Back in January this year I as at the IBM Connect 2014 conference in Orlando where IBM unveiled their planned “Mail Next” as a “radical email interface rethink”. Yesterday that plan came to fruition when I attended a live webcast at IBM’s Southbank offices of the launch of IBM Verse. So what’s the verdict?
First, let’s examine the reasons for the arrival of IBM Verse. What problem are we trying to solve?
The workplace is ever more complex, with people working across borders and timezones, social networks, growing use of smartphones and tablets, and the need for data security. Millennials prioritise ease of use in applications i.e. if the office systems don’t deliver they will find their own.
Focus on Your Work not Your Inbox
IBM identified three things that workers were crying out for:
The result is IBM Verse and from the demo I saw yesterday it really is a “new way to work”. New doesn’t always mean better but in this instance I think we have a solution here which makes existing systems look incredibly dated and frankly obsolete. IBM Verse facilitates ways of working which reflect the age we are in (connected, mobile, always on) rather than the way business was done in the nineties and the noughties when email became all pervasive. This isn't just improved, socialised mail with enhanced design features (although it is that too), it’s a game changer.
How Does IBM Verse Make You More Productive?
IBM focuses on a number of personas to show how IBM Verse can help you claim back your working day: the Mulitasker, the Prioritizer, the Sharer, the Searcher, the On-theGo Worker, the Tech Professional, the Assistant, the Business Leader. Let’s have a look at a few of these personas.
The old way - “I try to focus on the most important priorities, but with 1000 messages in my inbox and a double-booked calendar, things fall through the cracks.”
A new way with IBM Verse - “With help from analytics, my inbox is now organized and prioritized, showing the top actions that I owe or that I am owed, and when they are due.”
The On-the-Go Worker
The old way - “Being on the move is exciting but when I switch from my tablet to my smartphone to my PC I don’t want to lose information. I just want them all to sync up to each other.”
A new way with IBM Verse - “The cloud makes switching between devices seamless. I can pick up right where I left off no matter where I am. And cloud can do the heavy lifting so I still have secure access, and analytics.”
The old way - “With email, file sharing, calendars, and social networking I spend half my day switching back and forth from one window to another.”
A new way with IBM Verse - “I can now organize my business communications and schedule from a single, intuitive console, and finally focus on my work.”
When Can you Get IBM Verse?
No promises yesterday but the indications are that for those of you using Connections Cloud it will be available to you in January 2015. Beyond that there was a lot of buzz yesterday about IBM Watson, cognitive computing and how this will add further value to IBM Verse.
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A Day With IBM Verse VIEW VIDEO