How does IBM Watson, IBM's latest and groundbreaking technology, read and interpret (big and) unstructured data? Watch and learn.
I am a bit confused.
Back in 2009 email was dead. In 2014 social media is dead. This week IBM announces IBM Verse, formerly known as IBM Mail Next, a combination between social (IBM Connections) and email (IBM Domino). They somehow survived?
IBM Verse seems like a big thing. It's even a new way we work, according to IBM.
A nice thing I read on Alan Lepofsky's blog (well know analyst collaboration software industry) is the fact that "one of the most significant things about IBM Verse is the level of attention it has within IBM ... The resources being put into Verse, from design and development to sales and marketing far exceeds anyting I have seen from IBM related collaboration in a long long time.". So IBM is taking this seriously.
I guess a mix of social, email and collaboration can be very powerfull. In my opinion the only way IBM can compete with cloud based solutions like Google Apps and Office 365 is by adding Analytics. Or better: IBM Watson. I would like to see Watson handle my email and only bother me with the important messages. Wouldn't that be nice?
A few days a go Apple and IBM announced an interesting Global Partnership to Transform Enterprise Mobility. As the press release states "The landmark partnership aims to redefine the way work will get done, address key industry mobility challenges and spark true mobile-led business change".
Two leading tech companies looking for new opportunities and new markets. Apple can benefit from IBM's strong position in enterprises and IBM gets all the help needed while building business apps for iOS (using the brand new Swiftprogramming language). A win-win situation.
So what does this mean for us, app and XPage devs? In short term? Nothing. I see it more as a first date, that could lead to a (hopefully) happy marriage. Wouldn't it be great to see this first move eventually lead to a more technology driven collaboration between the two companies? Some level of Swift/XPage integration would certainly lead to interesting business app dev opportunities.
IBM Bluemix has been around for a few months, but for some reason it did not attract my attention, until now.
Take a look at this video. Looks like a nice playground for us devs.
Time flies. IBM Connect 2014 is running to an end. Second year of absence, unfortunately. Work in progress simply doesn't allow a week of traveling and conference. Poor excuse, but anyway.
So what's going on in Orlando? You could check the Opening General Session online, but I'm afraid it's about the same as last year's. Lot's of customer stories (3), lack of demo's and some announcements.
Most interesting anncouncement was the introduction of IBM Mail Next. It looks like the Inbox is back. Outside the inbox becomes inside the brand new designed IBM Mail Next Inbox.
Information is still restricted, but it's a good thing that it's based on IBM Domino and not on Websphere as some thought. Domino is still strategic to IBM and that's a good thing. Find more information here and here.
In case you have missed it, here is a nice recording of the webinair from last week: What's new in IBM Domino/Notes 9.0.1:
- New Dojo (1.8.3)
- New CKEditor (126.96.36.199)
- New Firefox engine for the XPiNC users (10.0.6)
- High Performance View Navigator
- XPages Dynamic Content Control is now bot/crawler friendly (for index purposes)
- Improvements for mobile development and experience (XPages Mobile)
- More "Mobile First" controls in the future via OpenNTF and Upgrade packs
- Improvements in the area of team development (headless build via the command line)
- New REST APIs
You can also take a look at the IBM Notes and Domino wiki for a complete list of fixes and improvements.