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Luis Benitez
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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. [read] Keywords: connections ibm application

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 [read] Keywords: collaboration connections ibm lotus community enterprise firefox mac mobile twitter

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 [read] Keywords: connections ibm lotus community desktop laptop mac microsoft mobile office outlook server twitter

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 [read] Keywords: collaboration connections ibm desktop email enterprise integration interface mobile twitter

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 [read] Keywords: connections ibm notes apple mobile security taking notes

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 [read] Keywords: connections ibm ldd lotus sharepoint

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 [read] Keywords: collaboration connections ibm rich text enterprise


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) [read] Keywords: agent connections ibm enterprise facebook google integration linkedin network twitter

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, [read] Keywords: collaboration connections ibm enterprise mobile twitter

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 [read] Keywords: connections ibm google mobile twitter

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 [read] Keywords: collaboration connections ibm integration network

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 [read] Keywords: connections ibm blogger community facebook gadget twitter

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 [read] Keywords: connections ibm desktop twitter

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 [read] Keywords: connections ibm server

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 [read] Keywords: connections ibm lotus desktop integration microsoft office outlook

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. [read] Keywords: collaboration connections ibm apple enterprise mobile social software

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 [read] Keywords: collaboration connections ibm policies enterprise security

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 [read] Keywords: collaboration connections ibm enterprise network wiki

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 [read] Keywords: connections ibm instant message twitter

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 [read] Keywords: ibm community enterprise integration mobile

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 [read] Keywords: collaboration ibm development mobile twitter

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 [read] Keywords: connections ibm networking

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 [read] Keywords: collaboration connections ibm apple enterprise microsoft mobile office sharepoint twitter wiki

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 [read] Keywords: collaboration connections ibm email

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 [read] Keywords: collaboration connections ibm enterprise integration mobile

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 [read] Keywords: connections ibm notes apple email integration microsoft mobile outlook sharepoint

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 [read] Keywords: calendaring connections domino ibm lotus email exchange exchange microsoft outlook

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 [read] Keywords: collaboration connections ibm lotus

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 [read] Keywords: collaboration connections ibm exchange exchange instant messaging integration microsoft

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 [read] Keywords: collaboration connections ibm enterprise microsoft networking social software

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 [read] Keywords: collaboration connections ibm ldd lotus linkedin security social software

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 [read] Keywords: collaboration connections ibm lotus enterprise social software

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 [read] Keywords: connections ibm ldd lotus apple desktop enterprise google mobile sharepoint

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 [read] Keywords: connections ibm lotus community desktop microsoft server

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 [read] Keywords: collaboration connections ibm lotus desktop enterprise iphone mobile twitter

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 [read] Keywords: connections ibm enterprise

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 [read] Keywords: connections ibm enterprise twitter

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 [read] Keywords: connections ibm email

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 [read] Keywords: connections ibm lotus apple google mobile twitter

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 [read] Keywords: connections ibm enterprise podcast twitter

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 [read] Keywords: connections ibm linkedin twitter

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 [read] Keywords: connections ibm enterprise network office social software twitter

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 [read] Keywords: collaboration connections ibm

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 [read] Keywords: connections ibm lotus

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 [read] Keywords: collaboration connections ibm application applications email enterprise mobile networking

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 [read] Keywords: collaboration connections ibm application applications enterprise integration networking social software twitter

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 [read] Keywords: connections ibm

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 [read] Keywords: connections ibm mobile

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 [read] Keywords: collaboration connections ibm apple community email enterprise mobile podcast twitter

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 [read] Keywords: collaboration connections ibm enterprise mobile

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 [read] Keywords: collaboration connections ibm lotus sametime development eclipse interface iphone profile twitter

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 [read] Keywords: connections ibm ldd lotus iphone mobile network server wifi

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 [read] Keywords: connections ibm lotus

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 [read] Keywords: connections ibm lotus apple bookmarklet google javascript mobile network wiki

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 [read] Keywords: connections ibm integration interface profile

Socialite Integrates Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter feeds in IBM Connections
Wed, Mar 5th 2014 5:16a   Luis Benitez
As we get ready for an upcoming product launch, I wanted to take the opportunity to share about a new add-on available for IBM Connections. As part of the product launch, and I'm sure you do this too, I'm monitoring various social channels -- for example, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and my enterprise social network, IBM Connections. The new Socialite for IBM Connections is designed to integrate public social networking right into the IBM Connections interface. This means that from right [read] Keywords: connections ibm enterprise facebook integration interface linkedin network networking twitter

I'm going to Social Connections VI - The IBM Connections User Group
Tue, Mar 4th 2014 5:14a   Luis Benitez
I'm now back from my 2 week vacation and it's March !! I can't believe it! I'm still working on follow up items from IBM Connect 2014 -- believe it or not. As you may have seen, I'm going to be participating at this year's Social Connections - the IBM Connections User group. If you are an IBM Connections user, you need to participate in this year's event. This will be the 6th user gathering in 2.5 years and this event will be taking place in Prague. This will be my first time in [read] Keywords: collaboration connections ibm lotus applications blogger consulting development email enterprise google interface mobile network networking twitter

Let's recap IBM Connections at IBM Connect 2014
Fri, Feb 14th 2014 6:11a   Luis Benitez
Things are finally settling down 2 weeks after the "amaze-balls" IBM Connect 2014: I think @jaybaer summed up MailNext perfectly in one word: #amazeballs #IBMConnect pic.twitter.com/4aEDD0hg7a— Paige Sandhu (@paige_sandhu) January 27, 2014 So what I wanted to do now was take a break and recap what we said and showed about IBM Connections during the conference. The Keynote The keynote demo was mostly built on the November 2013 release of IBM Connections. Therefore, you go [read] Keywords: collaboration connections ibm lotus sametime apple community desktop email mobile twitter widgets

Announcing IBM Connections 4.5 IFR2: Advanced content editing for all!
Tue, Feb 11th 2014 5:12a   Luis Benitez
Now that you know how the IBM Connect 2014 OGS demo was built, let's get into the nitty gritty and recap the announcements that were made. Shortly after the keynote, I had the opportunity to deep dive into the roadmap for IBM Connections together with our lead architect. So what did we talk about ? Well, it turns out that a big item that we talked about was today's announcement. Today, we are announcing our first delivery for 2014: IBM Connections 4.5 IFR2. This release provide [read] Keywords: connections domino ibm rich text enterprise microsoft websphere websphere portal

The Code Behind My IBM Connect 2014 Keynote Demo - Part 4
Mon, Feb 10th 2014 9:12a   Luis Benitez
And here we come. The 4th and final post on the code that I used during the IBM Connect 2014 keynote (the OGS!). If you need to catch up, here's Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3. The next part of code that we created for the keynote demo was the file viewer. It's worth noting that we first did this file viewer to render IBM SmartCloud Connections files inside our portal. In the end, we ended showing this directly in the community landing page (which is one of the new features we announced -- the [read] Keywords: connections ibm lotus ajax community css dojo javascript

The Code Behind My IBM Connect 2014 Keynote Demo - Part 3
Fri, Feb 7th 2014 5:12a   Luis Benitez
Alright, let's move on to the next piece shown at the OGS. If you want to know what this is, I would suggest you catch up with Part 1 and Part 2. The next part I got ready for the keynote was people search. But I wanted to move away from the typical search results list. I wanted something more visual and easier to digest. I wanted results to be more visual, maybe like a slideshow of people cards that I could flip through. After doing a bit of searching, I landed on another jQuery plugin, [read] Keywords: connections ibm ldd lotus css development javascript twitter

The Code Behind My IBM Connect 2014 Keynote Demo - Part 2
Thu, Feb 6th 2014 5:11a   Luis Benitez
Yesterday, I shared the initial piece of code that I got working in getting ready for the IBM Connect 2014 keynote demo. If you haven't seen that, take a look at that before going through this post. As I explained yesterday, I wanted to get a Pinterest-like layout for the activity stream within the portal, and that's what I showed yesterday. I then wanted to take that example and also add that to the landing page of a community. That way, as a community manager I can not only see the latest [read] Keywords: connections ibm ldd lotus community css javascript profile

The Code Behind My IBM Connect 2014 Keynote Demo
Wed, Feb 5th 2014 5:12a   Luis Benitez
This is probably going to be part 1 of a series. Now that IBM Connect 2014 is done, I wanted to recap and share with the community in more detail what I showed at the keynote (a.k.a OGS/Opening General Session). First, I assume that you've seen the keynote by now. If you haven't, here's the full session. If you skip to about 1:12:00 that's where my part begins. I divided my demo into 3 parts: IBM Mail Next ( check out what Twitter had to say) New features in IBM Connections Custo [read] Keywords: connections ibm ldd lotus apple community css javascript twitter

Kaltura Shows Off Their Video Extension for IBM Connections
Tue, Feb 4th 2014 5:11a   Luis Benitez
IBM Connect 2014 is now done and there's a lot for me to catch up with. My plan is that in the next few days I'll be sharing some of the code that I used during the keynote (Opening General Session). The code was all going against the IBM Connections APIs so you can start using it today against your current system. Before going there, however, I wanted to share a bit about Kaltura's video extension for IBM Connections. In their blog last week, Kaltura announced their new video extension [read] Keywords: connections ibm ldd lotus applications

TimeToAct Releases Their Newest Content Management Solution for IBM Connections
Mon, Feb 3rd 2014 8:11a   Luis Benitez
To get the most out of a social software application it should be seamlessly integrated in the work environment of users. IBM Connections is strongly going into this direction with its mail and calendar integration. TimeToAct takes this trend further with their new solution out of their IBM Connections lab: Web CMS Extension for IBM Connections. The Web CMS Extension for IBM Connections provides a seamless integration of different content into your IBM Connections platform. Through the built [read] Keywords: connections ibm application applications google integration social software widget widgets

Building towards the IBM Connect 2014 OGS
Wed, Jan 29th 2014 1:11p   Luis Benitez
As IBM Connect 2014 continues, I just got my hands on this video which shows how the production team came in and built the stage and got everything ready for the IBM Connect 2014 Opening General Session. Think of this as a behind the scenes look on how everything comes together for the show. If you are here, I am curious to know... What has been your favorite thing so far ?? Check out the credits at the end. My favorite is the Costume Designer . Posted with Blogsy [read] Keywords: ibm

IBM Connect 2014 Opening General Session Live Stream is Here
Mon, Jan 27th 2014 5:11a   Luis Benitez
This year I have the opportunity to demo again in the IBM Connect 2014 Keynote (aka. OGS , aka Opening General Session). I'll have the opportunity to show the latest for IBM Connections, meetings, mail, and more. If you are already here, I'll see you in 2 hours. If you are not here, then you can watch the live stream here. It starts at 8am ET (GMT-5). After the keynote, I'll be doing the What's New In IBM Connections in 2014 at 1pm and at 3:45pm where I'll go into more details on [read] Keywords: collaboration connections ibm

ISW Takes IBM Connections Activities to the Next Level
Wed, Jan 22nd 2014 6:11a   Luis Benitez
The countdown to IBM Connect 2014 is almost over -- just 3 more days! I'm at the airport now just about to board my plane to Orlando. Before I do, I wanted to share the latest announcement from ISW: Kudos Boards. Kudos Boards provide a brand new experience to interact with IBM Connections Activities. If you are an active user of Activities you'll definitely want to check this out as it gives you another way to manage and organize your projects. The new experience makes it easier to manag [read] Keywords: collaboration connections ibm interface mobile

Softissimo Shows their Translation Solution for IBM Connections
Tue, Jan 21st 2014 5:11a   Luis Benitez
As we continue the countdown towards IBM Connect 2014 (if you are counting, we are now 5 days away!) , I wanted to share the latest plug-in for IBM Connections. This one would be extremely valuable for worldwide organizations. Today, IBM Connections is translated into 25 languages. This removes the barrier to collaboration as the interface is automatically translated into my preferred language. That's great that I can access the interface in Spanish, for example, but what happens when one [read] Keywords: collaboration connections ibm ldd lotus interface

IBM Connect is almost here which means... roadmaps!
Mon, Jan 20th 2014 5:11a   Luis Benitez
We are now 6 days away from IBM Connect 2014 which means it's time for roadmaps ! Simon Vaughan is one of the IBM Champions and one of the leaders of the IBM Connections Users community, where all IBM Connections feature requests go. He recently did some analysis on the ideas and votes that have been submitted. Here's a summary of what he captured and sent my way: 539 ideas have been submitted since March 30th 2011 243 ideas were submitted in 2013 108 total ideas have been grad [read] Keywords: collaboration connections ibm lotus community twitter

How to Interact with IBM Connections Files in iPad and Mac apps
Thu, Jan 16th 2014 5:11a   Luis Benitez
This is it! IBM Connect 2014 is now 10 days away and the news just keep coming in. If you haven't registered yet, what are you waiting for? Do it now! Are you a mobile user that always needs access to your files ? Perhaps you are already using apps such as Goodreader, Notability, Pages, etc and now you want to interact with IBM Connections files directly from those apps? File Jockey is your answer. This new integration adds some "magic" to IBM Connections (don't' worry, I'll spare yo [read] Keywords: collaboration connections ibm apple desktop integration mac mobile

Synthesio Shows Social Media Monitoring Integrated with IBM Connections
Wed, Jan 15th 2014 5:11a   Luis Benitez
IBM Connect 2014 is now 11 days away and the announcements keep pouring in! Today, I wanted to share a demo video from Synthesio, a social media monitoring and analytics company. In their blog last week, Synthesio announced their integration with IBM Connections, IBM's social collaboration platform. With this integration, IBM Connections users: have access to actionable social media data in real-time and the power to act on it. can leverage social media data directly from their existing Con [read] Keywords: collaboration connections ibm development facebook integration twitter

OpenQ Announces SafeGuard for IBM Connections - Risk Management for Social Business
Wed, Jan 8th 2014 5:11a   Luis Benitez
With IBM Connect 2014 less than 3 weeks away, we are getting to the time where we start seeing many announcements coming out from IBM and its partners. Today, I wanted to share the announcement that OpenQ made a few days ago. OpenQ now offers SafeGuard for IBM Connections, IBM's enterprise social network. The solution can analyze content, and archive/quarantine alongside with content coming from other social networks like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc. According to their announcement, [read] Keywords: collaboration connections ibm policies archiving archive enterprise facebook linkedin network twitter

Pardon the Interruption: Social Business - Submit Your Topics Today! #PTIsocialbiz
Tue, Jan 7th 2014 5:10a   Luis Benitez
We are just 3 weeks away from IBM Connect 2014. I've created a page here on my blog with some conference details that you may want to follow. Just like last year, this year I'll have the opportunity to share the roadmap for IBM Connections, IBM's social business platform.At the conference, I'll also be joining my colleagues Luis Suarez andLouis Richardson where the agenda is set by YOU.Our goal is to discuss 12-14 topics for 3 minutes each (1 minute for each one of us). To submit topics/idea [read] Keywords: collaboration connections ibm twitter

How To Use OAuth to Call IBM Connections Cloud APIs
Mon, Dec 16th 2013 9:12a   Luis Benitez
Last week, two good assets were published to the social web that explain how to build a new user interface on top of our cloud IBM Connections deployment using the APIs and OAuth. With IBM Connect 2014 just around the corner (6 more weeks!), that would be a great opportunity to showcase your work or your app integrated with our social platform. Looking for ideas on where to start? Here's a couple of thoughts. First, this presentation on SlideShare walks through building a customer suppor [read] Keywords: collaboration connections ibm ldd lotus applications interface

Reminder: IBM Connect 2014 Early Bird Discount Ends Tomorrow
Thu, Dec 12th 2013 8:11a   Luis Benitez
As I mentioned yesterday, tomorrow is the last day to take advantage of the Early Bird discount for IBM Connect 2014. If you are wondering about which sessions we'll be presenting, you can use the Session Preview tool and look at the 320+ sessions that are happening (including my 2 sessions which are already in your agenda, right?). Half of those are specifically related to social! Moreover, what you'll find is not only a great list of session topics and abstracts, but the best IBM, cu [read] Keywords: collaboration ibm

It's a Date - I'm going to IBM Connect 2014
Wed, Dec 11th 2013 7:11a   Luis Benitez
A couple of days ago, I got confirmation that I'm going to be going to IBM Connect 2014 ! We are about 6 weeks away to start IBM Connect 2014, the premier social business conference. Earlier this morning I completed the registration process and booked my hotel. My level of excitement is extremely high!!!! I can't wait to start 2014. At IBM Connect 2014, I'll be presenting two sessions: What's New and Coming in IBM Connections - I'll get the opportunity to present the roadmap for IB [read] Keywords: collaboration connections ibm

HootSuite Announces New Integration with IBM Connections
Thu, Dec 5th 2013 7:14a   Luis Benitez
HootSuite has just announced the private Beta integration with IBM Connections platform. This is an incredible combination of two leaders: HootSuite is the leading social media management system with nearly 7 million users. IBM Connections is the worldwide enterprise social software marketshare leader according to IDC for 4 years running. Needless to say, I'm excited to see our eco system continue to grow with market leaders such as HootSuite integrating with IBM's social platform. This [read] Keywords: collaboration connections ibm applications enterprise facebook integration linkedin profile social software twitter

IBM Connections Dekstop Plug-Ins v4.5.1 Now Available
Thu, Nov 21st 2013 5:17p   Luis Benitez
We just posted to the catalog the latest IBM Connections Desktop Plug-Ins 4.5.1. The IBM Connections Desktop Plug-ins Microsoft Windows is intended for Microsoft Windows, Office, and Outlook users and brings the power of social collaboration to the applications that end users work in. With IBM Connect 2014 just around the corner, I'm going to hold off talking about any roadmap items. Make sure that you register for IBM Connect today so that you can learn about all the great things that are [read] Keywords: collaboration connections ibm lotus applications desktop microsoft office outlook

Tip: How to Change the Default View of Community Events
Thu, Nov 14th 2013 10:20a   Luis Benitez
The other day I was asked how to change the default view of the Community Events app within IBM Connections. For example, instead of coming into the list view of events, you may want to come into the grid view. If that's the case, your admin can go in and make the following change to the widgets-config.xml file: [read] Keywords: admin connections ibm ldd lotus apple community widgets xml

IBM Connections Mobile Apps Updated -- Adds Support for CCM
Tue, Nov 5th 2013 12:13p   Luis Benitez
One of the long awaited updates for the mobile app is now here. We have just pushed the apps to the App Stores and you can now access the CCM (Connections Content Manager) libraries. This is huge as you can now review files on the go and Approve or Reject right from the mobile device. Now, no matter where you are, you are not a bottle neck and people don't have to wait until you are in your desktop to review files. Of course, all the social actions around the file (liking, tagging, commentin [read] Keywords: connections ibm lotus apple community desktop google mobile

IBM Connections November 2013 Release Available in the Cloud
Mon, Nov 4th 2013 1:10p   Luis Benitez
Over the weekend, we rolled out this quarter’s update to IBM Connections, IBM’s Enterprise Social Collaboration platform. this update comes just shy of 8 weeks since our last update which represented our biggest release ever. In this release, you’ll notice the following updates and new capabilities: New layout of the Homepage to consolidate information, make sharing easier, and help you focus on what’s important Updated recommendations based on social analytics to more quickly find a [read] Keywords: collaboration connections ibm community enterprise mobile

Announcing IBM Connections Suite 4.5.1 - Get it now!
Tue, Oct 22nd 2013 8:02a   Luis Benitez
Today, I'm happing to announce the latest release of the IBM Connections Suite, IBM's social collaboration platform. The IBM Connections Suite provides a single offering that organizations can deploy to build a powerful intranet, become more agile and create competitive business value. The latest update released today adds many more collaboration features to provide a top notch experience for users. For example, teammates can work together and align on business objectives in real time using in [read] Keywords: collaboration connections ibm ldd lotus instant messaging

Announcing the IBM FIle Viewer for IBM Connections
Thu, Oct 10th 2013 5:15p   Luis Benitez
Looking desperately for that important file? Don't want to download files unnecessarily just to see if it has the content that you need. Today, that problem is gone. We have just made available a high-fidelity file viewer for all IBM Connections customers. As you may know, this was already available to Connections customers in the cloud and IBM Docs customers on premises. Today, all IBM Connections customers have access to a high-fidelity filer viewer. The viewer allows you to see the entire c [read] Keywords: connections ibm lotus ods desktop microsoft office openoffice

A Key Social Business Benefit: Remove Barriers to Collaboration
Wed, Oct 2nd 2013 6:12a   Luis Benitez
By now, you are probably aware that we have updated our social collaboration cloud services and that the latest monthly release of the IBM Connections mobile apps have been posted to the app stores (click here for iOS and here for Android). The big feature this time around for IBM Connections is File Sync which started rolling out to users Monday and should be available to all cloud users by Friday of this week. As someone who works from home and travels a lot, I depend on my tablet. Wherever I [read] Keywords: collaboration connections ibm lotus sametime apple google mobile

How To Migrate from Quickr to IBM Connections Content Manager
Wed, Sep 25th 2013 12:12a   Luis Benitez
Earlier this year, we released IBM Connections 4.5. The big focus of IBM Connections 4.5 is the new Content Manager add-on which brings the power of content management and combines it with the power of the IBM Connections social platform. The add-on is part of the core IBM Connections installer so there's nothing else to install! Content Manager: Combines the ease of use of social tools with the power of a structured hierarchy. Includes document check-in and check-out, version control, appr [read] Keywords: connections domino ibm ldd lotus quickr networking wiki

Announcing IBM Connections 4.5 IFR1: Community Polls/Surveys for all!
Tue, Sep 24th 2013 6:12a   Luis Benitez
Today, I'm happy to announce the availability of IBM Connections 4.5 IFR1 . This new release adds Surveys and Polls for communities at no additional cost to our IBM Connections customers. This capability has been available for a while but it was only as an added cost add-on. In this release, this capability is now out of the box. With community polls and surveys, you can: Create and conduct surveys and polls among the members of an IBM Connections community Use the built-in survey designer [read] Keywords: connections ibm community interface mobile widgets

#P4SPChat Recap: How the Convergence of Social, Mobile and Cloud Has Energized Work
Fri, Sep 20th 2013 7:49a   Luis Benitez
In case you missed yesterday's Twitter chat on the impact of Social + Mobile + Cloud on work, we've created a recap which you can see below. It turns out that the chat was very meta, as I was participating in it from Miami airport, using, well, Social + Media + Cloud . Here's what we discussed: [View the story "#P4SPChat Recap: How the Convergence of Social, Mobile and Cloud Has Energized Work" on Storify] Has Social + Mobile + Cloud transformed the way you work ? [read] Keywords: mobile twitter

How To Customize the Branding of the IBM Connections Desktop Plug-in
Thu, Sep 19th 2013 9:12a   Luis Benitez
Hot off the presses! One of the most popular plug-ins for IBM Connections, IBM's Enterprise Social Network, is the Desktop plug-in for Microsoft Windows. This plug-in gives you quick access to all your files directly from Windows Explorer and Microsoft Office. To recap, the IBM Connections Desktop Plug-ins for Microsoft Windows provides the following features from Microsoft Windows Explorer: Upload local files to IBM Connections from Windows Explorer or from your desktop Share uploaded file [read] Keywords: connections ibm ldd lotus desktop enterprise integration microsoft network office wiki

Social + Mobile + Cloud Transform My Work
Wed, Sep 18th 2013 1:12p   Luis Benitez
Today, IBM held a virtual event to showcase the latest release of their Enterprise Social Network. The event kicked off with the following video which we made available late last night: Then, Erik Brynjolfsson, Director of the MIT Center for Digital Business and co-author with Andrew McAfee of Race Against the Machine, did a keynote with his take on how today's technologies are transforming the way we do work. In his keynote, he argued that it's not about inventing new technologies but inventi [read] Keywords: connections ibm enterprise mobile network twitter

IBM Positioned as a Leader in the 2013 Magic Quadrant for Social Software in the Workplace
Mon, Sep 16th 2013 6:12a   Luis Benitez
As we come close to our next big launch I have some great news to share. Analysts at Gartner have positioned IBM in the Leaders Quadrant of the 2013 Magic Quadrant for Social Software in the Workplace(*) -- for the 5th year in a row! IBM’s placement is based on its ability to execute and completeness of vision. As you know, earlier this week, IBM deployed the latest IBM Connections release to the cloud, continuing to build the core of the IBM Social Business Platform. This new report adds to t [read] Keywords: connections ibm social software

#P4SPChat: How the Convergence of Social, Mobile and Cloud Has Energized Life's Work
Fri, Sep 13th 2013 8:12a   Luis Benitez
Next week, I'm going to be participating in a tweet chat to talk about: How the Convergence of Social, Mobile and Cloud Has Energized Life's Work and I wanted to invite you all to participate as well. The tweet chat will take place next Thursday Sept 19th, 12p-1p Eastern Time. We will be using the hashtag: #P4SPChat. It will be the day just after our big launch with our General Manager, Alistair Rennie. Therefore, join the webinar on Wednesday and then we can use the tweet chat on Thursday [read] Keywords: ibm mobile twitter

Take Your IBM Connections Reports to the Next Level
Thu, Sep 12th 2013 8:11a   Luis Benitez
Yesterday, we made a video tutorial available to walk admins through the process of customizing the out of the box IBM Connections Reports. Out of the box, IBM Connections provides over 100 reports for admins and community managers to monitor adoption and figure out the content that's working so they can focus their energies in the right place. The data in these reports can be aggregated in several formats such as by date, by geography, by department, etc. Sometimes, there's data or dimensions [read] Keywords: connections ibm ldd lotus community

Watch out: We are updating IBM SmartCloud Connections. Say hello to File Sync!
Tue, Sep 3rd 2013 9:14a   Luis Benitez
We have started the process to upgrade our cloud deployment of IBM Connections, IBM's Enterprise Social Network. As announced here last week, we are updating our social business offerings and this quarter's release will be the biggest release ever! Interested to learn more? The first step is to register for our webinar in 2 weeks (see link below). While there's tons of new features and capabilities that we are deploying over the next few days, I wanted to briefly call out our new file synchro [read] Keywords: connections ibm enterprise mobile network server

IBM Connections Plug-in For Apache OpenOffice 4.0 Now Available
Thu, Aug 22nd 2013 6:14a   Luis Benitez
As promised a couple of weeks ago, with the release of Apache OpenOffice 4.0, we have now updated the plug-in for IBM Connections, IBM's Enterprise Social Network (ESN) and premier file sharing and team collaboration platform. This new plug-in takes advantage of the new sidebar introduced in OpenOffice 4.0 to give you access to your files. From there, you open files directly without downloading, share them with others without having to open a browser, organize in a folder, search for intellectu [read] Keywords: collaboration connections ibm enterprise mac microsoft mobile network office openoffice

Podcast: IBM Connections 4.5, Mobile, and User Adoption
Fri, Aug 9th 2013 6:19a   Luis Benitez
Two weeks ago, the Social Business User Group posted a podcast I did with them to talk about the IBM Connections 4.5 release, the latest mobile app (which allows editing of OpenOffice and Microsoft Office documents on the iPad), and recommendations to promote user adoption of a social collaboration platform. The podcast starts with a recap of the customer reception of the latest release of IBM Connections, IBM's Enterprise Social Network (ESN). I also recap some of the releases that we have don [read] Keywords: collaboration connections ibm enterprise microsoft mobile network office openoffice podcast

Tip: Smart App Banners To Promote the IBM Connections Mobile Experience
Thu, Aug 8th 2013 9:15a   Luis Benitez
Here's a tip to accelerate the deployment of the IBM Connections Mobile app on your sites. You may have seen some sites like LinkedIn recently add a banner suggesting users they launch into A quick search on the web yielded this page on Apple's site with instructions on how to add a smart banner to promote a particular mobile app. Reading the instructions, I found out that all it takes is 1 line of code. You know I had to try it! I went in to our blog on ibm.com, added the 1 line of code and v [read] Keywords: connections ibm ldd lotus apple linkedin mobile

Social HR powered by KangoGift and IBM Connections
Mon, Aug 5th 2013 6:23a   Luis Benitez
By now, you hopefully know our landing page for everything Social Business: http://ibm.com/social. We have recently updated this page to feature various partner solutions such as Dynamic Signal, KangoGift, among others. You may remember that I first blogged about KangoGift 2 months ago. In a recent presentation shared by KangoGift, they explain the challenges faced by many HR departments, for example, high turnover rates and misalignment to company values. If you are reading this post, you are m [read] Keywords: connections ibm integration

Book Review: Doing Business with IBM Connections Suite
Wed, Jul 31st 2013 6:15a   Luis Benitez
Thanks to a long flight yesterday, I just finished going through Doings Business with IBM Connections: Opportunities for Improving Processes, Driving Results, and Achieving Great Outcomes with IBM Connections 4.5 written by Michael Sampson. You will notice that the title of this post mentions the IBM Connections Suite and I'll get to why soon. Michael Sampson is an independent consultant focused on helping organizations optimize collaboration. After going through the book, I must say that this [read] Keywords: collaboration connections ibm mobile twitter

TemboSocial Extends IBM Connections Mobile App
Thu, Jul 25th 2013 6:15a   Luis Benitez
In mid 2012, TemboSocial introduced the world to their peer-to-peer recognition add-on for IBM Connections, the market leading social business platform. Earlier this year I also shared how TemboSocial had further integrated into the IBM Connections platform. Today, I'm happy to report that TemboSocial continues its integration work into our platform. As an enterprise social network (ESN), IBM Connections is uniquely positioned to be the one stop destination for all the collaboration needs you m [read] Keywords: collaboration connections ibm enterprise integration mobile network

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