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Blog posts for July 2008

The New XWiki T-Shirts Are In Town!

I have not been blogging in here for the last 2 months, mainly because of a surge in our activity of late : new stable versions of 2 of our solutions came out : XWiki Enterprise 1.5 & XWiki Watch 1.0, I spent some time on holiday (coming back with an awesome elastic gun : office wars are about to rage again !) and our new t-shirts got in at last.

The elastic gun ready for action :

We chose to make 2 versions of the shirts : a polo with our logo on the back, to be delivered to all employees for use in corporate events (such as conferences) and a community one (the motto was chosen by popular vote of the company staff).

The "serious" edition of the shirt - ready to be delivered to all employees :

Our community t-shirts are waiting in the backroom :

A close-up of the community t-shirt logo :

We'll start sending them out to our customers and community members soon !

What If There's More Than One Wiki ?

Many companies have started using wikis to foster collaboration within their departments. Actually, lots of them have done so and enjoyed great benefits from wiki-based collaborative work ever since. Wikis are sometimes so seuccessful that companies turn out to be willing to use more than only one wiki. 

What happens next can often be assimilated to an IT Admin nightmare : various kind of wiki software popping up all around the place, each using its own user management system (coupled with the company's LDAP servers only on the best of cases). Users are not in a better position : the proliferation of wikis provokes confusion and sometimes leads to frustration for users who do not know which wiki they're supposed to use.

Here at XWiki, we're taking the needs of enterprises (and especially large ones) really seriously (which is why we're offering awesome professional support). That's why we've been providing an answer to those issues for a while. Our solution is called XWiki Enterprise Manager and it provides your IT department with the ability to create and manage new wikis from a central location.

A screenshot of the XWiki Enterprise Manager we're using on our Open-Source Community Wiki Farm :

Thanks to XWiki Enterprise Manager, all your sysadmin has to do is to setup a central instance of the software, configure it to plug into your company's LDAP server and... well, that's pretty much it ! You can now create as many wikis as you want, and users will be able to log into them using their usual credentials. When creating a new wiki, the sysadmin does not need to tackle DB and webserver configuration yet again and, even better, he can choose the new from a set of wiki templates. For instance, you could have a wiki configured to be used as a FAQ and another as a blogging platform. Creating a new wiki of either type would be a matter of clicks !

XWiki Enterprise Manager currently works for creating new instances of XWiki Enterprise, our professional enterprise wiki solution and we're working on making it work for XWiki Workspaces as well. If you're willing to make more than one wiki work in your company, XWiki Enterprise Manager is definitely the software you've been looking for !