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The Connections Roadmap: A First Glimpse at v8.0

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September 29, 2021

The Connections Roadmap: A First Glimpse at v8.0

We have shared our plans for HCL Connections 8 in the past so you have probably heard about or even seen the new designs by now. But let us give you a refresher on what the development teams are

Rene Schimmer ( Product Manager for HCL Connections @HCL
Adam Gartenberg ( Director of Product Management @HCL)

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    Copyright © 2021 HCL Technologies Limited | www.hcltechsw.com
    Let’s Connect Sept. 2021
    The Connections Roadmap –
    A first Glimpse at v8
    Copyright © 2021 HCL Technologies Limited | www.hcltechsw.com

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    Copyright © 2021 HCL Technologies Limited | www.hcltechsw.com
    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
    HCL Connections
    [email protected]
    Adam Gartenberg
    Product Manager
    HCL Connections
    [email protected]

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    HCL Connections Product Strategy
    Touchpoint
    Sidebar
    Highlights
    Invite
    Adoption and
    Engagement
    V6.5
    Integration and
    Repeatable Success
    Tailored Experience
    MS Ecosystem Support
    PDF Export
    Partner-led Cloud (MSP)
    V7
    Redesigned
    User Experience
    Design and Usability
    • Shared Navigation
    • Frustration-free Search
    • Convenient & Consistent
    • Ubiquitous Share
    V8
    Subject to change

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  4. HCL Connections v8 – Delivering
    a market-leading user experience
    Reimagine your
    collaborative experience
    The redesigned user
    experience makes it easier
    for users to navigate within
    Connections. Improvements
    in usability and consistency
    mean that no matter where
    you are in Connections, you
    are never more than a click
    away from what’s important
    to you.
    Frustration-free search
    Faster access to the
    information, Communities
    and expertise you need with
    the new centrally located
    search bar.
    Perform context sensitive
    searches with intuitive
    filtering and one-click access
    to past searches, recent
    content, and relevant
    Communities and people.
    Increase information
    velocity
    Make new ideas and best
    practices go viral with new
    pervasive sharing
    experience and embrace the
    power of open
    collaboration.
    Reimagined User Experience. Simplified Search. Ubiquitous Sharing.
    Subject to change

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  5. Go beyond – tap into your wider network
    HCL Connections 8 – Navigation reimagined
    All designs subject to change
    A new navigation puts the focus on
    consistency – no matter where you are
    in Connections. Easy access to features
    that are always important.
    • Top navigation with 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 Connections apps; configurable
    to add more apps
    • Important-To-Me now always on the
    right giving users quick access to
    their key people and Communities
    Second and third level
    navigation for Connections
    apps are consistent and
    intuitive
    A new navigation puts the focus on
    consistency – no matter where you
    are in Connections. Easy access to
    features that are always important.

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  7. HCL Connections 8 – Search simplified
    All designs subject to change
    A new centrally located search bar
    simplifies the user interaction with
    context sensitive focus and intuitive
    filtering
    • Always in the same spot, the search
    bar changes context to the current
    app
    • Newly designed results page for
    visual and intuitive filtering of the
    results
    • Recently viewed content on first
    click gives quick access to commonly
    used resources
    • Easily broaden or narrow the scope
    with suggested options
    A new centrally located search bar
    simplifies the user interaction with
    context sensitive focus and intuitive
    filtering

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  9. HCL Connections 8 – Ubiquitous Sharing
    All designs subject to change
    The new Share buttons lets users easily
    share the currently viewed page within
    Connections or integrated chat tools.
    • Any page within Connections can be
    shared within Connections,
    Sametime or Teams or other chat
    tools
    • Share with People or Communities
    while permissions are still enforced
    on private content
    • Quickly upload a file with the new
    upload (and share) button
    Share on Connections
    Share on Sametime
    Share on Teams
    The new Share buttons lets users
    easily share the currently viewed
    page within Connections or
    integrated chat tools.

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  11. HCL Connections 8 – Universal Important-To-Me bar
    Introduced as the Important-To-Me bar
    in Orient Me and Verse - pinned and
    recommended contacts, communities
    are now available everywhere for
    instant interaction
    • Quick access to a pinned contact’s
    updates, content, chat, meeting and
    more
    • Recommended contacts based on
    shared interests and actions
    • Pinned Communities at your
    fingertips
    • Context sensitive filter brings a
    person’s content forward based on
    where you are (Files, Wiki, Blog,
    etc.)
    All designs subject to change
    Introduced as the Important-To-Me
    bar in Orient Me and Verse - pinned
    and recommended contacts,
    communities are now available
    everywhere for instant interaction.

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  13. HCL Connections 8 – Always the right Homepage
    Combining Orient Me with Latest
    Updates, the Discover view and a
    configurable “My Page” let’s users
    choose how they want to catch up on all
    the action
    1. Orient Me delivers updates based on
    their importance
    2. Latest updates delivers updates in
    chronological order
    3. Discover by recommendations
    4. My View with dashboard-like access
    to Connections apps
    Easily switch between the 4 modes and
    set a default
    All designs subject to change
    1 2
    3 4
    Combining Orient Me with Latest
    Updates, the Discover view and a
    configurable “My Page” let’s users
    choose how they want to catch up
    on all the action

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  15. "What about a simple "color
    switcher" for the Theme (for
    admins of course)"
    "Allow me to share
    Connections content
    elsewhere in our Intranet
    for other business apps"
    "Intranet Navi
    (Engagement Center - 3lvls)
    needs to be accessible on
    all pages as Drop down"
    Design validation with customers and partners
    15
    "Very much like the dark
    blue clean design. Looks
    modern and attractive."
    "Love the simplicity
    behind navigation"
    "Love the removal of
    unnecessary clicks to
    access menus and focus on
    major apps"
    "Love the bread crumb to
    go back to where I left it.
    NICE!"
    "I am falling in love
    with CN all over again!"
    "Sharing in Connections -
    finally there will be some
    in-product coordination
    except of Comments. Allow
    this action on any piece of
    content"
    • Conducted a series of design feedback sessions with
    customers, partners and ambassadors
    • 4 sessions with 20 customers/partners completed
    • Great feedback both confirming where we are
    headed as well as giving us valuable input on what
    needs adjustment
    "fresh, modern UX,
    looks great"

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    HCL Connections Product Strategy
    Strengthen the Core
    Community Management
    • Lifecycle
    • Members
    Engagement
    • Communication and Navigation
    • Updates and Notifications
    Apps & Integration
    • Added capabilities
    • HCL Ecosystem
    • 3rd party apps
    VNext
    Touchpoint
    Sidebar
    Highlights
    Invite
    Adoption and
    Engagement
    V6.5
    Integration and
    Repeatable Success
    Tailored Experience
    MS Ecosystem Support
    PDF Export
    Partner-led Cloud (MSP)
    V7
    Redesigned
    User Experience
    Design and Usability
    • Shared Navigation
    • Frustration-free Search
    • Convenient & Consistent
    • Ubiquitous Share
    V8
    Subject to change

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    Join our session tomorrow!
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    What comes after Connections 8?

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    Connections v7 Demo
    Environment https://hclsw.co/cxn-7-pre
    Global Unveiling of
    Connections v7 Video
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-PcEQUzeyro&feature=youtu.be
    Connections Webpage https://www.hcltechsw.com/wps/portal/products/connections
    WWW
    Digital Solutions
    YouTube Channel
    https://www.youtube.com/user/IBMSocialBiz
    Additional resources

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