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Lotus IdeaJam – Hearts and Minds August 24, 2009

Posted by Glenn Irvine in Advocacy, Blog, Commentary, Events, Futuring.
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It was great to see that one (actually 3) of the stand-out ideas in the recent Lotus IdeaJam was centred around winning the hearts and minds of tertiary students.

This has been one of my hobby-horses for a number of years, and really is a bit of a no-brainer. Tomorrow’s business people are today’s students, and providing them with the collaborative technologies and capabilities early in their life will establish appropriate and emerging practices that they will carry into their business lives.

Let’s hope something meaningful is taken up from the IdeaJam around this very important issue, and that our Universities will reap the reward sooner rather than later.

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@collaborativeview.com

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Australian CIO Magazine Highlights IBM Social Computing August 20, 2008

Posted by Glenn Irvine in Blog, Commentary, Media.
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An article published in CIO Magazine this week looks at the Social Networking Technologies in use today and the Business benefit potentials.

IBM’s Bluepages experience and the resultant Lotus Connections Product are featured well in the article.

It’s great to see this level of profile for the actual business benefits of these technologies in a local magazine.

Well done to the IBM Marketing people… It’s nice to see this highlighted to this particular audience.

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@thelotusposition.net

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.

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@thelotusposition.net

Social Computing Industry Happenings, SocialText & the Gartner View July 15, 2008

Posted by Glenn Irvine in Blog, Commentary, Media, Uncategorized.
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I was contemplating Mr Lepofsky’s move to SocialText, and started investigating the organisation, which led to a few discoveries.  First – There is an interesting initiative underway between IBM and SocialText to integrate the SocialText Workspace with the Lotus Connections Product.

I will be trying the 14 day trial of SocialText Workspace to better understand the synergies here.

On the page of SocialText’s website that described the collaboration with IBM, there is a reference to Gartner’s 2007 Magic Quadrant Report on Social Computing and Collaboration, which is a good read. Here’s the actual Magic Quadrant Diagram.

Gartner Magic Quadrant - 2007 Social Computing & Collaboration

Gartner Magic Quadrant - 2007 Social Computing & Collaboration

I also noticed an article in today’s ComputerWorld (online) about Social Networking titled “Enterprises the battleground for social networking” also an interesting read, with an interesting comment about how IBM employees have more registered users of LinkedIn than Connections. There is an obvious dynamic in that fact, but noteworthy anyway.

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@thelotusposition.net