Connect 2016: Let us be positive to change!

What all social business enthusiasts are waiting for is the Opening General Session (OGS) at IBM Connect 2016 in Orlando starting up at 08:00 am eastern time monday february 1st.

This is the moment or the hour of truth on where IBM will be moving for the next year of social collaboration. What will their existing clients expect to see coming in the future, be it strategy, be it new products, be it new services, be it new functionality for existing solutions. Want to watch the General Opening Session online – go here!

And this year, like any year before, their competitors will be there to see what IBM has up their sleeve and in what direction they will have to move themselves regarding social business and collaboration. It is a fact that IBM is the most innovative company within this field and has set the agenda for «anything collaborative» for the last decade. It has been the worlds leading innovator for 12 years in a row!

Expectations are high. Very high. Not at least within the social community aka the old Lotus fans around the world. They have had a tendency to be negative towards IBM’s collaboration stuff each year after Lotusphere, ConnectED or Connect (or whatever this conference has been called).

Despite this they simply love the solutions and stick to them year after year because it just works, minute by minute, day by day, month by month, year by year. The famous Domino server never seem to stop. It is probably one of the most stable piece of software ever built.

So why this traditional negativity? It is a love hate relationship. Because the software is such a masterpiece they want it to be even better. Even though it is a lot better and sunstainable than similar solutions from the competitors. It is like your kids – you simply love them so much that you push them to do even better every day.

But there are two sides of this. One is that it pushes IBM to do even better. The other is that it is like pouring gas on the fire for the competitor. All those consultants at IBM’s business partners that are spreading negativity are pulling the mat away under their own feet.

One Norwegian blogger admitted this attitude in one of his blog posts recently. I know him, he is a clever guy and he knows a lot about IBM’s collaboration solutions after working with it years after years. This year he will change his approach and focus on the good stuff and the positive developments in the news from Connect 2016.

I think that is the right attitude. The world is changing and so is the way we work, whether we like it or not. Let us not be the grumpy and stubborn old guys and girls any more. Let us admit that postivity is the only thing that can improve our world.

Code will be the game changer!

The name is IBM Verse – and it is The New Way to Work!

It is finally here! IBM Verse, until now called by the codename IBM Mail Next. IBM was planning to release the name in a web stream this evening, but social media is already full of news and video’s presenting the new revolutionary productivity tool.

IBM and Apple in exclusive partnership to win the mobile market for enterprise

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Today IBM and Apple announced a strategic partnership that combines the market-leading strengths of each company to transform enterprise mobility and redefine how work gets done. This will totally change the game for the enterprise mobile market and hit competitors like Google and Microsoft right in their guts.

This will bring IBM’s big data, analytics, cloud, mobile integration, and security capabilities to iPhone and iPad. Together IBM and Apple will jointly develop and deliver more than 100 industry-specific enterprise solutions for iPhone and iPad. More than 100,000 IBM will be involved in developing and selling these new applications. And IBM will start selling both iPads and iPhones to their enterprise customers.

Among the planned deliveries are:

  • A new class of more than 100 industry-specific enterprise solutions including native apps, developed exclusively from the ground up, for iPhone and iPad.
  • Unique IBM cloud services optimized for iOS, including device management, security, analytics and mobile integration.
  • New AppleCare service and support offering tailored to the needs of the enterprise.
  • New packaged offerings from IBM for device activation, supply and management.

– The landmark partnership aims to redefine the way work will get done, address key industry mobility challenges and spark true mobile-led business change, says Apple in a press release.

– For the first time ever we are putting IBM’s renowned big data analytic at iOS users’ fingertips, which opens up a large market opportunity for Apple. This is a radical step for enterprise and something that only Apple and IBM can deliver, says Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook.

– Mobility – combined with the phenomena of data and cloud – is transforming business and our industry in historic ways, allowing people to re-imagine work, industries and professions, says IBM Chairman, President and CEO, Ginni Rometty.

IBM have for a long time back been delivering professional business apps to iOS and their more than 5.000 mobile experts have been in forefront of mobile enterprise innovation. IBM has secured more than 4.300 patents in mobile, social and security that have been incorporated into IBM MobileFirst solutions. The company has made a dozen acquisitions in security in the past decade and has more than 6.000 security researchers and developers in their 25 security labs around the world.

See interview with Ginni Rometty and Tim Cook on CNBC.

Cloud solution helps save children’s lives!

Every year, nearly 7 million children under age 5 die from illnesses like pneumonia, diarrhea and malaria despite the availability of life-saving medical solutions.

In partnership with IBM, Boston Children’s Hospital recently launched OPENPediatrics, a social learning platform that equips medical personnel to more effectively engage, share knowledge, tap expertise and make better decisions when treating children in life threatening situationsIn its early stages of use, there are over 1,000 doctors and nurses across 74 countries revolutionizing how the healthcare industry works in entirely new ways.

The new Cloud-based technology platform – called OPENPediatrics – equips doctors and nurses with the knowledge and skills they need to save children’s lives during intensive care situations. As the platform grows, content will extend beyond critical care.

Developed in IBM Labs in Cambridge, Mass., OPENPediatrics trains medical professionals using a unique on-demand, interactive, digital and social learning experience, equipping them to perform life-saving procedures and treatments for children who would not otherwise have access to intensive care. The content is supplied by experts at Boston Children’s Hospital and includes seminars from international expert clinicians.

The benefit of Cloud, particularly in under-developed nations, is that it overcomes the need to build a global technology infrastructure in favor of a highly efficient, cost-effective model. IBM has invested more than $4 billion in software acquisitions and organic development to build out its global cloud portfolio, which is based on open standards. By putting OPENPediatrics in the cloud, clinicians are guaranteed to have access to the latest medical information, training modules, best practices, and social interactions between users.

Read the press release from IBM here.

Fortune 500: Apple on top, IBM second, Microsoft less profitable.

Fortune has published their Fortune 500 list of the worlds leading companies. This is interesting as most of the companies on top of the list are such companies most of us has never heard of.

But what is interesting, to me at least, is to see a comparison of IT companies that is working within the collaboration market and are in he same «league», so to speak. And for me that is companies like Apple, IBM, Microsoft and Google.

Apple is now ranked as the 19. biggest company in the world. IBM ranked as the worlds 62.  biggest company, while Microsoft is ranked as worlds 110. biggest company and Google is ranked 189.

Apples profit is up by 61 % from 2011. IBM’s profit is up 4.7 % since 2011 while Microsoft’s profit is down with 26.7 % in the same period. Google’s profit is up 10,3 %.

IBM had 466.995 employees in the period, while Microsoft had 94.000 employees and Apple had 76.100 employees in the same period. Google had 53.861 employees.

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WOW – an IBM ad!

Skjermbilde 2013-05-29 kl. 13.09.02Believe it or not, IBM do advertising, though it might not be in your country. And when they do it, they do branding – not so many product ads – if ever.

The other day IBM published a great ad regarding rethinking how work really works. And that is what Social Business is all about. It is about rethinking how we do business, how we do what we do – to do it better.

The ad (click the picture) that was printed in The Wall Street Journal is a great ad! It presents examples on companies that have done a remake of their strategies and the way they work. They have become true social businesses.

Through alle the years I have been working with IBM’s earlier Lotus-brand I have heard unstoppable complaints from both business partners and customers:

– You have the most excellent products and solutions in the market when it comes to collaboration! Why don’t you advertise them. Why do you keep them so secret?

Well, IBM’s policy has been, as I understand it, to market the company and the brand, rather than each product per se. And this strategy has helped IBM become the worlds third most valuable brand, just behind Apple and Google.

Microsoft do ads for products – and they are only on the seventh place regarding brand value.

Anyhow – maybe IBM themselves should rethink how work works, and rethink marketing to achieve even greater success?

What is your opinion? Feel free to comment!

IBM Named Worldwide Market Share Leader in Social Software for Fourth Consecutive Year

IBM SOCIAL INFOGRAPHICIt happened again. IBM is named by IDC as world wide market share leader in Enterprise Social Software for fourth consecutive years! It seems like this is becoming a habit for Big Blue. 

Social networking adoption continues to soar as businesses look to transform their organization into a smarter enterprise that is capable of empowering a global workforce and transforming client experiences.

According to IDC Worldwide Semiannual Software Tracker, 2H 2012, the worldwide enterprise social market segment reached 1.0 billion in 2012, representing growth of 25 percent over 2011.

“Businesses today are operating in the social age where innovation, speed, and exceptional client experiences are critical.” said Alistair Rennie , general manager, social business, IBM. “Our social business platform is accelerating that transformation and helping change the way leaders are working.”                                                                                                                             

As this demand grows, organizations are looking to introduce social capabilities into all key areas, from marketing and research innovation to sales and human resources. The challenge is that many lack the ability to capture and share the unique insights from each employee and use it to help drive real value to the business.

IBM’s social business software and services pair powerful social networking capabilities with analytics that help companies engage all key stakeholders whether an employee, customer or partners in order to accelerate innovation and deliver results. Today, more than 60 percent of Fortune 100 companies have licensed IBM’s solutions for social business, including eight of the top 10 retailers and banks.

IBM’s social networking platform, IBM Connections, allows for instant collaboration with one simple click and the ability to build social communities both inside and outside the organization. As a result Connections helps organizations increase customer loyalty and speed business results. IBM Connections is available both on premise and in the IBM SmartCloud for Social Business. IBM currently has three IBM SmartCloud for Social Business facilities based in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific.

Leading IBM social business clients include Prudential Insurance, Fluor Corporation, Lowe’s Home Improvement, LeasePlan and Electrolux.