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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.

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Social Connections is the international user group for HCL Connections and is the place-to-be to discuss topics such as the future of work, social collaboration and enterprise social networks. This year sees the 15th Social Connections, which is taking place in Munich this time.

It is also the first important meeting of this user group after HCL became the official owner of the former IBM Collaboration portfolio. We are looking forward to hearing the official announcements and presentations that were postponed over the last weeks and months during the takeover. This includes information about how HCL plans to support Universities in terms of (cost-free) academic software licences and especially the continuation of the University Competence Center for Collaboration Technology (UCT). Does HCL want us to continue our research projects on UniConnect, such as IndustryConnect and our many Domino student projects? Do they want us to keep putting our resources into the complex hosting activities required to provide access to their collaboration product portfolio for other universities?  We will meet and inform everyone as soon as we know more.

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