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
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Steve Cogan 2700000Q3G email@example.com Tags:  london user-group social uk connections ibm social-business 498 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.
Steve Cogan 2700000Q3G firstname.lastname@example.org Tags:  connections connections2.5 free webinar upgrade 423 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 email@example.com Tags:  lotusphere social-bookmarking connections 4 Comments 715 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 :-)
Steve Cogan 2700000Q3G firstname.lastname@example.org Tags:  user-group royal-society edinburgh web2.0 mashups websphere free connections wug 412 Visits
The Websphere User Group in the UK is holding a meeting in Edinburgh on 17th September. I'd definitely recommend investigating the details and registering here.
I went to last year's event - which was also held at the Royal Society venue - and found many of the sessions informative. This year's line-up looks even better with hot topics such as Web2.0 & Mashups covered. In my opinion, the (*free!*) event strikes a good balance between product updates, and general industry concepts. There's also a session on Lotus Connections, with Adrian Spender from the Dublin labs presenting with his colleague Karim Heredia. Adrian was one of the key developers involved in the v2 release of Connections and the new homepage.
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The Enterprise2.0 conference is underway in Boston and I've been keeping up to date via colleagues' blogs, Twitter, and public media coverage.
What caught my eye was the coverage of Lotus Connections via Ed and Mac. Plus the positive piece on CIO.com:
"IBMs Lotus Connections looked, at minimum, a year or more ahead of SharePoint in its social computing capabilities out of the box."
Nice to see our peers in the industry with gracious remarks about Connections:
"Connections has a good-looking user interface that even Venky Veeraraghavan, program manager at SharePoint, admitted during his closing remarks are currently much better than SharePoint."