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Social Computing in Universities – Academic Initiative August 15, 2008

Posted by Glenn Irvine in Blog, Commentary, Competitive.
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I sat on an ICT Industry Advisory Board meeting for a local university yesterday, and when the subject came up about vendor support for academic initiatives wasn’t too surprised to hear the strong Microsoft sentiment around the table (I threw in the IBM name valiantly…)

The potential for using Lotus Connections in Universities is significant for seeding the market. IBM needs to seriously consider offering this through the Academic Initiative program to the Universities to gain mindshare.

Our local Universities are also eagerly looking to have their Graduates Certified in Vendor products as they come out of their final year for greater employability. Another area where IBM and the Partner community could leverage a certification program.

So this is a call to the Lotus Partner Community… talk to your local ICT Head of Faculty about the IBM Academic Initiative. You might be surprised at the response.


Glenn Irvine