At Lotusphere 2012 a lot of questions were raised about Lotus Quickr. Nobody got a clear response, almost no sessions on Lotus Quickr at the conference.
This year, at Connect 2013 the new conference name for Lotusphere not one single session could be found in the session preview tool. The future of Quickr??
Throughout the year we got a lot of questions from our customers about the future of the product, we could not give them a clear answer. even as an IBM premier business partner we were left out in the dark.
Although there was not a single session on Quickr the name of the product was mentioned in a couple of sessions and the future of the product became clear. Let me start of with a clear statement from IBM Product management. They have confirmed Quickr will be supported for a long time (read 6 to 7 years). IBM can’t tell you any actual years, but the official support website is here
But the product will, apart for bug fixes and a upcoming new release for the connectors no longer be in active development.
The first step is the upcoming release of IBM Connections Content Manager which will provide robust Content Management capabilities within Connections Communities, such as approval routing, integrated search and more granular ACL’s. It will also feature nested folders, document types and advanced metadata management. It is planned to support the existing Quickr Connectors for the Windows desktop just like they did on the previous integration with the FileNet repository to provide a seamless authoring process using Office desktop applications. To allow existing Quickr customers (Quickr Domino and Quickr for WebSphere Portal) a migration path to this new capability, IBM will release a migration tool for documents in Quickr Document Libraries to be migrated to IBM Connections Content Manager libraries including folder structures, metadata, old versions and ACL’s.
In the next step later this year there will be new connectors for Connections Content Manager as well as Portal based version (portlet) to offer the library capabilities within the WebSphere Portal. The ultimate goal of all this is to have one big social platform that integrates with everything. One to rule them all. On top of that this will offer the capability to integrate the upcoming IBM Docs product into this social document management and raise the bar for social document management to a new level that will blow away the competition for a while. More coming up on IBM Docs soon.
I have to say, I love the strategy and the direction they have chosen and the demos I have seen are mind-blowing. I truly believe that any customer that chooses this direction now makes a very good choice. But I cannot agree on the silence on the Lotus Quickr product and the confusion on the future of it. This has caused a lot of customers to turn over to the competition and this could have been avoided.