IBM Connect 2016 – Reception and Party overview

Only a few more days to go before many people board a plane to travel to Orlando! Apart from the great content that everyone will inhale during the many sessions the networking is a crucial factor why people attend. Meeting old friends or make new ones is at least as important as gaining knowledge. So here is a list of Receptions and Parties that I know of to maintain and extend your networks.


3:00 pm – 7:00 pm (ish) – BALD (Blogger Annual Lotusphere Dinner – Location: Hilton / Tropics Pool Bar & Grill) – Open for everyone!
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm – Connect 2016 Business Partner Craft Beer Tour (Location: Hilton / Orlando 4) – For Business Partners AND Customers!


6:00 pm – 7:30 pm – Solution EXPO Grand Opening Reception (Location: Hilton / Solution Expo)
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm – Sunday Reception (Location: Pool area(?))
9:30 pm – 2:00 am – Asponte Rocks Connect 2016 (Location: Lafayette Music Room) – More Information and Tickets


5:30 pm – 7:00 pm – Solution EXPO Reception (Location: Hilton / Solution Expo)
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm – Worldwide IBM Business Partner Reception at Connect 2016 (Location: Hilton / Tropics Deck and Upper Deck) – For Business Partners only!
8:00 pm – 1:00 am – Ephox Australia Day Party (Location: Howl at the Moon) – Only on invitation. Go visit Ephox in the Solution Expo and get your ticket!
8:00 pm – 12:00 am – CLUB CONNECT 2016 Hosted by Wipro-IBM Alliance (Location: B.B. King’s Blues Club 9101 International Dr, Suite 2230) – Reserve your spot!
8:00 pm – ? – Karaoke (organized by IBM) (Location: Hilton Lobby Bar) – Time and location not yet confirmed


7:30 pm – 10:30 pm – Special Event: Universal Orlando® – The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Please feel free to add to this list. It is subject to change and for sure not complete! See you all in Orlando.

1. IBM ConnectED comes to you Westfalen

Am 18.02.2015 findet in Bielefeld die 1. IBM ConnectED comes to you Westfalen statt. Die von der OpenUserGroup | Westfalen organisierte Veranstaltung richtet sich an alle, die sich kompakt über den neuesten Stand der Entwicklung der IBM Collaboration Solutions Community (ICS) bringen möchten.

Hören Sie aus erster Hand u.a. von Teilnehmern der IBM ConnectED in Orlando, welche Trends es in den Bereichen IBM Verse, IBM Connections, IBM Notes/Domino, IBM Traveler und IBM Bluemix gibt. Dabei kommen neben den Neuerungen in den Produkten auch die Möglichkeiten bei der Anwendungsentwicklung und Administration nicht zu kurz.

Reservieren Sie sich einen halben Tag und schenken Sie den Rednern Ihre volle Aufmerksamkeit in einer kurzweiligen und informativen Comes to you. Ich denke die Agenda spricht für sich. Also melden Sie sich am Besten gleich an.

Die Veranstaltung wird gesponsert von den IBM Business Partnern acceptIT, hedersoft, IT works unlimited und midpoints und ist für alle Teilnehmer kostenlos! Aus diesem Grund bitten wir um verbindliche Anmeldungen.

Im Anschluss an die Veranstaltung findet der OpenUserGroup Stammtisch statt, welcher allen Interessierten eine Plattform bietet, sich in lockerer Runde zu verschiedenen Themen auszutauschen. Traditionell nehmen am Stammtisch IBM Business Partner, IBM Kunden und die IBM selbst teil. Die Themen reichen von Diskussionen über die Produktpalette der IBM, die Strategien, die Anwendungsentwicklung und die Administration. Aber auch IBM fremde Themen sind immer willkommen.

Wer mag, ist herzlich eingeladen zu bleiben und neue Kontakte zu knüpfen bzw. vorhandene Kontakte aufzufrischen. Bitte geben Sie bei der Anmeldung zur Comes to you an, ob Sie an der Abendveranstaltung teilnehmen oder nicht.

Social Connections VII

Only 14 days to go before Social Connections VII starts in Stockholm. I am really excited since it will be the first time I attend this event. I spoke to a couple of people who had attended previous events and all I got was positive – no, enthusiastic – feedback. But that’s not the only reason I go, here are some more:

  • Great content from awesome speakers in short sessions
  • High level of knowledge in one place
  • Lively discussions about Social AND Connections
  • Many open and social people

So let’s meet in Stockholm and be social. If you see me around stop me and say hi! Looking forward to meeting you all. Thanks to all people involved organizing this event.

Ways to get in touch:



IBM Connect 2014 – Session Video online – AD206

I had the honor to present with Niklas Heidloff this year. We talked about how to extend IBM Connections and IBM SmartCloud for Social Business by using the REST APIs preferably wrapped in the Social Business Toolkit. We had 2 demos and lots of useful resources to get started. So in case you missed our session, here is a link that leads you to a session replay:

AD206: Build Apps Rapidly by Leveraging Services from IBM Collaboration Solutions

The Social Business Toolkit – First Project

In the first two posts in this series I talked about the Social Business Toolkit (SBT) in general and showed how to install all necessary items in order to use the SBT in XPages.

  1. The Social Business Toolkit (SBT)
  2. The Social Business Toolkit – Getting Started

Today we are going to build an XPage, pull data from IBM Connections and show this data in a Data Table control. So let’s go. First we have to define our endpoint. The endpoint in SBT terms is the definition of the data connection to IBM Connections. We are going to use Basic Authentication in this example. Open you faces-config.xml and add the following lines: Continue reading

The Social Business Toolkit – Getting Started

In my first post about the SBT I wrote about what it is and why you should use it. Today I am going to explain what you need to do in order to use the SBT in your projects. This little tutorial is based on IBM Domino, IBM Domino Designer (DDE) and Xpages.

So, first of all you need to download the SBT. Since it is an OpenNTF project it is quite obvious how to obtain it. Once you’ve downloaded it you can extract the zip File in an appropriate place on your disk. Have a look at the contents. You’ll find the following folder structure (based on sbtsdk- Continue reading

XPages Database Open Dialog v2.0

I assume you’re all aware of the Database Open Dialog project on OpenNTF, right? The previous version has been around for 2.5 years now and has been downloaded almost 600 times!

Now say hi to version 2.0. It was completely redesigned using jQuery and Bootstrap 3. Some minor issues have been fixed and functionality was added to better configure and use the dialog. So all of you already using the previous version: Go ahead and test version 2.0. All others: Give the dialog a try, it won’t disappoint you and may be very helpful in your projects.


The Social Business Toolkit (SBT)


This is the first post of a series that introduces the Social Business Toolkit (SBT) and provides examples of how to use it and how to ship around pitfalls. There are many valuable resource out there dealing with the SBT. This series is based on my experiences with the Toolkit.

So, what is the SBT? Short answer: A service wrapper that provides an easy to use API to call Web2.0 services. The main focus is on IBM Connections and IBM SmartCloud for Social Business (SC4SB), but it also provides functionality to access other non-IBM services like twitter, facebook or dropbox. Continue reading