Rooted in same projects that gave birth to Watson, IBM's cognitive technology, several products have been in development by our collaboration consulting group to do one thing: unlock Corporate Knowledge. Three words may sound simple but they have huge implications given expertise is typically spread across multiple niche applications (e-mails, presentations, communities, databases, etc.) which often spans across different vendors. From emails with short-lived visibility to communities that mushroom so fast in growing organizations that self serve search time and human switchboards become key impediments, Corporate Knowledge is often partly hidden or spread too wide to support well an agile workforce.
That's exactly the agenda behind the six years of work done by our consulting practice. Expertise 360 refers to a series of growing apps that take different angles at discovering and planning the expansion of Corporate Expertise. Let me give you some examples:
One tool is set to recuperate the knowledge stored in various product structures, whether the applications are IBM's or third party, to build a central corpus accessible through our social software.
Another application studies social sharing patterns to identify experts and their readiness to share to help the workforce route their queries. No human can keep up with it fast enough in large organizations so technology helps greatly here.
Another tool builds FAQs for reuse: this is helpful to avoid wasting expert cycles on questions already answered and to programmatically ensure the corpus remains current with actuality. The workflow ensures that answers are gathered timely and new, Watson can be one of your experts!
A couple more help build mobile learning campaigns and follow the progress of your enablement initiatives via a dashboard and measure them against goals.
These are just a few of the tools under the umbrella of Expertise 360 that you can discover while at ConnectED. Drop by the Expertise Zone and see for yourself how they can help build your Smarter Workplace.
If you are not attending and would like to hear more about these tools, just let us know and we will connect you!
To continue our ConnectEd Expertise Zone blog series, I'd like introduce Charlie Price.
If you've worked with IBM Support on your IBM Connections deployment you may have had the pleasure to work with Charlie. Charlie has spent over five years as Technical Team Lead in IBM Connections Support and is one of our most senior Support Engineers. Charlie is based out of Atlanta, Georgia.
On Tuesday, January 27 at 2:30 - 3:30 PM EST, Charlie will be presenting "Fast Lane to IBM Connections 5" in Southern Hemisphere Salon 1 of Walt Disney World's Dolphin Resort.
In his presentation, Charlie will help you build a Connections 5.0 migration and go-live plan. He will also teach you how to enable some popular new features in Connections 5.0, such as Survey Widget, IBM Docs, the Docs viewers, the Ephox editor, the Desktop plugins and more! He has a wealth of knowledge about how Connections integrates with other products.
On Tuesday or Wednesday morning, stop by to meet Charlie with your IBM Connections questions at Expertise Zone (Peacock 1 in Walt Disney World Resort's Swan Resort).
Today, I'd like to introduce Gaganpreet (Ginni) Saini. Ginni is a senior member of our Sametime Level 2 Support team. With over ten years of experience in troubleshooting challenging customer situations and implementing real-time enterprise web conferencing applications, Ginni has a wealth of knowledge. She focuses on our Sametime product but has skills in many areas from application development to code debugging.
On Wednesday, January 28 at 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM EST, Ginni will be presenting "Connect the Dots: IBM Sametime Audio/Video Planning, Deployment, Troubleshooting and Beyond" in Swan meeting rooms 7-10 of Walt Disney World's Swan Resort. During her presentation, she will delve into deploying and administering Sametime media services, a very popular topic lately. You will build an understanding of how the Sametime media pieces work together to provide media services to the end user, and will learn how to troubleshoot the audio/video issues in your existing deployment.
You can also speak with Ginni at the Expertise Zone (set up in Peacock 1) on Monday, January 26 between 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM EST, and on Tuesday, January 27, between 8:30 - 12:00 PM EST.
From the desk of Scott Rogers
Interested in seeing a demo of our social business applications at ConnectED? Stop by the Expertise Lab, located in Peacock 1 at the Swan. Here's a peek at what we'll be showing.
Establish robust expertise profiles by guiding users through the process with IBM Connections Touchpoint
Find relevant experts quickly with the IBM Expertise Locator mobile application
Route questions to experts and capture their answers with IBM Connections Social Q&A
Visualize future user experience patterns with Project MUSE (hear more about Muse at ConnectED)
Expand beyond your firewall safely with IBM Connections Invite (coming soon!)
Communicate privately within Connections with IBM Connections Direct Messaging
Stay connected to your social content from any web page with IBM Connections Social Sidebar
Receive effective multimedia learning when you need it with the User Adoption Toolkits
Manage communications and collaboration content together with Collaboration Services for TIMETOACT XCC
Provide Social Project Management for the enterprise with Collaobration Services for ProjExec
Manage the crowd-sourced creative process with HYPE Innovation for Connections
After setting the stage with Bridge to Cloud, Move to Cloud with SmartCloud Upgrade Factory
Move the content from legacy systems to WCM and Connections with IBM Content Migration Factory
Accelerate the deployment and management of the XDX and Social environments with AutoDeploy
Meet Andre Hagemeier, IT Specialist
Andre Hagemeier is one of our WebSphere Portal and Connections specialists from Germany. His specialty lies in the extensive customization of Portal behavior to suit the clients' needs. He has deep knowledge of the underlying application server architecture and functioning and the Java runtime itself. He has been the core developer of the deployment and middleware automation asset IBM Autodeploy for WebSphere Portal. He is one of our top experts on Connections development, extension and customization.
At ConnectED, André will be teaming with Enno Scholz from Hype, to discuss the work they have been doing to support Innovation Management in large global organizations. They will talk about Hype Innovation for Connections which significantly improves the support for ideation, the selection of the ideas of highest potential, their implementation and success tracking. For instance, this app permits the prominent positioning of Idea campaigns for higher participation rates. It also integrates evaluation wizards. These are just a few of the enhancements that it brings to your Connections space.
To find out more:
Attend SPOT101 - Surviving the Avalanche: How to Run Large-Scale Innovation Jams Using IBM Connections, and Get the Best Ideas Implemented
Mon, 26-Jan, 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Swan - Toucan 1-2
Visit Hype's TechnOasis kiosque or their Website http://hypeinnovation.com/
Meet André at the Expertise Zone through-out the event to share his expertise on this solution, the Apps portfolio or Project Muse. We invite those who have questions or want to hear more about Hype Innovation for Connections, to come to meet him at the Expertise Zone on Monday, between 3PM and 4PM.
To continue our ConnectEd Expertise Zone blog series, I'd like to introduce Wes Morgan.
Many of our readers have seen or heard of Wes Morgan. Wes is a senior member of the IBM Support team and has presented at IBM events for over a decade. He has a wealth of knowledge in all aspects of hardware, software, networking and troubleshooting. He is a valued and experienced IBM Sametime Deployment Engineer.
You can listen to and meet Wes:
Sunday, January 25 at 1 - 2 PM EST - Wes will be presenting along with IBM Champion Chris Miller, "IBM Sametime Deployment Do's and Don'ts: Tips, Tricks, Perils and Pitfalls" in the Mockingbird room of Walt Disney World's Swan Resort.
Wednesday, January 28 at 7:15 - 8:15 AM EST - Wes will be presenting "Enterprise Networks - What You Don't Know CAN Hurt You" in the Toucan room of Walt Disney World's Swan Resort.
Wednesday, January 28 at 8:30 - 10:30 AM EST - Wes will be available to meet and speak with you at the ConnectED Expertise Zone (set up in Peacock 1 in Walt Disney World Resort's Swan Resort). Stop by to meet Wes, network between sessions or take a coffee break.
In addition to being a Sametime guy, Wes is a network guru, is a father of four, loves to read, is a musician and does not shy away from a great political discussion.
Would you like to hire Watson to be part of your workforce in action? You will be pleased to hear that Watson can now participate in Connections in the same way a human worker can, as an option available through Social Q&A.
Social Q&A is part of the Expertise 360 suite. It enables users to obtain and reuse answers from questions intelligently routed to subject matter experts throughout your organization. Social Q&A leverages smart analytics to route new questions to the appropriate subject matter experts for timely handling and to build a central repository of questions and answers for reuse.
We now have the capability of adding Watson as an expert that can be polled by Social Q&A, allowing Watson, as an expert in your organisation, to support your workforce in unprecedented ways. An employee could post a question, say, related to one of your products requirements, corporate policies, a question regarding local laws, traveling, etc... Watson will apply the extent of his expertise to answer questions with unmatched speed and efficiency.
Find out more about Social Q&A and about hiring Watson to support your workforce by visiting the Expertise Zone set up at Peacock 1. Jason Gary or David Byrd will be pleased to tell you more.
This week, I plan to introduce several of our Service Professionals who will be at ConnectED, present at our Expertise Zone, set up in Peacock 1 at the Swan Hotel in Walt Disney's Resort.
Let me start by introducing Jason Roy Gary. Distinguished engineer, Jason is the Chief Technology Office of IBM Collaboration Solutions, the though leader behind the innovative IBM Apps and Assets portfolio. If you are not familiar with the portfolio, follow this blog where we will continue to provide insight on this great set of applications that complement and enhance the business value of Connections.
Jason is the executive technologist behind Expertise 360. This is a suite of apps that help surface Corporate Knowledge. It discovers the knowledge dispersed in a unique mix of infrastructure and skilled workforce to support your speed in action and your competitivity. Expertise 360 boosts the reuse of your corporate expert knowledge by gathering it to a central source and uses analytics to identify sharing patterns to involve the right experts timely. The net result: you can plan, track and extend the development of your workforce expertise.
Jason will be presenting on Wednesday January 28, at 10:30 in Swan 3-4, "Extend IBM Connections with Muse"
IBM ISSC Project Muse is a project that explores the capacity of customization for Cloud products, which efficiency is essentially the result of standardized configurations and standards. Economies of scale, rapid adoption of the latest releases as delivered by the DevOps model, faster performance at the client, and the competitive advantage of one-time and scaling customization: together in one package! We are looking as well into applying this framework to on-premise applications as well.
Come to meet Jason or one of our Lab Services experts at the Expertise Zone to find out more about this most innovative set of tools.
For those not attending ConnectED: don't panic! Jason will be visiting this blog regularly in 2015. So stay tuned!
From the desk of Scott Rogers
Our discussions with customers have begun to identify use cases for Expertise solutions in different lines of business. Recently, we explored Customer Service and how processes within that group can be enhanced with Expertise services.
Often, there is a need to collect the additional information from end-users, making sure tacit indicators of expertise get reflected into systems. For that, we use IBM Connections Touchpoint to assist a customer service representative in completing their expertise profile.
Answering the Question
A common scenario resolves around a supported constituent having a question. The question is posed to the support team and one of the service representatives answers it. Many support departments use question categorization and support queues to align the question with a targeted workgroup of service representatives. By using IBM Connections Social Q&A, we can streamline that process. When the user enters their question, related questions are served up as links, allowing the user to obtain their answer from previously populated repositories. When entering the question, the user does not need to know whom is the best expert nor where is the best queue to place it within. The Social Q&A solution will automatically route it to the best team of experts based on the question content, the expertise profiles, and contributions of the support team. The experts are notified within their workstream and do not need to monitor queues nor switch context in order to access other systems. Once answered, the requester sees the response within their news stream.
Finding the Expert
Additional experts are sometimes needed to address a support inquiry. IBM Expertise Locator quickly finds experts based on geography, job role, and expertise topic from any workstation or mobile device. Once identified the experts can be contacted via phone, message or social platform and added into a growing network of favorite and connected experts.
Indications of expertise can be found in many systems throughout the enterprise. By using IBM Expertise Discovery, data from many systems can be aggregated and analyzed for use in the scenarios above.
Common Support Systems
IBM Expertise Solution
Requester navigates through a tree of categories or call queues
Requester can pose question directly and the solution will route to the proper queue and team of experts
Requester must perform a search of FAQ and previous answers
Related questions and their answers are automatically linked for the requester to access
Support personnel are assigned to monitor a queue
Work items are automatically routed to support personnel based on their expertise
Support teams are assigned based on supervisors understanding of their expertise
Expertise is systematically based on certification levels; declarations made by the enterprise, peers and individual; published contributions; and willingness to assist.