2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner can carry about 250 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,200 times in 2012. If it were a Dreamliner, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

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Happy Thanksgivings!!!

80 Things To Be Thankful For This Thanksgiving:

  1. Your family – Even if the relationship you have with your family is not good, you should still be thankful that you have them at all. So many people throughout the world have no one at all that relates to their past, their blood, and their lives.
  2. Your friends – Friendships are one of the greatest gifts that life has to offer. Friends fill a part of your heart that no one else can. Cherish your true friends, and be thankful that they are a part of your life.
  3. Your enemies – Enemies teach us about ourselves, who we are, and who we want to be. They challenge us to be better people and teach us about patience and strength. Be thankful you have enemies, it means you are living life.
  4. Your mind – Without your mind you would have nothing. Appreciate that your mind is a big part of your happiness, and your life. It holds your thoughts, opinions, memories and emotions within it, without those things you would be a walking shell of the person you are today.
  5. Your body – The human body is an amazing and interesting thing. Your body moves you, helps you, heals you and takes you places you want to go. Be grateful for your body and treat it with the respect it deserves. Fuel it with proper nutrition and care for it accordingly. Be gentle with it, and challenge it. Use it to the best of your ability, and most of all enjoy it no matter its shape or size. It is a great gift.
  6. Your ability to love – Love is a beautiful emotion and something we should be grateful for every single day. Your ability to love is what makes you grow as a person. Love can teach us deep lessons we would never learn any other way. It can teach us about ourselves and about others. It is an amazing feeling, and it is unmatched through anything else. It can lead to pain, or heartache, but it is worth every second to have experienced it at all. Love freely and deeply, for being able to love is what makes life worth living.
  7. Your ability to learn – Knowledge is a never-ending quest, and is a key player is a happy and fulfilled life. Relish in the knowledge of others and teach yourself as much as you can. You can never know too much, the more you open your mind to learn, the greater an experience life will become. If learning comes easily to you than you should be even more grateful, and you should utilize this tool because some people struggle a great deal to learn even the simplest things.
  8. Children (your own or others) – Children can teach us so much about living. You need only watch a child’s free-spirit for a moment to see the pure joy they hold inside. Children living in the moment, without much regard for what has happened in the past. They love openly, without restriction, and they take pleasure in every thing they do. If you have children of your own, enjoy them every chance you get because they grow for too quickly and before you know it that time is gone. If you do not have children find ways to enjoy others, or embrace the values that they live by and find a way to incorporate them into your life. You will be amazed by how much you can learn from a child if you are willing.
  9. Your health – So many people throughout the world, and even the communities we live in, struggle with their health. Every day people are dying, getting sick, and suffering. If you are healthy, be genuinely grateful, because there are a large number of people who are not, who will not be, and who can not be. Health is a profound gift, and not something to be taken for granted.
  10. Disappointment – So you can learn what matters most, and enjoy success that much more.
  11. Happiness (and you ability to create it) – Happiness is a state of mind; not a person, place or material thing. This means happiness is a choice, you have the ability to choose it for yourself and create it any way you wish. THAT is something to be thankful for.
  12. Your mistakes – Without our mistakes we would learn no lessons, so be thankful for all of your failures and what they have taught you in the end.
  13. Kind strangers – The kindness of strangers can be a magical thing. Look around you and observe all the wonderful things that people do for each other every day. These kind acts may not always be easy to spot, but they are there, and they are making a difference. When it happens to you, you will know it, and when you do it for someone else it may change their life. Always be aware of those around you, and be thankful for their kindness even when you can’t see it with your eyes.
  14. Challenges – A good challenge makes us strong, teaches us about ourselves, and pushes us to our limits. Challenge is what makes us grow and what moves us forward in life. Be thankful for the challenges you face because they make life more interesting, and they push you in the direction you need to go.
  15. Choices – Having choices is an exceptional reward, many others in the world are not blessed with this same option. We have the ability to choose anything we want to create in our lives. We have the choice to stay or go, who we want to be around, how we want to live, where we want to live, what we want to do, etc… Our possibilities are endless and our life is only limited by the choices we make. That is an amazing thought, and a remarkable present.
  16. Animals – Domestic animals provide us with unconditional love, trust and companionship. Wild animals not only give us food, but also teach us about life and they cycle it takes. They show us strength, and give us all we need to survive.
  17. Music – Music soothes the soul and is an extraordinary pleasure. It can enhance a mood, or change an emotion. It invokes memories, and creates new ones. It is a gift I am thankful for regularly.
  18. Laughter – It truly is the best medicine, and something that should be exercised often. Be thankful you have reasons to laugh, people to laugh with, and the ability to do it at all.
  19. Food – This is self-explanatory, without food we would die, and people do every day. So as you sit down for your next meal be thankful for every bite, and remember that there are so many people who have nothing at all to eat.
  20. Shelter – A roof over your head is another thing you should be grateful for. It is an obvious one, but we often take for granted that many people throughout the world don’t have this benefit.
  21. Modern medicine – This is a benefit that is taken for granted so often. Modern medicine saves lives every single day, and is advancing regularly to help save even more. Many countries don’t have access to these resources and people suffer and die unnecessarily. Be thankful that you live in a place that allows you access to these things, it truly is a blessing.
  22. Dreams and goals – Dreams and goals are what drives us, and knowing they are a possibility is a true bonus. Dream big, set high standards and work to achieve all of your goals. They only thing that is stopping you from accomplishing anything is yourself.
  23. Freedom of speech – A great number of us live in a world where we can say what we feel without much worry. This is a benefit that is not often thought of deeply. Imagine living if you couldn’t express your opinions freely without fear of punishment should someone else disagree. Freedom of speech is wonderful, and it is something I am thankful for, because without it I wouldn’t be able to write or say half the things I do.
  24. Your ability to read and write – There are more people than you know that can’t, be thankful if you can.
  25. Your talents – Whatever they are, utilize them, and be thankful for them. Most of all, enjoy them.
  26. Your strengths – Just like your talents you should find your strengths and be proud of them. Use them to help yourself, and others when possible. These gifts have been given to you for a reason.
  27. Your weaknesses – Weaknesses only make you weak if you allow them too. No one can be good at everything. Discover your weaknesses and use them to strengthen yourself. Let them challenge you to work harder, or urge you to ask others for help. Your weaknesses do not have to drag you down, they can lift you higher if you use them the right way.
  28. The world around you – It only takes a short walk around your neighborhood, or a road trip for you to appreciate the world around you. The earth is an amazing thing, full of life and awe. Take time to connect with the world and revel in its raw beauty. Nature has a healing power like no other, enjoy this treasure, and of course, do what you can to keep it safe.
  29. Your ancestors and your parents – Without them you would not exist. Many of our ancestors, and possibly even our parents, struggled and fought so that we could live life. Learn about your family history if possible and appreciate all that your ancestors did in order to survive and thrive. Appreciate your parents as well, even if they are no longer together, or if your relationship is not well, realize that it is because of the two of them that you are alive and able to live at this moment. If nothing else, you can be grateful for that.
  30. Technology – This is something you need to be thankful for if you are reading this post, because without it, you wouldn’t be. It’s not just internet and computers either, technology has drastically changed the world. It helps to connect us to those we would not be able to connect to otherwise, and opens doors we would have never found before.
  31. Imagination – Without imagination there would be no knowledge. One first has to imagine it is possible to make it possible. I imagination is the foundation for fun, and can lead to great happiness. It is something we often let go of as we grow older, but it is something that can bring us great joy. Be thankful that you have the ability to imagine anything you want, because when it comes to wild imaginations, your only limitation is yourself. This is a fun and exciting tool, use it in a way that makes you happy.
  32. Your instincts – We were all born with a tool to help us navigate this crazy world, instincts. Too often we ignore those ‘feelings’ we get about certain people, places or things. Although I doubt we are all psychic, our body’s are very perceptive to the energy around us, even when our mind is not. If you get a ‘feeling’ about something, don’t ignore it, consider it before moving forward it’s your body’s way of trying to tell you something. Be thankful for this gift, whether you know it or not it has probably had a big impact on your life, and will continue to do so in the future.
  33. Faith – You do not have to be religious to have faith. Trusting in yourself, in others and in the world around you is a type of faith. Utilize this tool, and be thankful that those around you have faith in you. Faith is encouragement, and encouragement is what drives us to succeed.
  34. Freedom – We are so blessed to have the freedom we do in Canada and the USA, there are so many people who fought long and hard to ensure that freedom for us. This is something we should be forever grateful for.
  35. Community – The community you live is can be an amazing thing. In times of trouble a strong community bands together. When someone is in need, community is there to provide support. Your neighbors and community are something to be thankful for, when you need them, they will be there.
  36. Seasons – This one is especially true for us Canadians, though we might complain when the temperatures dip into the lows, the beauty that the snow brings is something to be thankful for. Just as the heat of the summer is a wonderful gift as well, we are blessed to have a range of weather here, even if it is unpredictable at times.
  37. Wealth, not the monetary kind –
  38. Aging – Getting older may seem a horrible fate, but the truth is it is much better than the alternative. Think back to the awkwardness of your youth, the mistakes and the heartaches. With age comes wisdom, and life tends to get easier and clearer as we grow. Be thankful for getting older, not everyone gets that opportunity.
  39. Second chances – Most of us have been given the gift of forgiveness or have forgiven someone in the past, and because of this many of us know that second chances are something to be thankful for. The encouragement that a second chance provides is a great gift, and something we should be thankful for and willing to share.
  40. Inspiration – It is all around you. Take a look and be grateful.
  41. Employment and Careers – If you have a job, be thankful, there are many that do not. If you have a career, be even more grateful, there are many that struggle just to get by. Having a job and a career are a great blessing in the world today, so even if you are not completely content in your current position be thankful you have it, and make the best of it until you can make the change you desire.
  42. Travel – The fact that we have a wonderful and amazing world to explore is something to appreciate. If you have had the chance to travel and see different places be thankful for the experience it has given you. If you haven’t had the chance yet, be thankful that the option will always be there when you are ready.
  43. Siblings – Brothers and sisters can be a real pain in the butt, but they are the people who know you best, and who will always be there for you no matter what. Cherish the bond that siblings can have, and make an effort to strength this relationship as often as possible.
  44. Good conversations – Be grateful for good conversations. There are people who can not speak, or can not hear to be able to enjoy such things. A good talk can lighten your heart and open your mind.
  45. Hugs – Hugs are just wonderful.
  46. Sunrises and Sunsets – The beauty of the sun, the warmth it brings, and the beginnings and the ends that it represents are something to be thankful for. Take time to watch a sunrise/sunset and revel in the beauty of the thing that keeps us warm and alive.
  47. Sex – Just be thankful someone figured this out!
  48. Your Flaws – Yes, you should be thankful for your flaws. Your flaws are what makes you uniquely you. Stop focusing on them, or trying to change them and embrace them for what they are, a part of YOU!
  49. Creativity – You can create anything you choose. That is something to consider and something to enjoy.
  50. Your sight – You are blessed to be able to see the world around you and the people you love.
  51. Your hearing – Being able to hear is another obvious blessing, consider what it would be like to never hear music or laughter again.
  52. Your ability to walk – Your legs carry you all the places you want to go, they give you a certain freedom that many others don’t have, be thankful you have that ability.
  53. Self-esteem – Be sure of yourself and take pride in who you are. Be thankful for the person you have become and who you are working to be.
  54. Water (fresh and running) – Millions of people live without this luxury, be thankful you have fresh water/running water available at your fingertips.
  55. Past relationships – Past relationships teach us about what love is supposed to look like, about who we are, and about what we want. Be thankful you had these experiences, and be thankful for how they helped you to grow.
  56. Clothing – This is one of those things we take completely for granted. We have the ability to choose what to wear, we have the choice to buy what we want. Many people don’t have this option, be thankful.
  57. Your Values – Chances are your parents instilled you with a strong set of values, be thankful that someone cared enough about you to want to you to be a good person. Live your life by these basics and be thankful that you have the sense to apply them to life.
  58. Your childhood – Whether it was great or terrible, your younger years taught you a lot, and helped shape you in to the amazing person you are today. Be thankful that you made it through those years, and are able to learn from them.
  59. Independence – The fact that you can take care of yourself, choose for yourself, and be yourself is something to appreciate.
  60. The place you live (your country, city, and home itself) – The country you live in should give you a sense of pride. Be thankful for the city and home you are in because many others have to suffer in places they do not enjoy. Be grateful if you are in a place you love, and thankful that you have the choice to leave if you are not.
  61. Teachers – Everyone should be thankful for their teachers. It is an amazing gift for someone to make the choice to spend their lives teaching others. Teachers are a huge gift to the world and often under-appreciated. Be thankful that your teacher took the time to work with you, teach you and care about you. They did not have to do these things.
  62. Birth control – Some people don’t have this choice.
  63. Fertility – So many people struggle to have children, if you can accomplish this, you are deeply blessed.
  64. Law – Be thankful that the law is there to help keep you safe.
  65. Compliments – Compliments make people feel good. Enjoy them and pass them on.
  66. Positivity – You have the ability to see the silver lining in the cloud, be thankful that positivity is a possibility to you and utilize it.
  67. Self-expression – This is part of freedom, be thankful that you can wear what you want, look as you wish, and do as you please. Many people don’t have this luxury.
  68. Being a woman/man – Each holds its own unique gifts to be thankful for.
  69. Opportunity – It is available to you at every corner, you only need to be willing. Be thankful.
  70. Being able to swim – This is a talent that is not thought of enough, and is something that can save lives.
  71. Passion – Be thankful for passion it is what feeds the heart and wakes the mind.
  72. Charity – The most amazing thing you can do for yourself is help others. Rest assured that if you ever needed it, charity would be there to help.
  73. Change – We have the ability to change anytime we want to. THAT is something to appreciate.
  74. Affection – It warms the heart, and shows love.
  75. Connections – The connections we make with some people run very deep. Be thankful for the chance you get to meet people and the joy it brings to your life.
  76. The small things – You can never forget to be thankful for all the small things in life. The fresh flowers, sweet treats, and giggles of friends. It is the small things all put together that make the best memories, and make life worth living.
  77. Curiosity – It is what teaches us, drives us, and leads us. Never stop asking why.
  78. Life – Obviously you should be thankful for life, and the opportunity you have to enjoy it.
  79. Time – In a chaotic world, time is precious. Enjoy what you do have because it flies by far too quickly.
  80. This Moment – Most of all be thankful for THIS MOMENT RIGHT NOW… There will never be another like it, so make it count!

There are so many things to be thankful for besides the 80 listed above. Take some time this holiday (and everyday) to consider how blessed you truly are.

Robert Creamer: 6 Reasons Why the 2012 Election Will Be Considered Historic

Tuesday’s election was important for many reasons. Its outcome will certainly benefit millions and millions of people — both in the United States and around the world. And President Obama’s campaign will be remembered as one of the best-run political efforts in the history of American politics.

via Robert Creamer: 6 Reasons Why the 2012 Election Will Be Considered Historic.

IBM Impact 2012 Global Conference – Innovate, Transform, Grow

The IBM Impact 2012 Global Conference will bring together more than 9,000 technology and business leaders at a single event for a transformative learning opportunity. Now more than ever, it is imperative that organizations learn how world-class technologies can help turn change and complexity into advantages.

Industry leaders will be on-hand to provide insights on how technology can help drive better business results. Technical sessions focused on the latest IBM technologies, including WebSphere, BPM, SOA, cloud, mobile and more will be available.

Most importantly, a wealth of opportunities – ranging from networking with technical and business experts to career-advancing certifications – await attendees to this years event.

via IBM Impact 2012 Global Conference – Innovate, Transform, Grow.

IBM Viewpoints – March 6, 2012

Capturing the Small and Midsize Business Opportunity
Small and midsize businesses (SMBs) are an underestimated economic force. Employing more than 90% of the worldwide workforce and comprising most of the global GDP, they’re the engines of growth in the global economy. SMBs are predicted to invest around $280 billion in IT and communications technology this year.

To capture the SMB business opportunity, IBM is helping companies make better use of analytics, mobility and cloud solutions to improve their decision-making and operate more efficiency. http://ibm.co/zaqHcK

IBM’s Viewpoint
Here’s how you can join the conversation about capturing the SMB market:

— Emerging markets such as Africa and India represent a significant SMB growth opportunity, as clients expand their operations and seek support as they embrace technologies previously available to large enterprises.

— SMBs want to capitalize on cloud computing through innovation, stronger customer relationships and faster time to market. IBM is working with more than 1,000 business partners on cloud projects and enabling them to integrate with the IBM SmartCloud. http://ibm.co/zOzX40

— IBM is providing tools and resources to help SMBs attract new customers, grow revenues and maintain profitability. For example, they’re looking to IBM and our business partners to automate business processes and develop the social media skills needed to build stronger client relationships.

What They’re Saying
— AllThingsD discusses why IBM is providing $1 billion in small business financing for cloud and analytics technology. http://bit.ly/pBZckC

— eWeek highlights how the Cherry Central Cooperative, a small Michigan-based agricultural cooperative, is using IBM analytics technology to ensure the safety of produce. http://bit.ly/AxzSfO

— ZDNet examines how LaVan & Neidenberg turned to IBM analytics software and Business Partner Zobrist Consulting to improve claims processing and grow revenue. http://zd.net/yJLUjl

Join the conversation on Twitter

IBM Viewpoints – February 15

One Year After Jeopardy!, What’s Next for Watson?
This week marks the one-year anniversary of IBM Watson’s historic match against the two greatest champions of the popular Jeopardy! quiz show. Watson’s victory was a remarkable accomplishment that marked the culmination of an intensive four-year research effort by a team of IBM scientists. It also signaled the start of another quest — applying Watson analytics technology to solve some of the world’s most complex problems. http://ibm.co/x04I54

IBM’s Viewpoint
Here’s how you can join the conversation about IBM’s perspective on putting Watson to work:

— The challenge and opportunity for Watson extends far beyond its victory on Jeopardy! By applying major advances in deep analytics and system design, Watson has the potential to transform entire industries like healthcare, financial services and telecommunications.

— In healthcare, Watson could analyze the meaning and context of human language, quickly processing vast amounts of data to help physicians and nurses identify the most effective treatment options for patients. http://ibm.co/whgJim

— Watson technology is being put to work at WellPoint, one of the largest U.S. health benefits providers, to help doctors make more accurate diagnosis and reduce unnecessary and costly lab tests. Through this project, Watson can become a ubiquitous bedside and office-visit assistant for doctors and nurses — delivering truly personalized care to patients. http://ibm.co/yPd8jS

What They’re Saying
— CNET says Watson is transitioning from a Jeopardy champion to a new line of business for Big Blue. http://cnet.co/wbKiII

— Fortune examines how Watson is being commercialized as an analytics tool for industries like healthcare, telecom and financial services. http://bit.ly/Az2eVW

— MIT Tech Review illustrates how Watson could be used in financial services. http://bit.ly/wOfQlr

— GigaOM speculates about Watson’s potential implications in retail. http://bit.ly/A4xcge

Join the conversation on Twitter
#ibmwatson #analytics #WhatShouldWatsonDoNext?

For regular news updates, follow IBM_NEWS on Twitter.

IBM Viewpoints – February 12

Transforming Global Healthcare
Fifty years after IBM and Akron Children’s Hospital launched an ambitious project to build the first computer-based patient records system, only 1% of hospitals are using electronic records to their full potential, according to the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. Meanwhile, an increase of chronic diseases and aging populations around the globe has increased the pressure on healthcare providers to operate more efficiently while providing better care.

The CIO of Akron Children’s Hospital explains how overcoming the challenges that confronted healthcare providers a half-century ago remains an elusive goal even today. http://ibm.co/x18QYq

IBM’s Viewpoint
Here’s how you can add to the conversation about how IBM is helping hospitals, insurance companies and healthcare providers use digital information and electronic records to improve patient care.

— While transforming healthcare is a complex challenge, the hard work of creating a more effective, sustainable system that delivers better service and value to patients has begun. http://ibm.co/wK0r2A

— Global healthcare transformation depends on universal adoption of electronic health records, which are the basic building blocks of healthcare efficiency. IBM has a long history of creating and connecting systems to share patient information.

— Health analytics will play a central role in driving real change in the healthcare system by ushering in a new age of smarter decision-making. Healthcare organizations can use analytics to publish metrics on how hospitals are performing; create scorecards for enabling doctors to help chronic patients get better; and change behavior to help doctors and nurses make more intelligent and informed decisions.

— IBM brings deep expertise in applying, integrating and maintaining complex systems. That is coupled with our broad expertise in life sciences, bioinformatics and the full spectrum of healthcare disciplines. Emerging technologies like Watson could further IBM’s ability to help physicians and nurses identify the most effective treatment options for patients and enable new healthcare innovations. http://ibm.co/zfr2UK

What They’re Saying
— The New York Times spotlights the digital health records “miracle” unveiled by IBM and Akron Children’s Hospital 50 years ago. http://nyti.ms/ygryxH

— On the Huffington Post, IBM Director of Healthcare Transformation Dr. Paul Grundy offers his prescription for paying doctors to keep people healthy. http://ibm.co/wtS1lO
— Forbes investigates Watson’s potential as a game changer for the healthcare industry. http://onforb.es/Awz2c3

— The New York Times reports that Watson technology has the potential to be a “profound enabler of the transformation of health care.” http://nyti.ms/zB4M0Y

Join the conversation on Twitter
#IBMHealthcare #HIMSS12

Join the IBM healthcare discussion on LinkedIn

For regular news updates, follow IBM_NEWS on Twitter.


Lotusphere 2012 Highlights

Lotusphere 2012 Highlights

Lotusphere 2012 Highlights

Recorded Playback of Key Lotusphere Sessions

This year many sessions were live streamed and recorded for playback. A list of streamed sessions was published in the Social Business Insights Blog https://www-304.ibm.com/connections/blogs/socialbusiness/entry/2012livestreamschedule?lang=en_us.

Recorded playback is available from the IBM Software Channel here: http://www.livestream.com/ibmsoftware/folder?dirId=7f581266-da90-47e6-a633-e8735b0f88ae
Social Software – IBM Connections 4

IBM announced and demoed the next generation of its social networking platform, IBM Connections 4 which will ship later this year. Connections 4 will provide:

  • A sophisticated news/activity stream. Using the OpenSocial 2.0 standard for application integration with particular emphasis on a portion of the standard that allows applications to be embedded in a social media activity stream, Connections will allow users to view and interact with content from any third party solution through a social interface, right alongside their company’s content, including email and calendar. The embedded experience of the news feed will allow employees from any department inside an organization to explore structured and unstructured data such as Twitter feeds, weather data, videos, log files, SAP applications, electronically sign documents, and quickly act on the data as part of their everyday work experience. For example, an employee could share a document with colleagues, approve a transaction from an SAP system, act on a notification required in a business process like an insurance claim, and share content such as status updates and files, all from IBM Connections. The embedded experience and single point of access allows users to have insight at their fingertips and share data from any place, whether on the road or in the office. “IBM is taking a leadership position in these integrations,” Luis Benitez, IBM’s social software product manager. “We are writing the APIs for the connections to Twitter and other social media platforms and taking the lead editor role with them as well.” “In addition to that, we are adding support for OpenSocial and OpenSocial gadgets,” said Benitez. “Companies are able to take those gadgets and run them inside Connections.” “It really creates that ‘develop once, consume everywhere’ environment that companies want.”
  • Social Email. Connections 4 will allow users to check their email and calendar without leaving the social environment. This version of Connections, now in beta, will provide its own web based interface for calendar and email, using OpenSocial gadgets, that will work with Lotus Domino but will also work with Microsoft Exchange. It is similar to your LinkedIn Mail, giving you access to your LotusNotes Mail and Calendar (or your Exchange email) directly within the social platform, including the ability to view attachments. “Very soon, you won’t be able to see email and social networking separate. Email will not die, it will in fact have more flavour and will be more integrated.” — Neha Gupta, senior research analyst, Gartner
  • Enhanced Analytics. Connections 4 will include an upgraded analytics capabilities and real-time data monitoring, powered by Cognos, which can be applied both internally and externally. The engine will be able to monitor the social network as a whole, informing decision makers on how the platform is being utilized and by whom. With this information in hand, Connections will enable “one click” creation of social networks (communities), either internally or externally, to quickly respond to changing trends or negative sentiment. Community owners will be able to see important metrics about community participation. The analytics engine will also help you filter your activity stream to bring to your attention the most important work you need to do.

IBM Connections Enterprise Content Edition. IBM Connections Enterprise Content Edition, was announced at Lotusphere as an integrated social content management solution that combines the scalability of social networking with enterprise content management and enhanced compliance and control features sought by users in regulated industries. Designed to manage the entire life cycle of office documents, web and social content, IBM Connections Enterprise Content Edition increases the ability to share knowledge, gain expertise and create high-value content quickly through advanced content, document management and workflow use cases. It’s this solution that will enable you to store all your documents within the Enterprise CMS repository, but work on it through social tools, like the new IBM Docs, or Connections activity stream.

Cloud – LotusLive Becomes IBM SmartCloud For Social Business

At Lotusphere, IBM announced that LotusLive will become SmartCloud for Social Business, featuring the latest enhancements to the IBM Connections social business platform as they are released to the market, in addition to hosted email, calendaring, and document collaboration. The new IBM Docs web-based collaborative editors for word processing, spreadsheets, and presentations will also be available through SmartCloud for Social Business once it is released in the second half of the year. The rebranding of LotusLive reflects IBM’s desire to have a single brand—SmartCloud— over all its software as a service and cloud infrastructure offerings. Cloud computing is a growing business for IBM and one of the ways it is reaching smaller customers.

IBM is also introducing a new, lower-price for it’s SmartCloud Blackberry users. The new program is built on the world-class expertise of IBM Mobile Enterprise Services and the sophisticated security of the BlackBerry Enterprise Server, IBM helps bring the type of security and reliability expectations of on-premise email to cloud email environments, including built-in end-user and administrative controls for mobile device management.

For application developers, a new Social Business Toolkit is being offered to help organizations build custom solutions integrated with LotusLive content. These OpenSocial APIs will provide access to profiles, contacts, meetings, files and community data, enabling organizations to make their business applications more social.

IBM Docs

IBM Docs is more than just editors through a browser, it provides everything needed for team collaboration around documents: real-time co-editing of documents, presence awareness for chat, live sections, commenting and discussions, assignment and notification, revision management, task management and attention management. IBM Docs, to be delivered as a feature of Connections and IBM’s cloud social software in the second half of the year, will allow either cloud or on premises deployment options. The vision for IBM Docs is to provide a comprehensive feature set, extensive integration into the IBM portfolio, rich data services, a web 2.0 style composite document architecture and access from anywhere.

IBM intends to continue developing our desktop document editors (formerly Lotus Symphony) as part of the Apache OpenOffice community. IBM will move our resources and Symphony code into the Apache OpenOffice community and continue development work on new features, updates and new releases working in the community. Apache OpenOffice the IBM Edition is planned to replace Lotus Symphony standalone and the first release is targeted for mid 2012. IBM intends to continue to support Symphony 3.0.1 embedded in Notes 8.5.x. IBM will also ship extensions that integrate Apache OpenOffice the IBM Edition with our portfolio.


IBM delivered 44 mobile applications in 2011, including Traveler 8.5.3, Connections iPad, Blackberry and Android apps, Sametime SUT for iOS, LotusLive meetings and an IBM Lotus Symphony viewer.

In 2012 IBM will continue to bring it’s full suite of collaboration capabilities to any device. Key investments in 2012 will be made in providing high availability for Traveler, a new Android tablet email UI, partial/full wipe for Connections data, Sametime mobile meeting apps, integration of Connections/Traveler/Sametime on the device, Tivoli Endpoint Manager integration, and a mobile social reader. In one of the general session demos, IBM with partner Polycom showed the ability to easily include tablet or smartphone users into video chats using IBM Sametime.

IBM also intends to support mail, calendaring and contacts in a beta release of IBM Lotus Notes Traveler for Microsoft Windows Phone on Nokia and HTC devices; the beta is expected in the first half of 2012.
Messaging – Notes/Domino

IBM plans to deliver Notes/Domino 8.5.4 which will include deployability and stability features and fixes. And, beyond 8.5.4 IBM will deliver IBM Lotus Notes and Domino, Social Edition. Social Edition will allow IBM to make new features available without the need to also upgrade to a new major release of the Domino server. Social Edition will incorporate the Activity Stream (in both Notes and iNotes) and let users work in embedded applications within the email interface. Whether accessing email from a browser or desktop, or sharing videos and files, users no longer have to travel to a third-party site. In addition, with the embedded experience of social mail, users are more efficient when engaging in activity and more responsive to day to day tasks.

IBM will also release a browser plugin that provides a browser-based version of the Notes client. Users will be able to access non-web-enabled Notes applications with just a browser, allowing a company to deploy the iNotes mail client and still provide access to Notes applications without deploying the full Notes client. The plug-in is a one time download, much like the Adobe Acrobat model, where once installed, the browser can access the Notes applications directly.

Available today, iNotes 8.5.3 provides Sametime integration based on the Sametime proxy server that eliminates Java requirements on the desktop. It provides more features and a rich chat UI. You can also leverage either Sametime or Connections business cards in iNotes. Future plans for iNotes include embedded experiences (social edition), IBM Connections Files integration, similar visual experiences by consuming and extending many of the Dojo widgets built initially for IBM Connections, leveraging IBM Docs for a web-based attachment viewer, HTML5-based files drag and drop, SAML based SSO and a fully accessible solution.

Unified Communications – Sametime

Imagine going into a group, seeing who is on-line, and inviting group members to an ad-hoc video chat (think: Google+ Hangouts for business). IBM demonstrated the capability, along with partner Polycom, to quickly establish a group video chat session.

Sametime 8.5.2 IFR1 is available now and provides native IM clients for iOS and Android in addition to Blackberry. It also provides an SUT dialing client for iOS, and browser-based meetings for Android and iOS. Sametime 8.5.2 IFR1 supports offline messaging, multi-file and folder transfer, n-way file transfer, and an organizational tree view of your contacts in your Contact list. Sametime Community server now runs on Domino 8.5.3 and provides support for Mac OS X. 10.7, Chrome, Internet Explorer 9 and Firefox 6 and 7.

In the infrastructure, the Sametime TURN Server enables audio and video connections across firewalls. Support for dual TCSP adapters allows you to simultaneously connect Sametime to two 3rd party a/v systems. Users select the appropriate service for each call or conference and administrators manage access to each service. The Sametime Bandwidth Manager introduced in Sametime 8.5.2 allows you to protect mission critical application on the network by restricting bandwidth use for Sametime audio and video. Administrators can set policies based on classes of users and locations.

Updates to IBM Sametime Unified Telephony include a new SUT lite option that allow you to connect to any certified PBX or enterprise audio and video system via SIP with no additional back-end infrastructure needed.

The Sametime Proxy server continues to provide rich chat integration for iNotes, Connections, Portal and mobile devices.

Customer Stories

New clients, including employees of Kraft, Electrolux, MIT Lincoln Labs, Colgate-Palmolive, 3M, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida, Dutch Tax Office, Premier Healthcare and Brunswick are among the millions of users of IBM’s social software and collaboration services on premise, in the cloud and via mobile device. And, many customer presentations and testimonials were delivered at Lotusphere.

  • Electrolux. Appliance maker Electrolux is using IBM social software to connect its workforce in 60 countries and encourage a deeper level of innovation and knowledge sharing. Working with business partners Infoware Solutions and Avantime, Electrolux has seen the number of internal online communities, networks and microblogs grow rapidly. The intranet, powered by IBM Connections and Microsoft SharePoint, contains more than 100 information portals managed by more than 450 editors, and has 15,000 monthly and 9,000 daily readers. There are more than 1,100 collaboration spaces with 8,500 members. Electrolux employees are using IBM Connections microblogging to quickly spread information across the organization, including new-product and customer care ideas, and strategic organizational announcements. “Our goal is to empower our employees so they have access to content and collaboration tools anytime and from anywhere,” Ralf Larsson, director of online employee engagement and development at Electrolux, said in a statement. “Working with IBM, our employees are now becoming better engaged and more connected into specific business processes that help them expand the scope of product innovation.”
  • Newly Weds Foods. Chefs at Newly Weds Foods, a world leader in food ingredient technology, have reduced department travel and meeting costs by 10 percent using the IBM SmartCloud for Social Business services. The cloud services allow them to easily collaborate and quickly share information and ideas online, including new region-appropriate recipes and menus as well as ingredients such as sauces, batters, breading and seasonings. With its network of R&D, manufacturing and service facilities, which include 27 state of the art plants and 19 regional laboratories globally, Newly Weds Foods needed to find a way to more quickly accommodate the regional differences, food preparations, and ingredient availability of its food manufacturing and food service industry clients. IBM’s SmartCloud services facilitate online meetings, social networking, brainstorming and online information sharing, saving Newly Weds Foods time and money spent on travel expenses, teleconference fees and in-person meetings. “Working with IBM is helping Newly Weds Foods become a social business, connecting our many resources across the globe in an effort to bring better products to our customers,” said Bob Brindza, Manager, management information systems (MIS), Newly Weds Foods.
  • York University’s Schulich School of Business. In the fall of 2011, 400 students enrolled in “Management 1000” at the Schulich School of Business used IBM’s social networking services to aid their semester-long project of creating a comprehensive business plan. Students at Schulich used the IBM SmartCloud for Social Business portfolio for online meetings, file sharing, decision making, workload sharing and overall project management. The Schulich School of Business is the top-rated business school in Canada and ranked among the top business schools in the world by the Economist magazine. Schulich is also ranked as one of the globe’s top 10 schools outside the U.S. by Bloomberg Businessweek and Forbes. “The students were already familiar with consumer social networking sites, but this project exposed them to how people communicate and collaborate in a real-world business setting,” says Jean Adams, Professor, Schulich School of Business, York University. “Exposure to IBM social networking and cloud computing better prepares my students for employment in leading edge, technologically advanced work places when they graduate in four years time,” says Adams.
  • Bayer Material Science. Some of those organizations already transforming their operations include Bayer Material Science, a global corporation that sometimes found separate teams working on the same challenges without any collaboration or shared insight, said Kurt De Ruwe, CIO. “Different partners were sometimes working on the same problem across the world, with often duplicate efforts and no sharing,” he said, noting this approach was expensive and, in a highly competitive industry where being first-to-market can have vast financial repercussions, extremely time-consuming. Bayer Material Science implemented IBM’s new IBM Connections platform to enable fast adoption of collaboration and social networking, With Connections, employees or participating partners can quickly locate subject-matter experts, team up on projects remotely, and improve Bayer Material Science’s bottom line. The program has been so successful that Bayer plans to implement the software company-wide, he said. “We expect to see quick adoption across the whole of Bayer. Our people really like it: It’s very easy to use and very intuitive so people can focus on collaboration rather than focusing on finding their way around the software. Without a simple and intuitive platform like Connections, we would not be on the path to sustainability and change.”
  • Children’s Hospital Boston. A partnership made up of IBM Interactive Boston, Harvard and the Children’s Hospital of Boston worked together to create a social-media solution that could help doctors share knowledge and treat patients remotely, said Dr. Jeffrey Burns, chief of critical care at the hospital. By imparting and sharing general intelligence using platform-independent tools, the hospital can team up with and help train physicians around the world, regardless of bandwidth issues or device, he said. “There aren’t enough doctors trained in the care of a critically ill child,” said Dr. Burns. “This is an innovation to connect doctors across the globe. It is not a panacea, but it’s an extraordinary start.”
  • Premier Healthcare Alliance. For its part, Premier Healthcare Alliance is using social media to strengthen communications among its 2,500-member hospitals, said Denise Hatzidakis, CTO. These tools also help members address and meet regulatory and compliance issues, she said. “Connected health care is becoming the new normal,” said Hatzidakis. “For patients, this means greater certainty that they will get the most effective treatment possible. For Premier, it means providing a platform that continues enabling our partners to be exceptional.”
  • TD Bank. At TD Bank, a large North American bank based in Toronto, the new software has been available to workers in Canada for about a month. (The bank plans to make the software available to its 40,000 employees in the United States this week.) In Canada, it has already proved quite popular, attracting 43,000 unique users, said Wendy Arnott, the bank’s vice president for social media and digital communication. Thousands of blogs and wikis have been created by the workers themselves, including a group of small-business advisers sharing best practices and spreadsheet users sharing software and tips. Online project management groups, Ms. Arnott said, are already finding they need fewer meetings. So far, the intelligent features have been used internally, for things like finding and communicating with subject experts across the bank. “Data that is shared becomes searchable and findable in a way that could not be done before,” Ms. Arnott said. “There is a lot of power in that.”
  • Caterpillar. Caterpillar is a global company that serves customers in more than 180 countries around the globe, has manufacturing, marketing, logistics, service, R&D facilities along with dealer locations for a total of more than 500 locations worldwide. Caterpillar provides one of the broadest product lines in their industry. Caterpillar has upgraded Lotus Notes clients to the latest version and is deploying Connections to work more efficiently and effectively across countries and time zones, work more closely with suppliers and dealers, find and bring together expertise quickly from multiple sites and countries and build communities of practice to foster and share key areas of knowledge. Caterpillar will also widely deploy Lotus Symphony to save tens of million of dollars in software licensing and support. See their day in a life demo here http://n1-director-dmz.cat.com/asfroot/content/gis/7615_-_GIS-Day_In_The_Life.mp4
  • LeasePlan. LeasePlan Corporation manages over 1.4 million cars in 30 countries. They own 38 companies including a Dutch bank and have 6000+ employees. Using IBM Connections software, LeasePlan created an internal social networking platform called LinkedPeople. This open environment allows information and ideas to be shared easily and efficiently. The company also implemented IBM Lotus Notes and IBM Sametime software for instant, real-time collaboration and communication. LinkedPeople empowered staff with the ability to capture and share knowledge and to identify other employees with certain areas of expertise, who could then be contacted in real time for consultation on a wide range of topics. LeasePlan leveraged collaboration capabilities to redefine existing business processes, optimizing the productivity of internal employees, which enabled the organization to do more business with the same number of people. LeasePlan realized enough cost savings on reduced travel alone to pay for the entire solution, including licenses, implementation and maintenance.

Partner Announcements

  • SugarCRM. SugarCRM , the world’s fastest-growing customer relationship management (CRM) company, today announced enhanced technology integrations with IBM that enable organizations to leverage best practices for creating social businesses. In addition, SugarCRM announced that its customers, RealConnections and Virosafe are embracing the integrated technology to enhance collaboration and customer relationship management. The ways businesses connect with colleagues, customers and partners changed significantly over the last year as more mid-to-large enterprises began adopting social business applications. According to IBM’s 2011 Tech Trends Report, “The majority of respondents reported that their organizations have embraced social business to some degree to benefit from increased efficiency and collaboration.” “Every competitor is just one online search away from getting to your next customer, so sales teams need to be armed with the right tools that help them work more effectively,” said Clint Oram, CTO and co-founder of SugarCRM. “We believe IBM is a leader in social business and delivers a best-in-class technology platform for collaboration. By adding CRM to the mix, organizations have the ability to easily access and aggregate pertinent customer data from social media sites like Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook so they can make more informed business decisions.”
  • Polycom. Polycom announced the integration of its RealPresence video solutions into IBM Sametime, Connections, and Notes. Users can launch video calls directly from Connections. Users can schedule calls to contacts by clicking a check-box for conference call information within the Lotus Notes meeting setup interface. Additionally, users can join a video meeting hosted by the Polycom. Users can directly connect point-to-point with other Sametime users and open-standards based video systems, from immersive systems to Polycom RealPresence mobile software on tablets. Users can also dial into multi-point video meetings directly from within the Sametime IM clients. The Polycom/IBM collaborative efforts have resulted in a specialized unified communications solution for the healthcare industry. The solution features content sharing and social business tools designed to facilitate a doctor explaining a complex diagnosis to a patient, for instance, consulting with a remote specialist, or sourcing data to form a treatment plan. Healthcare providers are given access to Polycom solutions directly from hospital systems and email clients to aid in improved patient outcomes with faster access and collaboration. “Video collaboration is mission critical in organizations today, and the ways companies are using video is rapidly evolving,” said Sue Hayden, executive vice president Strategic Alliances at Polycom. “Every day, more people gravitate to social networks as their primary way to share and stay connected. Polycom is committed to developing integrated solutions with leading companies like IBM to power a social video experience that helps our customers realize and maximize the inherent business value of social.” “By natively integrating Polycom RealPresence Platform with IBM’s social business applications, users can make video calls from within Sametime or Connections—whether at the office, at home, or on the road,” she continued. “With our integration with IBM, Polycom is delivering innovative, easy-to-use solutions that help our customers dramatically change how they do business, driving productivity, efficiency, and ROI.”
  • Actiance. Vantage for IBM Connections helps organizations to manage compliance across all IBM Connections apps. Content logging captures content posted by Connections users and makes it available for eDiscovery. A reviewer UI will show content in context of other related items. It also exports archived items to an ECM platform for eDiscovery. Real-time integration captures events instantly, provides real-time content monitoring, supports keyword blacklists, provides granular policies to map compliance requirements to user type and sends alerts via email when a user posts content with blacklisted phrases.
  • Bunchball. Accelerate adoption of your social software using gaming strategies. In a popular session, Bunchball’s founder and chief product officer Rajat Paharia demoed their Level Up gamification add on for IBM Connections. Bunchball places badges, trophies and even virtual goods into the IBM Connections environment to drive user adoption and engagement. Bunchball is a cloud based solution also making it a key integration partner for IBM Smartcloud.
  • And many more: http://tinyurl.com/7bpx7t5

IBM – Business Gets Social 2012 – Software Roadshow

People don’t do business with companies. People do business with people. Find out why – and how – customers can become a social business.

The world now spends 22% of its time – more than 110 billion minutes – on social networks and blog sites per month. Are you ready to turn that time into growth, innovation, and productivity?

via IBM – Business Gets Social 2012 – Software Roadshow.

IBM Viewpoints: January 11, 2012

Why Patents & Innovation Matter
For 19 consecutive years, IBM has reigned as the leading recipient of U.S. patents, with its inventors receiving a record 6,180 patents in 2011. The company’s record-setting 2011 patent tally more than quadrupled Hewlett-Packard’s issuances and exceeded by more than six times the total of Oracle/Sun. IBM’s patent leadership is a reflection of the commitment to innovation that differentiates the company and its employees.

IBM’s Viewpoint:
Here’s how you can add to the conversation about why IBM’s patent leadership matters.

— Patents are a critical component of IBM’s high-value business strategy, enabling the company to create leading-edge products and services for clients, protect its freedom of action in the marketplace, and generate approximately $1 billion annually in IP-related income.

— Now more than ever, innovation is a global effort at IBM. More than 8,000 inventors from 36 countries contributed to IBM’s record 6,180 U.S. patents in 2011. IBMers are encouraged to invent and seek patent protection for their innovations, and they are recognized and rewarded for doing so.

— IBM’s patented inventions have great value in the marketplace, helping to generate a return on the approximately $6 billion annual investment IBM makes in R&D. IBM’s patent portfolio is also made available to other companies via license agreements and joint technology development projects, such as the recently-announced computer chip manufacturing collaboration in New York State.

What They’re Saying
— A Smarter Planet blog post from IBM VP of Innovation, Bernie Meyerson, examines Mastering the Art of Global Innovation http://bit.ly/yiFJlH

— Bloomberg spotlights IBM’s 19th consecutive year of U.S. patent leadership: http://ibm.co/ApkxrR

— IPWatchdog.com examines IBM’s formula for patent success: http://ibm.co/wWwKuI

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