IBM Connections V4.0 enables professional networks and communities to reinvent how people innovate and work togetherIBM United States Software Announcement 212-278
September 4, 2012
|Table of contents|
|At a glance|
IBM® Connections V4.0 is designed to help you:
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IBM Connections V4.0 is social software for business that provides an exceptional social platform that helps enable you to access the right people and internal and external content in your professional networks and communities.
Take action faster
From within your activity stream, you can view and act on an aggregated list of updates from across your network and from third-party applications. With IBM Connections V4, you can now open a view that allows you to take action immediately on the content in your activity stream. Each update in the activity stream has an associated view powered by OpenSocial gadgets, which provides an embedded experience. This embedded experience provides a user interface from which you can, for example, comment on, follow, or "Like" an item, as well as download files, share content, and view tags from within your activity stream.
Foster community growth and participation on projects
The activity stream is now available to communities, allowing community members to visualize what other members are doing. You can share status with members of your community. You can also integrate third-party applications into the community activity stream to provide visibility and easy action from within the activity stream using the embedded experience. New metrics capabilities allow community owners to monitor the adoption and vitality of their community. Insights gained from the metrics can help a community owner take actions that can make the community more useful for members, which can lead to increased community membership and participation. A new calendar provides a central place to plan and coordinate community team events.
Collaborate more effectively with teammates
New features help you work more effectively with teammates. Owners and editors can lock and unlock a file. The redesigned files summary page and tabs provide more information such as in which folders the file resides and whether the file is referenced by status updates. Team discussions in forums are enhanced with new features such as adding content from a web page or IBM Connections source to a forum topic with the click of a button. Project management is facilitated with new Activity capabilities such as converting an entry into a to-do item.
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|Planned availability date|
September 7, 2012: Electronic availability
October 2, 2012: Media availability
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IBM Connections V4.0 introduces new features across its set of integrated applications to help make collaboration within your organization easier.
Home Page: The Home Page application helps provide individuals with a consolidated view of their social data from across all of the IBM Connections applications.
Home Page updates
Enhanced user interface
Actionable activity stream items
Increased awareness of upcoming events
Added flexibility in status updates
Communities: The Communities application connects individuals with a common interest, responsibility, or area of expertise to share information, exchange ideas, and collaborate on projects.
Increased awareness of community events and updates
Foster community growth and involvement
Work on project files with community members
Recommendations: Social analytics provide recommendations about people to connect with and content to view.
Recommendations become more relevant
Files: The Files application helps provide a fast and easy way to share files with individuals and groups. The model is simple. You upload a file of any type and add readers and editors to it.
Added flexibility in file handling
Forums: The Forums application provides a convenient way to create an online discussion board where people can ask questions, share their experiences, and discuss topics of common interest.
Forum discussions become more adaptive to the needs of the team
Activities: The Activities application helps individuals create online work areas where they and their teammates can gather together the emails, Instant Message (IM) chats, documents, messages, and other information that they need to accomplish a business objective.
Bookmarks: The Bookmarks social bookmarking application helps you save, organize, and share bookmarks as well as discover bookmarks that have been qualified by others.
Profiles: The Profiles application helps you locate the people you need by searching across your organization using keywords that help identify expertise, current projects, and responsibilities.
Wikis: The wikis application provides a convenient online method for teams to author content collaboratively, edit it, and then publish it. This is designed to help businesses create content faster, and also improve its quality by utilizing input from a variety of experts.
Expanded editing features
Section 508 of the US Rehabilitation Act
IBM Connections is capable as of October 2, 2012, when used in accordance with IBM's associated documentation, of satisfying the applicable requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, provided that any assistive technology used with the product properly interoperates with it. A US Section 508 Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT), containing details on the products accessibility compliance, can be requested on the following website
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Refer to Software Announcement 211-495, dated October 18, 2011 .
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|Availability of national languages|
Product description Language GA date IBM Connections Profiles Multilingual October 2, 2012 V4.0.0 (Portuguese, French, Danish, Catalan, Kazakh, Russian, Hebrew, Arabic, Thai, Korean, Chinese - Simplified, Spanish, Norwegian Bokmal, Portuguese-Brazilian, German, Swedish, Japanese, Chinese - Traditional, Hungarian, English, Slovenian, Greek, Turkish, Dutch, Czech, Italian, Finnish, Polish)
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Program VRM Program name number 5724-S68 4.0.0 IBM Connections
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IBM training provides education to support many IBM offerings. Descriptions of courses for IT professionals and managers are on the IBM training website
Call IBM training at 800-IBM-TEACH (426-8322) for catalogs, schedules, and enrollments.
IBM Software Services for Education provides education to support many IBM offerings. For a complete list of offerings visit the website at
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Product information is available via the Offering Information website
Also, visit the Passport Advantage® website
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No publications are shipped with this product.
The IBM Publications Center
The Publications Center is a worldwide central repository for IBM product publications and marketing material with a catalog of 70,000 items. Extensive search facilities are provided. Payment options for orders are via credit card (in the U.S.) or customer number for 20 countries. A large number of publications are available online in various file formats, and they can all be downloaded by all countries.
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Specified operating environment
Refer to Hardware requirements section.
The program's specifications and specified operating environment information may be found in documentation accompanying the program, if available, such as a readme file, or other information published by IBM , such as an announcement letter. Documentation and other program content may be supplied only in the English language.
Software Subscription and Support (also referred to as Software Maintenance) is included with licenses purchased through Passport Advantage and Passport Advantage Express® . Product upgrades and technical support are provided by the Software Subscription and Support (also referred to as Software Maintenance) offering as described in the Agreements. Product upgrades provide the latest versions and releases to entitled software, and technical support provides voice and electronic access to IBM support organizations, worldwide.
IBM includes one year of Software Subscription and Support (also referred to as Software Maintenance) with each program license acquired. The initial period of Software Subscription and Support (also referred to as Software Maintenance) can be extended by the purchase of a renewal option, if available.
This product is available through IBM Passport Advantage in a Passport Advantage media pack or via electronic download. Publications are not shipped with the product.
- The Licensing Information form number for IBM Connections is L-CMAS-8D9PLG.
Security, auditability, and control
The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communication facilities.
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This product is only available via Passport Advantage . It is not available as shrinkwrap.
Licensed function title Product group Product category IBM Connections IBM IBM Connections Connections IBM Connections Extension from IBM IBM Notes® or Domino® w/Ltd Entitle to Connections Connections Connections IBM Connections Extension from WS IBM IBM Portal w/Ltd Entitlement to Connections Connections Connections IBM Connections Profiles IBM IBM Connections Connections
Program name PID Charge unit number description IBM Connections 5724-S68 Per Authorized User IBM Connections 5724-S68 Per Authorized User for Linux on System z IBM Connections 5724-S68 Per Processor Value Unit (PVU) IBM Connections 5724-S68 Per Processor Value Unit for Linux on System z IBM Connections Extension from Notes 5724-S68 PA Per or Domino w/Ltd Entitle to Authorized User Connections IBM Connections Extension from Notes 5724-S68 Per Authorized or Domino w/Ltd Entitle to User for Linux Connections on System z IBM Connections Extension from WS 5724-S68 PA Per Portal w/Ltd Entitlement to Authorized User Connections IBM Connections Extension from WS 5724-S68 Per Authorized Portal w/Ltd Entitlement to User for Linux Connections on System z IBM Connections Profiles 5724-S68 Per Authorized User for Linux on System z IBM Connections Profiles 5724-S68 Per Authorized User
Charge metrics definitions
Authorized User is a unit of measure by which the program can be licensed. An Authorized User is a unique person who is given access to the program. The program may be installed on any number of computers or servers and each Authorized User may have simultaneous access to any number of instances of the program at one time. Licensee must obtain separate, dedicated entitlements for each Authorized User accessing the program in any manner directly or indirectly (for example, via a multiplexing program, device, or application server) through any means. An entitlement for an Authorized User is unique to that Authorized User an may not be shared, nor may it be reassigned other than for the permanent transfer of the Authorized User entitlement to another person.
Note: Some programs may be licensed where devices are considered users. In that case, the following applies. Any computing device that requests the execution of or receives for execution a set of commands, procedures, or applications from the program or that is otherwise managed by the program is considered a separate user of the program and requires an entitlement as if that device were a person.
Processor Value Unit (PVU)
PVU is a unit of measure by which the program can be licensed. The number of PVU entitlements required is based on the processor technology (defined within the PVU Table by processor value, brand, type, and model number at
and the number of processors made available to the program. IBM continues to define a processor, for the purpose of PVU-based licensing, to be each processor core on a chip. A dual-core processor chip, for example, has two processor cores.
Licensee can deploy the program using either full capacity licensing or virtualization capacity (sub-capacity) licensing according to the Passport Advantage Sub-Capacity Licensing Terms (refer to the webpage below). If using full capacity licensing, licensee must obtain PVU entitlements sufficient to cover all activated processor cores* in the physical hardware environment made available to or managed by the program, except for those servers from which the program has been permanently removed. If using virtualization capacity licensing, licensee must obtain entitlements sufficient to cover all activated processor cores made available to or managed by the program, as defined according to the Virtualization Capacity License Counting Rules at
- http://www.ibm.com/software/lotus/passportadvantage/Counting_Software_licenses_using_sp ecific_virtualization_technologies.html
* An activated processor core is a processor core that is available for use in a physical or virtual server, regardless of whether the capacity of the processor core can be or is limited through virtualization technologies, operating system commands, BIOS settings, or similar restrictions.
Passport Advantage program licenses
Part description Part number IBM Connections Profiles IBM Connections Profiles Authorized User Annual SW S&S E03VFLL Rnwl IBM Connections Profiles Authorized User Lic + SW S&S D6159LL 12 Mo IBM Connections Profiles Authorized User SW S&S D615ALL Reinstate 12 Mo
Part description Part number IBM Connections Extension from Notes or Domino w/Ltd Entitle to Connections ConnExt Fr Conn Lim Enti PA Per Authorized User Annual E0DA9LL SW S&S Rnwl ConnExt Fr Conn Lim Enti PA Per Authorized User Lic + D0N7VLL SW S&S 12 Mo ConnExt Fr Conn Lim Enti PA Per Authorized User SW S&S D0N7WLL Reinstate 12 Mo
Part description Part number IBM Connections IBM Connections Authorized User Annual SW S&S Rnwl E03VJLL IBM Connections Authorized User Lic + SW S&S 12 Mo D6158LL IBM Connections Authorized User SW S&S Reinstate 12 Mo D615ILL IBM Connections for Extranet Proc Value Unit (PVU) E03VKLL Annual SW S&S Rnwl IBM Connections for Extranet Proc Value Unit (PVU) Lic D615JLL + SW S&S 12 Mo IBM Connections for Extranet Proc Value Unt (PVU) SW D615KLL S&S Reinst 12 Mo
Part description Part number IBM Connections Extension from WS Portal w/Ltd Entitlement to Connections ConnExt WSPot w/Ltd EntiConn PA Per Authorized User E0EICLL Annual SW S&S Rnwl ConnExt WSPot w/Ltd EntiConn PA Per Authorized User Lic D0T6WLL + SW S&S 12 Mo ConnExt WSPot w/Ltd EntiConn PA Per Authorized User SW D0T6XLL S&S Reinstate 12 Mo
Passport Advantage trade-up licenses
Precursor product Trade-up product Trade-up part number IBM Connections IBM Connections Activities Tradeup to Cnnctns AU Lnx D0C5ELL Sz fr Cnnctns Activities AU Lnx Sz Lic+SW S&S12Mo IBM Connections Profiles Tradeup to Cnnctns AU Lnx D0C5DLL Sz fr Cnnctns Profiles AU Lnx Sz Lic+SW S&S 12 Mo IBM Connections Activities Tradeup to Cnnctns AU from D6157LL Cnnctns Activities AU Lic + SW S&S 12 Mo IBM Connections Profiles Tradeup to Connctns AU D615BLL from Cnnctns Profiles AU Lic + SW S&S 12 Mo
Passport Advantage supply
Program name/description Part number IBM Connections Profiles V4.0.0 IBM Connections V4.0 Multilingual Multiplatform Media AY00QML Pack
Passport Advantage customer: Media pack entitlement details
Customers with active maintenance or subscription for the products listed are entitled to receive the corresponding media pack.
IBM Connections Profiles V4.0.0
Entitled maintenance Media packs description Part offerings description number IBM Connection Profiles IBM Connections V4.0 AY00QML Authorized User for Linux Multilingual Multiplatform on System z® Media Pack IBM Connections Authorized IBM Connections V4.0 AY00QML User for Linux on System z Multilingual Multiplatform Media Pack IBM Connections Extension IBM Connections V4.0 AY00QML From a Notes or Domino Multilingual Multiplatform product with Limited Media Pack Entitlement to Connections PA per Authorized User IBM Connections Extension IBM Connections V4.0 AY00QML From a Notes or Domino Multilingual Multiplatform product with Limited Media Pack Entitlement to Connections PA per Authorized User for Linux on System z IBM Connections Extension IBM Connections V4.0 AY00QML from WS Portal w/Ltd Multilingual Multiplatform Entitlement to Connections Media Pack per Authorized User IBM Connections Extension IBM Connections V4.0 AY00QML from WS Portal w/Ltd Multilingual Multiplatform Entitlement to Connections Media Pack per Authorized User for Linux on System z IBM Connections Processor IBM Connections V4.0 AY00QML Value Unit for Linux on Multilingual Multiplatform System z Media Pack IBM Connections Profiles IBM Connections V4.0 AY00QML per Authorized User Multilingual Multiplatform Media Pack IBM Connections per IBM Connections V4.0 AY00QML Authorized User Multilingual Multiplatform Media Pack IBM Connections per IBM Connections V4.0 AY00QML Processor Value Unit Multilingual Multiplatform Media Pack
Cross-platform products for use on System z
Order the part numbers that follow when the product is used for either the development of code that will be deployed on System z servers or when the product will be communicating or transferring data between a distributed server and a System z server. Otherwise order from the other set of part numbers in this announcement. This set of part numbers provides the identical supply and authorization as the other set in this announcement.
Cross-platform product for use on System z IFL engines
Order the part numbers that follow when the product is intended to run on the Linux operating system on System z IFL engines. If the product is not intended to run on the Linux operating system on System z IFL engines, order from the other set of part numbers in this announcement. This set of part numbers provides the identical supply and authorization as the other set in this announcement.
Part description Part number IBM Connections Profiles IBM Connections Profiles AU for Linux on Sys z SW S&S D0C3LLL Reinstate 12 Mo IBM Connections Profiles Auth Usr for Linux on Sys z E08CILL Annl SW S&S Rnwl IBM Connections Profiles Auth Usr for Linux on Sys z D0C3KLL Lic+SW S&S 12 Mo
Part description Part number IBM Connections Extension from Notes or Domino w/Ltd Entitle to Connections ConnExt Fr Conn Lim Enti Per Aut.U.for Linux on Sys.z E0DA8LL Annual SW S&S Rnwl ConnExt Fr Conn Lim Enti Per Aut.U.for Linux on Sys.z D0N7TLL Lic + SW S&S 12 Mo ConnExt Fr Conn Lim EntiPer Aut.U.for Linux on Sys.z SW D0N7ULL S&S Reinstate 12 Mo
Part description Part number IBM Connections IBM Connections Auth Usr Linux on Sys z Annual SW S&S E08CGLL Rnwl IBM Connections Auth Usr Linux on Sys z Lic + SW S&S 12 D0C3GLL Mo IBM Connections Auth Usr Linux on Sys z SW S&S D0C3HLL Reinstate 12 Mo IBM Connections for Extranet PVU for Lnx Sys z Annual E08CHLL SW S&S Rnwl IBM Connections for Extranet PVU for Lnx Sys z Lic + SW D0C3ILL S&S 12 Mo IBM Connections for Extranet PVU for Lnx Sys z SW S&S D0C3JLL Reinst 12Mo
Part description Part number IBM Connections Extension from WS Portal w/Ltd Entitlement to Connections ConnExt WSPot w/Ltd EntiConn Per Aut.U.for Linux on E0EIDLL Sys.z Annual SW S&S Rn ConnExt WSPot w/Ltd EntiConn Per Aut.U.for Linux on D0T6YLL Sys.z Lic + SW S&S 12 ConnExt WSPot w/Ltd EntiConn Per Aut.U.for Linux on D0T6ZLL Sys.z SW S&S Reinstate
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|Terms and conditions|
The information provided in this announcement letter is for reference and convenience purposes only. The terms and conditions that govern any transaction with IBM are contained in the applicable contract documents such as the IBM International Program License Agreement, IBM International Passport Advantage Agreement, and the IBM Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance.
IBM International Program License Agreement including the License Information document and Proof of Entitlement (PoE) govern your use of the program. PoEs are required for all authorized use.
Part number products only, offered outside of Passport Advantage , where applicable, are license only and do not include Software Maintenance.
This software license includes Software Subscription and Support (also referred to as Software Maintenance).
License Information form number
Program name Program Form number number IBM Connections 5724-S68 L-CMAS-8D9PLG
The program's License Information will be available for review on the IBM Software License Agreement website
Limited warranty applies
IBM warrants that when the program is used in the specified operating environment, it will conform to its specifications. The warranty applies only to the unmodified portion of the program. IBM does not warrant uninterrupted or error-free operation of the program or that IBM will correct all program defects. You are responsible for the results obtained from the use of the program.
IBM provides you with access to IBM databases containing information on known program defects, defect corrections, restrictions, and bypasses at no additional charge. For further information, consult the IBM Software Support Handbook found at
IBM will maintain this information for at least one year after the original licensee acquires the program (warranty period).
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For clarification, note that if for any reason you are dissatisfied with the program and you are the original licensee, you may obtain a refund of the amount you paid for it, if within 30 days of your invoice date you return the program and its PoE to the party from whom you obtained it. If you downloaded the program, you may contact the party from whom you acquired it for instructions on how to obtain the refund.
For clarification, note that for programs acquired under the IBM International Passport Advantage Agreement, this term applies only to your first acquisition of the program.
International Passport Agreement
Volume orders (IVO)
Passport Advantage applies
Yes, and through the Passport Advantage website at
This product is only available via Passport Advantage . It is not available as shrinkwrap.
Software Subscription and Support applies
Yes. Software Subscription and Support is included with licenses purchased through Passport Advantage and Passport Advantage Express . Product upgrades and technical support are provided by the Software Subscription and Support offering as described in the Agreements. Product upgrades provide the latest versions and releases to entitled software and Technical Support provides voice and electronic access to IBM support organizations, worldwide.
IBM includes one year of Software Subscription and Support with each program license acquired. The initial period of Software Subscription and Support can be extended by the purchase of a renewal option, if available.
While your Software Subscription and Support is in effect, IBM provides you assistance for your routine, short duration installation and usage (how-to) questions, and code-related questions. IBM provides assistance via telephone and, if available, electronic access, to your information systems (IS) technical support personnel during the normal business hours (published prime shift hours) of your IBM support center. (This assistance is not available to your end users.) IBM provides Severity 1 assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For additional details, consult your IBM Software Support Handbook at
Software Subscription and Support does not include assistance for the design and development of applications, your use of programs in other than their specified operating environment, or failures caused by products for which IBM is not responsible under the applicable agreements.
For additional information about the International Passport Advantage Agreement and the IBM International Passport Advantage Express Agreement, visit the Passport Advantage website at
System i Software Maintenance applies
Educational allowance available
Statement of good security practices
IT system security involves protecting systems and information through prevention, detection, and response to improper access from within and outside your enterprise. Improper access can result in information being altered destroyed or misappropriated or can result in misuse of your systems to attack others. Without a comprehensive approach to security, no IT system or product should be considered completely secure and no single product or security measure can be completely effective in preventing improper access. IBM systems and products are designed to be part of a comprehensive security approach, which will necessarily involve additional operational procedures, and may require other systems, products, or services to be most effective. IBM does not warrant that systems and products are immune from the malicious or illegal conduct of any party.
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|IBM Electronic Services|
IBM has transformed its delivery of hardware and software support services to help you achieve higher system availability. Electronic Services is a web-enabled solution that offers an exclusive, no-additional-charge enhancement to the service and support available for IBM servers. These services are designed to provide the opportunity for greater system availability with faster problem resolution and preemptive monitoring. Electronic Services comprises two separate, but complementary, elements: Electronic Services news page and Electronic Services Agent.
The Electronic Services news page is a single Internet entry point that replaces the multiple entry points traditionally used to access IBM Internet services and support. The news page enables you to gain easier access to IBM resources for assistance in resolving technical problems.
The Electronic Service Agent is no-additional-charge software that resides on your server. It monitors events and transmits system inventory information to IBM on a periodic, client-defined timetable. The Electronic Service Agent automatically reports hardware problems to IBM . Early knowledge about potential problems enables IBM to deliver proactive service that may result in higher system availability and performance. In addition, information collected through the Service Agent is made available to IBM service support representatives when they help answer your questions or diagnose problems. Installation and use of IBM Electronic Service Agent for problem reporting enables IBM to provide better support and service for your IBM server.
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