BLUG – speaking of social document management

Yet again Theo Heselmans and team have managed to do the impossible: get an absolutely fantastic line up together for the upcoming BLUG event in Leuven, Belgium on March 21-22.

I’m honered to say my session “Folksonomy versus Taxonomy, Social Document management in IBM Connections” about document management in general and the new integration of libraries in IBM Connections (CCM) in particular was accepted and I look forward to seeing so many from the IBM community in just over a month!


BLUG, the unknown gem on my doorstep

BLUG, the annual Belgium/Luxembourg user group held in Antwerp was a great success and although Antwerp literally is only 45 minutes from where I live this was only my first BLUG.  It has left a big impression! We are more then a week on but I’m still going over it in my head.

It was a great event. The organization was excellent, the venue catered exactly to the needs of the event, the sessions, the speakers, the food, the socializing, the people, …. I could go on and on. Simplest to say: it just came together. Theo & staff did an amazing job and deserve all the credits (and MORE) everyone has been sending them!

BLUG to me was about learning, meeting people and discussing ideas. Being able to talk to and exchange ideas with so many that are right there in the trenches, implementing Social Business, learning as they go and muddling through all the caveats and problems that they, as true pioneers, encounter on their way. Because lets face it. Although we all talk about it it is still a relatively small contingent of modern businesses that are actually doing it.

That is the funny aspect with things like this. If you focus so much on it you start to lose sight on the larger picture and to be frankly, the larger picture is that a lot of our customers really haven’t seriously thought about implementing Social Business yet. So we try to show them the benefits, take them by the hand and help them grasp this great new concept of….what?

Social?!?“Well what is social, and more important why should I?!?

So I talked and I listened and I discussed. Debating ‘social’ on the social panel with Paul Mooney and Luis Suarez, listening to the Belastingdienst with their amazing business case (truly, if you get a chance to go see one of their sessions: DO! It’s worth it), IBM’s own business case as presented by Laurent Boes, talking to partners, community members and others during intermissions and delivering my own session…

It was all just one big roller coaster of impressions and ideas. And the one thing I found was that although the basic principles are more or less the same to everyone: Respect for the role of the individual within the business Eco-system and empowerment of the employee to participate and connect – the way people envision how it should be implemented still differs greatly.

Do you control, or not? Do you steer or do you let it evolve in itself? Do you need to change your corporate culture first or do you let the social process change your corporate culture? It all just depends on the people, the business and the situation. There is no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to Social Business and although I already knew this, BLUG has certainly reinforced that to me.

I learned so much from so many these two days. Information I will be taking along to customers, in projects and to my own corporate social environment. So yes, my head is still spinning from two days of BLUG. It is sparking new thoughts, it is exciting and it is daunting. I still know so little and can learn so much. Thank god for events like BLUG, Social Connections, NLLUG, AUSLUG and many others like it for offering this to all those that want to improve their knowledge! Because let’s face it isn’t that what ‘social’ is all about? Connecting, sharing and collaborating!

BLUG Session Slides: Get Social but not THAT social

Presention delivered at BLUG in Antwerp 23-3-2012:

“Company regulation versus personal individuality, how do you get your employees to be responsible partners in a Social Business and how do you weigh freedom versus restriction? The whole Social Business idea is based on the idea of each individual having an intrinsic value to the organization that isn’t necessarily linked to its role within the organization alone. This begs the question of how to tap this resource without losing control and how to implement and regulate the changes that are going to be needed. How much of this can you regulate (top-down) and how much do you allow to evolve (bottom-up)? 
This session will highlight the difficulties and choices a company will face while making the transition into a Social Business and offer ideas and guidelines on how to do so”.


BLUG March 22-23 in Antwerp

BLUG, the official Belgium – Luxembourg Lotus User Group has announced the line up for their annual user group event in Antwerp this March, and it is an impressive line up! With 44 sessions in 4 tracks (Development, Administration, Business and Sponsor track) and over 35 international speakers.

The event will be held in the Crowne Plaza hotel in Antwerp and admission is free.

For me it will be my first BLUG as I wasn’t able to attend last years. But hearing nothing but good about last years event I couldn’t miss this one! It’s an excellent way of learning, meeting and interacting with and about everything IBM has to offer on Social Business and Collaboration software.

Apart from attending I’m very honored to be a speaker as well. Doing a session on how to weigh company regulation versus personal individuality and how to get employees to be responsible partners in a Social Business.

So if you are in the neighborhood and interested in Social Business & Collaboration then I advise you to check the BLUG site out and register. Hope to see you there!

NLLUG May 15th & 16th Rotterdam (update 2)

Check your calendar and move those dates! NLLUG and the Social Business convention that were planned for April 17th & 18th in the Amsterdam Arena are now to be held on May 15th &16th in the Rotterdam ‘Kuip’. Home of soccer club Feijenoord and traditionally arch enemy of Ajax whose stadion was first booked for this event. Apparently there is a soccer fan at play here seeing as we are moving from one stadion to another but I’m sure it’ll turn out great as both venues have a lot to offer!

For one: It is a lot closer to home for me 🙂

NLLUG April 17th & 18th (site launched!)

 As I mentioned in my earlier blog NLLUG will be back this year as part of a larger Social Business convention on April 17th & 18th in the Amsterdam Arena. The official site just launched and although it still is very empty and doesn’t yet have any info on speakers & program I’m sure we’ll be seeing some major updates soon!
Keep posted.

NLLUG 2012 returns!

W00t! NLLUG is coming back!

After a very successful 2 day NLLUG in 2010 and missing out on it last year it is time for NLLUG 2012! As part of the Social Business Convention, NLLUG is returning to the Amsterdam Arena for a two day, 4 track, 45+ session event.

OGS @ NLLUG 2010

It’s all still very fresh (as of today the NLLUG site is still showing 2010 stuff), but I’m sure more details will follow shortly. For those that weren’t there two years ago: The Amsterdam Arena is one of the biggest soccer stadiums of The Netherlands and a great venue for such an important event. The picture above was taken during the 2010 OGS…..

So if last time was anything to go by then this is going to be one you shouldn’t miss! Make sure to block the 17th and 18th of April and keep an eye out for further announcements!

NLLUG Social Plugins Tungle & Gist – UPDATED –

Session slides from my Social Plugin (Tungle & Gist) session for NLLUG (translated into ENGLISH!!):

The original slides (in Dutch) can be found on Slideshare

Other useful links:
– Tungle website: here
– Gist website: here
– Taking Notes podcast with interview with Tungle executive
– link to podcast on Tungle form IdoNotes
– link to podcast on Gist from IdoNotes
Webcaston deployment of widgets & plugins


Second day at NLLUG, the Silversidecrew is ready to go!

(Kasia, Effy, Robbert)

NerdGirls in Amsterdam

In two weeks time NLLUG the biggest Lotus event of the year in The Netherlands will  take place in the Amsterdam Arena. There is a real buzz surrounding the NLLUG already if you follow twitter and several of the blogs and for good reason! The line up is pretty impressive and the diversity of topics and speakers makes it interesting for almost anyone involved in Lotus products.

My personal favorite: The “NerdGirls: Get social!” session. An informal social session for any girls out there involved in Lotus. A possibility to meet and mingle with other NerdGirls and learn how to connect through Twitter, Skype or LinkedIn. Sharing information with a worldwide network of women within the Lotus community.

So join us on Thursday September 9th and tell your (female) coworkers to come!

As with all NerdGirls events, men are welcome to join as well!