LinguaSys is providing a cool add on for Connections and other Lotus products that enables you to translate text from one language to another. According to their website, their TGSocial offering is "a browser plug-in that gives you highlight control over what gets translated. Works in all web based applications for LotusLive, including Notes mail through the browser. Simply highlight the text you want translated, and a window pops up with an instant translation. Change languages on a line by line basis, if you want. Perfect for threaded multi-lingual Forum Discussions. Supported on Firefox 3.6 and above and Google Chrome". Here's more information on their offering and how you can get it.
LinguaSys, Inc., a next generation Machine Translation (MT) and text analytics company, today announced a new suite of language translation applications, TGSocial, TGNotes and TGChat, for IBM Lotus and LotusLive social collaboration applications, both on-premises and in the Cloud. The new LinguaSys translation applications allow businesses around the world to communicate with each other in multiple languages, making international social business collaboration conversant.
LinguaSys' hosted Cloud translation applications are available for IBM LotusLive, including translation for collaboration activities within LotusLive Connections and for messaging capabilities within LotusLive iNotes and LotusLive Notes. TG Social has a base price of $1 per month/per seat, providing users with real time translation for individually highlighted threads in IBM Lotus Connections. TGNotes, available for $1 per month/per seat, enables IBM Lotus Notes e-mails to be translated on the fly. TGChat, at $1 per month/per seat, allows IBM Lotus Sametime participants to chat using their native language. Users are also responsible for an additional $2 per month/per seat fee for the language hosting. Pricing is available for on-premises solutions as a onetime licensing fee, plus yearly maintenance and support.
TGSocial, TGNotes and TGChat translate eight languages including English to/from French, Italian, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Chinese and Thai. Other languages, including Russian and Vietnamese will be released later this year.
CNW40 - Social Networking with Lotus Connections Workshop: 3 day workshop that covers the use of functions features that capture, communicate, share, collaborate, organize, and deliver social software for business. In addition, you will explore new mobile features offered in Lotus Connections 3.0. This workshop will cover end to end technical aspects of Lotus Connections including a technical overview of WebSphere Application Server and Tivoli Directory Integrator which are bundled and installed with Lotus Connections. Integration with Lotus products, WebSphere Portal, and other applications using APIs will be discussed.
By a factor of seven to one, people prefer getting knowledge from humans rather than from documents. Yet, in todayâ€™s fast-paced business world, knowledge sharing is increasingly being reduced to reports, tweets and texts, replacing vital real-time interaction. By sacrificing conversation, valuable context is lost, which is essential to translating knowledge into action.
We've added social media into the mix largely to help address this problem. But simply standing up social media wonâ€™t cut it. Opinions may silo, threads may splinter, and individual experts or teams may not participate when you need them most. If we don't get out in front and help create a sharing ecology, our companies may resort to using technology (again) to mine or automate or otherwise substitute for our human interactions.
Social Media leaders are uniquely suited to help solve this problem â€“ to locate the precious expertise, and to set efficient conversations into motion. The Knowledge Jam helps as both a structure and a culture. Knowledge Jam helps organizations harness untapped knowledge through planful, facilitated conversation among experts and knowledge-seekers. The Knowledge Jamâ€™s three core disciplines -- facilitation, conversation, and translation â€“ allow experts and teams to uncover relevant knowledge and to quickly apply that knowledge. Ultimately these disciplines come into the social media culture in as intention, openness and stewardship. Online and face to face conversations are radically more productive, and knowledge gets put to work.
I want to welcome guest blogger, Erika Varga, a member of the IBM Connections design team
I am working on the IBM Connections user experience and would like some feedback on handling links when managing files. Lets say that you are viewing a page that describes information about a file and what you can do with it. You see general information describing the contents of the document, when it was updated, who updated it, and so on. You can also download the document to view its contents, but cannot do everything you need to do from this page. There is a second page that you can visit to further control the document, for example you can set who on your team has access to this document and determine where the document will appear in a list of folders.
I would like your feedback on whether the link to the page with the additional file management features outside of IBM Connections should appear in a new browser window. When you are viewing the page with the file details and want to visit the page with additional file management features, would you rather the page you are visiting appear in a new browser window, or would you rather the page you are visiting appear in the same window as the file details? What are the reasons for choosing to open a new page or remain in the current page?
Please post any feedback to this blog entry. Thank you!
I've been attending SXSWi since 2008, and this year it's very obvious how large this conference has become. Yes, people say that every year, but this year it's huge. The registration lines were insane, with names being shouted left and right while you waited to pick your badge up. Sessions are spread across the Austin Convention Center to several hotels nearby (I think there are 10 locations for sessions). Yet everywhere I go, rooms are packed. Today I along with about 20 others waited to get into a session that was turning folks away because it was so packed. Organizers expect 18,000 - 20,000 attendees for SXSW Interactive alone this year.
While large, the core conversations and discussion-oriented sessions still have that early SXSWi feel. Speakers are less inclined to grandstand in their sessions and more interested in getting the audiences talking. Audience members are open to participating and sharing their stories. This is what sets SXSWi apart from the other tech conferences. SXSWi has fantastic speakers who often also facilitate dialogue. In the more formal sessions, like the keynotes, the content is rich and relevant. Turn to your neighbors in a session, and you will meet people who are leaders and doers with diverse backgrounds.
I appreciate that this year, the move to multiple sites brought with it organization that tied different venues to a specific track. Most of the sessions I want to attend this year are in one venue, and I move to the other venues occasionally as needed. This makes it easier to find people who have a common interest as mine and see familiar faces. The transportation options to get around could be more frequent, though. I have "Caught a Chevy" a few times which helps, where Chevy has folks giving rides in their new Cruze around the SXSW area.
Some session highlights so far:
The first session I walked into on Friday after I registered was Josh Bernoff & Ted Schadler's session "Unleashing Employees: Empowering Innovation from the Ground Up". They took their experiences at Forrester working with customers and wrote a book, Empowered, on innovation from the inside. No sooner than I walk in do they ask if there are and IBM employees in the room, my hand being the only one raised. They then show a slide with Gina Poole and a Connections Community screenshot, diving a bit on the way we innovate at IBM. I was so proud :) You can check out their slides here, after a quick registration process.
Mint.com's Aaron Forth gave a great case study called App, Scmapp, Tell me what works across Platforms! He covered building a mobile presence, why they chose to go native, why they are thinking about going web in the future with HTML5, how their mobile activity has increased by 200% in the last 9 months, and the growth of Android.
Thomas Knoll of Zappos.com led a discussion titled Are your Customers a Crowd or a Community, likening a Community to a 'Family' and Crowds to 'Fans'. Attended by many community managers, audience stories were across the board. One striking conversation was on how to handle the Community you created that turns against you (your product).
Shwen Gwee of Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Shannon Paul of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, and Marc Monseau of Johnson & Johnson led a brilliant discussion - Socially Regulated: Social Media in Regulated Industries - on the issues regulated industries face dealing with social media. The industries in the room? Mostly finance, but also healthcare, pharma, oil, travel, education, government, real estate, even liquor. Their main issues? Convincing execs to embrace social media, and convincing the lawyers to work with them.
It's hard to believe there are only 2 days left. I look forward to seeing the direction SXSWi takes in the future, especially with all the momentum behind it now.
Ok, so I heard your feedback, through this venue, through email, etc...and here's what you said
Here they are in no particular order:
1. True Document Collaboration 2. Reward System 3. Static Content Pages (create these) 4. Metrics 5. Add external users 6. Ldap Groups 7. Sametime Integration (Improved) 8. Quickr Integration (DM aspects) 9. Integration Portal for other Social Software (Twitter, Linked In, etc) 10. Admin UX 11. Account Settings Page for Users 12. Real Analytics 13. Doc Versioning and Control 14. Anonymous Search 15. Widget Shelf on Homepage 16. Custom Tabs on Homepage 17. Control over granularity of updates 18. Rebranding/customization support (upgrades, etc) 19. Easy/convenient ways to use files in all places in connections 20. Calendar 21. Email replying
Ok, and now...you, the reader - order these for me, start with #1 most important all the way down (and feel free to add one you may think is missing). For this to really work....the more we see from all of you, the better. Post 'em here, send me emails, fed-ex, carrier pigeon, whatever.
Before I start my ramble, I want to say thanks for all the feedback on the Cost and Value blog entries - and I will be coming out with the "finale" of this blog series shortly..stay tuned!
Now, meanwhile, here's a thought I want to put out here. It's about social discourse. Now, out there in the internet, it's somewhat of the wild west and we've all seen and heard of many sorry cases of cyber-bullying, etc. Or the often ridiculous spam junk commenting. Now in a Connections kind of deployment (where many are purely intranet, or at least much more locked down) this kind of wild west spewing just doesn't happen. My feeling on this takes on a couple of different aspects. First, statements that are using rude, obscene language, slurs, insults and the like seem to be of very low frequency and I'm guessing this is primarily because people can see who is posting this stuff (and in the context of a business or company, those kinds of words are usually crossing the line of employment agreements and would result in actions, like being fired). Now, if we kind of toss those aside, we still have two other categories to contend with - either statements that while on the surface are not in themselves obviously rude, or insulting but perhaps merely by their presence or the volume of them or who it is that's making them - start to take some of the effects that those nasty, rude, mean spirited statements have. Of scaring, bullying, cajoling someone or a group. For example, if I post daily status messages, and my boss makes comments on each one - perhaps with some slight implied negativity, that can easily take on the appearance, from my point of view, as harassment. And at least would serve to stifle future statements by me - especially since it's my boss. And the other category would be inadvertent slips - like letting slide a tidbit of information to a broader audience within the company than one would like. Like, me posting a status update about meeting with a new customer to discuss a new deal - some people might see this who really shouldn't...and while I didn't intend to broadcast that - it none the less get's broadcast.
I think the patterns here boil down to these;
1. Excess "stalking" of people in the social environment - one person or a group of people who are constantly barraging someone 2. A very small set of people constitute the vast majority of content/commentary in a space or set of spaces - and by virtue of their quantity effectively drown out others (kind of virtual shout downs) 2. User's not knowing who all the audience for something they post is...and more importantly, who all that audience COULD BE. This is an important and perhaps subtle distinction that not everyone "gets"
So how to deal with them?
I don't think we can effectively build a system to do this in any kind of automatic fashion. Sure we can flag for that really flagrant case I mentioned above (and said we'll toss aside - so I lied) - but these others, they are very subtle and frankly would be hard to impossible to codify. Also, we really don't want to start inundating the HR departments with all manner of emails about "he said, she said" - this is a sure guarantee that Social software will be removed from the company. And the worst case scenario of this would be hiring a team of "Big Brothers" to watch all, see all and chastise all and sanitize all...what company would really want to add that cost?
So what's left? The crowd can kind of self police, but this too is bad form, do we really want mob mentality to beat outliers into conformity? And truth is, it's really just the worst case end point of #2 above...remember, that's something we're trying to avoid, not encourage.
Would some simple controls, like "who can see me, who can comment on me, and my stuff" and block lists...would this work? What about a "who can see this" thing - so I know who my audience and potential audience would be if I click the "post" button. Would it be worth the cost to build it? And more to the point, does a social software offering for business need to have this in order to avoid these other scarier outcomes - which would lead to companies ditching the product instead of embracing it? In which case those of us building it have to make sure it's there - because the cost of not doing it could be our product as a whole.