Vanilla v4.2 – 1/16 – Vanilla Portal

Dear Readers,

Vanilla Portal get a refreshment along with new user features. We keep the v4 foundation to add more and more features, while making the Portal even more easy to use, and more simple interface (which is an everyday challenge !)

Technically, we extend the support of CSS to provide Theme Management, making it easy for any end-user to change his Vanilla theme.  Along with our partners and comunity, we provide the Portal in 12 languages (you just select your interface at login)

On portal interface,

  • We have added a “Welcome page” that allow Admin to diplay message or info about portal activity.
  • In the Personal workspace User can change their avatar and their personal information
  • There is now a “MyDocuments” Folder : a new Folder, available for each user, where user can save documents that will not be accessible by others users.
  • Dynamic Tabulations : Functional Tabulations such as Search Interface, Portal Content or Task Management can can be close or open using the right icon toolbar
  • Task Management has been improved : this window provide Access Grant management to documents, to allow requests from other users to your document or manage your requests to access documents owned by other users, along with a Review section for uploaded document to accept or refused publication from users with Uploaded role.
  • Improved VanillaViewer : As part of Vanilla Portal, Vanilla Viewer is shipped with numerous new features. This is described in the next section, as Vanilla Viewer can be embeded in any compliant portal

Have Fun !

Patrick

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Vanilla v4.2 – The List of New Features

Dear Readers,

Just a quick post about the new features soon available in Vanilla 4.2. This is juts a list, if you want more detail about a specific feature, just drop me a message or stay connected here, as I will keep posting about those features. The list below is not ordered … and some of those features are already available for ous customers (those running Vanilla 4.09 or later) … so, for customers, some new features is not really “new” (like Mdm, document management, Vanilla Viewer, Wms integration …)

1 – Vanilla Portal (Interface, dynamic filder, personal workspace, widget support, 15 languages)
2 – Vanilla Viewer (multi format, dynamique filter, save process)
3 – Mdm update (Supplier Management, document Management, Etl integration)
4 – Java7/Tomcat7/Birt4.2 update – Xstream for communication – continuous support for JBoss & Weblogic Application Server
5 – Solr/Lucene 4.0 integration (embeded or stand alone  /farm of servers)
6 – Update & new packages for Vanilla Apps (to be listed later)
7 – New functions for User  & Admin : Document Management (Version control, Workflow, Approval, Indexation)
8 – Nosql Support (3 databases – Hbase, Cassandra & MongoDb, for Etl & Reporting, along with new oda driver to build report/dashboard/cube on nosql database)
9 – FreeDashboard v4 : complete rewrite of designer, Html5 support, filter multi folder
10 – Web Designer update : FreeAnalysisWeb (Forecast & Simulation, Drill between cubes), FreeWebReport (review interface, new PlugIn, Hyperlink), WebKpi & FreeDashboardWeb (Update),
11 – Continuous Wms support & Kpi/Dashboard/Maps integration
12 – Improved Server Side & Cloud feature : mass reporting, clustering of process, farm of secured servers (https)
13 – Numerous Update of Dev & Admin package (ProcessManager, BiGateWay, Hypervision, ES, Workflow, Norparena …)
14 – Packages Integration improvement (Fmdt resources in FreeDashboard, or Mdm resource in BiGateWay for example)
15 – New Mobile Apps for Android : Report Designer & Update Apps Viewer (Ios & Android)
16 – Update of documentation & video

We hope you will find some of those features interesting, leading you to upgrade your current Vanilla instance to 4.2

Some already told us “it’s a lot of new feature for a small version increase” … that’s true. We could have labeled the version “5.0”, but it was just time to align with Eclipse 4.2 and Birt 4.2 … which makes sense also, right ?

Have Fun !

Patrick

Announcing Vanilla 4.2

Dear Readers,

Last friday, I got the rc6 of Vanilla 4.2, and I’m pretty happy with it (it’s the first rc that comes with Birt 4.2 engine at server side !). Since June (initial rc1), we have taken time to make version 4.2 an “out of the box / ready for production” platform. In fact, things have changed a lot with version 4 (already 1 year ago) : we have more than triple our base of customers, and we have been empaneled as Bi platform in important enterprises and government offices.

This said, time has gone for Open Source Bi platform to be released before beeing “production ready”, especially if you compete with commercial Bi platforms, commercial Etl platform or any document management platform. So, we took more time to test & release the platform (apologize again to some partners who are waiting for 2 or 3 months their localized platform, as Vanilla comes now with more than 10 languages) … but we are about to achieve our objectives : an initial public release before end of this year, and the official version in january 2013.

Version 4.2 will come with at least 16 new key subjects (user side, developer side, architecture side). So, you can expect from me a post every 3 or 4 days until the end of this year (wow … what a change after 7 months of silence … gloups !) … starting this week with first post about our new portal interface.

Have Fun !

Patrick

7 months of silence

Dear Readers,

It’s been a while since I didn’t post on this blog … and usual words like “time went fast” take a particular meaning now. It’s true, we did so much for the Vanilla project during those past months, leading me to keep silent on this blog.

I would like to thank some readers, from Bretagne to Jura (France), through Asia (Malaysia & Thailand) who shared with me nice word about this absence of posts. The Vanilla project is a human project, and sometimes, we simply don’t have time for posts, focusing on customer projects & upcoming version for Vanilla.

Now, we have entered the last line before releasing Vanilla 4.2, and it’s time for me to start a new set of posts to share with you about this new version. I will try to maintain regular publications for the next 10 to 12 weeks, to share with you about why Vanilla is the way to go hen it comes to chose your next Bi platform. Stay connected !

Have Fun !

Patrick