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| Ghost Browser – the Productivity Browser for Tech Pros|
Thu, Feb 2nd 2017 8
| Slack takes aim at the corporate sector with Enterprise Grid, names IBM as one of the launch customers|
Wed, Feb 1st 2017 3
| What not to miss at IBM Connect 2017: Connections Pink|
Wed, Feb 1st 2017 6
| Dropbox Paper: Grow bigger, brighter ideas|
Mon, Jan 30th 2017 7
| T’was ten years ago… (Lotus Connections & Quickr)|
Fri, Jan 27th 2017 5
| Red Thread experiences collaboration, then designs ‘a beautiful virtual workplace’|
Fri, Jan 27th 2017 8
| Community Manager Appreciation Day 2017 – Join and watch now!|
Mon, Jan 23rd 2017 8
| Inhi Cho Suh really wants you to attend IBM Connect 2017|
Mon, Jan 23rd 2017 9
| Introducing Workplace by Facebook|
Tue, Oct 11th 2016 8
| The Jive ‘Power of Connection’ Tour comes to London|
Mon, Oct 24th 2016 8
| ‘Transformer in chief’: The new chief digital officer|
Mon, Nov 7th 2016 8
| Community Manager Appreciation Day 2017 – Join and watch now!|
Mon, Jan 23rd 2017 8
| Red Thread experiences collaboration, then designs ‘a beautiful virtual workplace’|
Fri, Jan 27th 2017 8
| Ghost Browser – the Productivity Browser for Tech Pros|
Thu, Feb 2nd 2017 8
| How to get motivated – a guide for defeating procrastination|
Wed, Sep 28th 2016 7
| The Human Flying Drone|
Tue, Dec 20th 2016 7
| Droneboarding in 360|
Sat, Dec 24th 2016 7
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Ghost Browser – the Productivity Browser for Tech Pros|
Thu, Feb 2nd 2017 8:50a Stuart McIntyre
You may already be aware of Ghost Browser, my apologies if so. However, I’ve lost count of the number of advanced users that I’ve met in the past month or so that haven’t seen it yet, but who would benefit significantly from its features:
Put simply, Ghost Browser allows you to have multiple authenticated sessions open to the same site simultaneously, with each session having its own cookie jar, isolated from other sessions. This allows users such as web developers, testers,
Slack takes aim at the corporate sector with Enterprise Grid, names IBM as one of the launch customers|
Wed, Feb 1st 2017 2:58p Stuart McIntyre
TechCrunch yesterday reported on Slack’s plans to unveil an enterprise version of it’s service:
Slack, the business app that lets teams of users communicate, share files from other services, and work on them with each other, has taken off like wildfire since launching three years ago, with 5 million daily users, 1.5 million of them paying today. Now, Slack is embarking on the next step in its ambition to be the go-to platform for all workplace collaboration, no matter how big
What not to miss at IBM Connect 2017: Connections Pink|
Wed, Feb 1st 2017 11:22a Stuart McIntyre
IBM Connect 2017 takes place later this month in San Francisco, and the last-minute push to increase attendance is already underway. I’m a big fan of the new venue, and the shift from Florida to California, and so really hope that the event is a huge success.
One of the interesting aspects of the registration push has been the unveiling of some information that previously being kept relatively quiet – if not under NDA, certainly out of the limelight:
IBM Connections provides the p
Dropbox Paper: Grow bigger, brighter ideas|
Mon, Jan 30th 2017 8:08p Stuart McIntyre
Dropbox announced that they are rolling their Paper collaborative content creation platform out on a global basis today:
More than a doc, Dropbox Paper is a flexible workspace that brings people and ideas together.
Paper supports all phases of the creative process – from start to finish:
A connected space to create and ideate together
Teams find flow together in Paper, where everyone can contribute to growing better ideas in a beautiful, flexible workspace.
Review and revise work in a
T’was ten years ago… (Lotus Connections & Quickr)|
Fri, Jan 27th 2017 3:11p Stuart McIntyre
Unfortunately I’ve just missed the actual anniversary, but I thought it worth celebrating that this week marks a decade since the announcement (on 22nd January 2007) of two products that have had an immense impact on my working life, Lotus IBM Connections and Lotus Quickr.
I was relatively late to the Lotusphere party, attending my first US-based event in 2004 after a couple of the European events. Therefore I never experienced the sell-out 10,000 attendee events pre 9/11
Red Thread experiences collaboration, then designs ‘a beautiful virtual workplace’|
Fri, Jan 27th 2017 1:08p Stuart McIntyre
I really enjoyed this quote from Amy Holt, Vice President of Marketing at Red Thread (emphasis mine):
After interacting with our key partner, Steelcase, via its Jive-powered dealer community, we immediately saw the value of this collaborative approach and knew it was time to replace our stale, document-centric intranet with something that better reflected our company mission of creating inspiring workplaces.
Our Virtual Café has reinvigorated Red Thread’s culture and transformed internal c
Community Manager Appreciation Day 2017 – Join and watch now!|
Mon, Jan 23rd 2017 4:37p Stuart McIntyre
Community Manager Appreciation Day is January 23, 2017 and we are gearing up for an amazing eight hour webathon featuring a keynote with Jeremiah Owyang, the Founder of Community Manager Appreciation Day! It’s 100% FREE thanks to our sponsors; just RSVP to secure your spot!
Sorry for the late notice on this, but CMAD 2017 is today! RSVP and join the webathon now.
Here’s the session schedule:
CMAD Webathon Schedule (all times Eastern Standard Time)
This schedule is a work-in-progress an
Atlassian continues high-trajectory growth|
Mon, Jan 23rd 2017 1:33p Stuart McIntyre
Australian enterprise software vendor Atlassian have just published some impressive results for the last quarter:
Atlassian’s active customer count was up 27 percent in its fiscal second quarter as the company topped sales and earnings expectations.
The company, which makes team collaboration, project tracking and productivity software, reported a net loss of $1.7 million in the second quarter, or a penny a share, on revenue of $148.9 million, up 36 percent from a year ago.
The 27% rise in
Louis Richardson: When do we learn?|
Mon, Jan 23rd 2017 11:19a Stuart McIntyre
I’ve long been a huge fan of Louis Richardson‘s presentation and story-telling style. Therefore it’s really no surprise that Louis delivers the most persuasive explanation I’ve yet heard, of how and why collaboration and communication networks can be infused with cognitive/AI abilities to stimulate learning, mentoring and personal development:
Inhi Cho Suh really wants you to attend IBM Connect 2017|
Mon, Jan 23rd 2017 11:04a Stuart McIntyre
IBM has released a series of videos featuring Inhi Cho Suh, inviting us all to IBM Connect 2017:
Will you be attending IBM Connect this year?
IBM Speech Sandbox|
Mon, Jan 23rd 2017 10:37a Stuart McIntyre
On the next WTF Tech podcast episode (to be published this week), Darren, Jesse and I spent a fair amount of time discussing Virtual Reality and our personal experiences with using the new technologies.
[Spoiler: Both Darren and Jesse now own HTC Vive VR headsets.]
One of the apps available for the Vive system via HTC’s VivePort solution marketplace is IBM’s Watson-based IBM Speech Sandbox:
What if you could talk to your environment in VR? With this tech demo showcasing IBM Watson
Sir David Attenborough’s Story of Life|
Sat, Jan 21st 2017 8:42a Stuart McIntyre
One of the most enjoyable educational apps I’ve yet experienced :
Join broadcast legend Sir David Attenborough to explore more than 1000 of the greatest wildlife moments ever filmed.
Explore the most comprehensive collection of Sir David’s work ever released online.
Includes six decades of highlights from more than 40 landmark BBC programmes, including Planet Earth, Blue Planet, The Life of Mammals, Africa and others.
Watch unique collections of films curated by Sir David and others.
IBM posts 4th quarter and full year 2016 results|
Sat, Jan 21st 2017 8:39a Stuart McIntyre
From the official press release:
Diluted earnings per share from continuing operations were $12.39, down 9 percent compared to the 2015 period. Net income from continuing operations for the twelve months ended December 31, 2016 was $11.9 billion compared with $13.4 billion in the year-ago period, a decrease of 11 percent.
Or, as the register put it, Big Blue’s blues diffuse: IBM’s sales drain now more like a sad trickle:
IBM is touting growth in its cloud and cognitive business units
This week’s Awesome Apps: 2Do and Overcast|
Tue, Jan 17th 2017 6:25a Stuart McIntyre
Business App of the Week: 2Do
There a good number of really excellent task management/GTD applications on the App Store these days. From the simple to-do list apps like Wunderlist and Things, through to the comprehensive GTD-derived toolkits like Omnifocus and Todoist, I’ve probably tried them all!
Over many years of use, and numerous attempts at refining my work practices and task management approach, the app that I’ve come to feel most at home with is 2Do.
Available on iOS, And
A few podcast recommendations for 2017|
Tue, Jan 10th 2017 2:00p Stuart McIntyre
As I mentioned on my recent post introducing the WTF Tech podcast, I’m a massive consumer of podcasts as well as having hosted a few in my time.
My listening habits tend to be whenever I’m alone in the car (or driving my 16-year old geek son around – we tend to trade podcast recommendations), when I’m out walking or running, doing chores, or when there’s mindless work to be done (company accounts, expenses etc.). Across all of those situations, I probably get throug
This week’s Awesome Apps: Bear and Infuse Pro (and a bonus, Duet Display)|
Tue, Jan 3rd 2017 3:50p Stuart McIntyre
Throughout 2017 (and potentially beyond), Monday is going to be Awesome Apps day here at McIntyre Towers. As yesterday was a holiday here in the UK, we’re a day late this time, but we’ll be back on track next week!
Since going iPad Pro back in the early summer, 95%+ of my online hours are now spent on iOS. Between the 12.9″ iPad Pro and iPhone 7 Plus, I am at the stage where almost the entirety of my consultancy business can be run on the iOS platform. This has taken some work
Mon, Jan 2nd 2017 8:46a Stuart McIntyre
New Year, New Start and all that…
There’s no doubt that my blogging output has fallen away over the past few years as other forms of social contribution have risen (podcasts, Twitter, enterprise communities), and I want 2017 to be different.
I love that blog posts are the one form of created content that still offer a continuous timeline from the early days of social media through to today. As other platforms have risen, become popular and then fallen away again, the ability to add
Droneboarding in 360|
Sat, Dec 24th 2016 6:13a Stuart McIntyre
Remember that Casey Neistat holiday video I shared a couple of days ago? (If not, go watch it now, I’ll wait here…)
Well, Casey has now shared the footage from the many Samsung 360° cameras that were used in the shoot, and the footage is impressive to say the least:
Do move your device to see what’s around. On many touch-screen devices, you can do this by sliding your finger across the screen as well.
There’s little doubt that 360° video has been one of the break-thro
Introducing a new podcast: WTF Tech|
Fri, Dec 23rd 2016 4:36p Stuart McIntyre
Those who know me well will have realised I have a bit of a thing for podcasts, firstly in terms of consumption (20-30 episodes a week on average since the early days of TWiT back in 2005/6), and then in hosting and producing my own shows (Collaboration Matters, the Lotusphere Podcast, This Week in Lotus, Serendipity) since 2007.
I’ve made no secret of mourning TWiL – it was so good to get together with Darren Duke and our panel of guests every week for two and a bit years, discussi
The Human Flying Drone|
Tue, Dec 20th 2016 3:25p Stuart McIntyre
Thinking the Casey Neistat holiday video should become a new annual tradition…
The behind-the-scenes video is worth a watch too…
Ruark Backpack II: Wishing Sonos offered something similar|
Wed, Dec 14th 2016 7:02a Stuart McIntyre
The new BackPack II transforms our R1 deluxe tabletop radio and MR1 wireless speakers into completely portable products. It frees these miniature marvels from the mains power socket and into the bathroom or onto the decking and the great outdoors. Placing batteries inside takes valuable speaker capacity which can result in unrefined sound, but BackPack II allows R1 and MR1 to retain their rich mains powered performance, but with complete portability.
A total evolution of the original, BackPack I
Sonos Play:1s reduced by $50/£30/€30 in Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale|
Fri, Nov 25th 2016 1:13p Stuart McIntyre
Excellent saving on the baby Sonos, the play:1.
A fantastic place to get started with the Sonos experience, to equip a teenager’s bedroom, or to add to a home cinema experience in a main room.
Savings are as follows:
US – $199 $149 – Saving $50
UK – £169 £139 – Saving £30
EU – €229 €199 – Saving €30
Sale ends on Monday 28th November 2016.
‘Mandate my ass!’|
Thu, Nov 10th 2016 10:41a Stuart McIntyre
Not much has changed in 35 years…
Full lyrics (via azlyrics):
Well, the first thing I want to say is: Mandate my ass!
Because it seems as though we’ve been convinced that 26% of the registered voters, not even 26% of the American people, but 26% of the registered voters form a mandate or a landslide. 21% voted for Skippy and 3, 4% voted for somebody else who might have been running.
But, oh yeah, I remember. In this year that we have now declared the year from Shogun to Reagan, I re
My musings on Microsoft Teams|
Tue, Nov 8th 2016 8:50p Stuart McIntyre
Pramit Nairi writes a great post entitled ‘Only Microsoft could make Teams’, comparing the new Microsoft Teams solution to Slack.
The thing with Slack is that using it doesn’t feel like work. The UI and the experience is designed to be as effortless as possible with everything feeling natural and human. From subtle things to the more overt, the service feels likable and encourages interaction and participation. Sure, it has its shortcomings — what software does
‘Transformer in chief’: The new chief digital officer|
Mon, Nov 7th 2016 12:12p Stuart McIntyre
McKinsey review the status of the Chief Digital Officer (CDO), and attempt to document the essential skills that are required for the role in 2016:
In the alphabet soup that is today’s crowded C-suite, few roles attract as much attention as that of the chief digital officer, or CDO. While the position isn’t exactly new, what’s required of the average CDO is. Gone are the days of being responsible for introducing basic digital capabilities and perhaps piloting a handful of initiatives. The
Before the flood|
Mon, Oct 31st 2016 9:30p Stuart McIntyre
Forget the temporary distractions of elections, lost emails, Brexit and the like. This is the real crisis that we are facing…
PANO | LA|
Thu, Oct 27th 2016 10:35a Stuart McIntyre
Absolutely stunning. (Make sure you go full screen and in full HD…)
Shooting Pano LA has been the most ambitious, challenging, demanding, and rewarding project I have worked on to date. It was shot over a period of two years entirely in true panoramic form using two synced DSLR cameras side by side. The resulting panoramic timelapse footage comes in at a whopping 10K x 4K resolution when stitched. I did not shoot this film to achieve the extreme resolution. I shot it for the panoramic loo
Introducing Microsoft Surface Studio|
Wed, Oct 26th 2016 12:15p Stuart McIntyre
Replay available for yesterday’s IBM Watson Workspace announcement|
Wed, Oct 26th 2016 5:58a Stuart McIntyre
IBM yesterday announced the launch of Project Toscana as IBM Watson Workspace at the World of Watson event.
The session featuring Inci Cho Suh and Luis Benitez, amongst others, is now online:
Tue, Oct 25th 2016 12:29p Stuart McIntyre
It is striking how those 20 years are a constant evolution of what Apple means as a brand – there are remarkably few missteps or failed products along the way.
On a more personal level, I’m left reflecting how important Apple and it’s products have been to my own and my family’s lives over this timespan. It made me consider what a ‘sliding doors’ moment it was when Steve Jobs was invited back as interim CEO in July 1997 – how different our industry
IBM drops SoftLayer brand, moves cloud offerings to Bluemix|
Tue, Oct 25th 2016 11:57a Stuart McIntyre
Today, we’re excited to share the next big step in SoftLayer’s evolution as part of the IBM Cloud portfolio: IBM Bluemix is integrating SoftLayer products and services into its vast catalog of infrastructure, platform, and application services!
The SoftLayer products, services, tools, systems, and support you know and love will become a cornerstone of a unified Bluemix cloud experience that delivers the performance, flexibility, and consistency of SoftLayer infrastructure alongside the exten
The Jive ‘Power of Connection’ Tour comes to London|
Mon, Oct 24th 2016 2:52a Stuart McIntyre
Jive Software have been running a series of events around the globe this year, kicking off in NYC back in May, entitled ‘The Power of Connection’. Aimed at allowing existing and prospective customers to hear from both Jive staff and other leading organisations that use Jive-n and Jive-x, these events have been well-attended and have received really strong feedback.
I am delighted that an event has been scheduled for London, and it features a couple of key UK-based customers that I ha
Kodak announces Ektra smartphone featuring 21 megapixel f/2.0 lens|
Fri, Oct 21st 2016 7:04a Stuart McIntyre
The best camera is always the one you have in your pocket, right?
Whether it’s an iPhone, an Android device like the new Google Pixel, or even the much-missed Windows Phone-based 1020 from Nokia, we’ve all become accustomed to producing compelling images from the super slim 4-5″ devices we carry everywhere we go. In addition, the photo editing apps the devices enable have become as much part of our photography habits as have the networks on which we share our photos with fr
Could Nintendo be about to revolutionise home and mobile gaming? At the same time…|
Thu, Oct 20th 2016 10:28a Stuart McIntyre
Introducing Nintendo Switch! In addition to providing single and multiplayer thrills at home, the Nintendo Switch system also enables gamers to play the same title wherever, whenever and with whomever they choose. The mobility of a handheld is now added to the power of a home gaming system to enable unprecedented new video game play styles.
So excited about this… Though the parent in me thinks we’d better get a stock of those controller sliders!
Using a password manager? Here’s how to delete all Google Chrome passwords|
Wed, Oct 12th 2016 5:49a Stuart McIntyre
If you’re using a password manager like 1Password or LastPass then you’ll not want to keep your logins and passwords saved in your browser any longer, particularly if those passwords are owned and synced by Google).
So how to delete all those hundreds of logins saved over the years? The obvious way is via passwords.google.com, but this only lets the user delete one password at a time. This could be extremely onerous with even a few dozen IDs to delete!
What about deleting them all
Sonos launches new white SUB|
Tue, Oct 11th 2016 10:07a Stuart McIntyre
It has been known that Sonos would finally be releasing the SUB in white since the summer, but the option has now been added to the online store:
SUB used to be only available in black. But now we’re adding a cool, gleaming white edition.
Enjoy sound you can really feel, with a look that’s brand new.
Same specs as the black model, ships on 25 October 2016. £599 / $699 / €799.
OverSight: a useful little privacy tool for Mac users|
Tue, Oct 11th 2016 9:54a Stuart McIntyre
Since recent hacks concerning unauthorised recording of video/audio MacOS/OS X on Apple Macs, I found a handy tool called Oversight that notifies you when a process wants to use the camera or microphone:
One of the most insidious actions of malware, is abusing the audio and video capabilities of an infected host to record an unknowing user. Macs, of course, are not immune; malware such as OSX/Eleanor, OSX/Crisis, OSX/Mokes, and others, all attempt to spy on OS X users. OverSight constantly mo
Introducing Workplace by Facebook|
Tue, Oct 11th 2016 7:45a Stuart McIntyre
As promised, Facebook announced their business solution yesterday as ‘Workplace by Facebook‘:
We’ve brought the best of Facebook to the workplace — whether it’s basic infrastructure such as News Feed, or the ability to create and share in Groups or via chat, or useful features such as Live, Reactions, Search and Trending posts. This means you can chat with a colleague across the world in real time, host a virtual brainstorm in a Grou
Facebook at Work launches on October 10. How will it do?|
Fri, Sep 30th 2016 12:50p Stuart McIntyre
We’ve known that Facebook at Work was getting close to launch for a while now, with an increasing flow of information about trial customers and their experiences. However, it now seems as though we’re in the final couple of weeks before the platform formally debuts publicly.
Facebook has now sent out invites for a Facebook at Work launch event to take place in London on Monday, October 10.
The invite confirms our report earlier this week that it would launch nex
How to get motivated – a guide for defeating procrastination|
Wed, Sep 28th 2016 11:28a Stuart McIntyre
I think this is one of the most useful infographics I’ve seen in a very long time…
Two of my recent posts were meant to highlight clear, actionable things we can do to defeat procrastination – whether it’s general life and environment changes or things that can be done immediately – based on The Procrastination Equation by Piers Steel.
They’re a bit long, and despite my best intentions to use as many of the methods from the book as possible, when I’m in the m
Apple to create stunning new HQ at Battersea Power Station|
Wed, Sep 28th 2016 9:18a Stuart McIntyre
Apple is to create a spectacular new London headquarters at Battersea Power Station in a massive coup for the developers behind the £9 billion project.
The iPhone and iPad maker will move 1,400 staff from eight sites around the capital into what it calls “a new Apple campus” at the Grade II* listed former electricity generator.
Its employees will occupy all six floors of office space in the brick “cathedral of power”, which is being painstakingly restored after 33 years standing derelic
BlackBerry to outsource development of smartphones, to focus on software|
Wed, Sep 28th 2016 7:49a Stuart McIntyre
“The company plans to end all internal hardware development and will outsource that function to partners,” CEO John Chen said in a statement. “This allows us to reduce capital requirements and enhance return on invested capital.”
BlackBerry has been setting the stage for such a move for a while now. It has already released one phone, the DTEK50 that was essentially a rebadged Alcatel phone and has started offering up pieces of its phone software for use on other Android devices.
Did you know the origin of the brand ‘Slack’?|
Wed, Sep 28th 2016 4:05a Stuart McIntyre
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— Stewart Butterfield (@stewart) September 27, 2016
So Slack stands for ‘Searchable Log of All Conversation & Knowledge‘.
Can’t help wondering where they’d be if they’d stuck with ‘Linefeed’ as their product name?!
University of Zürich – Sharing knowledge for 175 years…|
Mon, Sep 12th 2016 11:09a Stuart McIntyre
Roberto Mazzoni, Head of User IT Services at the University of Zurich, describes how the university relies on IBM Connections today to share knowledge with students, faculty and office administrators. We also learn about VAUZ, an association of 5,500 students and faculty at the university. VAUZ uses IBM Connections to share ideas and execute plans that keep the 175 year old university modern and on the latest technology.
It was thrilling to hear Robert and his team describe the value they were
Tue, Sep 6th 2016 7:56a Stuart McIntyre
All truth passes through three stages.
First, it is ridiculed.
Second, it is violently opposed.
Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.
Arthur Schopenhauer (1788 – 1860)
Giving the wrong impression|
Wed, Aug 17th 2016 6:41a Stuart McIntyre
Like many long-time IBM Connections Cloud users, my muscle memory was to access the site via the lotuslive.com URL (the longest-lasting of the few brands that service has had over the years).
Sadly IBM has now retired this, and so collabserv.com seems to be the way to go (my thoughts on that domain have never been particularly positive). This is what you get when you arrive there – see the screenshot for full context:
In order to continue providing you quality servic
Speaking at MWLUG 2016: The Anatomy of the Perfect Use Case|
Tue, Aug 16th 2016 7:18a Stuart McIntyre
I always feel a frisson of excitement when arriving at an airport ready for an international flight, and the anticipation is even more evident when it’s a long haul trip. And so it is today, sat in the BA lounge overlooking the tarmac of Heathrow’s eastern runway and T5 apron.
On this occasion I am delighted that it is Austin in Texas that’s the destination, and the purpose of the whirlwind 72 hour trip is to attend MWLUG for the first time. I first visited Austin back in 1998
Tue, Aug 2nd 2016 2:33p Stuart McIntyre
It’s a couple years old now, but I really appreciated this presentation of motivational speeches from Steve Jobs and others…
Interesting multinational insurance ESN case study|
Wed, Jul 27th 2016 6:14a Stuart McIntyre
It’s always good to read a successful customer reference story, particularly when the organisation’s culture and productivity has truly been revolutionised by deploying a new internal community.
This is definitely the case with this new case study, featuring UNIQA Insurance Group. Based in Vienna, UNIQA have grown incredibly quickly over the past decade, particularly via a push into Central and Eastern Europe. This has left them with a number of substantial challenges in terms of c
Document management in online communities|
Thu, Jul 7th 2016 6:45a Stuart McIntyre
One of the key differentiators between the community solutions developed by Jive Software and those from IBM and Microsoft (talking Sharepoint rather than Yammer) is the relative lack of focus on the requirement for document management.
That’s not to say that Jive platforms do not allow the sharing and management of documents – far from it – but that instead, these are simply embedded within the standard content types and information architecture of the platform rather tha
The real reason for the forty-hour work week|
Thu, Jul 7th 2016 5:46a Stuart McIntyre
The eight-hour workday developed during the industrial revolution in Britain in the 19th century, as a respite for factory workers who were being exploited with 14- or 16-hour workdays.
As technologies and methods advanced, workers in all industries became able to produce much more value in a shorter amount of time. You’d think this would lead to shorter workdays.
But the 8-hour workday is too profitable for big business, not because of the amount of work people get done in eight hours (the av
GoPro introduce new backpack and cycle mounts|
Tue, Jun 28th 2016 2:57a Stuart McIntyre
I’ve been very pleasantly surprised at how often we’ve used the GoPro Hero cameras that we’ve owned for the past three years, and whilst we’re not that active a family, there’s barely a week that goes by without some opportunity for capturing footage – cycling, hiking, skiing, sailing and the like. There are plans afoot to buy an additional camera or two some time soon in order to offer more options when on the go or during group activities.
As many other GoPr
18 tips for success|
Wed, Jun 22nd 2016 1:22a Stuart McIntyre
Don’t do it if you don’t enjoy it.
Be visible – get out there and sell yourself.
Choose your name wisely.
You can’t run a business without taking risks.
The first impression is everything. So is the second.
Perfection is unattainable.
The customer is always right, most of the time.
Define your brand.
Explore uncharted territory – lots of things haven’t yet been discovered.
Beware the “us vs. them” environment.
Build a corporate comfort zone –
The ‘first-hour rule’|
Fri, Jun 10th 2016 7:11a Stuart McIntyre
We all have tough projects we’d like to tackle, but we just can’t. It seems so big, we don’t know where to start. We’re full of fear even when we think about starting.
Making things is one big battle with the Pressfieldian Resistance. However, with a little Motivational Judo, you can lay The Resistance flat on its back. I call this move the First-Hour Rule.
With the First-Hour Rule, you commit to working on that tough project for the first hour of each day. When that hour is up, you sto
Calls come to Slack|
Wed, Jun 8th 2016 11:04a Stuart McIntyre
Typing is great. We love typing. And while there are many fine ways to communicate via typing — messaging in channels, direct messages, and group DMs — today we’re officially adding calls to the mix for everyone.
After months of beta testing, all Slack users everywhere can now use our calls feature. Huzzah!
Little explanation required. 1:1 calls now included at no cost for all Slack users, with group calls included in paid plans. Just like that, Slack reduces the need for both Sky
Ummo: your personal speech coach|
Tue, Jun 7th 2016 3:36a Stuart McIntyre
Planning a conference session or work presentation anytime soon? This app might come in handy…
Ummo is your personal speech coach. Whether you are practicing for a presentation or looking to improve your day-to-day communication, use Ummo to track your filler words (“Umms” and “Uhhs”, “like”, “you know”), pace, word power, clarity, and more.
This iPhone app is definitely a version 1.x, and has its flaws, but looks extremely promising in terms of providing ma
Beyond Domino development?|
Mon, Jun 6th 2016 4:14p Stuart McIntyre
Peter Presnell of Red Pill on the future of Domino development ‘Beyond XPages‘:
That made me wonder…. why would IBM suddenly only provide a commitment to fix-packs instead of taking the opportunity to remain committed to a new release, something customers and the community continue to push for? I may be wrong, but I suspect that having already gone three years without a release, should IBM decide to have a 9.0.2 release of Notes/Domino, this could potentially reset the clock for
Two very interesting new partnerships in the IBM Connections space|
Fri, Jun 3rd 2016 12:58p Stuart McIntyre
Firstly, two extremely well-respected IBM ISVs are forming a strategic alliance:
Specialists from all over the world are preparing themselves for Social Connections 10 – the core event for the IBM Connections community. So did Infoware and panagenda, both sponsors at the event, and formed a strategic alliance to jointly market both parties solutions.
The solutions Infoware DomainPatrol Social for content and user management and panagenda ConnectionsExpert for monitoring, adoption and analytics
A ship in harbour…|
Fri, Jun 3rd 2016 9:15a Stuart McIntyre
This CAWW poster created by Joachim really hit home…
CGATE – an easy-to-use front end for IBM Connections|
Fri, Jun 3rd 2016 7:35a Stuart McIntyre
Interesting release from Swedish ISV, EGBS:
CGATE is a delightful and easy to use front end for IBM Connections. It will be customized to your organization and your employees – no need to adapt your processes to the tool, or for your employees to learn a new vocabulary. The users will get started in no time, leveraging the power of collaboration without the need for extensive training or user adoption programs. All content is stored in IBM Connections, so there is no need for an additional sys
SOCM 2016: Quantifying the Value of Community|
Fri, Jun 3rd 2016 5:10a Stuart McIntyre
SOCM 2016: Quantifying the Value of Community|
Thu, Jun 2nd 2016 9:30a Stuart McIntyre
The State of Community Management 2016 provides a snapshot of the progress and changes in community management, based on research of more than 300 communities from organizations large and small, which span a range of use cases, sectors and industries.
Every year we continue to build upon the past research and explore more deeply topics that TheCR Network members highlight as crucial to building a better understanding of the power and impact of community approaches.
Our three key findings, driven
No Steve Jobs…|
Tue, May 31st 2016 5:59a Stuart McIntyre
Or even Tim Cook…
Sometimes it takes a really poor performance and presentation style (from ASUS CEO Jerry Shen in this case) to see the excellence elsewhere:
However, even looking past the presentation itself, I find the Zenbook 3 announcement to be fascinating.
You can’t deny it’s a good looking machine, nor that shoehorning an i7 into a
Look Beyond Borders|
Thu, May 26th 2016 4:16p Stuart McIntyre
So moving… Particularly the girls at 3:38.
No Slackin’ when it comes to integration|
Thu, May 26th 2016 4:07p Stuart McIntyre
One of the most notable aspects of the rise of Slack as a the business communications tool of the moment has been the success they’ve had encouraging third parties of all sizes to develop innovative apps and custom integrations for the platform.
Just as an example, this is a new one that came to my attention today, combining machine learning with social communications, Obie:
Spoonfeed, don’t firehose. Deliver knowledge and information when your team
Just 11 days to go! Social Connections 10 lands in Toronto|
Thu, May 26th 2016 4:09a Stuart McIntyre
Back in January I stepped away from the Social Connections team due to my commitments with Jive, after 9 events and 4.5 years of helping to grow what is an incredible IBM Social Business user group community.
Whilst I’ve been away, Wannes and the team have organised a fantastic 10th event, which takes place in just 11 days time.
Once again, Social Connections has headed back across the Atlantic to North America, and this time the event takes place in yet another new country (10 in 10 so f
A new book from Michael Sampson: Re-Imagining Productive Work with Office 365|
Wed, May 25th 2016 4:13a Stuart McIntyre
I’m a great fan of Michael Sampson‘s work:
his books – on doing business with IBM Connections, user adoption strategies and building a collaboration roadmap.
his incredibly thought-provoking workshops – I have been honoured to host a couple of these, in London and Zürich, and I’ve heard rave reviews from those that have attended other sessions around the world.
his keynotes and sessions at conferences – such as at Social Connections.
So when Michael mentio
A new 6-week course to help you Work Out Loud – June/July 2016|
Tue, May 24th 2016 11:25a Stuart McIntyre
I am a great fan of Working Out Loud – John Stepper’s published approach to working in the open, transparently and with authenticity. As he describes it:
Instead of networking to get something, you lead with generosity, investing in relationships that give you access to other people, knowledge, and possibilities. Part of the process is learning ways to make your work visible and frame it as a contribution.
The core community framework that sustains Working Out Loud is the Circle:
Tue, May 24th 2016 8:57a Stuart McIntyre
Those that know me well will recognise that I have three true passions and priorities in my life:-
My family – my wife and four beautiful children
My work – helping individuals, teams and organisations become more productive through the use of online communities
Providing a home to foster children – for the past three years we’ve provided short-term placements to individual children and sibling groups
So when it came time to revisit number 2 on that list, it made se
Doing a TED Talk: The Full Story|
Thu, Mar 3rd 2016 2:07a Stuart McIntyre
Imagine being asked to speak at TED. Not the independent TEDx conferences, but as Tim Urban explains…
The thing I was asked to speak at was the big Vancouver one. I say this not only to brag, but also to explain why this whole thing had me freaking out so much. The same thing that made it extra extra scary also made it extra extra not turn-downable.
So I accepted.
What follows is the very scary yet utterly compelling story of how Tim prepared and delivered his session. Really great readi
Recruiting for a new Jive consultant – interested?|
Tue, Feb 16th 2016 1:02p Stuart McIntyre
Jive Software is seeking a Business Consultant to join the Professional Services team for the EMEA Region, based in Paris, France. This role will work with Jive’s largest and most complex clients in formulating and implementing their strategy around usage of the Jive solutions.The Business Consultant works directly with our customers to help them get their Jive community set up and ready for launch.
This position requires strong customer interaction skills and a demonstrated background working
Women Not Objects|
Wed, Jan 27th 2016 6:31a Stuart McIntyre
As the married father of two daughters, this issue is being brought home to me right now… The rise of YouTube, Instagram and Snapchat as advertising media has not helped in any way – the problem just seems to get worse year-on-year.
It has to stop. #WomenNotObjects
Author informationStuart McIntyreStuart McIntyre is a Senior Strategist at Jive Software. He curates a number of product-focused news sites, is a lapsed podcaster, founded the Social Connections user group and regularly
Time to let go…|
Mon, Jan 4th 2016 11:52a Stuart McIntyre
The Lotus IBM Collaboration Solutions space is an incredible demonstration of what online communities can become through the truly altruistic efforts of its members. I’ve always known that, but stepping away somewhat over the past year has allowed me to observe the relationships, events and online activities through a new and less obscured lens. A little distance and independence has done nothing but confirm the wonderfully inclusive family-like nature of this community.
A little backgroun
That river’s flowing…|
Fri, Oct 16th 2015 5:05a Stuart McIntyre
No matter what we do, or how focused or mindful we are, the time just keeps passing doesn’t it?
As the great Peter Gabriel once sung:
Whatever may come
and whatever may go
that river’s flowing
that river’s flowing
(Linking to the ’94 version with Paula Cole – my personal favourite version of an amazing song…)
Somehow, over 7 months have passed since I joined the team at Jive Software.
It seems both like my switch happened yesterday, and yet also that I
Stuff that works – Anker USB chargers|
Tue, Oct 6th 2015 3:07p Stuart McIntyre
Friends and colleagues that have travelled with me in recent times will undoubtedly have noticed that I’m a great fan of Anker electronics components.
Anker is a relatively new brand, at least on these shores, having appeared in the UK about 3-4 years ago. Through a combination of good clean design, comprehensive well thought-out feature sets, high-quality build and competitive prices. I first bought a multi-port USB charger from Anker perhaps 2.5 years ago, and it is still in daily us
Safari 9 Responsive Design Mode|
Tue, Oct 6th 2015 10:24a Stuart McIntyre
Do you host a site or platform that you need to make available to a wide range of desktop and mobile devices, including those Apple iThings running iOS9?
Then you need to check out Safari’s Responsive Design Mode (found in the Develop menu in Safari 9 for the Mac). Take a look at this (video courtesy of Casey Liss):
Yes, you can test your site in all the new split-screen modes available in iOS9. This fe
Twitter timeline zero|
Mon, Oct 5th 2015 4:22a Stuart McIntyre
Over the years, my Twitter followed list had become somewhat cluttered… Just over 4,000 accounts – the usual mixture of friends, family, colleagues, partners, thought leaders, brands and celebrities. I’d had a few occasional cleanups, but put it this way, it was becoming difficult to see the wood for the trees. The signal to noise ratio had become pretty awful, and most of the value I was seeing from Twitter came through the search terms I used in Tweetdeck columns, rathe