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Social Connections 15th conference – an event you can’t miss!

After HCL’s Digital Solutions purchased IBM’s Collaboration portfolio, Social Connections 15 will be the first conference where HCL can reveal their plans. It’s a very exciting time and we’re glad to be along for the ride by once again sponsoring this year’s event. Why not join us in Munich to see the bright future of HCL Connections! In the meantime you can have a listen to the interesting Social Connections interviews with Richard Jefts, Danielle Baptiste and Fadil Channer at the end of this blog.

Social Connections

Some friendly faces you’ll not only see at our booth and on the show floor…

Meet us at
booth #49

…but also on stage

HCL Connections Component Pack (the product formerly known as IBM Connections pink) is deployed on Kubernetes and some other Open Source Tools. Learn the basics of Kubernetes in this session. Deploying additional pods, getting some statistics or find deeper information of the installed applications. You’ll get the basics to find log files, do troubleshooting and extend your environment.

Session: Kubernetes Basics for Connections Admins

Over seven years ago Evonik started their own journey with IBM Connections. New use cases impacting the business keep emerging every day. The emphasis on innovation through organising ideation jams, on influencing use behaviours through an open knowledge sharing culture across teams & online communities has made Evonik`s employees familiar with a people centric collaboration approach where knowledge shared *is* power.

And this year it’s no different with the Evonik Spirit Initiative held in April with the goal to engage Evonik`s employees in shaping the company’s new core values.

Join us in this session where you will learn with Rainer Gimbel (Evonik) and Luis Suarez (panagenda) about the impact of professional community management to the overall success of ESNs and the possibilities to measure and evaluate their health and maturity. You will also learn about the overall business value, inspiring use cases and lessons learned so far from such transformation process.

Session: How to Engage 12,000 Colleagues in Online Ideation @Evonik

Going cloud, migration, GDPR, compliance…. All topics which touch on the same question: How do you do community management for IBM Connections? From getting insight into what’s there, to how it’s being managed as well as to how to take measures to get things to change. What does IBM Connections offer you for this and what other options are out there? This interactive session goes into what things customers are working on to tackle these topics. We will discuss existing use cases at various customers, what the options are and what your organization is doing about it. So this won’t be just a session to listen but also a session to actively participate in discussing the problems you face and the solutions you’ve found to tackle them. Sharing and learning from others who face the same challenges you do at a daily basis.

Session: Shining a light on the dark side of community management

It is not a surprise to see how 12 years later since HCL Connections came together as a product it continues to thrive in today’s digital workplace. In the midst of the current rage around cloud-based productivity tools, HCL Connections still is one of the most powerful Enterprise Social Networking platforms out there. Have you ever wondered why? x000D x000D In this session you’ll learn plenty more about makes HCL Connections tick within organisations for so long and still going strong. You’ll come out out of it with a whole new set of value propositions that will help your own organisation understand why it’s the de facto ESN to realise and maximise your Digital Transformation journey. In a nutshell, you’ll learn about the unprecendented potential HCL Connections has to help you transform not only how you collaborate and share your work, but also how you can help transform your business into a Social Business. Not tomorrow. Today.

Session: Why HCL Connections continues to thrive in the midst of a cloud-based productivity tools landscape

After ten years of IBM Connections installations at a variety of different customers, environments and operating systems, I have seen and bypassed far too many exceptions and special settings inside and outside of Connections. In this session, you will see the funniest and most bizarre things that are responsible for at least part of my gray hair. I’ll show you some pitfalls that should be avoided during installation and configuration.

Session: How being a Connections administrator gave me gray hairs

panagenda supporting Girl in Tech!

Girls in Tech is a global non-profit that works to put an end to gender inequality in high-tech industries and startups. They do that by educating and empowering women who are passionate about technology. As a result, they offer everything from coding courses to bootcamps to hackathons and startup competitions regardless of age or profession. It is Girls in Tech’s mission to support women with the access and community they need to succeed in tech.

The proportion of women at panagenda is currently 23%, but we are striving to increase this number. As such, we have decided to support Girls in Tech with 1 Euro for every visitor to our stand at Social Connections 15. This donation is intended to make it easier for girls and women to pursue a career in technology. We are looking forward to your feedback on this campaign!

Social Connections is the largest worldwide user group for HCL Connections, future of work, social collaboration and enterprise social networks. Meeting at least once a year, we network, we share knowledge and experience, we learn, we discuss, we help, we inspire and we thrill. We are the community like no other – vendors, customers, business partners, universities, consultants, digital leaders and friends from all around the world. This year, Munich is the place where the old friends meet the new ones! If you’re already itching for Social Connections, the interviews below might tide you over:

Fadil Channer
Senior Designer at HCL Technologies.
Learn more how the journey from not knowing anything about Domino or Connections 8 months ago to be a full blast designer of Domino templates. Edit: Fadil mentions “Domino App Store”. The new name for that is “HCL App Store”.

Danielle Baptiste
Associate Vice President, Product Management at HCL Technologies: HCL Software Division.
Learn more about the first 2 weeks at HCL, which task on the todo list that is on top of the list, the future of Connections and who Danielle Baptiste really is!

Richard Jefts
Vice President & General Manager Digital Solutions at HCL Technologies.
Learn more about the deal close, HCL investments, more details on the recent cloud announcements and HCL’s take on User Groups.

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