Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Building towards the IBM Connect 2014 OGS

View Comments

As IBM Connect 2014 continues, I just got my hands on this video which shows how the production team came in and built the stage and got everything ready for the IBM Connect 2014 Opening General Session. Think of this as a behind the scenes look on how everything comes together for the show. If you are here, I am curious to know... What has been your favorite thing so far ??

Check out the credits at the end. My favorite is the Costume Designer .


Monday, January 27, 2014

IBM Connect 2014 Opening General Session Live Stream is Here

View Comments
This year I have the opportunity to demo again in the IBM Connect 2014 Keynote (aka. OGS , aka Opening General Session).  I'll have the opportunity to show the latest for IBM Connections, meetings, mail, and more. If you are already here, I'll see you in 2 hours.

If you are not here, then you can watch the live stream here. It starts at 8am ET (GMT-5).

Watch live streaming video from ibmsoftware at

After the keynote, I'll be doing the What's New In IBM Connections in 2014 at 1pm and at 3:45pm where I'll go into more details on the roadmap of IBM's social collaboration platform.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

ISW Takes IBM Connections Activities to the Next Level

View Comments
The countdown to IBM Connect 2014 is almost over -- just 3 more days! I'm at the airport now just about to board my plane to Orlando.

Before I do, I wanted to share the latest announcement from ISW: Kudos Boards. Kudos Boards provide a brand new experience to interact with IBM Connections Activities. If you are an active user of Activities you'll definitely want to check this out as it gives you another way to manage and organize your projects.

The new experience makes it easier to manage very large and complicated projects.

Here's a screenshot of how it looks:

With Kudos Boards you also get a new view of To-do's to give you a better sense of what's critical for you to focus on right now. You can also create your own custom lists of items to work on giving you the power to personalize the experience for you helping you see the right information at the right time.

This is a great example of using IBM Connections as a social layer as Kudos Boards is built entirely on top of the API's so everything is available through the mobile interface and other plug-ins available and each user picks the experience they want to leverage.

To see the magic, you have to check out the demo below:

ISW is going to be at IBM Connect 2014, so definitely stop by their booth to learn more.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Softissimo Shows their Translation Solution for IBM Connections

View Comments
As we continue the countdown towards IBM Connect 2014 (if you are counting, we are now 5 days away!) , I wanted to share the latest plug-in for IBM Connections.  This one would be extremely valuable for worldwide organizations.

Today, IBM Connections is translated into 25 languages. This removes the barrier to collaboration as the interface is automatically translated into my preferred language. That's great that I can access the interface in Spanish, for example, but what happens when one of my colleagues posts a status update in German?

Reverso can solve that problem with their new plug-in for IBM Connections.  The plug-in can translate user created content into the language of my choice. Today, Reverso claims to have more than 200 customers with over 3 million users taking advantage of their translation services daily.

Check out how it works in the 3 minute demo below:

Reverso Translate for IBM Connections from Reverso on Vimeo.

To learn more, check out Reverso's corporate product page.

Monday, January 20, 2014

IBM Connect is almost here which means... roadmaps!

View Comments
We are now 6 days away from IBM Connect 2014 which means it's time for roadmaps !

Simon Vaughan is one of the IBM Champions and one of the leaders of the IBM Connections Users community, where all IBM Connections feature requests go.

He recently did some analysis on the ideas and votes that have been submitted. Here's a summary of what he captured and sent my way:
  • 539 ideas have been submitted since March 30th 2011
  • 243 ideas were submitted in 2013
  • 108 total ideas have been graduated and are now in the Connections product! 
  • 68 ideas where added into the product in 2013 in 2013 alone!
  • 9574 total votes from 1661 members of the community (an increase of 499 users year over year). 
I'm very happy with the results. The customer base for IBM Connections is truly engaged and giving us some great feedback! And we are executing on those as fast as we can. In fact, next week at IBM Connect 2014, I'll be talking about the roadmap for IBM Connections.  You will see that many of the ideas will be incorporated. 

And this means that if you want to see your ideas in the product, you have to vote for them (and submit your idea if they are not there yet) ! 

Thursday, January 16, 2014

How to Interact with IBM Connections Files in iPad and Mac apps

View Comments
This is it! IBM Connect 2014 is now 10 days away and the news just keep coming in. If you haven't registered yet, what are you waiting for? Do it now!

Are you a mobile user that always needs access to your files ? Perhaps you are already using apps such as Goodreader, Notability, Pages, etc and now you want to interact with IBM Connections files directly from those apps?

File Jockey is your answer. This new integration adds some "magic" to IBM Connections (don't' worry, I'll spare you the details) so you can seamlessly interact with your files from your favorite mobile and desktop app. For example, on the Mac, you can use ForkLift to get to your files directly from Finder. On your iPad, you can use Goodreader to annotate PDF files, take meeting minutes, and manage your files. 

The trick is finding any app that supports something called WebDAV. If your favorite app supports WebDAV, then this is the solution for you. Another approach is to look for apps that support CMIS since that's the native protocol Connections supports as I discussed on this post from 2011.

Update 28/Jan/2016 with new video: Check out the demo below:

To learn more, check out their website and you can start using it today against one of our demo systems.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Synthesio Shows Social Media Monitoring Integrated with IBM Connections

View Comments
IBM Connect 2014 is now 11 days away and the announcements keep pouring in! Today, I wanted to share a demo video from Synthesio, a social media monitoring and analytics company.

In their blog last week, Synthesio announced their integration with IBM Connections, IBM's social collaboration platform.

With this integration, IBM Connections users:
  • have access to actionable social media data in real-time and the power to act on it.
  • can leverage social media data directly from their existing Connections workflow.
  • can push posts to colleagues in IBM Connections for follow up (e.g. in case of a customer praise or complaint)
  • can save time by giving influencers the attention they deserve in real-time – without memorizing another login, without learning any new software, and without interrupting their workflow. All within the IBM Connections platform.
This integration is very powerful and gives you the ability to monitor all online networks (e.g. Twitter, Facebook, etc) for important posts about every selected aspect of your brand. And then, capture and route those messages automatically to the key people in relevant departments (customer service, marketing, product development, HR, PR, etc.)

Check out the 3 minute demo below:

If you haven't registered yet, go ahead and register today for IBM Connect 2014. See you there!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

OpenQ Announces SafeGuard for IBM Connections - Risk Management for Social Business

View Comments
With IBM Connect 2014 less than 3 weeks away, we are getting to the time where we start seeing many announcements coming out from IBM and its partners.

Today, I wanted to share the announcement that OpenQ made a few days ago. OpenQ now offers SafeGuard for IBM Connections,  IBM's enterprise social network. The solution can analyze content, and archive/quarantine alongside with content coming from other social networks like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.

According to their announcement, the SafeGuard connector for IBM Connections provides:

  • comprehensive monitoring and risk management
  • quarantine of high risk content
  • content archiving - available for search, e-discovery and subject to retention policies
  • out of the box compliance policies to get going from day 1

Check out the 7 minute video below:

If compliance and risk management was holding you back, there are no excuses anymore!

To learn more, visit OpenQ at their booth at IBM Connect 2014.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Pardon the Interruption: Social Business - Submit Your Topics Today! #PTIsocialbiz

View Comments
We are just 3 weeks away from IBM Connect 2014. I've created a page here on my blog with some conference details that you may want to follow. Just like last year, this year I'll have the opportunity to share the roadmap for IBM Connections, IBM's social business platform.

At the conference, I'll also be joining my colleagues Luis Suarez andLouis Richardson where the agenda is set by YOU.

Our goal is to discuss 12-14 topics for 3 minutes each (1 minute for each one of us). To submit topics/ideas for us to discuss, tweet them using the #PTIsocialbiz hashtag. We'll be monitoring this tag up to Monday of the week of the #IBMConnect conference! Last year was the first time that we did this session, and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive. Therefore, I can't wait for this year's round! Bring it on!!!

See you on Tuesday the 28th! Here's more details about our session.