Facebook Workplace vs IBM Connections
Last updated: October 12, 2019
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.
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.
Facebook Workplace vs IBM Connections in our news:
2019 - Facebook Workplace dives into enterprise video content management
To capitalize on Facebook’s growing focus on video in its consumer service, Facebook Workplace has undertaken several steps of its own into video. It’s releasing a special app that can be used on the Portal, Facebook’s video screen; and alongside that, it’s announcing new video features: captioning at the bottom of videos; auto-translating starting with 14 languages; and a new P2P architecture that will speed up video transmission for those who might be watching videos on Workplace in places where bandwidth is constrained. It’s a way for Workplace (and Facebook) to differentiate the experience and use cases for the product to businesses, which might already be using Slack but might consider buying this as well, if not migrating away from the other product altogether.
2018 - Facebook Workplace gets 50 new app integrations to win over Microsoft Teams
Facebook has added to its Workplace business software with 50 new app integrations from the likes of ServiceNow, Atlassian’s Jira Cloud and Microsoft Sharepoint. Workplace had only a handful of integrations at first, including Office 365, Salesforce and OneDrive. The new integrations mean that it is extending its focus from collaboration to automation and IT integration, The integrations are available through the new Workplace app discovery portal that include also SurveyMonkey, Cornerstone onDemand, Workday, and Smartsheet. So we may assume that Facebook Workplace gets more integrations if compared vs Microsoft Teams
2017 - Facebook Workplace gets standalone mobile apps
Facebook Workplace, the business-focused version of Facebook, is officially breaking out messaging features into a standalone app for desktop and mobile called Workplace Chat. Now, Workplace users can access messaging features like screen and file sharing, private and group messages, and video calling all in one app. Speaking of video calling, Facebook plans to add group video calling to Workplace's repertoire of messaging features "in the coming months." Facebook Workplace now counts more than 30,000 businesses and organizations using the software. That group, more than double what Workplace claimed six months ago, includes names like Starbucks, Spotify, Lyft, and Walmart. The conclusion is that Facebook Workplace provides more native apps than Jive
2017 - Facebook Workplace gets desktop app to take on Slack
Facebook has launched official desktop PC and Mac chat apps with screen sharing — two features users have been begging for. Right now, they’re only available for Workplace, Facebook’s enterprise collaboration software that competes with Slack and other business apps. Workplace has over 14,000 businesses on board paying $1 to $3 per user, and recently signed up Wal-Mart. Screensharing could help Workplace attract more clients and disrupt the clunky screen sharing of alternative apps like Skype and WebEx. It’s clear that Facebook is applying its rapid development style in an bid to conquer offices with an all-in-one collaboration app while competitors only offer a piece of the puzzle.
2017 - Facebook introduced bots into Workplace to fight Salesforce Chatter
Facebook announced a bunch of updates to its Workplace by Facebook team communications tool. The company is also introducing bots into the Workplace experience in both Messenger and Group chat, which puts it on par with what Slack has been doing for some time. These bots are powerful entities, which you can call upon to help out. For instance, if there is an equipment problem, you could call on @repairbot to find someone to fix it. Developers can build bots for work chat and for Groups to do tasks like help order food or order a Lyft. Workplace also gets new integrations with Box, Microsoft and Quip/Salesforce. That means when you share a file in a Facebook group, instead of just a link, you’ll see a thumbnail and when you click it, you go directly to the file for editing or commenting.
2016 - Facebook Workplace will open app store to compete with Slack
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.
2016 - Facebook launched enterprise social network Workplace to compete with Yammer
After two-year testing Facebook at last opened the enterprise version of its social network called Workplace. It's the copy of Facebook, but separate for each company. Employee accounts are not linked to their Facebook accounts. Otherwise it provides the same social tools: profiles, newsfeed, groups, chat, live-presentations, video-calls. The pricing starts from $3/user/month. The product will fit large companies that intend to build a team from hundreds and thousands of employees that don't know each other. Of course it's not the first internal social network on the market, but may be Facebook knows some secret ingredient and will revolutionize the Enterprise (like iPad, that wasn't the first tablet on the market). For example, if many companies deploy Workspace, and Facebook adds inter-corporate social tools - it may give interesting results.
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.
2013 - IBM embed Email into Connections to drive users out of Email
For a long time collaboration vendors are trying to lead users from using e-mail. They trying to convince us that sharing files (or other information) - is more convenient than sending them by Email. But users will don't want to give up the technology, that has proven its effectiveness for many years, and still Inbox remains the main workspace for most information workers. But IBM has invented the new way to drive people from email to social tools - it integrated email to their social intranet IBM Connections. Now, emails, contacts and calendar (stored in the mail server Lotus Domino or Microsoft Exchange) can be accessed right in the Connections interface. Thus, user has a choice - to share or to send an email. And it's no need to switch between applications. Also, if he still chooses to "send email" - he can select files from IBM Connections Files storage. In this case the system doesn't attach files, but inserts links to the message and automatically share these files with recipients. It's evident that IBM wants to make Connections the center of its collaboration suite (just like SharePoint in Microsoft's suite). IBM's suite is even named IBM SmartCloud for Social Business. See, the name is long, but they still use the word "Social".
2012 - IBM LotusLive becomes SmartCloud for Social Business to fight Confluence
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.