IBM Lotus Notes/Domino 8.5.3 to ship with entitlement for IBM Connections Profiles and Files

As it is now the 4th in New Zealand, and Ed has started blogging on 8.5.3, I think we’re ok to repost this…

This is SUCH big news!

As of the release of IBM Lotus Notes & Notes 8.5.3, scheduled for tomorrow (October 4th 2011), customers that hold entitlements for IBM Lotus Domino (see list below) will automatically get the right to use IBM Connections Profiles and Files.

Entitlement to IBM Connections Files and Profiles, for no additional charge, allows you to tap into the knowledge of networks of professionals with a single click. This helps users to quickly find skills within their organization and to easily share content with other people and remove the need to send large files through email.

Whilst Notes has had the ability to integrate with Activities since 8.0 shipped, and Profiles since 8.5 became available, this is the first time that existing Notes/Domino customers have had the ability to add the features to their infrastructure at no extra cost.

Tap into the knowledge of networks of professionals with a single click through integration with IBM Connections

Lotus Notes 8.5.3 helps you quickly locate the people and content you need through integrated access to social tools from IBM Connections. This release provides an entitlement to the Files and Profiles features of IBM Connections 3.0.1 to customers with these licenses :

  • IBM Lotus Domino Enterprise Client Access License
  • IBM Lotus Domino Messaging Client Access License
  • IBM Lotus Domino Collaboration Express License
  • IBM Lotus Domino Messaging Express License

As a Lotus Notes customer, you can now deploy and access the Files and Profiles features of IBM Connections at no additional charge.

Access to the Files feature allows users to easily share content with other people and remove the need to send large files through email. It also allows you to socialize content you create, allowing people to easily find it, make recommendations, and share with other people.

Profiles helps users find the people they need by searching across the organization’s content using tags to identify expertise, current projects, and responsibilities. It socializes skills, interests, and organizational structure for others to discover and benefit from.

As most of our customers that have have Notes and Connections in place are aware, this integration makes a massive impact on Notes users – the ability to seamlessly look up social profile data about email senders and recipients, to update one’s status from inside the Notes client, to manage shared files through the sidebar plugin with the ability to drag/drop documents and files into a shared repository. Significant improvements, all now free with your entitlement!

IBM’s strength with Notes/Domino has always been integration and collaboration, not just mail & IM.  This makes it much easier to offer seamless collaboration in the Notes mail client.  Let’s go do it!

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Stuart McIntyre is a Senior Strategist at Fostering Community Limited. He curates a number of product-focused news sites, is a lapsed podcaster, founded the Social Connections user group and regularly speaks at conferences and events. This blog represents his own slightly-eccentric and usually-controversial opinions!