Wednesday, February 10, 2016

From IBM Connect 2016: XPages App Built on Bluemix Using Watson and IBM Connections Cloud

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Last week at IBM Connect 2016, Chris Crummey demoed a sample app built on the XPages runtime running on Bluemix.

The app combines IBM Connections Cloud, IBM Watson Analytics and IBM Bluemix. The idea is that the app allows you to upload images and then uses IBM Watson (the Visual Recognition Service) to help with automatic classification of the files. Based on the image that has been uploaded, Watson will then suggest some tags to use with the file.

Here's a recap of that demo:



Here's a photo from Daniel Brix on Twitter that showed it on the big screen:


If you missed IBM Connect 2016, well, you missed a great show!  I'll share some more content from the conference in upcoming posts so stay tuned to those. For now, I quickly wanted to get this out and then work on my IBM InterConnect 2016 sessions.

Monday, January 25, 2016

The IBM Connections Cloud January 2016 is Now Available

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Just in time for IBM Connect 2016, there are now more capabilities that have been added to IBM Connections Cloud.

Here's a snapshot of what's new this month:

Real-time alerts help you focus on items that need your attention
Stay up to date with things that require your attention and response. The new notification center in the navigation bar increases your awareness less disruptively. See alerts with a single click - no matter where you are in the service. Allows you stay on track or swiftly shift gears depending on what is required at the moment. Note: This is slowly rolling out to all customers. If you don't see it, you'll have it by end of the month.



Leverage 3rd party apps to maximize value of Communities

Community owners can add third-party apps to Communities. A new extension point opens up the possibilities for Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) to create apps for Communities. Developers can now write custom responsive apps that can be surfaced within Communities. Community owners don't have to do anything different from what they do today. As soon as a new third party app has been approved by the administrator, it'll be available for all community owners of that organization. AppFusions has already taken advantage of this integration and has created a Community app for OneDrive. Check out the demo below: 



Organize your files how you want to

Now you can create nested folders to organize your content in a familiar hierarchy. You can create sub-folders within folders to give your content a structure that makes it easier for you and other users to manage content. For both My Files and Community Files , you can build a hierarchy of folders with tree-navigation on the side of the Connections Files page.



Nested folders are also supported in the Connections Mobile app and in the IBM Connections Desktop Plugins for Microsoft Windows and the IBM Connections Plugin for Microsoft Outlook when syncing your offline files with Connections Files in the cloud.

Drag and drop support added on Microsoft Windows

Also new in January is the ability to drag and drop files from the Windows desktop directly to an IBM Connections folder in the IBM Connections Desktop Plugins for Microsoft Windows .

Improved user experience working with files

The sidebar is now resizable and labels have replaced the icons on the tabs making it easier to navigate and view information and comments.



To see what else is new, check out this page. Hope to see you next week at IBM Connect 2016!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

XPages Runtime Beta Now Available on Bluemix

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As it's typical by this time of the year with IBM Connect just around the corner we start to hear about advancements in many of our product areas.


As you may have seen in the IBM Bluemix blog,  the XPages runtime moves from experimental and enters the BETA release phase on Bluemix.  For the last 6 months we've had the XPages runtime available on IBM Bluemix as an experimental service. Now we are taking this to the next phase as we continue to prepare for a general release later this year. 

Go and check out the beta XPages runtime and come to IBM Connect 2016 in Orlando, next week. That will be a great opportunity to learn more about the service.  If you go to the IBM Connect Session Preview Tool, you'll find plenty of sessions to meet the experts on XPages. Specifically, the following sessions will give you a strong introduction to Bluemix and the IBM XPages for Bluemix runtime:




Want more ?? Brian shared more XPages on Bluemix videos in his blog announcement.

Hope to see you next week at IBM Connect 2016 next year! As per Brian's blog, please share your feedback over at dW Answers and please tag your entries with xpages-runtime.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Tomorrow: Join the #H2HChat Moments That Count: When Collaboration Sparks Innovation

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Tomorrow, I'll be joining my colleagues Suzanne Livingston and Mac Guidera at the Tweetchat hosted by Bryan Kramer to talk about Collaboration and Innovation. We'll talk about the importance of harnessing technology to empower employees towards greater collaboration. Then, we'll discuss the challenges organizations face as they embark upon such transformation and how they can create a workplace culture in which collaboration via digital solutions is valued and practiced. This is a chat that is important for anyone interested in the transformational impact of technology on the workplace.

It all starts at 3pm ET ! We'll be using the #H2HChat hashtag in case you want to join us.



To reserve a seat go here and to follow the conversation live tomorrow check out this page.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Check Out the Latest IBM Docs 2.0 Demo

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Happy New Year!

Now that we are back in business in the new year I wanted to take the time to share a bit more on IBM Docs 2.0 beyond the announcement last year. In a very short time, I've already started to hear very good positive feedback on the release which is great !



One of the things that I wanted to share is the latest demo video that we posted over the holidays. The video covers all the basics and you can see how simple it is to take advantage of this capability to create files together with your team members anytime, anywhere!

Check out the 3 minute video below:



As we get ready for IBM Connect 2016 (you are going, right?) you'll also want to reserve time to learn more about IBM Docs. Check out the IBM Connect 2016 Session Preview Tool and add the IBM Docs sessions to your agenda.

To learn more, check out the post from Jim Puckett, our IBM Docs Product Manager . See you at IBM Connect!