The rise and rise of the user group has been one of the stories of the Lotus community over these past 4 or 5 years.
From DNUG to UKLUG, ILUG to IAMLUG, MWLUG to AUSLUG, BLUG to the (award-winning) DDive, community-organised events have been massively successful and have strengthened and sustained the community that forms around these collaboration products. From small monthly meetings (ATLUG), through to 3 day 400-attendee mega-LUGs, there is clearly a demand for these groups and events. Many community members put hundred of hours into organising them, sponsors pay thousands to exhibit and attendees travel hundreds or even thousands of miles to attend. It is hard to remember a time before they were so prevalent.
However, I've failed to mention the daddy of all user groups... DanNotes. Almost unbelievably, DanNotes was formed in 1993 (18 years!) and has just had its 46th event (yes 46!). Doesn't that put things into perspective? Whether we know it or not, we have a lot to thank DanNotes for...
Earlier this year I was honoured to be invited to speak at the latest DanNotes conference in Denmark, and took the trip out to attend last week.
Held in a rather lovely if remote hotel and conference centre in Korsor, approximately 60 miles west of Copenhagen, I joined Chris Connor, Ulrich Krause and Niklas Heidloff as the non-Danish speakers at this two-day conference.
With about 80 in attendance (a full house), the event had a busy feel to it - plenty of attendees but not so big that it wasn't possible to get round and speak to most folks that were there.
A few significant details made it a really interesting experience for me: 1. I have never been a particular fan of conference hotels, they can be a bit soulless. However this one had some character, and the whole conference being in the one remote hotel meant that attendees and organisers spent real quality time together. We ate proper sit down meals, had an excellent evening reception and could relax in each others company. The relatively small size of the event compared to an ILUG or IAMLUG obviously helped in that regard too. 2. The sessions themselves were held in an auditorium with excellent acoustics, full PA and mics on every desk. That meant that when an attendee asked a question, they could do so without moving or significantly interrupting the speaker, everyone heard it and there was a much more interactive vibe as a result. 3. The attendees really know each other. A lot of them have attended a large number of the DanNotes events (46 remember) and hence really are a community all of their own. That really came through in the relationships on show. That said, they were really friendly to outsiders such as myself - I felt really welcome. That is a tough balance to strike. 4. Attendees have to pay to be part of the user group and to attend the event. That tends to make those present really want to maximise the value they get from being there. Whilst free events are great in a lot of ways, I do wonder whether paid user group meetings are the way forward in the long run.
Whilst I wish I could have stayed a bit longer, I massively enjoyed my trip. I was hugely impressed by the organisation behind the event (Per Henrik Lausten and the rest of the team), by the content being shared and by the community that has been developed. I wish too that I could have seen more of Denmark on my first trip than just Copenhagen airport, the train and the hotel! Definitely an excuse for a return trip in future.
If you're wondering what I presented, I did two sessions which are both on Slideshare:
'IBM Connections - Bridging the Gap' (explaining Social Collaboration and IBM Connections for those from a Notes/Domino background):
(I know that as a result of my aversion to bullets and my preference for very image-heavy slides, these presentations need more context! I'll be uploading the audio for the presentations as soon as I have it!)
So huge thanks to all those behind DanNotes. If you are from Denmark and haven't attended, you really must - it is one of the best examples of a LUG anywhere in the world!
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.
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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.
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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 [read] Keywords: connections