Facebook Workplace vs IBM Connections


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Facebook Workplace
Facebook Workplace is business alternative to Facebook. Connect everyone in your company and turn ideas into action. Through group discussion, a personalised News Feed, and voice and video calling, work together and get more done. Workplace is an ad-free space, separate from your personal Facebook account.
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IBM Connections
IBM Connections is social software for business that lets you access everyone in your professional network, including your colleagues, customers, and partners. Unlike alternatives IBM Connections plays well with other IBM software.
Comparing Facebook Workplace vs IBM Connections is like comparing apples to oranges. Because your business is unique and nobody except you can decide, which is better for your company. But we can add some fun to your research and suggest some new comparison parameters.

Let's start with videos. We think that IBM Connections has better video than Facebook Workplace



Ok, now let's compare the UI. Looks like IBM Connections has more user-friendly interface than Facebook Workplace because it's bigger. At least on our screenshots


To compare the popularity of the solutions we counted how many alternatives people search for each of them on the Internet. And it turns out that IBM Connections is more popular than Facebook Workplace

Now let's look at the recent activities of our competitors:

- Facebook Workplace gets desktop app (in 2017)
- Facebook introduced bots into Workplace (in 2017)
- Facebook Workplace will open app store to compete with Slack (in 2016)
- Facebook launched enterprise social network Workplace (in 2016)
- IBM kills Lotus. Microsoft kills SharePoint (in 2013)
- IBM embed Email into Connections to drive users out of Email (in 2013)
- IBM LotusLive becomes SmartCloud for Social Business (in 2012)
- Lotus Connections 3.0 gets social recommendations (in 2010)
- IBM unveils LotusLive Connections (in 2009)
- IBM has announced the commercial availability of LotusLive Engage (in 2009)

Looks like IBM Connections was recently more active than Facebook Workplace (at least in our news). We also found some news, in which Facebook Workplace and IBM Connections meet head to head:

2016 - Facebook Workplace will open app store to compete with Slack to challenge IBM Connections


One of the success secrets of the super-popular collaboration service Slack is its ability to easily integrate third-party business apps. For example, it lets your team quickly discuss the new deal pulled from CRM system or process the new ticket that came from Helpdesk or add to discussion a customer that is using Skype. Facebook has found out this secret and now wants to replicate it in its new enterprise social network Workplace. For this they are launching a platform for developers that enables easy integration with other apps. Then these integrations will appear in the Workplace app store. For now the network features integration with Google's G Suite, Microsoft's cloud Active Directory and with single sign-on services Okta and OneLogin.