Tuesday, December 2, 2008

According to the News: Social Software Increases Productivity

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I've been quiet. I know. There are several reasons for that:

  • I'm working on a BizTech project and I can't say much more than that. For now, just know that I'm coding something that will soon be offered by IBM as part of our social software offerings! Oh and if you are following my Tweets, then you know that I'm using Dojo for that
  • Lotusphere is around the corner (46 days) and can't spill the beans on the surprises to come (yet)
  • Working on several opportunities that we are trying to close (including several million users!!! wow!!)
  • Running the World Wide Social Software Community. As the leader for the IBM Social Software Community (1000+ members) I've been busy lately planning out the schedules for our upcoming speakers, putting together the newsletters, and planning the events for Lotusphere. Running a community is a lot of work! I may have to blog more about this later...
  • Learning a bit about .NET development for a project I have in Toronto next week

But trust me. I've not forgotten about you! I still have a couple of blog posts queued up that I have to review and post. In the meantime, I wanted to share the following piece of GREAT news (pun intended). My good buddy, Adrian Spender just blogged about this. RTE News, based out of Dublin, yesterday visited the IBM Dublin office where about 50% of IBM's social software development team is located.

After interviewing several IBMers, including my good old friend Mike Roche, RTE News put together the following news clip on yesterday's nightly news. Here you will learn a little bit more about IBM's Beehive, a proving grounds for social software where the most interesting and useful features would then make it into Lotus Connections.

In the video, the reporter emphasizes how IBM is using social software to make their employees more productive. This is great timing, given IBM's CEO Sam Palmisano's recent comments that:

IBMers are figuring out how best to incorporate social networking into their work, at a pretty good pace. They're figuring out that collaboration isn't a productivity hit, it makes them smarter.


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