Sorry Karthik for stealing your session title at Software Universe, to be held on the 20th October
which is going to cover everything you needed to know about IBM's Social Collaboration portfolio, mainly the IBM Connections product. We use this product extensively within IBM, and I keep wondering how we used to manage things without this product. It's so easy to get used to things which are so intuitive. Connections has now become an integral part of the portfolio used within IBM, similar to everyone's Notes Client. Few components I use a lot are the:
Profile - where I can get to know more about the person.
Communities - I can subscribe to a community that I am interested in, and keep track of the updates.
I just think with the ease of use of these and the integrated nature of these products, it's easy to get used to and possibly addicted to. And it's all part of my job as developer in the ICS brand. I personally work on the Notes/Domino product, but as we can see in various discussions around email & social software (one such post from my colleague
), the two products need to co-exist, in fact merge into 1 product. You can't any longer have 1 without the other.
Recently I read an interesting post from Gartner about Social Software trends in 2010 and beyond
. When I first saw it a while back, it probably didn't register, but as I look back on it now, I can see some of it coming true already, and it's only 2011. There's still quite a few years to go in what has been predicted. I am sure the social software within an enterprise is probably limited to large organizations at this moment, but smaller enterprises will start adopting Social Software soon. In fact, the earlier you start to embrace Social Software, the easier it's adoption will be within your organization.
Reminds me of this cartoon:
It's so easy to google it nowadays as I am watching TV with my kids, and a question pops up. At work, I pop into Connections when I am looking for some technical information. That's the power of Social Collaboration in an enterprise, and if you haven't embraced it yet, you are missing a lot!