Boston Children’s Hospital and IBM Introduce OPENPediatrics (by IBM)

Boston Children’s Hospital and IBM introduce an all new social learning platform, OPENPediatrics, to enable clinicians to improve treatment and outcomes for critically ill children around the world.

iRobot And Cisco Build A Roving Telepresence Rig So Remote Workers Can Still Roam The Office
It’s no secret that iRobot’s domestic cleaning machines can carry some interesting things while they putter around and wipe up your floors, and iRobot and Cisco have taken that notion to its next logical step. The two companies have just announced that they’ve taken this smart roving robotics platform and stuck this pricey enterprise video conferencing monitor on top, all to facilitate West Wing-style walk-and-talks with colleagues who couldn’t be bothered to schlep into the office.
We’ve seen plenty of curious telepresence rigs before, but this is one of the few that makes it a point to break away from the confines of a desk. Once everything is put together, the Ava 500 stands at about 5’5″ and artfully dodges office debris the same way the more janitorial units do. Meanwhile, those remote users also get to control that roving robot by way of an iPad app, though the process isn’t as hands-on as one might hope — the Ava 500 handles most of the control itself after the user selects a destination so it’s perfect for remotely touring dangerous corners of the factory floor, but not so perfect for doing donuts outside of Conference Room B.

iRobot And Cisco Build A Roving Telepresence Rig So Remote Workers Can Still Roam The Office

It’s no secret that iRobot’s domestic cleaning machines can carry some interesting things while they putter around and wipe up your floors, and iRobot and Cisco have taken that notion to its next logical step. The two companies have just announced that they’ve taken this smart roving robotics platform and stuck this pricey enterprise video conferencing monitor on top, all to facilitate West Wing-style walk-and-talks with colleagues who couldn’t be bothered to schlep into the office.

We’ve seen plenty of curious telepresence rigs before, but this is one of the few that makes it a point to break away from the confines of a desk. Once everything is put together, the Ava 500 stands at about 5’5″ and artfully dodges office debris the same way the more janitorial units do. Meanwhile, those remote users also get to control that roving robot by way of an iPad app, though the process isn’t as hands-on as one might hope — the Ava 500 handles most of the control itself after the user selects a destination so it’s perfect for remotely touring dangerous corners of the factory floor, but not so perfect for doing donuts outside of Conference Room B.

 Collaborative Platforms Empower Citizens To Shape Their Communities [My Ideal City] - PSFK
Participatory online platforms and visual tools are lowering the barriers to participation and empowering citizens to design their communities. These crowd planning systems facilitate an open dialogue between city agencies and the people they serve, establishing a structured process for collaboration and encouraging a higher level of participation at the civic level. By seeking input throughout the development process, these crowd-planned systems help ensure greater transparency and buy-in that ultimately results in an end solution that meets the actual needs of the population.
Winka Dubbeldam, celebrated architect and principal of Archi-Tectonics, has most recently lent her expertise to a crowdsourced plan to revitalize Bogota, Colombia called MyIdealCity. She told PSFK.com that the future of urban planning is in crowd planning:

Initiatives of governing institutions that tap into the local intelligence will greatly enhance the public’s participation, and will help get a much more direct , real-time response that can adjust to the new directions of peoples’ needs. This demands an understanding of the word intelligence in the wider sense and a real commitment of the governing bodies in actually giving immediate feedback, and executing all.

 Collaborative Platforms Empower Citizens To Shape Their Communities [My Ideal City] - PSFK

Participatory online platforms and visual tools are lowering the barriers to participation and empowering citizens to design their communities. These crowd planning systems facilitate an open dialogue between city agencies and the people they serve, establishing a structured process for collaboration and encouraging a higher level of participation at the civic level. By seeking input throughout the development process, these crowd-planned systems help ensure greater transparency and buy-in that ultimately results in an end solution that meets the actual needs of the population.

Winka Dubbeldam, celebrated architect and principal of Archi-Tectonics, has most recently lent her expertise to a crowdsourced plan to revitalize Bogota, Colombia called MyIdealCity. She told PSFK.com that the future of urban planning is in crowd planning:

Initiatives of governing institutions that tap into the local intelligence will greatly enhance the public’s participation, and will help get a much more direct , real-time response that can adjust to the new directions of peoples’ needs. This demands an understanding of the word intelligence in the wider sense and a real commitment of the governing bodies in actually giving immediate feedback, and executing all.

IBM Social Business: It’s more than networking, it’s working. (by IBM)

By 2014, nearly four out of five businesses plan to invest in social business technology. Our world is social. On a smarter planet, so are businesses. Let’s build a smarter planet. Learn more at http://ibm.co/XzIG6J

IBM Social Business: New Ways of Working (by IBM)

Social business means new ways of working. It’s a production line of knowledge that never stops building. How social is your business? Learn more at http://ibm.co/17d3Fhm

Connect with the Social Business expert on:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/grahamgk
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/grahamkittle

How crowd-sourced work needs to change

The current system for “crowd work” leads to diminishing pay and skills for simply completing small, homogenous tasks:

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A better system would draw on knowledge of organizational principles and distributed computing to support complex, creative and interdependent work:

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Via Follow the Crowd

Socialize Me: A Little About IBM Connections Content Manager 4.5

One of the biggest announcements is the upcoming IBM Connections 4.5 release which we are targeting for March, just 6 months after the huge release of IBM Connections 4.0 ! I also had the opportunity to present for the first time the roadmap for IBM Connections at the conference. The feedback from the audience was tremendous. Those that went to the conference, you can download my slides from the conference site and I’ve also posted them in Greenhouse.

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Luis Benitez
Guaynabo, Puerto Rico

I am a Social Software Product Manager at IBM and an Social Business/Enterprise 2.0 enthusiast who simply loves the whole concept of innovating.

IBM Voices
on IBM.com is a simple expression of a sophisticated system — a view of all the registered social media accounts, feeds, videos, images — built on the Social Media Aggregator platform.
As IBM’s Ethan McCarty describes it: “It’s where we have begun to experiment with a data service that combines our ‘official channels’ with those of some of IBM’s subject matter experts.” 

IBM Voices

on IBM.com is a simple expression of a sophisticated system — a view of all the registered social media accounts, feeds, videos, images — built on the Social Media Aggregator platform.

As IBM’s Ethan McCarty describes it: “It’s where we have begun to experiment with a data service that combines our ‘official channels’ with those of some of IBM’s subject matter experts.” 

Airbnb For Workspaces Allows Mobile Creatives To Connect & Collaborate
“This goes beyond renting a desk, it’s all about creating and engaging a community of like-minded professionals, I like to think of it as a physical professional network. It creates this serendipitous opportunity for other people who want to connect and join a community, not just a desk.”

Airbnb For Workspaces Allows Mobile Creatives To Connect & Collaborate

“This goes beyond renting a desk, it’s all about creating and engaging a community of like-minded professionals, I like to think of it as a physical professional network. It creates this serendipitous opportunity for other people who want to connect and join a community, not just a desk.”

(via good)

IBM updates its Connections social enterprise software, eyes analytics | ZDNet
IBM on Wednesday made the latest version of its Connections social enterprise software generally available with updated activity streams, more mobile support and analytics features.
The Connections software, technically Connections 4.0, includes the following:
A revamped activity stream for a consolidated social dashboard. The general idea is that users can act within the activity stream to approve travel requests and expenses among other items.
Support for Apple’s latest iPhone, which will be unveiled today, the iPad, Windows Phone and Android devices.
Trending topics within the enterprise and social network.
Integration with enterprise email and calendar tools.
On-premise and cloud delivery options. 
Many of these features were highlighted in our recent interview with Jeff Schick, IBM’s social software lead.
IBM is ranked the top social software vendor by IDC and Big Blue has been touting its large clients, including Primerica, LeasePlan, Bayer and other large companies. IBM also has built a network of 39,000 partners to build on top of Connections, which started as an internal collaboration tool before being productized.

IBM updates its Connections social enterprise software, eyes analytics | ZDNet

IBM on Wednesday made the latest version of its Connections social enterprise software generally available with updated activity streams, more mobile support and analytics features.

The Connections software, technically Connections 4.0, includes the following:

  • A revamped activity stream for a consolidated social dashboard. The general idea is that users can act within the activity stream to approve travel requests and expenses among other items.
  • Support for Apple’s latest iPhone, which will be unveiled today, the iPad, Windows Phone and Android devices.
  • Trending topics within the enterprise and social network.
  • Integration with enterprise email and calendar tools.
  • On-premise and cloud delivery options. 

Many of these features were highlighted in our recent interview with Jeff Schick, IBM’s social software lead.

IBM is ranked the top social software vendor by IDC and Big Blue has been touting its large clients, including Primerica, LeasePlan, Bayer and other large companies. IBM also has built a network of 39,000 partners to build on top of Connections, which started as an internal collaboration tool before being productized.