September is ICON Switzerland time and this year we are coming up with a special setup for our 8th event which will take place on September 13 at the University of Zurich.
For those not familiar with the event, it was launched as a customer forum where IBM ICS customers could share their experience with ICS solutions. In the last years, we have teamed up with the University of Zurich, transforming the event into a public and private event, where we offered a platform to share experience and network with peers.
Every year we had a keynote from a renowned IBM representant before launching the customer panel but this year we are changing the format. We are very happy to have Jason Gary in Switzerland exclusively for our event. He will be joined by Uffe Sorensen and Jonathan Muniz for a further look into the future of ICS solutions.
Jason Gary is Director of Software Development and an IBM Distinguished Engineer. He and his team represent the new IBM way of delivering enterprise software and is behind the «new» IBM Connections code-named Pink, where open-source platforms and services like MongoDB, React.js and Docker will be playing a central role. He will talk about this new approach in development for IBM and what it means for IBM Connections.
Uffe Sorensen (Messaging & Collaboration Director) and Jonathan Muniz (Offering Manager IBM Collaboration Solutions) will bring an update to the application modernisation roadmap, what has been delivered with the new IBM Verse on Premises version and what is yet to come.
After the lectures, all three speakers will be available for an open Q&A section where you can ask your questions about the topics mentioned.
IBM released a Flash Alert because of expiring APNS certificates:
«Users using IBM Connections Mobile will stop receiving Apple Push Notification Service (APNS) notifications after the certificates expire on 1/29/2016.
Download the iFix for your server version and apply. Some releases require a prerequisite iFix and the links for those are included.»
I missed my self-set deadline for this post so I’m not referencing Back to the Future anymore.. 😉 but this Wednesday will still be a special day for me when I will have a session at SNoUG together with Sandra Bühler, talking about a customer reference project.
If you haven’t checked the agenda yet, go here as it is packed with IBM Champions and information you can put to use right away.
So why is it special? Because “back in the early days of administration..” it was not that easy to get information about solutions, possible problems, 3rd party products and so on, about and around all that was Lotus Software.
Being a junior administrator I was not allowed to travel to the US for any conferences but luckily someone from the company I was working for was involved in SNoUG and told me about the user group meeting “where you can meet peers, discuss and compare settings, best practices and get a confirmation, that you are not the only one using this software..” (sounds familiar?).
Basically SNoUG was my first “knowledge well” in the Yellowverse, and stayed so for a few years, before I moved to larger scale conferences with Lotusphere Europe in Berlin and then on to the various Lotuspheres in Orlando and some of the user groups around the world.
And now, after all these years and a few sessions at user groups all over the world I get to speak at the user group meeting where it somehow all started for me. I’m looking forward to it.
Referring to my post about the new editor app make sure to update the IBM Connections app as well. The latest update for Android and iOS adds support for IBM Connections Editor amongst other things which also solved the editing problem on the BlackBerry.
IBM released a new app to enhance the use of IBM Connections on mobile. The iOS version was released today while the Android version was already available yesterday which, of course, I have installed on my BlackBerry.
The description in the store says it all: The IBM Connections Editor is a companion office application suite for IBM Connections. The IBM Connections Editor is optimized for smartphone and tablets to create, edit, or read Microsoft® Word, Excel, or Powerpoint documents and view PDFs on your mobile device from IBM Connections Files. You have full editing capabilities on your mobile device and can easily share these Files in IBM Connections to collaborate with others in your organization.
I could have used this app last week during a customer presentation because it really is a game changer for some of the requests we get from customers. You can easily create a document and upload it directly to your IBM Connections environment but even better, you can open a document from your IBM Connections Files store, edit it and re-upload it all within one app.
Again, there is no native app for BlackBerry so I’ve used the Android one for testing. As you can see from the images, the procedure is very simple, the only drawback, the online editing does not work on the BlackBerry because the app does not get the edit command directly from the IBM Connections app. Still, if you have an Android or iOS device and are using IBM Connections, this app is definitely something to install and use. Make sure to update the IBM Connections app! There is an update available which will add support for the IBM Connections Editor app. The editing also works on the BlackBerry.
We have been quite busy with a side project at Belsoft and we are finally at a stage, were we can start sharing some information about it.
We are introducing “InstallJack” to the world. Our goal with this new tool is to simplify and to speed-up the installation of IBM Connections. It’s been great to work on this project and I learned a lot about IBM Connections during this time.