IBM unveils Connections 5 collabortion tool for the cloud

IBM puts another tool in the cloud

IBM has unveiled an update for its Connections collaboration tool, offering the service from its Cloud marketplace platform.

The Connections 5 update is designed to allow firms to quickly and simply start collaboration with new features including social and real-time collaboration, analytics and content-management tools, IBM said.

The update comes as part of IBM’s push to make its Connection platform its single offering for all mail, social, collaboration and productivity offerings, with plans for high-definition idea-streaming capabilities for the tool by the end of 2014.

Jeff Schick, vice president of Social Software at IBM, said putting the service in the cloud would help make it available to as many organisations as possible, something which is key as more data is created.

“There are few things as potentially detrimental to a company as disconnected employees. When a workforce is out of synch or out of touch, the whole organisation suffers from lost productivity, efficiency and innovation,” he said.

“With the open nature of today’s business environment, organisations are looking to build new systems of people-centric engagement. The ability to bring key internal and external stakeholders into the conversation can facilitate a more collaborative, responsive and authentic way to work and deepen engagement.”

Putting Connections 5 in the cloud follows hot on the heels of IBM announcing that its Navigator big data tool would be offered from its Cloud marketplace as it pushes the SoftLayer cloud platform as key part of its portfolio.

Earlier this week IBM confirmed its UK data centre would come online in July, as part of its $1bn push to build out its data centre presence in nations around the world.

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