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for the next decade, today Why upgrade? Many new features were added throughout the last few releases. With every CR and release since Connections 6.0 we focussed on a few key areas improving Connections along the way: • End user adoption • Helping user focus on their work • Improve collaboration • Onboarding Let’s take a closer look…
for the next decade, today Connections Enhancements - Summary v5.5 2015 6.0 2017 CR3-4 2018 CR5-6 2019 6.5 2019 6.5 CR1 2020 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: modern theme; Highlights page; redesigned community catalog • • • • Orient Me home page • • • • • Enhanced designs Community homepages, top navigation; Copy community layout • • • • • My Drive sync files and folders to desktop • • • • • Smart type-ahead search and improved prioritization • • • • • • Nested folders • • • • • • Single consolidated notification view • • • • • •
for the next decade, today HCL Connections 6.0 Easily find content and insights for informed decisions • Orient Me – The homepage that knows you • Improved search user experience • Sync folders and files via new My Drive view Modern Communities • Modern communities – top navigation, page-width layouts (and other new layouts), rich text fields to look make your community look like a website • Copy community layout • Remove inactive users from Community (wsadmin) • Permalink in forums Improve Adoption • Touchpoint onboarding tool • Guided Tours
for the next decade, today HCL Connections 6.0 CR3 Focus on your work • Pick up where you left off - Files will return you to the last view you were in. • Instantly filter recent content in Communities and Files. • Simplified navigation and full-screen option for Files make it easier for both new and experienced users to find the content they are looking for. Increase User Adoption • Deploy “Visual Update 1” with Customizer for a beautiful, modern user experience. • Consistent experience when uploading images or files throughout Connections. • New filters for Metrics provide additional insights into usage activity and community health and allow for the import of additional historic data. • Engage users with fit-to-purpose communities, with the new Highlights app (preview). Easier to install and customize Connections • Connections Customizer allows you to change Connections for specific users. • New quick filters and universal search capability can now be powered by Elastic Search instead of SOLR - install it once to simplify the environment.
for the next decade, today HCL Connections 6.0 CR4 Focus on your work • Redesigned Community Catalog page makes it easy to jump to and find the Community you are looking for • Lock a wiki to avoid editing conflicts • Quickly navigate to recently viewed files • Display external updates and events in Orient Me • Announcement banner in Orient Me keeps everybody up-to-date on organizational news • Easily unsubscribe from Community emails that you no longer wish to receive Increase User Adoption • New “Share via Link” makes it easy to share and grant read access to personal and Community files • New layout, fresh design, and de-duplication for newsletter and notifications emails pull people into Connections • Highlights app updated with new widget configuration UX, featuring live-preview • Export metrics to csv; apply a custom date range for all People/Participation reports
for the next decade, today HCL Connections 6.0 CR5 Focus on your work • User Interface improvements in Community navigation and Wiki display • Improved wiki, blog, forum text editors through support for Tiny MCE v5 • Slack integration (Proof of concept) Increase User Adoption • Administrators can transfer ownership of files (such as for a user who has moved to a new role or left the company) • New widget creation and preview capabilities in Connections Engagement Center
for the next decade, today HCL Connections 6.0 CR6 Reduce Total Cost of Ownership • Customizer Light (w/o Kubernetes) for high availability deployments • Component Pack: replace Solr with Elastic Search for lower TCO • Component Pack: new complementary enablement resources • Component Pack: latest versions of all required components Increase User Adoption • Basic Create Community on mobile devices • Link Preview when sharing on mobile
for the next decade, today HCL Connections 6.5 Focus on your work • Embed Connections Sidebar in any website you control to provide quick access to your network, content, and people while in other applications. Increase User Adoption • Enhanced Connections Touchpoint onboards new users to Connections as quickly as 1 – 2 – 3 and turn them into connected employees. • Connections Invite lets you invite external users fast and efficiently and automates assigning and resetting guest passwords Drive Engagement and Usability • Transfer ownership of a file to a colleague without having to go through the administrator • New Activities Plus helps you manage and assign tasks more effectively
for the next decade, today HCL Connections 6.5 CR1 Engaging User Experiences • Mail integration to Connections top navigation • Transfer file ownership, Part 3 - multiple files • Special characters search on Community Catalog • Updated Docs, Engagement Center, and plugins with HCL branding Technical Optimization • Elastic search upgrade • NodeJS upgrade • Kubernetes upgrade Technical & User Enablement • Connections now available in all Tier 1, 2, & 3 languages
in Connections v7 14 • Tailored Experience • Reusable Templates • Layout and Customization • Simplified Community Creation • Microsoft 365 Ecosystem support • Teams bi-directional integration • SharePoint files and folders in Communities • Outlook Add-In (Windows, Mac, Browser) • Office365 round-trip editing • Export to PDF • Archive, Print share content as PDF • Templates • Cloud Native • Deploy CP on OpenShift and Amazon EKS
for the next decade, today Upgrade Process Overview The upgrade process from Connections 6 to 6.5 and 7.0 mostly works as an in-place upgrade, i.e. no need to install a new environment side-by-side and then migrate the data. Detailed instructions here: https://bit.ly/2S8ERp1 Let’s take a closer look…
for the next decade, today Starting with 6.0 upgrades are in-place … to HCL Connections 6.5 All these upgrades happen in-place. No need to install a new stack side-by-side and no data migration is required. 6.5 6.0 CR 6 6.0 CR 1..5 … to HCL Connections 7 7.0 6.5 CR1 […] 6.5 6.0 CR 6 6.0 CR 1..5
for the next decade, today What if you have to do side-by-side? Yes, only in-place upgrades are officially supported for 6.0 CR6 to 6.5 and from 6.5 CR1 to 7. However, if circumstances require a side-by-side upgrade (Server HW move/update, less down-time, etc), follow this procedure…