IBM announced Wednesday the release of Connections 5, the latest version of its enterprise social software platform, in the IBM Cloud Marketplace.
The enterprise software giant said the cloud and on-premises social software drives collaboration and information sharing between internal and external users via file sharing and integrated social collaboration tools.
IBM seems particularly proud of the platform's hybrid capabilities, touting its ability to embed collaboration, analytics and content capabilities within existing business processes while also making them accessible on mobile, Web and desktop machines.
The latest Connections iteration is the culmination of an effort IBM announced in January, which was to bring together its cloud and on-premises mail, social collaboration, chat, meetings, office productivity and content capabilities under the Connections brand. IBM said it's also planning to lump high-definition video streaming into the Connections brand during the latter part of this year.
Jeff Schick, VP of Social Software for IBM, said in a statement:
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 organization suffers from lost productivity, efficiency and innovation. With the open nature of today's business environment, organizations 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.