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Video: “More and more businesses a looking for input on the next big innovation” – Heidi Ambler
Mon, Apr 30th 2012 142
The top 10 things you never want to do with Social Media – avoid like the plague
Mon, Apr 30th 2012 108
Insider tip: It’s not social if your the’re not talking about you
Sat, Apr 28th 2012 101
Business Gets Social – Roadshow – Coming to New Zealand
Mon, Apr 23rd 2012 128
Turning customers into Brand Advocates
Mon, Apr 23rd 2012 97
I really don’t think you understand who I am – I am Social
Thu, Apr 19th 2012 103
Forecourt attendant ‘gets’ social business
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Video: “More and more businesses a looking for input on the next big innovation” – Heidi Ambler
Mon, Apr 30th 2012 142
Business Gets Social – Roadshow – Coming to New Zealand
Mon, Apr 23rd 2012 128
The top 10 things you never want to do with Social Media – avoid like the plague
Mon, Apr 30th 2012 108
I really don’t think you understand who I am – I am Social
Thu, Apr 19th 2012 103
Insider tip: It’s not social if your the’re not talking about you
Sat, Apr 28th 2012 101
Forecourt attendant ‘gets’ social business
Wed, Apr 18th 2012 97
Turning customers into Brand Advocates
Mon, Apr 23rd 2012 97
Video: How kids can go from a boring night in to a great night out with moments through Social Media
Fri, Mar 30th 2012 81
Industry Analyst says a customer moved from Lotus Notes to Gmail because Lotus Notes has a crap UI
Tue, Apr 3rd 2012 77
A lesson learnt from a not so “Social Business”
Mon, Mar 19th 2012 74


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Video: “More and more businesses a looking for input on the next big innovation” – Heidi Ambler
Mon, Apr 30th 2012 9:24p   Vaughan Rivett
In this video, Heidi Ambler, IBM’s Director for Social Software Project Management quite simply lays out what it mans to be a Social Business.  Enabling businesses to harness the power of people. [read] Keywords: ibm facebook social software twitter
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The top 10 things you never want to do with Social Media – avoid like the plague
Mon, Apr 30th 2012 3:11a   Vaughan Rivett
You’ve heard it said before, what you put on the web, stays forever!  But how many people really heed this sort of advice?  I have been trolling through the internet in my research for the top 10 things that you NEVER want to do with Social Media.  I bet you’re already doing some of these things. 1. Don’t use text speak or other unnatural conversation I’m sorry, but text speak makes you look dumb.  If people cannot work out what you’re saying without too much ef [read] Keywords: applications email facebook profile twitter
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Insider tip: It’s not social if your the’re not talking about you
Sat, Apr 28th 2012 10:24p   Vaughan Rivett
Let’s not forget, by nature people are social.  Generally speaking, this is part of the human DNA.  In turn this means that people are sharing.  They like to share what they’ve been doing, their opinions and their thoughts.  Not only that but they also like to be heard. Have you ever stopped to think about what people are saying about your brand?  Now, I know a number of you will be thinking about the results of your last customer survey.  You know the one I mean, the one wher [read] Keywords: apple blogging facebook google iphone twitter
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Business Gets Social – Roadshow – Coming to New Zealand
Mon, Apr 23rd 2012 4:44p   Vaughan Rivett
IT directors, managers and technical professionals can get the tools, tips and tricks needed to implement and use IBM’s industry-leading social, mobile and cloud solutions to build a nimble, innovative culture… enable collaboration between distributed teams… and beyond. Attend this event and receive a technical update from the local IBM® experts on the recent Lotusphere® 2012 event held in Orlando USA. The event includes key updates and demonstrations on the latest social collab [read] Keywords: collaboration ibm lotusphere noteslotus facebook mobile twitter
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Turning customers into Brand Advocates
Mon, Apr 23rd 2012 3:11a   Vaughan Rivett
It’s one thing to have customers, and loyal customers, at that.  But, what does it take to turn a customer into a “Brand Advocate”.  This type of person is someone who will tell others about your brand with passion.  In fact, they will most likely tell the world through the use of Social Media.  There are three key components that need to be considered to transform customers into Brand Advocates: Company Culture Engagement Exceptional Experience Company culture is the for [read] Keywords: facebook google twitter
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I really don’t think you understand who I am – I am Social
Thu, Apr 19th 2012 2:44p   Vaughan Rivett
The other day I went to the supermarket to pick up a few food items (how many blog posts have I written lately which involve food?). I found a product which I liked the look of and saw that it had been reduced from $8.00 to about $5.00.  As a result I decided to take two while taking advantage of the offer. I went to the counter to pay for the goods expecting a total of $10.00.  However, the cashier said that it came to $16.00.  I questioned this and pointed out that there was a “Red-la [read] Keywords: facebook twitter
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Forecourt attendant ‘gets’ social business
Wed, Apr 18th 2012 2:36p   Vaughan Rivett
Today I visited a petrol station to put fuel into my somewhat thirsty car.  It was the Sommerville station here in Aucland, New Zealand.  I did the normal thing and filled up my tank and went to pay for the fuel before leaving.  I was wearing a polo shirt with the slogan “Get Social. Do Business” printed on it. The service station attendant read the slogan aloud and smiled.  He looked at me and said “You can’t do business if you’re not social”.  I doubt t [read] Keywords: facebook twitter
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Ever made “Social” eggs? – A how to guide to using videos for Social Business
Mon, Apr 16th 2012 3:00a   Vaughan Rivett
Have you ever heard how to cook a “Social” egg?  Now I know that this has got you thinking, sounds a bit crazy maybe?  Lately, I have been a home, by myself, with my wife and kids overseas (except for one).  During this time I’ve had to cook my own meals.  Past history would suggest that I should not be in the kitchen, in-fact, my wife usually sends me out to the BBQ to cook. I decided that I would be adventurous and learn to cook a poached egg.  I got out my iPad and sea [read] Keywords: blogging facebook twitter




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Reducing staff attrition rates through connected and engaged employees
Sun, Apr 8th 2012 10:40p   Vaughan Rivett
I’ve been reading a blog which is written by Flora, who has recently taken on a role as a Human Resources Adviser at a woman’s clothing chain, with stores all around New Zealand, Funky Town.  Last Wednesday, she published a blog article entitled “Too much turnover“.  She outlined some of the issues she faced with a turnover rate of up to 40%.  A lot of this being driven by the use of casual and part time staff. I’m not sure that this percentage can be looked at b [read] Keywords: facebook twitter
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Industry Analyst says a customer moved from Lotus Notes to Gmail because Lotus Notes has a crap UI
Tue, Apr 3rd 2012 3:46p   Vaughan Rivett
Yesterday, I was listening to an Industry Analyst talk about applications in the cloud.  He commented on how organisations are wanting something that is Faster, Easier and the other word escapes me for now. During his presentation he made the comment which went something like “the customer moved to Google Mail from the crap Lotus Notes interface”.  As I am not trying to incite violence, I’m not going to name this person.  Unfortunately, I am unable to go into too much more [read] Keywords: lotus notes noteslotus applications email exchange exchange facebook google interface microsoft outlook twitter
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My list of all the things that Lotus Notes cannot do
Tue, Apr 3rd 2012 3:14p   Vaughan Rivett
The list below is a list of all the things that I can think of that Lotus Notes cannot do: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. [read] Keywords: lotus notes facebook twitter
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Video: How kids can go from a boring night in to a great night out with moments through Social Media
Fri, Mar 30th 2012 10:24p   Vaughan Rivett
Last night, I was at a football game sitting next to a friend of mine from years gone by.  During the conversation we talked about how his children were able to transition from no plans to a fun filled evening, within moments.  They get onto Facebook to collaborate with their friends and very quickly are out the door on their way to a great night out. We see how quickly things change around us through the use of social tools.  In this video, I talk about using this same power to quickly effec [read] Keywords: facebook twitter
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Australia has the worlds largest Lotus User Group within less than one year!
Thu, Mar 29th 2012 1:59p   Vaughan Rivett
You wouldn’t read about it!  That’s right, I have been attending the worlds number one Lotus User Group (AusLUG) right here in Australia.  In less than 12 months (possibly closer to 6) the AusLUG event has surprised all envolved with a sold-out registrations.  There have been a great line of speakers, the three hightlights so far being – Michael Sampson and Ed Brill. So what does this all mean?  Well, in my opinion, I would challenge any one of IBM’s competitors to sa [read] Keywords: ibm lotus notes facebook twitter
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Protecting your brand on social networks – the Chris Cairns embarrassment
Wed, Mar 28th 2012 2:24p   Vaughan Rivett
I have, along with many other social media evangelists, watched with interest as Chris Cairns, a famous New Zealand cricketer, went to court to defend himself against allegations of match fixing.  These allegations came about because of a message which was sent, as a tweet, which then became viral.  Chris Cairns took Lalit Modi (ex-chairman of the Indian Premier League) to court and won a settlement worth around NZD$200,000, possibly more. We often talk about a digital footprint.  The comm [read] Keywords: ibm facebook profile twitter web 2.0
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A lesson learnt from a not so “Social Business”
Mon, Mar 19th 2012 3:28a   Vaughan Rivett
The other day I was reading about a New Zealand company who was launching one of its brands through the use of social media, particularly Facebook.  In-fact, a trusted source told me that they weren’t going to have a Website, however, this quickly changed and they now have a site up and running. Today, I was wanting to get hold of this particular company.  I thought that this would be easy.  Firstly, I went to Google to do a search for their company/brand name.  I could not find them. [read] Keywords: facebook google twitter
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I have an iPad, now what?
Wed, Mar 14th 2012 1:09p   Vaughan Rivett
A couple of years ago, while working as the General Manager for a division of a software company, the CEO proudly showed off the toy he got for Christmas, an iPad. His question was, now what? I don’t think that he was alone with his question. Tablets and Smart Phones have been demand driven by the consumer market.  However, the majority of device owners have asked how they could use it for business. If these devices can add value to ones personal life, then how could they also make ones j [read] Keywords: connections ibm lotus notes traveler application applications database desktop email facebook mobile office server taking notes twitter
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Lotus Notes is alive and kicking down under – NO, This is NOT a marketing ploy, and NO we are definitely NOT kidding!
Sun, Mar 11th 2012 9:12p   Vaughan Rivett
This morning I got an email from the team organizing AusLUG 2012 (Australia Lotus User Group).  The headline read: AusLUG 2012 THE FULL-HOUSE SIGN IS ABOUT TO GO UP Not only that, but I have also been informed that there is a very good number of people going from New Zealand.  Which has me thinking about the possibility of putting on a “Kiwi” evening, so watch this space. There have been a lot of changes to Lotus Notes in the past few years, new technologies like XPages have kept [read] Keywords: collaboration lotus notes xpages application development email facebook microsoft twitter
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Video of a cat barking like a dog
Thu, Feb 9th 2012 8:28p   Vaughan Rivett
I was watching a programme on television last night which was reviewing it’s top 20 list of animal videos.  I thought that this one was quite funny.  I wish I had a cat like this: [read] Keywords: facebook twitter
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People like Social Media because people are social – People are social by nature
Wed, Feb 8th 2012 11:03a   Vaughan Rivett
When calling to talk to people about social business,  I very quickly draw their attention to one thing – People are social by nature Stop and think about this for a moment.  What do people like to talk about the most? Themselves, perhaps?  Not only that but we find that people like to hang out in communities with like minded people.  Have you ever considered how to leverage this sort of thing in a business context? If you look at social media such as LinkedIn and Facebook, we see peop [read] Keywords: facebook linkedin twitter
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Taking care with Social Media – remember your reputation is on the line
Tue, Feb 7th 2012 11:03a   Vaughan Rivett
Today, I was doing some research online with twitter.  I came across a tweet which caught my eye when I was looking through a few things on twitter. Over the past few months I have been talking to a number of people in business, who have had issues with fraudulent staff.  The problem has been the length of time that it has taken management to identify that there is an issue to the time it has taken to take action.  Therefore, this tweet caught my interest. I decided to click on the URL or lin [read] Keywords: facebook security twitter
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Transform or go out of business – it isn’t an option
Mon, Feb 6th 2012 11:03a   Vaughan Rivett
Recently, one of New Zealand largest music festivals, The Big Day Out, announced that this year would be the last.  It was not longer a profitable event and therefore it had run its course and it was time for the organizers to move onto something else.  I don’t think that this will be the last of these events which will run themselves out of business. We need to ask the question, why?  Why do these mega events which attract crowds of thousands, prove to be no longer financially viable [read] Keywords: facebook twitter
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Why I.T. should not be in control of your business
Wed, Feb 1st 2012 11:03a   Vaughan Rivett
Recently, I have been involved in some interesting conversations whereby IT people are enforcing restrictions onto users without fully thinking through the consequences for the rest of the business.  What interests me more is that they are able to connivence the management of the business that it is the best way to work.  Care needs to be taken to ensure that a few dollars saved in one place, doesn’t lead to significant costs in the rest of the business. One of the things that I lik [read] Keywords: ibm lotus lotusphere notes community facebook iphone twitter
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Sandy Carter (IBM) Interview on Social Business – Le Web 2011 #SMCH7
Tue, Jan 31st 2012 3:03a   Vaughan Rivett
I just came across this video of an interview with Sandy Carter being conducted by Chris Heuer.  This is a great video which talks about company culture and the need to “Get Bold” to overcome obstacles to Social Business.  Sandy has a way of making sense when applying social strategies to business. [read] Keywords: ibm facebook twitter
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The question needs to be asked, how do you protect your brand from the savage world of social media?
Mon, Jan 30th 2012 11:03a   Vaughan Rivett
I don’t want to sound pessimistic, but the truth of the matter i,s that your all important brand is not as good as you think, nor is it important.  Today, it is risky business to sit behind an office desk, reviewing great ratings in customer satisfaction, but while your brand is at its best, it could all be destroyed within minutes.  It only takes one person to have a bad experience and it could be all over. Many companies have experienced trills of having their brand catapulted into the [read] Keywords: facebook office twitter
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I am not sure that we will be talking about Social Business in as little as five years
Fri, Jan 27th 2012 3:03a   Vaughan Rivett
My wife is a primary school teacher and she has been pioneering a “digital classroom”.  While a lot of this has been experimental, she has seen amazing results.  Take for example, children with learning difficulties who are able to substantially advance their potential through the use of an iPad.  Not only are the kids using the latest technologies and cloud based solutions but they are also facilitating their learning through the use of social media.  This has taken their learni [read] Keywords: facebook twitter
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User Adoption Strategies – moving second wave people
Thu, Jan 26th 2012 11:03a   Vaughan Rivett
While on a flight to Christchurch today, I decided that it was high time (that’s a pun) that I read a book which I had downloaded onto my iPad some time ago. Michael Sampson’s book, User Adoption Strategies – moving second wave people, is so far an excellent read.  I have only covered the first two chapters, but what he has to say really makes good sense. So often I have seen companies put in place new technologies and say to the users “here it is, now use it”. No [read] Keywords: facebook twitter
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Social business is a competitive differentiator – The dream of being a market leader now has to become reality
Thu, Jan 26th 2012 1:49a   Vaughan Rivett
On the tail end of a global financial crisis and as the world tries to avert another, the businesses which are going to flourish are those who are able to recreate themselves as their industry defines who they are to be.  It would seem that every system and process needs to be realigned to changing customer demand.  The dream of being a market leader now has to become reality. Social Business is not about technology (though it may have been driven by technology), but it is more to do with the [read] Keywords: facebook twitter
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AusLUG 2012 is going to be a blast – you don’t want to miss this conference!
Wed, Jan 25th 2012 2:09a   Vaughan Rivett
I can hardly believe that AusLUG 2012 is in only 2 months.  After such a good Lotusphere, AusLUG will be something that you want to attend.  I am hoping that we will be able see a good contingent from New Zealand attend this year.  IBM has been doing some amazing stuff with their IBM Collaboration Solutions portfolio.  I expect that there will be a focus on Social Business strategies. AusLUG is being held in Melbourne, Australia from the 29th to the 30th March 2012.  All the information you [read] Keywords: collaboration ibm lotusphere facebook twitter
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Lotus Notes becomes social with Lotus Notes Social Addition
Tue, Jan 24th 2012 11:23a   Vaughan Rivett
That’s right, Lotus Notes has gone through a makeover and the next release will be shipping with a social media look and feel.  The software will present users with an active activity stream which will alert them to what is happening within their business.  Alerts will be feed in from other applications and also the activity of people. Email is quickly becoming a thing of the past.  People want to get away from using email and prefer the likes of Facebook to communicate openly with frie [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes applications email facebook twitter
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Productivity begins by getting out of the email in-box
Mon, Jan 23rd 2012 11:03a   Vaughan Rivett
Over recent days I have heard varying statistics about the amount of time the average employee spends in their email in-box.  While I have seen statistics as high as up to 6 hours, depending on job role, CNET News suggests that it is close to a quarter of their day.  It’s not an enjoyable place to spend your time, and it is no wonder that people are keen to guard their email application of choice. I don’t know about you, but I often feel that email is like walking into a maze and h [read] Keywords: ibm lotusphere application email facebook office twitter
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Is Kodak’s demise a symbol of a lack of ability to evolve?
Mon, Jan 23rd 2012 1:59a   Vaughan Rivett
A could of days ago I was surprised by the news that Kodak had filed for a form of bankruptcy (please note, this may not effect all of the Kodak business around the world) . This is one of those companies that many of us would have grown up with and considered to be a trusted brand. While they had a wide range of products, for me, they were better known for their photography equipment. Their brand was everywhere, and even where it wasn’t, their customers would carry it with them as they tr [read] Keywords: facebook mobile twitter
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Social Media encourages real world interactions
Tue, Jan 17th 2012 8:40a   Vaughan Rivett
For some time I have been interested in how my reach on social networks and other forms of social media have influenced people in a “virtual” world. However, this is not so as I consider the fact that there is really no virtual world. Why? Well at the end of what we call “virtual” is a “real” person. I think that we often live in a virtual fantasy unaware of real participants and real consumers of the information which they share. While being at Lotusphere I& [read] Keywords: lotusphere facebook twitter
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The success of Lotus Domino/Notes 8.5.3
Mon, Jan 16th 2012 2:03p   Vaughan Rivett
This afternoon I  sat through a session by Ed Brill at IBM’s Lotusphere.  During this session Ed covered many of the significant achievements IBM has had with the delivery of new features and releases of IBM Lotus Notes and Domino Server. During this presentation Ed asked how many people have upgraded to the latest version of Domino server (8.5.3).  In a room of about 600 people, over two thirds of the audience raised their hands.  As this was released only two months ago, Ed was blown [read] Keywords: domino dominonotes ibm lotus lotusnotes lotusphere notes exchange exchange facebook server twitter
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Lotusphere Business Partner day
Mon, Jan 16th 2012 4:40a   Vaughan Rivett
Yesterday, was the IBM Business Partner day at Lotusphere.  Being my first time at Lotusphere is has been really good to be able to touch base with a few people who I have come to know through blogs and other social media over the past few years. The day was packed full of sessions with hints on some of the announcements which are expected to be officially released today.  I will blog more as the day goes on. Last night’s party was huge and provided for time to catch up with some other N [read] Keywords: ibm lotusphere facebook twitter
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How big is your social network? Does size really matter?
Mon, Jan 9th 2012 3:03a   Vaughan Rivett
Over the past few days I have been thinking about how to best quantify the size of a social network.  Often when I am talking to businesses about what it takes to become a social business, they can perceive the value for a company like IBM with over 400,000 employees, but struggle to see the benefits for their business which could be considerably smaller. Facebook has over 800 million active members, yet I only have about 100 friends.  Of those 100 friends less than half of them would be act [read] Keywords: connections ibm facebook network twitter
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Is Gmail really fit for business if users are being warned about hacked accounts?
Sun, Dec 11th 2011 12:02p   Vaughan Rivett
Over the past few years I have been using Gmail for my personal, non-work related email.  Surprisingly, because of the rise of Social Media such as Facebook, the amount of email I receive to this account is quite limited.  Most of it being alerts from other sites. Over the past few days when logging into Google Mail I am greeted with a message across the top of the page: “Thousands of on-line accounts are hijacked every day. If you re-use your Gmail password on other websites, change it [read] Keywords: email facebook google password twitter
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New Zealand company shares it success of moving from GoogleApps to IBM LotusLive
Mon, Nov 21st 2011 12:51p   Vaughan Rivett
A New Zealand company recently moved their email to LotusLive.  As a result here is the discussion which happened on twitter: [read] Keywords: ibm email facebook twitter
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Old Mout Cider goes social
Mon, Oct 31st 2011 2:07a   Vaughan Rivett
The other day, I quickly became interested in a conversation on twitter.  One of my colleagues had decided to nominate me for a prize from Old Mout Cider who were embarking on a social marketing campaign.  Within a few minutes Old Mout Cider send out a tweet saying that I, along with some others, had won a few bottles of Cider. True to their word, today I received four bottles of various cider to try. What interests me about this, is that this is yet another example of a New Zealand business [read] Keywords: facebook twitter
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Are you a social business or are you social marketing?
Wed, Oct 26th 2011 12:51p   Vaughan Rivett
Everyday, I get to do the best job of all, I talk to people about Social Business.  It is interesting to see the varying differences in definition of what a social business actually is.  For most businesses, their marketing department would consider them to be social due to the fact that the make use of Twitter and Facebook.  But is this really Social Business or is it simply Social Marketing. Social Business is not about technology, it’s not about the internet.  It is about people fre [read] Keywords: ibm facebook twitter
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Is Microsoft selling you the one vendor and everything will work story?
Wed, Oct 26th 2011 3:01a   Vaughan Rivett
Over the past few months, I have been talking to several customers who are looking at making a decision to use one vendor for all of their software.  The idea is that if they only purchase Microsoft software, then all of their products and solutions will work successfully together.  Not only that, but it would seem that Microsoft is also offering license agreements which allow for the use of their software now, but pay latter. This is a cleaver move by their marketing teams, if they can get we [read] Keywords: connections ibm applications exchange exchange facebook microsoft sharepoint twitter
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Lotus Notes / Domino Tour of Duty (New Zealand)
Mon, Oct 3rd 2011 11:03a   Vaughan Rivett
Over the last couple of days, I have been reflecting on my tour of New Zealand, last week, as I visited a number of Lotus Notes/Domino customers throughout the country.  Myself,  four others from IBM and a number of IBM Business Partners vistied Hamilton, Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch as we checked in on various customers. There were a number of themes that came through, but here are the top three: Lotus Notes/Domino customers who are in two minds about the future of the product and t [read] Keywords: collaboration connections domino ibm lotus notes facebook server twitter
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“Get Social – Do Business” could have ended in divorce – Home Makeover
Fri, Sep 30th 2011 2:25a   Vaughan Rivett
Today, I had a great idea.  Marketing had sent me some new collateral.  Included was a square of carpet.  I thought long and hard about what to do with it.  In the end I decided to borrow it for the weekend and take it home.  I rolled up my wife’s treasured rug in the living room, and set down the new mat. Before: After: The result, ended up being that within moments the old rug was put back in place.  I guess that the “Get Social” rug will be going back to work on Mond [read] Keywords: facebook twitter
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Two Aussie’s from the outback have the Mac vs PC arguement, while one claims to have deleted Google.
Thu, Sep 22nd 2011 4:03a   Vaughan Rivett
Right now as I write this, I am sitting on an Aircraft traveling to one of the most southern locations on our planet, Invacargil, New Zealand. I am being amused by two very rough looking Aussies.  I think that they may be here for the Rugby World Cup.  They have just been having an argument about Apple Mac vs Microsoft Windows.  The conversation is interesting as they are obviously both very novice in their knowledge.  The foundation of their argument is very simplistic, blunt and honest. Wh [read] Keywords: apple facebook google mac microsoft twitter
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Running online presentations and meetings through the use of LotusLive
Wed, Sep 21st 2011 2:23p   Vaughan Rivett
Today I was asked to do a presentation to my manager.  This was to be done through the use of a slide deck.  The presentation had been provided to me and it was up to me to alter it to cater for my own style etc. There was one small issue with the presentation.  I am based in Auckland, New Zealand, while my manager is based in Sydney Australia.  Through the use of LotusLive I was able to upload the presentation and present it to my manger.  I had full control from my computer.  This meant [read] Keywords: ibm facebook twitter
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Work smarter, be a Social Business – using wiki’s to increase productivity
Mon, Sep 19th 2011 3:25a   Vaughan Rivett
Today, I received an email which was copied to about 6 other people.  The email contained a table with customer information.  The person who sent the email wanted each person to populate it with information and send it back to her.  Right away, I could see that this was not effective use of her time.  She was going to have to look for a response from each person and then collate all of the information. However, had she use the wiki feature in IBM Connections she would have been able to sig [read] Keywords: connections ibm email facebook twitter wiki
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If I was to own my own business again, my focus would be on customer intimacy
Sat, Sep 17th 2011 9:43p   Vaughan Rivett
Over the years I have run a number of businesses, I know what it is like to go through the ups and downs with a need to be agile enough to change with markets and customer demands.  As I reflect on all the lessons I have learnt, there is one thing that I would focus most of my attention on, if there is ever a next time round – Customer intimacy. Here in New Zealand, I would consider there to be a lack of high level customer service.  Customer facing staff either lack the skills to offer [read] Keywords: collaboration ibm facebook networking twitter wiki
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Simple digram highlights the cost of moving from Lotus Notes to Microsoft Exchange
Thu, Sep 15th 2011 3:31a   Vaughan Rivett
I am always interested in talking to people who have made up their mind to migrate from Lotus Notes to Microsoft Exchange. It would appear that the cost of such a change is never fully considered or understood until well into the project. Below is a simple diagram which shows that most migrations mean more servers. This is only an example of part of the cost.  For instance, more servers also require more support services etc.  Despite all that Microsoft may say to sell their software, even if [read] Keywords: domino lotus lotusnotes notes exchange exchange facebook microsoft server twitter
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Using a #free office productivity suite (documents, spreadsheets, presentations) with files stored in the cloud
Wed, Sep 14th 2011 3:44a   Vaughan Rivett
In my last blog post I provided a link to download a free office productivity suite from IBM through which you are able to create documents, spreadsheets and presentations.  The product is called Lotus Symphony. I have put together a youtube video which shows how Lotus Symphony connects to LotusLive, a cloud solution which makes it easy to share files securely online. [read] Keywords: ibm lotus noteslotus symphony facebook office twitter
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A free offer to readers of my blog, this could save your business $1,000′s
Tue, Sep 13th 2011 2:23p   Vaughan Rivett
Over the years you have probably gotten use to having to pay high prices for software such as office productivity tools.  I use to use an application called Microsoft Office which allowed me to do my word processing, spreadsheets and also presentations.  Recently, I installed IBM Lotus Symphony which is a free alternative. Even though I work for IBM, I was somewhat hesitant to use Lotus Symphony.  Things are a little bit different to what I have been use to and I didn’t really want to s [read] Keywords: ibm lotus noteslotus symphony apple application applications facebook google linux mac microsoft office twitter
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Correct me if I’m wrong, but Lotus Domino Server and Lotus Notes is still RAD!
Tue, Sep 13th 2011 4:29a   Vaughan Rivett
Hardly a day goes past where I don’t have a conversation in which someone is comparing Lotus Notes to Microsoft Exchange.  The thing that I can never get over, is that the two are completely different.  Microsoft Exchange does email and does it really well.  Lotus Notes does email and again does it really well, but, Lotus Notes is an application development platform. So what do I mean by “RAD”.  It’s an acronym for Rapid Application Development.  Basically, what it m [read] Keywords: domino lotus notes application applications development email exchange exchange facebook microsoft server twitter
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The left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing – ever heard that before?
Mon, Sep 12th 2011 2:35a   Vaughan Rivett
I have worked with a lot of different organisations over the years, I’ve always found it really interesting how easy it is to pick up on the culture of the company within minutes.  It only takes a few comments from one or two staff to gain some significant insight. One day, I was working on a computer in a room with two other people.  My back was toward them as I worked to solve a problem.  A conversation started to gain some momentum with the lady (let’s call her Sally) and her  [read] Keywords: collaboration connections ibm email facebook linkedin office security twitter
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3/4 of Australian websites are not optimized for smartphones
Sat, Sep 10th 2011 3:59a   Vaughan Rivett
A news article on a New Zealand website claims that 3/4 of Australian websites are not optimized for smartphones.  I shudder to think what this may be like for New Zealand websites.  Recently, I have seen comment that some ISP’s are reporting that mobile data usage is now exceeding that of other connection types. It is now important that websites are developed to cater for mobile devices, while still providing traditional users with the full features which they would expect on a full b [read] Keywords: domino lotus development facebook mobile security server twitter
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I predict a new question in just 2 years time – What shall I buy, a phone or a PC?
Wed, Sep 7th 2011 4:00a   Vaughan Rivett
I think that this is quite a safe prediction, what shall I buy, a phone or a PC?  In just another two years this will be the question which will be running through the mind of consumers, but probably not businesses. Today, I have a smartphone which is able to do almost all that I need and as a result, I could almost live without a PC.  With the age of internet applications, there is little need for much more than a web browser.  I see businesses in a rush to retire desktop applications, in fa [read] Keywords: applications desktop facebook mobile twitter
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My AUSLUG highlight – “Spend 60 minutes to save 60 hours”
Sat, Sep 3rd 2011 12:50a   Vaughan Rivett
AUSLUG finished a few days ago now. While I had every intention of keeping my blog updated with some of my views on the event, life has been busy. For me, the highlight was not about the technology or the fantastic announcements, but rather, one of the presentations which impressed me.  The presentation entitled, “Spend 60 minutes to save 60 hours”, was absolutely fantastic.  Karen Hooper from Dr. Notes went over a lot of the functionality of the Lotus Notes mail client, calendar a [read] Keywords: lotus lotusnotes notes noteslotus email facebook microsoft outlook profile twitter
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I just could not contain myself when someone called Lotus Notes “clunky”
Tue, Aug 23rd 2011 2:37p   Vaughan Rivett
Last week, I had a meeting with a customer about the Lotus Notes/Domino road-map.  In fact, I have had similar meetings like this in just a few days.  Typically the meeting begins by someone in the room suggesting that their users find Lotus Notes to be “clunky”.  This is my favorite conversation as I just love to be the bearer of good news great news! Typically, in conversations like this, I can hardly contain my enthusiasm as a long list of complaints is presented to me.  I sit [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus lotusnotes notes xpages applications facebook twitter
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Video explaining just how Social Media tools can help you become a “Social Business”
Sun, Jul 24th 2011 4:03a   Vaughan Rivett
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Is the whole concept of “Social” just a fad?
Fri, Jul 22nd 2011 4:02a   Vaughan Rivett
This week I was involved in a couple of conversations where people entertained the idea of Social Computing being a fad.  This would infer that you are most likely to be wasting your time when trying to make use of modern tools within the context of your business.  The reality is, it is not a fad, it is really a happening thing. Let’s consider for a moment some of the significant things that are happening around the world as a result of social networks like twitter and face book. Govern [read] Keywords: facebook twitter
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Video:IBM Lotus Connections
Sat, Jul 16th 2011 4:03a   Vaughan Rivett
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Video: The 3rd largest building materials company in the world, goes social
Thu, Jul 14th 2011 4:15a   Vaughan Rivett
With over 50,000 computer users in 50 countries around the world, CEMEX decides to become a social business.  This is done by using social tools to enable more effective collaboration within their business.  In this video, Gilberto Garcia (CEMEX Innovation Director) talks about how amazed he was with the outcomes. The company wanted to create an Open Collaboration Platform by creating an internal social network. The question they were asking was, “How can we shift the culture of the comp [read] Keywords: collaboration ibm facebook network twitter
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Will the magic tweet get Rugby World Cup tourists to buy from your shop duing cup session
Wed, Jul 13th 2011 4:45a   Vaughan Rivett
Yesterday, I attended a conference in Auckland, New Zealand in which references were made regarding the amount of money which tourists will spend in New Zealand during the world  cup.  A figure of $300 million was floated, a figure that will be divided at the whim of the tourist.  As expected, there are a number of shops, services organizations and tourism associated organizations who would like to cash in on as much of the tourist dollar as possible. In my view, the biggest obstacle is that, [read] Keywords: community facebook mobile profile twitter
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Welcome back PlanetLotus
Wed, Jul 13th 2011 3:36a   Vaughan Rivett
Just a quick note to those people in the Planet Lotus community.  Over the past few months I have started a new blog.  All of the old information is gone, but there is a lot of new stuff published already. This blog is more about thought leadership and sales, rather than providing technical detail around some of the IBM Collaboration Solutions. Some of you may also notice that I am now working for IBM New Zealand. Anyway, take a look at the content on this blog and let me know what you think. [read] Keywords: collaboration ibm lotus community facebook planet lotus planetlotus twitter
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I am free from email because I use GTD and social business tools
Tue, Jul 5th 2011 6:09p   Vaughan Rivett
My last blog post was about “walking the talk”.  Like everyone else, I am really busy and don’t have time to be trolling through email all day.  It is now mid-day and here is what my email in-box looks like: Yes, I still do have emails to reply to however, I am in control of them.  I use a product called eProductivity for Lotus Notes which works on David Allen’s methodology for Getting Things Done (GTD).  Not only that, but my preferred option for communication is by [read] Keywords: connections ibm lotus notes email facebook twitter
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Walking the talk with Social Collaboration for Business
Tue, Jul 5th 2011 4:40a   Vaughan Rivett
Well, it is one thing to write about ideas around social business, but, it is another thing to actually be doing it.  Thanks to the social collaboration tools which my business uses, I have been able to form teams to work out solutions to problems, plan strategies, organize events and a much more. Here is one scenario. A couple of counterparts from our Australian office have offered to come to New Zealand to run a lunch time seminar along with visiting a few customers.  I work very closely wit [read] Keywords: collaboration connections ibm notes application community email facebook office twitter
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Requiring people to do office work from home in New Zealand
Mon, Jun 13th 2011 3:46a   Vaughan Rivett
With changing times and current events in New Zealand, many businesses are now requiring people to do office work from home.  The reasons for this differ from one situation to the other.  In some cases, like Christchurch, access to the office may not be an option due to the earthquakes.  For others, it might be a lifestyle choice through to working from home while raising children.  Whatever the case you could find yourself working from home. Working from home comes with many challenges, tru [read] Keywords: collaboration connections ibm lotus email facebook office server twitter wiki
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Project Management Duly Noted
Thu, Jun 9th 2011 2:59p   Vaughan Rivett
Leveraging Lotus Notes for Better Project Collaboration Guest Blogger: Neil Stolovitsky, Senior Solution Specialist For many knowledge workers, Lotus Notes is the lifeline to their team members, supervisors and clients. Unfortunately, in many cases Lotus notes is not utilized to its fullest potential beyond the use of email and calendaring. For those working in a Lotus Notes environment, the powerful collaboration capabilities, the sharing of documents and the simple extension of composite appl [read] Keywords: calendaring collaboration ibm lotus notes applications blogger email facebook twitter
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What I was reminded of this week, with cloud basd computing
Fri, Jun 3rd 2011 9:59p   Vaughan Rivett
Over the past few weeks I have been talking to a lot of people about cloud computing.  Only a few months ago, it was really something that people knew very little about and possibly even considered to be too risky.  There were a lot of unknowns and they are still there in many cases, however, what has changed is the perception of the people.  A lot of people now live in an online world and it only makes sense to take their applications online. Yesterday, I had three new deals pass by my desk. [read] Keywords: application applications facebook server twitter
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The power of team collaboration
Fri, May 13th 2011 3:19p   Vaughan Rivett
Lately I have been thinking about what can be quickly achieved by a team of people. It is not often that I have to deal with spontaneous team projects. This week I had to address a business issue with great speed and precision. It became obvious the the amount of work that was required for this project was more than what I could handle alone. Naturally, I quickly formed a team of people who all had some sort of an interest in the project. These people all brought to the table supporting capabili [read] Keywords: collaboration applications facebook twitter
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Thanks google for your support for Christchurch on their memorial day
Thu, Mar 17th 2011 2:18p   Vaughan Rivett
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Some photo’s I captured from the Christchurch Earthquake
Sun, Mar 6th 2011 2:02p   Vaughan Rivett
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Bad earthquake hits Christchurch, New Zealand – On my way to help
Wed, Feb 23rd 2011 1:22a   Vaughan Rivett
Yesterday, Christchurch was hit by a shallow earthquake which has seen buildings tumble and lives lost.  There are still people missing, people without water and other basic things. Fist thing tomorrow morning, I will be leaving to assist with The Salvation Army in relief efforts.  I am not sure what to expect, but I will be rolling my sleeves up to help in any way that I can.  If you are able to help financially, then please click here to donate to The Salvation Army in New Zealand. A great [read] Keywords:
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I urgently require an HTML developer for a 3 month contract
Thu, Feb 3rd 2011 6:59p   Vaughan Rivett
I currently have an opening for a 3 month HTML development contract.  I am looking for someone with advanced HTML skills who would be able to work in Wellington, New Zealand.  I need to fulfill this role as quickly as possible. It is likely that this contract could turn into something a lot bigger.  If you are able to assist, then please email me your CV or some sort of a profile.  My email address is vrivett@certus.co.nz [read] Keywords: development email profile
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Enterprise 2.0 and the jokes on you
Wed, Feb 2nd 2011 11:49a   Vaughan Rivett
I have been watching with interest as people are attending Lotusphere (IBM’s annual event for the Lotus brand) as people have been twittering and bogging. The thing that interests me most is that most of the tweets and blogs are should social computing. What interests me even more is that IBM are claiming that it is a US$1b market! The next thing that I find interesting about all of this is how many business are holding off getting involved in making use of Enterprise 2.0 philosophies. I a [read] Keywords: collaboration ibm lotus lotusphere enterprise web 2.0
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Getting thinking about getting other people thinking
Thu, Jan 27th 2011 9:27p   Vaughan Rivett
Thinking is one of those things that we take for granted, chances are that if you ask someone if they would consider themselves to be a thinker, the reply will be “yes”. However, what really makes one a thinker? To me a thinker is not just someone that consciously puts effort into doing purposeful thought generation, but also engages in the art of being able to convey ideas to inspire others to think. This is also known as “thought leadership” Collaborative leaders also n [read] Keywords: collaboration
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New Zealand Businesses take up Lotus Quickr in favor of Microsoft SharePoint
Mon, Jan 24th 2011 1:05p   Vaughan Rivett
It has been interesting to see New Zealand businesses take an interest in Lotus Quickr in favor of Microsoft SharePoint over the past few weeks.  I have never sold so many services and licenses around quickr before. It would appear to me that companies are looking for solutions which will allow for the collaborative sharing of documents.  The reason that Quickr is winning over SharePoint is that it is ready to go straight out of the box without too many customizations.   Watch this space as [read] Keywords: lotus quickr microsoft sharepoint
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Enterprise 2.0 : Leveraging collaboration platforms to foster knowledge, innovation and productivity
Mon, Jan 10th 2011 2:43p   Vaughan Rivett
Enterprise 2.0 : Leveraging collaboration platforms to foster knowledge, innovation and productivity View more presentations from Cecil Dijoux. [read] Keywords: collaboration application enterprise
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Collaboration means that you’re going to have to think outside of the in-box
Mon, Jan 10th 2011 1:51a   Vaughan Rivett
One of the biggest annoyances of our time would have to be our email in-box.  I am not sure about you, but there was a time that I seemed to live in my in-box.  No sooner had I dealt with one email and another one would arrive.  Have you ever thought about the amount of information which is spread across your organisation, but locked into someone’s email in-box?  Often, this can be important information which needs to be shared with the rest of the company, for which the owner of the i [read] Keywords: collaboration application development email networking wiki
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2011 will be the year of collaboration – my analysis of the situation
Fri, Jan 7th 2011 7:37p   Vaughan Rivett
For the past 15 years I have been working in the field of collaboration enablement.  It has been exciting to watch as the world has changed the way in which it collaborates.  This has been driven in recent years by the second release of the internet, commonly known as Web 2.0.  People are now embracing collaboration in a way which is similar to epic biblical times with the tower of Babel. In Genesis 11:1-8, there is a portion of the text (verses 5 -7) which says the following: 5 But the LORD [read] Keywords: collaboration web 2.0
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Why I stopped using eProductivity for Lotus Notes (Fail)
Sun, Jan 2nd 2011 2:12a   Vaughan Rivett
For over 12 months I had been using eProductivity for Lotus Notes to assist me with my productivity.  I thought that I would move to another GTD (Getting things done system) which runs on an Apple iPad.  I made the move and while I found a few things to be a bit different, I was determined to give it a go.  I really wanted something which was more portable. Anyway, I tried several new iPad GTD applications for a few weeks, however, today I reinstalled eProductivity as I realized that my attem [read] Keywords: lotus notes apple application applications
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My desktop computer keeps rebooting within 2 seconds of powering it on
Fri, Dec 31st 2010 7:02p   Vaughan Rivett
I have been having some trouble with a desktop computer which seems to be rebooting within 2 seconds of turning it on.  It would seem that the fans just start to spin up and then it reboots. I have been trying to troubleshoot the problem and have done all the normal things like removing everything from the motherboard and then add it back again.  I am now starting to wonder if there is an issue with the motherboard or the power supply unit.  There is a little LED on the motherboard which is c [read] Keywords: desktop
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Salvation Army Officer sings “Snoopy’s Christmas” – Impromptu
Sat, Dec 18th 2010 3:20a   Vaughan Rivett
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Lotus Traveler now available on Android phones
Tue, Dec 14th 2010 2:32p   Vaughan Rivett
Over the past couple of days I have been reading about the latest release of Lotus Traveler 8.5.2.1. The great thing about this release is that you can now synchronize your Lotus Notes mail, address book and other features to almost any smartphone. This gives users the ability to use the technology which they like best. One of the frustraioms that I have had with RIM over the years is the fact that their O/S and applications will only run on Blackberry phones. Whereas, IBM have done their usual [read] Keywords: ibm lotus notes traveler applications blackberry rim
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Lotus Notes gold rush hits Mew Zealand
Wed, Dec 8th 2010 11:58p   Vaughan Rivett
Hi everyone It has been a while since I have done any serious amount of blogging. As I have mentioned in earlier posts, I believe that Lotus Notes is going to gain significant market share here in New Zealand. As it happens, I have people signing up to migrate from Microsoft Exchane to Lotus Notes! This is always part of a bigger picture solution sale. As a result, I am in a position whereby I need some more Lotus Notes developers who are based here in New Zealand. Right now I am in the process [read] Keywords: lotus notes blogging email microsoft
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Feeling fantastic about Lotus Notes Domino
Wed, Nov 17th 2010 2:40p   Vaughan Rivett
It has been a while since I have been able to commit very much time to my blog.  I hope that I still have some readers out there. Lately, I have been busy working on a few deals, which in some cases involve moving people from Microsoft Exchange to Lotus Notes for both mail and applications.  This is something which really excites me as I start to nibble away at the Microsoft dominated market here in New Zealand.  Microsoft will not worry too much about this as they will not see Lotus Notes an [read] Keywords: domino lotus notes applications exchange exchange microsoft
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Customer dissapointed with Jetstar so bad that he gets off the plane! @jetstar_nz @fly_pacificblue
Wed, Oct 20th 2010 5:13p   Vaughan Rivett
With Pacific Blue no longer flying domestically in New Zealand, today I choose to fly on Jetstar.  I am not sure how many flights I have done in the past 12 months but I would think that it would be between 130 – 150 in total. I made a mistake this morning of leaving home earlier than I needed, as I usually catch an earlier flight.  This meant that I arrived at the Jetstar check-in over 1 hour earlier than I needed to.  Well, what a relief that was! Jetstar had long queues at their check-in [read] Keywords: security
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A very sad day with Pacific Blue in New Zealand @fly_pacificblue
Thu, Oct 14th 2010 1:20a   Vaughan Rivett
Right now, I am sitting in the departure lounge at Wellington Airport about to board a Pacific Blue flight home to Auckland  (DJ 3015 @ 6:40pm).  This is going to be the last domestic flight I will be catching on Pacific Blue here in New Zealand.  Pacific Blue is pulling out of the domestic market in New Zealand. I must have done almost 100 flights with Pacific Blue in the last year alone.  It is a shame that they are pulling out as they have great prices, great staff, humor and are reliable [read] Keywords:
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The last thing you want to see outside your aeroplane
Fri, Sep 17th 2010 7:14p   Vaughan Rivett
On Tuesday I boarded a plane and was about to fly from Wellington to Auckland.  When I looked out the window here is what I saw: Not what you want to see from the inside of your plane Within a couple of minutes about 5 firemen boarded the plane and headed straight down to the back.  From what I could tell they had boarded to assist someone who was not well. I do find it interesting that the fire engine is yellow which is also the colour of the IBM/Lotus brand.  ”Lotus knows how to [read] Keywords: ibm lotus
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Please don’t ever do this………it will stuff up your Apple Mac
Mon, Sep 13th 2010 12:14p   Vaughan Rivett
Okay, I have written numerous times about how wonderful an Apple Mac is, however, I had a very sad day on Friday while doing a demo of Lotus Sametime to a client. I asked if I could plug my Apple MacBook into their network.  On the desk in front of me were two or three VoIP phones.  Someone told me to remove the network cable and plug it into my MacBook.  I took a look and asked if they were running Power over Ethernet (POE) to which I am sure that they said “no”. Anyway, some how [read] Keywords: lotus sametime apple mac macbook network networking wireless
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Microsoft Exchange guru (Nathan Winters) talks about the difficulties of moving to Windows 2008
Fri, Aug 27th 2010 11:45p   Vaughan Rivett
I was just reading an article which was written by Nathan Winters about moving Microsoft Exchange 2007 to Microsoft Windows 2008 server.  I am not use to this sort of an exercise being such a complicated process, I guess that I take for granted the ease at which these things can be done with Lotus Domino server. Here is one of the comments which Nathan had to say about moving Microsoft Exchange 2007 to Microsoft 2008 Server: The only way is to perform a migration! I have never attempted t [read] Keywords: domino lotus email exchange exchange google microsoft server
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How to upgrade from Microsoft Exchange (Outlook) to Lotus Domino Server (Lotus Notes)
Fri, Aug 27th 2010 10:44p   Vaughan Rivett
A lot of people are still running older versions of Microsoft Exchange for numerous reasons. These reasons often include the lack of ability to upgrade because of a lack of technical skills through to associated costs. Upgrading Microsoft Exchange is notoriously expensive and the upgrades usually involve a number of hidden costs. Just the other day, I had a phone call from someone considering upgrading Microsoft Exchange to Lotus Notes. When I asked why, the responded by saying that the Microsof [read] Keywords: domino lotus notes application desktop exchange exchange microsoft outlook server
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If you think that Lotus Notes is “clunky” consider doing what I have just done
Thu, Aug 26th 2010 12:53a   Vaughan Rivett
Today, I upgraded Lotus Notes from 8.5.1 to 8.5.2 on my Apple MacBook.  I was looking forward to some of the new features such as being able to replicate multiple databases at once, however, there was a surprise which has made me really happy. In the past I found Lotus Notes on the Apple Mac seemed to go crazy on memory and CPU usage (even though I tweaked the jvm properties file).  However, since upgrading to 8.5.2 it is a very different experience.  CPU usage is sitting below 6% (with othe [read] Keywords: lotus notes apple application applications linux mac macbook properties
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Yesterday I sold Lotus Notes to a new Lotus Notes customer
Tue, Aug 24th 2010 3:20p   Vaughan Rivett
Once again, Lotus Notes seems to be gaining momentum here in New Zealand.  Yesterday I was able to sell Lotus Notes to a new customer.  Now I know what some of my readers are likely to say about this, but, this was a license only sale on my part. The customer had someone internally who had Lotus Notes experience due to the ability to use the Lotus Notes designer client for free.  This has now meant that the company this person works for has adopted the technology based on the application whic [read] Keywords: lotus notes application
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Lotus Domino Server HTML email formatting – who has the fix?
Mon, Aug 23rd 2010 7:31p   Vaughan Rivett
About a year ago I read a blog post in which someone said that they had something (possibly a DLL) which could be installed onto a Lotus Domino Server to correct an issue with HTML formatting not looking the best when it had been sent out through SMTP on Domino. At the time I think that they may have been offering it free of charge to other IBM business partners.  However, I have a client who requires this and I cannot remember who was offering it.  I am hoping that someone out there might be [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus email server smtp
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Lotus knows how to do business in the cloud
Fri, Aug 20th 2010 4:29a   Vaughan Rivett
One of my co-workers was joking with me about Lotus Notes today.  He was sarcastically telling me that “Lotus Notes can do everything”.  This is because he knows this is what I think!  And ………. he is jealous that he doesn’t have the awesome devine appointment of being a Lotus Guru. I thought that I would rub it in a little bit.  When he left his office for the day I put up a poster in the window entitled “Lotus Knows how to do business in the cloud& [read] Keywords: lotus notes office
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My experience of moving a machine to the Amazon cloud
Sun, Aug 15th 2010 3:48p   Vaughan Rivett
The other day I wrote a post about my plans to move the machine which hosts my blog to the Amazon EC2 cloud service.  After several hours of trying to do so, with limited success, I have aborted my plans. This is not to say that it was not possible, however, I would say that it was not as easy as I thought it should have been.  However, I did learn a lot and I would expect that another attempt would be a lot more straight forward based on what I now know. The thing that kept on going through m [read] Keywords: domino lotus application server
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Sitting in a food court making the most of my time thanks to GTD, Lotus Notes and eProductivity
Thu, Aug 12th 2010 12:23a   Vaughan Rivett
Right now it is about 8:00am in the morning and I am sitting in a food court in Wellington outside a shop which I am waiting to open its doors. Okay, the word waiting is probably not the best word when it comes to describing what I am doing.  I am in fact getting a lot done.  I have just been through my tasks using the GTD (Getting things done) methodology with the help of eProductivity. Thinking back over a year ago, I would just be sitting waiting and the time would have been unproductive. [read] Keywords: lotus notes application email laptop office




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