Today we spoke with Ed Brill (http://edbrill.com), Director of Social Business and Collaboration Solutions at IBM, about his new book. It’s called Opting In: Lessons in Social Business from a Fortune 500 Product Manager, and it’s available both on Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/Opting-In-Lessons-Business-Fortune/dp/0133258939) and directly from IBM Press (http://www.ibmpressbooks.com/store/opting-in-lessons-in-social-business-from-a-fortune-9780133258936).
- Why did you write this book?
- Who is the audience?
- What is the message of the book?
- What has surprised you about the book?
- What’s going on at IBM Connect related to the book?
- And more…
On this episode we interviewed IBM’s Paul Brunet, Vice President ISVs, startups and academic relations, IBM about the recent release of the IBM 2012 Tech Trends Report. During the interview we talked about:
Paul’s role at IBM
- What exactly does the Tech Trends Report covers
- What surprised Paul in the report
- The growing skill gaps in technology
- What IBM Is doing to help shrink the skills gap
- Paul’s advice for developers and IT admins that are trying to keep up with all of the changes in IT
- Social Business and Collaboration. Did the report uncover anything interesting in those areas?
- and much more…
On the recording you will hear the show be identified as episode 172 when in actuality it’s really 173. The show runs for 28:08 minutes.
Steven Green, CEO of TemboSocial (@TemboSocial), tells us all about The Hive. It’s peer-to-peer social recognition software that integrates with IBM Connections to help share knowledge, stories, and corporate culture among employees. Topics we covered included:
- The importance of awards, achievements, and peer recognition
- How all this ties into corporate culture and values
- 400,000+ stories on The Hive site for TD Bank since 2009
- How does this integrate with IBM Connections?
- Is it difficult to get management and/or employees to use something like this?
- The way that stories become company assets
- Analytics and reporting
- The use of promotional banners to bring employees back the site
As we mentioned in the podcast, there is a video demo on YouTube and plenty more information on the TemboSocial website. For more information, Chris Miller also has a video interview with Steven Green you can check out.
This show runs 39:32.
We spoke with Chris Reckling (Program Manager, Mobile UX at IBM) and Rob Ingram (Manager of Mobile Strategy, Social Business at IBM) to get the inside scoop on what’s new with IBM mobile apps.
Topics we cover included:
- Mobile app rebranding (it’s blue!)
- Principles for mobile interface design
- Mobile OneUI and consistency across apps
- Cool new stuff in Connections, Sametime, and Traveler mobile apps (see Chris Reckling’s blog for more details)
- Customizing the Connections mobile app
- The IBM Worklight acquisition and what Worklight does
- IBM Endpoint Manager for Mobile Devices
Even if you don’t have Connections or Sametime in-house, you can try those apps out against Lotus Greenhouse, and you can also download a version of IBM Worklight that’s free to try (look for a link to the Developer Edition on the Worklight home page). Also, don’t miss the upcoming IBM Connections mobile tech talk on August 15.
This show runs 41:01.
Julian and I have received some great feedback on the last 5 Taking Notes episodes we did with Graham Acres, Alistair Rennie, Mikkel Heisterberg, Ryan Baxter, Nigel Cheshire, Craig Schumann and Alan Lepofsky. Topics included mobile app dav, activity streams, OpenSocial, Lotusphere 2012 and more:
Episode 152 - Mobile AppDev Strategies with Graham Acres
Episode 150 - Activity Streams of the Future, with Alan Lepofsky
Thank you for listening and for your feedback.
Here is a list of a few Twitter accounts which you may want to follow if you are an XPages developer or somebody involved with IBM Collaboration Solutions products and services:
- OpenNTF Project Updates - OpenNTF project releases
- OpenNTF – All things related to the open source community OpenNTF
- All Things XPages - A fire hose of all things XPages
- XPages.info - Updates from the XPages.info site
- Taking Notes Podcast - A podcast by Julian Robichaux and Bruce Elgort
- IdeaJam ideas and comments – New ideas and comments from the IdeaJam.net site
Last Thursday Julian Robichaux and I spoke with Alan Lepofsky, analyst at Constellation Research Group, about the current and future state of Activity Streams in the enterprise. Our discussion included:
- What’s the difference between streams of information like Facebook and Twitter, and what we’ll see in business in the coming months and years?
- Considerations about filters, and making sure important information gets seen
- How does analytics play into all this?
- Is there truly “one stream to rule them all”, or does certain information need to be siloed?
- What about my inbox?!?
- Where will mobile devices fit into this picture?
- Once this all gets going, what are some of the advantages (obvious or not) with having a stream-friendly enterprise?
This show runs 41:14.