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Wednesday
Jun202018

Welcome Maria Nordin to ISW & Kudos!

Now this is exciting! I am so very happy to welcome Maria Nordin to the ISW team. Many in the IBM Connections community knows Maria well. Maria is one of the leaders behind the amazing Social Connections team, and comes to us from a great company Infoware in Sweden where she was the Product Manager for Domain Patrol Social. Maria will be joining us from August 20th starting with a trip to Australia to get up and running(....away from the dreaded Australian Drop Bears Maria;)

Maria will be taking on the role of leading our business development activities in Europe working with our many and growing Kudos and Buzzy customers in that part of the world. It will be great to finally have someone in that timezone that can have daily contact with our wonderful customers. With Maria's passion and background around Connections, Watson Workspace, and Social Business/Collaboration, we are also looking forward to her ideas around making our solutions even better. Europe has always been a great market for Kudos and we have many successful customers over there so it is wonderful that we can provide a higher level of service to them as well.

And of course Maria is also an IBM Champion for ICS! This brings the number of champions at ISW to 4 with Jared Roberts, Jay Agrawal, and myself. How cool is that!

Tuesday
Dec192017

Buzzy for IBM Connections now available in Connections App Catalogue

A couple of months ago we announced the launch of Buzzy for IBM Connections. Buzzy brings intelligent instant apps to the Connections platform for both on premise and cloud users of Connections.

Well today we are very pleased to announce that Buzzy is now available in the App Catalogue for Connections Cloud. By adding Buzzy to the App Catalogue it now takes a matter of seconds to enable Buzzy for your environment so your users can start creating amazing apps all within Connections.

So to get you started here is a quick video showing exactly how easy it is.

 

In addition Ginsy has recorded a more detailed video demonstrating all the points of integration that Buzzy has with Connections.

There is also some more information on the following blogs:

The Buzzy Blog - Lift-off! Buzzy launches on the IBM Connections Cloud Catalog

IBM Collaboration Solutions Blog - Buzzy is Now a Part of the Connections Catalog!

 

So go ahead and have a go with Buzzy for Connections Cloud. We would love to hear your ideas for killer apps and don't forget that Buzzy for Connections is also available for Connections On Prem. If you would like to have a web conference to demonstrate Buzzy for Connections in detail please let me know - abrown@isw.net.au

Merry Xmas all!

Thursday
Sep282017

Watson Workspace Cognitive Collaboration Integrated with Buzzy Instant Apps

Yesterday IBM launched the Watson Workspace Essentials which is the first release of Workspace that is enterprise ready following the previous pre-release. I have been using and watching from the continual improvement of Workplace since it was first pre-released and over this time I have found more and more of my conversations moving from Sametime and Slack over to Workspace.

In short Workspace is a real time collaboration app that provides group and individual persistent chat, plus some built in cognitive capabilities that basically helps me to cut thru the noise and quickly focus on what matters. There is some great integrations with other cloud services via IFTTT and Workato. One of the capabilities that we have been exploring more of is the developer experience.

Workspace leverages the underlying Work Services Platform which provides a Webhooks API, Graph API, and Cognitive API's. Using these tools we have been looking at how we can intergrate Workspace with Buzzy Instant Apps and Buzzy for IBM Connections. My colleague and namesake Adam Ginsburg (he surf's while I cook on the grill. That is the key difference) created a quick Geek Sneak preview video yesterday to show off some of the integrations we have created between Buzzy and Watson Workspace.

Cool eh! If you would like some more info or have a play with Buzzy just let us know here

Thursday
Sep072017

Get Your BUZZ On - Instant Apps for Connections

I have to say it! Damn this one is exciting. I am BUZZING (literally!)

Over the years since we launched Kudos Badges for IBM Connections about 9 years ago now, we have delivered a series of new products and capabilities for IBM Connections, all with a focus on adoption and improving the user experience and hence engagement for users of Connections.

After Badges, came Kudos Analytics delivering deep analytics and reporting to Connections. Kudos Thanks and Kudos Awards delivered peer to peer and management award and recognition programs. Then most recently Kudos Boards which dramatically improved team collaboration and projects in Connections using Kanban style user experience. We also have something else coming very soon....think Idea's and Innovation for Connections but more on that later;)

Lets get our Buzz On!

Well now this one takes Connections to a whole new level. The great team at Kudos has been busily working away with another great team from Buzzy to now deliver Buzzy for IBM Connections.

An intelligent instant app platform for IBM Connections and Watson Workspace

Buzzy for Connections provides a better way for users to interact with each other via Citizen Apps.

Many of us remember the days when on another platform we would empower users to create apps for many different purposes. This enabled citizen developers and end users to rapidly build situational apps so they could quickly get on with business and complete the job at hand. These might be apps such as Contract Registers, Job Applications, Expense Re-imbursements, Executive Reports/Briefings, Field Sales Reports, Event Management.........the list goes on forever.

Buzzy for IBM Connections brings these and many many more instant apps to the Connections platform. In a matter of minutes your line of business users are able to create intelligent (via Watson Services) apps for whatever business outcome they want to achieve. These apps are rapidly delivered via both browser and mobile clients, fully integrated with IBM Connections.

Maybe your Marketing Department are planning on running an event. So you create a Connections Community of course to get the team together to plan, discuss and execute the event. So now with Buzzy for IBM Connections you can create an Event Management App that helps you to store and share the planning details. You might create another app - Event Registrations - this time open to external users as well so they can submit their RSVP's for the event. You might also want to share post event collateral with the attendees of the event - just create another Buzz!

In another part of your organisation, your HR Department are managing the recruitment of some new staff. They create a HR/Recruitment Community, and add an App for managing and creating job positions. They can list the job positions and determine the criteria and type of skills needed. Once ready they can post the job publically via the Job Application Submission App that allows candidates to submit their resume and applications. Then the HR team can work together to review the resumes and vote on who should get the interview!

Over the next few posts we will demonstrate Buzzy for IBM Connections with a few videos.

If you are interested in some more information, a demo, or even want to give Buzzy for Connections a try for yourself you can let us know here - Buzzy for IBM Connections. Come join us and get your Buzz On!

Monday
May042015

Jay's awesome auto-magic News Feed tweak for IBM Connections 

The other day Jay was looking for something to do with his spare moments in between finalising Kudos Analytics Cloud and Kudos Boards Mobile (come on Jay you don't really have spare time;) and he made an awesome tweak to our internal deployment of IBM Connections. I thought it was worth sharing so here it is:

There's no mechanism in Connections by default to notify people of new posts in the News Feed. Forcing users to refresh the page, or click on 'Discover' / 'I'm Following' to find out if something new has happened. 

 

I had an idea to solve this problem with a little javascript injection into the header.jsp. 

A couple of hours of coding and testing later, it actually worked as planned and is now implemented in our production environment (feedback welcome). 

 

What does it do?

A - Shows a button with 'X New Posts' at the top of the news feed (screenshot below)

B- Updates the page title, which lets you see if there are any updates without switching to the tab. (Also makes the tab glow if it is pinned - as seen on Facebook, Instagram, etc.)

 

How?

The script first checks to see if it's in Homepage on load. You don't want to make a request every X seconds from every page in connections.

It then periodically polls the RSS feed for the current stream to retrieve any entries since the time the page was loaded. (Thanks to Mr. Andrew "API" Welch for his input here)

If it finds any new entries, it shows a bar at the top indicating the number of new updates and, my favourite part, updates the document.title allowing you to see if there are any updates without the need to actually switch to the tab

You might need to refresh your homepage for it to take effect. And you might have to wait till there are some new posts as well :) 

 Code to implement this:

  1. Put the activity-stream-notifier.jsp file in the same folder as the customised header.jsp. 
  2. Add the following line at the end of your header.jsp:​  --%><%@ include file="./activity-stream-notifier.jsp" %><%--
The results are as per the below screenshot:

 

Well I think that is pretty neat. Hope you can make use of it!