IBM Kenexa Helps Orgs Tap Top Talent, Grow Social Business via Big Data
Meanwhile, IBM announced strong momentum for its SaaS-based social business offerings from partners, clients and developers. As part of today's news, IBM is also highlighting its continued investment in its social business and cloud technologies.
According to a recent IBM study of more than 800 business decision makers worldwide, organizations that use software delivered as a service through the cloud reported two and a half times higher profit than their peers. In addition, organizations that adopt cloud-based solutions are 79 percent more likely to drive increased collaboration across their organization, and twice as likely to leverage analytics to unlock greater insight about their business, IBM said.
A growing list of businesses, such as Codorniu, Princess Cruise Lines, SIKA, SafeGuard, Shanks and Verisure, have taken their business into the cloud, IBM said.
"We've seen amazing demand over the past year as clients adopt and partners extend the capabilities we've been delivering through the cloud," said Jeff Schick, vice president of Social Software at IBM, in a statement. "Over this period, we have spurred new innovation by integrating social capabilities into an organization's business processes. This has been made possible through our open and extensible APIs that have let us unleash the power of cloud and help organizations collaborate and increase workforce productivity."
At the conference Big Blue announced the rebranding of its mail, chat, meetings, office productivity and content capabilities, making them part of IBM's Connections brand in 2014. As part of this effort, IBM plans to expand the Connections portfolio to include high-fidelity, high-definition video based on its Sametime 9 technology.
In addition, IBM is also announcing its next-generation Web mail experience. This new mail offering, planned for availability in both the cloud and on premises, will use analytics to deliver task-level focus and inbox management capabilities that let employees easily track the content and messages needed to do their job.
"IBM's new web mail experience is very intuitive and integrated with key social business capabilities," said Berry van der Schans, information and communication technology manager for Shanks Group Plc, in a statement.
IBM also plans to introduce Domino Applications in the cloud through a ready-made platform-as-a-service offering built on IBM SoftLayer. Partners will have a faster path for bringing their new Domino applications to the cloud and getting them to market more quickly.
Moreover, IBM is teaming with business partner Parallels to integrate with Parallels' cloud automation platform, making it easier for partners that distribute IBM products to assemble and sell unique cloud offerings. For example, a telecommunications company can use IBM's new plug-in to easily combine and provision its cloud offerings from IBM and other Parallels-ready vendors, such as Sugar CRM. This streamlines the business process of delivering cloud services through a reseller channel.
IBM is also introducing a new certified set of global partners that provide on-boarding services, making it easier than ever for clients to deploy their mail to the cloud.
Furthermore, IBM's independent software vendor (ISV) partner ecosystem continues to grow. To date, hundreds of unique Connections-based applications have been developed using APIs from the IBM Social Business Toolkit. For example, ISVs, such as AppFusions, Flow, HootSuite, Kaltura and Shoutlet, have built entirely new applications on the IBM Connections platform—both in the cloud and on premises.
HootSuite, for example, created a new social application integrating IBM Connections capabilities and content into the HootSuite dashboard. This allows data from corporate social networks to be viewed alongside social media data from Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other networks so employees can be even more empowered, connected and informed.