Anyone that follows me on Twitter will have seen that this week has been rather dominated by a single topic, The Collaboration Diner, and was brought to you by the hashtag #cbdiner
So I hear you cry, what is The Collaboration Diner?
Many of you, especially those in North America, will be aware of a rather famous 1942 painting by Edward Hopper known as ‘Nighthawks‘:
Painted soon after the attack at Pearl Harbour, the painting is thought to detail the alienation felt by those in a strange city, and the interaction, consolation and prospective relationships that could be found within the diners that were scattered on street corners throughout New York and other cities. Diner customers could ‘network’ with the few others in the physical location they inhabited.
In 2003, Wired magazine commissioned comic artist Josh Ellingson to bring the diner situation up to date in the face of the emergence of free wi-fi, ubiquitous mobile devices and laptops:
Once again, the diner or coffee shop had become the place where relaxation and re-connecting could be combined, but this time connections were as likely to be with those hundreds or thousands of miles away. In 2003, it was likely that this would have been via a relatively small group of friends or colleagues that the individual was in regular contact with.
Now bring the situation up to the modern day. Social and Mobile dominate. Almost every individual carries at least a mobile phone, most a smartphone and many more than one device. Multiple social networks are reachable from these devices, personal, professional and organisational sites provide a constant connection to friends, family, colleagues, customers and partners. Business is as likely to be carried out in a diner in a strange city as at one’s own desk.
However, the diner is still a useful metaphor for the meeting place, for the clash of cultures, the possibility of accidents and incidents leading to passionate discourse and idea-sparking conversations.
Thus we have seen the birth of The Collaboration Diner brought to you by Collaboration Matters, with its first outing at the UC Expo show in London this past week.
Look out for future posts over the weekend detailing what was involved, why it was such an innovative concept, and what discussions took place there. One thing’s for sure, tech trade shows have never seen anything like it!
Issue with Connections media widget timing out
Wed, Jul 23rd 2014 4:40a Stuart McIntyre Whilst building a new Connections environment for a customer we noticed a strange issue when uploading large files to the media gallery. Initially I thought it was related to the size of the file, but the same file will upload to the Connections files application without issue. There is very little errors in the SystemOut.log for the Connections server, so ...
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Ephox EditLive for IBM Connections updated
Tue, Jul 22nd 2014 12:20a Stuart McIntyre The powerful enhanced rich text editor for IBM Connections, Ephox EditLive, has just been updated to version 18.104.22.168 and is available from IBM FixCentral: Now bundled with IBM Connections for all organisations under active maintenance, Ephox adds significant value for users of the platform. Whilst this power doesn’t come free of some administrative complexity, deployment of EditLive should definitely be ...
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IBM Connections QuickSearch for Chrome updated
Mon, Jul 21st 2014 6:45a Stuart McIntyre I first blogged about the IBM Connections QuickSearch plugin for Google Chrome three weeks ago. Back then it was at version 1.8. Remarkably since then the author, Romain Lienard, has released four updated versions: I’m so impressed by this development effort, and by the rate that new features are being added. For example, the context-sensitive search: and ‘Share this URL’: ...
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IBM Sanity Validation Tool for IBM Connections 4.5
Mon, Jul 21st 2014 4:20a Stuart McIntyre A new and very neat IBM tool has been uploaded to the IBM Collaboration Solutions Catalog: You can download by clicking through from the Catalog, or by going direct to the ‘Lotus Business Solutions IBM Download site‘, logging in with your IBM ID and then searching for ‘Sanity’ to find the download in the very long list of tools on ...
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Watch out for quotes!
Thu, Jul 17th 2014 4:00a Stuart McIntyre Just a reminder to be watchful of non-standard characters in IBM Connections user names, and also to thoroughly review your IBM Connections TDI logs on a regular basis. This is a current APAR: I’m sure that this particular issue will get resolved in an upcoming fix, however these issues do crop up every so often, so be ready for them. [read] Keywords: connections
Greenhouse now running IBM Connections 5.0
Thu, Jul 17th 2014 3:08a Stuart McIntyre This was a pleasant surprise this morning: Yes, the IBM Greenhouse has been upgraded to IBM Connections 22.214.171.124. New features including External Collaboration (which isn’t strictly relevant to the Greenhouse), improvements to Files and file-sync (using the new mobile apps and desktop plugins), plus significant significant enhancements to the activity stream and @mentions should all now be visible on the ... [read] Keywords: collaboration
Free self-paced IBM Connections 5.0 Workshop
Wed, Jul 16th 2014 2:29a Stuart McIntyre More good news from IBM’s Paul Godby – this time discussing a new self-paced workshop, explicitly for IBM Connections 5.0: In the IBM Connections 5.0 Workshop, you will learn about the new and existing capabilities of IBM Connections and IBM Connections Mobile. You will learn how to implement external collaboration in your environments and gain an understanding of both the ... [read] Keywords: collaboration
Innovate + Impact + Pulse = ?
Tue, Jul 15th 2014 3:58a Stuart McIntyre Last week I ruminated on the future of IBM Connect, and mentioned that a number of the IBM software conferences had been consolidated for 2015…
IBM seems to be consolidating its software conferences across brands. We have seen Impact (the Websphere conference), Innovate (Rational) and Pulse (Tivoli) all announce that they will merge for 2015 for a very large conference in Las Vegas:
Mark your calendar for February 22 – 26, 2015. We’ll meet at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino and the M [read] Keywords: ibm