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.
22.214.171.124-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.
126.96.36.199-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
Rebranding – to the faintly ridiculous…
Fri, Nov 16th 2012 5:03a Stuart McIntyre Today I received this email from IBM:
Early in 2012, IBM announced rebranding of our service, from LotusLive to IBM SmartCloud for Social Business. This quarter, we are announcing the next phase of the rebranding — changing the service domain itself. From: *.lotuslive.com To: *.collabserv.com
IBM will implement this change using an automated redirect from the old domain to the new domain for most Web-based access methods. So customers will still be able to access the service using www.lotu [read] Keywords: bluehouse
Rebranding – from the sublime…
Fri, Nov 16th 2012 4:46a Stuart McIntyre IBM did something fantastically well this week.
They announced the rebranding of IBM Lotus Notes (and Domino/iNotes/Traveler) to… IBM Notes (and Domino/iNotes/Traveler). Simple? Yes. Right? Yes.
At the same time they shifted the upcoming Notes 8.5.4 Social Edition to be Notes 9.0 Social Edition as there are so many great new features and UI changes included in the release. Simple? Yes. Right? Yes.
After nearly 2 years of living in a nether world of partial name changes, talk of toxic [read] Keywords: collaboration
Customizing IBM Connections 4.0 email digests
Thu, Nov 8th 2012 4:26a Stuart McIntyre IBM is still rolling out updates to the Connections 4.0 documentation, including this one that became available last week:
Customizing email digests
The content of the daily and weekly email digests is defined in templates that are processed by the FreeMarker engine. These templates are used for each recipient of the daily or weekly email digest. You can customize the content of the email digests by modifying the existing template files or by replacing the files with custom templates that you c [read] Keywords: connections
Vsee ships integration with IBM Connections
Thu, Nov 8th 2012 1:03a Stuart McIntyre Love love love this!
VSee’s simplest one-click video conferencing and screen share is better than Skype, and you can use it right from your IBM Connections platform without any hoo-hah. Make your virtual teams more productive and social. Effortlessly put a live face to presentations, meetings, and work sessions and:
build durable relationships
resolve complex issues
shorten the sales cycle
recruit the best-fit talent for your team
VSee integration with IBM Connections allows [read] Keywords: admin
Wed, Nov 7th 2012 10:11a Stuart McIntyre “A ‘No’ uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a ‘Yes’ merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble.”
Ghandi [read] Keywords:
The planet does not need more ‘successful’ people
Wed, Nov 7th 2012 10:11a Stuart McIntyre The planet does not need more ‘successful’ people. But it does desperately need more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of every shape and form. It needs people who live well in their places. It needs people of moral courage willing to join the fight to make the world habitable and humane. And these needs have little to do with success as our culture has defined it.
- David Orr
(via Buildings On Fire) [read] Keywords:
Make your mind up… (Community platforms)
Wed, Nov 7th 2012 10:11a Stuart McIntyre I appreciate the willingness of so many IBMers to be social and collaborate with those outside the organisation.
I love the way that they will go beyond the call of duty and step in to help with issues or discussions.
I adore that so many are willing to find information and share it privately or publicly via social tools and IBM cloud platforms.
I just wish that there was one network that all IBMers (or at least all ICS staff) used rather than a combination of:
Smart Clo [read] Keywords: connections
Just 30 days to go… Social Connections IV
Wed, Oct 31st 2012 3:32a Stuart McIntyre Yes that’s right, less than a month to go until the biggest and best IBM Connections event of the year. Social Connections IV in Amsterdam, 30th November 2012!
To whet your appetites, here’s some statistics about the event… Social Connections IV by the numbers:
30 days to go
160 registered attendees (still a few spaces, but be quick!)
31 business, technical and case study sessions
9 wonderful sponsors
35 exceptional speakers from IBM and the community
8 customers telling the [read] Keywords: connections
IBM Connection 2013 – Call for Abstracts now open!
Mon, Oct 15th 2012 12:27p Stuart McIntyre Call for abstracts
Swirling spotlights, hip walk-on music, the roar of the audience, the electricity that comes from a standing room only crowd—all for you as a speaker at IBM Connect 2013 and the Lotusphere Technical Program.
Last year over 350 top-notch speakers—clients, partners, and industry experts—shared their business stories and technical expertise with thousands of conference attendees, contributing to one of the most critically acclaimed session agendas in the industry. We’ [read] Keywords: collaboration
Do you train your users on how to use Windows?
Mon, Sep 24th 2012 12:00a Stuart McIntyre I asked this question at a customer workshop last week, where they were discussing the possible rollout of Windows 8 across their ~20,000 users…
Do you train your users on how to use Windows?
Why the question? For two reasons:
1. Windows 8 is going to be a significant new user experience for most employees. Remember, you cannot disable the ‘Metro’ UI (yes I know, Microsoft isn’t calling it that anymore, but the rest of the world is), and so (at a minimum) every time a [read] Keywords: applications
Joining the team… Sharon Bellamy
Thu, Sep 13th 2012 5:16a Stuart McIntyre I am truly delighted to announce a new member of the Collaboration Matters team, Sharon Bellamy.
In many cases, Sharon will need no introduction, as you will already be familiar with her great work on IBM Connections at a number of organisations, regular blog posts, appearances on This Week in Lotus, speaking engagements at user groups and Lotusphere conferences, her efforts to co-found and organise the Social Connections user group and indeed, her status as an IBM Champion!
If you haven’t [read] Keywords: collaboration
Reviewing IBM Connections 4.0
Tue, Sep 11th 2012 10:24a Stuart McIntyre Great new reviewer’s guide from IBM:
This Reviewer’s Guide provides an extensive overview of the latest version of IBM’s social software, IBM Connections 4.0, and its nine applications: Home, Profiles, Activities, Blogs, Bookmarks, Communities, Files, Forums, and Wikis. In addition, this guide explains how to extend the features and functions of IBM Connections to your existing applications.
A perfect start if you’re looking to find out the new features and enhancements in IB [read] Keywords: connections
How to download IBM Connections 4.0
Fri, Sep 7th 2012 10:40a Stuart McIntyre IBM provides a useful technote explaining how to download IBM Connections 4.0:
This document describes how to download and assemble IBM Connections 4.0 from Passport Advantage.
IBM Connections is social networking software designed for the workplace. Its applications help you to establish dynamic networks that connect people, information, and business goals.
To access a wide variety of technical resources for the product, visit the IBM Connections w [read] Keywords: connections
First fixes available for IBM Connections 4.0
Fri, Sep 7th 2012 6:50a Stuart McIntyre Abstract
iFixes LO71325 and LO71327 are required for IBM Connections 4.0.
iFixes LO71325 and LO71327 are required for IBM Connections 4.0. Please download both iFixes from Fix Central, then apply to the IBM Connections 4.0 server using the update installer.
Use this link to download both fixes from Fix Central
I believe that one of these came direct from a customer I’m working with. Make sure you install them [read] Keywords: connections
Wed, Sep 5th 2012 12:11a Stuart McIntyre Apologies for the radio silence, but I’ve been traveling with the family the past two weeks:
2,300 miles, beautiful apartments rented through AirBnB (get their app – it’s fantastic), last minute hotels rented when emergency called (this one in the Alsace was a beaut), and four kids that now have a bit more understanding of what’s out there. Priceless [read] Keywords: apple
Tue, Sep 4th 2012 10:51p Stuart McIntyre Apologies for the radio silence, but I’ve been traveling with the family the past two weeks:
2,300 miles, beautiful apartments rented through AirBnB (get their app – it’s fantastic), last minute hotels rented when emergency called (this one in the Alsace was a beaut), and four kids that now have a bit more understanding of what’s out there. Priceless [read] Keywords: apple
IBM Connections 4.0 announced
Tue, Sep 4th 2012 4:00a Stuart McIntyre At a glance
IBM Connections V4.0 is designed to help you:
Track the activity of your network and respond more quickly using the embedded experience within the activity stream.
Bring external applications and content into the activity stream to respond in context, saving time and reducing context switching.
Track and respond to the activities of community members using the community-centric activity stream and embedded experience.
Quickly bring content from external sites and related communities [read] Keywords: connections
Microsoft’s Lost Decade
Fri, Jul 27th 2012 3:53a Stuart McIntyre I’m sure many of you will have already seen and read this, but I keep coming back to it as it is such a great in-depth article, covering the history of Microsoft from its inception through to today.
Kurt Eichenwald in Vanity Fair’s August issue:
Amid a dynamic and ever changing marketplace, Microsoft—which declined to comment for this article—became a high-tech equivalent of a Detroit car-maker, bringing flashier models of the same old thing off of the assembly line even as its [read] Keywords: ibm
Social Business: Collaboration comes of age
Fri, Jul 27th 2012 3:40a Stuart McIntyre Deloitte Consulting:
The application of social business systems and practices is facilitating discovery and creating connections across the enterprise. It is also radically changing the way we think about core business strategies and goals. It makes real-time collaboration on tasks and documents possible, and provides a systematic view of who knows who, who knows what, and how work actually gets done. In short, social business delivers on the promises made by collaboration systems decades ago.
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What are the chances…
Thu, Jul 26th 2012 1:33p Stuart McIntyre Fantastic new ‘Connected Social Business’ deck from IBM’s Louis Richardson:
What are the chances? from Louis Richardson
Also available as a video:
Love Louis’ work and this is one of the best. Nice work, Sir! [read] Keywords: ibm
Upgrading to Mountain Lion?
Thu, Jul 26th 2012 1:29a Stuart McIntyre If you’re thinking of upgrading your Mac to OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, here are a few tips:
Read Jon Siracusa’s incredible 24 page review of the new release
Check that your Mac is compatible
Check that your key apps are compatible
If you run VMWare Fusion, get the Tech Preview
If you run Skype, get the very latest version
Remember that none of the IBM products is yet supported on Mountain Lion! Lotus Notes 8.5.x has some issues, not least because the new OS X Notes application share [read] Keywords: ibm
Update strategy for IBM Connections 188.8.131.52
Wed, Jul 25th 2012 5:14a Stuart McIntyre This document describes the recommended strategy and steps for applying maintenance updates to IBM Connections 184.108.40.206.
Says it all. If you manage an IBM Connections environment, make sure you understand the new regime for fixes and updates…
[And by the way, this is such an improvement on how it worked in the 2.5 and 3.0.0 days. Great job, IBM!] [read] Keywords: connections
IBM Systems and Software come together… InterConnect 2012
Wed, Jul 25th 2012 4:34a Stuart McIntyre This is a announcement that I’m really pleased to see… Too often Systems and Software are seen as two completely different markets – this event brings the two together into one integrated conference:
InterConnect: Where business and IT leaders connect
InterConnect 2012 places your business interests at the center of its agenda. It is a unique opportunity to collaborate with IBM clients, the IBM partner network and industry experts who are implementing linked business and [read] Keywords: ibm
IBM Connections 220.127.116.11 CR2 fixpack released
Wed, Jul 25th 2012 2:08a Stuart McIntyre I’ve been waiting for this one for a while:
Cumulative Refreshes (CRs) consists of a set of cumulative fixes for each of IBM Connections applications. For additional information on CRs, including instructions on how to download and install, please review the Update strategy for IBM Connections 18.104.22.168 document.
CR2 is composed of this set of 14 cumulative fixes, which update the whole application.
Details of the fixes included are available in this technote, download the fixes from FixCe [read] Keywords: connections
Slideshare goes HTML5, and the push for simplicity
Mon, Jul 23rd 2012 11:04p Stuart McIntyre An announcement from Slideshare:
As part of our transition to HTML5, we are pleased to let you know that embedded presentations are now Flash-free. We have also made several other improvements to our embed code:
Embedded presentations can be viewed on iOS devices
New features in embedded presentations will be updated dynamically
The embed code is shorter and simpler
The embed has new Twitter and Facebook share buttons (we find that presentations with share buttons get shared 30% more)
Great [read] Keywords: apple
Are you an IBM Connections expert?
Mon, Jul 23rd 2012 9:11a Stuart McIntyre If so, you may wish to help IBM create the next IBM Connections certfication exam:
Lotus Professional Certification Program Announcement
Exam Development Project Announcement
The Lotus Professional Certification Program is looking for subject matter experts in the administration of IBM Connections 4.0 to assist with upcoming exam development workshops.
**You are receiving this e-mail because of your expertise with this product OR because you may work with subject matter experts who may be qua [read] Keywords: administration
Communardo AdContext Widgets for IBM Connections
Mon, Jul 23rd 2012 1:52a Stuart McIntyre I found some interesting widgets for IBM Connections today, by a German business partner called Communardo.
First the description (translated by Google):
The widgets are practical enhancements for IBM Connections and are characterized by the fact that they:
deal with communities featuring blogs and wikis
offer community users a structure based intranet
allow quick access to important content
The user can:
Filter your content by tags
to obtain an overview of your project communities
to see [read] Keywords: connections