My New Cheese – Lead Social Business Enabler for IBM’s w3 and www Connections

Elsua

I am thrilled to announce that Luis Suarez is joining my team as Lead Social Business Enabler for w3 and www Connections. Luis will be an excellent champion for the CIO office as he helps to communicate our direction of becoming a truly social business and what it takes to get there.

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Can IBM Watson Workspace Save Our Productivity?

Elsua

Welcome to the wonderful brave new world of IBM’s Watson Workspace! . . Not replacing and wiping out entirely our human potential, but, instead, augmenting our capability through enhanced, trustworthy and advisory commentary from IBM Watson itself.

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Trending Sources

IBM Verse – It’s Here

Michael Sampson - Currents

A couple of weeks ago IBM released the first set of trial accounts for IBM Verse , its new Watson-powered email system for enterprises and individuals. The IBM marketing around Verse position it as a transformative approach to email, and a re-imagination of what email is like.

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Social Business in 2013 – An Opportunity (Open Business)

Elsua

This piece would also highlight a shift of focus and purpose for yours truly with regards to the overall theme of Social Networking for Business. And, yes, businesses eventually do. And that’s where Social Business kicks in. A business problem.

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Lead Social Business Enabler for IBM’s w3 and www Connections – Job Role and Responsibilities

Elsua

Now that the word is out there, and since I have been in the new job for a couple of weeks already, I guess it’s a good time to reflect on what does the Lead Social Business Enabler for IBM’s w3 and www Connections do on a daily basis in terms of my job role and responsibilities.

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IBM’s Social Business Jam – The Fun Part Starts Now!

Elsua

Yes, IBM ‘s Social Business Jam is now over, actually, it finished already on Friday noon EST last week, but the fun part starts now! IBM Innovation Knowledge Management Knowledge Tools Productivity Tools Social Computing

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IBM Verse – Email Reimagined

Michael Sampson - Currents

Of course I’m talking about the news and announcement from IBM around Mail Next, the code name for what has become IBM Verse. You can see the news and announcement directly from IBM, and find a whole lot of link love from others. I was pre-briefed on Mail Next last week, and was actually even in the crowd at IBM Connect in January this year when Mail Next was announced. It looks pretty, sure, and I commend IBM for making something so eye candy’ish.

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Social Business – *The* Ecosystem

Elsua

Well, more than anything else, because it’s probably one of the best, most comprehensive reads you will do to find out where Social Business comes from, where we are nowadays and what lies ahead as our next challenge. Digital Business: The Transactional Era.

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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. - Add-On Products for IBM Connections.

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Why Social Business Keeps Failing to Deliver

Elsua

I am starting to question the validity and merit of a good number of motives from companies to become successful social businesses, because in reality they aren’t. and Social Business are one of the main culprits why it’s taking us all so long to recover from this financial crisis?

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Badgeville Integrates with IBM Connections

Portals and KM

Recently I spoke with Chris Lynch about their integration with IBM Connections. I was especially interested in this as I covered Connections extensively (see first of recent three part series - IBM Connections Conversations 1: Review of 3.0 ).

IBM Connect 2013 Highlights – Pardon the Interruption in Social Business – The Recording #ibmconnect

Elsua

That’s how “ Pardon The Interruption in Social Business ” came into being and how it was a stunning success we can now go and treasure for a long while…. IBM Innovation Learning Open Business Travelling

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Dear Social Business Evangelist, Where Art Thou?

Elsua

There used to be a time when social business evangelists were perceived, mainly, as disruptors, to a certain degree, of any given status quo within the corporate environment out there at large. We are no longer seeing ourselves, social business evangelists as disruptors? Our business.

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IBM Covers the Transformation of Business Email

Portals and KM

Business email remains big despite some attempts to get stuff out of an overcrowded inbox.    As IBM mentioned, organizations still consider email to be their most important, mission-critical application. Ed said that IBM is working to embed these actions within email.

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IBM’s Client Experience Jam Is Now History

Elsua

Last week, IBM hosted the Client Experience Jam from March 12th to March 15th, to commemorate not only the 10th year anniversary of the first IBM Vales Jam , but also to help redefine those very same values that were established back then in 2003. into becoming an Open Business.

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Social Business, Where Do You Stand?

Elsua

A few days back, just before I embarked on to another business trip to both London (To attend and present at the #UCExpo event ) and Paris (To present at the Lotusphere Comes To You event ) – more on both of those wonderful events shortly!, So, dear social business, where do you stand?

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Reinventing Relationships with Social Business

Elsua

It’s been nearly two weeks already since the last time I put together a blog post over here, on purpose, and, yet again, another round of business trips is now done and dealt with. Still think we are living on a Social Business Era? .

IBM Connect 2013 – Pardon The Interruption, Are You Ready?

Elsua

On January 20th 1997, while I was holidaying in The Netherlands, I started my adventure into the corporate world with a new job at IBM, as a Customer Support Representative for the Mainframe. Perhaps even a bit on Open Business as well, why not? . IBM Open Business Travelling

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Social Business – Where Bosses and Managers Become Servant Leaders

Elsua

In the past we have talked a couple of times about the undeniable impact that social networking (for business) is having in traditional management and thought leadership by helping reshape and redefine some of their various long time existing conceptions.

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IBM Offers Analytics to Help Clients with Workforce Transformation

Portals and KM

Developed by IBM Research scientists, the software enables businesses to analyze massive amounts of data shared by employees. Another capability is a data-driven approach to understanding attrition patterns within a business.

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IBM’s Lotusphere 2011 Highlights – Get Social, Do Business!

Elsua

Another week on the road has just gone by without me hardly ever noticing it, as I was doing some more business travelling to both Madrid and Barcelona, meeting up with customers to talk further on around the subject of Social Computing and Social Software Adoption. Do Business!

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Social Business in 2013 – A Challenge

Elsua

More than anything else, because in the last three months, while I was mostly away from this blog, I kept bumping into a couple of relatively new challenges that I think are going to present lots of great opportunities for us all in the year ahead in the space of Social Business.

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Social Business in 2013 – A Commitment

Elsua

More than anything else, because over the course of the last few months, perhaps couple of years, I have seen very little of it, as I have blogged about a couple of times in articles like Why Social Business Keeps Failing to Deliver or Dear Social Business Evangelist, Where Art Thou?

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The Foreword for Doing Business with IBM Connections (2013) - by Jeff Schick

Michael Sampson - Currents

Thanks to Jeff Schick of IBM, all that happened earlier today. Here''s the Foreword that Jeff wrote for my new book - Doing Business with IBM Connections. Foreword - by Jeff Schick (IBM Corporation). I joined the Lotus team in 2006 to create the next generation of collaboration product that IBM would bring to market. This meant IBM needed to move beyond email and instant messaging. The IBM team kicked into high gear. IBM Software Group.

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Tough Week for IBM Notes

Michael Sampson - Currents

The third area involves high-level strategy work and research, helping businesses capitalise on technological change rather than just react to it. Two long-term Notes customers announced a shift away to something else over the past week.

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Open Business and The Power of Habit

Elsua

So when thinking about that Social / Open Business Transformation I just couldn’t help thinking whether we have got it figured out how we can inspire those new habits in terms of how people connect, collaborate and share their knowledge across.

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How connect.BASF Helped BASF Become a Social Business

Elsua

In the recent past I have been blogging over here a couple of times already on some of the amazing piece of work that BASF ( disclaimer: An IBM customer) has been doing over the course of the last year or so on becoming a Social Business and behave and act as such.

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The Rise of Trollmarketing and Trashtweeting on Business Social Media

Laurel Papworth- Social Network Strategy

When Apple ripped into IBM with the Superbowl 1984 Ad, it was a shocker to the world. This works – think football, sports in general – but what was fun in early Apple days against IBM, seems to reek of desperation today.

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Essential Qualities of Open Business Ambassadors

Elsua

After all, I committed this year to get rid of the Social Business moniker for myself, remember?, at IBM Connect a couple of weeks back, so better get things moving then. So what are some other key characteristics from Open Business Champions?

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IBM's Mike Rhodin on the Convergence of Social Business, Analytics and Commerce: Part One

Portals and KM

Over the last decade IBM has driven a significant transformation of its business model as they shifted to higher value areas, improved efficiencies, and invested in a number of firms to fill out their portfolio of software offerings. More recently, they are focusing a significant portion of their efforts on social business as I wrote about in my coverage of Lotusphere 2011.   We also discussed the convergence of social business and analytics. brought to business.

Business Can’t Succeed in a World That’s Failing

Elsua

One of my favourite topics du jour is that one of the Future of Work and, more specifically, how the world of Social Networking is helping redefine it by provoking one of the most profound business transformations we have lived through in our entire history.

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Open Business – From Adoption into Adaptation

Elsua

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. Social Business Mandates. ” Open Business #elsuasworkbook Hippie2.0

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IBM Lotusphere and CONNECT 2012 – Here We Go Again! #ls12 #IBMConnect

Elsua

I am on the road again on what means my first business trip of the year, with plenty more to come along over the next few months! Of course, I am talking about the IBM Lotusphere 2012 event , which this time around, also comes along with the second edition of the CONNECT 2012 event.

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IBM at 100 – Once an IBMer, Always an IBMer

Elsua

There I was, standing by the main entrance door at the IBM site in Zoetermeer, The Netherlands, wondering whether I made the right decision to enter the IT world or whether I would be regretting it for life. Like in almost any business, I am sure, the people who build and shape them!

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Social Business Begins by Unleashing Your Business Talent

Elsua

In “ Experimenting on Themselves &# Erica comes to describe one of my all time favourite programs inside IBM, which, in my opinion, has been much responsible for IBM’s breath-taking adoption of social software, technology and rampant innovation, over the course of the last 15 years!

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IBM Connect 2013: Tuesday Opening Session Notes

Portals and KM

This is another in a series of my notes on IBM Connect 2013. Bob Piccano, IBM General Manager led the opening session. The theme was the rise of social business - moving from liking to leading.    He has moved to a new post leading the big data efforts across IBM.

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Social Business Adoption – The Laggards, The Critics and The Skeptics

Elsua

and it’s rather interesting to see how almost three years later the challenge seems to be there still, alive and kicking: Social / Open Business Adoption is hard. Where is the business value? That you have got issues with Social then switch over to Open (Business).

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IBM Enables Cloud-based Social Business for Government

Portals and KM

IBM introduced a new set of social collaboration offerings on t he IBM Federal Community Cloud. The new set of social collaboration Cloud offerings on the IBM Federal Community Cloud addresses the Obama administration's drive to adopt a "cloud-first" policy that is designed to help the government reduce and consolidate its 2,100 data centers. IBM is now providing tools for organizations to collaborate both on premise and in the cloud.

The Future of the WorkPlace – Social Business

Elsua

Or not… Welcome to Social Business! Take a look into what IBM is doing at the moment with a new initiative they have been calling The Future of the Workplace. It’s just around the corner, if not there already … Welcome to Social Business!

Why I Fired Myself from IBM

Elsua

Most people may not know this, but back in June 2005, while I was still an IBM Netherlands employee, I got laid off and after having received the well-known compensation package I decided that I wasn’t ready, just yet, to leave the company. 9 years later, 4 different Lines of Business, and multiple other projects certainly would testify that it wasn’t my time just yet. So was it then my time, beginning of 2014, when I decided to quit IBM and move on?

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