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Demo: Measure the Success of IBM Connections with Community Metrics
Tue, May 17th 2016 19
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Tue, May 10th 2016 18
What's New and Coming in IBM Connections and IBM Docs for Q2 2016
Mon, May 9th 2016 22
ICYMI: The XPages Runtime is Now Available in IBM Bluemix
Fri, May 6th 2016 21
New IBM Connections Desktop Plug-Ins for Mac and Windows
Thu, Apr 28th 2016 18
How To Edit Files in Sharepoint or Box with IBM Docs
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From IBM Connect: Visualizing the IBM Connections Profiles Data
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What's New and Coming in IBM Connections and IBM Docs for Q2 2016
Mon, May 9th 2016 22
ICYMI: The XPages Runtime is Now Available in IBM Bluemix
Fri, May 6th 2016 21
How To Enable Nested LDAP Groups in IBM Connections
Tue, Nov 17th 2015 20
I'm going to Social Connections VI - The IBM Connections User Group
Tue, Mar 4th 2014 19
Demo: Measure the Success of IBM Connections with Community Metrics
Tue, May 17th 2016 19
From IBM Connect: Visualizing the IBM Connections Profiles Data
Wed, Apr 13th 2016 18
New IBM Connections Desktop Plug-Ins for Mac and Windows
Thu, Apr 28th 2016 18
VideoBio Adds Quick Video Sharing to IBM Connections
Tue, May 10th 2016 18
Gartner Recognizes IBM as a Leader in the 2015 Magic Quadrant for Social Software in the Workplace for IBM Connections
Thu, Nov 5th 2015 17
XPages Runtime Beta Now Available on Bluemix
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Luis Benitez
Blog Title Socialize Me
Blog Description How Social Business Accelerates Innovation in the Workplace from the perspective of a Millenial
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Demo: Measure the Success of IBM Connections with Community Metrics
Tue, May 17th 2016 3:11a   Luis Benitez
One of the important aspects of a social business platform such as IBM Connections Cloud is to monitor the health and usage of communities / team sites. IBM Connections provides a comprehensive set of quantitative and qualitative metrics that help measure the business value of IBM Connections in your organization.Metrics in IBM Connections allows community managers or System Admins view information on how users are participating on Connections, the content in Connections, and how people are visi
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VideoBio Adds Quick Video Sharing to IBM Connections
Tue, May 10th 2016 6:20a   Luis Benitez
I always like to highlight when developers and partners extend our IBM Connections Cloud platform. Today I wanted to highlight VideoBio who have built a very nice solution to allow users to quickly share video messages with others. So how does it work? First, you can go to your profile, or someone else's profile and click on the VideoBio button. After recording the demo, it's automatically shared with your IBM Connections network and you can optionally choose to share via Facebook
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What's New and Coming in IBM Connections and IBM Docs for Q2 2016
Mon, May 9th 2016 3:10a   Luis Benitez
Hours ago, IBM just made another update to IBM Connections Cloud. To start off, community managers and administrators have access to even more metrics. If you are an organization administrator, you can easily see how your user base is getting business value out of IBM Connections. For example, you can track Connections Cloud events such as every time that a user reads a blog entry, creates a To do item in an Activity, updates a wiki page, or follows a Community. You can drill down on one app
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ICYMI: The XPages Runtime is Now Available in IBM Bluemix
Fri, May 6th 2016 8:31a   Luis Benitez
Earlier this year, we had announced the availability of the XPages runtime as beta in IBM Bluemix. Then at IBM Connect, XPages on Bluemix was featured during the keynote where a quick app was built integrated with Watson to quickly tag / categorize images using the Watson Image Analyzer service. So in case you missed it, earlier this week, the XPages runtime for IBM Bluemix went from Beta to full release, generally available. This allows developers already familiar with the XPages fram
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New IBM Connections Desktop Plug-Ins for Mac and Windows
Thu, Apr 28th 2016 8:51a   Luis Benitez
Today, we've released our monthly update to the IBM Connections Mac and Windows desktop plug-ins. I'll cover some of the updates here and will start with Mac since that's what I use. In this release, the context menu in Finder has been updated to streamline access to the IBM Connections actions. Now, when you right click on a synced file, you can see when it was last synced, share with individuals or groups, lock/unlock, modify metadata and more. Here's a snapshot of how it looks.
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How To Edit Files in Sharepoint or Box with IBM Docs
Mon, Apr 25th 2016 12:45p   Luis Benitez
One of the capabilities that we highlighted as part of the IBM Docs 2.0 release was the new set of APIs to allow real-time co-editing of files in repositories other than IBM Connections (e.g. Alfresco, SharePoint, etc). So first, what is IBM Docs ? The goal of IBM Docs is to make it easier for teams to create and allow for collaborative editing of word processing, spreadsheet and presentation documents in real time. This online editor provides key collaborative services such as coediting, fil
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From IBM Connect: Visualizing the IBM Connections Profiles Data
Wed, Apr 13th 2016 10:01a   Luis Benitez
One of the great things of IBM Connect is all the great content that's shared. I remember going to my first conference and readily absorbing as much content as possible and putting it into practice. Of course, with so much content, sometimes you can't attend all sessions. It's all good, however, when speakers choose to share their content in platforms such as Slideshare. I recently ran into this deck that Matt Milza shared and figured I would re-share as it's a great example of what can b
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Check Out What's New In IBM Connections Social Cloud - Q1 2016
Tue, Apr 5th 2016 3:15a   Luis Benitez
As we get rolling into the second quarter of the year, I'll be sharing soon what to expect in terms of deliveries for IBM Connections Cloud for this quarter. First, I wanted to take the time and summarize the deliveries that we did in Q1 and had been announced at IBM Connect 2016 (and did you see that we'll be at the Moscone Center next year on February 20 - 23, 2017 ? Sweet !) So what became available in the first three months of the year ? Jim Puckett, one of the product managers for IBM
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Social Connections 10 Is Coming -- Register Today!
Tue, Mar 29th 2016 11:15a   Luis Benitez
Social Connections 10 has been scheduled and keynotes are starting to be announced. Social Connections is the IBM Connections user group. With a focus on IBM Connections and Social Business, this is a first-class event for the user community. If you are working with IBM Connections, I'd strongly recommend that you make every effort to attend! Last year, the conference was held in Boston and now it's coming back to this side of the Atlantic to Toronto on June 6-7, 2016. There will
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TimeToAct Brings Custom Apps and Forms to IBM Connections
Mon, Mar 21st 2016 3:11a   Luis Benitez
TimeToAct recently announced new capabilities for IBM Connections Communities as part of their XCC Social Intranet solution. If you are not familiar with XCC, it's a lightweight Web Content Management System that integrates into IBM Connections. It enhances IBM Connections with classic Web Content Management capabilities and thus integrates the two antipodes of an intranet, i.e. peer-to-peer collaboration with internal (top-down) communications. For example, you can use the Atom/RSS
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Webinar: Addressing the Crisis in Employee Engagement
Tue, Mar 15th 2016 3:10a   Luis Benitez
Today, studies estimate that there's a $500 billion lost in productivity and higher attrition since only 37% of global workers are considered to be engaged in the workplace. IBM's #NewWayToWork Futurists Insights share that 74% of respondents to a survey define a "social" business as one that uses social technology to foster collaboration among, customers, employees and partners yet, only 45% of companies are using social to identify internal talent or key contributors. IBM Connections
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IBM Verse Integration with Box Is Now Available
Mon, Mar 14th 2016 8:46p   Luis Benitez
As part of the IBM + Box partnership, IBM today has released Box support for IBM Verse. This new integration allows IBM Verse users to easily send files stored in Box to others. You might remember hearing about this as part of the keynote at IBM Connect 2016 earlier this year. If you missed the keynote and the demos, here's the replay. IBM Verse users that have this feature will be able to bring in their Box files when composing a message. In the file picker, they'll be able to brow
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From IBM Connect 2016: XPages App Built on Bluemix Using Watson and IBM Connections Cloud
Wed, Feb 10th 2016 2:16a   Luis Benitez
Last week at IBM Connect 2016, Chris Crummey demoed a sample app built on the XPages runtime running on Bluemix. The app combines IBM Connections Cloud, IBM Watson Analytics and IBM Bluemix. The idea is that the app allows you to upload images and then uses IBM Watson (the Visual Recognition Service) to help with automatic classification of the files. Based on the image that has been uploaded, Watson will then suggest some tags to use with the file. Here's a recap of that demo: Her
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The IBM Connections Cloud January 2016 is Now Available
Mon, Jan 25th 2016 8:20a   Luis Benitez
Just in time for IBM Connect 2016, there are now more capabilities that have been added to IBM Connections Cloud. Here's a snapshot of what's new this month: Real-time alerts help you focus on items that need your attention Stay up to date with things that require your attention and response. The new notification center in the navigation bar increases your awareness less disruptively. See alerts with a single click - no matter where you are in the service. Allows you stay on track or sw
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XPages Runtime Beta Now Available on Bluemix
Thu, Jan 21st 2016 9:00a   Luis Benitez
As it's typical by this time of the year with IBM Connect just around the corner we start to hear about advancements in many of our product areas. As you may have seen in the IBM Bluemix blog, the XPages runtime moves from experimental and enters the BETA release phase on Bluemix. For the last 6 months we've had the XPages runtime available on IBM Bluemix as an experimental service. Now we are taking this to the next phase as we continue to prepare for a general release later this
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Tomorrow: Join the #H2HChat Moments That Count: When Collaboration Sparks Innovation
Mon, Jan 18th 2016 8:30a   Luis Benitez
Tomorrow, I'll be joining my colleagues Suzanne Livingston and Mac Guidera at the Tweetchat hosted by Bryan Kramer to talk about Collaboration and Innovation. We'll talk about the importance of harnessing technology to empower employees towards greater collaboration. Then, we'll discuss the challenges organizations face as they embark upon such transformation and how they can create a workplace culture in which collaboration via digital solutions is valued and practiced. This is a chat that i
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Check Out the Latest IBM Docs 2.0 Demo
Thu, Jan 14th 2016 2:16a   Luis Benitez
Happy New Year! Now that we are back in business in the new year I wanted to take the time to share a bit more on IBM Docs 2.0 beyond the announcement last year. In a very short time, I've already started to hear very good positive feedback on the release which is great ! One of the things that I wanted to share is the latest demo video that we posted over the holidays. The video covers all the basics and you can see how simple it is to take advantage of this capability to create fil
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Available for Download: IBM Docs 2.0 and IBM Connections 5.5
Fri, Dec 18th 2015 2:10a   Luis Benitez
As promised earlier this week, the recently announced IBM Connections 5.5 and IBM Docs 2.0 are now available for download. As part of the launch, on Wednesday the product managers hosted a webcast to take you through some of the highlights of that release. If you missed it, you can still watch the recording. Then, yesterday the product managers hosted an "Ask the Product Managers" session. There were so many questions that came in and were answered in hour! That session was also recorded.
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Announcing IBM Connections 5.5 & IBM Docs 2.0
Tue, Dec 15th 2015 2:10a   Luis Benitez
I'm happy to announce the upcoming availability of IBM Connections 5.5 and IBM Docs 2.0, our next major on-premises release. As we've done with previous releases, plus,given we have a single code base for cloud and on-prem, we've taken a snapshot of our cloud, made a few adjustments here and there, and we are making that available to our on premises customers. There's over 100 new features and there's just no way that I can cover all of this in this post. However, if you look
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Webcast: What's New in IBM Connections & IBM Docs (on-premises)
Fri, Dec 11th 2015 2:15a   Luis Benitez
As we wrap up the year, and given there are only 20 more days in the year, I can safely say that we are just days away from announcing the next major on-premises release of IBM Connections and IBM Docs. In fact, next week is going to be HUGE ! (if that's not a reveal, I don't know what is). Next week we will be hosting two events that you'll definitely want to join to get up to speed with all the details around the release. First, we'll host a webcast to talk about all the new capa
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IBM Connections Cloud November 2015 Release is Now Live !
Wed, Nov 25th 2015 2:20a   Luis Benitez
It's a new month, so we have a new monthly release of our IBM Connections Cloud platform now available! This release focuses on improvements to files and our mobile capabilities. To start off, if you are using the Mac file sync plug-in, you now have more visibility to understand the status of sync for each file directly from the Mac Finder: On the mobile side, we've now made it easier to respond and participate in polls & surveys create in Communities: This will require
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Using IBM Docs with IBM Content Navigator for Real-Time Co-Editing
Tue, Nov 24th 2015 8:32a   Luis Benitez
As we get ready for another major on-prem release of IBM Docs, IBM's collaborative editing solution, I wanted to share a bit of how IBM Docs integrates with other repositories beyond IBM Connections. For example, if you are using IBM Content Navigator, you have the option to use IBM Docs on top of that. With IBM Docs, you can edit Microsoft Office files in their native format directly in the browser, without having to do complicated download and re-upload steps. You can also create brand ne
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How To Enable Nested LDAP Groups in IBM Connections
Tue, Nov 17th 2015 2:15a   Luis Benitez
The other day I was asked how to take advantage of LDAP / Active Directory (AD) groups within IBM Connections, specially if those groups contain nested groups. So I went to our internal brain (IBM Connections) and a quick search turned out a post from Antonio Aleandri and with his permission, I'm re-posting here: -=-=-=-=- By default, nested groups (nested LDAP groups) are not enabled in IBM Connections. What this means, for example, is that if you add the parent group as member of a res
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Gartner Recognizes IBM as a Leader in the 2015 Magic Quadrant for Social Software in the Workplace for IBM Connections
Thu, Nov 5th 2015 2:10a   Luis Benitez
Put it in the books! For the 7th year in a row, Gartner has placed IBM as a Leader in their recently released 2015 Magic Quadrant for Social Software in the Workplace* based on IBM Connections. We are now getting ready for another major release of IBM Connections and organizations continue to report value from deploying a social collaboration platform such as IBM Connections. If you haven't seen IBM Connections lately, check out this video that we recently published to showcas
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IBM Insight 2015 - Check Out What You Missed
Wed, Nov 4th 2015 2:20a   Luis Benitez
Last week was a wild ride over at IBM Insight 2015. The IBM Verse and IBM Connections teams were there to share the latest about our products. It was a great opportunity to meet new customers, partners, and fellow IBMers. One of the highlights of the conference, was the Super Session by my colleague Rob Koplowitz. He co-presented with Jason Silva, the host of the TV show Brain Games (catch it on Netflix). You can watch a replay of his session here: I co-presented on 3 different sessi
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IBM Ranked as Leader in the 2015 Aragon Research Globe for Enterprise Social Software
Tue, Nov 3rd 2015 2:15a   Luis Benitez
And the great news keep piling up as we get ready for another major IBM Connections release. I'm just back from IBM Insight 2015 and will share some content soon about that but wanted to get this out soon! The latest to hit the wire is that IBM Connections has been ranked as a Leader for the third year in a row in the third Aragon Research Globe for Enterprise Social Software. This is in addition to the Gartner report where IBM came out as a leader in the Enterprise Social Software MQ (more
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Time to Register for IBM Connect 2016
Thu, Oct 15th 2015 3:10a   Luis Benitez
It's time to start getting ready for IBM Connect 2016. All abstracts have been submitted and we are now finalizing the selection of the sessions. If you register by October 27th, you can enjoy some discounts as laid out here. Not sure what IBM Connect is all about ? This is our yearly conference where we share our latest product updates and directions, a great opportunity to network and meet fellow users and partners/developers and learn from other success stories. Here's a bit more about t
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Check Out This Demo of the New IBM Connections Editor
Wed, Oct 14th 2015 3:20a   Luis Benitez
Re-sharing the news Baan Slavens, our Product Manager for IBM Connections Mobile, from earlier this week The new IBM Connections Editor is a companion application the to the IBM Connections Mobile application for iOS and Android devices. The IBM Connections Editor is a full-featured mobile editor, which will allow you to take files directly from IBM Connections Files and easily view or edit those files on your mobile device. You can edit any Microsoft PowerPoint presentation, Excel spr
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Social Connections 9 - The IBM Connections User Group Puts Together An Awesome Agenda
Mon, Oct 12th 2015 8:45a   Luis Benitez
In just a few weeks, the 9th Social Connections will kick off and it has one of the best agendas ever. If I counted correctly, there's 70 sessions over two days so I'm sure what whatever content you are looking for, it'll be there. With a focus on IBM Connections and Social Business, this is a first-class event for the user community. If you are working with, using, or what to learn more about IBM Connections, you need to make every effort to attend! At the end of the first day, attend
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Time To Get Ready for IBM Insight 2015
Thu, Oct 1st 2015 8:30a   Luis Benitez
October is here so that means that IBM Insight 2015 is just around the corner (oh and lots of candy in Halloween)! At the end of the month, I'll be heading over to Las Vegas for the annual IBM Insight conference. As usual, we'll be participating in various sessions. At this year's conference, Jason Silva, host of National Geographic's Brain Games (you are watching that show on Netflix, right?), will lead a conversation about the potential to extend collaboration with technologies like c
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The Heart of Business Tour Comes to Boston Next Week
Mon, Sep 28th 2015 3:16a   Luis Benitez
The Heart of Business is about … YOU! Join business leaders, IBM business partners, innovators, and thought leaders to connect and win. Learn how to use Social Business Solutions to accelerate innovation, improve collaboration, manage relationships, and deliver better metrics. Enterprise social networks are becoming the heart of business productivity and engagement. Successful businesses today are using their enterprise software platforms to create an ecosystem of capabilities, which driv
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The Results Are In: IBM Connections Benefits $26.5 million over 3 years !
Thu, Sep 3rd 2015 3:20a   Luis Benitez
A recent commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of IBM titled The Total Economic Impact of IBM Connections analyzes the cost savings and business benefits of utilizing IBM Connections. The purpose of the study is to provide a framework to evaluate the potential financial impact of implementing the IBM Connections social collaboration platform within their organizations to improve internal processes to engage, empower, and inspire both employees and customers and unlock ne
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IBM Connections Files and Aspera: A Possible Integration
Tue, Sep 1st 2015 3:20a   Luis Benitez
Earlier this week I was asked what could be possible between Aspera, an IBM file transfer solution, and IBM Connections Files, IBM's offering for organizations looking for enterprise file sync and share (EFSS) capabilities. First, let's clarify the differences between file transfer and file sharing and sync. In talking with some people in the Aspera organization, they told me to think of Aspera kind of like UPS. UPS will take a package from point A to point B and they do not keep the packa
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Save The Date: Enterprise File Sync and Share is Just the Beginning of a New Way To Work
Mon, Aug 31st 2015 3:15a   Luis Benitez
Save the date. In less than a month, we'll be hosting a webinar to take you through the latest capabilities available in our IBM Connections Files offering, the IBM solution for organizations that are looking for enterprise file sync and share (EFSS) capabilities in the cloud. IBM Connections Files on Cloud is designed for today’s mobile worker, providing a secure, easy-to-use, collaboration and file management environment for all size businesses. This cost-effective, secure file sha
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IBM was named the Worldwide Market Share Leader in Enterprise Social Networks for sixth consecutive year by IDC
Tue, Aug 4th 2015 12:47p   Luis Benitez
In IDC's recently published report, IBM is ranked number one in worldwide market share for enterprise social software for the sixth consecutive year. According to IDC's analysis of 2014 revenue, IBM continues to hold the lead in market share. According to IDC, the enterprise social networks market is expected to reach $3.5 billion by 2019, representing growth of 19 percent over the next four years. If you are not familiar with IBM Connections, check out how you can get started toda
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The IBM Connections Cloud June 2015 Release Is Now Live -- Check it out!
Mon, Jun 22nd 2015 3:16a   Luis Benitez
Over the weekend we pushed out updates to our IBM Connections Cloud users (for those fathers out there, consider it a Happy Father's Day gift). You will find updates throughout the experience both in the web and desktop. For example, for Mac users you can now share files with Communities directly from Finder without ever needing to open a browser. Just right-click on the file, and voilá: Another update this month was for developers. Developers can now take advantage of the embedded




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