IBM Connection Customizer Contest

Time To Customize !

IBM Connections has a new offering called Customizer coming out soon. As the name suggests, Customizer is designed to help web developers modify the IBM Connections user interface using standard web technologies like JavaScript and CSS. Customizing Connections has never been easy… so how is that changing and how can you try it out?

A Brave New (and Pink) World

A significant part of the Pink vision for IBM Connections is extensibility. New 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 ?

Customizer sits as a proxy between IBM Connections and the end-user, which gives it the ability to intercept and modify requests and responses, and thus customize anything that flows through it. So for instance when Customizer sees a user request for Communities it can ask the IBM Connections App Registry if any customizations exist to modify the response. A customization typically takes the form of injecting JavaScript and/or CSS into the response to modify the UI layout or actions. The full workings and capabilities of Customizer are described in this online documentation so dive in there to get up to speed with all the cool things you can do.

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 …

    1. Get yourself a Customizer-enabled org… your own or a temporary trial account (see here)
    2. Use the online doc, videos and samples to get up to speed with Customizer
    3. Experiment with some customizations in your IBM Connections Cloud organization
    4. Submit your entries to contributions@OpenCode4Connections.org for evaluation

Good luck - there’s never been a better time to get customizing !

Key Resources

     https://opencode4connections.org
     https://github.com/ibmcnxdev/customizer/