IBM Connections Cloud enhancements for April 2015

IBM has announced enhancements coming to IBM Connections Cloud for April 2015.  Here are some of the updates.  Luis Benetiz was kind enough to give everyone a sneak peek of this at Social Connections
  • Customize community layout and navigation
  • Type ahead search
  • New theme aligned to IBM Verse
  • Policy to disable chat history on file transfer
  • IBM Verse for iPhones
  • Apple Push notifications for To-do's
  • Google Cloud Messaging integration for Traveler users.  (Using GCM is easier on Android to get notifications instead of being constantly connected for push notifications)
IBM Verse for iPhone

I am curious if we will see a new One UI change with a change toward IBM Verse look and feel.  This would be some retooling of numerous applications and interfaces for users.  While the end result would be cleaner, it might be a bit too clean.

See the previous IBM Connections Cloud enhancement posts right here (and previous SmartCloud naming ones) on IdoNotes.
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    On Thursday, April 23rd, 2015   by Chris Miller        

IBM Verse Basic (or freemium if you like)

IBM Verse Basic is the starter kit of welcoming users to try IBM Verse. We previously referred to it as freemium. The final statement of restrictions seem to be announced.
We want you to see how Verse helps declutter your inbox. You can:
  • Send up to 100 emails in a 24 hour period.
  • Send mail containing up to 10 recipients per email.
  • Send mail messages up to 100MB in size.
  • Have a mailbox quota of 500 MB.
  • Experience spam filtering for emails sent from outside domains.
I formerly mentioned the restrictions that seemed to have slightly changed just for the number of messages you can send per 24 hour period. and error you get when reaching the send limit.  I am still concerned that one of the restriction they chose for the number of outbound messages. How can you successfully test the follow-up, threading and other features fully with a limit no other mail system enforces.

The mailbox quota is also incredibly small to test the analytics ability.  500MB is something I cannot even find across any free mail based system as a limit.  I would have hoped for 1-2GB.

However, IBM is adding to the mail features with some additional capabilities
In addition to mail you also get:
  • Calendar, contacts, in-line attachment preview, one-click tracking of actions that need attention, and analytics-based identification of important people and content.
  • Upload, store, and share files with individuals, with up to 500MB personal file storage.
  • Send and receive instant messages.
  • Collaborate and interact with others by viewing profiles, status updates, and files.
  • Encourage others to collaborate with you by spreading the word about IBM Verse Basic so they can get their own account.
IBM is also providing some free online storage for files to test that capability and share.  With their new IBM Connections Files offering you can get up to 1TB of paid space.

Read all of my IdoNotes articles on IBM Verse including information on the Boot Camp and entitlements for SmartCloud users.
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    On Monday, April 20th, 2015   by Chris Miller        

Engage 2015 Conference in Review

I had the opportunity to attend and present at Engage 2015 (formerly BLUG) in Ghent, Belgium. I wanted to provide a quick summary of the event in my monthly articles on SocialBizUG
Engage 2015 had an excellent keynote (that was recorded and will be available soon) with Kramer Reeves and other IBM speakers.  They really did not cover much new outside of some more new on IBM Verse as it prepared to become generally available right when the conference was going on. He shared much of the IBM vision and strategy and even a timeline on the future of the Lotus Notes client and server.  Everyone will be happy to know there is a definite timeline for the next eight years at least for what we know as IBM Lotus Notes.

Read my entire story over on SocialBizUG and subscribe to the monthly Sys Admin Tips.

Also make sure to watch the replay of the Engage 2015 keynote and my Flickr pics.
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    On Wednesday, April 15th, 2015   by Chris Miller        

IBM Verse Technical Boot Camp - free day training

IBM has launched free one day IBM Verse Technical Boot Camp at select cities as shown below.
Date  Location
4/22    Costa Mesa, CA
4/23    San Francisco, CA
4/24    Montreal, Canada
4/24    Dallas, TX
4/28    Chicago, IL
4/29    New York, NY
5/5    Westford, MA
5/5    Toronto, Canada
5/7    Atlanta, GA
5/12    Raleigh, NC

You need an IBM Greenhouse account to log in to register and select and register for the city.  The agenda looks simple
Verse intro, Overview, Adoption
How to make money with Verse
Migration and MOM, Hybrid Environment, Administration
Other stars in the uniVerse: Hawthorn, Bluemix, Notes Browser Plug In
Extensibility and Future

Make sure to read all the articles I have written on IBM Verse , Hawthorn and MOM
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    On Thursday, April 9th, 2015   by Chris Miller        

IBM Verse Entitlements for SmartCloud users

IBM SmartCloud users are eligible for IBM Verse entitlements per the following:
Organizations with S1 and SmartCloud Notes subscriptions (active before March 31) have entitlements to IBM Verse. These entitlements will be deployed gradually. As Verse entitlements are activated for your organization, administrators will control assigning Verse to their organization’s subscribers. To help customers effectively manage the roll-out and adoption of IBM Verse, IBM invites you to contact us at to let us know your organization’s preferences for timing for activating IBM Verse

Make sure to read all the articles I have written on IBM Verse
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    On Thursday, April 9th, 2015   by Chris Miller