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Aug 10 2017

XWiki Seminar 2017

Here we are, reaching our 9th edition of our company seminar, getting the XWiki team members together in Romania for 7 days! 

This year, we spent a great time at a location close to Bucharest, called Acacia Village, fully enjoying the nature, the on-site facilities and the tasty bio food!

The Seminar schedule included a mix of team status update sessions and other presentations, collective time, hackathons, HR and extra leisure activities! The people were encouraged to spend time within their direct team but also to get involved in cross-team actions! 

We could not miss a trip day, which will surely stick to our memories because it took place during the only rainy day of the whole seminar week. emoticon_smile But the summer rain had its charm making the day even more memorable! emoticon_grin 

We invite you to browse our photo album and get a glance of what happened this year at our seminar!

If you're curious about last year's seminar, just click here and let yourself carried away!

Become an XWikier and join us for the next seminar: our opened positions are here. Let's have a chat!  

Apr 01 2017

XWiki announces Free Open-Source Software Services (FOS3) - share for free services

April's Fool: of course, this was an April's Fools joke. Services require people and people need salaries. The revenues from the XWiki services (training, support, projects) are also helping us finance the development of the XWiki Open Source software, and our contributions to the XWiki Open Source software would not be possible without this revenue. It should remind users of Open Source around the world that Open Source Software is not build by magic ! You can help us make XWiki better by purchasing our services.

XWiki SAS, the leading Open Source provider of Open Source Collaboration Solutions, announces a new offer: the Free Open-Source Software Services (FOS3)TM program.

In addition to heavily contributing to one of the greatest Open Source Wikis available, XWiki SAS is happy to announce a new program to help companies successfully implement the XWiki Open Source software inside their organisations. 

Thanks to this new program, companies can benefit from free consulting and implementation services. 

Ludovic Dubost, Founder of XWiki and CEO of XWiki SAS explains: "Building on the 'Tweet for Goodies' idea from our presence of at FOSDEM conference, we thought it would be a good idea to give free services to anybody sharing this announcement. Now, with these free services and the free XWiki Open Source software, companies no longer have excuses not to improve their Knowledge Sharing."

For a single tweet sharing this announcement, companies can get one of the following free services from XWiki SAS:

  • a free consulting day to help analyze how to implement XWiki in their company
  • a free implementation day to develop advanced projects on top of XWiki
  • a free training day for up to 8 people
Share Now !

Through this offer, companies can implement an advanced Knowledge base for a support, sales or competitive intelligence team, a public web site to share information online, or a collaborative editing web site to elaborate a report or document online and produce a custom PDF output. These services, until today only available to paying customers of XWiki SAS thanks to the valuable knowledge of the expert Client Project team with 10 years experience implementing projects for large companies around the world, will now become available to everybody. Any company is now only one tweet away from working with the same expert team that implemented the new features in XWiki 7.x and 8.x for the internal wiki of Amazon Inc.!

This offer is cumulative with itself and other promotional offers: just tweet multiple times to cumulate free days of services. For example, to get your project done through the FOS3 program, tweet once and choose the free consulting day. During this day, ask from your XWiki SAS Free ConsultantTM a full analysis of the requirements of your project and an estimation of the amount of days necessary to implement it. Then, tweet as many times as needed in order to cumulate the number of estimated days, and choose the option "free implementation day" for these. Don't forget to throw in a couple of extra tweets, to cover for potential underestimation of the required work (we all know how developers estimate!).

For a long time, we believed companies fancy Open Source because the code is open, because they can contribute, because it allows building better software and protects their investment by avoiding vendor lock-in. But we had to admit that what they like most is that it is free. This revelation is the reason we now provide free services. Nothing can beat free ! 

Also, by working more with companies using XWiki, the XWiki SAS team will be able to better understand users' needs and improve XWiki even more. We believe this will drive a positive feedback loop increasing the demand of the XWiki Open Source software which will lead to even more demand of the free services, which will to improve the software even more, and so on, ultimately resulting in exponential growth!

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The XWiki SAS team is fully on-board and eager to start the new FOS3 program:

"I think FOS3 is a great program, it will make my work more pleasant and so much easier. I don't want to sound selfish, but I can tell you this will have a tremendously positive impact on my KPIs. I mean, I'm happy, the clients are happy, what more could I dream of? Since it was announced this morning, I just cannot see myself working one more day the way we used to before!", said a member of the XWiki SAS sales team.

Following a Beta-testing program of this offer limited to existing XWiki customers, the development resources of XWiki SAS are currently fully booked until late 2018. So hurry up, tweet now to benefit from the Free Open Source Software services (FOS3)TM offer and get scheduled for January 1st 2019.

As many people want things without paying for them, the waiting time for accessing the Free Open Source Software services (FOS3)TM offer might become important. However, we plan to adjust capacity in order to not exceed 8 years of waiting time. Services will be provided on a first tweet, first served basis, using a FIFO queue. Similar to open source licences, no warranty is provided that the services will be properly performed or performed at all.

A special program, the Premium Free Open-Source Software Services (PrOS3)TM, is available to customers wishing to by-pass the waiting line by purchasing Fast-Track Tickets. Each Fast Track Ticket entitles the bearer to one day of services, scheduled on the top of the FIFO queue. For example, one Consulting Fast Track Ticket (CFT2), sold 999.99€, will allow you to get one day of Free Open-Source Software Services as soon as a resource frees up, regardless of the waiting time initially announced.

Existing paying customers of XWiki SAS will have their current contracts transformed to Fast Track Tickets within the PrOS3 program. In the following days, they will receive by mail the books of tickets corresponding to their current credit with XWiki SAS (short delays could be experienced due to restrictions imposed by our printing subcontractors).

With this new offer, XWiki SAS will definitively make the World a better place !

Mar 30 2017

Solutions Intranet 2017 talks

Last week was a busy one, here at XWiki. We've attended Solutions Intranet - RSE & collaboratif where we had 6 talks on different subjects related to collaboration and the wiki culture. Ludovic, our CEO, and Olivier, our VP for Business Development have presented the benefits of using wikis as collaborative tools and how the digital transformation can impact the success of a company.

Here's Olivier's English presentation on the way the intranet can be the starting point of digitalization.

Ludovic also has held a presentation in French about the Wiki culture and how it can help companies perform better.

These three days have been a true pleasure, we have met incredible people, made friends and the most important, we have actively participated in the talks sessions.

Mar 20 2017

XWiki's Solution Intranet participation announcement

Have you heard the latest news? Starting with tomorrow, 21st of March, we will be attending, speaking and networking at Solution Intranet - RSE & collaboratif, happening in Paris, France.

The event will take place at Porte de Versailles - Pavillon 4.2 from Tuesday, 21st (beginning with 14:00h) to Thursday 23rd of March 2017. You can find us at stand B55. The full schedule and list of stands are now available, and you can obtain a visitor's badge here

On our behalf, Ludovic will tackle the subject of Couteaux suisses mondialisés versus solutions Intranet & RSE spécialisées locales : comment choisir sans se tromper? Allez, on refait le match!, on the 21st of March, between 11:40 and 16:30, in Salle Voltaire.

On the 22nd of March, he will also be sharing his expertise at: Intranet social/RSE : les mid-managers sont-ils des utilisateurs comme les autres?, in Topos Rapidos from 10:00 to 10:30 and Voici les toutes dernières innovations participatives à connaître - 1ère partie, in Topos Rapidos, from 16:15 to 17:00.

Olivier, our Senior VP Business Development, will be speaking at Comment extraire les connaissances à des fins de réutilisation/de partage et mettre en valeur les compétences dans un modèle collaboratif et social ?- 2ème débat, Salle Voltaire, from 11:30 to 12:45.

On Thursday, the 23rd, Ludovic will hold an atelier, Culture Wiki, comment transformer votre entreprise comme les startups in room Balzac, from 11:00 to 11:45, whilst Olivier can be found at Oui, l’Intranet peut être le socle de l’entreprise digitale!, Topos Rapidos, from 12:15 to 12:30. 

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. 

Mar 07 2017

GSoC participation guide

Yes, you've heard it well: we've been selected as a Mentor Organisation for Google's Summer of Code 2017. It has been a tough competition, with only 201 out of 400 organisations being accepted, therefore our tradition of working with GSoC will not be altered. 

Interested in participating as a student? GSoC will begin accepting student applications on Monday, March 20, 2017 at 16:00 UTC and the deadline is Monday, April 3, 2017 at 16:00 UTC.

How does the program work?

Choose a project
Go find a project of your choice and don’t get biased to languages you know. You can get working knowledge of any language in a week or so.

Communicate
The strength of any open source project is its community. Go, ask people: “How can I contribute?” or “Where to start?”. And do participate in conversations on bugs, features or anything.

Contribute
Make regular contributions. May it be code style fixes, documentation, bug fixes or a new feature, but make sure, you have first contribution within 2 weeks from today and at least 1 contribution per week after that.

Help Others
Do help others. You develop yourself when you answer queries. More you help, more you learn.

How to find project/organisation?

Checkout selected organisations. Such organisations have their page for SoC or list of projects. 

Or, you can browse projects accepted in 2016, and some of these project are stages of a larger goal. If any project have future plans, then you can work on such project and take it to GSoC’17.

How to choose an organisation?

Choose an organisation that matches your interest. (example: If I like machine learning, I’ll choose CERN or mlpack. If I like networks, I’ll choose nmap or Ceph). Language should have very less saying while choosing project/organisation.

How to get source code?

You will find most projects’ use git. So, you can find them on Github, Bitbucket or Gitlab. Almost all project wikis have guidelines to install, test and contribute.

Save the Dates:

March 20, 2017 - April 3, 2017 

Students can register and submit their applications to mentor organizations.

May 4, 2017

Accepted students are announced and paired with a mentor. Full list of mentors here.

May 30, 2017 - August 21, 2017

Students code the summer away.

September 6, 2017 

All students who pass the program are announced.

So, who are we meeting this year? 

Feb 28 2017

More recognition coming towards XWiki with 2017 Collaboration Software Awards

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Over the past 12 years, since XWiki has been launched, we have won several awards and distinctions as tokens of recognition to our contribution on the collaborative tools market and for our involvement in the Open Source world.

Back in 2009, XWiki has been named one of the 200 finalists of the Red Herring 100 Europe award program. Soon after, we have been chosen as one of the 5 winners of the 2010 Open Innovation awards, presided by a jury composed of Open Source experts, leading IT managers and innovation consultants. Year of 2013 was another successful one for us as OWcon awarded XWiki the Technology Council Special Prize for our ethical approach of doing business and for complying with the best Open Source practices.

Today, our innovative spirit and focus on customer experience has landed us two more awards that we are proud of. FinancesOnline, a trusted B2B SaaS directory, has evaluated XWiki and gave an extensive review which underlines our focus on improving collaboration and developing an innovative data structure model. We have scored 98% in user satisfaction according to their customer satisfaction algorithm. Moreover, their SaaS experts have rated XWiki an average of 8/10.

Following these encouraging results, we have received the 2017 Rising Star Award and the 2017 Great User Experience for their online community software category both proving, once again, our focus on providing bespoken user experience and innovative solutions. What is more, XWiki has also been mentioned on the platform’s list of leading collaboration software solutions prepared by their experts.

We are happy and privileged to be recognized as a provider of good software and services. We are looking forward to seeing what other surprises 2017 has planned for us!

About XWiki SAS

XWiki SAS is a company created in 2004 whose founding members initiated the XWiki Open Source community. It aims to provide a range of professional services for the XWiki software, which is under the LGPL licence. These services are targeted primarily to organizations and communities seeking to allow their users to work better together, and drive their wiki at a higher level of performance.

Recently, XWiki was the solution chosen by Amazon as its intranet solution. XWiki has today over 200 customer references and thousands of business users in France and worldwide.

Feb 23 2017

XWiki launches Procedures Flavor

Press release

XWiki SAS, a leading provider of collaboration solutions, launches its newest flavor: the XWiki Procedures. This offer is for anyone who wishes to quickly and simply deploy a wiki-based procedure tool that responds to business organizing needs, in a easy to understand and use form. 


Paris, 23 February 2017

The XWiki SAS wiki procedures solution meets the need of professionals in terms of knowledge management, enhancing collaboration, following policies and structuring content. In order to answer the growing needs of companies and policymakers in having an established methodology of dealing with tasks, XWiki SAS is making the solution available to all new Cloud users, in beta mode, and accepts feedback to optimize it. 

Screenshots of the Procedures Flavor Overview and of a stage

Procedures are an established or official way of doing something, as in the steps for getting from A to B or from idea to results. XWiki offers a versatile ready to use structure for all interested domains of activity: management, IT development, marketing, HR, transportation and many more, or any department of an enterprise trying to put in place procedures in order to streamline processes. The advantages of choosing to use Procedures over other classic solutions are the top-notch features that allow you to: 

  • Create Categories and Procedures
  • Add covers, icons and descriptions
  • Assign responsible users
  • Check-out the customized Search

A main advantage of XWiki Procedures is the fact that it enables organizations to start "small" and then grow their procedure for a process or even the entire enterprise, with no difficulty or delay in deployment.

The flavor is free to try for all new XWiki Cloud users, and can be installed from here, by choosing Procedures Flavor, as seen below:

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About XWiki SAS

XWiki SAS is a company created in 2004 whose founding members initiated the XWiki Open Source community. It aims to provide a range of professional services for the XWiki software, which is under the LGPL licence. These services are targeted primarily to organizations and communities seeking to allow their users to work better together, and drive their wiki at a higher level of performance. Recently, XWiki was the solution chosen by Amazon as its intranet solution. XWiki has today over 200 customer references and thousands of business users in France and worldwide.

For more information, please contact George Nikolic by mail at george.nikolic@xwiki.com or visit our website http://www.xwiki.com.

Feb 10 2017

Why XWiki loved it at FOSDEM'17?

This past weekend, 4 and 5 February, Université Libre de Bruxelles was the place to be for the large free software community, gathered under the umbrella of the best European Open Source event: FOSDEM. Just like the years before, the event was a hit, bringing together the love for Open Source, belgian fries and, of course, local beers.

If you haven't attended FOSDEM before, the magnitude of the event can overwhelm you: 645 lectures, 8000+ hackers, 610 speakers, 669 events, and 55 tracks, around 70 company booths and countless Twitter posts. Just like one attendant wisely said: "It's a week long computer conference that takes place in one weekend.".

Then, there's the quality of the people attending and the knowledge gathered in the same campus. Keynote speakers like Brandon Philips, Stefano Zacchiroli, Roberto Di Cosmo, Bradley M. Kuhn and Gerolf Ziegenhain took over the stage on the two days of the event.

On Sunday, Ludovic, our CEO, raised awareness on the advantages and powerful advanced features of XWiki, and what makes it a competitive solution to Confluence or Microsoft Sharepoint.

You can enjoy his slides here and, below, this cool interview he gave to the Hacker Public Radio. 

At the same time, our colleague, Ecaterina, was hosting a very interesting Open source Design panel. It was a full-house dynamic talk that everyone enjoyed, as you can see below.

The Wikis and CMS stand is growing to be a tradition for XWiki. This year we were neighbors with Jenkins and TikiWiki, and we must say, it was a pleasure to have such neighbours. Yet, we did not have the chance to enjoy their company too much, as our stands were very busy with people willing to learn more about us. We loved sharing knowledge on XWiki, CryptPad and our commitment to the Open Source community. After many interactions, demos and pitches, we can say the XWiki brand awareness increased substantially, and as usual, the operation “Tweet for #XWiki goodies” was a total success. 

The XWiki team was proudly represented by 9 (out of 40) members of our team, and even though we did not manage to sync for a group photo (someone had to be at the stand, obviously), we happily attended this great event. We also thought of sharing a few of the talks we attended and found interesting, with videos included: Matthew Hodgson's Encrypting Matrix talk, the talks from the decentralisation room, Brabo Silvius' Frosted Embedded POSIX OS talk, Steffen Evers' On the way to a FOSS Platform for Cloud Based IoT Solutions talk and, of course, everything that went on in the design room. 

On behalf of XWiki, a round of applause goes out to the organizing and volunteers team, the ones that have made this event a success. And on this note, we are more than excited to announce our presence for FOSDEM 2018. Who else will join us?

Alina Luchian
Content Marketing Specialist @XWiki

Jan 31 2017

Amazon has chosen XWiki for its collaboration platform

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The whole XWiki team is proud to welcome Amazon as a new XWiki SAS client!

Amazon has chosen XWiki as its next generation internal Wiki platform for documentation and collaboration.

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.


XWiki SAS 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.

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

Jan 27 2017

XWiki's FOSDEM participation announcement

We are pleased to announce that, in less than a week, we will be attending, speaking and networking at FOSDEM 2017, in Brussels. 

The event will take place at ULB Campus Solbosch on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 February 2017. You can find us at zone K, level 2, booth 6 - "Wikis and CMS" - between the booths of Jenkins and OpenNMS. The full schedule and list of stands are now available. The entry, just like any other year, is free and registration is not required.  

On our behalf, Ludovic will tackle the subject of collaboration tools, between open source and closed source, with an in-depth comparison of such tools, in a Lightning Talk on Sunday, between 11:40 and 11:55, room 2215 (Ferrer). 

Also, Ecaterina will disseminate the complex mission of designers in Open Source, specifically the matter of design feedback in these communities. You can enjoy her group talk Sunday, between 12:10 and 12:50, in room AW1.121 and from 16:55 to 17:00 in the Closing remarks for the Open Source Design room. 

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.