What not to miss at IBM Connect 2017: Connections Pink

IBM Connect 2017 takes place later this month in San Francisco, and the last-minute push to increase attendance is already underway. I’m a big fan of the new venue, and the shift from Florida to California, and so really hope that the event is a huge success.

One of the interesting aspects of the registration push has been the unveiling of some information that previously being kept relatively quiet – if not under NDA, certainly out of the limelight

IT revolves around you

T’was ten years ago… (Lotus Connections & Quickr)

Unfortunately I’ve just missed the actual anniversary, but I thought it worth celebrating that this week marks a decade since the announcement (on 22nd January 2007) of two products that have had an immense impact on my working life, Lotus IBM Connections and Lotus Quickr.

IBM Connections Cloud maintenance screenshot

Giving the wrong impression

Like many long-time IBM Connections Cloud users, my muscle memory was to access the site via the lotuslive.com URL (the longest-lasting of the few brands that service has had over the years). Sadly IBM has now retired this, and so collabserv.com seems to be the way to go (you may remember that my thoughts on that […]

POODLE in the repeat

POODLE in the repeat Lately we have heard a lot of POODLE I have already blogged about it twice here and here at ibmconnections.com. But there is much more to tell about it so that the reason I am creating this article. Nowadays when we talk about POODLE we have to specify which one (to […]

Use and Adoption of IBM Connections – State of the Market 4Q2014

Michael Sampson has just published the results of this year’s IBM Connections usage survey: A couple of months ago I kicked off a global survey on the use and adoption of IBM Connections. The survey garnered 58 valid responses, and the results are finally available. They are really fascinating results and statistics, and it’s going […]

IBM FileNet (CCM) and soccnx

Last 2 days (13 & 14 November) the most important User Group for the IBM Connections world has been held in Stockholm in Sweden called “Social Connections”. I attended this event and it was a perfectly organized event once again ! On this event I meet several people who have asked me the following question, […]

Stop sending me attachments! Part 3: but how?

So after exploring the reasons why users still send e-mail (part 1) and trying to analyse the reasons why people have not changed their ways and how products have not helped the people either (part 2). In this third and last part of the essay present six idea’s to fix the fact that people don’t just […]

Stop sending me attachments!! Part 2: the analysis…

So there are many reasons why people have their habits (part 1), not least in the product they use in their daily work life. So in part 2 I will explore the technology angle and look for causes why tools are the way they are and why a seamless integrated platform is harder then it looks. […]

Stop sending me attachments!!

Introduction Before I begin, let’s first introduce myself. My name is Robert van den Breemen. I am working as an Enterprise IT Architect for over 15 years in a large Dutch government department. I am passionate about technology and the effect it has on the way people work. As the lead in the Digital Workspace […]

An update on IBM Connections and the POODLE vulnerability

*** UPDATE: 10:53GMT, 3 November 2014 *** As reader Oliver Regelmann has commented below, these fixes are sadly not for the POODLE issue at all, but to fix an altogether different vulnerability in Connections, caused by a issue in Apache Commons FileUpload. My fellow contributor, Sjaak Ursinus, created a detailed post a couple of weeks back detailing […]

Using IBM Connections? Please complete this research survey!

My good friend and esteemed analyst and author, Michael Sampson, is asking for feedback on your usage of IBM Connections: I am running a research survey on how organizations are using IBM Connections. The survey has 17 questions, spread across four pages: Demographics and Current State of Connections Current and Forecasted Use of IBM Connections […]

Ovum Research publishes ‘SWOT Assessment: IBM Connections Version 5.0 and IBM SmartCloud Connections’

Ovum Research ‘create tangible business advantage for our customers by providing actionable intelligence that can be relied upon in evaluating opportunities, benchmarking performance, and making better business-critical decisions.‘ In short, they research and analyse the IT industry, thus providing insight to their customers – usually commercial organisations looking to take strategic decisions on IT investments. […]

IBM Connections 4.5 CR5 is now available

When IBM Connections was first released, all patches to the on-premises code were released as iFixes – individual fix packages that could be installed and deinstalled individually. This was really flexible and allowed issues to be patched very quickly but also lead to very time-consuming patching processes and almost every system I visited had a […]

Experiences with IBM Connections 5

I just wanted to quickly recommend a couple of posts from Julius Schwarzweller at German IBM business partner, GIS AG. He was quick to get hold of the new IBM Connections 5.0 release and has been working with it for the past few weeks. He’s been kind enough to document his findings on a couple […]

Apache Struts security issues ‐ time to patch your IBM Connections install

I’ve just come across an IBM technote from May 2014 that has been updated over the last few days, listing details of a number of vulnerabilities in Apache Struts: [titled_box title=”Vulnerability Details”]Several security vulnerabilities have been reported against Apache Struts through April 2014. IBM Connections uses Struts. A version of the package that is vulnerable to […]

Ephox EditLive for IBM Connections updated

The powerful enhanced rich text editor for IBM Connections, Ephox EditLive, has just been updated to version 2.5.2.45 and is available from IBM FixCentral: 1. interim fix: EditLive-for-IBM-Connections-4.5 Ephox EditLive 2.5.2.45 for IBM Connections 4.5. Platforms: AIX, Linux, Windows Applies to versions: 4.5.0.0 Upgrades to: Severity: 30 – Moderate Impact/High Probability of Occurrence Categories: Function Abstract: […]

IBM Connections QuickSearch for Chrome updated

I first blogged about the IBM Connections QuickSearch plugin for Google Chrome three weeks ago. Back then it was at version 1.8. Remarkably since then the author, Romain Lienard, has released four updated versions: [titled_box title=”Changelog for IBM Connections QuickSearch”] V.2.2: – New group feature !!! – Can now post a message to the user’s board […]

IBM Sanity Validation Tool for IBM Connections 4.5

A new and very neat IBM tool has been added to the IBM Collaboration Solutions Catalog in the last week or so: [titled_box title = “The Sanity Validation Tool for IBM Connections 4.5”]The Sanity Validation Tool for IBM Connections 4.5 release was developed to help developers, system administrators, support engineers and eventually customers during their deployment of […]

TemboSocial Ideas for IBM Connections

I’ve long felt that ideation is a prime use case for IBM Connections and other social collaboration platforms. Others clearly feel the same way, and whilst standalone tools such as Yambla, BrightIdea and even Elguji’s IdeaJam have been very successful, in my experience it is when ideation is at the centre of a well-designed ESN […]

Watch out for quotes!

Just a reminder to be watchful of non-standard characters in IBM Connections user names, and also to thoroughly review your IBM Connections TDI logs on a regular basis.  This is a current APAR (IBM ID required): [titled_box title = “IBM APAR LO81076”]LO81076: USERS WHO ARE REGISTED WITH QUOTATION MARKS IN THEIR NAMES CANNOT USE CONNECTIONS PROPERLY […]

Greenhouse now running IBM Connections 5.0

This was a pleasant surprise this morning: Yes, the IBM Greenhouse has been upgraded to IBM Connections 5.0.0.0. New features including External Collaboration (which isn’t strictly relevant to the Greenhouse), improvements to Files and file-sync (using the new mobile apps and desktop plugins), plus significant significant enhancements to the activity stream and @mentions should all […]

Free self-paced IBM Connections 5.0 Workshop

More good news from IBM’s Paul Godby – this time discussing a new self-paced workshop, explicitly for IBM Connections 5.0: [titled_box title = “IBM Connections 5.0 workshop”]In the IBM Connections 5.0 Workshop, you will learn about the new and existing capabilities of IBM Connections and IBM Connections Mobile. You will learn how to implement external […]