Thursday, August 22, 2013

IBM Connections Plug-in For Apache OpenOffice 4.0 Now Available

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As promised a couple of weeks ago, with the release of Apache OpenOffice 4.0, we have now updated the plug-in for IBM Connections, IBM's Enterprise Social Network (ESN) and premier file sharing and team collaboration platform.

This new plug-in takes advantage of the new sidebar introduced in OpenOffice 4.0 to give you access to your files. From there, you open files directly without downloading, share them with others without having to open a browser, organize in a folder, search for intellectual capital and more.

Because OpenOffice can edit Microsoft Office documents too, this allows me to save money and be productive. And of course, if you want to edit OpenOffice files on your iPad, you can do that too!

For those of you using Macs, you'll be happy to know that this new update to the plugin also adds Mac support. Check out the screenshot below:

To download the plug-in go here. If you haven't upgraded to OpenOffice 4.0, do it today!

Friday, August 9, 2013

Podcast: IBM Connections 4.5, Mobile, and User Adoption

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Two weeks ago, the Social Business User Group posted a podcast I did with them to talk about the IBM Connections 4.5 release, the latest mobile app (which allows editing of OpenOffice and Microsoft Office documents on the iPad), and recommendations to promote user adoption of a social collaboration platform.

The podcast starts with a recap of the customer reception of the latest release of IBM Connections, IBM's Enterprise Social Network (ESN). I also recap some of the releases that we have done based on things that we announced at IBM Connect 2013 plus the latest Forrester Wave and how IBM came out as a leader in File Sync and Share.

From there we move on to talk about the latest mobile app which adds real-time co-editing support of OpenOffice documents (by the way, version 4.0 is out, did you get it yet??) and Microsoft Office documents.

Listen below:

Enjoy !

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Tip: Smart App Banners To Promote the IBM Connections Mobile Experience

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Here's a tip to accelerate the deployment of the IBM Connections Mobile app on your sites. You may have seen some sites like LinkedIn recently add a banner suggesting users they launch into

A quick search on the web yielded this page on Apple's site with instructions on how to add a smart banner to promote a particular mobile app. Reading the instructions, I found out that all it takes is 1 line of code. You know I had to try it!

I went in to our blog on, added the 1 line of code and voilá ! You can see the results in this screenshot from my iPad. To test it out, click here from your iOS device.

If the user doesn't have the app installed, they will be prompted to download it directly from the App Store.

To do this on your deployment:

  1. Follow the instructions here to customize page.jsp. The instructions are specific to header.jsp but it's the same process
  2. Open page.jsp with your favorite text editor
  3. Add the following line to the <head>

    <meta content='app-id=450533489' name='apple-itunes-app'/>

  4. Save the file
  5. Restart
Try it out and let me know how it goes.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Social HR powered by KangoGift and IBM Connections

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By now, you hopefully know our landing page for everything Social Business: We have recently updated this page to feature various partner solutions such as Dynamic Signal, KangoGift, among others.

You may remember that I first blogged about KangoGift 2 months ago.

In a recent presentation shared by KangoGift, they explain the challenges faced by many HR departments, for example, high turnover rates and misalignment to company values. If you are reading this post, you are most likely undergoing a social business transformation and, hopeful, HR is part of it.

With KangoGift's integration into Connections, you can quickly bring six HR processes and bring it into the social business platform. I believe this is important as it promotes usage and realizes the social business vision

Check out their presentation below:

To learn more about KangoGift, go here.