Announced at Lotusphere this year was a new product called Lotus Connections. One of the components is called Activities. Prior to yesterday, I have never used Activities. The reason for creating my activity was because I am working with a customer on upgrading their Portal v5.1 environment to v6.x. I'm in the process of putting together a project plan. In building the project plan, I am working with multiple IBM resources in development, test, security, project management, product development, and services. Up until yesterday, I had probably traded 40+ emails with these resources and when some of the responses or order of events conflicted, I was forced to fwd additional emails to more resources and found myself in a frenzy of emails.
Activities solved that problem for me. I created an Activity to help develop the project plan and invited all relevant resources. I then asked some questions via assigning tasks. Then everyone could see the response and share documents. In the first day, I had multiple people posting migration documents, existing project plans, and migration presentations. IBM'ers that had never communicated before were now part of one activity and reviewing each other's documents. As the Activity owner, I can assign task and move documents around in a outline view. I'm only in my second day with the Activity, but I have 12 participants involved (3 owners, 7 authors, and 2 readers). I have already found the Activity very useful with its simplicity to search with tags and get notification of new content via an ATOM feed.
More to come on this topic. When completed, I hope to clean up the Activity and open it up to everyone in IBM as a Portal migration reference.
IBM Premium Service Manager/IT Specialist
Lotus, Portal, and Collaboration Software