Stop what you are doing immediately! If you've been heads down in the past 2 days, then you've probably missed some amazing news. First, over the weekend, IBM released IBM Connections 220.127.116.11. Immediately after on Monday, IBM released the brand new Desktop Plug-In for Microsoft Windows Explorer.
Check out everything that the plug-in can do:
Upload files for personal use or to share with others
Upload files to a community or attach them to an Activity
Share existing Connections files with other users or with a community
Drag and drop files from your desktop to Connections Files or to a community
View and manage versions of your files
Add comments to files or recommend files
Edit and publish local drafts to Connections
Pin or follow folders and files for easier tracking
View business cards for people and invite them to your network
Easily access all Connections features via browser links
As I've mentioned before, I believe that one of the things that helps rapidly gain adoption for a social business platform is bringing social to the end user. Just like in real-estate where location, location, location is critical, I believe that in social is all about integration, integration, integration. If you can bring social to the end user, they use it seamlessly and don't have to learn a new way to collaborate and don't even have to think about it. And, of course, this is all great especially when you can achieve all this integration for free.
Want to see it in action? Check out this video that I recorded (play it in full screen for HD viewing) (oh and yes, you have to watch the whole video as my favorite feature is towards the end of the video):
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
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
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
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
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