5 Key Features of IBM Connections 6.0

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.

2. “Touchpoint”

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.

Source: IBM Brings New Features to Enterprise Social Network

Unjunk your Connections mail notifications

Have you set your mail rules to send all Connections notifications to a specific mail folder that you are never going to look at? Or have you set Connections mail notification preferences to ‘no email’? Then read on, this blog post is for you.

Yes, it is indeed annoying when we receive umpteen automated emails every day from Connections: notifications when your someone hits the like button; when someone gives birth to a blog post; when someone tries to make a simple change like changing the word ‘color’ to ‘colour’ in a wiki page that you follow; and not to forget the daily and weekly newsletters. You might get a picture of shrapnel shells being thrown out from a machine gun, when you see your inbox being bombarded with automated mails.

However, Connections news feed is your social inbox. When someone needs your attention, or assigns you some work, or shares a file with you, they might use Connections. If you have redirected all your notifications to a folder, you risk losing them.

Optimizing your Connections Notification Preferences would help here. I prefer to receive notifications that require my immediate attention: @mentions, responses to my content and direct notifications (when a file is shared with me or when someone assigns me a task.

Here’s how I have set my preferences:

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Why don’t you share your experiences with Connections notifications? Could it be any better? You can use the comments section below to post your views.

IBM Connections 5.5 and IBM Docs 2.0 Announced

Luis Benitez (Sr. Product Manager for IBM Connections) had recently published a blog post, announcing the release of IBM Connections 5.5 and IBM Docs 2.0 for on-premise deployment. The software would be available for download from 18 Dec 2015, Friday.

IBM Connections 5.5 Main Screenshot
Screenshot of IBM Connections Community Files (Source: lbenitez.com)

The announcement says there would be over 100 new features available in the new version. Here are the key highlights posted in the blog:

IBM Docs 2.0

  • Inline comments are preserved while files are being edited offline (e.g. while on a plane working on a file without connectivity, you can see and reply to comments and your changes will be sync’ed back automatically when you are back in the network)
  • New file viewer with high quality previews and the ability to interact with content in view mode (e.g. show/hide columns)
  • Auto-publish your file updates and make them available to readers instantly or save file as draft and work with other editors before making the changes available to readers
  • Support up to 20 simultaneous editors at the same time
  • New API so that you can bring the power of our real-time collaborative editing capabilities to 3rd party file repositories.
  •  … and more!

IBM Connections 5.5

  • Organize your documents, presentations and more into your own nested folder hierarchy in Personal and Community Files
  • Brand new file viewer experience which allows you to find the content that you need faster and review it quickly without having to download
  • Build powerful team sites specific for your team needs (e.g. HR, Sales, Marketing, etc) with new configuration capabilities such as:
    • New community layout
    • Responsive apps so you can just drag-n-drop between columns in one motion
    • Rename apps based on your audience
    • A brand new Rich Content app which you can use for announcements or embedding content from the web
    • and much more.. !
  • Smart type-ahead search to find what you need instantly
  • Enhancements to the rich text editor such as permanent pen, sort table data, and more
  • Real-time alerts on your desktop (for HTML5 browsers) to notify you when content needs your attention
  •  … and more!

IBM will also conduct webcasts to discuss about the new capabilities and to interact with the Product Managers.

Click here to read the blog post from Luis Benitez