IBM Connections is social software for business. Its function is to empower innovation and speed up work processes by using dynamic networks of co-workers, partners and customers.

Most of us have used social networking websites such as Facebook, Twitter or Linked-In. They are a huge success in allowing millions of users to keep in touch and share each other's lives. While these sites are great for personal use, you probably don't want to use them to store corporate information or to collaborate with your business partner.

This is where IBM Connections comes in.

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Social Networking for Business

So how is social software going to work in your business? The power of Connections is really in the content. Check out what you can do with it...

DISCOVER others Profiles
CONNECT in Communities
SHARE your Bookmarks
UPDATE with a Blog
ORGANISE your Activities
UPLOAD your Files
INFORM with work Status Updates
IDENTIFY using Tags
CONVERSE on the Board

All in one location. All at the click of the mouse. Imagine the knowledge and expertise that would be at your finger tips!

Check out the video of Connections in action.
So if you would like more information on IBM Connections please Contact Us and we would be happy to help. Also make sure you have a look at our Ignition for IBM Connections program.
Home Page

The IBM Connections home page provides you with a consolidated, customisable overview of your social network. Using the home page you get an overview of your social network and you can rearrange the layout to suit your preferences.

Profiles are the part of IBM Connections that helps you quickly find the people you need by searching across your organisation using keywords to identify expertise, current projects, and responsibilities. You can find people based on things like the person's name, their organisation, location, reporting structure and interests. An integrated directory and expertise location engine, IBM Connections profiles help you identify and work with key people who have specific knowledge or strategic business relationships. Profiles let you tap into the knowledge capital within your organisation, and makes it easy to establish new business contacts.

Communities helps people who share a common interest to collaborate by exchanging and sharing information or interacting with one another via their Web browser, IBM Sametime, and email software. A Community can take advantage of all the other parts of IBM Connections in the same way that an individual user can — for example, Communities can be discovered the same way people are discovered. And communities can have their own bookmarks (discoverable via Bookmarks) and Activities.

Save, organise and share bookmarks; discover bookmarks that have been qualified by others with similar interests & expertise. Bookmarks gives people a better way to manage their own bookmarks as well as share, subscribe and search the community's bookmarks. It will be easier than ever before to share information and accelerate innovation. With Bookmarks, you can discover where people get their information and often a bookmark that someone has tagged will be exactly the information that you are looking for. The fact that they have already found it and thought it worthy of being tagged with Bookmarks often means that the quality of the link is very high!

Blogs help you connect with people - whether you know them or not, whether they are inside or outside your enterprise. They help you build communities of shared interest. They give each person in the organisation a voice. Because blogging is as natural as writing an email, you can share your unique perspective and expertise — and solicit feedback — without worrying about filling up everyone's inbox!

Activities help you organise your work, plan next steps, and invite members of your professional networks to help execute your everyday deliverables, faster. You can organise Activities into sections. For example, you might organise the the activity for a meeting with sections for the logistics, meeting presentations, meeting agenda, key to-dos, etc. You can create and name the sections and then save the activity as a template for reuse. An activity's data entry form can also be customised — rename the fields and add new fields to match your unique business requirements.

Files provides a convenient way to share documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and other types of files with people without the need to send large files through e-mail.

With the new file sharing service, you can:

* Upload files and share them with others as readers or editors
* Choose to share files with selected individuals, groups and communities, or make them public
* View sharing properties, such as who has shared a file and with whom, people who have downloaded files
* Manage versions of a file, and allow others to upload new versions of a file
* Tag files to make them easy to find
* Recommend and comment on files
* Locate files by searching for text in the title or body of the file
* Sort files alphabetically by their name, the most recent first, the number of downloads, or by size
* Organise files in public or private collections

Wikis make it easier for you and your teams to collaboratively share and edit. With wikis, you can:

* Create wikis that are stand alone or associated with a community
* Create wiki pages; enter and edit content
* Compare wiki page versions to see what was changed
* Subscribe to wiki pages to be notified of changes
* Comment on pages

Wikis help teams to collaboratively enter, edit, and publish Web page content.