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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.... 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... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

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... more»
Aleksandra Puzyno
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/... 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... 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... 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»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

We tested Yammer for half a year. We switched into IBM Connections mostly because of Connections’ features: * Own... 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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EntCommMgr625
Real User
Enterprise Social Network Community Manager at a tech company with 501-1,000 employees
Nov 09 2016

What is most valuable?

* File versioning * Variety of content and file types that a user can share (images, gif, documents, embedded videos,... more»

How has it helped my organization?

The platform allows in a very easy way to create community and start collaborating. This value has been easily... more»

What needs improvement?

The platform is too dispersive and rigid. It should improve in usability and user interface customization by the user... more»

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

I would recommend that everyone adopt the cloud version. There is too much constant maintenance to be performed on the... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

We had tested Yammer before introducing seriously an enterprise social collaboration platform. We preferred IBM... more»

What other advice do I have??

I recommend internal testing of the functionality of the platform to understand the pros and cons compared to the modes... more»
Connectif0db
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... 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... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

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

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

IBM Connections has replaced a variety of solutions, including File Shares (shared drives), the company intranet, and the corporate directory.... 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»
Marion Vrielink
Real User
Project Manager at a K-12 educational company or school with 1,001-5,000 employees
Feb 21 2017

What is most valuable?

* Activity: Because this app offers a lot of possibilities. Our users use this a lot for meetings and do their work in it and in the communities to inform people about themes and... more»

How has it helped my organization?

We collaborate in a different, more effective way, with less mail and less physical meeting time. It supports the new way of working a lot. This solution makes it possible to work... more»

What needs improvement?

I would like to see a better UI and more user-friendly user interfaces. I would like to see them make the tool easier and more intuitive. We hear complaints from our users that... more»

What other advice do I have??

Be aware that this is a whole new way of working. The product needs an adoption process to help all users. And you need a goal for the solution. Otherwise, you face the risk that... more»
Enzo Stanzione
Real User
Social Business Advisor at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Feb 05 2017

What is most valuable?

I think that the main tools, after file management, are Activities, Community and online documentation management with... more»

How has it helped my organization?

All files managed by my team are generated directly in Connections, initially as personal files but shared with each... more»

What needs improvement?

The improvement's are could be more flexibility to manage files and to have a sync file area more intuitive and which... more»

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

The licensing for the two editions is more or less the same, although I think IBM solutions are cheap for the value... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

Basically, I worked with IBM and the IBM Lotus product for many decades, but I also know Microsoft products, such as... more»

What other advice do I have??

Adoption is the key that makes the difference. If you install/use it without a clear adoption plan, this solution... 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).

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

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... more»
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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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