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| DJI Spark launches. Seize the moment!|
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| The 2017 State of Community Management Report has been released|
Tue, May 23rd 2017 6
| JUMP (OpenMic) Session: Deploying, Securing, Customizing and Extending the IBM Connections Mobile App|
Mon, May 22nd 2017 6
| ESN champion? You’ll want to review these JiveWorld17 sessions|
Fri, May 19th 2017 6
| JUMP (OpenMic) Session: Let’s talk about IBM Connections Next Deployment – The Easy Button|
Wed, May 17th 2017 6
| ICS Community Meeting – Connections Adoption|
Wed, May 17th 2017 7
| 12 steps to success with IBM Connections|
Fri, May 5th 2017 5
| This week’s Awesome Apps: Bear and Infuse Pro (and a bonus, Duet Display)|
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| The Jive ‘Power of Connection’ Tour comes to London|
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| A new book from Michael Sampson: Re-Imagining Productive Work with Office 365|
Wed, May 25th 2016 10
| Just 11 days to go! Social Connections 10 lands in Toronto|
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| GoPro introduce new backpack and cycle mounts|
Tue, Jun 28th 2016 10
| Introducing Workplace by Facebook|
Tue, Oct 11th 2016 10
| The future of IBM Connect|
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| No Slackin’ when it comes to integration|
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| IBM Connections 6 is coming soon… So what is the killer enhancement?IBM Connections 6 is coming soon… So what is the killer enhancement?|
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| Beautiful European capital city? Check. Great social program? Check. Awesome Social Business conference agenda? Bingo!|
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||Introducing Workplace by Facebook
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 Group, or follow along with your CEO’s presentation on Facebook Live.
We’ve also built unique, Workplace-only features that companies can benefit from such as a dashboard with analytics and integrations with single sign-on, in addition to identity providers that allow companies to more easily integrate Workplace with their existing IT systems.
Today we’re also announcing Multi-Company Groups, shared spaces that allow employees from different organizations to work together, to extend collaboration beyond your company in a safe and secure way. These will be rolling out to all customers in the coming weeks.
They have published a very useful 3 minute overview video covering the features of the new solution:
There’s nothing too ground-breaking in the first release – key features are the news feed, groups, IM/chat, video calling, events and search. It is in many ways, exactly what you’d expect from a Facebook solution for business. That’s not a bad thing all told – it makes perfect sense for Facebook to kick off in this vein and add additional features as they go. They’ve clearly made positive strides with their impressive set of launch customers:
A free 3-month trial is available, and then pricing starts at a very competitive $3 a user from there, with free licenses available for non-profits and educational institutions, and all accounts featuring unlimited storage and groups:
Notably, there is no long-term contract required, and the free trials start from 1st January 2017, even if one signs up before then. Facebook are still filtering applications to join at this stage, so it may be a while before your organisation is provisioned should you apply today.
Facebook are also looking for consultancy and ISV partners for Workplace, and have launched a partner program which organisations can apply to right away. I’ve done so, and I expect that many other social business consultancies will be in the queue very soon.
It’s going to be extremely interesting to see how Workplace fares, and what impact it will have on existing enterprise software vendors and solutions – both those on-premise and in the cloud. As I stated in my previous post, I see a massive shakeup on the horizon, and think that Facebook is well placed to take a leading role in improving communication and collaboration within organisations worldwide, particularly in those mid-sized businesses with fewer than 5,000 users.
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DJI Spark launches. Seize the moment!|
Wed, May 24th 2017 5:49p Stuart McIntyre
This looks amazing. The new DJI Spark. Smaller than your average smartphone:
Meet Spark, DJI’s first ever mini drone. Signature technologies, new gesture control, and unbelievable portability make your aerials more fun and intuitive than ever before. With five different colors, there’s a Spark for everyone.
Casey Neistat and Marques Brownlee have already taken a look:
The Spark costs just $499 and is available for order today in the US for shipping on 15th June.
Whilst other DJI drones ma
The 2017 State of Community Management Report has been released|
Tue, May 23rd 2017 4:11p Stuart McIntyre
If you’re in a role that encompasses elements of community management or program strategy, there is no doubt that one of the year’s highlights is the Community Roundtable’s publication of their ‘State of Community Management’ annual report.
The Community Roundtable group’s expertise and experience is unrivalled – anyone that’s heard Rachel Happe speak will vouch for that. However, the SOCM report is not just their take on the ‘state of the union’ of the community management d
JUMP (OpenMic) Session: Deploying, Securing, Customizing and Extending the IBM Connections Mobile App|
Mon, May 22nd 2017 11:03a Stuart McIntyre
Last week I posted about an upcoming JUMP (Join, Understand, Master and Participate) session on IBM Connections Next which takes place on June 21.
The good news is that there is an earlier JUMP webcast scheduled for this Wednesday, 24th May 2017:
The IBM Connections applications for iOS and Android provide your users access to Connections from their mobile devices. The apps are highly extensible, provide a customizable user experience and can be securely administered. In this session we will e
ESN champion? You’ll want to review these JiveWorld17 sessions|
Fri, May 19th 2017 4:20p Stuart McIntyre
The Value of Conference Content
For many years I’ve written and podcasted about IBM’s major worldwide collaboration event each year, formerly called Lotusphere and renamed in recent years as IBM Connect. I’ve even been the member of organised teams that have live-blogged keynotes and other key sessions.
Why have I spent so much time and energy sharing content from these events?
I realise the value of the insight shared in these sessions, and how powerful it is for all customers and p
JUMP (OpenMic) Session: Let’s talk about IBM Connections Next Deployment – The Easy Button|
Wed, May 17th 2017 9:55p Stuart McIntyre
IBM OpenMic webcasts have always been worth attending – the chance to ask questions of product experts that you’d normally only get the chance to meet at major global events is never one to be passed over!
These OpenMic sessions have just been renamed JUMP (an acronym for Join, Understand, Master and Participate), but the format appears to remain the same.
The good news is that the next scheduled webinar features IBM Connections Next (a.k.a. Pink), with a tagline of ‘The Easy Button’…
ICS Community Meeting – Connections Adoption|
Wed, May 17th 2017 4:11p Stuart McIntyre
An interesting topic has been selected for this week’s ICS Community meeting, hosted by Amanda Bauman:
This is the regular 3rd Thursday ICS Community meeting where IBMer and Community members present topics of interest to the community.
On May 18th, join us and hear Kerry Godbold from Canal Barge Company talk about how they overcame the obstacles of user adoption for IBM Connections. You will take away some ideas for how you can improve user adoption at your own company, or how you can help yo
12 steps to success with IBM Connections|
Fri, May 5th 2017 2:47p Stuart McIntyre
This graphic has been around for a while (it was first published by IBM back in November last year), but it is still very useful in terms of giving guidance to end users on how to best use IBM Connections to good effect:
It is also available as a PDF to download.
Here are the 12 steps in text form:
Build your network – Add or follow someone
Advertise your skills on your profile
Update your status every day – Work out loud
Bookmark in Connections – Help yourself and others
IBM Connections 6.0 at a Glance|
Fri, May 5th 2017 1:08p Stuart McIntyre
IBM business partner Maarga Systems has created a quick one-minute video overview of the new features and enhancements available in IBM Connections 6.0:
New Features of IBM Connections 6:
– Orient Me
– Modern Communities
– Enhanced Onboarding
– Better than ever Files
I’ve been working with Maarga for a number of years and can vouch for their technical skills. If you need assistance with Connections customisation or application development, give them a try.
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Docusign announced enhanced partnership with IBM, including new eSignature integrations|
Fri, May 5th 2017 10:44a Stuart McIntyre
At their Momentum 2017 event this week, Docusign announced a number of new alliances with industry-leading vendors, including an enhanced partnership with IBM:
DocuSign today announced a deeper, strategic partnership with IBM to bring to market new capabilities to three solutions to help organizations of every size and industry advance their digital transformations.
DocuSign’s platform and eSignature service will be available within IBM Watson Workspace, IBM Connections and IBM Enterprise
FlightLapse #01 – MilkyWay|
Thu, May 4th 2017 6:56a Stuart McIntyre
A gob-smackingly beautiful timelapse:
Flying through the night, while the world beneath us is at sleep, is a pretty common thing as a longhaul pilot. Late evening departures lead to far distant destinations like Singapore, Hong Kong, Sao Paolo or J’burg. Depending on the direction of the flight the crew and the passengers either have a short night up ahead if flying eastbound or almost eternal darkness if headed westwards.
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