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HCL Connections Roadmap

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November 01, 2022

HCL Connections Roadmap

With the release of Connections Cedar now available, let's focus on what we are working on for the next releases, aka Juniper, Sequoia and Spruce. We are going to bring a number of significant updates to Connections and we would like to give you a preview of when you will be available to roll them out!

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  1. 1
    People power your business.
    Connections powers your people.

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  2. Copyright © 2020 HCL Technologies Limited | www.hcltechsw.com Customer Presentation 2
    Connections Presentation | October 2022
    HCL’s statements regarding its plans, directions, and intent are subject to change or
    withdrawal without notice and at HCL’s sole discretion.
    Information regarding potential future products is intended to outline our general product
    direction and it should not be relied on in making a purchasing decision.
    The information mentioned regarding potential future products is not a commitment,
    promise, or legal obligation to deliver any material, code or functionality. Information
    about potential future products may not be incorporated into any contract.
    The development, release, and timing of any future features or functionality described for
    our products remains at our sole discretion.
    Performance is based on measurements and projections using standard HCL benchmarks
    in a controlled environment. The actual throughput or performance that any user will
    experience will vary depending upon many factors, including considerations such as the
    amount of multiprogramming in the user’s job stream, the I/O configuration, the storage
    configuration, and the workload processed. Therefore, no assurance can be given that an
    individual user will achieve results similar to those stated here.
    René Schimmer
    Product Manager
    Employee Experience
    [email protected]

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    Copyright © 2022 HCL Technologies Limited | www.hcltechsw.com
    In just a few hours…

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  4. 4 | Technology for the next decade, today
    Announcing
    HCL Connections Cedar
    Enjoy hybrid work.
    Be connected.

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  5. 5 | Technology for the next decade, today
    Introducing Connections Cedar
    Reimagined User
    Experience
    Supercharged
    Search
    Ubiquitous
    Sharing
    • Intuitive, modern navigation
    and design
    • Prominent Search/Sharing
    for instant results and one-
    click sharing
    • Enables customization while
    maintaining consistency
    • One-click access on
    every page:
    ⎼ Upload and share a file
    ⎼ Share content inside
    Connections or through
    third party services (e.g.,
    Sametime, Teams)
    • Streamlined search UI
    • Recent searches and
    quick-results
    • Clear results – simplified
    filtering ensures relevant
    results
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    Connections Presentation | October 2022

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  6. 6 | Technology for the next decade, today
    Connections v8 ⎼ Navigation reimagined
    Go beyond… Tap into your network
    2nd, 3rd level navigation
    for Connections apps are
    consistent and intuitive
    Navigation puts focus
    on consistency
    • Configurable logo, color and
    environment name.
    • Always-present search bar
    with updated search.
    experience from start-to-find.
    • Left main navigation with
    access to key apps.
    • Important-to-Me bar now
    always to the right.
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    Connections Presentation | October 2022

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  7. 7 | Technology for the next decade, today
    Connections v8 ⎼ Supercharged search
    Centrally located
    search bar
    • Always in the same spot,
    the search bar changes
    context to the current app.
    • Newly designed results
    page for visual and
    intuitive filtering of results.
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    Connections Presentation | October 2022

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  8. 8 | Technology for the next decade, today
    Connections v8 ⎼ Ubiquitous Sharing
    • Any page can be shared
    within Connections,
    Sametime, or Teams.
    • Share with People or
    Communities ⎼ permissions
    enforced on private content.
    Easily share currently
    viewed page
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    Connections Presentation | October 2022

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  9. 9 | Technology for the next decade, today 9 9
    Connections Presentation | October 2022
    Features
    Build out your network and locate experts
    Create compelling Communities from scratch or utilize
    existing templates
    Reimagine your collaborative experience
    Benefits
    Quickly find the answers you need while unlocking the full
    potential of your business network.
    Bring everyone together in purpose-built Communities ⎼ get
    teams and projects up and running 80% faster.
    Collaborate faster with fewer clicks and an intuitive user
    experience, saving time and promoting user adoption.
    Increase information velocity Make new ideas and best practices go viral with new pervasive
    sharing experience.
    Frustration-free search Perform context-sensitive searches with intuitive filtering and one-
    click access to recent searches, relevant content.
    Onboard new users with ease and get them
    engaged faster
    Smart on-boarding wizard simplifies getting new employees
    quickly up-to-speed and productive.
    Eliminate silos ⎼ keep everyone in the loop Extend Connections access to external users to keep project
    teams better connected.
    Capture knowledge and manage expertise Create forums, curate and tag content with additional context,
    and capture knowledge that is fully searchable.
    Drive collaboration with Connections

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  10. Connections
    Releases
    Features 6.0
    2017
    CR3-4
    2018
    CR5-6
    2019
    6.5
    2019
    CR1
    2020
    C7
    2020
    C8
    2022
    New Navigation and customizable look and feel •
    New Search UX •
    Universal Upload and Share •
    Export to PDF • •
    Community templates and creation wizard • •
    Microsoft Teams, SharePoint, Outlook and Office integration • •
    Connections Mail • • •
    Connections Sidebar for embedding in any website • • • •
    Touchpoint for improved onboarding • • • •
    Easily invite external users • • • •
    Activities Plus to manage tasks and actions more effectively • • • •
    Create Community on mobile devices • • • • •
    Transfer File Ownership • • • • •
    Wiki and Community UI Improvements • • • • •
    Share file via link, Lock wiki to avoid edit conflicts • • • • • •
    New layout, deduplication of newsletters and email alerts • • • • • •
    UI Enhancements: Clean, modern theme; Highlights Community
    overview page; redesigned community catalog
    • • • • • •
    Orient Me home page • • • • • • •
    Enhanced designs for Community homepages and top navigation;
    Copy community layout
    • • • • • • •
    My Drive sync files and folders to desktop • • • • • • •

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  11. Copyright © 2022 HCL Technologies Limited | www.hcltechsw.com

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    Copyright © 2022 HCL Technologies Limited | www.hcltechsw.com
    2023
    Sequoia
    Juniper
    Cedar(v8)
    2024
    2022
    CNX Evergreen Releases
    Velocity
    Innovation
    Common Services
    Spruce

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  13. Copyright © 2022 HCL Technologies Limited | www.hcltechsw.com
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    HCL Connections Roadmap - Innovation
    Subject to change
    Connections
    Evergreen
    ongoing
    2023+
    INFRASTRUCTURE: Making it easier
    to run Connections and keeping it
    current with required stack components.
    COMMUNITY FOCUS: Supporting
    Community owners to create engaging
    and up to date experiences for their
    Community.
    BETTER TOGETHER: Improve
    existing integrations and add new ones to
    augment and complete the experience.
    Release Cadence:
    A shorter time between releases with
    smaller scope and deployment effort
    giving end-users continuous
    improvements.
    Infrastructure:
    Modernize underlying components.
    Simplified Installation:
    Ongoing effort to improve process,
    documentation, steps required to get to
    a full deployment.
    Other:
    Help with GDPR compliance (DPTK)

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  14. Copyright © 2022 HCL Technologies Limited | www.hcltechsw.com
    ongoing
    2023+
    Support GDPR regulations to acknowledge a persons’ right to access and erasure of data
    Data Privacy Toolkit
    • Find HCL Connections user profiles and related
    content
    • Overview of profile’s personal information (PI)
    • Content involving user (posted, updated, mentioned)
    • Adjust the search
    • Apply search scopes (keywords, timeframe, type)
    • Filter results list
    • Pseudonymize user profiles manually or automated
    • Export the report results
    • Actions will be logged for retracing
    • Print reports as PDF or CSV
    HCL Connections Roadmap - Innovation

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    Subject to change
    Connections
    Evergreen
    ongoing
    2023+
    INFRASTRUCTURE: Making it easier
    to run Connections and keeping it
    current with required stack components.
    COMMUNITY FOCUS: Supporting
    Community owners to create engaging
    and up to date experiences for their
    Community.
    BETTER TOGETHER: Improve
    existing integrations and add new ones to
    augment and complete the experience.
    Communities are at the heart of the
    Connections domain – continued focus
    on bringing more features to Community
    management and key applications.
    Lifecycle:
    Guide the Community through its
    lifecycle, from draft, live, to archive.
    Members:
    Better manage and organize members.
    Admin-like Tools:
    Manage community, content, people.
    Wiki Approval:
    Support for workflows in Wikis.
    HCL Connections Roadmap - Innovation

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  16. Copyright © 2022 HCL Technologies Limited | www.hcltechsw.com
    ongoing
    2023+
    Workflow for Wikis
    Workflow for Wikis
    • Creation wizard with templating
    support
    • Custom wiki page actions, draft view
    • Activities and Activity Stream
    integration; get notifications about
    tasks
    • Export documents, history for
    compliance – PDF exports
    HCL Connections Roadmap - Innovation

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    Subject to change
    Connections
    Evergreen
    ongoing
    2023+
    INFRASTRUCTURE: Making it easier
    to run Connections and keeping it
    current with required stack components.
    COMMUNITY FOCUS: Supporting
    Community owners to create engaging
    and up to date experiences for their
    Community.
    BETTER TOGETHER: Improve
    existing integrations and add new ones to
    augment and complete the experience.
    HCL Leap
    Create Leap applications and easily
    embed them in Communities.
    HCL Digital Experience and Volt MX
    Engaging employee DX sites and mobile
    apps bring your workforce closer.
    HCL Sametime
    New capabilities based on updated
    Sametime Chat and Meeting capabilities.
    Microsoft Teams
    Improve existing Teams integration
    based on customer feedback and
    availability of new APIs and functions in
    Teams.
    HCL Connections Roadmap - Innovation

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  18. Copyright © 2022 HCL Technologies Limited | www.hcltechsw.com
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    Subject to change
    Velocity
    Innovation
    Common Services

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  19. Thank you!
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    Connections Presentation | October 2022

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