Podcast: Getting started with IBM Connections application development

In this episode of The Taking Notes Podcast (@takingnotespod) we talked about developing applications for IBM’s Connections social software platform. We were joined by three very special guests:

Topics covered during the show included:

  • Overview of the options available to developers (APIs, Widgets, Java)
  • How widgets and apps are deployed within Connections
  • Integrating apps with the Connections Profile
  • Surfacing apps and widgets within Communities
  • How IBM Connections Next will utilize OpenSocial and ActivityStrea.ms
  • How Kudos Badges was built and how it integrates and is managed within Connections
  • Why developers should use XPages to extend Connections
  • How you can work with iWidgets and XPages
  • How to access the Connections REST API’s from XPages
  • Where you can find and download sample XPages apps
  • What other extensibility features might be important for XPages developers
  • and much more…

Resources:
http://ibm.co/StartSocial – Landing for all things ICS development related including Notes/Domino “Next” and Connections “Next”
http://xpag.es/?ForConnections
http://openntf.org/p/xpages%20for%20connections

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Podcast: IBM’s Ed Brill and Trust Factory’s Wouter Aukema

On this episode of the podcast we were joined by IBM’s Ed Brill (@edbrill) and Trust Factory’s Wouter Aukema (@waukema) and talked about:

  • The new partnership between IBM and Trust Factory first announced on Ed’s blog
  • Trust Factory’s DNA services offerings
  • What the partnership means for IBM customers
  • A special offer made by Ed
  • Ed’s new book project
  • What the book will and not be about and when it will be available
  • Who else will be contributing to the book
  • Notes Social Edition and what exactly it is
  • Some of the new enhancements made in the Notes Social Edition
  • When it will be available for customers
  • How it can be deployed
  • Integration with IBM Connections “Next”
  • and much more

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So what’s there to complain about here?

On the Harvard Business Review Blog:

and when you click through:

If you then click through the various tabs you will learn that IBM isn’t only trying to market a single product and/or service (say IBM Connections) but offers some substantive services (and products) that in my humble opinion show the business and technical breadth needed to truly tackle some of todays business problems.

Don’t just read this blog post. Leave a comment.

Thank you IBM for the marketing and sales work you do for Elguji Software

A week doesn’t go by without a call or an email from an IBMer referring a prospect or customer to Elguji. IBM is now Elguji’s primary sales channel for our IdeaJam and IQJam software. Whether it’s for an IBM Notes/Domino shop, a new Connections customer and of late for a cloud based IdeaJam. We also continue to work more with IBM as an Elguji customer. Last week we launched the Rational Jazz Plan Jam which is part of the Innovate 2012 conference being held at the Dolphin and Swan in Orlando, Florida this week.

The Jazz Plan Jam was coordinated with a team of IBMers from the developerWorks team and Jazz teams. We went from zero to jam in just a matter of days. The jam is now in it’s fifth day and is set to run through Wednesday, June 6th.

The feedback Elguji has received from the jam participants has been incredible. Many of them are wanting to learn more about Ideajam and how they can use it with their company and customers. None of them asked what technology was used nor did they care.

So on behalf of the Elguji team I want to thank the entire IBM Collaboration Solutions division for their continuing support of our success. We couldn’t have done it without you. We also want to thank the Websphere, Lotus, Rational and IBM CIO Office for being Elguji customers.

Oh and here’s what the Jazz.net home page looked like a few days ago. Notice the “Come jam with us” graphic. Good stuff.

IBM Rational Jazz.net Site
IBM Jazz.net site