IBM SmartCloud for Social Business alternatives

IBM SmartCloud for Social Business
Full suite of collaboration tools. Unlimited web meetings for up to 199 participants. Webmail, calendar, and contacts. Delivering the industry's most flexible cloud platform featuring social, mobile, meetings and mail.
IBM SmartCloud for Social Business alternatives are:
Google Apps, Office 365
Here are the latest news about IBM SmartCloud for Social Business:

2013 IBM kills Lotus. Microsoft kills SharePoint


Perhaps the two most famous brands in the history of enterprise software, Lotus and SharePoint, will soon disappear. We mean brands, not specific products. Because by renaming their products, vendors try to erase the association with outdated technologies in customer brain. For example, Lotus appeared back in the 80-s years of last century. In 1995 IBM acquired Lotus Development and began selling their products Lotus Notes/Domino. In the following years most IBM collaboration systems moved under the Lotus umbrella. But last year the revolution occurred. The last child of the Lotus family - SaaS suite LotusLive was renamed to SmartCloud for Social Business. And then the name Lotus was removed from other products. The final nail was the recent launch of Notes/Domino 9.0 Social Edition (without Lotus).

Regarding, Microsoft SharePoint - Office born this product and Office will kill it. SharePoint Team Services first appeared in 2000, as a package of web extensions for MS Office. For a long time SharePoint was a part of MS Office, but then due to its outstanding popularity and rapid development, it has been separated as an independent server product and became not just a collaboration tool but the platform on which the whole IT infrastructure is built.

But now, when SaaS products become more important for Microsoft, it doesn't need to sell the platform (because the platform works on the side of SaaS provider). And SharePoint quietly dissolves into the new office suite Office 365. The word SharePoint is almost never used in it. Instead, we see Sites, People, Newsfeed or the new brands SkyDrive and Yammer.



2012 IBM LotusLive becomes SmartCloud for Social Business


IBM's SaaS collaboration services under the LotusLive umbrella received a lot of good reviews and always presented in the analyst top product lists. Nevertheless they haven't been very successful in sales (compared to the competitors). "What's the problem?" - IBMers tried to figure out - "Maybe the problem in the name? Or in marketing?". And they decided to copy the model of Salesforce and to see what will happen. They decided to remove the word "Lotus", which many people associate with the heavy software from the past. And instead, wherever it's possible, they put the words "Cloud" and especially "Social". In result, LotusLive becomes SmartCloud for Social Business. In its description you'll find such words as Social, Social and Social. And on the US television the new SmartCloud cartoon commercial (reminding Salesforce Chatter ads) has appeared (watch the video).

IBM SmartCloud is now positioned as a complete set of cloud services for business - IaaS, PaaS and SaaS (like Force.com). Companies and third-party developers can build their apps on the top of this platform. And the heart of its SaaS-component (SmartCloud for Social Business) is now IBM Connections - the social network, based on activity streams (like Salesforce Chatter). It integrates all other applications, including e-mail, calendars, Web conferencing and recently introduced IBM Docs. The new IBM Connections' killer-feature is social analytics, that filters signals from co-workers and apps and provides only important and personalized information.