Our summer Jive for Teams feature release is now live for all Jive for Teams networks. This release is full of great new stuff, and also represents the last major set of end user features that will be included in 6.0.0. Learn more in the 8/1 exclusive customer webinar. Here, some of the new highlights.
Your job gets easier and you get more value from Jive when more of your employee base is engaged and active. We've learned a lot from your current onboarding processes and taken your feedback along with everything we've learned from the Try Jive quests and designed a Get Started experience tailored to new users joining existing communities to help them quickly get oriented and start seeing value. With the Summer Jive for Teams release and in 6.0, all new users post-trial – as well as users new-to-this-version-of-Jive, post-upgrade (with a slightly different welcome message) – will now have an easy introduction to Jive, what they can do and how, and be guided through initial tasks that help get them comfortable and contributing.
Easy and delightful.
In further service to driving usage, we've been gathering data from many sources that have led to many usability improvements in this release, including:
- Answering 'how do I contribute?' (and what can I do here?) ➞ Create options are now front-and-center at the top of activity stream.
- Finding is much better than searching, and getting back to things you reference a lot is critical for work. ➞ The search box is now the gateway to finding whatever you need, including a new lens for Frequently Viewed, along with everything you have bookmarked or viewed recently, even before you type a single letter to search.
- Creating, naming, and managing custom attention streams is even easier now.
- Why deal with the same message twice? ➞ We are now rolling up different types of notifications (e.g., mention and share) in the Inbox.
- Email is still critical for most of us, and now Jive emails look better (especially on mobile).
Engaging corporate news and messaging (on Activity).
Sticking with the theme of driving adoption and usage, we want to ensure that every user has a great landing page. Some use cases for Jive are best served by Activity as the home page, but until now that has precluded good corporate news or communications. We need to make sure companies can meet their messaging objectives in a way that's compatible with the most engaging landing page. This is especially important when there isn't someone with the MO or facility to design a great company Overview, or home page. Now, we've got a new and improved way to deliver company news and important messages as more visual, engaging Announcements that are also presented at the top of the Activity page.
Private, secure, ad hoc collaboration with external parties.
Too often, it's a pain working across the firewall, with outside people who don't have access to internal systems and tools. Time delays to pre-provision accounts often drive employees back to email, even when it's not the best way to get the job done. Coming in this release Jive for Teams only is a new way to instantly start working in private with people outside your company.
With the introduction of External Groups, you'll see a new option in group creation to allow external access. Email addresses are all you need to bring your team together. External Contributors will only be able to see the people and content within the group(s) they are invited into.
Note: While Externally Accessible Groups are only available in Jive for Teams, cloud networks can be bridged to hosted or on-premise internal communities on any version of Jive. Reps have additional details on options that make it easier to get a connected cloud network for working with external parties, so please reach out if you are interested.
Lots more to love.
You may notice some additional treats throughout the newest release. (Like the new Your Account menu shown left.) On the mobile front, we recently released our first native Android app! You can also now get push notifications in the native versions of both the iPhone and Android apps. We are also releasing the next versions of our Customer Service Solution and Microsoft integrations (including Lync).
Always improving quality.
As always, this release includes many fixes and general quality improvements. We paid special attention in this release to IE7 support, as well as to LDAP/AD configuration and management and SSO.
Additional release notes available here.