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.)
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’.
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 has released IBM Traveler 126.96.36.199 to Fix Central. Looks like there’s a new ‘Tell’ command:
IBM Traveler 188.8.131.52 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’…
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?)
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…)
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!
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 http://ibmeventconnect.com/ConnectED 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.
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 IBMEventConnect@us.ibm.com.
Thanks to fellow IBM Champion Keith Brooks for giving me the heads up on this before the official announcement!
Needless to say (but saying anyway), I am SO HUMBLED and HONORED to have been selected as a 2015 IBM Champion for ICS! Last year was a complete whirlwind of energy, excitement, and knowledge sharing. I thought that I would be ‘one and done’, and I was okay with that! With this honor, I will not only continue to ‘learn and share’, ‘collaborate and teach’ and ‘exchange knowledge and ideas’ to the community at large.
One way I’m hoping to do this is by bringing back and enhancing a user group here in Michigan! There have been a couple of them over the years, including my ‘home’ UG, Detroit Notes Professionals, but they have really been in need of some attention. In 2015, they will get that attention… at least from me!
Congratulations also go out to my friends and fellow IBM Champions, and welcome to the new IBM Champions selected for 2015!!! See you all at IBM ConnectED 2015! (The rest of you are coming, right? If not, you should… register HERE!)
Thank you to Amanda Bauman (IBM Champion Program Manager) and Oliver Heinz (ICS Community Manager) for all of their hard work in 2014. Let the fun (and hard work) continue in 2015!
It looks like IBM is not the only one that wants us to look at mail in a new way:
Today, we’re introducing something new. It’s called Inbox. Years in the making, Inbox is by the same people who brought you Gmail, but it’s not Gmail: it’s a completely different type of inbox, designed to focus on what really matters.
Email started simply as a way to send digital notes around the office. But fast-forward 30 years and with just the phone in your pocket, you can use email to contact virtually anyone in the world…from your best friend to the owner of that bagel shop you discovered last week.
With this evolution comes new challenges: we get more email now than ever, important information is buried inside messages, and our most important tasks can slip through the cracks—especially when we’re working on our phones. For many of us, dealing with email has become a daily chore that distracts from what we really need to do—rather than helping us get those things done.
If this all sounds familiar, then Inbox is for you. Or more accurately, Inbox works for you.