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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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  1. 1 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
  2. 2 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 rene.schimmer@hcl.com Adam Gartenberg Product Manager HCL Connections adam.gartenberg@hcl.com
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    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
  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
  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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    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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    our session tomorrow! Copyright © 2021 HCL Technologies Limited | www.hcltechsw.com 17 What comes after Connections 8?
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    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