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.

Monday, April 25, 2016

How To Edit Files in Sharepoint or Box with IBM Docs

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One of the capabilities that we highlighted as part of the IBM Docs 2.0 release was the new set of APIs to allow real-time co-editing of files in repositories other than IBM Connections (e.g. Alfresco, SharePoint, etc).

So first, what is IBM Docs ? The goal of IBM Docs is to make it easier for teams to create and allow for collaborative editing of word processing, spreadsheet and presentation documents in real time. This online editor provides key collaborative services such as coediting, file management and contextual commenting (so you can see who typed what).



At IBM Connect earlier this year, Jim Puckett, product manager for IBM Docs, shared an overview of IBM Docs which you can see here:



With the new set of APIs you can now build collaborative applications. So if you are an ISV looking for a way to embed co-editing, check out IBM Docs. Van Staub first shared how to integrate Docs with any app. Then he took it to the next level and describes how to edit files stored in SharePoint with IBM Docs.

Last week, IBM published a tech note that describes the process to set up IBM Docs to edit files stored in Box. This provides a common editing capabilities for files, irrespective of where they are stored.

Want to learn more ? Come to Social Connections 10 in Toronto in early June! Check out the full agenda that was just announced last week. Register today!

See you there!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

From IBM Connect: Visualizing the IBM Connections Profiles Data

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One of the great things of IBM Connect is all the great content that's shared. I remember going to my first conference and readily absorbing as much content as possible and putting it into practice. Of course, with so much content, sometimes you can't attend all sessions. It's all good, however, when speakers choose to share their content in platforms such as Slideshare.

I recently ran into this deck that Matt Milza shared and figured I would re-share as it's a great example of what can be done with the IBM Connections APIs. In the presentation, Matt provides a background on the APIs, examples on how to interact with them, and then shows a practical implementation of something he did for a customer.

Using the social data stored within the system, Matt created this simple visualization of the report-to chain for an organization.



To walk through the process, check this out:




Want to learn more about building apps for IBM Connections? Check out: http://developer.ibm.com/social/

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Check Out What's New In IBM Connections Social Cloud - Q1 2016

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As we get rolling into the second quarter of the year, I'll be sharing soon what to expect in terms of deliveries for IBM Connections Cloud for this quarter. First, I wanted to take the time and summarize the deliveries that we did in Q1 and had been announced at IBM Connect 2016 (and did you see that we'll be at the Moscone Center next year on February 20 - 23, 2017 ? Sweet !)

So what became available in the first three months of the year ? Jim Puckett, one of the product managers for IBM Connections, put together this quick slide deck that walks through all the new enhancements.



Note: the mobile updates require a new mobile update so check the app stores for an update (at this point the target is next week).

As a reminder, you can always keep track of the enhancements (current and past) in this page. Still not on IBM Connections Cloud and want to learn more? Check out this video:



Also, don't forget to sign up for Social Connections 10 as that will be a great opportunity to meet with the Designers and Product Managers and check out what else is coming!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Social Connections 10 Is Coming -- Register Today!

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Social Connections 10 has been scheduled and keynotes are starting to be announced. Social Connections is the IBM Connections user group. 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!

Last year, the conference was held in Boston and now it's coming back to this side of the Atlantic to Toronto on June 6-7, 2016.



There will be a two day program, starting with complimentary breakfast on Monday 6th of June, with the formal agenda kicking off in the morning with keynote sessions, the first one being held by Chief Emergineer Luis Suarez. After lunch (featuring our Solution Showcase) the rest of the day will be devoted to breakout sessions delivered by international-quality speakers in multiple tracks, including:
  • Case Studies
  • Management
  • Administration
  • Development
  • Design
  • Future of Work
  • Sponsors
The formal agenda for the day will end with SpeedSponsoring, followed by the always popular evening gala reception (location to be announced later). On Tuesday, we'll kick off with our second major keynote with Toronto native Alan Lepofsky, VP at Constellation Research. This will be followed by a full-day program that will include more than 25 fantastic breakout sessions, including a series of popular 15-minute Spotlight 'TED-style' sessions for those that prefer a wide range of speakers and topics.

Can't wait? Go register today (Pro tip: Early bird discounts end at the end of this month -- so don't delay)! You can also go here to submit an abstract.