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Joseph Pizzitola
Real User
VIP it and security at Imagining business machines llc
Mar 08 2017

What is most valuable?

I really like the files and the wikis, since we use that heavily in my department. Throughout the company, obviously there are different advantages for the different departments. Our… more»

What needs improvement?

Actually, I'm seeing all the previews for the IBM Connections version 6 product and I think a lot of the stuff that we would like is coming out in that version itself. One of our VP… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

Our CEO is a visionary and he is always looking for a new and better way to do things. When he first saw the Connections product, it was probably about 6-7 years ago. With him, it… more»

What other advice do I have?

It's absolutely worthwhile but it is not a technology project, it is a cultural project. In order to get traction on an implementation with any social system like this, you've got to… more»
Anonymous User
Real User
Senior Manager of Network at a mining and metals company with 10,001+ employees
Jun 12 2017

What is most valuable?

* Access to platform resources from all over the world * Blogs * Fast search of employees/groups/ communities/employees’… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The most noticeable improvement was in the communication between the R&D department and the service department, who until… more»

What needs improvement?

We suggested over 40 improvement of the system in 2014, but nothing has changed in the 4.5 version. After a few months of… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I advise only buying a few licenses and test different solutions among a group of employees from different departments… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We tested Yammer for half a year. We switched into IBM Connections mostly because of Connections’ features: * Own server *… more»

What other advice do I have?

It is very important to set the proper goal for such an implementation and to verify the goal in the organization. The… more»
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Anonymous User
Real User
Connections administrator
Mar 08 2017

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features of Connections would be that it opens up communication silos that previously existed in the company. Instead of… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The benefits are, first and foremost, we get to find out exactly what other business units are doing in the company. You work for a company for a… more»

What needs improvement?

They seem to be implementing some of what we want in the upcoming versions, like an onboarding wizard. Having an easier way to integrate with other… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We didn't previously have anything else. Through marketing material, we saw what the capabilities are. Management had the foresight to recognize… more»

What other advice do I have?

Do your research. Don't skimp on marketing within the company, in terms of adoption. Invest heavily in adoption strategy, because you can put it… more»
Andre Horak
Consultant
Social Business Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Mar 31 2017

What is most valuable?

IBM Connections Profiles are the heart and soul of IBM Connections. It changes the way knowledge is shared and found by allowing users to identify… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Important information, like policies, procedures, and corporate templates, has become easy to find and has reduced wasted time and user… more»

What needs improvement?

Various plugins are available for Microsoft Windows desktops and this adds tremendously to the user experience. Mac users currently only have File… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

IBM Connections has replaced a variety of solutions, including File Shares (shared drives), the company intranet, and the corporate directory. IT… more»

What other advice do I have?

Work with an IBM Business Partner who has skills and expertise, not only in the installation and configuration of the IBM Connections Suite of… more»
Victor Toal
Real User
Chief Solutions Architect at a tech consulting company with self employed
Jul 07 2017

What is most valuable?

Search functionality and notifications: The search functionality is very well developed and can be easily filtered. All search results take data… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It has improved collaboration between users. The ability to have a definitive location for data to collaborate around. The search and incidental… more»

What needs improvement?

There is an issue with scaling the Solr Search add-on (see the scalability section).

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

I did not previously use a different solution.

What other advice do I have?

Get somebody to help you with the initial planning and install. The most important part of this product is not the technology but rather the effort… more»
John Munro
Real User
Director at a tech consulting company with 51-200 employees
Feb 23 2017

What is most valuable?

Connections is a social business platform whose key value is the richness of the environment, all accessed in one place… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The directors of the company no longer use email for communication with each other. Instead, we use the Activity Stream… more»

What needs improvement?

I would recommend the following areas for improvement: * The UI can always be improved. The UI for Verse is fine but some… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

There are basically two subscriptions; one with email included and one without. Subscription is for a minimum of 12… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We have not used another solution.

What other advice do I have?

To get the most out of this product, the challenge is not technical but changing the way people work, in other words; user… more»
MarcoEnsing
Real User
IBM Technical Software Specialist at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Apr 23 2017

What is most valuable?

The Homepage/Activity Stream keeps you to up-to-date as to what is happening throughout your organization. I like the ability to create, edit, and… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Finding expertise becomes so much easier, especially for international companies who reside all over the world. Certain solutions aren't solely… more»

What needs improvement?

Activities: * The Connections Mobile app doesn't work in the same manner as the web version. Sorting is different and not all options are available… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We were using Lotus Quickr. It was old, slow, and had a very small user base. There was not much potential.

What other advice do I have?

Keep your eyes open for IBM Connections 6.0 and the future version of Connections, Connections Pink. This version will move away from the IBM… more»
Walter Ebeling
Real User
Senior Vice President Global IT Services at a logistics company with 10,001+ employees
Mar 31 2017

What is most valuable?

It provides very potent document sharing with very good integration with the Microsoft desktop and smart phones. It… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We are able to integrate global units and have hierarchy-free communication. Teams on multiple sites are able to… more»

What needs improvement?

The product has a pretty flat structure for communities; they are in principle a long list. This gets easily overcrowded… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Licensing price was very competitive compared to Jive or SharePoint. Open source was not feature complete and would have… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We did pilot SharePoint and moved to Connections due to licensing costs, lack of features and the bad reputation of… more»

What other advice do I have?

Use IBM Greenhouse for a test drive of Connections. This works also for Smartphones.
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What is IBM Connections?

IBM Connections™ is a leading unified collaboration and social networking solution that helps you filter out the noise to get work done. Connections empowers your teams and organization to engage with the right experts, accelerate innovation, and deliver results. All the collaboration tools you need to be productive are united under a single sign-on so you can reduce time spent switching between disparate tools and focus on the people and work that matters most. Experience a security-rich and business-compliant environment sanctioned by IT. Confidently share knowledge within your teams and your organization, and extend collaboration beyond traditional boundaries. Connections can enable you to improve decision-making, increase productivity, and accelerate time-to-market. Shift from being merely productive, to truly effective with Connections today.

IBM Connections can help you: Engage experts. People-centric platform enables you to easily locate the expertise you need, right now. Accelerate innovation. Illuminate and promote new ideas within a thriving social network of teams and communities. Empower teams. Get work done together and take action; anywhere—from any device. Deliver results. Leverage cognitive insights to prioritize results and arrive at better outcomes. Extend collaboration. Safely collaborate with customers and partners, bringing them into the conversation.

Also known as
Lotus Connections
IBM Connections customers

Yamato Financial Co. Ltd., University of Zurich, Gwinnett County Public Schools, Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V., Telus, Rabobank, Christian Brothers Services, Grupo Financiero Banorte, The Loft Group, Dow Water & Process Solutions, JGC Corporation, College of Medicine, Swansea University, solvito GmbH, Loft Group, Hamm-Reno Group GmbH, Geno SA

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