IBM Social Software
Suzanne Livingston 110000F23G email@example.com Tags:  social-software travel ibm-connections 789 Visits
Earlier this month I was asked to speak at the IBM Forum event, which took place in Slovenia.
This two-day event was structured to highlight global trends in IT's future direction. Some great local and worldwide speakers kicked off the beginning of day one. The event was hosted by IBMâ€™s General Manager of CEE, David Stokes.
Tom Rosmilia from IBM ...
was there and spoke about the capabilities of IBMâ€™s Watson Supercomputer and the challenges related to artificial intelligence and yes he did talk about Jeopardy!
I followed Tom and spoke about the exciting things we see happening with the social business space. It was an opportunity to discuss IBM's thoughts behind what it means to be a Social Business.
Later in the evening Peter Korsten from IBM took the attendees on an interactive journey through the changes that await companies over the next ten years. He referenced much of the recent results from the IBM CEO study. The session got the audience involved and thinking about what they can do to help drive some of these changes.
The event pulled in a record amount of attendee's compared to previous years and they certainly did a lot of marketing around the event. Check out the mini's with the IBM Forum logo! Customers were selected via a drawing and during the month's of March and April were allowed to drive them around. They were driving these all around Slovenia!
There were also a variety of in-depth sessions that attendee's could go to which enabled them to obtain the latest and greatest information on IBM's products and services as well as opportunities to hear what other customers are experiencing. They were divided up into 5 categories; Cloud Computing, Smarter Work, Smarter Decisions, Smarter Infrastructure, and Smarter Planet Reference Stories.
We also took over the entire lobby which had a variety of partner solutions that attendee's could learn about and how those solutions when integrated with our IBM offerings provided them unique solutions.
All in all it was a great event and for me it was a great opportunity to talk with more customers and partners about our Social Business efforts and a chance to visit Slovenia!
Suzanne Livingston 110000F23G firstname.lastname@example.org Tags:  social-software ibm-connections 1 Comment 2,682 Visits
Here's the scoop on this new app you can add to your community, called Ideation Blogs. It's intended to support brainstorming for your community. Let's talk about how it works and some of the interesting ways you can make use of it.
First, like any community feature, owners can go to the Customize Button and from the Widget Palette, add Ideation Blogs to their Community. And when you do, you get a summary widget on the Overview page, a link in the Community Navigation sidebar, and a page that holds the Ideation Blog for your Community.
So how does it work?
First, the short synopsis. Ideation Blogs allow community members to contribute ideas that can be read, commented on and voted on by the community. The owners will add Ideation Blogs to their community and in this state, members can start adding ideas. At some point in time, the owners can decide to stop allowing the addition of new ideas (Freezing Idea Creation) but can still allow members to read, comment and vote. At some other point in time, the owners can â€œwrap upâ€� this exercise and stop allowing further voting, (Freeze Ideation Blog).
Usually with brainstorming techniques, you have these 3 stages, where it's an open â€œfree for allâ€� for people to throw ideas up on the wall, then the next stage is for people to consolidate ideas and have voting. In order to drive this process along, there is almost always an â€œendâ€� to the voting period. We've built this so that an owner can use these kinds of techniques in whatever manner they desire.
One other cool aspect to all of this is that owners can look over the list of ideas and even sort by votes, and can take action to â€œgraduateâ€� an idea. Graduating an Idea really means two things, first that the idea was deemed â€œgood enoughâ€� to be given that moniker...and second to take action on that Idea. With Ideation Blogs, we let the owner, as part of graduating an idea, start a community activity to execute on that graduated idea.
The graduated idea activity will be created and will have the body of the idea added as a entry and as part of that entry there will be a link back to the original Idea in the Ideation Blog. Now the community members can organize and execute on the idea.
List of Ideas
Graduating an Idea
Owners can control if members can create ideas or just comment and vote only. Once someone has voted they can see they voted on something and they can even later decide to â€œunvoteâ€�. Also, the owners can allow for unlimited voting OR they can limit the amount of a votes any one member can use.
Best Practice Thought.
A community can have only one Ideation Blog. If you want to have multiple brainstorming events in your community, perhaps over a period of time, where each one focus' on different areas of your business you're trying to innovate on, you should make us of Ideation Blogs in conjunction with the Subcommunity feature.
Let's say you have a Community for handling â€œGreen Initiativesâ€� in your business. Here, in April, you may wish to do something to celebrate Earth Day. So for your â€œGreen Initiativesâ€� community you add a new subcommunity, â€œEarth Day 2011â€�. This community is formed to celebrate this event and as part of this, you hold a brainstorming session to come up with green ideas for this celebration, and to drive interest in your initiative. You hold an Ideation Blog event, members add ideas, vote, etc. At the end of it you select the top 3 ideas to graduate, and those in turn are executed on by members of your community, they're assigned tasks, etc. Once they're done they may create presentations, videos (more on that feature next week!), etc for this community. Once you're done with Earth Day 2011 you can preserve this Subcommunity and all of it's information for future reference.
And maybe in June your next event is working on reducing the carbon footprint of your office locations, you create a new Subcommunity for this, host the ideation blog event, etc...and what you'll have over time is a Green Initiatives community with various Subcommunities that are centered around each different focus area you've had over the year to support your overall Green Initiative. Cool, huh?
Suzanne Livingston 110000F23G email@example.com Tags:  ibm-connections social-software 610 Visits
Here is a link to the official announcement, and I've pulled out some of the critical pieces into this blog entry below. You can try some of the new features out on the Greenhouse in this sample community - https://greenhouse.lotus.com/communities/community/connections301. Also, check out a demo video on the new features embedded here (I apologize - I had a cold when I recorded it and I sound a bit stuffy!).Today, we're excited to announce the availability of IBM Connections 3.0.1.
Planned availability date
April 7, 2011: Electronic availability
May 6, 2011: Media availability
Media Gallery for sharing and viewing media in a community
The Media Gallery feature permits community members to upload and share images and videos for viewing within a community. The Media Gallery page displays thumbnails of the multimedia content in your community's media gallery. You can see who uploaded a file and when the file was last updated. You can also see how many people have downloaded or commented on a file, and preview photos or videos using the gallery previewer.
Ideation Blog for sharing, commenting, and voting on ideas in a community
The Ideation Blog feature is designed to help make it simpler for community members to post new ideas, vote on them, and turn them into projects. A community owner can choose to add the Ideation Blog feature to their community. Community members can then post new ideas to the Ideation Blog. As new ideas are added, community members can post comments and cast votes for their favorite ideas. An Activity can be created for promising ideas so that work can proceed on turning the idea into reality. This feature can be used, for example, to gather suggestions from customers on how to improve products.
New community content moderation capabilities
Community owners can moderate content using pre-moderation or post-moderation. Pre-moderation enables a community owner to approve or reject content before it appears in the community. With post-moderation, a community member can flag content as inappropriate. This action sends a notification to the community owner who can then review the flagged item and take appropriate action by quarantining the content or dismissing the flag.
Integration with Enterprise Content Management (ECM) repositories
The ECM integration allows users to store, access, and edit documents residing in FileNet Content Manager and IBM Content Manager from within a Community.
Integration with IBM LotusÂ® SametimeÂ® server
The IBM Lotus Sametime server integration allows users to collaborate in real time from IBM Connections.