IBM Social Business User Community – Where all the Cool Kids are going

Well that didn’t take long…

After my previous post about SocialBiz User Group’s site getting retired, I received a couple of responses on my Facebook page from Wannes Rams and Oliver Busse about the launch of the IBM Social Business User Community, the NEW and IMPROVED place for the IBM Social Business (and user group) community to go. It’s slick, and IBM will be giving it the continuing love and attention sites like this need!

Because it’s part of the whole DeveloperWorks environment (which is based on IBM Connections), that gives all of you ANOTHER reason to join us over there if you’re not already a member! Once you are a member, head over to the IBM Social Business User Community and become a member!


I’ll see you all there! #IBMSocialUG

Goodbye and Thank YOU SocialBiz User Group

Received this sad news this morning:

SocialBizUGorgLogoDear Community Members,

It’s with great sadness that we announce the closure of the SocialBiz User Group. As a member, you’ll have access to the community through February 22, 2016.

User Group Leaders: Please make sure to download any files or resources you may have added to your user group community page.

Newsletter subscribers: Chris Miller will continue to write a newsletter for Notes/Domino administrators and host his archived Admin Edition Newsletter contributions.  You can sign up for his ongoing Sys Admin Tips Newsletter to stay on top of the latest Notes/Domino news for admins.

It has been a pleasure serving this community and the user groups for over 10 years! Hopefully our paths will cross again in the future. Until next time…

Best wishes,

The SocialBiz User Group Management Team

It’s sad to see this site go away, but it’s understandable. I want to thank them for providing so much useful information to the community at large, and for allowing me to appear on the site a couple of times. I also want to thank them for giving the Detroit Notes Professionals User Group a ‘holding spot’ for all this time until I can figure out the best way to revive it. YOU WILL BE MISSED!

IBM Domino 9.0.1 Fix Pack 5 Interim Fix 1 released to fix MD5 SLOTH vulnerability on TLS 1.2

While my brothers and sisters are heading off to Florida for IBM Connect 2016 (tickets still available), some of us have to stay home and keep things running…

It looks like IBM released IBM Domino 9.0.1 Fix Pack 5 Interim Fix 1 to fix an issue with MD5. There’s a vulnerability called ‘SLOTH’ that is on TLS 1.2 that affect Domino. Read more about the vulnerability by going here:

Security Bulletin: Vulnerability in MD5 Signature and Hash Algorithm affects IBM Domino (CVE-2015-7575)

You can get the fix and all of your other fixes by going here:

Interim Fixes and JVM patches for 9.0.1.x versions of IBM Notes, Domino, iNotes and Notes Browser Plug-in

IMPORTANT: Make sure you test this thoroughly to make sure it does not cause any compatibility issues. (The fix disabled MD5 signature has by default.)

IBM Champion Program – Honor to be included again


Yesterday, IBM announced the 2016 IBM Champions for IBM Social Business. I was honored to be included in that list again. It’s very humbling to be included in a list of such talented people that I admire and who I consider friends. It’s great to see the 63 other returning Champions, plus 39 new IBM Champions! I’m especially proud to see my brothers Devin Olson (aka Spanky) and Steve McDonagh included in that list! (I’m predicting an ‘IBM Champion’ Collaboration Beer in our future.)

Congratulations to all of my fellow Champions! To see the list, click here:
Announcing the IBM Champion Class of 2016 for IBM Social Business!


Final Reminder – Nominations for IBM Champion ends the end of October

IBM Champion Program

This is your final reminder to nominate all of those people who have been active, have assisted you and have been key ‘players’ in the IBM Social Business community.

I was asked by someone if you could nominate more than one person. ABSOLUTELY! If you feel that more than one person should be selected, then by all means nominate them!

I have been honored to be an IBM Champion for the past two years! I’ve taken my recognition as an ‘innovative thought leader’ seriously and have tried to push myself to assist whenever I could and speak out whenever it was necessary. To be among the ‘best of the best’ in our industry is something that I would not trade for anything in the world, and I now consider many of these people my very good friends and ‘family’.

Get your nominations in TODAY (or at least by October 31st):

Thank you to all of you for your support of the IBM Champion Program! Thank you also to the Program Managers (cat herders) of this program! We give you grief, but it’s because we really love you! Think of us as that kid in grade school that beats you up, but really has a crush on you…

IBM Traveler is available for download

IBM has released IBM Traveler to Fix Central. Looks like there’s a new ‘Tell’ command:

IBM Traveler introduces a new Tell command called “DBMaint” to help with maintaining enterprise databases. DBMaint can be used to test database fragmentation levels, set scheduled maintenance, and run maintenance to reduce table index fragmentation. Information on DBMaint can be found in the tell command reference section of the product documentation.

Looks like a few fixes as well. Get your download from Fix Central and get upgradin’…

As Rafiki would say… IT IS TIME! MWLUG 2015 Abstract Submission is NOW OPEN!


The Master of MWLUG, Richard Moy, begins on his post

I am please to announce that session abstract submission is now opened for MWLUG 2015.  Abstract submission will close on May 22, 2015 so get your abstracts in.  To submit your abstract go to:

I love the theme this year, “Transforming Collaboration Through Innovation”, as it speaks to what a lot of us are doing. We either change what we do WITH what we have (or can get) or we’ll get left behind!

If you are doing something different or new, submit an abstract! If you are doing something that could help others, submit an abstract! If you are doing ‘something’, submit an abstract! (Do you see a trend here?)

You have until May 22nd, so get on board and submit an abstract NOW!

Anyone want to do a ‘group buy’ on the Pebble Time with me?

Introducing the Pebble Time:

I simply LOVE THIS WATCH and want one in the worst way…
The problem? I’m too cheap to pay more than the lowest price…
Solution? I’m asking anyone that wants to get the Pebble Time when it gets released for $169 instead of $179 (for one watch if there are any left at that price) to let me know in the comments.

(It would be nice to get one from Pebble themselves for review, but I’m not nearly important enough to have that happen…)

To those attending IBM ConnectED, a humble request…

I’m president of a local homebrew (beer) club, and we are looking for 4-6 bottles of Samuel Smith’s Taddy Porter direct from its homeland… If anyone could bring some over, we could trade for 4-6 bottles (or a growler) of fine craft beer from Michigan (home of Bell’s and Founders Breweries among others).
In fact, if you have any porters (or other ‘great but hard to get in the US’ beers) you would be interested in parting with or trading, let me know! Thanks!

The website and mobile apps for IBM ConnectED 2015 have been announced!

I’ve been wondering about this… They just officially announced the website and apps for IBM ConnectED 2015:

IBM Event Connect for ConnectED 2015 is available now – build your agenda, download the presentations and engage in the conversation!

Point your desktop or mobile browser to and create your profile using your registration email id as the user id and your Event registration confirmation code as your password. We recommend that you change your password by clicking on the “Welcome….” in the top right corner. Although this site does not contain any confidential information about you, you’ll want to protect your agenda and any information you choose to share. Once your profile is created, upload a picture and tell us more about yourself!

If you’re logging in from an iOS or Android device, and don’t already have the mobile app installed, you’ll see a link to download and install IBM Event Connect Center, the mobile companion app.

Username: *************************
Password: ************************

NOTE: If you have already created a profile for a previous IBM conference that used Event Connect (Insight 2014, IBM Digital Experience 2014), use that user id and password – it is still active! If you have forgotten your password, please use the “Forgot your Password?” link below the login link the website.

Built on IBM technology, Event Connect includes a personalized agenda builder where you can search sessions by track, day, time, speaker or keyword. Build your agenda and find conference highlights, special events, and logistical information to help navigate the event. If you choose, you can create a profile that can be viewed by all conference attendees, post comments and questions in forums, set up your own network of ConnectED attendees, share status updates — and more. During the event you can view the latest conference news and updates, access session presentations, and complete conference surveys. Event Connect can be accessed from your personal computer, mobile device or from conference kiosks located in the event venues.

If you have any questions or feedback, e-mail

Thanks to fellow IBM Champion Keith Brooks for giving me the heads up on this before the official announcement!

See you all there!!!