As many of you know I’ve been working for several years as a business consultant in the area of Social business, Collaboration and Document Management. However earlier this year I decided that I wanted to expand both my knowledge as well as my international reach beyond what I had been doing so far and decided to open up the door for new opportunities. It didn’t take long for an opportunity to show itself and I am happy to report that I will be joining the team at panagenda starting May 2nd.
For those unaware; panagenda offers solutions, expertise and consultancy in the areas of optimization and analysis of clients, servers and applications as well as provides expertise and solutions on areas like (big) data analysis, cloud services, communication, mobility and social business/collaboration.
The Headquarters is situated in Vienna, Austria but the panagenda group has offices and local representation in over 15 locations and customers in over 70 countries. One of which is the Netherlands / BENELUX area.
I’ve long known and respected panagenda and have come across them more then once through my work as an Collaboration/Social Business consultant and at conferences and feel honored to be allowed to become a part of this great company. My new role will involve consultancy in many of my favorite areas like data analysis, collaboration and social business but will also allow me to be more involved in other aspects like the market and solution development areas. Allowing me to use my curiosity, creativity and innovative skills in a broader spectrum then I have so far. I’m thrilled to start this new challenge and look forward to becoming a part of the great team at panagenda!
With so many solutions touting social capabilities out there and being used for different situations it can be daunting to decide on when to use what and why. Your organization might already have Salesforce, IBM Connections, Sharepoint and solutions like Jira that offer social capabilities but how do you get all these worlds together? The last thing you want after all is to have one department ‘being social’ in one platform and another somewhere else. That completely undermines the whole aspect of cross company collaboration….
but there might be good reasons why they need to use those different platforms. Your sales departments might live and breath in Salesforce and need that direct connection between their Chatter posts and the accounts they pertain to and your developers might scream bloody murder if you take away their JIRA wall. But what if Salesforce and JIRA aren’t being used in the rest of your organization and other solutions are required or used there? Like IBM Connections. How do you prevent a ‘social island’ culture in your collaboration landscape?
Bringing it together
There are several solutions and integration options out there that address the problem of ‘social islands’ and offer integration for a large number of platforms like JIRA, BOX, SharePoint and even Salesforce already. Mostly orientated on pulling information from these platforms into the IBM connections environment or integrating specific parts of IBM Connections into them. But when it comes to integrating IBM connections into the Salesforce environment or two way integration there really was still a lot to win. This is changing as QKOM has been working hard on creating a solution that will allow for deep and seamless integration of Salesforce and IBM Connections.
By allowing the user to connect through OAUTH to use, create, search and post directly and effortlessly from within Salesforce to IBM Connections communities, files, activities and update streams – Salesforce users will be able to collaborate and work in both systems at the same time without having to leave their environment. Keeping other organizational users (or even external partners!) who might not have access to all the info in the Salesforce environment up to date of developments and statuses and utilizing the many great options each system offers. This will save your organization on potentially expensive licenses and allow for a connected yet still also secure and specialized collaborative landscape.
I’ve had the pleasure of collaborating with QKOM on this topic discussing further use cases and functional requirements and am excited to see more bridges between the Salesforce & IBM Connections worlds being build. After all, it’s all about finding ways to collaborate!
Please see the following clip for a first glance of what is possible but keep in mind that there is more to come very soon so stay tuned
Update April 2016: As the SocialBiz.ug site has since been taken down this webcast cannot be viewed anymore. The slidedeck is still available however on my Slideshare account which you can find here: -LINK-
Quite often people ask me how they should position and integrate a Social Enterprise Network like IBM Connections in an existing landscape of applications and strategies for managing information and documents. Often they already have several tools, intranets, and applications and want to know what things to consider, how and when to migrate and how to get users to make the transition into using the new platform without getting confused. Or they might be totally new to the concept of working with ‘unstructured’ data and unsure of how to proceed. So being able to take a step back and analyze the relations, effects, impacts and requirements can be really important to making it into a successful project
This will be the topic of the webcast I will be hosting in conjunction with SocialBiz UG on Dec 1st from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM EST (16:00-17:00 CET):
“There are a lot of benefits to your organization using IBM Connections, but equally important is knowing how to integrate your social software platform into your existing information management ecosystem and empowering your employees for successful adoption. Join Femke Goedhart for a real-world look at managing the entire integration cycle from evaluating your current environment to creating a migration strategy and handling adoption challenges. Get an understanding of why information management in a Social Enterprise is so critical and how IBM Connections fits into that framework.
Join this webinar for an in-depth look to learn how to:
Accurately review and categorize your current information management ecosystem
Understand IBM Connections in relation to your company’s current use of Legacy systems
Recognize common technical migration challenges
Identify what functionality your users may require to use IBM Connections
Create an implementation/migration strategy that will assist user adoption “
It has been a busy month all over but the last two weeks have been extremely busy. Both with a major project at a customer going live this weekend as well as with two conferences last week and this week. I had a great day on October 28th at the IBM Client center for SNoUG the Swiss Notes User Group and congratulate the SNoUG team on their effort of setting up a fantastic event. I really enjoyed it and found the sessions, connections I made and information I got from the sponsor booths extremely helpful.
I also want to give a big thanks to the team, speakers, sponsors and attendees of Social Connections in Stuttgart who helped make that a great event. After having left the SOCCNX team at the end of SOCCNX 5 due to work pressures and missing the last three events it felt like a warm bath to join the team back for SOCCNX 9. Organizing an event like that with 270 attendees, 65+ speakers and 22 sponsors in a remote location (ok for me) like Stuttgart always is a big challenge but I think we can say it was a big success and completely in line with all the other Social Connections events!
Below I’ve attached the slide decks I used for my presentations both at SNoUG in Zurich on October 28th 2015 and the one in Stuttgart for Social Connections. As the last one was only a short (15min) one the slide deck for that one is significantly shorter than the first one. Enjoy!