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Collaboration Matters 8 and 9 – Lotusphere Highlights with “Los Dos Luis”

A few weeks back I got invited to participate in a couple of podcasting episodes from the wonderful folks behind Collaboration Matters: Stu McIntyre and Neil Burston. And, of course, I couldn’t reject such kind offer. Even more when I found out the other guest for those two episodes was eventually IBM fellow colleague, and good friend, Luis Benitez (Not to worry, we are not twin brothers, despite what most folks keep telling us, even if we tend to look alike somewhat! heh) and on the agenda we were going to talk about Enterprise Social Software as well as detailing some of our key highlights from Lotusphere 2009, held earlier on this year in Orlando, FL.

And so we did take part on these two different fun podcasting episodes, where we talked about a whole bunch of different topics, but always with some of the best highlights, in our opinion, of Lotusphere 2009 running in the background. Now those episodes are readily available for replay and I am sure you may be wondering what we did talk about actually with both Neil and Stu, right? Well, here is a quick synopsis of what you will find in both episodes, to give you a taster of what to expect:

Collaboration Matters 8 – Los Dos Luis (36MB download and running for 26 minutes in Spanish with Neil)

  • Lotusphere – the excitement and the challenges
  • Successes and challenges for Social Software
  • Is Social Software "Mainstream"?
  • A Year without email – working in different ways?

Collaboration Matters 9 – LS09 Connectr BoF Review (41MB download and running for 30 minutes in English with both Neil & Stu)

  • What is a Connectr?
  • Who was there and what did we discuss?
  • Tools versus Enablement & adoption
  • What Social tools are people using – injecting Social Software capabilities into the existing application landscape
  • Actually using Social tools – asking questions and opening up the Silos
  • Do Social Software Best Practices really exist?
  • Who is driving social software adoption within organisations?

As you will be able to see plenty of really good and interesting topics where both Luis Benitez and myself shared our two cents on what we have been seeing in this social software space for a little while now and where we may be heading next. On episode #8 I even got a chance to talk about living "A World Without Email" and this particular episode may be more interesting to those folks who speak Spanish, since we had the entire conversation in Spanish! Funny enough, it’s probably one of the very few podcasting episodes I have done in my native language. Yeah, too funny!

On episode #9 you will be able to get a grasp of our first public reactions to the BOFs session both Luis Benitez and myself did along with Stu on the topic of Connectr. Perhaps one of the most engaging and interactive sessions I have been talking around the subject of Enterprise Social Software, adoption, social tools, the so-called "best practices" of social software (Priceless that one, I can tell you know, and something I will be coming back to shortly as well with a couple of follow up blog posts) that I can remember in a fully packed room.

So, I am going to leave it there for now, and would encourage you have a listen to episode #8 where you can find out plenty more about social software at the same time that you can practice your Spanish skills ๐Ÿ˜‰ , or have that rare chance where you can hear me talk in Spanish about some of the 2.0 subjects I have been really passionate about all along. On episode #9 you will be able to find out, first hand, what we learned from the BOFs session (Connectr) we did at Lotusphere.

From here I just want to take this opportunity to share a special thanks! to both Stu and Neil for their time and for their kind invite to the Collaboration Matters podcasting show and to my tocayo for sharing along all of the good stuff he has been doing all this time in the field of social computing and, more specifically, around IBM’s Lotus Connections. Thanks, guys!

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  1. Hey Luis, It was an absolute honour and pleasure to have you involved with both the Lotusphere BoF itself and with the two podcasts – we really appreciated you taking the time out of your very busy schedule to take part.

    I’ve personally learnt so much from your work on social software and collaboration, and hope to collaborate with you again in the near future…

    Thanks again for the kind words!

    1. Hi Stu, many many thanks for dropping by and for the kind feedback comments! I am sure the pleasure was all ours getting together with you folks over at Lotusphere, as well as the podcasting episodes; it surely was fun and we, too, learned quite a bit from the various interactions and questions folks had during the event. The podcasts were very nice, too, and surely we need to get some more action going in this space! Look forward to the next time we could work together on some of this! Thanks again, Stu (& Neil, of course!)!

    1. Hi Jack! I am not sure whether it would help or not, but I have asked Stu whether I could grab the episodes and then store them locally in my Dropbox account and share the link to you. That would make for an easier downloading of the recordings … I will reach out to you on Twitter later on today to confirm whether I have got the files loaded there or not, in which case I would suggest a couple of other options … Not to worry, email won’t be one of them ๐Ÿ˜‰ heh

      Thanks for dropping by and for the feedback!

    2. Hi Jack, thanks for the comment and the feedback. Normally we publish the podcasts at 64kbps to keep the size down but a change in our publishing process this time around meant that they went out at 192kbps, hence the larger size – sorry about that.

      However, we’ve republished at 64kbps, resulting in files that are about 12MB in size – much better! CM9 English

      Hope this helps! Also, you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes – just search for “Collaboration Matters”. Thanks for listening!

      1. Hi Stu! How wonderful! Thanks much for the prompt response and for helping accommodate to Jack’s commentary. I’m sure the podcasting episode will be downloaded much easier now and for many more folks who will have a chance to listen to it without their network having to suffer from it. Fantastic news!

        Many many thanks as well for sharing the tip on subscribing to the podcast through iTunes and again for all of the help and support! Greatly appreciated!


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