User Group UK

Social Networking Using Lotus & WebSphere
Portal SIG (3)
Neil Burston
Lotus Connections was launched earlier this year at the Lotusphere 2007 conference amid great fanfare and excitement, as “social software for business”, and the buzz continues around Web 2.0, Social Networking and their combined impact on the way we work. The Special Interest Group (SIG) for Lotus Connections will present about these areas and delve behind the scenes of the technology to discover just how much is based on existing WebSphere and Tivoli platforms. You will learn about the context for the product, the product Architecture and key deployment decisions that enable you to maximize your existing investment in WebSphere technologies. You will also hear how best to implement the product within your organizations and hear how Social Networking is being used to spread the word.

Neil Burston:

Neil Burston, Solutions Technical Consultant, Avnet Technology Solutions Ltd:<br>\nNeil is a Solutions Technical Consultant in the United Kingdom for IBM Value Adding Distributor, Avnet Technology Solutions, specializing in Pre-Sales and Business Partner enablement. \n<br><br>\nHe has 18 years experience of IBM Midrange systems, both Application Development and System Administration and over 11 years of Windows and Lotus technologies. \n<br><br>\nHe holds a B.A. in Spanish and Portuguese and a Masters degree in Information Technology for Management as well as multiple IBM Sales and Technical Certifications as a Lotus PCLP Systems Administration and IBM Certified Professional for iSeries, Domino on iSeries, WebSphere Application Server and WebSphere Portal Systems Administration. \n<br><br>\nHe has been involved in helping shape IBM strategies to deliver solutions, especially to Mid-Market customers, with his participation in developing the Solution Builder Express portfolio, is a Redbook Author, contributing to Deploying IBM Workplace Collaboration Services on the IBM System i5 Platform, has written and delivered many dozens of in-depth Sales and Technical Enablement Workshops on a variety of IBM products and is a frequent speaker at Business Partner and Customer events.\n<br><br>\nHis primary focus is on working closely with IBM to help UK Business Partners to build up their Business, Sales and Technical capabilities across IBM software pillars and Linux.\n<br><br>\nNeil is a long-time advocate of good technologies for organizational benefit, in particular those from Lotus, and has helped form the Lotus Connections Special Interest Group, known as “Connectr”, estabilishing an innovative and fresh style of presenting ideas on the the product and important related topics, such as the organizational impact of implementing these technologies. \nFind out more via http://lotusconnectionsblog.com.

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