Suzanne Livingston 110000F23G firstname.lastname@example.org 260 Visits
Joe Russo 1100006TPR email@example.com 494 Visits
Hey, being a designer I am really excited about the revitalized direction we're taking here at IBM. We've announced the opening of the design studio, in Austin, you can read about it here -> IBM Unveils New Design Studio to Transform the Way Clients Interact with Software and Emerging Technologies
But even more than this great new center of the IBM Design thinking world, our entire company, every designer has been re-energized with this new direction, and we're applying this to our work, in the products you love (and maybe don't love so much) to turn them into compelling wonderful experiences.
To do this we're making use of of IBM Design Thinking, a guide and practice for building out designs. We want all of our products and solutions to Work together, Work the same, and Work for me. If you came to IBM Connect you may have seen some presentations that talked about this - and I included a small bit on this from my own presentation there.
I encourage you to check out this link, the presentations from IBM Connect and to reach out directly to me here, if you want to learn more about what we're doing in design....for you.
Special guest Damien Fitzpatrick on the Ephox Editor for IBM Connections - Customers can download it now!
IBM Connections is proud to offer our customers an alternative rich text editing experience through our innovative partner, Ephox. Ephox's editor provides many advanced features that content creators are looking for, such as:
I had the opportunity to work closely with the Ephox team over the last year, and they are a great team to work with. Damien Fitzpatrick, their Director of Products at Ephox, provided this tour of what you can expect when using the Ephox editor for Connections:
Damien and I had a chance to talk a bit about the new option we're offering clients. Here's what he had to say:
What's your role/background at Ephox?
I joined Ephox 13 years ago as a software engineer and one of the first employees. As a result have spent most of my career focused on content authoring in some way, shape or form. Despite that I'm continually surprised by the amount of content and variety of applications that Ephox's editors have been used in. The Internet has done great things for the volume and variety of content that the world produces and it's great to be a part of that.
Why should IBM Connections customers install Ephox's EditLive!?
What is your favourite feature when using EditLive!?
Anything else you want to share?
We're seeing a lot of change right now as word processing and content creation becomes web native. The next generation of word processors, including IBM Docs, are being built for the web. With tablets, smartphones and e-books we're increasingly consuming content via interactive, paperless mediums and now we're starting to see word processors like IBM Docs emerge for these devices.
The content we're creating is increasingly web native too — I don't think I've ever seen a video in a word processor document, yet most of us would think nothing of embedding a video, interactive map or presentation in an article on a blog or wiki. So I'm especially excited about our new partnership with the IBM Connections team as to me it embodies what the future of content is about.
At Ephox we've always been focused on creating web native content. So we're certainly thinking about all of these trends and we're excited about the new challenges to solve and opportunities this will bring for us and our customers. We're going to continue to bring our same attention to detail and ease of use to these new platforms and new ways of creating content. I'm looking forward to working on all this and more with IBM, the IBM Connections team and our customers.
So what's the catch? Nothing! If you a customer of one of the following IBM Connections licenses, you can download the Ephox editor code from IBM Passport Advantage today:
Try it out and let us know what you think!!
I had the opportunity to meet with the HYPE team a few weeks ago, and they demoed their Ideation/Campaign Management tool. If you are looking for an ideation management system that integrates into IBM Connections' Ideation Blog, check them out. They offer:
We are delighted to announce the general availability of IBM Connections Portlets for WebSphere Portal v4.5.1 Fixpack 1
This fixpack includes updates to the PoC resolver to enable more fine grained control of content navigation, to add an extension point to navigate to WCM content and enable navigation to third-party portlets:
The package is now available for download on the IBM Business Solutions Catalog.
Joe Russo 1100006TPR firstname.lastname@example.org 392 Visits
here's the info on my talk at IBM Connect
And I'll ask, if you're involved in doing this kind of customization in your world, or supporting someone or client who is, or are thinking about it, please seek me out before, or after this talk.
The team at ISW has been busying away on a new tool for IBM Connections users! Kudos Boards for IBM Connections allow you to view an Activity as a Board, giving you the option to drag and drop your Tasks and Entries within Activities and filter the content of your Boards by Person, by Priority, by Color, and more. ISW will be announcing more on Tuesday the 21st of Jan, just before IBM Connect. You can see it live at IBM Connect. Just look for the Kudos Ped on the showroom floor.
Suzanne Livingston 110000F23G email@example.com Tags:  social-software-adoption ibm-connect 417 Visits
Joyce Davis and I are excited to be presenting at IBM Connect 2014! Our session is INV107 - If You Build it, Will They Come? Debunking the Myths of Social Software Adoption. In preparing for our session, we want to hear from you! What are some of the best or worst stories you have when it comes to adopting enterprise social in your organization? Share with us in Twitter by using the hashtag #INV107. We will select and include stories in our session from the ones you share!
Joe Russo 1100006TPR firstname.lastname@example.org 542 Visits
We've got a talk that's been accepted for IBM Connect -> Creating a Client Centric Hub for Our Sellers with IBM Connections - Joe Russo, Erika Varga
where you can learn about what we've been doing to explore ways to meet real goals of our sales teams in IBM through the use of Connections. We done some work extending things and some very exploratory work that's beyond those areas. Our goal is to show you the kinds of things you can do, or could do and get your feedback about directions, ideas and interest in pushing the limits here.
Albert Nichols 270006DNAP AlbertNichols@us.ibm.com Tags:  ibm sametime ccm suite connections new 4.5.1 2,249 Visits
We're happy to announce the IBM Connections Suite 4.5.1. The Connections Suite Includes:
IBM Connections 4.5 IFR1
IBM Connections Content Manager 4.5
IBM Sametime®Complete 9.0
IBM Connections Content Manager 4.5 adds content management capabilities to Communities in Connections. Together, Connections Content Manager and Connections combine an enterprise grade social software platform with embedded content management capabilities designed to help make corporate content available for use across the enterprise. Sametime brings seamless communication to the entire platform.
Some of the highlights include Polls and Surveys in Connections, Video meetings while sharing files, and review processes for managing files!
Please see this overview of what's new in the IBM Connections Suite 4.5.1:
If you are already a customer of IBM Connections or IBM Sametime Complete please inquire about trading up to the full IBM Connections Suite.
Luis Benitez 120000JC6S Luis_Benitez@us.ibm.com Tags:  demo business-value files sync collaboration social-business connections ipad mobile smartcloud cloud 1,620 Visits
By now, you are probably aware that we have updated our social collaboration cloud services and that the latest monthly release of the IBM Connections mobile apps have been posted to the app stores (click here for iOS and here for Android).
The big feature this time around for IBM Connections is File Sync which started rolling out to users Monday and should be available to all cloud users by Friday of this week.
As someone who works from home and travels a lot, I depend on my tablet. Wherever I go, I have instant access to the content that I need, irrespective of whether or not I have an internet connection. And when I'm connected, it gets even better as I have instant access to experts, I can start a video chat with them or a multi-way video meeting and just get business done! I still remember just 6-7 years ago when I travelled how important it was to have access to a telephone jack so I could try to plugin and get business done over a 56K connection. How much have times changed!
Two weeks ago, I demo'ed at the event IBM held where we covered how Social + Mobile + Cloud has transformed how we work today. There, I showed how File Sync works for me and a preview of the upcoming Sametime 9 mobile apps.
In case you missed it, I've included the demo below:
Want to get started with these solutions? Start a free trial today!
This post was originally posted at http://www.lbenitez.com/2013/10/a-key-social-business-benefit-remove.html
Luis Benitez 120000JC6S Luis_Benitez@us.ibm.com Tags:  documentation redbook migration content-manager connections ccm quickr 4.5 2 Comments 1,365 Visits
Earlier this year, we released IBM Connections 4.5. The big focus of IBM Connections 4.5 is the new Content Manager add-on which brings the power of content management and combines it with the power of the IBM Connections social platform. The add-on is part of the core IBM Connections installer so there's nothing else to install!
This add-on also allows Quickr customers to upgrade to a better experience. To facilitate this transition, we've provided a migration tool to our customers at no extra cost (as you can see in slide 18 below). This allows them to take their libraries from Quickr Domino or Quickr for Portal and migrate them to IBM Connections Content Edition.
If you've been waiting to make the move until the RedBook was available, then wait no more! The RedBook is now available at: Making the move to IBM Connections 4.5 and IBM Connections Content Manager.
The documentation for the tool is here in our public wiki so you can start seeing how it's going to work. If you are interested in getting access send me a note and we'll get you going!
This post was originally posted on: http://www.lbenitez.com/2013/09/how-to-migrate-from-quickr-to-ibm.html
Albert Nichols 270006DNAP AlbertNichols@us.ibm.com Tags:  portlet ccm portal portlets connections 1 Comment 3,237 Visits
CCM From IBM Connections Meets WebSphere Portal
We're proud to announce that Connections Content Manager functionality and content from IBM Connections can now be surfaced in a WebSphere Portal Portlet!
With the general availability of version 4.5.1 of the IBM Connections Portlets for WebSphere Portal a Community Library Portlet can surface content in your community libraries. A few notes:
Here are some screenshots to give you an idea of what the Portlets will look like:
A Library Through the CCM Portlet
Bringing an entire CCM Library to Portal allows you to leverage the strong content management functionality of CCM in the Portal environment; alongside all the Social context that makes Connections so powerful. Here is a screenshot of a CCM Library with status updates regarding the content alongside it in a Portal environment.
Community Library Portlet (CCM Portlet)
Community Membership Integration (VMM Adapter) Refresh
ckEditor Update (v18.104.22.168)
Search Integration enhancements for News and CCM documents
Connections 4.5 CR2 is required to use the CCM Portlet. CR2 arrives on Monday September 16th.
The package is now available for download on the IBM Business Solutions Catalog.
Luis Benitez 120000JC6S Luis_Benitez@us.ibm.com Tags:  video customization reports tips social-business metrics connections 1,376 Visits
Yesterday, we made a video tutorial available to walk admins through the process of customizing the out of the box IBM Connections Reports.
Out of the box, IBM Connections provides over 100 reports for admins and community managers to monitor adoption and figure out the content that's working so they can focus their energies in the right place. The data in these reports can be aggregated in several formats such as by date, by geography, by department, etc.
Sometimes, there's data or dimensions that specific community managers want to see. When we built out the reporting mechanism, we had this in mind and made it extensible. It takes just a few steps to take the reports to the next level!
To see how you can customize the reports, check out the video below:
To learn more about customizing the IBM Connections reports, click here.
Originally posted here: http://www.lbenitez.com/2013/09/take-your-ibm-connections-reports-to.html
Luis Benitez 120000JC6S Luis_Benitez@us.ibm.com Tags:  collaboration files file-sync connections social-business webcast mobile smartcloud 2,425 Visits
We have started the process to upgrade our cloud deployment of IBM Connections, IBM's Enterprise Social Network.
As announced here last week, we are updating our social business offerings and this quarter's release will be the biggest release ever! Interested to learn more? The first step is to register for our webinar in 2 weeks (see link below).
While there's tons of new features and capabilities that we are deploying over the next few days, I wanted to briefly call out our new file synchronization capabilities. As you may recall, Forrester cited IBM Connections as a Leader in File Sync and Share. For some time now, you've been able to download files, store them offline, edit them, and then manually re-upload them back to the server. It was time to automate this whole process. With File Sync, you can now travel stress free knowing that all your files are automatically sync'ed to your mobile device and that you always have the latest and greatest version of that very important presentation.
I've also gone ahead and updated my overview presentation with the latest content and you can see that here:
To walk you through all the great new features and watch demos of our new capabilities (spoiler alert: I'll be doing one of the demos), please make sure that you attend the following webinar. It will be on September 18th and that's where we'll go into more details about this amazing new release.
From the event registration page:
To register, go here: http://ibm.co/reinventwork