If your an existing IBM Notes/Domino customer, and looking to move your email to SmartCloud Notes or our new IBM Verse technology, you'll need to configure a hybrid environment to move your mailboxes to the Cloud. An hybrid environment provides a number of other important benefits.
If your considering a hybrid configuration, consider deploying the hybrid components and existing Domino applications in SoftLayer. Softlayer provides a number of unique benefits including a competitive monthly or hourly charge rate with no long-term commitments. It also has an wide variety of configurations including virtalized and bare-metal configurations. Customer can get computing images provisioned within hours globally in one of our many Softlayer data centers. With the available firewall options, you can have the environment up and running quickly and securely.
My experience with leveraging SoftLayer as the foundation for Hybrid configurations has been extremely positive. A first plus is the global network of SoftLayer data centers which allows the deployment of hybrid servers in relative proximity to users within an organization and IBM's Connections Cloud Data center's.
SoftLayer can also host your on-premise Domino applications or Sametime services and be a co-location of Security, Hygiene or DLP services.
Delivery Manager and Architect, IBM Software Services, Social Business and Industry Cloud Solutions
Stuart is an experience architect with a concentration in the design of portal and collaborative Lotus technologies. As an IT Architect in the Canadian software group’s Toronto Laboratory, Stuart has 16 years experience in the architecture and design of enterprise solutions for the banking/finance, insurance, government and manufacturing sectors. Stuart is also an active member of the IBM technical community, serving as an elected Canadian member of the ISSC America’s Technology Council, an affiliate member of the IBM Academy of Technology.
As part of the acquisition of IBM's X86 business, Lenovo needed to migrate users out of IBM systems. Thy chose T-Systems who provides the engine for our Content Migration Factory to help them quickly move content to the cloud. For more information on the Lenovo migration check out the article in Computer Weekly online. For more information on our Content Migration Factory see the sales kit in this community.
In this Open Mic 6 minutes replay, AVL Jim Dewan describes how to incorporate Connections into your software solution monitoring/troubleshooting and performance analysis into a dynamic dashboard to oversee your Connections environment. In this short video, he presents how to collect client response time data throughout the environment and share it within the friendly confines of a Connections Community. Leveraging the Connections mobile client for this data provides access from any place, any time, and anywhere. The key to adoption rates of Connections is to deliver necessary data within various teams. Real time system status and response times metrics, information that is constantly changing, is a great way to increase usage of a Connections Community. Teams then document their knowledge around these real time stats leveraging the powerful features of Connections.
Available also for other ICS products, Watchit is a no cost monitoring and performance reporting tool available via IBM Greenhouse. It is a platform independent tool with some great Connections monitors and stress testing. There are minimal software requirements such as Python and a JRE. For Connections, it leverages the REST apis to create content for performance/functional analysis and to then push the results into a Connections Community if desired.
IBM Verse takes a vastly different approach to enterprise email by integrating the many ways employees connect each day – via email, meetings, calendars, file sharing, instant messaging, social updates, video chats and more - all through a single collaboration environment. It is the first messaging system to feature 'faceted search,' which enables users to pinpoint and retrieve specific information they're seeking across all the various types of content within their email.
IBM Verse uses built-in analytics to provide an ‘at-a-glance’ view that intelligently surfaces an individual’s most critical actions for the day. By learning unique employee preferences and priorities over time, it provides instant context about a given project as well as the people and teams collaborating on it. Clients using IBM Verse will also have the option to embed a Watson feature into their collaboration environment, which enables users to query Watson on a given topic and receive a direct reply with answers ranked by degree of confidence.
“The convergence of analytics, cloud, social and mobile technologies is not just impacting our personal lives, it's profoundly changing how we work,” said Bob Picciano, Senior Vice President, IBM Information and Analytics Group. “These forces are reshaping how people make decisions, create and share new ideas and collaborate across teams to get work done. With IBM Verse, we challenged our design teams to use analytics to completely reimagine the social collaboration experience to focus on engaging people and driving outcomes, not managing messages and inboxes.”
Cemex Chief Technology Officer Gilverto Garcia talks about his experience with Verse:
"The overall design and visual interface immediately caught my attention, there is a simplicity and purpose in how information is presented that makes the entire experience very intuitive. I quickly realized just how much was happening beneath the surface. It gives you a seamless blend of email, social and collaboration capabilities that didn't force me to jump between my inbox, calendar and other apps to share and connect with people. It's hard to even call this email anymore, that's just one facet to what they are delivering with IBM Verse."
My team, part of the Collaboration Services team, brings innovative applications built on the Connections platform to market. Right now we're working with IBM Research, IBM CIO and the Analytics Strategy team to introduce a solution that measures employee social engagement. So, for the past few weeks I've been learning about Engagement Analytics.
Not sure what that term means? Engagement analytics measures levels of participation and the value of contributions to a social environment. At IBM we are strongly encouraged to share information / ideas / files socially in IBM Connections and, as a result, I now spend more of my time working in Connections than I do in email. Our internal engagement analytics dashboard gives me feedback on how I'm doing (pretty well, actually).
The dashboard provides a numerical score on a scale of 1 to 100 for my level of engagement as compared to others in my organization and IBM overall. The overall score has several components including my level of activity (how often I post and share content) and how others react to content I've shared (are they commenting on it or liking it). Eminence measures how often people reach out to me (are they tagging me, mentioning me) and my network score rates the size and diversity of my network. It's fun to see my score climb and it's also fun to compare scores with teammates. Additionally it helps me understand where I can improve.
Engagement analytics goes beyond just providing my personal social dashboard. By compiling the data for business units or organizations, managers can better understand the social health of their teams. This is an emerging area of research with many possibilities that I'm just starting to understand. One thing I know for sure is that when we start talking to customers about this solution we'll get great feedback on how it needs to evolve to better support their needs. Stay tuned for more information on our offerings over the next few weeks.
If you're interested in learning more about this topic, I highly recommend the information Marie Wallace has shared here as well as well as in her blog. Oh, and don't forget her Ted Talk!
Cynthia L. Oehmig
Worldwide Program Manager, ISSC Apps Program
Based in Boston, Massachusetts, Cynthia has worked at IBM for almost 20 years. Always focused on collaboration software, she has worked on both services and education teams. One of her favorite things about IBM is meeting and working with people all over the world.
Over the course of the next months, I plan to bring to contribution in this forum various experts from our Services, Support and Client Success team to discuss things that matter to you.
I work with a great team of innovative folks. I introduced a few in January but there are 800 more of them across the globe! Even though I have been onboard for quite a few years myself, it is only recently that I discovered in more depth some of the great work taking place.
Provide me your input! Let me know what you are particularly interested in. We can give insight on our entire portfolio of collaboration products and services including education. We can point you to good articles and resources to be aware of.
IBM Collaboration Solutions Certified Professionals can benefit from engaging not just with others in the ICS Certification program, but with the overarching IBM Certification Program. Cross-brand promotions, networking opportunities, and information specific to certified individuals, regardless of product specialization, are just a click away.
So connect to this exceptional, brand-agnostic program for IBM Certified Professionals through social media via Facebook and/or Twitter.
IBM Professional Certification knows that having an online presence and engaging in Social Business is no longer an option, it is a necessity. These accounts provide an opportunity for individuals certified on Collaboration Solutions products to connect with peers and certified professionals in other brands. Key members of the IBM Certification team, industry leaders, and those looking to become certified are also active in these spaces. These forums provide excellent opportunities for professionals to stay in touch and up-to-date with industry trends, news, and happenings.
Based in Austin, Texas, Rena has worked at IBM in a variety of roles for the past 17 years. In that time, she has worked in IBM Notes and Domino Support, the Accelerated Value Program, and now, ICS Education with Certification. She has always stressed knowledge as a way to plan and solve problems.
What it Takes to Survive and Thrive in Epic Times Thursday, June 04, 2015 12 - 1245 EDT
The world is changing. At the current rate and pace, you might even say these are epic times! Market factors and technological shifts are affecting every industry. Professions aren't what they were even five years ago.
As a business leader, you can take advantage of this combination of events and also use them as catalysts for growth. When done and done well, you'll find this can make the difference between merely surviving and thriving.
Social Media Today
Social Business Manager
Executive in Residence
Beyond Budgeting Round Table NA
With the overall theme of sharing experiences on how to develop a breakthrough idea to take it to fruitition, we warmed up on a few questions regarding developping our personal brand in social medias. We shared thoughts on the importance to establish a niche for oneself. Among the great input being tabled, Dorie Clark shared that it is important in order to establish credibility and that once this is done, you can strategically expand into adjacent areas.
We then discussed the importance for companies to foster a climate for collective innovation rather than expect that all breakthrough ideas should come from the top. Widely accepted concept, some good insight was shared including my favorite, one of Tamara McCleary's contribution stating that "sometimes the people who have the best ideas are the ones who don't think they have the answers". This is so true. Without teaming, some ideas go to waste. Ideas find their place easier and are built on through the diversity and the power of teams. Later in the call, she also shared tips on how to involve people who think they are not creative so they become full contributors.
We discussed many of the conditions required to take great ideas to term in a corporate setting, like the importance of getting honest peer feedback to do the initial idea strenghtening, the importance of networks and sponsorship to expand and so on. We also touched on the topic of protectionism when Mark Babbitt rightfully pointed out that "Protectionism is an Industrial age obstacle, a barrier to success. In the Social Age, we don't own ideas... we create conversations around them". Very well said, I thought.
Through-out the chat, the featured authors and the participants generously shared their experience and observations on the questions asked. We concluded with a discussion around how to combine ideas across fields to support passions. This ability to transpose a working model to a new field to reuse expertise and inspire creativity is a key differentiator of innovators.
If you would like to read the full transcript of this very interesting crowd chat, just click on the picture above.
Diane Morneau, M.Sc.
Manager of Communications, Offerings and Knowledge Development
Based in Canada, Diane has been working in IBM's Collaboration Services division for eighteen years. Her team supports the Social Business Support and Services teams for their Communications, Marketing, Service Offerings, Knowledge Management and Education needs. Her favorite blogging topics are subjects related to creativity and innovation.