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IBM Connections Files and Aspera: A Possible Integration
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Save The Date: Enterprise File Sync and Share is Just the Beginning of a New Way To Work
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IBM was named the Worldwide Market Share Leader in Enterprise Social Networks for sixth consecutive year by IDC
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The IBM Connections Cloud June 2015 Release Is Now Live -- Check it out!
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Next Week: Join Me at the IBM Connections Files and Communities Webcast
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IBM Connections Adds Secure File Sync and Share Offering On-premises
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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 211
IBM Connections Files and Aspera: A Possible Integration
Tue, Sep 1st 2015 169
The Results Are In: IBM Connections Benefits $26.5 million over 3 years !
Thu, Sep 3rd 2015 144
IBM was named the Worldwide Market Share Leader in Enterprise Social Networks for sixth consecutive year by IDC
Tue, Aug 4th 2015 23
The United Nations Comes Together with IBM Connections
Mon, Aug 18th 2014 15
I'm going to Social Connections VI - The IBM Connections User Group
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Jabborate Brings Jabber and WebEx into IBM Connections
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How To Integrate Your App with IBM Connections Cloud with 2 Lines of Code
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AppFusions brings Dropbox, Box, Office 365/OneDrive, and Google Drive to IBM Connections
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Hootsuite Now Integrates with IBM Connections Social Cloud
Wed, Oct 15th 2014 11


Luis Benitez
Blog Title Socialize Me
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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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Next Week: Join Me at the IBM Connections Files and Communities Webcast
Thu, May 14th 2015 3:20a   Luis Benitez
Next week, I'll be participating in a webcast to talk about all the new capabilities that we've added to IBM Connections Files and Communities. The webcast was put together by the team over at SocialBizUG.org. David Brooks, the lead architect for the IBM Connections platform, will be joining me just like he did at IBM ConnectED earlier this year. Our goal is to give you an update of all the cool things that are now part of the product. As a reminder, back in March, we introduced I
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IBM Connections Adds Secure File Sync and Share Offering On-premises
Tue, May 5th 2015 8:16a   Luis Benitez
Following the release last quarter of our secure file sync and share offering in cloud, today we have just released the equivalent offering for those customers who would like to deploy this on premises. This new offering gives customers a new way to buy IBM Connections and get just the Files portion of the platform. This makes it easy to get started and customers can grow and buy the entire IBM Connections suite once they are ready to use other capabilities such as Communities, Forums, Ideation,
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What's New in the April 2015 Release of IBM Connections Social Cloud
Thu, Apr 23rd 2015 3:10a   Luis Benitez
As we run our final checklist to turn on the new features, I wanted to give you a heads up as to what to expect next week. I had the opportunity to give a preview of these to the audience at Social Connections, the independent IBM Connections user group, last week in Boston. The conference was great as usual. It was completely sold out as usual was great. I had the opportunity to meet with developers (check out this related post) as well as customers/users. I learned about how they are dri
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How to Move from Google Mail to IBM Verse
Wed, Apr 22nd 2015 3:20a   Luis Benitez
Recently, I helped a company move from Google Apps to the IBM Connections Cloud. They were attracted by IBM Verse and were heavy users of Google Mail and they needed a new way to manage the flood of email that was coming in and impacting their productivity. They did their migration in mid-March. Back in February I started to do some research to figure out how this could be done. ​​ So how did I do it? The actual technical part was pretty straightforward.. in fact, as easy as drag-n-drop
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How To Integrate Your App with IBM Connections Cloud with 2 Lines of Code
Tue, Apr 21st 2015 2:16p   Luis Benitez
Last week I was at the IBM Connections user group conference, called Social Connections, in Boston MA. There, I got the opportunity to meet with many end users as well as developers interested in building apps for IBM Connections. A particular session that I got great feedback from developers was the one titled Mastering the IBM Connections Developers Experience. Vijay Francis and Paul Bastide took the audience through the options to integrate with IBM Connections Cloud. One of the samples
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Social Connections VIII is coming to Boston -- Register Today!
Wed, Mar 25th 2015 3:15a   Luis Benitez
Social Connections, the IBM Connections user group, will have their 8th event this April 16-17th and this time it's coming to the US for the first time in beautiful Boston. 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! In fact, last year, I had the opportunity to attend the conference in Prague and it was a fantastic experi
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Updated Desktop Plug-Ins Available Today and New Features Coming to IBM Connections Cloud Next Week
Thu, Mar 12th 2015 9:50a   Luis Benitez
As mentioned in a previous entry, we released a File Sync and Share only offering earlier this week. Today, I have some good news. Today we have released the latest version of our desktop plugins for Mac and Windows in prep for the new feature that will start appearing in IBM Connections Cloud next week. This month's release continues to focus on our file sharing and sync capabilities. This release also introduces new features to help teams better organize their communications. Here's a s
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IBM Creates File Sharing and Sync only offering and it's available today
Tue, Mar 10th 2015 4:10a   Luis Benitez
Fresh off the presses! The IBM Connections Files cloud offering is now available in our cloud. If you are already an IBM Connections customer there's nothing for you to do. However, if you've been thinking about starting with IBM Connections, this might be a good place to start as you get just the core file sharing and sync component of IBM Connections and then upgrade to full the IBM Connections suite as your team needs more capabilities. IBM Connections Files Cloud is a new standalone
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My deck from IBM InterConnect 2015 and IBM Connections 5.0 CR2 is here!
Thu, Mar 5th 2015 10:15a   Luis Benitez
Last week was pretty busy as I spent the whole week at IBM InterConnect 2015 a conference focused specifically on cloud and mobile. There were 21,000 attendees and over 40% of the attendees were attending an IBM conference for the first time. In Tuesday's keynote, Scott Souder demoed IBM Verse. During the conference, the hashtags related to Verse, #IBMVerse and #NewWayToWork, both trended in Twitter worldwide ! #IBMVerse trending worldwide during #IBMInterConnect! pic.twitter.com/7DEX
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Gearing up for IBM InterConnect - Check out these Social Business Sessions
Mon, Feb 16th 2015 2:20a   Luis Benitez
We are a week away from the start of IBM InterConnect 2015, and this week it's all about getting ready for that conference. And I'm definitely looking forward to the concert on Wednesday with Aerosmith and "the Sharks" at the keynote. I've been getting addicted to Shark Tank recently so can't wait to see them in Vegas. Let's talk sessions. As part of InterConnect, there's a System of Engagement track where you'll find all sessions around Social Business. Here's the full list
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AppFusions brings Dropbox, Box, Office 365/OneDrive, and Google Drive to IBM Connections
Wed, Feb 11th 2015 2:10a   Luis Benitez
As we continue to wrap up from IBM ConnectED 2015 (and get ready for IBM InterConnect 2015), I wanted to highlight a new solution showcased at ConnectED 2015. The solution comes from AppFusions and brings together many cloud file services such as Dropbox, Box, Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive directly into IBM Connections. For example, IBM Connections users to access, preview, edit, share, upload, and locally download OneDrive files directly from the IBM Connections platform. Here
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How IBM Connections File Sync Saved Me Post IBM ConnectED 2015
Mon, Feb 9th 2015 2:11a   Luis Benitez
I'm finally back in the office after 2.5 weeks on the road: first for IBM ConnectED 2015, then on to Austin to meet with the IBM Design team and work on IBM Connections Next. In between all that, however, my Mac decided to have a meltdown. Luckily, it was the Tuesday after the keynote at IBM ConnectED. My big worry, though, was, since my Mac died on January 27th and I knew my last Time Machine backup was on January 21st... how much was I going to lose ? So when Tuesday comes along, I opene
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From IBM ConnectED 2015 - What's New in IBM Connections
Tue, Feb 3rd 2015 1:10p   Luis Benitez
Yesterday I posted a recap of the IBM ConnectED 2015 OGS. Today, I wanted to focus on the What's New in IBM Connections session that I presented at after the keynote. The intent of the session was to recap our deliveries in 2014 (which were a lot!) and then give you a glimpse at what's coming next. There were two things that I called out to the audience. First, for those of you who are running IBM Connections on-premises, you should definitely be looking at what we are doing in the cloud
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IBM ConnectED 2015 Keynote Recap - the IBM Connections Demo
Mon, Feb 2nd 2015 2:16a   Luis Benitez
It's hard to believe that just a week ago was the keynote (aka OGS ... aka the Opening General Session) at IBM ConnectED . This year I again had the opportunity to demo during the keynote and present IBM Connections Next, the next iteration of our market leading enterprise social collaboration platform. Prior to the demos, some interesting stats were shared. The one that caught my attention the most is that the IBM Verse announcement gathered more impressions than any other IBM announcement
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IDC MarketScapes Name IBM a Worldwide and European Leader for Enterprise Social Networks
Tue, Jan 20th 2015 9:10a   Luis Benitez
In late 2014, IDC released its IDC MarketScape Worldwide MarketScape Enterprise Social Network 2014 Vendor Assessment and their 2IDC MarketScape: European Enterprise Social Networks in 2014. IBM Connections was positioned as a leader in both reports. Also in 2014, IBM was also named as the market share leader in the IDC Worldwide Enterprise Social Networks 2014-2018 Forecast and 2013 Vendor Shares report. I'm extremely excited to see how IBM was positioned. Also evaluated in the IDC Mark
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IBM ConnectED 2015 - Two Weeks To Go and Where To Find Me
Tue, Jan 13th 2015 5:12a   Luis Benitez
We are now two weeks away to start IBM ConnectED 2015. Last week, I returned from vacation and travelled to Boston to work on the keynote demo. Things are looking very cool and can't wait to show it to everyone. I'm also starting to work on my calendar for the week. I know that many attend the conference to get a chance to speak to the development, design and product management teams of your favorite product (such as IBM Connections). To make it easy, I've created this table with dat
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Employee Recognition Comes to the IBM Connections Cloud via KangoGift
Mon, Jan 5th 2015 5:11a   Luis Benitez
KangoGift continues to expand their integration options with IBM Connections, this time, bringing their employee recognition module to the IBM Connections Cloud. Once enabled organizations could allow their employees to recognize each other and perhaps include a recognition certificate (maybe a $25 gift card for Amazon). This is one way to encourage the use and adoption of IBM Connections. Some key capabilities provided in this release are: Analytics highlight employee performance Inc
5
New IBM Connections Pattern for IBM PureSystems Now Available
Tue, Dec 9th 2014 5:11a   Luis Benitez
On December 9, IBM announced an updated PureSystems Pattern for IBM Connections 5.0 as well as a brand new pattern for IBM Connections Content Manager 5.0. Both patterns have been built to reduce the installation and configuration time down to a couple of hours by deploying a pre-configured system into a PureSystems environment. IBM PureSystems combine the flexibility of a general purpose system, the elasticity of cloud and the simplicity of an appliance. Learn more about IBM PureSystems here.
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Check It Out -- New IBM Connections Features Available in Cloud
Mon, Nov 24th 2014 5:12a   Luis Benitez
Over the weekend, IBM rolled out new features to IBM Connections Social Cloud, the market-leading enterprise social collaboration platform. In this month's release (if you are wondering, we'll skip updates in December because of the holidays so the next release will be in January), you'll find capabilities that the community has been asking for in the IBM Connections ideation area. Our team put together a presentation so that you can see the new capabilities (see below) and here are
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IBM Connections File Sync Plug-In for the Mac Is Now Available
Thu, Nov 20th 2014 12:11p   Luis Benitez
While #IBMVerse 's ability to drive a #NewWayToWork has taken the spotlight this week, there's more goodies to talk about today. First, we are in the midst of rolling out some cool new features to our cloud. One of the biggest new capabilities being rolled out is that today, is the day that IBM Connections Social Cloud customers can start using file sharing and sync from their Mac desktops / laptops. This was something I had announced was coming earlier in the year when I had a chance to
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Get Ready For An Extreme Mail Makeover and see IBM Mail Next
Fri, Nov 7th 2014 5:11a   Luis Benitez
Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to be part of the unveiling of IBM Mail Next at IBM Connect 2014? Now it's time to get your hands on it! Below is a copy of the webcast invite so you can check out the latest details on how to be an early adopter and all the latest integration into IBM Connections, IBM's market-leading enterprise social collaboration platform. See you there! Every day, emails flood our inbox: tasks are left undone, messages go unanswered, and meetings overwhelm
5
How To Take Notes While Mobile With the IBM Connections iPad App
Tue, Oct 21st 2014 10:12a   Luis Benitez
As I get ready to go to IBM Insight next week it occurred to me that it's good timing to talk about a question that I've gotten recently. Specifically, some colleagues have been asking about a way to take notes while traveling for a customer meeting or industry conference. The way I do it is with the IBM Connections iPad app. In the demo below, you'll see how to start creating a note from scratch. One of my favorite capabilities is that you can co-edit with multiple people at the same ti
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How To Move Jive Content to IBM Connections
Tue, Oct 21st 2014 8:11a   Luis Benitez
I've been getting some questions recently on how to move from Jive (or other tools) to IBM Connections. To that end, I wanted to highlight our automated migration tools that we can use to move people, content and places from your existing solution into IBM Connections. Back in June of this year we had a webinar to announce these new automated tools to help customers move from Jive, SharePoint and others in to IBM Connections. You can watch the replay here to get all the details. Here's
11
IBM Connections 5.0 CR1 Is Now Available
Thu, Oct 16th 2014 9:12a   Luis Benitez
Today, we are updating IBM Connections, the market-leading enterprise social collaboration platform. Specifically, today we are releasing IBM Connections 5.0 CR1 for on premises customers. This release includes a roll up of fixes that we've been releasing for the past couple of months. Additionally, it also adds some new features. New features in IBM Connections 5.0 CR1 (but not limited to): Updated file preview design in stream Play uploaded movies in the stream View full file
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Hootsuite Now Integrates with IBM Connections Social Cloud
Wed, Oct 15th 2014 8:12a   Luis Benitez
Now, this is HUGE! Today Hootsuite has announced their new capabilities now with added support for IBM Connections Social Cloud. Check out their announcement here. The IBM Connections app for Hootsuite is now available in the Hootsuite App Directory. So what can you do? This app enables joint customers of IBM Connections and Hootsuite Enterprise to: Instantly share social content from Twitter and Facebook to colleagues and communities in IBM Connections (see below for more examples)
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IBM Insight 2014 is 2 Weeks Away -- Add These Sessions To Your Schedule
Mon, Oct 13th 2014 6:12a   Luis Benitez
IBM Insight is now two weeks away. I'll have the opportunity to go this year and update the audience on IBM Connections and what we are doing there when it comes to the combination of content management + team collaboration. This year, I'll be co-presenting with my colleague, Firas Yasin, one of our social business advocates and an expert when it comes to adoption, business value and content management. Our session is on Monday right after the keynote at Lagoon J. Last night,
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Google Hangout Replay: A Social Business, Cloud, Mobile and IBM Connections Conversation
Thu, Oct 9th 2014 7:12a   Luis Benitez
Last week I had the opportunity to try out Google Hangout On Air. It's been something that I've wanted to try for a while and with the latest cloud release of IBM Connections last week, it would be a good time to try it out. Joining me is Luis Suarez (no, not the guy who bites), an independent social business advisor and Simon Vaughan, an IBM Champion and one of the organizers of Social Connections, the IBM Connections User Group. The whole thing was very informal, and again, it's some
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5 Can't Miss Features of IBM Connections
Wed, Oct 8th 2014 6:12a   Luis Benitez
About two weeks ago, I was asked to present to a group of internal IBMers tips and tricks to get the most out of IBM Connections, our social collaboration platform. I actually reached out to my internal network and asked for suggestions on a good topic. Quickly, I realized that everyone had their own favorite feature or aspect of the product. That got me thinking that maybe it's worth me putting together a quick presentation that shows people how I get the most out of the product to impr
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Social Connections VII Is Coming -- Check Out The Agenda and Register Now
Thu, Oct 2nd 2014 6:22a   Luis Benitez
Re-sharing the news from Brian O'Neill, IBM Champion and IBM Connections user. Social Connections, the IBM Connections user group, will have their 7th event this November 13th-14th in beautiful Stockholm, Sweden. 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! In fact, earlier this year, I had the opportunity to attend the conf
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New Release of IBM Connections Social Cloud Is Here
Mon, Sep 29th 2014 6:12a   Luis Benitez
Here's one way to start the week on a high note. Over the weekend, we enabled the latest features for our Q3 (or fall release) of IBM Connections Social Cloud, which, as you can tell off the bat, features a new name and tons of goodies. Mitch and Chris had already shared the news about the new name, which we made public back in January of this year at IBM Connect 2014. You may have already seen the blog from last week from Rebecca Buisan which previewed some of the things that we turned on
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Up and Running with IBM Connections Now Available on Lynda.com
Mon, Sep 22nd 2014 5:12p   Luis Benitez
I'm on my way to TED@IBM which is happening tomorrow, but I couldn't wait to share some fantastic news. As you may have seen from teases in the past few weeks, today there's a new course available: Up and Running with IBM Connections by Bruce Elgort. Bruce and I collaborated on this, well, he actually did all the work, I just gave him a server to record on. For those of you who haven't heard about Lynda.com, they are an online learning company that helps anyone learn business, sof
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More IBM Connections Social Features Now Available Inside Microsoft Office
Thu, Sep 18th 2014 7:12a   Luis Benitez
As you may know, we are now releasing new updates to the desktop plug-ins on a monthly basis. This month's release brings some cool new features to those of you working with Microsoft Office Desktop apps (even if you use the desktop apps with Office 365). For some time now, we've had integration into Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook) via the ribbon. Today, we've added new functionality to the ribbon. With the new features, you can now do the following directly
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Gartner Recognizes IBM Connections as a Leader in the 2014 Magic Quadrant for Social Software in the Workplace
Wed, Sep 17th 2014 7:12a   Luis Benitez
Put it in the books! For the 6th year in a row, Gartner has placed IBM Connections as a Leader in their recently released 2014 Magic Quadrant for Social Software in the Workplace. This year, I had the opportunity to engage in the entire process from beginning to end. The whole process started back in May of this year. There's a lot of things that happen during the evaluation process such as coordinating customer references, filling out feature surveys, showing the solution and more.
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Brand Image and Security Concerns – All the More Reason to Become a Social Business
Thu, Sep 4th 2014 2:12p   Luis Benitez
To get the full benefit of social business, you must inject it into your key business processes for stronger customer engagement and workforce collaboration. But many enterprises are afraid to fully embrace social business, with 30 percent of them citing security concerns and perceived risk as major adoption barriers, according to IBM's 2014 Business Tech Trends report. But these fearful enterprises need to realize the true nature of social business. At its core, social business is a gra
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IDC MarketScapes Name IBM a Worldwide and European Leader for Enterprise Social Networks
Wed, Dec 31st 1969 7:33p   Luis Benitez
In late 2014, IDC released its IDC MarketScape Worldwide MarketScape Enterprise Social Network 2014 Vendor Assessment and their 2IDC MarketScape: European Enterprise Social Networks in 2014. IBM Connections was positioned as a leader in both reports. Also in 2014, IBM was also named as the market share leader in the IDC Worldwide Enterprise Social Networks 2014-2018 Forecast and 2013 Vendor Shares report. I'm extremely excited to see how IBM was positioned. Also evaluated in the IDC Mark
2
IBM ConnectED 2015 - Two Weeks To Go and Where To Find Me
Wed, Dec 31st 1969 7:33p   Luis Benitez
We are now two weeks away to start IBM ConnectED 2015. Last week, I returned from vacation and travelled to Boston to work on the keynote demo. Things are looking very cool and can't wait to show it to everyone. I'm also starting to work on my calendar for the week. I know that many attend the conference to get a chance to speak to the development, design and product management teams of your favorite product (such as IBM Connections). To make it easy, I've created this table with dat
1
Employee Recognition Comes to the IBM Connections Cloud via KangoGift
Wed, Dec 31st 1969 7:33p   Luis Benitez
KangoGift continues to expand their integration options with IBM Connections, this time, bringing their employee recognition module to the IBM Connections Cloud. Once enabled organizations could allow their employees to recognize each other and perhaps include a recognition certificate (maybe a $25 gift card for Amazon). This is one way to encourage the use and adoption of IBM Connections. Some key capabilities provided in this release are: Analytics highlight employee performance Inc
3
New IBM Connections Pattern for IBM PureSystems Now Available
Wed, Dec 31st 1969 7:33p   Luis Benitez
On December 9, IBM announced an updated PureSystems Pattern for IBM Connections 5.0 as well as a brand new pattern for IBM Connections Content Manager 5.0. Both patterns have been built to reduce the installation and configuration time down to a couple of hours by deploying a pre-configured system into a PureSystems environment. IBM PureSystems combine the flexibility of a general purpose system, the elasticity of cloud and the simplicity of an appliance. Learn more about IBM PureSystems here.
1
Check It Out -- New IBM Connections Features Available in Cloud
Wed, Dec 31st 1969 7:33p   Luis Benitez
Over the weekend, IBM rolled out new features to IBM Connections Social Cloud, the market-leading enterprise social collaboration platform. In this month's release (if you are wondering, we'll skip updates in December because of the holidays so the next release will be in January), you'll find capabilities that the community has been asking for in the IBM Connections ideation area. Our team put together a presentation so that you can see the new capabilities (see below) and here are
3
IBM Connections File Sync Plug-In for the Mac Is Now Available
Wed, Dec 31st 1969 7:33p   Luis Benitez
While #IBMVerse 's ability to drive a #NewWayToWork has taken the spotlight this week, there's more goodies to talk about today. First, we are in the midst of rolling out some cool new features to our cloud. One of the biggest new capabilities being rolled out is that today, is the day that IBM Connections Social Cloud customers can start using file sharing and sync from their Mac desktops / laptops. This was something I had announced was coming earlier in the year when I had a chance to
2
Get Ready For An Extreme Mail Makeover and see IBM Mail Next
Wed, Dec 31st 1969 7:33p   Luis Benitez
Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to be part of the unveiling of IBM Mail Next at IBM Connect 2014. Now it's time to get your hands on it! Below is a copy of the webcast invite so you can check out the latest details on how to be an early adopter and all the latest integration into IBM Connections, IBM's market-leading enterprise social collaboration platform. See you there! Every day, emails flood our inbox: tasks are left undone, messages go unanswered, and meetings overwhelm
2
How To Take Notes While Mobile With the IBM Connections iPad App
Wed, Dec 31st 1969 7:33p   Luis Benitez
As I get ready to go to IBM Insight next week it occurred to me that it's good timing to talk about a question that I've gotten recently. Specifically, some colleagues have been asking about a way to take notes while traveling for a customer meeting or industry conference. The way I do it is with the IBM Connections iPad app. In the demo below, you'll see how to start creating a note from scratch. One of my favorite capabilities is that you can co-edit with multiple people at the same ti
3
How To Move Jive Content to IBM Connections
Wed, Dec 31st 1969 7:33p   Luis Benitez
I've been getting some questions recently on how to move from Jive (or other tools) to IBM Connections. To that end, I wanted to highlight our automated migration tools that we can use to move people, content and places from your existing solution into IBM Connections. Back in June of this year we had a webinar to announce these new automated tools to help customers move from Jive, SharePoint and others in to IBM Connections. You can watch the replay here to get all the details. Here's
3
IBM Connections 5.0 CR1 Is Now Available
Wed, Dec 31st 1969 7:33p   Luis Benitez
Today, we are updating IBM Connections, the market-leading enterprise social collaboration platform. Specifically, today we are releasing IBM Connections 5.0 CR1 for on premises customers. This release includes a roll up of fixes that we've been releasing for the past couple of months. Additionally, it also adds some new features. New features in IBM Connections 5.0 CR1 (but not limited to): Updated file preview design in stream Play uploaded movies in the stream View full file
2
Hootsuite Now Integrates with IBM Connections Social Cloud
Wed, Dec 31st 1969 7:33p   Luis Benitez
Now, this is HUGE! Today Hootsuite has announced their new capabilities now with added support for IBM Connections Social Cloud. Check out their announcement here. The IBM Connections app for Hootsuite is now available in the Hootsuite App Directory. So what can you do? This app enables joint customers of IBM Connections and Hootsuite Enterprise to: Instantly share social content from Twitter and Facebook to colleagues and communities in IBM Connections (see below for more examples)
2
IBM Insight 2014 is 2 Weeks Away -- Add These Sessions To Your Schedule
Wed, Dec 31st 1969 7:33p   Luis Benitez
IBM Insight is now two weeks away. I'll have the opportunity to go this year and update the audience on IBM Connections and what we are doing there when it comes to the combination of content management + team collaboration. This year, I'll be co-presenting with my colleague, Firas Yasin, one of our social business advocates and an expert when it comes to adoption, business value and content management. Our session is on Monday right after the keynote at Lagoon J. Last night,
5
Google Hangout Replay: A Social Business, Cloud, Mobile and IBM Connections Conversation
Wed, Dec 31st 1969 7:33p   Luis Benitez
Last week I had the opportunity to try out Google Hangout On Air. It's been something that I've wanted to try for a while and with the latest cloud release of IBM Connections last week, it would be a good time to try it out. Joining me is Luis Suarez (no, not the guy who bites), an independent social business advisor and Simon Vaughan, an IBM Champion and one of the organizers of Social Connections, the IBM Connections User Group. The whole thing was very informal, and again, it's some
2
5 Can't Miss Features of IBM Connections
Wed, Dec 31st 1969 7:33p   Luis Benitez
About two weeks ago, I was asked to present to a group of internal IBMers tips and tricks to get the most out of IBM Connections, our social collaboration platform. I actually reached out to my internal network and asked for suggestions on a good topic. Quickly, I realized that everyone had their own favorite feature or aspect of the product. That got me thinking that maybe it's worth me putting together a quick presentation that shows people how I get the most out of the product to impr
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Social Connections VII Is Coming -- Check Out The Agenda and Register Now
Wed, Dec 31st 1969 7:33p   Luis Benitez
Re-sharing the news from Brian O'Neill, IBM Champion and IBM Connections user. Social Connections, the IBM Connections user group, will have their 7th event this November 13th-14th in beautiful Stockholm, Sweden. 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! In fact, earlier this year, I had the opportunity to attend the conf
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New Release of IBM Connections Social Cloud Is Here
Wed, Dec 31st 1969 7:33p   Luis Benitez
Here's one way to start the week on a high note. Over the weekend, we enabled the latest features for our Q3 (or fall release) of IBM Connections Social Cloud, which, as you can tell off the bat, features a new name and tons of goodies. Mitch and Chris had already shared the news about the new name, which we made public back in January of this year at IBM Connect 2014. You may have already seen the blog from last week from Rebecca Buisan which previewed some of the things that we turned on
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Up and Running with IBM Connections Now Available on Lynda.com
Wed, Dec 31st 1969 7:33p   Luis Benitez
I'm on my way to San Francisco, but I couldn't wait to share some fantastic news. For some time now there have been some hints of new things coming to Lynda. As you may have seen from teases in the past few weeks, today I'm happy to share that there's a new course available: Up and Running with IBM Connections by Bruce Elgort. Bruce and I collaborated on this, well, he actually did all the work, I just gave him a server to record on. For those of you who haven't heard about
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More IBM Connections Social Features Now Available Inside Microsoft Office
Wed, Dec 31st 1969 7:33p   Luis Benitez
As you may know, we are now releasing new updates to the desktop plug-ins on a monthly basis. This month's release brings some cool new features to those of you working with Microsoft Office Desktop apps (even if you use the desktop apps with Office 365). For some time now, we've had integration into Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook) via the ribbon. Today, we've added new functionality to the ribbon. With the new features, you can now do the following directly
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Gartner Recognizes IBM Connections as a Leader in the 2014 Magic Quadrant for Social Software in the Workplace
Wed, Dec 31st 1969 7:33p   Luis Benitez
Put it in the books! For the 6th year in a row, Gartner has placed IBM Connections as a Leader in their recently released 2014 Magic Quadrant for Social Software in the Workplace. This year, I had the opportunity to engage in the entire process from beginning to end. The whole process started back in May of this year. There's a lot of things that happen during the evaluation process such as coordinating customer references, filling out feature surveys, showing the solution and more.
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Brand Image and Security Concerns ? All the More Reason to Become a Social Business
Wed, Dec 31st 1969 7:33p   Luis Benitez
To get the full benefit of social business, you must inject it into your key business processes for stronger customer engagement and workforce collaboration. But many enterprises are afraid to fully embrace social business, with 30 percent of them citing security concerns and perceived risk as major adoption barriers, according to IBM's 2014 Business Tech Trends report. But these fearful enterprises need to realize the true nature of social business. At its core, social business is a gra
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IBM Connections Cited as a Leader in the Ovum Enterprise File Sharing & Sync Decision Matrix
Wed, Dec 31st 1969 7:33p   Luis Benitez
Today, IBM was among the vendors that were cited as a Leader in Ovum's Decision Matrix: Selecting an Enterprise File Sync and Share Product, 2014-2015. This report was based on IBM Connections, both the cloud and on-premises version. W00t !? IBM Connections is IBM's premier cloud-based online ?collaboration platform (or enterprise social network). For some time now, I worked with my peers on this report ?showing Ovum the capabilities that we have today. Needless to say, I'm extremely exci
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IBM Connections in Cloud Now Features Real-Time Audio and Video Chat
Wed, Dec 31st 1969 7:33p   Luis Benitez
Today, when you log in to IBM Connections in the cloud you should notice a nice little surprise: you can now engage with your peers via audio and/or video chat. While you've always been able to instant message with your colleagues within IBM Connections, sometimes typing is just not fast enough. And with communication being roughly 70% non-verbal, video becomes an excellent capability to get business done... NOW! Now, you can go from a post in IBM Connection and escalate to a voice call or
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Rethinking Your Social Strategy to Act Like a Pacesetter
Wed, Dec 31st 1969 7:33p   Luis Benitez
Last week I told you about the amazing results that Pacesetters are seeing from deploying social business solutions, according to IBM's 2014 Business Tech Trends report. This week I'm going to tell you what your enterprise can do to catch up in social based on those Pacesetters? key practices. The Business Tech Trends report found that Pacesetters are using analytics as their fuel and integration as their breakaway move. So, what does this mean for social? To compete like a Paceset
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Social Business More than Doubles Since 2012 - Pacesetters Are Seeing the Biggest Wins
Wed, Dec 31st 1969 7:33p   Luis Benitez
IBM's Center for Applied Insights has just released their 2014 Business Tech Trends report, which surveyed over 1,400 decision makers across 15 industries around the world to find out how businesses are deploying key technologies. The study found that social business is now being deployed by 70 percent of enterprises! That is more than double the number of enterprises (34 percent) that were deploying social business solutions in 2012. Pacesetter enterprises, which regard big data and analyti
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Continental AG Goes Full Out with IBM Connections To Get Things Done Faster
Wed, Dec 31st 1969 7:33p   Luis Benitez
Last week, I ran into this video posted by Continental AG, a company of 170,000 people, which talks about their business networking event for their 450 social business ambassadors. Continental spoke at IBM Connect 2014 about their usage of IBM Connections. Continental brought the participants from 37 different countries to Hamburg Germany to start the conversation around how to improve the culture of communication and how to give employees a helping hand. To do this, Continental chose




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