IBM  Think 2018 is just around the corner,  with literally thousands of sessions and labs to choose from. We looked through all the schedule to find some interesting sessions that might interest you if you work with IBM Connections, IBM Verse, IBM Sametime or are interested in learning about B2B blockchain solutions.

How to Survive the Dragon: A Talk about Helping, Supporting, Instructing and Managing the End-User


Sunday, 10:15 AM – 10:35 AM | Room 104 | Session ID: 9215A
Hear tips and tricks on getting end-users to be receptive to new ideas and methods based on years of trial and error working with, instructing, and inspiring even the most difficult end-users. This session is based on real-life experiences and includes anecdotes from the trenches.
Femke Goedhart, panagenda


Two Wrongs Don’t Make a Right—Troubleshooting IBM Connections


Monday, 10:30 AM – 11:10 AM | Surf B | Session ID: 1574A
Curious about how to make your IBM Connections environment run smoothly while reducing support effort? Need help debugging and getting to the core of some Connections challenges? Join Nico to find out how to resolve common issues, and learn troubleshooting basics and other useful knowledge to ensure an efficient Connections on-premises environment. Level up your debugging skills while learning more about back-end topics such as IBM Cloud Private, Db2, TDI, SSO, Directory and integrations like Docs, CCM, Cognos and FEB. He’ll also cover the new PINK features like Orient Me, Metrics and Customizer. Walk away with Connections best-practice tips and tricks to help you provide steady and efficient social capabilities!
Nico Meisenzahl, panagenda


A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Troubleshooting IBM Connections


Monday, 12:30 PM – 1:10 PM | Surf B | Session ID: 1409A
In this session, we will talk about where to look when things go wrong with IBM Connections, and how to detect errors and fix them. We will cover the traditional, WebSphere based installation and the component-oriented installation of Orient Me. We will also talk about some tools that can be useful when performing troubleshooting activities.
Roberto Boccadoro, ELD Engineering
Sharon James, BCC


A Guide To Single Sign-On for IBM Collaboration Solutions


Monday, 1:30 PM – 2:10 PM | Surf B | Session ID: 3685A
Single sign-on, single identity and even password synchronization—in this session, we will take you through all the options available to minimize or eradicate logins across IBM’s Collaboration Solutions (ICS); whether it is a Domino web server, IHS, Notes client, Traveler, Sametime, Connections or Verse, on-premises or cloud. The discussion will cover security certificates, password synchronization, IWA, SPNEGO and SAML Federation. We will explain what you can (and can’t) do, and how to do it.
Gabriella Davis, The Turtle Partnership


Start Fast and Plan Big with Blockchain



Tuesday, 11:30 AM – 12:10 PM | Reef A | Session ID: 3791A
The pressure is on to create applications that drives business outcomes. In this technical session, you’ll learn how to rapidly develop and deploy solutions that are ready for scale and completely secure. Crypto-coins are chump change: the real money is business-to-business Blockchain solutions that create real value for everyone. Real-world scenarios and practical advice will help you accelerate time to value and avoid pitfalls in your own projects.
Ivan Vankov, Cognition Foundry


Introducing IBM Connections Grid: How Business Users Can Build Apps that Work for Them


Tuesday, 2:30 PM – 3:10 PM | Business and AI Campus Think Tank C1 | Session ID: 9001A
Building apps without writing code… they said it couldn’t be done! We all know that apps exist for pretty much everything, but many of us lack the skills to build them ourselves. Business users and aspiring developers alike are invited to join our session to learn how IBM is equipping you with the tools to build apps that work for you and empowering you to solve critical problems without writing code! IBM Connections Grid is a low-code application builder designed for users of all coding backgrounds to collaborate, innovate, and co-create business applications quickly and with ease. Come learn as we build an app together and explore how “developing” apps can make you the superhero of your organization!

Heath McCarthy, IBM

Maureen G. Leland, IBM


Deep Dive: What’s New in Notes, Sametime and Verse On-Premises for Users and Administrators


Tuesday, 4:30 PM – 5:10 PM | Lagoon K | Session ID: 8640A
Join this session to understand the recent advancements in capabilities for mail users and administrators. Learn about what to expect with Notes, Verse and Sametime Chat V10 on the server, on the desktop and on mobile devices.

Gabriella Davis, The Turtle Partnership

Ram Krishnamurthy, HCL


How IBM Connections Helped Dislub Become One of the Best Companies to Work for in Its Region


Thursday, 12:30 PM – 1:10 PM | Surf B | Session ID: 7251A
Dislub Equador is a major Brazilian business group in the oil and gas industry, with gas stations located in more than 100 Brazilian cities. They are certified by the world-renowned Great Places To Work (GPTW) as one of the 100 best companies to work for in their region. Annually in the satisfaction surveys done by Dislub’s employees, the only negative point has been the inefficiency of the communication tools used by the company. Learn how Dislub chose IBM’s collaboration tools to improve communication with its users and allow people distributed in more than 100 cities to work together more efficiently. See also how this is contributing to the goal of having a better communication tool in the next satisfaction survey.

Leonardo Costa, Integro Consultores Associados Ltda


See any that you like or some other related sessions that we missed? There are tons of sessions to pick from, so make sure to get your collaboration education on! There is still time to register for the conference and receive a $100 off your admission ticket. Just ask us or any other IBM Champion for a code.

And don’t forget to flag Jon Schultz, our president, who will be attending, to say hello.