IBM Connections Cloud enhancements for October 2015

IBM has released what's new for IBM Connections Cloud for October 2015. Here is some of the updates:


Send Encrypted Mail (available now)
Now you can send signed and/or encrypted mail from within the Verse client experience.

Upload, tear off and view files in separate windows (available now)

Now you have more options at your fingertips when viewing a file in Verse. You can upload the file to Connections Cloud and you can’ tear off’ the file enabling you to view it in a separate window

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New email and calendar features for Verse mobile (available on or after Sep 30 )

New features include support for iOS9, Contacts sync on iOS, Calendar ghosting and more.

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    On Friday, October 9th, 2015   by Chris Miller        

IBM (Lotus) Greenhouse is being retired?!?

I was looking for some IBM Partnerworld content that linked to IBM Greenhouse when I found it. On the page was the following words:
The IBM Greenhouse is scheduled to be retired in late 2015 or early 2016

I believe I sat stunned for a few moments. The IBM (Lotus) Greenhouse has been an outstanding place for companies and individuals to test a plain install of IBM Connections, iNotes, IBM Sametime and even more.

It is stated that content was being moved to IBM Developerworks. That leaves out a ton of other content such as Activities, Communities and the Solutions Catalog. Even I personally have listings in the Solutions Catalog for some awesome Lotus Blogger and Technical Search widgets (in cooperation with Julian Robichaux) that managed to get over 400 downloads to date.  Other solutions have over 20k downloads.

As Gabriella points out, I totally overlooked the discussions and other data that is searchable and so beneficial.

The IBM Greenhouse shows it has over 140k members with 1500 new members this month. Are those users being migrated over? Do we need to recreate all of our connections we have made on Greenhouse?  I know this site remained free, but the benefit it gave to the community was priceless.  We wish you farewell IBM (Lotus Greenhouse)

Update: Go and read even more summation from David Hablewitz on DeveloperWorks Premium that is coming
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    On Thursday, October 8th, 2015   by Chris Miller        

IBM PartnerWorld Leadership Conference 2016 Moves to Orlando from Las Vegas

IBM PartnerWorld Leadership Conference has had a history of being located in Las Vegas. For Feb 15-18, 2016 it will move to Orlando, FL and be held at the Hilton Bonnet Creek.
IBM PartnerWorld Leadership Conference 2016

Join us and learn how to grow and transform your business in today's highest value opportunity areas – Cloud, Big Data and Analytics, Commerce, Security, Watson, the Internet of Things and more. Explore new ways to work and new ways to succeed.

You can get more information and wait for registration to open in October right here
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    On Monday, September 28th, 2015   by Chris Miller        

Important New Initiative for IBM Certification Test Security

IBM has sent correspondence announcing a new Initiative for IBM Certification Test Security that they will be sending violation notices and revoking exams where they feel you used outside assistance to prepare for the exam.
What is NITT at IBM
IBM's Professional Certification Program has launched a new initiative designed to detect non-independent test taking (NITT)

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    On Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015   by Chris Miller        

LIFX Smart LED lights review and setup

I dig into the LIFX Smart Led light system, where each bulb is wifi enabled and no hub is needed.  The complimentary mobile application gives you full controls over color, brightness, and tons of cool automated settings.

LIFX light system

I walk through LIFX setup of the individual bulb and mobile application plus discuss a few hurtles we had to overcome during initial setup. While the cost of LIFX seems to be higher than the kits for things like Phillips Hue system, each bulb acts independent with no hub making it easy to work with the bulb anywhere ant not worry about placing the hub.  I can see some people hesitate to invest into bunches of these.
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    On Thursday, September 17th, 2015   by Chris Miller