This must be a perfect Tuesday. Yesterday I received the news that I am selected as IBM Champion for Social Business for 2016. My phone almost got over heated from all the congrats messages, Twitter mentions and emails. I was thinking: "Is this how it feels to be a rock star?" It must be. 🙂
This has been a fantastic year for me which started in Orlando and IBM ConnectED, rolled on with Social Connections in Boston, working hard through spring and summer with lots and lots of projects and deals to complete and now peaked in November and Social Connections in Stuttgart.
Thanks to the IBM Champion team for selecting me, thanks to those who nominated me, thanks to my company Infoware for believing in me, and thanks to the Social Connections team for challenging me to do great things.
You are all awesome!
"There are different kinds of conferences" as a friend of mine in the Social Connections team said to me in the bar the first evening of Social Connections 9. I know he both was and is right.
We had just arrived back from the VIP Reception held for speakers and sponsors at the Mercedes Museum where we took the tour and dined. The tour was quite interesting, even for me who yawns when people start kicking tires. Maybe I enjoyed it most because I'm interested in design and like "shiny things". And there were a lot of shiny, well designed things (cars) on display.
After the tour we gathered in the restaurant of the museum for a delicious dinner. 60 guests who were either speakers or sponsors for the event. Six degrees of separation did not apply here, the ones you didn't know, were only one or perhaps two steps away to get to know. I am always amazed on how this community continues to grow and how welcoming it is. Tight but also loose if you understand what I mean. Like an octopus ready to reach out to new friends with one of it's eight arms.
This was my fifth Social Connections but little did I know what this particular conference had in store.
The next day we arrived at 7 am to IBM and the venue in Ehningen right outside Stuttgart. There was still a lot to do before the registration opened. Signage for all the rooms, sort the badges for easy check-in, set up the registration desk etc. I also had to setup my own booth in the sponsor area where I would demo DomainPatrol Social for IBM Connections. Busy morning!
And BAM!, the bused arrived from the hotels. Immediately I took place in the registration desk with 2 of my coworkers in the Social Connections team. Check-in went well but a bit stressful. We handed out badges, welcome packages and a big SMILE to all attendees as fast as we could.
We then kicked off the conference with Opening General Session and immediately after that the keynote session "Working out Loud" with John Stepper from Deutsche Bank. A truly inspiring session about working in the open for others within the organization to get involved, to add wisdom, to receive feedback and contributions.
It was so rewarding to see how big the audience was. We had an all-time record with 270 registered attendees. Many months we've worked in the team to plan this event. To get people to register, to set the agenda, to work with IBM in Ehningen, to plan 2 evening receptions etc. And to finally see everyone together was a real kick.
The day went on with a lot of good discussions around the buzzing sponsor area. I showed our new release of DomainPatrol Social 8 to customers, resellers and IBM:ers. I was glad to understand that more and more customers are now long time users of IBM Connections and it was, as always, very interesting to hear about their success stories or troubles. I don't have to be shy to say that DomainPatrol Social solves many of those headaches administrators have on a daily basis.
We closed day 1 with the Speed Sponsoring Session. A returning well appreciated happening. The attendees are divided into groups and have 3 minutes in each booth where they get a short pitch from the sponsor about their products or services. It's always super fun and the adrenaline runs high among us sponsors. Can you say everything you want to say in under 3 minutes?! Of course we can! I won't tell you how to best do it, you have to experience it yourself. The extra good stuff for everyone is that there are many fine prizes to win at the end. What's not to like? For us sponsors it's the perfect way to get to talk to everyone. I am particulary glad that I had the best company in my booth to help me out. Mr Victor Toal, our reseller in the US.
After the speed sponsoring we jumped in a car and cruised bravely through and past the taffic jams surrounding Stuttgart on to the venue for the night's Gala Reception Sensapolis. Playtime! We had a couple of fun activities prepared along with dinner. Segway, a climbing wall and karting. After a welcome speach we kicked off the reception with buffet style dinner. I myself had sights set on the climbing wall, and as soon as I finished eating I geared up and went for the top. It was at least 10 years since I hung on a cliff wall last, so it's safe to say I was a bit shaky. But it went well!
When I wandered around all the tables afterwards I was very glad to see that it seemed like everyone was enjoying themselves very much! Good food, good friends, fun activities, good talks. A perfect way to end day 1 of the conference! When the party was over it was some sort of relief. Total success and stars all over the sky.
The next day was much busier for me in the booth. I could now reap the benefits of the Speed Sponsoring last night, when everyone wanted to hear more than the 3 minutes about what we had to offer. Lots and lots of good discussions and talks.
I also took time to visit René Schimmer's session What's coming in IBM Connections Next. It's always interesting to hear how IBM interprets the future and how to translate it into a communication software.
They day went by real quick and soon it was time to head for the airport much to soon because of the Lufthansa strike.
On the plane home I ordered a tiny bottle of Champagne and took some time to reflect over the last 2 days. I realised that I hardly remembered how my hotel room looked like, or the hotel itself for that matter. Nor did I remember the stressful moments in between things much. But what I really DO remember is all the laughter and fun moments I had. All friends I finally got to see again. All the smiles fired away in my direction. The nice feedback I got the day after the Gala Reception. For example one who came up to me and cheered almost like on a football match. The people in my booth telling ME how good my product is. (I know.. LOL). The discussions in the bar after the Gala Reception. And last but definitely not least the fabulous team that makes this possible. And the amazing fact that I am part of it. Like I said in the beginning: there are different kinds of conferences, and this one is one of the better kind.
Until next time.
October is drawing to a close and I thought I'd talk about a few things that's in the air right now.
As you may know we recently released DomainPatrol Social 7 with a much demanded functionality for quota management. It's fascinating really, I heard it first from a business partner colleague at Social Connections in Boston last winter, and after that it popped up like a Jack-in-the-box here and there from customers and colleagues all through spring. "We need to be able to set our quota values in IBM Connections." I thought that this is too much to ignore, so I talked to my develeopers and BAM, the feature was done in no time. Really proud of their hard work and devotion.
And I'm extra glad that we could ship the super fresh release to waiting customers that has requested it. Like a mini Christmas if you wish. 🙂
It's also only one week to Social Connections in Stuttgart. One week! When did that happened? I thought I had much more time to prepare than this. Since I am part of the organizing team I actually breath Social Connections right now. How many attendees is coming (a LOT), will I see any good sessions (YES), will it be super fun to meet my friends in the community and the team (very much YES).
Naturally I look forward to work in Infoware's booth at the event. I have a newly hatched version of DomainPatrol Social with me! Can't wait to show it to the attendees at Social Connections!
On that note, last week I did an interview with SocialBizUG.org on why you should attend the event. Why not check it out. While I have your attention, I mean.
Last, but not least I wish you a very relaxing weekend! Irrespective if you celebrate Halloween, All Saints Day or just a moment of "sofa hang" as we say in Sweden.
See you in November!
The heat wave in Stockholm right now is making us all longing for a relaxing hammock instead of sitting inside the office. Regardless of that, we are happy to be enjoying a huge interest for DomainPatrol Social from all over the world.
The feedback we hear from our customers is that it has never been so easy to administer their IBM Connections environment. DomainPatrol Social opens up possibilities to do things you normally can't do in IBM Connections. Such as Merging Communitites, even one external with an internal one. The feature Merge Profiles is also a popular one. When companies hiring former temporary employees the users often end up with 2 profiles.
The next release of DomainPatrol will include a function our customers have had high up on their wish list. We are talking about Quota Management for Files! You will finally be able to set quota on both user level and community level. And also manage quota policies. Good, huh?
And we're not stopping there. We are currently working on several features to make DomainPatrol Social the most competent and qualified tool for IBM Connections on the market.
Contact us directly to try it out for free or just to let us tell you more.
One could wish for a more sunny spring, no one could argue with that. Stockholm is windy with pouring rain right now. But let's not dwell on that too long. On to something more interesting!
We are super proud of our brand new release of DomainPatrol Social which is packed with new features.
Never again think that your content is stuck where you created it. Use DomainPatrol Social when you are doing changes in your organization, when a project ends, when you hire employees. Do clean-ups when upgrading. Release the power of IBM Connections with DomainPatrol Social.
– Merge Communities together: Both regular, sub-communities and external. Everything will be merged, including all content in them (Blogs, Activities, Wikis, Forums etc). Also, move communities in and out of other communities.
– Move Files: Move individual files or the whole file container between users or between communities.
– Merge Profiles: It may happen that one user end up with two profiles. With this feature you merge two profiles into one. All data and content is merges, including all history.
– Transfer user access: Apply one user's access roles to another user. If for example one person is taking over another persons role or job.
– Move and Merge: Blogs, Wikis, Forums, Activities. Even just one single blog entry, activity etc.
DomainPatrol Social is easy to install and maintain. We offer both perpetual licensing and rental models, and onsite evaluation.
Infoware is for the fourth time in a row proud sponsors of the IBM Connections User Group event Social Connections! This time we fly to Boston, USA, and of course hope to meet old friends and valued customers, but also make lots of new acquaintances.
The first time we sponsored Social Connections was in Zürich, Switzerland, and we quickly realized that this is the event to attend to if you are the least interested in IBM Connections, social business and networking with others alike. The Social Connections community is a strong, friendly and highly professional bunch of experts, users, business partners, and IBMers, who all aim for the same goal, that is to bring a more social way of work into your daily tasks. And therefore make your work day more efficient and easy.
The conference is held over two fully packed days with sessions divided in sever tracks ranging between future of work, developer, management, case studies etc.
Infoware is silver sponsors, which means you will find us in one of the showcase booths in the Lounge. There we will show our new release of DomainPatrol Social, all packed with outstanding features such as Merge Profiles or Move Personal Files.
Haven't you registered yet? Don't wait, spaces are limited: Social Connections
See you there! 🙂