IBM CEO Community Collaboration bundle

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The IBM CEO Community Collaboration bundle is a full team collaboration, real time communications and social networking solution in one easy-to-buy bundle. It combines collaborative capabilities and benefits of IBM Connections, IBM Sametime® and IBM Quickr™. The IBM CEO Community Collaboration bundle offers an easy way to get the most complete collaboration solution available - at a great value.

Part of the Complete Enterprise Option (CEO) bundle set, the IBM CEO Community Collaboration bundle provides optimized pricing for customers interested in making an enterprise-wide commitment. As with any CEO bundle, the first purchase must be for the entire enterprise and any additional follow on sales have minimums of 100 users. The CEO Community Collaboration bundle is also appropriate for smaller organizations with minimum purchase quantities of just 100 users (still requires entire enterprise for initial purchase).

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Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about this bundle.

Q: What value does the IBM CEO Community Collaboration bundle provide?
A: The IBM CEO Community Collaboration bundle provides a rich collaboration solution at an exceptional value. The IBM CEO Community Collaboration bundle delivers built-for-business team software, real-time web conferencing, unified communications and social software in one easy-to-buy package. Its components are built on open standards and extensible by customers and by independent software vendors. IBM Connections, IBM Sametime, and IBM Quickr are flexible and designed to integrate into your current environment, running on multiple server operating systems and working with multiple releases of desktop software.

Benefits of the IBM CEO Community Collaboration bundle:

Q: If you are an existing IBM CEO Enhanced Collaboration customer, why should you consider trading up to this bundle?
A: The IBM CEO Enhanced Collaboration bundle which includes IBM Sametime and IBM QuickPlace® (predecessor to IBM Quickr) is one of IBM's most popular and successful CEO bundles. And, if you are a current IBM CEO Enhanced Collaboration bundle customer enjoying the rich collaborative benefits of IBM Sametime and IBM QuickPlace, you know why it's so popular. Now, that collaborative value is extended even further with this IBM CEO Community Collaboration offering which adds all the benefits of IBM Connections to the mix.

IBM Connections, is the industry's first social software designed specifically for business. It lets you utilize the collective knowledge of your organization, your partners and your customers by dynamically building new connections between people, the information they know and the tasks they are executing. IBM Connections includes:

Q: Why would you as an existing IBM QuickPlace, IBM Sametime or IBM Connections customer be interested in this full bundle?
A: When IBM Sametime, IBM Quickr and IBM Connections are deployed simultaneously to an organization, the full collaborative benefits of these solutions working together can be realized. Not only does each product deliver a set of powerful capabilities, but the integration between the products - now and even further integration currently planned in future releases- sets the standard for collaborative productivity. Today, IBM Quickr team software provides built-in connectors to desktop applications like IBM Notes, IBM Sametime, Microsoft® Office and Microsoft Windows® Explorer. Additionally, when IBM Sametime is installed and configured, any user's name within IBM Quickr or IBM Connections profiles is turned on, so users can immediately communicate with them, in context. Also, using a IBM Sametime extension plug-in, chats can be saved to an activity and activities related to a particular person can be viewed. Business cards from IBM Connections can be displayed within IBM Sametime... and more.

Q. How can you tell if this packaged solution is right for your organization?
A: IBM CEO Community Collaboration bundle is well suited for organizations of any size that need a way to help employees more effectively find and work with each other and/or with partners and customers. Value add integration with IBM Notes and with Microsoft Office will make this bundle very useful and attractive to both IBM Notes and non-IBM Notes customers.

So, if you are looking to:

Then the IBM CEO Community Collaboration bundle might be the best fit and value for you. Since IBM CEO Community Collaboration bundle requires minimum purchase commitment, it is best suited for organizations that want to bring the benefits of team and real-time collaboration together with social networking for business to their entire organization.

SCENARIOS

Q: I have a current subscription to the IBM CEO Enhanced Collaboration bundle today. How do I take advantage of this new bundle?
A: For existing IBM CEO Enhanced Collaboration customers on active software maintenance, we have provided a trade-up SKU to the IBM CEO Community Collaboration bundle.

Q: My organization is no longer on active maintenance for IBM CEO Enhanced Collaboration bundle, but we may want to reinstate our software maintenance. How do we take advantage of the IBM CEO Community Collaboration bundle?
A: This would be a two-step purchase: 1) Purchase the reinstatement SKU for IBM CEO Enhanced Collaboration and then 2) Purchase the trade-up SKU from IBM CEO Enhanced Collaboration to IBM CEO Community Collaboration.

Q: My organization is a licensee of IBM WebSphere® Portal Extend with active software maintenance. How can we take advantage of the IBM CEO Community Collaboration bundle?
A: WebSphere Portal Extend customers with active software maintenance are already entitled to IBM Sametime and IBM Quickr for use inside the portal. If your organization wants to remove the portal only restrictions of using IBM Sametime and IBM Quickr and also wants to purchase IBM Connections, then you can purchase the IBM CEO Community Collaboration bundle.

Q: My organization is a WebSphere Portal customer and we prefer to purchase using a per CPU or PVU charge metric? Is there a way for us to purchase IBM CEO Community Collaboration on a PVU basis?
A: Not at this time. All CEO bundles are on a per user basis. Individually, IBM Sametime (web conferencing), IBM Quickr and IBM Connections each offer per PVU options for extranet or anonymous use. (Please refer to the IBM Sametime, IBM Quickr and IBM Connections licensing for details).


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