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Trilog Group announces Strategic Partnership with Soluster to support and grow European Business

Trilog Group and Soluster join forces to meet increasing European demand for Social Project Management and Social Computing on the IBM Social Platform

ORLANDO, FL – 26 Jan 2015: Trilog Group, the winner of 10 IBM Awards, and developer of ProjExec, the Social Project Management solution that is fully integrated with IBM’s social collaboration platform, IBM Connections, today announced a new strategic partnership with Soluster. Soluster is a European-based company providing expertise in project management and project portfolio management. Soluster offers ProjExec’s Social Project Management solutions to European customers, and will build integrated add-on modules for ProjExec, such as Reporting, Kanban walls, etc. It will also help ProjExec customers and Trilog’s other European partners by providing high value-added implementation and support services, as well as other assistance.

Under the agreement, Soluster will help market and distribute ProjExec in Europe and will bring a wide range of services to ProjExec’s European customers and partners. Soluster will build upon ProjExec’s European infrastructure, recently deployed by Trilog Group on IBM Softlayer. This partnership will enable ProjExec’s European customers and partners to benefit from all the expertise provided by both Soluster and Trilog Group.

“We are teaming with Soluster to rapidly expand our European presence and provide expert ProjExec support to our customers and reseller partners.” stated Alex Homsi, CEO of Trilog Group. “This new strategic partnership will enable both companies to significantly develop ProjExec sales in Europe, and will ensure that additional services are offered to European customers and partners in their native languages.”

About Soluster

Soluster is a value-added partner for IBM ISVs, who wish to increase their European market penetration and strenghen their relationships with European customers. Soluster was founded in 2014 and has full sales, marketing, consulting, and technical teams dedicated to support the best social solutions around IBM technologies. Soluster focuses on ISV solutions, from sales to support, and from the creation of the request all the way to end-user support.

For more information about Soluster and ProjExec in Europe, please visit .


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Trilog Group Previews ProjExec 7

Today at IBMConnectED in Orlando, Trilog previewed the future of online Social Project Management, ProjExec 7. ProjExec 7 will feature a native, mobile experience, with all ProjExec features available on any mobile device. Additionally, these features will be available for use offline.

ProjExec 7 Mobile will be fully upgradeable and compatible with earlier versions of ProjExec, and will be available in early 2016.

Press Release on MarketWatch.

ProjExec 7 is coming – Announcement at #IBMConnectED

ProjExec 7 is coming. If you are coming to IBM ConnectED 2015 next week, stop by booth S6 or come to SPOT 104: Lightning-Fast Development of Native Mobile Apps for IBM Connections and IBM Connections Cloud, where we will be discussing the next step for ProjExec – offline and mobile access from any mobile device.

Here is the session description.

In this session, we will demonstrate how you can rapidly build a mobile application that leverages IBM Connections, IBM Connections Cloud and BlueMix. You will see examples of how to build cross-device, native mobile apps for iOS and Android, with the same ease of use and skill set needed as when building a Domino application. Oh, and did we mention, your mobile apps will work offline too including data and business logic? Come see the future of mobile app development for the IBM community!

Stream1: Breakouts

Track 5: Spotlight on IBM Business Partners

Products: IBM Connections,IBM Domino,IBM SmartCloud

Topics: Collaboration Software,Mobility

Date and Time: Tue, 27-Jan, 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM

Location: Swan – Toucan 1-2

Social Business Applications’ Next Frontier – Offline Access

Social business applications seem to be crossing the chasm, and platforms such as IBM Connections are being enhanced with more and more applications, such as ProjExec. The realization that all business processes are social to some degree has become widely accepted, and the value that platforms like Connections provide by leveraging the power of the corporate social network to get things done is becoming understood by more executives.

Social business applications and platforms like IBM Connections have, to date, been generally restricted to browser-based access (or browser-based mobile apps). This has been reasonable, as most social applications are rich, complex systems that are typically not designed for, nor do they lend themselves to the “siloed” mobile “app” paradigm.

As such, social business applications (and most business applications in general) are limited to being connected when users are online. This is a major limitation. There are millions of hours of lost potential productivity when users are forced to be offline. What is needed is the ability to work “offline”, e.g.,  in airplane mode, and be able to work with the same productivity as when online. Why should users be required to wait until they arrive at a destination, or pay exorbitant airline charges for slow internet connectivity, in order to do their work? No one would stand for that for writing and responding to email, so why do we accept this as the standard for mobile business applications?

Just like offline email, it will be required to pull data down from enterprise systems in order to work offline. However, it would be impossible to bring all of the data from most enterprise systems down to the local device. What is required is a kind of “selective replication”, a technology pioneered more than 20 years ago by (egad!) Lotus Notes. Why this kind of technology hasn’t been developed for the mobile platform is a mystery. The same limitations of the early internet age (slow/unreliable connection speed, limited storage, etc.) that Lotus Notes responded to with their selective replication functionality are in play in the mobile arena.

It’s time for history to repeat itself. And we’re ready to do that.

Come see us at ConnectED 2015 to see the future of mobile application development.

Social Project Management Reduces Communications Overhead

As we’ve all heard, based upon Fred Brooks’ monumental book The Mythical Man-Month, when you add new people to a late project, it makes the project later. The basic premise that drives this “law” is that communications overhead and ramp up time for the new person(s) will reduce the productivity of the team, and make the project even later.

However, is this true in the world of the activity stream and the Project WallTM? Rather than the typical picture of multiple communications paths between team members, with social project management, much of the project communication is between a person and the project, via the activity stream, a phenomenon we call peer-to-project communication. When project team members communicate via the project wall, two key phenomena emerge. First is visibility, as the project team is made aware of things as a group, rather than having to wait until a communication reaches them through an individual path. Further, this visibility is preserved over time, meaning that a new team member can actually “replay” the project by reviewing the project wall.

Giving new members a resource through which they can be brought up to speed without needing a person to replay the history of the project is a key feature of social project management, and it will reduce the ramp up time of new members, and the impact of the ramp up on the team. Further, because everyone on the team is “subscribed” the project wall, adding another person doesn’t add to the number of communications paths in the team in the manner in which Brooks described. Rather than a non-linear increase in communications paths as new members are added, each new member is simply a new connection to the project wall. This minimizes any new communications overhead in the team and reduces the impact of new members on team productivity.

We will have more on both of these phenomena in our upcoming blog posts.

Trilog Group and ProjExec Featured in CIO Review

ProjExec and Trilog Group are featured in the November 2014 Special Issue of CIO Review on Project Management (for a PDF of the feature, click here).

ProjExec is recognized as the leader in Social Project Management for the IBM Social Business environment. In this article, Alex Homsi, the President and Founder of Trilog Group discusses the process of Social Project Management, and how products such as ProjExec enable this modern project management paradigm.

See Trilog Group and ProjExec at ConnectED 2015

Trilog and ProjExec featured in Michael Sampson’s IBM Connections Report

Michael Sampson has published a report on IBM Connections adoption and add-on products. In this report, he ranks Trilog Group the #2 ISV for IBM Connections, and ProjExec as the 4th most installed add-on product for IBM Connections.

More evidence that Social Project Management is growing in importance and adoption.

Check out the report here.

Welcome to the new Project Wall Blog!


We’ve moved our Project Wall blog to the Trilog Group site! We’ve also rededicated ourselves to providing new and valuable content to the social project management community.

Stay tuned for the latest updates on where IBM and Trilog Group are going with their partnership for Social Project Management, and also for our new “secret” project – Darwino!

More to come. Soon!