The Wiki Blog

Feb 16 2018

Learn how Amazon uses XWiki for over a year

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It has been a year since Amazon has chosen XWiki as its next generation internal Wiki platform for documentation and collaboration. Now, it is being used by nearly 20,000 active users, mostly in engineering and product teams, as a collaborative knowledge sharing and documentation platform. 

“At Amazon, we have been using wikis for many years. Wikis stimulate collaboration and sharing of information across teams and avoid information from getting lost in long email threads or file servers. We selected XWiki for its latest documentation features, its capacity to handle millions of pages, it’s capabilities to build custom modifications and its thriving developer community”, said the engineering manager of Amazon’s Wiki team.

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Our solution was picked after the team at Amazon evaluated multiple wiki solutions. Some of the specific features that made XWiki stand out to Amazon are: 

  • easy to use WYSIWYG and source editor, 
  • vast array of templates and macros, 
  • comments and annotations, 
  • image uploads by drag and drop, 
  • and permissions and tagging.

Amazon found XWiki's source code to be well organized, tested for quality and modularized enabling Amazon engineers to build customized solutions such as integrating the platform with AWS services like EC2, S3 and RDS. Our team provided Amazon with training, support and development services to help launch the platform in the company. Amazon sponsored the development of key features including hierarchical pages, scripting rights and CKEditor integration in the open-source version of the platform.

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We're very happy to count Amazon as a XWiki user, validating all the efforts we spent over the past 14 years at making XWiki an open and performant platform that can be adapted to any use case.

If you want to know more about this project, download the business case.

Feb 09 2018

At XWiki, we're breaking records

In over 14 years of experience we've learned that hard work pays off. This week, we received the biggest reward we could have received from you, our users: an incredible increase of XWiki installs and instances activity.

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We are proud to announce that our product's install rate is beating our all-time records: a 50% increase compared with the same period of 2017, and a staggering 100% increase when compared with February 2016. We had 1273 installed XWiki instances this week, and there is still the weekend to count. How cool is that?

And there’s more: installs are not the only metric on the rise: activity after 1 day has proportionally grown, offering another record: 296 active installs. Even more, we estimate that activity after 10 days will increase significantly, meaning that all our work put into improving XWiki convinced you to enjoy it even more. This only adds up to our steady growth from the beginning of XWiki, both in terms of installs and services provided.

We would like to thank everyone involved in developing, testing, improving and promoting XWiki in the last years, for all the work: your efforts are appreciated. 

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Of course, it would be great if some these trials would become business, but for now we will keep working to make XWiki the tool you choose every time. 

Thank you for trusting us and enjoying XWiki.
- The XWiki team 

Feb 08 2018

XWiki at FOSDEM 2018: the experience and presentations

XWiki's 2018 Events Season started with the participation at FOSDEM, the biggest free Open Source event in Europe, where communities can meet, share ideas and collaborate.

The XWiki SAS team, from both the Paris and Iasi offices, was present for 2 days in Brussels, between February 3rd and 4th. We participated with presentations in six different tracks, tackling different hot subject from new features, compatibility and integration with other tools and services, lessons learned from deployments, surveys, research and development, legal issues and Artificial Intelligence.

During this event we shared the stand called Wikis and CMS with our friends from Tiki and WikiSuite. We are very happy to have shared ideas, plans for the future and the promise to meet again with the other Open Source communities. The official number of attendees is still unknown, but we must say it was a great year - we talked to a lot of people about XWiki and gave away almost all our goodies. 

Our first presentation was by Vincent Massol, who talked about advanced testing practices used by the XWiki open source project, and using Java, Maven, Docker and Jenkins. You can check his presentation here:

He was soon followed by Ludovic Dubost presenting XWiki: a case study on managing corporate and community interests based on 14 years of Open Source in a small company. The presentation focused on how XWiki SAS has been able to build XWiki as Open Source, and also launch the CryptPad project, while keeping an honest open community and a fair Open Source model. 

Another interesting talk from Vincent was answering the question: What if there was a way to have long tail apps developed and working in just a few minutes? He demonstrated how a next generation wiki platform allows to do just that by using the XWiki open source project. See his presentation below: 

Were you ever curious about Open Source Projects and how they live without being bought? XWiki has been able to self finance writing Open Source code and sharing it with the community for 14 years now. Ludovic Dubost has shared what worked and what didn't, what went easy and was proven to be difficult, what is tricky in keeping the Open spirit and what is miraculous about the journey!

When we're not all about code and the product, our colleagues debate tough subjects like Artificial Intelligence dealing with the right to be forgotten. Tune in to see Cristina Rosu tackle the subject from all perspectives: concept, juridical nature, doctrine debates regarding this notion and also how does it interfere with artificial intelligence. 

Software platforms need to be highly extensible and customizable, since developers need to build on top of them and provide the best experience for users. Some users put more focus on the styling and visual aspect of their customization, others need it to be highly accessible or responsive, while others just like to have diversity in their choices. Ecaterina Moraru deals with all of them and shares from her experience below: 

Caleb James DeLisle's talk presented the encryption and key-management model, the sandboxing architecture which prevents a majority of CryptPad code from accessing the secret keys and some research into a solution to prevent backdoors in the javascript sent from the server. You can also learn how to reuse the CryptPad architecture (and source code) in developing other security/privacy conscious webapps if you play the video until the end: 

All in all, it was an excellent year for XWiki at FOSDEM and we're looking forward to returning in Brussels. See you in 2019?

Jan 31 2018

Top 10 New Features in XWiki 9.x

In this post we take a look at the new features and improvements that were introduced in the 9.x XWiki Cycle.

1. Notifications

For quite some time we’ve wanted to improve the way notifications worked in XWiki and now we’re very excited to announce the long awaited feature is here.
When trying out the latest XWiki, you’ll notice a bell icon in the top bar, which is in fact the new notifications menu. By clicking on the menu you’ll see the latest happenings on your wiki. The number of notifications is displayed in the top menu, just above the bell. You can subscribe to be notified about any event and you control the level of detail and the pages you'd like to be updated on. For example you might choose to be notified only when comments are added on the blog. Furthermore, updates can be sent periodically via email, according to your preferences.

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2. CKEditor improvements

Several improvements have been made to CKEditor in the 9.x cycle, including more supported styles, office import directly from the editor and an improved support for macros.
On a related note, the editor has also been upgraded to the 4.7.3 version which brings extra improvements and bug fixes.

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3. Better Administration

The Administration has been reorganised. An accordion and a search input are now available at the top of the Administration page. This means now it’s quick and simple to filter the administration categories and sections. The new consistent style and the addition of more hints for the configuration options, make the experience more seamless than before.

4. Protection against accidental deletion

Another feature that has been largely requested is protection against accidental deletion. System and Extensions pages are now protected against accidental deletion. When you try to remove these pages, XWiki will be listing all concerned pages and will ask you to confirm the operation.

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5. Restore a batch of deleted pages

On a related note. if you have deleted multiple pages at the same time, it’s now possible to collectively restore all the deleted pages, to their original state and location. 

6. Attachments improvements

If you go to the attachments tab at the bottom of any page, you’ll now be able to see attachment previews. Similarly, the Attachments tab from the Page Index also shows a thumbnail preview for image attachments. Several improvements were also added to the Attachments Selector, with support for attachments that are bigger than 2GB and many other Filesystem attachment enhancements.

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7. Additional Livetable filters

XWiki Livetables now have user suggest and date filters, while multilists are now filterable.

8. Syntax Highlighting and Blame View

Working with the syntax has become much more easy. The Syntax Highlighting Application is now bundled by default. Developers will be happy to find out that a new blame view has been added to the code viewer.

9. Flavors

XWiki now provides the "XWiki Standard" flavor, instead of the old "XWiki Enterprise" package. When creating a new wiki, Administrators can now choose which flavor they want. A flavor is a bundle of extensions that serve a particular use case. This paves the way for additional flavors to be built by the Open Source community on top of XWiki. Using flavors you can further customize your XWiki. You can imagine an XWiki specifically tailored to your team in the smallest of details.

10. More usability improvements

From improving the menus, to bundling more useful applications for newcomers, we are constantly improving the usability of the XWiki interface.

Try it out!

With over 1000 issues closed in XWiki 9.x, teams can truly take their collaboration to the next level. Have fun exploring these new features and feel free to contact our team if you need more information.

Jan 25 2018

Who is joining us at FOSDEM'18?

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We are pleased to announce that next weekend, a team of 12 XWikiers will be attending, speaking and networking at FOSDEM 2018 (the Free Open Source Developers’ European Meeting). 

The event will take place in Brussels, Belgium, at ULB Campus Solbosch. You can find us at zone K5, level 2, booth "Wikis and CMS", next to Tiki Wiki and WikiSuite. The full schedule and list of stands are now available and the entry, just like any other year, is free, with no registration required.  

This year, our team will have a total of eight presentations, out of which three about XWiki, two having XWiki as a use-case, one about the CryptPad product and two of general interest.

See the full list of talks with details about the location, time and speaker: 

SpeakerTypeWhen WhereWhat
Vincent
Massol
XWiki use-case Saturday
12:20 - 13:05
H.2213Track: Testing and automation  
Presentation: Advanced testing in action on a Java project
Ludovic
Dubost
Product: XWikiSaturday
15:55 - 16:20        
K.4.601 Track: Community devroom  
Presentation: XWiki: a case study on managing corporate and community interests 14 years of Open Source in a Small Co.
Vincent
Massol
Product: XWikiSaturday
17:00 - 17:15
H.2215
(Ferrer)
Track: Lightning Talks  
Presentation: Addressing the long tail of applications
Anca
Luca
Open Food FactsSaturday  
17:20 - 17:35
 H.2215
(Ferrer)
Track: Lightning Talks  
Presentation: Open Food Facts: the wikipedia of food products
What if you could freely analyse all the food and cosmetic products in the world?
Ludovic
Dubost
Product:
XWiki 
Saturday
18:20 - 18:35
H.2215
(Ferrer)
Track: Lightning Talks  
Presentation: Tips & Tricks to finance an Open Source Project without selling your soul
Cristina
Roșu
Legal IssuesSunday  
09:30 - 09:55
UA2.220 (Guillissen)Track: Legal and Policy Issues  
Presentation: Artificial intelligence dealing with the right to be forgotten
Ecaterina MoraruXWiki use-caseSunday
14:00 - 14:20
K.4.201Track: Open Source Design  
Presentation: Icon Themes Reusable icon variables and mappings for customisable user interfaces
Caleb J.
De Lisle
Product: CryptPadSunday
16:00 - 16:25
 H.1301
(Cornil)
Track: Decentralised Internet and Privacy  
Presentation: CryptPad Encrypted collaborative editing without trusting the server

Looking forward to meeting you all and answer all the questions you might have about XWiki, CryptPad or our community. Until then, follow us on Twitter (XWiki and CryptPad) where we will keep you up-to-date with our latest developments. 

See you between the 3rd and the 4th of February?

- Team XWiki

Dec 18 2017

One Job One Solution presentations

At Paris Open Source Summit 2017, Ludovic - our CEO, hosted a track on One job, one solution!, an half-day long discussion on the importance of Open Source solutions in the international business environment. Specialists from Avencall, Axelor, Matrix, BlueMind, Maarch, Nexedi, Open-DSI, ATOL C&D, Jaguar Network and France Labs joined him.

Here is the full list of presentations:

Open Source Applications competing against proprietary on-premise and Cloud SolutionsLudovic Dubost, XWiki
XWiki, Wiki Collaboration as an alternative to Confluence or SharepointVincent Massol, XWiki
Xivo, la téléphonie Open Source, concurrent de Centrex et Skype / LyncLaurent Demange, Avencall
Un ERP Open SourceLaith Jubair, Axelor
Cryptpad: Secure Online CollaborationAaron McSween, Cryptpad/XWiki
Encrypted decentralised communication with Matrix and Riot as an alternative to Slack.Matthew Hodgson, Matrix
BlueMind,l’alternative Open Source à MS Exchange, O365 ou Gmail.Sylvain Garcia, BlueMind
Maarch RM : Archivage électronique normé pour les entreprisesJean-Louis Ercolani, Maarch
Nexedi, un ERP Open SourceJean-Paul Smets, Nexedi
Dolibarr, un ERP orienté TPE & PMEPhilippe Scofoni, Open-DSI
REMOcRA, une solution open source au service de la gestion des risquesCharles-Henry Vagner, ATOL C&D
Rudder, l’outil DevOPS Open Source d’automatisation et de vérificationAlexis Mousset, Rudder
Ilan Costa, Jaguar Network
Datafari, gérer ses documents avec une solution de rechercheCédric Ulmer, France Labs

Dec 14 2017

Paris Open Source Summit 2017 talks

Last week was a busy one, here at XWiki. We've attended Paris Open Source Summit 2017, where we had 4 talks on different subjects related to collaboration and the open source culture.

Ludovic, our CEO, hosted a track on One job, one solution!, an extensive discussion and, at times, debate on the importance and effects open source solutions bring to the business environment. Specialists from Avencall, Axelor, Matrix, BlueMind, Maarch, Nexedi, Open-DSI, ATOL C&D, Jaguar Network and France Labs joined him in room CLAP. The full list of talks, is available here.

During the track he thoroughly treated the subject of Open Source Applications competing against proprietary on-premise and Cloud Solutions. See his presentation below. 

In the same track, Vincent, our CTO, had an intervention on the benefits of using XWiki as an alternative to Confluence or Sharepoint, and how the digital transformation can impact the success of a company. Check out his presentation below.

Aaron, part of the XWiki research team, had an intervention on Cryptpad and the benefits it brings as a secure online collaboration tool. See his presentation below.

 

In the Dematerialisation track, Ludovic tackled the subject of "How can traditional companies benefit from tools used by the leading tech companies", with an in-depth analysis of XWiki and its clients. 

These two days have been a true pleasure, we have met incredible people, made connections and the most important, we helped strengthening the Open Source community.  

Nov 29 2017

XWiki's Ludovic Dubost hosts track on 'One job, one solution' - Open Source solutions for the end user

Updated with links to the presentations. 

Which is more likely to be better: a software package created by a handful of developers, or a software package created by thousands of developers? Just as there are countless developers and users working to improve the security of open source software, there are just as many innovating new features and enhancements to those products.

Paris Open Source Summit 2017 has granted us the opportunity to lead a track on the importance of Open Source solutions in the end user software industry. Ludovic will be the trackleader, and joining him will be 11 international specialists from the Open Source world. The focus of this track will be on the key differentiators and the benefits Open Source solutions can bring, in comparison with closed-source competitors. Benefits as: security, quality, customizability, flexibility, interoperability, support options and many more. 

See you in Clap room, starting with 13h30? 

The program and presentations:

13h30-14h00Open Source Applications competing against proprietary on-premise and Cloud SolutionsFRLudovic Dubost, XWiki
14h00-14h20XWiki, Wiki Collaboration as an alternative to Confluence or SharepointFRVincent Massol, XWiki
14h20-14h40Xivo, la téléphonie Open Source, concurrent de Centrex et Skype / LyncFRLaurent Demange, Avencall
14h40-15h00Un ERP Open SourceFRLaith Jubair, Axelor
15h00-15h15Cryptpad: Secure Online CollaborationENAaron McSween, Cryptpad/XWiki
15h15-15h30Encrypted decentralised communication with Matrix and Riot as an alternative to Slack.ENMatthew Hodgson, Matrix
16h00-16h20BlueMind,l’alternative Open Source à MS Exchange, O365 ou Gmail.FRSylvain Garcia, BlueMind
16h20-16h40Maarch RM : Archivage électronique normé pour les entreprisesFRJean-Louis Ercolani, Maarch
16h40-17h00Nexedi, un ERP Open SourceFRJean-Paul Smets, Nexedi
17h00-17h15 Dolibarr, un ERP orienté TPE & PMEFRPhilippe Scofoni, Open-DSI
17h15-17h30REMOcRA, une solution open source au service de la gestion des risquesFRCharles-Henry Vagner, ATOL C&D
17h30-17h45Rudder, l’outil DevOPS Open Source d’automatisation et de vérificationFRAlexis Mousset, Rudder
Ilan Costa, Jaguar Network
17h45-18h00Datafari, gérer ses documents avec une solution de rechercheFRCédric Ulmer, France Labs

Nov 27 2017

Let's meet at Paris Open Source Summit 2017

We are pleased to announce that, between 6 - 7 December, we will be attending, speaking and networking at Paris Open Source Summit.

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The event will take place at Les Docks de Paris on Wednesday the 6th and Thursday the 7th of December 2017. You can find us at booth B13.

The full schedule and list of stands are now available. The entry, just like any other year, is free and you can register here.  

This year, Ludovic Dubost, our CEO, will host a track on the 6th of December, with the subject: "One Job, One Solution" - open source solutions for the end user. Speakers from Avencall, Axelor, CryptPad, Matrix, BlueMind, Maarch, Nexedi, Open-DSI, ATOL C&D, Rudder and France Labs will join him from 13h30 to 18h00, in location Clap. In this track, Aaron McSween, our research engineer, will be talking about "Cryptpad: Secure Online Collaboration" from 15h00 to 15h15. 

In parallel, from 14h50 to 15h10, Ludovic will tackle the subject of "How can traditional companies benefit from tools used by the leading tech companies", with an in-depth comparison of such tools, in the Dematerialisation track. 

From 17h10 to 17h30, you can meet Ludovic at the Round Table: "Valorisation et dissémination par l’Open Source : quels enseignements tirer de projets existants ? Panel "Enseignements pratiques et économiques"".

Looking forward to meeting you all and answer all the questions you might have about our community. Until then, follow us on Twitter where we will keep you up-to-date with our latest developments. 

Nov 07 2017

How to write a SOP with XWiki Procedures

Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) are a set of step-by-step instructions compiled by an organization to help workers carry out complex routine operations. XWiki offers you a versatile and ready-to-use structure for all interested domains: management, IT development, marketing, HR, transportation and many more. This is a solution suitable for any department of an enterprise searching to put in place a procedure which would streamline their processes.

Here are 4 steps to create easy-to-follow SOPs:

1. Do your research

A key planning activity for writing effective procedures is to understand the process that will be documented within the procedure. That starts with research or, in other words, collecting information.

This would include doing things like interviewing process owners and process doers. They are the go-to people when requesting related information because of their insight and involvement into the process. In addition, research should help you build objectives by learning process capabilities and by benchmarking industry leaders performances in targeted areas.

Do: Include screenshots, images, videos and best case practices.

Don't: Avoid connecting tasks to specific tools, as they might change over time.

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2. Establish the bigger picture

Your task is to create a situation where employees aren’t simply just following procedures. They want to understand the roles they play in company success.

By setting goals aligned to the organizational strategy, they will be more motivated to improve the procedures as they will grow along with the company. Therefore, keep in mind that your procedures would need to explain the actions towards the accomplishment of your business plan, while documenting the involved steps and the effects of interactions with other processes. 

Do: Show where a procedure's success falls under the company's growth plan.

Don't: Forget to brief in all departments involved in the well-going of the procedure. 

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3. Provide a structure 

A written procedure is a step-by-step guide to direct the reader through a task, so keep things simple and clear. With XWiki Procedures you have the chance to expand procedures to a company level, or just keep it neat for a team. Give your procedure a structure that will ease the efforts done by your employees instead of sending them on a time consuming path.

Do: Insist on the sequence and correlation of the tasks, as it will help when following them.

Don't: Leave out steps just because they seem obvious. They never are. 

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4. Involve employees

Give employees ownership so they can contribute to the way things are happening in your organization. For most companies, the problem isn’t necessary with the procedure, but with how the procedure is presented to employees. Make them enjoyable, easy to follow, and most of all - appreciate those taking the time to improve them.

Do: Brainstorms and offer guidance before instilling a new procedure, so everyone is fully on-board. 

Don't: Just add a procedure, take the time to explain all things left unclear and amend where necessary. 

Assign user responsibilities

Conclusions:

1. Research what the competition does and what steps you need to follow, customize it to your needs. 

2. Emphasize the bigger picture and how procedures help your company thrive. 

3. Take the time to make the procedure structured, easy to follow and have clear tasks.

4. Give ownership to those working on the procedure. Encourage them to improve it. 

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