A tip for those folks out there programming with IBM Connections and Java. IBM Connections uses UTC dates/time within the API calls. You may run into some funky times if you process it in your local timezone.
Don’t make any timezone conversions, don’t set UTC, just simply deserialize the ATOM feed, and then extract the date/time, and parse it as in the following snippet. *The Key is using the proper date format – “yyyy-MM-dd’T’HH:mm:ss.SSS’Z'”