Ever since IBM Connections launched, the enterprise-grade social platform has been praised for its ease of use, amazing apps, and vast user base. Version 5.5, which made its debut at the end of last year, brings a host of exciting new upgrades. As a community owner, you’ll find it easier than ever before to personalize and customize your community to fit your needs, as well as manage files and collaborate with your team using the new productivity features.
Here are just ten highlights from the new release:
1. Customize your community overview
IBM understands that different projects lend themselves to different community layouts. To reflect your team’s unique organization, values, and goals, you can now fine-tune the titles of different applications within your community. Custom titles are a great way to show users that “Members” are actually “Developers”, or that the “Wiki” is your “Knowledge Portal”. In addition, you can now customize the layout of your overview page to show two or three columns, or three columns and a banner.
2. Divide and conquer with subcommunities
Do you have smaller teams in your community that focus on special projects? With subcommunities, you can enable teamwork in nested projects, allowing for easy collaboration and seamless project integration. As your project evolves, you can easily transform subcommunities into standalone communities and vice versa.
3. Design your own community
It’s easier than ever to customize the layout of your community’s apps. Drag applications to reorder them on your community page, getting in touch with your inner designer to provide an intuitive and engaging hub for your team. With the new Rich Content app, you can also infuse life into your community overview by engaging users with pictures, videos, announcements, and more.
4. Harness the power of text
IBM Connections 5.5 comes with Ephox’s own Textbox.io, which contains a wide swath of great new features for rich text editing. Read more about how we’ve helped IBM to deliver a feature-filled, intuitive text editor below.
5. Get a grip on your files
Tired of cluttered folders on your community file system? You can now nest folders, allowing for fine-tuned organization, intuitive searching, and more efficient workflow. This feature integrates seamlessly with your Microsoft Windows desktop, allowing you to drag and drop file trees right into IBM Connections.
6. Upload quickly and intuitively
Intuitive uploading doesn’t stop at folders — drop any file into your browser to instantly upload it to your community. With the new file viewer, users can preview files and access relevant information such as file details, comments, sharing rights, and version history without having to download anything.
7. Stay on the ball with the new syncing capability
Working in a fast-paced environment where you need to be sure your files are constantly up to date? Sync multiple files to your desktop or mobile device for on-the-fly editing. No need to worry about editing conflicts, either — with file locking, you can make sure you’re the only one editing a file. When you’re ready to share your changes with the team, simply unlock the file.
8. Keep up with the team, wherever you go
Editing on the go is easier than ever with IBM Connections’ standalone mobile app, available on the Apple Store and Google Play. Don’t settle for less than a full-featured access point to your favorite corporate social network. With file previewing, auto-syncing, and nested folder navigation, you can reap the unfettered benefits of your community wherever you are.
9. Stay in the loop
Make sure community members see notifications as soon as possible. New global notifications show up wherever you are in Connections. If you’re using a modern browser, you can receive notifications on your desktop when your browser is minimized. Eliminate communication bottlenecking and stay on task easier than ever.
10. Track down content anywhere with smart searching
Wherever you are on Connections, you can use IBM’s new type-ahead search bar to narrow in on important information in no time at all. Smart search helps to nudge you in the right direction by offering relevant results based on your behavior, making it faster than ever to get where you need to be.
These are just ten of the most impressive updates in IBM Connections 5.5. The full release — which marks a major improvement in a revolutionary platform — is bundled with hundreds of updates and tweaks. We hope you are as excited about this release as we are!