How to look busy at work when you're actually playing golf
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What my boss thinks I'm doing: Attending a meeting
What I'm actually doing: Riding down Interstate 95
My buddy and I had purchased tickets for a game of golf on a daily deals site. We had an early afternoon tee-time and so we set off mid-morning on an hour long drive to the golf course. The only trouble was, I was supposed to join a team meeting. A meeting with charts.
That's where IBM SmartCloud Meetings came to the rescue. On my smartphone, I dialed into the call, and launched the SmartCloud Meetings app. My name duly appeared in the list of meeting attendees, and the app showed me the charts from the meeting. A productive hour, while my buddy drove 65mph down the freeway.
What my boss thinks I'm doing: Reviewing our scorecard spreadsheet
What I'm actually doing: Eating lunch
As any golfer knows, it's a bad idea to start a round on an empty stomach. So while settling down with my burger and fries, my mind turned to our funding scorecard spreadsheet. My boss asked me to review the numbers, and get back to him with a recommendation for how we could increase revenue.
I had the scorecard attached as a Symphony spreadsheet in an email. Using the IBM Symphony app I was able to review the spreadsheet – in between bites of my burger – and send a message back with my suggestions.
What my boss thinks I'm doing: Attentively awaiting an important instant message
What I'm actually doing: Playing golf
I'd been trying to secure funding for a new project for months. My sponsor said she'd get back to me today with a final decision.
Fortunately for me, I have the IBM Sametime app. After three putting for a double bogey on the ninth, my phone buzzed, and there was a Sametime instant message from my sponsor: “Finance approved – deal closed!”. We chatted on Sametime while my buddy drove the golf cart to the next tee, and then I sent a quick note to my boss, sharing the good news.
So, all in all, a successful day (except for my golf score). On the drive home, I launched the IBM Connections app, and updated my profile status:
To learn more about these IBM mobile apps – and many others (including apps for Cognos and Business Process Manager) see the IBM Mobile Apps page. You can also see them in action at the upcoming IBM Connect Conference in Orlando this January.
How have you used mobile apps to be productive on the road (or fairway)?
Martin Keen is an IBM Redbooks Project Leader. He leads publications on many areas of IBM software, including WebSphere, Messaging, and Business Process Management. Follow Martin on Twitter at @MartinRTP.