I've got a grate video from Brendon Seppa, where he is comparing social file sharing capabilities of IBM Connections 3.0.1 and MS Sharepoint 2010.
Try to guess who wins the battle ;-)
Enjoy the fight here:
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Together with the new version of IBM Connections, the plugin for Microsoft Office was updated. Here is the description of it from catalog.lotus.com:
There are two grate demos of how it works. Here is the first one for MS Outlook: IBM Connections and Outlook demo
And the second one for Word and PowerPoint: IBM Connections and Office demo
And here is where to find the plugin itself: IBM Connections plug-in for MS Office and Windows on catalog.lotus.com
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Grate news everyone!
Yesterday, April 5, IBM Connections 3.0.1 was announced! All the new features are added to the Communities service and the description from the announcement letter:
Moderating community content
Community owners are provided with new capabilities for the moderation of a community's content. These capabilities help community owners realize the benefits of active and vibrant community participation, while having the confidence of being able to moderate the content that appears in a community.
Enhancing communities with video and photo sharing
The Media Gallery feature permits the sharing of videos and photos with a community. These capabilities can help attract more visitors to a community by creating a more compelling and satisfying experience for community members.
Generating ideas within a community
The Ideation Blog feature is designed to help simplify the sharing of ideas within a community, voting on the ideas and moving the best ideas forward as projects. These new capabilities can, for example, help gather ideas from customers in a structured manner, and facilitate turning the best ideas into new services and offerings.
Integration with Enterprise Content Management (ECM) repositories
The ECM integration helps users to store, access, and edit documents residing in FileNet® Content Manager and IBM Content Manager from within a Community.
In addition you can try all this new and shiny capabilities in this community on Greenhouse: IBM Connections 3.0.1 Demo Community on Lotus Greenhouse.
And here is the video demo from YouTube:
Today is TFDOSM (The First Day Of Summer in Moscow).
But it seems that the weather is not agree with the calendar:
Nevertheless, the FixPack 2 for Lotus Connections 2.5 is released on the passed week: Technote.
Luis Benitez published usefull article about how to make work Lotus Connections portlets through WebSeal: http://www.lbenitez.com/2010/05/getting-lotus-connections-portlet-to.html
As far as I understand, this problem appears only if WebSeal is placed between Portal and Connections. If Portal and Connections communicate directly (ok, may be through HTTP,proxy or load ballancers), that LTPA should work and no modifications will be needed. But this is my assumption, need to check it.
Crossposting from here: http://macguidera.blogspot.com/ just to make a note for myself:
"Mac Guidera on April 7 2010 added to the IBM Lotus and WebSphere Portal Business Solutions Catalog, is the Lotus Connections 2.5 Portlet Developer Pack. This free package includes the WebSphere Portlet Factory Source for the Activities, Bookmarks, and Blogs portlets for Lotus Connections. Use this pack to customize or extend the portlets from IBM or use them as a model as you build your own."
The simple answer is Yes, because My developerWorks itself is a little bit customized version of Lotus Connections 2.5. Another deployment is in Lotus Greenhouse. But are there any other non-IBM's deployments?
And the answer is Yes!
I just googled for a string "communities/service/html/allcommunities" and here what I found:
http://locopo.net:9080/communities/ (look like 1.0 !!!)
http://connections.vss-inc.com/communities/ (more modern 2.5)
http://connections.logicalive.com/communities/ (also seems to me it's 2.5)
http://www.isign-ihear.org.tw/communities/ (my favorite :)
Sure there must be more.
And last, but not the least, another IBM's community place, I even didn't heard about before!!!