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On May 18th at 12pm ET, we live-streamed a special program from New York City containing exciting news around the IBM social collaboration capabilities. This special event complemented our activities at DNUG in Bonn, Germany with DNUG and the IBM Exceptional Web Experience Conference in Orlando, Florida.
Alistair Rennie, Jeff Schick, and Caleb Barlow shared some very good customer stories such as Reliance Insurance, the US Open, and the City of Fort Worth. They also highlighted just some of the new capabilities in IBM Connections, Sametime, and LotusLive. Ted Stanton finished off the hour with a wonderfully rich demo showing off some of these new capabilities. Nothing helps more to understand these new features than to see them in action. I loved the Blackberry and iPad elements myself.
(updated post, May 18th)
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MIT's Technology Review published a quick read this morning 'Experimenting on Themselves' describing some of the ways we crowd source new concepts for software. One internal effort where we can share and provide feedback is our Technology Adoption Program, or what we fondly refer to as 'TAP.' John Rooney described TAP in the article like this:
"TAP hosts a variety of projects, from early tests of planned commercial products to tools and plug-ins designed by employees in their spare time. "Many things enter TAP without a specific agenda," Rooney says. IBM then looks at how people embrace and adopt the projects, seeing them through a life cycle that can lead to broader deployment if early indicators suggest value."
While I have not contributed assets, I have used several of the offerings on TAP and provided feedback and ratings. I like having this early view of what sort of product ideas are forming within IBM and knowing that my input as a potential end user is valued and contributes to the success of the products that 'graduate' from TAP and that I might help market like IBM Connections. [A short personal note: My dad went to MIT and I remember when I was young leafing through the Technology Review when it came in the mail. Sort of closes a family circle for me whenever I see the product I now work on mentioned there.]
Another example of crowd-sourcing, this time with external audiences, is our use of Jams. We just recently hosted a Social Business Jam. This effort helped us gain insights into what our customers and partners consider the key elements of a social business. This is a good example of how we used social business practices to better understand how we can help our customers become social businesses. Makes my head spin a bit. :^). I am looking forward to the results of the Jam.
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Another busy day for sessions on social software at Lotusphere. It used to be that all the sessions for Connections and Quickr could fit on one slide, but that is no longer true! Again there are some hard choices today with some great cross brand sessions to catch with Cognos and ECM. There are two customer presentations from Avery Dennison and BASF later that are not to be missed. Also, I always love to hear about our collaboration with Research. And don't forget to stop by the pedestals #35 and #36 to get a live demo with the developers.
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Here are some great sessions today to attend with a social software interest in mind. I am going to have a hard time deciding which sessions to attend.
Jumpstart Sessions: camping out in Dolphin South Hemisphere II
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Congratulations are in order for our customer, CEMEX, who won a Forrester Groundswell Award for their Shift collaboration platform based on Lotus Connections. And one of the best reports that I saw describing the award was on the WSJ MarketWatch site. Here's a quote from the Chairman and CEO from that article (emphasis is mine):
"With Shift, we continue to empower our employees by promoting engagement and collaboration beyond traditional roles and titles, allowing the best ideas to resonate company-wide and effect real change." - Lorenzo H. Zambrano, CEMEX Chairman and CEO
And when I checked this morning, the stock price of CEMEX is on the rise since the announcement on Monday! Real change translates into real value for the business. What a great example of the business value of investing in social software to drive productivity and innovation in the workplace. And all achieved within the first year of deployment.
In addition, our very own developerWorks implementation of Lotus Connections also won a Forrester Groundswell award!. And IBM stock is also on the rise. Check out the LotusKnow blog for more details on these great awards.