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During the next few days IBM Connect 2017 will take place at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. While the subject of many sessions, solutions, products and most of the speakers are familiar or known for many years, the venue and location is brand new.

So, for the first time it’s not sunny Florida end of January it is (actually rainy) San Francisco and the community is gathering around the Moscone Center and will try to make San Francisco their home for a week.

I am looking forward to many great sessions and I am very interested in hearing how IBM will want to integrate new AI capatabilities aka Watson into their products and solutions. I want to learn more about the roadmap and the next releases of the software our customers built their collaboration solutions on.

For me it will be a totally special comeback to the city we “almost” wanted call our home for the rest of our lives. Instead, we decided to go back to Switzerland and start with our project and Belsoft as a company for IT services. A decision we never regretted, but still San Francisco will always be a city I called close to home and because of this IBM Connect in San Francisco is a very special one for me.

So, I’m back home and looking forward to seeing my 2nd family that is spread all over the world and meets once a year.

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.