Social Connections V

As you’ll have no doubt heard, Social Connections IV in Amsterdam at the tail end of 2012 was a massive success… Almost 200 attendees, three tracks of amazing speakers and sessions, speed-sponsoring, evening reception by the canal and much more.

Never a team to rest on our laurels, we’re already putting the finishing touches to our plans for 2013. Once again, we’ll have two events during the year, one in the Summer and another in November.

We are delighted to announce that Social Connections V will take place in mainland Europe in June, most likely Friday 21st or Friday 28th June. Yes, that’s a little vague, but there are a few loose ends to tie up before we can give out the specifics. Our plan is to announce the confirmed details during the next week, before IBM Connect, so only a few days to wait!

You may be thinking, what happened to New York? We still plan to make it to the USA sometime soon, but it turns out that suitable venues near to that city are both very scarce and extremely expensive! We’re looking at other alternatives and will release plans as soon as we have them.

In the meantime, the team are inviting sponsors to signal their interest in being involved in Social Connections V. If you have an IBM Connections- or Social Business-related product or service and you’d like to exhibit at the event, please get in touch with the team ASAP – we can send you the details.

In the meantime, the Social Connections team (Simon, Sharon, Femke, Jon and Stuart) will all be at IBM Connect at the end of the month.  Look out for the Social Connections black shirts (particularly on Tuesday morning), and make sure you stop us and say hello!

Social Connections
Although IBM Connections has been in the marketplace since 2007 it is still a relatively new product by IBM/Lotus standards. The larger LUGs (Lotus User Groups – such as UKLUG and ILUG) tend to focus on traditional Lotus technologies – Notes, Domino, a little Sametime and TDI with lots of the newer XPages thrown in the mix. The WUGs (WebSphere User Groups) tend to concentrate on core WebSphere technologies such as the Application Server, Portal and Process Server. In addition, these events can be very technical in nature. Therefore we feel there is a definite space for a Connections user group with a strong focus on social collaboration technology, aimed at both existing and prospective customers and partners, and at individuals with both business and technical perspectives. We meet twice annually, in late Spring/early Summer and again in late Autumn/Fall, and from 2015 onwards we will be splitting the events between the USA and Europe. In addition, through the use of these great social tools, we aim to keep a dynamic and lively online community going all-year round! The events will be social in nature, with a strong desire for real face-to-face networking and knowledge sharing as well as delivery of useful content.