IBM Connect 2016 slides are starting to appear online

Session slides from IBM Connect 2016 are beginning to appear in the IBM Event Connect site and on public blogs / SlideShare.
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Each year I bring all of the publicly shared slides that can be embedded or linked into the IBM Connect Sessions Database. They are sorted by track/topic and it is full texted indexed for quick searching to find just what you need.

As you can see this is what the uploads look like in the IBM Event Connect portal for IBM Connect 2016.  
IBM Connect 2016 slide downloads
Note that they use the hidden session ID that no one really shared this year. Previously we would use BP101 (for example) and it showed the track.  Now they are a giant glob of numbers that presenters didn't really tag their content with on titles or online. So once these are made available fully for download we will have to find a way to match and sort them

There is plenty more information to come on IBM Connect 2016. Make sure you subscribe to the blog, the newsletter (see the sidebar), iTunes and the YouTube channel to keep up. Heck even Twitter, the Facebook network and Instagram.
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    On Thursday, February 4th, 2016   by Chris Miller        

IBM Connect 2016 OGS and day 1 review - IdoNotes Episode 145

IBM kicked off IBM Connect 2016 in Orlando, FL. I summarize the Opening General Session and more for you.
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    On Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016   by Chris Miller        

IBM announces the acquisition of Ustream

IBM officially announced the acquisition of Ustream today. Here is some of the press release
IBM buys Ustream
The Ustream acquisition will extend the IBM Cloud platform to help enterprise clients unlock the value of video, a rapidly-evolving digital media and data asset. Ustream provides cloud-based video streaming to enterprises and broadcasters for everything from corporate keynotes to live music concerts.

IBM Cloud is assembling transformational capabilities into the new Cloud Video Services unit to help clients across a wide range of industries integrate video into a strategic source of data. This includes media & entertainment, retail, education and government services

At the heart of the Ustream portfolio is the open Ustream Development Platform which enables clients to create custom video apps to run video on any device and embed video into any application, securely and reliably. Clients can use the company's real-time social sentiment analytics to gauge audience reactions to the live streaming content. IBM will integrate Ustream's development platform into Bluemix to allow clients to provide distinct video services to developers

I have to wonder what will happen to all the archived videos and free services they offered?

You see read more right here
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    On Thursday, January 28th, 2016   by Chris Miller        

IBM Connections Cloud enhancements for January 2016

IBM has released what's new for IBM Connections Cloud for January 2016. Here is some of the updates:


Verse Mobile Updates (available on or after Jan 8)

While in other iOS applications, Verse is now a selectable mail application for sending pictures, file attachments, URL links, and more.  

On Android, calendar events processed when using the application offline are now immediately reflected in the Verse application calendar. No more waiting for a sync to complete.


Real-time alerts help you focus on items that need your attention

Stay up to date with things that require your attention and response. The new notification center in the navigation bar increases your awareness less disruptively. See alerts with a single click - no matter where you are in the service. Allows you stay on track or swiftly shift gears depending on what is required at the moment.

Image:IBM Connections Cloud enhancements for January 2016

Leverage third-party apps to maximize the value of Communities

Community owners can add third-party apps to Communities. A new extension point opens up the possibilities for Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) to create apps for Communities. Developers can now write custom responsive apps that can be surfaced within Communities. Community owners don't have to do anything different from what they do today. As soon as a new third party app has been approved by the administrator, it'll be available for all community owners of that organization

Organize your files with nested folders

Now you can create nested folders to organize your content in a familiar hierarchy. You can create sub-folders within folders to give your content a structure that makes it easier for you and other users to manage content. For both My Files and Community Files, you can build a hierarchy of folders with tree-navigation on the side of the Connections Files page.

Image:IBM Connections Cloud enhancements for January 2016

Nested folders are also supported in the Connections Mobile app and in the IBM Connections Desktop Plugins for Microsoft Windows and the IBM Connections Plugin for Microsoft Outlook when syncing your offline files with Connections Files in the cloud. Note: Syncing of folders is coming in the future

Drag and drop support added on Microsoft Windows (available now)

Also new in January is the ability to drag and drop files from the Windows desktop directly to an IBM Connections folder in the IBM Connections Desktop Plugins for Microsoft Windows.

Improved user experience working with files

The sidebar is now resizable and labels have replaced the icons on the tabs making it easier to navigate and view information and comments.

Image:IBM Connections Cloud enhancements for January 2016


Enablement to help new users get started

A guided tour for new users has also been added to provide an overview of Connections Docs.

Additional browser support and other enhancements

Enhancements have been made to the editors including adding support for Apple Safari 9 and Microsoft Windows 10.  A guided tour for new users has also been added to help them get up to speed quickly.

Meetings and Chat

New browser and operating system support

Connections Meeting and Chat are now supported on Microsoft Internet Explorer 11 and Firefox on Microsoft Windows 10.  For the complete list of browsers and operating systems supported, see IBM Connections Cloud system requirements.

Read more about these enhancements right here

See the previous IBM Connections Cloud enhancement posts right here (and previous SmartCloud naming ones) on IdoNotes
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    On Wednesday, January 27th, 2016   by Chris Miller        

IBM Go now has IBM Connect 2016 available

IBM GO, the digital conference extension, now has IBM Connect 2016 listed. I like to think I had something to do with that from my IBM Connect 2016 preview post and video.
IBM Go for IBM Connect 2016
Sign up is free to access whatever content they will stream and allow you to replay. You will have to fill out a sign up form which then sends a verification email message.  Hilariously the welcome message has links to upcoming content...  from October 2015.  Sigh...
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    On Friday, January 22nd, 2016   by Chris Miller