IBM Connections is an enterprise class social software platform. It features applications that any size business can leverage for collaboration. Whether internal or externally accessible, content can be created and shared with dynamic networks of colleagues in features such as Communities, Blogs, Activities, or Wikis.
IBM Connections provides the following features and benefits:
- Accessible from a variety of devices ranging from a PC web-browser to mobile devices.
- Fosters innovation through cultivation of critical information from co-workers, colleagues, partners, and customers.
- Numerous points of integration with other products which can realize an infinite number of possible ways to create and consume multi-media content.
- Highly scalable to meet the demands of tens to hundreds of thousands of Users.
- Customizable and brandable to deliver an experience unique to your company.
IBM Connections includes the following applications:
Activities is a project-oriented application that allows you to create, assign, organize, and prioritize activities with to achieve goals. Such activities or any of the information which it is comprised of can then be referenced and re-used throughout the entire IBM Connections platform.
Activities are comprised of Entries, To-Do items, and Sections. Entries within an Activity are designed to store rich-content. Whether to be used as information resources or containing the final product or goal of the Activity itself, Entries are flexible structures. Activity Entries can also be tagged so that they can easily surface within other applications of IBM Connections.
To-Do items are structures within an Activity that organize tasks, assignments, and assignees. You can also assign To-do items priorities, due dates, members, bookmarks, files, and custom fields.
Sections are expandable and collapsible structures within an Activity that bring organization to an Activities Entries and To-do items. A section can contain multiple entries and to-do items. You can relocate a section within an Activity easily.
In addition to the elements of an Activity, IBM Connections also provides a way to create an Activity Template either from scratch or an existing Activity. This feature facilitates the reuse or creation of structure within an Activity.
Functioning as a journal, Blogs provides a tool with which users can create and deliver rich-content from a personal perspective that other users can consume, reference, and even participate in the growth of ideas an author writes about. IBM Connections offers essentially three types of Blogs, a Personal Blog, Community Blog, and Ideation Blog. The functionality of Personal and Community Blogs is virtually the same, except for who can read and provide feedback on the Blog Entries.
An Ideation Blog is a special type of Blog that can only exist within a Community. Its purpose is to generate ideas on a specific topic and also collect feedback from IBM Connections users. Users can create ideas for the given topic in a fashion similar to a thread-based forum. Other users can then vote on or comment on those ideas. When the ideas have enough support from the Community of users determined either on votes or feedback, that idea can then be graduated; an option to create an Activity from the Graduated Idea is also available to continue developing the idea. In addition, Owners of the Ideation Blog can manage several different aspects to ensure that the final goal of the best idea can be realized. Whether limiting the number of votes users can cast, to freezing the creation of ideas, to ultimately preventing the creation of new ideas while allowing voting and commenting on existing to continue, many aspects of an Ideation Blog can be controlled.
This application provides a way for users to store references to content in or outside the IBM Connections platform, organizing the references with social technologies such as Tags, Comments, and Popularity.
In ways similar to a company intranet web-site, this application provides a way which users can organize teams to share information and interact with each other using Community Activities, Files, Forums, Bookmarks, Feeds, and so on .
Acting as a repository, this application provides users with a concentric location to store multimedia in multiple formats. That data can then be shared within Communities, across dynamic networks of users, or publically.
Topics of discussion can be held within Forums to brainstorm and cultivate information that can then be transformed into content that comprises Activities, Blogs, or even Wikis. Similar to an Internet Message-board, this application provides the ability to archive messages rather than leave them volatile, for future reference, in a hierarchal or tree-like structure.
Similar to Communities, this application provides a launchpad-like website specific to a given user that allows them to easily consume notifications of information and content which they have followed or are a member of. Features like the Activity Stream provide users with an easy way to provide feedback on notifications of events generated from other applications within IBM Connections or establish a status that other users can be aware of.
Statistics that surface the usage of the IBM Connections platform and provide real-world numbers that users, administrators, and management alike can leverage.
A directory of the users both within and external to your IBM Connections platform, this application delivers user-friendly tools that can be leveraged to easily locate and communicate with co-workers, colleagues, &and customers.
This application provides tools that a user, team, or even Community members, can leverage to create and store information. Pages comprising a wiki can be organized in a hierarchy, with changes of those pages tracked, comments to improve the content with, and recommendations that other users can leverage to find the right information.