Thursday, October 1, 2015
At the end of the month, I'll be heading over to Las Vegas for the annual IBM Insight conference. As usual, we'll be participating in various sessions. At this year's conference, Jason Silva, host of National Geographic's Brain Games (you are watching that show on Netflix, right?), will lead a conversation about the potential to extend collaboration with technologies like cognitive computing, increasing our potential as individuals and changing the way we work together. Rob Koplowitz from IBM will continue to the conversation to discuss how IBM is applying the power of Watson and other technologies to make teams and people more productive, and better connected to the insights, content and files they need to succeed at work.
The team has put together this handy guide so you can easily see sessions where the social business team will be participating. I'll be covering the latest in our mobile portfolio, application development and IBM Connections.
If you haven't yet, make sure you register and see you there!
Monday, September 28, 2015
The Heart of Business is about … YOU! Join business leaders, IBM business partners, innovators, and thought leaders to connect and win. Learn how to use Social Business Solutions to accelerate innovation, improve collaboration, manage relationships, and deliver better metrics.
Next week, the #HeartofBusiness tour comes to Boston and I'm going to join the amazing list of speakers there. From there, it heads out to San Francisco and New York. Check out this video which describes what the event is all about:
Thursday, September 3, 2015
To better understand the benefits, costs, and risks associated with an IBM Connections implementation, Forrester interviewed existing customers with multiple years of experience using both the IBM Connections cloud and on-premises collaboration platforms.
As one example, Forrester refers to a representative organization with about 35,000 employees and calculated benefits of about $26 million over a three year period. These come from increased productivity, reduced turnover, and reduced IT costs.
Here's an infographic with some of the highlights:
Here's a testimonial from one of our customers where Jacob Andersson, Corporate Systems Manager at Verisure, talks about his experience with IBM Connections.
You can download the study from here. To start a free trial of IBM Connections, go here: http://ibmcloud.com/social.
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
First, let's clarify the differences between file transfer and file sharing and sync. In talking with some people in the Aspera organization, they told me to think of Aspera kind of like UPS. UPS will take a package from point A to point B and they do not keep the package. Similarly, Aspera is all about getting files from point A to point B in the fastest way possible. In one example, they say that a 24GB file which could take ~26 hours via a traditional TCP/IP download, would only take 30 seconds using Aspera.
With that in mind, I came up with two ideas that you could do today with the Aspera APIs and the available extension points in IBM Connections
Transfer Existing Files
This idea is to create a new extension for Files as documented here. To do this, log in as the organization administrator and go to Admin - Organization Extensions. In there create a new extension as shown below:
Upload and Transfer
The other thought is to create a new extension so that we intercept the file upload process. In this case, you navigate to the same Admin - Organization Extensions menu. In there, instead of creating a "File Menu" extension, you now create a "New File Menu" extension as shown below:
In any case, I strongly suggest you reach out to your partner or IBM services rep for further discussion.
I'm interested in your thoughts too. Any other use cases that come to mind ?
Monday, August 31, 2015
Ready to learn more? One of the Product Managers for IBM Connections, Jim Puckett, will be hosting a webcast. Check out the details below:
Date: September 24, 2015
Time: 1-2pm Eastern Time
Registration: To register for the event, click here.
See you there!