and the Lotusphere technical track
are coming fast! We've been busy with all the prep work, yet here we are with the event only a few weeks away. In addition to being busy with IBM® Connect2013, we also have been getting ready the first public beta of IBM® Notes and Domino
. I really encourage you to try it out, because you’ll get a sneak peek at all the great improvements we are planning for IBM® Notes and Domino Social Edition that we will be heavily featuring at IBM® Connect2013. You can catch it in the IBM® Platform for Social Business demonstration pedestals in the Product Showcase, in the Opening General Session, and in many different business and technical tracks.
Here is a sneak peak for you:
- Transform business processes with a modern, social user interface and OpenSocial integration.
- Access your business applications right from the web with the IBM® Notes Browser plugin.
- Support BYOD with the most comprehensive enterprise mobile collaboration in market, now supporting Windows Phone 7.5/8, BlackBerry 10 BES, and IBM® i Server.
- Integrate, develop and deploy business applications easier and faster than ever.
It isn't just users who benefit from planned improvements. And for all you administrators out there, you need not fear the “dot release”. IBM® continues its commitment to compatibility and ease of upgrades. The DNA of the next release has essentially been built upon what we were already building for IBM® Lotus Notes® and Domino® 8.5.4. This next release is about bringing great new features to market with all the stability and reliability of the 8.5 code stream. Many who have already started using the Public Beta have lauded the reliability and ease of upgrade. We want you to deploy the next release with confidence.
And developers can continue to expect improvements in their ability to quickly and easily design, develop and deploy the latest in modern, mobile and social business applications. Support for OpenSocial
, and other standards built into Domino® Social Edition and Xpages Technology will continue to make it easier to create modern applications, and more importantly, integrate them easily with other applications. And we’re looking at application developer improvements not just in Domino®. For example, as Ed Brill recently talked about:
"In the new Xwork Server, which we will discuss at IBM® Connect in January, some of the licensing terms are being changed for the better.
We plan an entry level $1000 Xwork Server, with restrictions based only on the number of NSFs, not 'applications'. We also plan to introduce a sliding scale pricing model."
These upcoming upgrades are a perfect reason to be on an active renewal contract. IBM Software Subscription and Support services
provide you with easy, in many cases no-cost, access to product upgrades, as well as ongoing world-class technical support. And you get immediate notification and access to the latest Tech Notes, fix packs, upgrade packs and more. The recent Lotus Notes® Traveler 8.5.3 Upgrade Pack 2
which quickly announced a correction arising out of the latest Android OS release – is a great example of the value you get by being active on subscription and support.
Another value you get from your Software Support and Service program is access to our award-winning IBM Software Accelerated Value Program
. That program boosts the value of your software investment by providing personalized, expert assistance, a single point of contact for problem assessment, timely upgrade advice, proactive planning, priority support, and even emergency on-site services.
So, don’t forget to attend IBM® Connect2013
in Orlando, Florida January 27th to January 31st. In addition to all the great social business and IBM® Lotus Notes® and Domino® content, there will be a Social Business Adoption Exhibition at the Walt Disney World Dolphin in Europe 5. There you can get help to upgrade your current software to the latest version, and get an opportunity to interact with Sandy Carter, IBM® Vice President Social Business Evangelism and Sales, who will be available to personally meet with customers at the Exhibition on Wednesday January 30th.