The One Product to Go and See at IBM Connect 2014

If your company is using or plans to use IBM Connections I highly recommend that you go and visit the Kudos booth at IBM Connect to see a demo of their Kudos Boards app.

We love Activities in Connections. They are awesome! Working together on projects and leveraging Social Tools is a very powerful way of working. However some Activities can get BIG and sometimes users need to look at their tasks or organise the Activity slightly differently. Sometimes users don’t need to see everything that is going on but just one part. Sometimes it would be easier if Activities was more visual.

So wouldn’t it be great if you could visualise an Activity…as a Board….similar to a Kanban Board? Imagine if you could drag and drop your Tasks and Entries within Activities as progress and circumstances change . Wouldn’t it be neat if you could filter the content of your Boards by Person, by Priority, by Colour code, or by any other filter you want?

Here is something Adam Brown from ISW put together to showcase what Kudos Boards can do for your employees:

 

I’m also proud to say that I have been an adviser to Adam and ISW for both Kudos Badges and Kudos Boards.

IBM Connect 2014: Must-Attend Sessions for App Developers – Part 1

Here are some of the “must see” sessions for IBM Connect 2014:

SHOW303 – Proper Connections Development for Proper Domino Developers (Matt White and Mark Myers)

Tuesday | 10:30-12:15 | Swan Osprey

This is a session with a mission: to take a much loved IBM Domino app and deploy it to a client’s new IBM Connections environment. We’ll show different solutions such as the use of iWidgets or creating a REST API to make the application available to IBM Connections users and walk you through the process, from beginning to end. If you’re an IBM Domino developer who knows nothing about IBM Connections, this is the session for you.

BP201 – Creating a Mobile Application Framework with XPages (Matt White and Rich Sharpe)

Tuesday | 15:00-16:00 | Dolphin S Hem III

If you create a lot of mobile web applications, you may notice other frameworks such as JQuery Mobile and the XPages Mobile Controls just don’t do exactly what you need. So we created our own, specifically designed for XPages. In this session you’ll learn about the open source framework that’s been have created. We’ll show how it allows you to quickly drag and drop standard custom controls into an XPage to create a mobile application. We’ll also talk about the process of creating an open source project and future plans.

Don’t reinvent the Wheel – (Re)use Open Source Software from OpenNTF (Christian Guedemann and Niklas Heidloff)

Wednesday | 10:00-11:00 | Dolphin S Hem IV-V

OpenNTF is THE open source community for IBM Collaboration Solutions with a focus on IBM XWork Server and IBM Connections. Come to this session to learn about the latest and greatest open source apps, gadgets, controls and other assets developed by community developers, business partners and IBM that are available on OpenNTF.org. We’ll also introduce additional community services OpenNTF provides like the news site for IBM Collaboration Solutions CollaborationToday.info, technical webinars and much more.

BOF – Creating an Open Source Unplugged Mobile Controls User Group

Time and Location TBD

Most User Groups meet up at tangible, real world locations. We’d like to create a User Group for the Open Source Unplugged XPages Mobile Controls Project that would be virtual (mobile) and get input from what developers would like to see included in this project. We will discuss how we can set meeting times and places on a wider (global) scale and discuss what other UI frameworks (Bootstrap JQM etc) have that the current project does not and how we can each contribute to extending this project.Debates on what people have used that have worked well, and not so well as well as performance tips to get mobile apps that use these Controls running faster.

SHOW104 – Practical Java (Mark Myers and Julian Robichaux)

Sunday | 13:30-15:30 PM | Swan Osprey

Take a whirlwind tour of the many ways in which Java can make your life better as a developer. We’ll use Java in IBM Notes, Eclipse, and the latest IDEs. And we’ll show you examples of best of breed libraries that can analyze data, create PDFs, and perform image processing on the fly. Get connected to IBM Connections, access relational data, open sockets, and parse feeds. And along the way we’ll throw in tips for testing, performance, and writing good code.

IBM Connect 2014: Meet the Show Sponsors and Product Showcase Exhibitors

One place where I spend a lot of my time at IBM Connect is in the Product Showcase. Here are the exhibitors who will be at the show this year:

IBM Connect 2014 Product Showcase ExhibitorsMake sure you get down to the showcase to see the great products and services from these vendors.

Connect 2014 Call for Abstracts is Now Open

The Connect 2014 conference agenda is built with one objective in mind: offering value to each individual attendee. Our mission is to have you walk away having learned something you cannot learn anywhere else AND having learned something that you can put to use in your business setting immediately. Last year over 350 top-notch speakers—clients, partners, and industry experts—shared their business stories and technical expertise with thousands of attendees, resulting in the highest session ratings in the history of the conference. The bar’s set high, but we’re ramping up to do it again at the 2014 conference!

Sessions will focus on the following areas:

  • Messaging and Collaboration
  • Social Networking
  • Exceptional Digital Experience/Exceptional Customer Experience
  • SmartCloud
  • Mobility
  • Smarter Workforce
  • Content Management
  • Business Analytics
  • Smarter Commerce
  • Governance, Risk & Compliance

Submit your session abstract here >

Podcast: Opting In – Ed Brill talks about his new book

Today we spoke with Ed Brill (http://edbrill.com), Director of Social Business and Collaboration Solutions at IBM, about his new book. It’s called Opting In: Lessons in Social Business from a Fortune 500 Product Manager, and it’s available both on Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/Opting-In-Lessons-Business-Fortune/dp/0133258939) and directly from IBM Press (http://www.ibmpressbooks.com/store/opting-in-lessons-in-social-business-from-a-fortune-9780133258936).

We discussed:

  • Why did you write this book?
  • Who is the audience?
  • What is the message of the book?
  • What has surprised you about the book?
  • What’s going on at IBM Connect related to the book?
  • And more…

Listen now >

Must watch video for all XPages developers: What’s new in Domino Designer 9.0

Matt White has just released a free video that walks you through some of the new things you will find in IBM’s forthcoming Domino Designer on his XPages 101 site. Matt will be presenting at IBM’s Connect event and I highly recommend that you make time in your schedule to attend his sessions.