Episode 87 recorded on Thursday 2nd February 2012. We review Lotusphere 2012, discuss some of the major announcements, reveal the details of a new jobs site just for social media and collaboration roles. 

Oh yes, we had a few technical issues too – make sure you listen through to the bloopers at the end!

Hosts

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

Guests

Luis Benitez

Luis Benitez (blog | twitter) is is one of the Social Software Product Managers for IBM covering IBM Connections Files & Wikis, Connections on the Cloud and Quickr Domino.

Victor Toal

Victor Toal (Twitter, Blog Notesbusters, Websites ToalSystems & SSMCJOBS) is Chief Solutions Architect for ToalSystems, specializes in Social, Collaborative and Messaging solutions


Topics:

Lotusphere 2012:

  • Looking back in the rear view mirror, what did we think?
  • Highlights?

Announcements:

  • Quickr Domino
    • Minor release in Q1
    • Bigger release in 2H12
    • 18 month release cycle
  • Connections Next
    • Mobile
    • Connectors
    • New Standard Support (OpenSocial, OAuth, ActivityStrea.ms)

New jobs site for IT folks in collaboration, messaging and social space SSMCJOBS.COM

  • IT Job website dedicated to Social software/Social media, Messaging and Collaboration
  • Free for Job seekers
  • Ability to search not only for jobs posted on the site but also pull in jobs from multiple other websites – one stop shopping for job seekers and contractors looking for their next opportunity

LCTY Get Social Do Business Roadshow Business Gets Social Dates Announced

  • Small list right now….early days
  • Yet another name change. Let the confusion reign!

Tips

Darren:
Traveler tap to dial codes for Android. “P”or a comma will cause a pause. “#”enter a conference code. Semi-colon or “x”to prompt user before sending codes.
Luis:

http://bit.ly/ConnWikiTips
– and IBM Connections Users community , SXSW ideas
Victor:

Tool “Beyond Compare”http://www.scootersoftware.com and a tip: Learn WebSphere to stay relevant
Stuart:

Don’t delete your Dropbox folder on secondary machines, it doesn’t work out well!
Carousel
– Instagram for the Mac

Episode 86, recorded on Thursday 19th January 2012.  With a live audience and an esteemed panel including Curious Mitch Cohen, Guiseppe Grasso, Femke Goedhart, Colleen Burns and Wes Morgan, we discuss the conference, the highlights, the OGS, the wifi, the community and even Darren’s state of dress!

[Once again, Darren and I recorded a live TWiL from the hallowed rooms of WDW Dolphin during Lotusphere. This year we were not lucky enough to have been supplied with a room with a PA and roving mics, so the audio is by no means perfect, but the conversation makes it very worthwhile.  We had fun recording the show, I hope you enjoy listening just as much!]

Hosts

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

Guests

Mitch Cohen, Guiseppe Grasso, Femke Goedhart, Colleen Burns and Wes Morgan

Topics

Lotusphere 2012

Episode 85, recorded on Friday 13th January 2012.  With plans for an organised TWiL disappearing in a series of transport delays, Stuart heads around the Dolphin lobby and bar asking what are people expecting from Lotusphere 2012?

Hosts

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

Guests

Many and varied, including Sharon Bellamy, Lisa Duke, Tim Clark, Theo Hesselmans, Sandra Buhler and more…

Topics

Lotusphere 2012

Episode 84, recorded on Thursday 5th January 2012.  ISW’s Adam Brown and IBMers Luis Suarez and Colleen Burns join us to talk Lotusphere news, Connecting at Connect 2012, ISW’s new Kudos Badges system, gamification without gaming and more…

Hosts

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

Guests

Luis Suarez

Luis Suarez  (blog | twitter | company) is a Social Computing Evangelist at IBM, helping accelerate IBM’s own adoption of social software tools, both internally and externally through the BlueIQ team.<br>

Adam Brown

Adam Brown (blog | twitter | company) is Director of Technology at ISW, IBM Premier Partner in Australia. IBM Connections lead for ISW.<br>

Colleen Burns

Colleen Burns (twitter) leads Influencer Relations for IBM Collaboration Solutions – and is jointly leading the social media strategy for Lotusphere and Connect.

Topics

Lotusphere 2012:

  • Just 9 days to go
  • ‘Team Social’, team to ask questions of re: social and the conference, look out for buttons
  • Luis, you deal with a lot of businesses that want to deploy Social and attend a lot of conferences
  • Social Business Insights blog – guest posts over LS12 period
  • Is it really just a year since Social Business was brought in?
  • How will attendance work out?
  • Lotusphere Online Social Business Online now open
    • Mobile app
    • 4Square checkin
    • Can tweet/checkin direct from app
  • Blogger Open registration open – not just bloggers, open to all, 60 registered so far!
  • Hog ride
  • This Week in Lotus Live – Europe room, 8:30am, Thursday
  • no need to go to bed!
  • 5th live TWiL
  • What are we looking forward to at Lotusphere?

Kudos Badges for IBM Connections announced

  • Gamification for Connections
  • Measure and Reward Connections users
  • Adam, why develop it?
  • Who is it aimed at?
  • What does it do? – Drive Adoption, Educate Users, Recognise and Reward for valued contributions.
  • Is it flexible, can it be customised? Can it interface with applications outside Connections?
  • Versions of Connections supported?
  • “Kudos”? Haven’t we heard this before…..I can’t recall where – DD 🙂
  • How much does it cost?  Is it right there is a free version?
  • Where can you get it?
  • How easy is it to install and configure?
  • What are your plans for the future?
  • Find out more at kudosbadges.com

Tips

Darren:
Do NOT “upgrade”to TweetDeck 1.0 or higher. It is atrocious . Really. It is. Keep a copy of the Adobe Air version for emergencies.
Luis:

#elsuapps
is back and one of my current favourite ones at the moment is Air Dictate (Using Siri’s Speech to Text capabilities to dictate directly on your Mac! Brilliant idea! And a huge timesaver on the typing front!) …Since Darren doesn’t enjoy TweetDeck much, here is another option. My preferred and top notch Twitter client for Windows and Mac. Janetter is the name of the Twitter client.
Adam:

TechSmith SnagIT and Jing. Great tools for capturing quick screenshots to share across both Mac and Windows clients.
Stuart:

Pinterest
– for once Philippa and her friends are way ahead of the techie curve.  Beautiful site, fantastic social tools.  Try to avoid ‘next big thing’, but this is one of them 😉 Let me know if you need an invite.

Episode 83, recorded on Thursday 23rd December 2011.  Joyce Davis, Susan Bulloch and Barry Rosen join Darren and I to discuss Lotusphere 2012 sessions, tracks and social events, Barry tells us about his upcoming Notes&Domino 8.5.3 book and Darren goes awfully quiet!

Hosts

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

Guests

Barry Rosen Barry Rosen (twitter I LinkedIn) Barry Rosen is an IBM IT Certified Managing Consultant with IBM Software Services for Lotus. During the last five years, he has worked on several global messaging and migration projects as well as performed Domino upgrades, messaging assessments, and client deployments. Currently, Barry has been heavily involved in LotusLive Notes cloud migrations and hybrid deployments, Prior to IBM Software Services for Lotus, he was a Software Engineer in Lotus Support for over five years. While in support, Barry was on several teams specializing in mail routing, Lotus Notes Client, calendaring and scheduling, and server core. Mr Rosen is a SME on clustering, Lotus Notes for the Macintosh, and rooms and resources. Barry is also a published author with several articles and books written on Lotus products. <br>
Susan Bulloch Susan Bulloch (blog  | Twitter ) Susan currently works as a Support Engineer on the Lotus Notes Calendar and Scheduling Team.  She has worked for IBM Lotus Software for more than 11 years in software support and development positions.She has worked with Lotus Notes and Domino since 1992 as an administrator, instructor, developer, and architect in banking and utility industries. Susan has a Bachelors degree in engineering and a Master’s degree in Information Technology.  She holds certifications in all current Lotus Notes product releases. Susan is a frequent speaker at technical conferences, including LotuSphere, the View Admin conferences and at regional user group conferences worldwide.  When not working, Susan likes to annoy insects and buzzards.<br>
Joyce Davis Joyce Davis (blog | twitter | company) 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

Lotusphere 2012

  • Just 24 days to go – what are we looking forward to at Lotusphere 2012?
  • Best Practices track
    • Always one of the most popular tracks at LS
    • Any changes to the track this year?
      • 36 sessions (23 of 36 are Notes/Domino)
      • 35% are new speakers
    • Any sessions you’re particularly looking forward to?
    • How does a track manager go about choosing their sessions?
    • Is there a question of balance between the different products, technologies? Or is it all about the quality of the abstract/speakers?
    • Gurupalooza? Back again? Will you be chairing?
  • Joyce, You seem to have an even bigger part to play in organising this time?
    • What’s top of your list of activities?
      • Social cafes
      • Team Social helpers
    • Where will you be during the conference?
      • Social cafes, customer evangelist panel, customer council meetings, IBM Champion activities (reception)
      • Session FS217: The Lotus Evangelist Customer Panel ; Dolphin – S. Hem IV -V; Tues 4:45 – 5:45; FREE BEER and WINE 🙂
    • Online communities for Lotusphere and Connect
    • The ‘Social Lounges’have been mentioned a number of times, what’s that all about?
      • Can you talk a bit about how folks can find out who the IBM Champions are and where they’ll be speaking?
      • So far 45 of 63 champions are confirmed
      • They’ll be sitting in the front at the OGS and CGS
      • They’ll have IBM Champion ribbons on their badge holders
      • Some are doing topics of the hour at the social cafes
  • Sessions DB now available
    • Via, as always, Ben Langhinrichs
  • This Week in Lotus Live – details to be confirmed!

IBM Lotus Notes and Domino 8.5.3: Upgrader’s Guide [Amazon US | Amazon UK

  • Who are the authors? (Barry Rosen, Tim Speed, Scott O’Keefe)
  • How did it come about?
  • When will it be shipped?
  • What does it cover?  Domino and Notes? Traveler?
  • How much?

Nicklas Heidloff’s blog – 2011 – The XPages Year

Highlights of 2011

Tips

Darren:
CLPs get a discount for Lotusphere 2012 – just $1,995 until Jan 15th
Barry:

Best travel tip, always have earplugs!
Susan:

Buy noise cancelling headsets!  Make your travel arrangements now.  You don’t want to be late for Orlando.  Seek out Mat Newman – he will pump your energy level higher than you thought possible.
Joyce:

1) access the online community via your mobile device using the Connections mobile app which can be downloaded for iOS, Android and BB. Simply point to the Lotus Greenhouse Connections server: http://greenhouse.lotus.com/mobile,
2) Benedryl and Melatonin can each be used to treat insomnia and/or jet lag. They can be found over the counter. (Will someone please remind me to take it at night? Thanks.)
3) Videofest http://bit.ly/videofest
Stuart:

Go buy a Sonos Play:3, preferably buy lots. You will not regret it!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays…

Episode 77, recorded on Thursday 10th November 2011.  We discuss Social Business, the London Social Business Breakfasts, IBM Benelux’s new Outside The Inbox campaign and more.

Hosts

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

Guests

Rooven Pakirri Rooven Pakkiri (twitter | linkedincompany) is a veteran of the dot.com revolution, social business evangelist, Head of Social Business at leading digital agency and IBM Business Partner Digirati. Rooven is an author and speaker on the way in which Social Business technology , adoption and usage will transform the enterprise.
 Marnix Kemme Marnix Kemme (linkedin | twitter1 | twitter2 | campaign) is former chairman of NL LUG and since Dec.2010 Marketing manager at IBM Benelux, responsible for Collaboration Solutions (formerly known as ‘Lotus’) like IBM Connections, LotusLive, Websphere Portal familiy, Lotus Notes/Domino, IBM Sametime etc.
Dale Roberts Dale Roberts (twitter | company) is Client Services Director at Artesian Solutions.  Dale heads up Artesian’s implementation and consulting team implementing Performance Management solutions. Dale has been involved in Business Intelligence and Performance Management for over a fifteen years, initially specialising in financial services data warehousing deployments for major global banking and investment institutions. Prior to Artesian, Dale was with Cognos for over 7 years latterly as European Services Director. Dale has collaborated with many global businesses to help them achieve real and incremental business value from their businesses intelligence initiatives.

Topics

Lotusphere 2012

  • Abstract deadline extended until Friday 11/11/11

Social Business – overview

  • What do we understand by ‘Social Business’?
  • Where do we think the market is?
  • Is this still about the technology, or are we onto the cultural and business-focused discussion now?
  • What offerings do IBM have in the Social Business campaign? Is it just Connections, or are Portal, Quickr, Sametime etc all Social Business solutions too?

London Social Business Breakfasts

  • What are they?  Where?
  • Why did you start them?
  • What was the format?  Why so little slideware?

Outside the Inbox

  • New campaign by IBM Benelux
  • Why ‘Outside the Inbox’?
  • What’s the discussion you’re trying to start?
  • Luis Suarez features highly, tell us about his campaign?
  • Do other IBMers need to join the move to leave email?

New backup and recovery tool for Connections Communities

  • Good first step from the team. Kudos!

Tips

Darren:
If you’re interested in getting started with XPages and RDBMS then check Amy Hoerle’s blog post on how to set it up.
Rooven:

Get your Social Business strategy right before thinking about technology
Dale:

Explore activity templates in Connections for decisions.
Marnix:

Leave email behind today!
Stuart:

Lemon – expenses/receipts tracker for iOS. Free, free, free

Episode 76, recorded on Thursday 3rd November 2011.  Kathy Mandelstein and David Robinson join us to discuss Lotusphere 2012 and Connect 2012, the W3C Social Jam, RIM’s new music service and more…

Hosts

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

Guests:

Kat Mandelstein Kathy (Kat) Mandelstein (aboutme) is currently oversees worldwide marketing programs, web and events as the Director for IBM Collaboration Solutions in IBM Software and for Social Business for all of IBM. Kathy is a regular contributor to BtoB Magazine’s BtoBlog. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Social Media Club and is the Vice President of the local Austin Chapter. Previously, Kathy led the IBM Rational marketing team focused on the business value of effective software delivery. In the spring of 2011, Kathy served on the IBM Executive Corporate Service Corps in Rio de Jainero.

Kathy has been a pioneer in launching successful web and social media marketing efforts, as well as developing dedicated web communities dating back to the time that she led developerWorks and alphaWorks in addition to marketing programs to developers for IBM. Her past history includes leading various marketing, channel and Web development teams in IBM. Before joining IBM, Kathy managed one of the earliest successful retail Web sites at JC Penney. Kat holds a B.S. in Advertising with Minor in Marketing from the University of Texas at Austin and a Global Leadership MBA from the University of Texas at Dallas. She lives in Austin, Texas with her husband and pomeranian, Luna.

 David Robinson David Robinson (twitter) is a software engineer at IBM, currently focused on emerging social standards, including security standards. He is a former chief programmer for a global development team and has worked with customers in a variety of industries from manufacturing to banking.  He holds a B.S. in Computer Science and an M.B.A. from Duke University.

Topics

Lotusphere 2012

  • Major details for the unititiated
    • January 15-19th, 2012
    • Disney Dolphin and Swan, Orlando (is the Yacht Club being used this year?)
  • What’s the theme this year?
    • ‘Business. Made Social’
  • What are the costs of attending? Early bird deal etc?
  • How many years constitutes an alumni  “past attendee”?
  • What has changed from previous years?
  • Social Media
  • Will students be back like last year?
  • If I want to speak, what do I do and when is the deadline?
  • When will the agenda (days, tracks, sessions) become available?

Connect 2012

  • What is it?
  • When?
    • Monday and Tuesday
  • Who’s it aimed at?
    • People on the business side that aren’t technical – all levels
  • How many do you hope to have attend?
  • Can those with a full LS12 pass attend?
    • $995 to attend just Connect
  • Will my abstract be considered for both Lotusphere and IBM Connect 2012?

W3C Jam

  • Why does social business need open standards?
  • What is the impact for a business when they use open standards?
  • What is the role of the developer when leveraging open standards?
  • Why are open standards important to IBM?
  • What is W3C?
  • What and when is the W3C Social Business Jam?
  • W3C has a great line up of special guests and moderators for the W3C Social Business Jam. Tell us about that.
  • What are the W3C Social Business Jam discussion topics?
  • Why would a business person be interested in participating? Is this going to be a technical discussion?
  • What output do you expect to see from the Jam?
  • What will be done with the Jam results?
  • How do our listeners get involved with the W3C Social Business Jam?

BBM Music announcement

  • Enough to save RIM with the cool kids?
  • Slightly odd benefits – 50 songs for $5/mon, can share friends’songs

One in three young workers priortises social media and device freedom above salary

  • Would you be the same?

Tips

Darren:
#1 The Delta airlines app is a very useful app to have on your phone. I never know what time I land (unless the pilot tells me) so this little gem now lets me know. As well as when to check in.
#2 (as there are some Apple fanbois on….) If you have not yet upgraded your iPhone 4 to iOS5….DON’T. The battery life is atrocious.
#3 I was first!!!
Kathy:

If you want to speak at Lotusphere or Connect get your abstract submitted by November 6th – THAT IS TONIGHT!! (Tip: sharing customer stories and real life examples gives you a better shot at being selected) and if you just want to attend, be sure to register early for savings.
David:

We want to encourage everyone to sign up and register for the W3C Social Business Jam happening next week – Nov 8 – 10.  Registration is free and you can find the link by checking the Events calendar at http://w3c.org.
Stuart:

Even if not attending the BP day or sessions on Sunday, fly into Orlando on Friday or Saturday.  Saturday evening events are not to be missed. (and stay Thursday too….Blogger Open – DD)