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March 14, 2017

IBM updates Connections, its enterprise social network

The move focuses on a simpler collaboration across the workforce and employee onboarding experience.

By CBR Staff Writer

IBM has added new features to its enterprise social network platform in order to make it easier for employees to collaborate with each other.

The latest version of the platform, IBM Connections, is set to be released on 28 March. It will also include tools to help onboard new employees.

The updated IBM Connections will integrate with IBM Cloud Object Storage, offering companies the ability to scale their storage requirements with their employees’ usage and enhance storage costs.

IBM described the platform as a business social network that accelerates and encourages innovation within enterprises, making it simpler for employees to share knowledge between themselves.

Connections helps users improve decision-making, increase productivity and speed up time to market on a platform that is delivered on premises or as software as a service on IBM Cloud, the company said.

The latest version of the platform, IBM Connections 6.0, has been redesigned with a focus on highlighting the most useful content from an employee’s social network with a new feature called Orient Me.

Orient Me uses a new containerised, API-driven architecture to bring the most appropriate information to a user’s notice.

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In addition, the new version of Connections will include a Touchpoint experience for new users.

IBM Connections

Touchpoint intends to make it easier for new employees by offering them an easy login procedure as well as the ability to follow their colleagues’ activities and join communities to start working more efficiently.

The Touchpoint experience also makes community management easier for network administrators by copying designs from existing communities.

IBM Connections offers companies with a social network that can use high powered analytics across several channels such as blogs, wikis, activity streams and others.

It also allows for employees to connect with each other and collaborate on work products via a single interface.

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