A New HCL Connections Is Here

26. Oktober 2022 Posted by Rene Schimmer

Connections has always been about empowering people, and our new Connections Cedar (v8) release delivers a redesign which dramatically improves the collaborative experience— making it easier than ever to navigate, quickly find what you need and share content.  

HCL Connections provides the structure to help teams come together more effectively, close information gaps, and drive efficiencies for teams working remotely or on-site. HCL Connections streamlines collaboration and delivers team content, news, conversations, and project tasks all in one place. Our latest release, Cedar, builds on this legacy by reimagining the user experience and improving the overall usability and efficiency for employees and teams.  

HCL Connections Cedar (v8) delivers these innovations and more:   

  • Improved usability — fewer clicks, intuitive experience: Connections now delivers an improved, intuitive navigation experience which helps achieve greater user adoption and efficiency. Left main navigation bar provides easy and consistent access to key Connections apps with configurable options to add additional apps. The “Important-To-Me” bar, now always on the right, speeds up access to commonly used resources like key people and Communities. 
  • Supercharged search and search results: A new centrally located search bar simplifies user interaction by enabling context sensitive focus and intuitive filtering, and changes context based on the specific Connections app you are using. Recent Searches and Quick-Results options help you to quickly locate content, Communities, and people. Simplified filtering ensures relevant results are always easy to find. 
  • Increased collaboration with universal upload & share: The new share buttons enable users to easily share the currently viewed page within Connections, Sametime or via other integrated chat tools. Share content with People or Communities while permissions are still enforced based on privacy selections. 

HCL Connections delivers on our continued commitment to enable a market-leading user experience for collaboration and employee engagement. Connections 8 will provide a pervasive sharing experience that lets you increase information velocity and help new ideas and best practices go viral. Upgrade your Connections experience now with our latest release and experience all the benefits Connections offers

Want to learn more about Connections capabilities? Click here for more info. 

How HCL Connections Helps Close the Gap in Crisis Management

31. Mai 2020 Posted by Rene Schimmer

The global COVID-19 crisis is shifting how teams and organizations around the world are working. It has organizations redefining what is essential and creating new, innovative solutions. Companies need to communicate more regularly with employees who have suddenly become remote workers, as well as share fast-changing news, protocols, and information quickly. The communication needs to be secure and reliable. Employees and teams need to stay informed, stay vigilant, and perhaps most importantly, stay connected and productiveBut in many organizations, current communication channels and collaboration tools are inadequate and can’t provide the broad reach that’s required. 

We will focus on government entities here, as an example.

Collaboration between central governmental departments and local authorities can be hard under normal circumstances, but this pandemic has shown many of us where our weaknesses lie — especially when we need to collaborate and unite more than ever. Data can exist in silos. It might not be clear where to go to find contacts or expertise. It can be challenging to share concise, unified information in a clear and organized way with the public. Getting the facts right and getting them to the right people can literally have lives on the line. 

When the Coronavirus lockdown was first announced, the UK government issued a directive where a local authority had 48 hours to provide goodquality accommodation for the homeless. In that time frame, and using Connections, they were able to create a community, populate it with relevant, useful content created and reviewed by experts. There were real-time feeds, videos from trusted sources, messages and articles from senior leaders. Upcoming events were shared, content could be updated and shared in real-time, forums were created to address urgent needs and concerns. The challenge was met and solved.

While the world turns to working from home and remote communication and collaboration, and need a single secure destination, the strength and power of HCL Connections has never been clearer and more apparent. The enterprise collaboration and productivity platform powers your people — even in times of crisis — with real-time, secure communication, and file-sharing. Teams can collaborate around ideas, share information, find experts, and resolve problems. You can display realtime data, organize shared schedules, assign projects and tasks, collaborate on documents — all in a trusted, secure environment accessible from any device.

For more information, you can request a demo here.

Stay safe out there.  

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