IBM Connections vs SharePoint


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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.
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SharePoint
SharePoint's multi-purpose platform allows for managing and provisioning of intranet portals, extranets and websites, document management and file management, collaboration spaces, social networking tools, enterprise search, business intelligence tooling, process/information integration, and third-party developed solutions. SharePoint can also be used as a web application development platform. SharePoint alternatives for small business are: Office 365, Box, G Suite, Zoho. There are also free open-source alternatives to Sharepoint - Alfresco, Nuxeo, Liferay Portal.
Comparing IBM Connections vs SharePoint 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 SharePoint



Ok, now let's compare the UI. Looks like IBM Connections has more user-friendly interface than SharePoint 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 SharePoint is more popular than IBM Connections

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

- SharePoint 2016 finally added SharePoint Framework Support (in 2017)
- SharePoint Framework is generally available (in 2017)
- Microsoft connects SharePoint Team Sites to Office 365 Groups (in 2016)
- Microsoft released SharePoint for Android (in 2016)
- Microsoft brings SharePoint to iOS (in 2016)
- SharePoint adds new document libraries (in 2016)
- IBM kills Lotus. Microsoft kills SharePoint (in 2013)
- IBM embed Email into Connections to drive users out of Email (in 2013)
- SharePoint 2013 will integrate Yammer, provide platform around the online version (in 2012)
- SharePoint 2013 will include SkyDrive Pro (in 2012)

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

2010 - SharePoint Workspace 2010: two tools in one to compete with IBM Connections


We have already mentioned that p2p collaboration app MS Office Groove was renamed to SharePoint Workspace and utilized as an offline client for Sharepoint. Now we have got the chance to see SharePoint Workspace 2010 in action and it appears that offline access to Sharepoint - is not the only function of this application. First, SharePoint Workspace can be used without Sharepoint - as well as MS Office Groove. I.e. you can create Groove Workspace (with files, calendar, discussions) and sync it with computers of co-workers or customers. However, the audio-chat and permission levels disappeared from the application. Recall that SharePoint Workspace is not sold as a part of Sharepoint Server, but as a part of Office 2010 Pro Plus.

SharePoint Workspace 2010
To collaborate over Sharepoint server you need to create not Groove Workspace, but SharePoint Workspace. This workspace will be synchronized between the server and your computer (and you can work offline with files, pages, and other content elements). Unfortunately there are some limitations: you can not sync separate pages - only entire Sharepoint site. In addition, wikies, calendars and surveys can't be synced yet. In SharePoint Workspace, you can check-in/check-out files, so that no one edit them at the same time with you.

SharePoint Workspace
Microsoft also offers to use SharePoint Workspace as a rich-interface for Sharepoint. Those who believe that working in browser - is not cool, and prefers desktop application with the usual ribbon-interface, where it's possible to drag files - will like this idea.

See also our Sharepoint 2010 review