Louis Richardson 120000HRWE firstname.lastname@example.org | | Tags:  social connections social-business | 0 Comments | 1,748 Visits
Martha Mealy 120000F9TQ email@example.com | | Tags:  event for_it for-exec connections social-business | 1 Comments | 3,783 Visits
It's official! The IBM Connections 4.0 release, containing several new features and benefits, was announced today on ibm.com and will be available on September 7, 2012. Read more about it here on the IBM Connections website. BUT To learn a lot more about how this new release will deliver business value, consider registering for the IBM & InformationWeek Leadership Summit on Sept 13. The 60min summit, From Liking to Leading, the Success of your Business is Social will include presentations and discussions with social business thought-leaders, customers and IBM business executives. Please join us!
In addition to announcing the release of IBM Connections 4.0, we are also updating the IBM Connections Suite and the IBM Connections Content Editions to include this new release.
Louis Richardson 120000HRWE firstname.lastname@example.org | | Tags:  connections creativity ibm-connections social social-business | 0 Comments | 1,708 Visits
I was reading back through Steven Johnson's "Where Good Ideas Come From" and was struck by a single phrase:
"Chance favors the connected mind."
If that's the case...
Louis Richardson 120000HRWE email@example.com | | Tags:  social-business social connections | 2 Comments | 2,323 Visits
As a kid playing basketball, it was quite common to toss a ball at a friend who wasn’t watching and then yell “Think fast!” The thing that made this work so well (for those tossing the ball) was the surprise effect on the recipient. Often it was unexpected or “out of nowhere”. I find that interesting…even kids know to respond to a new unexpected event requires fast thinking.
Oscar Robertson was a great basketball player. According to Wikipedia, he “was a twelve-time NBA All-Star, eleven-time member of the All-NBA Team, and one-time winner of the MVP award in fourteen professional seasons. He is the only player in NBA history to average a triple-double for an entire season.”
But it’s been said he had a particular advantage over most of the other players - Oscar Robinson had unbelievable peripheral vision. He was able to clearly see what was happening, not just in front of him, but around him…team mates that were open…threats that were approaching. This allowed him to predict, act more quickly and take advantage of his opponents who were expecting him to only focus on what was in front of him.
In the game that is our work, we often focus on what is in front of us. And it’s no wonder, even our education systems are built on focus (and measurement)…for every question, there is one answer…and it’s in the back of the book…and don’t ask anyone else…that’s cheating. In business we’re given an assignment and we “focus” on finding the answer.
Several of the things that focus us are email, status meetings and internal conference calls. How much time do you spend on these? And while you’re focused on these things, what’s happening around you…in your peripheral vision? How many times have you been “heads down” on some project and then discovered that your competitor did something totally unexpected which resulted in your work being for naught? Have you ever been aiming for one target, one customer, or one solution…only to find that you missed an opportunity on the fringe? If your head is in your in-box, or always focused on internal updates, then you’re not able to watch what’s going on around you.
Social business solutions, like IBM Connections allow you to lift your head and look around. You can maintain a direction (focus), but you don’t have to sacrifice your peripheral view of the world. When social is integrated into your daily business, you can “stay on task and stay in touch”. By building out your social network, you’re building out your business radar. People whom you trust become sentinels who look out for your interests and alert you to activities that might concern you.
Connected people (and companies) are observant to their surroundings. They are able to react more quickly. They see the broader picture and can spot the threat or new opportunity before others. They are agile. They survive. They “Think fast”…they “Think social!”
If you’re interested in knowing more, contact me or check out www.ibm.com/social.
Louis Richardson 120000HRWE firstname.lastname@example.org | | Tags:  social connections sharepoint social-business | 0 Comments | 3,117 Visits
I had the privilege of giving a session at this year's Lotusphere titled "Getting beyond 'good enough' with SharePoint". The session came about as a result of many of my encounters with companies seeking to become a social business. When I questioned them about what they were doing in the area of "social", they would often respond that they "had SharePoint...and that it was good enough". At each of these encounters I had the opportunity to share with them why SharePoint might not be "good enough" for them...that they deserved more. So I asked for the time at Lotusphere to share this with a larger audience and have posted the session (including the audio overlay) out on Slideshare. It's only 30 minutes long.
I focused on 3 key points: