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Live @ Lotusphere: Product Showcase Walkthrough

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For those of you who couldn’t make it here in person, and wanted to know what the Lotusphere 2011 Product Showcase looked like, here’s a quick 1-minute walkthrough.

I shot this on my new Canon S95 camera which shoots at 720P.

There’s no interviews, or talking, other than the show floor murmur.  But it will give you an idea of the look and feel of what things look like on the Lotusphere show floor.

Meanwhile, keep an eye on the Lotusphere Livestream, where new Q&A interviews with social business experts from across the industry are added by the hour!

Written by turbotodd

January 31, 2011 at 9:39 pm

Live @ Lotusphere 2011: Social Business Announcements

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Well, we’re about halfway through day two (including Partner Day) of Lotusphere 2011…that is, if you don’tinclude the parties.

Late in the morning, we made a couple of substantial press announcements that bear mentioning here in the Turbo blog.

First, we announced a new initative to help organizations become social businesses with the broadest support for smart phones and cloud delivery models.

Whether accessing applications on premise, from a mobile device, or in the cloud, social businesses of all sizes need to communicate and collaborate on the fly across a global network of clients, partners and employees.

To fully enable a social business, IBM is announcing:

  • New software to help organizations socially enable their business processes using the most successful mobile devices, including tablets, such as RIM’s BlackBerry and PlayBook, iPad, iPhone, Google Android, and Nokia devices
  • New software and services to help businesses embrace the social business models through cloud computing, including a technology preview of IBM’s cloud-based office productivity suite
  • The plans for the next release of IBM’s social software portfolio to enable social business, including a social business framework for software developers.

This is all due to a major shift occurring in the enterprise, the adoption of social software that is rapidly becoming a vital business tool which is enabling organizations to transform virtually every part of their business operations fro marketing, customer service and sales, to product development and human resources.

Social business offers the world of possibility that occurs when all of the energy and opportunities that have been generated around consumer models, such as Facebook and Twitter, are focused, and brought to bear on business challenges.

According to IBM’s 2010 CEO Study, 57 percent of companies who have invested in social business tools have outperformed their peers citing collaboration as having a direct impact on their organization’s growth.

In fact, social business software is rapidly gaining momentum in the enterprise. The market for worldwide social platforms is expected to increase by 33 percent in 2011 to $630 million, and triple to $1.863 billion by 2014.

IBM is also introducing a new licensing model for customers eager to embrace cloud computing. With Domino Utility Server for LotusLive, customers can now shift, develop and deploy collaborative applications onto the IBM Cloud, complementing their use of LotusLive Notes.

Accessible from IBM Lotus Notes and other client interfaces, Domino Utility Server for LotusLive provides flexible licensing and deployment options from the IBM cloud or other cloud providers, and will be available in the first half of 2011 for cloud or on-premise use.

To continue the dialog around social business, IBM will host a Web-based Social Business Jam from February 8-11, 2011, where thousands of leaders from around the world will pool their knowledge and experiences to examine the next generation of business.

Social Business Jam participants will cooperatively explore the value of social technology in business, its challenges, and the management system required to drive a social transformation resulting in a blueprint for organizations to help them become a social business.

Visit here to obtain more information, product images, pictures from Lotusphere.

Meanwhile, keep an eye on the Lotusphere Livestream — if we can wrangle away the alligator that was chewing on our Ethernet connection, we’ll be back up and webcasting live around 2 PM EST.

Written by turbotodd

January 31, 2011 at 6:26 pm

Live @ Lotusphere 2011: Kevin Spacey Sends The Elevator Back Down

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Today’s Lotusphere 2011 opening general session kicked off with a real shebang.

I think.

The Great Hall of Loti, The Dolphin Hotel, Lotusphere 2011

I couldn’t completely see, as I was somewher

e near the back of the massive hall inside the Dolphin, and a few thousand faithful Loti were directly ahead of me as the The Mass Ensemble kicked into their new age collaboration musical act before Lotus GM Alister Rennie took the stage to set the stage.

I counted 15 massive video screens throughout the room, if that gives you an indication of how massive it was.  I thought perhaps I’d shown up for a rescheduled Rolling Stones show.

But alas, “Start Me Up” wasn’t the theme.  It was “Apocalypse Now”-redux, as Rennie explained: “I love the smell of social in the morning.”

Me, too, Alister, especially when I can actually get online and BE social.

But if the conference theme “Get social, do business” couldn’t exactly be practiced in the Great Dolphin Hall of Collaboration due to the once again wi-fi overload, it could certainly be felt amongst the faithful.

Rennie went on to explain that this going to be a really important year for social business and Lotus, and that we would be hearing from a variety of customers and partners relating their own success stories.

And that’s when the surprise opening speaker appeared.

Let’s play a little bit of “Jeopardy” to tune up for the forthcoming Watson/Jeopardy matches in order to guess who it was: He created the imagined character Keyser Söze in the 1995 film, “The Usual Suspects.”

Answer: Who was Verbal Kint?

And who played Verbal in that film?  Two-time Academy award-winning actor, Kevin Spacey, of course.

From the moment he appeared, Spacey’s monologue was straight from an early Lotus collaboration playbook.

As the actor’s fluid presence filled the room he explained how collaboration had been key to his entire thespian and film career, and in a nod to “Pay It Forward,” explained that giving back to those who struggled to break into the business was an obligation.

“You should spend a good portion of your time sending the elevator back down,” Spacey explained, indicating that those who had made it in entertainment, or any business, should think about how to help give  those that come after them a hand up.

Spacey’s way to give back was to start one of the first social networks for the entertainment industry, Trigger Street.

Spacey related that he started the site in 2001-2002 as a community platform for undiscovered talent to showcase their work and to receive peer feedback and criticism.

“My own life has been blessed by people give me those same opportunities,” continued Spacey, explaining Jack Lemmon had once seen him perform as a 15-year old student actor, and that Spacey would go on to perform with Lemmon in three films, including “Glengarry Glen Ross.”

Spacey also explained how we came to be involved in this year’s Academy-Award nominated film, “The Social Network,” about the questioned germination of Facebook, then moved towards his denouement:

“What is your vision for yourself and your company and the world? I think we should be optimistic. When we do it and work together, there’s nothing we can’t accomplish.

“Listen to someone else’s point of view.  Good ideas can come from everywhere…Having a positive attitude won’t solve all our problems, but they might just piss off enough pessimistic people to make it worthwhile.

Kevin Spacey tells the Lotusphere 2011 audience they have a responsibility "to send the elevator back down" and to help those trying to come up.

Now that’s the Kevin Spacey I know and love. Pay it forward…even if with a little attitude.

Written by turbotodd

January 31, 2011 at 2:52 pm

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