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I'm going to Social Connections VI - The IBM Connections User Group
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Gartner Recognizes IBM Connections as a Leader in the 2014 Magic Quadrant for Social Software in the Workplace
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IBM ConnectED 2015 Keynote Recap - the IBM Connections Demo
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From IBM ConnectED 2015 - What's New in IBM Connections
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IDC MarketScapes Name IBM a Worldwide and European Leader for Enterprise Social Networks
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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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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
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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
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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
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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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IBM Connections Cited as a Leader in the Ovum Enterprise File Sharing & Sync Decision Matrix
Wed, Sep 3rd 2014 7:12a   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 extremel
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IBM Connections in Cloud Now Features Real-Time Audio and Video Chat
Tue, Aug 26th 2014 8:12a   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
Mon, Aug 25th 2014 1:12p   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 Paces
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Social Business More than Doubles Since 2012 - Pacesetters Are Seeing the Biggest Wins
Thu, Aug 21st 2014 12:12p   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, Aug 20th 2014 6:13a   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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Mobile Comparison of IBM Connections & Yammer
Tue, Aug 19th 2014 6:16a   Luis Benitez
I typically get questions about how collaboration platforms compare, especially in a post-PC, mobile first era. The term was made popular by Steve Jobs in 2007 (though first coined at MIT), and 3 months ago Microsoft CEO said the company had entered the post-PC era. So mobile.. a critical capability. Can't be without it. It's essential. So here we are in 2014 -- a post-PC / Mobile First era, so let's take a look at comparing the mobile collaboration capabilities provided by IBM, with th
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The United Nations Comes Together with IBM Connections
Mon, Aug 18th 2014 6:12a   Luis Benitez
Today I wanted to share this video which has an amazing story on how the United Nations uses collaboration and social business technologies together and apply them to solve world problems with IBM Connections. Salem Avan, Chief of Knowledge Management, shares how the UN charter of 1945 establishes how they are responsible for saving succeeding generations from the scourge of war. To do that, he says, it was required to take a collective approach. So, in 2009, they started take advantage
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TemboSocial Plugs Into IBM Connections and Takes Ideation To The Next Level
Thu, Aug 14th 2014 6:13a   Luis Benitez
By now, I'm sure that you are aware of TemboSocial. They have been adding value to IBM Connections, the market leading enterprise social collaboration platform, and it's some great work and I've talked about them in the past. The first add-on they created was a bit over 2 years ago when they first introduced The Hive for IBM Connections, a social recognition module. Last year, they further integrated with the IBM Connections platform by taking advantage of new integration points and ext
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The IBM Connections 5.0 Reviewer's Guide is Now Available in the iBook Store
Mon, Aug 4th 2014 6:13a   Luis Benitez
By now you are probably aware that the IBM Connections 5.0 Reviewer's Guide is available as shared by one of my teammates in the product management team, Albert Nichols. For a while now, I've been wondering how we can make this more widely available and perhaps add even more value to this great asset. Earlier in the year (if I remember correctly), I had heard that Apple had made iBooks Author a free app and decided to take that for a spin and see what I could do with it. And given the rece
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Announcing the latest IBM Connections Mail Plug-In
Fri, Jul 25th 2014 6:13a   Luis Benitez
Today, IBM Connections Mail gets an update. If you don't know what IBM Connections Mail, let's catch you up. IBM Connections Mail provides a simple and compelling way to perform essential email and calendaring tasks right from IBM Connections. This is particularly useful as you can process your inbox with minimal context switching. According to McKinsey, when users switch from one task to another, it really affects productivity. Therefore, by keeping context switching to a minimum, you
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Social Connections: My Take on Making Social Business Critical [Video]
Thu, Jul 17th 2014 6:12a   Luis Benitez
Last month, I attended the IBM Connections User Group meeting in Prague. Speaking of which, if you missed it, then don't worry! Social Connections VII has been announced and it's happening in November 13-14 in Stockholm. Registration remains free so go and register now. Hey, you can probably even combine it with a weekend ski trip. Now back to Prague. While I was there, I met with the local team to discuss social business and my recommendations on how to make social business critica
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Jabborate Brings Jabber and WebEx into IBM Connections
Tue, Jul 15th 2014 6:12a   Luis Benitez
This is one of those cases were timing couldn't have been better. Just a few days ago someone was asking me about the possibility to integrate Cisco's Jabber and WebEx with the market leading social collaboration platform IBM Connections. Anyway, then as I was catching up with my feeds I ran into a new presentation from Jabborate. Don't you just love it when knowledge comes to you instead of you having to go out and search for it? So here's the deal. There are 3 types of integration
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Press Coverage on the IBM Connections 5.0 Release
Mon, Jul 14th 2014 8:11a   Luis Benitez
If you've been out for a while, it's time to catch up. First, take a look at our new Social page at IBM.com: http://ibm.com/social . It got a makeover last week to find the right solution based on your needs Additionally, I've been collecting news clippings about the stories and coverage so far on the IBM Connections 5.0 release. I haven't captured everything but here's some highlights for you to check out. Maybe there's some that you haven't seen so you can use these to share
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IBM Connections is Now Available in the IBM Cloud marketplace
Wed, Jul 2nd 2014 7:11a   Luis Benitez
As just communicated in the press release a few minutes ago, IBM Connections is now available in the IBM Cloud marketplace. Here's the direct link in case you want to check it out. The press release sums up the latest release of IBM Connections which is now available for download (in case you want to run it on premises) or in the cloud. One of the highlights that we want to call out is the continued growth that we see in our ecosystem. For example, using our latest APIs and SDK, ISVs (in
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IBM Ranked as Leader in the 2014 Aragon Research Globe for Enterprise Social Software
Tue, Jul 1st 2014 6:12a   Luis Benitez
And the great news keep piling up on the heels of the IBM Connections 5.0 rollout. The latest to hit the wire is that IBM Connections has been ranked as a Leader in the Aragon Research Globe for Enterprise Social Software. This is in addition to the Forrester Wave report where IBM came out as a leader in the Enterprise Social Software Wave a couple of weeks back and the news that IBM Connections continues to be the market leader in enterprise social software ! According to their announce
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IBM Connections 5.0 Is Ready for Download
Thu, Jun 26th 2014 6:11a   Luis Benitez
I just got confirmation that IBM Connections 5.0 is now ready for download ! This has been quite an exciting quarter as we've been building up to this day ever since I published the trailer back in April. When I initially joined the product management team we were just launching IBM Connections 3.0.1. I was then managing another component of the platform. As time went by, I started to influence more of the platform and with this release, it was the first time that I was completely invol
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Download the New IBM Connections 5.0 Desktop Plugins
Fri, Jun 20th 2014 11:11a   Luis Benitez
The new IBM Connections Desktop plug-ins for Microsoft Windows have just been released to our app catalog. 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
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A Little About IBM Connections 5.0 and File Sync
Wed, Jun 18th 2014 6:17a   Luis Benitez
Now that we have 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. IBM Connection
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Announcing IBM Connections 5.0
Tue, Jun 17th 2014 6:11a   Luis Benitez
I'm in Prague today enjoying the Social Connections VI event meeting and talking and learning from the IBM Connections User Group. The timing couldn't have been better for this event. That's because today we are announcing IBM Connections 5.0 and that's just a week after IBM Connections came out as a leader in the latest Forrester Wave. The announcement letter has been posted here if you want to take a look. Basically, it says that the software will be available for download on June 26t
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IBM Cited as Leader in the Enterprise Social Platform Wave Report
Mon, Jun 9th 2014 7:15a   Luis Benitez
As we continue our march towards the release of IBM Connections Next, there are some amazing news I would like to share according to the most recent blog entry from one of my peers in product management, Suzanne Livingston. There you'll see IBM was compared against 13 other vendors. Suzanne and I worked very closely with Forrester throughout this process and needless to say, we are extremely excited with the results. This is another perfect case where timing couldn't have been better
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From Adoption to Adaptation, from Enablement into Engagement - The Upcoming Luis Suarez Masterclass
Wed, Jun 4th 2014 6:14a   Luis Benitez
There are just 12 more days left for the 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. 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. There's one more item that I want to
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IBM Connections in the Cloud and Mobile Apps Have Been Updated
Mon, May 19th 2014 6:12a   Luis Benitez
This was an extremely busy for us for sure. On Friday, my colleague, Baan Slavens announced the latest release of the IBM Connections Mobile app. And a few hours later our multi-tenant deployment of IBM Connections in the cloud was updated as well with the latest and greatest code. The timing couldn't have been better! And speaking of timing, we are just 2 days away from the May 21st webcast where we will be unveiling IBM Connections Next. If you haven't registered yet, go ahead and regi
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Embarking in a Social Business Transformation? Check Out These Storyboards to Drive a Culture Shift
Wed, May 14th 2014 7:12a   Luis Benitez
We are now less than a week away for our May 21st event to unveil IBM Connections Next. If you haven't registered yet, go ahead and register now and spread the word to your friends, family, neighbors, customers, partners, etc. One aspect to keep in mind is that as you embark on your social business transformation, you are ready to drive a transformation shift in your enterprise. After all, it's people who create value for your business, and without them, you won't be able to reap all the b
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Give Us Your Toughest Social Business Questions for Pardon the Interruption
Tue, May 13th 2014 6:12a   Luis Benitez
This quarter is proving to be a busy one. First, we are about to unveil IBM Connections Next in a little over a week. If you haven't yet, take 2 minutes to go ahead and register for the May 21st event so that you can get all the details around IBM Connections Next. Then on May 22nd, join us on the Live Q&A to answer your product questions around IBM Connections Next. And if that's not enough, in June I'm going to be going to Prague for the IBM Connections User Group meeting. As pa
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Have Questions About IBM Connections Next? Join the Live Q&A on May 22nd
Mon, May 12th 2014 6:12a   Luis Benitez
We are just 9 days away from the big unveil of IBM Connections Next. On May 21st, we are going to be host a virtual event to showcase the latest evolution of IBM Connections, the enterprise social network. Maybe, you've already watched the teaser by now? Anyway, if you haven't registered yet, register now! And if you are a customer already using Connections in our cloud, you will get to see it this weekend. At the May 21st event, you'll hear from various speakers such as Steve Mullen
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Tell Me: How Do You Use Online Files Today ?
Thu, May 8th 2014 6:15a   Luis Benitez
One of the best parts of my job is to work directly with end users to understand how they use our products (or in some cases, those of our competitors). Sometimes, however, this just doesn't scale and in order to understand usage patterns we conduct surveys to reach a wider audience. And since I know a lot of you love to give us feedback, this is your opportunity! As you may know, I'm currently the Product Manager for Files within IBM Connections, IBM's social collaboration platform. Wi
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New Release of IBM Connections in the Cloud Coming Next Week
Wed, May 7th 2014 6:11a   Luis Benitez
Next week we are going to be upgrading our cloud deployment of IBM Connections. Many of these updates will be rolled into our on-premises IBM Connections Next release later this quarter. Speaking of which.... on May 21st, we are hosting a virtual event to do the official unveiling of IBM Connections Next. Therefore, you should go and register today and invite your family, friends, neighbors and all! So what's new in this quarter's release of IBM Connections in the cloud? I've cre
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Developers: Learn About Adding Social Features to Existing Apps with the IBM Connections SDK
Fri, Apr 25th 2014 6:12a   Luis Benitez
IBM yesterday announced that Polaris Financial Technology has selected IBM Connections to provide employees with a top notch digital experience to improve workforce productivity and accelerate business growth. By adopting IBM’s leading enterprise social collaboration platform, Polaris FT is transforming how its 12,500 employees connect, communicate and collaborate to drive greater workforce productivity. Instead of relying solely on email to drive essential business tasks and project coord
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Enterprise Social Software Market Hits $1B, IBM Leads for 5th Consecutive Year
Thu, Apr 24th 2014 7:11a   Luis Benitez
Hot off the press! 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. The press release quotes IDC's Vanessa Thompson: Customers are increasingly assuming that all applications must be social. IBM's f
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The Agenda for the IBM Connections User Group Meeting Has Been Announced
Wed, Apr 23rd 2014 6:13a   Luis Benitez
As I announced back in March, I'm going to Social Connections VI - the IBM Connections User Group. Last week, the organizers announced the agenda and I'm extremely honored to be part of the keynote. As you can see from the agenda, I want to deep dive on IBM Connections "Next" and not just what it is, but why we built it and why you need to get it now. As I mentioned earlier this week, on May 21st we'll be hosting a 1 hour webcast to unveil IBM Connections "Next" and if you ha
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Mark your calendars: Introducing IBM Connections Next !
Tue, Apr 22nd 2014 6:12a   Luis Benitez
In less than a month, IBM will be introducing the newest, latest, and greatest release of IBM Connections. Some of the latest capabilities were shown during the keynote demo at IBM Connect 2014. Now, it's time to unveil everything that we've been working on for the past year or so and bring it to you. The official unveiling will happen on May 21st so mark your calendars ! As we've done in other years, we'll host a virtual web conference and walk you through the new business challenge
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Get 5 minute tips on IBM Connections -- every day!
Mon, Apr 21st 2014 6:12a   Luis Benitez
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. Jim Claussen, a colleague of mine in IBM, has decided to take it upon himself and created the
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As Seen in the Masters: Social Business is about Productivity, Innovation and Influence
Mon, Apr 14th 2014 7:11a   Luis Benitez
Over the weekend, IBM had a run of ads in print media and on TV with many different spots going throughout the Masters. The spots were around IBM's 4 big areas: Social, Cloud, Mobile, and Big Data. It was fun to hear from my friends and family who had seen the spots and mentioned how it was really hard to miss the IBM spots. The spots highlight customers and scenarios that are being Made with IBM. If you are not a golfer and want to watch the entire series, check out the IBM channel o
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How To Build a Hello World App for IBM Connections
Wed, Apr 9th 2014 6:12a   Luis Benitez
Work is quickly ramping up as the product management team is working on the go to market activities for IBM Connections "Next". For example, yesterday I was working on updating the current IBM Connections Reviewer's Guide with information about the new release. I also submitted two abstracts for the upcoming Social Connections VI user group meeting, which I hope get selected, but more on that later! In case you don't know by now, my background is in app development and I wanted to take a
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Introducing File Sync for Mobile and More in IBM Connections 4.5 CR4
Tue, Apr 1st 2014 6:12a   Luis Benitez
A couple of hours ago, IBM Connections 4.5 CR4 was made available. This new cumulative release introduces various new features, two of which specifically for mobile that I would like to focus on. It's worth noting that these features are already available to our cloud customers so we are just wrapping these up and giving them to our on prem customers. First, push notifications alert you when you have a new to-do (as seen below in the image), when someone asks to join one of your communit
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LikeMyIdea Demonstrates Idea Management with IBM Connections
Mon, Mar 31st 2014 7:13a   Luis Benitez
It's the last day of the first quarter and it's time to wrap up. I've been heads down working on various go to market activities for IBM Connections Next and even starting to think about what I'll say at the Social Connections VI User Group meeting in a couple of months (you ARE going, right??). Idea management continues to be a hot topic. You may already be familiar with some partners who have extended the ideation capabilities in IBM Connections (hint: I've talked about them before i
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Tip: How To Share Links Using The IBM Connections Mobile App
Tue, Mar 11th 2014 6:12a   Luis Benitez
Various users have reached out to me asking how they can share links / pages as they surf the web from their mobile device with their network in IBM Connections. The trick is to use what's called bookmarklets. Follow these instructions to add the two bookmark lets to your browser and then you'll be able to quickly share links from your mobile browser to the IBM Connections Mobile app. I've written these instructions for Safari on iPad so these might vary based on your browser and/or mobile
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Communardo Further Integrates Confluence with IBM Connections
Thu, Mar 6th 2014 5:12a   Luis Benitez
I've talked about integration of IBM Connections with Confluence in the past. Communardo has created 3 new integration points to bring together IBM Connections and Atlassian's Confluence. These integration points are important for organizations that may be using both products and want to provide more synergy between them. This is yet another example of IBM Connections as a social layer, where you can embed Connections into other business apps allowing you to bring social to the end users. T
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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)
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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,
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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
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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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