Category Archives: IBMConnect

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

Live Blog: IBM Connect 2014 Opening General Session

Thanks for joining me for Live Coverage of the IBM Connect OGS feel free to leave a comment on the post or in the live feed.  For a live stream of the event Click here.

Live Blogging at IBM Connect

I will be live blogging (or at least trying) once again from IBM Connect.   For now I plan on live blogging 2 sessions, though I might add more later on.

Monday January 27th 7:45 AM IBM Connect 2014 Opening General Session

Thursday January 30th 11:15 AM Ask the Product Managers

My full blogging and speaking schedule is available on my IBM Connect 2014 page, and visit the IBM Connect Livestream page for live coverage

How to add IBM Connect 2014 Online to the IBM Connections Mobile App

For those attending IBM Connect 2014 you should have already received your credentials to the Connect 2014 online site, which in large part is powered by IBM Connections.  If you want to use the IBM Connections Mobile App (Android, iOS) it can be easily configured as follows.

Add a new account and select

“My company’s server’

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Next use the this URL “” along with the credentials you should have received from IBM.

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Simple as that you now have access to the Connect 2014 Connections environment on the go.

Speaking at IBM Connect 2014

a.k.a Lotusphere

I am looking forward to warm weather in Orlando a few short weeks from now, and looking forward to speaking twice at IBM Connect 2014

First on Monday a Show and Tell session with Chris Whisonant 

SHOW304 : How to Create a Perfect Profile: A Hitchhiker’s Guide to A Smarter Workforce
Date/Time : Mon, 27/Jan, 02:00 PM-03:45 PM
Room : Swan-Osprey 1 & 2

Profiles are the centerpiece of IBM Connections and your social business. IBM Connections ships with scripts to connect to your LDAP Directory. However, most organizations also need to integrate HR data to build complete profiles and reporting structure.

In this session we will teach you step-by-step how to add custom fields to your Profiles configuration, and how to populate data from multiple sources including LDAP and HR systems.

On Wednesday I will be presenting in the Best Practices track

BP311 : Sunny Days, (Smart)Cloud-y Users
Date/Time : Wed, 29/Jan, 05:30 PM-06:30 PM
Room : Dolphin-S. Hem IV-V

Learn how you can leverage the data in your existing on-premises or cloud systems (LDAP, Profiles, Active Directory, and others) to automatically provision users in IBM Smart Cloud for Social Business. This session will provide a basic introduction to Tivoli Directory Integrator, and how to connect to multiple data sources to create users in IBM SmartCloud.

We will cover user the automation of user creation, changes, and deletions, as well as explain different enrollment and log in methods available to your users.

Looking forward to seeing many of you in Orlando in a few weeks.

Dilbert Goes To Lotusphere

Yes I know it is IBM Connect now, but I liked the sound of “Dilbert Goes to Lotusphere” I am a huge Dilbert fan and super excited about this


Hat Tip Salvador Gallardo who spotted this on the IBM Social Business Facebook Page

My IBM Champion Interview at IBM Connect

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My IBM Champion Interview with Justin Liu at IBM Connect 2013

A Clarification on Traveler High Availability

Last week at IBM Connect Chris Whisonant and I presented a Show and Tell Session on IBM Notes Traveler High Availability.  One of the attendees at the session was a developer from the Traveler team.  I had worked with Smith (actually his first name not an alias)  many times before during Traveler Betas, and on a couple of PMR, but met him for the first time at a Birds of Feather session on Traveler that morning.

While I was confident in my knowledge on the subject, a couple of times while presenting it occurred to me “would the developers agree with that?”.  At the end of the session Smith has only one complaint, which I promised I would clarify when I got back home, and it was about this slide.

Probably because I have been working with Domino for years, it was easy for me to fall back on using the word ‘cluster’ to describe Traveler in an HA Config, but as the slide indicates, Traveler Servers are not Domino Clusters.  So what should we call them?
The developers refer to them as HA pools, and Pool Members, so going forward I will use those terms to describe Traveler in an HA Config, it does make it easier to keep things straight.
I was also relieved that this was the only slide Smith had any issues with 🙂

The Lotusphere Closing Ceremony

Most people believe that when the Closing General Session ends Lotusphere is over.  Lotusphere isn’t over though until the official closing ceremony much later on that  night.

It is not easy leaving ones #happyplace

Sad Mat

20 Random Thoughts from IBM Connect 2013

1. The batteries on Mat Newman occasionally need recharging

2. They label these things for a reason – double check the sign before entering



3. It’s So Fluffy

4. The only thing better than Minions is Dancing Minions (The person working the gift shop laughed a lot while we were visiting)

5. The Wifi was worthless this year, thank goodness for 4G (and unlimited data plans)

4G Usage











6.  I love Roller Coasters but I skipped the Rocket at Universal which was probably a good idea

7. Thank you Plantronics for one of the more useful vendor giveaway items

Plantronics Calisto 620









8. They Might be Giants – gotta love a band from Brooklyn (and that They Might be Giants)

9. The no football on Sunday works out nicely, looks like a repeat of the same again next year

10. The badge holders were good for the first time in a few years, no more Velcro closures

11. 7 Days in Florida and Google Now wanted me to head to the airport the entire time

12. Joyce Davis is a Champion among Champions

13. The London Developer Co-op definitely had the best giveaway item

14.Geeks, Props, and Cameras…. need I say more

15. Sleep – quality not quantity , Fibit ‘Sleep Efficiency’ average of 97% for the week

16. 7 AM BOFs are early and hard to get to, but if you make it they prove to be quite productive sessions

17. Time moves way to fast at IBM Connect the days and the week just flew by

18. I didn’t use these, but they were a great idea and looked like they got quite a bit of use










19. Nine years at Lotusphere and Countless visits to Kimonos and I finally got up on stage at Kimonos this year (in unrelated news, there was some awful Karaoke this year)

20. IBM Connect 2013 was memorable for many reasons, but this is what will stand out most in my mind

Excited to be headed to Lotusphere


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