Recorded on Friday 23rd March 2012.  Simon Vaughan, Mac Guidera and Baan Slavens join Darren and I to talk Connections – roll out of a new release at Cardiff University, futures for the mobile apps, fix pack one for 3.0.1 and even Windows Explorer access to your Connections files.


Stuart McIntyre (blog | twitter | company) & Darren Duke (blog | twitter | company)


Mac Guidera (blog | twitter) is a Project Manager on IBM’s Social Software Team.

Simon Vaughan

Simon Vaughan (twitter) is Deputy IT Director at Cardiff University and an IBM champion

Baan Slavens (twitter) is a Project Manager on the IBM Social Software Team and is responsible for social mobile solutions.


Cardiff just upgraded to Connections 3.0.1

  • What’s Connections being used for?
  • Will it be rolled out to students as well as staff?
  • Is mobile access in demand?  Are Cardiff allowing users to access from mobile?
  • Connections mobile clients

What has the take up been like so far?

  • What’s coming next?
  • Multiple server access
  • Profiles integration with address books
  • Customisation of apps to fit organisation changes
  • Native files access

Connections as a platform for development

  • As Social Business develops, do we see Connections as becoming more of a development platform?
  • Developers need to understand OpenSocial
  • Will we see Connections competing with Portal as an integration point for multiple applications

Connections released

  • What’s included?
    • Fixes
    • New features
    • MS IE 9 and Firefox 9 support
    • Redhat Linux 6.1 support
    • Sametime 8.5.2 Proxy support
    • Issue with Chrome duplicate headers also fixed 🙂
  • Forums/Posts configuration etc
  • Was the ‘Super Community admin view’feature incorporated in this release?
  • How is it installed?
  • New Update Installer required
  • Should all customers upgrade?

Connections plugin for Windows Explorer released

  • What does it do?
  • How is it installed/deployed?
  • How does it compare with the Notes plugin for Files?
  • Can you upload multiple files?
  • Does it obey quotas etc?
  • Can you have multiple Connections servers configured?
  • drag and drop of files into Connections files
  • Video by Luis Benitez

Connections 4 was previewed at Lotusphere 2012

  • What are the highlights?
  • When will it be available?
  • Which features are you most excited about?



  • Veeam. Best virtual backup and replication solution on the market. And sold by STS 🙂


  • Open documents in Connections app on the iOS platform by pressing and holding attachments.


  • Mac users, use the files plug-in for Notes to drag and share files from your machine to Connections.



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