IBM Social Software
Luis Benitez 120000JC6S Luis_Benitez@us.ibm.com Tags:  microsoft collaboration content-management file-sync adoption social-business files connectors cloud connections community 4,185 Visits
IBM Connections Desktop plug-ins for Microsoft Windows have just been released to our app catalog.The new
There's a couple of things that I would like to call out here. First, IBM Connections 5.0 will be available for download next week. This is the first time that we have released the desktop plugins before the actual new server code is available. This is because the new desktop plugin also adds new features even if you are not using 5.0.
Second, this is yet another simultaneous release for cloud and on-prem. Cloud customers can download the update directly from the "Apps - Downloads" page within Connections.
Third, as I mentioned earlier in the week, this is the plug-in that adds File Sync capabilities for those that are using IBM Connections 5.0 or later.
Fourth, this release also adds access libraries from IBM Connections Content Manager. Of course, this was already possible before but required installing a separate plugin. In this release, you now install only one plugin simplifying the deployment and adoption process.
Lastly, but not least, this release also adds the ability to browse and access community folders.
Here's a demo that walks through the File Sync capabilities:
So go get it and download today!
Originally published at: http://www.lbenitez.com/2014/06/download-new-ibm-connections-50-desktop.html.
Albert Nichols 270006DNAP AlbertNichols@us.ibm.com 2,234 Visits
For those of you who have been with us for a few years now, you are used to consistent updates to IBM Connections. To best summarize what is new for you, we create the "What's new for existing Customers" slide deck. This covers all the shiny new features that will be brand new for you.
What might those be?
External collaboration in Communities and in Connections
File sharing, syncing, and viewing
See this Slideshare with all the details!
Luis Benitez 120000JC6S Luis_Benitez@us.ibm.com Tags:  mobile file-sync iphone business-value android connections adoption offline social-business ipad collaboration ios files demo 3 Comments 4,320 Visits
officially announced IBM Connections 5.0 I wanted to take some time and talk about one of the top new features in this release: enterprise file sync and share. Also, if you haven't seen it yet, check out Suzanne Livingston's blog from yesterday where she talks about the new external collaboration features of IBM Connections 5.0. This is a capability that we've had available in our cloud for a while and now we are making it available to our on-prem customers.Now that we have
IBM Connections has already been cited by Forrester as a Leader in their Enterprise File Sync and Share Wave and IDC has stated that when it comes to marketshare, IBM Connections leads the way.
IBM Connections Desktop Plug-Ins (which will be available for download in a couple of days) a new Sync folder will be created under Favorites.
There you can save files directly to IBM Connections and use Connections as your personal backup drive where everything is sync'ed automatically (including of course edits that you make offline).
Another added benefit and differentiator is that right from within your desktop you can right click on a file and act upon it. In other words, you can comment on it, tag it, like it, lock it (to prevent others from editing while you are offline) and even share it with other colleagues without ever having to open a browser. By default, all files are marked as private and only you have access to them. From there you can choose to share with individuals, groups, or communities.
On the mobile side, you can use our native apps for Android and iOS and sync files to your favorite mobile device/tablet. On each device you can manually specify which files you want to have available there. For example, you may want some key presentations on your iPhone, while you have documents, spreadsheets and other assets available in your iPad.
Here's a quick 5 minute demo that show the enterprise file sharing and sync capabilities of IBM Connections 5.0.
If you are an on-prem customer, get ready to download the code next week! Stay tuned for other new features in the coming days.
We're very proud to announce IBM Connections 5.0, the latest version of IBM Connections available in market. This release packs in many new capabilities, including external user collaboration, updates to the home page that make it easier to focus your attention, and updates to files that make it easier to work with content, among other features.
External User Colaboration
The team had been working hard to bring you this feature, which enables you to add external users outside your firewall to your own internal IBM Connections deployment. Once registered, external users can be added to Communities and Files, enabling them to collaborate as your internal users do with a refined user experience, limited access to content, and features to ensure internal users know their audience.
Check out this brief video that describes the feature in more detail.
We are pleased to announce that IBM is a leader in The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Social Platforms, Q2 2014! Forrester Research uses 65 criteria to rate each of the 13 vendors they selected to be part of the evaluations. Our team worked hard to ensure Forrester knew everything IBM had to offer, and we are proud to announce that we have been selected as a leader with the highest score for current offering, second highest rating in market presence and one of the second highest scores for strategy categories.
What sets us apart? We received the highest scores for core functionality, engagement workplace readiness, and the highest score possible for event logs, monitoring & reporting, cross platform support, and partners criteria.
Forrester states in the report that "IBM continues to tap assets across its broad portfolio to build the value of Connections....With the release of Connections 4.5 in April 2013, IBM introduced robust, scalable document management with Connections Content Manager and pushed the product into the role of a full engagement workplace....with the increasing integration of Kenexa, IBM is bringing social to talent management..."
UPDATE (6/12/14): You can now read the entire report from our website here.
Luis Benitez 120000JC6S Luis_Benitez@us.ibm.com Tags:  productivity adoption social-software web2.0 best-practices social-business connections content-management knowledge-management tips community collaboration 11,590 Visits
IBM Connections User Group meeting in Prague! The 6th Social Connections event. There's still time left to register and book your travel plans. With IBM Connections Next now just weeks away, this event couldn't have been timed any better.There are just 12 more days left for the
As I mentioned a few weeks back, I'm going to join the IBMer who fired himself, Luis Suarez, so if you haven't yet, send us your toughest digital business question.
From Adoption to Adaptation, From Enablement to Engagement.
Whether you are just getting started with your Social Business Adaptation Journey, or whether you are already a very well seasoned 2.0 knowledge worker, this workshop will provide you an opportunity to learn with other fellow practitioners through plenty of practical, hands-on advice, good practices, lots of hints and tips and, most importantly, all of the necessary knowledge resources available to date. This is a great opportunity to learn how you can get the most out of your IBM Connections deployment. It will help you as well to even break free from the email yoke: Outside of the Inbox.
This will be an all day workshop and capacity is limited to 25 people to ensure that it's personal and focused. Therefore, if you haven't yet, go ahead and register now.
Originally posted over at: http://www.lbenitez.com/2014/06/from-adoption-to-adaptation-from.html
Albert Nichols 270006DNAP AlbertNichols@us.ibm.com Tags:  ibm files ibm-connections gallery 2,818 Visits
May 21st Connections Launch Event
On May 21st the IBM Connections team held an event launching the newest version of IBM Connections. I'm excited to take a deeper dive on the Community Gallery App and the thumbnail preview we're introducing in IBM Connections Next.
The Community Gallery and Files Preview
The Gallery App, coming in IBM Connections Next, allows community managers to showcase files from their Community on the Community Overview page. A folder of mages, Videos, slideshows, documents, or more can be chosen to be shown on the Community Overview page. Small thumbnails will be shown as a preview of the content and a user can click to preview the contents of the folder.
Adding a gallery
In the “Add Apps” view, select the Gallery app to add it to the Community Overview page.
Populating the Gallery
The App will be added, and you will be asked to set up the Gallery.
On the Community Overview Page
After selecting a folder, thumbnails for the files will be added to the App and users can preview the files, or view all of them right form the overview page.
By clicking on one of the thumbnails, a preview of the files in the Gallery are shown in a preview pane. Users can navigate between the files in the Gallery without leaving the Community Overview page.
Since when the Gallery is set up a folder from the community is chosen, when a user chooses to "view all" they are taken to a view of the folder that shows thumbnails for each item in the folder. This view is not just available for folders in Communities, but also Community Files and Personal Files
When a thumbnail is rendered, important information about the file can be garnered by hovering over the thumbnails.
Want to learn more?
My colleague Rene Schimmer will be speaking tomorrow on a Webcast for IBM Connections Next. Check it out here!
I am pleased to announce the latest update to the IBM Connections Mobile is now available in the app stores. The app provides a native set of collaboration capabilities so you can work seamlessly with your team, anytime, anywhere. In this update you will find that you have a new hidden navigation which provides for more on screen real estate. The new navigation also can be personalized based on the individuals needs and preferences, so that you can organize the navigation based on what is most important to you.
The History view allows you to scroll through all the items you has recently accessed and provides a quick and easy way to find information you have previously seen. This history view is unique to the IBM Connections Mobile app. Now with just 1 tap you can go back to any item reducing your time searching for it again.
The newly redesigned Blogs provide a Blogboard to allow for easy scrolling of all recent posts and your blogs. The design provides easy navigation and ability to mark a Blog to Read Later even while you are offline.
This is just a small preview of some of the exciting features in this release of the mobile app.
Luis Benitez 120000JC6S Luis_Benitez@us.ibm.com Tags:  tips adoption business-value connections social-business podcast mobile 2,025 Visits
If you got here, you are either a regular subscriber to this blog, a fan of IBM Connections, or you are looking for tips and tricks to get the most value out of the enterprise social collaboration platform. Maybe you have a question on how to drive adoption, how to tune your email notifications, how to better structure your community navigation, or you are looking to learn more about IBM Connections.
Let me know what you think and send questions to Jim via Twitter if you want your own question to be answered.
This post was originally posted at: http://www.lbenitez.com/2014/04/get-5-minute-tips-on-ibm-connections.html
Luis Benitez 120000JC6S Luis_Benitez@us.ibm.com Tags:  adoption collaboration hr business-value connections reports press social-business enterprise2.0 2,160 Visits
IBM today announced that for the fifth consecutive year, IDC ranked the company number one in worldwide market share for enterprise social software. According to the press release, IDC's analysis of 2013 revenue, the worldwide market for enterprise social software applications grew from $968 million in 2012 to $1,242 million in 2013.
Customers are increasingly assuming that all applications must be social. IBM's focus on a core social networking platform to support application environments, such as Smarter Commerce and Smarter Workforce aligns well with this customer intent.
Here's a look at the key innovations in the past 5 years (click to see it full screen):
Want to see what's coming in the latest release of IBM Connections? Then don't wait and register today and see you on May 21st.
This post was originally published at: http://www.lbenitez.com/2014/04/enterprise-social-software-market-hits.html
I'm looking for a quick response - and a place for you to tell your tale.
What are the 5 most important capabilities, experiences, functions, or features to you that are in IBM Connections. And ideally why those are so critical, important, valuable, useful or compelling for you, your business etc.
Let me know if you're a business partner, a user at a company with an on premise Connections deployment, or you're in the Cloud. Please post your comments here - but of you'd rather stay away from the overseers of things posted here - feel free to send me an email - and I'll wash your name from this list.
thanks and I look forward to hearing from you!
Suzanne Livingston 110000F23G firstname.lastname@example.org 1,561 Visits
Joe Russo 1100006TPR email@example.com 1,216 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: