This week Google and IBM announced an initiative to promote the open standards and new software methods that will drive the growth of the next generation of the Internet. The initiative aims to help students and researchers address the challenges of internet-scale applications in the future.
The objective of this initiative is to help students build advanced skills and tools to develop next-generation computing infrastructure and applications to drive the Internet’s next phase of growth. Google and IBM have built a virtual IT lab based on the Cloud Computing model and released a complete suite of open source-based development tools for writing massively parallel applications. IBM and Google are teaming up to provide hardware, software and services to augment university curricula and expand research horizons. With their combined resources, the companies hope to lower the financial and logistical barriers for the academic community to explore this emerging model of computing.
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InsideLotus - Lotus, Portal and Social Collaborative Software
From archive: October 2007 X
TedStanton 0600014754 Tags:  connections collaboration portal accelerators 1 Comment 3,859 Views
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.
Throughout that last 2 or 3 years, you have probably seen a shift in focus on user experience and simplification from the Lotus portfolio of products. I think it first started with the 6.5.1 product releases. This is when Lotus aligned many of the products in the portfolio and provided seamless integration between the products. I was fortunate enough to work on an IBM Redbook about installing, configuring, and integrating Release 6.5.1 of IBM Lotus Domino and the Extended Products. They are no longer extended products, but instead enterprise ready software solutions that fits into our Lotus product strategy. This brings me to the point of this blog which is tight integration between Lotus products. Click on the image below to hear from the Lotus VP of Development and view a live demo from our Lotus Executive Evangelist.
By the way, Happy belated Birthday to developerWorks.
Another sign of the times, where the rest of the world is coming tounderstand what we've known all along - collaboration is important! Iwonder if it was a cultural or generational barrier that prevented suchwidespread adoption of collaborative technologies. In the early days,we used to talk about how to incent employees to share information, howto roll out Notes to organizations most effectively. You had toconvince C-level execs that there really was businessvalue in collaboration - improve the productivity of employees andimprove your bottom line; stop reinventing the wheel; start...