At the Social Business event in the Netherlands today, IBM announced the new IBM Connections Suite (link to follow).
The Convergence of Social, Unified Communications, and Content Management
Including IBM Connections, IBM Connections Community document libraries, IBM Sametime Advanced and IBM Sametime Unified Telephony Lite, this new solution is designed to provide an organisation will all the tools to offer its users a cohesive suite of social collaboration tools. I’m sure that you will hear more from Luis Benitez and others as the day goes on in terms of details – I know that there are some great video demos to look out for too.
From our perspective, this new bundle provides a single part number for a really cohesive bundle of tools: instant messaging, VoIP, microblogging, communities, social profiles, document libraries, instant polls, forums, media galleries and so on. When you compare the breadth of the solution with anything from Jive, Socialtext, Microsoft or SalesForce.com, it all stacks up tremendously well. Like for like, there really is no comparison in ‘bang for the buck’. IBM has done a super job of pulling it all together into one product.
As always though, Social Business is not really about the technology. It is an enabler to help an organisation and individuals working within it to get to a culture where sharing carries less friction, where information and resources are easier to find and where the organisation is flattened to a point where it becomes about the ‘wirearchy‘ rather than the ‘hierarchy‘…
The Connections Suite will absolutely provide an organisation with the bundle of tools it needs in its’ kit bag. The next challenge is how to implement them in a way that supports the organisation’s goals and direction. That’s where IBM’s partners (and internal services team) need to step in, to remove the complexity from this bundle of products, make it into a really cohesive single solution and then to layer ‘the interesting stuff’ (user adoption, customisation, business process alignment, community management etc.) on top. We can’t wait!
A sweet combo – SugarCRM and IBM Connections
Mon, Apr 8th 2013 11:25a Stuart McIntyre You may have seen from the social networks that I am once again in New York City this week. As well as seeing a very important customer, I’m spending three days at SugarCon, the annual conference run by SugarCRM.
Today is the partner day – the equivalent of BP Development Day at IBM Connect for those that have attended that event. It’s been a fascinating morning so far, with keynotes from the CEO and CTO, as well as updates on partner programs and more. I’ve been tweeting [read] Keywords: collaboration
LotusBeers / IBMSocialBeerz – NYC, Wednesday 10th April
Tue, Apr 2nd 2013 11:56p Stuart McIntyre Humans of New York, I am scheduled to be in town next week for SugarCon 2013 and for a visit to a long-term customer in Midtown.
Therefore, good friend Victor Toal and I thought it was high time for another NYC LotusBeers session. The plan is to meet at 8pm on Wednesday, 10th April at The Pig ‘n’ Whistle on 2nd. All are welcome!
Let us know if you can make it via email, DM or by leaving a comment. Hope to see you there!
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Installing IBM Connections 4.5 or CCM? You need these fixes
Mon, Apr 1st 2013 10:23p Stuart McIntyre Important details for fixes for the newly released IBM Connections 4.5:
iFix LO74499 is required for all IBM Connections 4.5 environments. Please download the iFix from Fix Central, then apply to the IBM Connections 4.5 server using the update installer.
Use this link to download iFix LO74499 from Fix Central
For details on how to apply interim fixes, please review the “Installing interim fixes” topic in the IBM Connections 4.5 documentation.
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