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IBM Connections Review

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About IBM Connections

IBM ConnectionsIBM Connections is an office productivity, social networking, and BI analytics platform designed from the ground-up for in-house business use. A multi-functional platform, IBM Connections facilitates social interaction and also serves as a productivity hub. On the social side, Connections provides a social activity stream, which can pull in activity from third party applications. Real-time analytics can be used to instantly create customer or employee social groups to address emerging industry trends or negative sentiment. Connections automatically logs all activity, making compliance with e-discovery requests a breeze.

Connections can be accessed on local networks, from the cloud, and using mobile apps for Android, Blackberry, and iOS. A focused dashboard provides access to basic business applications such as email and calendar, and also allows users to collaborate on popular document formats using embedded apps. Connections is fully integrated with IBM’s other Lotus-based offerings, including Lotus Quickr, another popular IBM business collaboration solution, and IBM’s Lotus Notes workspace software, as well as Microsoft’s Office Suite.

Widely considered the leading social business software on the market today, IBM Connections (formerly IBM Lotus Connections) is the culmination of IBM’s own efforts to develop in-house social networking software appropriate for the business world. A major update to the software was completed in 2012, greatly expanding the analytics capabilities and third party integration of Connections (which has now adopted the OpenSocial standard).

About IBM
International Business Machines or IBM is a publicly traded global technology and consulting corporation headquartered in Armonk, New York. IBM provides computer hardware and software, and it offers infrastructure, hosting and consulting services in fields ranging from server farms to nanotechnology.

IBM Connections Key Features

  • Centralized dashboard for office productivity and social networking features
  • Integrated with IBM Lotus and Microsoft Office Suites
  • OpenSocial means integration with most popular social applications
  • Real-time big data analytics integrated with social networking features
  • Activity stream to quickly view Connections and third party activities
  • Automatic logging of Connections social activity facilitates e-discovery
  • Android, Blackberry, and iOS applications

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