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Inside Mobile Design and User Experience

Thoughts on mobile and social business applications, design, and user experience, by Chris Reckling.

Continuing on with the Opening General Session demo summary. Part 1, which covers Connections, IBM Docs, and Connections Mail is here.

After Suzanne's demos were done, Jeff Schick sums it up and introduces the next section. Because the activity stream and embedded experiences are based on Open Social standards, the expectation is for a broad developer eco-system to build custom applications that extend it beyond what IBM provides out of the box. The call to action is to look for opportunities to bring social context into business applications.

"Content at rest equals cost. Content in motion equals value." "Connections will unlock the content stored in every repository and will 'people-enable' processes." These statements seemed to resonate with the audience. After that Jeff, introduced Ron, who entered stage left with nothing but an iPad.

He started in email and showed how you could take an attachment (for example, a partner sends a proposal to you) and either view it in the Symphony ODF viewers or move it to Connections. "Now, what I really want to do is get this attachment out of my email and put it in my social repository where I can share and manage it easier."
Image:OGS Demos Part 2
This is the Connections iPad client IBM released in November. Ron did a brief demo of a few of the other parts of the Connections client. You can try it yourself by downloading from the app store and using it with your Greenhouse account. Just use as the Connections server name.

Next Ron switch over to the HTC Rezound Android phone for a quick demo of the new, coming in the future, Connections mobile client. He showed how you could access all of Connections function, in particular, the Status Updates and Profiles. In Profiles you can even generate a QR Code for the user, which can be used by other mobile phone QR Readers to easily exchange information.
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Back on the iPad, Ron went on to show the new Sametime app. Backstage, Heidi Ambler starting sending him chat messages to talk on the "phone". Using Sametime Unified Telephony and the Polycom video client, the call is made backstage to Heidi. (We did this live, but the screens here are from the backup plan...)
Image:OGS Demos Part 2

That was the end of this section of the demo. Jeff came back to sum it up and introduce the next speaker.
"From the iPad and iPhone -- to any Android,  Blackberry, or Windows -- and today we expanded our Windows support by adding support for Windows phone including the beautiful new Nokia and HTC devices.
You can take it with you."

Some of you have asked how we did the mobile demos. Without going into all the details, we used AppleTV to project the iPad over a private Aruba Networks wifi setup that allowed us to control which devices could access and even see the network. Ron used the iPad to project the Rezound phone too. :)

Next up is Demo 3 from Brian Cheng, as soon as I get a chance to post again!

Chris Reckling
Mobilel UX and OGS Demo Team

Chris Reckling | 17 January 2012 09:45:00 AM ET |

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