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Revitalizing conversations in teams with IBM Watson Workspace (formerly known as Project Toscana)
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Maria Enderstam    

Taste the word: Toscana. It promises a lot. At least if you have a little bit of crush on Italy as I have. Food and wine in the sunset, overlooking a fabulous view of the countryside or the sea. Something ancient but also invigorating.

No wonder I had high hopes on this team collaboration solution from IBM when I first heard about it. Yes, the comparison is silly, but hey. Don’t blame me! I didn’t name it 😉

Yesterday IBM launched Project Toscana with its new and equally invigorating name IBM Watson Workspace, at the conference World of Watson in Las Vegas.

See replay of the launch here.

I have been in the privileged group beta testing this collaboration software for a couple of months before the launch. Not just tested it. Stress tested it.

My team (the team planning the Social Connections user group conferences) is a 8 member group located in different parts of the world in different time zones. We know how it is to bring a diverse team together working towards a common goal. We know how it is to have a huge amount of topics to handle. How it is to have hundreds of messages to process in just a short time. How to find relevant information, how to create workflows and tasks out of our discussions. Decision making and follow ups to other systems.

For this we have up until this spring used Slack. When we got the opportunity to join the beta program for Toscana the choice was easy. Especially since we saw it as a chance to take part in the beta forums and give feedback to IBM and try and help to make the product as great as possible!

We took the plunge and moved. Now, a couple of months in, I talk to my team of 8 but also in cross organization spaces where members are from different companies and parts of the world. Small teams and large. Some very active and some not. After this time I can fairly say I like IBM Watson Workspace more and more each day. It’s the place to be, simple as that.

I see possibilities to bring teams together in many different ways. For shorter or longer projects, for interest groups, for departments at companies or why not the local book club. An agile environment where you can invite almost whoever you want and immediately start having a conversation. To share your work, to pick up the conversation on your mobile when you are out and about and seamlessly go back to your pc when you are back at the office. And of course to integrate it with other systems.

What about the magic then? The first proof of Watson’s presence is what IBM calls “Moments”. Here we have a cognitive function which lets you quickly scan the conversation for questions, tasks and topics of interests. Early days, but even so promising! I can’t wait for more of that stuff. Take a look below:

Yesterday IBM announced a collaboration together with Slack, bringing the two products together in sweet harmony. This is how that looks:

 

So jump on the train to the cognitive era together with us, IBM and Watson!

 

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Maria Enderstam

Maria Enderstam

A creative and intuitive collaboration and communication enthusiast. Believes that sharing is one of the best inventions ever.

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