder if these ses [read] Keywords: email
Installing IBM Connections 4.5 or CCM? You need these fixes
Mon, Apr 1st 2013 10:23p Stuart McIntyre Important details for fixes for the newly released IBM Connections 4.5:
iFix LO74499 is required for all IBM Connections 4.5 environments. Please download the iFix from Fix Central, then apply to the IBM Connections 4.5 server using the update installer.
Use this link to download iFix LO74499 from Fix Central
For details on how to apply interim fixes, please review the “Installing interim fixes” topic in the IBM Connections 4.5 documentation.
22.214.171.124-P8CPE-IF001 is a FileNet Conten [read] Keywords: connections
Wed, Feb 6th 2013 8:43a Stuart McIntyre On the 40th anniversary of the famous ‘Blue Marble’ photograph taken of Earth from space, Planetary Collective presents a short film documenting astronauts’ life-changing stories of seeing the Earth from the outside – a perspective-altering experience often described as the Overview Effect.
The Overview Effect, first described by author Frank White in 1987, is an experience that transforms astronauts’ perspective of the planet and mankind’s place upon it. Common features of the exper [read] Keywords:
This Week in Lotus – yes it’s true…
Thu, Jan 31st 2013 8:40a Stuart McIntyre I’ve had lots of enquiries on Twitter and in person at IBM Connect this week, asking whether the news regarding This Week in Lotus is true.
Sadly, it definitely is.
The episode we are recording live at IBM Connect today (Dolphin Europe 8, 12:30-13:15) will be our last, so we intend to go out with a bang!
Be there if you can make it!! [read] Keywords: ibm
McKinsey Quarterly: Making internal collaboration work – An interview with Don Tapscott
Wed, Jan 23rd 2013 3:20a Stuart McIntyre One of the best resources for those interested in Social Business has to be the McKinsey Quarterly.
As many of you will know, McKinsey & Co are one of the most respected management consultancies around, and are involved in a significant volume of work with organisations around the world on Social Business and internal productivity. The McKinsey Global Institute produces a regular annual report into the use of Social Business – a must read for sure.
However, the reason for this post is [read] Keywords: collaboration
Sandy Carter: Social Business lessons for Education
Mon, Jan 21st 2013 1:06a Stuart McIntyre Many of you will have seen IBM’s Sandy Carter presenting her Social Business Coffee Break series of videos on YouTube. The series provides a good run through of Social Business concepts and case studies in the form of short sharp presentations that can be easily viewed whilst enjoying a beverage of your choice. If you haven’t now might be a good chance to catch up some of the recent ones in advance of IBM Connect.
I did want to pick one of the videos out. This one references So [read] Keywords: collaboration