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.

Friday, May 6, 2016

ICYMI: The XPages Runtime is Now Available in IBM Bluemix

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Earlier this year, we had announced the availability of the XPages runtime as beta in IBM Bluemix. Then at IBM Connect, XPages on Bluemix was featured during the keynote where a quick app was built integrated with Watson to quickly tag / categorize images using the Watson Image Analyzer service.

So in case you missed it, earlier this week, the XPages runtime for IBM Bluemix went from Beta to full release, generally available.


This allows developers already familiar with the XPages framework to leverage the power of IBM Bluemix to quickly build powerful apps in the cloud, possibly integrated with other Bluemix services (like Watson). For added security, you can connect to your existing user directory for ID management.

It's now been a couple of days and it's been great to see the reaction over Twitter and other social channels.




If you still haven't seen XPages, To help get you up to speed on developing XPages applications on Bluemix, here is a list of videos we have published in the past.

Ready to get started? Check out how to build apps with XPages for Bluemix. Can't wait to see the apps that you build!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

New IBM Connections Desktop Plug-Ins for Mac and Windows

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Today, we've released our monthly update to the IBM Connections Mac and Windows desktop plug-ins. I'll cover some of the updates here and will start with Mac since that's what I use.

In this release, the context menu in Finder has been updated to streamline access to the IBM Connections actions. Now, when you right click on a synced file, you can see when it was last synced, share with individuals or groups, lock/unlock, modify metadata and more. Here's a snapshot of how it looks. 




For those of you in Windows, we have improved the experience when saving files directly to IBM Connections from Microsoft Office. From the Save As menu within Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel) it'll be a lot easier to pick where specifically you want to store files (e.g. in what Folder, what Community, etc). See the screenshot below. And don't forget, when editing files, you can have round trip editing of files with IBM Docs when you are online or Microsoft Office when you are offline.


Windows 10 support has also been officially added. For those that like to live on the edge and have enabled preview features, you get some new stuff too. I'll leave that as an exercise for you to find it.

To get the plugins, go to Downloads and Setup in cloud, or if you are using on-premises, you can get the Windows plugin from our catalog here and the Mac plugin from here.