This week I'm down in Orlando, FL for the WebSphere Portal Technical Conference. This is my first time attending this conference and I'm very impressed. Coming down from Boston, this is real treat for me as the weather has been great. The opening session with Larry Bowden and Chris Crummy set the stage for the week as we are going to see how the newly announced IBM Accelerators were going to accelerate the time to value across the Lotus portfolio of products.
The current set of IBM Accelerators consist of:
IBM Dashboard Accelerator
IBM Self-Service Accelerator
IBM Content Accelerator
IBM Collaboration Accelerator
IBM Enterprise Suite Accelerator
For me, I'm more focused on the IBM Collaboration Accelerator which consists of Sametime 7.5, Quickr, and Lotus Connections. I've already presented one session on "Delivering the Value of Social Software to Portal Users with Lotus Connections" and hosted a BoF on "Social Networking: Will it work in your organization?" Both were well attended and I was extremely surprised to see how many Portal customers wanted to bring social software solutions into their Portal environment. Many saw great value in using the content in Lotus Connections to build out personalization. For example, one customer had plans deploy Lotus Connections and use the personalization builder to better target employee content.
For example, John is an sales rep at Renovations. Currently when he logs into Portal, he receives sales related content. However, John is a sales rep that only focuses on kitchen designs. John uses Lotus Connections to blog about ideas and projects he has worked on related to kitchens. He also bookmarks may URL's related to kitchen renovations, has created a community related to that topic, and tagged himself with kitchen redesign. Using the personalization builder, Portal can now get more information about John so now when he logs into Portal, he receives sales related information related to kitchen redesigns.