A Brave New World
Extensibility is a significant part of the vision for IBM Connections future directions. The latest Connections offerings like OrientMe and ImportantToMe deliver on this by exposing extension points which can be configured in a no-code/low-code manner to enhance the user experience, provide alternative UI behaviours, etc. But what about traditional Connections apps like Communities, Homepage, Profiles, Files and so on? These offerings don’t have extension points but you may still want to change how they look, feel and behave – and that’s where IBM Connections Customizer comes in!
What is Customizer ?
Can You Use Customizer Today ?
Yes! There is a Customizer Pilot Program running from now until Customizer officially ships which means you can have your IBM Connections Cloud organization enabled for Customizer and start experimenting with extensions immediately. Don’t have an IBM Connections Cloud account? No problem – create a free trial org on IBM Connections Cloud and ask for it be Customizer enabled.
Three Great Reasons To Get Involved Now !
Prizes, prizes and more prizes! IBM in conjunction with OpenCode4Connections.org are running an event to jump start community involvement with IBM Connections Customizer. You have one month (Sept 14 to Oct 12) to get set up for Customizer and create some nifty IBM Connections customizations – which can be anything you care to imagine! Then you can submit your customizations to contributions@OpenCode4Connections.org for evaluation and the top three entrants will be rewarded with iPad Minis. Winners will be announced at Social Connections in Vienna on October 16/17.
What To Do …
- Get yourself a Customizer-enabled org… your own or a temporary trial account (see here)
- Use the online doc, videos and samples to get up to speed with Customizer
- Experiment with some customizations in your IBM Connections Cloud organization
- Submit your entries to contributions@OpenCode4Connections.org for evaluation
Good luck – there’s never been a better time to get customizing !