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.
My Sametime JumpStart Session at Connect 2014
Thu, Dec 12th 2013 6:30a Keith Brooks I am happy to announce we will be doing a JumpStart session about how to enable the IBM Sametime Voice in Sametime 9. For those that are unaware, SUTLite is now known as IBM Sametime Voice and is no longer an added license expense. You can load this up on your own and off you go! It is FREE! But wait, you say you do not know any telephony? You are not the PBX person? You have no idea what a PBX is or does? Well, come on down to Orlando this winter, the week of Jan 26-Feb 1 and get hands on wal [read] Keywords: ibm
Took Vacation, Came back an IBM Champion
Mon, Dec 9th 2013 7:20a Keith Brooks IBM has announced the new Champions for ICS and I am honored to be named, for the second time in a row, as an IBM Champion for 2014. While on vacation with a cell phone that only makes and receive calls and no laptop, just an iPad. I was really only logging on in the morning and evening and Israel is 7 hours ahead of Eastern time. When i got back Thursday night my streams were filled with the news. Very happy to hear my old friend from Lotus days, Oliver Heinz, will be handling us this year. [read] Keywords: ibm
The Social Zombie
Thu, Oct 31st 2013 7:40a Keith Brooks I was working in the lab late one night, when my eyes beheld an eerie site, a new social site popped up asking me to join them.
What crazy thing is this I thought? Join us it said. Join them? There must be social sites I bet even for vampires, werewolves and zombies. (Yes they are real sites, may not be safe at work for obvious reasons.)
Social sites? Don't they know people have work to do? Talk to your buddies after work or on the weekends.
It was then I heard a knock on the lab door [read] Keywords: google
Update to IBM Notes 9.0.1 in 20 minutes
Tue, Oct 29th 2013 11:30a Keith Brooks This was for all 3 clients, Notes, Admin and Developer.
Fast or slow? Convenient or difficult?
You make the call, but if you jump at the chance to update your Apple devices the second a release comes out, you should do the same for Notes, Domino and Traveler.
After all, what is more important? Games and apps or your living and breathing inbox/sidebar/portal/streams?
And don't forget there is also a new version of SwiftFile to make life that little bit easier to get to inbox near zero. [read] Keywords: admin
IBM Sametime 9 Installation Spreadsheet
Wed, Oct 23rd 2013 1:50p Keith Brooks Better late than never, I have posted here a spreadsheet for installation of Sametime 9, similar to my IBM Connections 4.5 installation spreadsheet.
I took this IBM Sametime Wiki page provided and broke it down by topics (WAS, DB2, MUX, Media Manager, etc).
For those that need, that is, should be, documenting your installation details, hopefully this helps make your life easier.
You can download my spreadsheet from the link below:
Sametime 9 Installation Spreadsheet for Documentation
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Who Saw Your Slides? Part 2
Tue, Oct 15th 2013 12:00p Keith Brooks The 2nd part of my "Who aw your slides?" post is live at the IBM Social business Insights Blog.
you give a presentation at a conference, do you remember to post and
share your slides with those who didn’t attend? Besides posting through
the organization that ran the conference, you can also publish your
presentation on your blog or at SlideShare, which can both feed to your Twitter and Facebook accounts. But in order to get shares, first you’ll need memorable slides!
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Who Saw Your Slides?
Mon, Oct 7th 2013 9:50a Keith Brooks As part of the IBM Redbook Thought Leaders, I had originally wrote this post for the IBM Social Business Insights blog. This is my first two part post there.
Who saw your slides? Four tips on getting more shares (Part 1)
Has this ever happened to you? You spend weeks working on your presentation for the big conference and when your day arrives you get into presenter mode, show up early to your appointed room and prepare to take the stage. You think to yourself, this is going to be a great se [read] Keywords: ibm