Podcast: What’s new in IBM Connections 4

IBM Connections product managers Suzanne Livingston, Mac Guidera, Baan Slavens, and Luis Benitez fill us in on the new features of the Connections 4 (IC4) release, including:

  • Embedded experiences and activity streams
  • Improvements to the home page
  • Easily sharing information from any context with the Sharebox
  • What’s coming in the Connections mobile apps
  • Reporting and metrics (over 100 new reporting capabilities)
  • Bridging content from external websites and news sources
  • And more…

Here are a few links to help get you up to speed on Connections 4:

What’s new in IBM Connections 4?
IBM Connections 4 Reviewer’s Guide
New Capabilities in Connections 4 (there’s also a YouTube video link on that page)

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Podcast: IBM Connections, Social Recognition, and TemboSocial

Steven Green, CEO of TemboSocial (@TemboSocial), tells us all about The Hive. It’s peer-to-peer social recognition software that integrates with IBM Connections to help share knowledge, stories, and corporate culture among employees. Topics we covered included:

  • The importance of awards, achievements, and peer recognition
  • How all this ties into corporate culture and values
  • 400,000+ stories on The Hive site for TD Bank since 2009
  • How does this integrate with IBM Connections?
  • Is it difficult to get management and/or employees to use something like this?
  • The way that stories become company assets
  • Analytics and reporting
  • The use of promotional banners to bring employees back the site

As we mentioned in the podcast, there is a video demo on YouTube and plenty more information on the TemboSocial website. For more information, Chris Miller also has a video interview with Steven Green you can check out.

This show runs 39:32.

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Podcast: Getting started with IBM Connections application development

In this episode of The Taking Notes Podcast (@takingnotespod) we talked about developing applications for IBM’s Connections social software platform. We were joined by three very special guests:

Topics covered during the show included:

  • Overview of the options available to developers (APIs, Widgets, Java)
  • How widgets and apps are deployed within Connections
  • Integrating apps with the Connections Profile
  • Surfacing apps and widgets within Communities
  • How IBM Connections Next will utilize OpenSocial and ActivityStrea.ms
  • How Kudos Badges was built and how it integrates and is managed within Connections
  • Why developers should use XPages to extend Connections
  • How you can work with iWidgets and XPages
  • How to access the Connections REST API’s from XPages
  • Where you can find and download sample XPages apps
  • What other extensibility features might be important for XPages developers
  • and much more…

Resources:
http://ibm.co/StartSocial – Landing for all things ICS development related including Notes/Domino “Next” and Connections “Next”
http://xpag.es/?ForConnections
http://openntf.org/p/xpages%20for%20connections

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