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Can IBM Watson Workspace Save Our Productivity?


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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IBM’s Trip to Become A Socially Integrated Enterprise


Over the last couple of weeks there have been a number of rather interesting and insightful blog posts that have been covering IBM’s journey to become a social business. IBM Innovation Knowledge Management Knowledge Tools Learning 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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I Think I May Have Just Experienced The Future…


Have you ever heard about being empowered, as a human being, thanks to technology and the Internet, regardless of whatever you may be doing?

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


As you may remember from a previous blog post , I mentioned how late last year someone decided to move my cheese and how that turned around into becoming a very good opportunity for me to make the move into the next big thing. IBM Learning Open Business This is it! The moment of truth!

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


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


And like every year, it is time for that yearly pilgrimage to what, to me, is *the* main IBM event of events on the topics of Collaboration, Knowledge Sharing and Social Business and, specially, this time around more than ever. ” whenever we may bump into each other!

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IBM at 100 – Once an IBMer, Always an IBMer


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. Happy 100th year anniversary IBM! and on to the next 100 years, my dear IBM!

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Why I Fired Myself from IBM


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. So was it then my time, beginning of 2014, when I decided to quit IBM and move on? Somehow I felt The Call was near, so I may as well embrace it. Now, I could have stayed at IBM for another 5 or 10 years.

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IBM’s Lotusphere 2011 Highlights – People-Centric vs. Content-Centric by Louis Richardson


It was one of those great presentations that makes you think about the daily challenges we all face when confronting work and our own productivity and how by shifting gears and opening up to social tools, we may find plenty of solutions to the problems we face today.

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


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


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.

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


We may as well enjoy the ride along the way, right? Louis got us all three organised (without even sending a single email across, by the way, but collaborating through IBM Connections Activities < W00t! Oh, well, may be next time around!

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Europe in May 2014 – Seven Workshops, Three Countries

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It’s going to be a great – albeit full-on – visit in early May, and I’m greatly looking forward to it. I will be presenting three workshops in Norway with ISBG, from May 5 to May 7. Monday May 5, Collaboration Roadmap. Tuesday May 6, User Adoption Strategies. Wednesday May 7, Doing Business with IBM Connections. I will be presenting one workshop in Denmark with IntraVision, on May 13. Friday May 9.

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BlueIQ at IBM Finally Goes External!


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


What’s the IBM story? Not to mention business partners and / or fellow IBM colleagues! We may as well get it right this time around! 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


Either way, I am now back home, still in full recovery mode from 36 hours non stop return trip, but you may be wondering why I broke my voice on the first day of the event and what provoked it, right? IBM Innovation Open Business Travelling

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Second Blog Post on Doing Business with IBM Connections (2013) - Martin in London

Michael Sampson - Currents

A few hours ago, Martin White from Intranet Focus in the UK posted the second blog post I''ve seen on my new book, Doing Business with IBM Connections (2013). Here''s part of what Martin has to say: " 400 pages of text on IBM Connections could easily become overwhelming but Michael has used a concept from his book Seamless Teamwork in which a fictional company (in this case Albreto) is used throughout the book to ground it in reality. IBM Connections

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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 some ideas on possibilities, see Doing Business with IBM Connections (2013).

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


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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Time Flies When You Are Having Fun – Happy IBM Anniversary!


Happy IBM Anniversary to me! If someone would have told me that after IBM making its 100th anniversary last year , and with over 50% of its population less than 5 years in the company, while I just hit 15 years, I would have told them there would be no way for me to last that long!

My App Gap Posts for May 2011

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Here are my AppGap posts for May. Below are the ones for May. IBM Releases Social Jam 2011 Results. I am also writing in another Corante blog, FastForward (see right side bar for links), The AppGap posts began toward the end of January 2008.    Here, I am primarily doing product commentaries with a few other things thrown in. There will be more in June. Enterprise 2.0 Study Needs Participation. OutStart’s Hot Lava Provides Flexible Mobile Communication Platform.

IBM THINK Forum – Servanthood – A New Kind of Leadership


I am not sure whether you may have been watching in the last couple of days, one of those special events that I can surely guarantee you is going to help out redefine the whole concept of Management AND Leadership as we know it.

The Beginning of a New Work Adventure – Joining panagenda!


Those of you who may not know much about them and what they do (just yet!) So, ‘ what is panagenda, again?’ , you may be wondering, right? Freelancing General Interest IBM Innovation Knowledge Management Learning Life Metablogging Open Business Open Leadership

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Preventing Privacy Breaches or Constraining Collaboration: The Internal / External Sharing Decision in IBM Connections Next

Michael Sampson - Currents

One of the most eagerly anticipated capabilities for the next version of IBM Connections – due to be released on May 21 – is integrated support for external collaboration.

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


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.

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


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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Dear Social Business Evangelist, Where Art Thou?


but yet again it looks like we all may seem to be content with how things are going. That’s why during Day One of the event itself I may have been perceived, in several conversations, as a bit too pessimistic about the state of things.

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Adaptation: The Key to Become a Socially Integrated Enterprise


Well, at some point in time in the recent past I may have agreed with him that would be the case, but, if I judge from my own experiences in the last year or two, I am not so sure myself anymore about it. IBM Innovation Learning Open Business Open Leadership #elsuasworkbook

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The Future of Work Is Learning


Well, may be. May be not. IBM Innovation Knowledge Management Knowledge Tools Learning Life Personal KM Productivity Tools Social Enterprise

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There Can Be No Resilience Without Transformation


Vast majority of practitioners don’t really care what features a social networking tool may well have or not, if the community is there. But I think I may know why that’s happening, because I am starting to see it at work as well.

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Why Social Business Keeps Failing to Deliver


and Social Business are the main reasons why we may no longer get the economy to recover as we could, or would, or should, have expected? To perhaps come to terms with the fact that there is a better way of doing sustainable business and we may be too afraid of jumping the shark and live it ?

2012 140

The Soft Skills of Collaboration and The Social Enterprise


Take IBM (My current employer), for instance. Still it’s hard to imagine an IBM that doesn’t breathe collaboration and knowledge sharing over the course of decades (You may have heard about how the IBM Forums just recently marked their 40th year anniversary in the company).

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Why Do I Share My Knowledge?


Today, we are just planting the seeds for them to start collecting the harvest tomorrow, when the time is right, but if we don’t open up enough to share what we know now, we may not reach that common goal eventually in the long run.

2012 142

Social Business – Where Bosses and Managers Become Servant Leaders


Well, we may not. Once again, we may not need to go ahead and reinvent the wheel, since we may have had it all along over the last few hundred years and we never noticed… Welcome to the Era of Servant Leadership ! .

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How Social Networking Can Improve Work Meetings


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.

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The Social Enterprise – Welcome to the Era of Intrapreneurship!


I am not sure whether you folks may have read it already or not, but, if you haven’t, it’s probably one of those blog entries that I would consider an essential reading for people who are interested in getting a glimpse of what lies ahead, if not already!

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The Arbejdsglaede of Employee Engagement


And how do we get to Arbejdsglaede, you may be wondering, right?, IBM Innovation Learning Life Open BusinessIf you have been reading this blog for a little while now, you would probably remember how concepts like Employee Engagement make me cringe a little bit.

Leadership Thoughts: Master the Art of Active Listening


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


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.