Thursday, September 3, 2015

The Results Are In: IBM Connections Benefits $26.5 million over 3 years !

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A recent commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of IBM titled The Total Economic Impact of IBM Connections analyzes the cost savings and business benefits of utilizing IBM Connections. The purpose of the study is to provide a framework to evaluate the potential financial impact of implementing the IBM Connections social collaboration platform within their organizations to improve internal processes to engage, empower, and inspire both employees and customers and unlock new opportunities.

To better understand the benefits, costs, and risks associated with an IBM Connections implementation, Forrester interviewed existing customers with multiple years of experience using both the IBM Connections cloud and on-premises collaboration platforms.

As one example, Forrester refers to a representative organization with about 35,000 employees and calculated benefits of about $26 million over a three year period. These come from increased productivity, reduced turnover, and reduced IT costs.

Here's an infographic with some of the highlights:



Here's a testimonial from one of our customers where Jacob Andersson, Corporate Systems Manager at Verisure, talks about his experience with IBM Connections.



You can download the study from here. To start a free trial of IBM Connections, go here: http://ibmcloud.com/social.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

IBM Connections Files and Aspera: A Possible Integration

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Earlier this week I was asked what could be possible between Aspera, an IBM file transfer solution, and IBM Connections Files, IBM's offering for organizations looking for enterprise file sync and share (EFSS) capabilities.

First, let's clarify the differences between file transfer and file sharing and sync. In talking with some people in the Aspera organization, they told me to think of Aspera kind of like UPS.  UPS will take a package from point A to point B and they do not keep the package. Similarly, Aspera is all about getting files from point A to point B in the fastest way possible. In one example, they say that a 24GB file which could take ~26 hours via a traditional TCP/IP download, would only take 30 seconds using Aspera.



With that in mind, I came up with two ideas that you could do today with the Aspera APIs and the available extension points in IBM Connections

Transfer Existing Files

This idea is to create a new extension for Files as documented here. To do this, log in as the organization administrator and go to AdminOrganization Extensions. In there create a new extension as shown below:

And voilá. Once you code up the integration with your Aspera server this should get you a path to integrate. End users will now see this option when navigating to a file:



Upload and Transfer

The other thought is to create a new extension so that we intercept the file upload process. In this case, you navigate to the same Admin - Organization Extensions menu. In there, instead of creating a "File Menu" extension, you now create a "New File Menu" extension as shown below:


In any case, I strongly suggest you reach out to your partner or IBM services rep for further discussion.

I'm interested in your thoughts too. Any other use cases that come to mind ?


Monday, August 31, 2015

Save The Date: Enterprise File Sync and Share is Just the Beginning of a New Way To Work

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Save the date. In less than a month, we'll be hosting a webinar to take you through the latest capabilities available in our IBM Connections Files offering, the IBM solution for organizations that are looking for enterprise file sync and share (EFSS) capabilities in the cloud.



IBM Connections Files on Cloud is designed for today’s mobile worker, providing a secure, easy-to-use, collaboration and file management environment for all size businesses. This cost-effective, secure file sharing solution is easy to implement using software-as-a-service (SaaS) on our cloud (or you can run it on-prem too). A user centric design allows anyone to confidently share files with their network of customers and partners, as well as sync online files to their favorite mobile devices and tablets (supports both Android and iOS mobile devices). Here's a quick video I had shared earlier of the IBM Connections for Mac app:


Ready to learn more? One of the Product Managers for IBM Connections, Jim Puckett, will be hosting a webcast. Check out the details below:

Date: September 24, 2015
Time: 1-2pm Eastern Time
Registration:  To register for the event, click here.

See you there!


Tuesday, August 4, 2015

IBM was named the Worldwide Market Share Leader in Enterprise Social Networks for sixth consecutive year by IDC

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In IDC's recently published report, IBM is ranked number one in worldwide market share for enterprise social software for the sixth consecutive year. According to IDC's analysis of 2014 revenue, IBM continues to hold the lead in market share.



According to IDC, the enterprise social networks market is expected to reach $3.5 billion by 2019, representing growth of 19 percent over the next four years.

If you are not familiar with IBM Connections, check out how you can get started today using the Enterprise File Sync and Share capabilities provided by IBM Connections Cloud.




Updated 18/Aug/2015: To view the report from IDC, click here.

Monday, June 22, 2015

The IBM Connections Cloud June 2015 Release Is Now Live -- Check it out!

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Over the weekend we pushed out updates to our IBM Connections Cloud users (for those fathers out there, consider it a Happy Father's Day gift).

You will find updates throughout the experience both in the web and desktop.  For example, for Mac users you can now share files with Communities directly from Finder without ever needing to open a browser. Just right-click on the file, and voilá:


Another update this month was for developers.  Developers can now take advantage of the embedded experience extension point within the Activity Stream.  Each person and community has an activity stream (which follows the ActivityStrea.ms / OpenSocial 2.0 standard) which allows 3rd party apps to inject events into it (e.g. you could get alerts from an app telling you that an approval is required).

One of the first developers to take advantage of this in the cloud is AppFusions. They've now built connectors that are sure to please various roles within an organization. For example, if you want to get updates to files updates in Box, you can.  If you want to get updates when new code has been submitted to GitHub, you can. Or maybe you are a marketer and want to stay up to date with updates from Twitter.

Check out this video to see it in action!



The following slides summarize all the cool new things that are now available for IBM Connections cloud users.  Check these out to get an idea of what else is new:



And stay tuned for more news very very soon...