Many of you may be are aware about one of the greatest announce, made on the passed Lotusphere 2010 - IBM Project Vulcan. For me it took about two weeks to figure out what is it and got an idea of how it could work, because I have not been @ Lotusphere this year and has limited ability to ask questions to Gurus :( But anyway, you might know, that it is more like an IBM's vision for how people will collaborate in the future using email, social software (Quickr, Connections, LotusLive ), Portal and instant messaging Sametime all together, from single point.
The question for myself, what I tried to answer this time, was: "Ok, there are a lot of social services in the Internet as Gmail, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, you_name_it, but is there any universal client or service for using all of them simultaneously (as suppose to do Project Vulcan)? "
And here is what I found:
First one is Inbox2: www.inbox2.com - from my point it is the most close to what we will see soon, when the beta of Project Vulcan will be released. Here is a short video about it:
So need to wait and test it by myself with Connections and other Lotus products :)
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As you may be seen already, Gartner has published some time ago a report about the future of email and predicted, that "Social networking will replace e-mail as the primary means of communication for some business users by the end of 2014 for at least 20 percent of business users". From the other side, there was an interesting event, organized by Lifehacker in Australia and called "Email is dead" with Alistair Rennie (IBM Lotus VP), Genevieve Bell (Intel Fellow, Intel Labs, Interaction & Experience Research ) , Adele Beachley (Managing Director, Research In Motion Australia & New Zealand) and Mark Pesce (Futurist). The discussion was very interesting and covered not only business related questions but the whole picture of using email in near future. In addition there are lots of articles, telling that email is going to die, for example this articles:
Edward F. Moltzen - "R.I.P. E-Mail, 1961-2010"
John C. Dvorak - "9 Reasons E-Mail Is Dead"
I just want to summarize the information I've got and formulate the possible nearest future of the email, as I can see it now.
The advantages of Social services, who are replacing email are:
1. Emails from different sites, that I didn't unsubscribed yet because they still have no RSS streams.
2. Booking confirmations from different hotels and airlines.
3. Registration information and notifications from different forums/discussion boards.
Very few personal letters received and even fewer were sent. This means that for personal communication I use social tools more than email. My inbox is now mostly used for official letters and in some cases for the kinds of collaboration for which I have no social tools yet. For example, I need to share an information and some of people are offline and I can't do it by instant messaging. Or I need to say something to person, who is using different IM/social tool and email. For example in Russia people are using local social tools instead of multinational Facebook or LinkedIn.
The other statistical researches are saying almost the same, for example this two from "Pew Internet & American Life Project":
1. Email still has strong advantages, that social services can't solve or need some more time to deal with. By this I mean mostly it's width of usage, security and privacy and therefore it's more suitable for official kind of communications.
2. Email also has disadvantages, because of it's asynchronous type of nature and pretending to be universal. For example it's server disc space utilization, sharing large files and that you always need to know an address of the person or mail list to share something with some big auditorium.
The idea, which I finally come to is that the social software still can't replace email in some cases and email still has some potential for evolution. The direction of this evolution is in leveraging some functions of social services, such as different approaches in searching information, inside the email inbox and integrating with social services on the level of user interface and usability. Lotus Notes is definitely going this way, and doing it even faster starting version 8, but it still has something to improve in this space. That's why I have really big expectations from IBM Project Vulcan, announced in the beginning of this year and I'm sure we will be able to touch it next year, after Lotusphere 2011.
So I should say, the email is not dead, it just need somebody to reinvent "email-human" interface.
BTW you can see some examples of prototypes in my post early in this year: Do you want IBM Project Vulcan? I mean Now!
Today is TFDOSM (The First Day Of Summer in Moscow).
But it seems that the weather is not agree with the calendar:
Nevertheless, the FixPack 2 for Lotus Connections 2.5 is released on the passed week: Technote.
The quote from here: The Google Blog post
But despite these wins, and numerous loyal fans, Wave has not seen the user adoption we would have liked. We don’t plan to continue developing Wave as a standalone product, but we will maintain the site at least through the end of the year and extend the technology for use in other Google projects. The central parts of the code, as well as the protocols that have driven many of Wave’s innovations, like drag-and-drop and character-by-character live typing, are already available as open source, so customers and partners can continue the innovation we began. In addition, we will work on tools so that users can easily “liberate” their content from Wave.But I feel it will come back soon as something more adopted to real world needs, because the idea was grate!
Luis Benitez published usefull article about how to make work Lotus Connections portlets through WebSeal: http://www.lbenitez.com/2010/05/getting-lotus-connections-portlet-to.html
As far as I understand, this problem appears only if WebSeal is placed between Portal and Connections. If Portal and Connections communicate directly (ok, may be through HTTP,proxy or load ballancers), that LTPA should work and no modifications will be needed. But this is my assumption, need to check it.
The simple answer is Yes, because My developerWorks itself is a little bit customized version of Lotus Connections 2.5. Another deployment is in Lotus Greenhouse. But are there any other non-IBM's deployments?
And the answer is Yes!
I just googled for a string "communities/service/html/allcommunities" and here what I found:
http://locopo.net:9080/communities/ (look like 1.0 !!!)
http://connections.vss-inc.com/communities/ (more modern 2.5)
http://connections.logicalive.com/communities/ (also seems to me it's 2.5)
http://www.isign-ihear.org.tw/communities/ (my favorite :)
Sure there must be more.
And last, but not the least, another IBM's community place, I even didn't heard about before!!!
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Together with the new version of IBM Connections, the plugin for Microsoft Office was updated. Here is the description of it from catalog.lotus.com:
There are two grate demos of how it works. Here is the first one for MS Outlook: IBM Connections and Outlook demo
And the second one for Word and PowerPoint: IBM Connections and Office demo
And here is where to find the plugin itself: IBM Connections plug-in for MS Office and Windows on catalog.lotus.com
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Grate news everyone!
Yesterday, April 5, IBM Connections 3.0.1 was announced! All the new features are added to the Communities service and the description from the announcement letter:
Moderating community content
Community owners are provided with new capabilities for the moderation of a community's content. These capabilities help community owners realize the benefits of active and vibrant community participation, while having the confidence of being able to moderate the content that appears in a community.
Enhancing communities with video and photo sharing
The Media Gallery feature permits the sharing of videos and photos with a community. These capabilities can help attract more visitors to a community by creating a more compelling and satisfying experience for community members.
Generating ideas within a community
The Ideation Blog feature is designed to help simplify the sharing of ideas within a community, voting on the ideas and moving the best ideas forward as projects. These new capabilities can, for example, help gather ideas from customers in a structured manner, and facilitate turning the best ideas into new services and offerings.
Integration with Enterprise Content Management (ECM) repositories
The ECM integration helps users to store, access, and edit documents residing in FileNet® Content Manager and IBM Content Manager from within a Community.
In addition you can try all this new and shiny capabilities in this community on Greenhouse: IBM Connections 3.0.1 Demo Community on Lotus Greenhouse.
And here is the video demo from YouTube:
I've got a grate video from Brendon Seppa, where he is comparing social file sharing capabilities of IBM Connections 3.0.1 and MS Sharepoint 2010.
Try to guess who wins the battle ;-)
Enjoy the fight here:
Crossposting from here: http://macguidera.blogspot.com/ just to make a note for myself:
"Mac Guidera on April 7 2010 added to the IBM Lotus and WebSphere Portal Business Solutions Catalog, is the Lotus Connections 2.5 Portlet Developer Pack. This free package includes the WebSphere Portlet Factory Source for the Activities, Bookmarks, and Blogs portlets for Lotus Connections. Use this pack to customize or extend the portlets from IBM or use them as a model as you build your own."
Got a link on blog post with a list of examples of good-looking portals. Here it is: Some good look and feel WebSphere Portal examples.
The best from MHO are:
http://www.damm.es/ (Also Spanish)
http://www.trafikoa.net/ (Very strange design, but unusual for WPS)
And some more from me (in Russian):
http://www.economy.gov.ru/ (Mostly in WCM)
And from Kazakhstan:
According to newly released IDC's report IBM is "marketshare leader in the Social Platform market based on total software revenue for 2009".
Of course it is good news for IBM, that it's Social Software is very demanded on the market (and by the way, IBM have not only Lotus Connections as Social Software - do not forget about Lotus Quickr). But this means that IBM need to continue put many efforts to stay no. 1, because of strong competition with others (in Russia it is mostly the Microsoft with SharePoint 2010).
Can't wait to see the reaction from the customers on Lotus Connections 3.0, which is coming very soon :)
Miss your favorite Lotus documentation?
Want to read an article while on the road, but feel too lazy to open up your laptop?
Do not have an access to the internet on site
but need to read how to configure SSO with Lotus Connections
through Tivoli Access Manager?
Or just can't get asleep?
Read docs until you drop!
Very interesting thing I've found on the passed week. This thing called Notes App Store. It is is a volunteer project started by Frank Paolino to create a single point of promotion for ISVs and their applications, developed for Notes/Domino platform.
By the way, in latest This Week In Lotus podcast, was a grate discussion about this project and other catalogs, available now for Lotus and WebSpehre Portal. Interesting ideas about the target audience, advantages and disadvantages of this approach.
From my point of view, this kind of catalogs are grate! And it also will be grate to integrate those we have now around WPLC, to make it simpler for the community to share and find the applications. Here is the list of catalogs, which I know about: