Tech Ed is cooking down in New Orleans. We turned up the heat even further by unveiling Cim v1.1 for SP2010. If you are there, get over to booth 345 and check it out. For the rest of us, I’ll walk you through a few screenshots to highlight some changes in Cim v1.1.
First, it sports a new upgraded, customizable UI as shown below. Over the last month we’ve tweaked the Idea Community Portal UI to play very nicely with SP2010.
We have also upgraded the Idea Community modules in a number of ways. At the core, we improved the architecture to make it easier to support integration with downstream processes (review, approval, management and implementation phases). In the UI we support a number of features highlighted below: Status bar showing updates from downstream processes, new Star Power algorithm used in our Top 10 Rankings, and group document uploads allowing any community members to add documents to an idea in addition to comments.
Our Top 10 Listings shown below now support a Portfolio approach. Just add a new Community, Campaign, Challenge or Contest to the system and it is ready to go in the Top 10 Listings – giving you Most Recent and Highest rated. You can also customize the listings such as adding fields or style, and, you can create your own unique ones.
The Administrative UI’s of the various modules of Cim have been updated to take advantage of the new SP2010 UI such as the Ribbon Bar shown below. Thus, they are consistent with the user experience of all SharePoint 2010 users – and easy to use.
The new user dialogs in the Review and Management sites use pop-up modal forms as shown below to make it easier for users to modify. In addition, it is point and click to modify the forms to not show fields, such as system fields, that aren’t relevant to a particular task.
In addition, in our Idea Portfolio Management site we now provide for customizable actions to drive downstream processes. For instance, imagine a New Product is approved for development. As shown below, this approved innovation is being “pushed” into a Program Management Office to kick off the development project. Other actions can be added for different workstreams such as pushing approved process changes into team sites for different teams to implement the process changes.
These are some of the changes for the new Cim v1.1 on SP2010. However, they are just screenshots. It is far better to get a demo and experience an actual business scenario that means something to your business – where ideas are captured and turned into results using Cim.