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The people network

On a smarter planet, inter-connectivity goes beyond connecting computers and smart devices. The advance of Web 2.0 and social networking technologies has now shifted the focus to people networks: It's as much about and relationships as it is about the technologies.

People are using social networking in staggering numbers. The world currently spends 110 billion minutes on social networks and blog sites per month. This equates to 22 percent of all time spent online.1

Pioneering organizations see opportunity in this shift. They are integrating social collaboration capabilities into their strategies, operations, and processes. Whether it’s with customers, partners, or employees, these organizations use collaboration tools to improve efficiency, solve problems, create opportunities, boost productivity, and drive innovation that makes them more competitive and successful.

Real results

- Berlitz Corporation is using portal, social networking software for business, and real-time collaboration solutions to break down traditional communication boundaries and to accelerate the development of higher quality products. 2

- Construction firm VCC empowers project managers with a social collaboration solution from IBM that contributes to a 40 percent year-over-year increase in new business. 3

- Celestica is an electronics manufacturer finding efficiencies through a collaborative development solution. In one case, Celestica has identified a US $40 million savings opportunity.

Become a people business

According to IBM, 95 percent of what are termed standout organizations will focus more on getting closer to the customer4 over the next five years and 57 percent are more likely to allow their people to use social and collaborative tools5.

It’s not a coincidence. Leading organizations are using social collaboration to delight customers, to drive innovation, and to bring out the best in their business networks and employees.

IBM has the tools and expertise to help you maximize the value of social collaboration in business environments, including profiles, blogs, wikis, bookmarking, tagging, activities, communities, shared files, team spaces with content management tools, enterprise instant messaging, online meetings, audio and video chat, email and calendaring, delivered on premises or in the cloud.

Related capabilities

Unified communications

Enable groups of users to work together in real time by sharing information and processes with unified communications software.

Web experience

Provide people with web access to critical information and applications that are personalized to their needs.

Social Collaboration

Help employees, partners, clients, and others engage with one another anytime and anywhere, by integrating business-focused collaboration solutions, including blogs, wikis, bookmarking, communities, team spaces, content management tools, enterprise IM, online meetings, audio and video chat, email, calendaring, and other collaborative applications, delivered on premises or in the cloud.

Featured products

IBM Connections

Social software for business, letting you access everyone in your professional network

IBM Connections Suite

IBM social software, real-time communications, and content management capabilities in a single offering

IBM Notes and Domino

Bringing together messaging, social collaboration, and business applications into a unified dashboard

IBM Sametime

Unified, real-time communication and collaboration services, including enterprise instant messaging, online meetings, telephony, and video conferencing

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Related Products

Security solutions for collaboration

Security-rich, collaboration environment seamlessly integrating with your Lotus Notes and Domino and mixed messaging infrastructure

Actiance Vantage for IBM Connections

Granular security features, reporting logging, and archiving controls for content posted within IBM Connections environments

Actiance Vantage for IBM Sametime

Security and compliance features, management and control, and reporting for Sametime real-time social collaboration


How do your collaboration practices compare with organizations achieving best-in-class performance?

Learn why IBM is a leader among enterprise social platform vendors according to the Forrester Wave: Enterprise Social Platforms report

Read “The compelling returns from IBM Connections in support of social business: Five stories”

Find out why Lotus Symphony 3 is a PC Magazine Editor’s Choice for office productivity suite

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Case studies

Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising

Roxanne Reynolds-Lair. CIO. FIDM, Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising.

IBM Social Business: New Ways of Working

IBM Social Business: New Ways of Working (Youtube)

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