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IBM Mail Next – the productivity tool that is also an email client – will make a work revolution!

If you believe that email is making you productive you’re wrong! Old fashioned email as you know it from Microsoft Outlook, Apple Mail and other traditional email clients is not a productivity tool – it is a messaging tool, and very often a hassle.

A productivity tool, on the other hand, is something totally different and makes your daily work easier, faster, more structured, focused and effective. It is not the email that makes your work or your company more effective and competitive – it’s the activities. Effectiveness and productivity is all about focusing on the important things, it is about getting the value of your colleagues and employees knowledge, it is about faster and more effective collaboration. It is all about structure and the value of people networks.

So, what you need is a productivity tool, not an email client. Focus on your work, not your emails.

Where can I get a solution that really live up to this? Well, have a look at what IBM is working on and planning to deliver to their customers in the near future. For the time being they gave it the working name “Mail Next”. What name the solution will get when it is released to the market is still guesswork.

“Mail Next” is a tool that helps you focus on your (and others) activities and bringing all the information, emails, files and to-do’s in context to what task or activity you are doing. Take a look at the video below and you get an idea!

Please be aware that this is not a new version of IBM Notes (earlier known as Lotus Notes) which still is developed and is used by millions of users world wide and will still be developed in the future. The latest version of the good old Lotus Notes (Lotus was the earlier brand name, not the product name, which was Notes) is IBM Notes Social Edition 9.0 which is built on Open Social Standard and lets customer implement a lot of social functionalities in the client.

“IBM Mail Next” a total new product/tool also based on analytics technologies and have “ton’s” of new functionalities that no other competitor to IBM can offer.



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Fed up by your old mailbox? Check out this!


Really tired of getting hundreds of emails into your inbox every day? Tired and fed up by focusing on keeping up to date with all those emails instead of focusing on your important to-do’s? Does Outlook and other more or less old fashioned email clients ruin your productivity? 

If you can answer yeas to any of the questions above, you really should have a look at what IBM have up their sleeve. In the near future they will make a revolution in how you handle email and help you focus on the important to-do’s. Their upcoming Mail Next will change the way you work!

Want to see more? Check here!

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Where is the business case in changing email system?

Skjermbilde 2013-07-08 kl. 14.32.52– I hate Lotus Notes! Heard it before? I have. But mostly these discussions are based on feelings and not updated facts and good research and consequence analysis.

When evaluating your email system the most important question to ask is “What do we want/need” and not “What do we not want/need”. Why? Because what you already got may simply be the best solution.

And, maybe you should not see email as a separate solution, but as part of your total communications and collaboration platform. The right answers to ask are “What tasks do we need to get done?”, “What functionalities do we need to get those tasks done?”, “What will happen with all our information collected through many years if we throw away the solution we already have?”.

These questions you should ask no matter what email system you have. Wether it is the old Lotus Notes, Microsoft Outlook or Apple Mail.

Below you find a slide deck from Peter Presnell that he shared on LinkedIn. He has a discussion running on the Lotus Professionals group on LinkedIn.

His arguments are quite sharp, some of them may be over the target, but I must admit that I have seen some examples in real life that underscores some of the points he has. Personally I have seen customers moving from old Lotus Notes to Microsoft Outlook, but they still, after 10 years, have and renew their IBM Notes licenses! Why? Because migrating all their databases and applications that runs on Notes clients and Domino servers would be lethal for their business. It costs too much, takes too much time and people use lot’s and lot’s of time to learn a new system. So when productivity gets lower and costs are increasing – where is the business case?

Here is the slide deck. Enjoy and feel welcome to comment!

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Want to make Outlook social? Here is the solution!

IBM have released a new IBM Connections Plug-in for Microsoft Outlook ! This enhances the existing integration that IBM already provide via the native Outlook Social Connector capability. However, IBM found that Microsoft implemented this in a limited way since it only provided “read-only” access to the social network.

Therefore, IBM took the integration to the next level and added a brand new sidebar to Outlook to provide access to files, microblogging, communities and more. And you can interact with your social network all directly from Microsoft Outlook!

By bringing social to the end user, you can accelerate adoption, reduce time to value, and reduce training costs as users that live and die in Outlook don’t have to learn anything new to interact with IBM Connections.

Here are some of the features:

  • Share files easily – send links instead of attachments.
  • Drag and drop email messages and attachments from Outlook to the IBM Connections sidebar application to upload them to IBM Connections.
  • Search Connections files directly from Outlook.
  • Search people by name, job title, organization, etc.
  • View complete Connections profiles.
  • Initiate a chat with a colleague directly from the sidebar application.
  • Receive live updates from your colleagues, communities you follow, and when changes are made in files you follow.
  • View community files and updates.

Here’s a quick 5 minute demo showing this off:

Download the plug-in here!

Source: Socialize Me, Luis Bentitez

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IBM gives Microsoft Windows a smarter desktop!

Microsoft seldom integrates with anything else than their own software. That is how they make their money, bonding their customers to their technologies. And that is why IBM has a strategy where they make it possible to integrate IBM’s solutions with any platform – also Microsoft. Here is one of the latest integrations: The desktop plugin for IBM SmartCloud Connections, IBM’s enterprise social network offering in the cloud.

The IBM Connections Desktop Plug-ins for Microsoft Windows provides the following features from Microsoft Windows Explorer:

  • Upload local files to IBM Connections from Windows Explorer or from your desktop
  • Share uploaded files with people, communities, or folders in IBM Connections
  • Work on files locally and publish them to IBM Connections
  • View people’s contact details and get in touch with them
  • Pin, follow, or like IBM Connections files and folders
  • View or contribute comments for a file
  • Lock a file when you are editing it to prevent file conflicts
  • View and restore files from IBM Connections Trash
  • Share folders with IBM Connections Communities
The IBM Connections Desktop Plug-ins for Microsoft Windows provides the following features from Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel):
  • Add a document to IBM Connections Files or Communities
  • Attach a document to an Activity or Wiki page
  • Publish a document to a Blog entry
  • Add someone’s profile information from IBM Connections into a document
  • Add a bookmark from IBM Connections into a document
  • Add a URL from a document as a bookmark in IBM Connections
  • Search for content in IBM Connections
  • Add a presentation to IBM Connections Files or Communities
  • Attach a presentation to an Activity or Wiki page
  • Search for content in IBM Connections
  • Add a spreadsheet to IBM Connections Files or Communities
  • Attach a spreadsheet to an Activity or Wiki page
  • Search for content in IBM Connections
The IBM Connections Desktop Plug-ins for Microsoft Windows provides the following features from Microsoft Outlook:
  • Add an email to IBM Connections Files or Communities
  • Attach an email to an activity or wiki page
  • Search for content in IBM Connections
  • View social activities for email recipients and people in your network
  • Invite people to your IBM Connections network
  • Outlook 2010: View IBM Connections business card for email senders and recipients

To download the plugin, you can get it from the Downloads page within SmartCloud. If you want to start a trial, go to Source: Socialize Me, Luis Benitez

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Analysts: New versions of IBM Notes and Domino show Microsoft the way forward!

IBM Notes 9.0 Social Editions is a lot more than email and calender only.
IBM Notes 9.0 Social Editions is a lot more than email and calender only.

The title of this blog post is not mine. It is a quote from a report published by the OVUM analyst, Richard Evans. Ovum «likes» what IBM is doing with its social business software.

Also Angela Ashenden, analyst at MWD Advisors, likes what she see in IBM Notes 9.0 Social Edition. Under the title «Notes 9.0 Social Edition – Te Ugly Duck Finally Blossoms» she writes that «with the latest release of its long-standing email client, Notes, IBM marks the fulfilment of its Project Vulcan strategy, revealing a slick, modern user interface that embraces social collaboration and comes into line with the rest of the company’s collaboration portfolio».

She writes that the inbox now appears much more like an activity feed than a traditional email inbox and leverages profile data from Connections in the business cards you see when hovering over someone’s name in a message. It is now possible to see people’s current status update, as well as following their activities.

Angela Ashenden also point out that one of the most interesting new features is the embedded experiences, which takes advantage of the OpenSocial standard to enable messages to become containers for actionable gadgets. With an impressive 17.000 + customers signed up already at the beta level, IBM Notes 9.0 Social Edition has had a very promising start.

Richard Evans from Ovum points out that IBM Notes and Domino 9.0 Social Edition will complete the social messaging bridge to IBM’s social collaboration platform, IBM Connections. Ovum believes this is essential to drive social business, increase operational efficiency and improve organizational thinking and learning.

He also says that in contrast, Microsoft Outlook 2013 still offers only minimal integration with Microsoft SharePoint, and with no release date announced for social messaging bridge between Outlook and Yammer, Microsoft is the company that now appears to be behind the innovation curve.

Read the full report from OVUM here!

Read the full report from MWD Advisors here!














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Social Email vs Ordinary Email – here is the difference!

Social Email? Just another buzzword for old fashioned email? Same shit – new wrapping?

Not so. Social Email is something much much more than standard email like you find it in Microsoft’s Outlook or Apple’s Mail. They are both what I call the “old fashioned in and out”. Social Email has a lot more functions than sending and receiving email, calendar and to-do functionality. Social email integrates social collaboration tools like activity streams, embedded experiences and lots of plugins that make your work day a lot more productive. It simply gives you an easier work day!

Here is a new and updated video on some of the functions in IBM Notes 9.0 Social Edition – leading edge within collaboration and productivity improvement.