Here’s the answer to the oft repeated question – what if we could reinvent the way people interact with each other at workplace.
Yesterday in New York, IBM created future by launching ‘A New Way To Work,’ featuring IBM Verse, the next generation of enterprise email. IBM Verse is taking mail users from ‘no’ to ‘know’ way of working. The revolutionary concept of IBM Verse comes from combined insights – IBM research, IBM design, social and open way of working, client and marketplace understanding – and their visualization of ‘What if we organized the mail inbox around people?’
Jeff Schick, General Manager, Enterprise Social Solutions, IBM, unveiled IBM Verse, which integrates the many ways employees interact every day – email, meetings, calendars, file sharing, social updates, instant messaging etc. IBM Verse is mail that understands you. Because it’s cloud-enabled, designed for mobile devices, and powered by IBM’s analytics and advanced search, IBM Verse works for you, not the other way around.
It clears the clutter in your mailbox and provides more clarity. Experienced through a simple, see-only-what-you-need interface, it helps you focus on the things that matter most. And, it will connect the ‘I to the we,’ with an array of intelligent, secure and engaging social apps.
IBM Verse will open up new ways to work together. It will be available through ‘invitation-only’ for clients, partners and IBMers, with the beta-phase continuing through 2Q 2015.
In my view, IBM Verse breathes in new life into the email culture, kicking off a new way of working. It will establish some good habits like, using files as a way to send attachments, restricting unnecessary copy to the world etc.
It will also allow intelligent understanding and use of the inbox. For example: Users can save a search of a particular favorite or prioritized contact, users can see exactly what projects need their action without having to sift through tons of emails to prioritize and find information.
I love the way the calendar bar blends in at the bottom of the screen. The placement is based on a lot of design and research work and it makes a difference. Users can quickly see what their day looks like and can navigate the calendar through the day or night. When you click on the picture of one of the people you get a quick access menu, which allows you to start an email, chat, or meeting with that person with one click.
Lot of good things served in one place for sure. Now the question we need to ask is, will it enable social and open way of working or will it make the adoption of social more difficult? What do you think? Do let me know!
Edited by: Vanitha Poojary