IBM's VP of Social Computing Software, Jeff Schick, gives an enlightening interview to itp.net:

Jeff Schick"I think in the very beginning when we launched Lotus Connections back in 2007, for sure the meetings we had with clients were because they were hearing so many things about social networking, and their own experiences on LinkedIn and Facebook…I think now people are really looking at it because they understand that if I use these sort of collaboration technologies I can connect people with people, and people with information, easier than before,” he [Jeff Schick] states.

The Lotus Connections suite, which offers five distinct tools – profiles, communities, activities, bookmarks and blogs, is now the fastest growth organic software product in IBM’s long history.


According to Schick, it has attracted millions of users in the two short years since it hit the market. “It’s tens of millions moving to hundreds of millions in a very rapid way
,” he confidently states.

While the rise seems meteoric, it needs to be understood that companies are using the product in vastly different ways. For example, HSBC have rolled it out to their workforce of about 385,000 people globally as a means to collaborate, interact and communicate. At the other end of the spectrum, the Practising Law Institute in the United States have used it to create a create a community where lawyers can access content, keep updated and interact with both educators and their peers. Every attorney in the States must attend a course from the Institute annually to retain their licence so it’s easy to see why it’s members number in the millions.
It goes on to discuss some of the new features in the forthcoming 2.5 release scheduled for 3Q09:
“We have full-fidelity profiles and we’ve added a Twitter-like micro-blogging capability directly into the profile. There’s a lot of use of Twitter that’s narcissistic but really when you start to put something like that to business-purpose use it’s a very powerful feature,” Schick points out, adding that “…in Facebook people have that Wall where people write on; now we’ve added to Connections the Wall-type feature – we call it the Board. It’s absolutely helping folks to better communication and better interact and connect.”

With access to a constant stream of information, it’s left some wondering if there’s such a thing as staying ‘too connected’, which Schick refutes.


What’s the penalty for not getting the right person over the right opportunity at the right time? What’s the penalty by not being able to retrieve information very quickly?
What’s the penalty for not leveraging best business practices over the organisation?” he rebuffs. “My thought here is that a good idea can come from the top of the organisation as well as the bottom, from inside as well as outside. Innovation doesn’t have to be big fireworks and sparks; it can come from somebody who’s just a user of your capability or somebody who is part of the extended team, coming in and relating their experience which could then help you improve the business process.”
Good answers, Jeff.  Well worth reading the article in full.


By: Stuart McIntyre - Connections | 31 Comments | On: 5 May 2009 09:59:11 AM | Tags:  connections  lotus 



Comments

1) Do we really think it is tens of millions?
Just Curious 05/06/2009 12:43:52 AM

I am reather stunned by a number that large to say tens (which means at least 20 million right?) that are already deployed?

2) desire system by dr. david reviews
desire system by dr. david reviews 07/23/2014 2:35:30 PM

Lately, I did not give a lot of consideration to giving comments on site page posts and have placed feedback even much less. Reading through your pleasant post, will support me to do so sometimes. { Link }

3) Untitled
Counselling Singapore 07/23/2014 6:57:13 PM

You're in point of fact a just right webmaster. The website loading speed is amazing.

4) rebelmouse.com/penguinmethodreviews
rebelmouse.com/penguinmethodreviews 07/24/2014 6:40:54 AM

This is such a great information for me, because i do an online job thats why i need fast Internet connection, i search how to bost internet speed then ireach at a right place{ Link }

5) Untitled
cheetah print sweater set 07/24/2014 3:09:39 PM

because i do an online job thats why i need fast Internet connection, i search how to bost internet speed then ireach at a right place....<a href='{ Link } target='_blank'>cheetah print sweater set</a>

6) earn
hgfgf 07/25/2014 7:17:53 AM

how earn money <a href="{ Link } online</a>

7) visit www rebelmouse
visit www rebelmouse 07/25/2014 11:07:27 AM

Mr. Riaz Mamdani served as Director of Corporate Finance at Ponderosa Lumber from March 1999 to July 1999. He was responsible for the development of operational financing including securities issuances. { Link }

8) http://www.shaverstudio.com
http://www.shaverstudio.com 07/25/2014 8:01:21 PM

Hey compañero, realmente tenido gusto este poste. Can t parece conseguirlo para dar formato a la derecha en Internet Explorer, se dobla todo para arriba, pero no trabaja muy bien en Firefox tan ninguna preocupación. { Link }

9) Untitled
Orange County Skylight 07/26/2014 12:47:41 AM

This is that same skylight, from the inside. Steel allows large spans, without a grid of supporting tubes and cables.

10) Untitled
Orange County Skylight 07/26/2014 12:49:17 AM

This is that same skylight, from the inside. Steel allows large spans, without a grid of supporting tubes and cables.<a title="Orange County Skylight" href="{ Link } County Skylight</a>

11) review for the venus factor
review for the venus factor 07/26/2014 6:02:59 AM

They have helped humans to travel from one part of the world to another, provide joy rides to ladies and kids,<a href="{ Link } for the venus factor</a>

12) https://www.rebelmouse.com/dramamethodaaronfox/
https://www.rebelmouse.com/dramamethodaaronfox/ 07/26/2014 12:40:34 PM

Thank you very much for posting and sharing this great article. It is so interesting. I want to know some other information about this site. So please give me this news quickly. I always will be aware of you. { Link }

13) https://rebelmouse.com
https://rebelmouse.com 07/27/2014 1:21:01 AM

This is a fantastic blog!I have certainly attained quite a lot of useful information today through this blog. Without a doubt, this is one of the most informative blog to be read by me till now. Thanks a lot for giving this and I hope that you'll keep on giving this stuff in the future as well. { Link }

14) do we need fast internet for whatsapp
John 07/27/2014 2:21:05 AM

this is very great information, i found this post very informative for my project. My project is based on the expenditure calculation app for revenue average. This article saved my lot of work. { Link }

15) HSBC Bank
Aman 07/27/2014 2:24:41 AM

great source of information, "HSBC have rolled it out to their workforce of about 385,000 people globally as a means to collaborate" this is remarkable { Link }

16) Well Done
ted 07/27/2014 10:05:08 AM

First You got a great blog .I will be interested in more similar topics. i see you got really very useful topics , i will be always checking your blog thanks. { Link }

17) cursos inem 2014
cursos inem 2014 07/27/2014 2:00:03 PM

Thank you for your thoughts. As someone who has always loved classical music but is finally trying to become educated about it, your comments are very much appreciated. <a href="{ Link } inem 2014</a>

18) mypbx
mypbx 07/27/2014 2:11:20 PM

This is a smart blog. I mean it. You have so much knowledge about this issue, and so much passion. <a href="{ Link }

19) بلايستيشن
بلايستيشن 07/27/2014 2:21:19 PM

This site is half the battle of the genus of the genus. It belonged to what was already a lot of it is not well suited for the life of the other.. <a href="{ Link } بلايستيشن</a>

20) http://www.epilator.us/
http://www.epilator.us/ 07/27/2014 4:34:31 PM

This is very interesting, You’re a very skilled blogger. I have joined your rss feed and look forward to seeking more of your fantastic post. Also, I’ve shared your website in my social networks.

21) garcinia
garcinia 07/28/2014 7:54:13 AM

Thanks, Nick. I just tried that website. It says my account's not associated with an Android phone so no download. I guess I'll have to just use it online. <a href="{ Link } can i get pure garcinia cambogia</a>

22) gold bullion
gold bullion 07/28/2014 9:42:32 AM

Very good article, not only feel good, I nearby of all the friends all say this is a very good article,Believe that will see more such a good article to share. <a href="{ Link } bullion</a>

23) partytent
partytent 07/28/2014 9:47:10 AM

I’m delighted that I’ve observed this weblog. Finally something not a junk, which we go through incredibly frequently. The web site is lovingly serviced and saved as much as date. So it should be, thanks for sharing this with us.

24) inem
inem 07/28/2014 10:39:24 AM

Thank you for this post. Thats all I are able to say. You most absolutely have built this blog website into something speciel. <a href="{ Link }

25) Search USA People
Search USA People 07/28/2014 11:00:58 AM

Very good article, not only feel good, I nearby of all the friends all say this is a very good article,Believe that will see more such a good article to share. <a href="{ Link } USA People</a>

26) hypnosis
hypnosis 07/28/2014 11:52:50 AM

Really i am impressed from this post.the person who created this post is a genious and knows how to keep the readers connected. <a href="{ Link }

27) selecting jeans online
selecting jeans online 07/28/2014 6:59:25 PM

I'm a pear shape do: I mostly wear skinny jeans sometimes.

28) selecting jeans online
selecting jeans online 07/28/2014 7:00:21 PM

I'm a pear shape do: I mostly wear skinny jeans sometimes.<a title="selecting jeans online" href="{ Link } jeans online</a>

29) Mode Lifestyle
Mode Lifestyle 07/29/2014 2:11:05 AM

This was a fantastic article. Really loved reading your we blog post. The information was very informative and helpful. { Link }

30) Instruments Store
Instruments Store 07/29/2014 3:09:07 AM

I know that everybody must say the same thing, but I just think that you put it in a way that everyone can understand. { Link }

31) buy alpha pharma steroids
buy alpha pharma steroids 07/29/2014 7:20:23 AM

block DNA from being made,as well as a chemical called.<a title="buy alpha pharma steroids" href="{ Link } alpha pharma steroids</a>



Add a comment

Subject:
   
Name:
E-mail:
Web Site:
 
Comment:  (No HTML - Links will be converted if prefixed http://)
 
Remember Me?