Network World: What’s next for IBM’s enterprise social business

IBM Enterprise Social Solutions GM Jeff Schick emceed the company’s recent Connect conference in Orlando, where Big Blue updated customers and partners on its latest collaboration, mobile and cloud efforts, emphasizing a message of “Make Every Moment Count.” Schick managed to squeeze in a few of those precious moments for reporters to follow up with him on the company’s direction in social and collaboration business, an operation that he’s been part of since 2006, including as the creator of the IBM Connections enterprise social platform.

Here’s a slightly condensed transcript of Schick’s thoughts on where IBM is headed in this area:

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Network World: In Search of IBM Verse

Network World’s Bob Brown published an article entitled “In Search of Verse” where he talks about Verse and Toscana. It’s a nice summary and worth a read.

It’s been almost exactly 10 months since IBM formally launched its analytics-infused messaging system called Verse, and while the company’s announcement of “software for a new way to work” initially generated a relatively positive blast of press and analyst coverage, buzz about the cloud-first product has dwindled since. So I went in search of signs of excitement, or even signs of life, for Verse at the IBM Connect conference this week in Orlando.

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You Won’t Want to Miss this, Seriously

On Tuesday, January 12th, 2016, LDV Via will be hosting a webinar entitled “Introducing LDC Via”. I highly encourage that each and every IBM Notes/Domino customer attend this webinar.

In this webinar you will learn what LDC Via is, and why it’s a great fit for Notes / Domino customers and technologists. Then we will delve deeper into how to work with LDC Via to build collaborative applications.

Seriously folks, take an hour out of your busy day to see how LDC Via can liberate your IBM Notes and Domino data.

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Lynda.com Video: Women in STEM

This short film profiles inspiring examples of women who got their start, and found their calling, in STEM — Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics.

It features Sheeri K. Cabal, database admin at Mozilla and author of the popular OurSQL podcast; Jess Stratton, lynda.com author and the founder of Solace Learning; and Peggy Fisher, professor of computer science at Penn State and leader of several tech-focused after-school programs for disadvantaged youth.

Here Sheeri, Jess, and Peggy talk about the key factors to their success (confidence, community, and curiosity), and the ways they’re encouraging more students to enter STEM.

 

The video includes my friend Jess Stratton who you may know from the IBM/Lotus world and who is now a Lynda.com staff author. The video also includes photos of Gab Davis, Kathy Brown, and many others of the “Nerd Girls”. It’s a “must watch” video.

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Now that you have learned more about IBM’s Mail.Next…

Following up on the IBM Mail.Next poll I conducted a few weeks ago, I now want to ask you again to take the same poll, now that you have seen much more about Mail.Next on today’s webinar.

IBM Messaging Roadmap from IBM Connect 2014

Per Henrik Lausten shared this picture on Twitter today which shows the roadmap for IBM Messaging which was shown during one of the keynote addresses:

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Building the IBM Connect 2014 OGS

 

Wonderful video by Luis Benitez!

3 Things I Took Away from IBM Connect Watching from Afar

Here are the three biggest things that resonated for me most about IBM Connect 2014. Keep in mind that I wasn’t there, but I was watching via the LiveStreams, tweets and other social venues:

  1. IBM Connections is now the flagship product for IBM Collaboration Solutions (or as it’s now known “Smarter Workforce”). All hail the new king.
  2. While IBM is still “committed” to Notes, Domino and XPages, I’m thinking that this really means that they will be supplying point releases which address fixes and minor improvements. This will keep existing customers happy.
  3. Announcing a reinvented email client was a good political and strategic move. The one thing that is truly required for this new client to really be embraced is having an IBM Connections deployment. Not only a vibrant deployment, but one that is really being used by employees.

What are your three takeaways from IBM Connect 2014?

Help Define the Future of Open Source for IBM Collaboration Solutions

It’s no secret that OpenNTF has helped shape the IBM Collaboration Solutions app dev ecosystem over the last thirteen years.  At IBM Connect you have an opportunity and in some way an obligation to attend the OpenNTF Birds-of-a-Feather session at IBM Connect. It will be an hour of well spent discussion, strategy and relationship building.

If you are developing apps for anything IBM Collaboration Solution (Notes/Domino/Connections/Kenexa/Portal/etc.) please carve out an hour from your schedule on Tuesday morning for this session:

BOF405 – OpenNTF – Grow with the Challenge

Tuesday | 07:00 – 08:00 | Swan Mockingbird 1 & 2

Let’s talk about the future of OpenNTF and Open Source for IBM Connections, IBM Sametime and IBM XWork Server. We would like to have an open discussion with you, how we can engage more developers in OpenSource Software and how the OpenNTF Ecosystem can profit from Open Source software as well.

IBM Connect 2014: Meet the Show Sponsors and Product Showcase Exhibitors

One place where I spend a lot of my time at IBM Connect is in the Product Showcase. Here are the exhibitors who will be at the show this year:

IBM Connect 2014 Product Showcase ExhibitorsMake sure you get down to the showcase to see the great products and services from these vendors.

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