What you need to know for IBM ConnectED

Special AskJim Podcast Episode

The AskJim Podcast Providing 5 minute answers to user questions about IBM Connections
This is the exclusive podcast focused on IBM Connections – the #1 ranked business collaboration platform.

With IBM ConnectED 2015 coming up, now is the time to begin planning your agenda and participation with intention. The event will be jam packed with many sessions running in parallel tracks. My experience is that purposeful pre-planning pays dividends in ensuring you optimize your time and get the most value from the event.

Tip – Pre-Plan and Pre-book your meetings. Don’t just show up and wing it.

In this special episode of the AskJim Podcast, featuring questions from listener Kristi, we talk about key tips and insights on what’s new in this year’s conference and how you can maximize your time and value.

Headphones  36In this episode, we cover:
(1) Transportation tips
(2) ChalkTalk schedules (NEW)
(3) TechnOasis (NEW)
(4) The 7 session tracks
(5) The Session Preview Tool (NEW)
(6) Special Partner sessions


Coming to a city near you to help your teams, your clients, your partners and organizations new to engaging in today’s digital economy. These are fun, approachable thought leadership events with some of the unexpected, great networking connections and insights on how to get started.

The next #BeMobileWorkSocial Symposium cities and dates will be announced at ConnectED.

Look for the special T-Shirts and Postcards.



The IBM ConnectED 2015 ChalkTalks


ChalkTalks are a new addition and format for interactive discussion and learning.


No death by Powerpoint. This is about active discussion – meaning interactive dialog around topics important to people and implementing social business, engagement, collaboration solutions in their organizations. This is a format where we can all learn from each other, sharing expertise, experience, insights and practices.


I will be joining my colleague and friend Louis Richardson in Chalk 103, to share my experience and insights: “My Company Can’t Become a Social Business Because…”


Bring your questions and a cup of coffee. I look forward to the discussion and helping people lead their organizations in becoming social businesses to thrive in today’s social and connected economy.


Really encourage people to participate in these discussions with experts and peers. I have found that this format provides some of the greatest value at the IBM events.


ChalkTalk Schedule


Tuesday, January 27th


7:00am – 7:45am


Chalk101 Bring Your Application to the Next Level with Open Source Software from OpenNTF

Christian Guedeman, WebGate Consulting AG / OpenNTF  SW 1-2


Chalk103 My Company Can’t Become a Social Business Because…

Louis Richardson, IBM  SW 3-4


Chalk303 IBM Digitial Experience and IBM Analytics: Concepts, Integration and Best Practices

James Ryan, IBM  SW 7-10


Chalk105 The Future of Software Is Not One-Size-Fits-All: Possible Applications of Watson + Cognea + Cloud

Laura Rodriguez, IBM  SW Mockingbird


Chalk203 From Soup to Sandwich: Making MVC Java Classes and Front-end Development Work for You

Eric McCormack, The Boldt Company  SW Parrot 2



6:15PM – 7:15PM


Chalk102 OpenNTF Domino API: The Community API

Paul Withers, Intec Systems, LTD  SW 1-2


Chalk104 Make Love, Not War – Domino Coexistence with Microsoft Active Directory (& other LDAP)

Olaf Boemer, BCC  SW 3-4


Chalk403 Personal Privacy Paradigm

Bill Malchisky Jr., Effective Software Solutions, LLC  SW 7-10


Chalk302 Using SAML to Integrate WebSphere Portal and Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS)

Marvin Parkinson, Sirius Computer Solutions  SW Mockingbird


Chalk202 App Dev Trends and Directions: A Conversation with the Inventors of XPages

Philippe Riand, Trilog Group  SW Toucan


Chalk401 Changing Behavior, One Tiny Habit at a Time

Sasha Beerendonk, Silverside  SW Parrot 2



Wednesday, January 28th


7:15am – 8:15am


Chalk201 IBM Domino Application Development

P. Janzen, IBM  SW 1-2


Chalk204 IBM Connections Developers

Joe Russo, IBM  SW 3-4


Chalk402 Stimulate, Reward and Coach All Your Employees to Advance Adoption of Connections

Marion Vrielink, Saxion  SW 7-10


Chalk301 Enterprise Networks – What You Don’t Know CAN Hurt You

Wes Morgan, IBM  Swan Toucan


Chalk406 IBM Event Connect – From Concept to Production and Beyond

Brad Schauf, IBM   SW Parrot 2


Chalk404 Tips from the Trenches – Real-World Application Modernization

Andrew Barickman, PSC Group    DL  S. Hemisphere 1


Chalk405 XPages and Java: Share Your Experience

Bernd Hort, assono GmbH  DL S. Hemisphere 2


Chalk107  Empower and Align Your Social Organisation

Kevin  Zellmer, HootSuite  SW 5-6



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I recently had the pleasure of participating as featured guest in the weekly #ESNchat, a twitter chat focused on Enterprise Social Collaboration, hosted by Jeff Ross. The discussion was lively, with lots of excellent contributions from around the ‘room’, providing different perspectives on the topic of “The Connected Enterprise.”

Discussion questions 

What’s the value of a “connected enterprise”?
How does a “connected enterprise” help an organization bring value to customers and partners?
How is a “connected enterprise” better able to thrive in today’s digital marketplace?
What’s the relationship between a “connected enterprise” and change management?
How can we leverage a “connected enterprise” to drive more innovation?
What are the biggest challenges for an organization in becoming a “connected enterprise”?

Some key takeaways

In a connected enterprise, everyone can be a change sponsor. Not just a top down approach

We are seeing innovation cycle radically compress, as connected groups self correct to inputs

Crowsourcing innovation from process improvement to major disruptive business ideas #powerofyourworkforce

The process of change management becomes a self-running continuous process of improvement

Change management in a Connected Enterprise becomes a dialog and a learning exchange

Companies that leverage social technologies position themselves to attract and retain top talent with emerging workforce

Connected workers are more aware of how their actions/contributions affect others, and learn more from others’ experience

Value of connected enterprise: better information = better decisions and everyone call all play to their strengths

Connected knowledge enables an enterprise to bring the best answers & solutions from the organization, to clients

A better question might be “what’s the danger of having a disconnected enterprise?”


You can see the full recap below.  

I recently came across a video created by Dave Coplin, on his site, RSA Animate, on the topic of Re-Imagining Work. The video shows a time-lapse evolution of an illustration depicting truth and honestly that arcs through how we work today.

I talk a lot about the mobile and connected enterprise, coaching people and organizations on how to shift to working in a new mobile social economy. I think Dave’s work is compelling and quite interesting, and wanted to share it here in hopes that it may shed light on a new way of looking at the transformations happening underfoot and how leadership might begin to rethink, how we think and approach work.


Light bulb Some of the key takeaways for me:

  • Getting people more engaged and more productive at work
  • It’s about “friction free” sharing and collaborating
  • Organizations are not more productive because of processes, organizations are more productive because of people innovating, creating, collaborating together 
  • Today, mobile and social platforms remove barriers to connecting and collaborating
  • Work no longer has to be about where you sit
  • Work is no longer a destination, today, mobile and social enable you to contribute and do your knowledge work from anywhere, at any time
  • It’s about choosing the location where you want to be and where you are most creative, innovative, productive
  • It’s about being mindful of the tasks in front of you and the best place to get that done
  • Are today’s office spaces really fit for purpose?
  • Empower your employees to choose: the best place for them to work, with the best tools for the job
  • The right infrastructure, culture and processes make this possible


Camera icon  Enjoy Dave’s video (PS: I wish I could draw like this).



Social is changing the marketplace in ways we have never before seen, at rates we have never before experienced. Digital engagement is creating new opportunities for businesses to engage customers and invigorate a connected workforce. The energy is palpable, the potential for positive impact through human-to-human connection, heartening.

Social collaboration is enabling organizations to re-invigorate and activate a connected workforce.

With so much discussion around Cloud, Mobile, Analytics, SaaS and the like, I would like to highlight what I think is really shaping change in the 21st century – social business (you might think of this as digital engagement). Business is about human-to-human connection and collaboration, with people at the center. Innovation is about people working and engaging with people. Connected knowledge, made possible through social business, is the engine of cloud, mobile, analytics, saas…

In the 20th century, notable innovations came from individuals, working in comparable isolation. In the 21st century, connected individuals collaboratively iterating in crowdsourced teams, are creating innovations at rates unseen in history; and it’s accelerating.

Connected people using Cloud, Mobile, Analytics, SaaS platforms and environments is, I believe, the path to solutions to drive better business, address our most challenging world problems, and build a Smarter Planet.

The more we connect and collaborate through social/digital, the smarter we collectively become.


What we have learned from >20,000 client engagements

From over 20,000 client engagement around the world, we have gained tremendous new and unique insight into what is driving this change – the key patterns, the key points of entry for businesses and organizations, the key paths to success. To introduce more people to our Point of View around Social Business, I wanted to share a consolidated concise guide on how IBM sees Social Business, highlighting six key entry points where organizations might get started.

For deeper inside insight, I recently interviewed Cynthya Peranandam, Social Business Strategy Manager for IBM’s Social Business Category, for her inside perspectives of our Social Business strategy, summarized in our Point of View.


What next?

Learn more about IBM Social Business solutions, see how other organizations are using digital engagement platforms, informed by analytics, on the cloud, in mobile, made safe through IBM’s exercise in security. Put people at the center of your organization… and just watch what happens.