Social Connections Event 2012: Signs of a bright
future By Wannes Rams, Senior Consultant, GFI
Friday, November 30 was a
day marked in my calendar for months. Time for the fourth Social Connections event in Amsterdam! Living in Belgium, this was a perfect
opportunity for me, not too far from home!
The Social Connections conference is a user group event that was organized for
the first time on the Europe mainland, after
three versions on the British islands.
This user group focuses on IBM Connections and social business in
The first event was held in London in June 2011
with 60 attendees and drinks in the pub afterwards, the second one in Cardiff in December 2011
with 80 attendees. The third event was hosted in Dublin for 100 attendees.
This most recent event shows there is a bright future for social business and
IBM Connections. With 203 attendees from 16 countries representing 99 unique organizations
we have the proof that the interest in IBM Social software is growing.
As with every good user group the attendance was a good mix of customers, business
partners and IBMers all interested in IBM Connections, in all its aspects.
With three tracks, management sessions, case studies and technical sessions, there
was a session for everyone's interest all day long. The event featured 30 sessions
– all in one day!
The keynote session was given by Christopher Crummey and was a great start for
this event with some sneak previews on the future of the IBM social product
I was able to relax and enjoy some good sessions in the afternoon as I was on
stage myself on the technical track. The feedback I heard from visitors was 100
percent positive on the content and the quality of the organization. ICS Community
Manager, Joyce Davis also presented. She shared her experience in the blog as
Interested in learning more? Even if you didn’t attend, you can still check out
the presentations. Click here to see Joyce’s slides and mine, as well as many others.
I am already looking forward to the next one. The organizers are planning the
fifth event to take place in June 2013 in the United States.
(Don't forget - the flagship IBM Social Business conference is IBM Connect , taking place in Orlando, Fl, January 27 - 31, 2013.)
*Photo by event organizer, Stuart McIntyre
Wannes Rams is a senior consultant for GFI Benelux, an IBM
Premier Business Partner from Belgium.
He specializes in IBM Connections, Lotus Quickr, IBM Sametime and Social Business. He was also
a speaker @ BLUG. You can follow him on @wannesrams or wannesrams.blog.com
Wannes is an IBM Redbooks