IBM Connections for IBM i

IBM Connections is the leading social software platform that enables organizations to engage the right people, drive innovation, and deliver results. Leading companies are choosing IBM Connections, an integrated and secure platform that helps people engage with networks of experts in the context of critical business processes in order to act with confidence, and to anticipate and respond to emerging opportunities.

IBM Connection began to support IBM i from release 4.5, IBM Connections 5.0 is the latest release.


Use IBM Connections applications to accomplish the following goals:

Feature Description
Activities Collaboration tool for collecting, organizing, sharing, and reusing work that is related to a project goal.
Blogs Online journals that you can use to deliver timely information with a personal touch. You can use a blog to present your ideas and get feedback from others or learn from the expertise of others who blog.
Bookmarks Social bookmarking tool for saving, organizing, and sharing Internet and intranet bookmarks. Discover bookmarks that were created by others with similar interests and expertise.
Communities People who share a common interest can interact with one another, share information, and exchange ideas. Community members can participate in community-specific activities and forums, and can share blogs, bookmarks, feeds, and files.
Files A common repository in which you can upload files and share them with others. Store versions of a file, view who downloaded a file or commented on it, and see recommended files.
Forums A place to brainstorm and collect feedback on topics that are relevant to you and your colleagues. Statements and comments are collected in a format that captures the exchange of ideas and presents them as an ongoing conversation.
Home page A central location that provides a snapshot of the latest updates that are collected from IBM Connections. Carry out in-context actions on entries in your activity stream, check the latest updates from the content and people that you are following, stay up to date with the latest notifications and updates that require a response from you, or post your own status updates.
Libraries Provides a way to add files and work with drafts, reviewers, and publishing in Communities, and also to manage files from remote document repositories. This widget requires the Communities application.
Note: IBM Connections for IBM i began to provide Libraries capabilities from release 5.0.
Profiles Directory of the people in your organization, including the information that you need to form and encourage effective networks across your organization.
Metrics Statistics tool that collects and displays information about how people use Connections applications. Community metrics show details on a particular community while global metrics show information across all of Connections.
Wikis A tool for creating wikis that individuals, groups, and communities can use to capture, share, and coauthor information. View page changes, recommendations, and comments.


IBM Connections 5.0

IBM Connections 5.0 builds upon the IBM social software platform with an innovative, user-centric solution. Connections 5.0 empowers users by removing traditional collaboration barriers, allowing them to decide on the people, the place, and the time required for the project – and how it gets done.

IBM Connections 5.0 allows organizations to:

IBM Connections 5.0 supports IBM i 7.1 and 7.2, and includes the following capabilities:

IBM Connections 4.5

IBM Connections 4.5 is the first release that supports IBM i, and it is supported on IBM i 6.1 and 7.1. IBM Connections brings social networking to the enterprise and helps you to communicate, collaborate, and build strong relationships with others. Stay connected from the office or your mobile device. IBM Connections consists of the following applications: Activities, Blogs, Bookmarks, Communities, Files, Forums, Home page, Metrics, Profiles, and Wikis. Whether you want to share information, build a network of useful contacts, or follow people, there is an application for you.

Business process integrations

Connections open platform provides capabilities to deliver the most comprehensive integrated social environment.

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