Where was Project Vulcan? Say Hello to the IBM Social Business Toolkit

January 31 2011

Rich asks where was Project Vulcan in the Lotusphere 2011 OGS today? It was there, but you had to be really paying attention to the Project Vulcan evolution in 2010 to add it up.

At Lotusphere 2010, we got the introduction of IBM Project Vulcan, a roadman or blueprint to adding new social features to the portfolio. And as the year progressed, Alistair talked about how IBM was going to ship a first version of the IBM Project Vulcan toolkit in 2010 and make it available to partners. They did that ... but today it is finally publically available. Go here to download it. Go here to see the wiki explaining all of the pieces. Activity Streams? Check. Sharebox? Check. One UI V3? Check. OAuth support? Yep.

Here is the rub. In the transition of blue print to deliverable, IBM changed the name. It is now called the IBM Social Business Toolkit. I actually like the name, but there was no proper transition from IBM Project Vulcan to the new name. I think the main reason for that is IBM Project Vulcan is not complete.

Remember when IBM said that IBM Project Vulcan would impact multiple products and produce multiple deliverables. Yep. The IBM Social Business Toolkit is the first of those deliverables. The problem is that IBM did not make the transition on stage during the OGS today. The message was a little bit clearer for the partners who went to the Business Development Day OGS yesterday, but not much.

IBM, please remember, you need to walk people thru the steps for those that do not follow your every move every day. I totally agree with Rich - there should have been a transition from last year. We should have seen the IBM Project Vulcan slide and then introduced the IBM Social Business Toolkit as "the first IBM Project Vulcan deliverable." Maybe a bit less time than some of the panels which caused the Twitter revolt.