In a couple of weeks, Steve Studer and I will take to the stage at IBM Connect 2013 in Orlando, FL to present our session "Ignite business performance in real-time with social collaboration, mobile and content", which is session number INV309 for those playing at home (or planning to attend). We’re of course looking forward to blowing the crowd away with an in depth discussion on the powerful combination of enterprise content management with social collaboration, along with demonstrations of some of this cool stuff. However, I wanted to take a moment on a personal note and explain why I’m so excited about it.
I’ve been an IBMer for two years, after spending almost 15 years as a customer, first with Weyerhaeuser, then with Washington Mutual Bank, and most recently with JPMorgan Chase & Co. During my time as a customer, I was part of the Internet “growing up” inside of these Fortune 500 companies – I remember the days of the corporate Intranet, and then portal technologies, and then the dawn of collaboration tools that many of you use today. All along the way, the ECM teams that I worked in or managed were there, integrating our technology into each wave. It wasn’t until I came to IBM that I really saw the light, which each of these earlier initiatives aspired to, but didn’t quite deliver on.
Here at IBM, we’re truly a social organization – using IBM Connections, we work together on a daily basis, blogging, status updating, authoring wikis, tagging and rating as a collective of over 400,000 professionals. What strikes me though is that nearly all of this work is directly related to enterprise content, whether we’re preparing a presentation for a conference like IBM Connect, defining our product roadmap, documenting customer requirements, or any number of similar activities. It is amazing to see this as a relative outsider compared to those that have been at IBM doing this for a decade or more. I can’t help but wonder how the companies I’d worked for in the past would have been different if we’d been doing it this way all along.
So, I hope that you’ll come to this session where we can tell you more about what we’re doing to make this easier for you – combining your enterprise content with these amazing social technologies is a really exciting thing, and I can't wait to tell you all about it and discuss how we can help your organization realize its potential as well.
Register here for this session (Session id INV309) at IBM Connect 2013.
INV309: Ignite business performance in real-time with social collaboration, mobile and content
Speakers: Ian Story, IBM and Steve Studer, IBM
Date: 29th January, 2013, 5:30 PM-6:30 PM| Location: Dolphin Southern Hemisphere 1