Yesterday was one of the most exciting days of my nearly 10 year career with developerWorks. Over a very, very full day across the virtual worldwide halls of developerWorks, we simultaneously rolled out a new developerWorks site design across our WW English site as well as our 7 local sites that support our very engaged communities in Brazil, China, Japan, Korea, Russia, Spanish Speaking Americas and Vietnam.
I think much of the excitement around our new site design is captured in John Swanson's most recent developerWorks newsletter:
Consider it a hundred-year makeover.
IBM's 100th anniversary year is under way, and developerWorks is celebrating the milestone with a brand new look and feel -- changes that are more than just cosmetic: You'll find improved navigation elements on nearly every page that make it a cinch to find your way around all of our community and technical resources. From our new masthead, you can register for -- or sign in to -- the developerWorks community. Once you're in, you can easily access your personalized dashboard from the masthead megamenu, where you'll find shortcuts to your profile, personalized community homepage, and more (plus, it's just fun to say "masthead megamenu"). Scroll down to our expansive new footer and you'll see a wealth of options for navigating the site, along with social networking links that enable you to easily share developerWorks pages on other networks, and follow developerWorks on Facebook or Twitter.
Other improvements include a simplified home page, an improved Events page ... heck, I can't do it all justice in this space. So take a few minutes to get acquainted with our new layout. And of course, feel free to tell us we look darn good for our age...."
Thanks John for capturing the energy and excitement of yesterday's launch so well!
For me, our latest design is another big step forward in our continued drive to achieve a much bigger seemingly virtual end goal, our version of breaking the "4 minute mile". One of my childhood heroes was Glenn Cunningham. As a you boy, Glenn nearly died in a fire. Initially doctors thought Glenn might not ever walk again, but amazingly Glenn went on to become one of the greatest milers of his generation. Glenn never broke the 4 minute mile, but Glenn will always be remember as one of the great pioneers who made us believe that someday that barrier would be broken.
Congratulations everyone on achieving what I see as our Glenn Cunningham moment on our continued journey to break our "4 minute mile".
I think it's very exciting that the 2012 Summer Olympics will be held in England, the home of the amazing Sir Roger Bannister, the man who ultimately broke the four minute mile barrier. I hope the likes of Glenn Cunningham and Roger Bannister continue to inspire all of us on the developerWorks team to continue to strive for those rare "moments of a lifetime" as well as enjoying the many, many incredible steps along that journey. I can assure each of you as members of the developerWorks community that we are in for a wild ride ahead during this 100th year of the IBM business. Please let me know what you think about our latest efforts and stay tuned for more to come.