Announcing the keynote speaker for Social Connections VI!

The team are thrilled to announce that the keynote speaker will be…

First some clues…

This man is a:

  • IBM Connect OGS and session speaker
  • Connections product manager
  • demo god
  • blogger extraordinaire
  • community advocate
  • former Connections deployment specialist

Got it yet?

Yes, we can publicly declare that the keynote session at Social Connections VI will be delivered by IBM’s Luis Benitez:

I am a Social Software Product Manager at IBM and an Social Business/Enterprise 2.0 enthusiast who simply loves the whole concept of innovating. I help companies understand and implement Enterprise 2.0/Social Business solutions, specifically IBM Connections, all over the world.

Luis Benitez announcing IBM Mail.Next at the Connect 2014 Opening General Session (Orlando, Jan 2014)

The Social Connections team are thrilled and honoured to have Luis attending and speaking at this event.

We’ve always been delighted at the willingness of IBM’s Connections product management and development teams to support Social Connections events. Given that Luis is such a great advocate for the wider Connections community this increases our excitement at his attendance in Prague for this event.

Look out for more details regarding the agenda and timings very soon.

By 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.