It’s that time again. We’ve been heads down on CorasWorks Cim v2.1, the next release of our Social Business Software solution on SharePoint 2010. In this article, I’ll cover some of the key aspects of this release…
Release Date: The target release is the week of the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) – July 11-14.
Social Business Software Layered on SharePoint: There is a growing group of social software players primarily with SAAS offerings on proprietary platforms transitioning into social business offerings. Cim has taken a different path. We layer our social business solution on top of SharePoint, taking advantage of the broad adoption of this enterprise collaboration platform already owned by many organizations, while also, serving to bring it all together as an integrated system. In addition, by leveraging the CorasWorks platform and native SharePoint capabilities, Cim is able to offer the flexibility and customization depth for organizations to create robust business processes and apps that leverage social business collaboration. This combination of breadth and depth, provides organizations with a very compelling approach to driving business value through social business software while leveraging the platform, existing build outs, knowledge, skills, and adoption that they have already invested in.
New Base Solution – Cim Collaboration: The purpose of our base solutions in the product is to make it faster and easier to get productive with robust social business scenarios with Cim. We started out with Cim Innovation for Idea and Innovation Management with the v1.2 release in September 2010. With the v2.0 release in February 2011, we added Cim Process for Social Business Processes. Now, with v2.1 we are addressing the broad collaboration needs of users on SharePoint 2010 with Cim Collaboration. This new core solution makes it a snap to enhance collaboration across your SharePoint 2010 environment.
Cim Activity Stream: The key new sub-system of Cim v2.1 is the Cim Activity Stream. It is the ultimate in collaborative convenience. Users now have one place to go, to interact across all of the social business scenarios – general collaboration, collaborative business processes, and innovation scenarios. The collaborative activity, the management activity, and the downstream process activities all feed into a single activity stream. From there the user can see their personal activity across all of SharePoint, see the activity of others on the items they have created or watched, and manage their stream. It is designed to reduce navigation, lower the “social noise” and the “email noise”, and, allow people to easily collaborate with others on relevant work.
SharePoint 2010 Social Network Integration: For the pure social side of activity, we’ve opened up Cim v2.1 to integrate with SharePoint 2010 social features. This includes integration with user profiles to see who co-collaborators are, drill down into My Sites so that you can directly interact with people, and, social tagging (likes and notes) to push individual items into the SharePoint social network via users My Sites. For those with SharePoint 2010 Standard or Enterprise, this gives you a convenient channel into your social network and activity without pulling the potential “social noise” directly into your business focused Cim Activity Stream.
Getting More Native with SharePoint 2010: With previous releases of Cim, we’ve often emphasized, custom branded portals. We still support that and we make it easy. However, most customers have lots of existing SharePoint sites. With Cim v2.1 we have extended our architecture with “Snaplets” to allow you to drop a lot more functionality directly into existing SharePoint sites, be they Enterprise Portals, Department Portals, Team Sites, or My Sites. We even allow you to deploy “micro-communities”, so that you can support multiple communities, challenges, campaigns, collaborative processes in a single existing SharePoint site. Thus, there is no requirement to create “yet another place to go”.
Social Business Apps: We believe that purpose-driven, social business apps represent an important next generation of collaborative business applications on SharePoint. They are simpler to understand, easier to use, more collaborative, and, with Cim v2.1 all natively integrate into a single user experience. We have started to show off specific Cim-based social business apps in the new CorasWorks App Showcase. We started with Knowledge Pool (collaboration) and Change Request Management (a nice example of a robust social business process). Check them out.
Cim Open App Framework: Cim v2.1 continues to build out the Open App framework. For those familiar with CorasWorks v11 solution platform on SharePoint, Cim leverages this platform and delivers a whole new open development framework used to customize Cim for your application needs. The Open App framework relies on “xDeveloper” skills (CSS, XSLT, XML, jXXX) – all non-complied code, but, definitely for developers. You are able to customize the UI completely, the middle tier, and the back-end connectors. With social business apps, we believe that the market needs this extensive flexibility. It is an area of apps that is very rapidly evolving and innovating. The Open App approach allows us to innovate and you to innovate.
I’ll be fleshing these topics out over the next month as we move to the release. If you want a preview of Cim v2.1, just ping your CorasWorks account rep or send an email to email@example.com.