Category Archives: IC13

The (unofficial) Blogger Open: Where to Hangout After then Closing Session

There is no officially planned or sponsored Blogger Open this year, thanks to those who generously offered to sponsor, unfortunately I was not able to raise the dollars needed to officially run the event.

The unofficial community hangout after the IBM Connect Closing Session will be Splitsville bowling Alley at Downtown Disney.

Downtown Disney is located conveniently close to the Swan, Dolphin, Yacht, and Beach Club. Disney offers shuttle buses or it is a short cab ride away.

Splitsville offers, bowling, pool, food, and drink.

Spread the word and join in the unofficial annual Blogger Open.

Live Blog: Messaging & Collaboration Roadmap

Live Blog: IBM Connect 2013 OGS

Thanks for joining me for live coverage of the IBM Connect 2013 Opening General Session, feel free to comment or ask questions will do my best to answer.

Sonny and Cher at IBM Connect 2013

Tom Duff and Andy Donaldson back on stage again at IBM Connect 2013.

Paul Mooney Delivers on a Promise Made at Lotusphere 2012

Last year while the idea of Elisa coming to Orlando for IBM Connect 2013 was being formed, Paul Mooney promised her a motorcycle ride. This morning before the hogride set out for the day he made good on his promise.


Worlds Collide (What a Difference a Year Makes)

Last January I headed down to Orlando for Lotusphere with very mixed emotions, on one hand I wanted to be there, in some ways I needed to be there, and at the same time I was a little worried about leaving home one week after Elisa had major surgery.  It was Elisa who months earlier knowing what was ahead insisted I make my plans and go to Lotusphere as I have been doing for years now.

It was around this time that the idea was born that Elisa should come to Lotusphere 2013.  Over the course of the week many of you filmed a greeting to Elisa, and encouraged her to make the trip to Orlando in 2013.

So here we are one year later, heading down to Orlando together, and while I might be going to IBM Connect, I am pretty sure Elisa is on her way to Lotusphere 🙂 where we once again put to the test George Costanza’s theory of worlds colliding.

I can’t speak for George Costanza, but I am thrilled to have Elisa joining me in Orlando this year and look forward to the week ahead.

See you in Orlando

Results of The 2013 IBM Connect Tablet Survey

The results are in, thanks to all who responded this year.  There was 155 responses, and not surprisingly the iPad rules at IBM Connect.   I was surprised that there were not more iPad Minis,  I thought there would be more of them in the mix.

The presence of only one response of Microsoft Surface tablet did not surprise me, for a while it looked like it was going to finish at zero.

In the “Other” Category there was one  Lenovo Yoga, one “Etch a Sketch” and one “Moses’ 10 Commandments” (OK so not everyone took it seriously).



The laptop question was interesting, unless I chicken out in the next day I will be headed down to Orlando for the first time without a laptop.  I am at a point where I feel anything I need to do during the week can be accomplished on my iPad or Galaxy SIII.  Of the 155 respondents  121 are bringing their laptops, and 34 are leaving them home.  I am hoping at this time next week I will still think it was a good idea to travel without the laptop.

The IBM Connect 2013 Sonny & Cher Playlist

Thanks for all the great suggestions for the Sonny & Cher reunion at IBM Connect.

Heading to IBM Connect? Consider Yourself Warned

Talk about setting the bar high, Mat Newman wants to hug even more this year and I have no doubt he will succeed.

The Dolphin Rotunda…. at 2 AM

Planning Your IBM Connect Calendar

Later this week I will be heading down to Orlando for IBM Connect.  This is my 9th Lotusphere/Connect and over the years I have come up with a method for planning my schedule and keeping up with it while at the event.  I warn you in advance this involves printing (yes printing) and despite all the mobile devices and calendars, I have stuck with this system as it works for me.

Step 1: Plan your schedule

Thanks to Mat Newman and his team there is once again a Notes Database for planning your schedule, between that and the conference site which allows you to plan your schedule, and export as an ics file, getting all your session on to your Notes Calendar is easy.  I add to that any meetings, and events I want to attend and one week out my calendar looks something like this.

IBM Connect 2013


Step 2: Printing your calendar

print options


Select the options as show above, ‘Print Calendar to a document’, ‘Calendar list’ and the date range you want, I print each day of the conference to its own document.  On the right hand side select at a minimum location and any other information you might want.

I get a lot of funny looks when I tell people that I print my calendar, but here are some of the reasons why I still print

1. Once the event starts things tend to change quickly, meetings move, new meeting requests come in, it is easy to mark changes down on paper.

2. I write down on this paper different things that happen during the day, people I met, things I want to remember, phone numbers, anything I might want to capture during the day.  When I get back home I have all my general notes for each day in one place.

3. It is visually easier to sort out on paper, especially when I double and triple book various time slots and make last minute decisions where to go.

If you selected the options above to print you wind up with something that looks like this, which besides being able to print, you can also Forward the document as an email, so if you want to share your schedule with your colleagues attending the event this is an easy way to do it.

final day print


So there you have it, a little old school printing out my daily schedule but for one week every year it works for me.