IBM (news, site) has made a couple of announcements today kicking off their Enterprise 2.0 Conference focus. Along with a new data center in Japan and some analyst accolades we were told about a new real time compliance solution that will support your social business activities.

Social Software Needs Compliance

Monitoring and ensuring compliance is critical for heavily regulated industries. But these aren't the only organizations who need to consider its importance. Having immediate insight into what is being said and by whom, especially regarding important and/or highly sensitive information is a must have.

IBM Connections 3.01 now offers that "must-have" capability. Through a combination of extending IBM's core Connections platform and integration with compliance vendor and IBM partner Actiance, Connections now offers real-time compliance.

Essentially, every unit of work within Connections, be it a post, email, chat message, activity stream post, is now auditable. This is enabled through Connection APIs allowing a compliance solution (in this case the Vantage Compliance Module) to capture the information in real time and show it to managers via a Compliance Dashboard.

Some of the capabilities provided with the Vantage Compliance Module include:

  • Content logging and archiving
  • Capture of social data from all Connections applications
  • e-Discovery to show the content in context of other related items
  • Content inspection includes filtering, alerts, and rules engine
  • Policies can map to governance standards

The module support a number of government and industry regulations including FINRA, SEC and FRCP.

Increased Support for APAC Region

IBM's General Manager, Collaboration also announced a new data center for Japan, increasing its support for social business in the APAC region. The data center is expected to be operational by September of this year.

Leading Social Business Software

The final piece of news IBM shared today was its recognition by analyst firm IDC as the market share leader in Social Business Platforms. This is the second year that IBM has received this recognition from IDC.