Thursday, May 14, 2015

Next Week: Join Me at the IBM Connections Files and Communities Webcast

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Next week, I'll be participating in a webcast to talk about all the new capabilities that we've added to IBM Connections Files and Communities. The webcast was put together by the team over at SocialBizUG.org.

David Brooks, the lead architect for the IBM Connections platform, will be joining me just like he did at IBM ConnectED earlier this year. Our goal is to give you an update of all the cool things that are now part of the product.



As a reminder, back in March, we introduced IBM Connections Files on Cloud, an easily accessible file sharing and sync offering.  We'll talk about this new offering and recent upgrades to Connections Communities that allow seamless team communication and collaboration beyond traditional boundaries.

Join this webcast to find out how these new capabilities allow users to:
  • Stay in sync across mobile devices (including both Android and iOS devices) using different personal settings
  • Leverage the new file sync and native mobile app capabilities to work anywhere and access content anytime
  • Securely collaborate with customers and business partners 
  • Improve productivity with content that is provided in context 
  • Stay connected with colleagues using profiles that provide business cards to their contacts
To register for the webcast, click here. See you next week! 

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

IBM Connections Adds Secure File Sync and Share Offering On-premises

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Following the release last quarter of our secure file sync and share offering in cloud, today we have just released the equivalent offering for those customers who would like to deploy this on premises. This new offering gives customers a new way to buy IBM Connections and get just the Files portion of the platform. This makes it easy to get started and customers can grow and buy the entire IBM Connections suite once they are ready to use other capabilities such as Communities, Forums, Ideation, etc.

The capabilities have already been highly praised by analysts such as Forrester and OVUM. In fact, check out this report from OVUM to find out why IBM Connections is a strong candidate to provide all the benefits and features an enterprise user might need from a file sync and share solution.

This offering includes:
  • Mobile apps for iOS and Android
  • Desktop plugins for Microsoft Windows and Mac (including integration into Microsoft Office 365 Desktop apps such as Word, PowerPoint, Outlook and Excel)
  • External file sharing (ie. share files with people outside of your organization)
  • Share files with individuals or groups
  • Lock files for editing to prevent conflicts
  • View files online without having to download
  • Control who can view/edit your files and who can re-share them 
  • View who has downloaded your files and which version they have
  • See how the file has been shared throughout your organization
  • and more... ! 
Available add-ons:
  • Compliance and Governance support 
  • Real-time co-editing of files without downloading 
Here's a demo of the plugins and mobile apps in action:



Enjoy!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

What's New in the April 2015 Release of IBM Connections Social Cloud

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As we run our final checklist to turn on the new features, I wanted to give you a heads up as to what to expect next week.  I had the opportunity to give a preview of these to the audience at Social Connections, the independent IBM Connections user group, last week in Boston.

The conference was great as usual.  It was completely sold out as usual was great. I had the opportunity to meet with developers (check out this related post) as well as customers/users.  I learned about how they are driving the culture shift and increasing the adoption of Connections within the organization.  So much insight! The next Social Connections has been announced for October 2015 in Stuttgart, Germany (Oktoberfest anyone?)

So on to next week, here's a few things that you can expect:

  • New custom layouts for communities so that you can tailor your communications to your team
  • Drag-n-drop apps between columns in a single step
  • Responsive apps so that they adjust to the right column width
  • Type-ahead search for recently visited content to get back to where you've been faster
  • Access Activities via the mobile device

Here's a sample of a community with apps moved around:


To give you a visual idea of what to expect, check out these couple of slides:



And for those of you who couldn't make it to Social Connections 8, here's the presentation that I delivered:



Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

How To Integrate Your App with IBM Connections Cloud with 2 Lines of Code

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Last week I was at the IBM Connections user group conference, called Social Connections, in Boston MA.  There, I got the opportunity to meet with many end users as well as developers interested in building apps for IBM Connections.

A particular session that I got great feedback from developers was the one titled Mastering the IBM Connections Developers Experience. Vijay Francis and Paul Bastide took the audience through the options to integrate with IBM Connections Cloud.  One of the samples was how to take an existing app and bring in our navigation components into it in less than 30 seconds!

So imagine you have an app like this:



Now let's take that and add the IBM Connections Cloud navigation to it.  Add a couple of lines of code and boom!


Now, you have an easy and consistent way for users to go back and forth between your app and the main Connections interface. So how did I do this? As easy as 1-2-3:

  1. Add the following before the closing body tag in your web app

    <script src="https://apps.na.collabserv.com/navbar/banner/partner/navBar?oneui=3" type="text/javascript"></script>
  2. Add the following to the head tag

    <link href="http://apps.na.collabserv.com/theming/theme/css/3" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"></link>
  3. Add the following CSS classes to your opening body tag

    class="lotusui30 lotusui30_body lotusui30_fonts scloud3"
And if you look at the steps above, basically you are using 2 lines of code to do the integration. Easy!

For more information check out these links:

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Social Connections VIII is coming to Boston -- Register Today!

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Social Connections, the IBM Connections user group, will have their 8th event this April 16-17th and this time it's coming to the US for the first time in beautiful Boston.

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, last year, I had the opportunity to attend the conference in Prague and it was a fantastic experience. It's invaluable when I have the a chance to talk directly to customers, users, partners, and developers to gather feedback and share what we are doing with the portfolio.

The agenda for the event was announced last week and you can get all the details here.

Here's a video that the team put together after the event in Prague last year:

Now that you've watched the video and taken a look at the agenda, the next step is to register! Register for the next event and check out the full list of speakers!

Oh and don't forget to follow the team on Twitter and like their page on Facebook to keep up with all the news about the event.