Announcement about Social Connections 14 in Berlin – The show must go on!
The team for Social Connections are working hard to finalise the details for our 14th event about IBM Connections in Berlin. We are very happy that we have an awesome venue, several amazing sponsors, fantastic customers who will speak and many great attendees already signed up.
One thing have happened though we didn’t count on. IBM, our Platinum sponsor, has decided to withdraw their sponsorship for Social Connections 14. The reason they gave us is that they have put all their resources into the launch of Domino v10.
This is a massive financial and emotional blow for us as an IBM Connections User Group, as we bring customers and business partners (and IBM) together so people can meet and learn from each other.
It is also an emotional blow for us volunteers in the team, we who work many and countless hours on our free time to organise this conference, promoting IBM Connections and maintain this amazing community of customers and business partners.
We have had a team meeting and decided that there is only one thing we can do, and want to do.
If you know us, you already know the answer…..
We will not stop by this, we will make it work and the event, October 16-17 in Berlin will take place. Because that is what we do!
The agenda stays as published and will not change. We have been assured by both Offering Management and the IBM Europe team that we have their full logistic support.
It will all of course take some work, some changes and some careful planning!
But we are certain, that we will deliver to you an amazing, vibrant event, all about the digital workplace. We will continue bringing people together who believe in collaboration software.
So, buckle up people, the show will go on!
See you in Berlin for Social Connections 14, October 16-17, 2018.
Support us by helping us spreading the word about the event! Invite your friends, colleagues or customers to participate. Or considering sponsorship? We have a few packages available.
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.