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.
Got IBM Mail yet?
Fri, Feb 28th 2014 7:10a Keith Brooks In case you were wondering, I have not gone into hiding, contrary to the trolls. Want to just run this by you as I know someone out there has been scratching their head asking what is IBM talking about with all this talk of mail, mail, mail. Mail in this case is of course, email. You remember email, the thing everyone said was dead, like the mainframe? Email, that scapegoat of corporate executives who live in fear people will realize their company is close to bankruptcy or some other financi [read] Keywords: connections
JMP206 : Calling Home: Enabling the IBM Sametime Softphone in ST9 the Slides
Sun, Jan 26th 2014 1:10p Keith Brooks For those that showed up this morning, thank you all. We hope you gained some insights from us. There was a question about the characters one can or can not use in a password field when installing and configuring Sametime and Cognos. Please keep in mind I do not have the direct quotes from IBM for this but here is what was posted recently in a Skype chat we had. Invalid characters: % ^ & / Valid characters: ! @ # $ * ( ) . ~ JMP206 : Calling Home: Enabling the IBM Sametime Softphone in [read] Keywords: ibm
When Microsoft Fake Support Calls
Thu, Jan 9th 2014 8:00a Keith Brooks A few months back I posted this about a consulting company that called me about a virus on my pc that called them. Now my grandmother, at 91 years old, get this call and she manages to get their number and name from them, and the number works. Quite sure the name is just an alias, as how many people from India are called Steve Johnson I wonder? They claim they are from Windows Technical Department. So naturally I wanted to have some fun and managed to get my IBM Sametime SUT call recorded usin [read] Keywords: ibm
Update on Advertising Age and their Lack of IT
Wed, Jan 8th 2014 12:40p Keith Brooks I decided to follow up with AdAge by calling the number shown on the cover to renew my subscription. As previously posted something is very "old school" at Advertising Age or else it is deeper than this. The person on the phone said that my number was a subscriber number but an unverified one. Okay, I asked, how do I verify it since it was moved over from the sister magazine BtoB? She could not tell me. She also could not look me up further to validate any of my information, yet she could see [read] Keywords: email
Advertising Age Needs to Catch Up a Bit
Wed, Jan 8th 2014 7:10a Keith Brooks Recently one of the magazines I read, BtoB decided as of Jan 1 to stop printing and is going digital with Advertising Age, a magazine which I read as well. Ok, one less magazine to read. I received my first issue yesterday and it was covered on the outside with a paper cardboard stock reminding me about the change and also including a renewal post card as you can see on the left. Nothing unusual, naturally I should renew and start looking for the URL. Nope. None in site. As you can see from th [read] Keywords: collaboration
Could you Survive 2 weeks without a SmartPhone?
Tue, Jan 7th 2014 6:50a Keith Brooks From the looks and messages from people, I would think that it was impossible for some of you to live without your phones. Imagine you had to revert back to a Blackberry Bold or Curve, I used both but more on that in a minute, could you do it? Sure for a day or 2 maybe but 2 weeks? The problem started the day before we left for vacation to Israel, the Thursday of Thanksgiving. I dropped my HTC Vivid Android phone and it landed smack on a rock and shattered the glass. Yeah that sucked, but it w [read] Keywords: apple
Do, or Do Not, There is No Try
Fri, Jan 3rd 2014 2:10p Keith Brooks Yoda always had a way with words. It seems my activities in the last year or so on this blog have been slacking, a sure sign I was busier at work and home. Twitter was down too, I know hard for you to believe. But for those keeping score, my Klout score is still hanging around 62-64, so maybe I was more active than I thought. And yet I did get to do all of this: guest blogged over here a bitlive tweeted, not one, not 2 but 3 Palm Beach Operas (La Cerentola, La Traviata and Salome) and doing i [read] Keywords: connections
Losing My Certification and Unlimited Free Exams at Connect 204
Thu, Jan 2nd 2014 7:30a Keith Brooks That was just a dreamJust a dreamJust a dream, dream - REM, Losing My Religion I was notified that 2 of my certifications are ending in the next 90 days. For those that had them you will be losing: Sametime 8.0 AdminQuickr 8.1 Admin Bad newsBefore you start looking into what else you can get certified for Quickr, note that the Quickr 8.5 exam found on this page http://www-03.ibm.com/certify/tests/ovrL914.shtml states quite clearly: Note: This test will be withdrawn on Nov 30 2013. Quickr has rea [read] Keywords: admin
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