The truth is Quickr serves purposes within the IBM portfolio that are very useful to many organizations.
Maybe you have a sales organization that needs to stay on top of the latest info, pricing, competitive info. Or perhaps you want to share information with an external source or client.
In these cases, Connections does provide an increasingly more productive way to accomplish these tasks. So it is easy to see why some IBM competitors say Quickr is dead. But again, the truth is far from this.
Project based efforts, client engagements and more, require more depth than what is currently in Connections, the type of depth and details are what make Quickr so useful.
At this junction, IBM sales is quite regularly selling Quickr coupled with Connections to provide a full collaborative solution to cover both the project needs such as multiple levels of files and more granular security in addition to being able to easily create blogs, wikis and share the information outside your organization.
Quickr is not only about file sharing, as many people think. This misnomer comes from competitors who wish to pigeon hole it as a limited product to compare to their own limitations. Quickr has check in and check out benefits as well as a deep directory structure for files.
If your company is looking at a workflow process for your projects or business deals, then Quickr meets that requirement too over Connections.
Quickr provides an integrated calendar sharing for the sites and your projects. Sites are what one may think of as a group or project. There are also Lists, multiple place templates, custom document types too.
Need Quickr on the run? There are mobile options for phones and iPhones and iPads.
Naturally Quickr integrates very well with your existing Lotus Notes and Domino environments, Sametime too, from attachments stored directly inside a Quickr site from any email sent to dragging and dropping emails into sites to keep all information in one place.
Quickr, as well as Connections, integrate into your existing environment of Office and with Outlook as well. From this wiki page for Connections 3.x:
Install the SharePoint widget and make it available to community owners. A community owner can then add the widget to a community so that community members can view and edit files uploaded from a SharePoint server.
Quickr relies on its Connectors to provide integration. This reference about the Connectors elaborates:
Using the place connector for Microsoft Office, users can exploit the updated Lotus Quickr Ribbon Tab Add-in for Microsoft Office 2007 if they use the Add-in tab. All activities that users can perform from this connector are available on the Places tab in the Office ribbon, which appears next to the Add-In tab. The Ribbon is an enhancement of the previous toolbar and menu options that were available for earlier versions of Microsoft Office as well as previous versions of the connectors installed in Microsoft Office 2007. The toolbar also exists for versions of Microsoft Office prior to 2007.
But enough about the integration, that was not really the reason for this post, although the truth should be seen and heard, or better yet experienced.
While IBM does not expect to ship any major products this year, pending the arrival of the Vulcan efforts, it does not mean they have not been extending the product lines with point releases and other updates like support for 64-bit which came out in June. Luis Benitez, Quickr for Domino Product Manager just last week posted an update on Quickr and Connection integration.
The ease of use and installation, out of the box, for Quickr for Domino , slightly more effort for clustering, also helps provide a quick ROI. Quickr J2EE can also be used out of the box, runs on Websphere and can likewise be up and running, again with slightly more effort for Clustering.
Based on my session at The View for Quickr admins, I had a good percentage of the show attendees in my session which is a great showing to me that Quickr has not gone away, a number of people had just put it in and were getting trained on it even. So it is far from dead.
The book I co-authored, which is on the top right side of my blog, was written knowing there is a growing interest in the product again.
IBM has the numbers and while I can only guess at them, I do not believe it is dying, in fact, because of Connections, Quickr is growing. Why? Because together the two products complement each other. By providing project efforts, coupled with external and internal collaboration, and without ANY programming involved, you can extend your business and learn more about your own employees. Enable them to easily blog, post to wiki's, share files, secure project data and receive proactive notifications of all of the activity, as much or as little as required.
Friday Frustrations - Online Bill Paying UX Failure
Fri, Sep 12th 2014 4:06a Keith Brooks Received our first gas bill today from the Supergas company here in Israel. I can setup an automatic bank draft or pay by credit card. I can't do the bank draft yet so I figured I would pay by credit card. Go to their site, find the pay my bill page, get to the screen where I put in my information and there is one small problem...the area code. Mine, 058 is not listed. Link to their page here Naturally like any good hack I figured just pick an area code and let it go, like entering firstname.lastname@example.org [read] Keywords: email
Accountability and the ESN
Mon, Sep 8th 2014 6:33a Keith Brooks In this Golden Age of social networks that pretend to be burying email servers like Rod Stewart goes through wives, we have a black hole that is not discussed. Email is not perfect, but better than most countries normal postal services. IM is great for awareness of who is online, but just because I show up online does not mean I really am at the machine, phone or browser. Twitter is awesome....when you are connected to the internet. SMS is far from perfect, as anyone who travels can tell you wh [read] Keywords: email
What is your Candy Corn?
Thu, Sep 4th 2014 6:33a Keith Brooks For those not familiar with the reference, Candy Corn is a sweet confectionery candy which is quite sugary and shaped like a triangle with 3 colors in it. Wikipedia explains it this way. The picture below is from Wikipedia as well. I could eat a mound of it and not think twice about it. To me Candy Corn is one of the best candies. It is a happy candy, for me, and I enjoy eating them, in many ways which I will not bore you with here. Sadly for me the only Kosher ones I know of are from the Jelly [read] Keywords: wiki
What Are You Doing, HAL?
Wed, Sep 3rd 2014 6:33a Keith Brooks My friend Chris Toohey posted this on Twitter: Ever have one of those mornings where you just want to blow off billable work & code something fun?? #stayOnTarget! — Chris Toohey (@christoohey) September 3, 2014 I replied, I just want my servers to talk to me. What would you have your server say, if it could talk? "My Router hurts, are you spamming people again?" "Drive C has eaten all the chips and needs a bigger belt (no free space)" "That agent you ran just now, were you seriousl [read] Keywords: agent
Think About This for a Moment
Fri, Aug 29th 2014 7:13a Keith Brooks According to the National Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS), more than 1.5 million nonprofit organizations are registered in the U.S. This number includes public charities, private foundations, and other types of nonprofit organizations, including chambers of commerce, fraternal organizations and civic leagues.This table, can give you more details of breakdowns, data up to 2009. Because of the ALS #IceBucketChallenge, which has raised over $94 Million since July 29th alone, there are now [read] Keywords: foundations
Conference Season is Picking Up
Thu, Aug 21st 2014 12:33p Keith Brooks I have been a bit out of the loop the last 4-6 weeks but for those who have been in the know, there are many conferences, especially IBM ones, over the next few months. Some are asking for abstracts. Hint, hint. MWLUG in Grand Rapids NEXT WEEK, August 27-29 ICON UK September 12th in London Social Connections VII in Stockholm November 13-14 (abstracts due by end of August) DanNotes November 20-21 in Korsør (abstracts due by end of August) 2015 Lotusphere/IBM Connect/ IBM ConnectED in Orla [read] Keywords: collaboration
Apps That Make Life Easier in Other Countries
Wed, Aug 20th 2014 7:10a Keith Brooks On my travels lately we have been using extensively a few apps which some of you may need or want when you travel as well. I am not so excited by any of the lame efforts of gamification, so ignoring this GAM (Game Spam) the apps are: Everyone knows about WAZE and if you don't, go get it now and never get lost or late anywhere you drive. Like WAZE, MOOVIT does for you bus users and train users what WAZE does for drivers. A bit confusing of a UI but once you get used to it you will not stop. It [read] Keywords: google
Are you a Catalyst?
Tue, Aug 19th 2014 6:50a Keith Brooks About two weeks ago I was involved in a discussion on Twitter with someone about blogging and awareness. He writes a blog about AIX systems which I like but rarely get to play with any more. He tweeted to me about how management doesn’t “get” his blogging nor gives him any credit for it. My answer is, this too will pass and his time will come. Writing for a few weeks or months, even in some cases years, does not produce tangible results until some catalyst brings you into the spotlight. I [read] Keywords: aix
Next Stop, Israel
Tue, Aug 5th 2014 8:03a Keith Brooks Yes, I gave it all away in the title of this post. For the rest of you that clicked through to read about this topic, let me start with this story. This quite possibly may be my longest blog post I ever write. You have been warned.Around 1994 or 1995 I was managing Citibank's Latin American Lotus Notes network. I visited numerous countries there and checked on our cc:Mail, Notes and OpenMail installations and personnel.One trip scheduled was to Bogota, Colombia. In those years it was common, a [read] Keywords: collaboration