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IBM Lotus Connections Demo – The Real Thing!

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In the past, you would remember how there have been a number of times where I have been talking extensively over here about the upcoming release of an IBM product in the area of social computing for the Enterprise called Lotus Connections. I know as well plenty of folks have shown their interest in getting to know some more about this particular offering, since most of those different weblog entries that I have created thus far have been amongst the most visited over a short period of time. So with that in mind I thought it would be the perfect opportunity for me to bring things further into the next level.

Seeing Lotus Connections perform live! Yes, that is right! Instead of me telling you some more on what is actually behind such offering as far as talking on the subject of Profiles, Communities, Weblogs, Dogear (Social Bookmarks) and Activities, I think it would be a whole lot more beneficial if we would actually get to watch it live and check how each of the different components come together into a single unified collaborative and knowledge sharing experience.

Take a look then at the following demo that the IBM Lotus folks have been putting together:

It is a screencast that lasts for a bit over six minutes and in it you would be able to see how Connections actually works, which is probably as good as it gets. Because with that particular business end-user scenario you will be able to watch some of the very practical uses that this particular application has got to offer and how knowledge workers can benefit from it not only from the perspective of improving the way knowledge gets shared across but also how those same knowledge workers connect with one another to collaborate on getting the job done. And all of that without having to use multiple other tools in the process.

As you may be able to see from the Web site where the screencast is stored, you can watch the demo live or rather download it so that you can view it a later time offline. Whatever is easier for you. And also for those folks who may be looking for the script of the screencast you can also download it from here

Thus without much further ado and without taking too much time off from you for the demo itself, I would strongly encourage you all to take a look into the screencast on Lotus Connections and find out some more as to how IBM is planning to progress further into adopting social computing within the Enterprise and beyond. I bet that you will find it quite entertaining and enlightening. Because, above all, you will be able to see something very important and which may not be just related to Connections, nor to IBM itself: the fact that you can conduct effective business using social computing to address real customers issues and find solutions for them in the shortest time possible by empowering people to reach out for information and connect with other knowledge workers. Yes, that is right. Putting together the best of both worlds: knowledge and the people behind that knowledge. Can social computing get better than this? I doubt it.

Another step closer towards the final integration of social computing into the regular business processes that try to address customers’ real needs and act upon them. Excellent stuff! What social computing was ever meant to be!

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  1. Luis, I can not agree more with you in that THIS VIDEO is the VERY BEST to tell what is SOCIAL Computing within the Enterprise. I would recommend this to everybody in my community who would like to understand the nuts of Social Computing itself. What I like most is the DOGEAR is well repesented in this, since MY BLOG is named after this. Now I can answer to those who ask me “Why did you name your blog DOGEAR”. Thanks for posting this article. Hope others will be encouraged to see this video. Rgds

  2. Luis, a bit different view of Social Computing by Peter Fingar in my understanding. He comes up with new term in his column with the title of “The Greatest Innovation Since BPM” at BPTrends at
    http://www.bptrends.com/deliver_file.cfm?fileType=publication&fileName=SIX%2D03%2D07%2DCOL%2DTheGreatestInnovationSinceBPM%2DFingar%2DFinal1%2Epdf.
    Referenced article on Inforamtion age calls “human interaction management system” as “fourth wave of business automation”. Looks like HIMS is another side of the coin of Office 2.0 with more scent of HUMAN-centered view of BPM2.0. Appreciate your comments if you think appropriate. Regards

  3. Hello folks! Thanks a lot for dropping by and for the great feedback comments, including the trackback from yourself, Stefano, to help keep spreading the message. I am really glad you have enjoyed the weblog entry and that you are also sharing your thoughts on the screencast.

    Sawada-san, thanks much as well for sharing those very valuable feedback comments. I am really glad to read you have enjoyed the screencast / demo and that it has proved to be useful, even if it is just to indicate the meaning of your own weblog, Dogear. If I bump into some other screencasts I will go ahead and share them along. Not to worry. Appreciated the feedback!

    Also I equally appreciate the hat-tip on the article from Peter Fingar around Social Computing. It surely makes for an interesting and refreshing reading with lots of stuff to comment on. However, before I may dive into it I think I would need to do some further thinking into it, because he touches a number of points that I am not really sure I would agree with and I would need to think about them some more to see what would be the best way to channel them through.

    So for the time being, a big thanks for sending the article along and hope to be able to share a follow up weblog entry review on it mentioning what I think about the article itself. I am surely it will be an interesting one, just as much as the article itself is. Thanks for connecting this weblog entry with Peter’s article. Appreciated.

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