We're very excited to show off the upcoming Jive Winter 2015 Cloud Release for internally-facing communities. Below is a sneak peek of all the amazing advances that we've made over the past few months. The JiveX Winter 2015 sneak peek for external communities can be found here.


The Winter 2015 Jive Cloud Release puts your most valuable asset, your employees, in the center by keeping them connected and engaged with company news, people and information they need in order to stay strategically aligned.  When your entire workforce is informed and involved, business results follow.

 

Release Timing:

Client & Partner Webinar – February 4th Register Here!

Preview Wave – Tentatively scheduled for first week of February 

General Availability – Tentatively scheduled for end of February 

 

Helping You Prepare for the Release Upgrade:

We're introducing several new practices to provide a seamless transition and improve your adoption of release innovations. 

 

Preview Documentation Upgrade FAQDocumentation Aligned with Experience
Draft documentation will be made available during the Preview wave of an upgrade. This includes draft versions of Cloud Community Manager Help and Cloud End User Help documentation for the 2015 Winter Cloud Release.

Release documentation will be enriched with an Upgrade FAQ document covering the new News feature and navigation changes.  This document will be available during the Preview wave.

This is the first release we're shipping with feature toggles, where new functionality can be switched ON or OFF through the admin console.  This can result in one of two experiences; one for existing upgrade customers and one for net-new cloud customers. Two versions of documentation will be issued to align with each particular instance.

 

Winter 2015 Features and Enhancements:


Jive is a Superior Platform for Employee Communications

Targeted News

Most companies communicate an abundance of information to their employees and a user can quickly feel disconnected with a generic message published for multiple audiences.  Our Winter release brings an exciting new feature that will enable admins to auto-subscribe employees to places, blogs and groups, based on department, location or role. An admin simply chooses which location they want to share information from and selects the appropriate users to receive such messages in their activity stream. Impact stats have been enhanced with "subscribers" to distinguish between impact metrics of intended targeted audience from the rest of the company.

 

News View

News view provides an engaging and prioritized summary view of content from a user's streams.  Important messages are no longer buried in a sea of day-to-day messages, but are beautifully displayed in an easily digestible format.  Each user will get a tailored view of the company news that combines the items they need to see with the items they've chosen to follow.  The News view feature will be released on the Jive iOS and Android apps at the same time as the desktop experience. 

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Feature Toggles

The Winter 2015 release introduces feature toggles that allow you ample time to understand large changes and prepare for successful implementation of new features to maximize employee adoption, engagement and satisfaction. 

 

Delighting Users and Embracing Their Workstyle

At Jive, our promise is to help people work better together and support the evolving workstyles of your employees.  This includes a focus on enhancements that augment our mobile offering, drive employee productivity, and delight end users - all while continuing to push the enterprise robustness of Jive Cloud.

 

Improved Mobile Experience

For the first time in Jive history, we built the News view API first and developed our Android and iOS native experiences at the same time as the web experience. As a result, we will be releasing an updated version of our native iOS and Android apps containing the News view with the Winter 2015 release, so that you can reach and engage mobile and remote employees, regardless of how and where they consume information.

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Search Improvements | Promoted Content

Our newest search feature helps admins promote content by associating specific search phrases with one or more links (which can be documents, links, web pages etc.). When users search using those phrases, the corresponding results appear as the top recommended results - above all the other organic search results. Promoted content can dramatically improve search experience, particularly on information-rich sites. It is also an effective way for the corporate team to raise awareness and visibility of key documents and policies.

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Performance Enhancements

The engineering team has been hard at work improving page load performance across the app. They have been able to reduce the resources required across the application by up to 40% or almost 2MB per page load, resulting in pages becoming visible, responsive, and fully loaded about 20% faster than in the 2014 Fall Cloud Release.

 

Enhanced Navigation

The default navigation has been enhanced to provide a simpler and more-intuitive user experience. The Enhanced Navigation will be initially toggled OFF for upgrade customers.

 

Jive as the Hub: Enhancements to our SharePoint and Google Integrations

SharePoint

The Jive team is working on some core enhancements to our SharePoint integration, which will enable vast improvements to our end user experience. While much of this will only be released later this year, we are still delivering some quick-wins with this release. The two we want to call out are improved file upload and enabling claims based authentication.

  • Improved file upload: We have upgraded the mechanism for uploading files and documents to SharePoint via connected Jive places. Improvements were done to both performance and handling of timeouts related to files larger than 100MB. The result is a massive improvement in how large files (greater than 100MB) are handled - both from a performance and time-out management standpoint.
  • Claims based authentication: Jive now supports Claims based authentication for connecting to Microsoft SharePoint. This is in addition to NTLM and Kerberos authentication methods.

 

Google Docs 

Since we launched our Google Docs integration in beta during our November 2014 Fall cloud release, we have been seeing a lot of enthusiasm around it. Over the past few months, we have been working to make it more robust, and today we are happy to announce that our Google Docs integration will be out of beta with this winter cloud release!

Aside from fixing the known issues, we have also included a few extras with this launch:

  • Immediate sync of files and Google Docs from Google Drive to Jive: We have enabled instantaneous synchronizing of files uploaded/created in Google Drive to Jive. This is based on WebHooks technology which enables synchronizing content between systems without the need for polling.
  • Google docs as Jive docs: Google Docs in Jive now have all the native capabilities of a Jive document such as impact metrics, categories and more. This provides you with a seamless document collaboration experience irrespective of document source or type.

 

Want to Learn More?

  • Stay tuned for further Deep Dive blogs highlighting the key features listed above
  • Attend the February 4th Winter 2015 Release webinar.  To attend, register by clicking here.

 

 

We are incredibly excited about this release and everything that it brings to our customers.  As always, we welcome your comments and feedback, so don’t be shy and please let us know what you think.

 

Best,

Katherine Lulkiewicz