Verse beyond PowerPoint

by Volker Weber

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Now that Verse went GA (General Availability) I can tell you a bit about what I found out using it.

The basics are working. You can send and receive email. You can attach files to emails, you can attach files to the Files section. Search works really well. I would not call the UX self-explaining, but it's reasonably easy to figure out how you are supposed to perform simple tasks.

Having said that, the list of things that do not work is rather long.

In summary: you have no chance to experience the power of Verse by signing up for an account. If somebody migrates your company account into a Verse environment with full profiles in Connections, many of my issues go away. But a test drive? Not by a long shot.

The sign-up process is currently broken. IBM is soliciting sign-ups, but does not deliver. This should not bother you too much, since IBM needs time to fix the issues above.

Comments

not able to load calendar and contacts? so IBM is basically offering you a new start in life? lovely =)

Patrick Kwinten, 2015-04-02

The target audience for IBM Verse is obviously people who don't have email yet.

Volker Weber, 2015-04-02

In my opinion the current target audience for IBM Verse are companies who have an existing on prem Notes/Domino email environment and are thinking about moving to the cloud. A private user with one or more mailboxes on GMX, web.de, T-Online, etc. doesn't really benefit from moving to ibmverse.com.

Erik Schwalb, 2015-04-02

Volker, you're correct about some of the issues you've raised in your post, but we're just getting started with IBM Verse. Verse is a great path, and we expect the momentum will continue. Can I ask for your assistance? Your feedback is invaluable. Would you mind providing your input within the product itself? Click on the "?" drop-down in the upper right-hand corner, then "Submit Feedback." This way you can make sure your great feedback routes directly back to Product Management and Development. Thanks.

Scott Souder, 2015-04-13

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