One of the most anticipated new features in IBM Connections 5.0 is External Collaboration - the ability to invite your external partners, suppliers, and customers to collaborate with you inside IBM Connections.
Instead of sharing information with external users though email, meetings, and phone calls, you can now invite them to join a community where they interact with your internal users, and together you can leverage the power of IBM Connections, helping you improve communications and productivity, and enhance business results.
External users can work with all the content of a community; they can also work with files that have been shared with them. However, external users cannot see content in Connections that has not been explicitly shared with them. For example, they can see communities only if they are members of them, and they can only see files that have been shared with them.
This video demonstrates just how easy it is to invite external users to join a community (or just share files with them). It points out the different capabilities for internal and external users, and shows you how to identify communities and files that are shared with external users so that you don’t share internal-only information by mistake. Also, when you view the business card of an external user, a special icon tells you that they’re external.
For a quick overview about the External Collaboration feature of IBM Connections 5.0, check out the video demo:
The video was created by Information Developer Paddy Barrett and Associate Designer Danielle Naughton, with guidance from Senior Product Manager Suzanne Livingston and Senior Product Designer Amy Travis.