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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
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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 !

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

Dec 06 2016

Top 5 benefits of organizing information within your company

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We all get frustrated whenever we misplace our belongings and looking for them is a time and energy consuming effort that could have been avoided simply by being more organised. What happens if they are not personal belongings, what if we would talk about your work emails, presentation files or quarterly reports? The consequences of this lack of organisation would be catastrophic not only for you, but for the entire company.

How to avoid this type of hardship? The solution might seem obvious, yet often gets overlooked: organising information.

Its advantages are various and the top 5 most relevant benefits are:

Efficiency
The greatest advantage of organising information within a company is the efficiency of the resources. An organised professional will spend less time correcting mistakes, searching for information and fixing any clutter. The time saved means more time for doing productive things and more resources for other projects, therefore more money. Apart from the positive impact on time management, organising information will make it more comfortable for employees to share any information with each other, thus working better as a team.

Tracking progress
Of the company. Progressing is the aim of every business, but how can you measure it? Having a clear overview of the company’s projects, activities and resources helps management while decision-making. Compiling and recording the data of your company’s incomes and expenditures will help timely identify bottlenecks and support the decision to redirect resources and energy to more profitable elements.

Of the projects. Organising information also makes it easier for every employee to have access to relevant information, to have a  snapshot of all ongoing projects, so the inter-teams communication is more effective and to be on the same page with their teammates.

Better management skills
For any business, organising information is all about keeping things in proper order such that the path from inquiry to result is clear and time efficient. Information, in the business’ world, comes from various sources and takes lots of forms: employee records, news, internal meetings minutes or political context. A company’s information portfolio is the key action influencer in any matter concerning the company, so understanding the data and filtering the noise is essential to management.

Daniel Keys Moran said that “You can have data without information, but you cannot have information without data.” and his reference applies undoubtedly to the companies’ need to take rational decisions, thorough timely and reliable information procured through a logical and well structured method of information collecting, processing and disseminating. 

Instilling trust
Organising information establish a sense of trust and professionalism in the workplace. A well organised company projects an image of reliability and control. The strategies adopted by rational decision makes with the help of thoroughly disseminated information help winning the trust of employees, clients and associates effortless.

Reduced stress
A well organised information culture triggers a more relaxed working environment, as opposed to a cluttered or disorganised office where you are constantly searching for items or through countless threads of emails, attachments and files. It also allows companies to adapt to modern working models, including remote resources or work from home. 

State-of-the-art tools that enable new ways of working have generated important changes in company management. Traditionally, team members and managers would juggle multiple files, resources and tasks while struggling to get people on the same page. Nowadays, organising information within collaborative workspaces make planning and managing different projects easier and more effective, while also ensuring that all tasks are finished on time and within budget. Try XWiki and convince yourself of the advantages. 

Alina Luchian
Content Marketing Specialist @XWiki

Sep 13 2016

XWiki SAS will participate to OW2con 2016

OW2con'16 Annual conference : Code to Product

XWiki SAS will participate to OW2con 2016 which will take place in Mozilla's french headquarters, the 21st and 22nd of september.
Held for the eighth consecutive year, OW2con is the annual community event that brings together the OW2 community and technology experts, software architects, IT developers, project managers and decision-makers from all around the world.
This year's conference theme is "Code to Product". ...

May 27 2016

How to Open PDF Attachments from the Wiki directly in the browser

Ever wondered how to get PDF attachments to open directly in the browser? Today we're opening the "XWiki Tips and Tricks" series with a guide on how to achieve just that.
Right now, when you want to open PDF attachments from your wiki you'll get the following default behavior:

  • if the PDF file was uploaded by users with no programming rights, then the file is automatically downloaded upon click
  • if the PDF file was uploaded by a user with programming rights (e.g. Admin) then the file is opened directly in browser upon click ...

Feb 05 2016

Fosdem 2016: from behind the stand table

This year was a special year at Fosdem because, although I've been going to Fosdem for about 7 years or so, it was the first year that XWiki managed to be in the stands row, sharing tables in K building with other wiki and CMS projects: DokuWiki and Tiki.org.

So this year I've seen the Fosdem crowd from a different angle than usual, from behind the stands table, showing the XWiki software to people, explaining what it does and how it can help them. ...

My first FOSDEM experience

Last weekend (January 30- January 31) I attended FOSDEM with my XWiki colleagues. As you well know it took place in Brussels (Belgium), no attendance fee or registration was needed. 

It was interesting to meet many Open Source communities which may be different but have the same goal: collaborate and share information.

There were lots of conferences you could choose, starting from less technical ones to highly technical sessions. So you could definitely find a presentation that arouses your curiosity. ...

Oct 22 2015

Choosing an Open Source or a Proprietary Solution?

Open Source or Proprietary solution?

If you are not sure which solution fits better your needs, then you should answer to these questions:

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Sep 30 2015

Could Open Source have prevented the Volkswagen scandal?

Since last week, no one could have missed the Volkswagen scandal in the headlines of the media.

Indeed, it seems clear that the German manufacturer has embedded in its vehicles a system to detect particle emissions controls and changed the results in order to comply with the law and the standards required by the EU and the United States.

This scandal raises the debate on the lack of transparency of the proprietary software used in the automobile sector and in the Internet of Things (IoT). ...

Aug 03 2015

Open PaaS Project

XWiki Labs is proud to announce our participation in OpenPaaS research project with the collaboration of our industrial partners Linagora and Nexedi, and the academic support of the Loria laboratory at INRIA and the LIX laboratory at École Polytechnique. ...