We hope you are enjoying the ISSL@Lotusphere speaker blog series and can see the depth of experience, expertise, and knowledge ISSL always brings to this event. With this entry, we would like to introduce Gideon Sheps.
Gideon Sheps joined IBM 2.5 years ago as part of an acquisition of a small company, Outblaze, whose email and cloud services technology is now part of LotusLive. Gideon had been with Outblaze for 5 years prior to that acquisition. He currently resides in Toronto, Canada.
Gideon has been working in the IT industry for 25 years, largely for smaller companies and startups - several of which he helped found. He has designed, developed, or been involved in companies developing systems over a wide range of areas from ERP, Financial systems (general banking to online trading of currency & bonds) to Learning Management Systems to Email and online portal services at Outblaze. He has been working on web/cloud delivered services since 1999.
Gideon is LotusLive certified, having helped develop the first and subsequent certification exams. His prior work experience includes working for Sybase in Hong Kong from 1995-2000 in professional services, as regional lead for data warehousing and systems architecture practices. He was also an internal ISO 9001 TickIT auditor for Sybase.
This is Gideon's third time attending Lotusphere, and his second time presenting. He first presented at LS 2010 which was a technical presentation about LotusLive iNotes email. At Lotusphere 2011, Gideon attended a great range sessions on IBM products he did not have a lot of familiarity with before. And now, at LS12, he is presenting again.
In his spare time, kids and family are Gideon's main focus. His younger son has autism, so that consumes a fair amount of extra time - and it is the driver behind many of his other non-work activities. Gideon was on the Autism Speaks Toronto Walk Now for Autism organisation committee for 3 years with 2 years as co-chair. He has been on the Family Advisory Council of the Holland-Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital in Toronto for 6 years now, where he has been able to use his specific skills participating in their strategic IT planning. Consequently, he is currently on the steering committee of their electronic health records initiative.
For Lotusphere 2012, we asked Gideon what he has in store for attendees. Here is what he says you can expect to get from his session with co-presenter Dave Durazzano.
ID237 IBM LotusLive Social Business Collaboration Platform Deep Dive
Take an in-depth tour of IBM LotusLive, IBM's Social Business Collaboration Platform. In this session, we will demonstrate the latest features, the most compelling functionality and show real business value through use cases, business partner integrated services and show you how LotusLive can help transform your business into a social business in the cloud. You will see examples of how businesses such as the Canadian Council of Comptrollers, the Schulich School of Business and others are leveraging LotusLive to be more connected to their franchises, and work more closely with partners and vendors to complete projects more efficiently to derive real business value. We'll show you how colleagues participate in communities of interest, collaborate between companies, self discover expertise and topic matter to solve problems and apply business rules such as information managment controls to the LotusLive environment. Join us in this demonstration packed in-depth tour of LotusLive.
Speakers: Gideon Sheps & Dave Durazzano
Date: Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Time: 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Location: S. Hem IV- V
With all the action going on at Lotusphere, why should attendees go to your session?
Gideon says: "Buying subscriptions and handing out accounts is the easy part of adopting Social Business. Getting people to make it a part of their daily work lives and making it a tool set that really delivers business value is harder to do. People are resistant to change, we all know that, and business processes are even more resistant to change because they involve many people. There are no rules and no right and wrong to setting up or using Social Business tools like LotusLive. How your business is organized, what you expect to use these tools for (internal only or collaborating with outside business partners, suppliers or clients) will all have different 'best practices' - so how does someone who wants to go down this path decide what to do?
In my job I've worked directly with a number of our clients, over the last 2 years, both before and after they bought the service to help them get their social business up and running quickly and smoothly. I'll be bringing examples from government, education, small business and large business as to what their experiences have been and what they found to be best practices for their situation. I'm going to talk about what work and what didn't - because even features that work well for some cases don't always work well for others.
Dave Durrazzano, a senior product manager for the LotusLive collaboration services will be presenting with me. He'll present on new and improved features, so you know what's out there to use, and I'll build on that to show our audience how the service is actually being used and what real customers have decided works best for their specific environments and users.
I'm also bringing along the Executive Director for IT from the Schulich School of Business - where they are using LotusLive Engage with students from first year to Executive MBA. He'll be talking about their experience.
Even though we're focused on the cloud solution, much of what you will hear is equally applicable to customers considering a private cloud or on premises deployment of social technology.
So, if you have made the commitment or are still kicking tires, this is a good session to come to in order to get a view into how others are already doing it, and to pick up ideas as to how you can make the adoption of social business in your organization smoother and more successful.
After the talk, or at the Meet the Developers Lab (ISSL table), I would welcome anyone who wants to talk through their own needs and environment. I can only talk about a small sampling in the time available on stage, but I'm there all week if you want a conversation more tailored to your specific needs."
Find out about all of ISSL's Lotusphere 2012 activities and sessions here.