More enterprises are deploying internal social networks to encourage collaboration and improve productivity. Take a tour of the major platforms and see how they are being used by leading organizations.
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Competitors like to dismiss IBM Connections as some warmed-over version of Lotus Notes and Domino, with a little bit of social functionality sprinkled in. Although it started life as a product from the Lotus division, originally called Lotus Connections, it's an independent Java-based technology platform and one of the early market share leaders. IBM Connections may be of particular interest to organizations with existing investments in other IBM products it integrates with, including Notes, WebSphere portal, Documentum content management, and Sametime instant messaging.
However, it is also one of the leading enterprise social platforms on its own merits and is central to enterprise social initiatives at organizations like TD Bank and 3M.
IBM promises that the next release of IBM Connections will expand the platform's support for the OpenSocial social application integration standard, making it possible to embed a transactional user interface within a social news feed, so users can act on an item without ever leaving the social context.