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Blog posts for April 2014

LearnPAD Kick-Off Meeting in Toulouse

At the beginning of April, we participated in the second partners meeting for the LearnPAd project, in Toulouse. The first meeting took place in Pisa (in February).

The main objective was to launch the second work wave. The 2 days meetings included the opportunity to present and discuss:

  • A first prototype of the future platform;
  • The first usage scenarios;
  • The official website (that will be online soon).

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Thank you to LINAGORA for the organization!

The next meeting will be held in September, in Italy, at the University of L'Aquila, one of the partners involved in the project.

In the meantime, other workshops will be organized, including this month, in Switzerland (at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts).

3rd edition of Social Now and 3rd participation of XWiki SAS

After Porto and Lisbon, this year's edition of the Social Now event was hosted in Amsterdam.

This event has an original format. It is a mix between traditional key notes and  conferences and demonstrations on how to use the collaborative solutions of several vendors to meet a fictitious (but very practical) use case. It brings together major stakeholders (Jamespot, Bluekiwi, eXo, Jive, SAP...) in a friendly atmosphere.

Each participant was required to give a presentation and then face questions from an independent jury.

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3 years after our first meeting with the Cablinc company (fictitious company especially created for the purpose of this event), they "called us" again for our services which were needed for the opening of a subsidiary in Turkey. Additional issues to be considered were:

  • access to enterprise knowledge on the run
  • ability to communicate with operators in the field / factory
  • ability to bring back information from the field to management

A demo prepared especially for the occasion was presented by Guillaume Lerouge.

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This European event is also an excellent opportunity to visit beautiful cities. Amsterdam was no exception and some of us took advantage of the breaks to go explore this awesome city :-)

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Heartbleed Bug: what we did

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You have certainly heard of the the Heartbleed bug. It is a very important security issue with the OpenSSL protocol, which is basically used for SSL certificates (accessing web pages using https://).

This bug affected a very large amount of servers on the Internet and the attacker might have been able to read the memory of the server, thus gaining access to the private keys, which would in turn render the encryption useless.

At XWiki SAS, we immediately upgraded the OpenSSL version to a patched one that doesn't show this problem anymore. We will continue to monitor the situation closely to ensure everything is OK. 

Even though there is no reason to believe that any of your account data or personal information has been compromised in any way, it is still a good idea to change the passwords you use to log in to XWiki, as a precaution, as changing your passwords regularly helps ensure privacy and protect your personal information.

Job Shadow Day 2014 at the XWiki

The XWiki team welcomed this year another edition of Job Shadow Day at the Iasi Office!

Four high school students arrived on Friday morning at the office excited to find out what working in an IT company is like and how they can shape a career in this field. The members of the XWiki team that voluntary participated to the program were more than happy to give their general insight with a nice particular focus on how life at XWiki is.

After the well-known initial tour of the office and meeting the XWikiers, the high school students shared with us a little bit about their background, passions and expectations. This was followed by presentations on the company and some of the positions we have at XWiki: Project Manager, Web Developer, Web Designer and QA Engineer. The XWiki team volunteers had presentations on their areas of expertise and answered any questions related to their job, offered their support in installing the XWiki product, creating applications and doing tests. 

We also watched videos toghether, solved quizzes, had free discussions and a nice lunch, taking most of the allocated time. We're looking forward to see the students again with other occasions and we hope next year we'll be hosting again Job Shadow Day at the office!

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XWiki SAS completes the acquisition of Nearbee!

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XWiki SAS has acquired the main assets of Nearbee and part of its product development team.

Founded in 2007, Nearbee is specialized in cloud services for businesses, providing vertical solutions to respond to large core activity needs. The solutions offered by Nearbee are based on the XWiki Enterprise technology, which makes it perfect for the integration in XWiki SAS.

"The acquisition of this business will further strengthen XWiki SAS’s service offers to our customers." said Ludovic Dubost, the president and founder of XWiki SAS. 

To continue its fast development, XWiki SAS acquired Nearbee's key assets in early 2014.

What does this acquisition mean for XWiki?

New solutions will soon be available for our clients: Some of Nearbee's features and solutions will be integrated in our catalog. In particular, the "Franchise" and "E-learning" solutions will very soon be a part of the solutions proposed by XWiki SAS.

Our teams are currently adapting and integrating these solutions into our service catalog.

XWiki SAS, an increasingly international company

Our team is growing: we opened a subsidiary in Algeria to host Nearbee's technical experts. Six IT engineers, most of them very experienced (with over five years of development experience on the XWiki Enterprise technology), have joined our teams. They are accompanied by Nearbee's technical support manager. 

XWiki SAS has now a new office on a new continent, bringing the number of locations to three: Paris (France), Iasi (Romania) and Algiers (Algeria).

An expanded customer portfolio

In addition to the technology and Nearbee employees, we also get part of the company's client portfolio. More than a dozen of Nearbee's customers have already joined the XWiki SAS adventure and we hope that many others will also join us soon. 

XWiki SAS makes a lot of effort to ensure a seamless service continuity for customers who have already made ​​the transition to our services.

About XWiki SAS

XWiki SAS was founded in 2004 to help organizations to better organize their information. 

We are the main sponsor of the XWiki Enterprise Open Source software. The latest release of XE is the 5.4.4 version. This version brings many improvements and new features to our customers and our users in 2014! 

Among the latest improvements, XWiki Enterprise now allows you to open wikis on demand and easily install apps straight from the wiki. Discover the XWiki Enterprise software.

Easter 2014 at XWiki

Both the French and the Romanian teams celebrated Easter this year at the office!

At Paris, the XWiki team was engaged in the "Easter Egg Hunt" activity, having to gather as many chocolate eggs as possible. The competition was fun as the eggs were well hidden all around the office and the time was limited! When the time came to an end, two of the XWikiers who had equal scores entered in a finale to fight for the big prize! In the end, the winner managed to obtain 8 chocolate eggs and the whole team managed to find 47 eggs out of 60!  
 

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At Iasi, the Easter Bunny came with a very sweet surprise: eggs, small bunnies, little chickens all made out of chocolate! The XWiki team got together to enjoy the "Easter Sweet Day" at the office and share the Easter Bunny presents!

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We now all have the needed energy to enjoy great holidays together with our families and friends!

Happy Easter everyone!

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Easter 2014 at XWiki

Both the French and the Romanian teams celebrated Easter this year at the office!

At Paris, the XWiki team was engaged in the "Easter Egg Hunt" activity, having to gather as many chocolate eggs as possible. The competition was fun as the eggs were well hidden all around the office and the time was limited! When the time came to an end, two of the XWikiers who had equal scores entered in a finale to fight for the big prize! In the end, the winner managed to obtain 8 chocolate eggs and the whole team managed to find 47 eggs out of 60!  
 

Angry birds_Paris Office.jpg  Ben_the winner.JPG 

At Iasi, the Easter Bunny came with a very sweet surprise: eggs, small bunnies, little chickens all made out of chocolate! The XWiki team got together to enjoy the "Easter Sweet Day" at the office and share the Easter Bunny presents!

Goodies XWiki.jpg Iustin_killing the rabbit.JPG  

We now all have the needed energy to enjoy great holidays together with our families and friends!

Happy Easter everyone!

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Working With Jira in XWiki

XWiki provides the best way to organize information, while using JIRA you can capture and organize issues for your projects in an easy manner. The JIRA macro offers the possibility to get JIRA issues directly into XWiki. With this extension you get the best of both worlds in order to better follow your team activity on projects and foster collaboration.

XWiki users don't need to leave the wiki to see what's happening on JIRA. Using the macro you can keep your team updated and easily produce reports of issues, with your choice of included fields and field ordering. The information fetched from the JIRA server may be displayed as a table, list or enumeration. You can also specify the fields you want to display for each JIRA ticket, choosing from a variety of fields, such as: summary, key, type, status, assignee, reporter, created, updated, resolved, fixVersion, component, votes, resolution, link and version.

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JIRA Macro as a table, using defaults 

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JIRA Macro as a list, using defaults 

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JIRA Macro as an enumeration, using defaults 

Try it out

You can easily install the JIRA macro using the Extension Manager.

New to XWiki?

Download XWiki to try out the JIRA macro. You can also check out the XWiki.org extensions wiki for more cool macros and applications.