Tuesday, July 26, 2016

GSX Provides Real-Time Monitoring for IBM Connections

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IBM Connections allows customer to choose how they want to run and get values from the platform. For example, there are organizations that would choose to run in cloud for a "hands-free" environment. No need to worry about outages, upgrades, etc.

Other organizations would need the flexibility and customizability that an on-premises deployment would provide. For those of you who have decided to run IBM Connections on-premises you might want to check out this partner offering.

GSX for IBM Connections provides a powerful way to monitor critical components of the platform. Some of the capabilities you'll have:

  • Proactive notifications to get instantly alerted based on pre-defined thresholds
  • End-to-end performance monitoring include databases, application servers and more
  • Responsive time of end user experience
  • One real-time dashboard to see at a glance the status of all services and performance metrics




Here's a quick 3 minute demo to give you a better idea of what the solution can do at a glance:



For a more detailed demo, check this 11 minute version out: https://youtu.be/yZv1YBi2g9o . To learn more about GSX, visit http://www.gsx.com/products/gsx-for-ibm-connections . And this is just timely there's an upcoming webinar on September 1st, 2016. Go this link and reserve your seat now.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Announcing IBM Connections Premier and IBM Connections Compliance -- Now Available

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As announced in the IBM Social Software blog, yesterday IBM released IBM Connections Premier, the latest offering built on top of IBM Connections, the leading business social collaboration platform.  IBM Connections Premier combines engaging employee collaboration applications and compliance discovery solutions, including granular policy controls for content inspection, logging and archiving of social and instant messaging communications. With IBM Connections Premier integrated collaboration and compliance discovery solutions, your organization can protect your brand and reputation, meeting corporate, legal or governance requirements, and engage and enable your entire workforce.




IBM Connections Premier offers:
  • Ability to enforce acceptable use policies that lets your organization define policies at global, group or user levels. Monitor for and address the use of inappropriate or abusive language and objectionable actions.
  • Protection of your brand and reputation with near real-time monitoring and alerts. Detect, flag and block IMs and file transfers based on key words, phrases and regular expressions.
  • Reduction of legal costs through fast and simple content review and retrieval.
  • Enhanced return on investment (ROI) by extending the life of existing archive and e-discovery investments. Tag, export and archive content in its original format to e-discovery or enterprise content management platforms.
Check out this video which walks through a scenario to highlight the importance of secure collaboration and empowering confidence throughout the organization to accelerate innovation while keeping information safe:



To learn more, check out the announcement letter.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Demo: Measure the Success of IBM Connections with Community Metrics

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One of the important aspects of a social business platform such as IBM Connections Cloud is to monitor the health and usage of communities / team sites. IBM Connections provides a comprehensive set of quantitative and qualitative metrics that help measure the business value of IBM Connections in your organization.Metrics in IBM Connections allows community managers or System Admins view information on how users are participating on Connections, the content in Connections, and how people are visiting different portions of the product.

Community owners or managers need the ability to monitor the adoption and participation in their community. The Community Metrics component lets owners see metrics based on users, participation within the community, and content in the community. Additionally there are metrics for each application within a community under ‘All Metrics.

Here's a quick 3 minute demo that I created so you can see how it works.


Equivalent functionality is available for the org admins to see metrics at the global level across all communities deployed in the system.

To learn more or to start a trial, go to http://ibmcloud.com/social

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

VideoBio Adds Quick Video Sharing to IBM Connections

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I always like to highlight when developers and partners extend our IBM Connections Cloud platform.
Today I wanted to highlight VideoBio who have built a very nice solution to allow users to quickly share video messages with others.

So how does it work? First, you can go to your profile, or someone else's profile and click on the VideoBio button.



After recording the demo, it's automatically shared with your IBM Connections network and you can optionally choose to share via Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and more.!



Check out the demo:



To learn more, go here.

Monday, May 9, 2016

What's New and Coming in IBM Connections and IBM Docs for Q2 2016

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Hours ago, IBM just made another update to IBM Connections Cloud.

To start off, community managers and administrators have access to even more metrics.  If you are an organization administrator, you can easily see how your user base is getting business value out of IBM Connections. For example, you can track Connections Cloud events such as every time that a user reads a blog entry, creates a To do item in an Activity, updates a wiki page, or follows a Community. You can drill down on one application or a particular time period. You can set filters to track how many people viewed a blog in the Customer Support Community in the last seven days, last four weeks, last quarter, or last 12 months.



Community owners can also get metrics only on the communities that they own. Track who visits the community, information shared such as comments, and participation in such activities as downloading files.

In an upcoming release this quarter IBM is also going to be releasing some significant enhancements to search.  Want to learn more and see what else is coming in the rest of Q2 for IBM Connections & IBM Docs? Then check out this deck:



And there's more that was released if you are using IBM Verse. Check out the full list of what's new in IBM Connections Cloud. IBM Connections is ready to transform your organization, anywhere in the world. And since today is Monday, I figured I would leave you with this.



If you still haven't seen IBM Connections, start your free trial here.