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Hands-on cognitive collaboration experience at the Connect 2017 Hackathon

For the first time ever we are running a Hackathon at IBM Connect. People of all backgrounds and skill levels wanted! You’ll get catering and goodies all day, be invited to an exclusive reception and more. Join us for the Connect 2017 Hackathon.

Monday, February 20, 2017
San Francisco, CA

Connect 2017 Hackathon

IBM Connect 2017 moves to San Francisco, center of the tech world

Join us to experience Watson Work, an integrated set of collaboration, communication and content tools and solutions. IBM Watson Work will free users to focus on what matters most. Redefine work with Watson.

Moscone West, San Francisco, CA
February 20 – 23, 2017

IBM Connect 2017

SNoUG is moving to March!

The Swiss Notes User Group (SNoUG) event promotes the exchange of experiences in i​​nternet, intranet and extranet technologies. Based on IBM collaboration software and related products and platforms, SNoUG is broadly targeted to developers, administrators, and strategists of all kinds. There are exciting sessions in both English and German.

Save the date: March 22nd, 2017
Zurich, Switzerland

SNoUG

Join your friends and colleagues at Engage!

Engage (formerly BLUG) remains the only User Group in the Benelux focusing on all IBM Collaboration Solutions, Big Data and Analytics. This event features top speakers from all over the world and over 60 sessions, all in English.

Mon-Tue, May 8-9, 2017
Antwerp, Belgium
Elisabeth Center Antwerp, FMCCA

Engage

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Champion

The IBM Champion program recognizes innovative thought leaders in the technical community — and rewards these contributors by amplifying their voice and increasing their sphere of influence. An IBM Champion is an IT professional, business leader, developer, or educator who influences and mentors others to help them make best use of IBM software, solutions, and services.

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Gabriella Davis
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Gabriella Davis

Technical Director, The Turtle Partnership

The IBM Champion program recognizes innovative thought leaders in the technical community — and rewards these contributors by amplifying their voice and increasing their sphere of influence. An IBM Champion is an IT professional, business leader, developer, or educator who influences and mentors others to help them make best use of IBM software, solutions, and services.

Champion

The IBM Champion program recognizes innovative thought leaders in the technical community — and rewards these contributors by amplifying their voice and increasing their sphere of influence. An IBM Champion is an IT professional, business leader, developer, or educator who influences and mentors others to help them make best use of IBM software, solutions, and services.

Gabriella Davis

Gabriella Davis

Technical Director, The Turtle Partnership

About Gabriella

Gabriella is Technical Director at The Turtle Partnership. She has been an IBM Champion for Collaboration Solutions since the program began in 2012, and has now been given an IBM Champion Lifetime Achievement Award. She enjoys sharing her love of collaborative technologies through authoring exams, presentations, and writing content, such as the IBM Connections RedWiki, the Connections101.net site and the Sametime Administration Guide. Gabriella is also one of the founders of the Nerd Girl group which encourages women into STEM fields and the Spark Ideas video series.

Q & A

1. What do you get most out of being an IBM Champion?

For me it’s all about people. Being a Champion not only connects me with a community of smart, engaged, enthusiastic people but also gets me access directly to IBM product teams and executives. I get to ask questions, answer questions and get clarity on strategy and all of that means I get to provide better support to my customers. I have realized since becoming a Lifetime Champion last year that it also acts as a customer reference of sorts, an acknowledgment that my contribution to the larger community is of value.

2. What led you to the work you do, and how long have you been doing it?

I started doing HR and then Marketing. Neither were a good fit for me but then the company I worked for in the late 80’s had something called a Local Area Network installed and a mail system called ccMail. Once it was installed no one actually knew how to use it and I became the IT Manager purely because I taught myself the technology and understood it. A few years later we replaced ccMail with Lotus Notes and I travelled rolling that out worldwide. Then in 1994 we set up The Turtle Partnership and have been working with IBM collaboration and extended technologies ever since.

3. What accomplishments are you most proud of in your work with IBM technology?

4. What is one thing everyone should start learning now?

I like the deeply technical, the niche, things that require lots of moving parts. For me right now it’s all about single identity, security and directories; these things are vital as people move to cloud and hybrid solutions and they are often complex to understand and deploy. The other thing that fascinates me is data analysis. We need to be able to understand what data is telling us, what patterns are emerging and how to act on them. To that end, I’ve been working quite a bit with Tableau and building dashboards for live data analysis from different sources which helps my customers understand what’s happening in their business or market.

5. What advice would you give to someone who wants to become an IBM Champion?

I wouldn’t start with the goal of becoming an IBM Champion. I’d start with the goal of wanting to share information and play a part in a wider community. Hopefully contributions come from a bubbling up of enthusiasm that can only be released by blogging or speaking, writing or presenting. If you’re excited or enthused by something, if you find a workaround or a solution that you wish everyone knew then find a way to share it even if it’s just within your company. You don’t have to be a cheerleader or evangelist, I don’t consider myself either of those, but when I’m excited by something I share it. I do avoid criticism in general because I simply don’t know the decisions behind what I’m looking at. I may wonder “why did they do it this way” but I also know that some very smart people who are far more invested in the product than I am made some difficult decisions to get it to market.

6. What's your favorite event to speak at or attend? Best conference experience?

I have been going to Orlando every January since 1995 so this is the first year I won’t be there. Instead I’ll be speaking in San Francisco at the end of February. My very first presentation at Lotusphere in 2001—one Sametime with 16(!) people in the room would be a hard memory to beat. Since then my highlights are each and every time we have done Spark Ideas from Connect to Engage to Auslug (Inform) to Icon UK. I’ve been so moved by people’s willingness to share their personal stories. For a combination of content, atmosphere and friends my “don’t miss” conferences this year are Engage UG in Antwerp in May, MWLUG in Washington in August, and ICONUK in September.

7. What do you like to do in your free time?

Read. I buy about 30 books a month and don’t get nearly enough time to read all of them but books are my happy place. When it’s 3:00 a.m. and I’m restarting a server for the twentieth time whilst I troubleshoot a problem, I’ll go buy myself a book online as a promise to “future Gab”—that one day the work will be done and I’ll have a treat waiting.

8. What's your favorite city in the world and why?

9. If you could have lunch with anybody in the world, dead or alive, famous or unknown, who would it be?

Mary Shelley who wrote Frankenstein and had a fascinating life surrounded by other writers and poets. She was also the daughter of Mary Wollstonecraft, the 18th century philosopher and feminist.

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