Knowledge Shared is Power
Steve Cogan 2700000Q3G firstname.lastname@example.org Tags:  london user-group social uk connections ibm social-business 815 Visits
I currently tend to Tweet more often as @stevecogan - but interrupting that stream of micro-blogging to point you to a new user group, focusing on IBM Connections.
As befits a social software solution - the group is known as 'Social Connections'. See their website here: http://socialconnections.info/events/sc.nsf/home.xsp
Steve Cogan 2700000Q3G email@example.com Tags:  connections connections2.5 free webinar upgrade 629 Visits
This is the way social networking goes...
Saw Stuart McIntyre's Twitter update on a Lotus Connections upgrade webinar (2.0 -> 2.5), which led to his blog post. Which referenced our forthcoming free webinar we'll be running via our LotusLive webconferencing solution.
For the sign-up details check out this page from IBM support.
Steve Cogan 2700000Q3G firstname.lastname@example.org Tags:  support lotus webcast best-practice 610 Visits
When I hear 'open-mic' I usually think of stand-up comedy. (For my UK readers, I bear no relation to a comedian of a similar name to mine, and only get it mentioned roughly 50% of new people I'm introduced to.) Well, best-practices are no laughing matter. The Lotus Support Technical Exchange team take sharing their expertise seriously enough to regularly hold public webcasts and conference calls on useful topics, such as a forthcoming call on best practices around Sametime on VMware. (See, I avoided having to differentiate between virtualisation and virtualization there!)
This Sametime call is on December 16th - details here.
The list of up coming (& recorded calls from the recent past) can be found here. Past topics include; Connections, Notes-Domino, WCM Portal - so a good chunk of the portfolio then.
Steve Cogan 2700000Q3G email@example.com Tags:  lotusphere social-bookmarking connections 4 Comments 994 Visits
Apologies for the blogging hiatus, but I've been busy, busy. What have I been upto? Well, for one, discovering that dipping into the stream of comments in Twitter leads to lots of interesting conversations, plus links to add to my Dogear bookmarks. Apart from that I've been head down in day to day work ranging from Connections to Expeditor. Oh, and dropped in at the recent Web2.0 Expo in Berlin a few weeks ago!
But the main point of this post is to point you at the blog of my colleague, the one, the only - Luis Benitez, over at 'Socialize Me'. I'll forgive him for the US English spelling there, sure there's some song about tomatoes and potatoes... ;-) Or perhaps something about Zed versus Zee? (In case you haven't guessed I'm from the UK...)
Luis has an excellent run-down here on the Connections sessions lined up at this year's Lotusphere conference. For the uninitiated, it's THE annual Lotus conference, run by IBM and lives in DisneyWorld - Florida. I was lucky enough to get there this year, although January does seem like an awfully long time ago. Without disparaging other conferences, the challenge for me (& others I compared notes with) is not finding a session I can get worked up enough to visit - but planning sessions well enough so I can dash between them with enough time to attend everything I want.
Should I make it to Lotusphere2009, will do my best to attend ID304 - What's Next with Lotus Connections, Suzanne is an excellent presenter and gave a great account of herself at this year's Enterprise2.0 conference.
What's the social software connection? Well, I happened to bump into - sometimes hard to do when there are around 7 or 8,000 other attendees around you! - another Luis. (I'm 3rd on the left, thanks to Flickr)
This Luis, is someone I mentioned in my first KSP blog post. Actually, the more I delve into social software, and networking, the more links and common ground I naturally find. Twitter is a great example of that for me, as I've recently started to expand my list of followers and friends, with more and more people 'de-cloaking', as one of my colleagues puts it, who I've either met or actually interacted with.
Anyway, back to the day-job. Will promise to check in again soon :-)
When discussing "Web2.0" I've heard people looking for the value justification once they've moved past the so-called hype-cycle. Well, a last minute invite dropped into my in-box today (should REALLY have been notified via an RSS/ATOM feed, but I'm just being picky!) offering a free webinar by the well known "Dr Dobb's journal" - in conjunction with IBM - on this very subject.
Broadcast Date: Wednesday, September 24, 2008
More details and (*free*) registration available here. I can, however, reveal that speakers and topics include mashups, tools and the community based, Project Zero.
A key line for me was discussing re-use and the value that brings to the business,