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!
Issue with Connections media widget timing out
Wed, Jul 23rd 2014 4:40a Stuart McIntyre Whilst building a new Connections environment for a customer we noticed a strange issue when uploading large files to the media gallery. Initially I thought it was related to the size of the file, but the same file will upload to the Connections files application without issue. There is very little errors in the SystemOut.log for the Connections server, so ...
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Ephox EditLive for IBM Connections updated
Tue, Jul 22nd 2014 12:20a Stuart McIntyre The powerful enhanced rich text editor for IBM Connections, Ephox EditLive, has just been updated to version 184.108.40.206 and is available from IBM FixCentral: Now bundled with IBM Connections for all organisations under active maintenance, Ephox adds significant value for users of the platform. Whilst this power doesn’t come free of some administrative complexity, deployment of EditLive should definitely be ...
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IBM Connections QuickSearch for Chrome updated
Mon, Jul 21st 2014 6:45a Stuart McIntyre I first blogged about the IBM Connections QuickSearch plugin for Google Chrome three weeks ago. Back then it was at version 1.8. Remarkably since then the author, Romain Lienard, has released four updated versions: I’m so impressed by this development effort, and by the rate that new features are being added. For example, the context-sensitive search: and ‘Share this URL’: ...
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IBM Sanity Validation Tool for IBM Connections 4.5
Mon, Jul 21st 2014 4:20a Stuart McIntyre A new and very neat IBM tool has been uploaded to the IBM Collaboration Solutions Catalog: You can download by clicking through from the Catalog, or by going direct to the ‘Lotus Business Solutions IBM Download site‘, logging in with your IBM ID and then searching for ‘Sanity’ to find the download in the very long list of tools on ...
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Watch out for quotes!
Thu, Jul 17th 2014 4:00a Stuart McIntyre Just a reminder to be watchful of non-standard characters in IBM Connections user names, and also to thoroughly review your IBM Connections TDI logs on a regular basis. This is a current APAR: I’m sure that this particular issue will get resolved in an upcoming fix, however these issues do crop up every so often, so be ready for them. [read] Keywords: connections
Greenhouse now running IBM Connections 5.0
Thu, Jul 17th 2014 3:08a Stuart McIntyre This was a pleasant surprise this morning: Yes, the IBM Greenhouse has been upgraded to IBM Connections 220.127.116.11. New features including External Collaboration (which isn’t strictly relevant to the Greenhouse), improvements to Files and file-sync (using the new mobile apps and desktop plugins), plus significant significant enhancements to the activity stream and @mentions should all now be visible on the ... [read] Keywords: collaboration
Free self-paced IBM Connections 5.0 Workshop
Wed, Jul 16th 2014 2:29a Stuart McIntyre More good news from IBM’s Paul Godby – this time discussing a new self-paced workshop, explicitly for IBM Connections 5.0: In the IBM Connections 5.0 Workshop, you will learn about the new and existing capabilities of IBM Connections and IBM Connections Mobile. You will learn how to implement external collaboration in your environments and gain an understanding of both the ... [read] Keywords: collaboration
Innovate + Impact + Pulse = ?
Tue, Jul 15th 2014 3:58a Stuart McIntyre Last week I ruminated on the future of IBM Connect, and mentioned that a number of the IBM software conferences had been consolidated for 2015…
IBM seems to be consolidating its software conferences across brands. We have seen Impact (the Websphere conference), Innovate (Rational) and Pulse (Tivoli) all announce that they will merge for 2015 for a very large conference in Las Vegas:
Mark your calendar for February 22 – 26, 2015. We’ll meet at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino and the M [read] Keywords: ibm