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  2. <!--Generated by Squarespace V5 Site Server v5.13.478-267 ( on Fri, 28 Jul 2017 18:53:01 GMT--><rss xmlns:content="" xmlns:wfw="" xmlns:itunes="" xmlns:dc="" version="2.0"><channel><title>Blog</title><link></link><description></description><lastBuildDate>Tue, 20 Jun 2017 23:48:36 +0000</lastBuildDate><copyright></copyright><language>en-AU</language><generator>Squarespace V5 Site Server v5.13.478-267 (</generator><item><title>#ISWInsight - Jared Roberts - IBM Champion - Welcome to ISW!</title><category>ISWInsight</category><category>Random Stuff</category><dc:creator>Adam Brown</dc:creator><pubDate>Mon, 19 Jun 2017 23:14:27 +0000</pubDate><link></link><guid isPermaLink="false">531291:6088735:35928324</guid><description><![CDATA[<p>I have been enjoying reading the blog series from one of our great <a href="">Kudos Boards</a> partners in Europe -<a href="">panagenda</a> - called <a href="">#panagendaPride. Danny Klaus</a> has been doing a regular post about his team members, what they do, and what their interests are (great work Danny). I know a lot of the<span class="full-image-float-right ssNonEditable"><span><img style="width: 250px;" src=" Roberts Profile.png?__SQUARESPACE_CACHEVERSION=1498001860685" alt="" /></span></span>&nbsp;panagenda team and consider many of them good friends so it is always great to learn more about them.</p>
  3. <p>So in the spirit of immitation is the best form of flatery, I have decided to give it a go myself and start a similar series on the great team at ISW - #ISWInsight</p>
  4. <p>And to kick it off I am very excited to announce the latest member at ISW - Jared Roberts - Senior Software Engineer. I have known Jared in the IBM Collaboration community for many years, and had quite a few beers over that time. Last year Jared was nominated as an IBM Champion for Collaboration so we are pumped to have Jarod join the team at ISW. We also have a common love of grilling meat on the weber so I am sure we will have a few good cookups over the years ahead!</p>
  5. <p><strong>1) What&rsquo;s your name and what exactly do you do with ISW?</strong></p>
  6. <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong>Jared Roberts - Senior Software Engineer.&nbsp;I have just joined ISW as part of the national consulting team - providing expertise in Collaboration &amp; Cloud Technologies. I'll be involved in IBM Connections, Portal, Sametime, Notes/Domino, WebSphere, SoftLayer, ISW's Cloud42 platform &amp; Innovation/Modernisation offerings - and anything else that is thrown at me! Really looking forward to it!</p>
  7. <p><strong>2) Any random facts you could share with us?</strong></p>
  8. <p>I the drummer for <a href="">Desecrator</a> - heavy metal band from Melbourne. I can play 4 instruments. I'm a Dad of 2. I'm a pretty handy BBQ cook. I'm generally terrible at all sports.<br /><strong><br />3) Tell us something about yourself that would surprise us.</strong></p>
  9. <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong>I'm a bit of a plane nerd and have a quiet appreciation for commercial aviation and engineering.. ask me about it and we'll talk for hours... I've no idea why... it's just a thing.<br /><br /><strong>4) Where is the best place you&rsquo;ve travelled to and why?</strong></p>
  10. <p><strong></strong>Yosemite National Park in California. One of the most stunning places on Earth. The Sequoia Trees are spectacular!&nbsp;<br /><br /><strong>5) What is the first concert you attended?&nbsp;</strong></p>
  11. <p>I've been going to concerts my whole life so I can't remember the first... but the BEST was AC/DC - Rod Laver Arena in 2003. Although I've seen them 3 times since then - that was a stand-out - great vibe, band was rocking, and LOUD!</p>
  12. <p>Jared's social profiles -</p>
  13. <p><span class="full-image-inline ssNonEditable"><span><a href="" target="_blank"><img src="" alt="" /></a><span class="full-image-block ssNonEditable"><span><a href="" target="_blank"><img src="" alt="" /></a></span></span><br /></span></span></p>
  14. <p>&nbsp;</p>]]></description><wfw:commentRss></wfw:commentRss></item><item><title>IBM Announced a new mega conference - THINK 2018</title><category>events</category><category>news</category><dc:creator>Adam Brown</dc:creator><pubDate>Thu, 27 Apr 2017 22:13:42 +0000</pubDate><link></link><guid isPermaLink="false">531291:6088735:35901815</guid><description><![CDATA[<p>Big news from IBM on the event/conference front.</p>
  15. <blockquote>
  16. <p><span>Think about it...AI, Cloud, Data, IoT, and Security. They have merged in your world... and they have in ours too. That's why we're excited to announce a first ever event that reflects the way you do business:&nbsp;</span><span class="elliot-bold">IBM Think 2018. Bringing together World of Watson and InterConnect to form the technology industry's most important event. -</span></p>
  17. </blockquote>
  18. <p><span class="elliot-bold"><span>The current events include Connect, InterConnect, Amplify, Edge, Vision, World of Watson and PartnerWorld. All merged into IBM THINK 2018.</span></span></p>
  19. <p>From my view this is a great thing. I have attended many many of these events over the last 20 years, and they in isolation have been fantastic. But the "in isolation" part is the problem. Many organisations can't justify going to multiple events, so you tend to get the same crowd at each of the events. By bringing them together you expand the audience and enable a lot more cross polination of ideas and learning. I think this is a great thing for IBM as no longer are their solutions in isolated silos, they are integrated platforms across multiple domains.</p>
  20. <p>I for one am very pleased to see this merged together, and on a personal not means I will no longer have a clash with my daughters birthdays in Jan and Feb! And I get to stay in Australia for the summer! I know some will have mixed feelings however. One massive event will make it hard to get across all content in a short period of time, and I know some customers have told me that they can only send x number of people to each event so they prefer to have multiple events.</p>
  21. <p>On the naming I really like it. "THINK" has always been an iconic word for IBM. Even my grandfather has always told me "Just Think" and everything else will work itself out!</p>
  22. <p><span>"As IBM president 1914 to 1956, Thomas J. Watson, Sr. enjoyed using the phrase "THINK!" to motivate and inspire his employees." - <a href="" target="_blank"></a>&nbsp;</span></p>
  23. <p>See you there in March 2018!</p>]]></description><wfw:commentRss></wfw:commentRss></item><item><title>IBM Connect 2017 - Top 5 Highlights</title><category>Collaboration</category><category>Domino</category><category>IBM</category><category>IBM Connections</category><category>Social Business</category><category>Social Software</category><category>events</category><dc:creator>Adam Brown</dc:creator><pubDate>Tue, 28 Feb 2017 03:32:32 +0000</pubDate><link></link><guid isPermaLink="false">531291:6088735:35870425</guid><description><![CDATA[<p>Well what a huge week! There were so many interesting things going on at IBM Connect 2017 last week in San Francisco. I had some fantastic conversations with colleagues around the world and that is probably the most important part of Connect. Learning from others experiences, thinking about our future path, just fantastic.</p>
  24. <p>Yet how to sum it up! Well here are my top 5 highlights for IBM Connect 2017. Let me know what yours were?</p>
  25. <p><script id="asp-embed-script" data-zindex="1000000" type="text/javascript" charset="utf-8" src=""></script><a class="asp-embed-link" href="" target="_blank"><img style="width: 100%;" src="" border="0" alt="IBM Connect 2017" /></a></p>]]></description><wfw:commentRss></wfw:commentRss></item><item><title>Kudos Boards Cloud for IBM Connections Cloud - It's here!</title><category>Annoucements</category><category>Collaboration</category><category>Connections</category><category>IBM Connections</category><category>kKudosBoards</category><dc:creator>Adam Brown</dc:creator><pubDate>Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:36:20 +0000</pubDate><link></link><guid isPermaLink="false">531291:6088735:35863675</guid><description><![CDATA[<p>Well I would estimate that over the last 12 months we have been asked about 1000 times "When is Kudos Boards coming to Connections Cloud?". My answer has been - we are working on it!</p>
  26. <p>Well I am very pleased to announce that it is now here and ready for us to demo at IBM Connect 2017 in San Francisco. The Kudos team has been working very hard over the last year to get this ready for release and we are stoked with the release. We have had a few users playing around over the last few weeks and the feedback is great.</p>
  27. <p><span class="full-image-block ssNonEditable"><span><a href="" target="_blank"><img style="width: 600px;" src="" alt="" /></a></span><span class="thumbnail-caption" style="width: 600px;">Kudos Boards for IBM Connections Cloud</span></span></p>
  28. <p>Kudos Boards Cloud is integrated with Connections Cloud for a seemless user experience. Deployed in the IBM Cloud on Bluemix, your Connections Cloud Administrator can very simply enable Kudos Boards so your users can enjoy the same user experience that our Connections on Premises customers have grown to love. All they need to do i<a href="">s register at our site and we will enable their account asap!</a></p>
  29. <p>We are planning on many additional capabilities over the next couple of months and would love to demo for you at Connect (Kudos is at Booth 232) to get your ideas and feedback. Here is a video of some of the capabilities available today.</p>
  30. <p>&nbsp;<iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p>
  31. <p>So if you like what you see and want to try it out <a href="">please visit our site to register for a free 30 day trial.</a></p>
  32. <p>See you in San Francisco!</p>]]></description><wfw:commentRss></wfw:commentRss></item><item><title>Why collaboration matters for global companies</title><category>Collaboration</category><category>Collaboration</category><category>Connections</category><category>social business</category><dc:creator>Adam Brown</dc:creator><pubDate>Wed, 14 Sep 2016 03:29:21 +0000</pubDate><link></link><guid isPermaLink="false">531291:6088735:35771879</guid><description><![CDATA[<p>Business models across many industries are being rapidly redefined as new entrants harness new technologies to gain a competitive edge. But how well are new technologies going to help longer-established companies, if their existing technologies are presenting challenges?</p>
  33. <p>In a survey of knowledge workers, almost all of respondents said they have <a href="">felt overwhelmed by information to the point of incapacity.</a></p>
  34. <p>Clearly, companies won&rsquo;t get the most out of their employees if they suffer from incomplete communication, conflicting or fragmented information, barriers to collaboration, and feeling in the dark about the progress of shared tasks.</p>
  35. <p>Are you nodding your head to some of this?</p>
  36. <p><span lang="EN-NZ">There is a way of overcoming these problems and becoming nimble once again &ndash; as well as responsive and competitive. It&rsquo;s by way of a tool called Social Collaboration.</span></p>
  37. <p>&ldquo;Social <em>what</em>?&rdquo; we hear you say.</p>
  38. <p>&nbsp;<span class="full-image-block ssNonEditable"><span><img src="" alt="" /></span></span></p>
  39. <p>Social Collaboration is actually a simple concept: it&rsquo;s the joined-up efforts of multiple stakeholders in pursuit of a common goal. Social Collaboration is common on the internet because available technologies make it easy to share, develop and analyse information.</p>
  40. <p><em><strong>In short, Social Collaboration improves performance.</strong></em></p>
  41. <p>A crucial concept behind Social Collaboration is that &ldquo;ideas are everywhere&rdquo;. People share ideas in an open environment, and the discussion is not limited to only those who have domain knowledge. All ideas are valued.</p>
  42. <p>Social Collaboration tools are essential to an organisation&rsquo;s Digital Transformation strategy because they simplify how people find, use and share information. They also ease how people work together, track progress, attend and conduct meetings, and at the end of the day get work done.</p>
  43. <p>This is particularly important for distributed or global companies with a workforce spread across various locations and working in different time zones. A report by McKinsey on the <a href="">issues facing global organisations</a> found that these companies believed the knowledge, skills and experience across their workforce was invaluable but they suffered from a major problem: transferring the expertise learned in one market to another.</p>
  44. <p>Take the world&rsquo;s leading manufacturer and supplier of hearing implants &ndash; Cochlear. Five years ago Cochlear identified the need to enable better collaboration between their global offices and laboratories. They especially wanted a solution that could host their entire global user base.</p>
  45. <p>Cochlear chose ISW to provide the solution, and the heart of the technology from ISW was IBM Connections, IBM&rsquo;s Social Collaboration software. Cochlear&rsquo;s staff of 2700 worldwide can now call upon internal expertise easily and consistently, create communities of expertise, and collaborating across the room or across the globe.</p>
  46. <p>The potential rise in productivity from social technologies for highly-skilled, knowledgeable workers critical to growth has been measured at between 20-25%. In addition, companies using these tools report an average 36% better customer service.</p>
  47. <p>To help your organisation&rsquo;s Digital Transformation journey, we&rsquo;ve created an infographic outlining how you can expand your business with social collaboration tools, <a href=";utm_source=blog">download it here.</a></p>
  48. <p><strong>If you&rsquo;d like to see first-hand how you can empower your workforce with social collaboration tools at our Connections Ignition workshop, </strong><a href="mailto:[email protected][email protected]%20Workshop"><strong>to register your interest, click here.</strong></a></p>]]></description><wfw:commentRss></wfw:commentRss></item><item><title>How many users access IBM Connections on mobile devices? - Kudos Analytics</title><category>Analytics</category><category>Connections</category><category>IBM Connections</category><category>IBM Connections</category><category>Kudos</category><category>demo video</category><dc:creator>Adam Brown</dc:creator><pubDate>Tue, 19 Jul 2016 08:53:18 +0000</pubDate><link></link><guid isPermaLink="false">531291:6088735:35736702</guid><description><![CDATA[<p>Just posted a quick demo video of Kudos Analytics. We often get asked if we can report on how many users are accessing IBM Connections via a mobile device. The video demonstrates this and a few other related reports.</p>
  49. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  50. <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p>]]></description><wfw:commentRss></wfw:commentRss></item><item><title>Australia rocking the IBM Champion program!!!</title><category>Annoucements</category><category>IBM</category><dc:creator>Adam Brown</dc:creator><pubDate>Mon, 23 Nov 2015 20:56:02 +0000</pubDate><link></link><guid isPermaLink="false">531291:6088735:35541969</guid><description><![CDATA[<p>Just woke to the news that I have been selected again as an IBM Champion for Social Business for 2016, now for 5 years running. Woot!!!! Thank you IBM. The Champion program is an awesome group of experts and evangelists around the world and I am always humbled to be part of this group. More so thru the program I have developed some great friendships with people all around the world. It is always great to catch up with them at the various events and knowing I have people I can reach out to in so many countries to say hi is a wonderful thing.</p>
  51. <p>And the even more exciting news is that Australia now has 2 IBM Champions with Karen Hooper being also selected, I am sure in main for her awesome work leading the AusLUG/Inform committee. Great to see another Aussie being selected and I am sure there are more to come in future years. Congrats Karen and well done.</p>]]></description><wfw:commentRss></wfw:commentRss></item><item><title>Infinite scrolling Activity Stream in IBM Connections</title><dc:creator>Adam Brown</dc:creator><pubDate>Tue, 19 May 2015 04:26:16 +0000</pubDate><link></link><guid isPermaLink="false">531291:6088735:35347126</guid><description><![CDATA[<p>Following on from <a href="">Jay's neat code for the Activity Stream in IBM Connections</a>, he has added an additional tweak to enable infinite scrolling of the Activity Stream. Update is the same as the last post, <a href="">just use the new code.</a></p>]]></description><wfw:commentRss></wfw:commentRss></item><item><title>Jay's awesome auto-magic News Feed tweak for IBM Connections</title><category>Connections</category><dc:creator>Adam Brown</dc:creator><pubDate>Mon, 04 May 2015 06:37:06 +0000</pubDate><link></link><guid isPermaLink="false">531291:6088735:35329336</guid><description><![CDATA[<p>The other day <a href="">Jay</a> was looking for something to do with his spare moments in between finalising Kudos Analytics Cloud and Kudos Boards Mobile (come on Jay you don't really have spare time;) and he made an awesome tweak to our internal deployment of IBM Connections. I thought it was worth sharing so here it is:</p>
  52. <blockquote>
  53. <p dir="ltr"><span>There's no mechanism in Connections by default to notify people of new posts in the News Feed. Forcing users to refresh the page, or click on 'Discover' / 'I'm Following' to find out if something new has happened.&nbsp;</span></p>
  54. <p dir="ltr">&nbsp;</p>
  55. <p dir="ltr">I had an idea to solve this problem with a little javascript injection into the header.jsp.&nbsp;</p>
  56. <p dir="ltr"><span>A couple of hours of coding and testing later, it actually worked as planned and&nbsp;</span><span>is now implemented in our production environment (feedback welcome).&nbsp;</span></p>
  57. <p dir="ltr">&nbsp;</p>
  58. <p dir="ltr"><strong>What does it do?</strong></p>
  59. <p dir="ltr"><span>A - Shows a button with 'X New Posts' at the top of the news feed (screenshot below)</span></p>
  60. <p dir="ltr"><span>B- Updates the page title, which lets you see if there are any updates without switching to the tab. (Also makes the tab glow if it is&nbsp;<em>pinned - a</em>s seen on Facebook, Instagram, etc.)</span></p>
  61. <p dir="ltr">&nbsp;</p>
  62. <p dir="ltr"><strong>How?</strong></p>
  63. <p dir="ltr">The script first checks to see if it's in Homepage on load. You don't want to make a request every X seconds from&nbsp;<em>every</em>&nbsp;page in connections.</p>
  64. <p dir="ltr">It then periodically polls the RSS feed for the current stream to retrieve any entries since the time the page was loaded. (Thanks to Mr. Andrew "API" Welch for his input here)</p>
  65. <p dir="ltr">If it finds any new entries, it shows a bar at the top indicating the number of new updates and, my favourite part, updates the document.title allowing you to see if there are any updates&nbsp;<span style="text-decoration: underline;">without the need to actually switch to the tab</span>.&nbsp;</p>
  66. <p dir="ltr">You might need to refresh your homepage for it to take effect. And you might have to wait till there are some new posts as well :)&nbsp;</p>
  67. <p dir="ltr">&nbsp;Code to implement this:</p>
  68. <ol dir="ltr">
  69. <li>Put the&nbsp;<strong><a href=""><span style="color: #444444;">activity-s</span><span style="color: #444444;">tream-notifier.jsp</span></a></strong>&nbsp;file in the same folder as the customised header.jsp.&nbsp;</li>
  70. <li>Add the following line at the end of your header.jsp:‚Äč &nbsp;<strong>--%&gt;&lt;%@ include file="./activity-stream-notifier.jsp" %&gt;&lt;%--</strong></li>
  71. </ol></blockquote>
  72. <blockquote>The results are as per the below screenshot:</blockquote>
  73. <blockquote><span class="thumbnail-image-block ssNonEditable"><span><a href="javascript:showFullImage('/display/ShowImage?imageUrl=%2Fstorage%2Feditor_image_eaeb8fd4-6697-4807-8f83-9c017883e22b.png%3F__SQUARESPACE_CACHEVERSION%3D1430722368775',523,1055);"><img src="" alt="" /></a></span></span><br /></blockquote>
  74. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  75. <p>Well I think that is pretty neat. Hope you can make use of it!</p>
  76. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  77. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  78. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  79. <p>&nbsp;</p>]]></description><wfw:commentRss></wfw:commentRss></item><item><title>INFORM (AusLUG) 2015 - Call for Speakers and Sponsors</title><dc:creator>Adam Brown</dc:creator><pubDate>Fri, 24 Apr 2015 01:31:54 +0000</pubDate><link></link><guid isPermaLink="false">531291:6088735:35317922</guid><description><![CDATA[<p>Well the team from AusLUG are back and they have announced INFORM 2015 will be running in Melbourne on 11th &amp; 12th June. AusLUG has run 3 times previously in Sydney, Melbourne, and then Brisbane.</p>
  80. <p>So if you are working with IBM Collaboration Solutions - Connections, Notes/Domino, Forms, Portal, Smartcloud then you simply must attend! There is a great community of customers, partners and IBMers in Australia around these technologies so collectively we have a lot to learn from one another.</p>
  81. <p>Each time it has had a great attendance so it is awesome that we have it back in Melbourne again. I am sure there will be two full days of great content......which brings me to the first point:</p>
  82. <p>CALL FOR SPEAKERS - Don't hold back. We want to hear about your experiences. IBM speakers, Partners, Customers, Overseas, Local. It is all good. Have an idea around user adoption of Connections? xPages Development, Extending and Integrating, Bluemix, Forms Experience Builder, Business Sessions, Technical Sessions, or even something from left field that might be interesting. All ideas are welcome. If you are a new speaker don't fret! It is a great crowd of like minded people and I find more a discussion than a presentation. If you are not sure feel free to contact me and I would be happy to sound off with you about your idea for a session. For me I would love to see a lot more local content. I know for a fact that there are a lot of you out there with great knowledge and experiences to share. This is the place to do it!</p>
  83. <p><a href=" 2015 Speaker Invitation.pdf">Here is the Speaker Invitation</a> - All you need to do is <a href="">Register Here</a> and then l<a href="">og into AusLUG</a> to Propose your Session.</p>
  84. <p>Now onto the second point:</p>
  85. <p>CALL FOR SPONSORS - Let me cut to it. ISW has sponsored AusLUG every year as a Gold Sponsor and it is worth it. We mingle with our clients, we meet new prospects, we demonstrate our capabilities, and at the end of the day we want to support this community of ours. These events do not happen without the sponsors, and I have found that the attendees support the sponsors by listening to what we have to offer. IBM have backed this years event as a platinum sponsor and ISW is committed to going Gold again. The organisers of the event do it for the love of it but they need some $ to make it all happen. So if you have offerings that compliment the IBM Collaboration in Australia then this is the event for you to get in front of users, customers, partners, and IBMers that are continuing to invest in the technology. So for more information <a href=" sponsorship pack 2015 melbourne town hall final.pdf">here is the Sponsorship Pack.</a></p>
  86. <p>So get involved. Lock in the dates. See you there!</p>]]></description><wfw:commentRss></wfw:commentRss></item></channel></rss>

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