IBM has announced Monday (March 13, 2017) that Connections 6.0 will be available on March 28, 2017. The latest version of Connections will bring new capabilities to enterprise social networks for a simpler collaboration across the workforce and employee onboarding experience. Connections 6 also integrates with IBM Cloud Object Storage, providing companies an ability to scale their storage needs with their employee’s usage while improving storage costs.
Key Features of IBM Connections 6.0:
1. “Orient Me”
IBM Connections 6.0 has been redesigned to surface the most useful content from the user’s network. This feature leverages a new containerized, API-driven architecture to bring the most relevant information for the user to engage with – providing an interactive experience.
This allows a simpler way of onboarding with easy login, ability to follow colleagues and join communities to begin working more efficiently. It also allows for better community management by copying designs from existing communities – saving time when setting up new workspaces.
3. Improved File Distribution Services
As employees evolve how they communicate and what media they use, file distribution services need to evolve with the workforce. IBM Connections provides a simple to use interface and desktop sync for easy access to files. By providing large file uploads, rich text editor, new preview/editing features in File Viewer and search improvements, users can find and collaborate on files in an environment employees expect.
4. High Power Analytics
IBM Connections 6 provides companies with a social network that can leverage high-powered analytics across various channels including blogs, wikis, activity streams and more. It also allows for employees to connect with each other and collaborate on work products through a single interface.
5. IBM Cloud Object Storage
As data is exploding, companies are realizing it is critical to capture, store and analyze it efficiently for their current – and future – employees. IBM Cloud Object Storage delivers a solution for IBM Connections that stores ever-increasing workloads of social data and allows companies easy access to that information for analytics and new learning.