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  2. <?xml-stylesheet type="text/xsl" media="screen" href="/~d/styles/rss2full.xsl"?><?xml-stylesheet type="text/css" media="screen" href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~d/styles/itemcontent.css"?><rss xmlns:feedburner="http://rssnamespace.org/feedburner/ext/1.0" version="2.0"><channel><title>Stuart McIntyre's IBM-focused blogs</title><atom10:link xmlns:atom10="http://www.w3.org/2005/Atom" rel="self" type="application/rss+xml" href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/StuartMcIntyre" /><language>en</language><managingEditor>[email protected] (Stuart McIntyre's IBM-focused blogs)</managingEditor><lastBuildDate>Wed, 24 May 2017 09:49:07 PDT</lastBuildDate><feedburner:info uri="stuartmcintyre" /><atom10:link xmlns:atom10="http://www.w3.org/2005/Atom" rel="hub" href="http://pubsubhubbub.appspot.com/" /><description></description><feedburner:emailServiceId>StuartMcIntyre</feedburner:emailServiceId><feedburner:feedburnerHostname>https://feedburner.google.com</feedburner:feedburnerHostname><feedburner:feedFlare href="http://feedly.com/#subscription/feed/http://feeds.feedburner.com/StuartMcIntyre" src="http://s3.feedly.com/feedburner/feedly.png">Subscribe with Feedly</feedburner:feedFlare><item><title>DJI Spark launches. Seize the moment!</title><link>http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/StuartMcIntyre/~3/x8sxuqYhPSY/2rAlzNF</link><category>Mobile Devices</category><category>Videos</category><category>dji</category><category>drone</category><category>spark</category><pubDate>Wed, 24 May 2017 09:49:07 PDT</pubDate><guid isPermaLink="false">tag:dlvr.it,2017-05-24:28d5d48d0028eb1f5f9bdd85648e8d33</guid><description>&lt;div style="margin: 5px 5% 10px 5%;"&gt;&lt;img src="https://i1.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/dji-spark-white.jpg?fit=720%2C480&amp;ssl=1" width="720" height="480" title="" alt="dji spark white" /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;p&gt;This looks amazing. The new &lt;a href="http://www.pjatr.com/t/TUJGRkZORkJGSU5JTUtCRklLSkdI?website=250339&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fstore.dji.com%2Fproduct%2Fspark"&gt;DJI Spark&lt;/a&gt;. Smaller than your average smartphone:&lt;/p&gt;
  3. &lt;blockquote&gt;&lt;p&gt;Meet Spark, DJI’s first ever mini drone. Signature technologies, new gesture control, and unbelievable portability make your aerials more fun and intuitive than ever before. With five different colors, there’s a Spark for everyone.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;
  4. &lt;p&gt;&lt;iframe class='youtube-player' type='text/html' width='792' height='476' src='https://www.youtube.com/embed/74Cm1p3fr0g?version=3&amp;rel=1&amp;fs=1&amp;autohide=2&amp;showsearch=0&amp;showinfo=1&amp;iv_load_policy=1&amp;wmode=transparent' allowfullscreen='true' style='border:0;'&gt;&lt;/iframe&gt;&lt;/p&gt;
  5. &lt;p&gt;Casey Neistat and Marques Brownlee have already taken a look:&lt;/p&gt;
  6. &lt;p&gt;&lt;iframe class='youtube-player' type='text/html' width='792' height='476' src='https://www.youtube.com/embed/nujgBunvgBI?version=3&amp;rel=1&amp;fs=1&amp;autohide=2&amp;showsearch=0&amp;showinfo=1&amp;iv_load_policy=1&amp;wmode=transparent' allowfullscreen='true' style='border:0;'&gt;&lt;/iframe&gt;&lt;/p&gt;
  7. &lt;p&gt;The Spark costs just $499 and is &lt;a href="http://www.pjatr.com/t/TUJGRkZORkJGSU5JTUtCRklLSkdI?website=250339&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fstore.dji.com%2Fproduct%2Fspark"&gt;available for order today in the US&lt;/a&gt; for shipping on 15th June.&lt;/p&gt;
  8. &lt;p&gt;Whilst other DJI drones may be more capable – the Spark only has a 2-axis gimbal compared to the Mavic’s 3-axis, and only shoots 1080p video –  the price and size of the Spark looks very persuasive…&lt;/p&gt;
  9. &lt;/div&gt;&lt;br/&gt;&lt;div style="margin: 10px 5%; text-align: center;"&gt;&lt;em style="display: block; text-align: right;"&gt;advertisement: &lt;/em&gt;&lt;br/&gt;&lt;a href="http://www.pntrs.com/t/SkNIS0dHTExDR0pPSk5MQ0dKTEtISQ" target="_blank" style="text-decoration: none;"&gt;&lt;img src="https://stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/DJI-Mavicpro-970x250.png" width="90%" style="width: 90%; max-width: 700px;" /&gt;&lt;br/&gt;&lt;em style="display: block; text-align: center;"&gt;DJI Mavic Pro - The world's best drone?&lt;/em&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;br/&gt;&lt;p&gt;[The post &lt;a rel="nofollow" href="https://stuart-mcintyre.com/dji-spark-launches-seize-moment/"&gt;DJI Spark launches. Seize the moment!&lt;/a&gt; appeared first on &lt;a rel="nofollow" href="https://stuart-mcintyre.com"&gt;Stuart McIntyre&lt;/a&gt;.]&lt;/p&gt;&lt;img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/StuartMcIntyre/~4/x8sxuqYhPSY" height="1" width="1" alt=""/&gt;</description><enclosure url="https://stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/dji-spark-white.jpg" length="0" /><feedburner:origLink>https://mcintyr.es/2rAlzNF</feedburner:origLink></item><item><title>The 2017 State of Community Management Report has been released</title><link>http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/StuartMcIntyre/~3/lTVaPDpCryg/2qcSzY9</link><category>Community Management</category><category>Research &amp; Analysis</category><category>Strategy</category><category>community-management</category><category>community-roundtable</category><category>socm</category><category>socm2017</category><pubDate>Tue, 23 May 2017 09:11:04 PDT</pubDate><guid isPermaLink="false">tag:dlvr.it,2017-05-23:e25183707771521a2c3642fae9dd2bff</guid><description>&lt;p&gt;&lt;div style="margin: 5px 5% 10px 5%;"&gt;&lt;img src="https://i1.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/SOCM2017.jpg?fit=807%2C981&amp;ssl=1" width="807" height="981" title="" alt="Community Roundtable State of Community Management report 2017" /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.communityroundtable.com"&gt;&lt;img data-attachment-id="5588" data-permalink="https://stuart-mcintyre.com/the-state-of-community-management-2015/the-community-roundtable-logo/#main" data-orig-file="https://i1.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/the-community-roundtable-logo.png?fit=215%2C62&amp;ssl=1" data-orig-size="215,62" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="The Community Roundtable" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://i1.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/the-community-roundtable-logo.png?fit=215%2C62&amp;ssl=1" data-large-file="https://i1.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/the-community-roundtable-logo.png?fit=215%2C62&amp;ssl=1" class="alignright wp-image-5588 size-full" src="https://i1.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/the-community-roundtable-logo.png?resize=215%2C62&amp;ssl=1" alt="The Community Roundtable" srcset="https://i1.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/the-community-roundtable-logo.png?w=215&amp;ssl=1 215w, https://i1.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/the-community-roundtable-logo.png?resize=150%2C43&amp;ssl=1 150w" sizes="(max-width: 215px) 100vw, 215px" data-recalc-dims="1" /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;If you’re in a role that encompasses elements of community management or program strategy, there is no doubt that one of the year’s highlights is the Community Roundtable’s publication of their ‘State of Community Management’ annual report.
  10. &lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;The &lt;a href="https://www.communityroundtable.com/our-story/leadership/team/"&gt;Community Roundtable group’s expertise and experience&lt;/a&gt; is unrivalled – anyone that’s heard Rachel Happe speak will vouch for that. However, the SOCM report is not just their take on the ‘state of the union’ of the community management discipline, it is instead based the results of a detailed survey taken by hundreds of community managers worldwide:
  11. &lt;blockquote&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br/&gt;&lt;div style="margin: 10px 5%; text-align: center;"&gt;&lt;em style="display: block; text-align: right;"&gt;advertisement: &lt;/em&gt;&lt;br/&gt;&lt;a href="http://www.pntrs.com/t/SkNIS0dHTExDR0pPSk5MQ0dKTEtISQ" target="_blank" style="text-decoration: none;"&gt;&lt;img src="https://stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/DJI-Mavicpro-970x250.png" width="90%" style="width: 90%; max-width: 700px;" /&gt;&lt;br/&gt;&lt;em style="display: block; text-align: center;"&gt;DJI Mavic Pro hero&lt;/em&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;br/&gt;&lt;p&gt;The data published in this report were collected from 331 community programs over 8 weeks in January, February and March 2017. Participating communities represented internal and external use cases and a wide range of industries, and they ranged in age from pre-launch to a handful that were more than 20 years old.&lt;/blockquote&gt;
  12. &lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;That huge volume and range of data allied with decades of experience and insight allows Rachel and her team to produce an exceptionally detailed report that provides practical and valuable recommendations that can be applied to any community.
  13. &lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;If you’re directly involved in managing a community, responsible for a wider employee communication or customer support program, or just interested in community and collaboration technology at a more abstract level, I would recommend you download and consume the report. It’s really that good!
  14. &lt;blockquote&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;a href="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/SOCM2017.png?ssl=1"&gt;&lt;img data-attachment-id="6649" data-permalink="https://stuart-mcintyre.com/2017-state-community-management-report-released/socm2017/#main" data-orig-file="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/SOCM2017.png?fit=807%2C981&amp;ssl=1" data-orig-size="807,981" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="Community Roundtable State of Community Management 2017" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/SOCM2017.png?fit=247%2C300&amp;ssl=1" data-large-file="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/SOCM2017.png?fit=792%2C963&amp;ssl=1" class="alignright size-medium wp-image-6649" src="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/SOCM2017.png?resize=247%2C300&amp;ssl=1" alt="Community Roundtable State of Community Management 2017" srcset="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/SOCM2017.png?resize=247%2C300&amp;ssl=1 247w, https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/SOCM2017.png?resize=123%2C150&amp;ssl=1 123w, https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/SOCM2017.png?resize=768%2C934&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/SOCM2017.png?w=807&amp;ssl=1 807w" sizes="(max-width: 247px) 100vw, 247px" data-recalc-dims="1" /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;The three key findings from the SOCM 2017 are:
  15. &lt;ul&gt;
  16. &lt;li&gt;Strategy: Quality of engagement matters more than quantity as communities mature.&lt;/li&gt;
  17. &lt;li&gt;Operations: Lasting behavior change requires more than transactional investments.&lt;/li&gt;
  18. &lt;li&gt;Tactics: Connecting content and programs to strategy accelerates community success.&lt;/li&gt;
  19. &lt;/ul&gt;
  20. &lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;The full report goes into more detail about these findings, as well as exploring the data in all eight competencies of the Community Maturity Model and much more.&lt;/blockquote&gt;
  21. &lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;Get your copy of the &lt;a href="https://www.communityroundtable.com/research/the-state-of-community-management/socm2017/"&gt;2017 State of Community Management Report&lt;/a&gt; now.
  22. &lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;One final comment given my historically strong IBM audience…  Here is the breakdown of the 300+ survey respondents:
  23. &lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;a href="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/socm-2017-platforms.png?ssl=1"&gt;&lt;img data-attachment-id="6648" data-permalink="https://stuart-mcintyre.com/2017-state-community-management-report-released/socm-2017-platforms/#main" data-orig-file="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/socm-2017-platforms.png?fit=762%2C413&amp;ssl=1" data-orig-size="762,413" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="socm 2017 platforms" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/socm-2017-platforms.png?fit=300%2C163&amp;ssl=1" data-large-file="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/socm-2017-platforms.png?fit=762%2C413&amp;ssl=1" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-6648" src="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/socm-2017-platforms.png?resize=762%2C413&amp;ssl=1" alt="socm 2017 platforms" srcset="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/socm-2017-platforms.png?w=762&amp;ssl=1 762w, https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/socm-2017-platforms.png?resize=150%2C81&amp;ssl=1 150w, https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/socm-2017-platforms.png?resize=300%2C163&amp;ssl=1 300w" sizes="(max-width: 762px) 100vw, 762px" data-recalc-dims="1" /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;
  24. &lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;Just 2% of those that submitted their community data to the Community Roundtable are running IBM Connections. This leaves me somewhat frustrated!
  25. &lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;I’m not absolutely sure of the reason for this. Perhaps there simply aren’t many Connections platforms that are in production? Maybe they don’t have dedicated community managers that would know about the survey or consider it important to respond? Or it might be down to IBM and its partners not promoting the survey to their customers?
  26. &lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;Whatever the reason, I would love to see this change for 2018! If you’re active with the IBM Connections product, please download this edition of the report, learn from it and plan to submit your results next year!
  27. &lt;/div&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;[The post &lt;a rel="nofollow" href="https://stuart-mcintyre.com/2017-state-community-management-report-released/"&gt;The 2017 State of Community Management Report has been released&lt;/a&gt; appeared first on &lt;a rel="nofollow" href="https://stuart-mcintyre.com"&gt;Stuart McIntyre&lt;/a&gt;.]&lt;/p&gt;&lt;img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/StuartMcIntyre/~4/lTVaPDpCryg" height="1" width="1" alt=""/&gt;</description><enclosure url="https://stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/SOCM2017.jpg" length="0" /><feedburner:origLink>https://mcintyr.es/2qcSzY9</feedburner:origLink></item><item><title>JUMP (OpenMic) Session: Deploying, Securing, Customizing and Extending the IBM Connections Mobile App</title><link>http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/StuartMcIntyre/~3/QlLGKl1PcBA/2q8R9xV</link><category>IBM Connections</category><category>IBM Connections Cloud</category><category>Mobile</category><category>Webcasts</category><category>customisation</category><category>jump</category><category>mobile</category><category>openmic</category><category>webcast</category><pubDate>Mon, 22 May 2017 04:03:38 PDT</pubDate><guid isPermaLink="false">tag:dlvr.it,2017-05-22:f5c43154dc01c4b4e369b8d552f71121</guid><description>&lt;img width="792" height="612" src="https://i2.wp.com/ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/JUMP-landscape-001b_0420.jpg?fit=792%2C612&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-large size-large wp-post-image" alt="IBM JUMP webcasts IBM Connections" style="float:left; margin:0 15px 15px 0;" srcset="https://i2.wp.com/ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/JUMP-landscape-001b_0420.jpg?w=792&amp;ssl=1 792w, https://i2.wp.com/ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/JUMP-landscape-001b_0420.jpg?resize=150%2C116&amp;ssl=1 150w, https://i2.wp.com/ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/JUMP-landscape-001b_0420.jpg?resize=300%2C232&amp;ssl=1 300w, https://i2.wp.com/ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/JUMP-landscape-001b_0420.jpg?resize=768%2C593&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i2.wp.com/ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/JUMP-landscape-001b_0420.jpg?resize=585%2C452&amp;ssl=1 585w" sizes="(max-width: 792px) 100vw, 792px" data-attachment-id="1694" data-permalink="https://ibmconnections.news/jump-openmic-session-lets-talk-ibm-connections-next-deployment-easy-button/jump-landscape-001b_0420/" data-orig-file="https://i2.wp.com/ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/JUMP-landscape-001b_0420.jpg?fit=792%2C612&amp;ssl=1" data-orig-size="792,612" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="IBM JUMP webcasts IBM Connections" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://i2.wp.com/ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/JUMP-landscape-001b_0420.jpg?fit=300%2C232&amp;ssl=1" data-large-file="https://i2.wp.com/ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/JUMP-landscape-001b_0420.jpg?fit=792%2C612&amp;ssl=1" /&gt;&lt;p&gt;Last week I posted about an &lt;a href="https://ibmconnections.news/jump-openmic-session-lets-talk-ibm-connections-next-deployment-easy-button/"&gt;upcoming JUMP (Join, Understand, Master and Participate) session on IBM Connections Next&lt;/a&gt; which takes place on June 21.&lt;/p&gt;
  28. &lt;p&gt;The good news is that there is an earlier JUMP webcast scheduled for this Wednesday, 24th May 2017:&lt;/p&gt;
  29. &lt;blockquote&gt;&lt;p&gt;The IBM Connections applications for iOS and Android provide your users access to Connections from their mobile devices. The apps are highly extensible, provide a customizable user experience and can be securely administered. In this session we will explain, in detail, what you can do and how to do it. You will learn how to deploy mobile for both on-premises environments and IBM Cloud for Social Business. We will show you how to customize your mobile user experience, including modifying the branding elements. You will even understand how to integrate you existing in-house websites and apps. An overview of the MDM support provided will also be covered.&lt;/p&gt;
  30. &lt;ul&gt;
  31. &lt;li&gt;Topic: &lt;a href="http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg27049647"&gt;Deploying, Securing, Customizing and Extending the IBM Connections Mobile App&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;
  32. &lt;li&gt;Date: Wednesday, May 24, 2017&lt;/li&gt;
  33. &lt;li&gt;Time: 11:00 AM EDT for 60 minutes&lt;/li&gt;
  34. &lt;li&gt;Webcast URL: &lt;a href="https://ibm2.webex.com/ibm2/onstage/g.php?MTID=e2964bcb7d60d6a6f97a23bdc42a53ba0"&gt;https://ibm2.webex.com/ibm2/onstage/g.php?MTID=e2964bcb7d60d6a6f97a23bdc42a53ba0&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt;
  35. &lt;li&gt;Webcast Password: webcast&lt;/li&gt;
  36. &lt;/ul&gt;
  37. &lt;p&gt;After a presentation, attendees will be given an opportunity to ask our panel of experts questions. Throughout the event, attendees will also be encouraged to comment or ask questions in the WebEx Meeting.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;
  38. &lt;p&gt;There is no need to register for the webinar, just join the &lt;a href="https://ibm2.webex.com/ibm2/onstage/g.php?MTID=e2964bcb7d60d6a6f97a23bdc42a53ba0"&gt;WebEx meeting&lt;/a&gt; at the appropriate time (add it to your calendar now!).&lt;/p&gt;
  39. &lt;p&gt;[The post &lt;a rel="nofollow" href="https://ibmconnections.news/jump-deploying-securing-customizing-extending-ibm-connections-mobile-app/"&gt;JUMP (OpenMic) Session: Deploying, Securing, Customizing and Extending the IBM Connections Mobile App&lt;/a&gt; appeared first on &lt;a rel="nofollow" href="https://ibmconnections.news"&gt;IBM Connections News&lt;/a&gt;.]&lt;/p&gt;&lt;img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/StuartMcIntyre/~4/QlLGKl1PcBA" height="1" width="1" alt=""/&gt;</description><enclosure url="https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/JUMP-landscape-001b_0420.jpg" length="0" /><feedburner:origLink>https://mcintyr.es/2q8R9xV</feedburner:origLink></item><item><title>ESN champion? You’ll want to review these JiveWorld17 sessions</title><link>http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/StuartMcIntyre/~3/PS5ljoJuYuY/2q163pH</link><category>Events</category><category>Jive</category><category>Social Business</category><category>Videos</category><category>jiveworld17</category><category>presentations</category><category>videos</category><pubDate>Fri, 19 May 2017 09:20:05 PDT</pubDate><guid isPermaLink="false">tag:dlvr.it,2017-05-19:59ceb185c04d4a437e841c748b476f80</guid><description>&lt;img width="539" height="304" src="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/jiveworld17.jpg?fit=539%2C304&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" srcset="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/jiveworld17.jpg?fit=539,304" ssl="1 2x" data-attachment-id="6573" data-permalink="https://stuart-mcintyre.com/ibm-focused-interested-jive-software/jiveworld17/#main" data-orig-file="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/jiveworld17.jpg?fit=539%2C304&amp;ssl=1" data-orig-size="539,304" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="jiveworld17" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/jiveworld17.jpg?fit=300%2C169&amp;ssl=1" data-large-file="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/jiveworld17.jpg?fit=539%2C304&amp;ssl=1" /&gt;&lt;h2&gt;The Value of Conference Content&lt;/h2&gt;
  40. &lt;p&gt;For many years I’ve written and podcasted about IBM’s major worldwide collaboration event each year, formerly called Lotusphere and renamed in recent years as IBM Connect. I’ve even been the member of organised teams that have live-blogged keynotes and other key sessions.&lt;/p&gt;
  41. &lt;p&gt;Why have I spent so much time and energy sharing content from these events?&lt;/p&gt;
  42. &lt;ul&gt;
  43. &lt;li&gt;I realise the value of the insight shared in these sessions, and how powerful it is for all customers and partners, not just for those able to track at a specific time to a specific place.&lt;/li&gt;
  44. &lt;li&gt;I also recognise what a positive impact great content has for potential customers. The knowledge that there are vendor consultants,  analysts and partners willing and able to share detailed best practices, case studies of their own use, take part in panel discussions comparing and contrasting approaches and so, is a massive win for those currently evaluating platforms and vendor selection.&lt;/li&gt;
  45. &lt;/ul&gt;
  46. &lt;p&gt;So I’ve always passionately argued that the content from these global and regional conferences should be shared openly and widely – not just the decks themselves, but also audio and (preferably) video recordings. Some vendors have done this effectively for a number of years – Apple’s WWDC videos and mobile app springs to mind – whereas others have struggled to even share decks efficiently, let alone record all sessions.&lt;/p&gt;
  47. &lt;h2&gt;JiveWorld17&lt;/h2&gt;
  48. &lt;p&gt;Therefore it is one of the joys of the way that the &lt;a href="http://jivesoftware.com"&gt;Jive Software&lt;/a&gt; organisation approaches the &lt;a href="http://jiveworld.jivesoftware.com"&gt;JiveWorld conference&lt;/a&gt; that they show real determination to share the insight delivered in the keynotes and breakout sessions with the entirety of the customer base, whether or not those individuals could attend the conference in Las Vegas.&lt;/p&gt;
  49. &lt;p&gt;Even better, that effort extends beyond just the presentation files themselves to a willingness to allocate funds and resource to recording not just the main tent sessions but also all the breakouts.  As I mentioned above, this is incredibly rare for worldwide tech conferences, particularly those run by organisations the size of Jive (~600 people).&lt;/p&gt;
  50. &lt;p&gt;&lt;a href="https://community.jivesoftware.com"&gt;&lt;img class="alignright wp-image-951 size-thumbnail" src="https://i1.wp.com/jive.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/JiveWorks-logo-150x50.png?resize=150%2C50&amp;ssl=1" alt="JiveWorks logo" data-recalc-dims="1" /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;For JiveWorld17, the team has gone further than ever before by sharing the presentations and videos &lt;em&gt;publicly&lt;/em&gt; – previously they’ve been shared in an exclusive customer space within the JiveWorks community, whereas for 2017 all the decks and videos are in an &lt;a href="https://community.jivesoftware.com/groups/jiveworld17"&gt;area&lt;/a&gt; that can be reached without even needing a login…&lt;/p&gt;
  51. &lt;p&gt;They are a fantastic resource for all Jive customers and partners (that goes without saying, right?), but now can be shared more widely.&lt;/p&gt;
  52. &lt;h2&gt;So what’s covered?&lt;/h2&gt;
  53. &lt;p&gt;Topics such as measurement, community management, driving user adoption and executive engagement are of universal value to all those working with ESNs and external communities. Add in the fact that many of the sessions were lead by hugely respected thought-leaders in the space, and I think readers will owe it to themselves to review the sessions listed.&lt;/p&gt;
  54. &lt;p&gt;&lt;a href="https://i1.wp.com/jive.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/screencapture-community-jivesoftware-docs-DOC-230102-1495199457098-1.png?ssl=1"&gt;&lt;img class="alignright size-medium wp-image-948" src="https://i2.wp.com/jive.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/screencapture-community-jivesoftware-docs-DOC-230102-1495199457098-1-79x300.png?resize=79%2C300&amp;ssl=1" alt="JiveWorld17 sessions screencapture" data-recalc-dims="1" /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;The full list of summit, breakout and bootcamp session resources is available on &lt;a href="https://community.jivesoftware.com/docs/DOC-230102"&gt;the JiveWorks page&lt;/a&gt;, so you’ll have to go there to see those.&lt;/p&gt;
  55. &lt;p&gt;However, I wanted to pull out some personal highlights:&lt;/p&gt;
  56. &lt;ul&gt;
  57. &lt;li&gt;&lt;a href="https://community.jivesoftware.com/videos/12131"&gt;Building the Business Case to Defend and Grow Your Program&lt;/a&gt;, Rachel Happe of The Community Roundtable.&lt;/li&gt;
  58. &lt;li&gt;&lt;a href="https://community.jivesoftware.com/videos/12135"&gt;How Analytics and AI-Enhanced Apps Help Us Become More Effective Employees&lt;/a&gt;, Alan Lepofsky of  Constellation Research.&lt;/li&gt;
  59. &lt;li&gt;&lt;a href="https://community.jivesoftware.com/videos/12116"&gt;Creating collaboration through company culture&lt;/a&gt;, Mark Mazza and Dan Thomas of Lloyds Banking Group.&lt;/li&gt;
  60. &lt;/ul&gt;
  61. &lt;p&gt;Amongst many other great sessions, these three really stood out as examples of well presented sessions delivering top-notch content.&lt;/p&gt;
  62. &lt;p&gt;Whatever your organisation’s choice of technology, I do recommend you check out the JiveWorld17 sessions. There’s so many fantastic nuggets of expertise, experience and best practice shared there, it would be a desperate shame to miss out.&lt;/p&gt;
  63. &lt;p&gt;Lastly, kudos to Iain and all the team at Jive for creating such a great agenda, and then &lt;a href="https://community.jivesoftware.com/docs/DOC-230102"&gt;recording and sharing the presentations for all to consume&lt;/a&gt;. Thanks to them.&lt;/p&gt;
  64. &lt;p&gt;[The post &lt;a rel="nofollow" href="https://stuart-mcintyre.com/esn-champion-youll-want-review-jiveworld17-sessions/"&gt;ESN champion? You’ll want to review these JiveWorld17 sessions&lt;/a&gt; appeared first on &lt;a rel="nofollow" href="https://stuart-mcintyre.com"&gt;Stuart McIntyre&lt;/a&gt;.]&lt;/p&gt;&lt;img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/StuartMcIntyre/~4/PS5ljoJuYuY" height="1" width="1" alt=""/&gt;</description><enclosure url="https://stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/jiveworld17.jpg" length="0" /><feedburner:origLink>https://mcintyr.es/2q163pH</feedburner:origLink></item><item><title>JUMP (OpenMic) Session: Let’s talk about IBM Connections Next Deployment – The Easy Button</title><link>http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/StuartMcIntyre/~3/Wmxb6f-cR9c/2pVaPFh</link><category>6.0</category><category>IBM Connections</category><category>Pink</category><category>Webcasts</category><category>connections pink</category><category>ibm connections</category><category>jump</category><category>openmic</category><category>webinar</category><pubDate>Wed, 17 May 2017 13:55:06 PDT</pubDate><guid isPermaLink="false">tag:dlvr.it,2017-05-17:560f1f7e28cf269df6dd861118b24598</guid><description>&lt;img width="792" height="612" src="https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/JUMP-landscape-001b_0420.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large wp-post-image" alt="IBM JUMP webcasts" style="float:left; margin:0 15px 15px 0;" srcset="https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/JUMP-landscape-001b_0420.jpg 792w, https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/JUMP-landscape-001b_0420-150x116.jpg 150w, https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/JUMP-landscape-001b_0420-300x232.jpg 300w, https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/JUMP-landscape-001b_0420-768x593.jpg 768w, https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/JUMP-landscape-001b_0420-585x452.jpg 585w" sizes="(max-width: 792px) 100vw, 792px" /&gt;&lt;p&gt;IBM OpenMic webcasts have always been worth attending – the chance to ask questions of product experts that you’d normally only get the chance to meet at major global events is never one to be passed over!&lt;/p&gt;
  65. &lt;p&gt;These OpenMic sessions have just been renamed JUMP (an acronym for Join, Understand, Master and Participate), but the format appears to remain the same.&lt;/p&gt;
  66. &lt;p&gt;The good news is that the &lt;a href="https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/community/groups/service/html/communityview?communityUuid=762e655e-e86c-4624-9662-ee81c6874de1#fullpageWidgetId=W17f3a9e25412_415e_aedc_ac50013a6e1a&amp;eventInstUuid=46d1ae0c-edd8-4ed2-ab79-23f143918b4c"&gt;next scheduled webinar&lt;/a&gt; features IBM Connections Next (a.k.a. Pink), with a tagline of ‘The Easy Button’… Intriguing, eh?&lt;/p&gt;
  67. &lt;blockquote&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;img class="alignright size-thumbnail wp-image-1466" src="https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/ibm-connections-mobile-1-150x150.png" alt="" width="150" height="150" srcset="https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/ibm-connections-mobile-1-150x150.png 150w, https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/ibm-connections-mobile-1.png 300w" sizes="(max-width: 150px) 100vw, 150px" /&gt;It’s always great to hear about all the new features, functions and exciting new capabilities that come with a new version – but the part that tends to give the business owners and IT department heart burn is getting the new version deployed. In this session we will cover with you all the new improvements that we have made to the deployment process – so that you can plan, prepare and deploy with an ease and confidence that you have not had in previous versions. We will cover Orient Me, Solr , Onboarding Experience, CCM and of course – upgrading from previous versions.&lt;/p&gt;
  68. &lt;p&gt; &lt;/p&gt;
  69. &lt;p&gt;After a presentation, attendees will be given an opportunity to ask our panel of experts questions. Throughout the event, attendees will also be encouraged to comment or ask questions in the WebEx meeting chat. Follow us on Twitter &lt;a href="https://twitter.com/IBM_ICSsupport"&gt;@IBM_ICSsupport&lt;/a&gt;.&lt;/p&gt;
  70. &lt;p&gt; &lt;/p&gt;
  71. &lt;p&gt;&lt;strong&gt;Content&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/p&gt;
  72. &lt;ul&gt;
  73. &lt;li&gt;Topic: IBM Connections – Let’s Talk about Deployment of Connections Next – The Easy Button&lt;/li&gt;
  74. &lt;li&gt;Date: Wednesday, June 21, 2017&lt;/li&gt;
  75. &lt;li&gt;Time: 11:00 AM EDT (15:00 UTC/GMT, UTC-4 hours) for 60 minutes&lt;/li&gt;
  76. &lt;/ul&gt;
  77. &lt;p&gt;&lt;strong&gt;Web conference&lt;/strong&gt; Join &lt;a href="https://ibm2.webex.com/ibm2/onstage/g.php?MTID=e69fa78ec91ac6228f4dd253082192d56"&gt;WebEx meetings&lt;/a&gt; to view a slide presentation, hear audio and participate in group web chat&lt;/p&gt;
  78. &lt;p&gt;eMeeting password: webcast&lt;br /&gt;
  79. &lt;strong&gt;Phone conference&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/p&gt;
  80. &lt;p&gt;Access code: 850 875 332&lt;br /&gt;
  81. To receive a call back, provide your phone number when you join the event, or call the number below and enter the access code.&lt;br /&gt;
  82. US Toll free: +1-855-797-9485&lt;br /&gt;
  83. US Toll: +1-415-655-0002&lt;br /&gt;
  84. &lt;a href="https://ibm2.webex.com/ibm2-en/globalcallin.php?serviceType=EC&amp;ED=382695788&amp;tollFree=1"&gt;Global call-in numbers&lt;/a&gt;&lt;br /&gt;
  85. &lt;a href="https://www.webex.com/pdf/tollfree_restrictions.pdf"&gt;Toll-free dialing restrictions&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;
  86. &lt;p&gt;There is no need to register for the webinar, just join the &lt;a href="https://ibm2.webex.com/ibm2/onstage/g.php?MTID=e69fa78ec91ac6228f4dd253082192d56"&gt;WebEx meeting&lt;/a&gt; at the appropriate time (given it is 5 weeks away, you may want to add it to your calendar now!).&lt;/p&gt;
  87. &lt;p&gt;[The post &lt;a rel="nofollow" href="https://ibmconnections.news/jump-openmic-session-lets-talk-ibm-connections-next-deployment-easy-button/"&gt;JUMP (OpenMic) Session: Let’s talk about IBM Connections Next Deployment – The Easy Button&lt;/a&gt; appeared first on &lt;a rel="nofollow" href="https://ibmconnections.news"&gt;IBM Connections News&lt;/a&gt;.]&lt;/p&gt;&lt;img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/StuartMcIntyre/~4/Wmxb6f-cR9c" height="1" width="1" alt=""/&gt;</description><enclosure url="https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/JUMP-landscape-001b_0420.jpg" length="0" /><feedburner:origLink>https://mcintyr.es/2pVaPFh</feedburner:origLink></item><item><title>ICS Community Meeting – Connections Adoption</title><link>http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/StuartMcIntyre/~3/HArOZtuG-cc/2pUnKHu</link><category>Events</category><category>IBM Connections</category><category>IBM Connections Cloud</category><category>Webcasts</category><category>ibm connections</category><category>ibm connections cloud</category><category>user adoption</category><category>webcast</category><pubDate>Wed, 17 May 2017 09:11:08 PDT</pubDate><guid isPermaLink="false">tag:dlvr.it,2017-05-17:1ae204c75051c9ee053521b65ce81093</guid><description>&lt;img width="728" height="546" src="https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/ics-community-meeting.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large wp-post-image" alt="ics community meeting" style="float:left; margin:0 15px 15px 0;" srcset="https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/ics-community-meeting.jpg 728w, https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/ics-community-meeting-150x113.jpg 150w, https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/ics-community-meeting-300x225.jpg 300w, https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/ics-community-meeting-585x439.jpg 585w" sizes="(max-width: 728px) 100vw, 728px" /&gt;&lt;p&gt;An interesting topic has been selected for &lt;a href="http://https%3A%2F%2Fibm2.webex.com%2Fec3200%2Feventcenter%2Fevent%2FeventAction.do%3FtheAction%3Ddetail%26%26%26EMK%3D4832534b00000004b3a68084dea4c4d9a208f1e286af6fa64e602744d8d439d8693a3d042f7ae32d%26siteurl%3Dibm2%26confViewID%3D2723386396%26encryptTicket%3DSDJTSwAAAASz674tYYD49r0NBy-JSMdRGnrMhLdRFock5mtKvRPl-A2%26"&gt;this week’s ICS Community meeting&lt;/a&gt;, hosted by Amanda Bauman:&lt;/p&gt;
  88. &lt;blockquote&gt;&lt;p&gt;This is the regular 3rd Thursday ICS Community meeting where IBMer and Community members present topics of interest to the community.&lt;/p&gt;
  89. &lt;p&gt;&lt;a href="https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/canal-barge-company.jpg" data-rel="penci-gallery-image-content" &gt;&lt;img class="alignright size-medium wp-image-1691" src="https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/canal-barge-company-300x87.jpg" alt="canal barge company" width="300" height="87" srcset="https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/canal-barge-company-300x87.jpg 300w, https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/canal-barge-company-150x44.jpg 150w, https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/canal-barge-company.jpg 500w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;On May 18th, join us and hear Kerry Godbold from &lt;a href="http://www.canalbarge.com/"&gt;Canal Barge Company&lt;/a&gt; talk about how they overcame the obstacles of user adoption for IBM Connections. You will take away some ideas for how you can improve user adoption at your own company, or how you can help your customers with user adoption issues.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;
  90. &lt;p&gt;Canal Barge are a relatively recent convert to &lt;a href="http://www-03.ibm.com/software/products/en/conn"&gt;IBM Connections&lt;/a&gt;, so I’m really looking forward to hearing Kerry describe his methodology for ensuring successful user adoption there.&lt;/p&gt;
  91. &lt;p&gt;If you’re looking towards deploying Connections at your organisation, or perhaps would like to pick up some tips to overcome challenges in your own deployment project, then this is sure to be worth attending.&lt;/p&gt;
  92. &lt;p&gt;The webcast meeting takes place &lt;strong&gt;tomorrow at 3pm UK time&lt;/strong&gt;, which is:&lt;/p&gt;
  93. &lt;ul&gt;
  94. &lt;li&gt;Thursday, May 18, 2017 10:00 am Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)&lt;/li&gt;
  95. &lt;li&gt;Thursday, May 18, 2017 4:00 pm Europe Summer Time (Rome, GMT+02:00)&lt;/li&gt;
  96. &lt;li&gt;Friday, May 19, 2017 12:00 am Australia Eastern Standard Time (Sydney, GMT+10:00)&lt;/li&gt;
  97. &lt;li&gt;Thursday, May 18, 2017 11:00 pm Japan Time (Tokyo, GMT+09:00)&lt;/li&gt;
  98. &lt;/ul&gt;
  99. &lt;p&gt;&lt;a href="http://https%3A%2F%2Fibm2.webex.com%2Fec3200%2Feventcenter%2Fevent%2FeventAction.do%3FtheAction%3Ddetail%26%26%26EMK%3D4832534b00000004b3a68084dea4c4d9a208f1e286af6fa64e602744d8d439d8693a3d042f7ae32d%26siteurl%3Dibm2%26confViewID%3D2723386396%26encryptTicket%3DSDJTSwAAAASz674tYYD49r0NBy-JSMdRGnrMhLdRFock5mtKvRPl-A2%26"&gt;Register &gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;
  100. &lt;p&gt;[The post &lt;a rel="nofollow" href="https://ibmconnections.news/ics-community-meeting-connections-adoption/"&gt;ICS Community Meeting – Connections Adoption&lt;/a&gt; appeared first on &lt;a rel="nofollow" href="https://ibmconnections.news"&gt;IBM Connections News&lt;/a&gt;.]&lt;/p&gt;&lt;img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/StuartMcIntyre/~4/HArOZtuG-cc" height="1" width="1" alt=""/&gt;</description><enclosure url="https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/ics-community-meeting.jpg" length="0" /><feedburner:origLink>https://mcintyr.es/2pUnKHu</feedburner:origLink></item><item><title>12 steps to success with IBM Connections</title><link>http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/StuartMcIntyre/~3/TytPXPVXiXw/2q718r9</link><category>Documentation</category><category>IBM Connections</category><category>IBM Connections Cloud</category><category>adoption</category><category>ibm connections</category><category>ibm connections cloud</category><category>steps to success</category><category>strategy</category><pubDate>Fri, 05 May 2017 06:47:03 PDT</pubDate><guid isPermaLink="false">tag:dlvr.it,2017-05-05:92d28ba75c5753dcba555074f5c8e3f7</guid><description>&lt;img width="1024" height="165" src="https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/12-steps-to-success-1024x165.png" class="attachment-large size-large wp-post-image" alt="12 steps to success" style="float:left; margin:0 15px 15px 0;" srcset="https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/12-steps-to-success-1024x165.png 1024w, https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/12-steps-to-success-150x24.png 150w, https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/12-steps-to-success-300x48.png 300w, https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/12-steps-to-success-768x124.png 768w, https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/12-steps-to-success-585x94.png 585w, https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/12-steps-to-success.png 1034w" sizes="(max-width: 1024px) 100vw, 1024px" /&gt;&lt;p&gt;This graphic has been around for a while (it was first &lt;a href="https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/community/blogs/9388f8b8-3b87-42f6-9e19-c4324579902b/entry/12stepstosuccess?lang=en"&gt;published&lt;/a&gt; by IBM back in November last year), but it is still very useful in terms of giving guidance to end users on how to best use &lt;a href="http://www-03.ibm.com/software/products/en/conn"&gt;IBM Connections&lt;/a&gt; to good effect:&lt;/p&gt;
  101. &lt;p&gt;&lt;a href="https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/12steps.jpg" data-rel="penci-gallery-image-content" &gt;&lt;img class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-1659" src="https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/12steps-492x1024.jpg" alt="IBM Connections - 12 Steps to Success" width="492" height="1024" srcset="https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/12steps-492x1024.jpg 492w, https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/12steps-72x150.jpg 72w, https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/12steps-144x300.jpg 144w, https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/12steps-768x1600.jpg 768w, https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/12steps-585x1219.jpg 585w, https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/12steps.jpg 844w" sizes="(max-width: 492px) 100vw, 492px" /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;
  102. &lt;p&gt;It is also available as a &lt;a href="/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/12steps.pdf"&gt;PDF&lt;/a&gt; to download.&lt;/p&gt;
  103. &lt;p&gt;Here are the 12 steps in text form:&lt;/p&gt;
  104. &lt;ol&gt;
  105. &lt;li&gt;Build your network – Add or follow someone&lt;/li&gt;
  106. &lt;li&gt;Advertise your skills on your profile&lt;/li&gt;
  107. &lt;li&gt;Update your status every day – Work out loud&lt;/li&gt;
  108. &lt;li&gt;Bookmark in Connections – Help yourself and others&lt;/li&gt;
  109. &lt;li&gt;Stop sending files in emails – One version of the truth&lt;/li&gt;
  110. &lt;li&gt;Stop doing work in emails – Use Activities&lt;/li&gt;
  111. &lt;li&gt;Create a wiki for your department – Co-create&lt;/li&gt;
  112. &lt;li&gt;Create a self-help forum – Q&amp;A on hot topics&lt;/li&gt;
  113. &lt;li&gt;Follow – People, wikis, blogs, forums and communities&lt;/li&gt;
  114. &lt;li&gt;Check your activity stream daily – and comment on others contributions&lt;/li&gt;
  115. &lt;li&gt;Only create mission driven communities – Best practices&lt;/li&gt;
  116. &lt;li&gt;Lead by example&lt;/li&gt;
  117. &lt;/ol&gt;
  118. &lt;p&gt;Whilst we can always quibble on details, overall I think these are great tips for any community manager to share with their users. It would probably be even better to tailor them to your own organisation’s use cases and collaborative culture.&lt;/p&gt;
  119. &lt;p&gt;[The post &lt;a rel="nofollow" href="https://ibmconnections.news/12-steps-success-ibm-connections/"&gt;12 steps to success with IBM Connections&lt;/a&gt; appeared first on &lt;a rel="nofollow" href="https://ibmconnections.news"&gt;IBM Connections News&lt;/a&gt;.]&lt;/p&gt;&lt;img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/StuartMcIntyre/~4/TytPXPVXiXw" height="1" width="1" alt=""/&gt;</description><enclosure url="https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/12steps-492x1024.jpg" length="0" /><feedburner:origLink>https://mcintyr.es/2q718r9</feedburner:origLink></item><item><title>IBM Connections 6.0 at a Glance</title><link>http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/StuartMcIntyre/~3/96HC_Flmg1s/2q6S3P5</link><category>6.0</category><category>IBM Connections</category><category>Partners &amp; ISVs</category><category>Video</category><category>ibm connections</category><category>video</category><pubDate>Fri, 05 May 2017 06:08:06 PDT</pubDate><guid isPermaLink="false">tag:dlvr.it,2017-05-05:2bba8e299283b443505d1a07beaf692a</guid><description>&lt;img width="480" height="360" src="https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/ibm-connections-6.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large wp-post-image" alt="ibm connections 6" style="float:left; margin:0 15px 15px 0;" srcset="https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/ibm-connections-6.jpg 480w, https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/ibm-connections-6-150x113.jpg 150w, https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/ibm-connections-6-300x225.jpg 300w" sizes="(max-width: 480px) 100vw, 480px" /&gt;&lt;p&gt;IBM business partner &lt;a href="http://www.maargasystems.com"&gt;Maarga Systems&lt;/a&gt; has created a quick one-minute video overview of the new features and enhancements available in IBM Connections 6.0:&lt;/p&gt;
  120. &lt;blockquote&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;a href="http://www.maargasystems.com"&gt;&lt;img class="alignright size-medium wp-image-1656" src="https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/maarga-300x101.png" alt="Maarga logo" width="300" height="101" srcset="https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/maarga-300x101.png 300w, https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/maarga-150x50.png 150w, https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/maarga-585x197.png 585w, https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/maarga-640x217.png 640w, https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/maarga.png 646w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;New Features of IBM Connections 6:&lt;br /&gt;
  121. – Orient Me&lt;br /&gt;
  122. – Modern Communities&lt;br /&gt;
  123. – Enhanced Onboarding&lt;br /&gt;
  124. – Better than ever Files&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;
  125. &lt;p&gt;I’ve been working with &lt;a href="http://www.maargasystems.com"&gt;Maarga&lt;/a&gt; for a number of years and can vouch for their technical skills. If you need assistance with Connections customisation or application development, &lt;a href="http://www.maargasystems.com/contact-us/"&gt;give them a try&lt;/a&gt;.&lt;/p&gt;
  126. &lt;p&gt;[The post &lt;a rel="nofollow" href="https://ibmconnections.news/ibm-connections-6-0-glance/"&gt;IBM Connections 6.0 at a Glance&lt;/a&gt; appeared first on &lt;a rel="nofollow" href="https://ibmconnections.news"&gt;IBM Connections News&lt;/a&gt;.]&lt;/p&gt;&lt;img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/StuartMcIntyre/~4/96HC_Flmg1s" height="1" width="1" alt=""/&gt;</description><enclosure url="https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/ibm-connections-6.jpg" length="0" /><feedburner:origLink>https://mcintyr.es/2q6S3P5</feedburner:origLink></item><item><title>Docusign announced enhanced partnership with IBM, including new eSignature integrations</title><link>http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/StuartMcIntyre/~3/xJhxoXvSvU0/2q6jEQk</link><category>Announcements</category><category>IBM Connections Cloud</category><category>Integrations</category><category>docusign</category><category>ibm connections cloud</category><category>ibm watson workplace</category><category>integrations</category><pubDate>Fri, 05 May 2017 03:44:50 PDT</pubDate><guid isPermaLink="false">tag:dlvr.it,2017-05-05:3d083098544354353e47ffcf39d3743f</guid><description>&lt;img width="937" height="340" src="https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/IBM-DocuSign.png" class="attachment-large size-large wp-post-image" alt="" style="float:left; margin:0 15px 15px 0;" srcset="https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/IBM-DocuSign.png 937w, https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/IBM-DocuSign-150x54.png 150w, https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/IBM-DocuSign-300x109.png 300w, https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/IBM-DocuSign-768x279.png 768w, https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/IBM-DocuSign-585x212.png 585w" sizes="(max-width: 937px) 100vw, 937px" /&gt;&lt;p&gt;At their Momentum 2017 event this week, Docusign &lt;a href="https://www.docusign.com/press-releases/docusign-kicks-off-momentum-2017-to-help-customers-accelerate-digital-transformation"&gt;announced&lt;/a&gt; a number of new alliances with industry-leading vendors, including an enhanced partnership with IBM:&lt;/p&gt;
  127. &lt;blockquote&gt;&lt;p&gt;DocuSign today announced a deeper, strategic partnership with &lt;a href="http://www.ibm.com/"&gt;IBM&lt;/a&gt; to bring to market new capabilities to three solutions to help organizations of every size and industry advance their digital transformations.&lt;/p&gt;
  128. &lt;p&gt; &lt;/p&gt;
  129. &lt;p&gt;DocuSign’s platform and eSignature service will be available within &lt;a href="https://workspace.ibm.com/"&gt;IBM Watson Workspace&lt;/a&gt;, &lt;a href="http://www.ibm.com/software/products/en/conn"&gt;IBM Connections&lt;/a&gt; and &lt;a href="https://www.ibm.com/analytics/us/en/technology/enterprise-content-management/"&gt;IBM Enterprise Content Management (ECM)&lt;/a&gt;. These new advancements will bring together the power of cognitive insights, social collaboration and content management to deliver a new paradigm of business communication and productivity. The combination of DocuSign and Watson will help organizations come to agreement faster through intelligent, entirely digital transactions.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;
  130. &lt;p&gt;There was already a strong partnership in place around IBM Analytics, but this latest announcement sees Docusign eSignature technology fully baked into IBM collaboration and ECM platforms.&lt;/p&gt;
  131. &lt;p&gt;&lt;a href="https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/sign-off.png" data-rel="penci-gallery-image-content" &gt;&lt;img class="aligncenter size-medium wp-image-1650" src="https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/sign-off-300x115.png" alt="IBM Sign off Securely with Docusign" width="300" height="115" srcset="https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/sign-off-300x115.png 300w, https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/sign-off-150x58.png 150w, https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/sign-off-768x295.png 768w, https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/sign-off-1024x394.png 1024w, https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/sign-off-585x225.png 585w, https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/sign-off.png 1025w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;IBM’s Daniel Davis &lt;a href="https://www.ibm.com/blogs/social-business/2017/04/26/sign-off-securely-ibm-connections-docusign-integration/"&gt;writes&lt;/a&gt;:&lt;/p&gt;
  132. &lt;blockquote&gt;&lt;p&gt;Exchanging files, especially sensitive ones, requires a secure environment. Too often that security breaks down at a document’s very last phase when somebody pulls it out of its native platform to provide a final signature. If a document environment isn’t secure from beginning to end, it really isn’t secure at all.&lt;/p&gt;
  133. &lt;p&gt;That’s why any file-sharing solution needs to have a built-in signature function. With that in mind, IBM and DocuSign are completing an integration of DocuSign secure sign-off software and IBM Connections Files collaboration solution.&lt;/p&gt;
  134. &lt;p&gt; &lt;/p&gt;
  135. &lt;p&gt;Using IBM Connections Files APIs and DocuSign APIs, this integration will give you the ability to collaborate on the preparation of a contract or agreement within IBM Docs and sign off on it in a secure manner. That means keeping the document secure throughout its entire life cycle.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;
  136. &lt;p&gt;This integration will be available in mid-May.&lt;/p&gt;
  137. &lt;p&gt;[The post &lt;a rel="nofollow" href="https://ibmconnections.news/docusign-announced-enhanced-partnership-ibm-including-new-esignature-integrations/"&gt;Docusign announced enhanced partnership with IBM, including new eSignature integrations&lt;/a&gt; appeared first on &lt;a rel="nofollow" href="https://ibmconnections.news"&gt;IBM Connections News&lt;/a&gt;.]&lt;/p&gt;&lt;img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/StuartMcIntyre/~4/xJhxoXvSvU0" height="1" width="1" alt=""/&gt;</description><enclosure url="https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/IBM-DocuSign.png" length="0" /><feedburner:origLink>https://mcintyr.es/2q6jEQk</feedburner:origLink></item><item><title>FlightLapse #01 – MilkyWay</title><link>http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/StuartMcIntyre/~3/xmg9dIGI0Y4/2qH9tOH</link><category>Videos</category><pubDate>Wed, 03 May 2017 22:56:37 PDT</pubDate><guid isPermaLink="false">tag:dlvr.it,2017-05-03:d8cc0f396098c41c43ac3452e947b7f0</guid><description>&lt;img width="792" height="446" src="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/627732742_1280x720.jpg?fit=792%2C446&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="Vimeo image preview" srcset="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/627732742_1280x720.jpg?fit=792,446" ssl="1 2x" data-attachment-id="6577" data-permalink="https://stuart-mcintyre.com/flightlapse-01-milkyway/627732742_1280x720/#main" data-orig-file="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/627732742_1280x720.jpg?fit=1280%2C720&amp;ssl=1" data-orig-size="1280,720" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="Vimeo image preview" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/627732742_1280x720.jpg?fit=300%2C169&amp;ssl=1" data-large-file="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/627732742_1280x720.jpg?fit=792%2C446&amp;ssl=1" /&gt;&lt;p&gt;A gob-smackingly beautiful timelapse:&lt;/p&gt;
  138. &lt;blockquote&gt;&lt;p&gt;Flying through the night, while the world beneath us is at sleep, is a pretty common thing as a longhaul pilot. Late evening departures lead to far distant destinations like Singapore, Hong Kong, Sao Paolo or J’burg. Depending on the direction of the flight the crew and the passengers either have a short night up ahead if flying eastbound or almost eternal darkness if headed westwards.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;
  139. &lt;p&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.beyondclouds.ch/2017/04/05/vuelo-nocturno-the-magic-of-flying-at-night/"&gt;More &gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;
  140. &lt;p&gt;(Thanks &lt;a href="http://twitter.com/miketurtle"&gt;Mike&lt;/a&gt;)&lt;/p&gt;
  141. &lt;p&gt;[The post &lt;a rel="nofollow" href="https://stuart-mcintyre.com/flightlapse-01-milkyway/"&gt;FlightLapse #01 – MilkyWay&lt;/a&gt; appeared first on &lt;a rel="nofollow" href="https://stuart-mcintyre.com"&gt;Stuart McIntyre&lt;/a&gt;.]&lt;/p&gt;&lt;img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/StuartMcIntyre/~4/xmg9dIGI0Y4" height="1" width="1" alt=""/&gt;</description><enclosure url="https://stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/627732742_1280x720.jpg" length="0" /><feedburner:origLink>https://mcintyr.es/2qH9tOH</feedburner:origLink></item><item><title>IBM-focused, but interested in Jive Software?</title><link>http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/StuartMcIntyre/~3/44KYJ6B3i_Y/2pYqLdv</link><category>Events</category><category>Jive</category><category>jiveworld17</category><pubDate>Wed, 03 May 2017 08:47:10 PDT</pubDate><guid isPermaLink="false">tag:dlvr.it,2017-05-03:37a1600cd01fee0bdc64dca8dcf43ea6</guid><description>&lt;img width="539" height="304" src="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/jiveworld17.jpg?fit=539%2C304&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" srcset="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/jiveworld17.jpg?fit=539,304" ssl="1 2x" data-attachment-id="6573" data-permalink="https://stuart-mcintyre.com/ibm-focused-interested-jive-software/jiveworld17/#main" data-orig-file="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/jiveworld17.jpg?fit=539%2C304&amp;ssl=1" data-orig-size="539,304" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="jiveworld17" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/jiveworld17.jpg?fit=300%2C169&amp;ssl=1" data-large-file="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/jiveworld17.jpg?fit=539%2C304&amp;ssl=1" /&gt;&lt;p&gt;If you’re primarily focused on IBM-based solutions, you may not be aware that I have a Jive-focused blog over at &lt;a href="https://jive.news"&gt;Jive.news&lt;/a&gt;.&lt;/p&gt;
  142. &lt;p&gt;This is particularly relevant this week as it is JiveWorld, Jive’s annual worldwide conference in Las Vegas.  I’m blogging as much of the news as I can from the conference, including today’s posts on yesterday’s &lt;a href="https://jive.news/jives-three-big-announcements/"&gt;key announcements&lt;/a&gt; and Jive’s &lt;a href="https://jive.news/jiveworld17-jives-release-roadmap/"&gt;roadmap for 2017 and 2018&lt;/a&gt;. Do subscribe to the blog there if you want to receive my Jive posts in the future.&lt;/p&gt;
  143. &lt;p&gt;Today’s keynote has just started, and I’m embedding it here:&lt;/p&gt;
  144. &lt;p&gt;&lt;iframe src="//iframe.dacast.com/b/49941/c/436387" width="960" height="540" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"&gt;&lt;/iframe&gt;&lt;/p&gt;
  145. &lt;p&gt;Do follow along if you’re interested in Jive’s plans for the future.&lt;/p&gt;
  146. &lt;p&gt;[The post &lt;a rel="nofollow" href="https://stuart-mcintyre.com/ibm-focused-interested-jive-software/"&gt;IBM-focused, but interested in Jive Software?&lt;/a&gt; appeared first on &lt;a rel="nofollow" href="https://stuart-mcintyre.com"&gt;Stuart McIntyre&lt;/a&gt;.]&lt;/p&gt;&lt;img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/StuartMcIntyre/~4/44KYJ6B3i_Y" height="1" width="1" alt=""/&gt;</description><enclosure url="https://stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/jiveworld17.jpg" length="0" /><feedburner:origLink>https://mcintyr.es/2pYqLdv</feedburner:origLink></item><item><title>IBM announces collaboration solutions with Cisco</title><link>http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/StuartMcIntyre/~3/bt_09VKouwg/2pgwTwR</link><category>6.0</category><category>Announcements</category><category>Cisco</category><category>IBM Connections</category><category>Integrations</category><category>announcement</category><category>cisco</category><category>ibm</category><category>ibm connections</category><category>ibm connections cloud</category><pubDate>Tue, 25 Apr 2017 03:01:11 PDT</pubDate><guid isPermaLink="false">tag:dlvr.it,2017-04-25:d1b7f943b7d222fb09ba257e5eb464cf</guid><description>&lt;img width="1024" height="410" src="https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Cisco-and-IBM-1024x410.png" class="attachment-large size-large wp-post-image" alt="" style="float:left; margin:0 15px 15px 0;" srcset="https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Cisco-and-IBM-1024x410.png 1024w, https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Cisco-and-IBM-150x60.png 150w, https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Cisco-and-IBM-300x120.png 300w, https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Cisco-and-IBM-768x307.png 768w, https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Cisco-and-IBM-1170x468.png 1170w, https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Cisco-and-IBM-585x234.png 585w, https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Cisco-and-IBM.png 1200w" sizes="(max-width: 1024px) 100vw, 1024px" /&gt;&lt;p&gt;A significant &lt;a href="http://www-01.ibm.com/common/ssi/ShowDoc.wss?docURL=/common/ssi/rep_ca/3/877/ENUSZP17-0013/index.html&amp;lang=en&amp;request_locale=en"&gt;announcement&lt;/a&gt; letter from IBM this morning (formalising the &lt;a href="https://www.ibm.com/blogs/social-business/2017/02/21/ibm-cisco-collaboration-solutions/"&gt;news shared at IBM Connect 2017&lt;/a&gt;), delivering new integrated solution bundles &lt;a href="https://www.ibm.com/social-business/us-en/announce/ibm-cisco/"&gt;in partnership with Cisco&lt;/a&gt;:&lt;/p&gt;
  147. &lt;blockquote&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;a href="https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/IBM-Cisco.png" data-rel="penci-gallery-image-content" &gt;&lt;img class="alignright size-medium wp-image-1643" src="https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/IBM-Cisco-300x169.png" alt="" width="300" height="169" srcset="https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/IBM-Cisco-300x169.png 300w, https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/IBM-Cisco-150x84.png 150w, https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/IBM-Cisco-768x432.png 768w, https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/IBM-Cisco-585x329.png 585w, https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/IBM-Cisco.png 800w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;Collaboration solutions from IBM and Cisco bring together the key applications that workers need to be productive and effective: video, voice, unified communications, enterprise social networks, team collaboration, email, and calendar offerings. With the integration of IBM Connections Cloud and Cisco communication capabilities, modern workers can now communicate and collaborate easily across their teams, with their partners, and with their customers. This powerful combination makes information and trained specialists easier to find and creates more personal and effective collaboration.&lt;/p&gt;
  148. &lt;p&gt; &lt;/p&gt;
  149. &lt;p&gt;Collaboration solutions from IBM and Cisco include integrations between:&lt;/p&gt;
  150. &lt;ul&gt;
  151. &lt;li&gt;IBM Verse email and calendar&lt;/li&gt;
  152. &lt;li&gt;IBM Connections enterprise social network&lt;/li&gt;
  153. &lt;li&gt;Cisco Spark Business Messaging and Basic Meetings&lt;/li&gt;
  154. &lt;li&gt;Cisco Spark Business Messaging, Basic Meetings, and Cloud Advanced Meetings&lt;/li&gt;
  155. &lt;li&gt;Cisco WebEx Conferencing Audio Toll&lt;/li&gt;
  156. &lt;li&gt;Cisco WebEx Conferencing Audio Toll Plus&lt;/li&gt;
  157. &lt;li&gt;Cisco WebEx Conferencing Audio Toll Plus International&lt;/li&gt;
  158. &lt;/ul&gt;
  159. &lt;/blockquote&gt;
  160. &lt;p&gt;The &lt;a href="http://www-01.ibm.com/common/ssi/ShowDoc.wss?docURL=/common/ssi/rep_ca/3/877/ENUSZP17-0013/index.html&amp;lang=en&amp;request_locale=en"&gt;announcement letter&lt;/a&gt; discusses the aims of the partnership, specific integrations that are enabled by the combined IBM and Cisco products, as well as the offerings that can now be ordered from IBM via Passport Advantage.&lt;/p&gt;
  161. &lt;h3&gt;New Integrations&lt;/h3&gt;
  162. &lt;p&gt;Here are the specific integrations now supported:&lt;/p&gt;
  163. &lt;blockquote&gt;
  164. &lt;ul&gt;
  165. &lt;li&gt;Use simplified ordering capability to license the full suite of Cisco Chat and Meeting capabilities combined with IBM Mail and Social.&lt;/li&gt;
  166. &lt;li&gt;Enable single-sign-on between IBM and Cisco offerings.&lt;/li&gt;
  167. &lt;li&gt;Launch WebEx from Connections Cloud.&lt;/li&gt;
  168. &lt;li&gt;Launch WebEx Personal Meeting from Connections Cloud.&lt;/li&gt;
  169. &lt;li&gt;Leverage my WebEx meeting as the default meeting in my Verse calendar invites.&lt;/li&gt;
  170. &lt;li&gt;Launch or join a WebEx meeting from Verse.&lt;/li&gt;
  171. &lt;li&gt;Use iOS to share content from Connections or Verse within WebEx and Spark:
  172. &lt;ul&gt;
  173. &lt;li&gt;WebEx mobile can share a file from Connections Files Cloud.&lt;/li&gt;
  174. &lt;li&gt;Connections Mobile client enables a file to be opened in WebEx of Spark mobile on iOS.&lt;/li&gt;
  175. &lt;li&gt;Spark Mobile enables sharing a file from Connections on iOS.&lt;/li&gt;
  176. &lt;li&gt;Verse mobile enables sharing an attachment in WebEx or Spark mobile on iOS.&lt;/li&gt;
  177. &lt;/ul&gt;
  178. &lt;/li&gt;
  179. &lt;li&gt;Click to Spark from Nav bar.&lt;/li&gt;
  180. &lt;li&gt;Click to Chat from Connections Cloud Business card to Spark.&lt;/li&gt;
  181. &lt;li&gt;Click to Jabber from Nav bar.&lt;/li&gt;
  182. &lt;li&gt;Click to Chat from Connections Cloud Business card to Jabber.&lt;/li&gt;
  183. &lt;/ul&gt;
  184. &lt;/blockquote&gt;
  185. &lt;p&gt;Many of these were demonstrated on stage at the Connect keynote and breakout sessions, and in many cases, effectively replace existing integrations with IBM Sametime platforms and apps.&lt;/p&gt;
  186. &lt;h3&gt;New IBM Product Offerings&lt;/h3&gt;
  187. &lt;p&gt;There are 17 new Cisco-related Passport Advantage products that can be ordered (along with the relevant renewal parts etc, not listed here):&lt;/p&gt;
  188. &lt;table class="gpt-data-table" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"&gt;
  189. &lt;thead&gt;
  190. &lt;tr&gt;
  191. &lt;th&gt;Program name/Description&lt;/th&gt;
  192. &lt;th&gt;Part number&lt;/th&gt;
  193. &lt;/tr&gt;
  194. &lt;/thead&gt;
  195. &lt;tbody&gt;
  196. &lt;tr&gt;
  197. &lt;td&gt;Cisco Spark Business Messaging and Basic Meetings Employee Count 3rd Party Per Month&lt;/td&gt;
  198. &lt;td&gt;D1T9GLL&lt;/td&gt;
  199. &lt;/tr&gt;
  200. &lt;tr&gt;
  201. &lt;td&gt;Cisco Spark Business Messaging and Basic Meetings Employee Count 3rd Party Overage&lt;/td&gt;
  202. &lt;td&gt;D1T9HLL&lt;/td&gt;
  203. &lt;/tr&gt;
  204. &lt;tr&gt;
  205. &lt;td&gt;Cisco Spark Business Messaging and Basic Meetings Named User 3rd Party Per Month&lt;/td&gt;
  206. &lt;td&gt;D1T9JLL&lt;/td&gt;
  207. &lt;/tr&gt;
  208. &lt;tr&gt;
  209. &lt;td&gt;Cisco Spark Business Messaging, Basic Meetings and Advanced Meetings Employee Count 3rd Party Per Month&lt;/td&gt;
  210. &lt;td&gt;D1T9KLL&lt;/td&gt;
  211. &lt;/tr&gt;
  212. &lt;tr&gt;
  213. &lt;td&gt;Cisco Spark Business Messaging, Basic Meetings and Advanced Meetings Employee Count 3rd Party Overage&lt;/td&gt;
  214. &lt;td&gt;D1T9LLL&lt;/td&gt;
  215. &lt;/tr&gt;
  216. &lt;tr&gt;
  217. &lt;td&gt;Cisco Spark Business Messaging, Basic Meetings and Advanced Meetings Named User 3rd Party Per Month&lt;/td&gt;
  218. &lt;td&gt;D1T9MLL&lt;/td&gt;
  219. &lt;/tr&gt;
  220. &lt;tr&gt;
  221. &lt;td&gt;Cisco WebEx Conferencing Audio Toll Employee Count 3rd Party Per Month&lt;/td&gt;
  222. &lt;td&gt;D1T9NLL&lt;/td&gt;
  223. &lt;/tr&gt;
  224. &lt;tr&gt;
  225. &lt;td&gt;Cisco WebEx Conferencing Audio Toll Employee Count 3rd Party Overage&lt;/td&gt;
  226. &lt;td&gt;D1T9PLL&lt;/td&gt;
  227. &lt;/tr&gt;
  228. &lt;tr&gt;
  229. &lt;td&gt;Cisco WebEx Conferencing Audio Toll Named User 3rd Party Per Month&lt;/td&gt;
  230. &lt;td&gt;D1T9QLL&lt;/td&gt;
  231. &lt;/tr&gt;
  232. &lt;tr&gt;
  233. &lt;td&gt;Cisco WebEx Conferencing Audio Toll Plus Employee Count 3rd Party Per Month&lt;/td&gt;
  234. &lt;td&gt;D1T9RLL&lt;/td&gt;
  235. &lt;/tr&gt;
  236. &lt;tr&gt;
  237. &lt;td&gt;Cisco WebEx Conferencing Audio Toll Plus Employee Count 3rd Party Overage&lt;/td&gt;
  238. &lt;td&gt;D1T9SLL&lt;/td&gt;
  239. &lt;/tr&gt;
  240. &lt;tr&gt;
  241. &lt;td&gt;Cisco WebEx Conferencing Audio Toll Plus Named User 3rd Party Per Month&lt;/td&gt;
  242. &lt;td&gt;D1T9TLL&lt;/td&gt;
  243. &lt;/tr&gt;
  244. &lt;tr&gt;
  245. &lt;td&gt;Cisco WebEx Conferencing Audio Toll Plus International Employee Count 3rd Party Per Month&lt;/td&gt;
  246. &lt;td&gt;D1T9ULL&lt;/td&gt;
  247. &lt;/tr&gt;
  248. &lt;tr&gt;
  249. &lt;td&gt;Cisco WebEx Conferencing Audio Toll Plus International Employee Count 3rd Party Overage&lt;/td&gt;
  250. &lt;td&gt;D1T9VLL&lt;/td&gt;
  251. &lt;/tr&gt;
  252. &lt;tr&gt;
  253. &lt;td&gt;Cisco WebEx Conferencing Audio Toll Plus International Named User 3rd Party Per Month&lt;/td&gt;
  254. &lt;td&gt;D1T9WLL&lt;/td&gt;
  255. &lt;/tr&gt;
  256. &lt;tr&gt;
  257. &lt;td&gt;IBM Collaboration Solutions and Cisco Spark Solutions Support Employee Count Per Annum&lt;/td&gt;
  258. &lt;td&gt;D1T9XLL&lt;/td&gt;
  259. &lt;/tr&gt;
  260. &lt;tr&gt;
  261. &lt;td&gt;IBM Collaboration Solutions and Cisco Spark Solutions Support Named User Per Annum&lt;/td&gt;
  262. &lt;td&gt;D1T9YLL&lt;/td&gt;
  263. &lt;/tr&gt;
  264. &lt;/tbody&gt;
  265. &lt;/table&gt;
  266. &lt;h3&gt;My Thoughts&lt;/h3&gt;
  267. &lt;p&gt;The Cisco partnership is clearly hugely important to IBM’s future success in the collaboration marketplace (alongside the similar relationship with Box). Whilst I haven’t seen anything publicly stated regarding the future of IBM Sametime, it is becoming ever more apparent that those solutions are becoming legacy offerings and the future for meetings at least is wrapped up in the product offerings and integrations listed above.&lt;/p&gt;
  268. &lt;p&gt;Both Spark and Webex are competent and comprehensive enterprise-ready platforms, receiving regular updates and offering impressive support (at least when offered directly).&lt;/p&gt;
  269. &lt;p&gt;My hope for the combination of IBM Connections and these platforms is that the integrations become significantly more than just point-in-time snapshots of the possibilities they enable, and instead become solutions that:&lt;/p&gt;
  270. &lt;ul&gt;
  271. &lt;li&gt;deliver enhanced value now&lt;/li&gt;
  272. &lt;li&gt;are updated as a whole as all the individual products get revved independently on a regular basis&lt;/li&gt;
  273. &lt;li&gt;continue to operate effectively as Pink is made available and beyond…&lt;/li&gt;
  274. &lt;/ul&gt;
  275. &lt;p&gt;The proof of the value of this partnership will be not be seen in 2017 or even 2018, but when these combined solutions are delivering real value to customers (and their users) in 2019 and beyond.&lt;/p&gt;
  276. &lt;h3&gt;And You?&lt;/h3&gt;
  277. &lt;p&gt;I’d love to know if you’re planning to deploy the integrated IBM/Cisco solutions in your business, and if so, what use cases you’re looking to support. Leave a comment below!&lt;/p&gt;
  278. &lt;p&gt;[The post &lt;a rel="nofollow" href="https://ibmconnections.news/ibm-announces-collaboration-solutions-cisco/"&gt;IBM announces collaboration solutions with Cisco&lt;/a&gt; appeared first on &lt;a rel="nofollow" href="https://ibmconnections.news"&gt;IBM Connections News&lt;/a&gt;.]&lt;/p&gt;&lt;img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/StuartMcIntyre/~4/bt_09VKouwg" height="1" width="1" alt=""/&gt;</description><enclosure url="https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Cisco-and-IBM.png" length="0" /><feedburner:origLink>https://mcintyr.es/2pgwTwR</feedburner:origLink></item><item><title>Tools as a catalyst for culture change (in IBM)</title><link>http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/StuartMcIntyre/~3/hrjrP3Dup5I/2nTY5lt</link><category>IBM</category><category>IBM Connections</category><category>Research &amp; Analysis</category><category>Strategy</category><category>collaboration</category><category>development</category><category>ibm</category><category>slack</category><pubDate>Mon, 17 Apr 2017 01:21:08 PDT</pubDate><guid isPermaLink="false">tag:dlvr.it,2017-04-17:cf213fd35adb090268fda6f46bcf463e</guid><description>&lt;img width="621" height="414" src="https://i1.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/ibm-slant.jpg?fit=621%2C414&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="ibm slant" srcset="https://i1.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/ibm-slant.jpg?fit=621,414" ssl="1 2x" data-attachment-id="6554" data-permalink="https://stuart-mcintyre.com/tools-catalyst-culture-change-ibm/ibm-slant/#main" data-orig-file="https://i1.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/ibm-slant.jpg?fit=621%2C414&amp;ssl=1" data-orig-size="621,414" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="ibm slant" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://i1.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/ibm-slant.jpg?fit=300%2C200&amp;ssl=1" data-large-file="https://i1.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/ibm-slant.jpg?fit=621%2C414&amp;ssl=1" /&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;a href="https://medium.com/@BillHiggins/tools-as-a-catalyst-for-culture-change-f012b2c0b527"&gt;A fascinating article by Bill Higgins&lt;/a&gt;, the IBM Distinguished Engineer that lead a major project to revolutionise the company’s approach to product development:&lt;/p&gt;
  279. &lt;blockquote&gt;&lt;p&gt;When our CEO Ginni Rometty hired Jeff Smith as IBM’s CIO, with the mandate to help IBM achieve better business and technical agility, I proposed to Jeff that we provide the entire company with a great continuous delivery toolchain that fostered radical collaboration across disciplines. Jeff agreed and for the past two and a half years, that’s what my team and I have been working on.&lt;/p&gt;
  280. &lt;p&gt;We chose and deployed best-of-breed collaboration tools like &lt;a href="https://slack.com/"&gt;Slack&lt;/a&gt; and &lt;a href="https://mural.co/"&gt;Mural&lt;/a&gt;, and best-of-breed continuous delivery tools like &lt;a href="https://enterprise.github.com/"&gt;GitHub Enterprise&lt;/a&gt; and &lt;a href="https://travis-ci.org/"&gt;Travis CI&lt;/a&gt; to continuously deploy their services to the &lt;a href="https://www.ibm.com/cloud"&gt;IBM cloud&lt;/a&gt;. About a year into the project, we’d seen some amazing uptake, but we’d also realized that providing great tools was a means to an end, but not the real goal.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;
  281. &lt;p&gt;Bill goes on to explain the methodology the project utilised, along with some of the challenges and issues they faced, and the subsequent advantages that were enabled by the new technology. It’s a really interesting read, particularly when you’ve seen many of the challenges that IBMers have faced over the past decade or so. I highly recommend that you take the time to consume the entire article.&lt;/p&gt;
  282. &lt;p&gt;However, there are a couple of passages that I wanted to pull out here…&lt;/p&gt;
  283. &lt;p&gt;The first is on why ‘tools’ are not the answer. Or rather, why tools alone are not the answer. We’ve all seen this in our work, but the way in which Bill puts it is particularly succinct (emphasis mine):&lt;/p&gt;
  284. &lt;blockquote&gt;&lt;p&gt;What I believe wasn’t obvious then – and remains non-obvious now – was that &lt;em&gt;tool adoption was not the real problem to solve&lt;/em&gt;. The real problem to solve was getting teams to discover and adopt the modern practices that the tools enabled.&lt;/p&gt;
  285. &lt;p&gt;The tools we picked all had good surface usability – attractive UIs, good performance, etc. – but &lt;strong&gt;the magic was in the new workflows and collaborations that they enabled&lt;/strong&gt;. For instance, you can use GitHub as just a more attractive Git UI, but it becomes magical when you fully buy into its pull request workflow to support peer reviews and social coding across teams. As another example, you can use Slack as simply a more attractive instant message client, but it becomes magical when it becomes the cockpit for your human colleagues and continuous delivery tools to collaborate on updating a production application.&lt;/p&gt;
  286. &lt;p&gt;&lt;strong&gt;The magic is in the new, better practices that the tools enable. A tool is a vehicle for practices. Practices directly shape habits and tacit assumptions. Habits and tacit assumptions are the foundations of culture.&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;
  287. &lt;p&gt;So organisations don’t just need to provide their staff with great tools, they need to utilise them within new working practices that make the most of the capabilities that they offer.&lt;/p&gt;
  288. &lt;p&gt;Secondly, user adoption will likely never be a constant or even growth curve – it relies on a a series of linked but unpredictable events that enables the spread of the new working practices across the organisation. Again, Bill explains this brilliantly:&lt;/p&gt;
  289. &lt;blockquote&gt;&lt;p&gt;I think of tools as a catalyst because – if you manage to communicate and execute well – you can set off a positive chain reaction:&lt;/p&gt;
  290. &lt;ul&gt;
  291. &lt;li&gt;&lt;a href="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/diffusion-of-innovations.png?ssl=1"&gt;&lt;img data-attachment-id="6551" data-permalink="https://stuart-mcintyre.com/tools-catalyst-culture-change-ibm/diffusion-of-innovations/#main" data-orig-file="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/diffusion-of-innovations.png?fit=1000%2C750&amp;ssl=1" data-orig-size="1000,750" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="Diffusion of Innovations curve" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/diffusion-of-innovations.png?fit=300%2C225&amp;ssl=1" data-large-file="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/diffusion-of-innovations.png?fit=792%2C594&amp;ssl=1" class="alignright size-medium wp-image-6551" src="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/diffusion-of-innovations.png?resize=300%2C225&amp;ssl=1" alt="Diffusion of Innovations curve" srcset="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/diffusion-of-innovations.png?resize=300%2C225&amp;ssl=1 300w, https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/diffusion-of-innovations.png?resize=150%2C113&amp;ssl=1 150w, https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/diffusion-of-innovations.png?resize=768%2C576&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/diffusion-of-innovations.png?w=1000&amp;ssl=1 1000w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" data-recalc-dims="1" /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;Your top folks think “wow, our leaders are clueful, and they’re serious about transforming our culture.” They jump on board and immediately experience and demonstrate better performance and better morale. They view you as a clueful leader that they will trust vs. an unhelpful pointy-haired boss. They also become your champions and sources of local support with later adopters.&lt;/li&gt;
  292. &lt;li&gt;The next set of folks see the improved performance of the early adopters and say “I want some of that!” If you help frame the problem as adopting modern practices, and make it clear how the tools support these practices, this group will ultimately &lt;em&gt;change behavior&lt;/em&gt;, and experience the benefits of this change with their own improved performance and happiness.&lt;/li&gt;
  293. &lt;li&gt;The more productive and happy employees do a much better job recruiting great talent from college and industry, as they rave about their excellent set of tools, their modern ways of working, and their clueful leadership.&lt;/li&gt;
  294. &lt;li&gt;As more long-time and new employees gain mastery of the tools and the practices, you hit the diffusion curve’s critical mass point (the yellow line’s first inflection point in the diagram), where your early adopters and early majority become a self-sustaining force for the diffusion of the practices and tools to everyone else, allowing you to move on to the next whitespace where you can add unique value.&lt;/li&gt;
  295. &lt;/ul&gt;
  296. &lt;/blockquote&gt;
  297. &lt;p&gt;As I mentioned above, &lt;a href="https://medium.com/@BillHiggins/tools-as-a-catalyst-for-culture-change-f012b2c0b527"&gt;the entire piece&lt;/a&gt; is worth your attention.&lt;/p&gt;
  298. &lt;p&gt;It’s clear that there is a much-needed revolution taking place inside the walls of IBM’s development and design labs.&lt;/p&gt;
  299. &lt;p&gt;From the partner and consultant perspective, the first half of this decade had seen product development and innovation appear to slow to a crawl with products that were heavy, difficult to deploy and provision, and unappealing to users and business leaders. Something needed to be done.&lt;/p&gt;
  300. &lt;p&gt;We’re now hearing of new approaches being taken to all aspects of the software (and service) development process, and the benefits are being seen in the planning and delivery of products across the portfolio.&lt;/p&gt;
  301. &lt;p&gt;&lt;em&gt;&lt;strong&gt;What’s enlightening from articles like these is that descriptions of IBM’s efforts to revolutionise internal collaboration are missing one obvious component… IBM’s own collaboration tools!&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/em&gt;&lt;/p&gt;
  302. &lt;p&gt;Whilst the Notes to &lt;a href="http://www-03.ibm.com/software/products/en/ibm-verse"&gt;Verse&lt;/a&gt; migration has most likely improved email, this isn’t where the cultural change is anchored.&lt;/p&gt;
  303. &lt;p&gt;Instead of hearing about Connections or Sametime as the tools that are enabling developers to embrace new ways of working, it’s Slack and Mural that are taking the plaudits. Not that there is inherently anything wrong with that – IBM should be using the best tools that can support their business.&lt;/p&gt;
  304. &lt;p&gt;However, it’s tough for IBM and its ecosystem of partners and ISVs to be recommending their own solutions to customers when they are not using (or rather exploiting them fully) internally. For example, there’s barely been a mention of &lt;a href="https://workspace.ibm.com/"&gt;Watson Workspace&lt;/a&gt; in the press since the announcement last year, whilst IBM has been referencing their use of Slack on a regular basis – and &lt;a href="https://stuart-mcintyre.com/slack-takes-aim-at-the-corporate-sector-with-enterprise-grid-names-ibm-as-one-of-the-launch-customers/"&gt;Slack even used IBM as a launch reference for their enterprise solution&lt;/a&gt;.&lt;/p&gt;
  305. &lt;p&gt;So where does this leave IBM Connections and it’s related solutions? In a 6-9 month lull waiting for these new development practices to evidence themselves fully in the delivery of Connections Pink…&lt;/p&gt;
  306. &lt;p&gt;We’re already &lt;a href="https://stuart-mcintyre.com/building-enterprise-software-today-a-partnership-in-openness-ibms-jason-roy-gary-at-fossasia/"&gt;hearing of massive changes in the build and delivery approach&lt;/a&gt; for Pink, and the first element (OrientMe) was shipped in the recent &lt;a href="https://stuart-mcintyre.com/ibm-connections-6-0-announced-generally-available-march-31st/"&gt;Connections 6 release&lt;/a&gt;. It’s clear that this is a sea-change from the glacial pace of development that we’ve seen over the past few years, and I’d pin this at least partially on the cultural changes that Bill Higgins and others have implemented.&lt;/p&gt;
  307. &lt;p&gt;My hope is that the improvements delivered in Pink are enough to make the Connections solution effective at enabling true collaboration across teams and between individuals, in such a way that the IBM development teams themselves find it essential for their own use. That will be a true test of its value in modern tech-based organisations.&lt;/p&gt;
  308. &lt;p&gt; &lt;/p&gt;
  309. &lt;p&gt;[The post &lt;a rel="nofollow" href="https://stuart-mcintyre.com/tools-catalyst-culture-change-ibm/"&gt;Tools as a catalyst for culture change (in IBM)&lt;/a&gt; appeared first on &lt;a rel="nofollow" href="https://stuart-mcintyre.com"&gt;Stuart McIntyre&lt;/a&gt;.]&lt;/p&gt;&lt;img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/StuartMcIntyre/~4/hrjrP3Dup5I" height="1" width="1" alt=""/&gt;</description><enclosure url="https://stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/ibm-slant.jpg" length="0" /><feedburner:origLink>https://mcintyr.es/2nTY5lt</feedburner:origLink></item><item><title>Entering the Jargon Matrix</title><link>http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/StuartMcIntyre/~3/ECCWtSK4Ggs/2owTa6Q</link><category>Humour</category><category>IBM</category><category>Misc</category><category>dilbert</category><category>ibm</category><category>jargon</category><pubDate>Fri, 14 Apr 2017 23:31:39 PDT</pubDate><guid isPermaLink="false">tag:dlvr.it,2017-04-14:2b768927917039e1bf133f1e2825322e</guid><description>&lt;img width="792" height="247" src="https://i1.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/the-jargon-matrix.gif?fit=792%2C247&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="Dilbert: Asok Is In The Jargon Matrix" srcset="https://i1.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/the-jargon-matrix.gif?fit=792,247" ssl="1 2x" data-attachment-id="6536" data-permalink="https://stuart-mcintyre.com/entering-jargon-matrix/the-jargon-matrix/#main" data-orig-file="https://i1.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/the-jargon-matrix.gif?fit=900%2C281&amp;ssl=1" data-orig-size="900,281" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="Dilbert: Asok Is In The Jargon Matrix" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://i1.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/the-jargon-matrix.gif?fit=300%2C94&amp;ssl=1" data-large-file="https://i1.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/the-jargon-matrix.gif?fit=792%2C247&amp;ssl=1" /&gt;&lt;p&gt;This morning’s &lt;a href="https://www-01.ibm.com/common/ssi/ShowDoc.wss?docURL=/common/ssi/rep_ca/0/877/ENUSZP17-0160/index.html&amp;lang=en&amp;request_locale=en"&gt;announcement letter from IBM&lt;/a&gt; really made &lt;a href="http://dilbert.com/strip/2017-04-10"&gt;yesterday’s Dilbert&lt;/a&gt; hugely appropriate!&lt;/p&gt;
  310. &lt;p&gt;(h/t to &lt;a href="https://twitter.com/geldred/status/851761407003684869"&gt;Gregg Eldred&lt;/a&gt;)&lt;/p&gt;
  311. &lt;p&gt;[The post &lt;a rel="nofollow" href="https://stuart-mcintyre.com/entering-jargon-matrix/"&gt;Entering the Jargon Matrix&lt;/a&gt; appeared first on &lt;a rel="nofollow" href="https://stuart-mcintyre.com"&gt;Stuart McIntyre&lt;/a&gt;.]&lt;/p&gt;&lt;img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/StuartMcIntyre/~4/ECCWtSK4Ggs" height="1" width="1" alt=""/&gt;</description><enclosure url="https://stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/the-jargon-matrix.gif" length="0" /><feedburner:origLink>https://mcintyr.es/2owTa6Q</feedburner:origLink></item><item><title>Webinar: Surviving the Gartner Hype Cycle for your Enterprise Social Network</title><link>http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/StuartMcIntyre/~3/QzvztUiNIyY/2owKdKW</link><category>Webinars</category><category>esn</category><category>webinar</category><pubDate>Fri, 14 Apr 2017 23:31:38 PDT</pubDate><guid isPermaLink="false">tag:dlvr.it,2017-04-14:517a5c87003d755f2e444e2786e39074</guid><description>&lt;img width="792" height="230" src="https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/APQC-web.png?fit=792%2C230&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="APQC logo" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/APQC-web.png?fit=792,230" ssl="1 2x" data-attachment-id="6498" data-permalink="https://stuart-mcintyre.com/webinar-surviving-the-gartner-hype-cycle-for-your-enterprise-social-network/apqc-web/#main" data-orig-file="https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/APQC-web.png?fit=1000%2C291&amp;ssl=1" data-orig-size="1000,291" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="APQC logo" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/APQC-web.png?fit=300%2C87&amp;ssl=1" data-large-file="https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/APQC-web.png?fit=792%2C230&amp;ssl=1" /&gt;&lt;p&gt;The &lt;a href="https://www.apqc.org/"&gt;APQC (American Productivity &amp; Quality Center)&lt;/a&gt; are hosting an interesting webinar in a couple of week’s time, looking at how to manage a successful ESN:&lt;/p&gt;
  312. &lt;blockquote&gt;&lt;p&gt;When The Chartis Group launched its enterprise social network (ESN) in April 2016, the initial deployment and usage was a tremendous success, but engagement gradually slipped after the first 4-6 weeks. Through persistent promotional efforts and making the ESN a part of how employees do their jobs, adoption steadily improved over time.&lt;/p&gt;
  313. &lt;p&gt;During this webinar, The Chartis Group’s Director of Knowledge Management, Darrin Brogran, will discuss ways to strengthen any ESN within an organization. He will emphasize many of the challenges and pitfalls likely to be associated with a post-deployment ESN environment, actions designed to revitalize and refresh an ESN, and ways to optimize opportunities for your social network to become an embedded part of the organizational culture.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;
  314. &lt;p&gt;The webinar takes place on Thursday, April 20 at 10:30 a.m. CDT. &lt;a href="https://www.apqc.org/event/surviving-gartner-hype-cycle-your-enterprise-social-network"&gt;Register now&lt;/a&gt;.&lt;/p&gt;
  315. &lt;p&gt;[The post &lt;a rel="nofollow" href="https://stuart-mcintyre.com/webinar-surviving-the-gartner-hype-cycle-for-your-enterprise-social-network/"&gt;Webinar: Surviving the Gartner Hype Cycle for your Enterprise Social Network&lt;/a&gt; appeared first on &lt;a rel="nofollow" href="https://stuart-mcintyre.com"&gt;Stuart McIntyre&lt;/a&gt;.]&lt;/p&gt;&lt;img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/StuartMcIntyre/~4/QzvztUiNIyY" height="1" width="1" alt=""/&gt;</description><enclosure url="https://stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/APQC-web.png" length="0" /><feedburner:origLink>https://mcintyr.es/2owKdKW</feedburner:origLink></item><item><title>Have you completed the State of Community Management 2017 survey yet?</title><link>http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/StuartMcIntyre/~3/gYITkZis_Hg/2owTanE</link><category>Research &amp; Analysis</category><category>cmgr</category><category>community-management</category><category>socm</category><category>socm2017</category><category>survey</category><pubDate>Fri, 14 Apr 2017 23:31:37 PDT</pubDate><guid isPermaLink="false">tag:dlvr.it,2017-04-14:37775ff5dded7172b3823f10093f051f</guid><description>&lt;img width="680" height="383" src="https://i1.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/SOCM2017_HEADER_LIGHTBULBS_URL-680x383.jpg?fit=680%2C383&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="SOCM2017 header" srcset="https://i1.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/SOCM2017_HEADER_LIGHTBULBS_URL-680x383.jpg?fit=680,383" ssl="1 2x" data-attachment-id="6489" data-permalink="https://stuart-mcintyre.com/have-you-completed-the-state-of-community-management-2017-survey-yet/socm2017_header_lightbulbs_url-680x383/#main" data-orig-file="https://i1.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/SOCM2017_HEADER_LIGHTBULBS_URL-680x383.jpg?fit=680%2C383&amp;ssl=1" data-orig-size="680,383" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"1"}" data-image-title="SOCM2017 header" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://i1.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/SOCM2017_HEADER_LIGHTBULBS_URL-680x383.jpg?fit=300%2C169&amp;ssl=1" data-large-file="https://i1.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/SOCM2017_HEADER_LIGHTBULBS_URL-680x383.jpg?fit=680%2C383&amp;ssl=1" /&gt;&lt;p&gt;The Community Roundtable’s ‘State of Community Management’ annual analysis of online communities is one of the resources that I use almost every day in my role as a digital strategist. It contains vital information on what constitutes best-of-breed communities (both internal and external), how mature platforms are continuing to evolve into new areas, how the art (and therefore professional role) of community management is developing and much more. The 2016 edition is available &lt;a href="http://www.communityroundtable.com/research/the-state-of-community-management/socm2016/"&gt;here&lt;/a&gt; – I really would highly recommend that you download a copy if you’re at all interested in this topic.&lt;/p&gt;
  316. &lt;p&gt;The &lt;a href="https://www.communityroundtable.com/research/the-state-of-community-management/socm2017/"&gt;survey for this year’s edition&lt;/a&gt; launched a couple of months ago, and is expected to close soon:&lt;/p&gt;
  317. &lt;blockquote&gt;&lt;p&gt;Community managers and program owners in all communities – large and small, internal and external, &lt;a href="http://www.communityroundtable.com/research/the-state-of-community-management/socm2016/"&gt;&lt;img class="alignright size-medium wp-image-27075" src="https://i2.wp.com/www.communityroundtable.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/SOCM-2016-Cover-with-Shadow-Final-242x300.png?resize=242%2C300&amp;ssl=1" sizes="(max-width: 242px) 100vw, 242px" srcset="https://i2.wp.com/www.communityroundtable.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/SOCM-2016-Cover-with-Shadow-Final-242x300.png?resize=242%2C300&amp;ssl=1 242w, https://www.communityroundtable.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/SOCM-2016-Cover-with-Shadow-Final-768x950.png 768w, https://www.communityroundtable.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/SOCM-2016-Cover-with-Shadow-Final-680x841.png 680w, https://www.communityroundtable.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/SOCM-2016-Cover-with-Shadow-Final.png 826w" alt="SOCM 2016 Cover with Shadow Final" data-recalc-dims="1" /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;public and private, and across all industries and use cases are encouraged to take the 25-minute survey, which explores critical elements of successful communities. Survey participants receive:&lt;/p&gt;
  318. &lt;ul&gt;
  319. &lt;li&gt;A free estimated Community Maturity Score, which compares your responses to The Community Roundtable’s database of hundreds of surveys, and gives you a sense of where your community ranks on the Community Maturity Model.&lt;/li&gt;
  320. &lt;li&gt;Access to the full State of Community Management 2017 report on the day it’s made available (expected mid-May).&lt;/li&gt;
  321. &lt;/ul&gt;
  322. &lt;/blockquote&gt;
  323. &lt;p&gt;If you’re a community manager, and you haven’t yet taken the survey, please do so ASAP. It’s a fantastic opportunity to contribute to the understanding of progress in the profession, as well as gathering some incredibly useful information on your own community:&lt;/p&gt;
  324. &lt;blockquote&gt;&lt;p&gt;The 25-minute survey explores your community across the 8 competencies of the Community Maturity Model, and generate an exclusive (and private) scorecard of where you stand in:&lt;/p&gt;
  325. &lt;ul&gt;
  326. &lt;li&gt;Strategy&lt;/li&gt;
  327. &lt;li&gt;Leadership&lt;/li&gt;
  328. &lt;li&gt;Culture&lt;/li&gt;
  329. &lt;li&gt;Community Management&lt;/li&gt;
  330. &lt;li&gt;Content and Programs&lt;/li&gt;
  331. &lt;li&gt;Policies and Guidelines&lt;/li&gt;
  332. &lt;li&gt;Tools&lt;/li&gt;
  333. &lt;li&gt;Metrics and Measurement&lt;/li&gt;
  334. &lt;/ul&gt;
  335. &lt;p&gt;Plus, you can use the included ROI calculator to get a sense of how your ROI stacks up, based on the value of answers created in your community use our ROI model.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;
  336. &lt;p&gt;&lt;a href="http://the.cr/socm2017survey"&gt;Take the survey now&lt;/a&gt;!&lt;/p&gt;
  337. &lt;p&gt;[The post &lt;a rel="nofollow" href="https://stuart-mcintyre.com/have-you-completed-the-state-of-community-management-2017-survey-yet/"&gt;Have you completed the State of Community Management 2017 survey yet?&lt;/a&gt; appeared first on &lt;a rel="nofollow" href="https://stuart-mcintyre.com"&gt;Stuart McIntyre&lt;/a&gt;.]&lt;/p&gt;&lt;img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/StuartMcIntyre/~4/gYITkZis_Hg" height="1" width="1" alt=""/&gt;</description><enclosure url="https://stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/SOCM2017_HEADER_LIGHTBULBS_URL-680x383.jpg" length="0" /><feedburner:origLink>https://mcintyr.es/2owTanE</feedburner:origLink></item><item><title>Building enterprise software today: A partnership in openness (IBM’s Jason Roy Gary at FOSSASIA 2017)</title><link>http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/StuartMcIntyre/~3/EEhS75kddtY/2owTt1I</link><category>IBM</category><category>IBM Connections</category><category>fossasia2017</category><category>ibmcnx</category><category>ibmconnections</category><category>pink</category><pubDate>Fri, 14 Apr 2017 23:31:37 PDT</pubDate><guid isPermaLink="false">tag:dlvr.it,2017-04-14:072d8fc948e8bbe76e2361d43c9dcf1b</guid><description>&lt;img width="792" height="446" src="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/jason_roy_gary_preview.jpg?fit=792%2C446&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="jason_roy_gary_preview" srcset="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/jason_roy_gary_preview.jpg?fit=792,446" ssl="1 2x" data-attachment-id="6481" data-permalink="https://stuart-mcintyre.com/building-enterprise-software-today-a-partnership-in-openness-ibms-jason-roy-gary-at-fossasia/jason_roy_gary_preview/#main" data-orig-file="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/jason_roy_gary_preview.jpg?fit=1280%2C720&amp;ssl=1" data-orig-size="1280,720" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="jason_roy_gary_preview" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/jason_roy_gary_preview.jpg?fit=300%2C169&amp;ssl=1" data-large-file="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/jason_roy_gary_preview.jpg?fit=792%2C446&amp;ssl=1" /&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;a href="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/fossasia-square-300dpi.png?ssl=1"&gt;&lt;img data-attachment-id="6482" data-permalink="https://stuart-mcintyre.com/building-enterprise-software-today-a-partnership-in-openness-ibms-jason-roy-gary-at-fossasia/fossasia-square-300dpi/#main" data-orig-file="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/fossasia-square-300dpi.png?fit=1333%2C1333&amp;ssl=1" data-orig-size="1333,1333" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="FOSS ASIA" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/fossasia-square-300dpi.png?fit=300%2C300&amp;ssl=1" data-large-file="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/fossasia-square-300dpi.png?fit=792%2C792&amp;ssl=1" class="alignright size-thumbnail wp-image-6482" src="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/fossasia-square-300dpi.png?resize=150%2C150&amp;ssl=1" alt="FOSS ASIA" srcset="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/fossasia-square-300dpi.png?resize=150%2C150&amp;ssl=1 150w, https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/fossasia-square-300dpi.png?resize=300%2C300&amp;ssl=1 300w, https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/fossasia-square-300dpi.png?resize=768%2C768&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/fossasia-square-300dpi.png?resize=1024%2C1024&amp;ssl=1 1024w, https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/fossasia-square-300dpi.png?w=1333&amp;ssl=1 1333w" sizes="(max-width: 150px) 100vw, 150px" data-recalc-dims="1" /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;Those that were at IBM Connect or on recent partner calls may have seen versions of this presentation from &lt;a href="https://twitter.com/jasonroygary"&gt;Jason Roy Gary&lt;/a&gt; of IBM. However, I am thrilled to find a &lt;a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2gKIsWqbJIk"&gt;video version&lt;/a&gt; recorded at last week’s &lt;a href="http://2017.fossasia.org/"&gt;FOSSASIA 2017&lt;/a&gt; event held in Singapore.&lt;/p&gt;
  338. &lt;p&gt;Jason is a Distinguished Engineer and since last year has lead the IBM Connections engineering team. It’s fair to say that his arrival has resulted in a dramatic revolution in the way that IBM is approaching the Connections product, infrastructure and development process. The plans for Connections Pink demonstrate this in an emphatic way.&lt;/p&gt;
  339. &lt;p&gt;&lt;iframe class='youtube-player' type='text/html' width='792' height='476' src='https://www.youtube.com/embed/2gKIsWqbJIk?version=3&amp;rel=1&amp;fs=1&amp;autohide=2&amp;showsearch=0&amp;showinfo=1&amp;iv_load_policy=1&amp;wmode=transparent' allowfullscreen='true' style='border:0;'&gt;&lt;/iframe&gt;&lt;/p&gt;
  340. &lt;p&gt;In this presentation, Jason outlines his beliefs, the challenges that vendors face in 2017, and why an open approach is essential for enterprise software.  It is a fascinating hour’s worth of listening, and I’d recommend it to any IBM customer or partner.&lt;/p&gt;
  341. &lt;p&gt;[The post &lt;a rel="nofollow" href="https://stuart-mcintyre.com/building-enterprise-software-today-a-partnership-in-openness-ibms-jason-roy-gary-at-fossasia/"&gt;Building enterprise software today: A partnership in openness (IBM’s Jason Roy Gary at FOSSASIA 2017)&lt;/a&gt; appeared first on &lt;a rel="nofollow" href="https://stuart-mcintyre.com"&gt;Stuart McIntyre&lt;/a&gt;.]&lt;/p&gt;&lt;img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/StuartMcIntyre/~4/EEhS75kddtY" height="1" width="1" alt=""/&gt;</description><enclosure url="https://stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/jason_roy_gary_preview.jpg" length="0" /><feedburner:origLink>https://mcintyr.es/2owTt1I</feedburner:origLink></item><item><title>IBM Connections 6.0 announced, generally available March 31st</title><link>http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/StuartMcIntyre/~3/qSRKoOkZv1M/2owSWwA</link><category>IBM Connections</category><category>connections</category><category>ibm</category><category>ibmcnx</category><pubDate>Fri, 14 Apr 2017 23:31:36 PDT</pubDate><guid isPermaLink="false">tag:dlvr.it,2017-04-14:922415d9110690b2afe56fc18ae91f71</guid><description>&lt;img width="792" height="556" src="https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/IBM-Connections-6-summary.png?fit=792%2C556&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="IBM Connections 6 summary" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/IBM-Connections-6-summary.png?fit=792,556" ssl="1 2x" data-attachment-id="6463" data-permalink="https://stuart-mcintyre.com/ibm-connections-6-is-coming-soon-so-whats-the-killer-enhancement/ibm-connections-6-summary/#main" data-orig-file="https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/IBM-Connections-6-summary.png?fit=1159%2C814&amp;ssl=1" data-orig-size="1159,814" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="IBM Connections 6 summary" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/IBM-Connections-6-summary.png?fit=300%2C211&amp;ssl=1" data-large-file="https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/IBM-Connections-6-summary.png?fit=792%2C556&amp;ssl=1" /&gt;&lt;p&gt;They told us at Connect that IBM Connections 6.0 would be made available in Q1, and here’s the &lt;a href="http://www-01.ibm.com/common/ssi/ShowDoc.wss?docURL=/common/ssi/rep_ca/1/877/ENUSZP17-0121/index.html&amp;lang=en&amp;request_locale=en"&gt;announcement&lt;/a&gt; that they’ll be sneaking it across the line on the 31st March…&lt;/p&gt;
  342. &lt;blockquote&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;a href="https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/IBM-Connections-6-summary.png?ssl=1"&gt;&lt;img data-attachment-id="6463" data-permalink="https://stuart-mcintyre.com/ibm-connections-6-is-coming-soon-so-whats-the-killer-enhancement/ibm-connections-6-summary/#main" data-orig-file="https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/IBM-Connections-6-summary.png?fit=1159%2C814&amp;ssl=1" data-orig-size="1159,814" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="IBM Connections 6 summary" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/IBM-Connections-6-summary.png?fit=300%2C211&amp;ssl=1" data-large-file="https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/IBM-Connections-6-summary.png?fit=792%2C556&amp;ssl=1" class="alignright size-medium wp-image-6463" src="https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/IBM-Connections-6-summary.png?resize=300%2C211&amp;ssl=1" alt="IBM Connections 6 summary" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/IBM-Connections-6-summary.png?resize=300%2C211&amp;ssl=1 300w, https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/IBM-Connections-6-summary.png?resize=150%2C105&amp;ssl=1 150w, https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/IBM-Connections-6-summary.png?resize=768%2C539&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/IBM-Connections-6-summary.png?resize=1024%2C719&amp;ssl=1 1024w, https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/IBM-Connections-6-summary.png?w=1159&amp;ssl=1 1159w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" data-recalc-dims="1" /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;Connections V6.0 adds new capabilities for creating and customizing engaging Communities, and offers users increased flexibility in syncing and managing their online and offline Files folders.&lt;/p&gt;
  343. &lt;p&gt;Updates:&lt;/p&gt;
  344. &lt;ul&gt;
  345. &lt;li&gt;Community customization capabilities can help to make a Community more useful and engaging for the Community members.&lt;/li&gt;
  346. &lt;li&gt;Doing so can lead to greater Community participation and provides a more effective collaboration experience for the Community members.&lt;/li&gt;
  347. &lt;li&gt;File folders can be taken offline to a PC for local work and then synchronized with the online folders.&lt;/li&gt;
  348. &lt;li&gt;Advanced analytics provide an optional personalized and prioritized home page that will surface information that is most relevant for the individual.&lt;/li&gt;
  349. &lt;/ul&gt;
  350. &lt;/blockquote&gt;
  351. &lt;p&gt;The significant new features are highlighted in the &lt;a href="http://www-01.ibm.com/common/ssi/ShowDoc.wss?docURL=/common/ssi/rep_ca/1/877/ENUSZP17-0121/index.html&amp;lang=en&amp;request_locale=en"&gt;announcement letter&lt;/a&gt;, along with some of the implementation details:&lt;/p&gt;
  352. &lt;blockquote&gt;
  353. &lt;h4&gt;Communities are more customizable&lt;/h4&gt;
  354. &lt;p&gt;Advanced Community customization capabilities provide Community owners additional options for designing their custom Community. These changes allow a Community to be more useful and engaging, leading to increased community vitality. As Community owners build these vibrant communities, they can copy the existing layouts and designs from one Community into a new one.&lt;/p&gt;
  355. &lt;p&gt;Community owners can:&lt;/p&gt;
  356. &lt;ul&gt;
  357. &lt;li&gt;Create Community experiences with enhanced rich text content editing, so that Community members can enjoy an engaging experience.&lt;/li&gt;
  358. &lt;li&gt;Choose from new modern layouts with a horizontal navigation bar to better use space on Community pages and match the Community’s purpose more effectively.&lt;/li&gt;
  359. &lt;li&gt;Create new Communities faster by choosing from existing layouts, which can help to save time and establish guidelines for Community design.&lt;/li&gt;
  360. &lt;li&gt;Reduce clutter on Community pages by hiding a widget while retaining its link in the navigation menu.&lt;/li&gt;
  361. &lt;/ul&gt;
  362. &lt;h4&gt;Files delivers added flexibility&lt;/h4&gt;
  363. &lt;p&gt;Files users can select a top-level folder in their Files and mark it for sync. This permits the users to take the content of entire folders offline to their desktop and keep them synchronized with the files on the server.&lt;/p&gt;
  364. &lt;h4&gt;Relevant updates are brought front and center&lt;/h4&gt;
  365. &lt;p&gt;A new optional program, IBM Connections Orient Me, can be used with Connections V6.0 to provide new home page capabilities that apply advanced analytics to surface information and people that are most relevant to an individual.&lt;/p&gt;
  366. &lt;p&gt;Individuals can take advantage of new capabilities provided by Connections Orient Me:&lt;/p&gt;
  367. &lt;ul&gt;
  368. &lt;li&gt;See, at a glance, the updates and information most relevant to users, displayed in a new visual layout and prioritized based on their interaction with content and people.&lt;/li&gt;
  369. &lt;li&gt;Apply new content and people filters to better control what users see.&lt;/li&gt;
  370. &lt;li&gt;More easily view updates grouped by a person, a Community, or content.&lt;/li&gt;
  371. &lt;li&gt;Receive suggestions about the people most likely to be important and relevant to their work.&lt;/li&gt;
  372. &lt;li&gt;See a snapshot of their day in the Action Center, accessible throughout Connections.&lt;/li&gt;
  373. &lt;/ul&gt;
  374. &lt;p&gt;Connections Orient Me is planned for availability on the availability date of Connections V6.0. Connections Orient Me is planned to be made available for download from the Fix Central website by organizations with entitlement to Connections V6.0&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;
  375. &lt;p&gt;As previously blogged, this is set to be the final on-premises release of Connections built the run wholly on the traditional platform of WebSphere/DB2/IHS/TDI etc. Connections Pink will start to arrive in pieces from later this year, running on an entirely more dynamic and easier-to-manage infrastructure. You will need to be running 6.0 to make that transition, so start the &lt;a href="https://www.ibm.com/support/knowledgecenter/SSYGQH_6.0.0/admin/plan/c_installation_overview.html"&gt;planning process &lt;/a&gt;now to get there as soon as you can.&lt;/p&gt;
  376. &lt;p&gt;Connections 6.0 will be available to download from Passport Advantage or Partnerworld as usual.&lt;/p&gt;
  377. &lt;p&gt;[The post &lt;a rel="nofollow" href="https://stuart-mcintyre.com/ibm-connections-6-0-announced-generally-available-march-31st/"&gt;IBM Connections 6.0 announced, generally available March 31st&lt;/a&gt; appeared first on &lt;a rel="nofollow" href="https://stuart-mcintyre.com"&gt;Stuart McIntyre&lt;/a&gt;.]&lt;/p&gt;&lt;img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/StuartMcIntyre/~4/qSRKoOkZv1M" height="1" width="1" alt=""/&gt;</description><enclosure url="https://stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/IBM-Connections-6-summary.png" length="0" /><feedburner:origLink>https://mcintyr.es/2owSWwA</feedburner:origLink></item><item><title>IBM Connections 6 is coming soon… So what is the killer enhancement?</title><link>http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/StuartMcIntyre/~3/rXsGGzOrLJU/2ox3igc</link><category>IBM</category><category>IBM Connections</category><category>Jive</category><category>connections</category><category>ibm</category><category>ibmcnx</category><category>use-cases</category><pubDate>Fri, 14 Apr 2017 23:31:35 PDT</pubDate><guid isPermaLink="false">tag:dlvr.it,2017-04-14:7e792234edb6634222cad07d486030b4</guid><description>&lt;img width="792" height="556" src="https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/IBM-Connections-6-summary.png?fit=792%2C556&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="IBM Connections 6 summary" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/IBM-Connections-6-summary.png?fit=792,556" ssl="1 2x" data-attachment-id="6463" data-permalink="https://stuart-mcintyre.com/ibm-connections-6-is-coming-soon-so-whats-the-killer-enhancement/ibm-connections-6-summary/#main" data-orig-file="https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/IBM-Connections-6-summary.png?fit=1159%2C814&amp;ssl=1" data-orig-size="1159,814" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="IBM Connections 6 summary" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/IBM-Connections-6-summary.png?fit=300%2C211&amp;ssl=1" data-large-file="https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/IBM-Connections-6-summary.png?fit=792%2C556&amp;ssl=1" /&gt;&lt;p&gt;Earlier this week IBM published a &lt;a href="http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/51824.wss"&gt;press release&lt;/a&gt; previewing the headline features of the upcoming new on-premises release of Connections:&lt;/p&gt;
  378. &lt;blockquote&gt;&lt;p&gt;IBM today announced it is bringing new capabilities to enterprise social networks for a simpler collaboration across the workforce and employee onboarding experience. The latest version of IBM Connections also integrates with IBM Cloud Object Storage, providing companies an ability to scale their storage needs with their employee’s usage while improving storage costs.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;
  379. &lt;p&gt;The press release most notably included the GA date for Connections 6:&lt;/p&gt;
  380. &lt;blockquote&gt;&lt;p&gt;The newest version of IBM Connections will be available on March 28.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;
  381. &lt;p&gt;Some of the key new features are mentioned in the press release:&lt;/p&gt;
  382. &lt;ul&gt;
  383. &lt;li&gt;&lt;a href="https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/connections-6-orient-me.jpg?ssl=1"&gt;&lt;img data-attachment-id="6453" data-permalink="https://stuart-mcintyre.com/ibm-connections-6-is-coming-soon-so-whats-the-killer-enhancement/connections-6-orient-me/#main" data-orig-file="https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/connections-6-orient-me.jpg?fit=1427%2C922&amp;ssl=1" data-orig-size="1427,922" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="Connections 6 Orient Me" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/connections-6-orient-me.jpg?fit=300%2C194&amp;ssl=1" data-large-file="https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/connections-6-orient-me.jpg?fit=792%2C512&amp;ssl=1" class="alignright size-thumbnail wp-image-6453" src="https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/connections-6-orient-me.jpg?resize=150%2C97&amp;ssl=1" alt="Connections 6 Orient Me" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/connections-6-orient-me.jpg?resize=150%2C97&amp;ssl=1 150w, https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/connections-6-orient-me.jpg?resize=300%2C194&amp;ssl=1 300w, https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/connections-6-orient-me.jpg?resize=768%2C496&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/connections-6-orient-me.jpg?resize=1024%2C662&amp;ssl=1 1024w, https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/connections-6-orient-me.jpg?w=1427&amp;ssl=1 1427w" sizes="(max-width: 150px) 100vw, 150px" data-recalc-dims="1" /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;A &lt;strong&gt;new Homepage experience (known as called ‘Orient Me’)&lt;/strong&gt; designed to do a better job of surfacing topical and relevant content from across the individual user’s network.  This new feature makes use of a new containerised, API-driven architecture to select and display the most relevant information for the user,  providing a more interactive experience that the old activity-stream Homepage ever offered.&lt;/li&gt;
  384. &lt;li&gt;&lt;a href="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/connections-6-touchpoint.jpg?ssl=1"&gt;&lt;img data-attachment-id="6455" data-permalink="https://stuart-mcintyre.com/ibm-connections-6-is-coming-soon-so-whats-the-killer-enhancement/connections-6-touchpoint-2/#main" data-orig-file="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/connections-6-touchpoint.jpg?fit=1195%2C706&amp;ssl=1" data-orig-size="1195,706" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="Connections 6 Touchpoint" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/connections-6-touchpoint.jpg?fit=300%2C177&amp;ssl=1" data-large-file="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/connections-6-touchpoint.jpg?fit=792%2C468&amp;ssl=1" class="alignright size-thumbnail wp-image-6455" src="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/connections-6-touchpoint.jpg?resize=150%2C89&amp;ssl=1" alt="" srcset="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/connections-6-touchpoint.jpg?resize=150%2C89&amp;ssl=1 150w, https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/connections-6-touchpoint.jpg?resize=300%2C177&amp;ssl=1 300w, https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/connections-6-touchpoint.jpg?resize=768%2C454&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/connections-6-touchpoint.jpg?resize=1024%2C605&amp;ssl=1 1024w, https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/connections-6-touchpoint.jpg?w=1195&amp;ssl=1 1195w" sizes="(max-width: 150px) 100vw, 150px" data-recalc-dims="1" /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;Connections 6 also provides &lt;strong&gt;a “Touchpoint” onboarding experience for new users&lt;/strong&gt;, offering a a more helpful and intuitive introductory process for new users, with easy login, ability to follow colleagues and join communities to begin working more efficiently. (A few years ago I &lt;a href="https://stuart-mcintyre.com/ibm-connections-touchpoint-on-boarding-for-new-users-2/"&gt;discussed&lt;/a&gt; a previous iteration of the Touchpoint technology back when it was a paid asset offered by IBM Services.)&lt;/li&gt;
  385. &lt;li&gt;The &lt;strong&gt;ability to copy designs and layouts from existing communities&lt;/strong&gt; enables more effective and standardised community management, as well as saving time when setting up new use cases.&lt;/li&gt;
  386. &lt;li&gt;&lt;a href="https://i1.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/connections-6-my-drive.jpg?ssl=1"&gt;&lt;img data-attachment-id="6456" data-permalink="https://stuart-mcintyre.com/ibm-connections-6-is-coming-soon-so-whats-the-killer-enhancement/connections-6-my-drive/#main" data-orig-file="https://i1.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/connections-6-my-drive.jpg?fit=1737%2C1006&amp;ssl=1" data-orig-size="1737,1006" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="Connections 6 My Drive" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://i1.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/connections-6-my-drive.jpg?fit=300%2C174&amp;ssl=1" data-large-file="https://i1.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/connections-6-my-drive.jpg?fit=792%2C459&amp;ssl=1" class="alignright size-thumbnail wp-image-6456" src="https://i1.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/connections-6-my-drive.jpg?resize=150%2C87&amp;ssl=1" alt="Connections 6 My Drive" srcset="https://i1.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/connections-6-my-drive.jpg?resize=150%2C87&amp;ssl=1 150w, https://i1.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/connections-6-my-drive.jpg?resize=300%2C174&amp;ssl=1 300w, https://i1.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/connections-6-my-drive.jpg?resize=768%2C445&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i1.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/connections-6-my-drive.jpg?resize=1024%2C593&amp;ssl=1 1024w, https://i1.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/connections-6-my-drive.jpg?w=1584&amp;ssl=1 1584w" sizes="(max-width: 150px) 100vw, 150px" data-recalc-dims="1" /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;An &lt;strong&gt;improved user experience for file access&lt;/strong&gt; provides a simple to use interface and desktop sync for easier access to files, providing large file uploads, rich text editor, new preview/editing features in File Viewer and search improvements.&lt;/li&gt;
  387. &lt;li&gt;&lt;strong&gt;Integration with IBM Cloud Object Storage&lt;/strong&gt; enables a hybrid option for Connections, storing the ever-increasing volumes of social data and allowing companies easy access to that information for analytics and new learning.&lt;/li&gt;
  388. &lt;/ul&gt;
  389. &lt;p&gt;All these enhancements are valuable for loyal Connections customers and their employees, particularly the new Orient Me feature which has been needed for as long as I can remember.  It’s similarity to the Verse user experience is pleasing for those that run both Verse and Connections, and I look forward to testing the effectiveness of the filters and AI-driven content selection when it becomes available. (I would still like to have seen more options for pushed Corporate Communications-style content, rather than what seems to be a sole focus on content from the user’s network, but we can’t have everything…)&lt;/p&gt;
  390. &lt;p&gt;However, in my mind there is no doubt that the single most important enhancement contained in Connections 6 is not mentioned at all in IBM’s communication, and so it is that which I want to explore here.&lt;/p&gt;
  391. &lt;h3&gt;It’s all about the Use Case…&lt;/h3&gt;
  392. &lt;p&gt;My methodology for deploying effective and engaging online communities is based on a foundation of well-defined &lt;em&gt;&lt;strong&gt;use cases&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/em&gt;, developed by understanding the immediate needs of employees and community members within a specific context, the issues they face in their current workflows and business processes, and the cast and audience that are (or should be) engaged within the activity being analysed.&lt;/p&gt;
  393. &lt;p&gt;Some (very high-level) sample use cases could be:&lt;/p&gt;
  394. &lt;ul&gt;
  395. &lt;li&gt;A marketing team creating promotional campaign materials and delivering them to the sales channels&lt;/li&gt;
  396. &lt;li&gt;A sales team working together and working with supporting teams to respond to a tender with a proposal for products and services&lt;/li&gt;
  397. &lt;li&gt;A customer service team taking customer questions, finding the answers and responding to the customer&lt;/li&gt;
  398. &lt;li&gt;A corporate communications team communicating the strategy of the company to all employees&lt;/li&gt;
  399. &lt;li&gt;A research &amp; development team creating new products and delivering them to the market&lt;/li&gt;
  400. &lt;/ul&gt;
  401. &lt;p&gt;Once the use case is defined in detail, we move on to the containers, content types and interaction methods that will best support an improved approach within the online community. Lastly, we develop and publish wireframes that specify how use case content, calls to action and navigation will be surfaced within the community. Finally we build the defined use case within the technology, seed content and invite pilot users.&lt;/p&gt;
  402. &lt;p&gt;In this way, each and every use case has its own definition, interaction model, layout and flavour. Sure, common patterns are often a starting point (for example, communities of practice often follow a similar design and structure, no matter what the practice might be), but the look and feel of the use case will be different – the content types, calls to action, navigation and surfaced information will be specific and relevant to the use case supported.&lt;/p&gt;
  403. &lt;p&gt;This approach has always been difficult to implement in Connections. The definition phases could be undertaken, but when it came to delivering a customised experience for each use case that reflected the requirements of the audience, the process or workflow to be undertaken there, and the actions that users are being called to engage with, the static nature and feature-driven of the Connections community model was always a hindrance.&lt;/p&gt;
  404. &lt;p&gt;Here’s a relatively positive and visually appealing experience within a Connections community, taken from an IBM marketing screenshot:&lt;/p&gt;
  405. &lt;p&gt;&lt;a href="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Community-hires.png?ssl=1"&gt;&lt;img data-attachment-id="6458" data-permalink="https://stuart-mcintyre.com/ibm-connections-6-is-coming-soon-so-whats-the-killer-enhancement/community-hires/#main" data-orig-file="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Community-hires.png?fit=620%2C379&amp;ssl=1" data-orig-size="620,379" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="Connections community layout" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Community-hires.png?fit=300%2C183&amp;ssl=1" data-large-file="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Community-hires.png?fit=620%2C379&amp;ssl=1" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-6458" src="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Community-hires.png?resize=620%2C379&amp;ssl=1" alt="Connections community layout" srcset="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Community-hires.png?w=620&amp;ssl=1 620w, https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Community-hires.png?resize=150%2C92&amp;ssl=1 150w, https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Community-hires.png?resize=300%2C183&amp;ssl=1 300w" sizes="(max-width: 620px) 100vw, 620px" data-recalc-dims="1" /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;
  406. &lt;p&gt;Whilst the order of the widgets in the centre column can be customised, a graphical overview pane created, and a few of the community’s options tweaked, really every Connections ‘place’ will follow the same structure.  Most critically, the various content types (blog posts, wiki articles, forum discussions etc.) can only be displayed in their specific widget, and with no real context as to how those content types should be used or when they are relevant.  In addition, most follow a strict sort order, versus allowing curation by the community manager.&lt;/p&gt;
  407. &lt;p&gt;Look at how this differs from a similar Sales ‘place’ within a demo Jive environment:&lt;/p&gt;
  408. &lt;p&gt;&lt;a href="https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/jive_sales_place.png?ssl=1"&gt;&lt;img data-attachment-id="6459" data-permalink="https://stuart-mcintyre.com/ibm-connections-6-is-coming-soon-so-whats-the-killer-enhancement/jive_sales_place/#main" data-orig-file="https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/jive_sales_place.png?fit=1333%2C862&amp;ssl=1" data-orig-size="1333,862" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="Jive sales place" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/jive_sales_place.png?fit=300%2C194&amp;ssl=1" data-large-file="https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/jive_sales_place.png?fit=792%2C512&amp;ssl=1" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-6459" src="https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/jive_sales_place.png?resize=792%2C512&amp;ssl=1" alt="Jive sales place" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/jive_sales_place.png?w=1333&amp;ssl=1 1333w, https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/jive_sales_place.png?resize=150%2C97&amp;ssl=1 150w, https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/jive_sales_place.png?resize=300%2C194&amp;ssl=1 300w, https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/jive_sales_place.png?resize=768%2C497&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/jive_sales_place.png?resize=1024%2C662&amp;ssl=1 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 792px) 100vw, 792px" data-recalc-dims="1" /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;
  409. &lt;p&gt;The place owner gets to choose the column layout, the banner, the tile selection and placement, a variety of dynamic and static display options, including a number that allow curation of specific content, people, places and links.&lt;/p&gt;
  410. &lt;p&gt;In addition, each of the first four tabs on the place header (Overview, Sales Development, Field Sales and Sales Engineering) are different layouts surfacing content within this place and from around the community:&lt;/p&gt;
  411. &lt;p&gt;&lt;a href="https://i1.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/jive_sales_place2.png?ssl=1"&gt;&lt;img data-attachment-id="6460" data-permalink="https://stuart-mcintyre.com/ibm-connections-6-is-coming-soon-so-whats-the-killer-enhancement/jive_sales_place2/#main" data-orig-file="https://i1.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/jive_sales_place2.png?fit=1332%2C1211&amp;ssl=1" data-orig-size="1332,1211" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="Jive sales place 2" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://i1.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/jive_sales_place2.png?fit=300%2C273&amp;ssl=1" data-large-file="https://i1.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/jive_sales_place2.png?fit=792%2C720&amp;ssl=1" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-6460" src="https://i1.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/jive_sales_place2.png?resize=792%2C720&amp;ssl=1" alt="Jive sales place 2" srcset="https://i1.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/jive_sales_place2.png?w=1332&amp;ssl=1 1332w, https://i1.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/jive_sales_place2.png?resize=150%2C136&amp;ssl=1 150w, https://i1.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/jive_sales_place2.png?resize=300%2C273&amp;ssl=1 300w, https://i1.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/jive_sales_place2.png?resize=768%2C698&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i1.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/jive_sales_place2.png?resize=1024%2C931&amp;ssl=1 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 792px) 100vw, 792px" data-recalc-dims="1" /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;
  412. &lt;p&gt;&lt;em&gt;[Please note that I don’t hold the above Sales place up as a particularly great example of design or configuration in a Jive context, it’s just a pre-seeded place that I have available to screenshot, and is somewhat similar in purpose to the IBM example.]&lt;/em&gt;&lt;/p&gt;
  413. &lt;p&gt;This isn’t meant to bash Connections, both that product and Jive-n/x have their own advantages and disadvantages, but it’s always been apparent to me that if we want to encourage specific groups of users (say Sales) to adopt our platform, or wish to support their specific use cases (a need to onboard new salespeople more quickly and effectively), then we have to have a means to create a user experience that is relevant, engaging and carefully considered. This needs to be easier to create&lt;/p&gt;
  414. &lt;h3&gt;So what’s the killer enhancement in Connections 6?&lt;/h3&gt;
  415. &lt;p&gt;In Connections 6, place owners will finally get the ability to create truly modern communities that better support a wider variety of use cases:&lt;/p&gt;
  416. &lt;figure id="attachment_6462" style="width: 1205px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"&gt;&lt;a href="https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/connections-6-communities.png?ssl=1"&gt;&lt;img data-attachment-id="6462" data-permalink="https://stuart-mcintyre.com/ibm-connections-6-is-coming-soon-so-whats-the-killer-enhancement/connections-6-communities/#main" data-orig-file="https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/connections-6-communities.png?fit=1205%2C809&amp;ssl=1" data-orig-size="1205,809" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="IBM Connections 6 communities" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/connections-6-communities.png?fit=300%2C201&amp;ssl=1" data-large-file="https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/connections-6-communities.png?fit=792%2C531&amp;ssl=1" class="wp-image-6462 size-full" src="https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/connections-6-communities.png?resize=792%2C532&amp;ssl=1" alt="IBM Connections 6 communities" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/connections-6-communities.png?w=1205&amp;ssl=1 1205w, https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/connections-6-communities.png?resize=150%2C101&amp;ssl=1 150w, https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/connections-6-communities.png?resize=300%2C201&amp;ssl=1 300w, https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/connections-6-communities.png?resize=768%2C516&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/connections-6-communities.png?resize=1024%2C687&amp;ssl=1 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 792px) 100vw, 792px" data-recalc-dims="1" /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;figcaption class="wp-caption-text"&gt;&lt;em&gt;IBM caveat: Designs subject to change&lt;/em&gt;&lt;/figcaption&gt;&lt;/figure&gt;
  417. &lt;p&gt;With new widget layouts, greater levels of customisation at the menu and design level, and a fresh new look, Connections 6 will allow community managers to create engaging places that suit the needs of their community members.&lt;/p&gt;
  418. &lt;figure id="attachment_6461" style="width: 1254px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"&gt;&lt;a href="https://i1.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/connections-6-communities-2.png?ssl=1"&gt;&lt;img data-attachment-id="6461" data-permalink="https://stuart-mcintyre.com/ibm-connections-6-is-coming-soon-so-whats-the-killer-enhancement/connections-6-communities-2/#main" data-orig-file="https://i1.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/connections-6-communities-2.png?fit=1254%2C828&amp;ssl=1" data-orig-size="1254,828" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="IBM Connections 6 communities 2" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://i1.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/connections-6-communities-2.png?fit=300%2C198&amp;ssl=1" data-large-file="https://i1.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/connections-6-communities-2.png?fit=792%2C523&amp;ssl=1" class="size-full wp-image-6461" src="https://i1.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/connections-6-communities-2.png?resize=792%2C523&amp;ssl=1" alt="IBM Connections 6 communities 2" srcset="https://i1.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/connections-6-communities-2.png?w=1254&amp;ssl=1 1254w, https://i1.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/connections-6-communities-2.png?resize=150%2C99&amp;ssl=1 150w, https://i1.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/connections-6-communities-2.png?resize=300%2C198&amp;ssl=1 300w, https://i1.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/connections-6-communities-2.png?resize=768%2C507&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i1.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/connections-6-communities-2.png?resize=1024%2C676&amp;ssl=1 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 792px) 100vw, 792px" data-recalc-dims="1" /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;figcaption class="wp-caption-text"&gt;&lt;em&gt;IBM caveat: Designs subject to change&lt;/em&gt;&lt;/figcaption&gt;&lt;/figure&gt;
  419. &lt;p&gt;Whilst Connections communities still have some way to go to match the level of place customisation, navigation and curation available in Jive, these new features do bring Connections much closer, and more importantly allow existing on-prem customers and community managers to immediately improve the user experience for their users.&lt;/p&gt;
  420. &lt;p&gt;As IBM continues forward towards the vision that is Connections Pink, I would love to see them continue to further develop the community layout model, allowing more visual widget options (for those vital Calls to Action) and widgets that enable selection of multiple content types (all content tagged ‘project’, or all content created in the past 7 days, or featured content as selected by the community manager etc.).&lt;/p&gt;
  421. &lt;p&gt;However, this is definitely a step in the right direction, and I look forward to working with the new functionality!&lt;/p&gt;
  422. &lt;p&gt;[The post &lt;a rel="nofollow" href="https://stuart-mcintyre.com/ibm-connections-6-is-coming-soon-so-whats-the-killer-enhancement/"&gt;IBM Connections 6 is coming soon… So what is the killer enhancement?&lt;/a&gt; appeared first on &lt;a rel="nofollow" href="https://stuart-mcintyre.com"&gt;Stuart McIntyre&lt;/a&gt;.]&lt;/p&gt;&lt;img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/StuartMcIntyre/~4/rXsGGzOrLJU" height="1" width="1" alt=""/&gt;</description><enclosure url="https://stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/IBM-Connections-6-summary.png" length="0" /><feedburner:origLink>https://mcintyr.es/2ox3igc</feedburner:origLink></item><item><title>IBM extends Sametime support to 2021. What next for IBM in the UC space?</title><link>http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/StuartMcIntyre/~3/gdeGq0WRysQ/2owTbYK</link><category>IBM</category><category>IBM Sametime</category><category>plans</category><category>sametime</category><category>slack</category><category>support</category><category>vidyo</category><pubDate>Fri, 14 Apr 2017 23:31:35 PDT</pubDate><guid isPermaLink="false">tag:dlvr.it,2017-04-14:4ff3fc26fde7cbbd4b993f81c178f319</guid><description>&lt;img width="512" height="250" src="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/sametime_banner.png?fit=512%2C250&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="IBM Sametime banner" srcset="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/sametime_banner.png?fit=512,250" ssl="1 2x" data-attachment-id="6449" data-permalink="https://stuart-mcintyre.com/ibm-extends-sametime-support-to-2021-what-next-for-ibm-in-the-uc-space/sametime_banner/#main" data-orig-file="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/sametime_banner.png?fit=512%2C250&amp;ssl=1" data-orig-size="512,250" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="IBM Sametime banner" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/sametime_banner.png?fit=300%2C146&amp;ssl=1" data-large-file="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/sametime_banner.png?fit=512%2C250&amp;ssl=1" /&gt;&lt;blockquote&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;a href="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/ibm-sametime-9.png?ssl=1"&gt;&lt;img data-attachment-id="6450" data-permalink="https://stuart-mcintyre.com/ibm-extends-sametime-support-to-2021-what-next-for-ibm-in-the-uc-space/ibm-sametime-9/#main" data-orig-file="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/ibm-sametime-9.png?fit=673%2C524&amp;ssl=1" data-orig-size="673,524" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="ibm sametime 9" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/ibm-sametime-9.png?fit=300%2C234&amp;ssl=1" data-large-file="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/ibm-sametime-9.png?fit=673%2C524&amp;ssl=1" class="alignright size-medium wp-image-6450" src="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/ibm-sametime-9.png?resize=300%2C234&amp;ssl=1" alt="" srcset="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/ibm-sametime-9.png?resize=300%2C234&amp;ssl=1 300w, https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/ibm-sametime-9.png?resize=150%2C117&amp;ssl=1 150w, https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/ibm-sametime-9.png?w=673&amp;ssl=1 673w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" data-recalc-dims="1" /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;IBM Sametime is a robust communications offering designed to accelerate your social business by driving faster decisions, with more complete information powered by the business experts in your organization. The suite of tools in Sametime helps unlock the value in your underutilized communications systems by integrating them into a more intuitive system. Sametime tools and services can be accessed from within the applications and business processes that you use every day.&lt;/p&gt;
  423. &lt;p&gt;&lt;strong&gt;Support for Sametime V9.0.1 is extended to September 2021.&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/p&gt;
  424. &lt;p&gt;Support for the following associated entitlements is also extended to September 2021:&lt;/p&gt;
  425. &lt;ul&gt;
  426. &lt;li&gt;IBM Sametime Complete&lt;/li&gt;
  427. &lt;li&gt;IBM Sametime Conference&lt;/li&gt;
  428. &lt;li&gt;IBM Sametime Communicate&lt;/li&gt;
  429. &lt;/ul&gt;
  430. &lt;/blockquote&gt;
  431. &lt;p&gt;&lt;a href="http://www-01.ibm.com/common/ssi/ShowDoc.wss?docURL=/common/ssi/rep_ca/3/877/ENUSZP17-0173/index.html&amp;lang=en&amp;request_locale=en"&gt;More &gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;
  432. &lt;p&gt;It has been obvious for a while that the future for the IBM Sametime brand and product set is not overwhelmingly positive.&lt;/p&gt;
  433. &lt;p&gt;As I see it, there are several key drivers for this situation:&lt;/p&gt;
  434. &lt;ul&gt;
  435. &lt;li&gt;The marketplace has shifted away from heavyweight on-prem unified communications platforms towards more nimble, lighter-weight cloud-based social communications tools such as Slack, Vidyo, Hangouts and Zoom. I’m hearing from increasing numbers of customers that they’ve either migrated away from Sametime or Lync/Skype for Business, or else are no longer considering such solutions in their budgeted plans.&lt;/li&gt;
  436. &lt;li&gt;IBM’s partnership with Cisco suggests that it will rely on Cisco’s well-regarded tools and services in this area in the future.&lt;/li&gt;
  437. &lt;li&gt;Sametime’s long-time need for on huge (1GB+) client installs and clunky Java-based browser plugins means that continued restructuring would need to be undertaken to keep it relevant in the modern world of mobile devices, apps and constant software delivery of new features.&lt;/li&gt;
  438. &lt;li&gt;The future of some of the underlying components, most notably Domino, but also the WebSphere stack is no longer guaranteed. We’ve seen a previous announcement of &lt;a href="https://www-01.ibm.com/common/ssi/cgi-bin/ssialias?subtype=ca&amp;infotype=an&amp;appname=iSource&amp;supplier=877&amp;letternum=ENUSZP16-0474"&gt;extended support for Domino&lt;/a&gt; (to the same September 2021 date), but there’s little doubt that further investment in unified communications solutions built on Domino is extremely unlikely.&lt;/li&gt;
  439. &lt;/ul&gt;
  440. &lt;p&gt;All that said, I think IBM is making a good decision to very clearly commit to supporting both Domino and Sametime for the next 4.5 years. This gives its customers a decent runway to plan for the future and to consider their options. Many customers have been using both platforms for a decade or more, and shifting away will not be straightforward.&lt;/p&gt;
  441. &lt;p&gt;The challenge for IBM is to develop alternative solutions, whether home-brewed (such as Watson Workspace) or in partnership with Cisco or other similar vendors, that are both forward-looking and also of a quality and scale that can support both medium-sized and enterprise customers.&lt;/p&gt;
  442. &lt;p&gt;I’ve been impressed with the Connections Pink announcement in terms of plans to build a dynamic new infrastructure based on modern open-source components and services, with a clear migration path from the old developed-at-IBM heavy duty frameworks. If IBM wants to stay active in the UC space and keep those customers, I fear it would need an effort of similar size and cost to replace Sametime (or at least the components and features that are still relevant today).&lt;/p&gt;
  443. &lt;p&gt;Worryingly, IBM is now 2-3 years behind the curve in the area of social and video communications platforms and so those new solutions are needed now, not in a year or two’s time…&lt;/p&gt;
  444. &lt;p&gt;I was expecting to hear more of their plans announced (or at least intimated) at the recent IBM Connect conference, but as far as I have seen communicated, nothing has been forthcoming beyond a cementing of the relationship with Cisco and maintaining a holding pattern in terms of detailing plans for the future of Sametime’s feature set.  (This extended support announcement is at least helpful in giving reassurance that support will not be withdrawn sooner than 2021.)&lt;/p&gt;
  445. &lt;hr /&gt;
  446. &lt;p&gt;If you’re an IBM Sametime customer (or partner), I’d love to hear from you… What are your plans for the future? Do you remain loyal to Sametime for the time being? Are you already in the process of migrating to other solutions? Do let me know via a comment or &lt;a href="mailto:[email protected]"&gt;email&lt;/a&gt;!&lt;/p&gt;
  447. &lt;p&gt;[The post &lt;a rel="nofollow" href="https://stuart-mcintyre.com/ibm-extends-sametime-support-to-2021-what-next-for-ibm-in-the-uc-space/"&gt;IBM extends Sametime support to 2021. What next for IBM in the UC space?&lt;/a&gt; appeared first on &lt;a rel="nofollow" href="https://stuart-mcintyre.com"&gt;Stuart McIntyre&lt;/a&gt;.]&lt;/p&gt;&lt;img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/StuartMcIntyre/~4/gdeGq0WRysQ" height="1" width="1" alt=""/&gt;</description><enclosure url="https://stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/sametime_banner.png" length="0" /><feedburner:origLink>https://mcintyr.es/2owTbYK</feedburner:origLink></item><item><title>Conspiracy theories, courtesy of Google Home</title><link>http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/StuartMcIntyre/~3/L5WCxLk73Nw/2owTuCO</link><category>Misc</category><category>ai</category><category>google assistant</category><category>obama</category><pubDate>Fri, 14 Apr 2017 23:31:34 PDT</pubDate><guid isPermaLink="false">tag:dlvr.it,2017-04-14:781ae3491e534e31a8fde76cee3aab05</guid><description>&lt;img width="792" height="318" src="https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Google-Assistant.png?fit=792%2C318&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="Google Assistant" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Google-Assistant.png?fit=792,318" ssl="1 2x" data-attachment-id="6446" data-permalink="https://stuart-mcintyre.com/conspiracy-theories-courtesy-of-google-home/google-assistant/#main" data-orig-file="https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Google-Assistant.png?fit=2106%2C846&amp;ssl=1" data-orig-size="2106,846" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="Google Assistant" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Google-Assistant.png?fit=300%2C121&amp;ssl=1" data-large-file="https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Google-Assistant.png?fit=792%2C318&amp;ssl=1" /&gt;&lt;blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"&gt;
  448. &lt;p dir="ltr" lang="en"&gt;And here’s what happens if you ask Google Home “is Obama planning a coup?” &lt;a href="https://t.co/MzmZqGOOal"&gt;pic.twitter.com/MzmZqGOOal&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;
  449. &lt;p&gt;— Rory Cellan-Jones (@ruskin147) &lt;a href="https://twitter.com/ruskin147/status/838445095410106368"&gt;March 5, 2017&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;
  450. &lt;p&gt;&lt;script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;&lt;/p&gt;
  451. &lt;p&gt;This kind of (accidental?) misinformation is going to be become an ever-increasing issue as intelligent assistants become more deeply embedded into our lives. Deeply worrying…&lt;/p&gt;
  452. &lt;p&gt;&lt;a href="https://twitter.com/ruskin147/status/838689463006081024"&gt;Update&lt;/a&gt;: Google has changed the answer, saying: “unfortunately there are instances when we feature a site with inappropriate or misleading content”&lt;/p&gt;
  453. &lt;p&gt;[The post &lt;a rel="nofollow" href="https://stuart-mcintyre.com/conspiracy-theories-courtesy-of-google-home/"&gt;Conspiracy theories, courtesy of Google Home&lt;/a&gt; appeared first on &lt;a rel="nofollow" href="https://stuart-mcintyre.com"&gt;Stuart McIntyre&lt;/a&gt;.]&lt;/p&gt;&lt;img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/StuartMcIntyre/~4/L5WCxLk73Nw" height="1" width="1" alt=""/&gt;</description><enclosure url="https://stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Google-Assistant.png" length="0" /><feedburner:origLink>https://mcintyr.es/2owTuCO</feedburner:origLink></item><item><title>Want to comment? Prove you’ve read the article first!</title><link>http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/StuartMcIntyre/~3/Ou8f9QXb2E8/2owS0Ze</link><category>Strategy</category><category>cognition</category><category>comprehension</category><category>discussion</category><category>trolls</category><pubDate>Fri, 14 Apr 2017 23:31:34 PDT</pubDate><guid isPermaLink="false">tag:dlvr.it,2017-04-14:0ac8d41615f7b93a985edb4e6f0fcffe</guid><description>&lt;img width="792" height="528" src="https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/internet_trolls.jpg?fit=792%2C528&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="Internet Trolls" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/internet_trolls.jpg?fit=792,528" ssl="1 2x" data-attachment-id="6432" data-permalink="https://stuart-mcintyre.com/genius/internet_trolls/#main" data-orig-file="https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/internet_trolls.jpg?fit=959%2C639&amp;ssl=1" data-orig-size="959,639" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="Internet Trolls" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/internet_trolls.jpg?fit=300%2C200&amp;ssl=1" data-large-file="https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/internet_trolls.jpg?fit=792%2C528&amp;ssl=1" /&gt;&lt;p&gt;This genius concept was mentioned in a &lt;a href="https://www.wsj.com/articles/were-all-internet-trolls-sometimes-1488718803"&gt;WSJ article on the nature of Internet Trolls&lt;/a&gt;:&lt;/p&gt;
  454. &lt;blockquote&gt;&lt;p&gt;A site published by the Norwegian public broadcaster NRK just rolled out a system that gives readers a brief multiple-choice quiz about the contents of an article—&lt;a class="icon none" href="http://www.niemanlab.org/2017/03/this-site-is-taking-the-edge-off-rant-mode-by-making-readers-pass-a-quiz-before-commenting/" target="_blank"&gt;proving they really read it&lt;/a&gt;—before allowing them to comment.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;
  455. &lt;p&gt;&lt;a href="http://www.niemanlab.org/2017/03/this-site-is-taking-the-edge-off-rant-mode-by-making-readers-pass-a-quiz-before-commenting/"&gt;Reading more on the idea&lt;/a&gt;, I really think that NRK are onto something:&lt;/p&gt;
  456. &lt;blockquote&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;a href="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/NRKquiz.jpg?ssl=1"&gt;&lt;img data-attachment-id="6435" data-permalink="https://stuart-mcintyre.com/genius/nrkquiz/#main" data-orig-file="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/NRKquiz.jpg?fit=756%2C752&amp;ssl=1" data-orig-size="756,752" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="NRK quiz" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/NRKquiz.jpg?fit=300%2C298&amp;ssl=1" data-large-file="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/NRKquiz.jpg?fit=756%2C752&amp;ssl=1" class="alignright size-medium wp-image-6435" src="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/NRKquiz.jpg?resize=300%2C298&amp;ssl=1" alt="NRK quiz" srcset="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/NRKquiz.jpg?resize=300%2C298&amp;ssl=1 300w, https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/NRKquiz.jpg?resize=150%2C150&amp;ssl=1 150w, https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/NRKquiz.jpg?w=756&amp;ssl=1 756w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" data-recalc-dims="1" /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;The goal is to ensure that the commenters have actually read the story before they discuss it.&lt;/p&gt;
  457. &lt;p&gt;“We thought we should do our part to try and make sure that people are on the same page before they comment. If everyone can agree that this is what the article says, then they have a much better basis for commenting on it.” said NRkbeta journalist &lt;a href="https://twitter.com/stalebg"&gt;Ståle Grut&lt;/a&gt;.&lt;/p&gt;
  458. &lt;p&gt;Forcing users to take a little extra time to think about the comment they’re about to post also helps them think about tone, NRKbeta editor &lt;a href="https://twitter.com/anarkistix"&gt;Marius Arnesen&lt;/a&gt; said. “If you spend 15 seconds on it, those are maybe 15 seconds that take the edge off the rant mode when people are commenting,” Arnesen said.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;
  459. &lt;p&gt;This isn’t just relevant for social media and news sites either…&lt;/p&gt;
  460. &lt;p&gt;I can see a need for this type of check-before-comment in all kinds of online communities, particularly in large-scale enterprise social networks – not so much to combat trolling (though that does occur on occasion), but in order to ensure some level of comprehension before enabling a further discussion (and potentially a tangential one at that) to be initiated.&lt;/p&gt;
  461. &lt;p&gt;You certainly wouldn’t want every document, discussion or blog post to have this feature enabled – it would add an additional element of inertia that would be tough to overcome.&lt;/p&gt;
  462. &lt;p&gt;But as an option that authors and community managers could enable on potentially controversial posts (such as CEO and VP-level blog posts, re-structuring announcements, etc.), I could really see this feature adding value.&lt;/p&gt;
  463. &lt;p&gt;What do you think? Would you be in favour of an optional comprehension check before allowing comments to be added?&lt;/p&gt;
  464. &lt;p&gt;[The post &lt;a rel="nofollow" href="https://stuart-mcintyre.com/genius/"&gt;Want to comment? Prove you’ve read the article first!&lt;/a&gt; appeared first on &lt;a rel="nofollow" href="https://stuart-mcintyre.com"&gt;Stuart McIntyre&lt;/a&gt;.]&lt;/p&gt;&lt;img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/StuartMcIntyre/~4/Ou8f9QXb2E8" height="1" width="1" alt=""/&gt;</description><enclosure url="https://stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/internet_trolls.jpg" length="0" /><feedburner:origLink>https://mcintyr.es/2owS0Ze</feedburner:origLink></item><item><title>MWLUG 2017 Registration &amp; Abstract Submission now open!</title><link>http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/StuartMcIntyre/~3/BD4Xu14Krh8/2oAQDdG</link><category>Events</category><category>MWLUG</category><category>mwlug</category><category>mwlug2017</category><category>user groups</category><pubDate>Fri, 14 Apr 2017 23:30:14 PDT</pubDate><guid isPermaLink="false">tag:dlvr.it,2017-04-14:b0061ff8646cc91b56b5d74702ce18d8</guid><description>&lt;img width="1024" height="438" src="https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Capitol_Building_Full_View-grey-captions-logo-layered-2016-1221-1024x438.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large wp-post-image" alt="" style="float:left; margin:0 15px 15px 0;" srcset="https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Capitol_Building_Full_View-grey-captions-logo-layered-2016-1221-1024x438.jpg 1024w, https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Capitol_Building_Full_View-grey-captions-logo-layered-2016-1221-150x64.jpg 150w, https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Capitol_Building_Full_View-grey-captions-logo-layered-2016-1221-300x128.jpg 300w, https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Capitol_Building_Full_View-grey-captions-logo-layered-2016-1221-768x329.jpg 768w, https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Capitol_Building_Full_View-grey-captions-logo-layered-2016-1221-1170x501.jpg 1170w, https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Capitol_Building_Full_View-grey-captions-logo-layered-2016-1221-585x250.jpg 585w, https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Capitol_Building_Full_View-grey-captions-logo-layered-2016-1221.jpg 1434w" sizes="(max-width: 1024px) 100vw, 1024px" /&gt;&lt;blockquote&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;strong&gt;MWLUG 2017, a three-day user group conference for IBM collaboration professionals&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/p&gt;
  465. &lt;p&gt;&lt;a href="http://mwlug.com/mwlug/mwlug2017.nsf/"&gt;&lt;img class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-1633" src="https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/mwlug2017-banner-1024x136.jpg" alt="mwlug2017 banner" width="1024" height="136" srcset="https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/mwlug2017-banner-1024x136.jpg 1024w, https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/mwlug2017-banner-150x20.jpg 150w, https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/mwlug2017-banner-300x40.jpg 300w, https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/mwlug2017-banner-768x102.jpg 768w, https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/mwlug2017-banner-1170x155.jpg 1170w, https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/mwlug2017-banner-585x78.jpg 585w, https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/mwlug2017-banner.jpg 1280w" sizes="(max-width: 1024px) 100vw, 1024px" /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;
  466. &lt;p&gt;Social collaboration professionals, come join us in Washington DC for the ninth annual MWLUG conference. MWLUG 2017 will be held at the Hilton Mark Center in Alexandria, VA. This three-day conference will immerse you in intensive exchange of knowledge and fun with other members of our ICS community. Meet with your fellow IT and business professionals and share your experiences and best practices.&lt;/p&gt;
  467. &lt;p&gt;As with our 2017 theme “Moving Collaboration Forward,” the MWLUG 2017 conference brings everyone together to share knowledge and expand awareness of innovations in IBM collaboration community, thus building and growing our community.&lt;/p&gt;
  468. &lt;p&gt;&lt;strong&gt;Registration and Abstract Submission for MWLUG 2017 is now open&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;
  469. &lt;p&gt;I’ve always rated the MWLUG conference… As one of the longest running IBM Collaboration user groups, and now the primary US-based event on the calendar, &lt;a href="http://mwlug.com/mwlug/mwlug2017.nsf/"&gt;MWLUG&lt;/a&gt; is lead by Richard Moy and the team but has always been run ‘by the people, for the people’ – providing a year-round community for ‘Lotus’-focused specialists from across the USA and further afield.&lt;/p&gt;
  470. &lt;p&gt;Whilst the event started with a focus on the Mid-West, it has definitely become more ambitious with locations over the years, and heads all the way east to Alexandria this year. Whilst in Virginia, this location is actually almost in the suburbs of Washington DC, and is therefore within reach of the easily-accessible Dulles International.&lt;/p&gt;
  471. &lt;p&gt;The quantity of IBM Connections-related content has grown with each year that has passed, and I expect this to be no different in 2017 – with Connections Pink on the horizon, I am sure that this will be a major talking point.&lt;/p&gt;
  472. &lt;p&gt;Thanks for the generosity of the event’s sponsors, &lt;a href="http://mwlug.com/mwlug/mwlug2017.nsf/register.xsp"&gt;registration&lt;/a&gt; is just $75 and is open now. Also, &lt;a href="http://mwlug.com/mwlug/mwlug2017.nsf/sessionabstract.xsp"&gt;sessions abstracts are being invited&lt;/a&gt; – so if you have a topic or interest to share, get your session in ASAP!&lt;/p&gt;
  473. &lt;p&gt;[The post &lt;a rel="nofollow" href="https://ibmconnections.news/mwlug-2017-registration-abstract-submission-now-open/"&gt;MWLUG 2017 Registration &amp; Abstract Submission now open!&lt;/a&gt; appeared first on &lt;a rel="nofollow" href="https://ibmconnections.news"&gt;IBM Connections News&lt;/a&gt;.]&lt;/p&gt;&lt;img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/StuartMcIntyre/~4/BD4Xu14Krh8" height="1" width="1" alt=""/&gt;</description><enclosure url="https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Capitol_Building_Full_View-grey-captions-logo-layered-2016-1221.jpg" length="0" /><feedburner:origLink>https://mcintyr.es/2oAQDdG</feedburner:origLink></item><item><title>Upcoming Open Mic: What Is New and What Is Coming with IBM Connections (19 April 2017)</title><link>http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/StuartMcIntyre/~3/RQAo-xp8i_o/2oB63hX</link><category>6.0</category><category>Events</category><category>IBM Connections</category><category>Pink</category><category>Webcasts</category><category>connections pink</category><category>ibm connections</category><category>open mic</category><category>webcast</category><pubDate>Fri, 14 Apr 2017 23:30:12 PDT</pubDate><guid isPermaLink="false">tag:dlvr.it,2017-04-14:8ace8fb31e875f35b49297e1a5e25c95</guid><description>&lt;img width="1024" height="422" src="https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/open-mic-2-1024x422.jpeg" class="attachment-large size-large wp-post-image" alt="open mic" style="float:left; margin:0 15px 15px 0;" srcset="https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/open-mic-2-1024x422.jpeg 1024w, https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/open-mic-2-150x62.jpeg 150w, https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/open-mic-2-300x124.jpeg 300w, https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/open-mic-2-768x316.jpeg 768w, https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/open-mic-2-1170x482.jpeg 1170w, https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/open-mic-2-585x241.jpeg 585w" sizes="(max-width: 1024px) 100vw, 1024px" /&gt;&lt;p&gt;IBM Open Mic calls are always useful – the opportunity to ask questions directly of developers, engineers and product managers is never one to pass up.&lt;/p&gt;
  474. &lt;p&gt;The &lt;a href="https://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg27049565"&gt;next session&lt;/a&gt; scheduled focuses on IBM Connections, both the just-released version 6, and the planned re-architecture initiative known as ‘Pink’:&lt;/p&gt;
  475. &lt;blockquote&gt;&lt;p&gt;IBM Connections provides the platform of social tools you need to transform your organization. IBM Connections enables you to reach your customers and partners faster, drive innovation, share content and expertise, and complete work faster. In this session, we’ll describe what’s new in the brand-new IBM Connections release and preview a few new features being planned for the next release. See first-hand how IBM Connections can work for you and how you can embrace all the new capabilities coming.&lt;/p&gt;
  476. &lt;p&gt;After a presentation, attendees will be given an opportunity to ask our panel of experts questions. Throughout the event, attendees will also be encouraged to comment or ask questions in the IBM Connections Meetings Web chat.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;
  477. &lt;p&gt;The event is scheduled for 11:00 EDT (16:00 UK / 17:00 CEST) on Wednesday 19th April 2017. There is no need to register, but the webinar details and ICS file are available via this &lt;a href="https://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg27049565"&gt;link&lt;/a&gt;.&lt;/p&gt;
  478. &lt;p&gt;[The post &lt;a rel="nofollow" href="https://ibmconnections.news/upcoming-open-mic-new-coming-ibm-connections-19-april-2017/"&gt;Upcoming Open Mic: What Is New and What Is Coming with IBM Connections (19 April 2017)&lt;/a&gt; appeared first on &lt;a rel="nofollow" href="https://ibmconnections.news"&gt;IBM Connections News&lt;/a&gt;.]&lt;/p&gt;&lt;img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/StuartMcIntyre/~4/RQAo-xp8i_o" height="1" width="1" alt=""/&gt;</description><enclosure url="https://ibmconnections.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/open-mic-2.jpeg" length="0" /><feedburner:origLink>https://mcintyr.es/2oB63hX</feedburner:origLink></item></channel></rss>
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