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** Update: The registration discounts described below have been extended to November 30th!**
Planning is underway for the IBM Connect 2016 conference, to be held January 31 - February 3, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. If you register by October 27thNovember 30th, you can receive one of these discounts:
early bird - Save $200 off the standard rate
alumni - Save $300 off the standard rate with code IBMC16ALUM
Go to IBM Connect 2016 Registration to get started. Why attend? Your registration entitles you to educational sessions to learn about new offerings, best practices, and tips for making the most of your current business environment. Also included is entrance to the EXPO session where you can network with others and see how they are working with IBM technologies. Register now to take advantage of these offers, and make each moment count!
The Session Preview Tool lets you quickly search for presentations (as well as browse by audience, industry and product) occurring during the Connect 2016 conference. The tool provides a description of each session including the presenter name and track, and you can add specified entries to the My Sessions tab for easy reference throughout the conference. If you want to share the information with others, you have the option of emailing a link as well as tweeting the link for a wider reach.
Make every moment count -- the message for the Connect 2016 conference -- is the reason we're offering customers and business partners a voucher for a FREE ICS certification exam. The voucher allows you to complete an ICS certification exam within about 6 months of your return from the conference, when you can focus on it. Learn and network during the event and find the sessions that speak to you; there will be no onsite certification lab competing for your time. Get the most value out of the conference and all of the terrific features available with your registration.
The fine print:
Only IBM Collaboration Solutions exams are available with this offer.
Here's part 1 of our look at some of the Connect 2016 sessions that will be delivered by IBM Support and Services professionals. For part 2 of this series, click here.
Finding the Real Experts - IBM Enterprise Engine with SQA & EL
This Jumpstart session by Scott Rogers (IBM Collaboration Consultant) and Mike Taylor (IBM Apps Owner) will show you how the social platform can be extended to incorporate analytics to serve up experts for a variety of use cases.
IBM Connections at Lufthansa - Modernization of Cooperation and Communication
Mathias Marhoff from IBM and Heike Griess-Nega from Deutsche Lufthansa AG will present the challenges and opportunities to achieve goals for an integrated solution with a simple and enjoyable user experience, which is supporting mobility and ensuring security, and how IBM Connections was integrated into the Lufthansa IT environment.
Join Tony Payne and Ginni Saini, senior members of the IBM Sametime L3 Support team, for this technical breakout session where they will open their bag of tricks to share specifics on how to effectively troubleshoot complex Sametime Audio Video deployments.
Tuesday, February 2 | 10:45 to 11:45 AM | Lake Highland AB room
Get the most out of IBM Connections with XCC - Web Content & Custom Apps Extension
Learn how to get the most out of IBM Connections with XCC. Presenting will be Scott Rogers from IBM, Felix Binsack from TIMETOACT GROUP, and John Merlino and Arey Zargham from Tufts Health Plan.
Tuesday, February 2 | 2:30 to 3:30 PM | Florida 2-3 room
My Domino Applications are Moving to SoftLayer; Now What?
Matt Holthe (Field support Services) and Sree Haridevara (Accelerated Value Specialist) cover the common below questions and other information that you need to know so that the transition of your Domino applications to SoftLayer will be as smooth as possible.
What does that mean for your applications?
How can you make them cluster aware?
What about integration with other applications, or other backend systems?
How will you manage user authentication?
Tuesday, February 2 | 5:15 to 6:15 PM | Orange F room
Zero to Clustered: Sametime Deployment During Your Happy Hour
Brad Boston (Accelerated Value Specialist) and Jeff Miller (Productivity team) will show you hands
down the fastest and most repeatable Sametime install possible.
Wednesday, February 3 | 8:00 to 9:00 AM | Lake Highland AB room
Capitalize on Social Engagement - What's Your Score?
At this session by Scott Rogers (IBM Collaboration Consultant) and Lior Leiba (Manager Social Technologies), you will learn how to increase the impact of your workforce through growing your network, knowledge, reputation, and social capital.
Wednesday, February 3 | 9:30 to 10:00 AM | Solution EXPO Theater
Social Business Infusion Patterns with Digital Experience
At this session, Charlie Price (Advisory Software Engineer) and Greg Presayzen (Senior Technical Advisor) will share a presentation and demo that shows:
an example of how portlets can be used to make life easier for their end users,
the integration with a number of options including the portlets
Web Application Integrator, a powerful way to give the appearance of a tightly integrated solution.
Wednesday, February 3 | 10:45 to 11:45 AM | Florida 2-3 room
Here are details on additional Connect 2016 sessions that will be delivered by IBM Support and Services professionals. To read about the sessions described in the first post of this series, click here.
Successful Social Content Migration Into the Cloud
Come to this session by David Byrd (CTO, Worldwide Lab Services & AVP) to gain an understanding of how to transition your on-premises IBM Connections and competitive content (ie SharePoint, Jive, etc) to the cloud.
Sunday, Jan 31 | 1:00 to 2:00 PM | Lake Mizell AB
The Cloud's Silver Lining: Next-Level Strategies For Your Cloud and Verse Deployment
At this session, David Byrd will be joined by David Dutcher (Offering Manager) and Karin Cross-Smith (Senior Offering Manager). Together they will help you understand how to on-board your organization into IBM Connections Cloud. This will include key information on licensing, user management and leveraging Verse.
Sunday, Jan 31 | 2:15 to 3:15 PM | Lake Highland AB
Introduction to IBM Social Business Applications - Extending the Value of Connections
Jason Roy Gary (IBM Distinguished Engineer) and Mike Taylor (WW Application Owner) will be discussing all the existing and new Apps for Connections including our first App for the Cloud, Spokes. Spokes integrates all sorts of 3rd party services with Connections Cloud. The session will also dive into IBM Expertise Locator which allows you to find expertise within your organization.
Monday, Feb 1 | 2:00 to 3:00 PM | Lake Mizell AB
Enterprise Social Networks - The nerve-center of future organizations
Bosch has been driving to become an Agile Company. In this session, Andre Hagemeier from IBM and also Amit Kumar and Joachim Heinz from Bosch will describe the work involved, current status, future plans, and discoveries made during the process.
Monday, Feb 1 | 4:45 to 5:45 PM |Lake Mizell AB
Carnival Sailing Safer Seas with Domino
Hear from Hunter Medney (Senior IT Specialist) and Walter Carvalho (Carnival's CIO) on how Domino and XPages help make the world's largest cruise company safer. Carnival came to IBM for help streamlining the number and distribution of policies for their Health environmental and safety security system (HESS). The result is a Domino XPages application that works across all the brands in Carnival's portfolio.
Tuesday, Feb 2 | 2:30 to 3:30 PM | Florida 5
Going Cloud, Going Mobile - Will Your Network Drag You Down?
Wes Morgan (IBM Consulting Network Engineer) will give you the "big picture" view of how the transition to cloud and mobile services affects your network, and we'll discuss the most common network roadblocks encountered (and resolved!) during cloud and mobile deployments.
These are NOT "thought experiments" or hypothetical situations; rather, they're real-world problems that just might be lurking in YOUR network. You'll leave this session armed with the knowledge you need to deploy cloud/mobile technologies more smoothly.
Tuesday, Feb 2 | 2:30 to 3:30 PM | Lake Eola A
IBM Event Connect - From Concept to Production and Beyond
Chris Cotten (Product Manager) and Brad Schauf (CTO) will review key features and functions of IBM Event Connect and show how those drove the architectural design, mixing IBM Digital Experience solutions (such as WebSphere Portal, Web Content Manager, Connections and others) along with Bluemix, mobile services and their deployment in cloud.
Tuesday, Feb 2 | 3:00 to 3:30 PM | Solution EXPO Theater
Enterprise Deployments: Lessons Learned to Avoid Road Blocks
Tony Cusato and Casey Toole will tap into 50+ years of experience on building world wide enterprise infrastructures. They will share their experiences and lessons learned so that you can avoid road blocks when deploying enterprise level ready Sametime, Connections, or Notes/Domino/Traveler architecture.
Tuesday, Feb 2 | 5:15 to 6:15 PM | Lake Eola B
Innovation Supply and Demand in the Context of Strategic Collaboration Networks
RES-EAU-WaterNET is supporting the formation of strategic networks by using IBM Connections Cloud to bring together experts and scientists from around the world to collaborate on the development of innovative drinking water systems for remote communities. In this session, Gideon Sheps (WW Onboarding Coordinator) and Keyvan Maleki (RES'EAU-WaterNET) will explore how the use of collaboration tools can help create, foster and support these networks, improving value and outcomes.
Wednesday, Feb 3 | 9:15 to 10:15 AM | Lake Mizell AB
Moving to Connections Cloud with Our Buddies!
Migrating to the Cloud is one important step for Sika from Switzerland. The highest priority for customer satisfaction was a smooth migration and therefore minimal effort for users. Come hear from Felix Mueller (IT Specialist) about Sika's approach and how they were able to carry forward 13.000 Sametime buddy lists from on premise onto the cloud without a single password. The actual migration took less than two hours, leaving plenty of time for networking!
Wednesday, Feb 3 | 10:45 to 11:45 AM | Lake Highland AB
I can't tell you how many times some Sametime install/update/deployment issue has been caused because a port wasn't opened somewhere between some servers. I recently ran into an issue where a customer was deploying a Sametime Proxy to their DMZ and wanted to know what ports needed to be open. We checked some obvious ports, but things still weren't quite right so I enlisted the help of my colleague, Tony Payne, who bestowed upon me a PDF titled,
Wow! The tips helped me help my customer and I've since shared it with other engineers so I'm sure it's helped others. And I'm sure it can help you too!
The PDF linked above is actually a subsection of Tony's IBM Connect 2013 session titled, "Taking IBM Sametime to the Edge: Deploying a Collaborative Extranet". You can obtain the complete presentation from the socialbiz User Group here: https://ibm.biz/BdHrUA. Also be sure to check out the Ports topics in the Planning section of our Sametime product documentation at https://ibm.biz/BdXqN7.