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Is Europe leading the way on Social Business?
Mon, Feb 16th 2015 22
Using random meet-ups to build relationships and strengthen company culture
Mon, Feb 16th 2015 23
The official IBM ConnectED 2015 OGS session video
Fri, Feb 13th 2015 32
Slack hits half a million daily users in its first year
Fri, Feb 13th 2015 20
My favourite people
Thu, Feb 12th 2015 17
Dropbox announces mobile Office app support
Thu, Feb 12th 2015 16
IBM plans huge revamp for partner program
Thu, Feb 12th 2015 14
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The official IBM ConnectED 2015 OGS session video
Fri, Feb 13th 2015 32
Using random meet-ups to build relationships and strengthen company culture
Mon, Feb 16th 2015 23
Is Europe leading the way on Social Business?
Mon, Feb 16th 2015 22
Slack hits half a million daily users in its first year
Fri, Feb 13th 2015 20
My favourite people
Thu, Feb 12th 2015 17
Establishing and maintaining a social identity: four to follow, four to avoid!
Thu, Dec 4th 2014 16
Dropbox announces mobile Office app support
Thu, Feb 12th 2015 16
IBM plans huge revamp for partner program
Thu, Feb 12th 2015 14
Some thoughts on IBMConnectED 2015 from afar
Tue, Jan 27th 2015 13
Stop sending me attachments!!
Tue, Nov 4th 2014 11


Stuart McIntyre
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Is Europe leading the way on Social Business?
Mon, Feb 16th 2015 11:21a   Stuart McIntyre
Dion Hinchcliffe certainly thinks so: [I]t’s not lost on practitioners these days that many of the largest and most committed efforts with social business are now in Europe. The approach to IT in general in the region is certainly more pragmatic, yet it’s also clear that the evolution of the future of work and the new digital workplace is one the minds of just about everyone around the world right now. So, is social business the leading model for operating our organizations yet? Perh
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Using random meet-ups to build relationships and strengthen company culture
Mon, Feb 16th 2015 10:29a   Stuart McIntyre
I love this idea… One initiative we’re trying at the moment is CoffeeTime. CoffeeTime is an app, created in less than a day by Daniel, one of our developers. It works by pairing people up randomly, to meet and greet each other, often with someone you may not normally interact with. It doesn’t matter what level in the org chart, or role each person plays. Anyone can be matched up for a 30-minute chat (though people can choose to opt-out, of course). It aims to encourage the cross-team c
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The official IBM ConnectED 2015 OGS session video
Fri, Feb 13th 2015 5:18p   Stuart McIntyre
We’ve had the bootleg, now here’s the real McCoy…   Jeff Schick introduces the IBM ConnectED 2015 opening general session, featuring Scott Souder and Luis Benitez: From January 25-28, 2015 IBM hosted ConnectED. During the conference, digital experience customers and the business partner community heard the latest in successful business strategies and use cases, solution roadmaps, and participated in valuable sessions covering best practices in Cloud, Mobile and Social. On Mon
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Slack hits half a million daily users in its first year
Fri, Feb 13th 2015 2:31a   Stuart McIntyre
Slack turns one year old today. In its short but fascinating history, the startup has managed the remarkable feat of actually getting people excited about enterprise communication software. The company has more than 500,000 daily active users, and it’s adding tens of thousands more every each week. “That’s our primary metric,” founder and CEO Stewart Butterfield tells Quartz. “If you’re not using Slack every single day, you’re not really using it.” The chart above shows the peak
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My favourite people
Thu, Feb 12th 2015 5:47p   Stuart McIntyre
I adore this montage from ‪IBMConnectED 2015‬! So many awesome friends and colleagues. Thanks to Oliver Heinz for taking such great photos and to Panagenda for sharing. Author informationStuart McIntyreStuart McIntyre is an independent Social Business Strategist at Social 365, a consultancy based in the UK operating worldwide. He curates a number of product-focused news sites, is a lapsed podcaster, founded the Social Connections user group and regularly speaks at conferences and events. |
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Dropbox announces mobile Office app support
Thu, Feb 12th 2015 6:05a   Stuart McIntyre
We’ve partnered with Microsoft Office to help you do more on your phone or tablet. Now you can edit Office files from the Dropbox app and access your Dropbox directly from the Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps for iPhone and iPad. When you’re inside the Office apps, sign in to your Dropbox account to: Edit Office files from the Dropbox mobile app and sync changes across devices. Access Dropbox files from the new Office apps and save new files to Dropbox. Share Dropbox links from
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IBM plans huge revamp for partner program
Thu, Feb 12th 2015 5:10a   Stuart McIntyre
The One Channel Team, which will be led by [Mark] Dupaquier, pulls together 3000 IBM employees across the company’s multiple divisions into one group dedicated to channel needs. The idea is to simplify the way partners communicate with IBM, making it easier for them to build more profitable lines of business using IBM’s SoftLayer, Watson, security, mobile, systems, services and analytics under a single umbrella. Having been an IBM partner for almost two decades, I have to think that this
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Some thoughts on IBMConnectED 2015 from afar
Tue, Jan 27th 2015 12:40p   Stuart McIntyre
For the first time in 7 years, I’m missing the annual IBM ‘collaboration and social business’ conference in Orlando. Sadly this has also coincided with the conference being ‘down-sized’ somewhat and thus being deprived of the live video-streaming and playback support that it has had for the past 3-5 years. I’ve therefore been watching the event through the somewhat murky and confusing lenses of Twitter and PlanetLotus.  This has most likely led me to more th
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My two favourite #IBMConnectED tweets so far…
Mon, Jan 26th 2015 11:00a   Stuart McIntyre
OH: "The way to think of it is not to be sad that it's ending, but to be amazed that we got away with it for 20 years." #IBMConnectED #ls15 — Julian Woodward (@woowar) January 24, 2015 It's called Lotusphere. Deal with it. #ls15 #ConnectEd #socbiz @IBMSocialBiz pic.twitter.com/Rsg6tL4frQ — Alan Lepofsky (@alanlepo) January 25, 2015 (I’d buy that shirt in an instant…) Thanks to all at the conference that are sharing photos, tweets and posts. It’
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My favourite audio utility gets a major update
Wed, Jan 21st 2015 12:36a   Stuart McIntyre
Every single episode of This Week in Lotus (my goodness, I miss that show) that we recorded over Skype was captured using Rogue Amoeba’s Audio Hijack Pro. This Mac OS X app has always been phenomenally good at managing the audio inputs and outputs available to a Mac system, applying filters and effects, and then writing high-quality recordings out to just about any format you can name. However, Audio Hijack Pro has become a little long in the tooth over the past few years, with the last
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What Doesn’t Seem Like Work?
Tue, Jan 20th 2015 11:52p   Stuart McIntyre
Paul Graham: If something that seems like work to other people doesn’t seem like work to you, that’s something you’re well suited for. Author informationStuart McIntyreStuart McIntyre is an independent Social Business Strategist at Social 365, a consultancy based in the UK operating worldwide. He curates a number of product-focused news sites, is a lapsed podcaster, founded the Social Connections user group and regularly speaks at conferences and events. | Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn |
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Missing Lotusphere (IBM ConnectED)
Mon, Jan 19th 2015 7:47a   Stuart McIntyre
It’s about this time of year that thoughts in the IBM/Lotus community traditionally turn to Orlando, to the Dolphin & Swan hotels, and to IBM’s major collaboration and social business event of the year. From Lotusphere to IBM Connect to this year’s IBM ConnectED, the name hasn’t mattered too much (I still think of it as the ‘Sphere), it was the technology and the people that made the event what it is.  Thousands of geeks and business folks alike, flocking to
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The Clue Train is back!
Thu, Jan 15th 2015 7:30a   Stuart McIntyre
For many in this industry, The Clue Train Manifesto was a seminal work in the evolution of the internet, and in many ways forecast the development of social media and social business. As I noted in my Social Connections session in Stockholm, it’s incredible both how prescient the site was (written back in 1999), and also how 15 years later, so many organisations are still failing to take note of the theses it offered. The Clue Train Manifesto book is front and centre on my bookshelves in
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Learning from open-source developers
Mon, Jan 12th 2015 10:38a   Stuart McIntyre
I have belatedly come across a fascinating 15-month old post by Esko Kilpi on ‘Emergence and self-organization‘: What takes place in open source projects is typically not the result of choices made by a few (powerful) people that others blindly implement. Instead, what emerges is the consequence of the choices of all involved in the whole interconnected network, “the connective“, as Stowe Boyd puts it. What happens does not follow exactly a plan or a design, what happens emerges.
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POODLE in the repeat
Thu, Dec 18th 2014 2:00p   Stuart McIntyre
POODLE in the repeat Lately we have heard a lot of POODLE I have already blogged about it twice here and here at ibmconnections.com. But there is much more to tell about it so that the reason I am creating this article. Nowadays when we talk about POODLE we have to specify which one (to make things easier ). Nowadays ... The post POODLE in the repeat appeared first on IBM Connections.
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BBC: New social network aimed at improving education (IBM Connections)
Fri, Dec 12th 2014 3:50a   Stuart McIntyre
This is terrific – a BBC Click article discussing how IBM is help local education institutions to evaluate the use of social platforms and analytics to assist students to learn: IT company IBM and Brockenhurst College in the UK have created a private social network to help give staff a better understanding of their students and tailor lessons to them. Students ... The post BBC: New social network aimed at improving education (IBM Connections) appeared first on IBM Connections.
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The Oatmeal: My email is a monster
Thu, Dec 4th 2014 4:10a   Stuart McIntyre
The Oatmeal nails it… You need to read the whole cartoon… Author informationStuart McIntyreStuart McIntyre is an independent Social Business Strategist at Social 365, a consultancy based in the UK operating worldwide. He curates a number of product-focused news sites, is a lapsed podcaster, founded the Social Connections user group and regularly speaks at conferences and events. | Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn |
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Establishing and maintaining a social identity: four to follow, four to avoid!
Thu, Dec 4th 2014 12:05a   Stuart McIntyre
Here are my four standards for creating and maintaining a positive identity or brand online… Be yourself. Be original. Be authentic. Demonstrate integrity. That’s not in any way meant to suggest that I get it right all the time – I realise my weaknesses and mistakes. However I do have this list on the wall in my office and regularly glance at it to evaluate if I’m holding true to my values. Here are four opposing behaviours that I consider to break my standards a
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POODLE fixed within IBM Connections
Tue, Nov 18th 2014 3:10p   Stuart McIntyre
A few weeks back I had blogged about the POODLE bug which had hit IBM Connections quite hard. IBM delivered a fix today ! Thank you for that IBM as we really needed this for our customers. The IBM technote for this can be found here If you need help just comment here and I will try to help as ... The post POODLE fixed within IBM Connections appeared first on IBM Connections.
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Use and Adoption of IBM Connections – State of the Market 4Q2014
Tue, Nov 18th 2014 2:43a   Stuart McIntyre
Michael Sampson has just published the results of this year’s IBM Connections usage survey: A couple of months ago I kicked off a global survey on the use and adoption of IBM Connections. The survey garnered 58 valid responses, and the results are finally available. They are really fascinating results and statistics, and it’s going to take a while to ... The post Use and Adoption of IBM Connections – State of the Market 4Q2014 appeared first on IBM Connections.
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IBM FileNet (CCM) and soccnx
Fri, Nov 14th 2014 3:00p   Stuart McIntyre
Last 2 days (13 & 14 November) the most important User Group for the IBM Connections world has been held in Stockholm in Sweden called “Social Connections”. I attended this event and it was a perfectly organized event once again ! On this event I meet several people who have asked me the following question, Can I easily change the ... The post IBM FileNet (CCM) and soccnx appeared first on IBM Connections.
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Part 3: Stop sending me attachments, but how?
Mon, Nov 10th 2014 4:30a   Stuart McIntyre
So after exploring the reasons why users still send e-mail (part 1) and trying to analyse the reasons why people have not changed their ways and how products have not helped the people either (part 2). In this third and last part of the essay present six idea’s to fix the fact that people don’t just change easily. The ideas ... The post Part 3: Stop sending me attachments, but how? appeared first on IBM Connections.
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Stop sending me attachments!! Part 2: the analysis…
Fri, Nov 7th 2014 2:00a   Stuart McIntyre
So there are many reasons why people have their habits (part 1), not least in the product they use in their daily work life. So in part 2 I will explore the technology angle and look for causes why tools are the way they are and why a seamless integrated platform is harder then it looks. The idea of seamless and ... The post Stop sending me attachments!! Part 2: the analysis… appeared first on IBM Connections.
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Stop sending me attachments!!
Tue, Nov 4th 2014 3:59p   Stuart McIntyre
Introduction Before I begin, let’s first introduce myself. My name is Robert van den Breemen. I am working as an Enterprise IT Architect for over 15 years in a large Dutch government department. I am passionate about technology and the effect it has on the way people work. As the lead in the Digital Workspace Initiative that tries to enable ... The post Stop sending me attachments!! appeared first on IBM Connections.
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Getting social in Stockholm NEXT WEEK!
Mon, Nov 3rd 2014 9:56a   Stuart McIntyre
I’m just back from a very pleasant week’s vacation in Madrid with my family, and have stepped back into the maelstrom that is last minute planning for Social Connections VII! Whilst I was away, the tremendous team (Brian, Martin, Wannes, Maria, Lars and Jan) have been pulling out all the stops to dot the Is and cross the Ts on details such as the event catering, prizes for speed sponsoring, late changes to the agenda, the two evening receptions and much more.  As you’d expect,
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Shift happens
Mon, Nov 3rd 2014 4:16a   Stuart McIntyre
Really enlightening post from Katryna Dow on Ello and the evidence for a major shift in the tech industry: As Ello states, they don’t have an exit strategy. Maybe we are returning to the days when the journey can be as important as the destination?  Were the great inventors and founders of the past only concerned with flipping everything they invented?  Might changing the way society functioned, creating new forms of value or championing rights have motivated them?  There is an amazing rewa
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IBM’s Potemkin Prosperity
Mon, Nov 3rd 2014 1:24a   Stuart McIntyre
A mighty post from Steve Denning on Forbes.com, detailing his perspective on IBM’s current situation. You need to read the full article, which is pretty damning in places.  However, rather than pick on some of the negatives, I’ll take this more positive extract from the end of the piece: IBM needs to build on its strengths. IBM was once a great company that respected and rewarded its employees and served its communities and society.  It’s a company that still has the power to cha
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An update on IBM Connections and the POODLE vulnerability
Sun, Nov 2nd 2014 11:55p   Stuart McIntyre
My fellow contributor, Sjaak Ursinus, created a detailed post a couple of weeks back detailing the impact that the POODLE vulnerability could have on your IBM Connections platform, and the steps required to code a route around the issue (though Sjaak himself noted that it wasn’t much of a workaround).  If you haven’t heard of POODLE, then I suggest you go read ... Author information Stuart McIntyre Social Business Strategist at Social 365 Stuart McIntyre is an independent
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IBM abandons 2015 Plan
Mon, Oct 20th 2014 7:23a   Stuart McIntyre
International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) said it will no longer reach its earnings forecast for 2015, ditching a five-year profit goal as the company struggles to transform quickly enough to cope with an industrywide shift to the cloud-computing era. IBM said it will provide an update on its 2015 projections in January, according to slides disclosed in a regulatory filing today. The shares tumbled as much as 9.3 percent in early trading. More >
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POODLE bug hits IBM Connections hard
Sat, Oct 18th 2014 6:13a   Stuart McIntyre
Last Monday there is again found a big hole in the SSL Version 3 (SSLv3) technology. We call this bug POODLE which stands for Padding Oracle On Downgraded Legacy Encryption. So with this bug found and you as admin for your IBM Connections your first reaction would be lets disable SSLV3 on my front end web server (which is generally ... The post POODLE bug hits IBM Connections hard appeared first on IBM Connections.
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Big news for security in IBM Connections
Mon, Sep 29th 2014 9:06a   Stuart McIntyre
IBM Connections has a strong representation in the market of collaboration. As IBM Notes & IBM Domino have a long history in the collaboration market you can also imagine that lots of customers who are already using IBM Notes and/or IBM Domino also have IBM Connections in their infrastructure. IBM Domino can also act as an LDAP server and as ... The post Big news for security in IBM Connections appeared first on IBM Connections.
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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 ... The post Introduction of Sjaak Ursinus appeared first on IBM Connections.
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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, ... The post Using IBM Connections? Please complete this research survey! appeared first on IBM Connections.
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Announcing the Social 365 / Michael Sampson ‘Fall 2014′ IBM Connections Masterclass Series
Tue, Aug 19th 2014 8:48a   Stuart McIntyre
If you’ve been following this blog or my other efforts (such as Social Connections or the TWiL podcast), you’ll hopefully be aware of Michael Sampson by now…  If not, I’ve definitely failed you! Michael is one of the world’s foremost Collaboration Strategists, a highly-regarded author, conference speaker and fantastic educator and workshop facilitator – I’m also hugely honoured to be able to call him a friend and mentor too. I’m therefore excite
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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 >
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My Social Connections VI session: ‘Social Business: The unstoppable force to overcome immovable objections’
Mon, Aug 18th 2014 3:51a   Stuart McIntyre
As you may have heard by now, we took the significant step of recording every single session at Social Connections VI back in June.  As the videos have been processed and uploaded, the team have been publishing them on our Vimeo channel as well as highlighting some of the most popular sessions on the Social Connections blog – it’s worth checking them out if you haven’t already. I’m pleased to say that my own session is now online.  Here’s the abstract: “I&
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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
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Ovum Research publishes ‘SWOT Assessment: IBM Connections Version 5.0 and IBM SmartCloud Connections’
Thu, Aug 14th 2014 4:20a   Stuart McIntyre
Ovum Research ‘create tangible business advantage for our customers by providing actionable intelligence that can be relied upon in evaluating opportunities, benchmarking performance, and making better business-critical decisions.‘ In short, they research and analyse the IT industry, thus providing insight to their customers – usually commercial organisations looking to take strategic decisions on IT investments. They’ve just published a new ... The post Ovum Research pub
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Confused by your ‘as a Service’ options?
Wed, Aug 6th 2014 4:14a   Stuart McIntyre
Do these new monikers describing different cloud-based service options leave you cold and confused? Introducing Pizza as a Service: Isn’t that easier to follow?  Kudos to Ricardo Ferreira for sharing on Twitter…
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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
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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 ... The post IBM Connections 4.5 CR5 is now available appeared first on IBM Connections.
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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 ... The post Experiences with IBM Connections 5 appeared first on IBM Connections.
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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 ... The post Apache Struts security issues ‐ time to patch your IBM Connections install appeared first on IBM Co
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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 ... The post Issue with Connections media widget timing out appeared first on IBM Connections.
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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 2.5.2.45 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 ... The post Ephox EditLive for IBM Connections updated appeared first on IBM Connecti
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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’: ... The post IBM Connections QuickSearch for Chrome updated appeared first on IBM Connections.
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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 ... The post IBM Sanity Validation Tool for IBM Connections 4.5 appeared first on IBM Connections.
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Planning
Fri, Jul 18th 2014 4:15a   Stuart McIntyre
This week has felt just like that! (Via RapidBI)
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TemboSocial Ideas for IBM Connections
Fri, Jul 18th 2014 3:41a   Stuart McIntyre
I’ve long felt that ideation is a prime use case for IBM Connections and other social collaboration platforms. Others clearly feel the same way, and whilst standalone tools such as Yambla, BrightIdea and even Elguji’s IdeaJam have been very successful, in my experience it is when ideation is at the centre of a well-designed ESN (Enterprise Social Network) that it ...
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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.
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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 5.0.0.0. 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 ...
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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 ...
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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
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32 slots
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)
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The future of IBM Connect
Tue, Jul 8th 2014 5:55a   Stuart McIntyre
Disclaimer – I have no insider knowledge on this topic, these are just my personal thoughts There has been a fair bit of discussion regarding what might happen to IBM Connect (the conference previously known as ‘Lotusphere’) in the near future… IBM announced in 2008 that they had signed a contract with the Swan and Dolphin hotels to host the conference in Orlando until 2015, and as far as has been publicly stated, no extension has been signed.  Therefore the consensus
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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
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Social Business App Dev Workshop: access IBM Connections development course materials at no cost
Mon, Jul 7th 2014 5:28a   Stuart McIntyre
On occasion, IBM runs an excellent two day Social Business Application Development workshop, which takes users through the Social Business Toolkit SDK, and how it can be used to create applications that leverage IBM Connections content. Sadly these workshops have not been scheduled yet in 2014. However, the course materials are available for free download from the IBM Greenhouse to ...
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Everything Connections: Australian IBM Connections user group pilot
Mon, Jul 7th 2014 4:23a   Stuart McIntyre
Really pleased to hear that Adam Brown and the ISW team are kicking off a local IBM Connections user group in Australia: Is your organisation a social business, running on IBM Connections? Want to learn from your peers in other businesses about how they use and obtain value from the platform and what’s in store for the next generation of ...
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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
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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
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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
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IBM Connections QuickSearch plugin for Google Chrome
Tue, Jul 1st 2014 4:50a   Stuart McIntyre
Terrific find by Mat Newman this morning… Every now and again one comes across an awesome plugin that demonstrates some fantastic integration between day-to-day applications and IBM’s Connections collaboration platform. This one is a Connections search plugin for Chrome, and it’s awesome. I’d agree – this is really great. I use the Chrome quick search functionality a lot, so this ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Lotus lives on… (in a Toyota)
Wed, Jun 25th 2014 7:33a   Stuart McIntyre
Interesting IBM press release on Toyota using IBM technologies to build ‘advanced in-car services’: ARMONK, N.Y., June 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced it has been selected by Toyota Motor Corporation to build and design a new application development platform that will foster the creation of in-car services to improve the driver experience. The project is part of Toyota’s new telematics service, called T-Connect, and aims to accelerate application d
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IBM movements
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
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Effective culture
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 >
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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 >
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IBM extends championship run in Enterprise Social Software
Thu, Apr 24th 2014 8:50a   Stuart McIntyre
News from IBM today: Armonk, NY – 24 Apr 2014: IBM today announced that for the fifth consecutive year, IDC ranked the company number one in worldwide market share for enterprise social software. According to IDC’s analysis of 2013 revenue, the worldwide market for enterprise social software applications grew from $968 million in 2012 to $1,242 million 2013 Impressive run of success for IBM Collaboration Solutions and, specifically, for IBM Connections. This graphic sums it up rather
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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
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Around the world in 31 coffees
Wed, Apr 9th 2014 4:00a   Stuart McIntyre
Fascinating (and very useful) infographic from the folks at CheapFlights.co.uk: How many have you tried, and what’s your favourite?
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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
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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




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