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Introducing Workplace by Facebook
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Stuart McIntyre    

Facebook Workplace logoAs promised, Facebook announced their business solution yesterday as ‘Workplace by Facebook‘:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ow-3sfTqBZs

Facebook Workplace connect_better2xWe’ve brought the best of Facebook to the workplace — whether it’s basic infrastructure such as News Feed, or the ability to create and share in Groups or via chat, or useful features such as Live, Reactions, Search and Trending posts. This means you can chat with a colleague across the world in real time, host a virtual brainstorm in a Group, or follow along with your CEO’s presentation on Facebook Live.

We’ve also built unique, Workplace-only features that companies can benefit from such as a dashboard with analytics and integrations with single sign-on, in addition to identity providers that allow companies to more easily integrate Workplace with their existing IT systems.

Today we’re also announcing Multi-Company Groups, shared spaces that allow employees from different organizations to work together, to extend collaboration beyond your company in a safe and secure way. These will be rolling out to all customers in the coming weeks.

They have published a very useful 3 minute overview video covering the features of the new solution:

There’s nothing too ground-breaking in the first release – key features are the news feed, groups, IM/chat, video calling, events and search.  It is in many ways, exactly what you’d expect from a Facebook solution for business. That’s not a bad thing all told – it makes perfect sense for Facebook to kick off in this vein and add additional features as they go. They’ve clearly made positive strides with their impressive set of launch customers:

Facebook Workplace customers

A free 3-month trial is available, and then pricing starts at a very competitive $3 a user from there, with free licenses available for non-profits and educational institutions, and all accounts featuring unlimited storage and groups:

Facebook Workplace Pricing

Notably, there is no long-term contract required, and the free trials start from 1st January 2017, even if one signs up before then.  Facebook are still filtering applications to join at this stage, so it may be a while before your organisation is provisioned should you apply today.

Facebook are also looking for consultancy and ISV partners for Workplace, and have launched a partner program which organisations can apply to right away. I’ve done so, and I expect that many other social business consultancies will be in the queue very soon.

It’s going to be extremely interesting to see how Workplace fares, and what impact it will have on existing enterprise software vendors and solutions – both those on-premise and in the cloud.  As I stated in my previous post, I see a massive shakeup on the horizon, and think that Facebook is well placed to take a leading role in improving communication and collaboration within organisations worldwide, particularly in those mid-sized businesses with fewer than 5,000 users.



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IBM Connections 6 is coming soon… So what is the killer enhancement?
Wed, Mar 15th 2017 10:20a   Stuart McIntyre
Earlier this week IBM published a press release previewing the headline features of the upcoming new on-premises release of Connections: IBM today announced it is bringing new capabilities to enterprise social networks for a simpler collaboration across the workforce and employee onboarding experience. The latest version of IBM Connections also integrates with IBM Cloud Object Storage, providing companies an ability to scale their storage needs with their employee’s usage while improving st
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Tue, Mar 14th 2017 11:59a   Stuart McIntyre
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Mon, Mar 6th 2017 10:58a   Stuart McIntyre
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Conspiracy theories, courtesy of Google Home
Mon, Mar 6th 2017 10:36a   Stuart McIntyre
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Tue, Feb 28th 2017 3:51p   Stuart McIntyre
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Thu, Feb 2nd 2017 8:50a   Stuart McIntyre
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Slack takes aim at the corporate sector with Enterprise Grid, names IBM as one of the launch customers
Wed, Feb 1st 2017 2:58p   Stuart McIntyre
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What not to miss at IBM Connect 2017: Connections Pink
Wed, Feb 1st 2017 11:22a   Stuart McIntyre
IBM Connect 2017 takes place later this month in San Francisco, and the last-minute push to increase attendance is already underway.  I’m a big fan of the new venue, and the shift from Florida to California, and so really hope that the event is a huge success. One of the interesting aspects of the registration push has been the unveiling of some information that previously being kept relatively quiet – if not under NDA, certainly out of the limelight: IBM Connections provides the p
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Dropbox Paper: Grow bigger, brighter ideas
Mon, Jan 30th 2017 8:08p   Stuart McIntyre
Dropbox announced that they are rolling their Paper collaborative content creation platform out on a global basis today: More than a doc, Dropbox Paper is a flexible workspace that brings people and ideas together. Paper supports all phases of the creative process – from start to finish: A connected space to create and ideate together Teams find flow together in Paper, where everyone can contribute to growing better ideas in a beautiful, flexible workspace. Review and revise work in a
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T’was ten years ago… (Lotus Connections & Quickr)
Fri, Jan 27th 2017 3:11p   Stuart McIntyre
Unfortunately I’ve just missed the actual anniversary, but I thought it worth celebrating that this week marks a decade since the announcement (on 22nd January 2007) of two products that have had an immense impact on my working life, Lotus IBM Connections and Lotus Quickr. Lotusphere 2007 I was relatively late to the Lotusphere party, attending my first US-based event in 2004 after a couple of the European events. Therefore I never experienced the sell-out 10,000 attendee events pre 9/11




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