“Real Time, Secure Collaboration” presentation at Nextcloud Enterprise 2019!

On March 12th, Nextcloud held their annual Enterprise Day in the Congress Centrum Liederhalle in the center of Stuttgart, Germany. Participants enjoyed a day of strategic sessions, presentations, learning from different enterprise case studies and best practices on the Nextcloud platform.

During the Nextcloud Enterprise Day, Collabora Productivity’s General Manager Michael Meeks gave a talk about how Collabora Online integrates into Nextcloud.

Collabora Online is an on-premise open source software component based on LibreOffice, that can be easily integrated into any web application, and which enables viewing and collaborative editing of Office documents in dozens of file formats. This provides an easy-to-deploy office suite that runs directly in any modern browser, on any device.


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An easy way to get your own private office suite with Collabora Online for Nextcloud or ownCloud

Univention Corporate Server (UCS) offers the easiest way to start using Collabora Online together with Nextcloud or ownCloud in few minutes.

With Collabora Online app appliance with Nextcloud or ownCloud, you install Collabora Online with an already integrated and preconfigured Nextcloud or ownCloud. Once you completed a simple graphical setup with a web-based administration interface, you can use the online office and cloud file sharing solution directly.

Here you have a quick installation guide to show you how easy is to start working with Collabora Online via UCS.

We offer two different on-premise versions of Collabora Online in UCS – both versions offers the easy integration with Nextcloud or ownCloud. You can find both in the Univention App Catalog:

First we offer the Collabora Online Development Edition (CODE) free for 20 users but of course with no support


Then, we offer our professional version for production environments – Collabora Online supported version. This is our scalable, commercially supported version with Long Term Support, signed security updates and a SLA.


Installation guide – Collabora Online

1. Download all the necessary components

First, choose between Nextcloud or ownCloud as your main cloud file sharing solution for your deployment.


Then, you are ready to download it. You need to choose which virtual machine you want to use for the appliance. You can use VMWare or VirtualBox.

And, finally, you can download Collabora Online and Nextcloud or ownCloud VM for the virtual machine that you have chosen.

2. Import the appliance

You simply need to open your VM appliance and import your Collabora Online aplication.

Univention provides you a useful Guide for Virtual Appliance Import in case you need more information.

3. Install Collabora Online

As soon as you have successfully imported the image, you can start your Virtual Machine and proceed with all the necessary steps from the installation wizard. It is a very simple graphical setup with a web-based administration interface.

First, you need to set up the localization and your language.

Next, you need to set up your domain and network. You can select your IP manually or choose the automatic option. Then, simply fill in the address of the DNS server where you will host the server.

Now, in this step you can choose between:

  • manage users and permissions directly on this system – to create a new domain.
  • join into an existing UCS domain
  • join into an existing Microsoft Active Directory domain

If you are creating a new environment, we recommend to use the first option: “manage users and permissions directly on this system.

Now is time for your account or company information. Simply fill in your Organization name, Email address from the admin and create a password for the administration of the application.

In this step you need to write the complete domain name for the system and also the LDAP base you are going to use.

Now, you have all your settings in this window. You can review them and confirm that everything is Ok to be able to proceed by clicking in the “Configure System” button.

If everything is Ok, then you have your Collabora Online appliance up and running, ready to be used. You will get a confirmation window like this:

You have more information about this integration in the Univention blog via the following blog post. And, of course, do not hesitate to contact us at hello@collaboraoffice.com – we are at your entire disposal.

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Collabora & DWave Systems: a success story

D-Wave Systems is the world’s first quantum computing company and the leader in the development and delivery of quantum computing systems and software. D-Wave’s mission is to unlock the power of quantum computing and solve the world’s most challenging problems.

Quantum computing, however, has a learning curve. Edward (Denny) Dahl, Principal Research Scientist, and lead trainer visit customer sites to conduct training classes for customers. He travels to customer locations to set up training environments for students. You might think that quantum computing needs equally complicated tools for training. But that’s not the case. One of the tools in Dahl’s toolbox is a simple spreadsheet that he uses to guide students through a sequence of models of a very simple quantum computer. Dahl wants to ensure that his tool is platform agnostic, as customers use heterogeneous environments, including Windows, macOS, and Linux. Not every spreadsheet program is compatible with all these platforms.

The good news is that LibreOffice is a fully open source project. Anyone can add the features they need. But it does mean a lot of work. It needs in-house resources and expertise. In many cases, that turns out to be counterproductive and more expensive. That’s where Collabora, as a company, enters the picture. We make it extremely easy for customers like D-Wave to work with us and implement the features and functionalities they need.

We provided source code (VBA) to Collabora with the requirement that the Calc program should be extended to handle the VBA,” said Dahl “Collabora’s ability to extend the underlying VBA meant that the same spreadsheet could run under both Excel & LibreOffice. It meant that D-Wave did not have to maintain two separate VBA code bases, which was the deciding factor to go with Collabora,

The winner of their choice was Collabora Productivity as our LibreOffice-based solution met all of his requirements. Collabora enabled D-Wave to support the heterogeneous environment his customers were running and democratized his tool. With Collabora, D-Wave is able to go beyond laptops and run the tool anywhere, including public and private cloud.

Further information

To read more details about the success story, check out the case study document we have published.

Check out the success story with DWave Systems

If you want to collaborate with us and publish a case study together please contact us at hello@collaboraoffice.com.

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Winners of the open source classic award at DINAcon!

On 19th October 2018, at Welle7 Workspace in Bern, Switzerland, we attended DINAcon – the conference on digital sustainability. Our General Manager, Michael Meeks, had a talk about “How best to migrate to LibreOffice”, where he explained the best ways to move to a supported Open Source and Open Standards solution. Also, he talked about Collabora’s latest work with our partners, and our new tool to migrate existing legacy Visual Basic line of business apps.

If you missed his talk then check out the slides above for the complete presentation:

Download the slides from the presentation “How best to migrate to LibreOffice”!

DINAcon Awards!

Great news from Bern – we won the open source classic award at DINAcon! 🙂

For this award were running a lot of amazing open source products, including Collabora Online and Collabora Office. We are honored to receive this award – it is a big motivation for the whole team! Thanks a lot everyone for your support.


The conference ended with the hacknight and of course that we couldn’t miss it. It was the perfect time to work on LibreOffice bugs. 🙂

Digital Economy Award

Another nomination! Collabora Office & Collabora Online are nominated for the Digital Economy Award 2018 and our partners, Adfinis SyGroup, presented about our products in front of the jury of the Swiss Digital Economy Award. (Thank you, Nicolas. 🙂 )

The winners will be announced at the Digital Economy Award Night, on November 21, in the Hallenstadion in Zurich. Until then, fingers crossed. 🙂

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“Real Time, Secure Collaboration” presentation at Nextcloud Conference 2018

From August 23 until August 30, Nextcloud held their annual conference, including an enterprise day, providing enterprise focused talks about large scale use of Nextcloud, security, scalability, Real Time & Secure Collaboration with Collabora Online, and much more.

During the Enterprise Day, Collabora Productivity’s General Manager Michael Meeks gave a talk about Collabora Online in Nextcloud. Collabora Online is a powerful LibreOffice-based online office that supports all major document, spreadsheet, and presentation file formats, which is easy to deploy in Nextcloud, as a simple extension. Key features are collaborative editing and excellent office file format support.


Check out the slides above for the complete presentation:

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