Wow .. Engage is the biggest IBM user group outside of IBM’s own Connect (the conference formally known as Lotusphere).
Over 400 people gathered in Eindhoven for 2 days of fantastic content, great sessions and speakers, awesome networking and social events.
The venue was stunning .. basically we were in a flying saucer for 2 days. A great space, plenty of room for the sessions, massive area for sponsors and networking – the food was amazing, and there was chocolate and beer 🙂
I was lucky enough to speak with Christoph Stoettner on day one and our session was well received. Covering install, migrating, documenting and best practises for IBM Connections and its associated software in an hour and trying to cover all operating systems was fun .. but we managed and had 5 mins for Q&A. Speaking with Christoph is always a pleasure and never a chore 🙂
One of the highlights of the two days was the IBM Champion round table with the new General manager of ICS – Inhi Cho Suh. Announced into her new position at IBM Connect in January, she took time out of her busy schedule to spend a day at Engage. The Champions round table was great, the enthusiasm in the room from both Inhi and us was something I hadn’t seen for a while. Its so nice to have someone at the top that is as passionate about this stuff as we are. I am genuinely excited and looking forward to waht the future is going to offer. For customers and business partners alike – as we are all users of this software.
If you have never attended a user group, you should, there are many .. and they really do span world wide and covere a range of software that the ICS/Lotus brand covers. Thanks to the wonderful Amanda Bauman the user groups are now part of the World Wide Independent User Group Alliance – IBM are standardising the way they support user groups which is fantastic.
Thank you again Theo and team for all the hard work you do .. and how are you going to top this next year?
I am looking forward to finding out