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Scott and I did a Tuesday/Wednesday Lotusphere 2010 recap yesterday morning, chatting about SpeedGeeking, the Blogger Briefing, our visit to the IBM Innovation Labs demos (which were incroyable), Wednesday’s key announcements, and the overall tenor of the event.
Click on the following to download the podcast: Live @ Lotusphere 2010: Day 2.5 Podcast Debrief: Speedgeekers Unite! (MP3, 11:25)
Scott Laningham and I were able to experience two very cool things over and just after lunch.
First, we sat down for a collaboration market overview with Carol Galvin, who is currently the principle segment analyst for IBM Market Insights, focusing on IBM Software and Lotus in particular. It was a far-reaching discussion which included great insights on the collaboration software market (including a segment breakdown and geo view), as well as some insights on the “consumeratization of IT.”
Keep your eyes peeled here in the Turbo blog and on Scott’s blog for that podcast soon.
Then, we had an opportunity to visit with the IBM Innovations Lab, where I saw several mind-blowing advancements in social data visualization, and some of the LotusLive Labs breakthroughs we heard about earlier in the week.
I wish I could just beam everyone here and do a walkthru (Can somebody bring back William Shatner!?), but Scott did some interviews there which we hope to have up later which will give you direct access to some of the insights we found there.
In terms of highlights, I saw the Shared Presentation experience, which would allow for real-time crowdsourcing of presentation building (No, give ME the mouse!), as well as an email/task in-box triage tool that’s about one of the coolest things I’ve seen in Orlando.
It’s predicated on David Allen’s “Getting Things Done” principles and allows you to quickly “triage” your in-box. I’m praying Lotus will integrate that into the next version of Notes and Notes Traveler!
Things are slowly winding down here, but it looks as though there’s still plenty of traffic and plenty of folks to network with and learn from.
We’ll be here until the (almost) bitter end!
Click here if you’d like to see a rundown on the latest “Lotus” relevant news coming out of Lotusphere 2010.
It’s Day 3 at Lotusphere, and my brain is slowly evolving into collaborative mush.
I had a great chat with some business partners from New Jersey over breakfast, who explained that they were Lotus faithful and had been coming to the event for over 10 years now.
They told me how they thought this was the FIRST year they’d been here where the event didn’t seem to revolve completely around the next release of Lotus Notes, and that there was a much broader view into the Lotus collaboration portfolio.
And, they seemed to be digging it.
Well, gents, I definitely don’t think that was a happy accident, but we very much appreciate the feedback and are glad you think we seem to be heading in the right direction.
As to this AM, let’s get to some breaking news coming out of the second floor of the Dolphin hotel press conference.
First, more news on the emerging IBM Lotus mobile strategy, which includes a major expansion of IBM Lotus Collaboration software and delivery of enterprise secure email for Android, the iPhone, and Nokia Symbian-based smartphones.
IBM customer General Motors related during the event this week how it’s building for an increasingly mobile workforce, connected and equipped for anything, anytime, anywhere.
Specifically, GM chief strategy and technology officer Kirk Guttman explained he has thousands of people on iPhones and BlackBerry devices using their Lotus collaboration tools while in motion, increasing their productivity while in motion…just not behind me while driving down the Interstate, please!
As mentioned the other day, the Lotus Notes Traveler Companion, a plug-in that allows you to view encrypted email on the iPhone. Available in the Apple App store now.
Traveler will also be supported on Nokia Symbian smartphones and Windows Mobile devices, because we want to be sure Bill Gates and Ray Ozzie can securely read one another’s Lotus Notes email on their iPhones.
That was a joke! Get it, Ray and Bill, Lotus Notes, iPhone!? (Well, let’s give Bill credit…he did apparently just get his own Twitter account after three years of critical Twittering mass).
Next up, we had some great news on the online meeting front, which is where, as you know, I spend most of my life.
In fact, I think I’m supposed to be in an emeeting right at this very moment! Doh!
These new features in IBM Lotus Sametime offer a new online meeting experience that provides a consolidated calndar view and enables users to start or join a meeting with a single click…because taking a few clicks to open an emeeting was apparently a major labor on the part of IBMers and customers around the globe!
Just kidding…I love one click access, particularly to the delete button in my Notes mail inbox.
With this new feature, users are going to be able to easily invite participants to a meeting by dragging names from their IM contact list and dropping them into the meeting.
Participants will also be able to accept meeting invites with a single click as well as upload materials to the meeting with a drag and drop capability.
I presume this also means I can drop you OUT of the meeting if you’re misbehaving.
IBM Lotus has had a number of world class companies participating in a beta to test out these new capabilities.
Thomas Eidenmueller with Merck KGaAsaid that “With our planned deployment of Lotus Sametime 8.5 in the second quarter of 2010, we will be able to further lower travel expenses with our plans to run education sessions both internally and externally with our partners.”
Other new features of Sametime 8.5 worth highlighting: Always-ready, reservation-less meetings with password-protected meeting rooms…a zero-download Web client that makes it easier for companies to embed Sametime capabilities into their apps and Web sites…a new browser-based Apple iPhone chat client, for all you Macheads out there…and enhancements to the Sametime Unified Telephony capability, which helps users better manage their phone calls based on presence and location.
That one’s a no brainer for companies that have an exceptionally mobile workforce, and I’ve used that function when I was working remotely and didn’t want to run up a big phone bill from overseas.
Have wifi and Sametime Unified Telelphony, will travel.
Finally, for those of you on the small and medium sized business front, IBM announced today that it’s working with business partners to create solutions integrated with IBM Lotus Foundations to help small and medium business address the challenge of complexity.
Lotus Foundations is IBM’s hardware and software solution that helps SMBs collaborate with tools that include email, office apps, file sharing, and backup/data recovery and protection.
Lotus Foundations basically provides a one-stop shop for smaller businesses that want to focus on running their business (and not their IT infrastructure), and because the Foundations solution is autonomic, you can install, setup, monitor, and do problem resolution without human intervention.
Speaking of human intervention, I need to intervene with myself and cut off this post. That’s it, that’s a wrap, and I think that’s the fastest I’ve ever typed in my life…and I’m a fast typist (they don’t call me Turbo for nothin’).
More to come later today, including our podcast interview with IBMer Rawn Shah, author of “Social Networking for Business.”
In the meantime, I encourage you to read this thoughtful post from ReadWriteWeb’s Alex Williams about IBM vs. Microsoft’s approach to the open Web.
Another session I attended earlier today (and a debrief promised from an earlier post) revolved around the Lotus Connections platform.
Sure, I’m biased, I work for Big Blue, but let me just say that before I get into the specifics, I’m a regular user of the Lotus Connections product by design.
IBM is definitely walking its own talk in this particular arena, and I can personally attest to the way it has changed the way I (and my extended global team) work.
For example, I run a weekly Web team call that has been continuous for going on six years now. Every Friday, 10 AM CST, sharp (except when I’m on a jet plane to nowhere).
I used to manage the communications for the call entirely through Lotus Notes, and while I’m a Notes fan as well, Connections has helped ease the pain of managing that call.
For example, I’ve asked all 70+ regular participants to go and “Join” the community I set up for the call in Connections, so now instead of having to manage an access control list, I’m crowdsourcing the subscription list.
You want to have access to information about the call (including call-in #s and the weekly Symphony presentation), then you simply join and you’re automagically emailed the info as soon as I send it out.
Talk about a time saver and productivity enhancer.
I’ve also used the Connections community for this particular call to share important industry news, and embedded several helpful RSS feeds so the group can follow some other important info threads.
We also have a discussion group there to discuss issues of importance to our global Software Web community, and the email function lets me easily send out dispatches to the global team no matter where in the world I am.
The SWG Web Marketing Community also allows me to take advantage of the blogging feature, so that I can share info about coming calls and anecdotes worthy of the community’s attention.
Finally, I share all my presentations from each week in the “Files” service, so that anybody can go back in time and download an earlier presentation should they be interested in reading more about that week’s given topic/call.
All of this in a single community, and all powered by Lotus Connections.
Testify, Turbo, testify!
In terms of today’s informative update, Suzanne Livingston and team shared insights about IBM’s own wider adoption of Connections, which will ultimately replace the IBM Bluepages directory.
She explained that social collaboration’s mission is simple: Lotus Connections is social software for business that is focused on people based collaboration that empowers you with the collective knowledge of your organization, your partners and your customers, and helps people build better outcomes.
Got that? Good, ’cause there will be a quiz later.
For organizations needing to cut costs and provide for workforce flexibility, all while helping leverage collective organizational expertise and communicating with employees as individuals, Lotus Connections 2.5 fits the bill.
Need more insight? The right info at the right time in the right context, and all while magnifying the value of your content?
Lotus Connections 2.5 fits the bill.
Need an advantage by leveraging your innovation across your full value chain, all while improving the strength and speed of making connections and depth of relationships?
All together now.
Okay, enough Kum Ba Ya and instead some details about the new version of Lotus Connections:
Improvements to Communities
Communities can be enhanced with additional tools: communitiy activities, blogs, files, and wikis. Community discussion forums have a new look and now show the number of replies for each topic; community owners can customize the look of their community and move widgets around on the community’s home page.
Wikis let you create sites to collaboratively author and share documents. Built-in revision history makes it a snap to roll back to previous versions.
Files makes sharing files with other people a snap, and reduces inbox bloat.
Support for mobile browser to Lotus Connections Profiles from Apple iPhones or Nokia s60 devices.
The Connections home page has a new Updates tab that lets you see news items relevant to you from across your social network. Use the “discover” tab to easily browse content from across all of connections.
Profiles now features status updates and a profile “board” that lets you easily post messages to other users’ profiles. Go to the profiles home page to see a list of status updates for all the people in your social network. Discover profiles by expertise with the organization-wide tag cloud.
Easily search all connections applications, and filter by tags, person, or time range.
Activities & Blogs feature Community Integration
Tired of adding the same people to an activity or blog in order to share it with them? Use a community to start group-centric activities or blogs.
Visit here to learn how you can better connect your organization with Lotus Connections 2.5.
Scott Laningham and I met late yesterday afternoon to compare notes and record a recap what we learned at Day 1 of Lotusphere.
You can download the podcast here (MP3, 18:04).
In this podcast, we hit on what we thought were some of the highlights of the very informative first day and also recapped all the key Lotus announcements.
Greetings from Orlando.
Never have so many Connections passed so many Notes so Quickr(ly) in so little time.
Okay, so I’m a little stupid and a little foggy after all the real-time social networking from last evening.
It was so wonderful to see some of my own extended team here in Orlando, and to meet some real faces after long, virtual relationships.
Putting a face to the name…we really have to do this more often.
For now, I want to catch you up on Sean Poulley’s “LotusLive” keynote from this morning.
Sean reminded us LotusLive was formally launched only a year ago, at Lotusphere 2009, and that we now have some 18M customers worldwide.
The cloud is getting bigger, but the storm didn’t build up overnight. It’s been a steady series of “drops,” including LotusLive Connections (June 2009), LotusLive iNotes (Sept 2009), LotusLive Global (Oct 2009, multiple language support)…and, well, the LotusLive team didn’t get much vacation time last year.
Now, the news is the continued expansion of IBM’s cloud computing footprint, continued partnership expansion (including Skype, UPS, and Xerox, among others), the partnership with IBM Research through LotusLive Labs, among other highlights.
Poulley explained that many customers, as well as IBM, have had to do more with less during the downturn, and the efficiency of cloud computing provides ease in increasing or decreasing user profiles while not sacrificing speed of deployment — in fact, many customers are finding cloud expansions to be much faster than on-premises solutions even as the cloud lowers their overall total cost of ownership.
That’s one way to beat the recession.
There’s also new news around IBM’s Lotus Symphony productivity suite, with version 3 expected to be released in beta in March.
For that, there’s been an overhaul of the user experience/interface, improved Microsoft Office 2007 support, VB Macro Support, and embedded document support (allowing multimedia embeds directly in your presos).
There’s also going to be autotext support for you text macro-generating wizards, as well as support for printing labels, biz cards, envelopes, and the like.
As I Tweeted from a session yesterday, it’s time to leave the Office for the Symphony!
As for me, I’m off to do some more real-time social networking, but will be providing another post later today with an update from the AM Lotus Connections session.
It’s just a little after half past noon on Monday.
developerWorks podcast guru Scott Laningham and I had the opportunity to sit down and speak with Gina Poole, VP, Marketing 2.0 with IBM Software Group, after the exciting opening session this AM.
Gina, whose team I support at IBM, went deep on several topics relevant to Lotusphere, expounding on marketing via the social media, the adoption of social software in the enterprise, and much more.
Keep an eye tuned for that podcast…I’ll link to it just as soon as Scott’s finished producing it!
There’s LOADS of activity on the Lotusphere Twitter stream, so if you’re not keeping an eye on hashtags #lotusknows and #ls10, it’s time to start.
In just a short while, we’ll be off to hear the infamous Ed Brill catch us up on what Lotus Knows about the state of Lotus Notes.
At the press conference this morning here in Orlando, IBM made a number of key announcements relative to the collaboration space.
A couple were mentioned in my prior post, but let me quickly break down all of them now that they’ve been made public:
- Acceleration of Cloud Computing with LotusLive
- Collaboration Agenda Announcement
- Project Vulcan (Blueprint for the future of collaboration)
- IBM and RIM Enterprise Collaboration and Social Networking
- Availability of IBM Client for Smart Work in India (via Business Partners)
I already addressed a couple of these via Mr. Picciano’s keynote, so now it’s time for a little depth on the others.
The LotusLive announcement involves both the technology and business expansion of the LotusLive cloud collaboration pipeline through a new R&D pipeline from IBM Research.
IBM also plans to open the LotusLive suite to new partners, and the services will provide integrated email, Web conferencing, social networking, and collaboration with IBM’s focus on security, reliability and enterprise integration.
A number of the fruits from this new R&D effort will be unveiled this week, including the following:
- Slide Library, a collaborative way to build and share presentations (I can hear a collective ‘Amen’ across IBM marketing on this one)
- Collaborative Recorded Meetings, a service that records and instantly transcribes meeting presentations and audio/video for searching and tagging
- Event Maps, an interactive way to visualize and interact with conference schedules
- Composer, the ability to create LotusLive Mashups through the combination of LotusLive services.
Also expected in 2Q10, Project Concord, a new Web-based document editor for creating and sharing documents, presentations and spreadsheets.
On the LotusLive Notes version upgrade, IBM will provide email, calendar, contact management, and IM capabilities to customers in a multi-tenant environment.
New services and options here will result in a reduction in the minimum number of users for a LotusLive Notes subscription from 1,000 to 25, IBM Lotus Sametime IM support, and a 5G standard mailbox quota.
IBM is now accepting requests to participate in the LotusLive Notes managed beta program here.
Lotus knows why. Lotus knows how.
That’s the Lotusphere 2010 conference mantra, according to outgoing Lotus general manager Bob Picciano, who kick started today’s opening session before handing the reins over immediately to Captain Kirk.
Yes, Ladies and Gentleman, William Shatner was finally in the Lotus house, and despite a short talk, it was spot on in terms of its message to the Lotus faithful.
Moviemaking, like business everywhere, is ultimately about collaboration, Shatner explained, and the only thing that makes completing the work possible is the collaboration of everybody.
Shatner also reminded us that remakes are great if only they remind you how great the originals are, seeming to suggest Lotus was the original collaboration software partner. Hear hear.
Shatner also joked with the Loti that he could help them save on a hotel room or rental car while in Orlando.
After the Enterprise beamed Shatner away to much applause, Bob Picciano returned with some key messages he’ll leave us with as he makes his way to broader IBM shores as head of all software sales.
First, the Lotus Knows campaign, which lifted Lotus out of the IT trenches and into the faces of enterprise line of business leaders around the globe. Rock on Lotus marketing.
Bob explained that this campaign demonstrates the benefit of investing in the Lotus portfolio to help your organization become more productive, period.
He also highlighted the fact that 18,378 customers, to be exact, have signed on to use Lotus Notes since release 8.
And in a straight on jab, he highlighted the fact that Lotus is “freeing you from paying outrageous licensing fees for software which should be a commodity.”
He would be talking about office productivity software. Expect more on the Lotus Symphony front soon.
Finally, Bob introduced what he called the “Collaboration Agenda,” that is, a strategic view of how companies want their employees and stakeholders to work better together.
The Collaboration Agenda is an industry-specific, structured approach to help Lotus clients realize measurable business value from improving the way people interact. (A recent survey by IDC shows that 66% of businesses believe that a thorough understanding of their business is important or very important for a vendor.”)
The Collaboration Agenda provides a way for organizations to view how they’re working today, and to identify gaps where people can be better equipped to improve and speed their roles and processes.
This morning, Picciano also announced industry-specific ROI metrics around collaboration capabilities for four key industries, including banking, insurance, government, and healthcare providers/payers.
He also announced a reselling agreement with BlackBerry maker Research in Motion, including an agreement between RIM and Lotus for Lotus to sell BlackBerry Client for Lotus Connections and BlackBerry Client for Lotus Quickr.
A new version of both products will be released on January 18th.
RIM Chief Technology Officer David Yach also spoke onstage about RIM’s having recently purchased new versions of IBM Lotus Connections, Quickr, and Sametime for his own organization to be more collaborative on the go.
There are more announcements to come.
Keep an eye on Ed Brill’s blog for some of the latest, including Lotus Notes Traveler Android support and encrypted Notes mail for the iPhone via the Lotus Notes Traveler Companion.
Also, keep your eyes peeled here on the IBM Press Room for more details on all the announcements shortly.
Well, I made it to Orlando from Austin today no worse from the wear, which is more than I can say for my Dallas Cowboys. Romo and the gang, better luck next year, and congrats to the ever-awesome Brett Favre for his Vikings’ win over my ‘Boys.
He makes fortysomething males everywhere smile with his continued acumen on the football field.
(Also, congrats go out to the J-E-T-S for their win over San Diego).
I was able to make it here in time to check out the Lotusphere 2010 opening reception featuring the Nerd Rangers, an ‘80s band who made me pine for the days of Devo and the Talking Heads.
Loved the hats, gents…as for Lotusphere 2010, let’s just plan to whip it good.
Tomorrow will inevitably prove to be a big day for Lotus announcements, but if I tell you anything about them tonight, I’ll have to kill ya…and look for a new job.
Suffice it to say that my preliminary scanning of said announcements should help set the agenda for collaboration in the 2010s (has anybody come up with some snappy shorthand for referring to this decade yet?).
Keep an eye on this space for more details…and to find out who the celebrated mystery guess emcee for the opening session are…manana.