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  22. <title>Building enterprise software today: A partnership in openness (IBM’s Jason Roy Gary at FOSSASIA 2017)</title>
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  35. <description><![CDATA[Those that were at IBM Connect or on recent partner calls may have seen versions of this presentation from Jason Roy Gary of IBM. However, I am thrilled to find a video version recorded at last week's FOSSASIA 2017 event held in Singapore.]]></description>
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  37. <p>Jason is a Distinguished Engineer and since last year has lead the IBM Connections engineering team. It&#8217;s fair to say that his arrival has resulted in a dramatic revolution in the way that IBM is approaching the Connections product, infrastructure and development process. The plans for Connections Pink demonstrate this in an emphatic way.</p>
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  39. <p>In this presentation, Jason outlines his beliefs, the challenges that vendors face in 2017, and why an open approach is essential for enterprise software.  It is a fascinating hour&#8217;s worth of listening, and I&#8217;d recommend it to any IBM customer or partner.</p>
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  45. <title>IBM Connections 6.0 announced, generally available March 31st</title>
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  48. <pubDate>Tue, 28 Mar 2017 08:52:08 +0000</pubDate>
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  56. <description><![CDATA[They told us at Connect that IBM Connections 6.0 would be made available in Q1, and here's the announcement that they'll be sneaking it across the line on the 31st March...]]></description>
  57. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>They told us at Connect that IBM Connections 6.0 would be made available in Q1, and here&#8217;s the <a href="http://www-01.ibm.com/common/ssi/ShowDoc.wss?docURL=/common/ssi/rep_ca/1/877/ENUSZP17-0121/index.html&amp;lang=en&amp;request_locale=en">announcement</a> that they&#8217;ll be sneaking it across the line on the 31st March&#8230;</p>
  58. <blockquote><p><a href="https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/IBM-Connections-6-summary.png?ssl=1"><img data-attachment-id="6463" data-permalink="https://stuart-mcintyre.com/ibm-connections-6-is-coming-soon-so-whats-the-killer-enhancement/ibm-connections-6-summary/#main" data-orig-file="https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/IBM-Connections-6-summary.png?fit=1159%2C814&amp;ssl=1" data-orig-size="1159,814" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="IBM Connections 6 summary" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/IBM-Connections-6-summary.png?fit=300%2C211&amp;ssl=1" data-large-file="https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/IBM-Connections-6-summary.png?fit=792%2C556&amp;ssl=1" class="alignright size-medium wp-image-6463" src="https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/IBM-Connections-6-summary.png?resize=300%2C211&#038;ssl=1" alt="IBM Connections 6 summary" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/IBM-Connections-6-summary.png?resize=300%2C211&amp;ssl=1 300w, https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/IBM-Connections-6-summary.png?resize=150%2C105&amp;ssl=1 150w, https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/IBM-Connections-6-summary.png?resize=768%2C539&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/IBM-Connections-6-summary.png?resize=1024%2C719&amp;ssl=1 1024w, https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/IBM-Connections-6-summary.png?w=1159&amp;ssl=1 1159w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" data-recalc-dims="1" /></a>Connections V6.0 adds new capabilities for creating and customizing engaging Communities, and offers users increased flexibility in syncing and managing their online and offline Files folders.</p>
  59. <p>Updates:</p>
  60. <ul>
  61. <li>Community customization capabilities can help to make a Community more useful and engaging for the Community members.</li>
  62. <li>Doing so can lead to greater Community participation and provides a more effective collaboration experience for the Community members.</li>
  63. <li>File folders can be taken offline to a PC for local work and then synchronized with the online folders.</li>
  64. <li>Advanced analytics provide an optional personalized and prioritized home page that will surface information that is most relevant for the individual.</li>
  65. </ul>
  66. </blockquote>
  67. <p>The significant new features are highlighted in the <a href="http://www-01.ibm.com/common/ssi/ShowDoc.wss?docURL=/common/ssi/rep_ca/1/877/ENUSZP17-0121/index.html&amp;lang=en&amp;request_locale=en">announcement letter</a>, along with some of the implementation details:</p>
  68. <blockquote>
  69. <h4>Communities are more customizable</h4>
  70. <p>Advanced Community customization capabilities provide Community owners additional options for designing their custom Community. These changes allow a Community to be more useful and engaging, leading to increased community vitality. As Community owners build these vibrant communities, they can copy the existing layouts and designs from one Community into a new one.</p>
  71. <p>Community owners can:</p>
  72. <ul>
  73. <li>Create Community experiences with enhanced rich text content editing, so that Community members can enjoy an engaging experience.</li>
  74. <li>Choose from new modern layouts with a horizontal navigation bar to better use space on Community pages and match the Community&#8217;s purpose more effectively.</li>
  75. <li>Create new Communities faster by choosing from existing layouts, which can help to save time and establish guidelines for Community design.</li>
  76. <li>Reduce clutter on Community pages by hiding a widget while retaining its link in the navigation menu.</li>
  77. </ul>
  78. <h4>Files delivers added flexibility</h4>
  79. <p>Files users can select a top-level folder in their Files and mark it for sync. This permits the users to take the content of entire folders offline to their desktop and keep them synchronized with the files on the server.</p>
  80. <h4>Relevant updates are brought front and center</h4>
  81. <p>A new optional program, IBM Connections Orient Me, can be used with Connections V6.0 to provide new home page capabilities that apply advanced analytics to surface information and people that are most relevant to an individual.</p>
  82. <p>Individuals can take advantage of new capabilities provided by Connections Orient Me:</p>
  83. <ul>
  84. <li>See, at a glance, the updates and information most relevant to users, displayed in a new visual layout and prioritized based on their interaction with content and people.</li>
  85. <li>Apply new content and people filters to better control what users see.</li>
  86. <li>More easily view updates grouped by a person, a Community, or content.</li>
  87. <li>Receive suggestions about the people most likely to be important and relevant to their work.</li>
  88. <li>See a snapshot of their day in the Action Center, accessible throughout Connections.</li>
  89. </ul>
  90. <p>Connections Orient Me is planned for availability on the availability date of Connections V6.0. Connections Orient Me is planned to be made available for download from the Fix Central website by organizations with entitlement to Connections V6.0</p></blockquote>
  91. <p>As previously blogged, this is set to be the final on-premises release of Connections built the run wholly on the traditional platform of WebSphere/DB2/IHS/TDI etc. Connections Pink will start to arrive in pieces from later this year, running on an entirely more dynamic and easier-to-manage infrastructure. You will need to be running 6.0 to make that transition, so start the <a href="https://www.ibm.com/support/knowledgecenter/SSYGQH_6.0.0/admin/plan/c_installation_overview.html">planning process </a>now to get there as soon as you can.</p>
  92. <p>Connections 6.0 will be available to download from Passport Advantage or Partnerworld as usual.</p>
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  98. <title>IBM Connections 6 is coming soon… So what is the killer enhancement?</title>
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  101. <pubDate>Wed, 15 Mar 2017 10:20:19 +0000</pubDate>
  102. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Stuart McIntyre]]></dc:creator>
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  112. <description><![CDATA[IBM yesterday published a press release previewing the headline features of the upcoming new on-premises release of Connections, Connections 6. I take a look at some of the headline features, and then pick out one specific enhancement that will make a huge difference for community managers!]]></description>
  113. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Earlier this week IBM published a <a href="http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/51824.wss">press release</a> previewing the headline features of the upcoming new on-premises release of Connections:</p>
  114. <blockquote><p>IBM today announced it is bringing new capabilities to enterprise social networks for a simpler collaboration across the workforce and employee onboarding experience. The latest version of IBM Connections also integrates with IBM Cloud Object Storage, providing companies an ability to scale their storage needs with their employee’s usage while improving storage costs.</p></blockquote>
  115. <p>The press release most notably included the GA date for Connections 6:</p>
  116. <blockquote><p>The newest version of IBM Connections will be available on March 28.</p></blockquote>
  117. <p>Some of the key new features are mentioned in the press release:</p>
  118. <ul>
  119. <li><a href="https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/connections-6-orient-me.jpg?ssl=1"><img data-attachment-id="6453" data-permalink="https://stuart-mcintyre.com/ibm-connections-6-is-coming-soon-so-whats-the-killer-enhancement/connections-6-orient-me/#main" data-orig-file="https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/connections-6-orient-me.jpg?fit=1427%2C922&amp;ssl=1" data-orig-size="1427,922" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="Connections 6 Orient Me" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/connections-6-orient-me.jpg?fit=300%2C194&amp;ssl=1" data-large-file="https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/connections-6-orient-me.jpg?fit=792%2C512&amp;ssl=1" class="alignright size-thumbnail wp-image-6453" src="https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/connections-6-orient-me.jpg?resize=150%2C97&#038;ssl=1" alt="Connections 6 Orient Me" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/connections-6-orient-me.jpg?resize=150%2C97&amp;ssl=1 150w, https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/connections-6-orient-me.jpg?resize=300%2C194&amp;ssl=1 300w, https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/connections-6-orient-me.jpg?resize=768%2C496&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/connections-6-orient-me.jpg?resize=1024%2C662&amp;ssl=1 1024w, https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/connections-6-orient-me.jpg?w=1427&amp;ssl=1 1427w" sizes="(max-width: 150px) 100vw, 150px" data-recalc-dims="1" /></a>A <strong>new Homepage experience (known as called &#8216;Orient Me&#8217;)</strong> designed to do a better job of surfacing topical and relevant content from across the individual user&#8217;s network.  This new feature makes use of a new containerised, API-driven architecture to select and display the most relevant information for the user,  providing a more interactive experience that the old activity-stream Homepage ever offered.</li>
  120. <li><a href="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/connections-6-touchpoint.jpg?ssl=1"><img data-attachment-id="6455" data-permalink="https://stuart-mcintyre.com/ibm-connections-6-is-coming-soon-so-whats-the-killer-enhancement/connections-6-touchpoint-2/#main" data-orig-file="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/connections-6-touchpoint.jpg?fit=1195%2C706&amp;ssl=1" data-orig-size="1195,706" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="Connections 6 Touchpoint" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/connections-6-touchpoint.jpg?fit=300%2C177&amp;ssl=1" data-large-file="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/connections-6-touchpoint.jpg?fit=792%2C468&amp;ssl=1" class="alignright size-thumbnail wp-image-6455" src="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/connections-6-touchpoint.jpg?resize=150%2C89&#038;ssl=1" alt="" srcset="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/connections-6-touchpoint.jpg?resize=150%2C89&amp;ssl=1 150w, https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/connections-6-touchpoint.jpg?resize=300%2C177&amp;ssl=1 300w, https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/connections-6-touchpoint.jpg?resize=768%2C454&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/connections-6-touchpoint.jpg?resize=1024%2C605&amp;ssl=1 1024w, https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/connections-6-touchpoint.jpg?w=1195&amp;ssl=1 1195w" sizes="(max-width: 150px) 100vw, 150px" data-recalc-dims="1" /></a>Connections 6 also provides <strong>a “Touchpoint” onboarding experience for new users</strong>, offering a a more helpful and intuitive introductory process for new users, with easy login, ability to follow colleagues and join communities to begin working more efficiently. (A few years ago I <a href="https://stuart-mcintyre.com/ibm-connections-touchpoint-on-boarding-for-new-users-2/">discussed</a> a previous iteration of the Touchpoint technology back when it was a paid asset offered by IBM Services.)</li>
  121. <li>The <strong>ability to copy designs and layouts from existing communities</strong> enables more effective and standardised community management, as well as saving time when setting up new use cases.</li>
  122. <li><a href="https://i1.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/connections-6-my-drive.jpg?ssl=1"><img data-attachment-id="6456" data-permalink="https://stuart-mcintyre.com/ibm-connections-6-is-coming-soon-so-whats-the-killer-enhancement/connections-6-my-drive/#main" data-orig-file="https://i1.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/connections-6-my-drive.jpg?fit=1737%2C1006&amp;ssl=1" data-orig-size="1737,1006" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="Connections 6 My Drive" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://i1.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/connections-6-my-drive.jpg?fit=300%2C174&amp;ssl=1" data-large-file="https://i1.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/connections-6-my-drive.jpg?fit=792%2C459&amp;ssl=1" class="alignright size-thumbnail wp-image-6456" src="https://i1.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/connections-6-my-drive.jpg?resize=150%2C87&#038;ssl=1" alt="Connections 6 My Drive" srcset="https://i1.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/connections-6-my-drive.jpg?resize=150%2C87&amp;ssl=1 150w, https://i1.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/connections-6-my-drive.jpg?resize=300%2C174&amp;ssl=1 300w, https://i1.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/connections-6-my-drive.jpg?resize=768%2C445&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i1.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/connections-6-my-drive.jpg?resize=1024%2C593&amp;ssl=1 1024w, https://i1.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/connections-6-my-drive.jpg?w=1584&amp;ssl=1 1584w" sizes="(max-width: 150px) 100vw, 150px" data-recalc-dims="1" /></a>An <strong>improved user experience for file access</strong> provides a simple to use interface and desktop sync for easier access to files, providing large file uploads, rich text editor, new preview/editing features in File Viewer and search improvements.</li>
  123. <li><strong>Integration with IBM Cloud Object Storage</strong> enables a hybrid option for Connections, storing the ever-increasing volumes of social data and allowing companies easy access to that information for analytics and new learning.</li>
  124. </ul>
  125. <p>All these enhancements are valuable for loyal Connections customers and their employees, particularly the new Orient Me feature which has been needed for as long as I can remember.  It&#8217;s similarity to the Verse user experience is pleasing for those that run both Verse and Connections, and I look forward to testing the effectiveness of the filters and AI-driven content selection when it becomes available. (I would still like to have seen more options for pushed Corporate Communications-style content, rather than what seems to be a sole focus on content from the user&#8217;s network, but we can&#8217;t have everything&#8230;)</p>
  126. <p>However, in my mind there is no doubt that the single most important enhancement contained in Connections 6 is not mentioned at all in IBM&#8217;s communication, and so it is that which I want to explore here.</p>
  127. <h3>It&#8217;s all about the Use Case&#8230;</h3>
  128. <p>My methodology for deploying effective and engaging online communities is based on a foundation of well-defined <em><strong>use cases</strong></em>, developed by understanding the immediate needs of employees and community members within a specific context, the issues they face in their current workflows and business processes, and the cast and audience that are (or should be) engaged within the activity being analysed.</p>
  129. <p>Some (very high-level) sample use cases could be:</p>
  130. <ul>
  131. <li>A marketing team creating promotional campaign materials and delivering them to the sales channels</li>
  132. <li>A sales team working together and working with supporting teams to respond to a tender with a proposal for products and services</li>
  133. <li>A customer service team taking customer questions, finding the answers and responding to the customer</li>
  134. <li>A corporate communications team communicating the strategy of the company to all employees</li>
  135. <li>A research &amp; development team creating new products and delivering them to the market</li>
  136. </ul>
  137. <p>Once the use case is defined in detail, we move on to the containers, content types and interaction methods that will best support an improved approach within the online community. Lastly, we develop and publish wireframes that specify how use case content, calls to action and navigation will be surfaced within the community. Finally we build the defined use case within the technology, seed content and invite pilot users.</p>
  138. <p>In this way, each and every use case has its own definition, interaction model, layout and flavour. Sure, common patterns are often a starting point (for example, communities of practice often follow a similar design and structure, no matter what the practice might be), but the look and feel of the use case will be different &#8211; the content types, calls to action, navigation and surfaced information will be specific and relevant to the use case supported.</p>
  139. <p>This approach has always been difficult to implement in Connections. The definition phases could be undertaken, but when it came to delivering a customised experience for each use case that reflected the requirements of the audience, the process or workflow to be undertaken there, and the actions that users are being called to engage with, the static nature and feature-driven of the Connections community model was always a hindrance.</p>
  140. <p>Here&#8217;s a relatively positive and visually appealing experience within a Connections community, taken from an IBM marketing screenshot:</p>
  141. <p><a href="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Community-hires.png?ssl=1"><img data-attachment-id="6458" data-permalink="https://stuart-mcintyre.com/ibm-connections-6-is-coming-soon-so-whats-the-killer-enhancement/community-hires/#main" data-orig-file="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Community-hires.png?fit=620%2C379&amp;ssl=1" data-orig-size="620,379" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="Connections community layout" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Community-hires.png?fit=300%2C183&amp;ssl=1" data-large-file="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Community-hires.png?fit=620%2C379&amp;ssl=1" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-6458" src="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Community-hires.png?resize=620%2C379&#038;ssl=1" alt="Connections community layout" srcset="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Community-hires.png?w=620&amp;ssl=1 620w, https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Community-hires.png?resize=150%2C92&amp;ssl=1 150w, https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Community-hires.png?resize=300%2C183&amp;ssl=1 300w" sizes="(max-width: 620px) 100vw, 620px" data-recalc-dims="1" /></a></p>
  142. <p>Whilst the order of the widgets in the centre column can be customised, a graphical overview pane created, and a few of the community&#8217;s options tweaked, really every Connections &#8216;place&#8217; will follow the same structure.  Most critically, the various content types (blog posts, wiki articles, forum discussions etc.) can only be displayed in their specific widget, and with no real context as to how those content types should be used or when they are relevant.  In addition, most follow a strict sort order, versus allowing curation by the community manager.</p>
  143. <p>Look at how this differs from a similar Sales &#8216;place&#8217; within a demo Jive environment:</p>
  144. <p><a href="https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/jive_sales_place.png?ssl=1"><img data-attachment-id="6459" data-permalink="https://stuart-mcintyre.com/ibm-connections-6-is-coming-soon-so-whats-the-killer-enhancement/jive_sales_place/#main" data-orig-file="https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/jive_sales_place.png?fit=1333%2C862&amp;ssl=1" data-orig-size="1333,862" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="Jive sales place" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/jive_sales_place.png?fit=300%2C194&amp;ssl=1" data-large-file="https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/jive_sales_place.png?fit=792%2C512&amp;ssl=1" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-6459" src="https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/jive_sales_place.png?resize=792%2C512&#038;ssl=1" alt="Jive sales place" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/jive_sales_place.png?w=1333&amp;ssl=1 1333w, https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/jive_sales_place.png?resize=150%2C97&amp;ssl=1 150w, https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/jive_sales_place.png?resize=300%2C194&amp;ssl=1 300w, https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/jive_sales_place.png?resize=768%2C497&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/jive_sales_place.png?resize=1024%2C662&amp;ssl=1 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 792px) 100vw, 792px" data-recalc-dims="1" /></a></p>
  145. <p>The place owner gets to choose the column layout, the banner, the tile selection and placement, a variety of dynamic and static display options, including a number that allow curation of specific content, people, places and links.</p>
  146. <p>In addition, each of the first four tabs on the place header (Overview, Sales Development, Field Sales and Sales Engineering) are different layouts surfacing content within this place and from around the community:</p>
  147. <p><a href="https://i1.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/jive_sales_place2.png?ssl=1"><img data-attachment-id="6460" data-permalink="https://stuart-mcintyre.com/ibm-connections-6-is-coming-soon-so-whats-the-killer-enhancement/jive_sales_place2/#main" data-orig-file="https://i1.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/jive_sales_place2.png?fit=1332%2C1211&amp;ssl=1" data-orig-size="1332,1211" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="Jive sales place 2" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://i1.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/jive_sales_place2.png?fit=300%2C273&amp;ssl=1" data-large-file="https://i1.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/jive_sales_place2.png?fit=792%2C720&amp;ssl=1" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-6460" src="https://i1.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/jive_sales_place2.png?resize=792%2C720&#038;ssl=1" alt="Jive sales place 2" srcset="https://i1.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/jive_sales_place2.png?w=1332&amp;ssl=1 1332w, https://i1.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/jive_sales_place2.png?resize=150%2C136&amp;ssl=1 150w, https://i1.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/jive_sales_place2.png?resize=300%2C273&amp;ssl=1 300w, https://i1.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/jive_sales_place2.png?resize=768%2C698&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i1.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/jive_sales_place2.png?resize=1024%2C931&amp;ssl=1 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 792px) 100vw, 792px" data-recalc-dims="1" /></a></p>
  148. <p><em>[Please note that I don&#8217;t hold the above Sales place up as a particularly great example of design or configuration in a Jive context, it&#8217;s just a pre-seeded place that I have available to screenshot, and is somewhat similar in purpose to the IBM example.]</em></p>
  149. <p>This isn&#8217;t meant to bash Connections, both that product and Jive-n/x have their own advantages and disadvantages, but it&#8217;s always been apparent to me that if we want to encourage specific groups of users (say Sales) to adopt our platform, or wish to support their specific use cases (a need to onboard new salespeople more quickly and effectively), then we have to have a means to create a user experience that is relevant, engaging and carefully considered. This needs to be easier to create</p>
  150. <h3>So what&#8217;s the killer enhancement in Connections 6?</h3>
  151. <p>In Connections 6, place owners will finally get the ability to create truly modern communities that better support a wider variety of use cases:</p>
  152. <figure id="attachment_6462" style="width: 1205px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/connections-6-communities.png?ssl=1"><img data-attachment-id="6462" data-permalink="https://stuart-mcintyre.com/ibm-connections-6-is-coming-soon-so-whats-the-killer-enhancement/connections-6-communities/#main" data-orig-file="https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/connections-6-communities.png?fit=1205%2C809&amp;ssl=1" data-orig-size="1205,809" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="IBM Connections 6 communities" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/connections-6-communities.png?fit=300%2C201&amp;ssl=1" data-large-file="https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/connections-6-communities.png?fit=792%2C531&amp;ssl=1" class="wp-image-6462 size-full" src="https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/connections-6-communities.png?resize=792%2C532&#038;ssl=1" alt="IBM Connections 6 communities" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/connections-6-communities.png?w=1205&amp;ssl=1 1205w, https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/connections-6-communities.png?resize=150%2C101&amp;ssl=1 150w, https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/connections-6-communities.png?resize=300%2C201&amp;ssl=1 300w, https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/connections-6-communities.png?resize=768%2C516&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/connections-6-communities.png?resize=1024%2C687&amp;ssl=1 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 792px) 100vw, 792px" data-recalc-dims="1" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><em>IBM caveat: Designs subject to change</em></figcaption></figure>
  153. <p>With new widget layouts, greater levels of customisation at the menu and design level, and a fresh new look, Connections 6 will allow community managers to create engaging places that suit the needs of their community members.</p>
  154. <figure id="attachment_6461" style="width: 1254px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://i1.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/connections-6-communities-2.png?ssl=1"><img data-attachment-id="6461" data-permalink="https://stuart-mcintyre.com/ibm-connections-6-is-coming-soon-so-whats-the-killer-enhancement/connections-6-communities-2/#main" data-orig-file="https://i1.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/connections-6-communities-2.png?fit=1254%2C828&amp;ssl=1" data-orig-size="1254,828" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="IBM Connections 6 communities 2" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://i1.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/connections-6-communities-2.png?fit=300%2C198&amp;ssl=1" data-large-file="https://i1.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/connections-6-communities-2.png?fit=792%2C523&amp;ssl=1" class="size-full wp-image-6461" src="https://i1.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/connections-6-communities-2.png?resize=792%2C523&#038;ssl=1" alt="IBM Connections 6 communities 2" srcset="https://i1.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/connections-6-communities-2.png?w=1254&amp;ssl=1 1254w, https://i1.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/connections-6-communities-2.png?resize=150%2C99&amp;ssl=1 150w, https://i1.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/connections-6-communities-2.png?resize=300%2C198&amp;ssl=1 300w, https://i1.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/connections-6-communities-2.png?resize=768%2C507&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i1.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/connections-6-communities-2.png?resize=1024%2C676&amp;ssl=1 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 792px) 100vw, 792px" data-recalc-dims="1" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><em>IBM caveat: Designs subject to change</em></figcaption></figure>
  155. <p>Whilst Connections communities still have some way to go to match the level of place customisation, navigation and curation available in Jive, these new features do bring Connections much closer, and more importantly allow existing on-prem customers and community managers to immediately improve the user experience for their users.</p>
  156. <p>As IBM continues forward towards the vision that is Connections Pink, I would love to see them continue to further develop the community layout model, allowing more visual widget options (for those vital Calls to Action) and widgets that enable selection of multiple content types (all content tagged &#8216;project&#8217;, or all content created in the past 7 days, or featured content as selected by the community manager etc.).</p>
  157. <p>However, this is definitely a step in the right direction, and I look forward to working with the new functionality!</p>
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  163. <title>IBM extends Sametime support to 2021. What next for IBM in the UC space?</title>
  164. <link>http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/StuartMcIntyre/~3/piQIdY29bG8/</link>
  165. <comments>https://stuart-mcintyre.com/ibm-extends-sametime-support-to-2021-what-next-for-ibm-in-the-uc-space/#comments</comments>
  166. <pubDate>Tue, 14 Mar 2017 10:59:34 +0000</pubDate>
  167. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Stuart McIntyre]]></dc:creator>
  168. <category><![CDATA[IBM]]></category>
  169. <category><![CDATA[IBM Sametime]]></category>
  170. <category><![CDATA[plans]]></category>
  171. <category><![CDATA[sametime]]></category>
  172. <category><![CDATA[slack]]></category>
  173. <category><![CDATA[support]]></category>
  174. <category><![CDATA[vidyo]]></category>
  175.  
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  177. <description><![CDATA[IBM Sametime is a robust communications offering designed to accelerate your social business by driving faster decisions, with more complete information powered by the business experts in your organization. The suite of tools in Sametime helps unlock the value in your underutilized communications systems by integrating them into a more intuitive system. Sametime tools and <a class="read-more" href="https://stuart-mcintyre.com/ibm-extends-sametime-support-to-2021-what-next-for-ibm-in-the-uc-space/">[&#8230;]</a>]]></description>
  178. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<blockquote><p><a href="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/ibm-sametime-9.png?ssl=1"><img data-attachment-id="6450" data-permalink="https://stuart-mcintyre.com/ibm-extends-sametime-support-to-2021-what-next-for-ibm-in-the-uc-space/ibm-sametime-9/#main" data-orig-file="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/ibm-sametime-9.png?fit=673%2C524&amp;ssl=1" data-orig-size="673,524" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="ibm sametime 9" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/ibm-sametime-9.png?fit=300%2C234&amp;ssl=1" data-large-file="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/ibm-sametime-9.png?fit=673%2C524&amp;ssl=1" class="alignright size-medium wp-image-6450" src="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/ibm-sametime-9.png?resize=300%2C234&#038;ssl=1" alt="" srcset="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/ibm-sametime-9.png?resize=300%2C234&amp;ssl=1 300w, https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/ibm-sametime-9.png?resize=150%2C117&amp;ssl=1 150w, https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/ibm-sametime-9.png?w=673&amp;ssl=1 673w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" data-recalc-dims="1" /></a>IBM Sametime is a robust communications offering designed to accelerate your social business by driving faster decisions, with more complete information powered by the business experts in your organization. The suite of tools in Sametime helps unlock the value in your underutilized communications systems by integrating them into a more intuitive system. Sametime tools and services can be accessed from within the applications and business processes that you use every day.</p>
  179. <p><strong>Support for Sametime V9.0.1 is extended to September 2021.</strong></p>
  180. <p>Support for the following associated entitlements is also extended to September 2021:</p>
  181. <ul>
  182. <li>IBM Sametime Complete</li>
  183. <li>IBM Sametime Conference</li>
  184. <li>IBM Sametime Communicate</li>
  185. </ul>
  186. </blockquote>
  187. <p><a href="http://www-01.ibm.com/common/ssi/ShowDoc.wss?docURL=/common/ssi/rep_ca/3/877/ENUSZP17-0173/index.html&amp;lang=en&amp;request_locale=en">More &gt;</a></p>
  188. <p>It has been obvious for a while that the future for the IBM Sametime brand and product set is not overwhelmingly positive.</p>
  189. <p>As I see it, there are several key drivers for this situation:</p>
  190. <ul>
  191. <li>The marketplace has shifted away from heavyweight on-prem unified communications platforms towards more nimble, lighter-weight cloud-based social communications tools such as Slack, Vidyo, Hangouts and Zoom. I&#8217;m hearing from increasing numbers of customers that they&#8217;ve either migrated away from Sametime or Lync/Skype for Business, or else are no longer considering such solutions in their budgeted plans.</li>
  192. <li>IBM&#8217;s partnership with Cisco suggests that it will rely on Cisco&#8217;s well-regarded tools and services in this area in the future.</li>
  193. <li>Sametime&#8217;s long-time need for on huge (1GB+) client installs and clunky Java-based browser plugins means that continued restructuring would need to be undertaken to keep it relevant in the modern world of mobile devices, apps and constant software delivery of new features.</li>
  194. <li>The future of some of the underlying components, most notably Domino, but also the WebSphere stack is no longer guaranteed. We&#8217;ve seen a previous announcement of <a href="https://www-01.ibm.com/common/ssi/cgi-bin/ssialias?subtype=ca&amp;infotype=an&amp;appname=iSource&amp;supplier=877&amp;letternum=ENUSZP16-0474">extended support for Domino</a> (to the same September 2021 date), but there&#8217;s little doubt that further investment in unified communications solutions built on Domino is extremely unlikely.</li>
  195. </ul>
  196. <p>All that said, I think IBM is making a good decision to very clearly commit to supporting both Domino and Sametime for the next 4.5 years. This gives its customers a decent runway to plan for the future and to consider their options. Many customers have been using both platforms for a decade or more, and shifting away will not be straightforward.</p>
  197. <p>The challenge for IBM is to develop alternative solutions, whether home-brewed (such as Watson Workspace) or in partnership with Cisco or other similar vendors, that are both forward-looking and also of a quality and scale that can support both medium-sized and enterprise customers.</p>
  198. <p>I&#8217;ve been impressed with the Connections Pink announcement in terms of plans to build a dynamic new infrastructure based on modern open-source components and services, with a clear migration path from the old developed-at-IBM heavy duty frameworks. If IBM wants to stay active in the UC space and keep those customers, I fear it would need an effort of similar size and cost to replace Sametime (or at least the components and features that are still relevant today).</p>
  199. <p>Worryingly, IBM is now 2-3 years behind the curve in the area of social and video communications platforms and so those new solutions are needed now, not in a year or two&#8217;s time&#8230;</p>
  200. <p>I was expecting to hear more of their plans announced (or at least intimated) at the recent IBM Connect conference, but as far as I have seen communicated, nothing has been forthcoming beyond a cementing of the relationship with Cisco and maintaining a holding pattern in terms of detailing plans for the future of Sametime&#8217;s feature set.  (This extended support announcement is at least helpful in giving reassurance that support will not be withdrawn sooner than 2021.)</p>
  201. <hr />
  202. <p>If you&#8217;re an IBM Sametime customer (or partner), I&#8217;d love to hear from you&#8230; What are your plans for the future? Do you remain loyal to Sametime for the time being? Are you already in the process of migrating to other solutions? Do let me know via a comment or <a href="mailto:[email protected]">email</a>!</p>
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  208. <title>Conspiracy theories, courtesy of Google Home</title>
  209. <link>http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/StuartMcIntyre/~3/vOLa45QqSbI/</link>
  210. <comments>https://stuart-mcintyre.com/conspiracy-theories-courtesy-of-google-home/#respond</comments>
  211. <pubDate>Mon, 06 Mar 2017 10:36:30 +0000</pubDate>
  212. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Stuart McIntyre]]></dc:creator>
  213. <category><![CDATA[Misc]]></category>
  214. <category><![CDATA[ai]]></category>
  215. <category><![CDATA[google assistant]]></category>
  216. <category><![CDATA[obama]]></category>
  217.  
  218. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://stuart-mcintyre.com/?p=6439</guid>
  219. <description><![CDATA[And here's what happens if you ask Google Home "is Obama planning a coup?"]]></description>
  220. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en">
  221. <p dir="ltr" lang="en">And here&#8217;s what happens if you ask Google Home &#8220;is Obama planning a coup?&#8221; <a href="https://t.co/MzmZqGOOal">pic.twitter.com/MzmZqGOOal</a></p>
  222. <p>— Rory Cellan-Jones (@ruskin147) <a href="https://twitter.com/ruskin147/status/838445095410106368">March 5, 2017</a></p></blockquote>
  223. <p><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p>
  224. <p>This kind of (accidental?) misinformation is going to be become an ever-increasing issue as intelligent assistants become more deeply embedded into our lives. Deeply worrying&#8230;</p>
  225. <p><a href="https://twitter.com/ruskin147/status/838689463006081024">Update</a>: Google has changed the answer, saying: &#8220;unfortunately there are instances when we feature a site with inappropriate or misleading content&#8221;</p>
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  230. <item>
  231. <title>Want to comment? Prove you’ve read the article first!</title>
  232. <link>http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/StuartMcIntyre/~3/dP7w-pKXbr0/</link>
  233. <comments>https://stuart-mcintyre.com/genius/#comments</comments>
  234. <pubDate>Mon, 06 Mar 2017 09:58:31 +0000</pubDate>
  235. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Stuart McIntyre]]></dc:creator>
  236. <category><![CDATA[Strategy]]></category>
  237. <category><![CDATA[cognition]]></category>
  238. <category><![CDATA[comprehension]]></category>
  239. <category><![CDATA[discussion]]></category>
  240. <category><![CDATA[trolls]]></category>
  241.  
  242. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://stuart-mcintyre.com/?p=6431</guid>
  243. <description><![CDATA[A site published by the Norwegian public broadcaster NRK just rolled out a system that gives readers a brief multiple-choice quiz about the contents of an article—proving they really read it—before allowing them to comment.]]></description>
  244. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>This genius concept was mentioned in a <a href="https://www.wsj.com/articles/were-all-internet-trolls-sometimes-1488718803">WSJ article on the nature of Internet Trolls</a>:</p>
  245. <blockquote><p>A site published by the Norwegian public broadcaster NRK just rolled out a system that gives readers a brief multiple-choice quiz about the contents of an article—<a class="icon none" href="http://www.niemanlab.org/2017/03/this-site-is-taking-the-edge-off-rant-mode-by-making-readers-pass-a-quiz-before-commenting/" target="_blank">proving they really read it</a>—before allowing them to comment.</p></blockquote>
  246. <p><a href="http://www.niemanlab.org/2017/03/this-site-is-taking-the-edge-off-rant-mode-by-making-readers-pass-a-quiz-before-commenting/">Reading more on the idea</a>, I really think that NRK are onto something:</p>
  247. <blockquote><p><a href="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/NRKquiz.jpg?ssl=1"><img data-attachment-id="6435" data-permalink="https://stuart-mcintyre.com/genius/nrkquiz/#main" data-orig-file="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/NRKquiz.jpg?fit=756%2C752&amp;ssl=1" data-orig-size="756,752" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="NRK quiz" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/NRKquiz.jpg?fit=300%2C298&amp;ssl=1" data-large-file="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/NRKquiz.jpg?fit=756%2C752&amp;ssl=1" class="alignright size-medium wp-image-6435" src="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/NRKquiz.jpg?resize=300%2C298&#038;ssl=1" alt="NRK quiz" srcset="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/NRKquiz.jpg?resize=300%2C298&amp;ssl=1 300w, https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/NRKquiz.jpg?resize=150%2C150&amp;ssl=1 150w, https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/NRKquiz.jpg?w=756&amp;ssl=1 756w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" data-recalc-dims="1" /></a>The goal is to ensure that the commenters have actually read the story before they discuss it.</p>
  248. <p>“We thought we should do our part to try and make sure that people are on the same page before they comment. If everyone can agree that this is what the article says, then they have a much better basis for commenting on it.” said NRkbeta journalist <a href="https://twitter.com/stalebg">Ståle Grut</a>.</p>
  249. <p>Forcing users to take a little extra time to think about the comment they’re about to post also helps them think about tone, NRKbeta editor <a href="https://twitter.com/anarkistix">Marius Arnesen</a> said. “If you spend 15 seconds on it, those are maybe 15 seconds that take the edge off the rant mode when people are commenting,” Arnesen said.</p></blockquote>
  250. <p>This isn&#8217;t just relevant for social media and news sites either&#8230;</p>
  251. <p>I can see a need for this type of check-before-comment in all kinds of online communities, particularly in large-scale enterprise social networks &#8211; not so much to combat trolling (though that does occur on occasion), but in order to ensure some level of comprehension before enabling a further discussion (and potentially a tangential one at that) to be initiated.</p>
  252. <p>You certainly wouldn&#8217;t want every document, discussion or blog post to have this feature enabled &#8211; it would add an additional element of inertia that would be tough to overcome.</p>
  253. <p>But as an option that authors and community managers could enable on potentially controversial posts (such as CEO and VP-level blog posts, re-structuring announcements, etc.), I could really see this feature adding value.</p>
  254. <p>What do you think? Would you be in favour of an optional comprehension check before allowing comments to be added?</p>
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  260. <title>Engage 2017 abstract submission closes today</title>
  261. <link>http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/StuartMcIntyre/~3/eiQl6sCEYAc/</link>
  262. <comments>https://stuart-mcintyre.com/engage-2017-abstract-submission-closes-today/#respond</comments>
  263. <pubDate>Tue, 28 Feb 2017 15:51:47 +0000</pubDate>
  264. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Stuart McIntyre]]></dc:creator>
  265. <category><![CDATA[Engage]]></category>
  266. <category><![CDATA[Events]]></category>
  267. <category><![CDATA[engage]]></category>
  268. <category><![CDATA[user-groups]]></category>
  269.  
  270. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://stuart-mcintyre.com/?p=6426</guid>
  271. <description><![CDATA[Engage is probably the best IBM Collaboration user group anywhere in the world, and the 2017 edition is looking like it will be the best yet!]]></description>
  272. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<blockquote><p><a href="http://engage.ug"><img data-attachment-id="6427" data-permalink="https://stuart-mcintyre.com/engage-2017-abstract-submission-closes-today/logo_trans2/#main" data-orig-file="https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Logo_Trans2.png?fit=570%2C200&amp;ssl=1" data-orig-size="570,200" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="Engage logo" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Logo_Trans2.png?fit=300%2C105&amp;ssl=1" data-large-file="https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Logo_Trans2.png?fit=570%2C200&amp;ssl=1" class="alignright size-medium wp-image-6427" src="https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Logo_Trans2.png?resize=300%2C105&#038;ssl=1" alt="Engage logo" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Logo_Trans2.png?resize=300%2C105&amp;ssl=1 300w, https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Logo_Trans2.png?resize=150%2C53&amp;ssl=1 150w, https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Logo_Trans2.png?w=570&amp;ssl=1 570w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" data-recalc-dims="1" /></a><a href="https://engage.ug/">Engage 2017</a> is about 2 months away.</p>
  273. <p><b>Monday-Tuesday, 8 &#8211; 9 May, 2017, at the Elisabeth Center Antwerp, Belgium. </b>A brand new conference center, in an historic frame. In the city center, next to the 19th century Zoo and the stunning Antwerp Central train station.</p>
  274. <p>Our target is to have more attendees than the 425 attendees we had last time.</p>
  275. <p>Close to 80 sessions in 5 tracks: Business &amp; Strategy, Development, Administration &amp; Deployment, Emerging Technologies<br />
  276. and for the first time: <b>Big Data &amp; Analytics</b>!</p>
  277. <p>Please submit a session proposal as soon as possible (deadline is Feb. 28th, 2017).</p></blockquote>
  278. <p>Engage is probably the best IBM Collaboration user group anywhere in the world, and the 2017 edition is looking like it will be the best yet! And yep, that deadline is <strong>today</strong>&#8230;</p>
  279. <p>So, if you have a story to tell, <a href="https://engage.ug/engage.nsf/pages/Event20170508_Proposals">submit your abstract now</a>!</p>
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  284. <item>
  285. <title>Ghost Browser – the Productivity Browser for Tech Pros</title>
  286. <link>http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/StuartMcIntyre/~3/bx89XcFI9bs/</link>
  287. <comments>https://stuart-mcintyre.com/ghost-browser-the-productivity-browser-for-tech-pros/#respond</comments>
  288. <pubDate>Thu, 02 Feb 2017 08:50:28 +0000</pubDate>
  289. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Stuart McIntyre]]></dc:creator>
  290. <category><![CDATA[Apps]]></category>
  291. <category><![CDATA[ghost-browser]]></category>
  292. <category><![CDATA[mac]]></category>
  293.  
  294. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://stuart-mcintyre.com/?p=6416</guid>
  295. <description><![CDATA[ Ghost Browser allows you to have multiple authenticated sessions open to the same site simultaneously, with each session having its own cookie jar, isolated from other sessions. This allows users such as web developers, testers, social media managers to easily work with multiple identities or use case perspectives without the need for multiple browsers, bookmarks, saved passwords etc.]]></description>
  296. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>You may already be aware of <a href="https://ghostbrowser.com">Ghost Browser</a>, my apologies if so. However, I&#8217;ve lost count of the number of advanced users that I&#8217;ve met in the past month or so that haven&#8217;t seen it yet, but who would benefit significantly from its features, hence mentioning it here&#8230;</p>
  297. <blockquote><p><a href="https://ghostbrowser.com"><img data-attachment-id="6417" data-permalink="https://stuart-mcintyre.com/ghost-browser-the-productivity-browser-for-tech-pros/ghost_browser_1408x1408_white_tr_2x/#main" data-orig-file="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Ghost_Browser_1408x1408_white_tr_2x.png?fit=2816%2C2816&amp;ssl=1" data-orig-size="2816,2816" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="Ghost Browser logo" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Ghost_Browser_1408x1408_white_tr_2x.png?fit=300%2C300&amp;ssl=1" data-large-file="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Ghost_Browser_1408x1408_white_tr_2x.png?fit=792%2C792&amp;ssl=1" class="alignright wp-image-6417 size-thumbnail" src="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Ghost_Browser_1408x1408_white_tr_2x.png?resize=150%2C150&#038;ssl=1" alt="Ghost Browser logo" srcset="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Ghost_Browser_1408x1408_white_tr_2x.png?resize=150%2C150&amp;ssl=1 150w, https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Ghost_Browser_1408x1408_white_tr_2x.png?resize=300%2C300&amp;ssl=1 300w, https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Ghost_Browser_1408x1408_white_tr_2x.png?resize=768%2C768&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Ghost_Browser_1408x1408_white_tr_2x.png?resize=1024%2C1024&amp;ssl=1 1024w, https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Ghost_Browser_1408x1408_white_tr_2x.png?w=1584&amp;ssl=1 1584w, https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Ghost_Browser_1408x1408_white_tr_2x.png?w=2376&amp;ssl=1 2376w" sizes="(max-width: 150px) 100vw, 150px" data-recalc-dims="1" /></a></p></blockquote>
  298. <p>Put simply, <a href="https://ghostbrowser.com">Ghost Browser</a> allows you to have multiple authenticated sessions open to the same site simultaneously, with each session having its own cookie jar, isolated from other sessions. This allows users such as web developers, testers, social media managers to easily work with multiple identities or use case perspectives without the need for multiple browsers, bookmarks, saved passwords etc.</p>
  299. <p>What makes the app more powerful is the ability to have colour-coded projects &#8211; groups of sessions (with stored logins) so that daily workflows can be setup once, and then launched with one-click when they&#8217;re needed. Projects allow work to be focused and productive, and switching tasks is made more straightforward as you can always pick up right where you left off.</p>
  300. <p><a href="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/1_Screen_only_view_updated-1.png?ssl=1"><img data-attachment-id="6418" data-permalink="https://stuart-mcintyre.com/ghost-browser-the-productivity-browser-for-tech-pros/1_screen_only_view_updated-1/#main" data-orig-file="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/1_Screen_only_view_updated-1.png?fit=1175%2C619&amp;ssl=1" data-orig-size="1175,619" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="Ghost Browser screenshot" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/1_Screen_only_view_updated-1.png?fit=300%2C158&amp;ssl=1" data-large-file="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/1_Screen_only_view_updated-1.png?fit=792%2C417&amp;ssl=1" class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-6418" src="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/1_Screen_only_view_updated-1.png?resize=792%2C417&#038;ssl=1" alt="Ghost Browser screenshot" srcset="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/1_Screen_only_view_updated-1.png?resize=1024%2C539&amp;ssl=1 1024w, https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/1_Screen_only_view_updated-1.png?resize=150%2C79&amp;ssl=1 150w, https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/1_Screen_only_view_updated-1.png?resize=300%2C158&amp;ssl=1 300w, https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/1_Screen_only_view_updated-1.png?resize=768%2C405&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/1_Screen_only_view_updated-1.png?w=1175&amp;ssl=1 1175w" sizes="(max-width: 792px) 100vw, 792px" data-recalc-dims="1" /></a>I regularly need to log into multiple social media accounts on the same network, customise sites and communities and test them as a non-admin user, build communities and content as different identities, use different affiliate IDs for similar transactions etc. All these tasks benefit from the Ghost Browser&#8217;s ability to have isolated sessions.</p>
  301. <p>What takes it way beyond other browsers and plugins though are the Projects&#8230; I tend to work with as many as a dozen customer projects at a time, using different site identities depending on whether the relationship is direct or through a partner, and often needing to use as many as a dozen different personas when creating demos and populating content. The ability to setup and maintain sets of browser tabs that can be called up on-demand is a massive timesaver and really helps my productivity.</p>
  302. <p><a href="https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/file-HKUBET1VE2.png?ssl=1"><img data-attachment-id="6419" data-permalink="https://stuart-mcintyre.com/ghost-browser-the-productivity-browser-for-tech-pros/file-hkubet1ve2/#main" data-orig-file="https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/file-HKUBET1VE2.png?fit=983%2C704&amp;ssl=1" data-orig-size="983,704" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="Ghost browser projects" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/file-HKUBET1VE2.png?fit=300%2C215&amp;ssl=1" data-large-file="https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/file-HKUBET1VE2.png?fit=792%2C567&amp;ssl=1" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-6419" src="https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/file-HKUBET1VE2.png?resize=792%2C567&#038;ssl=1" alt="Ghost browser projects" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/file-HKUBET1VE2.png?w=983&amp;ssl=1 983w, https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/file-HKUBET1VE2.png?resize=150%2C107&amp;ssl=1 150w, https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/file-HKUBET1VE2.png?resize=300%2C215&amp;ssl=1 300w, https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/file-HKUBET1VE2.png?resize=768%2C550&amp;ssl=1 768w" sizes="(max-width: 792px) 100vw, 792px" data-recalc-dims="1" /></a></p>
  303. <p>I&#8217;m currently trialling using Ghost Browser full time when on my Mac, but even if you&#8217;re not ready to switch from your default browser on a permanent basis, this is a super option to have installed for when you&#8217;re deep into a project and need the capabilities it offers.</p>
  304. <p><iframe class='youtube-player' type='text/html' width='792' height='476' src='http://www.youtube.com/embed/C5sbGuoFZHA?version=3&#038;rel=1&#038;fs=1&#038;autohide=2&#038;showsearch=0&#038;showinfo=1&#038;iv_load_policy=1&#038;wmode=transparent' allowfullscreen='true' style='border:0;'></iframe></p>
  305. <p><a href="https://ghostbrowser.com">Ghost Browser</a> is a <a href="https://ghostbrowser.com/download/">free download for Mac or Windows</a>. A Linux version is coming soon.</p>
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  313. <title>Slack takes aim at the corporate sector with Enterprise Grid, names IBM as one of the launch customers</title>
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  316. <pubDate>Wed, 01 Feb 2017 14:58:20 +0000</pubDate>
  317. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Stuart McIntyre]]></dc:creator>
  318. <category><![CDATA[IBM]]></category>
  319. <category><![CDATA[IBM Connections]]></category>
  320. <category><![CDATA[Slack]]></category>
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  326. <description><![CDATA[TechCrunch yesterday reported on Slack's plans to unveil an enterprise version of it's service. But then it gets a little bit weird... IBM is named as a reference customer for the new solution.]]></description>
  327. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>TechCrunch yesterday <a href="https://techcrunch.com/2017/01/31/slack-enterprise-grid">reported</a> on Slack&#8217;s plans to unveil an enterprise version of its service:</p>
  328. <blockquote><p><a href="http://slack.com/" target="_blank"><img data-attachment-id="6408" data-permalink="https://stuart-mcintyre.com/slack-takes-aim-at-the-corporate-sector-with-enterprise-grid-names-ibm-as-one-of-the-launch-customers/slack_mark_color/#main" data-orig-file="https://i1.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/slack_mark_color.png?fit=81%2C58&amp;ssl=1" data-orig-size="81,58" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="slack_mark_color" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://i1.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/slack_mark_color.png?fit=81%2C58&amp;ssl=1" data-large-file="https://i1.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/slack_mark_color.png?fit=81%2C58&amp;ssl=1" class="alignright size-full wp-image-6408" src="https://i1.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/slack_mark_color.png?resize=81%2C58&#038;ssl=1" alt="" data-recalc-dims="1" />Slack</a>, the business app that lets teams of users communicate, share files from other services, and work on them with each other, has taken off like wildfire since <a href="https://techcrunch.com/2014/02/12/slack-exits-beta/">launching three years ago</a>, with 5 million daily users, 1.5 million of them paying today. Now, Slack is embarking on the next step in its ambition to be the go-to platform for all workplace collaboration, no matter how big the company may be.</p>
  329. <p>(Or up to 500,000 employees, to be more specific.)</p>
  330. <p>[T]he eponymous company behind the app is today launching <a href="http://slack.com/enterprise" target="_blank">Enterprise Grid</a> — a new product aimed at corporates and other very large enterprises.</p>
  331. <p><img data-attachment-id="6410" data-permalink="https://stuart-mcintyre.com/slack-takes-aim-at-the-corporate-sector-with-enterprise-grid-names-ibm-as-one-of-the-launch-customers/enterpriseasset-01/#main" data-orig-file="https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/enterpriseasset-01.jpg?fit=738%2C486&amp;ssl=1" data-orig-size="738,486" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="Slack Enterprise Grid" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/enterpriseasset-01.jpg?fit=300%2C198&amp;ssl=1" data-large-file="https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/enterpriseasset-01.jpg?fit=738%2C486&amp;ssl=1" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-6410" src="https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/enterpriseasset-01.jpg?resize=738%2C486&#038;ssl=1" alt="Slack Enterprise Grid" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/enterpriseasset-01.jpg?w=738&amp;ssl=1 738w, https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/enterpriseasset-01.jpg?resize=150%2C99&amp;ssl=1 150w, https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/enterpriseasset-01.jpg?resize=300%2C198&amp;ssl=1 300w" sizes="(max-width: 738px) 100vw, 738px" data-recalc-dims="1" /></p></blockquote>
  332. <p>All good news and not wholly unexpected so far. But then it gets a little bit weird&#8230;</p>
  333. <blockquote><p>The new version goes live today, and to kick it off, Slack is announcing some initial customers: financial services giant Capital One, Paypal and <strong>IBM</strong>.</p>
  334. <p>IBM is a particularly interesting name to see here, given that it sells its own collaboration product for large enterprises, <a href="http://www-03.ibm.com/software/products/en/conn" target="_blank">IBM Connections</a>, and it is also working on what appears to be its own AI business intelligence product, <a href="https://workspace.ibm.com/signin?l=true" target="_blank">Watson Workspace</a>. Other would be competitors include Workplace from Facebook, Microsoft’s Teams, Jive and Spark from Cisco.</p></blockquote>
  335. <p>Yep, IBM is named as one of the reference customers for this new enterprise Slack service, despite having recently launched its own AI-driven chat service, Watson Workspace.</p>
  336. <p>Many of us already knew that IBM were using Slack internally &#8211; I got to see that first-hand on a visit to the Austin Design Lab back in the summer &#8211; but it is still a surprise to see IBM named so dramatically on a competitor&#8217;s launch communications:</p>
  337. <p><img data-attachment-id="6406" data-permalink="https://stuart-mcintyre.com/slack-takes-aim-at-the-corporate-sector-with-enterprise-grid-names-ibm-as-one-of-the-launch-customers/ibm_slack/#main" data-orig-file="https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/ibm_slack.png?fit=784%2C454&amp;ssl=1" data-orig-size="784,454" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="ibm_slack" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/ibm_slack.png?fit=300%2C174&amp;ssl=1" data-large-file="https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/ibm_slack.png?fit=784%2C454&amp;ssl=1" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-6406" src="https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/ibm_slack.png?resize=784%2C454&#038;ssl=1" alt="" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/ibm_slack.png?w=784&amp;ssl=1 784w, https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/ibm_slack.png?resize=150%2C87&amp;ssl=1 150w, https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/ibm_slack.png?resize=300%2C174&amp;ssl=1 300w, https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/ibm_slack.png?resize=768%2C445&amp;ssl=1 768w" sizes="(max-width: 784px) 100vw, 784px" data-recalc-dims="1" /></p>
  338. <p>The &#8216;customer profile&#8217; linked from the Slack site goes directly to <a href="https://slack.com/img/enterprise/landingpage/pdf/customer_story_IBM.pdf">this PDF</a>, stating:</p>
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  343. <blockquote><p>[IBM CIO, Jeff] Smith cites that he’s able to have more consistent, dynamic conversations with his direct reports in Slack, reducing his meeting load. He’s also able to deliver messages to the right audiences and avoid blasting people with information not relevant to them. The fact that he can send messages to team members even when they aren’t logged in is another bonus, given the nature of his globally- distributed team.</p>
  344. <p>For Smith, much of the value of Slack comes from the fact that it aligns with his vision for how teams should work together. “Collective intelligence will always outweigh individual insights,” he says. And with the additional security provided by Slack Enterprise Grid, there was little hesitation in his decision to get the whole team on board.</p></blockquote>
  345. <p>Don&#8217;t get me wrong, I&#8217;ve long argued that IBMers (including those in Lotus/ICS) needed to use competitor solutions in anger in order to better understand their value, their USPs, and the user experience they delivered. I remember making that point regarding Dropbox in particular back in the days of Lotusphere. Therefore I have no issue with IBMers (particular in the IT/CIO office, where extensions and integrations with support platforms are so important) using Slack, nor with IBM integrating Slack into their own solutions.</p>
  346. <p><img data-attachment-id="6411" data-permalink="https://stuart-mcintyre.com/slack-takes-aim-at-the-corporate-sector-with-enterprise-grid-names-ibm-as-one-of-the-launch-customers/slack_ibm_transforming/#main" data-orig-file="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/slack_ibm_transforming.png?fit=813%2C373&amp;ssl=1" data-orig-size="813,373" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="slack_ibm_transforming" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/slack_ibm_transforming.png?fit=300%2C138&amp;ssl=1" data-large-file="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/slack_ibm_transforming.png?fit=792%2C363&amp;ssl=1" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-6411" src="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/slack_ibm_transforming.png?resize=792%2C363&#038;ssl=1" alt="" srcset="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/slack_ibm_transforming.png?w=813&amp;ssl=1 813w, https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/slack_ibm_transforming.png?resize=150%2C69&amp;ssl=1 150w, https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/slack_ibm_transforming.png?resize=300%2C138&amp;ssl=1 300w, https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/slack_ibm_transforming.png?resize=768%2C352&amp;ssl=1 768w" sizes="(max-width: 792px) 100vw, 792px" data-recalc-dims="1" /></p>
  347. <p>However, it does seem a little tone-deaf to be so actively promoting a competitor&#8217;s enterprise solution on day of release, when there is a similar IBM offering (<a href="http://www.ibm.com/watson/work/">Watson Workspace</a>) currently in preview mode and likely to be formally launched in 2017, plus numerous other IBM solutions (<a href="http://www-03.ibm.com/software/products/en/ibm-verse">Verse</a>, <a href="http://www-03.ibm.com/software/products/en/conn">Connections</a>, <a href="http://www-03.ibm.com/software/products/en/ibmsame">Sametime</a>) that make similar claims regarding the ability to transform work practices.</p>
  348. <p>Let&#8217;s take this paragraph from the reference PDF:</p>
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  358. <p>Smith notes that it’s not just people who are communicating in Slack. His team has connected numerous apps and integrations that push information from other services directly into Slack channels, sparing team members from having to switch between apps while also allowing them to quickly spot, discuss, and resolve issues. Alerts from other tools and services show up in Slack channels as new deployments go live or any issues in the delivery pipeline need attention.</p>
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  364. <p>and instead write it as:</p>
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  370. <p>Smith notes that it’s not just people who are communicating in <strong>Connections</strong>. His team has connected numerous apps and integrations that push information from other services directly into <strong>Connections communities</strong>, sparing team members from having to switch between apps while also allowing them to quickly spot, discuss, and resolve issues. Alerts from other tools and services show up in <strong>Connections activity streams</strong> as new deployments go live or any issues in the delivery pipeline need attention.</p>
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  376. <p>Wouldn&#8217;t that be a fantastic case study for IBM to be sharing with ICS customers at <a href="http://www-01.ibm.com/software/collaboration/events/connect/">IBM Connect 2017</a> later this month?</p>
  377. <p>If I was attending Connect as an IBM partner, I&#8217;d be asking the ICS execs some tough questions on what it means for IBM at a corporate level to be promoting competitor products ahead of their own solutions.</p>
  378. <p><em>What do you think? Does it give you additional confidence in your investment in ICS solutions that IBM is working so closely with competitors like Slack, Box and Cisco? Or are you worried that this signifies a lack of positive reinforcement of quality of their own solutions in this area? I&#8217;d love to hear from you!</em></p>
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  395. <pubDate>Wed, 01 Feb 2017 11:22:06 +0000</pubDate>
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  407. <description><![CDATA[IBM Connect 2017 takes place later this month in San Francisco, and the last-minute push to increase attendance is already underway.  I'm a big fan of the new venue, and the shift from Florida to California, and so really hope that the event is a huge success.
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  409. One of the interesting aspects of the registration push has been the unveiling of some information that previously being kept relatively quiet - if not under NDA, certainly out of the limelight]]></description>
  410. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><a href="http://www-01.ibm.com/software/collaboration/events/connect/">IBM Connect 2017</a> takes place later this month in San Francisco, and the last-minute push to increase attendance is already underway.  I&#8217;m a big fan of the new venue, and the shift from Florida to California, and so really hope that the event is a huge success.</p>
  411. <p><a href="http://www-01.ibm.com/software/collaboration/events/connect/"><img data-attachment-id="6397" data-permalink="https://stuart-mcintyre.com/what-not-to-miss-at-ibm-connect-2017-connections-pink/ibm-connect-new-city/#main" data-orig-file="https://i1.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/ibm-connect-new-city.jpg?fit=1024%2C512&amp;ssl=1" data-orig-size="1024,512" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="IBM Connect &#8211; new city" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://i1.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/ibm-connect-new-city.jpg?fit=300%2C150&amp;ssl=1" data-large-file="https://i1.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/ibm-connect-new-city.jpg?fit=792%2C396&amp;ssl=1" class="aligncenter wp-image-6397 size-large" src="https://i1.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/ibm-connect-new-city.jpg?resize=792%2C396&#038;ssl=1" alt="IBM Connect - new city" srcset="https://i1.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/ibm-connect-new-city.jpg?w=1024&amp;ssl=1 1024w, https://i1.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/ibm-connect-new-city.jpg?resize=150%2C75&amp;ssl=1 150w, https://i1.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/ibm-connect-new-city.jpg?resize=300%2C150&amp;ssl=1 300w, https://i1.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/ibm-connect-new-city.jpg?resize=768%2C384&amp;ssl=1 768w" sizes="(max-width: 792px) 100vw, 792px" data-recalc-dims="1" /></a></p>
  412. <p>One of the interesting aspects of the registration push has been the <a href="https://www.ibm.com/blogs/social-business/2017/01/31/not-miss-ibm-connect-2017/">unveiling of some information</a> that previously being kept relatively quiet &#8211; if not under NDA, certainly out of the limelight:</p>
  413. <blockquote><p>IBM Connections provides the platform of social tools you need to transform your organization. At IBM Connect you can explore the future of Connections including <strong>Connections Pink</strong>, in which virtually everything is an API, and continuous updates are achieved instantaneously. This collaboration platform learns and evolves with you, using cognitive computing provided by the power of Watson to give you more time to complete critical tasks and make your life a lot easier. This is the future of connectivity.</p>
  414. <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><strong>Highlighted Sessions</strong></p>
  415. <p style="padding-left: 30px;">“What Is New and What Is Coming with IBM Connections”</p>
  416. <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><em>Tuesday, 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM | Room 2011 | Session ID: 1305A </em></p>
  417. <p style="padding-left: 30px;">In this session, explore what’s new in the brand-new IBM Connections release and preview a few new features being planned for the next release. See first-hand how IBM Connections can work for you and how you can embrace all the new capabilities coming.</p>
  418. <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><em>Speakers: Baan Slavens and Rene Schimmer, IBM</em></p>
  419. <p style="padding-left: 30px;">“The Future Is PINK: IBM Connections Your Way”</p>
  420. <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><em>Wednesday, 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM | Room 2007 | Session ID: 1048A </em></p>
  421. <p style="padding-left: 30px;">Get an introduction to the PINK way of extending and customizing Connections – in the cloud and on-prem. PINK will allow you to work against modern APIs and easily adjust the behavior of Connections through powerful extensibility features. Come learn how!</p>
  422. <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><em>Speakers: Andre Hagemeier and Maureen Leland, IBM</em></p>
  423. </blockquote>
  424. <p><strong>Connections Pink</strong> has been a rumour for a year or so now, and has been presented at a number of invite-only IBM events and conferences. I&#8217;ve not been an attendee at any of them, and so am still in the dark on a number of the architectural and implementation details. That said, what I have heard makes me extremely keen to hear the specifics when they are unveiled at Connect.</p>
  425. <p><img data-attachment-id="6398" data-permalink="https://stuart-mcintyre.com/what-not-to-miss-at-ibm-connect-2017-connections-pink/ibm-connections/#main" data-orig-file="https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/ibm-connections.jpeg?fit=225%2C225&amp;ssl=1" data-orig-size="225,225" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="ibm connections" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/ibm-connections.jpeg?fit=225%2C225&amp;ssl=1" data-large-file="https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/ibm-connections.jpeg?fit=225%2C225&amp;ssl=1" class="alignright size-full wp-image-6398" src="https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/ibm-connections.jpeg?resize=225%2C225&#038;ssl=1" alt="" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/ibm-connections.jpeg?w=225&amp;ssl=1 225w, https://i0.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/ibm-connections.jpeg?resize=150%2C150&amp;ssl=1 150w" sizes="(max-width: 225px) 100vw, 225px" data-recalc-dims="1" />As you&#8217;ll know if you&#8217;ve followed me for any length of time, I&#8217;ve long been a huge fan of <a href="http://www-03.ibm.com/software/products/en/conn">IBM Connections</a>, and was probably one of the most vocal advocates for the technology over the first 5-6 years of its life.</p>
  426. <p>Recently however, it&#8217;s been clear to me that there are some significant issues with the current releases of Connections that IBM have not been able (or perhaps willing) to overcome:</p>
  427. <ul>
  428. <li>Complexity of the install, configuration and management of the platform (just listing the IBM framework products that Connections relies on takes a paragraph or two).</li>
  429. <li>The length of time it takes to get an on-premises install configured and available for use.</li>
  430. <li>The difficulty of making the codebase truly suitable for multi-tenant/SaaS use, which has lead to user-facing differences between the on-premises and cloud versions.</li>
  431. <li>The complexity of developing third-party solutions that integrate with Connections, extensions that interface with Connections APIs, and applications that reside within the Connections UX.</li>
  432. <li>The challenge of customising Connections on both on-premises (complex, difficult to maintain) and cloud platforms (limited) to truly suit an organisation&#8217;s needs.</li>
  433. </ul>
  434. <p>That list above isn&#8217;t meant to bash IBM. Connections is still a massively powerful enabler for collaboration and communication. However, the issues listed have hindered Connections&#8217; ability to deliver this value to organisations rapidly and then on a sustained basis, meanwhile the huge community developers (within partners and customers) that were used to creating solutions on Notes/Domino or other platforms have never been able to effectively transfer those skills to Connections.</p>
  435. <p><img data-attachment-id="6399" data-permalink="https://stuart-mcintyre.com/what-not-to-miss-at-ibm-connect-2017-connections-pink/ibm_connections-460x250/#main" data-orig-file="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/IBM_connections-460x250.jpg?fit=460%2C250&amp;ssl=1" data-orig-size="460,250" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="IBM_connections-460&#215;250" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/IBM_connections-460x250.jpg?fit=300%2C163&amp;ssl=1" data-large-file="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/IBM_connections-460x250.jpg?fit=460%2C250&amp;ssl=1" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-6399" src="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/IBM_connections-460x250.jpg?resize=460%2C250&#038;ssl=1" alt="" srcset="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/IBM_connections-460x250.jpg?resize=460%2C250&amp;ssl=1 460w, https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/IBM_connections-460x250.jpg?resize=150%2C82&amp;ssl=1 150w, https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/IBM_connections-460x250.jpg?resize=300%2C163&amp;ssl=1 300w" sizes="(max-width: 460px) 100vw, 460px" data-recalc-dims="1" />My hope for Connections Pink is that the shift from Websphere to a platform built on well-known and understood open-source technologies that are easier to manage (&#8216;<em>continuous updates are achieved instantaneously</em>&#8216;), plus a real focus on ease of development and integration (&#8216;<em>virtually everything is an API</em>&#8216;) will once again make IBM Connections not just a platform that analysts consider to be one of the leaders in the market, but one that community managers, developers and end users are all passionate about and want to use.</p>
  436. <p>I wish I could be at <a href="http://www-01.ibm.com/software/collaboration/events/connect/">IBM Connect</a> to hear this first-hand! However, I will be there virtually, watching all the sessions that are streamed and speaking to as many attendees as I can to get the lowdown on what is revealed.</p>
  437. <p><a href="http://www-01.ibm.com/software/collaboration/events/connect/"><img data-attachment-id="6400" data-permalink="https://stuart-mcintyre.com/what-not-to-miss-at-ibm-connect-2017-connections-pink/ibm-connect-2017-redefine-work-with-watson/#main" data-orig-file="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/ibm-connect-2017-redefine-work-with-watson.jpeg?fit=720%2C247&amp;ssl=1" data-orig-size="720,247" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="ibm connect 2017 &#8211; redefine work with watson" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/ibm-connect-2017-redefine-work-with-watson.jpeg?fit=300%2C103&amp;ssl=1" data-large-file="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/ibm-connect-2017-redefine-work-with-watson.jpeg?fit=720%2C247&amp;ssl=1" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-6400" src="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/ibm-connect-2017-redefine-work-with-watson.jpeg?resize=720%2C247&#038;ssl=1" alt="" srcset="https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/ibm-connect-2017-redefine-work-with-watson.jpeg?w=720&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/ibm-connect-2017-redefine-work-with-watson.jpeg?resize=150%2C51&amp;ssl=1 150w, https://i2.wp.com/stuart-mcintyre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/ibm-connect-2017-redefine-work-with-watson.jpeg?resize=300%2C103&amp;ssl=1 300w" sizes="(max-width: 720px) 100vw, 720px" data-recalc-dims="1" /></a></p>
  438. <p>So&#8230; Are you excited about Connections Pink? What are you expecting or hoping that IBM will announce?</p>
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