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IBM Verse: A New Way to Work
Tue, Nov 18th 2014 10:19a   Ed Brill
Today in New York, IBM is launching A New Way To Work, featuring IBM Verse, the next generation of enterprise email. The announcement of IBM Verse is the culmination of a significant amount of IBM research, design, and client and marketplace understanding that answers the question - what if we could reinvent the way that people interact with other people in the enterprise? During the livestream of the event from New York, IBM's Jeff Schick demonstrated Verse, which integrates the many ways [read] Keywords: collaboration ibm desktop email enterprise instant messaging mobile networking twitter

IBM ConnectED 2015: My session on IBM social adoption
Mon, Nov 10th 2014 9:00p   Ed Brill
It wouldn't be January without Orlando, the WDW Swan Hotel, and hundreds of my favorite geeks all in one place. IBM ConnectED 2015 will take place January 25 to 28 in Orlando at the WDW Swan. This is a more-technical conference than it has been in the recent past; an opportunity to refocus on practitioners and practical advice. Note: There is no truth to the rumor that I asked for the conference to be renamed. A few of the sessions have been announced; the "meat and potatoes" sessions i [read] Keywords: collaboration connections ibm twitter

Trip report: TED@IBM
Wed, Sep 24th 2014 2:56p   Ed Brill
Yesterday, I had the opportunity to attend the first-ever TED@IBM event at the San Francisco SF JAZZ center. I've watched a few TED talks, but it's far different being there in person with those big red TED letters sitting on the stage. About 500 people attended, a mix of IBM clients, partners, industry figures, visionaries, and IBMers. We heard about a dozen different talks - half from IBMers and half from industry voices. There was some entertainment, some intrigue, and some Twitter trending [read] Keywords: ibm application network twitter

ICON UK 2014: IBM’s Social Business Transformation
Tue, Sep 16th 2014 7:13a   Ed Brill
It has been a busy three months since my new position as Vice President, IBM Social Business Transformation was announced. Immediately after starting my new role, I left for Taiwan for a three-week assignment on an IBM Smarter Cities Challenge project team. The philanthropic experience was everything I expected and then some. I returned to the US at a new address - my family had moved to a new home across town, just before my flight to Taipei. The next few weeks were an adjustment - new home, ne [read] Keywords: collaboration ibm blogging community iphone social software

New role: Social Business Transformation at IBM
Mon, Jun 23rd 2014 12:40p   Ed Brill
Earlier today, it was announced internally at IBM that I have taken on a new role. I am moving into our corporate organization as Vice President, Social Business Transformation. In this position, my team and I are responsible for advancing IBM's maturity as a social business, and continuing the development of a culture of participation. My predecessor in this role, Bethann Cregg, has left some pretty large shoes to fill. Several programs and tools are in place in IBM today to help our employ [read] Keywords: foundations ibm lotus development enterprise facebook mobile profile twitter

Time running out to enter the IBM Watson Mobile Developer Challenge
Tue, Apr 1st 2014 9:00a   Ed Brill
In my last blog entry, I covered the announcement of the IBM Watson Mobile Developer Challenge. The Watson Mobile Developer Challenge is designed to catalyze mobile developers to explore the opportunity around mobile cognitive computing - bringing the power of Watson to a smartphone or other mobile device. Entrants submit proposals for mobile apps, and the finalists - to be announced at IBM Impact 2014 - will receive access to IBM Interactive Studios experts and Watson APIs in order to bring the [read] Keywords: ibm applications mobile websphere


The IBM Watson Mobile Developer Challenge
Mon, Mar 3rd 2014 8:30a   Ed Brill
IBM CEO Ginni Rometty delivered the Wednesday keynote last week at Mobile World Congress. The speech was wide-ranging and covered a number of key thoughts around data, cloud, and engagement as the three major trends in enterprise technology that will change the way we work. At the conclusion of her speech, Rometty announced the IBM Watson Mobile Developer Challenge, and nominations are now open. What is the IBM Watson Mobile Developer Challenge?The IBM Watson Mobile Developer Challenge will e [read] Keywords: ibm consulting enterprise mobile websphere

Today at Mobile World Congress and Pulse, IBM has announced "Codename: Bluemix"
Mon, Feb 24th 2014 7:00a   Ed Brill
Today is a busy day for IBM MobileFirst. We started the day here in Barcelona at Mobile World Congress, a conference with 80,000 attendees from all over the world. IBM's presence at Mobile World Congress (#IBMMWC) starts with a magnificent trade show booth, continues with hundreds of meetings, accelerates with a 1/2 day mini-conference Tuesday afternoon, and culminates with a keynote from CEO and Chairman Ginni Rometty on Wednesday evening. I've heard all the stories about MWC, which is [read] Keywords: ibm application blogging enterprise integration mobile tivoli

IBM Connect 2014: IBM MobileFirst report
Thu, Jan 30th 2014 2:20p   Ed Brill
I'm on my way home from my 18th trip to Orlando in January, leaving behind friends and memories from IBM Connect 2014. This was my first time at the event outside of the brand/division running it, and it definitely felt a little bit different. I didn't know what was being announced or previewed in the general sessions, had no dog of my own in the hunt. Of course, I continue to be enthusiastic about IBM's Collaboration Solutions, but I watched from the perspective more of an alumnus with far l [read] Keywords: collaboration domino ibm notes enterprise mobile twitter

IBM Connect 2014, PartnerWorld Leadership Conference, Mobile World Congress
Wed, Jan 15th 2014 10:50p   Ed Brill
What a difference a year makes. It's just over a week away from the start of IBM Connect 2014. Though this will be my 18th time in Orlando in January, my agenda is a bit different this time. My friend David Marshak and I are presenting SB303: The Mobile Enterprise: Business In Motion with IBM MobileFirst on Wednesday, January 29, at 3 PM in Dolphin S. Hemisphere III. It'll be a great session; our goal is to give an overview of all the mobile enterprise tools and capabilities available in th [read] Keywords: ibm enterprise mobile

Forbes: IBM’s New ’Presence Zones’ Help Retailers Transform In-Store Experience
Mon, Jan 13th 2014 11:30a   Ed Brill
At this week's National Retail Federation, IBM is showcasing Presence Zones, a new solution for bringing together in-store and mobile marketing. Combined with our recent acquisition of Xtify, IBM now is offering an extensive set of capabilities for integrated, immersive retail shopping expereinces -- benefitting both consumer and retailer. Mobile and retail has some pretty compelling use cases, basically the mass customization that Lotus CTO John Landry talked about two decades ago is really co [read] Keywords: ibm lotus exchange exchange mobile

IBM to acquire Fiberlink, establishes lead in enterprise mobility management market
Wed, Nov 13th 2013 7:50a   Ed Brill
This morning, IBM announced its intent to acquire Fiberlink, a market-leading provider of enterprise mobile management capabilities. Fiberlink's MaaS360 is one of the leading mobile device management solutions, and demonstrates the power of software-as-a-service in scaling down to the smallest organizations while scaling up to large enterprises. Fiberlink is a critical addition to the IBM MobileFirst portfolio, and this move is recognition that enterprise mobility management (EMM) is rapidly be [read] Keywords: ibm application enterprise integration mobile network security

IBM 2014 Beacon Awards: Outstanding mobile enterprise solution
Wed, Nov 6th 2013 8:50a   Ed Brill
Nominations are open until November 15, 2013 for the IBM 2014 Beacon Award for Outstanding mobile enterprise solution: This award recognizes an IBM Business Partner who has helped customers become a mobile enterprise, by providing business-to-employee (B2E) or business-to-consumer/business (B2C/B2B) solutions designed for mobile, first. Nominated solutions will be comprised of IBM MobileFirst solutions, with a primary focus on the MobileFirst platform. IBM offerings that are considered as the [read] Keywords: ibm enterprise mobile

Mon, Oct 28th 2013 7:10a   Ed Brill
October has been an incredibly busy month. I am headed to Europe now for the third time in a 75-day period; the intervening time has also featured trips to Austin and Toronto. Additionally, I had the opportunity to be part of IBM InterConnect 2013 in Singapore earlier this month, my first time over to Asia this year. As such, I was determined to make the best of it. The InterConnect conference was excellent. Our IBM MobileFirst sessions went well, drawing several hundred attendees to learn a [read] Keywords: ibm

Busy week: Two mobile acquisitions and a major new market study
Thu, Oct 3rd 2013 7:10a   Ed Brill
When it rains, it pours. This week has been a busy one in the IBM MobileFirst arena, with two acquisitions plus a new market study out today. All of these are wind in the sails of activity heading into two key core events next week: IBM InterConnect in Singapore (where I will be), and Gartner IT Symposium. The first acquisition, announced Tuesday, is The Now Company of Dublin, Ireland. The Now Company offers analytics tools for Communications Service Providers (CSPs, or typically, teleco [read] Keywords: ibm enterprise mobile network security twitter

Thanks, Bruce
Wed, Oct 2nd 2013 12:53p   Ed Brill
Bruce Elgort has been a friend of mine for nearly fifteen years. He has been a mentor, an advocate, a sounding board, a cheerleader, and even a therapist. :-) Today, Bruce is stepping down as chairman of the IBM Notes-related open source community called OpenNTF.org. Bruce and Nathan Freeman conceived of OpenNTF a dozen years ago. I didn't quite know what to make of the guy and the idea, and at the time wasn't in a position where I could put any of IBM's energy into the effort (other than hav [read] Keywords: ibm notes community openntf

Continental and IBM Enter Connected Vehicle Collaboration
Tue, Sep 10th 2013 4:30a   Ed Brill
This morning, at the Frankfurt IAA International Auto Show, Continental AG and IBM announced a collaboration agreement to jointly develop fully-connected mobile vehicle solutions for car manufacturers around the world. From the press release: Dirk Wollschläger, General Manager Global Automotive Industry, IBM said: "Realization of the fully connected vehicle requires technology expertise across Big Data, embedded intelligence and the ability to deliver services over a highly scalable cl [read] Keywords: collaboration ibm mobile office

Tweetchat this Thursday- Catching the Mobile Wave, Thinking Beyond the Device
Sun, Sep 8th 2013 7:50p   Ed Brill
I've, uh, tweeted some info about this, but thought it might be useful for those of you watching the blog to know about this upcoming Tweetchat. I've never actually hosted a Tweetchat before, so I'm excited to be the emcee for a People for a Smarter Planet Tweetchat this Thursday, 12 September, at 12:00 noon US EDT (6 PM CEDT). The Tweetchat is, as you might expect, about the future of enterprise mobility. Specifically, the questions we will examine include: What's your definition of a [read] Keywords: ibm development enterprise mobile

IBM a leader in new Gartner Mobile Application Development Platforms Magic Quadrant
Mon, Aug 12th 2013 2:33p   Ed Brill
Does your organization have a mobile strategy in place? Have you chosen a mobile application platform? These are the key questions facing organizations on their journey to become a mobile enterprise. We believe that 2013 has been the year where enterprise customers recognized the imperative to leverage a mobile platform for building and deploying apps - both business-to-business/consumer and business-to-employee. As organizations go from having one customer-facing app or mobile-enabled websi [read] Keywords: ibm application applications community development dojo eclipse enterprise integration mobile

Six months in
Thu, Aug 1st 2013 7:20a   Ed Brill
It was January 31 at IBM Connect 2013:This week has served to remind me what a special community we have built, and continue to grow, around these products. You are all like family to me, and I will remain a part of the family as I move into the mobile space. I hope you will likewise all take the opportunity to come along on that journey, one of the most exciting areas of technology across the entire IBM portfolio. Six months ago. Time has flown. IBM Notes and Domino 9 Social Edition shipp [read] Keywords: domino ibm notes application community email enterprise mobile podcast websphere

Debrief: IBM at MobileBeat 2013
Thu, Jul 11th 2013 8:10a   Ed Brill
I'm just headed off from San Francisco after a successful two days at MobileBeat 2013. This conference brought together a few hundred people from across the mobile market spectrum - startups, venture capitalists, established vendors, and corporate customers. For me, the demographic was very different than any other conference I've attended before, and while I was skeptical about whether there was a role for IBM in the event, I'm happy to say the time and money was well-spent. Exhibiting at [read] Keywords: connections ibm application community development eclipse enterprise java linkedin mobile network networking twitter

IBM Worklight 6 is now available!
Mon, Jun 24th 2013 7:40a   Ed Brill
Last week, IBM released the latest version of our mobile application development platform, IBM Worklight 6. Worklight 6, available as a no-charge download for developers, is a leading mobile app plaform for building apps on the full range of mobile devices and interfaces - native, HTML5, or hybrid. The new release includes key innovations and enhancements such as a new approach to geo-location in apps, integrated functional testing, and insight into application usage. IBM® Worklight® help [read] Keywords: ibm application applications development mobile security

IBM MobileFirst partner voices
Tue, Jun 18th 2013 2:43p   Ed Brill
At IBM's Impact 2013, we captured thoughts from some of the leading business partners and alliances who have embraced the opportunity for building mobile enterprise solutions. I wanted to highlight the video here specifically because part of my daily effort is to help expand the IBM MobileFirst ecosystem...whether through our messages, programs, or partnerships. We are in the process of making it easier for partners to get involved in IBM MobileFirst. New IBM ASL pricing for solutions like [read] Keywords: ibm enterprise mobile server

Some new resources - Worklight trial on IBM SmartCloud at no charge
Fri, Jun 7th 2013 4:00a   Ed Brill
The mobile space is so busy that I haven't had a chance to write blogs. Definite difference in the new role. I want to talk about IBM's research project Presence Zones, the announcements we've made recently with MongoDB and others, and some of the new technologies I'm working with. All in due time. This morning I want to highlight an announcement we made earlier this week that should help make adoption of IBM Worklight even easier. Worklight is already free for developers to download, now [read] Keywords: ibm application eclipse mobile server

Several European IBM MobileFirst events upcoming, my first tour
Fri, May 17th 2013 5:30a   Ed Brill
About a hundred days since the launch of IBM MobileFirst, we are still pretty busy creating market awareness of IBM's leadership in enterprise mobility. Thus, there are a huge number of events upcoming, including a number of them in Europe. I will be at the Utrecht and Madrid events. June 4, Utrecht Netherlands: IBM SolutionsConnect. June 5, Vienna Austria: IBM BusinessConnect. June 6, Madrid Spain: Encuentro en IBM MobileFirst. Tengo muchas ganas de volver a Madrid. ¿Nos encontrarem [read] Keywords: ibm enterprise mobile

Forrester Total Economic Impact of IBM Worklight: 363% five-year ROI
Wed, May 15th 2013 5:20a   Ed Brill
Earlier this month, Forrester released a new Total Economic Impact study, "The Total Economic Impact Of IBM’s Worklight Platform: Cost Savings In The Development And Maintenance Of Multiplatform Mobile Apps." The study shows that the cost of creating and managing a single multi-platform app is significantly less expensive when using IBM Worklight than when using native tools alone. From the study:The cost of developing and maintaining apps increases with the number of platforms suppor [read] Keywords: ibm desktop development enterprise mobile security

CRN: Solution Provider Perficient Launches Mobile Computing Practice
Thu, May 2nd 2013 9:50a   Ed Brill
Part of my role in IBM MobileFirst is developing an ecosystem of partners around IBM's market-leading enterprise mobility solutions. This week at IBM Impact, I met dozens of partners who are entering or fully into the mobile market, on the second wave of mobile. One common question is, what's different now? Mobile has been around for years. The answer is that the market is maturing rapidly, and now is the time for organizations to adopt a mobile strategy, rather than just a series of tac [read] Keywords: ibm notes application consulting development enterprise integration mobile

News from IBM Impact 2013
Mon, Apr 29th 2013 12:20p   Ed Brill
This morning at Impact 2013, IBM has announced several updates to our MobileFirst initiative. The first is the announcement of IBM MessageSight, a high-volume transactional message delivery appliance, designed to enable/accelerate M2M (machine-to-machine) communications for the Internet of Things. Here at Impact, as discussed in a recent New York Times article, one of the key examples of how MessageSight manifests is in the connected car. In the Focus Electric car, he said, Ford wants to get [read] Keywords: ibm apple application applications development enterprise mobile security twitter

Three topics in mobile that come up in conversations so far
Wed, Apr 24th 2013 9:56a   Ed Brill
Next week will mark three months in for my new role as head of market management for IBM MobileFirst. As mentioned yesterday, I'll spend that 90th day among thousands of IBM clients, partners, and employees at Impact 2013. I realize I have not been blogging as much about the topics that are part of my every day conversations in this role. Thus, with the conference at hand, it seemed timely to start to share. Here are some enterprise mobility topics that I expect to be talking a lot about dur [read] Keywords: ibm application blogging enterprise google mobile networking websphere wiki

IBM MobileFirst sessions at Impact 2013
Tue, Apr 23rd 2013 12:50p   Ed Brill
In three days, I will be on a plane to Las Vegas, for a bigger-than-Lotusphere-sized IBM conference, IBM Impact. IBM MobileFirst will be out in full force at Impact, with over 100 mobile-focused sessions on the agenda. The list below are just some of those sessions, which hopefully provides an idea of the level of focus on this category and market. In addition to sessions, there are a lot of other IBM MobileFirst activities: - A hackathon - An unconference - Exhibitions - Workshops [read] Keywords: ibm lotusphere application applications db2 development dojo enterprise mobile network security websphere

Book review: Attack of the Customers by Paul Gillin
Wed, Apr 17th 2013 5:50a   Ed Brill
Nothing like meeting someone in person as a catalyst to finish reading their book :-) I'm in Austin today, where I will be working with longtime industry figure Paul Gillin on a webcast tomorrow morning. The topic is BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), and it is hosted by Spiceworks.com. Please join us if you'd like to talk about IBM MobileFirst management and IBM's solutions in this space such as Endpoint Manager for mobile devices. Recently, Paul graciously took the time to read and revie [read] Keywords: connections ibm lotus policies blogger community enterprise mobile profile

IBM X-Force 2012 Trend and Risk Report
Wed, Apr 3rd 2013 8:06a   Ed Brill
Last week, IBM published the latest in its series of security threat assessment reports, the IBM X-Force® 2012 Trend and Risk Report. Mobile is clearly a place where emerging threats need attention; products like IBM AppScan are designed to meet this challenge head-on. The report is notable for some of the predictions around the mobile space, including: Prediction: Mobile computing devices should be more secure than traditional user computing devices by 2014. This is a bold prediction t [read] Keywords: ibm applications desktop development enterprise mobile security

BLUG and IBM MobileFirst debrief
Mon, Apr 1st 2013 7:54a   Ed Brill
A little over a week ago, I had the good fortune to be in Europe during the 2013 edition of BLUG. I caught the morning train from Paris to Brussels, a quick connection from there to Leuven, and after a short taxi ride arrived just in time for lunch in a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Faculty Club. Why was I there? Scott Souder is doing a perfectly awesome job as the new public face of IBM Notes/Domino, so that wasn't it. IBM Notes/Domino 9 Social Edition had shipped the day before, so the [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes application community development mobile twitter

Social Media Club of Chicago, March 25 meeting recap
Wed, Mar 27th 2013 8:10a   Ed Brill
First of two event recap blog entries...the other will be shortly about last week's BLUG event. Last night, I had the opportunity to be part of a panel discussion at the Social Media Club of Chicago. The topic happened to be "What Happened at South by Southwest", and it happened to be that IBM exhibited/sponsored/participated at SXSWi in a big way. But it also happened to be my first opportunity to participate with the Chicago edition of Social Media Club, and I was honored to be part of [read] Keywords: ibm facebook mobile twitter

Two new IBM MobileFirst videos: Marie Wieck at IBM Pulse, and freedomone’s adoption of IBM Worklight
Mon, Mar 18th 2013 9:40a   Ed Brill
The above two videos show the momentum that is building for IBM MobileFirst. The first is an interview with IBM General Manager Marie Wieck, conducted with Todd "Turbo" Watson at IBM Pulse two weeks ago. I'm now part of Marie's organization; in the video, you can hear her enthusiasm for the new initiative and the mobile enterprise opportunity. She discusses market reaction to IBM MobileFirst, the combination of mobile and cloud, the new mobile messaging (transactional messaging) applianc [read] Keywords: ibm enterprise mobile

Upcoming speaking engagements: BLUG, Social Media Club of Chicago, AIPMM webinar, Social Media Strategies Summit
Fri, Mar 15th 2013 7:00a   Ed Brill
Very excited about three upcoming opportunities where I will be talking social business and Opting In with three very different audiences: On March 26, here in Chicago I'll be part of a panel discussion at the Social Media Club of Chicago. We're going to be talking social in the context of this week's SXSW conference. Honestly, one of the challenges of having a worldwide responsibility at IBM is that I don't do enough local area networking, so a Chicago event gets me out of my home office a [read] Keywords: ibm lotusphere facebook networking office twitter websphere

Huffington Post: Social Media and the Mature Organization
Mon, Mar 11th 2013 7:49a   Ed Brill
Huffington Post contributor Phil Simon and I met at IBM's Partnerworld conference, and had a chance to discuss the premise behind Opting In. An example Q&A: What is the perception of IBM and social media today? IBM has transformed over the last six or seven years into a culture of participation. We have one of the largest presences on LinkedIn and Twitter, and IBMers continue to explore the leading edge of both inbound and outbound usage of social media. More importantly, we have recogniz [read] Keywords: ibm linkedin twitter

IBM Worklight...with a B2E application center
Thu, Mar 7th 2013 8:13p   Ed Brill
OK dipping a toe in the water of writing about a product :-) Two weeks ago we launched IBM MobileFirst -- a set of six solution portfolios unifying IBM's market-leading mobile enterprise story. One of the portfolios is an application platform, and the centerpiece of that is IBM Worklight. In my first month with the team, what I've learned is that Worklight addresses the need for reusability in mobile apps better than any other approach. While we offer many ways to deliver mobile web applica [read] Keywords: ibm apple application applications enterprise iphone mobile

Observations on IBM MobileFirst at Partnerworld Leadership Conference 2013
Mon, Mar 4th 2013 4:40p   Ed Brill
Last week, I had the opportunity to attend IBM's Partnerworld Leadership Conference for the first time. Individually, the event was very cool for the "reunion" aspect of it -- I had the chance to reconnect dozens of IBMers that I've worked with and for over the last nineteen years, along with several "didn't I just see you in Orlando" connections with longtime business partners. It was also a good chance to get to know some of my new team and colleagues in the enterprise mobile arena. Tho [read] Keywords: connections domino ibm lotusphere notes application applications enterprise mobile security websphere

Opting In, a month in
Sun, Mar 3rd 2013 3:40p   Ed Brill
OK technically it has been about six weeks since the book really shipped, but a month since launch at IBM Connect 2013. Close enough either way. My first book, Opting In: Lessons in Social Business has already hit many of my personal goals. Just having a book in print checked it off the bucket list. Some of the more memorable moments since publication have included making various Amazon "hot seller" and bestseller lists, the book signing at IBM Connect, and presenting a session about the bo [read] Keywords: ibm lotus community facebook podcast

IBM MobileFirst in the Wall Street Journal, and more coverage
Mon, Feb 25th 2013 5:20a   Ed Brill
IBM MobileFirst is off and running! Thursday's initial announcements of our new IBM MobileFirst solutions portfolio were met with some really positive press and analyst reports, with more on the way. Some examples: New York Times, IBM to take big step into mobile: "I.B.M.’s announcement also signals a realization among many companies that employees and customers are accessing corporate data and services via mobile devices from lots of places, any time of day." All Things Dig [read] Keywords: ibm application applications blogging development enterprise mobile

Announcing IBM MobileFirst, the industry’s leading solutions and services for the mobile enterprise
Wed, Feb 20th 2013 10:30p   Ed Brill
The curtain rises on three of the craziest weeks of my career.... Today, IBM is announcing IBM MobileFirst -- the industry's most comprehensive portfolio of mobile solutions: software, services, partners, and expertise. The news, which I will highlight in a series of blog posts this week and next, showcases IBM's investments and expertise in mobile enterprise solutions, and how only IBM is poised to help businesses capitalize on the next wave -- the business of mobile. To deliver on thi [read] Keywords: ibm application applications development enterprise integration mobile security

ibm.com: IBM Cited as a Leader in Enterprise Mobility Services by Leading Independent Research Firm
Mon, Feb 18th 2013 2:00p   Ed Brill
Forrester Research has named IBM a leader - with the highest score possible - in enterprise mobility services. The Forrester Wave report - published earlier this month - indicates IBM has a nearly perfect score in all areas, and has breadth and depth in capabilities and global presence. IBM Interactive is specifically called out as a world-class design agency providing solutions in enterprise mobility, and IBM's research and development in all areas of mobile is recognized. From the press r [read] Keywords: ibm applications development enterprise mobile

Register now for IBM live from Mobile World Congress
Thu, Feb 14th 2013 8:50a   Ed Brill
Want to learn about my new focus, IBM's mobile enterprise solutions? Here's an opportunity to hear it straight from the IBM team, along with several industry experts, straight out of the biggest mobile market event of the year:Mobile World Congress is the industry's largest event and the best place to learn about the latest in mobile technologies and how to build a sound mobile strategy. If you're not able to attend in person, IBM will bring the event to you in a 30-minute broadcast featurin [read] Keywords: ibm enterprise mobile

I’ll be at IBM PartnerWorld Leadership Conference
Tue, Feb 12th 2013 3:00p   Ed Brill
Today is day seven in my new role, and I'm already behind. It will sound trite, but IBM is doing so much in the mobile enterprise space that my first week+ has been the proverbial "drinking from a firehose." New products to learn about, new team to meet, and new activities to jump right into. I'll have a lot more to say about those activities in the next ten days -- but I like the hand I've been dealt. Meanwhile, my first public surfacing in the new role will be at IBM's PartnerWorld Le [read] Keywords: connections ibm notes sametime traveler application blogging enterprise mobile security tivoli websphere

My new role: Moving to IBM Mobile Enterprise marketing
Tue, Feb 5th 2013 7:08a   Ed Brill
Yesterday, my new IBM role as Director of Market Management - IBM Mobile Enterprise was announced internally, effective immediately. In this role, I will be responsible for some of the marketing activities for IBM's enterprise mobile initiative, which spans a huge breadth and depth of products and services -- the strongest mobile story in the entire industry. You know some of the products today as IBM Worklight, Endpoint Manager, and of course, Notes Traveler. As part of a great group of profes [read] Keywords: collaboration connections domino ibm inotes lotus notes traveler community enterprise mobile twitter

IBM Connect 2013: Messaging and Collaboration Roadmap
Tue, Jan 29th 2013 7:20a   Ed Brill
It has been noticed that I didn't have the opportunity to blog anything yet from IBM Connect 2013. The conference has been going great and there is a ton of activity. My Twitter followers have certainly seen many updates from the conference, but I haven't had a chance to put any real thoughts together in writing. Part of the reason has been distraction. On Sunday, just as the conference was getting underway, a tragic accident occurred, which involved a customer attending the conference. Se [read] Keywords: collaboration ibm community twitter

Where to find me, or my book, at IBM Connect 2013
Thu, Jan 17th 2013 4:53a   Ed Brill
Leaving for Orlando in eight days... At IBM Connect 2013, you can find me in the following key sessions or events, at least so far: INV101: IBM Messaging and Collaboration Strategy - Monday, January 28, 11:15 AM, Dolphin North Hemisphere INV201: Opting In: Social Business to Get Smarter Work Done with Marcia Conner, Principal, SensifyWork - Monday, January 28, 3:45 PM, Swan 5-6 Ballroom Book release/signing: Opting In: Lessons in Social Business from a Fortune 500 Product [read] Keywords: collaboration ibm twitter

SmartCloud for Social Business: Trust and Security
Mon, Jan 14th 2013 9:00a   Ed Brill
One of the most common lines of questioning for IBM's SmartCloud for Social Business is, how secure is the service and in turn, my data? In an effort to address that question, the SC4SB website now features a library page focused on trust and security. The page addresses security-related standards, business controls, data ownership and privacy. There are webcasts and white papers available. All the details, here - Link: ibm.com: SmartCloud for Social Business: Trust and Security [read] Keywords: ibm security

Domino XPages and mobile apps at IBM Connect 2013
Sun, Jan 13th 2013 3:42p   Ed Brill
With IBM Connect 2013 only two weeks away, I have been spending a lot of time staring at the session grid. One impression that struck me as I surveyed the grid was this: there are a lot of Domino XPages and mobile sessions on the agenda. Just how many? Session When Where JMP103 : Get the “Jump” on Mobilizing Your IBM Notes and Domino Applications Today! Sun, 27/Jan 08:00 AM - 10:00 AM Swan Mockingbird 1 & 2 JMP103 : Get the “Jump” on Mobilizing Your IBM Notes and [read] Keywords: collaboration domino ibm notes xpages application applications development dojo integration mobile server

"Opting In" - four minutes on YouTube explain what the book is about
Fri, Jan 11th 2013 7:00a   Ed Brill
The first 48 hours on-sale for Opting In: Lessons in Social Business from a Fortune 500 Product Manager are leading me to want to type a "fortunate product manager." Thank you all for the support for the e-book release! In two days, I have already claimed the #10 position on Amazon's Business | International | Global Marketing bestseller list. Not lost on me is the fact that the list is comprised of both books and Kindle titles, so in two days of Kindle sales alone, I'm floating up the l [read] Keywords: ibm

New SocialBizUG.org user group website online!
Fri, Jan 11th 2013 6:50a   Ed Brill
Earlier this week, IBM and WISPubs launched the new SocialBiz User Group website. The new site replaces LotusUserGroup.org, though your username/password credentials from the old site will work just fine on the new one. Why upgrade? Take a quick visit and it will be obvious: New community features based on IBM Connections 4 New user interface and capabilities based on IBM Domino XPages Social links to resources on ibm.com, SocialBizUG.org, and all over the collaboration solutions community [read] Keywords: collaboration connections domino ibm notes xpages community interface lotususergroup.org password

"Opting In: Lessons in Social Business" ebook now available! Kindle and Nook too.
Thu, Jan 10th 2013 4:10a   Ed Brill
I was a little unprepared yesterday morning when Jim Casale emailed me and said, "Ed, your ebook is out!" Sure enough, IBM Press Books had released the ebook download of Opting In: Lessons in Social Business from a Fortune 500 Product Manager (use discount code BRILL if you are buying here). My book had been published! Within a few hours, the Kindle edition was available, as well as the Nook book. (The paper copy can still be pre-ordered on any of those sites as well). I wasn't [read] Keywords: ibm lotus lotusphere community facebook twitter

2012 in review
Wed, Jan 2nd 2013 7:59a   Ed Brill
This felt like one of the busiest December closes in a long time, and as such, even in the midst of last week's Christmas-to-New-Years semi-vacation, finding the time to look back on the year was somewhat challenging. Still, even if this exercise continues to primarily catalyze gathering statistics for my professional annual review, it is, as the American TV commercial once said, time to make the donuts. 2012 was defined by big decisions. My team and I decided to adopt a new branding approa [read] Keywords: collaboration domino ibm lotus lotusphere notes notesdomino sametime archive blogging community desktop facebook firefox google linkedin mobile security twitter

Resemble Systems is doing it right
Sat, Dec 22nd 2012 11:03a   Ed Brill
I'm not sure I know anyone at Resemble Systems, an Indian and Saudi Arabian business partner, but I like their marketing department. In my inbox this morning was an email from Resemble Systems promoting the public beta of IBM Notes and Domino 9.0 Social Edition: Of course, marketing IBM's product is primarily IBM's responsibility. Thousands of companies around the world have downloaded the public beta of Notes/Domino 9.0 Social Edition - more than 10,000 non-IBMer downloads in the fi [read] Keywords: domino ibm notes email

IBM XWork Server, chanages for 2013 underway
Tue, Dec 18th 2012 6:23a   Ed Brill
This morning, a somewhat-confusing channel announcement letter on IBM XWork Server appeared:Effective on the date listed below, IBM® will withdraw from marketing, part number from the following product release licensed under the IBM International Program License Agreement: 5725-E32 8.5.3 03/14/13 IBM XWork Server V8.5.3Huh? I realize this is very confusing. IBM XWork Server is offered with a fixed term license (FTL). An FTL bills annually, versus the more typical model of buying [read] Keywords: ibm lotus applications server

Updated IBM Notes and Domino roadmap presentation, including Notes/Domino 9.0 Social Edition
Fri, Dec 14th 2012 10:41a   Ed Brill
Now that we are in public beta, I thought it was a good time to publish an updated copy of the IBM Messaging and Collaboration Roadmap presentation which I have been using on the road at user groups and events. Some highlights from IBM Notes and Domino 9.0 Social Edition beta and other updates are included. You can download a PDF of this presentation from SlideShare. [read] Keywords: collaboration domino ibm notes notesdomino

IBM Notes and Domino 9.0 Social Edition public beta now available!
Thu, Dec 13th 2012 1:59p   Ed Brill
It's the holiday season, and I brought you a present a little early. This morning, we posted the public release of IBM Notes and Domino 9.0 Social Edition beta. I've been running this build for a couple of weeks, and it's singing to me. According to a survey of our Design Partner Program, two-thirds of the Notes/Domino Design Partners plan to deploy the new Social Edition release within three months of eGA. It may say 9, but this is anything but a "dot zero" release. For many of [read] Keywords: domino ibm ldd lotus notes traveler

Notes Traveler 8.5.3 Upgrade Pack 2 available today...iOS app coming...
Tue, Dec 11th 2012 8:00a   Ed Brill
This morning, IBM has released Lotus Notes Traveler 8.5.3 Upgrade Pack 2. The new release includes some fixes, especially for Android "Jelly Bean" and a rollup of fixes since UP1. There is also an update to the version of DB2 that is entitled as part of the Traveler HA configuration. The new server version provides support for to-dos/tasks on Android. We also expect to release an iOS client for to-dos/tasks in the app store..."soon, very soon." I'll add more details to this post as the r [read] Keywords: ibm ldd lotus notes traveler db2 server

Notes Traveler 8.5.3 Upgrade Pack 2 available today...iOS app coming...
Tue, Dec 11th 2012 7:30a   Ed Brill
This morning, IBM has released Lotus Notes Traveler 8.5.3 Upgrade Pack 2. The new release includes some fixes, especially for Android "Jelly Bean" and a rollup of fixes since UP1. There is also an update to the version of DB2 that is entitled as part of the Traveler HA configuration. The new server version provides support for to-dos/tasks on Android. We also expect to release an iOS client for to-dos/tasks in the app store..."soon, very soon." I'll add more details to this post as the r [read] Keywords: ibm ldd lotus notes traveler db2 server

Endorsements for "Opting In: Lessons in Social Business"
Sat, Dec 8th 2012 10:43a   Ed Brill
This might be the last blog post on the topic of the book prior to its release! Earlier this week, I finished up edits on the "proof" copy of Opting In: Lessons in Social Business from a Fortune 500 Product Manager. One final look coming on December 17, and then it's off to print/ebook production. Availability date is on track for just before IBM Connect 2013. Answering an FAQ: Yes, I will be doing a couple of signing sessions for the book during Connect. I also will be doing a session on [read] Keywords: ibm ajax community enterprise linkedin network social software twitter

Maybe we could do this kind of survey at IBM Connect 2013
Fri, Dec 7th 2012 4:53a   Ed Brill
For the last couple of weeks, my inbox has been flooded with copies of an email that salesforce.com sent to IBM customers depicting how one organization moved their Domino applications to force.com and supposedly benefitted from the move. I rarely comment on the specifics of such examples, as there often is a lot of missing data -- what version of Notes, what kind of apps, etc. I'm also not even sure if that email is really having any impact; haven't had any customers ask me about it directly, [read] Keywords: collaboration domino ibm lotus lotusphere notes applications email

IBM Docs now available in SmartCloud for Social Business!
Tue, Dec 4th 2012 6:10a   Ed Brill
This morning, IBM SmartCloud for Social Business offers a number of new enhancements. The service now offers blogs, including ideation blogs, and wikis. SmartCloud Notes has some administrative updates. The overall service now has Safe Harbor certification, both for the European Union and for Switzerland. And IBM Docs is now available as IBM SmartCloud Docs, either at US$3/user/month or at no additional charge as part of the SmartCloud Engage Advanced package (US$10/user/month). My team is tr [read] Keywords: collaboration ibm notes symphony applications integration microsoft mobile office openoffice security

A perfect IBM Connections Mail demonstration
Thu, Nov 29th 2012 8:00a   Ed Brill
I am sitting in the concluding session of the DanNotes conference in Kørsor, Denmark. About a hundred delegates have been here for a couple of days with an agenda featuring Mikkel Heisterberg, Mat Newman, Paul Mooney, Abigail Roberts, Frank van der Linden, and several other domestic and international speakers. This morning, I presented an updated messaging and collaboration roadmap. I realize I need to post these slides, now that we are out of stealth mode on IBM Notes/Domino Social Editio [read] Keywords: collaboration connections domino ibm notes server

IBM Mobile Connect 6.1.5 now available
Mon, Nov 26th 2012 4:41p   Ed Brill
Missed this during the US holidays last week...a new release of IBM Mobile Connect is now available. Mobile Connect is a VPN solution, very resilient and has the added advantage of a client-less approach (e.g. for iOS). The client access license is included in the Domino Enterprise Client Access license along with the IBM Lotus Communications CEO bundle. new features in Mobile Connect 6.1.5: Native client for Android V4 64-bit Mac OS X support 64-bit Connection Manager support Awareness for [read] Keywords: connections domino ibm inotes lotus enterprise mac mobile

Whatever we call it, part 2
Mon, Nov 26th 2012 3:13a   Ed Brill
Up early as I am about to embark on what potentially could be my second round-the-world trip of the year, in equally short time. First stop, New York City. Then Copenhagen and the DanNotes event. Then, perhaps, Seoul. All great stuff and worth the trip. Two weeks ago, I hosted a webcast to unveil the public beta of IBM Notes and Domino Social Edition. Viewed live by 2000 people, and thousands since, the feedback on the upcoming release and its key messages was nearly 100% positive. Over 1000 [read] Keywords: collaboration connections domino ibm lotus notes notesdomino traveler community enterprise mobile

IBM Notes/Domino 9 Social Edition public beta planned for December 14
Tue, Nov 13th 2012 12:10p   Ed Brill
On a webcast watched live by 2000 people, earlier today, IBM announced a plan for a public beta of IBM Notes/Domino 9.0 Social Edition. The beta is expected to be available on December 14, and you can register for the beta today via http://bit.ly/ND9BETA . If you were unable to join us for the webcast, a replay will be available starting tomorrow morning via On24. Notes/Domino Social Edition was first unveiled at Lotusphere 2012, and has been in development for more than a year. We decided [read] Keywords: collaboration domino ibm lotusphere notes notesdomino traveler xpages bug community development interface server system i

"Opting In" update: production, foreword, target date
Mon, Nov 12th 2012 2:00p   Ed Brill
My last blog post about Opting In: Lessons In Social Business from a Fortune 500 Product Manager was about six weeks ago. At that time, the manuscript was complete, the title and table of contents was announced, and the contributors were recognized. Since that time, the publishing process has accelerated quickly. A peer review cycle took place, with my colleagues Luis Suarez, Jennifer Okimoto, and Jeanne Murray providing feedback. Grammar/spelling/punctuation editing has begun, with that pro [read] Keywords: ibm twitter

New IBM study: The business of social business
Fri, Nov 9th 2012 11:20a   Ed Brill
Earlier today, the IBM Institute for Business value released a new study, "The Business of Social Business: What works and how it's done." This comprehensive study interviewed over 1,100 participants and executives from across several industries globally. The analysis discovered that there are three clear areas where social business is transforming organizations: Creating valued customer experiences Driving workforce productivity and effectiveness Accelerating innovation. The study recognize [read] Keywords: ibm application enterprise

Updating entitlements in Notes/Domino 8.5.3
Wed, Nov 7th 2012 8:51p   Ed Brill
When IBM Connections 4 shipped eight weeks ago, I was frequently asked, "When will the Connections Files and Profiles entitlement in Notes/Domino be updated?" Based on what I knew then, the answer was, "When we ship Notes/Domino Social Edition in Q1 2013." With all credit due to my colleagues on the IBM WebSphere Portal product management team, I have good news. Next week, on November 13, we plan to update the entitled version of Connections Files and Profiles to IBM Connections 4. Two [read] Keywords: connections domino ibm notes notesdomino tivoli websphere websphere portal

November 13- Notes and Domino Social Edition webcast
Mon, Oct 29th 2012 2:50p   Ed Brill
Mark your calendars and register today!!!! Calling all IBM Lotus Notes and Domino customers, Business Partners and developers! Join IBM on November 13th at 10am Eastern Time US for an important series of announcements and previews. Learn how IBM Lotus Notes® and IBM Lotus® Domino®, better than any other platform investment, positions you to create a more effective workforce. During this special broadcast, we will introduce our new IBM Notes and Domino Social Edition beta program, [read] Keywords: collaboration domino ibm lotus notes notesdomino community

1,151 enterprises return to Notes/Domino YTD in 2012
Tue, Oct 23rd 2012 6:00a   Ed Brill
One of the metrics of the Notes/Domino business that my team has been tracking this year is "reinstatements," or customer purchases that bring lapsed licenses back on active maintenance contracts. For the first three quarters of 2012, that number is a surprising 1,151 enterprises. Why is this a focus, and why does it matter? It matters because those organizations, at some point, had walked away from their Notes/Domino investment. Even with annual feature releases, innovation in XPages [read] Keywords: collaboration connections domino ibm notes notesdomino traveler xpages applications blogging email exchange exchange linkedin microsoft mobile

EasySync Pro?
Thu, Oct 18th 2012 11:40a   Ed Brill
Do you still use EasySync Pro? IBM® Lotus® EasySync® Pro is a personal productivity solution that provides data synchronization between your IBM Lotus Notes® desktop and handheld devices running PalmOS and Windows CE/Pocket PC operating systems. We are thinking about its future and trying to determine where/if it is still in active use today. Anyone? Email, tweet, or comment here with thoughts. Thanks. [read] Keywords: ibm lotus notes desktop email

OpenOffice graduates to Apache Top-Level Project (TLP)
Thu, Oct 18th 2012 5:40a   Ed Brill
Earlier this morning, the Apache Software Foundation announced that Apache OpenOffice has graduated from the Apache Incubator and become a Top-Level Project. This is significant recognition of the community effort around OpenOffice since it became an Apache project in June, 2011. "The OpenOffice graduation is the official recognition that the project is now able to self-manage not only in technical matters, but also in community issues, said Andrea Pescetti, VP Apache OpenOffice. "The 'Apac [read] Keywords: collaboration ibm lotus symphony community openoffice

October webcasts on IBM Docs
Mon, Oct 15th 2012 4:10p   Ed Brill
Three upcoming and one recorded webcast are available on IBM Greenhouse regarding the soon-to-be-released IBM Docs....Come and join us for these hands-on sessions where you'll learn about the rich capabilities in IBM Docs, how to leverage the social features to work in a more collaborative and efficient way, and understand the integrations with IBM Connections, Lotus iNotes, and IBM SmartCloud. Speakers: Nikhil Parekh, IBM; Wei Gao, IBM; Da Peng Deng, IBM; Sean Brown, IBM. Next sessions on Oct [read] Keywords: connections ibm inotes lotus

New Sametime client update for Android
Thu, Oct 11th 2012 10:50a   Ed Brill
Chris Reckling has posted an update on the IBM Sametime mobile client for Android devices:Today IBM released new Sametime Chat apps for Android tablets and phone. This is the first release of Sametime to have an experience designed specifically for the Android tablet. Tyler Walters, on my team, is the designer. Great job by him and the development team to produce this. This design is in line with the Notes Traveler tablet design, so you can use them side by side and have a great experience. It [read] Keywords: ibm ldd lotus notes sametime traveler development google mobile

Updates from the Social Business Leadership Alliance
Mon, Oct 8th 2012 7:30a   Ed Brill
Last week I was in Boston, meeting with customers and partners as part of the annual invite-only Social Business Leadership Alliance. The event contents are covered by non-disclosure agreements, which gives us a chance to "let our hair down a bit" and discuss concepts and decisions ahead with the opportunity to garner candid input and feedback. We take the non-disclosure very seriously, and I am pleased to see that even some of the most provocative thoughts shared in Boston stayed in Boston. T [read] Keywords: connections domino ibm notes notes client mac tivoli

Notes/Domino 8.5.x supported for at least four more years
Fri, Sep 28th 2012 7:29a   Ed Brill
About once a day right now, I am getting questions about the longetivity of the current release of Notes/Domino. It turned out our support page was caught between two policies; an old one that said that we supported a release for a minimum of five years and then had extended support for an additional three years, and a new one being phased in that says that a product will be supported for its current and the previous two feature releases. The old policy could have concluded Notes/Domino 8.5 supp [read] Keywords: domino ibm lei notes notesdomino policies

Opting In: Lessons in Social Business from a Fortune 500 Product Manager - the manuscript draft is complete
Wed, Sep 26th 2012 7:50a   Ed Brill
I wrote a book! Last night, I finished the draft of the concluding chapter for my forthcoming book, which I announced in July. Opting In: Lessons in Social Business from a Fortune 500 Product Manager now moves from authoring to editing. Having never written a book before, I had no real expectations of how the process of drafting would proceed, especially as a nights-and-weekends project. The first few chapters unfolded slowly. I had to adjust to writing in book style and voice, rather [read] Keywords: ibm

iTnews: Bureau of Statistics retains Notes in IT transformation
Wed, Sep 26th 2012 6:01a   Ed Brill
The Australian Bureau of Statistics is one of the most mature, invested Notes/Domino customers I have met anywhere in the world. They really understand the value of the platform they built, and in this story, are demonstrating why it makes sense to further that investment:The bureau adopted Lotus Notes and Domino for its workflow, messaging, knowledge repositories, subscription business intelligence services integration, records management and web content management in the 1990s. It added IBM [read] Keywords: collaboration connections domino ibm lotus notes enterprise integration microsoft mobile office sharepoint

SMBNation: Life After SBS: The IBM Approach to SMB IT
Tue, Sep 25th 2012 2:40p   Ed Brill
A very complete review of IBM SmartCloud Engage, which was recently recognized as a leader in cloud collaboration by Forrester Research...10 second takeaway: IBM's SmartCloud Engage platform for small business provides a powerful cloud-based, small business server replacement at a competitive price. ... Like any good productivity and communications suite, SmartCloud Engage starts with email. The SmartCloud Notes webmail client includes all the same basic features as Gmail and Outlook for Off [read] Keywords: collaboration ibm notes email integration interface office outlook server

IBM Connections Mail now available for IBM Connections 4
Thu, Sep 20th 2012 7:10a   Ed Brill
This morning, you can find the Connections Mail plug-in for IBM Connections 4 is now available on the IBM Collaboration Solutions Catalog. IBM Connections Mail: • Minimizes switching between your messaging and social applications with access to existing corporate email and calendar within IBM Connections • Easily share mail attachments via the Connections Files service • Allows you to address mails to contacts in your IBM Connectio [read] Keywords: collaboration connections domino ibm ldd lotus notes applications development email exchange exchange microsoft network outlook profile

New beta 2 of IBM Docs now on Greenhouse
Tue, Sep 18th 2012 4:03a   Ed Brill
The beta of IBM Docs, IBM's forthcoming browser-based productivity suite, has been updated on IBM Greenhouse...IBM Docs is a social document platform that allows organizations, both inside and outside the firewall, to simultaneously collaborate on word processing, spreadsheet and presentation documents in the cloud to improve productivity. IBM Docs Beta users will be able to store and share documents in IBM Connections on Greenhouse, co-edit documents in real time or assign users sections of th [read] Keywords: connections ibm lotus

Collaboration Today, and why curation matters
Fri, Sep 14th 2012 7:30a   Ed Brill
Earlier this week, OpenNTF.org launched the Collaboration Today community website at http://collaborationtoday.info. As Niklas Heidloff wrote on the OpenNTF blog:The content you will find on Collaboration Today is a compilation of current and relevant news for IBM Collaboration Solutions professionals focussing on IBM products and technologies including IBM Connections, IBM Lotus Domino, IBM WebSphere Portal and IBM Sametime. It's a visually striking site, all built on XPages and utilizing [read] Keywords: collaboration connections domino ibm lotus policies sametime xpages community facebook google openntf planetlotus planetlotus.org twitter websphere websphere portal

IBM Connections 4 now available
Fri, Sep 7th 2012 4:00a   Ed Brill
An exciting day has arrived as "C4", IBM Connections 4, is now available! IBM Connections has been named the market leader in social software for three consecutive years. This new release extends IBM's technology lead by introducing key new capabilities: Activity Streams - a homepage full of useful content, not just from within the Connections environment, but anywhere OpenSocial 2.0 and embedded application experiences - never leave the context of what you're doing to participate in ap [read] Keywords: collaboration connections domino ibm inotes lotus notes application blogging community exchange exchange mobile social software

IBM Connect 2013, now with more Lotusphere; registration open!
Tue, Sep 4th 2012 12:40p   Ed Brill
Earlier today, IBM officially kicked off awareness and registration for the Connect 2013, January 27-31 in Orlando, Florida, USA. Connect is not a new name or conference, but rather an expansion of mission and scope for the Lotusphere events of the past two decades. For the last few years, IBM has offered parallel events as part of the Lotusphere conference, including Connect 2012. The Connect 2012 sessions were focused on solutions and adoption, and attracted a line-of-business managemen [read] Keywords: ibm lotus lotusphere xpages development

Raj Patil: What about installation of the Notes Browser plug-in?
Fri, Aug 31st 2012 11:40a   Ed Brill
I'm back from a ten-day around-the-world trip, during which I allocated my free time to book writing so haven't been blogging. Lots of great customer and partner meetings in France, Thailand, Malaysia, Japan. Some good food at every stop, too. Now that I'm back, I am catching up...including Raj Patil's blog. Raj is a senior technical staff member on the Notes team, but I think his blog isn't on PlanetLotus because not many people have seen it. This week he posted an update on the Notes b [read] Keywords: admin domino ibm notes application applications blogging desktop java planetlotus

Bethann Cregg: A Marriage of Social and the Cloud: New Report Cites IBM as a Leader in Cloud Strategy
Tue, Aug 21st 2012 2:43p   Ed Brill
Bethann Cregg, IBM's Vice President of SmartCloud for Social Business, blogged earlier today on the Social Business Insights Blog:New research from Forrester Research shows online collaboration tools are increasingly becoming a key part of enterprise deployments. IBM was among the select companies that Forrester Research, Inc. invited to participate in the August, 2012 report: “The Forrester Wave™: Cloud Strategies of Online Collaboration Software Vendors, 3Q 2012”. In this [read] Keywords: collaboration connections ibm application enterprise

"See you in less than 72 hours"
Mon, Aug 20th 2012 8:53a   Ed Brill
Sort of surprised when I typed that sentence this morning. It was directed to a colleague in Thailand, and yes, I really will be there that soon. Later today, I'm leaving for a round-the-world tour, the first one I've done in over a decade.... With a first stop in Paris, unfortunately only 36 hours on the ground which is long enough to prepare for and meet a key customer, as well as attend calls back with my team in the US to see if we are ready to ship IBM Connections Mail and other upcomi [read] Keywords: connections ibm facebook twitter

SmartCloud Notes new sixth release now available!
Tue, Aug 14th 2012 1:59p   Ed Brill
Today marks the announcement of our sixth major release of the IBM SmartCloud Notes service. The new release incorporates the following enhancements: • Support for IMAP clients (supported clients include: Microsoft Outlook 2003 and 2007, Mozilla Thunderbird 9.0.1, Apple Mail 4 and 5) • Additional mail management settings for precise control over the deletion of email messages • In SmartCloud Notes web, support for Domino database Notes links R [read] Keywords: domino ibm notes traveler apple database email microsoft outlook password

USA Today: Social-media tools can boost productivity
Sun, Aug 12th 2012 7:53p   Ed Brill
Monday morning's USA Today features a good market overview of social business platforms. It highlights Newly Weds Foods, who use IBM Connections:[T]he chefs who develop recipes at Chicago-based Newly Weds Foods, a wholesale food supplier to restaurants and institutions, use a similar social-media suite — IBM Connections — to carry out time-sensitive projects with experts scattered in several nations, says Bob Brindza, Newly Weds' director of management information systems. [read] Keywords: connections ibm sametime community network social software

Book project update
Thu, Aug 9th 2012 2:03p   Ed Brill
As I announced last month, I am writing a book on social business and the discipline of product management for IBM Press. I've let out an occasional tweet about the effort since then, but thought it might be useful to provide an overall update. The book is going to be about ten chapters long. The outline covers standard themes like what it means to be a social product manager, what tools to use, and how to work with community, but the book is peppered with "lesssons learned" from the last [read] Keywords: connections domino ibm notes application community database integration laptop server

SmartCloud Social announcements in the UK and Japan
Tue, Aug 7th 2012 7:01a   Ed Brill
First, in Japan, NEC has announced that it is adopting the IBM SmartCloud for Social Business service and making it available to customers worldwide.NEC Corp. is enhancing its lineup of cloud services for telecommunications carriers by adopting the IBM SmartCloud for Social Business service to help its small and midsize clients improve internal communication, NEC announced on Aug. 6. Services are scheduled to begin in Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and the Asia-Pacific regions in the [read] Keywords: calendaring ibm email instant messaging

Things we’re working on for Notes/Domino Social Edition licensing/packaging
Thu, Aug 2nd 2012 6:23a   Ed Brill
OK, this is just a teaser of things my team and I are working on around licensing and packaging of Notes/Domino products for implementation around the time of the new Notes/Domino Social Edition (8.5.4) release: Revised terms for IBM XWork Server. We are trying to simplify the restriction around number of applications/databases, and create a scalable approach to deploying XWork Server as a solution component Address and clarify how to license and support Domino Designer in the context of a Do [read] Keywords: collaboration connections domino ibm inotes lotus notes notesdomino application applications enterprise mobile network server tivoli websphere

Lotus Notes and OS X Mountain Lion
Fri, Jul 27th 2012 6:24a   Ed Brill
With heavy travel the last couple of weeks, I hadn't had a chance to get this blog posted before Apple released Mountain Lion earlier this week. Lotus Notes 8.5.3 has some challenges running on Mountain Lion, which we have documented in IBM technote 159984. IBM has been working with Apple for several months in an effort to address these issues, but unfortunately there was no simple path to resolution prior to Apple's release. Our plan is to support Notes 8.5.3 on Mountain Lion "soon" - [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes notes client apple application desktop mac

ibm.com: Hendricks Regional Health builds apps to meet high standards
Thu, Jul 26th 2012 7:43a   Ed Brill
An XPages case study is now available on IBM.com...To maintain its high operational and quality of care standards, HRH created six new Lotus Domino applications over the past two years, led by HRH application development supervisor Kim Kiefer. All were built using the XPages web development framework available in the 8.5 release of Lotus Domino Designer software. XPages lets developers build web applications faster and with more functionality than possible before.It's a very extensive case stud [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus xpages application applications development

Summer project: My first book
Mon, Jul 16th 2012 7:23a   Ed Brill
It's time to come out of stealth mode on my summer project this year. I'm writing a book, specifically a book about social business and product management. If all goes well, the book will be published in the first quarter of 2013, though that somewhat depends on you. I have felt like I have a book to write for a long time. For me it is a bit of full circle -- my first real job in high school was at Waldenbooks, and until the day that I started a part-time summer job installing TCP/IP route [read] Keywords: collaboration ibm lotus notes community

IBM and Trust Factory expanding partnership
Mon, Jul 9th 2012 11:14a   Ed Brill
The market ecosystem around Lotus Notes and Domino is filled with numerous business partner wares designed to improve the experience of owning/deploying/managing a Notes and Domino infrastructure. Over the years, we have seen many of these partner tools become de rigeur best-in-class componentry for making the lives of Notes/Domino admins, architects, and developers easier while improving the bottom line costs of the environment. For the last couple of years, IBM's salesforce in North Ameri [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus lotusphere notes application applications community network wiki

Lotus Notes and Domino 8.5.4 Social Edition: A single release
Mon, Jul 2nd 2012 9:34a   Ed Brill
About six weeks ago, I posted a graphic that showcased the "OneUI" look of the Notes 8.5.4 Social Edition client as a teaser of the work going on towards this year's new Lotus Notes/Domino release. The feedback was a little surprising, though consistent with a thought I had started to hear on the road. Put simply, the strategy of releasing both a Notes/Domino 8.5.4 "maintenance release" and a Notes Social Edition "feature release" simultaneously was confusing. Questions abounded as to [read] Keywords: domino ibm inotes lotus notes application desktop

Notes and Domino 8.5.4 Social Edition: A single release
Mon, Jul 2nd 2012 9:22a   Ed Brill
About six weeks ago, I posted a graphic that showcased the "OneUI" look of the Notes 8.5.4 Social Edition client as a teaser of the work going on towards this year's new Notes/Domino release. The feedback was a little surprising, though consistent with a thought I had started to hear on the road. Put simply, the strategy of releasing both a Notes/Domino 8.5.4 "maintenance release" and a Notes Social Edition "feature release" simultaneously was confusing. Questions abounded as to the d [read] Keywords: domino ibm inotes notes application desktop

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