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As I am back in the office and I am looking back to the last few days in Boston, I can honestly say that Social Connections 8 was a blast and a great, great event. The team of hard working individuals from different regions all over the world did – once again – organize an excellent conference. It was for sure a huge step to bring this conference to the US for the first time after 7 shows in Europe.

Early March saw an interesting event at the IBM branch office in Zurich. IBM Connect Switzerland was a gathering of customers and business partners around the ICS brand that had not only interesting key-note sessions and technical break-out sessions, but was also the opportunity to meet and talk with a lot of Swiss customers about our solutions and products.

I had finally the opportunity to deliver our session “Shaping collaboration at the University of Zurich” together with Roberto Mazzoni from the University of Zurich at the point of origin, namely in Zurich. The first time we showed the slides in London during ICON UK last autumn. During Social Connections VII in Stockholm last November, we focused on IBM Connections and shared the insights on how the University is going forward with the roll-out of IBM Connections at the University.

 

First of all, I’d like to thank Roberto Mazzoni that he was and is willing to share the story of the University of Zurich around all things collaboration. His insights and his openness to share the success and also the work-arounds or detours in details are of great value. Many customers are shy when it comes to sharing and this is why public success stories are so important.

Shortly after the event I caught a really bad flu that slowed me down and stopped me even for more than a full week. I am back now and I am looking forward to a great Social Connections 8 in Boston that will start in only one days and allows us to talk about another great customer story around IBM Connections, IBM Sametime and the integration of XPages applications. Expect a future blogpost regarding our session: “European Collaboration with a Swiss Twist” in a few days.

Sandra Femke 2015 photo by Oliver Heinz
When it was announced that I was selected as an IBM Champion for 2014 it came as big surprise. For me the prototype of the champions are the “technical” champs who deserve the title because of their deep technical know-how and the attitude of sharing, talking about technology at sessions and blogging hints and tricks regularly. I learned and appreciated that in addition to these IBM Champions there is also a group of people that leads businesses, organise events, is responsible for user groups and do promote the products and the solutions as often as they do have the possibility to do so and are selected as IBM Champions because of this relentless effort.