I’m on my way to Antwerp in Belgium. The next two days an impressive crowd of over 400 attendees will gather around the Elisabeth Center in Antwerp for over 60 sessions in 5 tracks. Again, Theo Heselmans organized an event that will amaze us and bring together IBMers, business partners and customers all interested in solutions, products and projects of the IBM Collaboration stack. Thank you Theo, for all your hard work, I’m sure the event will go smoothly due to your organizational skills and will be a huge success. As always, you’ll be the perfect host!
Mostly I will attend presentations and will learn new stuff, interact with other attendees and talk about projects, issues, roadmaps, the past we all share and the future that lays ahead.
On Tuesday, May 9th, I am going to be co-presenting together with Roberto Mazzoni from the University of Zurich in the very last slot, just before the closing session. I hope there will still be a lot of people around – you will hear about how the University is going forward with their collaboration projects and how 40’000 users do interact and communicate.
To all attendees new in the crowd or a bit shy, even if many of us have known each other for a long time and are friends, we still are eager to get to know new faces as well. Don’t be shy, introduce yourself and be sure to be in the middle of friendly people from all over the world!
I will attend and speak next week at SNoUG in Zurich and I am looking forward to it. I will present and share a customer story around IBM Connections, IBM Sametime and a XPages integration of a platform for several insurance companies that went live this January. I will co-present together with Andreas Ponte and I am looking forward to this session already.
I will enjoy the discussions and am looking forward to meet many people I know and looking forward to meeting new people as well. Have a look at the great agenda with sessions of 8 current and 1 former IBM Champion. There will be a lot of expertise around and knowing my fellow IBM Champions they will be around the venue for the whole day and open for interactions. So, if you are near to Zurich next week, make sure to attend and register!
Agenda SNoUG 2015
And after studying the agenda again, I just found another session that I really need to attend, not only because of the session title
Back to the Future – Warum Unternehmen zurück kommen
Looking forward to pack and fly to London over the weekend to attend and to speak at ICON UK, that will take place next Monday and Tuesday in London. A big “Thank you” goes out to Tim Clark and his team as they were working hard to make this event possible. They put together a very interesting agenda and I’m happy to present on Monday morning.
European Collaboration with a Swiss Twist
Last year we started a challenging project consisting of renewing and enhancing the collaboration platform for a European insurance conglomerate. We moved from an antiquate chat server and different IBM Notes databases to a fully integrated platform with IBM Sametime, IBM Connections and IBM Notes/Domino (XPages) applications. To top it all up, we customised the user experience with a design partner to create a unique collaboration platform. We’ll talk about the starting point, the pitfalls, the successful results and a lot of PMRs and how the platform is used now and what are the plans for the next phase.
Sandra Bühler / Management/Strategy
As there are still a few seats available you still can register and attend! There is a registration fee, but all profits will go to the Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity
Register now – a few seats are still available
… and don’t forget to thank Tim Clark for his effort – he will be hard to miss – he promised to wear the “loudest” shirt of the crowd.
As the slides from the Boston event were not yet made publicly available, I’d like to share the link to our session slides The European Collaboration with a Swiss twist
Thanks again to Andreas Ponte to present with me in Boston. It was (we realized after the session) our first joint session. Perhaps we should repeat the co-presenting and not wait another seven years for the next occasion…
For all customers interested in learning and knowing more about IBM Connections, mark your calendars! The next Social connections event is in Stuttgart on November 5th and 6th, 2015 at the IBM Client Center in Ehningen.
Don’t miss this opportunity to share ideas and get the latest news around a great platform
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.
Continue reading Social Connections 8 Boston – in the back mirror
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.
Continue reading My first ever external blogpost