With only 17 lines of code

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With only 17 lines of PHP code I was able to add a Slack “slash” command (/whatshot) to bring up the list of “What’s Hot” ideas from http://ideajam.net. To do this I used the IdeaJam JSON API and some PHP code to produce the list you see in the picture above. Slack makes it very easy to add integrations. In fact, I also coded another Slack integration for an IBM Notes customer that allows them to pull up data from their CRM database with a simple “/customer” command. That code was also less than 20 lines.

Want to learn more about the Slack API and how you can integrate it with it your apps? You can contact me or you can learn yourself Slack API.

PS – no server reboot was required to add the integration 🙂

250 Viewers in 43 Countries

I’m extremely happy to report that my “Up and Running with IBM Connections” video course has now been viewed by 250 Lynda.com subscribers in 43 countries. All of this in one weeks time. Today I received my first “user feedback” and it was extremely positive and encouraging.

You can view the first 5 videos in the series for free. There are 38 videos in total.

  1. Welcome
  2. Accessing IBM Connections for the first time
  3. Configuring notifications and account settings
  4. Updating your profile
  5. Inviting a guest

If you are not yet a Lynda.com subscriber you can sign up for a free 7 day trial.

I’m in the process of developing several more courses for Lynda however, I’m not yet able to disclose what they will be. Many thanks to my friend Jess Stratton, Lynda.com staff author and my producer Jonathan Sears for all of their help, patience and guidance.

Lynda.com Video: Women in STEM

This short film profiles inspiring examples of women who got their start, and found their calling, in STEM — Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics.

It features Sheeri K. Cabal, database admin at Mozilla and author of the popular OurSQL podcast; Jess Stratton, lynda.com author and the founder of Solace Learning; and Peggy Fisher, professor of computer science at Penn State and leader of several tech-focused after-school programs for disadvantaged youth.

Here Sheeri, Jess, and Peggy talk about the key factors to their success (confidence, community, and curiosity), and the ways they’re encouraging more students to enter STEM.

http://vimeo.com/107201940

 

The video includes my friend Jess Stratton who you may know from the IBM/Lotus world and who is now a Lynda.com staff author. The video also includes photos of Gab Davis, Kathy Brown, and many others of the “Nerd Girls”. It’s a “must watch” video.

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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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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?