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Already in beta, IBM is also announcing its plans to release what it calls the industry's first truly social e-mail client incorporating file sharing, activity streams and a simplified user interface. This will be the first major release of Notes and Domino in five years.
Kenexa Acquisition Fruit
Following its $1.3-billion acquisition of Kenexa in December 2012, IBM announced a new Web-based social networking environment that is expected to integrate IBM's industry-leading enterprise social networking platform with Kenexa's recruiting, on-boarding, learning and performance management solutions.
The IBM Employee Experience Suite will work to help HR leaders attract, empower and motivate talent to address skill and resource gaps while empowering the workforce to deliver better results for their clients. For example, IBM said, employees can use social networking, e-meeting and instant-messaging capabilities to access applications and interactive rich media such as videos, resulting in improved collaboration and greater teaming across globally distributed teams.
"The combination of Kenexa and IBM shows great promise to change how HR attracts, retains and trains talent," said Ross Grossman, vice president of human resources at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals. "In biotechnology, competition for top talent is fierce. We're excited about the potential to better attract talented people who fit our company culture and can really impact our business performance."