Domino Admin Survey

I learned on Ed Brill that the Domino development team has put together a couple of surveys to attempt to gain insight into customer usage. Kathleen McGivney has posted the survey on her blog. Furthermore, they handed out copies of the survey at Lotusphere 2007.

What an awesomely great idea.

I’m crafting an email to my management chain immediately to get them to consider doing something similar for ClearCase and ClearQuest deployments.

And I’m very willing to go to RSDC 2007 and hand out the surveys in person. ๐Ÿ™‚

on grokking social software

I was saddened to read of Irving’s retirement on his blog today, but glad to hear that he’s keeping one toe in the water, so to speak.

I was struck by this paragraph, in which he says:

More recently, prodded by our innovation initiatives at IBM, I have been asking myself seemingly โ€œsoftโ€ questions about the intrinsic nature of business, especially what it means to be a globally integrated business in the 21st century. Revenue, profits and cash are clearly important. But at heart a business is a community of people organized to pursue common objectives. And increasingly, as people and communities interact with each other around the world, the cultural issues are becoming paramount. I am convinced that these are the life and death issues for companies, the keys to their ability to innovate and survive.

It’s an ongoing battle we web 2.0 warriors fight … so many people still don’t see the value of social software, in spite of our best efforts to the contrary. It’s a time-waster, they say. How is this going to help the organization? Which is one of the reasons I feel compelled to take the blogging show on the road – because I feel so strongly about the added value it has provided me and my work at IBM. Never would I have had the chance to interact with as many colleagues around the globe. It’s telling that I hesitate to call out the names now, because there are so many, I fear leaving someone out! ๐Ÿ™‚

No longer should we be content to sit in our cubicles, interacting only with the 5 people we work with on a daily basis. We have the tools to really be part of the greater IBM… to make the best use of all 300,000 of us. To make an impact far beyond our small workplace.

If two heads are better than one, how much better are 300,000 heads?

Irving says:

The thrill of bringing new technologies into the real world, the challenge of making innovation real in the marketplace, and the opportunity to make a difference in society that I have experienced at IBM have not made this decision to retire an easy one.

I hear you. And the announcements at Lotusphere about Lotus Connections and such must make it all the harder.

This is an exciting time and it’s so great to see IBM right out there in the middle of it: blogging, dogearing, sametiming, second life-ing….

Can’t wait to see what happens next! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Lotusphere 2007: Andy’s got the scoop!

And he’s not even THERE!

But he’s doing a great job covering all the breaking news and product announcements, so wander over to his blog for the latest news on Ventura/Connections and other fun stuff.

I peeked in on this morning during the opening session and it was pretty cool stuff. Word to the wise: it hung my Firefox browser but appeared to work fine on IE.

Lotusphere 2007: I’m not jealous, I’m not jealous, I’m….

Browsing the web this morning, I see Lotusphere 2007 participants EVERYWHERE:

Ed Brill’s got everyone tagging with a “Lotusphere2007” tag on technorati, so you can follow all the excitement and do your own vicarious conference attending on the web.