Lotus Connections is an example of automated collaboration. By automated collaboration, I am referring to the way people work in their daily lives is now opening new collaborative channels. The first generations of electronic collaboration tools (email, IM, ftp, etc..) people needed to find the destination or know the resource in order to initiate a means of collaboration. The second generation (awareness, communities, ATOM, RSS, etc..) helped simplify the connections and user experience for collaboration.
A new generation of automated collaboration has been continuing to grow with products like del.icio.us facebook, digg, MySpace, and hundreds of others. This new generation of collaboration falling under social computing technology allows people to enhance their day-to-day activities. Lotus Connections takes this even further with more automated collaboration methods then any product on the market today. The five components of Connections all work together to provide users the best possible experience for collaboration. Connections simplifies identifying experts and provides the human intelligence needed to make search results more accurate and improving user connectivity in collaboration.
More to come from me on this topic. Their making last call for my flight so got to run.
IBM Premium Service Manager/IT Specialist
Lotus, Portal, and Collaboration Software