CEIR Team from left to right:
Julian Mosen, Petra Schubert, Susan P. Williams, Martin Just, Sebastian Bahles
Picture: Matteo Cogliati

This year, the CEIR team once again took part in the annual ENGAGE User Group conference and provided insights into their current research projects.

Theo Heselmans invited us to participate and this was his last event as the Chair of the ENGAGE User Group before handing over the Chairperson role to his two successors. The conference location was “Handelsbeurs”, the historic stock exchange in Antwerp, Belgium, an impressive venue that attracted even more conference participants than in previous years. The conference venue not only offered the perfect environment for exchanging ideas and for networking, but also provided the setting for first-class presentations. The CEIR team prepared two sessions for the conference.
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Congratulations to our team member Julian Mosen who has been recognised as HCL Ambassador in 2024!

The HCL Ambassadors program is a recognition program that showcases the best of the HCL community. Ambassadors go ‘above and beyond’ their normal job roles to help others, share information and organise events for the whole community to benefit from.

Also from our point of view, the title is a tribute to Julian’s many years of commitment, which he very much deserves.
Julian himself writes about it on LinkedIn:

“I am very proud and grateful to be recognised as an HCL Ambassador in 2024.
Looking back at the last few years, I have counted all the students that I introduced to software development using Domino, Connections, Leap and more recently Volt MX. It is an amazing number, almost 50 Computer Science students who have been trained in application development using HCL technologies and have worked very closely with me on various hands-on projects where we developed, tested or evaluated scientific approaches using one of HCL’s products. I am grateful for the support from HCL and the community through all the student projects, Bachelor’s and Master’s theses and student assistants that work with me. I am looking forward to all of the upcoming projects with the additional support of the HCL Ambassadors’ community.”

Also from our point of view, the title is a tribute to Julian’s many years of commitment, which he very much deserves.

Congratulations, Julian!

Dear UniConnect community,

We are pleased to announce an upgrade of UniConnect. Thanks to the support of our partner HCL, we are upgrading UniConnect from IBM Connections Version 6.0 to HCL Connections Version 7.0. Our members can expect the following improvements and new functions:

  • Various adjustments to the user interface.
  • Print content to PDF.
  • Community Templates: Thanks to this new feature, the UCT can offer you evaluated templates for your communities.
  • Creation Wizard: Guides the user step-by-step through the process of creating a community.
  • Files: Transfer ownership of your files to another user.
  • Orient Me: Updates in your network are highlighted with a new design.
  • Languages: Select your preferred menu language.
  • Video conferences hosted in Koblenz with HCL Sametime 11.5.
  • Connections Notifyer and Connections Community Manager: We would like to thank our friends at Belsoft, as their powerful admin tools make our work much easier.
  • Activities Plus and Huddo boards: Thanks to our friends from ISW, you can manage and assign tasks more effectively.

Please note:

This is an extensive maintenance job. UniConnect will most likely therefore not be available for the period from February 28, 2022, 8:00 a.m. to March 13, 2022, 6:00 p.m. (CET).

If you have any questions, we will be very happy to answer them: https://uct.de/en/contact/

Best regards from Koblenz
Söhnke Grams (Managing Director UCT)

Dear UniConnect community,

We are pleased to announce a major upgrade of UniConnect, which is made possible thanks to the support of our new partner HCL. We are upgrading UniConnect from IBM Connections Version 6.0 to HCL Connections Version 6.5, which means that our members can expect many improvements and new functions:

  • Connections Sidebar: The sidebar offers quick access to the network, content and users of UniConnect while working in other applications
  • Connections Invite: Invite external users efficiently
  • Files: Transfer ownership of your files to another user
  • Activities Plus: Manage and assign tasks more effectively

Please note:

This is an extensive maintenance job. UniConnect will most likely therefore not be available for the period from Friday 15th October 2020 8:00 a.m. to Monday 19th October 2020 6:00 p.m. (CET).

If you have any questions, we will be very happy to answer them: https://uct.de/en/contact/

Best regards from Koblenz
Söhnke Grams (Managing Director UCT)

We are delighted to announce that HCL Technologies is the new partner for the University Competence Center for Collaboration Technologies (UCT). The UCT was funded for 10 years by IBM Germany and we are very grateful for the support that they gave us and for our fruitful collaboration with them over those 10 years. Special thanks go to Klaus Zimmermann and Ralf Bucksch of IBM Germany GmbH, for their commitment and support for the UCT and the tireless passion they gave to the collaboration.

The new contract with HCL Technologies was signed in March and commenced on April 1, 2020. We look forward to an equally long collaboration with HCL and to achieve further success. Several of our former IBM partners, including Tom Zeizel, Peter Schütt and Ingo Karge have joined HCL, so we have continuity and a shared history in the project. In the past few months we have also started work with new partners at HCL, among them Danielle Baptiste and André Hagemeier. We look forward to building the next stage of the UCT together with HCL.

CEIR presents six papers at the 53rd Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS)

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We are proud to announce that the team of the Center for Enterprise Information Research (CEIR) successfully started the year 2020 by presenting six publications at the 53rdHawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS). All original six submissions were accepted and two of them were even nominated for “best paper” in their mini tracks. HICSS is known worldwide as the longest-standing scientific conference for Information Systems and Information Technology and is the number one (most cited) in its field. This year, 1100 attendees from over 40 countries attended the conference. The conference venue was located on the beautiful island of Maui (Hawaii, US) from 7th to 10th January, where the CEIR team presented their latest work in the research field of Enterprise Collaboration Platforms.

  • MoBeC Framework by Nitschke & Williams (2020)

Our team’s submissions were accepted in 5 different tracks, ranging from “Distributed Collaboration in Organizations and Networks”, “Collaboration for Data Science”, “Business Intelligence, Business Analytics and Big Data” to “Social Information Systems” and “Digital and Social Media in Enterprise”. Related to the topic of Social Documents, three consecutive papers were presented by Julian Mosen and Florian Schwade at the conference. In these papers, Prof. Dr. Susan Williams, Julian Mosen, Prof. Dr. Petra Schubert and Florian Schwade describe the structure of social documents [1], its visualization [2] and the calculation of metrics on social documents [3] for understanding collaboration and joint work in enterprise collaboration platforms. Florian Schwade’s also presented his joint work on the development of a catalogue describing elements and characteristics of task management in enterprise collaboration platforms [4]. Clara Nitschke’s and Prof. Dr. Susan Williams’ work on capturing and monitoring how outcomes and benefits of enterprise collaboration platforms are changing over time is described by the MoBeC framework [5]. In addition Clara Nitschke published her joint work on the identification of coordination mechanisms in social software enabled digital workplaces [6].

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