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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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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Trending Sources

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 ).

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

Elsua

Luis will be driving the successful adoption of Connections across IBM, in support of our Workplace of the Future goals of transforming the way employees work in a globally integrated enterprise. IBM Learning Open Business This is it! The moment of truth! The wait is over.

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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. IBM Innovation Learning Open Busines

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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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IBM Connections Conversations - 2: Overview of Next Release

Portals and KM

One of the enablers of this tighter integration is the use of Connections with the OpenSocial Foundation,  a standards board that IBM  and other firms such as Microsoft, Google, Atlassian, and Jive collaboratively develop or utilize.

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IBM Lotusphere and IBM Connect 2011 – The Agendas #ls12 #ibmconnect

Elsua

This year, more than ever, we will be seeing how Lotusphere has become more socialised than ever before and the IBM Connect parallel event that got kicked-off last year surely has improved, and tremendously!, Both Lotusphere and IBM Connect are already here!

IBM at 100 – Where The Wild Ducks Go

Elsua

Today is IBM ‘s 100th anniversary (Check #ibm100 on Twitter to see how folks are celebrating such massive achievement ). Happy 100th Year, My Dear IBM! Go ahead and start following it, if you would want to be in the know of what’s happening out there in the IBM world.

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

Michael Sampson - Currents

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. Use search to discover and join a community in IBM Connections that holds professional interest. Adoption IBM Connections

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

Elsua

Louis got us all three organised (without even sending a single email across, by the way, but collaborating through IBM Connections Activities < W00t! IBM Innovation Learning Open Business Travelling

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IBM MobileFirst

Michael Sampson - Currents

Late last week IBM announced a sweeping initiative in the mobile space : " IBM today unveiled IBM MobileFirst, the most comprehensive mobile portfolio that combines security, analytics and app development software, with cloud-based services and deep mobile expertise. Today’s move by IBM builds off of its experience helping nearly 1,000 customers become mobile enterprises, and takes advantage of its thousands of mobile experts and 270 patents in wireless innovations.

BlueIQ at IBM Finally Goes External!

Elsua

So, as I am ramping up the last few hours of my holidays, yesterday afternoon I found out, through my colleagues, that, after a long while, our IBM Social Software Internal Adoption Program is now ready to transcend the firewall and go external. Welcome everyone to BlueIQ at IBM!

IBM Connections Conversations - 3: Analytics + Social

Portals and KM

This is the third of a three part series on IBM Connections , their collaboration platform. There will be a starting collection of metric reports but then community managers will be able to choose more from numerous (just in case we need to shorten the list I'd prefer to be more generic here) options that can be implemented by the system administrator, IBM’s Cognos is providing this capability in the background.

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

Elsua

What’s the IBM story? Not to mention business partners and / or fellow IBM colleagues! There are lots of things I would be sharing about IBM’s Lotusphere main theme for this year on Get Social.

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

Elsua

But for the rest, I will be talking about it at a later time in a number of different articles, like I mentioned above. to a smashing, talented, gifted group of individuals who are taking brand advocacy into new levels: the IBM Champions for Collaboration Solutions.

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Doing Business with IBM Connections Workshop in Switzerland – hosted by WebGate

Michael Sampson - Currents

Today I presented the Doing Business with IBM Connections workshop in Switzerland, at the invitation of WebGate Consulting. WebGate is an IBM Premier Business Partner active in Switzerland and beyond. Roman was very supportive of me doing so, and the room looked quite different / gave off a very different “look, feel, and vibe” to anyone entering the room. IBM Connections Michael''s Happenings Uncategorized

Viewing Activities in IBM Connections as a Kanban Board

Michael Sampson - Currents

ISW Development, the team behind the Kudos Badges gamification engine for IBM Connections, has recently taken the wraps of its IBM Connect 2014 announcement: Kudos Boards. The new offering transforms Activities in IBM Connections into a visual drag-and-drop Kanban Board style interface, for new ways of working with tasks and entries. Sometimes users want to look at things in a slightly different way or organise the Activity slightly differently.

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Enterprise 2.0: Two Success Stories on Connecting People with People to Make a Difference!

Elsua

It’s amazing how, in most cases, we may all be working for different companies, different industries, different business areas, yet our challenges all seem to be down to the same dead-end: the corporate culture AND how to change it to make it more 2.0

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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. John, Thanks for your response to my question about user adoption among customers using IBM Connections. 2012) , user adoption is a challenge faced by organizations using IBM Connections, Microsoft SharePoint, Socialtext, and many other offerings. For the second group, my recommendation is different.

IBM’s Lotusphere 2011 Highlights – A Proposal for DIA Now Delivered Successfully!

Elsua

If you would remember, a couple of weeks back, I mentioned how I was making my way to Orlando, FL, to attend IBM’s Lotusphere 2011 event, as part of my yearly pilgrimage to one of *the* top notch Enterprise Collaboration conferences out there nowadays!

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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. I am very pleased to be back again after the last two years thanks to IBM’s support. Alistair Rennie, IBM General Manager led the opening session which began with a very loud and good rock band.

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Notes on ID301 What's New and Coming in IBM Connections

Michael Sampson - Currents

Luis Benitez and David Brooks are talking about upcoming capabilities in the next version of IBM Connections. The wider platform is the IBM Platform for Social Business - including social networking, social analytics, social content, and one more. Surveys can have questions of different types (date, text, tick box, etc.). - files that are shared with someone will be automatically downloaded to the user's computer, using IBM Connections File Sync. -.

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

Michael Sampson - Currents

At the time I was starting to formulate the idea of writing a series of 100-page reports evaluating the efficacy of different collaboration products. 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."

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IBM XWork Server - for Web and Mobile Applications

Michael Sampson - Currents

Ed Brill of IBM announced the IBM XWork Server , a new server in the IBM Lotus Domino 8.5.3 It's designed to reinvigorate the ISV channel around developing applications on Domino: " Tomorrow, IBM will announce IBM XWork Server 8.5.3.

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The Beginning of a New Work Adventure – Joining panagenda!

Elsua

They primarily focus on helping organisations understand and make sense of the different IT and Collaboration solutions they may have been using over the course of time in order to help accelerate and improve their various business transformation processes and tooling.

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IBM’s Social Business Jam – Are You Jamming Yet?

Elsua

Of course, I am talking about IBM’s Lotusphere 2011 conference event that took place from January 30th till February 3rd and my short visit to Morristown, New Jersey, to conduct a couple of workshops for some customers on The Social Enterprise and Social Software Adoption.

Collaborative Decision Making - the IBM Approach

Michael Sampson - Currents

IBM is hosting a webinar next week on making decisions collaboratively using Cognos Business Intelligence and Lotus Connections : " IBM Cognos Business Intelligence provides built-in collaborative and social networking capabilities to fuel the exchange of ideas and knowledge that naturally occurs in decision-making processes today. That's a bit on the nose, sorry IBM. a broad set of social networking capabilities available through integration with IBM Connections ").

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How Social Networking Can Improve Work Meetings

Elsua

You may be thinking that one of the disadvantages of having moved into this new job as Lead Social Business Enabler at IBM is that I basically spend far too much time meeting up with my new team. But there are different ways of showing and demonstrating that.

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The Soft Skills of Collaboration and The Social Enterprise

Elsua

Express the same context in different ways, using different tones and wording to determine tone vs. content comfort&#. Take IBM (My current employer), for instance. IBM Innovation Knowledge Management Knowledge Tools Learning Personal KM Productivity Tools Social Enterprise

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Life Without eMail – 5th Year Progress Report – The Community, The Movement

Elsua

A couple of months back I was talking about this with one of my fellow IBM colleagues, and very good friend, Rawn Shah , and while brainstorming on something that I am hoping to be able to share very soon (Which I am sure plenty of folks out there have been waiting for it for a while!),

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There Can Be No Resilience Without Transformation

Elsua

A couple of days back, I celebrated my fourth month on the new job as a Lead Social Business Enabler at IBM and it just feels like such a long long time ago already. Why have we stopped this absolutely inspirational journey to go out there and keep making a difference?

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The Future of Work Is Learning

Elsua

IBM Innovation Knowledge Management Knowledge Tools Learning Life Personal KM Productivity Tools Social Enterprise

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Adaptation: The Key to Become a Socially Integrated Enterprise

Elsua

Social Business Adoption is, indeed, a topic that truly fascinates me to no end, since forever, as you can see from all of the various areas it covers as mentioned above with the different links to plenty, and rather interesting, reads I have gone through over time.

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Dear Social Business Evangelist, Where Art Thou?

Elsua

We may have prepared rather well the way for those various different waves of (early) adopters, but our job is far from done! IBM Innovation Learning Life Social Enterprise Travelling

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Why Do I Share My Knowledge?

Elsua

However, if I come to think about what drives me to share my knowledge out in the open over the last 15 years that I have been working in the corporate world, the motivators are sligthly different. IBM Innovation Knowledge Management Learning Life Open Business

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Why Social Business Keeps Failing to Deliver

Elsua

Aren’t we making it far too complicated, and, perhaps almost impossible, for future generations of the workplace to make a difference and have a significant impact? To think and act in a completely different way than what we have been doing for ages?

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Leadership Thoughts: Master the Art of Active Listening

Elsua

As usual, it’s the yearly pilgrimage to Orlando, Florida, to attend IBM’s event of events in the space of Social Business and Social Collaboration, formerly known as Lotusphere, now morphed into IBM Connect 2013 (Check out the stunning agenda put together so far!).

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Lotusphere and IBM Connect 2012 Highlights – Back to Basics of Conferences! #ls12 #ibmconnect

Elsua

As more and more blog posts are starting to come along sharing further insights on some of the major highlights from the recent IBM Lotusphere and IBM Connect 2012 events held last week in Orlando, Florida, I guess it’s now time for me to start sharing my two cents on what both events were like, what I learned, what I thought were some pretty interesting developments and happenings, as well as a bunch of other tidbits that I think would prove useful to share over here in this blog.

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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