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Sep 26 2016

Global needs. Simple solutions.

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Economic globalisation represents the concept of countries transacting commodities, services, know-how and money in an international context with the intention to stimulate and develop the world’s economy. This concept comes with a lot of benefits, but also some downsides. Companies often report a lack of communication and collaboration due to the geographical distances between the offices. Moreover, the large amounts of unstructured data, gathered after years of activity, are preventing multinational companies to perform efficiently and to be cost-effective.

Rapid growth of unstructured data

According to 40% of the respondents of a ESG survey on the cost of unstructured data, the most persistent challenge over the years is the rapid growth and the way unstructured data is managed. Moreover, the same study shows that only 36% of the average IT budget is spent on investments which are able to produce ROI, while the rest of 64% is spent on managing the unstructured data.

The reasons are diverse and could be influenced, as an example, by the lack of knowledge of how many copies are archived, what documents are relevant and there is always the risk of new employees to create or duplicate documents. Based on these facts we can understand of what importance it is to have everything structured in a collaborative platform, where any employee, no matter the technical skills is able to create, modify or share documents.

The client

This was the case of one of our clients. EMC is a global leading company with activities in the information systems and storage on the international markets. After continuously collecting data, EMC has faced a challenge in structuring and managing it in an efficient way. The consequence of leaving it unstructured is linked to poor efficiency and higher administrative costs. They had to find a way to manage large amounts of information mainly consisting in business proposals in Word format.

Our solutions

After research, they have chosen XWiki as the most suitable company to address their needs. Constantly communicating, we have understood the needs and started developing a structured knowledge base able to support EMC in their efforts of storing the internal competitive intelligence data. Moreover, in order to easily access information, we have implemented special filters for the ground teams to easily contribute with new articles and relevant information about their competitors. Furthermore, the Sales and Marketing teams have had their own special filter which was able to structure data based on the market and the product lines.

Once arrived in the implementation stage, we have offered our support in importing 30.000 Office documents in the newly created database. As the solution has been considered a valuable asset for the company, currently more than 5000 people within EMC are using it. If you want to know more about the EMC solution, please follow this link.

George Nikolic
Marketing Specialist @ XWiki

Sep 08 2016

You change. We change.

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The software industry has developed tremendously in the last couple of years. Starting from a simple practice of ensuring better human efficiency and performance, it has increased so much and so fast, by both value and volume, that now has become a science. Today’s world is facing different issues than the past generations and new trends have forced the software industry to reorganize and find alternative ways to solve business and community related sensitive situations.

Level of interaction

Depending on the level of interaction with the user, Alan Cooper has structured the applications in four postures. The sovereign application is a software that is used the most. Usually it monopolizes the user’s attention for the greatest amount of time.

When an alternative solution is being used for a specific purpose on which the sovereign application is not performing as expected, a transient application is introduced. It attracts user’s interaction for a limited amount of time as it appears, gets the job done and exits the landscape immediately. If it is used for a longer period of time it becomes an auxiliary software to the sovereign one and it’s categorized as a parasitic application. The one interacting the least with the user is the daemonic application which is running in the background and doesn’t require direct human interaction.

Scale of implementation

On the other hand, considering the scale of implementation, there are two main categories: situational and enterprise applications. The difference between them consists solely on the target audience and the range of requirements.

Situational applications are usually considered fast to develop and implement, easy to use and flexible enough to be modified. They satisfy a specific, limited type of needs therefore are easier to implement and don’t require a considerable amount of planning and testing. Due to these characteristics are more preferable for small groups.

The enterprise application is the total opposite of the one mentioned above. It is usually more generic and satisfies a wide range of business purposes which are intended to be addressed by a large number of users. It requires meticulous planning, higher investments and have proved to be much more difficult to implement or change.


XWiki the best solution

Once with the strong focus on developing cloud technologies and deployment platforms, companies tend to implement situational applications on a wider scale, slowly over-passing the traditional enterprise applications. An example of platform supporting the development and use of situational wiki applications is XWiki. Using top-end technology, our wiki embraces change, therefore is considered to be one of the best solutions in terms of situational application for both big and small enterprises.

Our teams can perform on both the Waterfall methodology which is more preferred by clients who know exactly what needs they have, while the AGILE methodology allows us to start working with a limited amount of information and define requirements during the development process.


Top 3 reasons why XWiki is the perfect solution for your situational application:

  1. Easy to develop and implement means saved time, fewer costs and more money for your company.
  2. Being user friendly it allows your employees to focus on the most important tasks and increase their productivity which eventually increases their motivation and the company’s revenue.
  3. Flexible to meet your dynamic requirements. The development process can be resumed whenever you feel like it. To satisfy your latest needs without starting from square one, XWiki is adaptable and cost effective.

If you want to see examples of what situational applications we have developed please visit our references page.

George Nikolic
Marketing Specialist @ XWiki

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 23 2016

CKEditor is now available in XWiki

XWiki Enterprise and XWiki Collaboration Suite now feature the CK Editor.

What is CKEditor?

CKEditor is a ready-for-use HTML text editor designed to simplify web content creation that we integrated for you in our products. It brings a lot of features designed both for end-users and developers.

This allows us to focus on our main goal: make the best open source wiki in the world. And you'll now benefit from the best open source WYSIWYG editor as well. Isn't this good news?

What are the CKEditor features?

CKEditor features lots of amazing functionalities like:

  • Safe undo function. With CKEditor, you don't need to worry about mistakes because every single action can be safely reverted, guaranteeing that you'll never break things or lose your texts.
  • Easy tables. There is no better way to explain and demonstrate data than using tables. With CKEditor users can create accessibility-compliant tables, as well as design them to better present their content.
  • Quality XHTML output. CKEditor uses advanced W3C DTD controls to ensure that HTML is properly generated. Users will not enter broken code so your pages will easily validate.
  • Strong accessibility. Accessibility standards like W3C WCAG and US Section 508 were given attention from the very beginning. The visually impaired can use screen readers, high contrast and keyboard navigation.

If you want to find out more about the CKEditor features, go visit this section.

Note that CKEditor is also a highly customizable tool.
We are sure you'll find something that will suit you with:

  • lots of plugins
  • the different skin options. You can even make it look like a Microsoft Word Editor! No excuses if your coworkers don't contribute to your wiki.

CKEditor Open Source licenses

You know that XWiki is 100% Open Source.
Guess what?! CKEditor is too.
It is distributed under the GPL, LGPL and MPL Open Source licenses.

What if you are using an old XWiki?

You can go visit this page.
You can install it via the Extension Manager if your version is XWiki 6.2.5 or higher.

What does it mean for our WYSIWYG editor?

CKEditor is for now an alternative WYSIWYG editor ours remaining the default one. It can be installed with the Extension Manager.
Starting XE 8.1 is will be bundled into XWiki Enterprise and XWiki Collaboration Suite but will become the default editor in 8.2 according to our schedule.

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Dec 07 2015

10 Basic Questions You Need to Ask When Choosing a Wiki

With dozens of easy to use and affordable wiki solutions, many companies opt for wikis to store procedures and best practices. This post explores the key factors you should be looking at when choosing the best wiki for your business. ...

Jul 28 2015

Top 10 reasons you'll love XWiki Collaboration Suite

As we've launched XWiki Collaboration Suite, the new packaged version built on top of XWiki Enterprise, we would like to show you the top 10 reasons you should choose it. Easy to use, powerful, improved... are only some qualities. ...

Jan 21 2015

The XWiki File Manager Application

The XWiki File Manager Application lets users organize files inside XWiki using a tree hierarchy of folders. The app supports all standard operations, such as move, rename, copy, delete on both files and folders. 

Drag & drop can be used to upload new files, as well as modify the folder hierarchy. A wide range of files types can be viewed or played straight from the wiki. This includes PDF and office documents, audio and view files.

On the application home page you'll notice the tree of folders on the left and the file livetable on the right. To get started you should create a folder, after which you will be able to upload a file in the folder you have just created.

You can organize the folders by drag and drop or you can use the context menu to create new folders or to rename them.

The livetable lists the files associated with the currently selected node in the tree. To upload a new file in the current folder you will have to click on the New File button from above the livetable.

Clicking on a file link from the livetable will take you to the file view. Here you can view or play the file. Most of the standard file types are supported.

For a more detailed list of features please read the File Manager Application extension page. We also recommend installing the application using the Extension Manager.

Oct 01 2014

Introducing XWiki 6.2: New Flamingo Skin by Default

Meet the new XWiki Enterprise! Starting with XWiki 6.2, Flamingo is the default skin. This release adds various responsive UI improvements. The "Applications Bar" has been set by default on the left panel. A new Flamingo Theme Application has been created to manage color themes. XWiki 6.2 also brings an Icon Theme Application, with Font Awesome as default. 

New modern look and feel

The Flamingo skin is based on the Bootstrap Framework. Originally created by a designer and a developer at Twitter, it has become one of the most popular front-end frameworks and open source projects in the world. The Bootstrap Framework brings a modern look-and-feel to the Flamingo skin and makes the UI responsive.

Improved navigation: the applications bar

With the new left panel you get a better overview of the applications installed on your wiki. Users can quickly switch between extensions, with all apps being just a click away.

Easy to customize

Want to change your wiki theme? The Theme Application introduced in the latest release delivers a new, better experience.

Awesome new icons

XWiki 6.2 comes with an Icon Theme Application and a new default icon theme, Font Awesome.

Mobile friendly

With its changed look-and-feel and responsive UI, the Flamingo skin can also be used on mobile devices. As you reduce your browser window, you'll notice XWiki scales accordingly. 

With XWiki 6.2 you also get an improved login form, a new structure for apps created with AWM and many other improvements, so make sure you check it out!

[UPDATE] The XWiki 6.2.4 stabilization version has been released. Find out more by reading the release notes.

Jun 03 2014

XWiki Features Survey 6X Report

At the end of last year, we launched a survey to find out what were the most anticipated features for the XWiki Enterprise 6.X cycle. 

With the 5.X cycle coming to an end, we wanted to get some clues as to what changes our users and contributors were interested in. 

This article presents the results of the survey and summarizes the roadmap for the 6.x cycle that followed it.

Features ranking

Several features were listed and grouped by theme before being presented to respondents (XWiki SAS customers and members of the XWiki community). 

The graph below shows the ranking of the most anticipated features:

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Improved loading time for XWiki's pages and an improved WYSIWYG editor were among the most voted features.
However the integration with third-party proprietary applications, the offline mode and improvements of XEclipse were voted as less necessary by our users.

Topic rankings

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Ease of use and good quality were the two topics standing out in this ranking.
The flavors and extensions/applications were also very voted.
We noticed there were higher expectations from our customers in terms of universal access and mobility and less from the XWiki community members.
In contrast, social features were not considered an important topic for this project cycle.

The XWiki Enterprise 6.X roadmap

Taking this survey into account, the XWiki community has decided the following theme for the 6.x cycle: Slick, Slim and Secure

The following items were listed in the roadmap:

 * Performance improvements across the board: page load time, scalability, activity stream rewrite, memory usage rationalization.
 * Introducing the flavor mechanism (as already discussed here) with the idea of removing the maximum number of extensions from the base and being able to build a minimal, lightweight wiki, but also to have a few flavors.
 * Slickness achieved with the new skin, syntax highlighting + autocompletion, easier rights UI and more.
 * Spending time improving various security aspects, including the addition of Signed scripts.

 In short we’ve realized that XWiki has grown along the years and it’s becoming a bit heavyweight in various aspects. So the idea would be to focus on performance and ease of use in order to slim it down and ensure it’s kicking fast!

Apr 23 2014

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.