Good morning from Orlando. It's always disorienting to be in these hotels when it's not Lotusphere. Today at the Dolphin, some sales meeting is wrapping up. The attendees do not seem demographically to match Lotusphere...
...but that will all start changing today. And in 24-36 hours, I know I'll be in the zone, with thousands of my closest friends and colleagues.
There is a lot of exciting news and innovation coming in the next week at Lotusphere and IBM Connect 2012. Obviously I'm not here to write the spoilers blog. What I do want to do is address a word I have heard frequently in the last few days, and that's "Vulcan". Specifically, IBM Project Vulcan, which we announced as a blueprint previously at Lotusphere. It seems, from the topics I've been given for some of my 1:1 meetings next week, that many are looking for us to answer the question of "what have you done with Vulcan?" or "when can I buy Vulcan?" or "is Leonard Nimoy the guest speaker?" (I have no idea about the last one, I never find out in advance).
I have often said in these pages that "branding is the hardest part of marketing." What has always struck me as funny is how our codenames, often never intended to be externally visible, become so successful--disproportionately so. When I say Domino, or Hannover, or Bluejay, or Shimmer...many of you recognize these codenames, one of which even eventually became the product name. This was always the risk with "IBM Project Vulcan", is that within a short period of time, we started getting questions of "when is Vulcan shipping?" "What product does Vulcan replace?" In the end, a codename can create confusion, as much as it creates a unifying concept or theme.
So, at Lotusphere 2012, where is IBM Project Vulcan? The answer: It's everywhere. It's in Notes/Domino "Next". It's in Connections "Next". It's in LotusLive "Next". It's in LotusLive Symphony. It's in the Social Business Toolkit. The concepts we laid out for Project Vulcan -- convergence, integration, innovation, opportunity -- have been applied and baked into the new versions of these products, all of which will be prominently featured (and heavily demonstrated!) in the Lotusphere Opening General Session. The blueprint has become its real thing, something you can and will deploy in 2012, almost regardless of your entry point into IBM Collaboration Solutions.
You probably won't hear the word "Vulcan" much anymore, though. It's time to stop talking about a conceptual blueprint and start talking about the implementation. The impressive aspect of that blueprint is that it established a long-term view of how to evolve our solutions to be the best-in-class social business tools. This year's releases, and even those beyond, will show the strength of that vision. We have taken to heart that "IBM Project Vulcan" will live long within IBM's social business solutions, and prosper.
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
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
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
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 WollschlÃ¤ger, 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
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
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