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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!

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: http://mwlug.com/mwlug/mwlug2015.nsf/Abstract.xsp

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…)

2015 Class of IBM Champions for ICS have been announced… so humbled and honored!


After the evening, night and morning that I had, I was surprised by a text message by my brother, Devin Olson:

Congratulations Champ!

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!

A revolutionary way to look at your email… but not from IBM!

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.

Sounds familar…

Learn more about Inbox by going here: http://gmailblog.blogspot.com/2014/10/an-inbox-that-works-for-you.html


Domino getting support for POODLE and SHA2

I’m being cautiously optimistic on this! Thank you IBM for finally addressing one of the many elephants in the room!

How is IBM Domino impacted by the POODLE attack? (IBM Technote 1687167)

Planned SHA-2 deliveries for IBM Domino 9.x (IBM Technote 1418982)

Notice that the second technote indicates that support for SHA-2 will be for Domino 9.x only. There are plenty of posts out there about ways to get around this… off the top of my head, my friend Darren Duke posted one here: Here is a freely available VM to reverse proxy Domino – shoot the poodle

And now… WE WAIT!

MWLUG 2014: SA108: Homebrew Your Own Metrics-An IBM Domino Administrator’s Guide to SNMP

Tom Bilan and I would like to thank everyone for attending our session at MWLUG 2014Homebrew your own Metrics-An IBM Domino Administrator’s Guide to SNMP. (I also want to thank everyone that grabbed some of my homebrew as well!)

Here is our slide deck for the session:

Personally, I want thank Tom for speaking with me. He’s a great presenter, an awesome person, and one of the smartest people I know. I’m constantly learning from him, and hope to continue to work with him for years to come.

Please feel free to provide us with any feedback on the session, both from the session evaluations and by email/comments below. We have some ideas for additional sessions in the future, and we strive to be better every time.

Also, for those of you that took some of my homebrew, please feel free to provide me any honest feedback. I’m trying to get better with that every day as well.

MWLUG 2014 Call for Abstracts Now Open


Ok, time to submit your abstract for MWLUG 2014, which is being held at the historic Amway Grand Plaza on August 27-29, 2014!

For those of you that want to be on the ‘big stage’ at IBM Connect, this is a great way to feel it out and see if it’s right for you! (I also hear that track managers look to regional user groups like MWLUG for future speakers.)

Go check it out now!


Deadlines for submission is May 16th at 6PM.

Registration for the conference will be open on May 1st.

P.S. – I hear that there may be some beer there…

Social Media Trends in 2014 #GetRealChat December 10th at 9PM ET w/ #IBMConnect

getrealchatJoin the #GetRealChat on Tuesday, December 10 at 9pm ET / 8pm CT / 7pm MT / 6pm PT

Join Pam Moore, host of the weekly Twitter chat, #GetRealChat on Tuesday, December 10 at 9pm ET as she talks with experts about Social Trends in 2014 in HR, digital experiences, social business, mobile, analytics and cloud.

IBM is joining as a special guest on #GetRealChat 12/10/13 at 9:00 pm ET. Below you will find more information and details for how you can join the conversation.

Topic is Social Trends in 2014

Conversation will include

  • Building a smarter workforce,
  • Creating exceptional customer and digital experiences
  • Mobile, analytics, cloud & social business trends

Guests: Mark Fidelman, Forbes @MarkFidelman, Beverly Macy, Huffington Post @BeverlyMacy, Jeanne Meister, CoFounder Future Workplace @jcmeister

Join Conversation: twubs.com/getrealchat

I’ll be there… hope to see you there!


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