Plumbing the social enterprise with IBM Lotus Connections – user profiles and more

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The Business Card feature in IBM Lotus Connections – explained in all its technical simplicity by Joseph Russo in his post on the Synch.rono.us blog – highlights one of the reason I think it is such an interesting piece of software. From one perspective, I see Connections is this amazing enterprise social engine interfaced through an open AtomPub based API. This make Connections as much a tool to integrate applications as it is an enterprise social computing destination for employees to use.

BTW This isn’t lost on other vendors either – from Attensa to Socialcast and also Socialtext, although each approach the opportunity slightly differently.

In related reading, Bertrand Duperrin talks about rich user profiles as an area that is currently being overlooked. I don’t actually think we lack the technology, but I agree we might be ignoring it at the moment while we get caught up with microblogging and wikifying the workplace.

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