IBM has published a Technote detailing Verse Offline.
But watch those caveats.
Hat tip to Alan for the link.
Apparently, the lack of a overarching message concerning, among other things, IBM Verse is being recognized by more than one tech writer.
IBM’s assets in the collaboration and communications market really have not received as much attention as they should have. To be in a presentation where products such as Verse (IBM’s cloud-based e-mail solution and, as we learned, future on-premises upgrade to Domino) were referred to as having a ‘secret sauce’ seemed a missed opportunity.
So, there are a few people out there, attempting to spread the word concerning IBM Verse and other solutions in the IBM portfolio and come away wondering why IBM is missing their opportunity. And the window is shutting. The Connect conference is done and put away, which means that free publicity like this will dry up as it waits for something / anything out of Armonk regarding the announcements and demonstrations.
“Momentum” is more like “fits and starts” or “wait and see.”
That is not what this product deserves or needs.
This is a very positive article, but one that concerns me. It should raise flags within IBM, if they follow their products in the news.
I attended IBM Connect last week, where I checked out one of the most interesting products you’ve likely never heard of — a new email offering called “IBM Verse.” While there was a lot of discussion about how it better integrated social networking, what really intrigued me was the idea of putting cognitive computing inside an email client.
. . . I’ll close with my product of the week, which has to be IBM Verse, the fascinating email product that focuses on the user. If I don’t tell you about it, you’ll likely never hear of it.
Today, IBM and Box, an online file sharing and personal cloud content management service for businesses, announced a partnership.
IBM is going to let Box plug into its analytics and security technology, while Box will integrate its content management system into Big Blue’s existing products.
For example, they will work on a new data analytics solution that uses IBM’s Watson supercomputer. Box’s technology will also be integrated into IBM Verse and IBM Connections, its business email and collaboration services.
They will also jointly develop mobile apps and analytics solutions. Box said some of that could even be included in the products IBM and Apple are building together. On top of that, IBM will use its massive salesforce and consulting team to sell it to its network of business customers.
Considering IBM deals with some of the biggest businesses in the world, it’s a huge deal for Box, which went public earlier this year.
While others have announced the availability of IBM Traveler 18.104.22.168, here is the “What’s New” document for the software. The focus in this release is on IBM Verse.
Support for IBM Verse on Apple devices
IBM Verse for Apple devices is available on the iTunes app store. You can download it and start using it to:
- See mail from people important to you
- Set people you interact with often as Important
- Manage items that need follow up
- Track who owes you a response and when
- Work with your calendar seamlessly
- Interact with all of your contacts
IBM Verse for Apple devices is an IBM created mobile app for iOS, and is available on the Apple app store. However, you can continue to use IBM Traveler with the built-in Apple provided mail, calendar, and contacts apps on your iOS device, along with the IBM Traveler To Do and Companion apps.
In arguably the best review of IBM Verse I’ve read to date, Michael Sampson provides his thoughts on the product.
I think IBM Verse – or any email system with in-built intelligence – needs to focus more on changing sender behaviour. We see elementary forms of this with the “encouragement” in Outlook Web Access to send links to files in OneDrive rather than the attachment directly. I would like to see the analytics power of Watson applied to encouraging senders to be more effective in their use of email and other tools.