Social Connections IV is just 6 weeks away

I can not believe it has come round again so quickly, in 6 short weeks the Social Connections user group hits Amsterdam. On the 30th of November the IBM Forum will be invaded with IBM Connections users, developers, managers and administrators!

We are expecting people from across the globe with some even traveling as far as Russia, the US and Australia to hear our amazing speakers.
Joining our keynote speaker Mr Christopher Crummey (IBM) are an incredible list of 30 speakers from IBM, business partners and customers who together will be responsible for 27 highly informational sessions. With a great mix of Management, Case Studies, Technical and Development sessions there should be a something for everyone.
Full details on all the speakers and sessions can be found on this page, and the full agenda is available here.

Not only do we have an incredible day program, we are continuing it right into the night with an exclusive dinner for Social Connections participants. We do this to give participants who would like to continue their conversations in a more relaxed and informal way the chance to do so while enjoying a good glass of wine and a dinner in beautiful Amsterdam. This evening program is free of charge thanks to our fabulous sponsors but does require pre-registration and is only open to registered Social Connections participants. So don’t be late to sign up!

For people traveling who need information on transportation and or hotels check out the FAQ page. We have deals with two nearby hotels: Hotel Artemis and Hotel Mercure Amsterdam Airport that could be interesting but make sure you book in time as we cannot guarantee availability. Information on how to apply for the special event price is included on the FAQ page.

Lastly I have to mention our incredible sponsors – without whom we would not be able to run these events: IBM, Silverside, E-Office, Ilionx, Time to Act, Collaboration Matters, Portico, Ephox and BLUG are making it all possible.

So, not registered yet? Well don’t wait too long as we only have a limited number of seats left and register now.

Time for social business in Amsterdam!

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.