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Mar 05 2019

Meet us at Digital Workplace 2019

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Let's talk about the importance of enterprise collaborative solutions at DIGITAL WORKPLACE EXPO 2019 happening at Paris Porte de Versailles, Pavilion 4.2, between 19 - 21 March.

Who will be there?

Clément Aubin

Clément is working at XWiki SAS as an Account Manager, while also being a student at the EISTI and at Grenoble Business School. He's been involved in the free and Open Source software world since 2015 when he joined a student organization named ATILLA, that promotes free and libre alternatives to proprietary solutions. Nowadays, most of his contributions to FOSS go into the development of the XWiki Open Source software, a great project in which he's been contributing for almost a year. 

Ludovic Dubost

Creator of XWiki and CEO of XWiki SAS, Ludovic has been the gentle organizer of the XWiki SAS company for 14 years. XWiki SAS leads the development of the XWiki Software used by thousands of organizations, including Amazon Inc. and helps companies and organizations all over the world organize, share, and collaborate on content. Advanced solutions have been developed to help companies manage support content, sales procedures, and knowledge or build complete collaborative Intranets. 

Schedule

Tuesday, 19 March

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16:15 - 17:15Ludovic at The latest collaborative and conversational innovations to know in 2019Espace Topos
17:00 - 18:00Ludovic at What are the alternatives to traditional collaborative suites? What does the French Tech industry offer?Voltaire

Wednesday, 20 March

HourTalkRoom
12:00 - 12:45Ludovic at the atelier Presentation of the Inter-Administration Extranet on the Quality of Online Procedures by DINSICDumas
16:15 - 17:15Ludovic at the round table Intranet, Digital workplace, Informative and collaborative tools, Enterprise Social Networks, instant messengers, EDM: how to mix them for better work and communication? Should there be a single platform or integrated tools?Voltaire

Thursday, 21 March

HourTalkRoom
13:15 - 14:15Clément at A digital workplace always more integrated and extended: how to do it?Voltaire
14:45 - 16:15Ludovic at Embark managers in your digital workplace or intranet project over timeEspace Topos

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.

Dec 21 2018

XWiki receives Best Open and Ethic Business Award

XWiki Best Ethic Business Award

ethic 

1. (noun) a set of moral principles, especially ones relating to or affirming a specified group, field, or form of conduct.

2. (adjective) relating to moral principles or the branch of knowledge dealing with these.

We are happy, humbled and privileged to be recognized as providers of ethic software and services, award given by CNLL - the Union of Companies of Free Software and Open Digital. We've been thinking about the meaning of this title - Best Open and Ethic Business - since the day of the awards ceremony, as it seems to follow us through the years. In 2013, OWcon awarded us with the Technology Council Special Prize for our ethical approach of doing business and for complying with the best Open Source practices.

What is it that makes us ethic, you might wonder. Here is a sum up of the values that we've followed for 15 years and why they are important to us:

Transparency

We think that transparency is the key to working on an open source project and it is fundamental to boost collaboration among different project members.

Openness

We believe in open standards, open protocols and formats, and open source as a more efficient way of developing, operating and integrating software solutions.

Collaboration

We are open to any party that wants to collaborate with us, whether they are individuals, companies or institutions. We strongly believe in using cooperative ways of building business solutions.

Meritocracy

We believe we should gain people's respect and recognition due to our work. We shall always make sure that everybody has access to our open resources on an equal basis and we will accept contributors based on the merit of their work and their skills.

Leadership

We lead the XWiki projects, empowering our community through the coordination and management of processes instead of exercising them through authority.

Excellence

We put maximum effort, dedication and care in everything that we do. We always strive for excellence.

Gratitude

We are grateful for the active involvement and interest of our community and for every contribution that we receive, regardless of origin, motivation, size and type.

We are happy to have this award join the one CryptPad received in November for being the “Best Startup for Privacy and Trust-Enhanced Technologies”.

2018 was a challenging but extremely rewarding year and we want to thank you for trusting our solutions and team. Looking forward to the see what 2019 has prepared for us emoticon_wink 

Dec 11 2018

XWiki at Capitol du Libre 2018

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The past few weeks have been busy with multiple events we have attended - Capitole du Libre, Cloud Expo Europe Paris, Paris Open Source Summit - and our blog was on a brief hiatus. Worry not, as we are back with updates and some great news we are excited to share. 

Capitol du Libre is a weekend long event dedicated to free software that took place in Toulouse, France, between 17 & 18 November. It’s an event open to all audiences, with a wide variety of themes, activities and workshops. Ludovic, Anca and Clement attended it and tell us that it was a great experience and shared the experience of meeting so many open source aficionados.

If you didn’t make it, here’s a sneak peek of the talks of the event and, below, the talks Ludovic and Clement had.

We often hear that Open Source has won. Is this really the case? In this presentation, Ludovic showed that while Open-Source is now the code leader for many software, there is still software and services that are not available as free software, including many cloud services. Your data is always controlled by proprietary software and algorithms built on a large amount of open-source code. Why is this the case and what can the free and open source software community do to improve this situation? Find out how open business models and free software funding should evolve to enable more free and open source code in all areas.

Cloud services are increasingly used and your data is increasingly exposed. Even though cloud services "promise" to keep your data secure, you do not actually control what is put in place to keep your data and privacy secure. Many cloud services use your data to build advertising-based business models that read data and transfer it to advertising services. In this presentation, Ludovic demonstrated why a new approach is needed for collaboration software and services, based on end-to-end encryption and zero-knowledge by the cloud service. He showcased this approach implemented in the free project CryptPad.

When working in teams on a project, we often observe that people don't choose to use very collaborative solutions for their work. Documents get scattered across multiple folders or in emails, it gets hard to distinguish an old version of a document from a new one, and we miss the possibility to link documents between each others. Clement presented some of the most popular features proposed by XWiki to adapt the platform to company use cases and how XWiki can help any individual or team to build a knowledge base adapted to his needs. 

See you next year?

Oct 30 2018

XWiki and its Women in Tech

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This article originally appeared in PIN magazine.

XWiki is an organization active in the open source domain, offering its own product: a software used to build collaborative solutions and services. The company was founded in 2004 in France and since 2007 in Romania as well. At the time of publication of this article, our team consists of 39 employees split between the Paris and Iasi offices. Diversity in the workplace is important to us, and it came naturally, because we have always sought to hire the best person, regardless of age, gender, religion or any other external factor. With regard to gender distribution, the difference between the percentage of female and male employees is not significant in the company itself. The statistics for the Iasi office are, however, more interesting: the number of women considerably exceeds that of men.

We asked our female colleagues for testimonials on their experience in the IT world, from the point of view of their professional activity, but also from a personal point of view.

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Ecaterina Moraru - Lead Interaction Designer

I am one of the few high school colleagues who have ended up working in this field. I remember that when I was accepted into the Faculty of Computer Science, there were just a few girls taking the same courses, with the gender difference already marking this field. Besides, if you were passionate about gaming, you were even more rare. Today, things have changed quite a bit.

At XWiki, I'm an Interaction Designer. Even if what I do may seem a little "soft", I consider it a best choice, as it's a place a come to work with great enthusiasm. In Iasi, the field of Interaction Design and the entire area of User Experience are still in the beginning phase. I cannot say I had someone that I was able to learn from, but I believe I was able to find and implement solutions that made the software more accessible and easy to use.

XWiki was the first company in Iasi to develop an open source product and, even today, it is one of the few companies built around this philosophy. I always had this desire to contribute to the creation of a product, and now I'm part of the team in charge of developing the open source product. I take care of the specifications and interface of the new functionalities which we want to integrate into the product. I create prototypes and write code for the front-end. I collaborate with our international community and we decide together about the functionalities that would be implemented. The product I have been developing and contributing to for more than 10 years has more than 3 million downloads and users in more than 115 countries.

Instead of a conclusion, I consider that women can learn and work in any IT specialization. In addition, you have the opportunity to act and develop not only locally, but globally. There are now many projects and companies that promote gender diversity and encourage women to pursue a career in IT. Nevertheless, I believe that the power of example is the most powerful motivation: the more women who work in this field and talk about their experience, the more they will attract others who will want the same thing.

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Cristina DeLisle - Office and Legal Administrator, DPO

I studied law with a specialization in Business Law, and I currently work at XWiki in the Paris office, after spending a year in the Iasi office.

My role is a combination of cross-functional skills, in areas such as human resources, law, data protection, accounting, technology sales - all because XWiki, my employer, is an open source company. The majority of my colleagues have a specialization in computer science and are professionals in this field, but other employee skills are also appreciated within XWiki.

I had the chance to meet great colleagues at XWiki, who inspire me to explore the technical side and go beyond my limits. I had the opportunity to participate and speak at IT conferences, where, considering gender differences, I found myself at a presentation where there were only men in the audience. It was one of the moments when I realized the disparity in the industry or sectors of the industry.

Fortunately, this problem does not exist at XWiki - almost half of the employees are women (including in management positions) - as well as there is no gender-based discrimination. I would like to find this model in general, in all IT companies.

I think it is important that there are examples of women who have made careers, in general, to find them in executive and leadership roles. The challenge is to ensure a balance between this model and meritocracy, which in most cases brings men into the recruitment process who are finalized with an offer. Moreover, gender discrimination in IT seems to be a real problem, if we take into account analyses that, fortunately, I have just read and not experienced from a personal point of view. I am happy to have women I admire on my team and I believe that such examples will ensure, over time, a numerical balance between the sexes in the technical field.

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Diana Veron - HR and Admin Coordinator

I had the opportunity to enter the IT industry in 2011, just after completing a Master's degree in Human Resources Management at the Faculty of Economics and Business Management, by obtaining a position as HR and Admin Assistant at XWiki. I have always dreamed of working in HR in the IT industry, because the challenges in this field (especially related to the recruitment process and employee motivation) have always attracted me. What I found at XWiki fully met my expectations: the work environment, the young and dynamic team, the international aspect and the way we communicate, the flexibility of the work schedule, the autonomy and the trust the management and my colleagues invested in me, the relationship with them, etc.

Even if, usually, in the field of HR we see mostly women, I had the opportunity to work also with men having this role at XWiki, and in my experience, gender is not a concern at all. As a member of the XWiki Executive Committee, I have always felt that my opinion counts and is taken into consideration, I am only satisfied because I have had the opportunity to contribute to strategic decision-making within the company. For me HR and the IT industry will always remain key aspects in my professional career and I am proud to lead my activity in such a rapidly changing industry.

IT is a dynamic industry and I have encountered challenges everywhere, but in my opinion the secret to success lies in the passionate performance of tasks and in being in the right professional environment, with the right team. Of course, there is also determination, curiosity, continuous learning and concentration of effort to achieve a high quality mission.

This year I became a mother, and I added new challenges to my current activity: I moved to France, started working remotely, and I am constantly working to maintain a balance between family and professional life. One of the major differences between Romania and France is the fact that, after the birth of the first child, mothers must be back at work immediately after maternity leave, which is only 4 months.

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Oana Lavinia Florean - Software Development Intern

I graduated the Computer Science high school, Grigore Moisil in Iasi, currently studying in the third year at the Faculty of Computer Science and I have been an intern at XWiki for 5 months. I therefore have experience strongly related to the IT field and contrary to what is said, I have not observed a great discrepancy between the number of women and men in the field.

At XWiki, I had my first internship, my first experience in a company, which gave me the opportunity to interact with the open source environment. I was part of the team that developed the open source product and had the opportunity to get in touch with a less well-known IT sub-domain in Romania. I collaborated with people from different countries, I have seen my contributions integrated into new versions of the product and I have improved, at the same time, my developer skills.

We do have the coolest colleagues, isn't it?

Sep 06 2018

XWiki Seminar 2018

Time flies and here we are at the 10th edition of the awesome XWiki company Seminar. Both teams from France and Romania had a great time together in Brasov, at AnaHotels Sport. The theme we’ve chosen this year was around the topic of “bears”, considering the mountain location. 

In one week, we discussed a lot of topics regarding status of the teams, future planning, challenges and team life at XWiki. We also had a hackathon, participated in memorable HR activities and enjoyed a lot of leisure time. We’ve even witnessed together a moon eclipse. 

For the trip day, some of us decided to test their adventure spirit at Aventura parc and Canionul Sapte Scari. We also had a lot of fun discovering the Bran Castle and the city of Brasov.

We invite you to check out some of our photos to have an overview of the wonderful time we spent together at the XWiki 2018 Seminar.

If you wish to have a glimpse of last year’s Seminar, you can do that by clicking here.

If this convinced you to come with us next time to the XWiki 2019 Seminar, please take a look at our opened positions inside XWiki.

The XWiki HR Team

Aug 29 2018

XWiki Cloud Now Free for Open Source Projects

A well organized documentation is a must for any open source project. With the right tools in place, community members are able to get started quickly, give feedback and make their own contributions. For instance, the XWiki open source project has been using XWiki Standard to create guides, document features and best practices for years.

On the eve of XWiki's 15 year anniversary, we're excited to announce we'll be offering our cloud subscription for free to open source projects.

What is XWiki Cloud?

If you do not want to handle all the bits and pieces involved in getting your wiki started, XWiki Cloud is the way to go. XWiki Cloud is a SaaS offer provided by XWiki SAS, which includes hosting, monitoring and regular updates of your XWiki Standard instance.

What does it mean for open source projects?

Open source projects that request a cloud wiki, will be able to host their wikis with XWiki SAS at the bronze level and receive regular updates (technical support not included). Projects that wish to create a cloud wiki should meet the following criteria:

  • the project should be licensed under a license listed on the Open Source Initiative website
  • the project source code should be available for download
  • the wiki instance on XWiki Cloud should be accessible to the public
  • the request should be made by the project lead or a committer

To apply for a cloud wiki all you have to do is fill in the form on the Try XWiki page and create a new cloud demo instance.
In the form, you should specify the following information:

  • the project name, URL and a short description
  • the open source license used
  • a link from where the source code can be downloaded

Once you've filled in the information and created your instance, we'll reach out to you as soon as possible to validate your request.

Why make it free?

At XWiki, we are big believers in the open source movement and its values. We both develop and use open source software. We’d love to have more open source projects use XWiki to organize their information.

Jul 27 2018

XWiki will implement a Slack integration

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Collaboration is the core focus in XWiki, and we’re constantly working to enhance its means for our users. Arguably the greatest team collaboration ecosystem of all time, Slack is integrating a large number of third-party services. Some of these include Google Drive, Dropbox, Github and soon… XWiki.


What does this mean for the XWiki users?

For you, this means that very you’ll be able to say: “You just received that wiki page on Slack”. By integrating it, you'll never have to copy-paste links of wiki pages to notify and share with interested colleagues. XWiki does it for you, so you'll never miss updates ever again.

Real-Time Notifications In Slack - You will be able to receive real-time notifications about wiki pages creation, updates or edits, both in direct messages or in channels. 

You will have the ability to connect and disconnect Slack from the wiki, and you can choose to receive notifications when:

  • pages are created
  • pages are edited
  • pages are deleted
  • attachments are added to a page
  • comments are added to a page

Do you want to be one of the first users who try out the new XWiki - Slack integration? Please leave us your e-mail, and we will notify you when the app is ready to use.

Jun 19 2018

XWiki adds ONLYOFFICE Online Editors to its ecosystem

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XWiki SAS, the European Independent Libre Software Company building knowledge and collaboration software, and Ascensio System SIA, the Latvian home of ONLYOFFICE, are proud to announce a partnership to offer ONLYOFFICE Online Editors to the XWiki users. 

What does this mean for the XWiki users?

By installing the ONLYOFFICE Connector Application, users can perform all their editing tasks directly in XWiki, no longer having to switch between the editor and their collaboration software. Additionally, multiple users can collaborate in real time and push changes directly to XWiki.

Moreover, it will allow users to view, edit and collaborate on documents, spreadsheets and presentations within XWiki. The extension uses an ONLYOFFICE server and works with the following document formats DOC/DOCX, XLS/XLSX, PPS/PPSX. Plus, users have the double benefit of professional support from XWiki, as well as the ONLYOFFICE team.

You can get the extension from the XWiki Store, or try it out directly from your wiki’s extension manager.

About ONLYOFFICE

ONLYOFFICE by Ascensio System SIA offers a powerful free and open source office suite that comprises online editors for text documents, spreadsheets and presentations highly compatible with Microsoft Office and OpenDocument file formats. ONLYOFFICE provides users with multiple styling and formatting tools and collaborative features like two co-editing modes, track changes, version history, commenting and in-built chat. That ensures an effective team collaboration and seamless work with complex formatting and objects within your browser.

Mar 20 2018

Let's meet at Salon Intranet 2018

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Starting with today, you can find us 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, 20 (beginning with 14:00h) to Thursday 22nd of March 2018. You can find us at stand B52. The full schedule and list of stands are now available, and you can obtain a visitor's badge here

Today, Ludovic will be speaking at Voici les toutes dernières innovations participatives à connaître, from 17:30, in room Espace Topo. 

Tomorrow, on the 21st of March, in Salle Dumas - from 12:00 to 12:45 - we will organize an Atelier on the subject of Amazon Inc. utilise XWiki, pourquoi pas vous ? Comment la culture Wiki et Open Source peut transformer votre entreprise !.
From 15:00 to 16:15, in room Voltaire, Ludovic will intervene in the conference Intranet, performances business, transformation digitale ! Quelle valeur pour un intranet et la collaboration sociale ? Comment en faire le socle de la transformation stratégique et digitale ?.

On the 22nd of March, you will find Ludovic at the Accompagnement du changement et acculturation digitale ! Renforcer la culture digitale et inscrire la collaboration sociale dans les habitudes de travail ! conference, in room Voltaire. 

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. 

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