I'm now about 8 months into my new job and figured it would be a good time and just write down some of the things that I've been working on.
For the past month, I've been heads down working with analysts on their new evaluations of social software platforms. It's definitely been a lot of fun to learn how analysts review Connections and how they compare us against our competitors. Both of the analyst firms first gave us a long list of questions to answer where they were looking for answers on which capability we had, which one we didn't and which one could be done via a customization. One of the analyst firms invited us for a 4 hour demo of our platform. Given that was my first exposure to an analyst in such an important review, I have to admit I was a bit jealous.
I was working very closely with Suzanne Livingston, who is already an expert at these things. Needless to say, I learned a LOT from her. Now it's all done so we just have to wait until the reports come out.
I've also been working with the developers as we continue to plan towards Connections Next and Quickr Next. In particular, I'm looking at what's coming in Communities, Files, and Wikis Next.
Something that I'm very excited about, but can't share a lot about right now, is a new capability that we are working with our sales team to better compete against the other vendors in the space.
My plan now is to catch up with some of the things that have been published recently, such as:
1) Rawn Shah's presentation at the Dachis Social Business Summit:
2) Review the results from the IBM Social Business Jam
4) Review more entries that have been submitted to the Lotus App Catalog
5) Keep playing and reviewing the beta of the new iPhone app for Connections: iWildfire
6) Register for the InformationWeek/BrainYard webcast on May 18th. More info here.