Video Training for IBM Connections

I’m happy to announce that I have been hired by Lynda.com to author a video series entitled “Up and Running with IBM Connections”.  I have been collaborating with IBM’s Luis Benitez on this effort and he has been great to work with. My producer at Lynda, Jonathan Sears is awesome as well. I have to say that the experience has been amazing. A huge hat tip also to my friend Jess Stratton for hooking me up with Lynda.com and for being an amazing coach and resource. Stay tuned.

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Veteran Blogger Brill Picked to Lead IBM’s Social Business Transformation

In his 2013 book, Opting In, Ed Brill recalls the time he was reprimanded by IBM corporate communications in 2003 for identifying an employee by name in a blog post. “We don’t have celebrities at IBM,” the PR rep told him.

How times have changed. Brill’s elevation last month to the corporate role of Vice President of Social Business Transformation shows how far IBM has come in shedding its old blue-suite image in favor of one that applauds individuality. Brill and his team will tackle the task of making social media “part of the daily fabric of the company, at all levels and job functions,” he wrote on his blog.

I can’t think of many IBMers who have demonstrated more aptitude for the job. As social platforms began to crack the shell of corporate insularity a decade ago, Brill was on the front lines. Brill started blogging before blogs were mainstream and when Facebook was still a twinkle in Mark Zuckerberg’s eye. As a product manager in the IBM Lotus organization for many years, he bucked the traditionally reserved IBM style to gleefully tweak competitors by name. “Only twice did someone ask for me to be fired at the chairman’s level,” he joked in Opting In.

Now in his first corporate job, Brill will have a bird’s eye view of activities across IBM’s sprawling 400,000-employee global workforce, but he expects that change will happen from the below. “We have a long tradition of social things bubbling from the bottom up,” he told me in an interview last week. “We now have a culture that actively involves top execs as well. Executives are all active on our internal social networks so good ideas are making it to the right ears.”

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Now that you have learned more about IBM’s Mail.Next…

Following up on the IBM Mail.Next poll I conducted a few weeks ago, I now want to ask you again to take the same poll, now that you have seen much more about Mail.Next on today’s webinar.

Collaboration made with social. Made with IBM

And the Mail.Next Poll Results are in and I Think IBM will be….

On Friday I created a poll to gauge the IBM ICS communities interest in the forthcoming IBM Mail.Next product/service that was announced at IBM Connect 2014. Here are the results:

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I will be conducting a second poll after the April 23rd webinar IBM detailing the progress of the Mail.Next offering. So, what are your thoughts about the poll results?

Regarding IBM’s Mail.Next…

In just a few weeks IBM will be providing an update on Mail.Next which was announced at IBM Connect 2014.  Based on what you know so far about Mail.Next, how interested are you in this new Mail app?

The results of the poll will be shared soon.

 

Congratulations Prominic.NET!

Please join me in congratulating Promnic.NET on receiving the Longevity Award at the 9th Annual Innovation Celebration awards, hosted by the Champaign, Illinois County Economic Development Corporation. These awards highlight the outstanding innovation taking place in Urbana-Champaign and throughout Champaign County.

My company Elguji Software, has been a customer of Prominics’ since 2007. They have, and continue to provide exceptional service, technical and customer support for our company. Justin Hill, Doug Robinson, Jon Schultz, Catherine Emert and Joe Hedges are true professionals in every respect.

If you are looking for enterprise managed hosting with a focus on delivering the highest levels of security, availability and performance – and an unmatched level of customer support – please give Prominic a call. With a long history and deep expertise in IBM Collaboration Services, they have also branched out into Microsoft and general Cloud Computing solutions.

Prominic.NET Wins Innovation Celebration’s Innovation: Longevity Award! >

The News-Gazette – From modems to the cloud, company adapts >

IBM Premier Business Partner Best Methods Launches New Social Networking App Yubixi

Best Methods, a Premier IBM Business Partner will soon be launching a new social network called Yubixi. While the official launch of the app will take place next week, you can download and use the app today available in the Apple App Store and soon in the Google Play store.

I absolutely love to see long time Notes and Domino business partners branching out into new efforts. Kudos to Scott Hooks, Chris Whisonant and Tim Tripcony and creating a great new service.

Yubixi is designed to connect you with other people, places, and events based on your common interests.

  • Login with Facebook or LinkedIn
  • Specify your interests
  • Browse others’ profiles
  • Bookmark your favorites
  • Connect and chat
  • Join group chats (Chatters)
  • View news items based on your interests

100 Days of BlueMix Training

Calling all Born on the Cloud, Entrepreneur and Mobile Developers: Come learn about IBM’s new cloud development platform, Codename: BlueMix. Here you will have the opportunity to deploy your application and have it running in a matter of hours!

As part of this workshop you will be able to:

  • Learn the fundamentals of building and deploying your application in the Cloud (JazzHub & BlueMix)
  • Work with BlueMix experts on how to use the product and migrate your application
  • Help shape BlueMix with your input and feedback

BlueMix is an open-standards, cloud-based platform for building, managing and running apps of all types (web, mobile, big data, new smart devices). Capabilities include Java, mobile backend development, application monitoring, as well as capabilities from ecosystem partners and open source — all through an as-a-service model in the cloud.

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Want to Learn More About IBM’s Mail.Next?

Date: Apr 23, 2014
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Hosted by: SocialBiz UG.org
Presented by: SocialBiz UG.org, Kramer Reeves (Director – Messaging & Collaboration Solutions, IBM Software Group), Scott Souder (Program Director and Sr. Product Manager responsible for IBM Mail Next)

One of the hottest topics at IBM Connect 2014 was the introduction of IBM Mail Next, announced during the opening general session. IBM Mail Next will help you Focus on, Find and Take Control of your mail-based actions and priorities. Register today to join Kramer Reeves, Director – Messaging & Collaboration Solutions, IBM Software Group, Scott Souder, Program Director and Sr. Product Manager responsible for IBM Mail Next, along with members of the Mail Next team to learn about the design advancements since January and see the plan for releasing IBM Mail Next to market.

Attend this webcast to learn:

  • How IBM Mail Next is designed to provide productivity boosts for your organization
  • About the latest design concepts and user experience
  • What the future holds for packaging and delivery of IBM Mail Next
  • How you can begin your journey to IBM Mail Next today with iNotes + Notes Browser Plug-in

Join this webcast to learn how you and your organization will be able to reap the benefits of IBM Mail Next!

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