Wrapping up the second day of IBM’s ConnectED event – formerly Connect, neé Lotusphere – I’m struck by the conversations going on in all areas and aspects of the event.
As always, the halls and meeting rooms are populated mostly with developers, all learning or sharing knowledge about IBM Lotus, Domino, and Connections environments, capabilities, challenges, advantages, integration, and so on.
But this year’s event is, purposely, smaller than previous events in scope and focus. And this year, to quote more than one IBM Business Partner, “there’s no hot air. It’s all about making things and making them work.”
“Hot air” is probably uncharitable way of putting things. But there is a noticeable lack of hype, and of gung-ho rhetoric, particularly about Social IT and “social business.” A key theme within this year’s event is “new ways to engage,” and the sessions, demos, exhibitor stands, and hallway chats are very focused on that.
The “event conversation,” in sum, has shifted from the concept and possibilities – and hype – regarding Social IT, to a very business-like focus on development, adaptation, and application of IBM’s technologies and services into ways to engage users, buyers, sellers, supporters, and all the other Continue reading