1.2 What is new in IBM Connections 4Added by Abhishek Jain on March 22, 2013 | Version 1 (Original)
IBM Connections V4.0 provides advanced social software features and functions for business that helps enable you to access the right people and internal and external content in your professional networks and communities. Here we cover the new features introduced in IBM Connections 4.
- You can now share a status update or file from anywhere in IBM Connections. Log in and then click the Share link in the header.
- The activity stream displays an aggregated view of the latest updates from people or events that you are following and people in your network.
- Introduction of an enhanced Metrics application employing the analytic capabilities of the IBM Cognos Business Intelligence server, which is provided as part of the IBM Connections installation. Administrators and designated users can work with interactive displays of global metrics by clicking Server Metrics in the footer. Community owners can view non-interactive reports for their communities by clicking Metrics in the navigation pane.
- The rich text editor has been upgraded to CKEditor 3.6.3 in this release.
- Profiles has been updated to include the activity stream, which shows the profile owner's latest updates from across IBM Connections.
- When viewing your search results, you can filter the results from Profiles to exclude inactive profiles by selecting Exclude Inactive People from the Show menu on the Profiles Search Results page.
- The social analytic widgets now recommends private as well as public content, based on your existing relationships with public and private content in IBM Connections.
- The Trending widget displays a list of the hot topics that are trending in your organization. The widget displays when you filter your search results using the Status Updates option.
- Status updates and microblogging content are now included in the analysis of the relationships that are used to recommend content and people in the social analytics widgets.
- Activity members are now displayed in a Members view within the activity.
- Standard activity owners can go to the Members view to make an activity public.
- Titles and descriptions in activity entries are automatically saved to prevent data loss.
- In an activity entry, you can link to files and folders in the Files application.
- Activity owners can convert an entry into a To-do item.
- Improved UI.
- When you install the Add Bookmark browser button, you also have the option to install a Discuss This and Related Community browser buttons for posting web pages to an IBM Connections forum or linking together related communities.
- Community owners can share information about upcoming events with the rest of the community.
- For deployments that make use of owner moderation of communities, owners can disable content approval and content flagging on individual communities.
- Ability to suggest communities for colleagues to join.
- You can now share status with members of your community.
- The Recent Updates view provides a centralized place to see what is new in a community.
- LDAP groups can now be added as members of a community.
You can now :
- Upload multiple files at the same time.
- Download all of the files in a view.
- Add files to a folder during upload.
- Select and perform actions on multiple files at one time.
- Delete a file version.
- Share folders with communities.
- Give community members access to edit files you own.
- Move files uploaded to a community to trash; from trash you and others can restore or delete the files.
- Stop sharing a file in one action, including removing the file from any shared folders and communities.
- Stop sharing files that were shared with you.
- A file’s owners and editors can lock and unlock the file.
- The Recommend file option has been changed to a Like file option.
- For files that you are adding or have added to a folder, you can give access to those files to anyone who has access to the folder.
- The summary page and tabs have been redesigned to provide more information.
- The Communities Files view displays files that are you can access through communities.
- Files that are referenced in one or more status updates are noted as such.
- When a user is notified by email that someone has added a topic to a forum, the user can click a Reply to this topic link in the email. This creates a response email the user can add content to and send. This create a new forum topic as a response to the topic they were notified about in the email. Attachments in the email are added to the response topic.
- You can add content from any web page or IBM Connections source to a forum topic by clicking a button in your browser tool bar. Click Bookmark or Discuss This, and then follow the steps for installing the Discuss This button. Then navigate to any web or IBM Connections page, click Discuss This, and select a forum to post the content to.
- Improved UI.
- The improved microblogging experience allows you to gather information in a meaningful way and act on it in context. You can now attach files to your status updates, and use hashtags to tag your updates and make them easier for other users to find. You can re-post status updates to share information with the people who are following you, or click Like to recommend an update. You can also preview images and download files to work on them locally.
- The Events widget helps you to keep track of upcoming community events that you are attending and that you are following. The widget is available from the activity stream views.
- The Board tab has been replaced with the Recent Updates tab on the user’s profiles page.
- The Recent Posts tab on the Profiles page has been removed. Recent posts appear under the profile owner’s Recent Updates tab.
- You can use the Recent Updates area on your profile page to post a status message.
- The business card has been redesigned for improved layout and access.
- On the Invite to My Network page, the Also Follow option is enabled by default.
- You can now accept a network invitation from the inviter's profile page.
- The Network Contact or Pending Invitation indicator label now displays next to the person’s name on their profile page.
- You can now accept an invitation to join a person’s network from that person’s profile page.
- All views are now together in the same list instead of separate tabs.
- See wikis you are following by clicking I am Following.
- Pages can be removed from a wiki by moving them to the trash. From the trash, pages can be deleted or restored to the wiki.
- You can now download a version of a page from the page comparison view, as an HTML file.
- The wiki editor has two new features: the editor area expands downward as you add content. As your editing space expands, a toolbar displays even if scrolling is required.
- The installation wizard is now based on IBM Installation Manager 1.4.4.
- You can install and configure IBM Cognos Business Intelligence, obtained separately, by using the scripts, models, and specifications that are included with IBM Connections.
- Console Mode is available. Use this character based interface to install, modify, or uninstall the product when you do not have access to the graphical interface.
- Silent installation has been extended so that you can install both IBM Connections and IBM Installation Manager in silent mode.
- The initial configuration of administrators for Home page and Blogs is now handled automatically during installation. However, to configure widgets, you still need to assign a Home page administrator.
- Preview mode for running Profiles synchronization commands.
- New Metrics interface.
- New commands and properties files for different features.
- Improved and enhanced Search APIs.
- Changes in Customization paths.
- Support for customized Sprited images.
- Ability to extend the deployment using JSTL tags.
- Ability to customize notifications.
- OAuth Support. Also, users can report a malicious application to an administrator who can remove it from the list of applications enabled for OAuth.
- Users can allow applications access to their Connections data without sharing credentials, and revoke that access at any time.
- New and enhanced APIs for improved performance and introduction of a new database and configuration file.