IBM Social Software
Luis Benitez 120000JC6S Luis_Benitez@us.ibm.com Tags:  microsoft collaboration content-management file-sync adoption social-business connectors files cloud connections community 673 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.
Luis Benitez 120000JC6S Luis_Benitez@us.ibm.com Tags:  mobile file-sync iphone business-value android adoption connections offline social-business ipad collaboration ios files demo 622 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.
Luis Benitez 120000JC6S Luis_Benitez@us.ibm.com Tags:  productivity adoption social-software best-practices web2.0 social-business content-management connections knowledge-management tips community collaboration 1,115 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
Luis Benitez 120000JC6S Luis_Benitez@us.ibm.com Tags:  tips adoption business-value social-business connections podcast mobile 873 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 enterprise2.0 868 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
Albert Nichols 270006DNAP AlbertNichols@us.ibm.com Tags:  ibm sametime ccm suite connections new 4.5.1 3,219 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 3,877 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 migration redbook content-manager connections ccm quickr 4.5 2 Comments 2,381 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 4,416 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 (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.
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 1,732 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 3,702 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
Luis Benitez 120000JC6S Luis_Benitez@us.ibm.com Tags:  gamification connections ipad business-partners mobile integration 1,535 Visits
In mid 2012, TemboSocial introduced the world to their peer-to-peer recognition add-on for IBM Connections, the market leading social business platform. Earlier this year I also shared how TemboSocial had further integrated into the IBM Connections platform.
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.
Luis Benitez 120000JC6S Luis_Benitez@us.ibm.com Tags:  apache openoffice plug-ins connections docs ipad presentations editor sidebar mobile symphony 1,854 Visits
Today, OpenOffice 4.0 has become available ! Today, more than 58 million people have downloaded OpenOffice v3.4 since its release last year.
One of my favorite features in this release is the new sidebar which comes of course as part of the contributions from IBM's Symphony. The timing couldn't be better as we recently also introduced a document an awesome document editor in OpenOffice format for the iPad.
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.
So don't wait!! To download, get it here: http://www.openoffice.org/download/ .
Luis Benitez 120000JC6S Luis_Benitez@us.ibm.com Tags:  docs ios social-business demo android files mobile connections video ipad 2,862 Visits
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!
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 !
Albert Nichols 270006DNAP AlbertNichols@us.ibm.com Tags:  ibm-connections outlook plugins notes ibm connections 7,589 Visits
E-mail Plugins for IBM Connections
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.
Download the Plug-in Here
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:
Follow me @corbinan on Twitter for more updates on IBM Connections
To follow the whole team, check out our Twitter list: twitter.com/corbinan/ibm-connections-team