IBM Connect 2013 Conference Highlights – Adoption, Adoption, Adoption! #ibmconnect


Well, nothing more than plenty of wonderful conversation after conversation around perhaps what I feel has been the main theme throughout the event: Social Business Adoption!

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Use and Adoption of IBM Connections – A Survey

Michael Sampson - Currents

I am running a research survey on how organizations are using IBM Connections. The survey has 17 questions, spread across four pages: – Demographics and Current State of Connections. – Current and Forecasted Use of IBM Connections. – Upgrading to Connections 5.0. On the front page of the survey it says: “ IBM Connections is a widely used collaboration and social business platform. IBM Connections

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Use and Adoption of IBM Connections: State of the Market 4Q2014

Michael Sampson - Currents

A couple of months ago I kicked off a global survey on the use and adoption of IBM Connections. The report contents includes: - Use and Adoption of IBM Connections: About the Survey. Business Activities Supported by IBM Connections. Employee Use of IBM Connections. Versions of IBM Connections Being Used Among Organizations. Plans to Upgrade to IBM Connections 5.0. - Key Features in IBM Connections 5.0. - Published November 2014.

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A Roadmap for Organizations Using IBM Connections Who Are Facing User Adoption Problems: Two Pathways

Michael Sampson - Currents

I was talking to a colleague last week about how customers who are using IBM Connections were going from an adoption perspective. Since I have written books on this, and run workshops with organizations to help with approaching the user adoption challenge, I have an interest in spreading great practices to solve this problem. Just about every Connections account I am aware of is having user adoption problems - or have they adopted the product as far as they want to go?

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User Adoption Strategies in June with Silverside

Michael Sampson - Currents

In June I will be presenting the User Adoption Strategies Workshop twice in Rotterdam, in partnership with Silverside. The workshop will be presented for two different audiences: – Wednesday June 10, for customers with IBM Connections, SmartCloud, and Sametime.

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Easy First Steps – a User Adoption Strategy (and what IBM is doing in IBM Connections with Touchpoint)

Michael Sampson - Currents

In my User Adoption Strategies book I write about many strategies that can be used to encourage user adoption of new collaborative tools and approaches. Let’s use IBM Connections as an example when considering how the strategy could be used. IBM Connections offers capabilities that can be used across a broad variety of business scenarios, but this breadth can also be intimidating. Invite a colleague to join her in IBM Connections. Adoption IBM Connections

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LeasePlan's Approach to Adoption of Social Business with IBM Connections

Michael Sampson - Currents

Conference in Boston, Vim de Gier from LeasePlan talked about their approach to rolling out IBM Connections. One of Vim's main points was the importance of "adoption, adoption, adoption," and he went on to explain some of the strategies they used - including the wider strategy of making it about business, the use of real-to-life scenarios, and executive support. User Adoption User Adoption StrategiesA couple of weeks ago at the Enterprise 2.0

A Call to Organizations with IBM Connections - How Are You Approaching User Adoption? #connections #useradoption

Michael Sampson - Currents

I am currently running a survey on how organizations approach user adoption for collaboration tools. Many people have filled out the survey in the past couple of months, but I only have 25 responses from organizations using IBM Connections. Here's an offer for organizations with IBM Connections. If I can get more than 100 respondents using IBM Connections to complete the survey, I will run a special webinar just for IBM Connections customers on the survey results.

2012 136

British Gas, Yammer, and Adoption Approach

Michael Sampson - Currents

Simply Communicate details the adoption approach at British Gas for Yammer. I picked out the following strategies (see my book User Adoption Strategies for an explanation of each strategy ): - Appointing an adoption analyst for British Gas (Liam, as above).

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Bayer Material Science Adopts Lotus Connections - An Update on Value and Adoption

Michael Sampson - Currents

Last November, I pointed to the announcement that Bayer Material Science in Germany was implementing Lotus Connections. This was of particular interest to me since I frequently hear about how the "privacy laws" in Germany make the adoption of collaboration and social tools inside organizations difficult. Lotus Connections followed an earlier attempt using different technology - which was more about knowledge management. Adoption now stands at 2600.

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Speaking at. AusLUG 2012 on IBM Connections and User Adoption

Michael Sampson - Currents

In late March, I'll be speaking at AusLUG 2012 in Melbourne on user adoption for IBM Connections. I will be there just for the 29th - flying in early, flying out late - and my session is: " Industry analysts and leading organizations agree: IBM Connections is a fantastic product for Social Business and organizational collaboration. If it's not, the risk of failure is high, and the promise of Connections remains just wishful thinking.

2012 109

Social Connections VI – Prague

Michael Sampson - Currents

When the tour was originally under design, the intent was to align it with Social Connections VI – which at one point was going to be held in mid May. I very much enjoyed participating in Social Connections V in Zurich last June, so would have loved to participate again … but it isn’t to be this time. Anyway, the Social Connections VI production team has recently published the schedule for the two day conference in Prague (June 16-17).

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Social Connections VI – From Adoption to Adaptation, from Enablement into Engagement, while #WOLWeek Kicks Off


And yet, while the journey has been incredibly good fun all along, never mind the massive learning experience, here I am preparing, non-stop, for the next business trip just around the corner: Social Connections VI. That’s why I am pretty excited to share over here in this blog additional details about my upcoming business trip to Prague (From June 15th till the 20th) to participate at the upcoming Social Connections VI event. My goodness!

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Notes on CCS112 IBM Connections Rollout and Adoption at Colgate

Michael Sampson - Currents

Mitch Cohen presented on the rollout and adoption of Connections at Colgate. My notes on Mitch's session: - Are getting ready for Connections 4.0. It's not intuitive about how you could use Connections. -. Set up stations on Mail, Protector, Mobile, and Connections. Various things, including Connections 4.0 Conference Notes Lotus User AdoptionI arrived 5-7 minutes late, so missed the first piece.

2012 109

Open Business – From Adoption into Adaptation


So far, the journey has been incredibly fascinating, if anything, because we are just about to enter the last stage of Social Business Adoption and Enablement: Adaptation. We are not doing Adoption per se anymore, specially, driving adoption.

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Adoption Strategy for Office 365 at Merck

Michael Sampson - Currents

Here’s the paragraphs in the announcement about the user adoption approach: Merck is using Office 365 to replace a group of disconnected technologies including Lotus Notes, Sametime, and WebEx, that we had deployed over the years. With the Microsoft solution, we will have a completely new way of working together once all components of the Connect 15 program are rolled out. Adoption Microsoft Office 365

2015 141

User Adoption Strategies for Lotus Connections

Michael Sampson - Currents

Earlier this week, The UC View published my article on Lotus Connections, with a focus on end user adoption strategies. It's called From Intermittent to Connected — Help Your Users Embrace Lotus Connections , and is available to subscribers to The UC View. Here's the overview: " Convincing end users to adopt new social software tools such as IBM Lotus Connections can be challenging. Tags: Enterprise Collaboration lotus connections

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Notes on BP304 Become a Social Business: Leverage User Adoption Through Gamification

Michael Sampson - Currents

Sasja Beerendonk, a collaboration consultant at e-office , is talking about the role of gamification in achieving user adoption. Focus is on how to use gamification to drive user adoption of IBM Connections. Sasja's work is about helping companies with user adoption.

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DomainPatrol Social for IBM Connections

Michael Sampson - Currents

Infoware released an updated version of DomainPatrol Social for IBM Connections. DomainPatrol Social is an uber-admin toolkit for working with, managing, and leveraging content in IBM Connections, providing capabilities not available out-of-the-box in Connections. Capabilities include: – New support for IBM Connections 5 CR2. See page 19 in Use and Adoption of IBM Connections: State of the Market 4Q2014. IBM Connections

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User Adoption Workshop in London

Michael Sampson - Currents

On Monday I presented a User Adoption Strategies workshop in London with a focus on social business and collaboration. There were about 24 people in the room, and during the day we talked through and explored a full range of topics on user adoption, including the context, a way of thinking about user adoption for the majority of people in firms, and various strategies for being effective with the adoption challenge. User Adoption

Just Two Days. User Adoption Strategies (2nd Edition) Almost Here

Michael Sampson - Currents

It's late Wednesday afternoon here in New Zealand, and in two days a delivery truck will be driving down the road above with boxes and boxes (and even more boxes) of my new book onboard: the second edition of User Adoption Strategies. A new chapter on measuring user adoption.

Heading to IBM Connect 2013

Michael Sampson - Currents

Late next week I head to IBM Connect 2013 , previously known as Lotusphere, in Orlando FL. A couple of other points of note: - There is a bookstore onsite at IBM Connect. I will be bringing across a limited number of copies of Collaboration Roadmap (2011) and User Adoption Strategies 2nd Ed. I will have a couple of copies of the in-progress manuscript for my latest book with me - Doing Business with IBM Connections. Roll on IBM Connect 2013.

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A Call to Organizations with IBM Connections - How Are You Approaching User Adoption? Update - Now at 88

Michael Sampson - Currents

From February 9 : I am currently running a survey on how organizations approach user adoption for collaboration tools. Many people have filled out the survey in the past couple of months, but I only have 25 responses from organizations using IBM Connections. Here's an offer for organizations with IBM Connections. The webinar will report on what organizations with IBM Connections are doing from an adoption perspective. So, if you use IBM Connections.

2012 114

Bloomfire Provides Comprehensive Knowledge Connections

Portals and KM

is a relatively new offering in the knowledge management space, founded in 2010, that is meeting a need that has remained with us for some time: how do you connect people with the knowledge they need to accomplish their work tasks? Bloomfire.

2013 208

The Essence of Connected Learning


It’s probably a good time now to, at long last, rethink the Essence of Connected Learning. The Essence of Connected Learning from DML Research Hub on Vimeo. . Talking about Connected Learning.

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It is done. The History of Doing Business with IBM Connections (2013)

Michael Sampson - Currents

This idea built on my 7 Pillars framework, and the initial work in the first edition of User Adoption Strategies. He thought it was a good idea, and my time billing system says that I spent 20 minutes the next day "thinking about a book on IBM Connections." The book is finally finished.

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Sponsors at Social Connections V (Zurich)

Michael Sampson - Currents

Social Connections V is a user group conference, which does not charge a conference fee. Here''s the vendors that were on the showcase floor: - Ephox, showing EditLive for IBM Connections. It''s an add-in for IBM Connections that brings rich text editing into the Connections tools. It''s a tool that accelerates user adoption. Takes scanned documents and routes it to Connections Files, Content Manager, or FileNet. Conference Notes IBM Connections

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Case Study - IBM Connections at CEMEX

Michael Sampson - Currents

Christopher talks about the use and adoption of IBM Connections at CEMEX , a global building materials company: " Founded more than 100 years ago in northern Mexico, CEMEX is the third-largest building materials company in the world, and the world’s top supplier of ready-mix concrete, with annual sales topping $15 billion. CEMEX created a platform for a social-based internal collaboration called Shift, based on IBM Connections social software. ".

2013 130

IBM Takes the Wraps off Connections 4

Michael Sampson - Currents

In late August I posted about the imminent release of Version 4 of IBM Connections, a suite of applications that supports team collaboration, enterprise community formation, and social sharing in a business context. Here's what I think is most interesting in IBM Connections 4: 1.

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Enabling Early Adopters to Lead Your Change Initiatives


You are now ready then to execute on enabling your early adopters to help you transform your business…. The purpose of the community is that one of connecting, learning, collaborating and sharing with others what they are working on.

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Review of Doing Business with IBM Connections (2013) - Luis from the IBM Connections Team

Michael Sampson - Currents

Thanks to a long flight yesterday, Luis Benitez, a Social Software Product Manager at IBM, finished my book on IBM Connections. The book is intended for collaboration strategists, line of business managers and users of IBM Connections. This book provides independent advice on how to drive business with IBM Connections, accelerate adoption, and reduce time to value. ". IBM Connections

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Doing Business with IBM Connections - An Update

Michael Sampson - Currents

It's been a month since I announced that my next book is for business people using IBM Connections. Second, I decided to insert a new chapter 13 to deal with many other uses for IBM Connections. This means that the book starts with a broad overview of the features of Connections 4, then drills deeply into ten core Collaboration Scenarios (ten ways of using a variety of features), and then ends with a broad overview of possible uses. IBM Connections

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User Adoption Strategies Workshop in Gouda with Silverside (June 26, 2013)

Michael Sampson - Currents

In conjunction with Silverside in Netherlands, I will be presenting a one-day User Adoption Strategies Workshop in Gouda on June 26. IBM Connections, ditto. Workshop - User Adoption Strategies - Michael Sampson from Silverside. Upcoming Events User Adoption User Adoption StrategiesThe details are now live, and registration is open. I'm looking forward to being back in the Netherlands for this workshop.

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IBM Connect 2013 - Some Thoughts

Michael Sampson - Currents

I'm attending IBM Connect as an analyst, so heres's my thoughts: 1. There are a lot of customer case studies being presented at IBM Connect; I'm looking forward to hearing as many as I can. Adoption is essential. A few years ago I wrote the book on user adoption strategies for new collaboration technology, so the importance of adoption is not lost on me. This isn't Lotusphere anymore. Lotusphere was about Notes and Domino.

2013 140

IBM Connect 2015 in Netherlands – My Talk on IBM Verse

Michael Sampson - Currents

On Tuesday June 9 I will be in Utrecht, attending and speaking at the IBM Connect 2015 event in the Netherlands. In this talk, Collaboration Strategist Michael Sampson examines how to apply User Adoption approaches to the implementation of IBM Verse, thus moving the discussion beyond technology to gaining value. Collaboration Software Conferences & Events IBM Connections IBM Notes / Lotus Notes

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IBM Connect 2014 – I’ll Be Speaking

Michael Sampson - Currents

In a fortnight I leave for Florida to attend IBM Connect 2014. This is the third year I have attended Lotusphere / Connect, and for the first time I will be speaking too. I can’t yet find the session on the IBM Connect web site, but here’s the details and timing. Session Title: User Adoption Strategy and User Adoption Toolkit for IBM Connections.

2014 136

Reminder: SLA Virtual Conversation on User Adoption

Michael Sampson - Currents

Next week I will be speaking at an SLA event on user adoption strategies for collaboration tools: " During our one-hour conversation in October that will be facilitated by Karen Huffman, Chair of SLA's KM division, we will focus on strategies, roadmaps, and governance for adoption of collaborative tools irregardless of the application selected by an organization. Our challenge: Communicating and connecting with audiences over distance and time.

Lotus Connections Update from Lowe's Companies — "Valuable"

Michael Sampson - Currents

Lowe's , a major home improvement chain in the United States, implemented Lotus Connections in 2010 to support an enterprise collaboration strategy. Susan recently changed that, by posting about some of the value gained from Connections at Lowe's : " During beta tests, an enterprising Paint Department employee decided to try something new to demonstrate the ease of cleaning a Teflon paint tray. And without Connections, they wouldn't even know who their counterparts were.

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Collaboration Is More Important Than Ever – 3 Barriers To Adoption


The top 3 I hope one of these years we would be capable of moving away from, thanks to the increasing adoption of social computing tools within the enterprise.

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Culture Challenges and Adoption with Collaboration - A Response to Joe Leno

Michael Sampson - Currents

In my presentation, I chose not to talk about the tactical level of finding, connecting, and sharing. There are many tools to do that - such as Lotus Connections ( see re Lowe's ), SharePoint, Jive, and others. Connecting collaboration technology with real needs.

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IBM Connect 2013: My Opening Session Notes

Portals and KM

This is the first in a series of notes on IBM Connect 2013. Connection is key. I would add that application integration is an important part of this connection. Now they have introduced a best practice adoption program.

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The Digital Workplace in the Connected Organization – Part 1: Highlights

Portals and KM

Jane McConnell, Netstrategy/JMC, has recently published her excellent annual report, The Digital Workplace in the Connected Organization. Successful early adopters are operating within an open and participatory leadership model. The first is number one for early adopters.

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Notes on CUST119 Prudential: Thinking about Social Business Adoption? Don't Forget Enterprise Social Governance

Michael Sampson - Currents

PROFS in 1982, Notes from 1994 (60,000 users, 6400+ applications), Sametime in 1999, WebSphere Portal in 2002, and Connections in 2010 (about 25,000 users currently). came back a week later to show how IBM Connections could be used. Skinned Connections to look the same as current systems. Developed an Adoption and Governance Strategy. Conference Notes IBM ConnectionsJean Balbo from Prudential Financial is talking about enterprise social governance.

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