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At Lotusphere 2012 a lot of questions were raised about Lotus Quickr. Nobody got a clear response, almost no sessions on Lotus Quickr at the conference.
This year, at Connect 2013 the new conference name for Lotusphere not one single session could be found in the session preview tool. The future of Quickr??
Throughout the year we got a lot of questions from our customers about the future of the product, we could not give them a clear answer. even as an IBM premier business partner we were left out in the dark.
Although there was not a single session on Quickr the name of the product was mentioned in a couple of sessions and the future of the product became clear. Let me start of with a clear statement from IBM Product management. They have confirmed Quickr will be supported for a long time (read 6 to 7 years). IBM can’t tell you any actual years, but the official support website is here
But the product will, apart for bug fixes and a upcoming new release for the connectors no longer be in active development.
The first step is the upcoming release of IBM Connections Content Manager which will provide robust Content Management capabilities within Connections Communities, such as approval routing, integrated search and more granular ACL’s. It will also feature nested folders, document types and advanced metadata management. It is planned to support the existing Quickr Connectors for the Windows desktop just like they did on the previous integration with the FileNet repository to provide a seamless authoring process using Office desktop applications. To allow existing Quickr customers (Quickr Domino and Quickr for WebSphere Portal) a migration path to this new capability, IBM will release a migration tool for documents in Quickr Document Libraries to be migrated to IBM Connections Content Manager libraries including folder structures, metadata, old versions and ACL’s.
In the next step later this year there will be new connectors for Connections Content Manager as well as Portal based version (portlet) to offer the library capabilities within the WebSphere Portal. The ultimate goal of all this is to have one big social platform that integrates with everything. One to rule them all. On top of that this will offer the capability to integrate the upcoming IBM Docs product into this social document management and raise the bar for social document management to a new level that will blow away the competition for a while. More coming up on IBM Docs soon.
I have to say, I love the strategy and the direction they have chosen and the demos I have seen are mind-blowing. I truly believe that any customer that chooses this direction now makes a very good choice. But I cannot agree on the silence on the Lotus Quickr product and the confusion on the future of it. This has caused a lot of customers to turn over to the competition and this could have been avoided.
Sometimes we lose a battle to our friends from Microsoft. Mostly we are competing against SharePoint. Why do we lose?
I truly believe that the IBM suite of products is better than Microsoft’s suite. It truly is, individual features and products are just better, no question about it. So how can we loose?
Because SharePoint offers a bit of everything into one integrated platform, you can do a bit of document sharing, some forms to make life easier and you can setup some websites really quickly. And this can be done relatively quick and without big investment. Will this satisfy customer needs in the long end? No probably not, you will need a lot of money to develop stuff to have SharePoint do what you want to do long term. And in the end it will cost you more money than the IBM suite. To get started with IBM software and wanting to have Document Management, some websites and some forms you currently need 3 products from IBM. They are not integrated as one product so some work needs to be done to get them looking as one platform. The initial hardware and services investment is just bigger. You will save long term, but many organizations don’t look that far. The ones that do, use IBM products.
So what can IBM do to improve this?
They are already on the right track today with IBM Connections, IBM Notes 9, IBM Docs and IBM Sametime (soon will) looking as one platform, but work still needs to be done. IBM Portal needs to follow very quickly form a ui perspective and we need a stripped down version to be competitive. Why not integrate a stripped down version of IBM Forms into IBM Connections to be able to create some easy to use forms?
I would like to win them all, and I need the tools for it.
IBM Connect 2013! What’s in a name? Honestly, I couldn’t care less about the name change. I was a bit afraid about the amount of technical session, but I think it was about the same as last year.
Writing this on the plane heading home, and glad to be heading home I must admit it was the best conference I went to ever. I have not much to compare to as it was only the 3th one I attended, but from those 3, just the best.
The opening session was a blast, great opening, a relaxed and confident Allistair Rennie on stage and a great pace to the follow up of speakersm demos and topics. Having a OGS like his created a very positive atmosphere and lifted the conference up to a higher level.
I attended even more sessions than last year and I am very tired, but also very happy. I learned a lot again and got an insigth in IBM strategy for the next couple of years on ICS. I met a lot of friends I only new online or did not meet for a while and had some great fun with them. I especially loved the fact that all the Social Media residency members from the last august residency were present, loved seeing them again, they are great people.
I will be posting some more details on the session I followed in the upcoming week so watch the blog.
But first I will spent some time with my family, because I really missed them and can’t wait to see them again
After seeing my 2 session abstracts being turned down I had peace with not going to IBM Connect this year.
My company was not sending anyone until last week when some customers showed interest in going. I was appointed to join them.
Whilst the timing might be bad, I have construction workers starting on the house on Friday before Connect, I am happy that I can go.
I am looking forward seeing some friends again, and to be included in the team social this year.
I am really looking forward to the sessions and all the great content.
I also need to congratulate IBM on it’s IBM ‘Social Business Online’ app.
See you all in a week