What's new in HCL Connections

Find out about features that are new or updated in this release of HCL Connections.

What's New in HCL Connections 6.5 Cummlative Release 1 (CR1) and Component Pack 6.5 CR1

HCL Connections brings social networking to the enterprise and helps you to communicate, collaborate, and build strong relationships with others. Stay connected from the office or your mobile device. Whether you want to share information, build a network of useful contacts, or follow people, there is an application for you.

Download and upgrade links
Technicial Optimization
Engaging User Experiences

Video preview: What's New in HCL Connections 6.5 CR1

User Enablement
Mail integration to Connections top navigation

Video preview: What you need to know about Connections Mail

Integrating your email and calendar into the Connections navigation bar means you can stay focused on your work while keeping up to date on your mail, meetings and notifications.
  • Notification icon when unread messages are in the inbox
  • Click on envelope to see inbox, grid to see calendar
  • Click on message to view mail
  • New Mail, Reply, Reply All, Forward to compose new message
  • Delete to move mail to trash
  • Link to jump to full mail experience
Refer to HCL Connections Mail for additional information.
Transferring file ownership

Video preview: What you need to know about Connections transfer of ownership for multiple files

Now end users can transfer the ownership of multiple of their own files to someone else. Select a number files and then choose transfer a file to a new owner.
Menu containing Transfer Ownership option

Updated Connections Docs, Engagement Center, and plugins with HCL branding
Visit these HCL Connections product documenation sites to view the new HCL branding and enable additional features of Connections.
Interested in Connections Mobile?

Check out the App Store for iOS or Google Play for Android for the latest information and release. Refer to HCL Connections Mobile product documentation for additional information.

Connections is now supported in all Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3 languages

HCL Connections 6.5 CR1 user interface supports 31 languages. Refer to the Supported languages in Connections 6.5 CR1 for a complete list of those languages.

What's new for end-users

For more information about new end-user features and functions in HCL Connections 6.5 CR1 see What's new in HCL Connections?

What's New in HCL Connections 6.5 and Component Pack 6.5

Download links

Refer to the following to download Connections 6.5, including Component Pack 6.5, from the HCL FlexNet portal.

Videos

Table 1. Installing and Configuring Customizer Lite - 5 part video series
Customizer Lite - 5 Part Video Series Description
Deploying Customizer Lite - Video Series: What is Customizer Lite - Part 1 of 5
Video 1 of 5 What is Cusotmizer Lite
In part 1 you will learn what is Customizer Lite, which starts the series guiding you through installing and configuring HCL Connections' Customizer Lite for HCL Connections 6 CR6 and 6.5. Narrated by David Bell, Senior Development Manager at HCL Connections.
Deploying Customizer Lite - Video Series: Installing a Docker Machine - Part 2 of 5
Video 2 of 5 Installing a Docker Machine
In part 2 you will learn how to Install a Docker Machine which continues the series guiding you through installing and configuring HCL Connections' Customizer Lite for HCL Connections 6 CR6 and 6.5. Narrated by David Bell, Senior Development Manager at HCL Connections.
Configure the Customizer Lite Settings, Part 3 of 5
Video 3 of 5 Configure the Customizer Lite Settings
In part 3 you will learn how to Configure the Customizer Lite Settings which continues the series guiding you through installing and configuring HCL Connections' Customizer Lite for HCL Connections 6 CR6 and 6.5. Narrated by David Bell, Senior Development Manager at HCL Connections."
Configure the Customizer Lite Settings, Part 4 of 5
Video 4 of 5 Configure the Customizer Lite Settings
In part 4 you will learn how to integrate Nginx load balancing proxy in front of Connections, utilizing Customizer Lite and continuing this series guiding you through installing and configuring HCL Connections Customizer Lite for HCL Connections 6 CR6 and 6.5. Narrated by David Bell, Senior Development Manager at HCL Connections.
Configure the Customizer Lite Settings, Part 5 of 5
Video 5 of 5 Configure the Customizer Lite Settings
In part 5 you will learn how to implement additional instances of the Customizer services to turn the deployment into a more resilient, more highly available production-ready deployment and thus complete this series that has guided you through installing and configuring HCL Connections Customizer Lite for HCL Connections 6 CR6 and 6.5. Narrated by David Bell, Senior Development Manager at HCL Connections.

What can Assets do for you

The following Assets are part of Connections 6.5.

  • Connections Sidebar: The Sidebar surfaces Connections wherever you are and provides quick access to your network, content, people while in other applications. Refer to the following to Integrate Connections Sidebar with a website which enables your users to see their important updates without leaving their website.
  • Connections Touchpoint: Touchpoint is an onboarding wizard aimed at increasing adoption for first time users. It provides a wizard that runs the user through mandatory steps: accepting policies and suggests content (people and communities) to follow in order to prepare a more customized and enhanced experience. Refer to the following topic to Configure Touchpoint for Connections.
  • Self-service for external users invited to Connections: This asset allows you to easily invite external collaborators into Connections for seamless, secure collaboration, via an email link to complete their registration. It also provides a reset password feature, also via mail. Refer to the following to Configure external collaboration.

Improving the Files, Transfer file ownership experience

As an administrator, you can use a wsadmin command to transfer a user's Connections files to a new owner. You can also use the Files app, but for only one file at a time. Refer to the following topic for additional information Transferring ownership of user files.

Integrating Activities Plus with Connections

Better manage and track collaboration actions, Activities Plus is a redesigned Connections Activities with a more intuitive, user-friendly interface. Activities Plus in Connections Component Pack (CP) uses the existing Component Pack infrastructure. Refer to the following topic to get started installing, configuring and customizing Activities Plus in your Connections environment: Installing Activities Plus features.

Configuring IBM® Security Directory Integrator (SDI) v7.2 (formerly TDI) to synchronize and exchange information between the Profiles database and your LDAP directory.

Refer to the following topics for additional information:

Supported languages available in this release

The following languages are supported in the user interface for HCL Connections 6.5 with other languages to follow in a subsequent release.
Note: Organizations who have deployed Connections in a language not included below should not upgrade to Connections 6.5 at this time.
  • Chinese - simplified | 简体中文
  • Chinese - traditional | 中國傳統的
  • Danish | dansk
  • Dutch | Nederlands
  • English
  • French | Française
  • German | Deutsche
  • Italian | Italiana
  • Japanese | 日本語
  • Korean | 한국어
  • Portuguese -- Brazilian | Português - brasileiro
  • Russian | русский
  • Spanish | Española
  • Swedish | svenska
Note: HCL Connections 6.5 product documentation is only published in English and is not translated into multiple languages, at this time.

Connections Content Manager (CCM) is no longer included in the HCL Connections 6.5 installation

Connections Content Manager (CCM) is no longer included in the HCL Connections 6.5 installation. You can continue to use CCM if you have a previous installation.

What's new for end-users

For more information about new end-user features and functions in HCL Connections 6.5 see What's new in HCL Connections?