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Rebranding IBM SmartCloud offerings name to IBM Connections family

IBM has announced the rebranding of IBM SmartCloud to IBM Connections. As you can see in the chart below, IBM Connections is now a platform and not a product. We were first told of this at IBM Connect 2014. Here is a quick chart with the new names plus more news.
IBM SmartCloud new names
These changes will be implemented on or after September 20.
No customer actions or changes will be required, and no URLs will change.

There will be a dual entitlement option to help you move to the IBM Connections cloud for your email.  You can maintain S&S on the specific offering you have on-premises and wish to bridge to cloud.

Chat with audio and video is coming as well as an a la carte chat offering. This will allow IBM to offer IBM Connections chat as a service.  I am sure more news will be coming shortly.

This was to take place on or after September 20, 2014 per all the emails and alerts I received.  It seems this hit the web first back on September 3 2014 by CuriousMitch. And IBM has finally announced it.
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    On Wednesday, September 24th, 2014   by Chris Miller        

Toilet paper should go which way? Carl and I debate


On our recent World Cup 2014 adventure to Brazil, Carl Tyler and myself had daily car debates we recorded. Here is the one on toilet paper direction.

See our Worldcup blog for more photos and videos via the Flickr group and YouTube channel.
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    On Friday, September 19th, 2014   by Chris Miller        

Wink Connected Home Hub (PWHUB-WH01) review


The simplicity of the Wink Connected Home Hub makes this a bit confusing to some. The Wink Hub is only the hub and a power cable. During configuration you connect it to your wifi (which should have Internet access) and then use the mobile app on iOS or Android to finish the configuration.
 Wink Connected Home Hub

The easy steps are as follows (which we cover in the video)
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    On Wednesday, September 17th, 2014   by Chris Miller        

Top 10 reasons to choose IBM SmartCloud for Social Business over Microsoft Office 365

IBM has released Top 10 reasons to choose IBM SmartCloud for Social Business over Microsoft Office 365 whitepaper. Here are some highlights.
IBM SmartCloud versus Office 365
Documents from either IBM Connections or SmartCloud for Social Business which are synced to your laptop or mobile device are encrypted. Microsoft’s offline files are not encrypted which may result in the loss of confidential information if your device is lost or stolen.

This is generally a large requirement by organizations. I would not be surprised to see them address this though.
An internal IBM study showed that people located information 32% more quickly using tags because tags allow us to express relationships that are not readily apparent in the content. An Office 365 search would only return items that match the searched text, tagged items are not returned in the results. Tagged items can only be located by browsing a tag cloud

That can be a great selling point as long as users are actually tagging items.

From there I am not too sure about some of the others as organizations just don't seem to care. I am being honest in saying that when we talk to companies that are looking at Office 365 for just mail, the rest of this are things that just come along with mail. They will still use Domino for apps for a long time to come, but it is the mail experience driving the change.  Hopefully IBM Mail Next will help in that area.

Get you hands on the Top 10 reasons to choose IBM SmartCloud for Social Business over Microsoft Office 365 whitepaper (seems you have to be a partner to get it after some digging, I am looking for a public link)
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    On Tuesday, September 16th, 2014   by Chris Miller        

IBM ConnectED 2015 conference tracks

IBM has placed the ConnectED 2015 tracks online for the January 25-28, 2015 event replacing IBM Connect/Lotusphere. Gone are BOFs and Show and Tell but a new tracks take theirs place.
IBM ConnectED 2015 tracks
IBM has introduced Chalktalk Sessions in track seven to replace BOFs. This means a more interactive and open communication approach to the early morning/late evening sessions.  Also new is "Beyond the Everyday" which gets itself in quotes and seems to place the Show and Tell track.

The rest seem to be pretty close to the same. See more and register early for IBM ConnectED 2015.
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    On Monday, September 15th, 2014   by Chris Miller