September 25, 2017 | Written by: Martin Donnelly and Heath McCarthy
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A Brave New (and Pink) World
Part of the Pink vision for IBM Connections is extensibility – i.e. that IBM Connections becomes a highly customizable and extensible platform. New Pink offerings like OrientMe, ImportantToMe and so forth achieve this by exposing customizable feature sets as extension points which can be configured in a no-code/low-code manner to rejig the user experience and other built-in component behaviours. But what about traditional Connections apps like Communities, Homepage, Profiles, Files etc? These offerings don’t have extension points but customers would still like to modify aspects of their look, feel and behaviour – and that’s where IBM Connections Customizer comes in!
What is Customizer?
Can You Use Customizer Today?
Yes! There is a Customizer Pilot Program running from now until Customizer officially ships which means you can have your IBM Connections Cloud organization enabled for Customizer and start experimenting with UI extensions immediately … well, generally within 24 hours ☺ Not got an IBM Connections Cloud account? No problem – you can create a free trial org on IBM Connections Cloud and request that it is Customizer enabled.
Three Great Reasons To Get Involved Now!
IBM in conjunction with OpenCode4Connections.org are running an event to jump start community involvement with IBM Connections Customizer. You have one month (Sept 14 to Oct 12) to get set up for Customizer and create some nifty Connections customizations – anything you care to imagine! Then you can submit your customizations to OpenCode4Connections.org for evaluation and the top three entrants will be rewarded with iPad Minis. Winners will be announced at Social Connections in Vienna on October 16/17.
What To Do …
1. Get yourself a Customizer-enabled org – your own or a temporary trial account
2. Use the online doc videos and samples to get up to speed with Customizer
3. Experiment with some customizations in your IBM Connections Cloud org
4. Submit one or more customizations to opencode4connections.org for evaluation
Good luck – there’s never been a better time to get customizing !