Full Circle – Going back to IBM

After 2 fantastic years at Headshift, the IBM umbilical cord is pulling me back… From 1st October I’m going to be the sales lead for their Portal and Social product lines for North East Europe (which includes the UK and Ireland).

So – why the change?ย I believe the social platforms and traditional Portal markets are coming together, which is fascinating. Traditional Portal vendors are trying to become social, and the latest social software startups have realised the value of integration with traditional enterprise applications. I think IBM has a huge advantage in their mature Portal offering to bridge portal intranet and enterprise social software spaces. As my former colleague Lars Plougmann blogged recently:

“As the 2.0 platform becomes one of the primary interfaces people interact with, building connections to legacy enterprise applications provides a new lease of life for the investment in legacy architecture. Old style apps can be surfaced in the 2.0 platform as frames in a dashboard.”

IBM has been doing this for years, and an offering which combines over ten years experience of enterprise application integration with a social software platform based on over fifteen years of doing internal social collaboration has amazing potential. It allows organisations to put social dynamics in the flow of everyday activities to improve existing workflows.

I’m really looking forward to starting on the 1st October, and working with colleagues old and new.

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10 Responses to Full Circle – Going back to IBM

  1. Luis Suarez says:

    Woohoo!! This is some *really* GREAT news, Jon! Welcome back, matey! I can’t wait to see you again at Lotusphere 2011 (Perhaps?!?) and catch up a bit more with things! hehe It’s going to be great having you back at Big Blue and I am sure the new adventure will be quite exciting! Happy to have a chance again to work together on things and everything; a lot has changed since you were last time there and I am sure a bunch of us would be more than delighted to give you a virtual / physical tour-around of things!

    Congratulations, my friend! Really look forward to further interactions on the (Intranet) Social Web! ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. Dave Hay says:

    Jon, well done, great to have you back inside the big blue tent, looking forward to working together, all the best, Dave

  3. Paul Smith says:

    Just a thought – you did ask to see the current NE opportunity pipeline for Portal and Connections didn’t you? Did you also ask why your predecessor moved on?

    And now for the positive bit ๐Ÿ˜‰ I can’t think of a better NE Sales leads for Portal and Connections, it’s going to be a superb challenge. Interesting to see the merger of Open Logic into Ascendant (they call it a merger, but the name on the tin is Ascendant) – get round your Portal and Connections channel early, set them a vision – oh and see if you can recruit any new ones (I’d pass on wisdom here but from experience there’s not many organisations out there with the vision, desire and opportunity to grow a full blown Portal sales AND delivery practice) … that said if you want a social portal managed service then I now a great boutique vendor for that sort of thing..

  4. Luis Benitez says:

    Whoah!!!!! This is fantastic news Jon. Welcome back to the team. I’m really excited to hear that we’ll be working together a lot more closely now as we both get new roles in October 1st. I’ll be sure to add you to my microblogging network internally on Friday. I think you’ll like to see all the amazin stuff we are working on ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. Darren says:

    @Paul… I was half of his predecessor, as I had social collaboration (and Notes / Domino and Sametime) in my portfolio when I was in a North East role – there’s been a shake-up in internal reporting which now puts social and portal together. Jon and I have talked so there shouldn’t be any nasty surprises awaiting him.

    Jon, best of luck and looking forward to you coming back to the fold. I have some assorted Scandinavian coins (mostly with holes) which you’re welcome too… although they’ll buy you bugger-all in Norway.

  6. David Stephens says:

    Congratulations Jon. This is great news for IBM, its customers and business partners!

  7. I am psyched to be working with you in a new capacity….congrats on the new role!

  8. Pam Chandor says:

    Welcome to the team Jon! We’ve been looking forward to this for a long time – We will have a great Q4! cheers

  9. Steve Cogan says:

    Congrats Jon! Looking forward to having you [back] on board :-)

  10. Congrats Jon, I bet this will be an exciting challenge for you!

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