IBM’s strength against its competition is its analytics power, agrees Alan Lepofsky, analyst with Constellation Research. It’s something the software firm has been building now for several years and applying it to different lines of business could be helpful. Where Arnott wants to use those analytics to motivate top performers, Lepofsky sees potential for early detection of flight risks.
“Maybe I wouldn’t say to my manager that I’ve had my laptop for two years, but you give people a forum and they’ll start whining about anything,” he says. “If they can cut that off ahead of time and reach out to that employee, that’s a powerful use case for analytics.”
The full version point upgrade on Notes and Domino represents Notes and Domino’s new level of integration to Connections, he adds. The same architecture for those products is there, but there’s more capability now.
“If they didn’t show continuous innovation in the Domino space, (clients) would move to Gmail or Exchange,” he says.
Though IBM Connections 4.5 will also tie in to Microsoft Outlook, allowing users to access profiles, files, and communities via the rival desktop e-mail client.