Sunday, January 27, 2013
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Thursday, January 24, 2013
This tool has many capabilities such as:
- merge communities together
- move content in and out of communities
- manage user access to the applications
Check out this 2 minute demo that shows how an administrator can easily merge two IBM Connections communities together.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
TemboSocial, for example, has added peer recognition to IBM Connections and integrates into the activity stream and provides OpenSocial embedded apps . ISW who has built a gamification layer for IBM Connections has also taken advantage of the OpenSocial integration points. AppFusions has also used OpenSocial to integrate Atlassian's JIRA, Confluence and Stash with IBM Connections as shown in the demo below.
And there's plenty plenty more! In fact there's over 200 partners attending the Ready for Social Business Showcase at the IBM Connect reference.
With the #IBMConnect conference just a few days away, it's likely more app developers will start taking advantage of this as well. At the conference, there will be an App Dev Throwdown where 14 companies will showcase their new solutions. The winner will be featured during Wednesday morning's keynote.
The conference is also a great opportunity to get even more app developers on board. At the IBM Connect conference, app developers can learn in the following sessions how to use OpenSocial within the enterprise. Here's a list of all the App Dev and/or OpenSocial related sessions at the conference. Make sure you add them to your calendar:
- AD101: Social Applications Made Easy with the New Social Business Toolkit SDK
- AD103 : Social Standards Across IBM Connections, IBM Notes, IBM iNotes and IBM Domino
- AD104: IBM Connections Activity Stream Integration with OpenSocial
- AD206 : IBM Lotus Domino XPages: Embrace, Extend, Integrate
- AD212 : Whats New in IBM Lotus Notes Widgets and LiveText: Linking Your Data to the World!
- AD405: Empower your Social Business with SAP Processes in the Activity Stream
- AD407: Qualifying Round for App Dev Throwdown I
- AD408: Qualifying Round for App Dev Throwdown II
- BP209 : In The Land of Social Apps, the API is King
- CUST108: How 3M Integrated SAP into the Activity Stream Using OpenSocial
- ID101 : What's New in IBM iNotes 9.0 Social Edition
- INV110: App Dev Strategy: Coding Social Business Applications
- INV211 : The New Social Business Paradigm with OpenSocial
- INV213: The Roadmap for Enterprise Social: From Social Email to Universal Activity Streams
- JMP102 : Extending Your App Arsenal With OpenSocial
- JMP202: Extending IBM Connection to Build an Exceptional Social Learning Platform
- SHOW301: Becoming a Connections Developer: Lessons from the Field
Posted in OpenSocial.org.
Monday, January 21, 2013
EditLive! for IBM Connections simplifies content creation within Connections’ Communities, Wikis, Blogs, Profiles, Activities and Forums. By upgrading the embedded rich text editor in Connections with EditLive! you add powerful tools that help users collaborate, address accessibility issues, edit images, check for errors, and produce great content.
Some of EditLive! for IBM Connections benefits include the ability to:
- Create content compliant with accessibility standards.
- Track changes and comment directly on their content.
- Crop, resize, rotate and edit images seamlessly.
- Copy and paste images and text from anywhere, including MS Office.
- Avoid embarrassing mistakes with spell check as you type.
- Create and edit tables easily with comprehensive table editing tools.
- Build custom features and controls.
To learn more about Ephox Live! for IBM Connections, go to the IBM Connections App Catalog or directly here. Ephox will also be at #IBMConnect so make sure you go check them out.
Monday, January 14, 2013
As we are now 14 days away from IBM Connect, TemboSocial has announced new integration options with IBM Connections 4.0, the latest release in the market of IBM Connections. It's extremely exciting to see how the partner eco-system for IBM Connections has grown and that they are keeping their solutions up to date with our latest release.
In their latest release, TemboSocial now takes advantage of the Connections business card to show more information about users, and integrates into the Activity Stream. As peers recognize each other, the action is reflected in the IBM Connections Activity Stream, and users can take advantage of the embedded experience to like, comment, share and print events right from there.
TemboSocial has also extended the IBM Connections Share capability to allow end users to recognize others right from that interface. Check out the quick 5 minute demo below:
TemboSocial will have a booth at IBM Connect so make sure you go check them out! If you want to see more capabilities available for IBM Connections, make sure you register and attend IBM Connect in 2 weeks!
Friday, January 11, 2013
Yesterday was the official launch of the Social Business User Group running on the latest IBM Social Business technology. The new site is running at SocialBizUG.org and is built on top of IBM Connections 4.0. It's another great example of building a community site on top of Connections..
On the site, members have the ability create profiles, connect with peers, read and write blogs and wikis, share files, and much more. You will want to go to the site and set up your account and your profile to get started.
Joyce Davis highlighted the following benefits of the new SocialBizUG.org site:
- More content—articles, blogs, whitepapers, webcasts, forum discussions, ideation blogs, wikis, and much more.
- Better design, better navigation—a more user-friendly design, refined navigation, re-designed pages, and added new features
- New ways to develop your personal network—find members based on their interests or areas of expertise and add them to your network.
- Ideation blogs—pick the brains of your colleagues and work together in online brainstorming sessions that foster collaboration, thought leadership, and new ways of thinking.
- Individual member blogs—share success stories, comment about the projects you’re working on, and more.
- Customizable user group pages—User groups can now post specific announcements or messages for their members on their own page, which is hosted on SocialBizUG.org
- User profiles—create a profile, upload photos and files, and share details about your skill set, projects, challenges, and more.
- Search capability—Search specific topics and get complete results in seconds.
So go out and check out the new site, www.SocialBizUG.org . New members can register for their free accounts there as well!
Thursday, January 10, 2013
As things ramp up for IBM Connect in 18 days, news tid bits are slowly starting to come out as to what's going to happen during the premier Social Business conference.
At IBM Connect, we are going to have an App Dev Throwdown where developers will have a chance to showcase their Social Business solutions built on the IBM Social Business platform. Make sure that you don't forget to go to that session to see all the new cool integration points developers are working on.
In the second release of Kudos, the gamification add-on for IBM Connections, it has been integrated into the native IBM Connections mobile app you can get from the iTunes App Store and/or Google Play. Kudos already tracks all actions done by a user either via the browser interface or the native mobile apps. Now, users can view their badges, the leader board and even Give Thanks to others directly from the app. They can also see their progress towards the various missions/achievements.
Check out the demo of the gamification module in mobile. While this is shown in an iPhone, this also works in the native IBM Connections iPad app.
This is extremely cool work so kudos to the Kudos team (see what I did there??).
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Earlier this week I stumbled upon this video on YouTube that shows how you can integrate Microsoft Office365 into IBM Connections. IBM Connections continues to be the #1 social business platform according to IDC, so it makes sense that it's quickly becoming the go to collaboration platform for many businesses. Connections' support for the OpenSocial standard has opened the doors to reuse many existing integration points as well as reach out to a new breed of app developers. Feedback from developers has been tremendous in this area, especially because IBM also supports OpenSocial in its native apps for iOS and Android.
In the demo below, Michel from e-office demonstrates how you can use the Google App Engine to push events from Office365 into the IBM Connections activity stream. You can take a document and upload it to Office365, check-in, check-out etc and visualize from IBM Connections. You can even use the embedded experiences concept that IBM invented to interact with Office365 and preview files directly from IBM Connections.
I'll be sharing a couple of more examples as we lead up to #IBMConnect in 3 weeks, the premier social business conference.
Monday, January 7, 2013
At the conference, I'll also be joining my colleagues Luis Suarez and Louis Richardson where the agenda is set by YOU.
Our goal is to discuss 12-14 topics for 3 minutes each (1 minute for each one of us). To submit topics/ideas for us to discuss, tweet them using the #PTIsocialbiz hashtag. We'll be monitoring this tag up to Monday of the week of the #IBMConnect conference! I've never done anything like this but it sounds fun. Bring it on!!!
See you on Tuesday the 29th! Here's more details about our session.