Lotusphere 2012: Summary - SOCIAL, MOBILE, WATSON

Herbert Wagger  23 January 2012 17:33:22

Lotusphere 2012, IBM's annual collaboration conference, January 15 until January 19
eWeek published a top ten list for the conference and I summarize my important list:

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1. Social.  
At Lotusphere 2010, only a few were talking and demonstrating Social Business solutions - like we did (How Web 2.0 - enabled by i-Bank 2.0 - is influencing CRM and Financial Advisory at Raiffeisen). 2011 lots of companies were talking about becoming social and this year companies where actually doing it.  IBM announced new capabilities including email support in IBM Connections (e.g. the future of email is social).  

2. Mobile.  
At Lotusphere last year, IBM made a number of mobile product announcements.  At Lotusphere this year, IBM successfully delivered on those promises.  Almost everyone I saw at the conference had a smartphone, tablet or both and several remarked that it was their primary device (replacing a laptop).   IBM announced new mobile capabilities including Lotus Traveler support for the up-and-coming Windows Phone platform a new "Flipboard-like" mobile interface for IBM Connections.

3. Cloud.  
We're probably a year or two away from cloud disappearing from the vocabulary (remember Web 2.0?) as it becomes the de-facto standard for delivering IT.   Again this year, cloud was a big area of focus at Lotusphere with the re branding of LotusLive to IBM SmartCloud for Social Business

4. Analytics.  
The amount of new data that is generated each day on the Internet is staggering.  Making better decisions based on that data is where analytics comes in.   IBM is adding analytic capabilities across the software portfolio.   

5. Lotus/Domino Social Edition.  
The next version of the Notes client includes embedded experiences as well as a web browser plug-in to access Notes content - without having to have the full Notes client installed.
Read more in Ed Brill's Blog.

6. IBM Docs.  
Formerly know as LotusLive Symphony, this is IBM's version of Google Docs.  The beta is available on Lotus Greenhouse.  
Read more in Ed Brill's Blog.

7. My presentation (wath out this prezi)  together with Niklas Heidloff from IBM and openNTF, "Using Domino XPages for your Social Business" was showing "safebook" a real world example of Social Buiness. One screenshot of safebook was shown in the Opening General Session.

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