Sponsor Highlight: IBM

We have reached our last, but certainly not least, sponsor highlight in the lead up to the Social Connections VI event in Prague on the 16th & 17th of June.  Again…we must restate that we are delighted to have the support of all of our sponsors – without it we really couldn’t deliver this event and offer the completely no-fee attendance that we do.

The Platinum Sponsor of Social Connections VI:  IBM

 

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IBM is the global leader in IT solutions and services with over 100 years of experience in innovations that have been shaping our world. For last five years, IBMers have been working with companies, cities and communities around the world to build a Smarter Planet.

We’ve seen enormous advances, as leaders are using an explosion of data to transform their enterprises and institutions through analytics, mobile technology, the cloud and social business.

Social business is here and it’s people who create value for your business. Social Business answers to the major technological and economic shifts that define innovation today. Social ways of working harness the explosive growth of mobile, cloud and big data, and serve as the foundation for effective employee and customer engagement.

IBM® Connections is a leading social software platform that can help your organization engage the right people, accelerate innovation and deliver results. This integrated, security-rich platform helps people engage with networks of experts in the context of critical business processes. Now everyone can act with confidence and anticipate and respond to emerging opportunities.

Please visit IBM’s website:  http://www.ibm.com/cz/cs/

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.