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.

“We have to evolve to avoid being disrupted” was the message Richard Jefts (General Manager at HCL Digital Solutions) delivered at the opening session of Engage 2020 – a two-day conference on collaboration technologies that took place in the Burgers’ Zoo in Arnhem, Netherlands. Through 86 sessions more than 100 speakers and 400 attendees shared recent topics and insights into how to evolve collaboration in companies and how to leverage with the latest technologies and trends.

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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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You are invited to UCT ’s viewing party for the global launch announcing HCL’s first major releases for Domino v11, Notes v11, Sametime v11, and Connections 6.5. Come join us for this event featuring live demos, news, roadmaps, and technical sessions. We will be streaming the keynote live from Tokyo. Snacks will also be served.

Date: 4th December 2019
Time: 14:45
Location: University of Koblenz-Landau, Building A, Room A104

Sign up here: https://uct.de/en/contact/

We hope to see you at our viewing party!
Best, Your UCT team

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Last Thursday, November 21st, 2019, the DNUG Development Division hosted a workshop to introduce development with Notes and Domino. At the Haus der Technik e.V. in Essen, the workshop participants were introduced to everything useful to get started with Notes programming for a whole day and were given both the theoretical and practical basics for individual in-depth study. The CEIR-Team / UCT-Team / Team of FG BAS was on site with four research and student assistants.

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At the 27th Koblenz Economics and Scientific Association Student Research Thesis Award ceremony, Julian Mosen, member of the Business Application Systems Research Group, member of the CEIR research team and the University Competence Center for Collaboration Technologies, was honoured for his outstanding Master’s thesis work.

On November 6th, 2019, the Wirtschafts- und Wissenschaftsallianz Koblenz e.V. presented the Koblenz Economics and Scientific Association Student Research Thesis Award, endowed with a total of 25,000 €, to eleven young academics from universities in the Koblenz region. At the award ceremony in the historic Koblenz Town Hall, the nominees gave an interview on the topic of their research with a focus on its social significance and practical relevance. Three students of the University of Koblenz-Landau received the award.

Phillipp P. Jakobs from the Department of Education Sciences (FB1) for his Bachelor thesis on “Stadtsoziologie als Wirklichkeitswissenschaft” and two award winners from the Department of Computer Science (FB4): Alex Baier (staff member at Institut WeST) for his Master’s thesis about Deep Learning for autonomous shipping and Julian Mosen (staff member of the Business Application Systems Research Group and member of the CEIR research team) for his Master’s thesis on the topic “Social Business Document Monitoring”.

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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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