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:
One of the largest advantages of WebSphere Portal is that it allows to create very robust portal solutions, especially due to the clustering capabilities, provided by WebSphere Application Server. In addition, there are a number of options to put WebSphere Portal in a Cloud:
Recently I've found a grate demo, showing the advantages of WP Farming in Amazon cloud, especially in dynamically adopting to the current load by brining up and down the appropriate nodes in a farm.
Here it is, enjoy:
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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 just looked looked this video "IBM's Watson supercomputer destroys all humans in Jeopardy" an read some info about IBM Watson project and the technologies, which are used in it, came to an idea that I decided to share.
All three things above, plus the speed of technology evolution, brings me to an idea, that the need of social software services in enterprises for collecting data becomes continue to rise and will become huge competitive advantage in very near future.
To estimate the time when answering human questions by machine will become something ordinary, remember how much people can do with desktop computers 10 yeas ago comparing to what they can do with modern smartphone + cloud computing now.
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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!
During passed week I've found a few interesting projects dedicated to xPages.
1. First of them is XPages Extension Library. It is very interesting because of minimum two reasons:
Here is the video about it:
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!
When I read this post by Dave Hay about the availability of WebSphere Portal 7.0 documentation, I wondered why it became available so early. The answer is very simple - IBM Web Content Management was announced August 31. It's already available for download, but GA will be at September 24. One more interesting thing is that new WebSphere Portal InfoCenter is delivered as a part of Portal Wiki, which has obvious advantages:
The only disadvantage that I've found for now, is that every time I chose another topic in the menu on the left side it refreshes the whole page, which causes big delays, but I think it will be fixed soon.
Ok, now here is the links to documentation I mentioned in this post:
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!