IBM Connections Cloud (SmartCloud) FINALLY adds much awaited feature

We have had OnTime Group Calendar working with IBM Connections Cloud (SmartCloud) for a years so that customers could move all or part of their mail users to IBM Connections Cloud and host OnTime Group Calendar on-premises or (IBM SmartCloud Notes Hybrid). We have seen adoption and do have customers using it but the main obstacle to full adoption by customers has been the lack of mailfile ACL controls for the customers. Since we require access to the mail files (we do need to read data you know…) a PMR to change ACL’s and/or a custom mail template in IBM Connections Cloud was required to add on-premises Domino servers to the cloud mail file ACL’s. With the latest update of IBM Connections Cloud this capability has finally been added to the administration panel so that customers may control these capabilities themselves. Yay!!

Administrators can control access to mail files from administrator interface (available on or after August 17 2015)

Company administrators can now control access to mail files through the Users page of the IBM SmartCloud Notes administration interface. Previously, IBM services needed to review, and then apply the template to the users. Administrators can now make the ACL changes directly against the mail file, saving them time and money.

For more information refer to the info center (Administration: control access to mail files).

IBM SmartCloud – credit where credit is due

On Friday I blogged about the changes that occured on IBM SmartCloud over the weekend (SmartCloud getting an overhaul this weekend with changes that is looooong overdue) and how I was waiting for IBM to add proper Sametime support in SmartCloud meaning Sametime Proxy, Sametime webchat and Sametime app support. As it turns out these capabilities are available just not visible in the dashboard or otherwise readily obvious. So I will give IBM credit for adding it but why didn’t I know?! Anyways – props to IBM.

So the Sametime webchat is available at webchat.na.collabserv.com/stwebclient/iphone_index.jsp and of course it also means that the Sametime Proxy is available. Whether we may use it for actual, 3rd party applications, I will need to find out. There are *still* some really annoying restrictions when it comes to the Sametime entitlement for Notes users (see this tweet). Still waiting for Scott Souder to come back on that one.

Another cool thing (which is an off-spring of the Sametime Proxy support) is that the iOS app works and Sametime availability works on my iPhone and iPad. And even better is that there is a pre-set community configuration for IBM SmartCloud so it’s real easy to configure. Pretty sweet.

SmartCloud getting an overhaul this weekend with changes that is looooong overdue

This weekend (8-9 June 2013) IBM is releasing their June 2013 Update to the SmartCloud for Social Business. Besides layout changes and notes about the URL used to access the service IBM is finally adding support for the Microsoft Office connectors and the Windows Explorer connector so that, using “click to cloud”, users may save, open and edit Office documents and other files directory from SmartCloud. This is of course a big win for users and a byproduct of IBM transitioning the SmartCloud offering to use more and more of the stock, on-premises, IBM Connections product. But this should still have been delivered before. Another byproduct is that of supporting the media gallery and mobile using the IBM Connections app from the Appstore.

For me as a SmartCloud Sametime user the most important thing is IBM allowing the use of the screen capture tool and file transfer in chat. FINALLY!!!!! These “advanced” capabilities are *long* overdue and will be a welcome addition to the service. Why this has taken so long is beyond me but great to finally see it added. Now we *just* IBM to also add IBM Sametime Proxy support so webchat and chat from the iOS app will be supported. Hoping this wont take as long as adding something simple as file transfer and screen capture has.

Oh and IBM is janking support for Microsoft IE 7.

For the full list of changes see the release notes (requires a SmartCloud for Social Business login). There are restrictions to the availability of these additions which are outlined in the release notes.