New Imperatives for Business Success I NEED TO WORK SMARTER I NEED MORE INSIGHT I NEED AN ADVANTAGE Need to increase efficiency and effectiveness of business processes using existing resources and people to enhance productivity. SMART WORK AGILITY INNOVATION Organizations must tap into the intellectual capital of the entire value chain, correlating insights and anticipating opportunities and threats . Create a competitive advantage that is sustainable in today's business dynamic climate by leveraging innovation across your value chain and creating strong relationships
How Lotus Connections Meets Today's Business Imperatives SMART WORK AGILITY INNOVATION Profiles allows you to find the existing expertise you need Best practices can be shared using Activities templates New hires contribute quickly as they learn from Communities Personal file sharing avoids bad decisions based on old information Discover trends and research via Bookmarks Blogs provides subject matter experts and teams a way to share industry insight Quickly create new content with Wikis Get breaking news from the homepage Speed time to market by applying the best resource and execution via Activities Access the power of your professional network from applications you already use Virtual focus groups via customer Communities I NEED TO WORK SMARTER I NEED MORE INSIGHT I NEED AN ADVANTAGE
Social Networking…… "It will eventually be seen as essential to all large firms, encouraging more open and transparent communications with staff around the world, and helping to improve relations with existing and potential customers." Nikos Drakos, Research Director at Gartner , July 2008 “ Study encourages businesses to embrace social networking” www.computing.co.uk/computing/news/2221395/study-encourages-businesses "IBM Lotus Connections marked an early entry into enterprise social tools, and that has helped keep the IBM Lotus offering at the head of the pack in functionality. IBM’s modular approach will allow it to continue to introduce new functionality aggressively." The Forrester Wave ™: Collaboration Platforms, Q3 2009, Forrester Research, Inc., August 6, 2009.
Beta Customer Quotes for Lotus Connections 2.5 “ Lotus Connections allows employees to easily communicate, cooperate, collaborate and connect to and with each other. It's invaluable for our organisation” - e-office “ Every company should have this!” “ Connections 2.5 is a very strong release of Connections with social networking features that are desired in the marketplace. As an IBM Business Partner we are very excited to take this product to market. We have been providing many customer demo's of Connections 2.5 and have received alot of positive feedback from our customers.” - Ascendent Technology “ 2.5 is a big improvement over previous versions and the new functionality has exceeded expectations of what users were asking for.” - Cardiff University “ Lotus Connections allows your organization to leverage first class social collaboration tools in a secure manner” - Softchoice “ Installation is easy and there are many functions.”
Most Valuable Feature Awards go to... Source: Beta participants answers to “Describe the most valuable features of Lotus Connections 2.5.”
“ Love the new features across the board - status updates, customisable communities, dedicated search and new mobile access . A great job on the new functionality.”
“ The new homepage showing the updates is a great tool to stay up to date! ”
“ The River of News , Files, and Wikis will take Connections to the level of a true collaboration suite .
“ The communities, homepage news, and files were great updates and additions that will provide the most value to our users.
“ Home , Profiles, Blogs, Files and Wikis are THE most used features on the web that MUST be available on a socializing platform.”
“ Great way to share information across departments and business units, very addictive .”
A flatter, smarter and smaller world creates new challenges
A need to work smarter
A need for more insight
A need for advantage
IBM is one of the leaders in Social Software for business and delivers capability today to help meet those challenges
New innovations will extend IBM's leadership
More dynamic profiles allow employees to work smart and faster
New Wiki and file sharing add powerful collaboration capabilities
Richer, interactive communities to drive innovation from customers
Resources Latest product info, research, podcasts, and more http:/www.ibm.com/lotus/connections Developer Works http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/lotus/products/connections/ Product documentation http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/lotus/documentation/connections/ Synch.rono.us blog – keep up to date on Social Software activities @ IBM! http://synch.rono.us/ Lotus Greenhouse – experience the software ‘live’ https://greenhouse.lotus.com/home/login.jsp