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.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Updated Desktop Plug-Ins Available Today and New Features Coming to IBM Connections Cloud Next Week

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As mentioned in a previous entry, we released a File Sync and Share only offering earlier this week. Today, I have some good news.  Today we have released the latest version of our desktop plugins for Mac and Windows in prep for the new feature that will start appearing in IBM Connections Cloud next week.

This month's release continues to focus on our file sharing and sync capabilities. This release also introduces new features to help teams better organize their communications. Here's a sampling of the new features:
  • Team sites and communications
    • Rename apps (e.g. rename Wikis to Documentation)
  • File sharing and sync
    • Drag-n-drop target to upload files
    • Add multiple files to sync at once
    • Mac plug-in: ability to specify file extensions to ignore, enable beta features (if you like living on the edge!), and turn on/off logging for troubleshooting purposes
    • Federated authentication support (SAML) for Mac/Windows (cloud only)
  • Mobile
    • IBM Docs support in iOS (view and co-edit documents). Watch out for an update to the app
    • Citrix support for iOS and Android
    • MobileIron support for Android.
  • Rich text editor
    • Ability to sort data in tables in the rich text editor
    • Permament Pen - those of you used to Verse or IBM Notes will recognize this feature. This allows you to set a custom style so that when you revise content (e.g. wikis) all your markup is done in a specific color/font/style
As mentioned above, you can now sort the data in tables within the rich text editor as you can see below:


I've also created a presentation that shows the new features in this release:



For more details on what's new in the March 2015 release, check out the documentation here.

If you've missed what we've released in previous months, check out the history of new features here.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

IBM Creates File Sharing and Sync only offering and it's available today

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Fresh off the presses! The IBM Connections Files cloud offering is now available in our cloud.  If you are already an IBM Connections customer there's nothing for you to do. However, if you've been thinking about starting with IBM Connections, this might be a good place to start as you get just the core file sharing and sync component of IBM Connections and then upgrade to full the IBM Connections suite as your team needs more capabilities.

IBM Connections Files Cloud is a new standalone cloud service that combines the ability to share files with internal and external users with the ability to synchronize users' files across their own devices. Small to medium businesses, line-of-business departments, or corporate IT can sign up easily and start using the service immediately. The familiar browser interface, desktop clients, and mobile applications provide simple ways to get to the most important files and keep them in sync with other users and devices. Each user gets 1TB of space and administrators can always get more as needed.

Check out Ovum's report on why IBM Connections file sync and share is a leader in this space.

IBM Connections Files on Cloud empowers organizations to increase productivity, make speedier business decisions and enhance innovation:

  1. One place for enterprise file storage, sharing, and syncing plus social – find experts, see profiles, post status updates, find content with tags and more.
  2. Securely access files anytime, anywhere, on any device.  Create, share, find, store, review, and even edit online and offline, all in a security rich environment, designed to meet IT needs
  3. Simple collaboration inside and outside your organization. Easily and instantaneously share files with colleagues, partners, clients and suppliers.
  4. Robust access control.  You decide who can read and edit files with role level access control.  The included Profiles capabilities allow you to find and connect with colleagues via their business card and contact information.
  5. More value for your money. You get market leading file sync and sharing capabilities PLUS the benefits of key social collaboration capabilities at a lower price than many other vendors.

Here's a demo I did recently that shows the IBM Connections file sync capabilities on a Mac:



To start a free trial, go to http://ibmcloud.com/social

Thursday, March 5, 2015

My deck from IBM InterConnect 2015 and IBM Connections 5.0 CR2 is here!

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Last week was pretty busy as I spent the whole week at IBM InterConnect 2015 a conference focused specifically on cloud and mobile. There were 21,000 attendees and over 40% of the attendees were attending an IBM conference for the first time.

In Tuesday's keynote, Scott Souder demoed IBM Verse.  During the conference, the hashtags related to Verse,  #IBMVerse and #NewWayToWork,  both trended in Twitter worldwide !




I also had a chance to present the roadmap for IBM Connections with the attendees at the conference. For those of you who attended IBM ConnectED 2015, I did a replay of the keynote demo combined with the roadmap presentation on what's coming in IBM Connections.

Here's the presentation I shared at IBM InterConnect 2015 (#ibminterconnect):



As you'l see in page 48, we also released IBM Connections 5.0 CR2 last wee. Here are the new features you'll find there:


  • IBM Docs integration with IBM Connections Content Manager (CCM)
  • External user support in CCM
  • Preview files stored in CCM
  • Thumbnail view of files in CCM
  • Support for DB2 10.5


Here are the updated system requirements for IBM Connections 5.0 CR2.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Gearing up for IBM InterConnect - Check out these Social Business Sessions

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We are a week away from the start of IBM InterConnect 2015, and this week it's all about getting ready for that conference. And I'm definitely looking forward to the concert on Wednesday with Aerosmith and "the Sharks" at the keynote.  I've been getting addicted to Shark Tank recently so can't wait to see them in Vegas.



Let's talk sessions.  As part of InterConnect, there's a System of Engagement track where you'll find all sessions around Social Business.  Here's the full list of those sessions:



One of the sessions that I'll be presenting at is What is New and Coming in IBM Connections.  If you weren't at IBM ConnectED 2015, this will be similar to that session. I'll cover the business value of social collaboration, what's in the product today and what's coming tomorrow.  In fact, check out this podcast episode where Jim Claussen caught David Brooks (the IBM Connections architect) and myself after our session at IBM ConnectED 2015:



So don't wait! Register today for IBM InterConnect and start building your agenda. See you there!