As expected, this year there will be some great product announcements and features related to Lotus Connections during Lotusphere. It's been about a year since we first announced Lotus Connections and about 7 months since we released the first version. With thousands of customers using or trying Lotus Connections, we have gotten great feedback and are building that into the next version of Connections. I don't want to spoil the fun down at Lotusphere so to get the latest information, you'll just have to wait a couple more days.
JMP401 QuickStart: Warp 9 -- Getting Up to Speed on Social Software and IBM Lotus Connections
What is social networking, and why should you be paying attention?You'll learn why businesses are embracing it to enable improvedinnovation, connect far-flung corners of their organizations, and makea new generation of professionals feel right at home. In this session,you'll hear an overview of the difference between social andcollaborative tools, some general thinking in the field of socialnetworking and some of the opportunities (and pitfalls) that can ariseas social technologies proliferate. You'll also learn about thecapabilities of Lotus Connections, some of the technical best practicesfor deploying Lotus Connections -- such as planning, architecture,tuning, and maintenance.
INV105 IBM Lotus Connections Strategy and Roadmap
IBM was the first to introduce social software for business, LotusConnections, but we are continuing to set the strategy and directionfor this emerging market. This session will highlight our currentprogress in the market as well as the details around our currentrelease. In addition, we'll provide you a glimpse of the new ideas anddirections we are taking Lotus Connections through 2008 -- and beyond.
AD101 Building Social Software Solutions for Your Applications
The IBM Lotus Connections REST-style API allows integration withapplications across your organization. Come to this session to learnhow you can use the API and to build customer applications and mash-upsfeaturing the power of social software. We'll include a discussion anddemonstration of the Lotus Connections plug-in for IBM Lotus Notes asone example of using the API.
AD102 Expand and Extend Your Investments with IBM Social Software and Web 2.0
Learn how to exploit the capabilities of IBM Lotus Connections toimprove and extend IBM Lotus Notes, IBM Lotus Sametime, IBM WebSpherePortal, Microsoft Office and your existing applications. You'llunderstand how mash-ups, REST, ATOM and widgets allow you to connectpeople in new ways through a myriad of applications technologies. Thiswill include a discussion and demonstration of the APIs andtechnologies used for Lotus Connections plug-in for Lotus Notes as anexample of how you can tap into personal interactions and informationin Lotus Connections from other applications.
ID502 Lotus Connections - An in depth view of the next release
Last year, we announced Lotus Connections, social software that enablescustomers to leverage the knowledge of many, share content andexpertise, and complete work faster using a set of interactiveservices. In this session you will get a premiere look at the newfeatures being planned for the second release of Lotus Connections. Seehow we've taken the Communities and Activities components to the nextlevel, how we've extended Lotus Connections to tap into your customernetworks, how we've increased your social productivity andconnectivity, enhanced user profiles, and unified your socialexperience by providing services and features that span all of LotusConnections. Be the first to see these new features in action.
Suzanne O. Minassian
ID506 Driving customer loyalty and revenue growth with IBM Lotus Connections
Come learn how you can leverage social software for B2C scenarios.Transform your corporate web site and allow your customers to connectwith other customers of similar interest, build communities, andprovide innovation to help create new products and services.
ID507 How Communities of Practice can get the most out of IBM Lotus Connections and social software
Within every organization there are a variety of practitioners who havetheir own special responsibilities, techniques and concerns. Socialsoftware can serve as the "glue" that brings the communities ofpractice together. Learn how the information sharing and socialcommunication capabilities of Lotus Connections can enable employees toleverage each other's tacit knowledge and past work products.
ID508 IBM Lotus Connections Architecture and Deployment Best Practices
Lotus Connections has been deployed in organizations around the worldand in industries from automotive to telecommunications. In thissession you will learn the technical best practices for deploying LotusConnections from the people who ran these projects. Topics to becovered include planning, architecture, tuning, maintenance andintegration with existing systems and much more.
ID509 Why "Activities" are Critical to Your Business
Business collaboration is purpose driven, yet technologies force us todistribute and fracture our work among existing tools. The Activitiescomponent in IBM Lotus Connections is the Lotus approach totransforming collaboration to directly support agile, purpose-drivenwork. With the Activities service, people, information, and tools areorganized around specific activities, where actions can be guided,planned, or adapted to changing situations. Further, work can becaptured, and reused, amplifying the transfer of people's knowledge andexperience. In this session, we'll explain the research supportingActivities and take you through business scenarios showing howActivities can transform business work. We'll also show how Activitiesintegrates with your existing applications.
HND303 Build IBM Lotus Connections Mashup applications
Lotus Connections services support the Atom Publishing Protocol as thecommon public API. Lotus Connections Atom API enables developers andtechnical end users to easily create mashups, plugins, and extensionsin a variety of clients. In this lab, you will be introduced to theLotus Connections Atom APIs and you will learn some of the many ways totake advantage of the Lotus Connections services. You will build abrowser-based mashup aggregating several Lotus Connections services. In this mashup, you will provide the ability to create and edit LotusConnections services data without having to leave the current webapplicationand assign a task in an Activity.
BDD104 Connecting to Social Software -- Extend Your Business with IBM Lotus Connections
The social software market is exploding and IBM is in the lead. Attendthis session and see how you can catch this wave and attack this marketto dramatically increase revenue in 2008. You'll also see how existingsystem integrators and software vendors are doing that today with LotusConnections.
BP111 Tips, Tricks and Traps for Deploying IBM Lotus Connections – Best Practices in a Real World Implementation
It doesn't matter if you’re new to Lotus Connections or an old hand,the world changes quickly and you need to keep up. Using experiencefrom many successful engagements, this presentation discusses thelessons learned in each of the stages of gathering requirements,designing and implementing Lotus Connections. With lots of take awayhints, tips and traps to avoid, we’ll share our deployment experiencewith Lotus Connections services. We’ll also discuss case studies fromseveral groups that are using social software with portal today toincrease productivity and customer satisfaction. You'll get a checklistof steps to take to ensure a successful deployment along with anyissues to watch out for based on early real world deployments.