Nominations are open for the next class of IBM Champions

IBM Champion



It is that time of year again, nominations are open for the next class of IBM Champions.  Take a few minutes and nominate yourself, or even better nominate someone else to show appreciation for their contributions to the community.

Nominate an IBM Champion

Making Two Factor Authentication (even) easier

If you pay attention to the news you know you should be protecting your accounts with strong unique passwords, and two factor authentication wherever it is supported.  Two factor authentication improves your security by requiring (as the name implies) as second piece of information to authenticate which is usually a number generated by an app on your phone or received via text or email.  A while ago I posted this tip to make two factor authentication a little easier, now I want to follow that up with another tip.

I recently moved all my two factor authentication from Google Authenticator  to Authy.  The big difference is Authy will let you sync your two factor authentication between multiple devices as well as serve them up via a Chrome App.

I recently replaced my phone and instead of having to open up all my QR codes I was able to simply authorize my new phone in Authy and decrypt all my sites in seconds

I’m Looking Forward to this

From my Inbox last night


IBM Mail Next 

Nominations are Open for the IBM Mail Next Design Advisory Program

Interested in IBM Mail Next? Want a voice in shaping the product? Nominate yourself to participate in the Design Advisory Program for Mail Next.

You need to be an IBM SmartCloud Notes Customer, or a Business Partner with a SmartCloud Demo Account to participate.

Kramer Reeves: IBM Mail Next – Design Advisory Program – Open for Nominations!

IBM Design Advisory Program for IBM Mail Next – Nomination Form

IBM Connections Next – The Trailer

IBM Connections Next is coming, with the details being announced on May 21st.   I love this trailer that Luis Benitez put together ahead of the announcement.

Don’t forget to register for the May 21st Webcast

CloudGOO – combine all of your cloud storage into one drive

I installed CloudGOO on my Android phone today (they say an iOS version is in the works), I love the idea of showing all my cloud based files across different services as if they were all together on one big drive.  CloudGOO also supports automatic upload where you can specify which service to use, or let CloudGOO decide based on the space you have available.


Pley – The Netflix of LEGO

My friend Daniel tweeted this link to me this morning about Pley, the “Netflix of LEGO” where you can borrow and return LEGO sets.  My first reaction was “That is Brilliant”, my second reaction was “until I have to return a set and spend hours searching the house to figure out where the kids lost all the pieces”

Slides for SHOW304: How to Create a Perfect Profile: A Hitchiker’s Guide to A Smarter Workforce

Chris Whisonant and I had fun preparing and presenting this one together at IBM Connect 2014.  If you are using IBM Connections this should help you get even more out of Profiles

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IBM Connect 2014 By the Numbers

Here is a quick look back at IBM Connect 2014 by the numbers


I felt like I did not take that many pictures this year, as I left the big camera behind most of the time and stuck with my phone, at the end of the week I somehow ended up with  2251 pictures between my phone and camera.

Here is my Flickr Collection for IBM Connect 2014


Everyone knows you walk, and walk, and walk at IBM Connect here were my Steps per day as tracked by my Fitbit One

Sunday – 18,428

Monday – 19,384

Tuesday – 24,298

Wednesday – 19,738

Thursday – 23,228

5 day Total – 105,076


When this slide was shown on screen at the Closing General Session more than one person remarked “and that was just Mitch”

It wasn’t all me, but I guess I did my fair share of tweeting with 459 tweets over five days

Sunday – 105

Monday – 141

Tuesday – 114

Wednesday – 34

Thursday – 65

Ice Cream

It was suggested to me that no numerical wrap up of IBM Connect would be complete with out a total on Ice Cream consumption.   I can’t put an exact total on it but I can tell you that Chris Whisonant and I (along with various others) visited Beaches and Cream for Ice Cream at least 5 times during IBM Connect.

Much to Chris’s disappointment we did not order the Kitchen Sink

The 2014 Lotusphere Closing Ceremony

Yes it is called IBM Connect now, and the Closing General Session wraps up around 4:30 in the afternoon, but the true closing session takes place many hours later when Mat Newman finally removes his badge (well has his badge removed).  The honor this year was given to Amanda Bauman.

The 2013 Lotusphere Closing Ceremony