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.

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

Don’t reinvent the wheel! AD206

Are you somebody who uses open sourced code in your applications in order to reduce development times and costs? Or are you using code that you or somebody else in your company has implemented before to achieve your goals more quickly and cost efficient? Either way, you are on the right track!

One thing is to re-use code. The other thing is to use services that applications provide. An example is SAP that offers BAPI modules which can be called to create any kind of SAP objects like Purchase Orders (PO). So you could write a workflow application that allows to enter PO related data, send it through an approval process and send it to SAP to finalize the purchase process. Continue reading