Hi ! My name is Luis Suarez and I am a Knowledge Manager, Community Builder & Social Computing Evangelist in the IBM Software Group division. I have now been working for IBM for a bit over 11 years, the last 9 of those as a full time employee. Throughout all that time I have developed a passion for everything related to Knowledge Management (i.e. Learning & Knowledge, or Knowledge Sharing, whatever you would prefer to call it). That would include quite a few things that, as you may have noticed already, are part of the theme(s) I will be talking about here in my weblog: Collaboration (Specially remote collaboration), Expertise Location, Content Management, Communities and Community Building -whether we are talking about physical or virtual / online communities (Communities of Practice, of Interest, of Purpose, etc.), (e)Learning, Online Facilitation, Knowledge and Learning Tools, Social Computing, Social Networking, Social Software, Web 2.0, Enterprise 2.0, etc. In short, almost everything that has got to do with knowledge sharing and collaboration. But with a twist.
I am what some people would be calling a Knowledge Worker. And, as you can imagine, that is also my job inside IBM. I am working in the IBM Software Group, within the Social Software Programmes & Enablement, and my main responsibilities are to help accelerate the adoption of social software within the enterprise, specially within the (Tech) Sales force and, as a result, to the entire IBM, by providing extensive education, training, coaching, mentoring, shadowing, support, facilitation, awareness and enabling knowledge workers to explore the opportunities of social computing and social computing tools to help enhance their own productivity while sharing their knowledge and collaborating with other knowledge workers.
I am also co-leading a community of Social Computing Ambassadors or Evangelists, called BlueIQ Ambassadors, from across the organisation, business units, geographies and timezones, whose main mission is to help spread the message around Enterprise 2.0 across the enterprise by creating and distributing plenty of enablement materials as well as arranging education sessions like clinics, lunch & learns, meetings / workshops with customers and, of course, 1:1 coaching & facilitation sessions.
I have been maintaining an Intranet weblog since December 2003 and got started with my Internet weblog, elsua, on October 2005. At the same time, and, just recently, I also have got a second Internet weblog hosted over at ITtoolbox, called elsua : The Knowledge Management Blog Thinking Outside the Inbox. Previous to my working in IBM, I have been travelling quite a bit, after finishing my degree, all over Europe having visited and lived in a few European countries: Portugal, France, Belgium, UK, Ireland, The Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, along with the US, Canada and Mexico. So, as you can see, one of my other passions is travelling and meeting other people. Learn more about their culture, their language, their customs, traditions, etc. I enjoy as well reading a good book and listening to some good music, specially New Age or from the good old 80s.
And, above all, I love the place where I have been living for the last four and a half years: Gran Canaria!