Recorded during the Engage user group in Breda, Netherlands on 18th March 2014, live in front of a select audience!  Stuart met with a panel featuring Tom Smith, Sean Cull, Simon Peek, Erik Vos, Oliver Heinz and Martin Jinoch to discuss the conference, the agenda, the keynotes, the social events and much more....

In mid March I was delighted to attend the Engage user group in Breda, Netherlands.  Formerly known as BLUG, this is the largest ICS user group worldwide and was one of the most impressive events I’ve ever had the pleasure to attend.  Organiser Theo Hesslemans was generous enough to give us space to schedule a This Week in Lotus during one of the lunch breaks, and we gathered a panel to discuss the conference.  As you’ll hear, there was a fair bit of background noise from the social side of the conference and whilst I’ve done my best with the audio, you may still find it is tricky to hear in places.  On the plus side, you’ll at least feel like you were there!

This isn't a return of TWiL (or even 'This Week in IBM Collaboration Solutions'), just a one-off as we loved getting together again in Breda.  It's definitely an informal kinda' show, but we hope you really enjoy listening to us once again!



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Host:  Stuart McIntyre (blog | twitter | company)

Guests:

Tom Smith, Ephox
Sean Cull, FoCUL
Simon Peek, We4IT
Erik Vos, RealConnections
Oliver Heinz, IBM
Martin Jinoch, MAP Systems

Topics:

Engage
Oliver's photos

Tips:

Press record on your video camera when trying to create a video podcast!
In response to lots of kind words from our listeners, Darren and I are continuing to produce This Week in Lotus on an occasional basis...

Whilst there are really no IBM products left that enjoy the 'Lotus' moniker, there is definitely a 'Lotus community' that survives.  Given the closeness of the friendships and the enduring sense of kindred spirit, I have a feeling that we'll still be gathering in person and online many years after all installs of Notes and Domino have long since been removed.  This group of people and the times we share are mighty special, and it's an honour to think that TWiL has played some small role in the history of this community.

So we'll be recording shows as an when the right moments arise, most likely when groups of passionate individuals are meeting in person - either at user groups around the world or at Connect itself.

The next such occasions take place this week - with Engage, BCCON and the Collaboration Stack Community all meeting in the next few days across Europe.  All being well, I'll be at all three, and on Tuesday in Breda, I'll be recording a live TWiL with a panel of illustrious guests. So if you're at the event, quickly grab some lunch at 12:30 and head to Room B 'Strukton' ready to listen to discussion on 'all things social, collaboration, technology and community'.

For those that can't be there , we'll be recording the audio and will release it as episode 114 very soon!
Recorded during the early hours of 31st January 2014, live from the Dolphin Lobby at IBM Connect.  Darren and I meet with Mat Newman, Mitch Cohen, Colleen Burns, Andreas Ponte, Bill Buchan and many others to discuss the conference, the agenda, the keynotes, the social events and much more....

This isn't a return of TWiL (or even 'This Week in IBM Collaboration Solutions'), just a one-off as we loved getting together again in Orlando.  It's definitely an informal kinda' show, but we hope you really enjoy listening to us once again!



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The scene (courtesy of Roger Lim): IBM Connect after hours round table

Hosts:  Stuart McIntyre (blog | twitter | company) & Darren Duke (blog | twitter | company)

Topics:

IBM Connect
LiveStream | Replays
Jay Baer | Veronica Belmont

Tips:

Buy a FitBit Force rather than a Flex!
I've just been going through some blog and site admin as part of a transatlantic server consolidation and I've spotted that we never posted our final ever This Week in Lotus podcast recording from IBM Connect 2013.  Seriously!  I know we tweeted it at the time, but somehow it never made it onto the site. So sorry!

As you can tell, this was a very live and informal session, recorded during the Thursday lunchtime break, so we've done our best with audio and video quality, but this is definitely a 'home-brew' kinda show.

Guests were Mat Newman, Handly Cameron, Michael Sampson and Susan Bullock.  Darren Duke and Stuart McIntyre hosted as usual...

So, if you haven't seen this yet, and you've been waiting 11 months to hear whatever happened to the final TWiL, you now know!

Enjoy...



Come to the final ever This Week in Lotus, recorded live at IBM Connect!

Thursday lunchtime, 12:30-13:15, Dolphin Europe 8.

So, come out of Ask the Product Managers, go grab your box lunch, and head to Europe 8 to hear from Darren, Stuart and a panel of very special guests.  We'll discuss the conference, the announcements, the OGS, the social activities and anything else we think happens to be relevant at the time!  

It will be our 112th and very final show, so come along for some great discussion and great times...

See you there!
Recorded on 23rd January 2013. We meet with Sam Sawatzky, Julia Weisman, Sarah Cenedella, Stephen ives and Joyce David to discuss Connect 2013 plans, the new Connections and XPages-based User Group community site, the latest updates to TeamStudio's Unplugged product and much more!

As I mentioned in the episode, for the third consecutive year, we'll be recording a live show with studio audience at IBM Connect!  That's your chance to question the panel, add your comments, and even heckle ! Look out for more details on location and time in the next few days!  Darren and I would love to see you there for the FINAL EVER THIS WEEK IN LOTUS



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Hosts:  Stuart McIntyre (blog | twitter | company) & Darren Duke (blog | twitter | company)

Guests:
Sam Sawatzky (aboutme) is a technologist at MCC - an international relief and development agency. While responsible for many aspects of IT, he takes a particular interest in Messaging and Collaboration.
Julia Weisman (twitter) is the Community Manager of SocialBizUG.org. She strives to support the IBM Collaboration Solutions community by providing resources and information to user groups and their members.Julia would love to connect with technical authors who wish to have more presence on SocialBizUG.org. Contact her at julia.weisman@wispubs.com.
Sarah Cenedella (twitter) is a Senior Director at WIS. Her responsibilities include overseeing the strategic direction of SocialBizUG.org and the Global WebSphere Community. Sarah has been managing publications, conferences, and communities in the IBM and SAP markets for more than 12 years. Contact Sarah at sarah.cenedella@wispubs.com.
Stephen Ives (twitter | company) is a co-founder and Chairman at Teamstudio.  He is responsible for product strategy and product management for Teamstudio’s Unplugged mobile product line. He has involved with mobile startups since 2000 when he founded Trigenix, a mobile software company which was subsequently acquired by Qualcomm Inc.
Joyce Davis (blog | twitter | linkedin) is community manager for IBM in the Collaboration Solutions or “Lotus” division. I help bring together clients, business partners and IBMers to share their knowledge and collaborate. I’ve “bled yellow” since 1983 when I used Lotus 1-2-3 version 1A for DOS to manage the WW Technical Education course schedule as an IBM co-op. (I was an infant, of course.) I joined Lotus full-time in 1993. I’ve worked in MANY different roles at IBM over the last 18 years including technical support, people management, project management, communications, program management and now community management. I’m a mom, wife, flutist, Apple fangirl, and social network addict. Although I wasn’t born in Austin, I got here as fast as I could about 35 years ago.


Topics:
IBM Connect
  • What are we excited about?
  • Mitch Cohen asked about tablet use  - what devices will you be taking/using?
LotusUserGroup.org
  • How did the site come about?
  • How long has it been serving this community?
  • Who are WIS?
SocialBizUG.org
  • Why the new URL?
  • What has changed between lotususergroup.org and socialbizug?
  • What are the aims of the revamp?
  • Who has been involved in the new site?
  • Is IBM behind the effort?
  • What do you hope will be the results?
  • What has the feedback been like so far?
  • What does a Community Manager do?
  • How can people get involved?
  • Do you plan to move other communities (WebSphere etc) to Connections as well?
TeamStudio Update What else?
Tips:

Joyce:

Options to keep up with Connect schedule - Traveler and Notes.
Julia:

My new iPhone app: Songza! Gear up for IBM Connect with this fun free music app.
Sarah:

Live Tweeting, especially if you have to manage multiple Twitter accounts as I do, is easy with the Android app Tweetcaster. I love this app.
Stephen:

Trello - a really great free project tracking app for iOS and Android (and PC) from Fog Creek Software
Sam:

OpenNMS -  open source enterprise grade network management
Stuart
:
Connect app for iOS and Android.  Mars Edit - fantastic offline blog editor for Mac.
Recorded on 16th January 2013. We meet with Louis Richardson, Mitch Cohen, Colleen Burns and Joyce Davis to discuss Connect 2013 - the sessions, the social, the buzz, the online communities and much more!

As I mentioned in the episode, for the third consecutive year, we'll be recording a live show with studio audience at IBM Connect!  That's your chance to question the panel, add your comments, heckle and even throw things! Look out for more details on location and time in the next few days!  Darren and I would love to see you there…



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Hosts:  Stuart McIntyre (blog | twitter | company) & Darren Duke (blog | twitter | company)

Guests:
Louis Richardson (blog | twitter | company) serves as a WW Social Business Evangelist for IBM. In his role he has conversations with companies regarding the value of incorporating social in their organizations. He’s a frequent conference speaker and shares his presentations and messages externally using Slideshare and YouTube
Mitch Cohen (blog | twitter) Manages a global deployment of Notes & Domino, Sametime, Connections, and Quickr, and roots for the NY Giants and the NY Mets
Colleen Burns (blog | twitter | linkedin) leads Influencer Relations for IBM Social Business, working with and listening closely to social business experts and thought leaders.
Joyce Davis (blog | twitter | linkedin) is community manager for IBM in the Collaboration Solutions or “Lotus” division. I help bring together clients, business partners and IBMers to share their knowledge and collaborate. I’ve “bled yellow” since 1983 when I used Lotus 1-2-3 version 1A for DOS to manage the WW Technical Education course schedule as an IBM co-op. (I was an infant, of course.) I joined Lotus full-time in 1993. I’ve worked in MANY different roles at IBM over the last 18 years including technical support, people management, project management, communications, program management and now community management. I’m a mom, wife, flutist, Apple fangirl, and social network addict. Although I wasn’t born in Austin, I got here as fast as I could about 35 years ago.


Topics:

Connect 2013
  • Who’s presenting?
  • Where/when?
  • Pardon The Interruption
    • What is it?
    • Who is on the panel?
    • Who had the idea? When? Why?
    • What do you mean by “audience driven”?
    • What are you hoping to get out of the session?
  • Talking of sessions:
    • There are a number of ways for people to access session data
    • SocialBizOnline is a tool built specifically for Connect 2013 attendees.  Once you register - you get a password.
    • Mat’s unofficial DB
    • Will sessions be video’d, shared?  Is there streaming this year? http://www.livestream.com/ibmsoftware
  • Social Media at Connect
    • What are the hashtags?  
      • #IBMConnect is the official conference hashtag -- oh but there’s more!
      • You’ll want to also know #ICTweetUp for TweetUps
      • And #IBMChamp - We are planning a game for attendees to meet champions. Post photos with champions on Twitter using #IBMConnect and #IBMChamp hashtags to play. Follow #IBMChamp on Twitter for clues.  You can check in with one of our IBM Champions - Brian ONeil - http://www.linkedin.com/in/oneillbp311
    • How can people follow along?
      • Certainly follow us on Twitter -- @IBMConnect and Facebook -- IBMSocialBiz
      • Be sure to visit our blog - ibm.com/blogs/socialbusiness --We’ve got a good balance of thought provoking pieces -- like Louis’ recent blog - times they are a-changin’  to some more fun ones, like Kathy Brown’s Geek Challenge.  And you’ll continue to see that throughout the conference.
      • SocialBizEvents Flickr photo group: Join group & share photos: flickr.com/groups/socialbizevents/
      • Official Flickr SocialBiz conference photostream: View at www.flickr.com/photos/socialbiz
      • Instagram: Upload photos and view photos - using #IBMConnect
      • Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/ibmsoftware/social-business/
  • BoFs
  • Welcome party
    • Scheduled for both solution showcase and poolside
    • Sounds exciting, especially for vendors!
  • Social Cafes
    • Will these be happening this year?
      • Yes, we’ll have two social cafes. One on the main showcase floor, and the other outside the registration area in the Dolphin lobby.
      • Social hosts will answer questions, help drive social business conversations and encourage people to participate in the available online platforms.
      • SocialBizUG.org will be set up to help promote the site and encourage registration and profile creation.
      • Don’t forget Social Buzz!  Everyday from 10 - 3 we will have scheduled informal chats - led by our Champions and social business experts -- on a variety of topics.  Joyce will be talking about Community Manager best practices -- and Colleen will be hosting a discussion with the IBM Redbook thought leaders about blogging.
  • Certification
What else?
  • Updated lotususergroup.org site - socialbizug.org
    • Based on Connections 4.0
    • Common site that all User Groups can use and share
    • Joyce, how did this come about?
    • Is IBM involved?
    • What are your hopes for this effort?

Tips:

Darren:

Mat Newman’s session DB.
New TweetDeck has a column called “Interactions”, that is the same as the “Connect” feature in mobile and web Twitter. It’s just not visible by default but is great if you are an ASW like me.
Louis:  

bit.ly/pticonnect
Mitch:

UberConference for conference calling http://uberconference.com/zesnq328 (shamelessly shared a referral link to get me credit towards new features)
Colleen:

Follow #ibmconnect!
Joyce:

IBM Champions List
Stuart:

Doodle.com - a ready-made replacement for Tungle.
This Week in Lotus Live!!
Recorded on 7th January 2013. We meet with Mat Newman, Per Lausten and Bill Malchisky to discuss Connect 2013 sessions, announcements, tips, social events and hidden treasures, the recent openNTF contest, the Notes/Domino 9 beta and new features in Kudos Badges.  All that and more on This week in Lotus!

One little note - despite everyone's best efforts, Bill's audio was a little 'murky'.  We've done our best but can't clean it up as much as we'd like, so please bear with us during the show - hopefully it doesn't spoil your listening pleasure too much.



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Hosts:  Stuart McIntyre (blog | twitter | company) & Darren Duke (blog | twitter | company)

Guests:
Per Henrik Lausten (blog | twitter | company) is an independent consultant with his own one-man company in Denmark. He is working with XPages, Lotus Notes and Lotus Domino development and administration based on experience with Lotus Notes/Domino since 1997. He is chairman of the board at NotesNet.dk, member of the board at DanNotes and member of the board at OpenNTF.  He is a 2013 IBM Champion for IBM Collaboration Solutions.
Mat Newman (blog | twitter | company) is the Director of Education for ISW, an IBM Premier business partner in Australia, who are IBM ICS and IBM Websphere ANZ Business partner of the year award winners.  ISW are also the folks behind WildFire! and Kudos Badges.  An IBM Notes user since 1992, Mat is an IBM Champion for Collaboration Solutions, owner of the coolest YELLOW suit around, who by day educates Users, Administrators and Developers on IBM Software and spends his spare time keeping a bunch of people amused while they organise AusLUG.
  Bill Malchisky (blog | twitter | company) is an IBM Champion for Collaboration Solutions 2013, bringing 20 years of global Lotus consulting experience in regulated verticals along with business prowess to his sessions. He has presented at over 20 ICS/Lotus focused conferences, including Lotusphere. Previously, Bill has been published in THE VIEW journal, CLiPpings, co-authored two IBM Redbooks on Linux, plus worked with Lotus Education to re-vamp the Domino 8.5 Admin certification exam track. A thirteen year loyal business and design partner, he provides services to Fortune 1000 firms, SMB, and governments. Finally, he maintains a Lotus and Linux focused blog as well.



Topics:

IBM Champions for 2013
  • Congrats to all of our guests on their awards - much deserved
Connect 2013
  • Just 20 days to go...
  • Who’s got sessions?
  • Sounds as though the Lotusphere section of the agenda is much the same as previously?
    • Best practices, Show and Tell etc are all there and all look strong?
    • Any sessions you’re really looking forward to?
    • Meet the Speakers
  • Announcements and trends.  What do we think we’ll hear about?
  • What social events do we know are taking place?
  • Tips for first timers at the event
  • Hidden Treasures
What else?
Tips:
Darren:

KeePass - an open source and hence free password database and creator. Works with Windows, Mac, iOS, etc and can be synced with DropBox or HTTP(S) (the password DB is highly encrypted, you’re safe)
Per:

1. IBM Domino Designer 9 beta: Lots of improvements for developers
2. Try Intrapages, created by Thomas Adrian - available on OpenNTF (demo at intrapages.com). Winners of the 4th OpenNTF contest
Mat:

Keep your eye out on PlanetLotus / matnewman.com for the Unofficial, totally unsupported and non-affiliated ConnectOsphere session database.
Bill:

1. Connect 2013 - Rather than spend lots of time at the Dolphin fountain waiting for your party on Wednesday evening, either meet at your hotel and grab the bus there, or just meet your party in-front of the gate to save time getting to the park
2. Notes - Alternate way to create folders on-the-fly using the Windows folder construct. Example from ->Send and File -> Create New Folder -> type the tree on the fly. e.g. Accounts\TWiL will create automatically the TWiL folder object under your Accounts branch. Saves a lot of time with long folder lists. Note of caution: if the “Accounts” branch does not exist, you can expand it within your mail file, but you can’t place a message there until you explicitly create it. I found this to be a nice time-saver that I’ve used for many years and hope you enjoy it.
Links:

Soccer Saturday
GoSIM Card (mobile calls and data for international attendees)
LinuxFest IV - Thursday during lunch; bring your box lunch, then go straight to Ask the Developers
Stuart:

Book your Mears shuttle before travelling to Connect, else arrange shared cab.
Recorded on 18th December 2012. New IBM Champion (and This Week in Lotus producer) Alan Hamilton joins us to discuss the new IBM Champions for 2013, the upcoming Connect conference, Social Connections IV and the changes to IBM Smart Cloud for Social Business.



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Guests:
Alan Hamilton (blog | twitter) is Director of Services at Seric Systems, an IBM Business Partner who delivers IBM hardware and software solutions by day and social business fan by night


Topics:
IBM Champions 2013 IBM Notes/Domino 9.0 public beta
  • Now available for download
  • What are we excited about? (new theme, embedded experience, new iNotes UI etc?)
Social Connections IV
  • 30th November 2012, Amsterdam, IBM Forum
  • Mat and Alan attended... What did you think?
  • What were the key sessions for you?
  • Mat, as a first timer, what did you think of a Connections and SocialBiz specific LUG?
  • What were the key takeaways?
  • Would you attend again?
  • Session presentations now available at http://www.slideshare.net/soccnx. Video to follow soon.
  • Those that attended, please fill in the survey!
Connect 2013
  • Session acceptance/rejections sent out
  • More details starting to be made available
  • Excited yet?
  • Where do we think party will be?
What else?
  • LotusLive renamed as na.collabserv.com.  Community call suggested that this was down to customers wanting to white-label service.
  • Ed flags XWork Server changes to come in 2013
  • Alan has joined TWiL team to help with publishing podcast.  Thank goodness!

Tips:
Darren:

I’ve been through a few SSD’s since they first came out, but my latest “acquisition” is by far the fastest I’ve ever seen, let alone used. The SanDisk Extreme SSD (with updated firmware) is a very, very fast SSD. Right now it is on sale at Amazon (at least in the US) so go get a 240GB screaming fast SSD.
Alan:

The forthcoming version of Notes 9 supports retina display on the MacBook Pros.  
Traveler to-do app
Stuart:

1Password - fantastic password saving app for Mac, Windows, Android and iOS. Syncs with iCloud or Dropbox, autocaptures and populates data in browser.  Also saves wallet and account details. Highly recommended! Also, flat ethernet and HDMI cables!
Recorded on 8th November 2012. We are joined by Handly Cameron and Sharon Bellamy to discuss Connect 2013, the launch of Connections 4.0, Social Connections IV and more.

Please Read:

As you may have noticed, November 8th was a while ago, so yet again we've had a bit of an hiatus in releasing these shows. The fault lies completely with me - vacations and workloads have definitely not helped.  However, rumours of our demise have definitely been exaggerated! We will be continuing to release shows to meet your collaboration needs through this autumn and winter, perhaps not every week but reasonably often, continuing to heighten your podcast pleasure through to the unbeatable climax of a live and final ever TWiL show at IBM Connect 2013 in Orlando.  Does that sound good?



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Hosts:  Stuart McIntyre (blog | twitter | company) & Darren Duke (blog | twitter | company)

Guests:
Handly Cameron (blog | twitter | company) is a Technology Manager leading mobile and social solutions at Prolifics. He has recently been focused on building mobile solutions with IBM Worklight and integrating them with Connections and Portal.
Sharon Bellamy (blog | twitter | company) is Social Business Architect at Collaboration Matters - working with all ICS products but especially Connections and WebSphere - iSeries fan girl and friend of Mat Newman :)




Topics :


Where have we been for the past 3 months?!?
  • So what’s been going on? (lets go round the table and talk about highlights from the past few months - Olympics, !LoLA, Connections 4.0 etc)
  • CollaborationToday
Connect 2013 now coming on stream
  • Call for abstracts just closed
    • Who’s submitted?
    • Can you write 400 slides in 31 days?
  • New tracks
  • What do we think will be main changes from LSes past?
  • Darren - there was some suggestion you weren’t going this year?
  • Where will party be?
  • Will attendance be up or down?
  • Will atmosphere change?
November 13th event
  • What are we hoping for?
Connections 4.0 ships (will wait for Sharon to join)
  • What are key new features?
  • Which companies have upgraded?
  • How do we feel about Connections Mail?
  • New mobile apps
  • VSee
  • Notes plugins
Social Connections IV
  • 30th November 2012, Amsterdam, IBM Forum
  • 180 to attend, just 7 spaces remain!
  • Agenda available
What else?
  • Breaking news: New Social Business Toolkit announced at DNUG this morning.
  • If we have time, we can shout out about the Social Business Futurecast, but it is happening in 3 hours, so will be in the past by the time people listen (replay is on YouTube).



Tips (a site, feature, offer, app, gadget etc.):


Darren:

If you’re paranoid like me, take a look at TrueCrypt the open source whole disk encryption program. For Windows and Mac.
Handly:

How to keep Stuart from grumbling before a podcast starts. Get one of these: Audio Technica 20 SERIES AT2005USB Cardioid Dynamic Microphone and throw in a Nady MPF-6 6-Inch Clamp On Microphone Pop Filter while you are at it. Only $80 total from Amazon and is a normal shape so it is easy to pack and won’t get you strip-searched like Stuart and his Snowballs.
Sharon:

Connections 101, greenhouse connections user community & soccnx user group :P - making up for lost time :)
Stuart:

Best tip evah! DiscovrPeople app for iOS.  Easy way to find and follow new people on Twitter.  Would love to see something similar for IBM Connections!
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