Monday, November 24, 2008

December 9th KM Chicago Meeting Announcement:

Join us on December 9th for our annual KM Chicago holiday meeting.
Wine Expressions' Randy Russell will host an event at our meeting,
scheduled from 5:30-7 PM at the Dow Jones location downtown only (Dow
Jones, One South Wacker Drive, 22nd floor (corner of Wacker and

As he have done in the past, Randy will present 6-7 wines and an
associated food paired with each wine. He will give a brief
description of the grape, region, producer and why we paired it with
the particular food. There will be a combination of white and red
wines. He will answer questions about the wines and try to address
any other wine questions that arise. Additionally we would like to
enlist your ideas for topics for next year's meetings. To encourage
your ideas, we'll set up topic areas so that we can gather your ideas
and also to encourage informal sharing and conversations re: what's
on everyone's plates these days.

The cost for the event will be $20, same as last year. We would like
your RSVPs by Friday, 5 December so we can plan for the food.
Collection will be on the night, cash or checks payable to Wine

Please respond to our poll by the 5th to let us know if you can

Note: To access the poll you will need to be a KM Chicago Yahoo group member. If you aren't a member of our KM Chicago Yahoo group request membership here:

Saturday, November 08, 2008

November 11th KM Chicago Meeting Announcement: Social Computing in the Enterprise

Tuesday, November 11; 5:30pm

Note: Changes to web conferencing
1. Go to the URL -
2. Click 'Join a Meeting' button in the top right corner of the page
3. Enter the Conference ID # 024064
4. Enter your name and email address5. Click the 'Log In' button


Apologies for the late notice, but we hope you can still join us to hear IBM’s Bill Learned present how IBM uses social computing (i.e., profiles and social networks, blogs, wikis, tag clouds, etc.) within their enterprise, and the value they derive from using those tools. IBM’s implementations of Web 2.0 technologies, including Lotus Mashups and Lotus Connections has been in the KM news a lot this past year. It should be interesting to get a perspective on what they are doing and how these implementations are going directly from the source.

Bill Learned, IBM - Lotus Collaboration Sales Leader for Central Region, started with IBM in 1997 as the Senior Lotus Systems Consultant for General Motors, DaimlerChrylser and Delphi Automotive and held global responsibility for the IBM/Lotus technical relationship with those IBM customers. Starting July of 2000 Bill joined the Lotus World Wide Technology Advocate Group and delivered strategic briefings, seminars and enablement sessions for IBM customers. Bill joined the World Wide WebSphere Portal Sales Team in 2002 and provided portal sales leadership in Europe and the Middle East. From 2003 through mid 2006 Bill managed the Technical Sales team for Portal and Workplace in the United States, Central Region - North. Bill led a team of seven technical sales specialists responsible for the selling of, and customer success with, WebSphere Portal and Lotus collaboration software solutions. Last year Bill managed a team of sales and technical professionals across all IBM Software Brands charged with opening new markets and accounts for IBM. Currently Bill is the Lotus Collaboration Sales Leader for IBMs Central North Business Unit. Bill holds a BA from Michigan State University and MBA from the University of Detroit.