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DEFINITION: Six degrees of separation is the theory that anyone on the planet can be connected to any other person on the planet through a chain of acquaintances that has no more than five intermediaries. The theory was first proposed in 1929 by the Hungarian writer Frigyes Karinthy in a short story called "Chains."In the 1950's, Ithiel de Sola Pool (MIT) and Manfred Kochen (IBM) set out to prove the theory mathematically.  … 
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IBM helps TD Bank get social
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VIDEO: TD Bank recently implemented IBM Connections to facilitate instant social communication and collaboration between its employees who are spread across North America.
Posted: 22 Jan 2015 | Premiered: 22 Jan 2015


3 Pillars of Customer Experience in Today's Connected World
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WHITE PAPER: Access this white paper to learn three steps to meeting customers' rising expectations in today's hyper-connected world: Personalized service, smarter support, and faster connection.
Posted: 19 Jan 2015 | Published: 19 Jan 2015

Social Media Trends from 2009-2018: What you Need to Know to Capitalize
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WHITE PAPER: The following IDC Analyst Report examines the enterprise social networks market trends from of the recent past, present and future. Discover ways to capitalize on these trends in coming months.
Posted: 19 Jan 2015 | Published: 19 Jan 2015


Red Hat JBoss Data Virtualization: Your Data, Your Way, At Your Business Speed
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WHITE PAPER: This white paper describes how data virtualization is a lead data integration solution that provides unified data access, enabling agile data provisioning.
Posted: 30 Dec 2014 | Published: 31 Jan 2014

Red Hat

Social Software Vendor Analysis: Microsoft vs. Jive
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ESSENTIAL GUIDE: Is your organization planning on buying social software in the near future? IT Central Station's guide, Social Software Vendor Analysis: Microsoft vs. Jive can help you make the most informed purchasing decisions. This guide provides first hand user reviews and experiences of top enterprise level social software vendors and their products.
Posted: 08 Dec 2014 | Published: 08 Dec 2014

Shell Eco-marathon Widens its Horizons
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WHITE PAPER: This case study covers how Shell Eco-marathon now allows organizers to explore and serve data quickly and efficiently to improve event management.
Posted: 28 Oct 2014 | Published: 31 Aug 2014

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

The Social Workplace: IBM Connections Social Cloud
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VIDEO: This short video introduces IBM Connections Social Cloud, an innovative set of web-based collaboration and social networking services.
Posted: 06 Oct 2014 | Premiered: 06 Oct 2014


The Social Dimension of Business Analytics: Extracting Value from Customer Feedback
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WHITE PAPER: The following informative white paper examines the biggest issues with conventional social media and BI tools and offers insight into a social media analytics platform that can improve the value of customer data, marketing approaches, and more.
Posted: 03 Oct 2014 | Published: 03 Oct 2014

Information Builders

Evolving Toward the Next Phase of Email
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WHITE PAPER: This white paper explores current email usage in the workplace, as well as corporate email's anticipated future, including a more cohesive user experience with integrated application functionality, social capabilities, and transparent accessibility.
Posted: 01 Oct 2014 | Published: 30 Jun 2014


HR Meets Social Media: Fireworks or Fizzle
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EGUIDE: This e-guide reveals how forward-thinking businesses are leveraging social media to identify the best talent and overhaul traditional performance evaluations and communications between employees and HR.
Posted: 29 Sep 2014 | Published: 29 Sep 2014


Deloitte CIO Survey 2014
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RESEARCH CONTENT: Deloitte's second global CIO survey assesses CIO's role in innovation, spending and technology priorities, and their relationship with the business.
Posted: 26 Sep 2014 | Published: 26 Sep 2014

IBM is a leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Social Software
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ANALYST REPORT: This in-depth analyst report deciphers 20 different vendors in the social software market, including IBM,, and Google, and provides their strengths, cautions, and how they stack up against one another.
Posted: 16 Sep 2014 | Published: 10 Sep 2013


The Digital Value Proposition and securing CEO buy-in
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PRESENTATION: Every business should be a digital business, says Stephen Paterson, Chief Product Officer at ANDigital in this presentation.
Posted: 27 Aug 2014 | Published: 27 Aug 2014

Social Media: IT Purchasers get social, marketers play catch up ?
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RESEARCH CONTENT: IT decision makers are using social media effectively at work, but marketers are playing catch up, according to this research snapshot.
Posted: 26 Aug 2014 | Published: 26 Aug 2014

RSA's Digital Journey
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PRESENTATION: Ian Hood, Group Digital Director of RSA, tells the story of one of the UK's largest insurers journey to digital technology in this presentation.
Posted: 22 Aug 2014 | Published: 22 Aug 2014

CW Buyer's Guide to Business Process Automation
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ESSENTIAL GUIDE: Computer Weekly looks at how to facilitate and manage the growing role of workload automation in the enterprise in this 10-page buyer's guide.
Posted: 22 Aug 2014 | Published: 22 Aug 2014

Build for Change – the Risk of Customerpocalypse
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BOOK: The enterprise must focus on how it engages customers and responds to their expectations, or face Customerpocalypse, writes Alan Trefler, in this extract from his book Build for Change.
Posted: 15 Aug 2014 | Published: 15 Aug 2014

IDC MarketScape for Jive Software
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WHITE PAPER: This IDC MarketScape report looks at enterprise social network vendors and features Jive in this excerpt. Learn about Jive's strengths, challenges, key features, and more.
Posted: 17 Feb 2015 | Published: 17 Feb 2015

Jive Software

The Age of Social Media: Lead Generation and Brand Authenticity
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WHITE PAPER: This white paper considers the advantages of social media in regards to lead generation. Access now to find out how you can implement a profitable social media strategy by targeting a variety of platforms with specific plans of action, and how your sales leads will benefit.
Posted: 28 Jan 2015 | Published: 28 Jan 2015


Social, mobile HR practices keep employees happy
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WHITE PAPER: This white paper explains why CHROs should connect and engage employees by deploying enterprise mobile and social strategies.
Posted: 12 Dec 2014 | Published: 12 Dec 2014

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Moving Forward with CRM: Key Trends and Technologies
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EGUIDE: This expert e-guide uncovers key CRM technologies and trends, and explores the best ways to measure the real value of an investment in social CRM.
Posted: 12 Nov 2014 | Published: 12 Nov 2014


Avoid Mixed Sentiments on Social Media Analytics
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EBOOK: Social media analytics has failed to meet its lofty expectations, despite a host of presumed business benefits. There is value to be found, but companies need to learn how.
Posted: 09 Oct 2014 | Published: 09 Oct 2014


MicroScope September 2014: An issue covering the issues around cloud security concerns
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EZINE: An issue highlighting the need to challenge user fears around cloud security and the best ways to communicate on social media.
Posted: 12 Sep 2014 | Published: 12 Sep 2014


Enterprise Social Networking: Collaborate Seamlessly
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EBOOK: CIOs have swung from dismissing social networks in the enterprise to seizing upon their potential for boosting business productivity and creativity. Learn why in this handbook.
Posted: 04 Sep 2014 | Published: 04 Sep 2014


Advanced identity tracking for social networking sites: Using HP ArcSight ESM to identify online predators
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WHITE PAPER: This critical resource exposes the truth behind online predators using social networking sites to stalk intended victims without being detected by authorities. Click now to see how a correlation engine can help pinpoint these criminals before their next attack.
Posted: 19 Aug 2014 | Published: 31 May 2012

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SOCIAL NETWORKING DEFINITION (continued): …  Although they were able to phrase the question (given a set N of people, what is the probability that each member of N is connected to another member via k_1, k_2, k_3...k_n links?), after twenty years they were still unable to solve the problem to their own satisfaction. In 1967, American sociologist Stanley Milgram devised a new way to test the theory, which he called "the small-world problem." He randomly selected people in the mid-West to send packages to a stranger located in Massachusetts. The senders knew the recipient's name, occupation, and general location. They were instructed to send … 
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