Tuesday, January 22, 2008

IBM in 2008

The outdated face-to-face meetings with employees will soon be a thing of the past. IBM is rarely seen as an innovator, unlike Google, but the spotlight has definitely put turned around with its plan to roll out Web 2.0 technologies in the upcoming year. The latest article in eWeek shines a light all of these technologies, including IBM Metaverse, which is there virtual reality software.

Mike Ackerbauer, innovation manager for collaboration development at IBM shares his enthusiasm with the future IBM’s future release:

"We'll go beyond showing the flat two-dimensional presentation. Right now the business value is that I can do a presentation in the Metaverse and see all of my team together."

IBM is going beyond Second Life in their attempts to give “business meetings” a new feel. Along with their virtual reality technology IBM also plans to release new mashup services that include employee profiles from their internal Blue Pages directory, graphs that show real time locations of employees, and a relationship chart that shows who works with who and for whom.

In terms of taking Enterprise 2.0 to the next level in 2008, IBM seems to be on the right path. What updates on Web 2.0 applications can we look forward to from your company in the new year?

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