The IBM SmartCloud for Social Business offers many ways to integrate with your enterprise. Although synchronizing directories is not a requirement for a cloud (known as "Service Only") offering, synchronizing directories can be of great value to extend the on-premise enterprise environment into the IBM SmartCloud for Social Business. Extending your environment into a cloud solution is also known as a hybrid configuration.
More and more companies are opting for hybrid environments where some of their users and services are deployed into the IBM SmartCloud for Social Business public cloud and some remain on-premise, or where some work is performed in the cloud (i.e. mail) and some is performed in the on-premise environment (i.e. applications). These hybrid deployments, whether an interim stage or end goal, are defined based on the projected cost savings and the business needs of the users. Identity management forms the basis for maintaining these user populations and provisioning them for various services they are to be entitled to. Separately managing on-premise and IBM SmartCloud for Social Business users in a hybrid environment can be costly, but many enterprises choose it because they have business requirements to maintain a portion of their business on-premise. They then require the ability to integrate an existing or evolving on-premise identity management system with the provisioning of IBM SmartCloud for Social Business users to preserve cost savings.
The IBM SmartCloud for Social Business supports two ways of directory synchronization (integration):
IBM SmartCloud iNotes is a stand-alone light weight webmail (POP3 and IMAP) offering, which is different from the on-premises webmail version of IBM Domino (Web Access) webmail. IBM SmartCloud Notes offers a rich webmail experience through the web browser or IBM Notes client.