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.
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!
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!
Combines the ease of use of social tools with the power of a structured hierarchy.
Includes document check-in and check-out, version control, approval routing, metadata, taxonomy, document types and nested folders.
Makes content management tools as easy to use as social networking tools.
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.
The functionality is virtually the same as in the CCM Widget in IBM Connections
The portlet will run on WebSphere Portal 188.8.131.52+
A new version of the Connections Portlets for Websphere Portal was released on Greenhouse today. The significant enhancement in this release is the addition of the Community Library Portlet (CCM). The new portlets are located on Greenhouse at: http://bit.ly/10Cb5G9
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.
A Single File from CCM
Entirely new to the release are the following points:
Community Library Portlet (CCM Portlet)
Community Membership Integration (VMM Adapter) Refresh
ckEditor Update (v184.108.40.206)
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.
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.
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:
Workers are more dissatisfied and less engaged than ever before. But did you know that using social technology can increase efficiency by up to 25%? (source: McKinsey) . Additionally, 69% of employers believe employees are engaged, while only 34% of employees claim to be. (source: Kenexa blog) Since people now determine your success or failure, it's time to use social to rethink how work works.
Today, I'm happy to report that TemboSocial continues its integration work into our platform. As an enterprise social network (ESN), IBM Connections is uniquely positioned to be the one stop destination for all the collaboration needs you may have. As such, TemboSocial now provides their peer-to-peer recognition and polling capabilities directly from the IBM Connections mobile app.
Here's a screenshot of how the polls from TemboSocial show up in the tablet mobile app (which we just updated last week):
And here's how The Hive looks within the mobile app:
It's extremely exciting to see how the partner eco-system for IBM Connections continues to grow and that partners continue to expand on their existing and are keeping their solutions up to date with our latest release.
In today's press release, Kevin Cavanaugh (VP IBM Collaboration Solutions) was quoted as saying:
The time is right for wide scale enterprises adoption especially with the upcoming end of support for Microsoft Office 2003. By choosing Apache OpenOffice, enterprises will free up resources for their cloud and mobile infrastructure investments.
Additionally, as you are probably aware, we have a plug-in for that brings social to OpenOffice available today. In a couple of weeks, we'll also be releasing a new version of this IBM Connections Plug-In for OpenOffice which will surface in the new sidebar. I'll be sharing more about this plugin in the coming weeks as we approach the release date. Here's a screenshot just to give you a sense of how it's going to work:
For reference, the full list of What's New in this release is available here.
We have just released the latest mobile apps for IBM Connections, IBM's Enterprise Social Network (ESN). I haven't blogged about the mobile apps lately. However, I'm sure you've been up to date thanks to Chris Reckling's posts. By now, you know that we've been releasing monthly updates with new features every month!
In this month's release we've added various new things, with the most powerful one being real-time co-editing of documents directly from your iPad. Last week, Forrester cited IBM as a Leader in their File Sharing and Sync Wave. As the product manager for Files, I don't want to just sit idle now, but instead want to keep pushing our leadership position further ahead.
Imagine being on the go and being asked to review a document. Why wait until you are back in the office, when you can make quick changes directly from your device?? Just edit and go, and yes, as others throughout the world make changes to the document, you see them in real-time! And since Connections provides document editing, the document never leaves the secure container. You probably remember this from the IBM Connect OGS earlier this year, so it's extremely exciting to roll this out today!
Here's a quick and simple 2 minute demo I captured to demonstrate some of the new capabilities in this release.
So what are you waiting for? Go get the latest apps from your favorite app store! If you are not using Connections today, start your free trial by going to http://ibmcloud.com/social !
The IBM Connections team is dedicated to making our social platform work with whatever E-mail service you may be using. This post will focus on our integration with IBM Notes and Microsoft Outlook.
The IBM Connections Plug-ins for IBM Notes are provided in a single install package.The Plug-ins are meant to surface many of the strong features we have in IBM Connections that our users live by.
Activity stream within Notes
Post a status with attachments
View, comment, delete, Like, or forward updates
Lock and unlock files
Drag and drop, copy, or paste a file from Files to your desktop or vice versa
Send an HTML link to a file
Collaborate on a project using the Activities sidebar
Display Activities to-do items in the Notes calendar
Bookmark a Notes document and add it to your bookmark collection in IBM Connections
Search across the IBM Connections applications
Save chat transcripts to an activity
Show contact and status information federated from various available collaboration sources such as the IBM Sametime buddy list, IBM Connections Profiles, and the IBM Notes Directory.
Find out more about the people you work. Read a person's blog, download files authored by the person, browse the person's bookmark collection, or find content contributed by the person to the wikis and communities that they participate in right from the Business Card.
IBM Connections is dedicated to empowering your workforce through social, so we have a Plug-in for Microsoft Outlook to allow IBM Connections users across the board to access their social information and interactions. Watch this video to hear what we offer today:
An activity Stream portlet which brings the IBM Connections Activity Stream experience into your Portal pages
Enhancements to the Ideation Blog support in the Blogs portlet
Support for IBM Connections 4.5 servers
WebSphere Portal users can integrate the IBM Connections Activity Stream, Activities, Blogs, Bookmarks, Communities, Forums, Profiles, Wiki, & Tag Cloud applications.
This integration allows you to view and interact with events from your communities. Events include updates to documents, wikis, blogs, forums, profiles and status updates and other content updates to your communities.
Deploy community pages, which are portal pages associated with communities from IBM Connections Communities. Portlets on community pages are automatically scoped to the community membership and display content from the community in the portlets. For example, if your community contains a forum, adding the forum portlet to a community page lets portal users view and interact with the forum content from a Portal application.
View and contribute to discussion topics using the Forums portlet.
Blogs, Forums, and Profile summary portlets
Portal Search Center integration
Security integration allows community membership to be used for access control decisions in Portal through a new VMM adapter.
Create and work with IBM Connections Activities within WebSphere Portal. Users can easily set prioritization, activity status and to do items for their activities. Manage the membership to add and leverage the expertise and experience of others in the organization by working together.
Within WebSphere Portal create IBM Connections Blogs postings and comments. View and contribute to Ideation Blogs you can access.
Easily create, edit and discover bookmarks in IBM Connections that have been qualified by others with similar interests and expertise.
Search a directory of colleagues you can use to build a network and locate expertise. Update and comment on Status Updates from your network.
Collaborate on a project with Wikis. Wiki members can view and edit the pages, or add their own pages.
Incorporate meaningful keywords to find associated content and filter the items in other IBM Connections portlets.
The IBM Connections 4.5 Portlets support:
IBM Connections 4.5 CR1
IBM Connections 4.0 CR3
IBM WebSphere Portal Server 220.127.116.11 CF4
IBM WebSphere Portal Server 18.104.22.168 CF 20 (Note: Activity Stream Portlet is not supported with 22.214.171.124)
Microsoft Windows XP SP3 (32-bit), 7 SP1 (64 bit)
Mac OS X 10.7
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8, 9
(IE browser needs to be running in IE7 Document Standards mode for Activity Stream Portlet)