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Thursday
Feb162017

Kudos Boards Cloud for IBM Connections Cloud - It's here!

Well I would estimate that over the last 12 months we have been asked about 1000 times "When is Kudos Boards coming to Connections Cloud?". My answer has been - we are working on it!

Well I am very pleased to announce that it is now here and ready for us to demo at IBM Connect 2017 in San Francisco. The Kudos team has been working very hard over the last year to get this ready for release and we are stoked with the release. We have had a few users playing around over the last few weeks and the feedback is great.

Kudos Boards for IBM Connections Cloud

Kudos Boards Cloud is integrated with Connections Cloud for a seemless user experience. Deployed in the IBM Cloud on Bluemix, your Connections Cloud Administrator can very simply enable Kudos Boards so your users can enjoy the same user experience that our Connections on Premises customers have grown to love. All they need to do is register at our site and we will enable their account asap!

We are planning on many additional capabilities over the next couple of months and would love to demo for you at Connect (Kudos is at Booth 232) to get your ideas and feedback. Here is a video of some of the capabilities available today.

 

So if you like what you see and want to try it out please visit our site to register for a free 30 day trial.

See you in San Francisco!

Wednesday
Sep142016

Why collaboration matters for global companies

Business models across many industries are being rapidly redefined as new entrants harness new technologies to gain a competitive edge. But how well are new technologies going to help longer-established companies, if their existing technologies are presenting challenges?

In a survey of knowledge workers, almost all of respondents said they have felt overwhelmed by information to the point of incapacity.

Clearly, companies won’t get the most out of their employees if they suffer from incomplete communication, conflicting or fragmented information, barriers to collaboration, and feeling in the dark about the progress of shared tasks.

Are you nodding your head to some of this?

There is a way of overcoming these problems and becoming nimble once again – as well as responsive and competitive. It’s by way of a tool called Social Collaboration.

“Social what?” we hear you say.

 

Social Collaboration is actually a simple concept: it’s the joined-up efforts of multiple stakeholders in pursuit of a common goal. Social Collaboration is common on the internet because available technologies make it easy to share, develop and analyse information.

In short, Social Collaboration improves performance.

A crucial concept behind Social Collaboration is that “ideas are everywhere”. People share ideas in an open environment, and the discussion is not limited to only those who have domain knowledge. All ideas are valued.

Social Collaboration tools are essential to an organisation’s Digital Transformation strategy because they simplify how people find, use and share information. They also ease how people work together, track progress, attend and conduct meetings, and at the end of the day get work done.

This is particularly important for distributed or global companies with a workforce spread across various locations and working in different time zones. A report by McKinsey on the issues facing global organisations found that these companies believed the knowledge, skills and experience across their workforce was invaluable but they suffered from a major problem: transferring the expertise learned in one market to another.

Take the world’s leading manufacturer and supplier of hearing implants – Cochlear. Five years ago Cochlear identified the need to enable better collaboration between their global offices and laboratories. They especially wanted a solution that could host their entire global user base.

Cochlear chose ISW to provide the solution, and the heart of the technology from ISW was IBM Connections, IBM’s Social Collaboration software. Cochlear’s staff of 2700 worldwide can now call upon internal expertise easily and consistently, create communities of expertise, and collaborating across the room or across the globe.

The potential rise in productivity from social technologies for highly-skilled, knowledgeable workers critical to growth has been measured at between 20-25%. In addition, companies using these tools report an average 36% better customer service.

To help your organisation’s Digital Transformation journey, we’ve created an infographic outlining how you can expand your business with social collaboration tools, download it here.

If you’d like to see first-hand how you can empower your workforce with social collaboration tools at our Connections Ignition workshop, to register your interest, click here.

Tuesday
Jul192016

How many users access IBM Connections on mobile devices? - Kudos Analytics

Just posted a quick demo video of Kudos Analytics. We often get asked if we can report on how many users are accessing IBM Connections via a mobile device. The video demonstrates this and a few other related reports.

 

Tuesday
Nov242015

Australia rocking the IBM Champion program!!!

Just woke to the news that I have been selected again as an IBM Champion for Social Business for 2016, now for 5 years running. Woot!!!! Thank you IBM. The Champion program is an awesome group of experts and evangelists around the world and I am always humbled to be part of this group. More so thru the program I have developed some great friendships with people all around the world. It is always great to catch up with them at the various events and knowing I have people I can reach out to in so many countries to say hi is a wonderful thing.

And the even more exciting news is that Australia now has 2 IBM Champions with Karen Hooper being also selected, I am sure in main for her awesome work leading the AusLUG/Inform committee. Great to see another Aussie being selected and I am sure there are more to come in future years. Congrats Karen and well done.

Tuesday
May192015

Infinite scrolling Activity Stream in IBM Connections

Following on from Jay's neat code for the Activity Stream in IBM Connections, he has added an additional tweak to enable infinite scrolling of the Activity Stream. Update is the same as the last post, just use the new code.