IBM Connect 2016 - IS1406 #UserBLAST

Mat Newman  July 20 2016 16:55:05
UserBLAST 2016 is the latest in a series of presentations I've put together to help users understand and appreciate some of the best (and sometimes hidden) features of the IBM software that I love working with so much.

This year I had taken some direction from the inspirational Paul Mooney, who had advised that to truly qualify as a "BLAST" a session needed to have as many tips included within the allotted time, such that attendees would leave the room feeling like they had just "drunk from a fire-hose of information" with their heads spinning from the experience.

With that in mind, I put together a huge deck brimming full of ideas which allowed less than 30 seconds per slide for explanation in order to get through it all. This of course, resulted in "#UserBLAST2016" and - I hope - finally qualifies as a true "BLAST". I've had a lot of fun with it, not only being able to present this at IBM Connect, but also #Inform (AusLUG) in Australia, #Engage in Europe and a number of Business Partner lead events here in South East Asia. It was even more fun delivering it in Sydney for #Inform back in March, because the organisers told me that my allowed time was only 30 minutes instead of 50 ... only moments before the session started! Of course, I was completely out of breath at the end of that session and If you've ever heard an Australian calling a horse-race, you would understand why ;-)

Here's the Abstract:
It's time for your annual injection of Energy, Enthusiasm and Education! Join the man in #Yellow as he BLASTS his way through his top tips on Desktop, Browser, Mobile and even Cloudy aspects of the IBM Collaboration Solutions portfolio. Learn how to best utilise Notes/Domino, Connections, Traveler/Verse and Sametime to ensure effective communication and collaboration both inside and outside of your organisation. Everything a User needs to know about the "cool" stuff from IBM, Don't miss #UserBLAST!

Here's the Session:

As always, I'll be monitoring my social network streams for questions or gripes about Notes, so that I can prepare another bucket load of tips for #UserBLAST2017.  In the meantime, if you have any questions, please ask!

I'm always happy to help a Notes user.



1Nicki  07/20/2016 21:15:23  
IBM Connect 2016 - IS1406 #UserBLAST

I imagine you would be like "Mat on speed" mode while going through the list! LOL By any chance will it be recorded? I'd love to see this!

2Fred Kuijpers  07/27/2016 3:42:54  
IBM Connect 2016 - IS1406 #UserBLAST


I met you several times, last time on Engage in Eindhoven, and i enjoyed it very much!

Is there any way to get youre oresentation in PDF or better in Powerpoint? I would like to use it in our organization to prove that IBM Notes is more than just E-Mail.

I've been working with Notes since version 2.9 in 1992 and as you know it gets harder and harder to convince the Outlook adeptors that Outlook isn't better then Notes.

But i guess you know the struggle 😔

Maybe you're presentation can help me to open their eyes or help the people who are in the middle........

Hope to hear from you!




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