IBM Lotus Wiki: Customizing Lotus Connections 2.0

Published 24 November 2008, updated 08 January 2009

Authors: Mike Ebbers, Amit Kumar, Chirag Barhate, Dean Jesson, Jamie J O'Leary, Jun SH Liu, Marc Smith, Salvatore Mazzotta, Sergio Imperial, Shu Sia Lukito, Torsten Hoffmann, Zhou Lin Dai


Lotus® Connections is social software for business that empowers you to be more innovative and that helps you execute more quickly using dynamic networks of coworkers, partners, and customers. It has components that work together to enable you to connect with the people and the information that you need. Together, these tools can help you and your colleagues interact with one another more effectively.

Often, an organization will want to modify components of Connections to meet their unique needs and preferences. Or the company will want to integrate Connections into one or more of its systems. This wiki explains how to do both of those activities.


Lotus Connections tools that you can use to improve collaboration include:

  • Activities: Collaboration tool for collecting, organizing, sharing, and reusing work that is related to a project goal.
  • Blogs: Online journals that you can use to deliver timely information with a personal touch.
  • Communities: A Web site where people who share a common interest can interact with one another and share resources.
  • Dogear: Social bookmarking tool for saving, organizing, and sharing Internet and intranet bookmarks.
  • Home Page: A single Web page where you can customize the way that Lotus Connections features are organized.
  • Profiles: Directory of the people in your organization, including the information you need to form and encourage effective networks.

    The wiki was written by an enthusiastic and knowledgeable group of IBMers. At IBM, the social computing capabilities have been widely embraced without much formal promotion. Luckily, as an organization well stocked with software developers and other technology buffs, IBM has a natural cohort of people eager to test drive and benefit from new technologies, and they influence others. Click here to read about the authors.

    Luis Suarez, IBMer, sums it up this way: "Lotus Connections is putting together the best of what's going on out there in the social computing space, but in a protected environment. Our Lotus Connections customers get scalability, and security. They're behind a firewall with their own directory authentication, to help protect against people from outside hacking into their system, sharing information that should not be shared. Also, the larger the organization, the more people will be using the social computing tools. Companies with Lotus Connections won't have to share tools on public IBM networks where they can't control loads and speeds." For more information,
    click here.

    Reading the Web-based wiki on this subject is just a click away at this link:

  • Special Notices

    This material has not been submitted to any formal IBM test and is published AS IS. It has not been the subject of rigorous review. IBM assumes no responsibility for its accuracy or completeness. The use of this information or the implementation of any of these techniques is a client responsibility and depends upon the client's ability to evaluate and integrate them into the client's operational environment.

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