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IBM Connections Extension From Connections Limited Entitlement - license

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  • License + 1 Year Software Subscription and Support
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  • level BL
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Main Features
  • License + 1 Year Software Subscription and Support
  • 1 authorized user
  • Passport
  • level BL
  • Linux
  • Win
  • AIX
IBM Connections is social software for business that is designed to help users easily access and work with the members of their professional network, including their colleagues, customers, and partners.

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System Requirements
Platform: AIX , Linux , Windows

Bundled Support: 1 Year Software Subscription and Support
License Category: License
License Qty: 1 authorized user
License Type: License
Licensing Program: Passport Advantage

Support Details Full Contract Period: 1 year

Brand: IBM
Compatibility: PC , Unix
Manufacturer: IBM
Model: Extension From Connections Limited Entitlement
Packaged Quantity: 1
Product Line: IBM Connections

Service & Support
Type: New releases update

Service & Support Details
Service Type: New releases update

Response Time: 2 hours
Service Availability (Hours a Day): Business hours
Service Type: Phone consulting

Service Availability (Days a Week): Monday-Sunday
Service Availability (Hours a Day): 24 hours a day
Service Type: Emergency phone consulting

Service Type: Web knowledge base access

Service Type: E-mail consulting

Category: Office applications
Subcategory: Office applications - groupware

License Pricing: Volume
Pricing Level: Level BL

Product Reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 by 4reviewers.
Rated 4 out of 5 by The Community feature allows access to projects and their data remains within the group. All other Connections' functionalities are included internally. Valuable Features:Some of the valuable features in this product are:* Profiles – It is easy to find people with similar tech skills and reach out to them internally for a project requirement. Project managers find it easy to know who in the organization possesses a skill that matches the requirement.* Community - Access to projects and their data remains within the group and all other Connections' functionalities are included internally as a feature, which is great.Improvements to My Organization:Initially, only our technical team used this product for mainly two purposes - One as file sharing and the other was Communities. However, now our HR team has also started using it, to know more about the employees and their skill levels.Room for Improvement:Development of more customized widgets as per the organization’s requirement is one area, which if improved, will attract even those employees who don't use this product often.Use of Solution:I have used this product for more than four years.Stability Issues:I have not encountered any stability issues.Scalability Issues:I have not encountered any scalability issues.Technical Support:I would give the technical support a 4/5 rating.Previous Solutions:Previously, we also had another wiki solution to manage project documentation for sharing with other teammates. But, we found wikis in IBM Connections can be used in the same way and hence we decided to move out.Initial Setup:As the version of the product moves up, the complexity of setup also increases, with many other features getting added.Cost and Licensing Advice:This is not something that I manage.Other Solutions Considered:We did not evaluate other options prior to his product.Other Advice:The infrastructure team needs a skilled, technical person who is familiar with this product.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions. November 30, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by It provides context to information, either by organizing related information, data and files in communities, or by simply adding tags to persons and all kinds of data. Valuable Features:The most important feature of IBM Connections is that it is a Social Collaboration suite covering nearly all aspects of modern enterprise communication and collaboration. As a comprehensive set of Enterprise 2.0 tools, Connections can serve many purposes in an enterprise and so be useful for many people inside. It is therefore superior to any single-purpose tools that sometimes might be better in specific functions, but are only useful for a small group. The reduction of information silos is one of the most important challenges enterprises are facing today and it can only succeed if everybody in the enterprise is using the same platform for open communication and collaboration.Improvements to My Organization:The whole organization benefits from one of the most important key features of Connections: It provides context to everything either by organizing related information, data and files in communities or by simply adding tags to persons and all kinds of data. Context also means that conversations and discussions happen exactly where they belong and not somewhere else (e-mail, phone, ...).Room for Improvement:The wiki is the weakest part of Connections compared to standalone wiki solutions. I would love to see improvements in this area.Use of Solution:I have used it since 2007.Deployment Issues:I have not really encountered any deployment, stability or scalability issues. Stability and scalability are excellent due to the underlying platform, IBM WebSphere. Deployment on premises takes between 3-5 days and requires good, skilled and experienced technicians. Deployment in the IBM cloud is easy. Major upgrades on premises are sometimes challenging and should only be done by experienced technicians.Technical Support:Technical support is good, but could be better, as always.Previous Solutions:Previously, we mainly used email, which for collaboration purposes has a lot of disadvantages: It has no structure (personal email folders are not a collaboration tool), it is highly redundant, you neither know the status or the context of a message and finally, it is another silo. Sharing is way more efficient than distributing.Initial Setup:Initial setup is complex because you have to deal with installation and integration of several systems: WebSphere Application Server, HTTP server, relational database, LDAP, Tivoli Directory Integrator for syncing user data between LDAP and Connections, IBM Cognos for BI, e-mail integration.Implementation Team:We provide implementation of Connections as a service and did it ourselves.Cost and Licensing Advice:Some IBM business partners offer very attractive prices if you combine Connections licenses with one of their add-on solutions.Other Advice:IBM Connections is a software product but deploying Connections is not mainly an IT project. You should know WHY you are deploying it and which GOALS you want to achieve with it. Otherwise, it will fail even if the infrastructure is running perfectly.Disclaimer: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:My company is an IBM Business Partner. September 23, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by I find that communities is one of the best features of the product. Valuable Features:* Business contacts network: You can define a business network like LinkedIn, but limited to your installation. You can also view the organizational chart inside the tool.* Communities: One of the best functionality of the product. Complete functionalities.* Automatic notifications: Users receive notification of all activities done on Connections. When files created, modified, ..., the platform advise users of some of the contents within the function of the role and the past activities. Users can also decide the way in which notifications are sent (they can filter the type of event and also the timing).Improvements to My Organization:Marketing has created a community open to all internal employees where it has centralized all marketing content (brochures, presentations, communications).Compared to the past, now we have a single point of interest where all content is available, and all employees receive a notification when new content is published. In addition, all employees can provide feedback and a personal impression about all shared content.Room for Improvement:File management: File management is a little poor. For example, you don’t have the ability to create a folder or organize the contents of a folder. Some functionalities are available only if the customer also buys the IBM FileNet platform.User management: Users are mainly on LDAP. There is no way to create a user “on the fly” and to add it to a community or business network. You must track all users on LDAP before interacting with them and this is very boring, especially if you have to interact with external users.Use of Solution:I have used it for two years.Stability Issues:I had some problems on earlier releases; in 4.5, I’ve only noticed some browser incompatibilities.Scalability Issues:I have not encountered any scalability issues.Technical Support:Technical support is 8/10.Previous Solutions:I did not previously use a different solution.Initial Setup:Initial setup has been simple.Cost and Licensing Advice:Pricing is not so “easy to access”; licencing is for a single user.Other Solutions Considered:Before choosing this product, I did not evaluate other options.Other Advice:It’s very important to understand what you want to do with “social” before implementing something on the platform.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions. September 22, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by I have used both Jive and MS Sharepoint in the past - I find Connections a lot more intuitive Valuable Features:Ability to quickly setup a organisation in connections cloud and get them working on the full set of collaboration features - from Communities, advanced file sharing, Blogs, wikis, activity streams and good old e-mail (now via the great new way to work - IBM Verse!).Training, education and the development of use cases is a key factor in the adoption of any Social business Solution. With IBM connections cloud you are able to get the users active in the solution from day one and start developing Social Solutions that deliver real business outcomes!Improvements to My Organization:Lots!!Directory of expertise, using communities to connect internal with external parties, merger and acquisition work and most of all - find out things in the company that you did not know where happening!Room for Improvement:Communities, File sharing andkeeping up to date via the Connections activity stream.Use of Solution:IBM Connections Cloud - 2 years +Deployment Issues:As it is cloud based and easy to onboard user, no real issues encountered!Stability Issues:NoneScalability Issues:NoneCustomer Service:Very good!Technical Support:ExcellentPrevious Solutions:I have used both Jive and MS Sharepoint in the past - I find Connections a lot more intuitive and easy to get people using the solution!Initial Setup:No real issues encounteredImplementation Team:mix of both in house and external consutants (with myself as the main co-ordinator).ROI:To get people who have not used any Social technology using the environment on a daily bases.Other Solutions Considered:YEs, Connections On Premise. Due to the IT strategy of Cloud first, we decided to go with IBM Connections Cloud.Other Advice:Start small, develop use cases with the usser community. Appoint champion users and train them in new ways of work.Employ an experienced group of consultants who know IBM Connections and IBM Connectiosn CloudDisclaimer: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:IBM Business partner BUT a user of IBM Connections since it was launched in 2007! May 26, 2015
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